What progress has been made on gun law reform in state legislatures this year? Here is a summary of enacted state legislation related to Second Amendment rights.
Illinois’ concealed-carry law went into effect in 2014 and is among the most stringent in the country. The law forbids carrying handguns in numerous locations, mandates increased mental health reporting and allows local law enforcement officials to refuse licenses to people who they feel are a danger to themselves or others.
A court would find unconstitutional an emergency ordinance Columbia City Council passed earlier this month banning weapons around the S.C. State House, the S.C. Attorney General said in an opinion issued Monday.
In case you didn’t have a chance to see this alert from Saturday, July 18, 2015, the NRA Institute for Legislation issued the following Alert: Obama's Social Security Administration to Strip Millions of Americans of their Right to Keep and Bear Arms
The Maine Legislature officially adjourned on Thursday, July 16th. The 2015 Legislative Session saw a number of victories for gun owners as several NRA-backed bills have become law in Maine:
Joe Tapley was inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka, Kans. when three robbers started stealing firearms and cash from the behind the gun counter. As they made their way outside the store, Tapley confronted the thieves and ordered them to drop the guns. One of the criminals dropped two guns and then all three fled the scene. Police captured the criminals a short time later and recovered all of the merchandise and money they had stolen. The thieves are facing robbery, burglary and assault charges. Following the incident, Tapley explained to a local media outlet that he exercises his Right-to-Carry without a permit, following the recent enactment of permitless carry in Kansas. Tapley told a reporter, “Thats why Kansas made the law. So citizens can carry and protect themselves and others.”
The governors of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana on Saturday ordered National Guard members at offices and other facilities to be armed in the wake of attacks that left five servicemen dead in Tennessee.
In the wake of the shooting deaths of four marines in Chattanooga, a Tennessee Congressman is offering federal legislation to allow military personnel to carry firearms on military installations and other military properties.
By the way the governor is acting, his signature SAFE Act apparently isn't all that safe after all.Then again, neither is he, if we are to believe the long trend line of Andrew Cuomo's poll numbers.These are intertwined, the governor and his SAFE Act. Something I suspect Cuomo never wanted, never envisioned, at least not the way it's played out. And it represents a major issue with sturdy legs that continues to have relevance, to the governor's growing political discomfort, and has become critical for the survival of the Senate Republican majority.
Allentown City Council is considering putting two gun laws back on the books in light of a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling.
Thanks go out to Governor Rick Scott for taking action to help insure the safety of our men and women in the military.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to strip the Second Amendment Rights of over four million Americans currently receiving SSA benefits through a “representative payee.”
As the L.A. Times reported this morning, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to strip the Second Amendment rights of over four million Americans currently receiving SSA benefits through a “representative payee.” Not only would this amount to the largest gun grab in American history, but according to the published report, would take place without any due process protections for recipients, amounting to a nullification of Second Amendment rights for millions of Americans who don’t pose a threat to themselves or anyone else. This new program appears to have been instigated by the SSA in response to a memorandum issued by Obama in January of 2013 which directed all federal agency executives to “improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).” This memorandum required all agency heads to submit to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a plan for “sharing all relevant Federal records” for submission to the NICS.
Demonstrating why he's rated an "F" by the NRA, anti-gun Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would in effect vastly expand federal prohibited person categories. Worse, he is exploiting a recent tragedy and misinformation reported in the media to do so.
Baltimore, which despite Maryland's restrictive gun control laws, consistently has among the worst violent crime problems of any major U.S. city. Well, like salt in a wound, the city has now been forced to suspend a local anti-crime program after police seized guns and other contraband from one of the program's offices. The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that nine people have been arrested.
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), along with original cosponsor, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), introduced S. 1769, the “African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015.” This bill would prevent the Obama Administration from banning the U.S. sale and trade of legally owned ivory, as well as ensure that sport-hunted elephant trophies can be imported from countries with sustainable elephant populations.
Gun rights advocates may recall that New York's "SAFE Act" was passed only 24 hours after it was introduced, with no debate or public scrutiny, and with Governor Cuomo signing the bill an hour after the State Assembly approved it in January 2013.
A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) finds that the number of people with concealed firearm carry permits has reached an all-time high, and that increasing the number of permit-holders is associated with a decrease in murder and total violent crime.
The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is co-sponsoring the Nevada Celebration of Freedom in North Las Vegas on Saturday, July 18. Blue card holders and Second Amendment supporters will commemorate the enactment of NRA-backed legislation that abolishes Clark County’s antiquated blue card system by shredding their old blue cards.
The North Carolina House and Senate remain at an impasse on passing a new budget, which means it is unclear how much longer they will be in session this year. That also means it is unclear how much time is left for the Senate to take action on House Bill 562.