Gun Related News Stories
Michigan House Approves Permitless Carry Bill - June 7, 2017
Any legal firearm owner could carry a concealed gun without a permit or mandatory training under a controversial plan the Michigan House approved Wednesday.
The House passed the four bill package in a series of votes mostly along party lines that prompted spirited debate. Supporters said it would extend constitutional rights to gun owners, while opponents argued it would endanger public safety without current rules required under the state's 17 year old concealed carry law.
Proponents argue that the legislation protects and upholds Second Amendment rights and scraps what they say amounts to a coat tax: a $100 permit application fee, a fingerprint fee and another $115 every four years to renew the license. Required gun training classes can also cost hundreds of dollars, a barrier to exercising a freedom enshrined in the state and federal constitutions, gun advocates said.
During the floor debate, Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, pointed to a copy of the constitution and said it was each law-abiding resident's permit to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan.
"Criminals do not obey the law. Criminals don't obey the gun laws we have now. And criminals wonâ€™t obey the new gun laws we pass. That is why they're called criminals" Chatfield said.
Michigan Constitutional Carry Bills Advance To House Floor - May 31, 2017
A package of bills backed by Republicans to allow law-abiding Michigan residents to carry concealed handguns without a permit passed a key House committee Tuesday.
The measures, HB 4416, 4417, 4418, and 4419 by Reps. Hoitenga, Hornberger, Allor, and Cole, won approval from the House Judiciary Committee 6-4. The sponsors argue open carry without a permit or training is already legal in the state.
"It only becomes illegal when someone puts on a coat, because the gun then becomes concealed," said Rep. Michelle Hoitenga, R-Manton, in lengthy testimony earlier this month to the committee. "One millimeter of clothing makes a difference between a criminal act and a legal act. My question is, why are law abiding citizens paying expensive fees for courses and permits to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms?"
The bills would repeal a host of Michigan's laws that require training and a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm. They do not eliminate the state's permitting system for those who wish to obtain a $105 license to carry to take advantage of existing out-of-state reciprocity agreements. Those currently unable to possess a firearm by law would still be barred from carrying.
Hackers May Have Florida Concealed Carry Persons Private Information - May 23, 2017
16,000 Floridians with data on file with the Florida Department of Agriculture may have had their personal information compromised. Most of the information was hacked from the Concealed Carry License Database, and the department is calling the hack unprecedented.
The Department of Agriculture says it fights hundreds of cyber-attacks each day, but it also says it has never experienced an attack like the one that obtained data on thousands of residents.
The Department of Agriculture announced the attack on its website Monday. The department says 16,000 people had their names, but no other identifying information, stolen off the Concealed Carry License Database.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says, "This was an unprecedented attack. It came just a couple of days before the global hack that occurred."
Over 400 people who renewed their licenses with a credit card online had their social security numbers compromised.
How Gun Control Advocates Play The Mainstream Media - May 16, 2017
Time-after-time, the New York Times and other publications have repeated the same false claim that concealed handgun permit holders are dangerous.
This claim will continue to be made as debate heats up over reciprocity, which would allow concealed handgun permits to be used across states like driver's licenses.
With 192 co-sponsors lined up for the reciprocity bill in the House and 36 in the Senate, Democrats are already threatening a filibuster.
The Violence Policy Center (VPC), the source of these claims, asserts that in the 10 years from May 2007 to April 2017, U.S. concealed handgun permit holders were responsible for 969 non self-defense gun deaths (with any type of weapon, not just handguns).
Of these deaths, 314 were suicides and 17 were the result of accidental shootings. In all, 324 permit holders purportedly killed people.
Looking at the VPC numbers for 2016, they claim that 26 permit holders supposedly committed 29 homicides. With over 15 million permit holders nationwide last year, those deaths amount to 0.2 homicides per 100,000 permit holders.
Permitless Carry Bill Moves Forward in South Carolina - May 2, 2017
A bill that would allow South Carolinians to carry their guns openly without getting a permit continued through the Legislature Tuesday, while a proposal aiming to close the so-called Charleston loophole that is supposed to keep guns out the hands of criminals has stalled for the year.
A Senate panel approved the open-carry measure, often referred to as "constitutional carry," by a 3-1 vote, bringing it just one step away from reaching the Senate floor. The House passed a separate but similar version of open carry earlier this year.
Earlier Tuesday, a different Senate panel adjourned without voting on a bill that would require courts to quickly report to a national database when someone has been charged with a crime or received an order that prevents them from obtaining a gun. In addition, the background check waiting period would be extended from three to five days for two years while the databases are updated.
PA Senate Passes Preemption Strengthening Bill, Governor Vows To Veto - April 26, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf said he will veto NRA-backed legislation advanced Tuesday in the state Legislature that would give legal standing to individuals and organizations to sue municipalities over local firearms ordinances and seek damages.
The House and Senate moved forward with competing proposals. The Senate sent its bill to the House after a handful of amendments were defeated. In the House, dozens of Democrats joined Republicans to defeat several amendments. The House can take up its plan as early as Wednesday.
Wolf, a Democrat, said he doesn't believe the state should restrict a local government's ability to pass gun regulations, including keeping track of lost and stolen guns.
The two bills would override local ordinances regarding ownership, possession, transfer or transportation, ammunition or ammunition components in conflict with state law.
New Jersey Stun Gun Ban Found Unconstitutional - April 26, 2017
New Jersey's ban on electronic arms is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment and the state must stop enforcing it, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. Judge Michael A. Shipp of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Vicinage of Trenton, issued the order in the matter of New Jersey Second Amendment Society and Mark Cheeseman vs. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Col. Rick Fuentes.
"Pursuant to the holdings in Heller, McDonald and Caetano, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-3(h), to the extent this statute outright prohibits, under criminal penalty, individuals from possessing electronic arms, is declared unconstitutional in that it violates the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and shall not be enforced," the consent order admitted.
Florida Pro-Gun Bills Dead In 2017 Session - April 17, 2017
It appears Florida won't be legalizing open carry, airport carry and campus carry, at least not this year.
A slew of gun bills proposed during this year's legislative session, all sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, have once again ended up in the legislative graveyard and none of them will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee's final hearing Wednesday.
The committee, which Steube heads, has an agenda of over a dozen bills for its last meeting, none of which are gun-related. This week's meeting, during the seventh week of session, is the final Judiciary committee hearing until next year.
The lack of gun proposals on the agenda means gun activists will have to wait until then to make another push to expand gun access in the Sunshine State.
Nearly all of the gun proposals were effectively killed off earlier this legislative session by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, who took a stance against the measures by saying she wouldn't support Steube's gun bills.
"Throughout my personal, professional, and legislative career I have expressed concerns with the reduction of traditional gun-free zones," Flores told Sunshine State News in March. "This is not something new nor should it be a surprise to those who follow the legislative process."
Federal Judge Upholds California Gun Law That Doesn't Exist - April 14, 2017
A Federal judge in California upheld a ban on persons who have a license to carry a concealable weapon (CCW) from carrying a handgun within 1,000 feet of a K-12 public or private school.
The problem is there is no such ban. California's Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 provides several exemptions to its ban on carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of a K-12 public or private school and one of those exemptions is for those people who have a license to carry a concealable weapon.
Senate Bill 707 'SB 707' removed the automatic exemption CCW holders had when carrying a concealable weapon in schools and on school grounds. It did not remove the exemption that CCW holders have while carrying a concealable weapon (i.e., handgun) in the 1,000 foot gun-free school zone that extends from the grounds of a K-12 public or private school.
Iowa Governor Signs Sweeping Pro-Gun Bill - April 13, 2017
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday signed one of the most ambitious expansions of gun rights legislation passed in any state in recent years, giving gun owners the ability to defend themselves in public and preventing local governments from implementing their own rules.
The new law, House File 517, comes months after Republicans won back control of the Iowa state Senate, which had blocked earlier proposals when Democrats ran the chamber.
"After 7 years of hard work, House Republicans successfully passed a comprehensive bipartisan bill protecting Second Amendment Rights for Iowans," the state House Republican caucus wrote in its weekly newsletter, before Branstad signed the bill.
Bloomberg Groups Vow 25 Million Dollar Fight Over Reciprocity - April 10, 2017
Preparing for life with Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in Congress, Mike Bloomberg's gun control group is threatening to spend more than $25 million in 2018 races.
Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by the billionaire former New York City mayor, is hiring several new top staffers and turning much of its attention to state legislatures, while moving to a defensive posture in Washington as it tries to stop whatâ€™s known as "concealed carry reciprocity" from becoming law. That will include starting to score Congressional votes, like the NRA does, to guide spending decisions more directly.
North Dakota Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill - March 23, 2017
Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill into law allowing qualified people to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, his office announced late Thursday night.
The Republican governor signed the so-called 'constitutional carry' bill, which allows those who are not otherwise prevented from having a Class 2 concealed weapons permit and have had a state Department of Transportation-issued ID for a year to carry a concealed firearm. North Dakota currently offers Class 1 and Class 2 permits with reciprocity with other states, but House Bill 1169 is only effective in North Dakota.
Critics of the bill said other everyday activities, such as driving, require a government-issued license. But supporters said it reaffirms a constitutional right, and noted the Class 2 permit only requires the completion of an open-book test and a criminal records check.
Utah Governor Signs Bill To Allow 18 Year Olds To Carry - March 23, 2017
Of a record 535 bills passed by the Utah Legislature before it adjourned March 9, governor Herbert has signed 313 thus far. The Republican governor has until March 29 to decide whether to veto, sign or allow remaining unsigned bills to become law without his signature.
Among the newly signed bills is HB198. The measure lowers the age for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit from 21 to 18. Although Utah law allows Utahns as young as 18 to purchase, possess and openly carry guns, most colleges and universities in the state ban open carrying on their campuses. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, said that has prevented young women from carrying guns as a protection against sexual assault.
Walther Issues Recall For CCP Pistol - March 20, 2017
Walther has issued a recall of the Walther CCP pistols because of what they call a potential condition in the CCP that can cause the firearm to discharge regardless of the manual safety being engaged or disengaged. Walther has issued a voluntary recall as a result and will be upgrading all affected CCPs in order to remove the risk of a drop-fire.
Walther asks CCP owners to not load or fire their CCP and contact them immediately to arrange for the upgrade to be done to your gun free of charge.
The upgrade will be performed by Walther for free, thankfully no cheapo gun owner will go on carrying a potentially unsafe firearm thanks to the recall being handled the right way.
Visit the Walther recall website to get the full rundown on how to have your gun repaired. You can also email email@example.com or mail them the old fashioned way at Walther Arms, Inc. 7700 Chad Colley Boulevard, Fort Smith, AR 72916
Walther says that the current turnaround time is 3 weeks for the repair to be performed.
South Dakota Governor Vetoes Pro-Gun Bills - March 17, 2017
South Dakota's Republican governor on Friday vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the conservative state.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard had warned he would veto the bills; one to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit, the other to allow concealed weapons in the Capitol building. Daugaard has said the state's current gun laws are reasonable.
"As a longtime member of the NRA, I support the right to bear arms," Daugaard said in his veto letter for the permitless carry bill. "It is paramount that our state protect the rights of our citizens while at the same time protecting the lives of our citizens. I believe our current laws appropriately protect both interests, and I ask that you sustain my veto."
Supporters of both bills plan to attempt overrides; and if that's not successful, to try again next year. Neither bill got the two-thirds support that suggests an override would succeed. Both passed one chamber only narrowly.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article139160458.html#storylink=cpy
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules That Passengers Can Carry Concealed Weapons On Buses - March 7, 2017
A state law that preempts local municipalities from enacting gun ordinances that are stricter than state law also bars cities from enacting rules that prohibit guns on public transportation, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
In a 5-2 decision, the court overturned an appeals court decision that allowed a Madison Metro Transit policy to ban firearms on city buses, saying it did not conflict with a state law that bars municipalities in Wisconsin from enacting ordinances or resolutions that restrict firearms more than state law.
Justice Daniel Kelly wrote the opinion for the majority. Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Shirley Abrahamson dissented.
John Monroe, who represented Wisconsin Carry, which brought the lawsuit that led to the court's decision, said he and Wisconsin Carry are pleased with the decision.
Miami Republican Say She Will Not Allow Pro-Gun Bills To Pass - March 7, 2017
en. Greg Steube came fully loaded this legislative session with nearly a dozen gun bills. He got one through a Senate committee Tuesday, but it may be the last to advance.
In a stunning setback for gun rights supporters, Sen. Anitere Flores, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Tallahassee, declared on the very first day of Florida's two-month legislative session that she likely would not support any of Steube's 10 other gun bills, leaving them with little chance of moving forward.
"He and I do not see eye-to-eye on probably any of the other gun bills," said Flores, a Miami Republican. "I do not support having guns on campus, I do not support having guns in airports, I do not support having guns in school zones. I don't support those things and Sen. Steube feels differently and that's fine but this is where we are this year."
Flores is the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate and a close ally of President Joe Negron. Just as importantly, she is the decisive vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee is the first stop for all of Steube's gun bills. It has five Republicans and four Democrats, meaning if every Democrat opposes a gun bill it takes just one Republican to kill the legislation.
"Gun issues will continue perhaps to be debated," Flores said. "I don't know that they'll continue to be debated in this committee because these would be bills that I wouldn't be in support of."
Maryland Bill Would Disolve Concealed Carry Review Board - March 7, 2017
A Democratic state senator from Maryland wants to abolish the state's Handgun Permit Review Board, which gun control advocates say has become too willing to overturn state police recommendations about who should receive a concealed carry permit.
A bill proposed Monday by Sen. Richard Madaleno would dissolve the review board, which is staffed with gubernatorial appointees, and transfer the power to review permit denials to administrative judges.
Jen Pauliukonis, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, welcomed the legislation as stripping politics out of gun safety. She says the review board has overturned more recommendations from state troopers to deny permits since Gov. Larry Hogan (R) took office and reshaped the panel.
Interior Secretary Revokes Obama Rule Banning Lead Ammo On Federal Lands - March 2, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Thursday overturning a ban on using lead ammunition on wildlife refuges.
Zinke signed the order on his first day in office, overturning a policy implemented by former Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe on Jan. 19, the Obama administration's last full day in office.
Ashe's policy banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all FWS wildlife refuges that allow hunting or fishing, as well as in all other hunting or fishing regulated by the agency elsewhere.
It was meant to help prevent plants and animals from being poisoned by lead left on the ground or in the water.
"After reviewing the order and the process by which it was promulgated, I have determined that the order is not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement and was issued without significant communication, consultation or coordination with affected stakeholders," Zinke wrote in his order.
Florida Supreme Court Upholds Open Carry Ban - March 2, 2017
Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.
Justices, in a 4-2 ruling, said the state law "regulates only one manner of bearing arms and does not impair the exercise of the fundamental right to bear arms." In doing so, the Supreme Court sided with the 4th District Court of Appeal, which ruled in 2015 against a man arrested in St. Lucie County for openly carrying a gun in a holster.
"We agree with the 4th District and are satisfied that the state's prohibition on openly carrying firearms in public with specified exceptions --- such as authorizing the open carrying of guns to and from and during lawful recreational activities --- while still permitting those guns to be carried, albeit in a concealed manner, reasonably fits the state's important government interests of public safety and reducing gun-related violence," said the 47-page majority opinion, written by Justice Barbara Pariente and joined fully by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice Peggy Quince. Justice R. Fred Lewis agreed with the result but did not sign on to the opinion.
But Justice Charles Canady, in a dissent joined by Justice Ricky Polston, said the law "collides with the Second Amendment right as understood" in a landmark 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Washington, D.C. gun law. He described as "feeble" arguments that the open-carry ban is justified for public-safety reasons.