Bloomberg’s wasted millions

Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday’s elections, and he doesn’t have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.

Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents

Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012. The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which consists entirely of documents that the Justice Department itself acknowledges are not covered by Executive Privilege—shows that the President and the Attorney General attempted to extend the scope of the Executive Privilege well beyond its historical boundaries to avoid disclosing documents that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama Administration officials.

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Florida's Patient Privacy Law

In a victory for gun owners who simply seek medical care, not political philosophy, from their doctors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld the NRA-supported Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors about their ownership of firearms. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, vindicated Florida’s attempt to protect patients from being forced to divulge personal information that is irrelevant to their own medical treatment.

Chicago Taxpayers Again Forced to Reimburse NRA for Legal Fees

For the second time in as many years, Chicago taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for their politicians’ insistence on pursuing unconstitutional gun control. In early July, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered Chicago to pay $940,000 to the NRA.

Delaware Supreme Court Sides with Public Housing Tenants on the Right to Bear Arms

On March 18, the Delaware Supreme Court struck a blow for gun rights, and against economic discrimination, when it struck down a Wilmington Housing Authority policy that restricted the rights of public housing tenants to bear arms where they live. The court ruled in the case ofJane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that under the state’s constitutional right to arms provision, policies restricting residents from carrying firearms in common areas and requiring tenants to produce paperwork attesting to their lawful ownership of firearms were not permissible.

Connecticut Case Seeks to Overturn Firearm and Magazine Bans

While the state of Connecticut ponders how to  handle the owners  of thousands of unregistered semi-automatic firearms and magazines in the state, an important NRA-backed case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s firearm and magazine bans is making its way through the federal courts.

NRA Supports Two Concealed Carry Cases in Illinois

In recent years the Land of Lincoln has been host to some of the nation’s most important battles for the Second Amendment, including McDonald v. City of Chicago, Shepard v. Madigan, and Moore v. Madigan. This trend continued with two new Illinois cases, one challenging the state’s concealed carry licensing practices in federal court (Illinois State Rifle Association v. Grau), the other challenging them in state court (Illinois Carry v. Illinois Department of State Police).

Challenge to New York City Gun Regulations Emerges from Limbo

In April 2013, NRA state affiliate New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed suitin the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York.  The case is now pending as NYSRPA v. City of New York. The suit states that the rules infringe upon the Second Amendment by denying the right to possess and carry a firearm for personal defense, as well as by prohibiting residents from practicing at a firearms range or participating in shooting events located outside the borders of the City of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court in June 2013 to prohibit enforcement of the challenged rules while the case was decided, but that September, the court ruled the case would be put on hold until potentially relevant issues were decided in another case, Osterweil v. Bartlett. 

U.S. District Court Upholds Colorado Gun Control Laws, Reads AR-15s and their Magazines Out of the Second Amendment

On June 26, Colorado gun owners were dealt a setback in the form of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s decision in Colorado Outfitters Association v. Hickenlooper . The court upheld the state’s 2013 gun control laws prohibiting private firearm transfers without government approval and banning magazines with a capacity of greater than 15 rounds. 

Court Declares District of Columbia's Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

On July 26, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia handed down its decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia. In keeping with a string of recent right to carry victories in the federal courts, the ruling struck down D.C.’s total ban on the carrying of firearms outside the home for self-defense. 

Two Gun Bills the New Republican Congress Should Consider

Now that Republicans are in full control of Congress, there are a couple of firearms related bills that I would like to see debated. The first would fix the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA), making it clear henceforth that the law’s “safe passage” provision applies to airports as well as to highways. Earlier in the year, I noted that the states of New York and New Jersey have managed to exempt themselves from FOPA’s remit, thereby preventing Americans who rely upon JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports from traveling with their guns.

New York: SAFE Act opponents declare victory

Opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law have been agitating for more than a year now and while their anger over the measure didn’t turn the governor out of office, they did point to some upstate GOP Senate victories as proof that unhappiness with the law remains strong, especially upstate where there are a lot of hunters, and people who resent no longer being able to buy assault style weapons.

New York: Gun groups tout SAFE Act anger in election wins

Gun-rights groups said they were able to make gains in the state Legislature, even though they were unable to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The gun-control law championed by Cuomo last year angered upstate voters, and gun-rights groups claimed victory in some races that were pivotal for control of the Senate.