Gun Related News Stories
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.
Plaintiffs Ask For Summary Judgment in Seattle Gun Tax Case - October 27, 2015
Plaintiffs in the case against Seattle's gun sales and ammunition tax have asked the court to issue a summary judgment.
Lawyers representing the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and local gun owners filed the motion for summary judgment with King County Superior Court on Friday. By filing the motion, the plaintiffs are arguing that the facts of the case are settled and the court should issue its decision.
They say the city's tax is illegal since Washington state law "fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state." Additionally, the plaintiffs argue, Seattle "is well aware of this restriction on its legislative power, in part because its most recent attempt to regulate firearms was emphatically struck down by the Court of Appeals."
Vermont In Crosshairs Of Anti Gun Groups - October 23, 2015
Vermont Watchdog recently reported that Gun Sense Vermont is meeting secretly, out of the public eye, to write a report entitled "Gun Violence in Vermont: Statewide Report", accompanied by an emotionally charged video. This campaign is meant to shock Vermonters into submitting to a new round of restrictions on gun owners. Presumably we will so be horrified at the prospect of the mass carnage taking place under our noses that weâ€™ll call our legislators and assure them we are willing to give up our 2nd Amendment rights â€“ anything to stop the violence.
Maine Secretary Of State Gives Green Light To MDA For Background Check Ballot Initiative - October 20, 2015
The Maine secretary of state gave the go ahead last week for Moms Demand Action to start collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to greatly expand background checks.
Filed for approval in August, the effort would add a voter referendum to the November 2016 ballot that would mandate Brady checks on most gun transfers.
Supporters of the drive include gun violence survivors who contend the proposal, if implemented, would help save lives.
Federal Court Upholds NY And CT Assault Weapons Bans - October 19, 2015
Two gun control laws in New York and Connecticut enacted after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School were upheld Monday by a federal appeals court. The laws ban the possession of semiautomatic assault weapons in both states, Reuters reported.
A New York state provision regulating load limits, which are the number of bullets in an ammunition magazine, was struck down. In addition to semi-automatic rifles being banned, certain large-capacity magazines also are no longer legal. Both laws were created following the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when 26 children and staff at an elementary school were shot and killed by a single gunman.
Michigan Senate Panel OKs Concealed Carry In Gun Free Zones - October 13, 2015
Individuals with special permits would be allowed to bring concealed firearms inside schools and other 'gun-free' areas under legislation advanced Tuesday by a Senate committee.
The bills, approved 4-1 along party lines by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, would let people apply for an exemption to carry their concealed weapon into areas that are currently off limits, including schools, child care centers, sports arenas, large concert halls, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and college classrooms. It would also prohibit people from openly carrying guns in those areas, which permit holders are currently allowed to do under Michigan law.
Harvard Study Proves More Armed Citizens Equals Less Crime - October 13, 2015
According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.
In other words, more firearms, less crime, concludes the virtually unpublicized research report by attorney Don B. Kates and Dr. Gary Mauser. But the key is firearms in the hands of private citizens.
"The study was overlooked when it first came out in 2007," writes Michael Snyder, "but it was recently re-discovered and while the findings may not surprise some, the place where the study was undertaken is a bit surprising." The study came from the Harvard Journal of Law, that bastion of extreme, Ivy League liberalism. Titled Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?, the report "found some surprising things."
SCOTUS Delays Decision On Chicago Suburb Assault Weapon Ban Case - October 13, 2015
Gun rights and gun control advocates alike will have to wait a little longer to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a Highland Park firearms ban.
The high court is now expected to decide at the earliest on Monday if it will take the case, which involves a gun owner who sued the North Shore community over its ban on semi-automatic "assault weapons" that carry more than 10 rounds.
Senate Democrats To Introduce Legislation After Oregon Shooting - October 8, 2015
Senate Democrats unveiled plans on Thursday for gun control reforms that include closing background check loopholes, expanding the background check database, and tightening regulations on illegal gun purchases.
The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate colleagues outlining the proposals. During the press conference the lawmakers recounted deadly mass shootings across the nation over the past several years and stressed that personal conversations with the victims' relatives and friends helped underscore the need for "sensible gun reform legislation".
Missoula Montana City Council Attempting To Require Backgrounds Checks - September 24, 2015
Expressing frustration with a state legislature that refuses to deal with gun control issues, the Health and Safety Committee of Missoula's City Council says they'll force the issue, even in the face of near certain legal action.
Wednesday night, the committee introduced a draft ordinance that would require gun shows and private firearm transactions to include a federal background check.
Sponsored by Council Members Bryan von Lossberg, Marilyn Marler and Emily Bently, the draft ordinance aims to close a loophole that allows private transactions and gun transfers to happen without a background check.