Gun Related News Stories
Gun Sales Reach New High In March - April 5, 2016
A new FBI study released this week shows the number of firearms sold across the country in March was the highest ever, The Washington Free Beacon reports. The agency said it performed some 2,523,265 background checks last month, about 35,000 more than in March 2014.
The Beacon says the March record is the "eleventh straight monthly record for background checks."
And with 7,682,141 checks done already this year, 2016 is expected to break another annual sales record.
New Jersey Ordered To Pay Gun Rights Group 100k In Legal Fees - April 5, 2016
The state Attorney General's Office has paid a New Jersey gun rights group $101,626 in legal costs and released documents describing the state's firearms background check process after fighting their disclosure in court for years, NJ Advance Media has learned.
The payment was ordered by a judge after a lengthy legal battle between the state and the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, which was seeking the State Police's guide for local departments performing checks on those applying for gun permits.
It comes after a commission formed by Gov. Chris Christie issued a December report finding New Jersey's permitting process was opaque and inefficient.
Iowa Governor Signs Suppressor Legislation Into Law - March 31, 2016
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill that legalizes the sale, use and possession of technology that will protect gun owners' hearing.
"The good people of Iowa were not misled by the lies out of state gun control groups were spreading in Iowa," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "This law will make it easier for Iowa's gun owners to protect their hearing with the proven technology of firearm suppressors. Suppressors also reduce noise complaints at ranges. People in the shooting sports take safety seriously and want to be good neighbors."
When the bill was passed in the House and Senate, the Governor hinted at his support, saying it "will not only save people from hearing loss, but also could create some jobs in Iowa."
Senator Shuts Down More Gun Bills In South Carolina - March 30, 2016
Three gun bills approved by a Senate panel last week will be the only gun bills receiving a hearing this year in the Senate, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says.
The news is a blow to advocates of other legislation, including bills to expand the waiting period for background checks prior to gun sales, proposed following the murders of nine people at a Charleston church last June.
Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Greenville News he personally does not support the expanded waiting period bills or other gun-control measures such as gun registration or a ban on assault weapons, so he will not allow them a hearing.
Mississippi Senate Approves House Bill For Constitutional Carry - March 30, 2016
A bill that would enhance concealed carry protections while making Mississippi the 10th state to adopt constitutional carry passed with broad support Tuesday.
The measure, which passed the House last month in an impressive 85-33 vote, began life as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church. During its passage through that body, it picked up an amendment to allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder. The Senate approved it by a 36-14 vote this week.
Headed back to the House for a concurrence, the bill has the support of both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the latter of whom concentrated on the new church protections in a statement Tuesday.
Hi-Point Firearms Founder Tom Deeb Dies - March 24, 2016
Deeb, born near South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in a working class neighborhood before founding Hi-Point in 1993, passed away this week.
"Tom was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still represents the fair practices and honest principles he implemented in establishing it," noted Hi-Point in a post to social media Thursday.
The Ohio based company's founder died Monday while in 'semi-retirement' in Texas.
Virginia Governor Vetos Two Pro Gun Bills - March 24, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to undo the Democrat's executive order banning guns in state offices.
McAuliffe also nixed a bill that would prevent most government agencies from prohibiting employees from keeping firearms in their vehicles.
State workers are currently barred from possessing a weapon not required for their job when they are on state premises or conducting state business.
Georgia Reciprocity Bill Passes South Carolina Senate - March 24, 2016
Legislation in the state Senate that lets South Carolina recognize Georgia's concealed weapons permits is a few steps closer to becoming law.
The bill, which cruised through the S.C. House in 2015, makes it so that Peach State residents who carry firearms don't have to put them away when they cross the state line.
The issue has flustered residents from border areas, Rep. Bill Taylor, Republican Aiken, said.
"South Carolina citizens who particularly live along the Savannah River and travel back and forth to Georgia have desired this overwhelmingly," Taylor said.
While Georgia does not recognize South Carolina's permit holders, lawmakers have said progress with South Carolina's bill could hopefully incentivize Georgia legislators to introduce similar legislation.
Mississippi Constitutional Carry Bill Heads To Full Senate Vote - March 18, 2016
An important Senate committee on Thursday looked past a gun control rally at the State Capitol to approve a House measure to allow concealed carry without a permit.
The measure, which passed the House last month in an impressive 85-33 vote began life as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, himself a lawyer and minister of a small church, was able to add an amendment to allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder.
Two Major Anti-Gun Groups Merge - March 17, 2016
Two of the most vocal gun control advocacy groups in the United States recently announced that they are joining forces. Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced on Wednesday that the two groups are merging to "create a bold new force for smart gun laws." The two organizations say that by pooling together resources and expertise, they can create a more powerful and influential entity to advocate for stricter gun laws. The resulting organization, which will continue to operate under the Americans for Responsible Solutions banner, will be led by Giffords and Kelly.
Bill Allowing Students To Have Guns In Vehicles On Campus Passes Tennessee House - March 16, 2016
The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 69 to 17 this week on a bill, HB2131, to restrict public colleges and universities from punishing students or employees with handgun carry permits who keep a gun in a vehicle while on campus.
This vote comes after the state Senate approved the bill, SB1991, 29 to 0 last week. The bill will be sent to the governor's desk for his signature soon.
The act would take effect upon becoming law, according to the bill.
Idaho Senate Passes Consitutional Carry Bill - March 16, 2016
The Senate has voted 27 to 8 in favor of SB 1389, which allows Idahoans 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit inside city limits. "The Idaho Constitution does give us the right to regulate concealed carry, and we certainly still do that," said Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. "Even with the passing of this law we have many regulations on concealed carry. But this corrects in my opinion what was a wrong infringement on individualsâ€™ rights and I'm proud to support this."
California Lawmaker Calling For ATF To Block Imports Of Assault Weapons - March 15, 2016
A new bill is aiming to block assault weapons from being imported into the United States.
The legislation proposed by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) calls for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to act on its power to bar the import of assault weapons that "are not suitable or readily adaptable for sporting purposes"
The legislation, which would not affect gun production in the U.S., would include the imported Serbian AK-47 that was used to kill three and wound 14 others in Hesston, Kansas on Feb. 25, Speier said in a Facebook post on the bill.
Texas Moms Demand Group Post Just Shoot Them About Gun Rights Group - March 15, 2016
The presence of a gun rights group at the Texas State Capitol during President Obama's visit to the SxSW festival elicited members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense to call for gun violence against the group. Among other incitements to violence, "Just shoot them all," and "Shoot the a**bags," they said.
Moms Demand Action members posted, "Do[n]'t arrest them just shoot them, these people are crazy," "Time to use an assault weapon on this trash," "Just shoot them allâ€¦," and "Mow them down." Another added, "a**hats. no one has taken your guns. you are the ones causing problems. [P]lease just shoot each other."
Iowa Senate Committee Passes Permitless Carry Bill - March 14, 2016
The Senate State Affairs Committee has passed SB 1389, the permitless concealed-carry bill, on a 6-3 votes. The three 'no' votes came from Sens. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum; Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise; and Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. After vote, Davis declined to discuss it, saying, "I'd rather not talk about this issue." His 23-year-old son was shot and killed at a college party in 2003 by another student who had been drinking and had a gun.
The 'yes' votes came from Sens. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa; Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston; Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; Chuck Winder, R-Boise; Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton; and Todd Lakey, R-Nampa. The bill now moves to the full Senate.
Georgia Senate Passes Campus Carry Bill - March 11, 2016
Georgia's State Senate voted Friday to pass a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses.
The bill passed the House last week and will now head to Governor Nathan Deal's desk, where it appears to have is support.
The proposal won support from a Senate panel on Monday despite opposition from the powerful Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Oklahoma House Passes Open Carry Firearms Legislation - March 10, 2016
The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly adopted legislation to allow gun owners to carry their weapons openly without a state issued license.
House members voted 73-15 for the measure and sent it to the state Senate for debate and a vote.
The measure's author, Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield, says it would allow gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry firearms openly without government interference. Coody says persons who want to carry a concealed weapon would still be required to obtain a state permit.
South Carolina House Passes Federal Firearm Law Nullification Bill - March 9, 2016
On March 2 the South Carolina state House of Representatives passed a bill that stops the enforcement of federal firearm regulations at the state border.
The Second Amendment Preservation Act, HB4701, prohibits state officials from cooperating with the federal government in the enforcement of any federal act that 'limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a firearm, ammunition or firearm accessories.'
Furthermore, the bill prevents the state of South Carolina from accepting 'any federal funds related to any law, rule, or regulation that took effect after January 1, 2016, that requires firearms to be registered or confiscated.'
Georgia Campus Carry Bill Advances In Senate - March 8, 2016
A bill legalizing firearms on Georgia's college campuses passed a key Senate panel on Monday, with no changes to where the legislation says college students could be allowed to carry guns.
The move makes House Bill 859 eligible for a floor vote in the Senate later this week, and sets up a scenario that could see final passage well before the Legislature ends its work this year on March 24. It also represents a power move on behalf of the Senate's GOP leadership in an election year for all state lawmakers, since the Senate in years past has stopped similar measures.
West Virginia Becomes Constitutional Carry State With Override Of Gov Veto - March 5, 2016
West Virginia became the seventh state to pass constitutional carry when the House Of Delegates and Senate over rode the governors veto by a vote of 64-33 and 23-11 respectively
The bill would take effect in late May and would allow those 21 and older to carry a concealed gun without a permit.