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Important Week For Your Gun Rights - April 9, 2013
Federal Bill S649
This week could be a make or break week for any new gun legislation passing. On today's calendar is the so-called SAFE act proposed by Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
We need everyone to take the time to call their senators and tell them we will not support this law or any law that restricts our rights. Take 5 minutes today and contact your senators. you can find their contact information here
More Than 20 Proposed Gun Laws To Be Debated In Maine This Week - April 8, 2013
State lawmakers are preparing for a round of hearings, debates and decisions on proposed changes to Maine's gun laws. More than 20 bills are set to go before the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this week, with half of those measures go to public hearings in a few days.
NJ Bill Would Prohibit Firearm Purchases FOR DWI - April 6, 2013
New Jersey State Bill A3973
A newly introduced New Jersey law would prohibit anyone with three DWI convictions or refusing to take a breathalyzer test within 5 years from purchasing a firearm.
From the bill: "This bill would prohibit a person who has been convicted three times within five years of drunk driving or refusing to take a breathalyzer test from purchasing a firearm. Under current law, a person must apply for a permit to purchase a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card to purchase a rifle or shotgun. Applicants are disqualified from being issued a permit or identification card if they are drug dependent; have been confined for a mental disorder to a hospital, mental institution or sanitarium; or are habitual drunkards. Under this bill, a person also would be disqualified if he or she has three or more convictions of drunk driving or refusal to take a breathalyzer test within five years."
Newly Proposed Bill Requires Lost Or Stolen Guns To Be Reported In 24 Hours - April 5, 2013
Pennsylvania State Bill SB810
Six PA Seantors have introduced another bill aimed at reporting lost and stolen guns. As with previous bills the law requires any stolen gun to be reported in 24 hours, something that could expose legal gun owners to fines.
The problem with this bill, as with previous bills that have failed, is the simple fact that someone could have a gun stolen and not know it in time to meet the 24 hour requirement.
Proposed PA Law SB815 Requires Registration Database and Renewals - April 5, 2013
Pennsylvania State Bill SB815
Introduced in the PA Senate SB815 would basically sets up the path for full registration and requires yearly renewals of these so-called registrations.
Proposed Wisconsin Law Would Eliminate Private Transfers - April 5, 2013
Wisconsin State Bill SB124
Newly introduced SB124 bill would amend current Wisconsin law and elimiate most private transfers of guns.
With minor exceptions all firearm transfers would be required to go through a federal firearms dealer.
North Carolina Introduces Second Amendment Protection Act - April 3, 2013
North Carolina State Bill H518
North Carolina joins the ever growing list of states trying to adopt bills that exclude their residents from federal oversight of guns made and sold within the state by introducing H518 on April 2nd.
The bill states: "A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina and that remains exclusively within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law, federal taxation, or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the North Carolina General Assembly that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce."
Deal On Oppressive New Connecticut Gun Law Reached - April 2, 2013
Monday, April 1st an oppressive new gun bill was agreed to by both Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut. Among the provisions agreed to is a ban on magazines over 10 rounds, an expansion of the existing 'assault weapons' ban and a 'dangerous weapon offender' registry.
Existing owners of magazines over the new limit, as well as anyone that owns a rifle that would now be classified as an 'assault weapon' will have to register them with the state. Furthermore those legally possessing any rifle that would be classified as an 'assault weapon' will be tightly limited in their legal use and transport.
Unfortunately with a Democrat controlled house and senate this bill will see very little resistance and the voices of Connecticut gun owners may in fact be ignored.
UN Approves Arms Trade Treaty - April 2, 2013
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70 billion international business in conventional arms ranging from light weapons to battle tanks and warships.
There were 154 votes in favour, 3 against and 23 abstentions.
Contact your senators and tell them to vote against ratifying the treaty!
Democrats Push For Mandatory Firearm Liability Insurance or $10,000 Fine - April 2, 2013
Federal Bill HB136
House Democrats have proposed a new bill that would require all gun owners to carry mandatory liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine.
Introduced March 30 as the 'Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2013' the bill has 9 sponsors.
Proposed Alabama Law Clarifies Existing Law, Changes state From 'May Issue' to 'Shall Issue' - March 31, 2013
Alabama State Bill SB129
A new bill sponsored by State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, is intended to clarify an assortment of laws regarding the public carrying of firearms.
"It's simply a clarification of Alabama's gun laws," Beason said. "There were beginning to be a number of different interpretations of what has always been considered the standard when it comes to when and where you can carry a pistol with you. Weâ€™re just trying to straighten all that out, and make the local municipalities understand that state firearms law pre-empts anything done locally."
Delaware Introduces Assault Weapon Ban - March 29, 2013
Delaware State Bill SB37
On Thursday March 28 an assault weapons ban was introduced and moved the the judiciary committee in Delaware with three sponsors.
The newly proposed law would outlaw the manufacture, production, delivery, sale, or purchase of assault weapons while requiring anyone currently owning such a weapon to 'provide proof of ownership' to the state police within 120 of the effective date of the act.
Law To Repeal Concealed Carry In Maine State Parks Introduced - March 27, 2013
Maine State Bill LD1173
A law that would reverse a previous law that allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in state parks was introduced in Maine Tuesday.
Only exceptions to the repeal are for 'qualified law enforcement'
Sponsors of the law are: Gerzofsky, Priest, Craven, Lajoie, Moonen & Plante
Proposed PA Law Would Require All Firearm Sales To Go Through An FFL - March 27, 2013
Pennsylvania State Bill SB736
6 PA reps have introduced SB736, a proposed law that would require all firearm sales to go through an FFL.
From the bill:
Duty of other persons.--Any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or federally licensed firearms dealer and who desires to sell or transfer a firearm to another unlicensed person shall do so only upon the place of business of a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, federally licensed firearms dealer or county sheriff's office
Contact your reps and tell them this will not be tolerated!
Update: After further review it appears section F of PA 6111 continues to define a firearm within this section as "The provisions contained in subsections (a) and (c) shall only apply to pistols or revolvers with a barrel length of less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or any firearm with an overall length of less than 26 inches"
What we have found within the law is a form of registration for gun shows and 'meets' (which is not defined) which could put gun show promoters under the juristiction of the AG's office, currently held by an anti-gun Democrat.
Propsed NJ Law Could Force Doctors To Report Patients - March 26, 2013
State Bill A3754
Mental health professionals are raising concerns about a bill that would require them to report to the attorney general any patients they feel are likely to harm themselves or others, allowing authorities to seize firearms from those who are registered gun owners.
The proposed legislation is a possible step that Gov. Chris Christie and the state Senate could take as they mull what to do to address guns in the wake of the Newtown, CT, mass shooting.
The Assembly has passed a series of bills focusing on guns, including A-3754, which would apply to psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, clinical social workers, and marriage counselors.
New York State Moves to Suspend Magazine Capacity Limit - March 26, 2013
State: New York
Late Sunday evening the NEw York legislature moved to suspend the magazine capacity limit that was included in the SAFE act that was rushed through last month.
Under the change, if magazines are loaded with more than seven bullets outside of a gun range or competition, they would be illegal. The punishments vary depending on if the magazine was within the owner's home and whether it's a first-time offense.
Senate Votes Against UN Arms Treaty In Budget Amendment - March 23, 2013
In a last minute amendment to the current US budget bill Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment.
The amendment passed with a vote of 53-46. Later the Senate passed the budget bill and it now moves to the House.
Philadephia City Council Approves Illegal Gun Bans In Parks And Rec Centers - March 22, 2013
Knowing full well they are violating Pennsylvania preemption laws the Philadelphia City Council authorized Mayor Nutter to ban guns in city parks and recreational centers Thursday. The council vote was 15 to 2
"I want to make sure our facilities for our youngest citizens are safe," said the measure's chief sponsor, 8th District councilwoman Cindy Bass. "And this, I believe, will go a long way. I think it will spread the message."
City officials say the rules would regulate behavior, not guns but admit it will likely end up in court.
Pennsylvania has very strict laws disallowing any preemptive gun laws to be put into place by any city, town or county government.
If the mayor does in fact create such laws several rallies against the laws are planned.
Colorado Governor Signs Gun Control Laws - March 20, 2013
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three new gun laws on Wednesday. The laws limit magazines to 15 rounds, make buyer pay for their own background checks and require universal background checks.
All three laws going into effect July 1st unless they are challenged in court.
South Dakota Passes Law Authorizing School Employees To Carry Guns - March 20, 2013
South Dakota State Bill HB1087
South Dakota became the first state in the nation to enact a law explicitly authorizing school employees to carry guns on the job, under a measure signed into law on Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Representative Scott Craig, a freshman Republican in the South Dakota House who sponsored the bill, said he hoped the measure would shift the country's discourse on school safety.
The law leaves it up to school districts to decide whether to allow armed teachers. It remains to be seen, however, if many schools will permit guns in classrooms and whether the measure will reverberate nationwide. Mr. Daugaard, a Republican, said he did not think that many schools would take advantage of the option, but that it was important for them to have the choice available.