Gun Related News Stories
Tuscaloosa Alabama Sheriff's Office Will Start Free Firearms Training This Month - September 2, 2014
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office will teach 10 area gun owners the basics of handgun safety this month.
Deputies will teach safety rules, the basics of loading and unloading a handgun and firearm maintenance to the 10 participants in addition to monitoring them during live-fire shooting drills.
This is the department's inaugural effort to teach gun safety in a county where nearly 19,000 people have permits to carry concealed pistols on their person.
Idaho County Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance - August 30, 2014
Twin Falls County commissioners unanimously passed a new gun ordinance, getting rid of a clause in the old law that forbade people from carrying guns in county parks.
The change brings the county in compliance with a 2008 state law that forbids counties and cities from passing gun laws stricter than the state's, except to restrict where you can fire a gun.
Commissioners started work on the law after the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance contacted them and said the old law varied from state law.
Governor Christie Wont Intervene In Philly Mom Case Yet - August 29, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie says he's going to let the judicial process play itself out before he'll consider intervening in the case of a Pennsylvania woman who faces jail time for carrying a concealed weapon in New Jersey.
Christie says he's been following the case closely but doesn't like to intervene in cases until they've had the opportunity to work their way through the judicial process.
Reagan International Airport Refusing To Run Gun Safety Spots - August 27, 2014
Five other airports have accepted or already run the ads - Hartford-Springfield, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Providence and St. Louis. But not Reagan National. Here, in the airport serving the nation's capital, what had been routine purchasing of ad space for public service advertising ran into, you guessed it, politics. Said a knowledgeable person who tried to help this process along, "DC is a very political market and this is not something they want to be involved in. We tried every angle we could but they did not want to accommodate."
Federal Judge Upholds Firearm Ban At Army Core Of Engineer Property In Gerogia - August 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Aug. 18 said he does not believe that a federal regulation restricting the use of firearms on Corps properties infringes on "the constitutionally enshrined right" of GeorgiaCarry.org or its members to defend themselves.
Citing the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling in a case that successfully challenged Washington gun laws, Murphy wrote, "The only contours that the Supreme Court gave to this right to self-defense is that citizens have a right to bear arms for self-defense within the home."
"The [Army Corps] firearms regulation does not infringe on that right."
Washington DC To Appeal Gun Carry Ruling - August 21, 2014
In an exclusive interview, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told FOX 5 on Thursday that he will appeal the gun carry ruling, making the information public for the first time.
"The whole issue of the public carrying of a firearm is very complicated," Mendelson said. "And I believe the executive and the attorney general will continue with the appeal."
Utah Cities Purge Anit-Gun Laws After Pressure From SAF - August 20, 2014
The small Davis County community of West Point was poised Tuesday night to drop a law banning guns in the city cemetery and replace it with one outlawing brandishing or firing a gun in the graveyard, described in code as a sacred place.
Sandy, meantime, is preparing to throw out a law barring guns in or around city-owned day-care and health-services operations.
The Second Amendment Foundation, based in Washington state, has written to 49 local Utah governments demanding they repeal various ordinances that violate a state law reserving almost all gun-regulation power to the state Legislature.
Breaking: Judge Orders DOJ To Release All Fast And Furious Documents - August 20, 2014
A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to release all documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun running scandal by October 1st, 2014.
Minnesota Rep Allegedly Threatens To 'Blow Your Head Off' After Being Asked About Survey - August 20, 2014
Each election cycle, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance contacts the 280-plus candidates running for the Minnesota House in hopes of surveying them about their views on gun rights.
Earlier this summer, GOCRA sent two emails asking Rep. Ron Erhardt to respond to their questions. He didn't respond, so at 5:19 p.m. on July 19, they followed up with a phone call.
According to an affidavit signed by the caller this is how the conversation went:
"When contacted, the individual answering the phone identified himself as Ron Erhardt. Your affiant identified himself and reminded Rep. Erhardt of the approaching questionnaire deadline. Rep. Erhardt indicated that he did not intend to complete the survey. Your affiant, following the procedure used with each candidate, reminded Mr. Erhardt that GOCRA's policy was to give a special "F*" grade to candidates with no voting record or survey, as set out in the "How will this information be used?" section of the introduction...
Rep. Erhardt responded, yelling, "Give me a double F! No more surveys! You come near me, and I'll blow your head off!" Rep. Erhardt then disconnected the phone call. The call's duration was 78 seconds."
Army Cancels Tests After Competitor Outperforms M4 - August 19, 2014
A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.
The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round 'tailored' for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.
Moms Demand Action Loses Another One - August 18, 2014
In recent days 'Moms Demand Action' set their sights on the grocery store chain Kroger using so-called 'facts' about shootings on the company's property.
Almost immediately Fred Meyer, the public affairs representative for the company, released a statement basically telling MDA to mind their own business. The statement read "The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important values. We don't want to have to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. That is why our longstanding policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws."
Chalk up another one for common sense!
Remington Lays Off 105 People From New York Factory - August 18, 2014
At least 105 jobs are lost at Remington Arms in Ilion, the union's president confirmed Monday afternoon.
In May, the company announced that it was relocating 80 jobs from Ilion to Huntsville, Alabama. The jobs were relocated, but not the employees.
Bloomberg Opposed Wisconsin Sheriff Wins - August 13, 2014
A pro-gun incumbent sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, beat back the anti-gun money of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to win his primary contest for re-election by a handy margin, 52-48 percent.
Sheriff David Clarke, a Democrat, is now almost sure to win in November because no Republican is challenging him.
Court Of Appeals Find Armslist Not Responsible For Womans Death - August 13, 2014
The case decided Tuesday by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400. A Canadian man bought the weapon.
The slain woman's brother, Alex, sued the website for damages, among other things, alleging negligence.
The three judge panel threw out the suit and stated:
"Alex has alleged nothing of the sort here. Alex's complaint states that Armslist "design[ed] its website to encourage its users to circumvent existing gun laws… by easily enabling prospective purchasers to search for and find gun sellers in any and all states." But simply enabling consumers to use a legal service is far removed from encouraging them to commit an illegal act.
Judge Upholds Maryland 'Assault Weapon' Ban - August 12, 2014
In a ruling that can only be considered insanity a U.S. judge has upheld Maryland's 'assault weapon' ban by stating AR-15s and AK-47s do not fall under the protection of the 2nd amendment.
In her ruling judge Blake states "Upon review of all the parties' evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual,"
Newly Launched Pro-Gun Women's Organization - August 11, 2014
One Million United, Inc. (OMU) is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to inform, influence and ignite women across the United States of America to exercise and protect their second amendment rights. We believe the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America.
The political powers in this country are slowly trying to take away our right to choose how we exercise freedom. The right to keep and bear arms is a hot topic issue, one we are willing to defend. We cannot sit back and do nothing and hope someone else will do it for us. It's time for women to unite and let our voices be heard.
NJ Man Arrested For Having Too Much Black Powder - August 8, 2014
In another case of of 'New Jersey stupidity' Robert Lintner, a 65 year old man was arrested after calling the police after his wife stabbed him. According to NJ law a person may only possess 50 pounds of powder. According to police Mr. Linter had 30 pounds in his home along with 100 firearms, all of which appear to be 100% legal.
Bloomberg PAC Makes $150,000 Ad Buy Against Milwaukee Sheriff - August 8, 2014
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews.
The ad buys by Bloomberg's PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election.
Arizona Supreme Courts Reverses Lower Court Ruling Over Police Searches - August 7, 2014
Police cannot frisk someone they stop and question absent some "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot," the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a unanimous decision affirming the right to carry a gun without interference, the justices rejected arguments by prosecutors that a simple belief someone is armed and dangerous is enough to justify a frisk, even without any evidence of criminal activity. They said the U.S. Constitution dictates otherwise.
"The Fourth Amendment protects the right of people to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures," wrote Justice Rebecca White Berch.
Report Finds Concealed Carry Holders Are Extremely Law-Abiding - August 6, 2014
Individuals employing the 'more guns more crime' logic are using shoddy research as the basis for their claim.
"If you look at information from the Justice Department, they have something called the National Crime Victimization survey. What you find is that guns are used in crime about 250,000 times a year." John R. Lott Jr., economist, Yale professor, and president of Crime Prevention Research Center, told Townhall.
"If you look at similar surveys of people who use guns defensively, it's about two million times a year. So basically people are using guns defensively to stop crimes about four to five times more frequently each year than guns are used to commit a crime. Most people don't realize that."