Gun Related News Stories
Republican Congress Members Ask GSA To Terminate 700 Billion Dollar Contract With Citibank - April 12, 2018
Sixteen Republican congressmen are asking the General Services Administration (GSA) to reevaluate a $700 billion contract with Citibank as a result of the the financial institution's "anti-Second Amendment policies."
The congressmen, led by Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita, sent a letter to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy on Wednesday, asking her to terminate the contract in response to Citibank's March announcement restricting its clients participation in gun sales.
"In 2017, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded Citibank a contract of more than $700 billion to partially implement the federal charge card program, SmartPay 3," the congressmen wrote in the letter.
"Because of Citibankâ€™s new guidelines targeting customers wishing to exercise their legal Second Amendment rights, we urge you to cancel Citibank's participation in the SmartPay 3 contract, and award it to a company that does not unfairly restrict a customer's constitutional rights," it reads.
"This flagrant attempt to undermine our fundamental rights by caving to radicals should not be endorsed by our federal government," the congressmen added. "The federal government should instead do business with companies that respect all of our constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment. GSA should take all necessary steps to review and terminate its contract with Citibank unless they rescind their guidelines, and rebid the SmartPay 3 contract."
Right To Carry Guns In Schools Case Headed To Michigan Supreme Court - April 9, 2018
The highest court in Michigan is set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a person has the right to openly carry guns on school property; a case getting considerable attention in the wake of the Florida school massacre nearly two months ago.
At issue is a case that's been on the court's docket for more than a year, stemming from a 2015 incident involving a man with a concealed-carry permit who brought a gun to a school concert at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. Some students, staff and spectators were scared by the incident, which caused the school board to ban all guns on school grounds, with exceptions for police.
That local action spurred a legal fight that's now landed with the state's supreme court; because while Michigan law does not allow people to possess a gun inside gun-free school zones, someone with a concealed permit can enter school property with a gun that's openly holstered.
New York State Comptroller Urges Banks To Discriminate Against Gun Sales - April 4, 2018
The head of New York's giant state pension has asked the leaders of Visa, Mastercard, and some of the biggest Wall Street banks to take steps to crack down on gun purchases made through the financial system, according to a letter obtained by The Post.
State Comptroller Thomas J. DiNapoli sent letters to nine different financial institutions asking them to consider "implementing a system that could reject the purchases" of guns and ammunition, according to a letter sent to Mastercard.
Other letters were sent to JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Discover, American Express, First Data, and Worldpay, a spokesman for DiNapoli told The Post.
The New York state pension, the nation's third-largest with $209.1 billion in assets, has stakes in all those companies.
The letter, which references the shootings in Parkland, Fla, and Sandy Hook, claims that the companies need to address how mass shootings can hurt the reputations and stock prices of companies that allow people to buy guns.
"I am writing to express my concern that Mastercard may suffer reputational harm because it allows its banking services to be used in firearms transactions," DiNapoli wrote.
Louisiana Proposal To Raise Age For Assault Weapon Purchase To 21 Passes Senate Committee - April 3, 2018
A Louisiana Senate Committee voted 4-3 for legislation that would restrict people from purchasing assault weapons until they are 21 years old. Currently, people can purchase any type of gun at 18 years old.
It is one of very few gun restrictions that hasn't been shot down in the Legislature immediately in recent years. Three Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Fred Mills of Breaux Bridge, voted in favor of the bill. The three other Republicans on the committee voted against it.
The bill had some powerful allies, including New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, who traveled to Baton Rouge to testify in favor of the proposal. Robert Tasman, who speaks on behalf of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, also spoke in favor of House Bill 274.
"If we save one life, two lives, three lives, I would think this will have been worth it," said Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, the sponsor of the legislation.
Prominent GOP Donor Starts Anti-Gun PAC - April 2, 2018
A prominent Republican donor bankrolled the newest political action committee dedicated to gun control on Capitol Hill.
Al Hoffman, an 83 year old retired real estate developer from southern Florida, raised more than $600 million during former President George W. Bush's campaigns in 2000 and 2004. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal from 2005 until 2007 and as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Hoffman later pledged $1 million to Jeb Bush's presidential bid in 2016 and ranked among the year's most generous campaign donors overall.
But just days after the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Florida killed 17 and wounded 15 others, Hoffman warned the money would dry up for Republican candidates uninterested in banning "military style weapons" for civilian use.
"For how many years have we been doing this; having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings; and how many years is it that nothing has been done?" he said during an interview with the New York Times in February. "Itâ€™s the end of the road for me."
Hoffman announced the launch of Americans for Gun Safety at the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. last month. The group wants Congress to ban bump stocks and high capacity magazines, implement age restrictions for all gun sales, expand background checks and support mental health services; without infringing on the Second Amendment.
ATF Publishes Notice For Proposed Bump Stock Ban - March 29, 2018
The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice Thursday saying the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has begun taking public comment on the proposed bump stock ban.
Should the DOJ decide to pass the bump stock ban, one major change that would take place: the term "machine gun" would be altered in the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA).
According to the DOJ's summary, bump-stock-style devices weren't included in the GCA because they weren't around when the gun control law was implemented. If the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) goes through, these devices would fall under the same regulations as machine guns.
North Carolina Sheriff Candidate Suggests Taking Guns From Cold Dead Hands Is Okay - March 26, 2018
The Democratic Party in America has ventured so far to the radicalized left-wing that they make the oppression of Communist China or even Soviet Russia seem like a vacation; further proven as a Democratic Party candidate for Sheriff in Buncombe County, North Carolina has now insinuated that he's okay with killing legal gun owners to take away their Second Amendment rights.
Daryl Fisher, the Democratic Party's choice for Sheriff of Buncombe County, North Carolina is about to make national headlines with his terrifying words, seemingly implying as if murdering law abiding citizens to accomplish the Saul Alinsky measure of "Creating a Socialist State," which has one of the plans listed as disarming the citizens, isn't a big deal.
Make sure to watch the video at the link below.
Federal Spending Bill Could Strip 2A Rights From Millions - March 22, 2018
Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.
All of this is wrapped up in the giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives approved Thursday on a 256-167 vote and sent to the Senate.
Just before President Obama left office, his administration finalized new regulations banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.
About 10 percent of all people 65 and older risked being classified as "financially incompetentâ€ť", about 4.2 million in all.
Using the Congressional Review Act, Republicans and two Democrats passed a bill overturning the regulation. But the bill did more than that. It also prevents any future president from reinstituting the ban without new legislative authorization from Congress.
Unfortunately, the spending bill passed Thursday allows the ban to be reinstituted because it reauthorizes the 2007 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act. This act allowed government agencies, not just the courts, to determine if someone is mentally incompetent to buy or possess a gun.
Obama Administration Purged 500,000 Fugitives From NICS System - March 16, 2018
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week on Capitol Hill, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich revealed the Obama Justice Department purged more than 500,000 fugitives from the federal gun background check system.
"It's my understanding that under federal law fugitives cannot legal purchase or possess guns. We heard from local law enforcement that the Justice Department has issued a memo that forced the FBI NICS background check data base to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants because it was uncertain whether those fugitives fled across state lines. Mr. Bowdich can you describe why this determination was made by the Justice Department?" Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein asked.
"That was a decision that was made under the previous administration. It was the Department of Justice's Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications they had cross state lines. Otherwise they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted," Bowdich responded.
Miami Officials Challenge State Florida Firearm Preemption Law - March 16, 2018
Miami commissioners are eying a possible challenge to a Florida state law barring municipalities from enacting local gun laws.
The Miami Herald reported commissioners have approved a resolution empowering the city's attorney to examine a 2011 state law that imposes fines and possible removal from office on municipal officials that try to pass local gun laws.
That resolution gives the city's attorney Victoria Mendez the ability to sue the state if she determines that the law violates the constitution or is faulted in some way.
"We have empowered our attorney to take on the state with regard to that legislation to see if itâ€™s even constitutional for them to bind our hands like that," Commissioner Ken Russell told the Herald on Wednesday.
A possible challenge to the state law could allow Miami and other municipalities to enact their own restrictions on firearms, such as an assault weapons ban. Russell told the Herald that he backs such a prohibition.
School Shootings Not A Growing Epidemic - March 15, 2018
The Parkland shooting last month has energized student activists, who are angry and frustrated over gun violence. But it's also contributed to the impression that school shootings are a growing epidemic in America.
In truth, they're not.
"Schools are safer today than they had been in previous decades," says James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University who has studied the phenomenon of mass murder since the 1980s.
Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel crunched the numbers, and the results should come as a relief to parents.
First, while multiple-victim shootings in general are on the rise, that's not the case in schools. There's an average of about one a year; in a country with more than 100,000 schools.
Justice Department Moves To Classify Ban Bump Stocks As Machine Guns - March 10, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation on Saturday to ban "bump stocks," a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon.
President Donald Trump signed a memorandum in February directing the department to make the regulatory change, which must now be approved by the Office of Management and Budget before it is published and subject to a commentary period.
The move does not require congressional approval, allowing the administration to side step what could have been insurmountable pressure from pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association that have worked to erode changes in firearm laws in the wake of mass shootings in Florida and Nevada.
Liberal Democrats Ready To Roll Out Bill That Would Outlaw ALL Semi Auto Firearms - February 26, 2018
The Democrats are at it again, getting ready to roll out another so-called 'assault' weapon ban. Only problem is the released wording could very well outlaw all semi-auto rifles and handguns.
"The bill prohibits the 'sale, transfer, production, and importation' of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, the legislation bans the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic shotguns with features such as a pistol grip or detachable stock, and ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds."
Read that quote over and over until it sinks in, this is what they really want, to outlaw 90% of modern firearms
Trump Sends Letter To AG Recommending Banning Bump Stocks - February 20, 2018
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has recommended that "bump stocks," or devices used to make semi-automatic weapons capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute, be banned.
Trump said he has signed a memorandum recommending that Attorney General Jeff Sessions declare that bump stocks are illegal.
The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others in Las Vegas in October had at least 12 rifles fitted with bump stocks, authorities have said.
Semi-automatic weapons require a shooter to pull the trigger each time to fire a round.
But when those weapons are outfitted with a bump stock, the gun's recoil energy is used to "bump" the trigger into the shooter's finger, making it fire much faster.
Federal Lawsuit Filed Against New Jersey Over Carry Restrictions - February 10, 2018
A Wall man, a statewide association of gun clubs and the National Rifle Association are taking on New Jersey's gun laws, asking a federal court to throw out the state's restrictions on carrying handguns in a case they hope will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thomas R. Rogers, described as a Wall businessman who services ATM machines in high crime areas, and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to have what they said were New Jersey's "draconian" gun restrictions declared unconstitutional.
The lawsuit, supported by the NRA, asserts that New Jersey's restrictions on carrying guns violate the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
New Jersey's law limits the right to carry firearms outside the home to those individuals who can show they have a "justifiable need" to do so, according to the lawsuit.
In order to do that, the individual "must establish specific or serious threats or previous attacks which put him in special and unavoidable danger to obtain a permit from the state to carry a firearm in public," the suit says.
The effect is "to make it wholly illegal for typical law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in public for by definition, these ordinary citizens cannot show that they face a serious or specific, unavoidable threat that poses a special danger to their safety," the suit said.
Weatherby Moving Its Operations From California To Wyoming - January 23, 2018
Firearms manufacturer Weatherby Inc. is relocating its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters from California to Wyoming, marking another catch by Wyoming of a company abandoning a state that isn't as gun friendly.
Weatherby's move to Sheridan is expected to create 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million in annual payroll over the next five years.
Company and state officials, including Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, announced the move Tuesday at a gun industry trade show in Las Vegas.
"We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle," Adam Weatherby, chief executive officer of the company, said in a statement. "We wanted to move to a state where we can grow into our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing."
Federal Appeals Court Uphold Interstate Handgun Purchase Ban - January 23, 2018
A three judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit last week ruled the federal law prohibiting handgun sales to out of state residents is in the public interest.
The legal challenge came from a couple from Washington, D.C. who tried to buy handguns from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Texas but could not due to federal law adopted in the 1960s.
Together with a Texas FFL holder, the couple joined with gun rights advocates in taking the government on, arguing that since the advent of the National Instant Check System it makes no sense to perpetuate a ban on interstate transfers of handguns. The court disagreed with that concept, holding that handguns often have additional regulatory pitfalls in many states, and that gun dealers can't be expected to be familiar with those in distant areas.
"There are more than 123,000 FFLs nationwide," wrote Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen for the majority. "It is unrealistic to expect that each of them can become and remain knowledgeable about the handgun laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the local laws within the 50 states."
Virginia Senate Passes Bill Allowing Guns In Churches - January 23, 2018
The Virginia Senate has passed legislation aimed at allowing guns in church in the wake of a deadly church shooting in Texas.
The Republican controlled chamber voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the measure, which would repeal a state law prohibiting weapons in a place of worship during a religious service.
A state Attorney General's opinion from 2011 says current law already allows Virginians to carry guns in churches, subject to a church's permission. But GOP Sen. Ben Chafin, the bill's sponsor, said the legislature needed to clarify and cement the right to carry a gun in church into law if a church allows it.
Chris Christie Signs Bumpfire Stock Ban before Leaving Office - January 15, 2018
With just a day left of his tenure, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he has signed 109 new bills into law, including one that places additional restrictions on gun ownership.
Christie signed legislation sponsored by Democratic Sens. Raymond Lesniak and Richard Codey and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to ban the sale and possession of "bump stocks" and "trigger cranks," accessories that dramatically increase the rate of fire for rifles, effectively converting guns into fully automatic weapons.
"These are simple, easy-to-use devices that increase the firepower and killing power of firearms," said Lesniak, a prime sponsor of the bill. "The Las Vegas gunman used one and the consequences were tragic. The rapid and indiscriminate rate of shooting can be deadly. There is no legitimate need for these devices."
Virginia Senate Committee Kill Most 2018 Anti-Gun Legislation - January 15, 2018
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.
A Republican-led panel voted Monday to block legislation that would allow cities and counties to ban firearms at certain public events. The bill came in response to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer where several participants were heavily armed. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe enacted similar rules on a temporary basis last November.
The panel also voted down a bill to expand mandatory background checks on gun buyers. The vote comes two days after newly sworn in Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, pushed for universal background checks during his inaugural address.