Gun Related News Stories
Did ATF Just Approve New Machine Gun Sales For Gun Trusts? - May 15, 2014
According to a new blog entry by Joshua Price (fair notice, Josh represents AMGOA), a new decision by ATF may have just opened the door to new machine gun sales for the first time since 1968. From his blog:
So, we have a prohibition on any 'person' transferring or possessing a machinegun which was not lawfully registered before May 19, 1986. BUT, an unincorporated trust is not a 'person' under the GCA, so this provision cannot apply to it.
In turning to the National Firearms Act, as amended, 26 U.S.C. 5801, et seq., we find that a 'person' is defined as including a trust, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7701. Yet, there exists no 922(o)esque provision in Section 5801, et seq.
Therefore, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 5812 and 5822, an unincorporated trust may lawfully transfer and make machineguns, as it is not a 'person' for purposes of the GCA and Section 922 only applies to 'persons' as defined by the GCA. And yes, this opens up a lot more issues for ATF in relation to the purchase of firearms by trusts under the GCA. Someone isn't likely to be employed much longer.
If Attorney Price is correct, and he is testing the theory by applying for a stamp, ATF may have just made the biggest blunder they have made in years.
Remington Begins Consolidation, Offers AAC Employees Severence - May 15, 2014
Behind closed doors at the Advanced Armament Corporation facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Remington Outdoor Company told employees that AAC will be moving in February 2015. Our source inside AAC says all AAC employees were offered severance packages and told they could reapply for open positions at ROC's new Huntsville, Alabama mega-facility.
Jindel Will Sign 'Guns In Restaurants' Bill - May 15, 2014
Handgun permit holders in Louisiana will soon be allowed to bring loaded guns into restaurants that serve alcohol.
The Louisiana State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that eliminates a long-time ban on guns in restaurants where alcohol is served. The law, passed by the state House earlier this year, would also allow off-duty officers to carry their weapons into bars. Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) office said Wednesday he will sign the bill.
Remington Recalls Two Rifle Models - May 13, 2014
Buyers looking to purchase a Remington rifle before the fall hunting season will find the selection on the shelves of their favorite gun store a bit more bare than usual right now.
Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge, reads a recall notification on the company's website.
Guam Legislature Approves Concealed Carry - May 10, 2014
Residents could soon be able to get a concealed firearms permit if they meet certain qualifications, if the governor signs a bill that was passed into law by the Legislature yesterday.
Bill 296 would align Guam's firearms law with other jurisdictions and require the police department to issue concealed firearms permits to residents who meet certain requirements.
New York Time Busts Anti-Gun Group For Texas Jack In The Box Lie - May 9, 2014
Once again one of Bloomberg's anti-gun group has been caught red handing lying to the press to make a situation look bad.
The story they released several weeks ago about the open carry rally at a Jack In The Box had the employees hiding in the freezer in terror.
Yet new information has come out proving that not only did they not hide in the freezer they served the rally people.
DC Carry Case Blocked By In Court - May 9, 2014
Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home.
District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games.
Oklahoma Senate Overrides Governor's Veto - NFA Bill Becomes Law - May 8, 2014
The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.
The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.
Virginia And Washington Now Recognize Kansas Permits - May 7, 2014
Two more states have agreed to recognize Kansas concealed carry licenses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The states of Virginia and Washington have each notified the Kansas Attorney General's office that Kansas-issued permits are now recognized in their respective states. This brings the number of states where Kansas licenses are recognized to 36, up from 24 at the start of 2011.
Missouri Voters Will Decide Gun Rights Amendment To Constitution - May 7, 2014
Missouri lawmakers sent voters a proposed amendment to the state constitution on Wednesday intended to strengthen the right to bear arms.
The Republican-led Senate voted 23-8 to add the bill to the statewide November general election ballot. The proposal passed the House a day earlier with a 122-31 vote.
The amendment would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include keeping ammunition and defending one's "family" with a firearm as guaranteed constitutional rights.
New Study Shows Gun Crime Way Down Yet Most People Think It's Way Up - May 7, 2014
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.
New Jersey Committee Passes Magazine Limit And 22 Rifle Ban - May 6, 2014
On May 5, New Jersey's Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed SB993, the ban against magazines holding more than 10 rounds and .22 rifles, along with other guns, with fixed magazines holding more than ten rounds.
The ban will outlaw 43 rifles including .22 rifles like the "Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66, and Winchester 190." The ban does this by broadening the label of "assault firearm" to include .22 rifles with a fixed magazine exceeding 10 rounds.
Supreme Court Denies NJ Drake Case - May 5, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning denied certiorari in a case challenging the arbitrary nature of New Jersey's concealed carry permitting scheme, leaving gun rights activists fuming and convinced the high court is afraid to address the issue of carrying firearms outside the home for personal protection.
Oklahoma House Votes To Override Governor's Veto Of HB2461 - April 30, 2014
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to override Governor Mary Fallin's veto of House Bill 2461, the first time in state history that a Republican majority has overridden its own party governor. According to sources the state Senate is unwilling to follow the same path as the state House.
HB 2461 would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act within fifteen days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.
Pentagon To Destroy One Billion In Ammunition - April 28, 2014
The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction - valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon - remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Drake v. Jerejian On Today's SCOTUS Conference Calendar - April 25, 2014
The NJ case having to do with 'justifiable need' to be issued a permit to conceal carry in front of the supreme court is finally on the conference calendar. Hopefully we will have an answer by Monday.
Female Gun Instructors In High Demand - April 24, 2014
The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot, both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.
Arlington Texas City Council Moves To Ban Weapons At Meetings, - April 23, 2014
Tuesday night, the Arlington City Council passed the first reading of two ordinances that have the group up in arms.
The first ordinance would put a blanket ban on all weapons and 'simulated weapons' at government meetings.
The other would ban all weapons and any objects that resemble a weapon from public government meetings.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Pro Gun Bill - April 22, 2014
House Bill 2339 would have allowed people with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons into government buildings unless security measures - including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers - are in place. The measure excluded public K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.
"I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, and I have signed into law numerous pieces of legislation to advance and protect gun rights. However, I cannot support this measure in its proposed form," Brewer wrote.
Silencer Sales Booming - April 22, 2014
The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.
Silencers are so popular that there's a nine-month wait to have a registration approved by the ATF, according to Ben Shim, a certified firearms instructor and gun industry analyst with CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Conn.