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Albertsons folds with gun policy change - September 8, 2019

Albertsons has joined a list of retailers -- including Walmart, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens -- that have asked shoppers to not openly carry firearms.

"We want our stores to feel safe & welcoming for all, so we respectfully ask customers to not openly carry firearms in our stores unless they are authorized law enforcement officers," the company said in a tweet.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/albertsons-joins-supermarkets-changed-gun-policy?fbclid=IwAR1yukhuXZeDjf_8vecEcPws-OkYhkB1mRKDQ8Plgt-Ug7tDWhQDDetEB7M



Schnucks asks customers to not openly carry firearms in stores - September 6, 2019

After a series of mass shootings in other parts of the country, St. Louis-based Schnucks Markets is asking customers to refrain from openly carrying guns inside its grocery stores.

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Kroger are among other U.S. retailers with similar requests of their customers.

Schnucks says authorized law enforcement can still open-carry, and customers can have concealed weapons as allowed by state law

https://kmox.radio.com/articles/news/schnucks-asks-customers-not-open-carry-guns-store?fbclid=IwAR3UrMIOYfxhppZVnxsV7yLBFHcbbRvPqFjry35wBfypTDxgQwsEhWZ62zI



Wegmans prefer customers not openly carry firearms into stores - September 5, 2019

Faced with a mounting social media campaign urging Gates-based grocer Wegmans to join retailers Kroger and Walmart in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in any of its stores, the company said Thursday that "we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores."

The company issued the statement in a tweet sent around 2:30 p.m., saying, "There's nothing more important than the safety of our customers & employees. The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming and we don't want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans. For this reason, we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores."

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/09/05/wegmans-open-carry-debate-shannon-watts-julieanne-moore-mums-demand-action-kroger-walmart/2219617001/?fbclid=IwAR3_vvwuzYs_m7b407QQENLTQ-CQSlXkD9GcNRBfuBwj8nPmXQcM2h2hSwM



CVS and Walgreens ask shoppers to not bring guns in stores - September 5, 2019

CVS and Walgreens joined the growing list of retailers asking shoppers to not bring guns into stores.

The drugstore chains both announced changes to their firearms store policies Thursday, two days after Walmart and Kroger joined the national gun debate.

"We support the efforts of other individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence, and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a safe environment," CVS said in its statement. Walgreens issued a similar statement.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/09/05/open-carry-walgreens-and-cvs-join-national-gun-debate/2223985001/?fbclid=IwAR0hPFuOvesaFMOrKBWWACkBQ4L2U14d6chjadewI9k5FK4sf0SywYV1keQ



San Fran Board of Supervisors brands NRA a 'domestic terrorist organization' - September 4, 2019

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a "domestic terrorist organization" and urged the federal government to do the same - the latest escalation in the heated rhetoric from Democrats regarding the NRA in the wake of several deadly mass shootings.

The resolution, which passed Tuesday and says the U.S. is "plagued by an epidemic of gun violence," accuses the NRA of using "its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/san-francisco-board-brands-nra-a-domestic-terrorist-organization?fbclid=IwAR2OEFTE3pIz5kclKp3Xr6T2V6CWCytan7QHpIAARpOuhNYwBZYceuK1FDI



Rural King says it will "stand in support of Americans and the Second Amendment" - September 4, 2019

While companies like Walmart and Kroger are changing their policies on people who open carry firearms... and in Walmart's case, the sale of handgun ammo another store says it is sticking to its policy. Rural King said it will continue to support the Second Amendment.

On Wednesday morning we found a sign inside of their Wabash Avenue location in Terre Haute.

It says "While some retailers are bowing to the pressures, Rural King will continue to legally sell its firearms in-store and online"

https://www.wthitv.com/content/news/Rural-King-says-it-will-stand-in-support-of-Americans-and-the-Second-Amendment-as-other-retailers-change-gun-policies-559374651.html?fbclid=IwAR3g6B6Wm3HNy7IxRVDrn-Q2tB3DaxI-HCD0DBSxzfqGzwo5Sqlr_rRqO1Y



Walmart to restrict someammo sales, discourage open carry of guns - September 3, 2019

Walmart says it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, while requesting that customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it.

The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and follows back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

https://apnews.com/bc34b70298c745f6929797c6726d2f33



Kroger asks shoppers not to openly carry firearms - September 3, 2019

Kroger is asking shoppers not to bring their unconcealed guns in stores - stopping short of banning the "open carry" of firearms in states like Ohio and Kentucky where it is legal.

The retailer also endorsed laws strengthening background checks and for keeping guns out of the hands of people deemed at risk of waging violence. Kroger didn't change its policy toward concealed weapons, which defers to local and state laws.

The Tuesday announcement comes after rival retailer Walmart made a similar declaration and follows a wave of mass shootings that have struck at both retailers and across America.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2019/09/03/kroger-asking-shoppers-leave-guns-home/2203562001/?fbclid=IwAR1PbZxONeyPKZEpJVkN8XCSDrO2AkRO0ubgU2y1qonQp0MAMNBLF-8jWiA



Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Assault Weapons, Large-Capacity Magazines - August 29, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that two Cook County, Illinois residents who sought to challenge these restrictions came "forward with no reason - much less a compelling one," to revisit the court's own precedent establishing such rules as constitutional.

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit last year, and the three judge panel upheld that ruling on Thursday.

https://www.newsweek.com/assault-weapons-ban-large-magazines-guns-1456895?fbclid=IwAR2VYI8pBL0ZkFqbeGkhY40idT2aP1Am9-iZ9BG_U7izEisYszohVas89Hk



Montana Supreme Court has ruled against Gun Control Groups - August 28, 2019

In essence, the issue in Montana dates back to 2016, when the city council in Missoula passed a local ordinance requiring background checks on all private sales in the city. While Montana does have a firearms preemption law that prevents municipalities from enacting their own local gun laws, a judge last year upheld the ordinance, ruling that the city has the authority to prevent sales to felons and other prohibited persons, even if state law prevents municipalities from "regulating the sale or transfer" of firearms.

https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2019/08/28/montana-supreme-court-deals-gun-contro-advocates-legal-defeat/?fbclid=IwAR32CiosFTIbupElhGxGeUO4dAO4PiG1EmNAnoQ1D0e38lrwzu3-KrhPGGI



Governor May Be Considering New Gun Control Measures in Texas - August 23, 2019

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people.

While lawmakers are feeling pressure to respond quickly to the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart, Abbott signaled that Texas would take a long and careful look at gun laws and other safety measures before its Legislature next meets in 2021.

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/08/23/texas-governor-may-considering-new-gun-control-measures/?fbclid=IwAR07hm0AJG5-dZWy1Q9dwpKqpln1RaB3Lxvyx4aohG-AGd_6706QXIA9uyg



Michigan Case Shows the Right of Armed Self-Defense Is Broader Than You Might Think - August 21, 2019

Yesterday the Michigan Court of Appeals handed down a decision in a highly public and very controversial case that gun owners across the United States should applaud. In short, it demonstrates and validates the value of armed self-defense even when you do not pull the trigger and - crucially - have no cause to pull the trigger. It justifies the brandishing of a gun as preemptive measure to block the use of unlawful force.

https://news.yahoo.com/michigan-court-case-shows-armed-201846122.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=fb



230 House Democrats have Signed on to Ban "Assault Weapons" - August 18, 2019

With a plan in the House to approve a range of gun control proposals in coming weeks, most of the Democrats on Capitol Hill are also backing a ban on "assault weapons."

In the House, H.R.1296 has 201 Democrats signed on as co-sponsors along with a sole Republican - U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. Meanwhile, in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SB 66 has 30 co-sponsors among fellow Dems and those who caucus with them.

The twin measures are the most ambitious bans proposed in recent years. They would bar the importation, production, or transfer of 205 firearms by name to include a myriad of semi-auto AR-15 and AK-47 variants.

https://www.guns.com/news/2019/08/19/230-capitol-hill-dems-have-signed-on-to-ban-assault-weapons?fbclid=IwAR3_AvG3ylA0h_RCCyJlT9iRTLJ7PyJab86pvQqomzK4IeqT5PR7pQS1n_E



Hispanic El Paso Residents Seek Firearm Training For Concealed Carry After Shooting - August 17, 2019

Following the deadly shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people a few weeks ago, Hispanics in the city have flocked to the gun range to take concealed carry classes, Reuters reported. The course is required for Texas residents to obtain a License to Carry a concealed firearm.

According to Michael McIntyre, general manager of Gun Central, one of the biggest gun stores in El Paso, his classes have see a huge increase since the shooting earlier this month. Normally each of his concealed carry classes have seven people. Now they average 50 people per class. And the people who are seeking his services are predominantly Hispanic.

"I have over 50 for this Saturday class and approximately the same amount for the Sunday class, and I normally have approximately seven," McIntyre told Reuters.

In addition to an increase in a desire for training, McIntyre said his handgun sales doubled following the attack.

"We actually had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting. The other people are just saying, 'Hey, you know I want to be able to protect myself in the event of something going on.'," he said. “This is not the last mass shooting we’re going to see.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/08/17/icymi-hispanics-in-el-paso-flock-to-concealed-carry-classes-following-walmart-shooting-n2551837



Wisconsin proposes law on expansion of background checks for gun sales. - August 17, 2019

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Representative Melissa Sargent, and Senator LaTonya Johnson attended the press conference with the Governor to call on Republicans who control the Legislature to pass the measure, even though GOP leaders have said they do not support such a move.

Only licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks when selling a firearm under the current law, which means that someone attempting to purchase a firearm can circumvent the background check process by purchasing a firearm from an unlicensed seller. LRB-3949 unifies the background check process under the Wisconsin DOJ for all firearm purchases, including requiring the Wisconsin DOJ to conduct background checks on frames and receivers.

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/wisconsin-proposes-law-to-implement-background-checks-on-gun-purchases-but-faces-opposition/?fbclid=IwAR1y4GtVfSEzHtMgvU2LS6iUreGt0yT3zqArBDD6pYcfg1uXn1OGjxpICJE



House Judiciary To Vote On Gun Control Bills Before Recess Ends - August 16, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it will hold votes on a series of gun violence prevention bills on September 4, the week before Congress returns from recess.

The bills the committee is set to take up include measures that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, "red flag" legislation, which would enable court orders to intervene and temporarily prevent someone who is in crisis from having access to a firearm, as well as a bill to prevent individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms. The committee also announced that it will hold a hearing on "military-style assault weapons" on September 25.

Action by the House Judiciary Committee on gun legislation will give Democrats another opportunity to spotlight the issue of gun violence in the aftermath of two recent mass shootings in one weekend that left 31 people dead.

https://fox59.com/2019/08/16/house-judiciary-committee-announces-vote-on-gun-violence-bills-before-end-of-recess/



Pennsylvania Governor Issues Executive Order On Gun Violence - August 15, 2019

Coming on the heels of a violent standoff that left six officers injured in North Philadelphia and a mass shooting that wounded five residents one day later, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order calling to reduce gun violence throughout the state.

"Too many Pennsylvanians are dying from gun violence. We need to fix our weak gun laws and pass reforms focused on increasing safety and reducing danger to our citizens," Wolf said in a statement. "The action I am announcing today includes provisions for Pennsylvanians of all walks of life and looks at gun violence from all angles."

Wolf initially planned to announce his reforms on Thursday, but postponed it as a result of Wednesday's shootout. Instead, he visited Philadelphia and stood by Mayor Jim Kenney and nearly a dozen other lawmakers all who called for stricter gun laws.

The executive order names former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey head of a new Special Council on Gun Violence that will meet within the next 60 days to start developing a plan to combat shootings.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pennsylvania-Gov-Tom-Wolf-Issues-Executive-Order-to-Reduce-Gun-Violence-546864291.html



Wisconsin Governor Proposes Changes To Background Checks - August 15, 2019

Governor Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers proposed an expansion of background checks for gun sales in Wisconsin on August 15.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Representative Melissa Sargent, and Senator LaTonya Johnson attended the press conference with the Governor to call on Republicans who control the Legislature to pass the measure, even though GOP leaders have said they do not support such a move.

"We have to stop ignoring the problem of gun violence in our state and our country, and it's time for our elected officials to find the courage to do what is right," said Governor Evers at a news conference to announce the bill. "Addressing gun violence doesn't have to be a false choice between the 2nd Amendment and keeping our kids and our communities safe. We can walk and chew gum at the same time, and a majority of Wisconsinites agree that no matter what kind of firearm is being purchased or where it's being purchased from, the process should be the same."

Only licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks when selling a firearm under the current law, which means that someone attempting to purchase a firearm can circumvent the background check process by purchasing a firearm from an unlicensed seller. LRB-3949 unifies the background check process under the Wisconsin DOJ for all firearm purchases, including requiring the Wisconsin DOJ to conduct background checks on frames and receivers.

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/wisconsin-proposes-law-to-implement-background-checks-on-gun-purchases-but-faces-opposition/



Ohio Governor To Push Anti-Gun Laws After Shootings - August 6, 2019

Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio's Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio needs to do more while balancing people's rights to own firearms and have due process during a press conference Tuesday. He outlined a series of legislative actions he wants the Legislature to take up to address mental health and gun violence.

"We can come together to do these things to save lives," DeWine said.

Protesters once again shouted "do something"; a refrain chanted during Sunday's vigil honoring the victims; at DeWine at the start of his Tuesday announcement. One person yelled "shame on you" at DeWine while he was answering questions.

His calls for action could be an uphill battle for the Legislature, which has given little consideration this session to those and other gun-safety measures already introduced by Democrats. DeWine's Republican predecessor, John Kasich, also unsuccessfully pushed for a so-called red flag law on restricting firearms for people considered threats.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/after-dayton-mass-shooting-ohio-governor-set-to-address-gun-laws



Top Arizona Democrat Calls For Special Session To Pass Anti-Gun Laws - August 6, 2019

The top ranking Democrat in the state House is calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to bring state lawmakers back to the Capitol and pass new gun legislation in a special session.

"The time is right now for us to act, so we will come into special session if the governor agrees to it," Rep. Charlene Fernandez said Tuesday.

Fernandez, a Democrat from Yuma, said Arizona can't wait for another mass shooting to take action and would work on gun legislation the governor failed to pass.

In 2018, the governor proposed giving law enforcement the power to remove firearms from people deemed a public threat.

The measure failed amid resistance from Republicans who raised concerns that police could take a gun away from someone who hasn't broken the law.

Ducey did not say if he would call a special session, but his office did released a statement regarding his previous gun proposal.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/politics/arizona_politics/top-democratic-leader-calls-for-special-session-to-pass-gun/article_0675aed6-b8b5-11e9-8c00-337914853381.html



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