Gun Related News Stories
North Carolina House Strips Out Two Keep Sections Of Pro Gun Bill - June 16, 2015
The N.C. House on Tuesday tentatively passed a watered down version of a gun bill after stripping out provisions that would have repealed the state's pistol permit system and allowed lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in the legislature.
After more than four hours of debate, lawmakers voted 78 to 37 for HB562. A final vote is expected Wednesday.
9th Circuit Court To Hear Challenge To California Concealed Carry Law Today - June 16, 2015
In a hearing set for Tuesday in San Francisco, a special 11 judge federal appeals court panel will consider whether to side with the gun lobby's effort to dramatically loosen California's restrictions on carrying concealed firearms.
While the case involves challenges to regulations in San Diego and Yolo Counties, it has implications for local gun control efforts across the state, including most Bay Area counties that have similar restrictions in place.
Depending on how the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules, the outcome could force the U.S. Supreme Court to address what many legal experts consider one of the most important unresolved issues in the gun debate, how far the constitutional right to bear arms extends outside the home.
Texas Governor To Sign Two Pro Gun Bills Tomorrow - June 12, 2015
Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled on Saturday to sign legislation to expand Second Amendment rights, with the headliners expected to be proposals to allow open carry and campus carry.
The Republican is holding the signing ceremony at Red's Indoor Range in Pflugerville, just outside of Austin.
Colt On The Verge Of Bankruptcy - June 10, 2015
Colt, the iconic American gunmaker, could be bankrupt within days. The company, that has been making guns for 160 years, has been struggling financially and missed a $10.9 million interest payment on its debt in mid-May.
Colt admitted, in a regulatory filing, that its failure to make that interest payment raises "substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern." Colt also said it "may seek relief under the bankruptcy code."
Breaking: US Supreme Courts Allows San Fransico Hollow Point Ban To Stand - June 8, 2015
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal aimed at loosening gun restrictions and instead left in place two San Francisco gun laws.
The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. A second ordinance bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has "no sporting purpose" and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.
Oregon County Commissioners Vote 4 To 1 Against Enforcing New Law - June 3, 2015
Gun control advocates on Wednesday decried as a misguided political maneuver a vote by Oregon county commissioners against enforcement of new statewide gun background check requirements.
Lane County's commissioners in a 4 to 1 vote on Tuesday decreed that local government could not afford to investigate violations of the new law, and affirmed the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms' under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
US Rep Claims Insurance Has Reduced Car Deaths So Gun Insurance Would Do The Same - May 29, 2015
In an unbelievable statement last week New York representative Carolyn Maloney stated "We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise".
Her statement was an attempt to push her latest round of 'stupid legislation' that would require all gun owners to carry liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine.
New Jersey Domestic Abuse Gun Bill Will Get A Hearing - May 29, 2015
Legislation that would toughen New Jersey's laws against firearms possession by domestic violence offenders is beginning to advance.
The bill, A4218 which former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords advocated for in a March visit to Trenton, is scheduled for a hearing in the state Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday. It would require judges to order those convicted of a domestic violence offense to sell their guns to dealers or turn them over to law enforcement within 24 hours, among other things.
Current law already bans domestic violence offenders from owning the guns, but the bill would add an enforcement mechanism that gun control advocates argue is lacking.
Federal Judge Denies DC Request For Stay - May 28, 2015
A federal judge on Thursday denied the District of Columbia's request for an immediate administrative stay on a ruling declaring part of the city's gun carry law unconstitutional.
In a ruling issued on May 18th, Judge Frederick J. Scullin said the District's requirement that applicants for a gun carry permit demonstrate a 'good reason' to carry a gun violated the Second Amendment.
New Jersey Supreme Court To Hear Gun Case - May 27, 2015
A former New Jersey police officer is headed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he should be able to keep his firearms and a hunting knife despite a stormy, 15 year marriage with episodes of domestic violence.
The state Supreme Court rarely ventures into the debate over gun rights. Its last major decision on gun control came in 1990, denying handgun permits to two private detectives. New Jersey is considered to have some of the toughest firearms restrictions in the country, and the state Supreme Court has upheld them at every turn on public-safety grounds.
DC Asks Judge To Allow Law To Remain While Challenged In Court - May 26, 2015
D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law, the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a 'good reason' for a permit to carry while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.
In a motion filed late Tuesday, the District's Attorney General asked the judge to stay the ruling while the city pursues an appeal.
"Granting an administrative stay would minimize unnecessary disruption and confusion," wrote D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, noting that if a later ruling were to overturn the injunction, any concealed-carry permits issued during that time might have to be withdrawn.
Minnesota Governor Signs Bill To Allow Suppresors - May 23, 2015
Despite previously suggesting he would veto it, Gov. Mark Dayton today passed a public safety bill that includes legalizing the use of firearm suppressors in Minnesota.
The measure was one of four bills the governor signed Friday, put forward by the Senate and House as part of the state's $41 billion budget. They cover public safety and judiciary finance, higher education, health and human services, and transportation finance
Constitutional Carry Bill Advances In Maine Legislature - May 21, 2015
A bill that would allow Mainers to carry concealed weapons without a permit advanced in the Legislature today after the state Senate approved the measure in a 21-14 vote.
Opponents voiced concerns over the legislation's failure to include a firearms' training requirement and its implications for an existing reciprocity agreement among states requiring permits for concealed weapons.
But the bill's supporters prevailed, saying current law does little to make law-abiding citizens feel any safer.
Supreme Court Rules Convicted Felon Has The Right To Sell His Guns - May 18, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former U.S. Border patrol agent, Tony Henderson, who was convicted of a felony in 2006 and sought to sell his gun collection that included a personal firearm and some antique weapons.
A unanimous court ruled Monday that once a gun owner is convicted of a felony, his or her lawfully owned firearms can be transferred from government custody to a third party if a court is satisfied that the recipient would not give the felon control over the firearms.
Federal Court Rules Ohio Man Can Sue For Illegal Open Carry Stop - May 14, 2015
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday handed down a victory for open carry advocates and the Fourth Amendment in a ruling that may give gun prohibitionists heartburn, but also should not be seen as a signal for open carriers to engage in deliberately provocative behavior for the benefit of video social media.
The appeals court ruled that Toledo resident Shawn Northrup can sue a city police officer for detaining him on June 16, 2010 because he was openly carrying a semiautomatic pistol while walking with his wife and their dog. Northrup was stopped, disarmed and handcuffed, and detained for about 30 minutes by Officer David Bright.
National Defense Authorization Act Amendment Would Transfer Remaining 1911s To CMP - May 8, 2015
An add on to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army's remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it could see potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II era handguns in government hands sold to the public.
Oregon Governor Will Sign New Background Check Law - May 4, 2015
Governor Kate Brown quickly signaled that she will sign legislation passed by the House on Monday expanding the state's background check law to include private gun sales.
The governor's communications director, said in a brief text that the governor will sign the bill passed by the House on a 32-28 vote.
New York Democrats Shelve Safe Act Repeal Bills - April 25, 2015
On April 23, 2015, the New York State Assembly Codes Committee met to discuss Bills A-2651 and A-3350. Each of these Bills sought to repeal the NY Safe Act, enacted a little over 2 years ago without debate or public input as a matter of necessity in reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings. Since that time, the NY Safe Act has been universally found to have failed its stated goal of making New Yorkers safer from gun violence. The Codes Committee decision would have allowed the repeal Bills to be presented to the entire Assembly in public debate for an up or down vote. The Codes Committee declined to allow such public action.
Tennessee Governor Haslam Signs Bill To Allow Guns In Parks - April 24, 2015
Republican Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar people with handgun carry permits from being armed in parks, playgrounds and sports fields.
The contentious measure was introduced as a welcome gift from gun-friendly Tennessee lawmakers to the more than 70,000 people attending the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville earlier this month.
Oregonians Denied From Testifying Against Background Check Bill - April 3, 2015
Only 19 percent of opposing witness where allowed to testify against an Oregon Senate Bill that would expand background checks for private firearms, while 94 percent of supporting witnesses testified on Wednesday, April 1.
"Many rural Oregonians traveled hours to express their concerns about SB 941, and we owe them the chance to engage in the political process and speak directly with their representatives in Salem," said Senator Bill Hansell. "Their commitment proves this issue is one that deeply affects all Oregonians and they deserve an equal opportunity to be heard."
In all, 68 Oregonians were not permitted to testify against Senate Bill 914 at the public hearing. Senator Prozanski held a two hour public meeting for the bill, and limited testimony two minutes.