Gun Related News Stories
California Governor Signs 15 Anti-Gun Bills Into Law - October 12, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a slew of legislation on Friday to tighten California's gun laws, including new restrictions on restraining orders, sales and "ghost guns."
In all, Newsom signed 15 bills into law that will enact new gun regulations in California.
"Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and one that's been enflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington," Newsom said in a statement. "California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms."
The package includes five bills that will strengthen gun violence restraining orders, which are judicial orders prohibiting gun possession for people determined to be at risk of harming themselves or others.
Newsom also signed two bills regulating gun and ammunition sales that were sponsored by Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Lawsuit Filed To Stop Oklahoma Constitutional Carry - October 7, 2019
A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's 'permitless carry' bill was filed in Oklahoma County District Court on Monday.
Oklahoma Representative Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, announced Monday that he, along with four other plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit saying House Bill 2597 is unconstitutional because it violates the state's single-subject rule.
"We believe we have a great case," Lowe said at a press conference. "We believe that this law is unconstitutional. It was rammed through the Legislature. It wasn't properly vetted. We are excited to bring this lawsuit and challenge this dangerous law."
The lawsuit comes after Lowe and other groups led a grassroots effort to collect nearly 60,000 signatures in roughly two weeks to put the question of permitless carry to a statewide vote next year. The effort failed, only collecting about 37,000 signatures by mid-September.
"We indicated that we believe this fight is far from over when we did not reach the threshold of 59,000 (signatures)," Lowe said. "We are going to continue to fight, we are going to continue to push. We believe this law is dangerous and we believe the citizens in the state of Oklahoma agree with us."
Dicks Sporting Goods Destroys AR-15s Worth Millions - October 7, 2019
Dick's Sporting Goods stopped selling AR-15 (or what they like to refer to as "assault weapons") and "high capacity magazines" following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida. The chain's CEO, Ed Stack, decided to go a step further and completely stop selling rifles to anyone under the age of 21. He made the decision after he found out that one of his stores had sold the Parkland gunman a shotgun, even though it wasn't used in the tragedy.
During a Sunday interview with CBS News, Stack revealed an interesting tidbit: he decided to scrap more than $5 million worth of AR-15s into scrap metal instead of selling the stock.
"I said, 'You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,'" he explained.
Gun rights advocates boycotted the store over after the company's decision to stop selling the modern sporting rifle, which Stack said cost his chain a quarter of a billion. He thought he would receive some flak but he didn't expect the feedback he did.
Ohio Govenor to unveil gun violence legislation Monday - October 7, 2019
Gov. Mike DeWine will unveil legislation as part of his STRONG Ohio plan to address gun violence on Monday.
The legislative proposal will contain the portions of Governor DeWine's 17-point STRONG Ohio plan that require changes in Ohio law in order to enact, according to Dan Tierney, a spokesman for DeWine.
DeWine will be joined by several elected officials and leaders from across Ohio who support the STRONG Ohio plan, Tierney said in a press release.
Supreme Court Refuses To Throw Out NYC Gun Case - October 7, 2019
New York City's latest effort not to have to go to court over one of its gun laws failed at the Supreme Court on Monday. Justices told the city's lawyers to wait until December to try again.
The case in question is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. [NYSRPA] v. City of New York, New York, which asks whether New York City's laws about transporting a licensed, unloaded, and locked firearm to a residence or shooting range outside the five boroughs is consistent with the Second Amendment.
The city has tried to make the case that, because it eased its transport restrictions, that the case is now moot. The Supreme Court, however, didn't see it that way Monday when it issued an order denying New York's "suggestion of mootness."
"The question of mootness will be subject to further consideration at oral argument, and the parties should be prepared to discuss it," the court added. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for early December.
1.4 Million More Americans Than Last Year Have Concealed Carry Permits - October 3, 2019
In a report released this week, the Crime Prevention Research Center says there are now nearly 19 million Americans with permits to carry a concealed handgun - an increase of 1.4 million, or about 8 percent - from around this time last year.
The nonprofit, which describes itself as a "research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety," said the new figure was estimated by reviewing state records.
Michigan Bill Would Put Gun-Free Zones Liable For Injuries - October 1, 2019
The Supreme Court has ruled that the authorities have no duty to protect you as an individual. The police's job is to protect society as a whole, not you as a person. Honestly, that's fine with me. While I respect police officers, by and large, I also recognize that the only way they could protect me as a person is to walk side-by-side with me all the time and I'm someone who likes my privacy.
Where this becomes a problem, though, is in gun-free zones.
FBI's 2018 Report: Handguns, Knives and Blunt Objects Killed More People Than Rifles - September 30, 2019
People using knives and blunt objects also killed more people than rifles.
In 2018, of the known types of firearms that were used in homicides, 6,603 people were killed with handguns. Rifles only accounted for 297 murders, with shotguns killing 235.
Knives or other cutting instruments were used to kill 1,515 people. Blunt objects, such as clubs and hammers, were used to kill 443 people. Hands, fists, and feet killed 672 people.
Senate Republicans Shut Down ATF Nominee - September 26, 2019
Chuck Canterbury does NOT have sufficient support in the Judiciary Committee and is now expected to be held up instead of getting a vote today," a GOP Senate aide told the Free Beacon on Thursday morning. "Republican members are (1) Concerned about his stances on gun control, and (2) there is still some bad blood for him flipping the Fraternal Order of Police in support of the First Step Act (after opposing the more moderate version), allegedly in exchange for the ATF Director nomination."
"His 2A views are bad and he'd lose a lot of votes in committee," a second Senate source told the Free Beacon.
AGs Urge Congress to Back Ammunition Background Checks Bill - September 24, 2019
Twenty one attorneys general have urged Congressional leaders to back a bill requiring people purchasing ammunition to be subject to the same background checks as gun buyers.
In an open letter published Monday, the group, spearheaded by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, lent their support to Jaime's Law, a bill named after 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, who lost her life along with 16 others in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, in February 2018
Pa. House will not consider more 'red flag,' universal background check legislation - September 24, 2019
For supporters of "red flag" and universal background check bills, the uphill battle continues in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Those issues were not among the dozen-plus weapons-related bills approved by a key state House committee Tuesday, and the panel's chairman says he does not intend to take up more gun measures anytime soon.
Among the gun bills approved by the state House Judiciary Committee was one that would require a person involuntarily committed for inpatient mental health treatment to relinquish their guns within 48 hours of release. But another bill would reinstate a law intended to thwart municipal gun laws that was struck down on a technicality.
PA Gov. Amps Up Anti-Gun Efforts, Appoints 2A Critic to Lead 'Gun Violence Prevention' Team - September 23, 2019
Wolf signed an executive order that make changes to executive branch agencies and programs to target what he calls "the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania."
The sweeping initiatives and reforms that the governor is calling for will be overseen by a senior adviser on gun violence reduction position. Wolf appointed Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency chairman and former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey to that post. Ramsey will lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the commission that creates a Special Council on Gun Violence that is tasked with developing a plan to reduce gun violence in the commonwealth.
Wisconsin governor would consider mandatory gun buybacks - September 19, 2019
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that he would consider requiring assault weapon owners to sell such guns back to the government, sparking an instant backlash from Republican legislators.
The GOP's top leaders said Evers finally revealed what they believe is Democrats' true goal of disarming legal gun owners. They promised that he would never succeed as long as Republicans control the Legislature.
Texas mass shooting survivor lobbies Congress for less gun control - September 18, 2019
Hupp's campaign to ease restrictions on guns has spanned several decades. She won a seat in the Texas House, where she served for 10 years. On Wednesday, she told her story during a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee.
Hupp, a chiropractor, was invited by fellow Republicans, and she focused her testimony on what she called "the high cost of gun control."
Albuquerque NM city councilors propose new gun laws - September 18, 2019
Wednesday, Albuquerque City Councilors Pat Davis, Diane Gibson and Isaac Benton filed a new proposal to make that a misdemeanor crime in the city. This would also apply to guns left unlocked in cars. Councilor Pat Davis said this is meant to keep people safe, and not punish them.
"These are not penalties that would prevent you from owning a gun in the future," he said.
The proposal would also allow for charges to be dismissed if people can prove they bought the proper gun lock.
House Dems, universal background checks are a non negotiable - September 15, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday had a call with President Donald Trump about gun control legislation. According to a statement from Democratic leadership, universal background checks are a non negotiable that must be included in any proposal Trump moves forward with. Specifically, Democrats want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the legislation to a floor for a vote.
Bill would require mental health exam to carry concealed firearm in Florida - September 13, 2019
A state lawmaker from Palm Beach County recently filed a bill that would require a mental health examination in order to carry a concealed firearm in Florida.
The proposal comes in the wake of the recent mass shootings, but gun bills have historically faced obstacles in the Republican-dominated, Second Amendment-friendly State Legislature.
And the new bill raises questions about the practicality of mandating a mental health exam.
Commonwealth Court OVERRULES Prior Decision Regarding Standing to Bring a Challenge to an Unlawful Firearm Ordinance - September 12, 2019
In a monumental decision issued this morning and secured by Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of Firearms Industry Consulting Group, the Commonwealth Court, en banc, overruled its prior precedent and held that it was "untenable" to require a plaintiff to declare in a complaint that he/she has violated or been prosecuted for an enacted ordinance and "must be overruled." The decision in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al. v. City of Harrisburg, et al., 1438 C.D. 2019 (September 12, 2019), specifically overrules the harmful case law established in NRA v. City of Pittsburgh, 999 A.2d 1256 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2010), appeal denied, 23 A.3d 543 (Pa. 2011), where the Commonwealth Court required plaintiffs bringing a challenge to an illegal ordinance prohibited by Article 1 Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and 18 Pa.C.S. § 6120 to "allege in their verified pleadings that they have actually violated the challenged ordinances, that they intend to violate the challenged ordinances, or that they have been prosecuted for violating the challenged ordinances."
145 CEOs Demand Action on Gun Violence - September 12, 2019
145 business leaders have signed a letter demanding the US government take action on gun violence.
Their plea, which follows the recent rash of mass shootings, is among Corporate America's strongest statements yet against America's gun violence epidemic.
In a draft letter addressed to the Senate, the leaders demand that lawmakers "support common-sense gun laws" already passed by the House and that "doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable."
Aldi, Meijer asks shoppers to not open carrying guns in stores - September 10, 2019
The news came one week after Walmart announced it will no longer sell some kinds of ammunition. The retailer also asked customers not to openly carry guns at Walmart stores, the AP reported.
Several other retailers, including Kroger, Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans, made similar announcements last week, according to the AP.