Firearm Related News Stories
Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Magazines That Hold More Than 15 Rounds - June 29, 2020
he Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's 7 year old ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a hard-line gun rights organization based in Colorado, challenged the large-capacity magazine law, arguing that it violates the state constitution.
Specifically, the organization contended that the law goes against a clause that gives people the right to be armed to defend their homes, property and themselves.
The Colorado Supreme Court, however, disagreed in a 45-page decision.
Justice Monica M. Márquez, in writing the court's opinion, said the ban is "a reasonable exercise of the police power that has neither the purpose nor effect of nullifying the right to bear arms in self-defense."
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, whose office defended the law, praised the decision.
"The large-capacity magazine law will decrease the deadly impacts of mass shootings by reducing the number of people who will be shot during a mass shooting incident, and it will save lives," the Democrat said in a written statement. "It also honors Coloradans' right to bear arms for personal defense. Today's ruling is a win for public safety and for the rule of law.
The law was passed a year after the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, which left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded. The gunman in that attack used a 100-round magazine.
10 Anti Gun Laws Go Into Effect July 1 - June 27, 2020
After months of contentious arguments on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol, on city council daises and in campaign speeches, a slate of new state gun control laws is set to take effect Wednesday.
The topic of gun control dominated the General Assembly's most recent legislative session, with Democrats; newly in the majority in both chambers and armed with the support of fellow Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam; pushing through a slew of bills they said were necessary to stop violence caused by guns.
Democrat led legislation had the backing of groups such as Moms Demand Action and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Republicans in the minority, meanwhile, loudly voiced their opposition alongside the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights group that grew by several thousand members over the course of a few months after Democrats ran a pro-gun-control campaign in November and won.
The central argument from elected Republicans and the VCDL was that bills limiting what someone could do with their gun, or how many they can buy, were unconstitutional. They also said bills aiming to put more control over guns wouldn't stop incidents like the Virginia Beach mass shooting, where a former employee killed 12 people at a city municipal center in May 2019.
Philip Van Cleave, president of the VCDL, has already filed suit attempting to block two of the bills, with other lawsuits in the works, he told The Virginian-Pilot.
Virginia Judge Wont Enjoin One Gun A Month Law - June 25, 2020
Finding a new Virginia law limiting the purchase of handguns to one a month does not violate the Constitution, a rural judge on Thursday denied an injunction that would block it from taking effect. It’s one of two challenges to a wave of new gun laws passed by the state’s newly elected Democrat majority earlier this year.
"The government has a substantial interest in limiting gun trafficking," said Goochland County Judge Timothy Sanner from the bench, just under a week before the law goes live. Sanner pointed to the state's history as a depot for guns used in crime as among the reasons for his decision.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring praised the outcome from the steps of the courthouse. "These laws are legal, constitutional and they're important," he said. "We have seen too much gun violence in communities across the state and the problem of gun trafficking is real."
Lawsuit Filed In Virginia To Stop Universal Background Check / One Gun A Month Laws - June 24, 2020
A lawsuit was filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court late Tuesday afternoon, June 23 challenging Virginia's new expanded background checks.
Five new gun laws are expected to take effect on July 1, 2020.
Those include the bills requiring background checks on all firearm sales in Virginia; bills establishing an Extreme Risk Protective Order; bills reinstating Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month rule; bill requiring gun owners to report their lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 48 hours or face a civil penalty; and a bill preventing children from accessing firearms by increasing the penalty for recklessly leaving firearms in their presence.
Rhode Island Governor Signs 'Ghost Gun' Bill - June 23, 2020
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill banning so-called 'ghost guns' in Rhode Island.
The bill makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a 3D-printing process.
"We know that untraceable guns put our community at risk," Raimondo said. "I'm proud to sign this legislation to help ensure that every gun in our state is registered, traceable, and in the hands of someone who is fit to carry the responsibility of owning a firearm."
Gun Groups File Lawsuit To Stop Virginia One Gun A Month Law - June 15, 2020
Gun-rights activists have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the implementation of a Virginia law limiting handgun purchases to one per month.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America filed the challenge last week in Goochland County Circuit Court.
Valerie Trojan, a Goochland resident and member of the two pro-gun groups who says she wants to buy multiple handguns a month from a local gun store after the law takes effect July 1, is also named as a plaintiff in the case, as is the gun shop, Brothers N Arms.
The one handgun a month law was part of the package of major firearm bills Virginia Democrats passed earlier this year after taking full control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades after making gun violence a top campaign issue. Republicans denounced many of the proposals as unconstitutional and predicted they would be challenged in court.
Virginia had a one-handgun-a-month law on the books from 1993 to 2012, when former Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill repealing it.
Supreme Court Declines To Hear Gune Cases - June 15, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a series of new cases seeking to expand gun rights.
The court rejected a total of 10 different cases that had piled up at the court in recent months. Two justices, conservatives Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, said they would have heard one of the cases, a dispute from New Jersey over that state’s concealed carry gun permits.
In the New Jersey case, the justices left in place a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit challenging the state's law mandating that people who want to carry handguns in public must show they have a special reason before they can get a permit.
Other cases the court declined to take up included challenges to assault weapon bans in Massachusetts and Cook County, Illinois, a jurisdiction that includes Chicago. The court also turned down cases similar to the New Jersey dispute from Massachusetts and Maryland.
Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Assault Weapon Ban Ballot Question - June 4, 2020
The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn't clearly state that a grandfathering clause applies to the owner, not the gun itself.
A group called Ban Assault Weapons Now sponsored the proposed constitutional amendment, inspired by the mass shooting at a Parkland high school that left 17 people dead. It would have banned the possession of any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The amendment language would have made an exception for anyone who already lawfully owned an assault weapon as long as they registered it with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
But the court in a 4-1 opinion said the ballot summary was misleading because it said weapons lawfully possessed before the initiative was passed would be exempted.
The court ruled that voters would be deceived because the initiative wouldn't have protected the weapon itself, but rather the person who lawfully owned it. In other words, people who legally owned a weapon wouldn't be able to sell it or give it to someone else.
Pennyslvania Gun Rights Rally Postponed Amid Security Threats - June 3, 2020
A gun rights rally scheduled to take place in Harrisburg on Monday has been indefinitely postponed after a credible threat was made, one of the organizers said Thursday.
"We couldn't take that risk," said Kim Stolfer, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime, a Pennsylvania based group that opposes new gun restrictions.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announced that the event was postponed in an email sent at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Metcalfe said the decision to postpone the event was based "on new information we received earlier today" and was made in "the best interest of the rally's attendees, speakers and our men and women in blue who protect and serve."
Stolfer provided additional details, saying he received an email Wednesday morning from someone he didn’t know who said he was aware of a threat being shared online.
"Individuals were going to portray themselves as Second Amendment activists," Stolfer said, describing the threat. "They were going to mix with the crowd and then they were going to start killing people. And the effort was to denigrate and cause a loss of prestige among legislators by misuse of firearms and to destroy our reputation."
Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill Gets House Committee Approval - May 27, 2020
A bill that would allow Tennesseans to carry guns without a permit passed its first hurdle in the state capitol, after the Memphis police director told lawmakers it would be detrimental to the city's safety
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings went to Nashville to express his concern to lawmakers, but it didn't work.
"With masks and guns, it will appear to be the wild, wild West," Rallings said.
The bill would allow Tennesseans 21 and older, or a military member between 18 and 20, to go armed without a permit. It sparked hours of discussion Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, where it ultimately passed.
Maryland Governor Vetoes Universal Background Check Bill - May 8, 2020
In a sweep of anticipated vetoes, Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday, May 7, axed a controversial bill that sought to ban the sharing and secondary private sale of hunting rifles and shotguns.
After drawing heated debate among legislators and citizens this legislative session, House bill 4 passed through both chambers of Maryland's General Assembly in a vote split along party lines in early March.
If the bill had been signed into law, it would have become illegal for a gun owner to sell, rent, gift or loan their rifle or shotgun to someone else without the potential new owner undergoing a background check and paying a licenser to facilitate the firearm transfer.
Under the vetoed law, an illegal long gun transfer would have carried a penalty of up to a five-year jail sentence and/or $10,000 in fines.
As lawmakers awaited Hogan's legislative action on hundreds of bills passed this session, pro-and anti-gun rights legislators wrote letters to the governor urging him to act in their favor on HB4.
Against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic, lawmakers on either side of the argument pointed to the extreme circumstances to make their case for firearms restrictions.
Injunction Issued Against Massachusetts, Gov. Baker's Order Closing Gun Stores - May 7, 2020
Today, United States District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock issued an injunction against bans on the operation of firearm and ammunition retailers imposed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and others. The case was brought by individuals seeking to purchase firearms and ammunition, retailers, and advocacy organizations Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Commonwealth Second Amendment (Comm2A), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC). A copy of the lawsuit and order can be found at FPCLegal.org.
"We are elated that Judge Woodlock has ordered an injunction against Governor Baker and others so that law-abiding individuals can once again purchase firearms and ammunition," said Adam Kraut, FPC's Director of Legal Strategy. "The citizens of Massachusetts have been deprived of their right to acquire arms for defense of hearth and home for too long during a time where it is most critical."
"State and local governments cannot suspend the Constitution and its guarantee of fundamental human rights," FPC President Brandon Combs said. "Individuals have a human right to acquire firearms and ammunition for self-defense, and the need for self-defense is especially important during uncertain times. This important victory means people in the Bay State can exercise their right to keep and bear arms."
Nevada Court Rules AR-15s Are Machineguns - April 15, 2020
The defendants in Parsons v. Colt et al. asked a federal district court to dismiss the lawsuit. On April 10, 2020, US District Court judge Andrew P. Gordon (Obama appointee) refused to dismiss the plaintiffs' wrongful death claim. The case will now move forward in Nevada state courts.
Gordon used a set of lies regarding the design and history of the AR platform to rationalize his finding that the manufacturers somehow knew they were making arms that could easily be converted to machineguns, despite the fact that even the ATF claimed otherwise, until they changed their pseudo-minds in late 2017 (and didn’t make it retroactively official until 2019).
In the eyes of the federal court judge, under Nevada law, any semi-auto that can be equipped with a BSTD is already a machinegun. If you live in Nevada, you might as well go all out and install drop-in autosears, lightning links, or whatever.
Missouri Governor Suspends Late Payments For Concealed Carry License Renewals - April 2, 2020
Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order suspending late penalties for concealed carry permit renewals in Missouri.
Parson says its his sixth executive order signed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Day in and day out, we are working around the clock to respond and adapt to COVID-19 in every way possible," Parson announced via Twitter.
Republican Governor of Massachusetts Closes All Gun Stores - April 1, 2020
In an enraging turn of events, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has closed the doors of gun stores and all federally licensed firearms dealers in the state. This comes as a reversal of his earlier policy, which aligned with the Trump administration’s guidelines calling gun stores 'essential.'
The Department Of Homeland Security announced on Saturday, March 28th that gun stores were considered 'essential businesses' and thus could remain open for business. Shortly thereafter,Republican Governor Charlie Baker updated Massachusetts's official Covid-19 guidance to match the current information from the Department of Homeland Security.
Gun owners and those who wanted to become gun owners were elated! They could still purchase a gun and ammunition if they wanted and didn't need to worry about being able to defend themselves.
But it wasn't to last. Just a few hours later, the wording allowing gun stores was struck from the official state website. Not all of the DHS's statement, which would have meant that the state was reverting back to their own standard. JUST the section on gun stores.
Trump DHS - Gun And Ammunition Manufacturers, Sellers Essential Businesses - March 28, 2020
President Trump's Department of Homeland Security released updated guidelines naming gun manufacturers and retailers as essential on Saturday, which means they are to stay open and operational nationwide during a Chinese coronavirus shutdown.
The DHS guidelines list as essential:
Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responders.
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
The Second Amendment Foundation's Alan Gottlieb commented on the DHS declaration, saying, "Every freedom loving American owes President Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment Rights. This is another Trump promise made and promise kept."
The DHS declaration comes just days after Governor Phil Murphy (D) laughed in the face of a man who expressed concern that the statewide shutdown in New Jersey had put an end to gun sales, thereby eliminating the ability to get a firearm for self-defense.
Georgia Lawmaker Want Concealed Carry Laws Suspended During Emergency - March 26, 2020
As Georgia gun sales surge in Georgia due to worries over the coronavirus, Georgia state Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, wants to make sure people can carry weapons, concealed or open, without fear of arrest.
"It's imperative that we suspend the enforcement of those weapons licenses," Gurtler said.
The power to suspend the licenses would come from Gov. Brian Kemp. Under the current public health state of emergency, the governor can override state laws.
The Georgia General Assembly approved the executive order at a special called legislative session on March 16.
"We need to suspend enforcement especially during the state of emergency, when so many individuals need to be able to defend themselves and their families and their loved ones and their property," Gurtler said.
New Jersey Shuts Off NICS System, No Firearm Sales Allowed - March 22, 2020
As of Saturday March 21 the New Jersey State Police have shut off the NICS background check system used by all NJ gun shops. Their website states:
"On Saturday March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy announced he is putting New Jersey in lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus. Per Executive Order 107, he is ordering the residents of New Jersey to stay home, directing all non-essential retail businesses closed to the public. At this time, the order includes New Jersey Firearms State Licensed Dealers. The New Jersey State Police NICS Unit is directing the vendor of the NICS Online Application (NICUSA) to turn off the NICS Online Services for submitting NICS transactions by eliminating the 'Request Form' button, effective 9:00pm EST, Saturday, March 21, 2020. You will still have the ability to view the message board and the status of previously submitted transactions. This 'Request Form' feature will remain off until further order by Governor Murphy."
Illinois Governor List Gun And Ammunition Stores As 'Essential Businesses' - March 21, 2020
When Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued an executive order Friday to put a statewide shutdown in place, he exempted gun and ammunition stores by labeling them 'essential.'
The order, titled 'Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8),' contains various headings, under which are listings of businesses considered 'essential' for day-to-day life. Under the heading, “Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations,” the order makes clear that 'firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers' can remain open, noting that they serve the purposes of 'safety and security.'
The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb reacted to Pritzker's recognition of the 'essential' nature of firearms to the American life by saying, 'When an anti-gun Democrat Governor declares that essential businesses includes firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security, that is really a big deal. Every Governor should copy the Illinois example when issuing stay in place and business closure orders in the face of the Corona Virus.'
New Orleans Mayor Signs Executive Order That Blocks The Sales And Transportation Of Firearms - March 16, 2020
The mayor of Champaign, IL made headlines two days ago when she declared a state of emergency which granted her power over, well, everything. Most notably, she now has the unilateral authority to ban the sale or purchase of firearms.
New Orleans' mayor, Latoya Cantrell, just signed a similar document on March 11th.
Except tyrannical Mayor Cantrell not only gave herself the authority to stop the sale of but also the TRANSPORTATION of firearms! In case that’s unclear, this would nullify concealed and open carry laws currently on the books.