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Background Checks Bill Advances in MN Senate - March 15, 2013
A bill that was supposed to find common ground on firearms continues to divide Minnesota lawmakers, even as powerful Democrats push forward with their own priorities on gun control.
On a party-line committee vote Thursday, Democrats sent to the Senate floor a measure that includes so-called 'universal' background checks - the main priority of gun-control advocates.
In the process, the Senate Judiciary Committee stifled competing gun legislation's chances of passage.
Proposed Washinton DC Legisation Would Require Residents To Aquire $250,000 Insurance Policy - March 14, 2013
State: District of Columbia
D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh has proposed legislation that would require gun owners in the District to carry insurance.
If Cheh's bill is passed by the D.C. Council, all current and future gun owners will be forced to take out a $250,000 policy.
Cheh believes the insurance policy will ensure compensation for those who are harmed by firearms.
Chicago City Council Mull Even Tougher Laws - March 13, 2013
Chicago City Council members meeting Wednesday will vote on expanding the city's already-strict gun laws, just two days after a 6-month-old girl was fatally shot in a gang-related incident.
The Council votes Wednesday on a proposal to expand the city's gun offender registry and database, NBC Chicago reports. The legislation would require any city resident convicted of a violent gun-related crime to register with city police - much as sex offenders do. They would also have to keep in touch with police and have their registration reviewed every four years, NBC says.
Texas Trys To Say Says 'NO' To New Federal Gun Legislation - March 13, 2013
Texas will protect gun rights from federal intrusion, lawmakers said in a state Capitol hearing Wednesday.
In a hearing, a select Texas House Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee heard multiple bills that would stop federal gun-control proposals after the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year in Connecticut.
"Over the past few months we've seen legislation proposed on both the state and the federal levels that seek to limit the rights Americans enjoy under the Second Amendment, and we've also seen many bills that seek to counter these efforts," said state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, chairman of the special committee. "The intent behind these bills and this hearing is not to reject federal power where it is constitutionally exercised, but to help the state of Texas assert and maintain its sovereignty, particularly" with regard to the Second Amendment.
Nevada Assembly introduces new gun law proposals to tax bullets and guns - March 12, 2013
A bill mandating background checks for gun purchases, prohibiting armor piercing bullets and taxing firearm sales was introduced Monday in the Nevada Assembly.
Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, introduced AB234. It was one of two bills dealing with guns introduced Monday. The other, AB232, is at the opposite end of the gun debate spectrum and would allow the carrying of concealed firearms without a permit.
"I believe in the Second Amendment rights, but like any other constitutional amendment we have, there are certain restrictions - the Second Amendment is no different," Horne told The Associated Press in an interview.
California Lawmaker Linda Sanchez Proposes 10 Percent Tax On Any 'Concealable Weapon' - March 12, 2013
Amoung so many idiotic bills Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., proposed a bill that would impose a 10 percent tax on "any concealable" firearm. The revenue would be used to help fund a national gun buyback program. The bill is still in committee.
At the state level in California, Democratic state Rep. Roger Dickinson last month introduced a bill to impose a 5-cent tax on every bullet.
"A limited tax on ammunition is a small price to pay for better mental health care for children in our state," he said in a recent statement. The revenue from the tax would go toward screening young people for mental illness.
Wilmington Delaware City Council Tries Pushing State To ENact Tougher Gun Laws - March 8, 2013
While the city can't supercede the state in enacting gun laws, members of the council are sending a message to the General Assembly: pass tougher gun restrictions.
Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz says the ordinance she introduced at last night's would amend the city's code to ban possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of a school and requires background checks for private gun sales and the reporting of lost and stolen firearms--all measures currently being proposed by Gov. Markell.
New Proposed North Carolina Gun Law - March 8, 2013
North Carolina State Bill HB246
A proposed amendment filed this week to restrict what limits can be placed on gun ownership in North Carolina is the latest shot in the growing debate over nullification of federal laws.
Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, filed House Bill 246, dubbed "The Gun Rights Amendment," on Wednesday.
The bill, which would allow a person with a valid concealed handgun permit to carry it pretty much anywhere in North Carolina, also includes language stating that the state "shall never engage in a general confiscation of the weapons of its citizens and shall never cooperate in the effort of any other entity to do so."
Senator Feinstein Publicly States All Vets Have PTSD And Shouldn't Own Guns - March 8, 2013
During the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday Senator John Coryn proposed an amendment to Senator Feinstein's 'assault weapon ban' that would have allowed veterans to continue to purchase 'assault weapons' just like retired cops.
In response to the amendment Senator Feinstein publicly stated:
The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, itâ€™s not clear how the seller or transfer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member or veteran and there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.
Continuing she stated:
I think we have to - if you're going to do this, find a way that veterans who are incapacitated for one reason or another mentally, don't have access to this kind of weapon.
Now you can interpret this as you wish but to us it sounds like Ms. Feinstein has no clue what PTSD is and secondly feels the same people who defend our nation don't deserve their constitutional 2nd amendment rights.
Please contact Ms. Feinstein's office and tell her our troops are not cannon fodder for her political grandstanding!
45 Day Moratorium on Gun Sales in Los Gatos California - March 7, 2013
A 45 day moratorium on gun sales has been unanimously approved by the Los Gatos Town Council. The moratorium will stay in effect until the town council comes up with permanent ordinances regulating gun sales
Town staff expects to bring up a proposed ordinance in four to six months.
Gun Trafficing Bill In Senate Moves to Full Consideration - March 7, 2013
Federal Bill SB179
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new law that would toughen laws on gun trafficking today and cleared it's path for full consideration.
Members voted 11-7 to send the proposal to the full Senate, with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the committee's top Republican, joining Democrats in support.
Florida Legislator Proposes Anger Management For Anyone Buying Ammo - March 6, 2013
Florida state Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) introduced the bill on Saturday, which stipulates ammunition purchasers must go through a three-day waiting period to buy any ammo if they have not completed anger management courses. The bill would mandate that ammo buyers take the anger management course every 10 years.
Utah Advances Bill to Ignore New Federal Gun Laws - March 5, 2013
The Utah House of Representatives advanced HB114 on Monday, a bill that claims Utah gun laws outweigh federal statutes. It passed with a House Judiciary Committee vote of 7-2, with democrats opposing.
The legislation, proposed by Representative Brian Greene-R, Pleasant Grove, was revised to leave out charging members of federal law enforcement with felonies for attempting to enforce federal gun laws by seizing weapons.
Proposed Alabama Legislation Could Increase Gun Rights - March 1, 2013
New Alabama legislation could increase the rights of gun owners, especially when it comes to concealed carry. One bill would require a sheriff to issue someone a concealed carry permit, unless there is a legal reason to deny it like being a felon.
That same piece of legislation would also require the sheriff to issue a permit to illegal immigrants.