Gun Related News Stories
Senator Shuts Down More Gun Bills In South Carolina - March 30, 2016
Three gun bills approved by a Senate panel last week will be the only gun bills receiving a hearing this year in the Senate, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says.
The news is a blow to advocates of other legislation, including bills to expand the waiting period for background checks prior to gun sales, proposed following the murders of nine people at a Charleston church last June.
Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Greenville News he personally does not support the expanded waiting period bills or other gun-control measures such as gun registration or a ban on assault weapons, so he will not allow them a hearing.
Mississippi Senate Approves House Bill For Constitutional Carry - March 30, 2016
A bill that would enhance concealed carry protections while making Mississippi the 10th state to adopt constitutional carry passed with broad support Tuesday.
The measure, which passed the House last month in an impressive 85-33 vote, began life as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church. During its passage through that body, it picked up an amendment to allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder. The Senate approved it by a 36-14 vote this week.
Headed back to the House for a concurrence, the bill has the support of both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the latter of whom concentrated on the new church protections in a statement Tuesday.
Georgia Reciprocity Bill Passes South Carolina Senate - March 24, 2016
Legislation in the state Senate that lets South Carolina recognize Georgia's concealed weapons permits is a few steps closer to becoming law.
The bill, which cruised through the S.C. House in 2015, makes it so that Peach State residents who carry firearms don't have to put them away when they cross the state line.
The issue has flustered residents from border areas, Rep. Bill Taylor, Republican Aiken, said.
"South Carolina citizens who particularly live along the Savannah River and travel back and forth to Georgia have desired this overwhelmingly," Taylor said.
While Georgia does not recognize South Carolina's permit holders, lawmakers have said progress with South Carolina's bill could hopefully incentivize Georgia legislators to introduce similar legislation.
Virginia Governor Vetos Two Pro Gun Bills - March 24, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to undo the Democrat's executive order banning guns in state offices.
McAuliffe also nixed a bill that would prevent most government agencies from prohibiting employees from keeping firearms in their vehicles.
State workers are currently barred from possessing a weapon not required for their job when they are on state premises or conducting state business.
Hi-Point Firearms Founder Tom Deeb Dies - March 24, 2016
Deeb, born near South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in a working class neighborhood before founding Hi-Point in 1993, passed away this week.
"Tom was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still represents the fair practices and honest principles he implemented in establishing it," noted Hi-Point in a post to social media Thursday.
The Ohio based company's founder died Monday while in 'semi-retirement' in Texas.
Mississippi Constitutional Carry Bill Heads To Full Senate Vote - March 18, 2016
An important Senate committee on Thursday looked past a gun control rally at the State Capitol to approve a House measure to allow concealed carry without a permit.
The measure, which passed the House last month in an impressive 85-33 vote began life as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, himself a lawyer and minister of a small church, was able to add an amendment to allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder.
Two Major Anti-Gun Groups Merge - March 17, 2016
Two of the most vocal gun control advocacy groups in the United States recently announced that they are joining forces. Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced on Wednesday that the two groups are merging to "create a bold new force for smart gun laws." The two organizations say that by pooling together resources and expertise, they can create a more powerful and influential entity to advocate for stricter gun laws. The resulting organization, which will continue to operate under the Americans for Responsible Solutions banner, will be led by Giffords and Kelly.
Bill Allowing Students To Have Guns In Vehicles On Campus Passes Tennessee House - March 16, 2016
The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 69 to 17 this week on a bill, HB2131, to restrict public colleges and universities from punishing students or employees with handgun carry permits who keep a gun in a vehicle while on campus.
This vote comes after the state Senate approved the bill, SB1991, 29 to 0 last week. The bill will be sent to the governor's desk for his signature soon.
The act would take effect upon becoming law, according to the bill.
Idaho Senate Passes Consitutional Carry Bill - March 16, 2016
The Senate has voted 27 to 8 in favor of SB 1389, which allows Idahoans 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit inside city limits. "The Idaho Constitution does give us the right to regulate concealed carry, and we certainly still do that," said Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. "Even with the passing of this law we have many regulations on concealed carry. But this corrects in my opinion what was a wrong infringement on individualsâ€™ rights and I'm proud to support this."
California Lawmaker Calling For ATF To Block Imports Of Assault Weapons - March 15, 2016
A new bill is aiming to block assault weapons from being imported into the United States.
The legislation proposed by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) calls for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to act on its power to bar the import of assault weapons that "are not suitable or readily adaptable for sporting purposes"
The legislation, which would not affect gun production in the U.S., would include the imported Serbian AK-47 that was used to kill three and wound 14 others in Hesston, Kansas on Feb. 25, Speier said in a Facebook post on the bill.
Texas Moms Demand Group Post Just Shoot Them About Gun Rights Group - March 15, 2016
The presence of a gun rights group at the Texas State Capitol during President Obama's visit to the SxSW festival elicited members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense to call for gun violence against the group. Among other incitements to violence, "Just shoot them all," and "Shoot the a**bags," they said.
Moms Demand Action members posted, "Do[n]'t arrest them just shoot them, these people are crazy," "Time to use an assault weapon on this trash," "Just shoot them allâ€¦," and "Mow them down." Another added, "a**hats. no one has taken your guns. you are the ones causing problems. [P]lease just shoot each other."
Iowa Senate Committee Passes Permitless Carry Bill - March 14, 2016
The Senate State Affairs Committee has passed SB 1389, the permitless concealed-carry bill, on a 6-3 votes. The three 'no' votes came from Sens. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum; Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise; and Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. After vote, Davis declined to discuss it, saying, "I'd rather not talk about this issue." His 23-year-old son was shot and killed at a college party in 2003 by another student who had been drinking and had a gun.
The 'yes' votes came from Sens. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa; Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston; Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; Chuck Winder, R-Boise; Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton; and Todd Lakey, R-Nampa. The bill now moves to the full Senate.
Georgia Senate Passes Campus Carry Bill - March 11, 2016
Georgia's State Senate voted Friday to pass a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses.
The bill passed the House last week and will now head to Governor Nathan Deal's desk, where it appears to have is support.
The proposal won support from a Senate panel on Monday despite opposition from the powerful Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Oklahoma House Passes Open Carry Firearms Legislation - March 10, 2016
The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly adopted legislation to allow gun owners to carry their weapons openly without a state issued license.
House members voted 73-15 for the measure and sent it to the state Senate for debate and a vote.
The measure's author, Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield, says it would allow gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry firearms openly without government interference. Coody says persons who want to carry a concealed weapon would still be required to obtain a state permit.
South Carolina House Passes Federal Firearm Law Nullification Bill - March 9, 2016
On March 2 the South Carolina state House of Representatives passed a bill that stops the enforcement of federal firearm regulations at the state border.
The Second Amendment Preservation Act, HB4701, prohibits state officials from cooperating with the federal government in the enforcement of any federal act that 'limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a firearm, ammunition or firearm accessories.'
Furthermore, the bill prevents the state of South Carolina from accepting 'any federal funds related to any law, rule, or regulation that took effect after January 1, 2016, that requires firearms to be registered or confiscated.'
Georgia Campus Carry Bill Advances In Senate - March 8, 2016
A bill legalizing firearms on Georgia's college campuses passed a key Senate panel on Monday, with no changes to where the legislation says college students could be allowed to carry guns.
The move makes House Bill 859 eligible for a floor vote in the Senate later this week, and sets up a scenario that could see final passage well before the Legislature ends its work this year on March 24. It also represents a power move on behalf of the Senate's GOP leadership in an election year for all state lawmakers, since the Senate in years past has stopped similar measures.
West Virginia Becomes Constitutional Carry State With Override Of Gov Veto - March 5, 2016
West Virginia became the seventh state to pass constitutional carry when the House Of Delegates and Senate over rode the governors veto by a vote of 64-33 and 23-11 respectively
The bill would take effect in late May and would allow those 21 and older to carry a concealed gun without a permit.
PA Gun Law Seminar Set For Shippensburg April 2nd - March 4, 2016
Another in a series of public seminars about Pennsylvania's gun laws will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 2 at the Shippensburg Firefighters Activities Center, 33 W. Orange St.
The free seminar aims to help educate gun owners about state laws regarding firearms and the concealed carry permit application process, according to sponsor Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg.
Lexington Massachusetts Town Council To Consider Assault Weapons Confiscation Proposal - February 24, 2016
The town of Lexington utilizes an annual town meeting to set policy, bylaws and approve things like the town budget. The residents do not vote directly; instead they have approximately 200 â€śtown meeting membersâ€ť who vote in representation of their constituents.
One such town meeting member, a Harvard professor named Robert Rotberg has taken it upon himself to enact, what he hopes will be "a movement against assault weapons that would capture the state and therefore maybe explode to reach the country."
He has seized upon the recent ban enacted in Highland Park, IL, and has modeled his own ban, almost copying the language verbatim. Filing it to the town meeting warrant as Article 34.
Among other things, Article 34 includes any firearm that is semi-automatic and can accept a magazine that will hold more than 10 rounds. It also includes any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. The article also has a provision in which Lexington's licensed gun owners who own firearms included in the ban would be forced to sell, render inoperable, or have them seized and destroyed by the police department.
Iowa House Passes Package Of Pro-Gun Legislation - February 24, 2016
With strong bipartisan support, the Iowa House approved a package of gun related legislation Tuesday that a key backer said are "advancing the cause of 2nd Amendment rights and allowing Iowans to have freedoms they rightfully deserve."
Opponents, however, said the bills to allow youth greater access to handguns, legalize suppressors and carrying loaded guns on snowmobiles and ATVs, limit government authority to curtail the use of firearms during emergencies and make gun permits secret did not pass the "common sense test" or address Iowans' priorities of increasing opportunities for education, jobs and economic growth.
Rep. Matt Windschitl. R-Missouri Valley, said Iowans' priorities were represented by people, many wearing orange "I support the 2nd Amendment and I vote" stickers, were on hand for the debate.