Gun Related News Stories
Arizona Supreme Courts Reverses Lower Court Ruling Over Police Searches - August 7, 2014
Police cannot frisk someone they stop and question absent some "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot," the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a unanimous decision affirming the right to carry a gun without interference, the justices rejected arguments by prosecutors that a simple belief someone is armed and dangerous is enough to justify a frisk, even without any evidence of criminal activity. They said the U.S. Constitution dictates otherwise.
"The Fourth Amendment protects the right of people to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures," wrote Justice Rebecca White Berch.
Missouri Voters Approve Change To Constitution For Gun Rights - August 6, 2014
Missouri voters have approved amendment 5 strengthening gun rights in the states constitution.
The amendment adds to the state constitution "that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right."
Report Finds Concealed Carry Holders Are Extremely Law-Abiding - August 6, 2014
Individuals employing the 'more guns more crime' logic are using shoddy research as the basis for their claim.
"If you look at information from the Justice Department, they have something called the National Crime Victimization survey. What you find is that guns are used in crime about 250,000 times a year." John R. Lott Jr., economist, Yale professor, and president of Crime Prevention Research Center, told Townhall.
"If you look at similar surveys of people who use guns defensively, it's about two million times a year. So basically people are using guns defensively to stop crimes about four to five times more frequently each year than guns are used to commit a crime. Most people don't realize that."
Suspected Burglar Shot By Female Homeowner In Delaware - August 5, 2014
Delaware State Police have captured a suspected burglar who was shot and wounded by a female homeowner early Tuesday morning.
When the homeowner and her son arrived to check on the home just before 6:00 a.m., she found someone inside.
After a confrontation, police say, there was a struggle and the homeowner, who was armed with a gun, fired one shot, striking the suspect in the lower body.
Gun Control Advocate James Brady Dead At 73 - August 4, 2014
James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, the White House said on Monday. He was 73.
Following the shooting of Reagan in Washington that left Brady partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair, he became one of the nation's most prominent gun-control advocates.
Top State For Illinois Seized And Traced Weapons Is ... - August 2, 2014
A new report put out by ATF just about puts all the myths about most guns used in crimes in Illinois to rest once and for all. The report shows that Illinois itself is the top source state for these weapons with Indiana a distant second.
Hornady Issues Recall For 9MM Critical Duty Ammo - August 1, 2014
Hornady Mfg Company issued a recall of a single lot of its Critical Duty 9mm ammo on July 31 due to 'light or no powder charges.'
The company said its Hornady Critical Duty 9mm 135 grain +P ammunition with item number '90226' and lot number '3141635'.
Additionally, it shipped between the dates June 5 to July 16.
Kansas City Council Votes To Ban Open Carry - July 31, 2014
Kansas City will clamp down on people openly carrying guns â€” at least for now.
At Mayor Sly Jamesâ€™ urging, the City Council voted 9-0 Thursday to ban the open carry of firearms, saying Kansas City doesn't need any more weapons on the streets.
"This is not an environment where we need to have everyone armed to the teeth," James told his colleagues.
But the city's new law, which takes effect in 10 days, may soon be weakened by the state.
Judge Grants 90 day Stay On DC Carry Ruling - July 29, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday granted a 90-day stay in a ruling that upended the District's ban on carrying handguns in public.
The order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin brings a temporary reprieve to D.C. officials, who were sent scurrying over the weekend to interpret the effects of the ruling that gutted the city's restrictive gun laws.
Copy Of Memo Issued By DC Police - July 28, 2014
As noted earlier today the Washington DC police chief has issued an order telling police not to arrest anyone legally carrying a weapon. We have found a copy of that memo linked to below.
Gun Retailers Removed From Operation Choke Point List - July 28, 2014
Gun retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed "high risk" by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew Monday the list it put together that outlined what merchants may be considered risky for banks to do business with as part of the Obama administration's "Operation Choke Point."
Constitutional Carry Comes To Washington DC - July 28, 2014
D.C. police were told Sunday not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street in the wake of a judge's ruling that overturned the city's principal gun-control law.
In an order approved by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, police were told that District residents are permitted to carry pistols if the weapons are registered.
Lanier's instructions to police also said that residents of other jurisdictions without felony records would not be charged under the ban on carrying pistols.
US District Court Rules DC Carry Ban Unconstitutional - July 27, 2014
Yesterday a federal judge in Washington DC struck down the ban on carrying firearms outside of the home as unconstitutional. In the decision the judge stated:
"In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia's complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District."
Florida Court Upholds Florida Law Limiting Doctor Discussions About Guns With Patients - July 25, 2014
A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.
The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however.
Beretta USA Moving Its Entire Manufacturing Capabilities To Tennessee - July 22, 2014
Beretta USA has announced today that they will be moving all of their manufacturing to their new location in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Previously the company had said only new manufacturing would be moved to the state but in a reversal they have now decided to move everything.
Commenting on the move Jeff Cooper, general manager for Beretta USA said "During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State".
Settlement In Philadelphia Class Action Suit Regarding Disclosure Of LTCF Information - July 22, 2014
Joshua Prince, AMGOA's attorney, announced a settlement with the city of Philadelphia today regarding his lawsuit pertaining to the disclosure of private licensing information by the city.
The city will pay 1.425 million dollars and is also liable for the costs of administering the the settlement. Also included in the settlement are 11 policy changes the city has agreed to.
Germany Bans Export Of Sig Sauer After US Sells Guns To Columbia - July 14, 2014
Germany has imposed an export ban on arms maker SIG Sauer after guns manufactured by the German company were found to have been sold to the Colombian police, German media report.
Under German law, arms exports require a special license which is not normally granted for countries where there is armed conflict, such as Colombia. Colombia says it bought almost 65,000 SIG Sauer pistols for its police force from the US Department of Defense.
PA Woman With License To Carry Arrested In NJ After Telling Officer She Was Carrying - July 11, 2014
Shaneen Allen from Philadelphia wanted to protect her family. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit and she purchased a gun.
However, while Allen was covered to carry a gun in Pennsylvania, she made the mistake of crossing into New Jersey with the weapon and now she's facing a mandatory minimum of three-years in jail.
Bloomberg Dimissses Colorado Springs And Peublo As Backwater - July 10, 2014
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine (which has since been remove) ex-NYC governor Bloomberg was asked about the losses in the recall elections last year. Recall elections that backfired in his face.
Instead of admitting defeat he decided to call the recall election areas, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, as roadless and 'rural backwaters'.
$500 Reward Offered For Information On Stolen 2014 PATCON Rifle - July 9, 2014
This rifle was stolen from the UPS distribution center in Winston-Salem. They can only assume that a UPS employee is responsible since it never left their facility. Since the rifle was not insured, UPS has graciously offered $100 and the cost of shipping for the rifle. Any information should be send to email@example.com and will remain in confidence.