Gun Related News Stories
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.
West Virginia Senate Approves Constitutional Carry With 24-9 Vote - February 23, 2016
The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday that would make it legal for people to carry concealed weapons without a permit in the Mountain State so long as they meet certain requirements.
The Senate voted 24-9, with one member absent and not voting, to approve House Bill 4145 following a short debate.
The bill will return to the House of Delegates for consideration because the Senate amended the bill during the weekend.
Florida Open Carry Bill Killed By Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman - February 17, 2016
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla said Tuesday evening a proposal allowing 1.5 million people with concealed weapons permits in Florida to openly carry handguns is officially dead for the 2016 session.
"Open carry is not going to happen; it's done," the Miami Republican senator told reporters.
Diaz de la Portilla had expressed growing reluctance for weeks about holding a hearing on SB 300, saying last week it was "on life support."
US Fourth Circuit of Appeals Overturns Maryland Assault Weapons Ban Ruling - February 4, 2016
n the case of Kolbe v. O'Malley, the US Fourth Circuit of Appeals overturned a district court decision upholding the Maryland "Firearm Safety Act" which banned scary semi-auto rifles and full capacity magazines.
That law is now null and void and this creates a split between the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit (which upheld the Highland Park, IL scary gun ban).
Florida House Passes College Carry Bill By Large Margin - February 3, 2016
Guns would be allowed on college campuses under a bill passed by the Florida House.
The House voted 80 to 37 to pass the bill after an hour and a half of contentious debate Wednesday. Republicans said the bill would keep campuses safer while Democrats argued just the opposite.
It was one of four gun bills the House was considering Wednesday.
Florida Senate Passes Stand Your Ground Expansion Bill - January 28, 2016
Florida's "stand your ground" law would be expanded to give more protection to people using the self-defense claim under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday despite objections from Democrats who argued it could allow killers to walk free.
The bill would place the burden of proof on prosecutors to prove people charged with assaulting or killing someone else wasn't acting in self-defense. It's a response to a state Supreme Court ruling that said the burden is now on the defendant.
"It's simply incorrect to suggest that this bill would result in otherwise guilty individuals somehow going free because this becomes the law. If the state has sufficient evidence to successful prosecute a defendant in a jury trial, the state will prevail in the immunity hearing before a judge," said bill sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley, a Republican and former prosecutor from Orange Park.
Virginia To Restore Reciprocity Agreements - January 28, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of a firearms policy that had angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.
The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) ended the right of gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.
In excange, Republicans will agree to a major concession: Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offense will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order. The issue had been a nonstarter in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
Virginia To End Reciprocity With More Than 20 States - December 22, 2015
Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) announced Tuesday that Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth.
The states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Stag Arms Loses FFL Owners Will Sell Company - December 22, 2015
New Britain-based Stag Firearms LLC pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal firearms laws and as part of a plea agreement company president and owner Mark Malkowski agreed to sell the company and have no further ownership or management role in a gun manufacturer.
The company, with Malkowski serving as its representative, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a single felony count of possession of a machine gun not registered to the company.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also revoking Stag's federal license to manufacture firearms.
Official Announcement On Virginia Reciprocity Released - December 22, 2015
The Virginia attorney general's office has officially released the announcement regarding the dropping of reciprocity with 25 states.
Due to the dropping of reciprocity with several states that require a two way agreement Virginia residents will no longer be able to carry in those states.
Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Illinois Assault Weapon Ban Case - December 7, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday handed a legal victory to advocates of banning firearms commonly known as assault weapons.
By leaving a suburban Chicago gun control law intact, the court gave a boost to efforts aimed at imposing such bans elsewhere, at a time of renewed interest in gun regulation after recent mass shootings.
The court declined to take up a challenge to a 2013 law passed in Highland Park, Illinois that bans the sale, purchase, or possession of semi-automatic weapons that can hold more than ten rounds in a single ammunition clip or magazine. It specifically includes certain rifles, including those resembling the AR-15 and AK-47 assault-style firearms.
Oakland California Leaders Announce New Anti-Gun Legislation - December 4, 2015
As critics point to Congress' inaction over gun regulations, some of Oakland's leaders want to crack down on gun ownership, proposing new requirements for storing firearms in homes and vehicles and banning high-capacity magazines.
The proposed ordinances include Large Capacity Magazine Ban, making it illegal within Oakland for any person to possess any large-capacity magazine except as authorized by law, whether assembled or disassembled.
Oakland's Safe Storage Firearms Act, making it illegal for anyone to keep a firearm in a home unless the firearm is stored in a locked container, or the firearm is disabled with a trigger lock.
Extend Oakland's Safe Storage Firearms Act to require safe storage of firearms in a vehicle for concealed carry licensees.
Pro 2nd Amendment Appropriations Bill Under Attack - November 27, 2015
As many of our members are aware, in June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2578, which provided a number of pro-2nd Amendment provisions, including funding for federal firearms relief determinations under 18 U.S.C. 925(c), which has not been available since 1992, and a prohibition on ATF utilizing any of the funding for promulgating a rule requiring CLEO signature requirements.
Specifically, Amendment 302 provided "that such funds appropriated for BATF shall be available to investigate or act upon applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities under United States Code"
Additionally, Amendment 320 provided ATF was prohibited from "the use of funds to propose or to issue a rule that would change the Chief Law Enforcement Officer certificate requirement with respect to purchase of suppressors and other firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act."
H.R. 2578, with these Amendments, was approved by the House of Representatives on June 3, 2015 with a vote of 242 yeas to 183 nays.
It was then sent to the Senate, where Senator Shelby reported it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee with it being substituted for what appears to be the Senate's Appropriation's Bill S. 2131. Unfortunately, S. 2131 does not include Amendment 302 or 320.
Please contact your senators and tell them to vote on the original bill, not the substitute.
Accordingly, it is imperative that you contact your Senators and inform them that you want them either to approve H.R. 2578 as sent to the Senate by the House or you want them to include Amendments 302 and 320 in their version of the 2016 Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. This is extremely important as hundreds of thousands of people are affected by ATFâ€™s inability to perform federal firearms relief determinations and ATFâ€™s ATf-41P rulemaking.
RICO Case Brought Against New Jersey Over Obstruction of Gun Rights - November 24, 2015
Over the past several months a quiet battle has been raging. The leftist power machine, compromised of both State and Federal ideologues, has had its hands full and its wits tested as it deployed dirty trick after dirty trick in its battle to eradicate the lawsuit known as Purpura v. Christie, et al.
The lawsuit was filed in support of the Bill of Rights and listed several â€śClaims of Reliefâ€ť regarding violations perpetrated upon the citizens of New Jersey and which have been reinforced for decades by the state and federal judiciary. The Defendants in this case have failed to provide a timely defense as was required of them by a Court issued Summons and the FRCP.
Schumer Vows To Bring Major Gun Legislation To Congress In Spring - November 23, 2015
One of the top-ranking Democrats in the Senate vows that his party will "bring a universal background check bill to the floor of the Senate early next year."
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York made the statement Friday at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, where he was honored with the "Sarah Brady Visionary Award," named after the wife of former President Ronald Reagan's press secretary Jim Brady, who was shot and left brain-damaged by an attempted Reagan assassin in 1981.
A press release issued by the pro-gun control organization quoted Schumer's promise to pursue the legislation, and he referenced 1993's Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks and imposed a five-day waiting period on gun purchases in the U.S.
Texas Governor Tells Mayors They Cant Ban Firearms In Government Buildings - November 23, 2015
Texas mayors cannot prohibit the concealed carry of handguns in city halls and other government buildings even if they contain security sensitive areas such as courtrooms, according to Governor Greg Abbott.
Abbott, the former attorney general, last month told his successor Ken Paxton that under a new law that went into effect Sept. 1, city, county and agency leaders must allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into government buildings.
The Abbott memo was sent in response to letters from Hays and Tom Green County officials asking Paxton to clarify when and where they can continue to ban concealed carry in their facilities. News of the memo was first reported by Austin's Community Impact Newspaper.