Gun Related News Stories
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.
Supreme Court Rules Convicted Felon Has The Right To Sell His Guns - May 18, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former U.S. Border patrol agent, Tony Henderson, who was convicted of a felony in 2006 and sought to sell his gun collection that included a personal firearm and some antique weapons.
A unanimous court ruled Monday that once a gun owner is convicted of a felony, his or her lawfully owned firearms can be transferred from government custody to a third party if a court is satisfied that the recipient would not give the felon control over the firearms.
Federal Court Rules Ohio Man Can Sue For Illegal Open Carry Stop - May 14, 2015
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday handed down a victory for open carry advocates and the Fourth Amendment in a ruling that may give gun prohibitionists heartburn, but also should not be seen as a signal for open carriers to engage in deliberately provocative behavior for the benefit of video social media.
The appeals court ruled that Toledo resident Shawn Northrup can sue a city police officer for detaining him on June 16, 2010 because he was openly carrying a semiautomatic pistol while walking with his wife and their dog. Northrup was stopped, disarmed and handcuffed, and detained for about 30 minutes by Officer David Bright.
National Defense Authorization Act Amendment Would Transfer Remaining 1911s To CMP - May 8, 2015
An add on to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army's remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it could see potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II era handguns in government hands sold to the public.
Oregon Governor Will Sign New Background Check Law - May 4, 2015
Governor Kate Brown quickly signaled that she will sign legislation passed by the House on Monday expanding the state's background check law to include private gun sales.
The governor's communications director, said in a brief text that the governor will sign the bill passed by the House on a 32-28 vote.
New York Democrats Shelve Safe Act Repeal Bills - April 25, 2015
On April 23, 2015, the New York State Assembly Codes Committee met to discuss Bills A-2651 and A-3350. Each of these Bills sought to repeal the NY Safe Act, enacted a little over 2 years ago without debate or public input as a matter of necessity in reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings. Since that time, the NY Safe Act has been universally found to have failed its stated goal of making New Yorkers safer from gun violence. The Codes Committee decision would have allowed the repeal Bills to be presented to the entire Assembly in public debate for an up or down vote. The Codes Committee declined to allow such public action.
Tennessee Governor Haslam Signs Bill To Allow Guns In Parks - April 24, 2015
Republican Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar people with handgun carry permits from being armed in parks, playgrounds and sports fields.
The contentious measure was introduced as a welcome gift from gun-friendly Tennessee lawmakers to the more than 70,000 people attending the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville earlier this month.
Oregonians Denied From Testifying Against Background Check Bill - April 3, 2015
Only 19 percent of opposing witness where allowed to testify against an Oregon Senate Bill that would expand background checks for private firearms, while 94 percent of supporting witnesses testified on Wednesday, April 1.
"Many rural Oregonians traveled hours to express their concerns about SB 941, and we owe them the chance to engage in the political process and speak directly with their representatives in Salem," said Senator Bill Hansell. "Their commitment proves this issue is one that deeply affects all Oregonians and they deserve an equal opportunity to be heard."
In all, 68 Oregonians were not permitted to testify against Senate Bill 914 at the public hearing. Senator Prozanski held a two hour public meeting for the bill, and limited testimony two minutes.
NJ Governor Pardons PA Single Mother Arrested For Carrying - April 2, 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday pardoned Shaneen Allen, an African-American single mother from Philadelphia who was arrested last year in New Jersey for bringing a handgun into the state even though she was permitted to carry it in Pennsylvania.
Washington DC Drops Appeal Over Public Carry Ban - April 1, 2015
Washington, D.C., will drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns in public, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday.
City attorneys will instead focus on defending concealed-carry laws adopted by legislators in the months after U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. declared the ban was unconstitutional.
Breaking: Judge Order En Banc Rehearing In San Diego CCW case - March 26, 2015
In an order released moments ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered an en banc rehearing in the landmark right-to-carry case Peruta v. San Diego.
From the order:
THOMAS, Chief Judge:
Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel opinion and order denying motions to intervene shall not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit.
For those that may not be familiar with the term 'en banc' means a hearing before all the judges of the court.
Kroger CFO Rejects Moms Demand Demands - March 25, 2015
During a March 25 appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman said the retail food chain will not comply with the demands of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, especially as those demands touch on changing store policy to disarm open-carry customers in states where openly carrying a gun in Kroger is legal.
PA - OH Reciprocity Under Ohio AG Scrutiny - March 24, 2015
From Joshua Prince at Firearms Industry Consulting Group:
WARNING REGARDING OHIO RECIPROCITY - The NRA posted a notice that Ohio had passed a reciprocity agreement allowing any out of state CCW / LTCF holder to legally carry a firearm effective yesterday, March 23, 2015. Firearm Owners Against Crime has been in touch with the NRA legislative representative who covers Ohio and it appears that the Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWine, has some problems with the agreement. DO NOT CARRY in Ohio until this is resolved!!
We are asking you to call the OHIO AG's office toll free at 1(800) 282-0515 and ask Mr DeWine to acknowledge and comply with the reciprocity agreement passed in the Ohio legislature last year, HB 234, so that no law abiding citizen is victimized by the "confusion." We ask that you also pass this on to your friends who carry and ask that they also call the Ohio AG.
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.
Breaking! ATF Director Stepping Down Over Bullet Ban - March 20, 2015
The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is stepping down following controversy surrounding the agency's proposal to ban certain types of ammunition.
The ATF announced Friday that Director B. Todd Jones is resigning at the end of the month â€œto pursue other opportunities in the private sector."
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.