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  • Second Highest ATF Official Suggests Gun Law and Regulation Reforms (HPA included)

    02/06/2017 4:49:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies
    ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -( “white paper“, written by the second highest ranking official of the ATF, has been obtained by the Washington Post. The date, official, and reforms mentioned, are all significant.  The paper was dated January 20th, 2017,  inauguration day.Ronald B. Turk is the author. The paper expresses “the ideas and opinions” of Mr. Turk. From the The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States. The “white paper” by Ronald B....
  • Why “Medical” Research on Gun laws Cannot be Trusted

    03/23/2016 8:07:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    My Colleague at Gun Watch, John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.),  has published extensively.  He has some insight into the recent “study” published in the Lancet: The major British medical journals are heavily politicized — both Lancet and BMJ. Lancet even criticized the Iraq intervention under George Bush II. When they stick to their knitting — medical research — they do publish some good studies and are prestigious because of that. But the people running the journals are obviously Left-leaning — like most academics — so they can’t help misusing the platform they have to hand in order to promote...
  • Multiple Gun Law Reform Bills Pass Iowa House

    02/28/2016 5:52:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Multiple gun law reform bills are advancing in Iowa. Just before noon on 23 February, 2016, the House had accomplished the following: HF2279 Hearing Protection Act – Removes ban on gun mufflers. Approved in the Senate last year, did not clear the House. Today, passed the House 74-24.From iowafcorg:  Iowa is one of just nine states in the entire country that prohibits its citizens from owning a firearms suppressor. Despite how they’re portrayed by Hollywood and gun control advocates suppressors do not silence a firearm. In reality they cut the noise signature of a gunshot by approximately 20-25%. While...
  • WI: Governor Walker Signs Gun Reform AB13 4 February, 2016

    02/06/2016 2:27:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    AB13 is an incremental improvement that establishes a timeline for firearms owners to have their property returned.  From Assembly Bill 13 - intends to return property to owners who have been cleared of charges relating to the seizure of a firearm or ammunition. The bill creates a timeline for this process to ensure individuals will no longer be subject to long wait times for the return of their property. Authored by Representative Daniel Knodl (R - Germantown) and Senator Stephen Nass (R - Whitewater), the bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote and was concurred by the...
  • Massachusetts Considers Gun Reform Law

    02/06/2016 4:11:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly all states have some sort of law preempting local gun laws.  Preemption means that the State preserves to itself certain areas of the law.  Firearms are a natural for this protection; most   Most are comprehensive; a few are minimal.   Massachusetts has very limited state pre-emption.  From Massachusetts preempts all gun licensing (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140 sect. 129B), and the state constitution forbids local laws inconsistent with state law; for this reason, Boston's Dec. 1989 ban on "assault weapons" was not allowed to go into effect until the state legislature later passed a bill authorizing...
  • Gun Law Reforms to be Considered by Ohio Senate

    11/17/2014 9:43:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some needed reforms to Ohio gun law are finally moving in the Ohio Senate.  HB 203 passed the Ohio House 63-27 in November of 2013.  It has languished in the Senate since then.   Some claim that Governor Kasich has said that he will sign the bill.   First it needs to pass the Senate. Ohio is the only state where a person claiming self defense is considered guilty until they prove themselves innocent.   Unlike all other states, Ohio requires that a person who claims self defense must prove that they acted in self defense rather than the burden of proof...
  • ID: Twin Falls Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance

    09/01/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state.  In the case of Twin Falls, an old ordinance prohibited the carrying of guns in county parks.  This was in violation of state law.  The County board understood the violation, and voted unanimously to repeal the offending language. From Commissioner...
  • CT: Membership of Bar Revolts on Gun Law

    08/24/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Latin means "He who transplants, sustains" In a controversial move, the leadership of the Connecticut Bar Association lobbied to pass the highly restrictive gun law pushed by Governor Malloy.   The move sparked opposition within the body.   From the, a paper that also pushed hard for the controversial gun laws: "Why is our bar association taking a position on a matter that has nothing to do with the practice of law?" Hartford lawyer and former Democratic state Chairman John Droney asked in an email typical of hundreds of others inspired by a debate that has continued now for...
  • Petition to Reform the National Firearms Act

    07/14/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The rifle pictured above is completely legal.  Take off the stock and the barrel, and replace them with the two inch shorter barrel  and the pistol grip, and it is completely legal.   Leave the stock on, and put on the shorter barrel, and you have just committed a Federal felony with a potential five year jail sentence.  The rifle pictured above is a single shot.   The two semiautomatic handguns and the revolver have more power, more capacity, and are easier to conceal, but their possession is constitutionally protected.   The National Firearms Act of 1934 might have made...
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: Staffer promised I’d sign gun law I never thought would pass

    06/19/2014 7:07:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/19/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Behold, true leadership and effective governance:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “I think a lot of people didn’t know how much emotion was gonna come out of the high-capacity magazines. [We] probably would have looked for something different or a different approach.One of my staff made the commitment that we would sign it it got passed. To be honest, no one in our office thought it would get through the legislature.If we’d known it was going to divide the state so intensely, I think we probably would have thought about it twice…In the end, how important really was it?After...
  • What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

    04/24/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Niraj Chokshi
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law Wednesday a pro-gun package that groups on both sides of the gun control debate describe as exceptional. The National Rifle Association calls it ”the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.” Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group founded by shooting victim and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), calls it ”the most extreme gun bill in America.”
  • ATF's latest confiscation program

    07/26/2013 5:27:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    wnd ^ | 25 July, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    One of the reasons gun owners tend to be completely opposed to the passage of any new gun laws – no matter how innocuous or reasonable seeming – is the erratic history of interpretation and enforcement of the current gun laws. This is also why I cringe every time I hear someone who supposedly supports gun rights – from politicians to the head of the NRA – calling for the feds to “enforce the laws already on the books.” The fact is, the gun laws that are already on the books are a labyrinth of confusion and booby-traps full of...
  • Gun Law Drafted In Secret

    04/09/2013 9:09:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2013 | Alan Korwin
    Can you imagine what a tough uphill struggle the anti-gun-rights people would have if the “news” media wasn’t falling all over itself to support the anti-rights side? Connecticut just drafted 138 pages of gun law basically in secret, enacted it before it could be read and digested by those who signed it — and certainly not by the public it pretends to legitimately control — and in doing so ended up requiring federally licensed agents in the state to violate federal law, or flatly deny citizens their rights. Just on practical grounds this is a disaster. But that’s as if...
  • Register … or Rebel: How Many New Yorkers Will Defy The New Gun Law?

    01/28/2013 9:55:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/28/2013 | Bob Owens
    Already, there are signs that Governor Cuomo and his allies underestimated the pushback. As draconian, ill-advised, and possibly unconstitutional as the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) anti-gun law was when it was hastily signed into law, it might have been far worse — this according to a New York legislator who fought against the bill.Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has released documentation showing rejected Democratic proposals for the NY SAFE Act. They included these: Confiscation of all firearms arbitrarily redefined as “assault weapons”Labeling semi-automatic shotguns as “assault weapons” if they can hold more than five rounds or have...
  • NY Poised to Pass First Gun Bill Since Sandy Hook Shooting

    01/14/2013 12:08:01 PM PST · by Tirian · 47 replies
    NBC NY ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Michael Gormley
    A key New York Senate leader and the Assembly speaker said they expect the state Legislature to vote Monday to enact what would be the nation's first gun control measure following last month's Connecticut school shooting. "I think when all is said and done, we are going to pass a comprehensive gun bill today," Sen. Jeffrey Klein told reporters Monday morning. "I'm very excited about it. I am very confident we are going to vote on a comprehensive bill that will be agreed on by the governor, the Senate and Assembly." People familiar with closed-door negotiations told The Associated Press...
  • Van Hollen says changing gun law unnecessary after Brookfield shooting(WI)

    10/25/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 25 October, 2012 | NA
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Attorney General says there is no need to change gun laws because of the killing spree at a spa in Brookfield this past week. Radcliffe Haughton bought his gun from a private seller. By law, private sellers are not required to do background checks on the buyer. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says changing the law would be too hard to enforce. "Who is to draw the line between, 'I sold you a firearm, I loaned you a firearm, I've given you a firearm, you've taken the firearm from me?' " asked Van Hollen. "Not to...
  • Obama Backlash Beginning: Montana Defies Administration With In-Your-Face Gun Law

    05/07/2009 2:08:30 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 32 replies · 2,302+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | May 7, 2009 | Michael Eden
    The state of Montana has drawn a line in the sand by passing a new gun law that virtually thumbs its nose at the federal government's encroachment on state and individual rights. If the tea parties were the first shot across the bow of liberal fascism, this is surely the second - and it's being done with heavy artillery. Montana Governor Brian D. Schweitzer, for what it's worth, is a Democrat. Montana fires a warning shot over states’ rights State is trying to trigger a battle over gun control — and make a pointupdated 4:54 p.m. ET April 29, 2009...
  • Gun law shenanigans

    07/15/2008 10:20:10 PM PDT · by Christopher Lincoln · 20 replies · 160+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2008
    It is equally amusing to think of police officers arriving at the home of some resident who happens to shoot an intruder pressing the homeowner as to how they got the drop on the thief when they had to take the gun out of its case and remove the trigger lock with the criminal being unaware. If the resident explains that the gun was loaded and ready to fire, are they going to be prosecuted for being prepared?
  • D.C. on verge of new gun law

    07/15/2008 12:23:50 PM PDT · by JZelle · 67 replies · 129+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-15-08 | David C. Lipscomb and Gary Emerling
    The District, rebuffed by the Supreme Court last month in a landmark decision on its 32-year-old gun ban, could soon be headed back to court over a new gun law that could take effect as early as Wednesday. The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on emergency legislation that will require handgun owners to keep their weapons disassembled or under lock and key in what gun rights advocates see as direct defiance of the Supreme Court ruling. That ruling said the District could not bar residents from "rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."...
  • Pennsylvania Court Finds For Firearms Retailers Over Philadelphia

    04/21/2008 10:04:42 PM PDT · by epow · 6 replies · 57+ views
    National Shooting Sports Foundation ^ | April 17, 2004 | Staff
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Following the decision by a Philadelphia judge earlier this morning, prohibiting enforcement of a series of gun-control laws passed in violation of state law by the Philadelphia City Council, Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association of the firearms industry and plaintiff in the suit – issued the following statement: “We are pleased with the court’s decision to honor state law and grant our petition to enjoin Philadelphia from enforcing the City Council’s recently passed gun-control laws. These laws would only hurt law-abiding firearms...
  • H.R. 4900: The “BATF and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007”

    12/28/2007 10:12:51 PM PST · by do the dhue · 41 replies · 966+ views ^ | 12/20/2007 12:00:00 AM | NRA-ILA
    H.R. 4900: The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007” Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa) and Zack Space (D-Ohio), have introduced H.R. 4900 the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007.” The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena. This bipartisan bill is a vital step to modernize and improve BATFE operations. Of highest importance, H.R. 4900 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE...
  • Spitzer responds to ABC7 gun investigation [Gun Grabbers Gone Wild]

    10/23/2007 5:29:45 PM PDT · by xcamel · 119 replies · 134+ views
    ABC 7 ^ | 10/23/2007 | Eyewitness News
    (New York - WABC, October 23, 2007) - Last week, The Investigators went undercover to expose a gaping loophole in New York state's gun laws. Now Governor Eliot Spitzer is promising to examine the problem more closely. The Investigators Jim Hoffer has the story. The black powder rifle's exemption from gun laws is one of the last remaining major gun loopholes in the state of New York. But the days of buying this deadly weapon no questions asked may be numbered. Our undercover investigation showed with alarming clarity just how easy it is to get a black powder rifle in...
  • Kaine alters gun law to restrict mentally ill

    05/01/2007 11:10:01 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 1,036+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-1-07 | Bob Lewis
    RICHMOND -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday closed a legal loophole that allowed a mentally ill Virginia Tech student to buy the guns he used to kill 32 classmates and faculty. Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, signed an executive order requiring anybody ordered by a court to get mental health treatment be added to a state police database of people barred from buying guns. A court in 2005 ordered outpatient counseling for the student, Seung-hui Cho, after he was judged to be mentally ill and a danger to himself. But because he was not committed to a mental hospital, Cho...
  • I doubt we'll see much "looting" in Texas

    09/22/2005 3:11:48 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 46 replies · 1,585+ views
    Self-Defender Net ^ | Sep 22, 2005
    The Self Defense Laws Of Texas The Texas Constitution Article 1 - BILL OF RIGHTS Section 23 - RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS Deadly Force in Defense of Person "A person is justified in using deadly force against another if he would be justified in using force under Section 9.31 of the statute when and to the degree he reasonable believes that deadly force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force, if a reasonable person in the same situation would have not retreated. The use of deadly force is...
  • D.C. Personal Protection Act Introduced in Senate

    05/19/2005 1:19:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 752+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | May 19, 2005
    11250 Waples Mill Road    ·Fairfax, Virginia 22030    · D.C. PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED IN SENATE Thursday, May 19, 2005  (FAIRFAX, VA) – Today, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced “The District of Columbia Personal Protection Act” in the U.S. Senate.  The legislation aims to reverse the city’s 28-year handgun ban by restoring self-protection rights for law-abiding citizens.  The legislation also repeals D.C.’s gun registration law.  Last fall, the U.S. House of Representatives approved this measure on a bi-partisan vote of 250-171.              Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stated, “This is much needed legislation.  Residents of our nation’s capital are at the...
  • House Okays Reinstatement of Handgun Law

    05/18/2005 11:30:36 AM PDT · by daler · 9 replies · 681+ views
    Click to learn more... A bill allowing more law-abiding Minnesotans to legally carry a handgun easily passed the House on Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who said he will sign it. The Republican-controlled House voted 86-47 to reinstate the so-called conceal-carry law, which has been overturned by the courts. The 2003 law allowed adults with a clean record, no mental illness and proper training to get a permit to carry a gun.
  • Shall-issue gun law: Any objections now? (guns don't cause crime??)

    01/13/2005 10:51:21 AM PST · by TWohlford · 10 replies · 881+ views
    Jackson Citizen-Patriot ^ | 13 jan 2005 | editors
    Shall-issue gun law: Any objections now? Thursday, January 13, 2005 It was a contentious debate that led lawmakers in 2001 to add Michigan to the roster of states with shall-carry gun laws. The debate is over, and a recent Citizen Patriot review of the past three years makes us wonder what all the fuss was about. Many feared that if you let lots of people carry concealed guns, there would be shoot-outs, assassinations and general mayhem. It hasn't happened, though. Lawmakers passed the Michigan law in July 2001. In Jackson County, CCW permits were running about 10 per month before...
  • Gun law headed for signature

    03/23/2003 1:47:38 AM PST · by Gunsmith · 15 replies · 178+ views
    The Current Argus ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2003 | The Current Argus
    This bill is for women who are threatened," he stated in a House press release, "who are not safe in parking lots, while jogging and who don't enjoy the freedom to come and go like others in our society. "This bill is for those who feel defenseless and desperately helpless. That feeling should not be happening in this great country of America." The state's aggravated assault rate is the highest in the nation, the rape rate is third highest and there have been several recent high-profile domestic violence-related murders, Heaton stated. In committee, testimony in favor of the bill was...
  • Gun group (NRA) challenges Rocky Hill (CT) gun ban

    06/03/2002 7:39:13 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 19 replies · 526+ views
    WTNH-TV New Haven, CT ^ | June 3, 2002 | Staff
    (Rocky Hill-AP, June 3, 2002 7:42 AM) _ The town of Rocky Hill finds itself in a duel with the National Rifle Association. The NRA is questioning a town ordinance that forbids people from carrying firearms in town parks. The NRA cites a 1984 state Supreme Court decision that forbids towns from writing laws regulating the sale of guns. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says it backs the Rocky Hill ordinance as it stands now. CCM spokesman Kevin Maloney says generally, state statute provides municipalities with broad powers to protect its citizens. The ordinance was written about 20 years ago....