On Monday, the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die. Gun owners and sportsmen earned a major victory with the passage of an omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286. This NRA-supported bill was signed into law yesterday by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and will take effect on August 1.
Today, the General Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee strengthened Senate Bill 308, a restaurant carry bill. As amended and passed in the South Carolina Senate in April, S 308 imposed arbitrary restrictions on the hours a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) holder may lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense in a restaurant that serves alcohol. It also did not allow CWP holders to sit in the bar area of a restaurant, if it had one.
A group of three burglars approached a home in Delray Beach, Fla. and knocked at the front door. When they received no answer, the trio went around to the back door and attempted to break inside. A resident of the home noticed the would-be intruders, retrieved a gun and fired at the criminals, striking one and causing all to flee in a nearby getaway car. Police captured all three burglars a short time later at the Delray Medical Center, where the injured burglar underwent surgery.
Journalists, bloggers or anyone else who intentionally publishes concealed carry handgun permit information would be subject to stiff penalties under a bill passed by the Louisiana Senate on Tuesday. Two other gun bills also were approved. House Bill 8, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R Bossier City, would penalize the release of concealed handgun permit information. The bill was approved 33 2 with New Orleans Democrats Karen Carter Peterson and Edwin Murray voting against it.
Kansas legislators gave final approval Tuesday to restrictions on using state funds to promote or oppose gun control policies, despite criticism that the new law would violate public officials' free speech rights.
Concealed handgun license holders in Texas would be allowed to carry a revolver or semi automatic pistol, regardless of what they trained with on the shooting range under a bill advancing in the Texas Legislature.
Shortly after the speeches ended, members of the Senate Finance Committee did just that by voting 4-3 to advance SB221. The bill now awaits a full vote of the Senate.
Senate Bill 221 was amended and passed in the Senate Finance Committee today in a party line 4-3 vote. Contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE and VOTE AGAINST SB 221. This Senate floor vote could happen at any time, so contact your state Senator immediately!
Today, the Kansas House of Representatives approved an important pro-gun reform by an 83 to 28 vote, with 14 members not present. House Bill 2162, which was recently amended to include language from the NRA-supported Senate Bill 45, passed in the Kansas Senate by a 31 to 6 vote last week and is now eligible for Governor Sam Brownback’s approval.
Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee is scheduled to hear a bill of importance to sportsmen and hunters in the Badger State. Assembly Bill 194, sponsored by state Representative Mary Czaja (R-35), would allow all hunters the opportunity to use a crossbow during the big game archery season. This bill would help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
In March, the New Hampshire House of Representatives undermined your inherent right to self-defense by passing the Shurtleff Criminal Protection Bill, House Bill 135, by a 189-184 vote. The state Senate is scheduled to consider HB 135 and decide the fate of this misguided proposal this Thursday. If passed and enacted into law, HB 135 would repeal important self-defense provisions enacted in 2011 and make the following changes to New Hampshire’s current self-defense laws:
The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York's gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet.
Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after an Office of Inspector General Report showed that U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke leaked a sensitive document to the press regarding a whistleblower who had come forward with allegations of gunwalking, that he leaked an internal memo regarding Fast and Furious suspect Jaime Avila to the New York Times, and that he lied to Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The document leaked to Fox News was deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that it was not provided to Congress, except in a secured room at department headquarters."The Inspector General outlined the Justice Department's efforts to undermine Special Agent Dodson's credibility, the whistleblower who had the guts to come forward and tell Congress the truth about Operation Fast and Furious. The Inspector General confirmed that Mr. Burke went to great lengths to discredit Special Agent Dodson and Congress investigation into the gunwalking that led to the death of Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Mr. Burke's refusal to cooperate with the Inspector General's investigation shows me that he didn t operate in good faith. His actions are indicative of this administration's willingness to attack whistleblowers who cooperate with Congress and show the administration's commitment to undermine legitimate congressional oversight.
To understand the current state of the gun ban crowd's "conversation" about destroying the Second Amendment, it boils down to this: insanity versus sanity.With the horrific series of mass murders culminating in the cold blooded killing of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December, this latest iteration of "gun control" is entirely directed at making the sane pay the price for unthinkable acts committed by the insane. It is the root of the civil disarmament movement in America today.
The bill considered Monday would limit the sale or delivery of a gun magazine to no more than 10 bullets. It advanced 12-3 but faces an uncertain fate in the full Senate amid the objections of gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.
The Alabama House on Monday gave final approval to a gun bill that makes transporting weapons easier and allows owners with concealed carry pistol permits to keep firearms in their vehicles at work. It also changes concealed carry permitting and clarifies where Alabamians legally can carry their pistols.Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday afternoon he needed to review the bill, but planned to sign it. Assuming he does, it will go into effect Sept. 1.
The Texas House late Monday approved a plan to train some teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms for gunfights that could erupt in their classrooms.
A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that says 18 20 year olds cannot receive a concealed handgun license.The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Texas law limiting handgun licenses is constitutional. Lawmakers had decided that those under 21 were not mature enough to carry concealed handguns in public. The law makes an exception for members of the military.
Today, in another attempt to further disarm the law-abiding residents in Illinois, an amendment offered by state Senator Dan Kotowski (D-28) to Senate Bill 1002, was heard by the Senate Executive Committee. Amendment 2 to SB1002 would limit the sale and transfer of all standard capacity magazines. Rather than addressing criminals engaging in gang violence, Chicago politicians want to limit the ability of law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves against those criminals.
Today, the Alabama House of Representatives accepted the conference committee report for Senate Bill 286 by a 73-28 vote. This measure now goes to Governor Robert Bentley (R) for his approval. While not perfect, SB 286 is an important step in the right direction for the law-abiding gun owners in Alabama and residents of other states traveling to and through Alabama. Therefore, it is critical you contact Governor Bentley TODAY and respectfully ask him to sign Senate Bill 286 into law.