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Judge Declines To Combine 4 Lawsuits Against Gun Regulations In Boulder County - September 16, 2022

A federal judge on Friday declined to combine the four lawsuits currently pending before different judges that challenge the constitutionality of gun restrictions in Boulder County and three of its municipalities.

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore, who was assigned the case involving the town of Superior, indicated he wished to see the lawsuits proceed separately. He acknowledged there will now be a possibility of conflicting rulings between various judges about whether the various local ordinances violate the Second Amendment.

But, Moore said, "if anyone thinks the district court is going to have the last say on this, they're kidding themselves. Come on."

The legal challenges in Boulder County are a product of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision from June in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, in which the court's conservative majority made it more difficult for gun restrictions to pass constitutional muster. Around the same time, Boulder County and the municipalities of Superior, Louisville and Boulder enacted substantially similar firearm regulations, including a ban on large-capacity magazines and "assault weapons."

https://www.coloradopolitics.com/courts/judge-declines-to-combine-4-lawsuits-against-gun-regulations-in-boulder-county-municipalities/article_70c3c124-35e9-11ed-9f3a-27750fcd2e66.html?ana=9news


NJ 10 Round Magazine Ban Sent Back Down tT U.S. District Court - September 12, 2022

In what should be a semi open and shut case, the matter of New Jersey's 10 round magazine capacity limitation case has been remanded further down. The Grant, Vacate, Remand from the Supreme Court of the United States on Association New Jersey Rifle, et al v. Attorney General New Jersey, et al. should have been a solid indicator to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on how to rule. Based on prior arguments and the textual lens on how to view things, which was delivered by NYSRPA v. Bruen, the fact that this isn't settled already is baffling.

The August 25, 2022 Order decided to "kick", in the "kick or stick scenario".

This matter having been remanded for further consideration in light of the Supreme Court's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass'n v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), and upon consideration of the parties' positions on whether it should in turn be remanded to the District Court for decision in the first instance under the standard announced in Bruen, it is hereby ORDERED that the matter is so remanded. Judge Matey dissents from this order, as described in the attached opinion.

https://bearingarms.com/john-petrolino/2022/09/12/gvred-nj-10-round-magazine-ban-punted-back-down-to-u-s-district-court-n62231


NYPD Issues Emergency Rules On Issuing Concealed Carry Permits - August 19, 2022

The NYPD has just issued emergency rules for receiving a concealed carry handgun license.

This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York's restrictive handgun laws, which required a good reason to carry.

Applicants will have to show they understand how to use a gun, and how they will safeguard it when not in use, among other things.

The new rules take effect Sept. 1, and apply to new and existing applications for a permit.

https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/nypd-issues-emergency-rules-for-receiving-a-concealed-carry-handgun-license/


Maryland Ends Good Reason Test For Concealed Carry Permits - July 6, 2022

New York might drag its feet on recognizing the new legal landscape when it comes to Second Amendment rights. Eventually, it will have to abide by the law of the land, which is that the "justifiable need" or "good reason" provisions with regards to concealed carry permits are unconstitutional. We have the right to carry guns outside the home for self-defense. It's a landmark ruling that we have been waiting on for almost a decade. One deep-blue, anti-gun state has decided not to wait. Maryland said it's ending the "good reason" provision in its carry permit process. It will be a similar model as Virginia, which is a shall-issue state. Simply put, if you pass the safety courses and the background check, you'll get your permit. No questions asked. It may take anywhere from 30-45 days, but you'll get it. There will be no arbitrary denials like in times past. Stephen Gutowski of The Reload has more but added that the state of Maryland, which has some 24,000 permit holders, could see that figure balloon up to 500,000 at least

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/07/06/maryland-ends-good-reason-provision-for-carry-permits-n2609771


SCOTUS Vacates Circuit Court Rulings On Magazine Capacity Limits, Assault Weapon Ban - June 30, 2022

The epic decision by the US Supreme Court declaring that the Second Amendment was a fundamental Constitutional right and not some kind of 18th-century artifact has become a wrecking ball, demolishing petty and harassing laws anti-gun states have fashioned to make life difficult, if not hazardous, for gun owners. Shortly after the decision was announced, some hard-core anti-gun states gave up their unconstitutional limits on open/concealed carry .

Another hammer blow came on Thursday. Orders issued by the Court vacated decisions by the Third, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits and returned them “for further consideration in light of >New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen

https://redstate.com/streiff/2022/06/30/supreme-court-vacates-large-capacity-magazine-and-assault-weapon-bans-in-a-preview-of-whats-coming-next-n586869


Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive New York Gun Licensing - June 23, 2022

The Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-3 that New York's regulations that made it difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun were unconstitutionally restrictive, and that it should be easier to obtain such a license.

The existing standard required an applicant to show "proper cause" for seeking a license, and allowed New York officials to exercise discretion in determining whether a person has shown a good enough reason for needing to carry a firearm. Stating that one wished to protect themselves or their property was not enough.

"In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual's right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the Court's opinion. "Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State's licensing regime violates the Constitution."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-shoots-down-ny-rule-set-high-bar-concealed-handgun-licenses


IRS Buying Large Amounts Of Ammunition - June 19, 2022

According to a report by Breitbart, the Internal Revenue Service has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying ammunition, raising concern about why a government agency is buying ammunition that the administration plans to restrict further in the coming months.

On Saturday, Congressman Matt Gaetz told Breitbart that the IRS spent approximately $700,000 "between March and June 1" purchasing ammunition.

Gaetz called the IRS's acquisition of the ammunition "bizarre." He said, "There is concern that this is part of a broader effort to have any entity in the federal government buy up ammo to reduce the amount of ammunition that is in supply, while at the same time, making it harder to produce ammo."

The Congressman went on to propose a potential scenario where federal agencies are buying up ammunition and putting citizens in a situation where they cannot exercise their Second Amendment rights due to the inability to get ammunition.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/irs-buying-ammo-potentially-reduce-supplies-government-intends-make-harder-citizens-acquire/


Biden Looks To Bans Sales Of Excess Lake City Ammo - June 17, 2022

President Joe Biden is planning to shut down the sale of excess ammunition used for semi-automatic rifles in Lake City, Missouri, potentially putting hundreds of American jobs on the chopping block. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the move also puts national security and military readiness at risk.

"NSSF has been on contact with officials at Winchester Ammunition regarding the Biden administration’s consideration of halting sales of excess M855/SS109 ammunition. Winchester was informed that the government is considering restricting the manufacturing and commercial sale of legal ammunition produced at the Lake City, Mo., facility," NSSF Public Affairs Managing Director Mark Oliva tells Townhall. "This policy to deny the sale of excess ammunition not only would freeze over 30 percent of the 5.56 mm/.223 caliber ammunition used by law-abiding gun owners, it risks the ammunition industry’s ability to surge production capacity for national defense if the costs to maintain the present workforce isn’t recouped through sales to the civilian market."

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2022/06/17/biden-looks-to-kill-600-jobs-through-new-ammo-ban-n2608888


Bolder Colorado Passes It's Own Gun Laws - 'Assault Weapon' Ban - June 8, 2022

Boulder passed a package of gun control laws on Tuesday, including a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons similar to one that was overturned shortly before 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket.

Boulder originally passed an assault weapons ban in 2018 in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. However, a judge declared it invalid in March 2021, ruling that only state or federal laws can limit the possession, sale and transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, the Daily Camera reported.

State lawmakers changed the law to allow cities to pass their own gun control measures partly in response to the shooting.

Authorities say Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa legally bought a Ruger AR-556 pistol, a semi-automatic weapon with a capacity of up to 30 rounds, in his hometown of Arvada six days before opening fire at that the supermarket.

https://sentinelcolorado.com/orecent-headlines/boulder-passes-gun-laws-including-assault-weapons-ban/


Wisconsin Supreme Court Broadens Who Can Carry Guns - May 20, 2022

A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday broadened who can legally carry concealed weapons in the state, overturning a lower court's ruling dealing with a man whose license was revoked due to a domestic violence conviction.

The court ruled that disorderly conduct is not a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence under federal law, and therefore does not disqualify a person from holding a concealed carry license.

Justice Jill Karofsky concurred, but in a separate opinion called on the Legislature to close what she called a "dangerous loophole" in the law.

The case involves a man who was convicted in 1993 in Door County of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Federal law prohibits states from issuing concealed carry permits to people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. The man obtained a permit in Wisconsin, but the state Justice Department revoked it in 2019 based on his domestic violence conviction that predated his being given his concealed weapons license.

The man sued to regain his permit. The Brown County Circuit Court upheld the revocation and an appeals court sent the case directly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which overturned the ruling and said he should get his license back.

https://www.wsaw.com/2022/05/20/wisconsin-supreme-court-broadens-who-can-carry-guns/


US Appeals Court Rules 18-20 Year Olds Can Buy Rifles - May 11, 2022

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that California's ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional, a move gun-rights advocates hope will pave the way for similar rulings in other courts.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violates the Second Amendment and that a San Diego judge should have blocked what is called the "an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles" for young adults.

"America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army," Judge Ryan Nelson wrote in the 2-1 ruling. "Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms."

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-gun-ban-unconstitutional-court


Ohio Constitutional Carry Bill Heads To Governors Desk - March 4, 2022

A concealed weapons permit would become optional and the requirement that individuals "promptly" notify police officers that they are carrying a concealed weapon would be eliminated under legislation approved along partisan lines by Ohio’s GOP-controlled Legislature and sent to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

A governor's spokesperson hinted that the measure, passed Wednesday, would likely be signed into law.

"We are reviewing the bill, but I would note Governor DeWine has long supported the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms," spokesperson Dan Tierney said.

The measure is one of several GOP-backed proposals in recent years seeking to expand gun rights in Ohio. The bill, dubbed "Constitutional Carry" by its backers, was introduced by state Sen. Terry Johnson, a Republican from southern Ohio

s Scioto County.

https://www.mahoningmatters.com/news/state/ohio/article259012373.html


Alabama Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Forward - March 3, 2022

Thursday was a major step forward on a gun bill in the state legislature.

The Permitless Carry Act passed through the Senate and will head back to the House for approval. It’s already passed both chambers, but after Senate amendments Thursday, the House will have to approve it once again next week. If passed by the House, it heads to Governor Ivey's desk for her signature.

"I do not think it will go into committee, I think the House will act on it, I think the governor will sign it and I think it will become law," said Attorney Mark McDaniel.

The constitutional right to carry is what's driven supporters of this bill to push it through the state legislature. They say someone shouldn't need a permit to do that.

"You can carry a gun without a permit once this law is passed, but there are still a number of exceptions," McDaniel said.

https://www.waff.com/2022/03/03/permitless-carry-bill-passes-alabama-senate-expected-get-final-approval-house/


Justice Department Sues Missouri Over Second Amendment Bill - February 17, 2022

The Justice Department has sued Missouri in an attempt to stop the enforcement of a measure in the state which deems some federal firearms laws invalid.

In a complaint filed Wednesday, the DOJ claims Missouri House Bill 85 is "invalid" under the Supremacy Clause, which prohibits state governments from passing laws that do not correspond with federal laws.

More commonly known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, the Missouri bill was signed into law last June by Republican Gov. Mike Parson and took effect last August. The bill, according to Parson’s office "prohibits state and local cooperation with federal officials that attempt to enforce any laws, rules, orders, or actions that violate the Second Amendment rights of Missourians."

https://nypost.com/2022/02/17/justice-department-sues-missouri-over-second-amendment-bill/


Washington State Senate Passes High Capacity Magazine Ban - February 9, 2022

Today, the Washington state Senate passed Attorney General Request legislation sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, banning the sale of high-capacity magazines in Washington by a 28-20 vote. The bill prohibits the sale of magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. This is the sixth session the Attorney General has proposed this legislation. Today's vote marks the first time a limit on magazine capacity has passed a chamber of the Washington Legislature.

Senate Bill 5078 prohibits the sale, attempted sale and distribution of high-capacity magazines. It does not prohibit the possession of high-capacity magazines. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

"The Legislature put public safety above the interest of the gun lobby," Ferguson said. "This historic vote represents an important step toward combating mass shootings. The devastation of mass shootings traumatizes entire communities. The research is clear - bans on the sale of high-capacity magazines saves lives. It's time for the House of Representatives to act, and send this public safety bill to the Governor."

https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/washington-senate-passes-legislation-ban-sale-high-capacity-magazines-historic


Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Indiana House - January 11, 2022

House Bill 1077, which will allow gun owners to carry without a permit, passed the Indiana House Tuesday. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The bill would allow anyone age 18 or older to carry a handgun except for reasons such as having a felony conviction or having a dangerous mental illness.

Supporters argue the permit requirement undermines Second Amendment protections by forcing law-abiding citizens to undergo police background checks.

"This right is a God-given natural right, not one given by the government. The government should not be your plan for self-defense. It's your responsibility to protect yourself, your families, your loved ones as well as your neighbors," said Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush.

https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/indiana/bill-eliminating-permit-requirement-for-gun-owners-passes-house-heads-to-indiana-senate-license-holcomb/531-3c06f9c3-605e-41e7-a037-71fa070abde5


Indiana Constitutional Carry Bill Advances To House Floor - January 6, 2022

A bill that would allow Hoosiers to carry a handgun without a license has taken a step forward in the state legislature.

An Indiana House committee voted to advance a constitutional carry bill to the full House Wednesday, after hearing in lots of testimony from several Hoosiers, organizations, and even law enforcement officers both for and against the bill.

"Our state has a gun violence problem," said Shortridge High School student El'ad Nichols-Kaufman. "When faced with a problem like this we need to take steps and work to solve the problem. This bill would do the exact opposite, and make the situation exponentially worse."

Under the bill, the state's current gun licensing process would essentially be eliminated. Licenses would still be issued by the state, but the long process towards obtaining it would be done away with.

It would also allow people from outside the state who do not have an Indiana license to carry their handguns anyway.

https://www.wibc.com/news/local-indiana/lawmakers-advance-constitutional-carry-bill-after-hearing-testimony-for-and-against-it/


Nevada 'Ghost Gun' Ban Stopped By Judge - December 14, 2021

The gun control lobby's war on unserialized and home-built firearms took a hit this week when a judge in Nevada struck down key components of a new law banning their possession and manufacture. The ruling, which comes just a couple of weeks before the law was set to take effect, was the result of a challenge filed by Nevada company Polymer80, which has been targeted by the Biden administration for its DIY gun kits.

According to the judge, the language of the new "ghost gun" ban is unconstitutionally vague and fail to establish clear standards for the law's enforcement.

"Unlike the federal regulatory process to determine whether a frame or lower receiver is considered a firearm under the Gun Control Act, Nevada has established no authority at all to determine when an 'unfinished frame or receiver' actually comes into existence," Lyon County District Court Judge John Schlegelmilch wrote in his ruling. "The most any court can glean from the definition is that it is something less than a firearm and more than a block of raw material."

https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2021/12/14/nevada-ghost-gun-ban-gutted-by-state-judge-n53437


Federal Appeals Court Rules Firearms Dealers Can Sell Handguns To 18 Year Olds - July 13, 2021

A 53-year-old law preventing federally licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns or handgun ammunition to adults under the age of 21 is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

A divided panel on the Richmond, Va.-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Virginia federal judge's ruling upholding the federal Gun Control Act of 1968.

"When do constitutional rights vest? At 18 or 21? 16 or 25? Why not 13 or 33?" asked US Circuit Judge Julius Richardson in his ruling. "In the law, a line must sometimes be drawn. But there must be a reason why constitutional rights cannot be enjoyed until a certain age. Our nation's most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 18. And the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is no different."

Richardson, who was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, went on to note that 18-to-20-year-olds "enjoy almost every other constitutional right, and they were required at the time of the Founding to serve in the militia and furnish their own weapons … Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status."

https://nypost.com/2021/07/13/appeals-court-rules-handguns-can-be-sold-to-18-year-olds/


San Jose to tax gun owners, will confiscate firearms for noncompliance - June 30, 2021

Gun owners in San Jose, California, will soon face a yearly tax and be required to carry additional insurance after their city council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to impose the new measures.

The forthcoming fee for gun ownership in the city has not yet been determined, but officials said that anyone found to be in noncompliance will have their weapons confiscated.

The city council's aim is to try to recoup the cost of responding to gun incidents such as shootings and deaths. According to the Pacific Council on Research and Evaluation, which studied the issue and sent a representative to testify before the panel, gun-related incidents cost the city roughly $63 million every year in the way of paying for police officers, medics and other expenses, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The new measures come just weeks after a disgruntled Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employee gunned down and killed nine colleagues at a San Jose railyard.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/san-jose-tax-gun-owners-city-confiscate-firearms-noncompliance


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