Gun Related News Stories
Seattle City Council Passes Tax On Firearms And Ammunition - August 11, 2015
The Seattle city council unanimously passed a special tax on Monday, and Mayor Ed Murray signaled his support for the measure.
The new law will impose a $25 tax on guns and a 5 cent tax on bullets sold within the city limits. Lawmakers called it a "gun violence tax" because proceeds would be used for prevention and research programs to reduce gun violence in Seattle.
Historic Challenge to New York Pistol Permit Law - August 10, 2015
A group of citizens have filed a frontal legal assault on New York's pistol permit law, known as the Sullivan Act, after the corrupt Tammany Hall politician who sponsored it in 1911. The statute requires law abiding citizens to get government permission before arming themselves against the hordes of violent criminals roaming New York's streets.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Buffalo, complains that alone among the fundamental rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights, only the right to bear arms requires that citizens get government permission before exercising it.
The complaint notes that seeking such permission can takes years and several thousand dollars and is often denied arbitrarily.
Alabama Department Of Transportation Outlawing Firearms In Rest Areas - July 23, 2015
The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that they are banning the possession and carrying of firearms at rest stops along the state's interstates and highways.
Although many are questioning whether ALDOT has the legal authority to do this, the department cited Alabama Code Section 25-1-59(c) as giving them the power to "prescribe any reasonable rules and regulations ... prevent unnecessary trespassing upon or injury to any of the public roads, bridges, or highways of the state" upon which state money is spent.
Seattle City Council Proposes Tax On Firearms And Ammunition - July 7, 2015
Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the city tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms.
Seattle would tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms under a pair of bills coming before the City Council.
City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the legislation, saying revenue from the new tax would fund gun-violence-prevention programs and research.
Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Pro Gun Amendment Vote - June 30, 2015
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August that bolsters gun rights.
In February, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson presented his case against the amendment, alleging the ballot summary presented to voters was misleading and failed to explain the amendment, making it an irregular election.
The summary presented to voters said 'that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.'
The court disagreed and held the election results valid.
Pennsylvania Act 192 Found Unconstitutional By Appeals Court - June 24, 2015
A law that cleared the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws, and collect legal fees and other costs if they won.
In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled the law, known as Act 192 of 2104, is unconstitutional.
A copy of the decision can be found here
Nevada Drops Reciprocity Agreement With Michigan - June 19, 2015
According to Michigan Open Carry Nevada no longer accepts a Michigan concealed carry license. Little is know as to why the agreement has ended.
North Carolina House Strips Out Two Keep Sections Of Pro Gun Bill - June 16, 2015
The N.C. House on Tuesday tentatively passed a watered down version of a gun bill after stripping out provisions that would have repealed the state's pistol permit system and allowed lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in the legislature.
After more than four hours of debate, lawmakers voted 78 to 37 for HB562. A final vote is expected Wednesday.
9th Circuit Court To Hear Challenge To California Concealed Carry Law Today - June 16, 2015
In a hearing set for Tuesday in San Francisco, a special 11 judge federal appeals court panel will consider whether to side with the gun lobby's effort to dramatically loosen California's restrictions on carrying concealed firearms.
While the case involves challenges to regulations in San Diego and Yolo Counties, it has implications for local gun control efforts across the state, including most Bay Area counties that have similar restrictions in place.
Depending on how the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules, the outcome could force the U.S. Supreme Court to address what many legal experts consider one of the most important unresolved issues in the gun debate, how far the constitutional right to bear arms extends outside the home.
Texas Governor To Sign Two Pro Gun Bills Tomorrow - June 12, 2015
Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled on Saturday to sign legislation to expand Second Amendment rights, with the headliners expected to be proposals to allow open carry and campus carry.
The Republican is holding the signing ceremony at Red's Indoor Range in Pflugerville, just outside of Austin.
Colt On The Verge Of Bankruptcy - June 10, 2015
Colt, the iconic American gunmaker, could be bankrupt within days. The company, that has been making guns for 160 years, has been struggling financially and missed a $10.9 million interest payment on its debt in mid-May.
Colt admitted, in a regulatory filing, that its failure to make that interest payment raises "substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern." Colt also said it "may seek relief under the bankruptcy code."
Breaking: US Supreme Courts Allows San Fransico Hollow Point Ban To Stand - June 8, 2015
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal aimed at loosening gun restrictions and instead left in place two San Francisco gun laws.
The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. A second ordinance bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has "no sporting purpose" and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.
Oregon County Commissioners Vote 4 To 1 Against Enforcing New Law - June 3, 2015
Gun control advocates on Wednesday decried as a misguided political maneuver a vote by Oregon county commissioners against enforcement of new statewide gun background check requirements.
Lane County's commissioners in a 4 to 1 vote on Tuesday decreed that local government could not afford to investigate violations of the new law, and affirmed the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms' under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
New Jersey Domestic Abuse Gun Bill Will Get A Hearing - May 29, 2015
Legislation that would toughen New Jersey's laws against firearms possession by domestic violence offenders is beginning to advance.
The bill, A4218 which former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords advocated for in a March visit to Trenton, is scheduled for a hearing in the state Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday. It would require judges to order those convicted of a domestic violence offense to sell their guns to dealers or turn them over to law enforcement within 24 hours, among other things.
Current law already bans domestic violence offenders from owning the guns, but the bill would add an enforcement mechanism that gun control advocates argue is lacking.
US Rep Claims Insurance Has Reduced Car Deaths So Gun Insurance Would Do The Same - May 29, 2015
In an unbelievable statement last week New York representative Carolyn Maloney stated "We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise".
Her statement was an attempt to push her latest round of 'stupid legislation' that would require all gun owners to carry liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine.
Federal Judge Denies DC Request For Stay - May 28, 2015
A federal judge on Thursday denied the District of Columbia's request for an immediate administrative stay on a ruling declaring part of the city's gun carry law unconstitutional.
In a ruling issued on May 18th, Judge Frederick J. Scullin said the District's requirement that applicants for a gun carry permit demonstrate a 'good reason' to carry a gun violated the Second Amendment.
New Jersey Supreme Court To Hear Gun Case - May 27, 2015
A former New Jersey police officer is headed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he should be able to keep his firearms and a hunting knife despite a stormy, 15 year marriage with episodes of domestic violence.
The state Supreme Court rarely ventures into the debate over gun rights. Its last major decision on gun control came in 1990, denying handgun permits to two private detectives. New Jersey is considered to have some of the toughest firearms restrictions in the country, and the state Supreme Court has upheld them at every turn on public-safety grounds.
DC Asks Judge To Allow Law To Remain While Challenged In Court - May 26, 2015
D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law, the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a 'good reason' for a permit to carry while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.
In a motion filed late Tuesday, the District's Attorney General asked the judge to stay the ruling while the city pursues an appeal.
"Granting an administrative stay would minimize unnecessary disruption and confusion," wrote D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, noting that if a later ruling were to overturn the injunction, any concealed-carry permits issued during that time might have to be withdrawn.
Minnesota Governor Signs Bill To Allow Suppresors - May 23, 2015
Despite previously suggesting he would veto it, Gov. Mark Dayton today passed a public safety bill that includes legalizing the use of firearm suppressors in Minnesota.
The measure was one of four bills the governor signed Friday, put forward by the Senate and House as part of the state's $41 billion budget. They cover public safety and judiciary finance, higher education, health and human services, and transportation finance
Constitutional Carry Bill Advances In Maine Legislature - May 21, 2015
A bill that would allow Mainers to carry concealed weapons without a permit advanced in the Legislature today after the state Senate approved the measure in a 21-14 vote.
Opponents voiced concerns over the legislation's failure to include a firearms' training requirement and its implications for an existing reciprocity agreement among states requiring permits for concealed weapons.
But the bill's supporters prevailed, saying current law does little to make law-abiding citizens feel any safer.