At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.
Today, Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed Legislative Bill 390 into law. LB 390 passed unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature during its Final Reading on April 17, in the last hour of the 2014 legislative session.
House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule. However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!
Last week, we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs Division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response has been overwhelming! Within 24 hours, our office received hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.
This Wednesday, April 23, Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign House Bill 60 into law, the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history. Once signed into law, HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.
Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.
Senate Bill 424 to Stop Discrimination by Insurance Companies Against Gun Owners has PASSED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE!!!!! The bill was sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz(R) in the House and Senator Tom Lee (R) in the Senate.
A husband and wife were asleep at home in Houston, Texas when they were awakened by someone attempting to break in through their front door. The husband responded by retrieving a gun, as his wife called the authorities. When the home invader managed to get into the home through a back door, the husband shot the criminal. The wounded home invader then moved in a way that made the husband believe he was reaching for something, prompting the husband to shoot the intruder again. The home invader later died at a nearby hospital.
The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed its consideration of a case challenging New Jersey’s mandate that citizens show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection to April 25.
Certain things remain constant in America, despite the best efforts of, say, Hollywood, the mainstream news media, liberal culture and progressive politics. Old Glory and Old Faithful come to mind, along with the National Rifle Association — which will show just how constant it is in about 48 hours, when the organization’s annual membership meeting begins in Indianapolis. The theme this year is “Stand and Fight.” Though the group has mastered contemporary public outreach and commands the most forward-thinking communication platforms, the NRA is still the NRA, without apology or compromise. The massive three-day event is on message. It has not lost its heartland flavor, or overlooked the core interests of the 80,000 attendees who begin arriving Thursday.
Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
A 69-year-old Skokie man filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court claiming the state unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun.John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date.
The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.
At anytime, the Missouri House of Representatives could bring up for consideration Senate Joint Resolution 36.
This Wednesday, April 23, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826. Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public. Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.
Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.
This Wednesday, April 23, the Virginia General Assembly is meeting for its reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes. It is critical that you contact your state Senator and Delegate and urge them to vote to REJECT the Governor’s anti-gun amendment to Senate Bill 377.
Bob White tells the women in his beginning firearms classes that choosing a gun is like choosing a good pair of shoes.“It might look pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you,” he says. “You need to test it out, hold it and make sure it’s what’s comfortable for you, not what your husband, boyfriend or guy at the gun shop thinks you need.”White is a Tuscaloosa Police officer who started his business, HAVOC Shooting Solutions, earlier this year. From its inception, he knew he wanted offer classes for women only to accommodate the growing number who are buying guns and learning to use them.
In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from $150.The proposed new rules would also eliminate an earlier provision banning medical marijuana patients from owning firearms.
A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Bay State men — previously convicted of marijuana possession in other states — could not be denied the right to have guns in their homes for self-defense purposes based on their prior drug crimes.