Gun Related News Stories
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.
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.
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 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.
MA Judge Rules Marijuana Arrests Do Not Remove 2nd Amendment Rights - April 19, 2014
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns ruled that Michael Wesson of Salisbury and Thomas Woods of Natick have a Second Amendment right to own firearms despite being convicted of possessing weed in the past. Sterns said the portion of the Massachusetts Gun Control Act that disqualifies gun applicants who had previously been convicted of possessing a controlled substance was unconstitutional, as applied to the two men.
GOP Issues Warning To Obama Over Executive Order On Biometric Guns - April 17, 2014
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is warning the Obama administration to not issue an executive order requiring that all new guns be made with biometric technology, such as finger-print recognition or bracelets.
Cornyn raised the issue in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, who in testimony earlier this month highlighted biometric bracelets and fingerprint identification as a safety issue.
First Arrest For Unregistered 'Assault Rifle' In Connecticut - April 16, 2014
A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.
James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.
Bloomberg To Spend 50 Million In Gun Control Push - April 15, 2014
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
82 Members of House Call For Ban On Imports - April 12, 2014
On Wednesday, 82 members of the House of Representatives called on President Obama to put a ban on imports of what they deem to be 'military-style firearms.'
This ban, according to the lawmakers, would require no congressional action as the President has very broad authority under the 1968 Gun Control Act to prohibit the importation of firearms and ammunition unless they are generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
Remington Safety Warning And Recall Notice - April 12, 2014
Remington Arms Company, LLC is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.
ATF Classifies Russian made 7N6 5.45x39 Ammunition As Armor Piercing - April 8, 2014
An Official announcement from ATF on Russian made 7N6 5.45x39 ammunition was released February 4th in regards to the request from customs to determine if it is classified as armor piercing. They have agreed with customs that it is armor piercing and hence non-importable.
Obama And Holder Want Spend Almost 1.4 Billion on 'Gun Control' In 2014 - April 7, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department wants to 'explore' as part of its gun control efforts.
The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for gun safety.
President Barack Obamaâ€™s budget proposal also calls for $1.1 billion to 'protect Americans from gun violenceâ€”including $182 million to support the president's 'Now is the Time' gun safety initiative.