Gun Related News Stories
Shaneen Allen To Be Admitted To Pretrial Intervention - September 24, 2014
A Philadelphia mother facing prison time for bringing her legally registered gun into New Jersey will be allowed into a diversion program, after the attorney general clarified a directive that had expanded New Jersey's gun law.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain originally denied Allen pretrial intervention because he said a 2008 directive that expanded the state's Graves Act did not allow for an exception.
But the attorney general released a clarification to the state's county prosecutors Wednesday with respect to out-of-state visitors from states where their gun possession would be legal.
"In most of these cases, imprisonment is neither necessary nor appropriate to serve the interests of justice and protect public safety," acting Attorney General John Hoffman wrote.
Breaking: Prosecutor In Shaneen Allen Case Asks For Delay - September 13, 2014
The prosecutor in the Shaneen Allen case has asked the judge to delay the trial while he reevaluates the charges against her.
It sounds like he's getting a lot of public blow back for prosecuting a single mother who was just trying to protect her family.
15 Year Mandatory Sentence For Shotgun Shells Upheld By SCOTUS - September 11, 2014
Edward Young received a mandatory fifteen-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing seven shotgun shells in a drawer. He came into possession of the shells while helping a neighbor sell her late husband's possessions. When he eventually discovered them, he did not realize that his legal disability against possessing firearms resulting from felonies committed some twenty years earlier [burglary-related offenses between 1990 and 1992 -EV] extended to ammunition. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), Young received a mandatory fifteen-year sentence.
GSG And ATI Suing H&K, Claim They DO Not Own MP5 Design - September 10, 2014
GSG and ATI are now suing Heckler & Koch GmbH (Germany) and Heckler & Koch (USA) for $16.5 million in punitive damages. GSG claims they now have proof that H&K did not own the rights to the MP5 design when they sued GSG and "forced GSG into a settlement".
Gun And Ammo Sales Skyrocket During Tax-Free Weekend - September 8, 2014
Mississippi and Louisiana saw guns sales surge September 5-7 as both states held their tax-free Second Amendment weekend. In Mississippi alone, stores saw "guns and ammo sales rise by as much as 600 percent."
Louisiana created their tax-free weekend for guns sales in 2009, while this year was Mississippi's inaugural tax-free weekend.
Breaking: Panera Bread Starts No Gun Policy - September 8, 2014
Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants.
"The request is simply we recognize everyone's rights," said Panera CEO Ron Shaich during a phone interview Monday. "But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath."
However, he noted that all Panera stores would continue to follow state and local firearms laws, and would not require employees to confront anyone who violated the new policy.
Georgia Carry Files Suit Over 10 Day Waiting Period - September 5, 2014
Georgia Carry is taking a county sheriff to court over a 10-day waiting period on sales of used guns they contend is in violation of state laws.
The suit, filed in Richmond County Superior Court this week, names Sheriff Richard Roundtree as a defendant and is seeking the county's ordinance on selling used weapons be overturned. Currently, the ordinance places a mandatory 10-day hold on used firearms before a dealer can resell them. The gun rights group maintains this violates Georgia's preemption law that prohibits counties and cities from regulating the sale of firearms.
Harasment Of Kroger By Moms Demand Action Goes Over The Top - September 4, 2014
In an other example of 'Moms Demand Action' childish, temper tantrum tactics the group has now started running print ads asking "one of them isn't welcome here, guess which one" depicting a child eating an ice cream cone and and man with an AR-15 draped over his shoulder.
They intend to buy ad space in many major publications as well as a billboard in Columbus Ohio, where the coroprate offices are located.
Carolina Ale House Bans Firearms In All Stores - September 4, 2014
Carolina Ale House has recently added no firearm signs to their stores. We questioned about it the following response came from their corporate offices.
"The no weapons policy is company-wide. We have had lots of discussion around the issue and concluded that our main priority is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our Guests. Therefore, we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in all of our family-owned restaurants.
I understand your frustration and welcome your feedback. Carolina Ale House respects the right of all individuals to carry firearms, however, our concept is committed to creating a family-friendly environment.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but believe that this position is in the best interest of our Guests and our Team Members."
Utah Sees Spike In Carry Permits For Women - September 3, 2014
According to statistics from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the number of permits issued to women by the state of Utah has steadily increased over the last few years, and last year the numbers shot up.
In 2011, the state issued about 14,000 permits; in 2012 about 15,000 were issued; and in 2013, 34,597 permits were issued to women.
Tuscaloosa Alabama Sheriff's Office Will Start Free Firearms Training This Month - September 2, 2014
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office will teach 10 area gun owners the basics of handgun safety this month.
Deputies will teach safety rules, the basics of loading and unloading a handgun and firearm maintenance to the 10 participants in addition to monitoring them during live-fire shooting drills.
This is the department's inaugural effort to teach gun safety in a county where nearly 19,000 people have permits to carry concealed pistols on their person.
Idaho County Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance - August 30, 2014
Twin Falls County commissioners unanimously passed a new gun ordinance, getting rid of a clause in the old law that forbade people from carrying guns in county parks.
The change brings the county in compliance with a 2008 state law that forbids counties and cities from passing gun laws stricter than the state's, except to restrict where you can fire a gun.
Commissioners started work on the law after the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance contacted them and said the old law varied from state law.
Governor Christie Wont Intervene In Philly Mom Case Yet - August 29, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie says he's going to let the judicial process play itself out before he'll consider intervening in the case of a Pennsylvania woman who faces jail time for carrying a concealed weapon in New Jersey.
Christie says he's been following the case closely but doesn't like to intervene in cases until they've had the opportunity to work their way through the judicial process.
Reagan International Airport Refusing To Run Gun Safety Spots - August 27, 2014
Five other airports have accepted or already run the ads - Hartford-Springfield, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Providence and St. Louis. But not Reagan National. Here, in the airport serving the nation's capital, what had been routine purchasing of ad space for public service advertising ran into, you guessed it, politics. Said a knowledgeable person who tried to help this process along, "DC is a very political market and this is not something they want to be involved in. We tried every angle we could but they did not want to accommodate."
Federal Judge Upholds Firearm Ban At Army Core Of Engineer Property In Gerogia - August 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Aug. 18 said he does not believe that a federal regulation restricting the use of firearms on Corps properties infringes on "the constitutionally enshrined right" of GeorgiaCarry.org or its members to defend themselves.
Citing the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling in a case that successfully challenged Washington gun laws, Murphy wrote, "The only contours that the Supreme Court gave to this right to self-defense is that citizens have a right to bear arms for self-defense within the home."
"The [Army Corps] firearms regulation does not infringe on that right."
Washington DC To Appeal Gun Carry Ruling - August 21, 2014
In an exclusive interview, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told FOX 5 on Thursday that he will appeal the gun carry ruling, making the information public for the first time.
"The whole issue of the public carrying of a firearm is very complicated," Mendelson said. "And I believe the executive and the attorney general will continue with the appeal."
Utah Cities Purge Anit-Gun Laws After Pressure From SAF - August 20, 2014
The small Davis County community of West Point was poised Tuesday night to drop a law banning guns in the city cemetery and replace it with one outlawing brandishing or firing a gun in the graveyard, described in code as a sacred place.
Sandy, meantime, is preparing to throw out a law barring guns in or around city-owned day-care and health-services operations.
The Second Amendment Foundation, based in Washington state, has written to 49 local Utah governments demanding they repeal various ordinances that violate a state law reserving almost all gun-regulation power to the state Legislature.
Minnesota Rep Allegedly Threatens To 'Blow Your Head Off' After Being Asked About Survey - August 20, 2014
Each election cycle, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance contacts the 280-plus candidates running for the Minnesota House in hopes of surveying them about their views on gun rights.
Earlier this summer, GOCRA sent two emails asking Rep. Ron Erhardt to respond to their questions. He didn't respond, so at 5:19 p.m. on July 19, they followed up with a phone call.
According to an affidavit signed by the caller this is how the conversation went:
"When contacted, the individual answering the phone identified himself as Ron Erhardt. Your affiant identified himself and reminded Rep. Erhardt of the approaching questionnaire deadline. Rep. Erhardt indicated that he did not intend to complete the survey. Your affiant, following the procedure used with each candidate, reminded Mr. Erhardt that GOCRA's policy was to give a special "F*" grade to candidates with no voting record or survey, as set out in the "How will this information be used?" section of the introduction...
Rep. Erhardt responded, yelling, "Give me a double F! No more surveys! You come near me, and I'll blow your head off!" Rep. Erhardt then disconnected the phone call. The call's duration was 78 seconds."
Breaking: Judge Orders DOJ To Release All Fast And Furious Documents - August 20, 2014
A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to release all documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun running scandal by October 1st, 2014.
Army Cancels Tests After Competitor Outperforms M4 - August 19, 2014
A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.
The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round 'tailored' for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.