Gun Related News Stories
Federal Judge Upholds NY SAFE act, 7-10 Round Restriction Unconstitutional - December 31, 2013
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York's expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners from loading their firearms with more than seven rounds.
The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, called the seven-round limit "an arbitrary restriction" that violated the Second Amendment.
But Judge Skretny said the greater restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were constitutional because they served to "further the state's important interest in public safety."
2013 Police Deaths By Firearm Lowest Since 1887 - December 30, 2013
The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday.
The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.
According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012.
Some Ohio Schools Change Gun Policies To Protect Students - December 30, 2013
Dozens of school districts across Ohio made some allowance for handguns on campus in the year following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a recent Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF) survey found.
"There are at least 20 different school districts in Ohio that have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools," BFF President Jim Irvine wrote on December 11.
"The list includes rural, urban and suburban schools. It includes public, private and parochial schools. It covers small, medium and large schools and all grade levels," Irvine explained. "In short, it is a cross section of Ohio, and the United States of America."
Connecticut Lawmakers Want Gun Registration Extension - December 30, 2013
Several Republican state lawmakers say Connecticut should extend the looming deadline for when people have to register certain weapons and ammunition magazines under a new law.
Rep. Rob Sampson of Wolcott said lawful gun owners are trying to follow the law, enacted in response to last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But he said certain parts of the law are "vague and extremely subjective."
New New York Laws Result In 1,146 Felony Charges - December 29, 2013
Nearly a year after passage of the state's new gun law, dealer sales of popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges in New York City were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies because of the changes.
Meanwhile, 59 people have been charged statewide with misdemeanors for possessing large-capacity magazines or having more than seven bullets loaded in a magazine, both outlawed by the law passed last January in the aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Ohio Sheriff Denying Permit Renewals On Own Interpretation Of The Law - December 29, 2013
Some citizens of Athens County who currently hold concealed-carry weapon (CCW) permits may get an unpleasant surprise the next time they try to renew them.
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly recently announced that his office, which handles CCW permit applications for the county, has begun applying an interpretation of state law that may disqualify some current permit-holders from renewing. The Ohio Attorney General's office, however, has suggested the sheriff may be misreading the law.
On Dec. 19, the sheriff posted a message on his Facebook page, indicating that his office is changing the way the CCW law has been applied in the county in the past.
"Today, Chris McCauley, my concealed-carry administrator, brought to my attention (the fact that) people that were issued a concealed carry permit by the previous administration received their permits in conflict with the law," the post stated. "Upon renewing, you may be told I cannot renew your license."
NJ Law Mandates Registration Of BB Guns - December 28, 2013
The popular youth guns may be gathering dust on store shelves in the Garden State due the enactment of the Graves Act. The law requires BB guns to be registered and subject to the exact same laws as deadly firearms used for hunting and self-defense purposes.
Violation of the Graves Act will place offenders behind bars for a minimum three years and carries a steep fine. According to attorney Poetta, the New Jersey County in which the crime occurred will play a significant role in the fate of the toy gun owner. A judge can reportedly opt to issue a Graves Act waver or downgrade the charge – but the court officials are not bound to do so.
All Eyes On Buffalo Challenge To NY SAFE Act - December 28, 2013
Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights group with the slogan 'Pick On Someone Your Own Caliber,' is knee deep in the legal fight.
So is Moms Demand Action, a group of pro-gun-control mothers formed after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut.
They are just two of the more than 12 groups who are weighing in on the federal court challenge to New York's new gun control law.
The lawsuit has turned Buffalo, where the case was filed, into a battleground for virtually every major gun control and gun rights organization in the country.
One of the other reasons for the heightened interest – amicus briefs are more common in appeals courts – might be the expectation that, win or lose, the Buffalo suit could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Legal scholars have suggested the local case could be one in which the court finally decides whether the Second Amendment allows government to regulate ammunition clips and assault weapons.
GOP To Attempt To Overturn New Colorado Gun Laws In 2014 Session - December 28, 2013
The Republican leader in the Colorado House says his party will try to overturn or change the gun restrictions Democrats passed earlier this year.
Rep. Brian DelGrosso said yesterday Republicans plan to introduce a bill to repeal the 15-round limit on ammunition magazines during the session that begins next month. He says Republicans will likely also revisit expanded background checks, but did not provide specifics on possible legislation.
Gun Sales Break Alabama Record - December 27, 2013
Last year there were 431,356 federal gun background checks from Alabama. There have been 486,506 checks this year--and that's before December's numbers are in. If trends continue, Alabama's on track to have half-a-million background checks for 2013.
Akron Ohio Women Buying Guns, Obtaining Permits In Record Numbers - December 27, 2013
That said, Summit County's numbers are up dramatically. Before Christmas, the sheriff had issued 2,489 new CCW permits, up 56 percent from 1,599 in all of 2012. Renewals more than tripled to 1,738 from 494.
And, he said, there has been a transition in the type of people seeking permits, from the strong CCW advocates to, more recently, people in the middle who may have never had a strong opinion one way or another.
Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, a pro firearms political action committee, said his group estimates that about 392,000 Ohioans have CCW permits, and about 150,000 of those are women.
Beretta Won't Move To Virginia Because Of Governor's Gun Control Stance - December 23, 2013
Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor.
The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners' rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
"The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive," Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. "And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern."
D.C. Gun Owners Forced to Re-Register Firearms - December 17, 2013
Big changes for gun owners in the nation's capital will impact tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens, many of whom have no idea the change is coming.
The new requirement for gun owners in the District goes into effect next year and failure to comply could mean jail time.
Starting Jan. 1 all registered gun owners in D.C. must re-register their firearms within 90 days. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says notices will start going out to gun owners soon.
Gun Rights Group File Injunction Request Over Charleston WV Gun Law - December 17, 2013
The West Virginia Citizens Defense League filed the injunction request Tuesday. Lawyers for the gun advocacy group want city officials to abide by a legislative decision stripping cities of their ability to regulate the sale and regulation of guns.
Early this year, the Legislature approved a law taking the power to regulate guns away from individual cities, saying gun laws throughout the state should be uniform. The law effectively nullifies individual gun laws passed by cities.
Gun Rights Groups Sue Sunnyvale California Over 'Measure C' - December 17, 2013
Gun rights groups are taking aim at the law, known as Measure C, passed by Sunnyvale voters in November. The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge for an injunction to stop the measure, arguing that it violates the Second Amendment.
It's not the first attack on the city statute. Last week, the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) filed a lawsuit against Measure C's requirement that firearms retailers keep records on ammunition sales that include the buyer's name, address, date of birth, driver's license number and thumb print.
Seattle Settles SAF Lawsuit With $38,000 Payment - December 16, 2013
The city of Seattle will pay $38,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Second Amendment Foundation over failure to release public records relating to Mayor Mike McGinn’s January gun buyback.
The settlement was signed Monday by Carl Marquardt, legal counsel to McGinn, and includes an apology for the mayor’s office’s failure to release records about the controversial buyback program, which netted about 700 guns but also provoked criticism from public-health and gun-rights advocates that it wouldn’t cut gun violence.
WWII SS Assault Rifle Turned In At CT Gun Buy Back - December 8, 2013
Police officers in Connecticut received one very unusual weapon during a gun buy-back program last week -- the gun was from World War II and is worth over $30,000.
All sorts of guns were turned in at the gun buy-back event in Hartford last Saturday, but one weapon caught the eyes of officers.
Jesse Jackson Claims Semi-Auto Weapons Can 'Blow Up Train Stations' - February 4, 2013
In another 'over the top' rant that shows his complete lack of understanding of firearms Jesse Jackson has now upped the 'anti' by claiming that semi-automatic rifles can not only shoot down planes but that they can also blow up train stations.
On FOX news he stated 'You know that these weapons can shoot down airplanes, they can blow up railroads. This is really a whole national security issue'.