Gun Related News Stories
Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Radical Gun Control - January 22, 2014
The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.
The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
Smith & Wesson To Stop Selling Handguns In California - January 22, 2014
Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state's approved gun roster have the microstamping technology.
Wisconsin To Recognize Missouri Gun Permits - January 20, 2014
Missouri concealed weapons permit holders can now bring their guns with them to Wisconsin.
New New York Ammunition Laws Start Today - January 15, 2014
It becomes illegal starting Wednesday in New York to buy ammunition unless a licensed dealer actually sees you. The requirement for face-to-face bullet sales is part of the law pushed through a year ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The law has taken effect incrementally since, banning sales of some popular semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines, requiring federal background checks on private gun sales and imposing felony penalties for illegal gun possession. It has also drawn crowds of protesters to the Capitol and lawsuits saying it infringes on Second Amendment rights.
Ruger To Stop Selling Semiautomatic Pistols In California - January 15, 2014
In perhaps one of the more shocking discoveries at the 2014 SHOT Show, Ruger spokesperson Kevin Reid revealed that Ruger was going to let it's entire California Semiautomatic pistol roster 'drop off' the CA Department of Justice Approved Handgun List.
Store Moves Out Of Mall Due To No Gun Policy - January 13, 2014
"We had to second think if we were going to stay. We made the decision we're going to leave because of the stance on concealed guns," Owner Cherilyn Mitchell said. "Now everyone is saying they're going to boycott the mall. I've gone from 150 tickets a day to two. Here it is on a Sunday and I have no traffic."
She's the second to leave. The first was Derek Poe, the owner of Golden Triangle Tactical who has received national attention for carrying his AR-15 slung over his back in the mall.
US Supreme Court Asked To Consider NJ Right To Carry Case - January 11, 2014
The Second Amendment Foundation and Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the appeal in the challenge to New Jersey's unconstitutional carry laws. The case is Drake v. Jerejian.
"This case could resolve the right to carry issue not only for New Jersey, but for the entire nation," added ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. "So far the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the issue in other cases, but this case may be different due to the extreme nature of New Jersey's law, which effectively denies law-abiding citizens their fundamental right to self-defense outside the home."
Gun Ownership Surges Up To 39% - January 10, 2014
The slow drop-off of households owning guns has ended, rebounding in a new poll to 39 percent, up five points from the latest survey.
A new Economist/YouGov poll said that nearly 4 in 10 American households have guns, with 56 percent claiming not to have one.
That is a sizable uptick from the four-decade drop in household ownership charted by the authoritative General Social Survey. It pegged household gun ownership at 50 percent in the 1970s, 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s, and down to 35 percent in the 2000s. The latest 2012 statistics put the share of households with guns at 34 percent.
Texas Senator Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act - January 10, 2014
We can only hope but to be very honest we think this one has a long uphill battle, especially in the Senate.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws.
Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman To Organize Opposition To New Cornyn / Graham Gun Bill - January 9, 2014
Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman announced Wednesday, January 8, 2014 that he is organizing opposition to an anti-gun control bill which is expected to be soon filed by U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Lindsay Graham.
The "Graham-Cornyn Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform Act" would have the same effect of President Obama's Executive Order we wrote about yesterday, which expands the NICS to include Americans who have either been treated or visited a mental health professional. In its current form, we understand it does not distinguish if the veteran or civilian was deemed a danger to them self or to the public, just would be denied their Second Amendment right for visiting a mental health professional.
Missouri Rep Will Introduce Bill Calling For Stricter Background Checks - January 8, 2014
Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis County) is active in several groups that propose tougher gun control laws. Her bill to extend the background check requirements was not given a legislative hearing in the 2013 session. Newman says she will file that bill early in the new session and is hoping for better results.
Florida 'Warning Shot' Bill Moves Forward - January 8, 2014
A Florida bill that allows citizens to show a firearm and even let off a warning shot without the risk of a long-term prison sentence will move forward on Wednesday.
The bill would allow protections similar to ones already granted under the state's "stand your ground" law for citizens who employ force as a way to warn their aggressors.
Kentucky Lawmakers Gun Fires In Capitol Office - January 8, 2014
Obviously this lawmaker needs to re-visit the basic of handgun safety because he answer of 'It happens' is completely out of line.
Rep. Leslie Combs accidentally fired her handgun while unloading it in her office in the Capitol Annex on Tuesday.
"I'm a gun owner. It happens," she said Wednesday, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun. No one was injured.
Combs said she has a concealed carry permit, allowing her to carry the gun, which she said she often carries in her purse.
Austin Gun Show Closes Doors After Demand For Background Checks - January 7, 2014
Travis County won't be hosting a gun show in its Exposition Center after this month, after county commissioners did not renew a lease for the controversial event.
Saxet Gun Shows has been hosting the nearly-monthly show at the Expo Center since 2010 and had been negotiating a new contract for eight shows from March to January 2015, but got nowhere as county officials wanted the company to require background checks for all firearm sales. The company refused to require background checks for all transactions, and neither side has budged in the weeks of discussions, officials said.
Utah Lawmaker Seeks To Clarify Open Carry, Make Open Carrying Rifles Disorderly Conduct - January 4, 2014
A state lawmaker says a man who carried a rifle into a J.C. Penney in Riverdale a year ago could have been charged with disorderly conduct under a bill he plans to introduce.
The proposal by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, would define when someone could be charged with disorderly conduct if they're openly carrying a gun in the state.
Executive Order Changes To Mental Health Reporting Text Released - January 4, 2014
The White House release the full text of the two new proposals for changes in reporting to the NICS system by states. The full text can be read at the link below.
AMGOA Founder & Other Groups Comment On New Executive Orders - January 4, 2014
In a NewsMax story published January 3rd, AMGOA founder Dave Dalton as well as Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition and Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association were interview about the potential issues with the new executive orders outlined by the White House.
Current Waiting Times For ATF Forms - January 3, 2014
NSSF (the National Sport Shooting Foundation) has compiled a list of current wait times for all ATF forms and published it. Very useful information.
Detroit Police Chief Admits Armed Citizens Can Deter Crime - January 3, 2014
If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.
"When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they'll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department," Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.
New Quinnipiac University Study On Assault Weapon Bans And Concealed Carry Restrictions - January 3, 2014
A new Quinnipiac University study concludes Assault weapons bans do nothing to reduce murder rates and restrictions on concealed carry might very well increase murder rates
From the study:
"The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997)."