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Connecticut Gun Permits Increase 73 Percent in 2016

Gun enthusiasts in Connecticut believe concerns over changes to federal and state gun laws fueled a 73 percent increase in the number of pistol permits issued in the state last year.

Washington Post Gives Three Pinocchios To Claim That Firearms with a Silencer are Quiet

Congress is preparing to debate the so-called Hearing Protection Act, which would streamline the purchase of suppressors for firearms. To buy a suppressor, more popularly known as a silencer, one must meet a number of requirements that result in a nine-month approval process (including submitting fingerprints and a photograph) and a $200 tax stamp. (A silencer generally costs hundreds of dollars, and can easily top $1,000.) The legislation would make buying a suppressor as easy as buying a firearm (with an instant background check), and do away with the tax stamp and federal registration.

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a Tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects your ears better than a silencer? Ear plugs.”

Nevada: SB 115 Passes Out of Committee

Yesterday, March 16, The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to pass Senate Bill 115.  The bill is now eligible for a floor vote before the full Senate.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list of places firearms are prohibited from being carried and kept to include public library property.  In addition to banning firearms within the library, this prohibition would be extended to include the parking lot as well.  This would encompass the onsite “book drop” stations commonly used for returning library materials.

European Parliament Passes Stringent New Gun Controls

On March 14, the European Union completed one of the final steps in imposing stringent new gun controls across the political bloc, when the European Parliament approved legislation to alter the EU Firearms Directive by a vote of 491 to 178. The Firearms Directive was last amended in 2008. Passage comes after a deal to significantly alter the European Commission’s initial proposal was struck last December between the European Parliament and European Council. The legislation is now set to be approved by the European Council.

Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Bill Passes Committee

Today, Legislative Bill 68 advanced to the floor of the legislature from the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee with a 6-0-2 vote.  Nebraskans are currently at risk for inadvertently violating the law as they travel through the state due to local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state law.  LB 68, sponsored by state Senator Mike Hilgers (LD 21), is an important bill that would help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws and ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State. 

Anti-gun zealots trying to bully Nevada AG Laxalt: Robert Uithoven

New York billionaire and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg made a 20 million dollar mistake in Nevada and now his supporters are trying to pin the blame on our Attorney General Adam Laxalt. A recent guest columnist in the Reno Gazette-Journal ("Time for Nevada AG Laxalt to enforce gun check law: Rick McCann," Voices, March 7) attempts to bully our state's chief law enforcement officer into prosecuting law-abiding Nevada gun owners who share or transfer a gun without first going through a federal background check. The fact is, Laxalt cannot enforce the law because the federal government will not conduct those new background checks. For months, Laxalt, and many others, told voters the law was poorly written and unenforceable. But Bloomberg and his supporters ignored those warnings and pushed forward with their ill-advised gun control initiative.

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