Gun Related News Stories
FBI Report Shows Crime Fell While Gun Sales Soard In 2013 - November 10, 2014
According to an FBI report released on November 10: "violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent [as well]."
These record gun sales and the subsequent reduction in crime square perfectly with a Congressional Research Service report on December 4, 2013. That study showed that the number of privately owned firearms in America increased from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009. At the same time, "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" fell from 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
Gun Sales Soar In Washington State After Passage Of I-594 - November 9, 2014
Some local gun owners are bracing for trouble after the passage of I-594. A few of them believe the government is out to take their guns and they are buying them like crazy.
It is that frustration that has led to a firearm frenzy in Spokane. Several gun shops in the area have experienced a spike in gun sales. In fact, sales at one shop have surged 25 percent in the last few weeks. Normally at this time of year, gun shops see record sales for hunting gear.
Iowa City Council Rejects Proposed Weapons Ban - November 7, 2014
A move by the Tama City Council to outlaw carrying firearms and other weapons on most city property was dropped before the second reading of the ordinance on Monday night, Nov. 3.
With an initial 2-1 vote, dropping the ordinance fell short of the council majority present for the meeting. Council members Doug Ray and Mike Carnahan moved to drop the ordinance, but member Steve Baier said he wanted more information from the citizens attending and voted "no." Members Crystal Kaufman and Kenny McAdoo were absent.
WA State Representative to Propose New Gun Legislation - November 7, 2014
Washington State Representative, Ruth Kagi proposed a bill in the last legislative session that would make it a crime to leave a loaded gun where a child could find it.
8th District Representative Brad Klippert says he is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, but he would not be opposed.
LA Ordinance Would Require Gun Owners To Keep Them Locked Up - November 7, 2014
A half-dozen City Council members Friday proposed a new ordinance that would require gun owners in the city of Los Angeles to store their firearms in locked containers or apply the trigger locks when not in use.
The motion goes further than current California state law, which requires only that safety locks be included with guns manufactured, sold or transferred in the state. However, state law does not require that all firearms actually be disabled with a trigger lock or stored in a locked container when not in use.
Record Amount Of Guns Intercepted By TSA At Airports - November 7, 2014
As of Tuesday, a record 1,855 guns, 1,471 of them loaded have been discovered this year in bags passengers planned to carry onto an airplane.
"In the same period a total of 3,048 firearms, firearm components, replica firearms, stun guns, and other similar dangerous objects have been discovered by TSA from passengers in their carry-on luggage," Jeh Johnson, Secretary for Homeland Security, said Tuesday. "Last week alone, TSA discovered 41 firearms (34 of which were loaded), 16 stun guns, four replica grenades, a 13-inch cane sword, and a box-cutter found concealed in the lining of a carry-on bag."
New Gallup Poll Shows 6 In 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer - November 7, 2014
he percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this. Three in 10 Americans say having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.
Pennsylvania Governor Signs Wrong Version Of Gun Bill - November 6, 2014
Thanks to a clerical mix-up, Gov. Tom Corbett actually signed the wrong version of HB80, the firearm preemption bill into law last week.
Corbett actually signed an earlier version of the bill into law, not the one that the House sent him during the waning hours of last month's legislative session.
Once officials were alerted to the error, the state House briefly gaveled into session on Wednesday to sign the correct version of the bill, and then kicked it over to the Senate for its signature, putting it into position for yet another gubernatorial John Hancock.
Crossbreed Goes After Holster Manufacturers Claiming Patent Infringement - November 6, 2014
It appears that MTC Holsters, LLC, (doing business as CrossBreed Holsters, LLC) has begun the process of going after other holster manufacturers for certain patent infringements. It's important to note that CrossBreed was recently granted the following patent this year;
Texas Governor Elect Say He Will Sign An Open Carry Bill - November 5, 2014
Just a day after becoming the governor elect for one of the country's most powerful states, during a post election day press conference, governor elect Gregg Abbott has announced that he will sign an open carry bill if it reaches his desk.
Alabama Voters Approve Amendment For Strict Scrutiny For Any Restriction Of Gun Rights - November 4, 2014
The amendment was introduced to the state legislature by Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia), and it specifies that the right to bear arms is a fundamental right for citizens of the state of Alabama.
It will require 'strict scrutiny,' the highest level of judicial review, for any restriction of that right.
Support For New Gun Laws Just Above Historic Low - October 31, 2014
Since the 2012 Newtown school shooting, major anti-gun groups like Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action (both funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg) have been pushing for more legal requirements during gun sales, better known as "universal background checks." But a new survey from Gallup shows those efforts haven't paid off and that the majority of the country does not support an increase in gun control laws. The survey also shows support for new legislation has plummeted since 2012.
Lawsuit Challenges Federal Machine Gun Ban - October 31, 2014
A complaint for relief was filed Thursday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division. Plaintiff Jay Aubrey Isaac Hollis, acting individually and as trustee of a revocable living trust, is suing Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones in their official capacities for administering, executing and enforcing statutory and regulatory provisions [that] generally act as an unlawful de facto ban on the transfer or possession of a machine gun manufactured after May 19, 1986.
PA Governor Signs Bill To Add Teeth To Preemption - October 28, 2014
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.
This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law. A much-needed protection for gun owners in the Keystone State, HB 80 will provide a way for responsible gun owners to hold municipalities accountable and responsible for infringing on our Second Amendment rights. HB 80 takes effect in sixty days.
Supreme Court To Weigh Gun Rights After Conviction Of A Crime - October 20, 2014
The Supreme Court is taking up a case that pits property rights against firearm regulations, with the justices poised to decide what becomes of a person's guns after they are convicted of a crime.
The case, Henderson v. United States, is among three new cases the high court has agreed to hear this term, according to orders handed down Monday.
While lower courts are split on the issue, the government argues that its position is validated by a decision in a federal court decision in a case known as United States v. Howell, which found convicted felons have 'unclean hands' and therefore no right to control over previously owned firearms.
New York Republican Governor Candidate Announces SAFE Act Repeal Plan - October 17, 2014
Republican governor candidate Rob Astorino announced his plan to roll ban the unconstitutional SAFE act today. In his statement he writes:
"Redirect the energy and large number of dollars being expended on implementation of the NY SAFE Act toward measures that will actually have an effect upon the safety of New York's citizens. An extraordinary amount of tax dollars have been spent on this ill conceived measure and much more is scheduled to be spent. Meanwhile the only people adversely impacted are our law aiding citizens. Measures targeted specifically at getting weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill are needed, not broad 'feel good' measures that accomplish nothing in the line of public safety.
Holder's Top Deputy Resigns Over Fast And Furious Phoenix AK-47 Link - October 17, 2014
The top deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday amid revelations that Operation Fast and Furious scandal guns were used to harm Americans in Phoenix in 2013, a development top congressional Republicans say President Obama‚Äôs administration sought to cover up.
Documents Confirm AK-47 Used In Phoenix Gang Assault From Fast And Furious Operation - October 16, 2014
Documents obtained through a lawsuit recently issued against the City of Phoenix by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal a weapon from the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious was used to injure two people in a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of where the weapons that were used came from.
U.S. Army Corp Of Engineers Gun Ban Found Unconstitutional - October 14, 2014
An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.
Mississippi Attorney Seeks To Overturn Federal Machine Gun Ban - October 12, 2014
A Mississippi attorney established a crowdfunding page Thursday to overturn the federal machine gun ban. Since being established, the project appears well on its way to reaching its $50,000 goal.
"Now, my sights are set on ... the machine gun ban," Stamboulieh announced on the GoFundme.com webpage he established to finance the legal challenge. "I don't believe this is constitutional in light of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Likewise, the National Firearms Act ('NFA'), which taxes the making and transferring of Title II weapons (machine guns, suppressors, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, etc) is ripe to be attacked on Second Amendment grounds."