Gun Related News Stories
New ATF Director Wants Gun Database - August 1, 2016
Deputy Director Thomas Brandon, head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) appeared on CBS's Sunday Morning television show, complaining that his agency is 'a small agency with a big job' and that he really needs more agents and more money to do that job.
What he would really like, however, is a computerized database of all gun purchases made by every buyer and seller in the country:
"There's a lot of things that donâ€™t make sense.â€¦ Would [having such a database at the ATF] be efficient and effective? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with [improved] public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No."
Brandon took over the agency in April 2015 after Todd Jones bailed out following the agency's failed attempt to ban ammunition for the popular AR-15 rifle. Jones had taken over the agency after Kenneth Melson bailed out in 2011 following the implosion of the ATF's Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.
AP Poll Americans Disapprove of Obama's Handling of Gun Laws - July 23, 2016
An Associated Press poll released July 23 shows that 59 percent of Americans disapprove of President Obama's handling of gun laws, and an even greater majority, 62 percent, believe owning a gun makes people safer by 'preventing them from becoming victims of crime.'
The poll also shows that 53 percent of Americans support national reciprocity for concealed carry permits. National reciprocity renders a concealed carry permit issued in one state valid in every state. An overwhelming majority of respondents also said a 'high priority' for law enforcement should be 'cracking down on people who own guns illegally' and 'cracking down on people who sell guns illegally.'
AR500 Recalls Level 3 Body Armor - July 21, 2016
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, AR500 is recalling its Level III body armor.
"This recall involves AR500 Armor Level III body armor, including chest plates, side plates and ABS panels. The black, steel-core body armor is rated for protection against rifle calibers up to 7.62X51 M80 Ball (.308) at 2,800 feet per second. AR500 Armor is printed on a white label on the back side of the armor. Only AR500 Level III body armor with the manufacture date code of February 2016 and March 2016 are included in the recall."
If you have one of these products you can contact AR500 or learn more about the recall below.
AR500 Armor toll-free at 844-887-8824 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at support@AR500armor.com or online at www.ar500armor.com and click on 'Safety Recall' for more information.
Massachusetts Attorney General Bans All AR-15 Sales In The State - July 20, 2016
After the usual 'assault rifles' are 'weapon of war' used by 'mass murderers' anti-AR agitprop, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey dropped this bombshell at The Boston Globe.
"The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans 'copies or duplicates' of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a 'copy' or 'duplicate' weapon is. They market 'state compliant' copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.
That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.
The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a 'copy' or 'duplicate' of a prohibited weapon. If a gun's operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it's a 'copy' or 'duplicate,' and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.
California Governor Signs Four Anti-Gun Bills Rejects Others - July 1, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown this morning took swift action on a sweeping package of bills designed to keep the state's residents safer from deadly gun violence, signing a series of new restrictions on firearms owners into law while vetoing others.
Brown endorsed legislation that will require background checks to purchase ammunition, ban possession of high-capacity magazines and close a loophole in the state's existing assault weapons ban by prohibiting long guns with "bullet buttons" that make it easier for shooters to swap magazines.
Supreme Court Upholds Firearm Ban For Domestic Abusers - June 27, 2016
The court upheld a federal ban on gun ownership for any citizen convicted of domestic assault.
The ruling came one week after the Senate rejected a series of gun control laws, including legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from buying weapons.
In a 6-2 decision, the court rejected arguments from two Maine men, who said their misdemeanor convictions weren't severe enough to keep them from owning firearms. Both men were charged with illegal gun possession due to their prior convictions.
Networks Stacked Orlando Coverage 8 To 1 In Favor Of Gun Control - June 24, 2016
A media watchdog's analysis of the "Big Three networks" in the wake of the June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, shows news coverage was dramatically stacked against gun rights advocates.
Media Research Center followed political coverage of ABC, NBC, CBS for one week after 29 year old security guard killed 49 and wounded 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub, with a semi-automatic weapon. The nonprofit organization observed an 8 to 1 imbalance of coverage in favor of new gun-control measures.
The group's extensive study covered 47 gun policy stories (41 full segments, 6 anchor read briefs), and 10 stories that mentioned gun policy on the networks' morning and evening shows.
U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Gunmakers Claim On Silencer - June 22, 2016
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that a prototype rifle design by Sig Sauer featured a built-in silencer that would make it subject to tougher federal restrictions on its sale and higher taxes.
Sig Sauer, which produced the semi-automatic rifle believed to be used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, had challenged a 2013 ruling by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, that the prototype not yet released for sale would be subject to a $200 transfer fee for each weapon sold due to the silencer.
The privately held company, based in Newington, New Hampshire, argued that the device on the end of the weapon was not intended to serve as a silencer but rather was a "muzzle brake," which can reduce recoil. Classifying the device as a silencer would subject the gun to stiffer federal requirements including stricter limits on record keeping and markings, which would result in there being "no market" for the gun, Sig Sauer said in court papers.
Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Connecticut Assault Weapons Ban Case - June 20, 2016
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a Connecticut law banning many semiautomatic rifles. The law, enacted in 2013 in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., made it a crime to sell or possess the firearms, which critics call assault weapons.
The decision not to hear the case, not long after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., does not set a Supreme Court precedent. But it is part of a trend in which the justices have given at least tacit approval to broad gun-control laws in states and localities that choose to enact them.
Breaking: 9th Circuit Rules Concealed Carry Is Not A Right - June 9, 2016
A ruling with the potential to vastly expand the number of California residents permitted to carry concealed weapons in public was overturned by a federal appeals court.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday set aside a three-judge panelâ€™s 2014 ruling that San Diego Countyâ€™s process for determining who qualifies for a permit to carry a concealed weapon violates the constitutional right to bear arms. The decision is a loss for gun rights advocates including the National Rifle Association who have attacked some of the nationâ€™s strictest public-carry laws.
South Carolina Legislation Passes Georgia Reciprocity - June 3, 2016
A new South Carolina law awaiting Gov. Nikki Haley's signature would help Georgia gun owners travel over the state border more easily.
South Carolina has a stricter process than Georgia for getting a concealed weapons permit. It requires gun training. Because Georgia doesn't, the state's carry permits haven't been valid in South Carolina.
That's been a real pain for some gun owners in Augusta. Gun store and range owner Buddy Lichty lives there, but crosses the border all the time. Often he goes for cheaper gas.
Federal Court Say Washington DC Must Allow Concealed Carry For Retired Correction Officer - June 3, 2016
Four former prison guards who were barred from carrying concealed guns despite a 2004 federal law that gave off duty and retired law enforcement officers the right to pack heat won a landmark court victory on Thursday.
In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit held that the city's Department of Corrections improperly barred the men from carrying concealed firearms, saying the 2004 Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act guaranteed their right. The court rejected the city's argument that the law does not apply to corrections officers because they lack arresting authority.
"[Congress] left no discretion for a state to revise the historical record of an individual qualified law enforcement officer," read the majority opinion.
New Hampshire Supreme Court Invalidates Non-Resident License Requirement - June 2, 2016
The state Department of Safety exceeded its legal authority when it imposed new rules for nonresidents seeking a license to carry a concealed gun in New Hampshire, according to a ruling of the state Supreme Court Thursday.
The rules, which took effect in 2013, require non-residents asking local police for a concealed carry permit to prove that they have a permit in their home state.
New Jersey resident Scott L. Bach appealed a decision of the New Hampshire Superior Court, which issued a summary judgment in favor of the Department of Safety and its new rule.
Bach does not possess a New Jersey license to carry a concealed weapon, although from 2004 to 2013 he held a license to carry one in New Hampshire.
Illinois House Approves Suppressor Legalization Bill - June 1, 2016
Lawmakers were able to push a measure lifting the ban on suppressors in The Land of Lincoln halfway through the legislature Tuesday night.
The National Firearm Act regulated sound moderating devices are legal for citizens to use in 42 states and a bipartisan group of legislators and advocates in Illinois have in recent years been progressively supporting adding the state to that list with past bills introduced in the House and Senate to do just that.
The latest push came in a House floor amendment from Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, D-Harrisburg, on Sunday that added language to a Senate bill to remove the prohibition on suppressors and silencers and allow for their use in hunting. It immediately picked up 18 co-sponsors and passed the House in a 69-46 vote on its third reading Tuesday night just before the end of session.
Former Stag Arms Owners Sentenced For Violating Federal Gun Laws - May 18, 2016
Closing a dark chapter for a New Britain gun maker, the former owner of Stag Arms was sentenced in a Hartford federal court Tuesday for the company's violation of federal gun laws.
A federal judge sentenced Stag's former owner and president Mark Malkowski to two years probation and to pay a $100,000 fine. As part of the resolution, Malkowski agreed never again to hold an ownership or management position with a firearms business.
Also, the judge ordered the New Britain gun maker to pay a $500,000 fine. Stag agreed not to challenge the license revocations and to drop all ownership claims to the firearms seized by federal regulators.
The district's U.S. Attorney, Deirdre Daly, said in a statement Tuesday this is the first time that a major firearms manufacturer has been convicted of a felony and had its license revoked.
District Of Columbia Will Appeal Federal Judges Ruling - May 18, 2016
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine will appeal a federal judge's decision against the city's concealed carry law.
District laws state that a resident must have a "good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property" or "any other proper reason for carrying a pistol" to have a concealed weapon. Tuesday's ruling marks the second time a judge has ruled against the law.
"We believe that the District's gun laws are reasonable and necessary to ensure public safety in a dense urban area, and we will request a stay of this decision while we appeal," Racine said in a statement.
District Of Columbias Concealed Carry Law Struck Down By Federal Judge - May 17, 2016
A federal judge has ruled that a key provision of the District's new gun law is likely unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show 'good reason' to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation's capital.
In imposing a preliminary injunction pending further litigation, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon reignited a running battle over the Second Amendment in the District and its courts where three different judges have now weighed in with varying conclusions.
'The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,' Leon wrote in a 46 page opinion, quoting a 5 to 4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2008 in another District case that established a constitutional right to keep firearms in oneâ€™s home.
9th Circuit Court Rules Buying And Selling Guns IS Protected By The 2nd Amendment - May 16, 2016
A three judge panel for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a 2-1 ruling that "the right to purchase and sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and bear arms" protected by the Second Amendment in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.
SAF was joined in the case by the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, the Calguns Foundation, Inc., and three businessmen, John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gary Gamaza. SAF was represented by noted California civil rights attorney Don Kilmer, and the case was supported by an important amicus brief filed by Virginia attorney Alan Gura for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Gura won both the Heller and McDonald Second Amendment rulings before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"This is an important decision," said SAF founder and CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "It remands the case back to the lower court for further proceedings consistent with the ruling as it pertains to the Second Amendment."
The lawsuit was against an Alameda County ordinance that prohibits gun stores from being located within 500 feet of a residential zone. Writing for the majority, Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain noted that, "the Ordinance burdened conduct protected by the Second Amendment and that it therefore must be subjected to heightened scrutinyâ€”something beyond mere rational basis review."
Missouri Senators Pass Expanded Gun Rights On Final Day - May 13, 2016
With only hours remaining in Missouri's legislative session, state senators passed a bill Friday that would allow people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats.
The gun legislation, which now moves to the House, was one of the more prominent bills still in play as a 6 p.m. constitutional deadline approached to pass bills. Gov. Jay Nixon said he remained hopeful that lawmakers would also approve the state's first-ever limits on lobbyist gifts, though some legislators said the prospects appeared slim.
US Appeals Court Hears Maryland Assault Weapon Ban Appeal - May 11, 2016
A federal appeals court spent more than an hour Wednesday vigorously questioning lawyers about the constitutionality of Maryland's assault weapons ban and whether a judge who upheld it applied the correct legal standard.
Gun rights supporters claim the ban violates the Second Amendment because it applies to firearms that many Maryland residents keep in their homes. The state argues that lawmakers had authority to prohibit the weapons because they are rarely used for self-defense and are disproportionately used in mass shootings and killings of police officers.
The appeals court typically takes several weeks to issue a ruling.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake upheld the ban, but a divided three judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in February that she did not apply the proper legal standard. The panel sent the case back to Blake and ordered her to apply "strict scrutiny," a more rigorous test of a law's constitutionality. The state appealed to the full appeals court.