Gun Related News Stories
First Washington DC Concealed Carry Permits Issued - January 27, 2015
D.C. police have granted eight people permits to carry concealed firearms in public in the city since the department began accepting applications in October, according to figures released Tuesday.
Police on Tuesday said they denied permits to 11 applicants. Sixty-six people applied, 34 D.C residents and 32 nonresidents, and most cases are pending.
Texas Lt. Governor Says Votes Not There For Open Carry - January 27, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick cast doubt Tuesday on the possibility that a bill legalizing the open carry of handguns could pass during the current legislative session.
"Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry does not reach to the level of prioritizing at this point," he said. "I don't think the votes are there."
California Democrat Introduces Civilian Ban On Level III Body Armor Bill - January 26, 2015
Introduced January 14th by California Democrat Michael Honda HR378 would make it illegal for 'citizens' to own level III body armor. This includes any armor someone might already own.
Virginia Senate Committe Defeats Gun Control Proposals - January 26, 2015
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee spent several hours this morning killing Democratic gun control bills and advancing a measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit.
One piece of Democratic-sponsored legislation survived the committee. That was SB943 sponsored by Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, which would prohibit a person convicted of stalking, assault and battery of a family member or sexual battery from possessing a firearm. Under the bill, someone prohibited under those categories could petition a court after five years of having a clean record.
Everytown for Gun Safety Pushing For Universal Background Checks In Oregon - January 24, 2015
Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks.
"This is our top priority," said the group's spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb.
Federal Court To Hear Arguments Over Maryland Assault Weapon Ban - January 20, 2015
A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24.
In court papers filed Friday, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
One Year After Concealed Carry Enacted Illinois Sheriff Calls It A Non-Event - January 20, 2015
McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage thinks critics have been pleasantly surprised by the first year of Illinois' concealed carry law.
"I really wasn't sure on expectations, but I do think that it's probably worked out better than some people thought it would," he said.
Concerns raised by doubters as Illinois became the last state to allow concealed carry for citizens have become virtual memories as officials said the roll-out has been as smooth as possible.
Washington State Anti-Gun Groups Admits Next Step Is Registration - January 12, 2015
The first big public turnout may be this Thursday's "Rally for Your Rights" event, which brought an unusually candid acknowledgement about registration from an anti-gunner this morning on the Seattle P-I.com's website from a reader responding to liberal columnist Joel Connelly's piece on the rally.
P-I reader John Whitmore wrote early this morning, "Yes, that is the next step, registration. That way we know who owns what gun and who doesn't. It's a no brainer. Little steps. We will get there and hopefully reduce the abismal gun violence statistics that America has compared to other 1st world nation. It won't eliminate gun violence but hopefully save many, many lives."
Army Rejects Beretta M9A3 Proposal, Looks For New Pistol - January 9, 2015
U.S. Army weapons officials will not evaluate an improved version of the service's Cold War-era 9mm pistol, choosing instead to search for a more modern soldier sidearm.
The move clears the way for the Army to release a pending request for proposal that will launch the MHS competition.
Program Executive Office Soldier would not comment for this story until Army Public Affairs has approved a statement, PEO Soldier spokesman Doug Graham said Thursday night.
Interpol States Allowing Citizens To Carry Guns Is Most Effective Way To Prevent Terror Attacks - January 8, 2015
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya â€“ and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
New Hampshire Lawmakers Allow Concealed Carry In House Chambers - January 7, 2015
This week, things changed when the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 228 to 149 to allow concealed weapons in its chambers.
The measure was among the first items considered by the new Legislature, and, according to its supporters, will make the State House safer and allow members to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Illinois Authorities Call Year-Old Concealed Carry Law A Non-Event - January 3, 2015
While gun violence remains a problem across Illinois, the state's year-old concealed-carry law has had no noticeable negative effect, local authorities say.
"For us, it's been a non-event," said Joe Gallo, deputy chief with Champaign police, echoing a similar sentiment as law-enforcement officials in other area counties.
New York Man Files Lawsuit After His Guns Were Confiscated After Visiting Hospital - January 1, 2015
In a story that sounds more like something out of Russia a New York man, also a retired police officer, has filed suit after his guns were confiscated. The confiscation came after he went to a hospital because of insomnia.
The complaint contends that Montgomery, a Navy veteran and retired police officer who rose to the rank of detective sergeant during his 30-year career, voluntarily sought treatment for insomnia at a hospital on Long Island in May of 2014 after relocating to a new home several hundred miles from his previous residence.
Michigan Governor Vetos Air Gun Reclassification Bills - December 29, 2014
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday vetoed 'air gun reclassification' legislation that sought to change the definition of 'firearm' in various state statutes.
Snyder, in a veto letter to lawmakers, noted that the original air gun package had included three other House bills that did not reach his desk. As a result, he said he was left to consider an incomplete package.
New Jersey Man Gets Firearms Card After 3 year Legal Battle - December 26, 2014
City officials have ended a lengthy legal battle by finally granting a Jersey City man a permit to buy a handgun, three years after he applied for it.
Michael McGovern received the permit last month. Evan Nappen, McGovern's attorney, said the city's decision is "very important" to the gun rights movement.
"There's now a pro-gun victory against Jersey City, and we're proud of it, and it stands as an example to all the other municipalities that want to break the law," Nappen said. "They're on notice."
Ohio Governor Signs Gun Rights Bill To Reform Concealed Carry, Suppressor Use - December 19, 2014
Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed a bill expanding gun rights in Ohio to include the use of suppressors by hunters, concealed carry reforms, and mandatory shall-certify rules for National Firearms Act items.
Sandy Hook Families File Lawsuit On Manufacturer, Distributor And Dealer - December 15, 2014
The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower.
This is the first suit that is attempting to use an exception in the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that was signed into law in 2005.
The plaintiffs allege the gun allows shooters to inflict "unparalleled civilian carnage." and "In order to continue profiting from the sale of AR-15s, defendants chose to disregard the unreasonable risks the rifle posed outside of specialized, highly regulated institutions like the armed forces and law enforcement"
CCRKBA Calls For Full Disclosure Of New National Gun Control Group - December 10, 2014
In response to this week's launch of a new gun control organization consisting of state legislators from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on the American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention to immediately publish a roster of their members, and disclose their funding sources.
"Private lobbying organizations might expect to have some degree of privacy," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb, "but when an organization consists of elected public officials, there must be complete transparency. The public deserves to know who belongs to this organization, and who is providing financial support."
Federal Appeals Court Questions New York 7 Bullet Rule - December 10, 2014
Pro-gun lawyers and a federal appeals court judge questioned one aspect of Gov. Cuomo's assault weapons ban Tuesday, saying its mandate that gun owners load only seven bullets into magazines with a 10-bullet capacity seems unenforceable.
Latest Pew Poll Shows Another Increase In Gun Rights Beliefs - December 10, 2014
For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.
Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a substantial shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings, which occurred two years ago this Sunday.