Gun groups take on Murphy over N.J. handgun rules

As Gov. Phil Murphy moves to tighten New Jersey's gun laws, state gun rights advocates -- backed by the National Rifle Association -- are mounting a legal challenge in federal court.

Hawaii: Firearm Surrender Bill to be Heard, Trigger Modification Bill Passes Committee

On February 6th, the Hawaii Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSM) passed Senate Bill 2046 and also passed Senate Bill 2436 with amendments. Both bills will now move to the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.  Tomorrow, February 8th, the House Committee on Public Safety will hear House Bill 2228, legislation that will drastically reduce the time period that prohibited persons have to surrender firearms.  Please contact members of the House Committee on Public Safety and urge their opposition to House Bill 2228.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact members of the committee.

Washington: Additional Gun-Control Bill Fails Deadline, Others Still Moving

Yesterday was the deadline for all bills with a fiscal note to pass out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and House Appropriations Committee.  Substitute Senate Bill 5444, which would create a back-door registry and 10 day waiting period on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, failed to receive a committee vote by the fiscal cutoff deadline and is likely defeated for the year.  As previously reported, SB 5444 was referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee last week after passing the Senate Law and Justice Committee on a 4-3 vote.

Waffle House Customer Shoots At Armed Robbers

Surveillance photos of two armed men who robbed an Acworth Waffle House have been released by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office in hopes that the public can identify the suspects. The hold-up was reported about 4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the restaurant located at 1133 Highway 92, Acworth. 

Indiana: Carry Permit Bills Pass Chambers and Cross Over

Yesterday, the Indiana state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1424 71-20 and the state Senate previously passed Senate Bill 237 49-0.  Each bill will now cross over to the opposite chamber for further consideration.

Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs Sues To Overturn New Jersey's Restrictions On Carrying Handguns

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs announced February 5 that it has filed suit in federal court to overturn New Jersey's draconian restrictions on carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense. Under New Jersey law, a permit to carry a handgun may be issued only to those citizens who show that they face a unique need for self-defense—such as specific, documented death threats or actual attacks. Ordinary citizens are barred from carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense, under threat of up to 10 years in prison. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit contend those restrictions violate the Second Amendment.  Federal courts in New Jersey have previously upheld the State's restrictions, but the new lawsuit—which was filed in cooperation with the National Rifle Association—asks the courts to take another look at the issue, based on a recent federal decision striking down the District of Columbia's similar law as flatly unconstitutional. "We thank the NRA for its incredible support and guidance, which made this new lawsuit possible," continued Bach.

Policy center's gun study marred by omissions, flaws

In its efforts to advance gun control measures, the Violence Policy Center compiles data to bolster its policy positions. We have no problem with that. But in doing so, the center has connected dots that don't line up while obscuring key data that undermines their positions.

Australia: Tougher gun laws pass Vic upper house

Under the laws, police will be able to impose a firearm prohibition order on someone as young as 14, banning them from acquiring or carrying a gun and meaning they can be searched without a warrant.