March 20, 2019 | Gun Rights
Pittsburgh’s proposed gun legislation amended by City Council, which braces for court challenges
The City Council approved changes in Pittsburgh's proposed gun ordinance Wednesday -- changes that sponsors believe will make it more likely the city can win in a court fight over the legislation.Opponents of the legislation have emphasized state lawmakers passed a law taking away the city's power to legislate control gun possession. It's position Council Members Theresa Kail-Smith and Darlene Harris hold, "No effect, no enforcement, and we have no authority. And again, against the law," Smith said to her colleagues during the council's committee session during which the amendments were made...
March 13, 2019 | Gun Rights
What happens if Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce State Gun-Control Laws?
On March 8th, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a bill that, effective July, closes a federal loophole exempting unlicensed vendors and gun shows from a law requiring that all licensed arms dealers conduct background checks on potential buyers.The law brings New Mexico into the ranks of 20 other states and Washington, D.C., all of which have passed similar pieces of legislation requiring expansion of criminal background checks on handgun sales in recent months. (Notably the United States House of Representatives passed a similar resolution, which now sits in the Senate.)...
March 11, 2019 | Gun Rights
Advocates for gun rights, gun control address proposed bills
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Advocates for gun rights and gun control packed a legislative hearing on several firearms bills.
The Judiciary Committee's hearing happened at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday morning.
The proposals discussed brought on a flood of written testimony. It is meant to toughen gun storage laws following the death of a 15-year-old boy in Guilford...
March 5, 2019 | Gun Rights
Even stricter gun control could be coming to New York
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York gun owners could soon be required to lock up their guns whenever someone younger than 16 is home.
A bill passed the New York legislature on March 4th. It makes it a misdemeanor to not put your firearms in a gun safe or put a physical lock on it...
February 26, 2019 | Gun Rights
Tensions high as Minnesota lawmakers prepare to debate gun control bills at the Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are set to consider two gun control proposals Wednesday, Feb. 27, amid an atmosphere that grew increasingly tense in the days before the hearing.
The bills would stoke strong feelings at any time. But moves by gun control supporters and opponents in the leadup to the hearing kindled further frustration among both groups...
February 18, 2019 | Gun Rights
Gun rights constitutional amendment moving again in Iowa
DES MOINES — Take two on the Second Amendment had its day Monday in the Iowa Senate.
Senate Republicans advanced a proposal to amend the Iowa Constitution to specify Iowans’ right to own a gun and add heightened legal protection to that right...
February 13, 2019 | Gun Rights
In Washington State, Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce New Gun-Control Law
More than a dozen county sheriffs in Washington state are refusing to enforce a sweeping gun-control measure that passed with the support of 59% of the state’s voters in November.
The new law raises the age for buying semiautomatic rifles to 21 from 18, stiffens background checks for purchases of semiautomatic rifles, and imposes new criminal penalties for the unsafe storage of firearms...
February 8, 2019 | Gun Rights
Americans support gun control but doubt lawmakers will act: Reuters/Ipsos poll
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Americans want tougher gun laws but have little confidence their lawmakers will take action, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday ahead of the one-year anniversary of the country’s deadliest high school shooting...
February 4, 2019 | Gun Rights
California lawmakers make renewed push for gun control under Gavin Newsom
SACRAMENTO — California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but even as they passed measures in the aftermath of mass shootings, legislators occasionally found themselves frustrated by former Gov. Jerry Brown and his veto pen...
January 27, 2019 | Gun Rights
NYS set to ban teachers from carrying guns in school under sweeping gun control measures
ALBANY — New York would ban teachers from carrying guns in school under a broad gun control package set to pass the Legislature on Tuesday. Following the 2018 Parkland, Fla. school shooting, President Trump and the NRA called for teachers and school staff to be armed...
January 21, 2019 | Gun Rights
Washington state legislature considers 4 new gun control bills
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The group behind statewide gun control measures like I-1639 is back with what it’s calling its most robust legislative agenda to date.
The Senate Law and Justice Committee heard dozens of arguments for and against four gun control bills presented to them Monday. The Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility is behind the measures.
January 17, 2019 | Gun Rights
Bill seeks gun control for domestic violence offenders
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A bill that calls for gun control in domestic violence situations is close to having its first hearing.
State Sen. Sue Malek (D-Missoula) says she's expecting strong opposition to this bill, yet she says she thinks it sparks a needed conversation in Montana...
January 4, 2019 | Gun Rights
Dems to introduce gun background checks bill on anniversary of Gabby Giffords shooting
House Democrats will introduce a bill next week that would require universal background checks for gun purchases.
The proposal will be introduced Tuesday, according to lawmakers, on the eighth anniversary of former Rep. Gabby Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) shooting...
December 4, 2018 | Gun Rights
Florida pension fund urges gun industry to act responsibly
Florida has joined a coalition of major pension funds and investment companies that have adopted a set of principles aimed at encouraging gun manufacturers and retailers to act responsibly...
December 4, 2018 | Gun Rights
One year, eight new gun-control laws in New Jersey
Under an orange banner on a November day — one day after a dozen people were killed by a shooter in a Southern California bar; two weeks after 11 people were killed by a shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue — Gov. Murphy made his state's already tough gun laws even stronger...
December 3, 2018 | Gun Rights
Lower penalties, no duty to retreat highlight latest Statehouse gun fight
The Ohio Senate is plowing ahead this week with controversial stand-your-ground legislation despite Gov. John Kasich’s threatened veto of the gun-rights bill, which also would reduce penalties for improperly carrying a gun…
November 29, 2018 | Gun Rights
Washington town might declare itself a sanctuary city for gun rights
The town of Republic may declare itself a sanctuary city from a newly passed gun measure…
November 26, 2018 | Gun Rights
How a Democratic House will affect gun rights
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, likely to again be the House majority leader, has said she will push new gun-control laws as soon as the Democrats get the gavel back in January…
November 23, 2018 | Gun Rights
Gun Control: New York wants to make you submit social media history before purchasing guns
A proposed bill in the New York State Senate could mean that anyone wanting to buy a pistol…
November 9, 2018 | Gun Rights
New Jersey governor signs gun control bill to prohibit 3D printed firearms
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation Thursday prohibiting the sale of materials to produce "ghost guns" in state…
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