Gun Related News Stories
Breaking: Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Interstate Handgun Sales Ban - February 11, 2015
In another excellent victory for civil rights by attorney Alan Gura, United States District Court Judge Reed O'Connor struck down the federal interstate handgun sales ban earlier today, finding it unconstitutional under the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause.
The Court explained, "[t]o prevail on a facial challenge, Plaintiffs must show that either no set of circumstances exists under which the law would be valid or that the statute lacks any plainly legitimate sweep." That high bar was met by the Plaintiffs' legal team. The decision explained that "Defendants [United States Attorney General Eric Holder and BATFE director B. Todd Jones] fail[ed] to provide reasonably current figures to show the federal interstate handgun sale ban is narrowly tailored."
House And Senate Democrats Introduce Bills Banning High-Capacity Magazines - February 6, 2015
Ranking Democrats along with gun control advocates from the Newtown Alliance, pledged to renew a federal prohibition on magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The legislation, to be introduced this week to both chambers of Congress, aims to once again ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of so-called large capacity magazines.
HB752 was introduced today but lacked the actual bill text while the Senate version text has been released without a bill number on main sponsor, New Jersey's Sen. Bob Menendez website. Text of that bill can be found in the link below.
Once Again The Facts Shoot Down Moms Deman Action Claim Of School Shooting - February 6, 2015
In its never ending diatribe of lies over the actual number of school shootings 'Moms Demand Action' proclaimed the 101st 'school shooting' since Sandy Hook at Frederick High School in Maryland.
Little problem with that claim, the shooting was outside of the school and has now been labeled as gang-related.
Keep up the good work their Moms, your credibility is becoming as thin as tissue paper.
Indiana Senate Approves Bill Making Short Barreled Shotguns Legal - February 5, 2015
For the first time in decades, National Firearms Act-compliant short barreled shotguns are closer to being legal in Indiana following a 44-6 Senate vote Tuesday.
An short barrel shotgun, as interpreted by BATFE, consists of a shotgun that has a barrel less than 18 inches in length. The current Indiana regulations, dating back to the days when outlaws such as John Dillinger roamed the state, prohibit people from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale, or possessing a short-barreled shotgun.
However those days, and the reason for the ban, argue state lawmakers, have long faded away.
Second Amendment Foundation Files Suit Against Washington DC Over Concealed Carry Restrictions - February 3, 2015
The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia's highly restrictive concealed carry permit requirement that applicants provide a "good reason" before such a permit is issued, which violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF is joined by three private citizens, Brian Wrenn and Joshua Akery, both of Washington, D.C., and Tyler Whidby, a Florida resident who also maintains a residence in Virginia. The city and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are named as defendants.
Wyoming House Passes Bill To Repeal Gun Free Zones - February 3, 2015
The Wyoming House overwhelmingly voted Monday to pass a bill that would allow guns in public schools and other government buildings. HB114 is known as the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act. It was approved on a 42-17 vote.
The proposal, which has sparked heated testimony from education and pro-gun groups, now advances to the Senate.
The legislation would allow holders of concealed-carry permits to possess firearms in public K-12 schools, at the University of Wyoming and in community college buildings.
Virginia Bill To Bar Alleged Domestic Abusers From Guns, Lifetime Permits And Background Checks Stalls - February 3, 2015
A bill introduced by Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington) to bar domestic abusers from possessing guns was passed over by the state Senate Finance Committee, which cited a lack of funds. A proposal to loosen gun regulation by allowing lifetime concealed weapon permits was left to die for the same reasons, as were voluntary background checks at gun shows.
Colorado GOP Committee Clears Proposal To Repeal Expanded Background Checks - February 2, 2015
Republicans now control the state senate; and they were able to use their new majority to move at least one of their bills, the measure seeking to repeal the law expanding background checks to private gun sales and transfers, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote.
"I'm proud we took common sense action today to repeal measures that significantly infringe on Coloradans Second Amendment rights. Coloradans have been clear for years that they hold the Second Amendment near and dear to their hearts and I hope this legislation continues to get a fair hearing throughout the legislative process said Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, the bill's sponsor."
Columbine Survivor Pushes Bill To Arm Teachers - February 2, 2015
A Colorado state lawmaker who survived the Columbine shooting as a student is pushing a bill that would allow guns in schools.
State Rep. Patrick Neville, a Republican from Castle Rock, Colo., on Monday introduced gun legislation that would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms in Colorado public schools.
Neville, who graduated from Columbine High School and was there on the day of the shooting in 1999, believes that arming teachers is the best way to protect students.
Crossfire Arms To Sue Everytown Over False Report - January 30, 2015
Crossfire Arms of Vermont has just released a a press release stating they intend to sue Everytown over the use of their images in the anti-guns so-called study and for implying they were selling firearms illegally.
You can read the release by clicking on the link below:
Bloomberg Backed Group Caught In Lie, Has To Retract Report - January 30, 2015
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has gone into mea culpa mode for claims it made about firearms dealers that turned out to be wrong, and that may lead at least one to file a lawsuit.
The group issued a report a few days ago that said more than 1,000 online gun ads in Vermont were posted by unlicensed dealers and therefore, leading potential buyers to bypass background checks. But Everytown for Gun Safety wrongly identified 49 licensed dealers.
Philadelphia's Bizzare Response To NRA Lawsuit Over Illegal Statutes - January 29, 2015
Only in Superman's Bizzaroland would the response to an NRA lawsuit over the city's illegal firearm laws make any sense.
According to Philly.com:
"Yesterday, a City Council committee fired back and advanced a bill designed to help city lawyers mount a successful challenge to an NRA-filed lawsuit."
"The bill, approved by the Committee on Law and Government, seeks to suspend 12 firearms ordinances currently on the city's books. The idea behind the bill is to strengthen the city's legal position by taking gun-control measures, which are either old and not enforced or already covered under state law, off the table."
Yes, you read that correctly, the city council has suspended the very laws the suit is challenging to mount a challenge to the lawsuit that seeks to have these laws removed from their books.
If you are making that 'confused dog look' right about now you are not alone.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."