Gun Related News Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and will remain in confidence.
NJ Governor Christie Vetos Magazine Capacity Limit Bill - July 2, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a gun control bill Wednesday that would have banned ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
In his veto message, the Republican governor rejected the idea that limiting the number of bullets that guns can hold will put an end to mass shootings, calling it a "simplistic" and "trivial" approach. The bill would have reduced the legal ammunition capacity from 15 to 10 rounds.
Target Respectfully Requests Gun Owners To Leave Guns At Home - July 2, 2014
In an effort to placate Moms Demand Action Target made an announcement on their website today respectfully requesting gun owners not bring firearms into their stores.
While to some this may seem like a ban on firearms nothing could be further from the truth. In the same statement they also said 'Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so'
Brady Campaign Caught Lying About Child Gun Deaths - June 30, 2014
The Brady Campaign claimed that nine children die in the USA every day due to gunshot wounds (both accidental and intentional). The group even made a big display of the stat recently placing 9 pairs of toddler shoes in a row to drum up the appropriate level of emotion.
However, there is one small problem with that number, it's completely false. Politifact, who at first rated it mostly true has reexamined the claim and now rates it mostly false.
Ceasefire Employee Arrested For Rape, Was Gang Member - June 28, 2014
On the streets, Richard Hernandez was supposed to stop violence as an 'interrupter' in the celebrated CeaseFire program.
Hernandez faces 36 counts charging him with sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl while he worked for the program, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. He's among at least nine employees of the anti-violence program to face serious criminal charges in recent years.
Hernandez is a ranking member of the Maniac Latin Disciples gang, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to prison for a 2006 gun conviction and a 2005 drug conviction, court records show.
Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Short-Barreled Shotgun Law - June 26, 2014
A California law making it a felony to possess a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 26 inches does not violate the Second Amendment or the Equal Protection Clause, either on its face or as applied to a person who possesses the weapon at home with the sole intent to use it for self-defense, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
The court affirmed Kenneth Wesley Brown's conviction under former Penal Code §12020, which makes it a 'wobbler' to possess a short-barreled shotgun, for which three alternative definitions are given, including "[a] firearm which has an overall length of less than 26 inches and which is designed or redesigned to fire a fixed shotgun shell."
Federal Judge Upholds Colorado Gun Laws - June 26, 2014
A federal judge upheld gun laws on Thursday introduced by Colorado. The two laws, passed in 2013 by Colorado's Democratic-controlled legislature with scant Republican support, banned ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds and required background checks for all private gun sales and transfers.
After a two-week civil trial, U.S. District Chief Judge Marcia Krieger ruled the lawsuit lacked standing and said no evidence had been produced which showed limiting magazines to 15 rounds seriously diminished the ability to defend oneself.
Man Who Confronted Las Vegas Shooter Hailed As Hero - June 23, 2014
Hundreds gathered downtown for the funeral of Joseph Wilcox, the man killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at Walmart two weeks ago.
Wilcox is credited with saving countless lives after confronting one of the gunmen and is now being remembered as a true hero.
"On Sunday, June 8, a man standing in line at the Walmart on Nellis saw danger and made the choice to do something about it," said Sheriff Doug Gillespie.