November 14, 2019 | Gun Rights
‘Don’t stay silent’: Democrats lash out as GOP blocks gun measure amid school shooting
News of the Santa Clarita, California, school shooting broke Thursday just as Connecticut's two Democratic senators were making an emotional case for gun control on the Senate floor. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have been especially forceful advocates against gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 26 people were killed, including 20 children...
November 6, 2019 | Gun Rights
After Democratic legislative gains, Virginia governor vows new gun-control push
(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s push for new gun control laws after the May massacre of 12 people in Virginia Beach flopped when the Republican-controlled state legislature acquiesced to his call for a July special session but left without a vote...
October 29, 2019 | Gun Rights
Judge strikes down Pittsburgh gun-control ordinances
An Allegheny County judge Tuesday struck down three Pittsburgh gun-control ordinances championed by Mayor Bill Peduto and several City Council members and passed in response to last year’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill...
October 20, 2019 | Gun Rights
Poll: Number Of Americans Who Favor Stricter Gun Laws Continues To Grow
The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.
The study, released this week, indicates that while a solid majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, support remains split down party lines. Eighty-six percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said gun laws should be stricter than they are today, compared with 31% of their Republican counterparts...
October 12, 2019 | Gun Rights
California Just Passed a Slate of New Gun Control Measures, Expanding Red Flag Laws and Tightening Sales
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of new gun legislation into law Friday. The reforms to the state's gun laws come in the wake of a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July that left four dead, including the perpetrator...
October 7, 2019 | Gun Rights
Supreme Court will hear gun rights case in December, a temporary setback for gun control groups
WASHINGTON – Gun rights will be in the Supreme Court's sights this term after all.
The justices Monday kept a case about a New York City gun control regulation on its 2019 docket despite action by the city and state to erase the regulation from the books.
The court's refusal to dismiss the case represents a temporary victory for proponents of gun rights, who hope the high court will go beyond the letter of the law and expand Second Amendment protections from the home to public places...
October 2, 2019 | Gun Rights
Biden’s gun control plan would impose strict regulations on owners of assault-style rifles
Joe Biden is proposing to force owners of assault-style rifles to either sell their firearms through a voluntary buyback program or register them with the federal government under the same law that was first used to strictly control sales of machine guns in the wake of the gangland shootings of the 1920s and '30s.
The gun control plan that Biden's campaign unveiled on Wednesday also aims to tackle urban gun violence with an eight-year, $900 million program that would go toward efforts to combat shootings in 40 cities with the highest rates of gun violence...
September 22, 2019 | Gun Rights
Beto O’Rourke ‘take your AR-15’ debate quip inspires gun rights activists to organize, take action
Gun rights activists are reveling in Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s call to “take” popular semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15 from people, saying it finally revealed Democrats’ true intentions and will further complicate Congress’ push for new gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said he was “ecstatic” when he initially heard Mr. O’Rourke’s vow to confiscate firearms.
September 17, 2019 | Gun Rights
Ohio Senate starts debate on 7 proposed gun laws
State senators on Tuesday began debating multiple gun control bills that call for expanding background checks for firearms purchases, raising the legal purchase age to 21 for all firearms and establishing a legal means to remove guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others...
September 10, 2019 | Gun Rights
Gun rights activists test Walmart request not to open-carry guns into store
Gun rights activists in Texas are testing Walmart’s request not to open-carry in stores by doing just that.
David Amad, the vice president of Open Carry Texas, told The New York Times the 38,000 members of his group have openly carried their guns inside Walmart stores since the retailer announced last week it is “respectfully requesting” customers to no longer openly bring guns into its stores...
September 3, 2019 | Gun Rights
Ted Cruz, Alyssa Milano trade barbs on Bible, ‘God-given’ gun rights
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano to task over her faith-based question about the Bible and the Second Amendment.
On Sunday, Milano responded to Republican Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer's tweet that he was "NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent" following a shooting rampage in Odessa that killed seven and injured at least 22...
August 28, 2019 | Gun Rights
Meet the Democratic senator trying to negotiate gun control with Trump
Sen. Chris Murphy’s "soul-crushing" day came less than a month after he won his 2012 election to represent Connecticut in the Senate. It would change the trajectory of his career.
A lone shooter on Dec. 14, 2012, opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people — including 20 children all aged 6 or 7...
August 17, 2019 | Gun Rights
California gun rights group look to overturn state ban on assault weapons
A gun rights group in San Diego sued Thursday to block California from enforcing an assault weapons ban, citing a federal court ruling earlier this year that struck down a state prohibition against high-capacity magazines.
The challenge against California’s firearms laws, which are among the strictest in the country, follows a pair of deadly mass shootings this month involving military-style rifles...
August 10, 2019 | Gun Rights
Elizabeth Warren unveils gun control plan that pushes for higher taxes on firearms and bullets
Presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Saturday unveiled her plan to combat gun violence, including proposals to triple the tax applied to firearm sales and raise the tax on ammunition even more dramatically.
The plan, announced in a post on the blogging platform Medium, comes in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left at least 31 people dead...
July 29, 2019 | Gun Rights
Maryland gun rights group is challenging state’s concealed carry law
A gun rights group is challenging Maryland's concealed carry laws, arguing that a clause requiring gun owners to provide “good and substantial reason” to receive a concealed carry permit is unconstitutional.
Maryland is one of 10 states considered a “may issue” state, meaning authorities have discretion over whether to issue concealed carry permits to individuals...
July 18, 2019 | Gun Rights
Will Illinois’ new gun dealer license law reduce crime? Gun rights group say no, and file suit to overturn it
The Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week aiming to undo a new law that gives the state more authority over gun dealers.
The controversial legislation — which was passed during former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s tenure and signed by current Gov. J.B. Pritzker during his first days in office — makes it illegal for retailers to sell guns without being certified by the state. The requirement is an addition to the obligatory license issued by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...
July 9, 2019 | Gun Rights
GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election...
July 3, 2019 | Gun Rights
Gov. Northam announces package of 8 bills aimed at gun control for special session
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam has announced his legislative agenda for the special session he called on July 9.The special session is intended to address the gun violence emergency in Virginia, Gov. Northam wrote...
June 21, 2019 | Gun Rights
New York City limits on transporting guns eased in effort to get Supreme Court challenge dismissed
WASHINGTON – New York City announced Friday it has amended rules restricting where licensed guns can be taken outside the home, a move intended to prompt the Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge from gun rights groups. The change, posted on a city website without fanfare, allows gun owners to take their firearms to a home, business or shooting range outside city limits. Until now, the city had limited those with possession licenses to seven shooting ranges inside city limits...
June 18, 2019 | Gun Rights
Abingdon crowd rejects governor’s call for action on gun control following Virginia Beach mass shooting
ABINGDON — A roundtable in Southwest Virginia about gun policy on Tuesday started with an audience member’s recitation of the Second Amendment.From there, residents passionate about gun rights peppered Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety, with concerns about an upcoming special session in which the General Assembly will take up gun control proposals...
June 10, 2019 | Gun Rights
Supreme Court refuses to consider whether Second Amendment protects gun silencers
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to decide if the Second Amendment protects gun silencers such as the one used in last month's Virginia Beach shooting that killed 12 people.Without comment or dissent, the justices turned away petitions from the operator of a Kansas army-surplus store and one of his customers who purchased an unregistered silencer in violation of federal law...
June 5, 2019 | Gun Rights
Northam announces special session on gun control following Va. Beach mass shooting
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday that he’ll recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in the coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation, which he said is urgently needed to prevent killings like Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach...
May 27, 2019 | Gun Rights
Fearing Supreme Court Loss, New York Tries to Make Gun Case Vanish
WASHINGTON — A couple of weeks ago, the New York Police Department held an unusual public hearing. Its purpose was to make a Supreme Court case disappear.In January, the court agreed to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a New York City gun regulation. The city, fearing a loss that would endanger gun control laws across the nation, responded by moving to change the regulation. The idea was to make the case moot...
May 15, 2019 | Gun Rights
Minnesota gun control proposals hit obstacle in conference committee
Two gun-control measures deemed a top priority by Minnesota DFL lawmakers this session were dealt an all-but-fatal blow Tuesday after they failed to advance on a party-line vote.Coming after three hours of debate, the result appeared to stymie efforts by gun-control advocates to expand criminal-background checks to private gun sales and create a “red flag” law that would allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people considered a threat to themselves or others...
May 6, 2019 | Gun Rights
Cory Booker’s Gun Control Plan Calls for National Licensing Program
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey rolled out a broad plan on Monday that seeks to combat gun violence through measures including a gun licensing program and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.Aspects of Mr. Booker’s 14-part plan are among the most progressive gun-control measures suggested by a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for president and are likely to face sharp criticism from gun-rights advocates like the National Rifle Association...
April 24, 2019 | Gun Rights
Kamala Harris Proposes Executive Orders on Gun Control
Senator Kamala Harris of California, the former prosecutor who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Monday committed to a host of executive actions to implement gun control measures that have long failed to pass in Congress.At a town hall hosted by CNN, Ms. Harris said that, if elected, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. The executive actions would also include more stringent regulation of gun manufacturers that could result in revoked licenses or prosecution, as well as an attempt to close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase guns if their victim is an unwedded partner...
April 16, 2019 | Gun Rights
Second Amendment Preservation Act Would Nullify Federal Gun Control in Missouri
A protection bill that seeks to nullify all potential federal gun control in Missouri was heard in the Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, April 4. SB 367, sponsored by Senator Eric Burlison (R-20), is an act that would create the "Second Amendment Preservation Act" and lists various declarations of the Missouri General Assembly regarding the United States Constitution and the scope of the federal government's authority...
April 9, 2019 | Gun Rights
Pittsburgh Restricts Use Of Assault-Style Weapons, Setting Up Court Fight
Pittsburgh's mayor signed legislation Tuesday restricting the use of assault-style weapons in the city. The city council introduced a set of bills a few weeks after a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October, killing 11 members and injuring seven.But despite the mayor's signature, Pittsburgh's fight has just begun. Supporters of the legislation faced immediate resistance from gun rights advocates who say the city doesn't have the authority to issue such a ban. The National Rifle Association quickly filed a lawsuit on behalf of some Pittsburgh residents...
April 2, 2019 | Gun Rights
Pittsburgh approves gun-control bills; opponents file suit against city
Pittsburgh City Council approved three gun-control bills Tuesday in a 6-3 final vote that attracted to council chambers both family members of Tree of Life victims and gun-rights advocates who threatened prompt legal action.The bills that would ban the use of certain assault-style weapons and ammunition as well as allow courts to temporarily confiscate weapons from those who pose an “extreme risk” to themselves or others were introduced just weeks after a gunman killed 11 worshipers and wounded others at the Squirrel Hill synagogue...
March 26, 2019 | Gun Rights
In The Shadow Of Suicides, Senate Panel Makes Rare Move To Consider Gun Control
Days after three separate suicides in Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn., left those communities reeling, the Senate did something rare for a GOP-led chamber: It held a hearing on gun control.Tuesday, in the previously scheduled hearing, the full Senate Judiciary Committee heard from experts on extreme risk protection orders, commonly referred to as red flag laws.These laws allow law enforcement, and in some states, relatives and other concerned parties, to petition judges in order to temporarily restrict access to firearms from people who may be a harm to themselves or others...
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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