Gun Related News Stories
Florida College Reverses No-gun Policy On Campus In Wake Of Shooting - February 5, 2014
Following a shooting in a parking lot at Eastern Florida State College, school officials took an unusual step - they are now allowing guns back on campus.
The shooting occurred Thursday, when a student was brutally attacked by two men near his car. The student, Landrick Hamilton, 24, was able to retrieve his firearm from inside his vehicle and shot one of the men in the chest.
New York Firefighters Pushing Back Against SAFE Act - January 30, 2014
An eye opening viewpoint about the SAFE Act comes from local firefighters. They want to set the record straight.
Steve Sessler, volunteer firefighter, said, "To try and capitalize to push an agenda, especially for a politically ambitious governor, who is looking at the presidency. That doesn't sit well with me."
Craig Akins, former Webster Fire Chief, said, "The governor took it upon himself to use us as a pawn and I think most of us are not very happy about that."
AG Holder Confirms Obama Will Try To Push Through Gun Executive Orders - January 29, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven't found approval in Congress.
Our resolve remains the same. My resolve is as firm as it was back then. And I think what we should also understand is that the vast majority of the American people still want those common sense gun safety measures that we advanced last year. Our commitment is real and we will revisit these issues
The president â€“ it is his intention to again try to work with Congress, but in the absence of meaningful action to explore all the possibilities and use all the powers that he has to, frankly, just protect the American people
Connecticut Gun Owners Fail to Register; Officials Push 'Amnesty' - January 27, 2014
After Connecticut enacted one of the most draconian gun-control regimes in America, official estimates suggest that the overwhelming majority of the citizens targeted by the latest assault on gun rights failed to comply. Indeed, analysts say it appears that most people largely ignored the new statute, which purports to ban numerous non-registered 'assault' weapons and standard-capacity magazines. Now, despite resistance by the governor, state lawmakers are reportedly scrambling to come up with a possible amnesty plan allowing gun owners to register past the deadline.
Illinois Wants Potheads to Give Up Their Second Amendment Rights - January 24, 2014
Illinois is mulling a new medical marijuana law that would force pot users to sign away their right to bear arms.
Those who focus on the right to bear arms love to say, "what part of 'shall not be infringed' don't you understand," as a catch phrase to show that the founders did not want government to be able to sweep in and take away our rights to self defense. That phrase can be asked of Illinois legislators who are proposing that to get a medical marijuana permit citizens would have to relinquish their right to bear arms.
The plan would require pot users to be fingerprinted for a background check, they'd have to pay a yearly $150 permit fee, and they would be forced to give up their Second Amendment rights to be allowed to get pot.
Castle Rock Colorado Repeals Restrictive Carry Laws - January 22, 2014
After a passionate debate over gun rights in Castle Rock on Tuesday night, the town council has approved more permissive concealed carry laws.
People in Castle Rock will soon be able to openly carry guns in public buildings and parks.
Late Tuesday night by a 4-3 vote by the Castle Rock town council repealed the ban on open carry of guns in those locations.
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.