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Web Scraping: A Means to Push the Anti-Gun Agenda


You may have read recently about a “breaking analysis” that includes numbers derived from a “mass shooting tracker,” which purports to present to the world, real world cases in which mass shootings have occurred.  One problem, this is not actual data nor does it rely upon trusted sources like the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) to report incidents.

New York Times Relies on Gun Prohibitionist Propaganda, Stigmatizes Suicide


In a December 5, 2015, front page editorial, the New York Times finally admitted what discerning readers had long understood – that the paper advocates the prohibition and confiscation of certain types of now-lawfully possessed firearms. Fittingly, the Old Grey Lady has come to rely on the work of one the few remaining gun control organizations willing to match its candor, the Violence Policy Center.

Legislative Update: House Militia and Police and Public Safety

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The House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee Met this morning and took action on a number of bills.  Below is a list of bills acted on by the Committee:

HB 1466 Renewal of concealed handgun permits; notice. Reported

HB 1849 Concealed handgun permit; permit requirements. Provides that a concealed handgun permit shall be of a size comparable to a Virginia driver's license and may be laminated or use a similar process to protect the permit. Current law requires that the permit be no larger than two inches wide by three and one-fourth inches long. Reported

HB 1852 Concealed handguns; protective orders. Authorizes any person 21 years of age or older who is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm and is protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days after the protective order was issued. The bill provides that if the person issued the protective order applies for a concealed handgun permit during such 45-day period, such person will be authorized to carry a concealed handgun for an additional 45 days and be given a copy of the certified application, which shall serve as a de facto concealed handgun permit. The bill requires such person to have the order or certified application and photo identification on his person when carrying a concealed handgun and to display them upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; failure to do so is punishable by a $25 civil penalty. Reported

HB 1853 Victims of domestic violence, etc.; firearms safety or training course. Creates the Virginia Firearms Safety and Training for Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims Fund. The bill provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services may distribute funds from the Fund to reimburse an entity that offers a firearms safety or training course or class approved by the Department free of charge to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, or family abuse. The bill also requires that, upon the issuance of a protective order, the petitioner for the order be provided with a list of such approved courses or classes. Reported and referred to Appropriations

HB 2077 Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000; reference to firearms, emergency shelter. Removes the authority of a governmental entity under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000 to limit lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms in any place or facility used by the governmental entity as an emergency shelter. Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (12-Y 7-N)

HB 2308 Concealed handgun; retired conservation officers. Adds conservation officers retired from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the list of retired persons eligible to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Reported

HB 2325 Concealed handgun; application for permit requires photo identification. Requires applicants for a concealed handgun permit to present one form of government-issued photo identification that demonstrates that the applicant is a citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Substitute offered and reported
Additionally, a number of bills were heard in subcommittee #1 last night.  The results of that meeting are below:
HB 1684 Restricting access to firearms by children; mental state; penalty. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 1685 Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 1700 Firearms; carrying in public while intoxicated, etc., penalty. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 1758 Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 1773 Transfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 1822 Place of worship; carrying dangerous weapon personal protection. Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
HB 1864 Firearms; access by children; penalty Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 2079 Sale of firearms; persons not lawfully present in United States; penalty. Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
HB 2094 Localities; regulation of firearms in government buildings. Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
HB 2187 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks required, penalty. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
HB 2188 Firearms; civil liability for sale or transfer without a background check. Failed to report for lack of motion (defeated)
HB 2212 Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty. Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Bills recommended for defeat in subcommittee are for all intent and purposes dead. This will not be official however until crossover.

Anti-gun Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun control research agenda


The researchers, from dozens of universities, met at a conference on gun violence just days after the November election. They had fully anticipated discussing a very different outcome and opportunities for policy changes during a presidency of Democrat Hillary Clinton, said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health and organizer of the Nov. 14 event.

Vermont: Guns Again?


Recently a constituent said she couldn’t understand why I was against universal background checks for gun transfers. It seemed like an ideal opening to demonstrate how I respond to proposed legislation.

New Mexico: NRA takes issue with proposed gun legislation


The National Rifle Association has its sights set on two bills before the New Mexico Legislature that it believes will make transfers of private gun ownership and even temporary possession transfers impractically complicated.

New Hampshire: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Passes Senate!


Today, Senate Bill 12, legislation eliminating the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry, passed the Senate without amendment, by a 13-10 vote.  SB 12 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.  Please begin contacting your state Representative and politely urge them to support SB 12!  

Oregon: State Employees Left Defenseless by New “No Firearms” Policy


Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Department of Administrative Services released a memorandum announcing a new policy prohibiting state employees from possessing a personal firearm in the workplace, even if they have a concealed handgun license.  This policy strips the right to self-defense from many law-abiding state employees, board and commission members, volunteers, and other public servants working in state agencies, infringing upon their Second Amendment rights and leaving them defenseless.


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