Gun Related News Stories
West Virginia Governor Vetoes Pro Gun Bill - March 20, 2015
Citing public safety concerns, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to eliminate requirements for people carrying concealed handguns to have permits.
"Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsive to the apprehension of law enforcement officers from across the state, who have concerns about the bill as it relates to the safety of their fellow officers," the governor said.
Democrats Pushing To Revive M855 Ammo Ban - March 12, 2015
Congressional Democrats are pressuring the Obama administration to move ahead 'swiftly' with a proposal that would ban a form of armor-piercing ammunition.
In a draft letter Democrats are urging the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to use his 'existing authority' to keep 'dangerous ammunition out of our communities.'
"We hope that the Bureau will swiftly review comments on the proposed framework and issue a revised proposal that will address the danger posed by handguns that fire 5.56mm and other rifle ammunition," Democrats write in the letter.
Sweeping Pro-Gun Legislation Passes Iowa House With No Debate - March 10, 2015
With no debate, the Iowa House passed legislation Tuesday that would make sweeping changes to the state's gun laws.
"It's not often that you can bring a bill of this enormity to the floor of the Iowa House and have no debate on it," said Rep. Matt Windschitl. "So I'll take this as a compliment that this is a well-crafted piece of legislation that everybody in this chamber can get behind, hopefully, that does right by 3 million Iowans and advances our Second Amendment rights."
Breaking: ATF Backs Down On M855 Ammo Ban - March 10, 2015
Due to overwhelming pressure, and with over 80,000 comments on their proposal to ban M855 ammo, it appears they have backed down.
In a statement released today the stated "Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. "
Bill To Block CWP Information To Other States Sent To Virginia Governor - February 20, 2015
It is up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out of state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.
The House of Delegates gave final approval Tuesday to the measure, Senate Bill 948. The vote was 66-33, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it. SB 948 now advances to McAuliffe for consideration.
If signed into law, states like Maryland would not have access to concealed weapon permit data from the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Maryland does not recognize concealed handgun permits issued by Virginia.
Florida Court Upholds Ban On Open Carry - February 18, 2015
In what judges described as a first of its kind case, an appeals court Wednesday upheld a Florida law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms, finding that the restriction does not violate the constitutional rights to bear arms.
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal stemmed from the 2012 arrest in Fort Pierce of Dale Norman, who was carrying a gun in a holster. A jury found Norman guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor charge, leading to the appeal on constitutional grounds.
ATF Proposes Ban On AR-15 Ammo - February 14, 2015
Based on new proposed regulations, the ATF is essentially seeking a ban on the popular M855 round (aka 'green tip').
The NRA-ILA weighed in on the measure saying "BATFE has released a 'Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are 'Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes' Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c), which would eliminate M855's exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."