Gun Related News Stories
Dick's Sporting Goods Hires Gun Control Lobbyists - May 2, 2018
Dick's Sporting Goods, which announced in February it would no longer sell rifles to anyone under the age of 21, hired three Beltway lobbyists to lobby Congress for gun control, according to federal records reviewed by The Federalist.
The lobbying records show Dick's hired two Democrats and one Republican from Glover Park Group, a DC-based government affairs firm, for "[l]obbying related to gun control." No other policy issues were listed in the disclosure form filed by the firm. The disclosure forms show Dick's pro-gun control lobbying effort began official on April 27, 2018. The official registration form noting Dick's retention of Glover to push for gun control was filed on Monday morning.
The three lobbyists tapped by Dick's to push for gun control are listed by name in the federal disclosure forms, which are required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to be filed quarterly: Joel Johnson, who worked for both President Bill Clinton and Senate Democrat leadership; Andrew King, who worked for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); and Christina Brown, a former staffer for Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).
Banks And Credit Card Companies Explore Ways to Monitor Gun Purchases - April 30, 2018
Banks and credit card companies are discussing ways to identify purchases of guns in their payment systems, a move that could be a prelude to restricting such transactions, according to people familiar with the talks.
The discussions are preliminary but could be deeply controversial. Gun-rights groups have long resisted any effort to monitor which Americans own guns; there are federal laws limiting the government's use of electronic databases of gun sales.
The financial companies have explored creating a new credit-card code for firearms dealers, similar to how they code restaurants or department stores, according to people familiar with the matter. Another idea would require merchants to share information about specific firearm products consumers are buying, some of the people said.
New York Bill Would Outlaw Rifle Clubs, Archery And Trap Shooting In Public Schools - April 26, 2018
A state lawmaker from New York City has authored a bill that would end riflery, trap shooting and archery as a sport in public schools.
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the 67th Assembly District in western Manhattan, introduced the bill on April 20. At this point, there is no co-sponsor for it in the state Senate.
The bill, A10428, which was sent to the Assembly's Education Committee, would amend the state's Education Law and calls for the "prohibition of marksmanship and/or shooting programs in public schools" - a change that "shall take effect immediately."
Rosenthal's bill, covering "marksmanship and/or shooting programs," includes "any competitive or recreational shooting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in using various types of ranged weapons, such as firearms and air gun, in forms such as handguns, rifles and shotguns and/or bows or crossbows."
Unpublished CDC Study Confirms over 2 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses - April 21, 2018
An unpublished Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study confirms Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck's findings of more than two million defensive handgun uses (DGUs) per year.
Since the early 1990s, Kleck has maintained that there is a minimum of 760,000 DGUs annually. That is his low estimate; Kleck and research partner Marc Gertz have contended the actual number is closer to 2.5 million.
Kleck reaffirmed his numbers on February 17, 2015, explaining that while plenty of naysayers have criticized his findings, none have been able to offer empirical evidence to counter them.
Now, a CDC study conducted on data from 1996, 1997, and 1998 has been uncovered. The study, which was never released to the public, shows approximately 2.46 million DGUs per year.
Two New Jersey High School Students Suspended After Going to Gun Range With Their Parents - April 20, 2018
Lacey Township School District in central New Jersey suspended two high school students after Snapchat pictures showed them at a gun range outside of school hours.
Attorney Daniel Schmutter with the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs said a lawsuit might be pending since the pictures were non-threatening and not alarming in any way. The two students were simply at a gun range after school hours.
Schmutter indicated in a letter to Lacey Township School District that suspending the two students for posting photos off school grounds and unrelated to school activities was a 'very serious violation' of the their rights, according to Patch.com.
After the incident, the 'straight A' students returned to school but were not permitted to go to class, Schmutter said, according to Patch.com.
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 Citibank’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. "It’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 incompetent”", 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.
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 it’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.
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.
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.