Gun Related News Stories
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.
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.
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."
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.
Florida Permit Holder Numbers Top One And A Half Million - September 15, 2015
There are now more than 1 1/2 million Floridians with concealed carry permits.
"We had a high water mark in 2012, where almost 200,000 applications were submitted to the department," said Aaron Keller, of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "This past year, that number was closer to 130,000, so it really does fluctuate, but we are seeing increased demand, continuing to see a lot of demand."
Alabama Supreme Court Finds Open Carry Restriction Unconstitutional - September 8, 2015
The Alabama Supreme Court last week found a law banning the open carry of a gun onto someone elses property is unconstitutional.
In a 5-3 decision tendered Friday by the state's highest court, the majority overturned the conviction by lower courts of Jason Dean Tulley, arrested in 2011 for carrying a pistol on premises not his own after he visited the First Educators Credit Union while open carrying.
Although he removed the gun from the property when told it was not allowed, he was charged with a crime days later.
NRA Lawsuit VS Philadelphia Dismissed - September 4, 2015
A Philadelphia judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association against the city, concluding the gun rights group has no legal standing.
The NRA had challenged seven of Philadelphia's gun ordinances as illegal because they are stricter than state law.
The Common Pleas court ruling is not binding in other courtrooms but could bode well for other cities engaged in legal battles over their gun ordinances, including Harrisburg.
AMGOA Joins With GOA And Eight Pennsylvania Groups To File Amicus Brief In Harrisburg Case - August 14, 2015
The American Gun Owners Alliance joined Gun Owners Of America and seven Pennsylvania groups by filing an amicus brief with the court handling the appeal by the city of Harrisburg over the February ruling declaring their gun laws were illegal.
The other groups involved are the Allegheny County Sportsmen's League, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Lehigh Valley Tea Party, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Pennsylvanians for Self Protection,
Pennsylvania State Fish & Game Protective Association and the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania
Seattle City Council Passes Tax On Firearms And Ammunition - August 11, 2015
The Seattle city council unanimously passed a special tax on Monday, and Mayor Ed Murray signaled his support for the measure.
The new law will impose a $25 tax on guns and a 5 cent tax on bullets sold within the city limits. Lawmakers called it a "gun violence tax" because proceeds would be used for prevention and research programs to reduce gun violence in Seattle.
Historic Challenge to New York Pistol Permit Law - August 10, 2015
A group of citizens have filed a frontal legal assault on New York's pistol permit law, known as the Sullivan Act, after the corrupt Tammany Hall politician who sponsored it in 1911. The statute requires law abiding citizens to get government permission before arming themselves against the hordes of violent criminals roaming New York's streets.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Buffalo, complains that alone among the fundamental rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights, only the right to bear arms requires that citizens get government permission before exercising it.
The complaint notes that seeking such permission can takes years and several thousand dollars and is often denied arbitrarily.
Alabama Department Of Transportation Outlawing Firearms In Rest Areas - July 23, 2015
The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that they are banning the possession and carrying of firearms at rest stops along the state's interstates and highways.
Although many are questioning whether ALDOT has the legal authority to do this, the department cited Alabama Code Section 25-1-59(c) as giving them the power to "prescribe any reasonable rules and regulations ... prevent unnecessary trespassing upon or injury to any of the public roads, bridges, or highways of the state" upon which state money is spent.
Seattle City Council Proposes Tax On Firearms And Ammunition - July 7, 2015
Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the city tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms.
Seattle would tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms under a pair of bills coming before the City Council.
City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the legislation, saying revenue from the new tax would fund gun-violence-prevention programs and research.
Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Pro Gun Amendment Vote - June 30, 2015
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August that bolsters gun rights.
In February, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson presented his case against the amendment, alleging the ballot summary presented to voters was misleading and failed to explain the amendment, making it an irregular election.
The summary presented to voters said 'that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.'
The court disagreed and held the election results valid.
Pennsylvania Act 192 Found Unconstitutional By Appeals Court - June 24, 2015
A law that cleared the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws, and collect legal fees and other costs if they won.
In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled the law, known as Act 192 of 2104, is unconstitutional.
A copy of the decision can be found here