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Massachusetts: Conference Committee Retains Egregious Anti-Gun Provision

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:00 GMT

Unfortunately, as predicted, the conference committee tasked with ironing out the differences between the House and Senate versions of an omnibus firearms bill adopted a report which still retains the most egregious provision, allowing issuing authorities to use discretion in issuing or denying FID cards.  House Bill 4376 was reported by the conference committee late last night, and with less than 24 hours left in the legislative session, H.4376 is expected to be voted on sometime TODAY.

Gas station clerk wounds armed robber, The Virginian-Pilot, Hampton Roads, Va. 07/30/14

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

An armed man entered an Exxon station in Chesapeake, Va. and attempted to rob the store. The clerk on duty responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the robber, striking him and causing him to flee. The robber was later captured by police as he sought medical attention at a nearby hospital.

D.C. officials plotting new course to keep gun control intact

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Though they won’t yet say how far they are willing to take their fight, District of Columbia officials plan to do everything in their power to limit the carrying of handguns in the nation’s capital, arguing that despite a court’s ruling that paves the way for more permissive laws, Washington is a unique place with heightened security concerns.

Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday night on legislation that would tighten what are already some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

Washington D.C.’s three days Of gun freedom

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Washington, DC, was the last place in America that completely banned people carrying concealed handguns. Then it was temporarily one of the most liberal.

2nd Amendment is pro woman

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

My family was never big into weapons, even though we grew up on the farm. Tragically, I think much of it stemmed from a close relative who died in a hunting accident. Also, several favorite political figures of my family were cut down by assassin’s bullets in the 1960’s. With a background like that, who would want weapons?However, the military gave me a healthy exposure to weapons, along with being stationed in the Great State of Texas. A few years later, I moved to another Virginia and got married.

Washington Post: NRA Launches Push to Register Voters With Suggestive Ad

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

The National Rifle Association on Wednesday launched an election year push to register new voters with a suggestive advertisement that ends on a surprising note.

Massachusetts: Less Than 48 Hours Left in 2014 Legislative Session

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:40:00 GMT

With less than 48 hours left in the 2014 legislative session, rumors are circulating that several conference committee members are considering a possible compromise provision which still creates a discretionary FID licensing system for long guns in the Commonwealth.  The NRA opposes any form of discretion in issuing FID cards for long guns, and it is critical that you call and e-mail your state legislators and members of the conference committee in the final hours.  

You Want to Protect Yourself Ladies? 'Get a Gun in Your Home!'

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday’s edition of The View. Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman’s right to protect herself and her children with a gun!

Judge puts D.C. handgun ruling on hold

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A federal judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling overturning the District’s long-standing ban on carrying handguns in public, once again making it illegal to have firearms on city streets.

A Second Amendment right recognized for D.C.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thugs in the nation’s capital might think twice now before preying on a nighttime stroller — or a stroller in midafternoon, for that matter — in the belief that the prey won’t shoot back. The good guys can now defend themselves.

D.C. is no longer a Constitution-free zone

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

America’s last holistic concealed-carry ban has been pushed into the dustbin of history. On Saturday afternoon, while nobody was looking, a senior judge finally made up his mind, yielding ten beautiful words that I never imagined I would see together: “Federal District Court Strikes Down Washington, D.C. Handgun Carry Ban.” And that, happily, was that.

Rhode Island: Federal lawsuit challenges Bristol police chief’s denial of weapon permit

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A 25-year-old Bristol man is suing that town’s police chief over the denial of a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Gun retailers, payday lenders out of Choke Point’s crosshairs

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gun retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed “high risk” by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew Monday the list it put together that outlined what merchants may be considered risky for banks to do business with as part of the Obama administration’s “Operation Choke Point.”

Everytown Shoots Itself in the Foot

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Charles C. Cooke: I am reliably informed that the folks over at Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control outfit, Everytown, believe earnestly that the above commercial makes the case for stricter gun control. The intended message, presumably, is: “We need to keep guns out of the hands of violent men with restraining orders.” A laudable aim, in and of itself. Does this come across? Not really, no

Massachusetts: Time is Running Out, Contact Conference Committee Members TODAY

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:56:00 GMT

The conference committee appointed to iron out differences between Senate Bill 2265 and House Bill 4285 has only three days left to act in the 2014 Massachusetts legislative session.  It is possible that the conference committee report could be voted on by the end of today, and it is absolutely critical that you continue calling and e-mailing your state legislators, PLUS members of the conference committee, in the final hours.

Judge Puts D.C. Handgun Ruling On Hold

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:30:00 GMT

A federal judge on Tuesday put on hold his decision invalidating the District’s long-standing ban on carrying handguns in public places. The judge’s stay, in effect for 90 days, gives city officials and D.C. police officers some breathing room to respond to his ruling that overturned the District’s primary gun-control law.

New Bloomberg Anti-Gun Ad Inadvertently Proves Why Women Need a Gun

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Bloomberg's new anti-gun Organization Everytown is out with a new advertisement that inadvertently proves why women should be trained and armed before being faced with a violent attacker.

Armed doctor halts hospital shooting, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa. 07/27/14

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A psychiatric patient armed with a revolver and several rounds of ammunition entered Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. for a scheduled appointment. The patient then proceeded to fire upon hospital staff, killing one woman and wounding Dr. Lee Silverman. Silverman responded to the rampage by retrieving a pistol and firing at the patient. Three of Silverman’s shot struck the patient which allowed for other hospital employees to detain the killer. Following the incident, Silverman has been hailed as a hero. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan stated, “If Dr. Silverman did not have the firearm and did not utilize the firearm, he’s be dead today… and other people would be dead.” 

Judge’s handgun ruling has D.C. officials, police scrambling

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The District’s top lawyer on Monday sought to temporarily halt a federal court ruling allowing thousands of city residents with registered handguns — as well as legal gun owners from other states — to carry firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital.

More women taking CCW, victim avoidance classes

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A group of people spent their Sunday at an all-day course, that taught them how to protect themselves and we are learning more and more women are signing up.

Guns in America: Why I think it's time for California to stop fighting Peruta vs. San Diego

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. issued a Summary Judgment Order affirming that the 2nd Amendment confers a right to "bear arms" outside the home. The order was nothing short of devastating to the District of Columbia which has been resisting and delaying compliance with legal decisions on this issue for many years. The order was plain. The government and police of the District of Columbia were told to cease and desist from enforcing all laws regarding carrying weapons until such time that an acceptable and constitutionally compliant set of laws providing for the carrying of weapons outside the home for D.C. residents and non-residents are put into place. That's a hammer blow in magnitude rarely seen and it's a wake-up call to other jurisdictions resisting similar decisions on other parts of the country.

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  

After Legislative Defeat, Gun Owners Aim For Election Successes

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Frustrated with politicians who enacted the post-Newtown gun restrictions, Second Amendment rights activists head to the polls this year determined to channel their anger into electoral success. Their goals range from pickups in the General Assembly by "pro-2A" — pro-Second Amendment — candidates to electing a governor who would sign a repeal of Senate Bill 1160, the sweeping gun control legislation enacted in response to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Florida Alert! Two Federal Courts UPHOLD gun rights in separate opinions

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Friday, July 25, 2013, in a 2-1 opinion the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a strong opinion upholding Florida's law to protect the privacy rights of firearms owners and stop anti-gun doctors from interrogating parents and children about gun ownership.  It is a huge win in a case the media has named the "Docs & Glocks" case.  On Saturday, July 26, 2014 the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C. ruled that the D.C. ban on gun carry rights was unconstitutional.

Federal judge declares D.C. ban on carrying handguns in public unconstitutional

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A federal judge has declared that one of the District’s principal gun control laws is unconstitutional and ordered that its enforcement be halted.

D.C. police won’t enforce handgun ban; stay of ruling overturning law will be sought

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

D.C. police were told Sunday not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street in the wake of a judge’s ruling that overturned the city’s principal gun-control law.

Federal court upholds Florida law limiting doctors' discussions of guns with their patients

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

Bans on lead ammunition are misguided and ineffective

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reopening a debate over the safety of lead ammunition used by hunters. Because faulty science has been used to ban lead ammunition in California, it is important to get the facts out early so Oregonians aren't similarly duped into adopting a ban that could do more harm than good.

Senator: Rule could 'take away our guns'

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is sounding the alarm about a new rule from the Obama administration that he warns could "take away our guns."Alexander is concerned about the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) controversial ivory ban, which aims to stop African elephant poaching. He says the rule could have the unintended consequence of restricting the trade of antique guns that contain small amounts of ivory.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 29 07/25/2014

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:50:00 GMT

US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of the State of Florida and Law-Abiding Gun Owners Over Activist Doctors and the Gun Control Lobby

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:00:00 GMT

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians, along with a number of other groups and individuals backed by the anti-gun community, filed this lawsuit against the State of Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill backed by the National Rifle Association in 2011.

Massachusetts: NO NEED FOR A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN IN BOSTON?

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT

This Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went on Boston Public Radio to discuss how he wanted the anti-gun discretionary provision restored in Senate Bill 2265 so that he could strip law-abiding gun owners of their rights to possess rifles and shotguns in Boston.  

Boston Top Cop: City Residents Do Not "Need" to Own Shotguns, Rifles

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

On July 23, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told Boston Public Radio (WGBH) that residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles.  I don't agree with that. Having long guns--rifles and shotguns--especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. [And] the federal [government] doesn't really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases. ...For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle. 

The Ordeal of Shaneen Allen

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

In October of 2013, a Pennsylvania resident named Shaneen Allen drove into New Jersey’s Atlantic County and was pulled over by police for an “unsafe lane change.” When the detaining officer arrived at her car window, Allen informed him that she was carrying a concealed firearm, and presented her Pennsylvania carry license as proof of eligibility. Unbeknownst to her at the time, however, was that New Jersey is among the 20 states that do not recognize Pennsylvania’s permit. In consequence, she was arrested. If convicted of the charges that the state has elected to bring, she will be locked in prison for up to a decade.

Homeowner fights off burglar, WRTV, Indianapolis, Ind. 07/22/14

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man arrived at his Indianapolis home, noticed that the house had been disturbed, and heard a suspicious noise coming from the second floor. The homeowner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and discovered a burglar. The homeowner shot the criminal, prompting him to flee. Police captured the intruder a short time later. 

Take Action on Proposed Ban on the Sale and Trade of Ivory

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In past Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama Administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert).

Doctor fires back at Pennsylvania hospital gunman

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.

Colorado: Gun law based on flawed estimate

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Releases Candidate Questionnaire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire. According to Forbes, he is the 16th richest person in the world. 

NRA's Freedom Action Foundation Announces 2014 "Trigger the Vote" Voter Registration Campaign

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The NRA's Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) recently announced the kickoff of its 2014 "Trigger the Vote" voter registration campaign, and also unveiled its captivating new ad, "Father and Son," which can be viewed below. 

Beretta Leaves Maryland, Finds Welcome Reception in Tennessee

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The large-scale exodus of gun manufacturers from states inhospitable to the Second Amendment continued this week, with Beretta USA announcing that it would be moving its Maryland operation to Gallatin, Tennessee. In doing so, Beretta joins firearms and firearm parts manufacturers such as Remington, Kahr Arms, PTR Industries, Sturm, Ruger & Company, and Magpul Industries, all of which have either quit states hostile to gun owners, or chosen to expand their operations in more friendly locales. Beretta's move is poised to cost the so-called "Free State" millions in investment and 160 jobs.

Colorado's Experience Soundly Refutes Common Anti-gun Talking Point

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last month, while addressing a group of Colorado sheriffs, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spoke on the topic of the state's 2013 measure outlawing almost all private transfers of firearms. According to the Denver Post, Hickenlooper told the sheriffs, "I think we screwed that up completely... we were forming legislation without basic facts."  A newAssociated Press report examining Colorado background check data in the first year of the new law proves the accuracy of Hickenlooper's statement, and should (although likely won't) end the repetition of an already discredited anti-gun background check factoid.

Appellate Court Upholds Privacy Law, Tells Anti-Gun Doctors to Take a Powder

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a victory for gun owners who pay to visit doctors for medical care, and not the political opinions of their physicians, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors about their ownership of firearms. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, vindicated Florida’s attempt to protect patients from being forced to divulge personal information that is irrelevant to their own medical treatment.

Boston Police Commissioner: I Say Who Needs a Gun!

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Writing for a majority of the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized an individual right under the Second Amendment to possess firearms for self-defense, Justice Scalia observed: “The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government … the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worthinsisting upon.” 

Obama’s empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 GMT

While President Obama presses for more gun control laws, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country.

NRA kicks off voter registration drive with provocative ad

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A suggestive ad by the NRA for its voter registration campaign will likely get tongues wagging.The spot features a father talking to his son in a somber tone about something that’s not a toy, but is important to protect their family. He unlocks a case to reveal … a voter registration card.

Illinois: Concealed carry rules tough on out-of-state residents

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

More than a year after Illinois passed a law allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms, the argument over a part of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act that makes it difficult for out-of-state residents to carry here is still smoldering.

Massachusetts: Patrick signals support for gun measure backed by police chiefs

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday said he sides with top police officials who want discretionary powers in issuing licenses for shotguns and rifles included in pending gun legislation.

Shaneen Allen, race and gun control

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last October, Shaneen Allen, 27, was pulled over in Atlantic County, N.J. The officer who pulled her over says she made an unsafe lane change. During the stop, Allen informed the officer that she was a resident of Pennsylvania and had a conceal carry permit in her home state. She also had a handgun in her car. Had she been in Pennsylvania, having the gun in the car would have been perfectly legal. But Allen was pulled over in New Jersey, home to some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States.

Mayor Sly James pushes for an open carry ban in Kansas City

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

At Mayor Sly James’ urging, the Kansas City Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits.

Tennessee restaurant owner welcomes gun owners

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Maryville, Tennessee, restaurant owner has placed a sign in the window of her business welcoming gun owners — a move she says has brought in more customers and saved her business from closing.

Canada: Conservatives’ gun law changes would ease transportion restrictions, require mandatory safety courses

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Conservative government is proposing new legislation that would ease restrictions on transporting firearms, make firearms-safety courses mandatory for first-time gun owners and prevent people convicted of spousal assault from legally owning guns.Under the government’s proposed Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, gun owners who allow their weapon permits to lapse will be given a grace period to renew them.

Canada: Applications to carry handguns skyrocket in B.C., Alberta

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Applications to carry handguns have skyrocketed in B.C. and Alberta in the past three years – likely driven by demand among people who work in the bush and want portable protection against wildlife.

Israel: Knesset tightens gun control with no opposition

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Stricter gun control, requiring regular psychological tests for gun owners, was voted into law with no opposition on Tuesday night.

Massachusetts: Conference Committee Appointed to Iron out Differences in Gun Bills

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:00 GMT

Conferees have now been appointed by the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between Senate Bill 2265 and House Bill 4285 in a conference committee.  The following state legislators will serve on this conference committee and will be the policy makers who decide whether anti-gun provisions are added back into S.2265:

Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons-making out of the state to Tennessee.

Lawyers spar over Maryland semi-auto ban in federal court

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings.

Philadelphia: City settles gun permit posting suit

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

When city officials pulled the trigger in 2012 by posting details on gun-permit appeals online, they considered it a public service. Now the data have become a $1.4 million public expense.

Mississippi: Lafayette County repeals gun ordinance

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lafayette County supervisors on Monday repealed the county ban on armed civilians in courthouses – an ordinance that arguably conflicted with two state laws and could have left supervisors individually liable for $1,000 in damages. In doing so, however, they hinted they will welcome judicial action on

Massachusetts: House Votes to Non-Concur on Senate Gun Bill

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:24:00 GMT

Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to non-concur on Senate Bill 2265, the Senate’s version of House Bill 4285.  Conferees will now be appointed from both the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between both bills in a conference committee.

Beretta to move all U.S. manufacturing to Gallatin, Tenn.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 GMT

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced today that it has decided to move its entire manufacturing capabilities from its existing location in Accokeek, Md., to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin.

Store employee uses shotgun to frighten off attacker, MLive.com, Michigan, 07/18/14

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

An employee of Brother’s Market in Flint, Mich. ordered a man to leave the store after he spotted the man attempting to shoplift. Before the alleged shoplifter left, he threatened to come back to the store and shoot the employee. Roughly two hours later, the man returned to the store and pointed a gun at employees. However, one of the employees responded by retrieving a shotgun, which prompted the criminal to flee. Police caught up with the criminal a short time later. Having been previously convicted of a felony, the man faces federal gun charges. 

Armed citizen saves man from attacking pit bulls, TMJ4, Milwaukee, Wisc. 07/21/14

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man was walking his dog in Washington County, Wisc. when a group of three pit bulls got out of their yard and began attacking him. Neighbor Dennis Williams noticed the altercation, retrieved two baseball bats and went to the man’s defense. When the bats weren’t enough to deter the dogs, Williams retrieved a revolver and shot and killed one of the dogs, prompting the others to cease their attack. 

Massachusetts: Senate nixes 'discretion' for FID issue

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

We don't often praise the Legislature on firearms legislation, but the Senate's action Thursday merits it. On a 28-11 vote, senators removed a provision that would have given police chiefs additional discretion over whether to issue firearms identification licenses for rifles and shotguns.

Kansas gets 14,205 concealed carry applications

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office says the state received the second highest number of concealed carry applications in the last fiscal year.

Kansas attorney general plans September hearing on regulations for no-gun signs for buildings

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.

Gun buyers scoop up AK-47 rifles after new sanctions

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Following another round of sanctions, demand for Russian-made firearms like the AK-47 rifle has picked up in recent days.

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Reforms in Lansing

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:40:00 GMT

Over the next couple of months, the Michigan Legislature will be taking an extended recess to allow state legislators to return to their respective districts and focus on constituent issues.  As a result, during the limited legislative session days left before the lame-duck session begins in November, it is important that the state legislature focus on priority legislation.  The NRA views the legislation below as top priorities for 2014 and encourages our members to contact their state legislators to express their support.

Enforcement is the solution to "gun violence"

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

According to Syracuse University’s TRAC analysis, Chicago ranks as one of the lowest cities for the number of federal prosecutions of firearm abusers. Criminals are well aware that current laws are not being enforced, and they can thus operate with impunity. 

California: Governor Brown Signs First Anti-Gun Bill into Law for 2014

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last Friday, July 18, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law anti-gun Assembly Bill 1964.  AB 1964 unnecessarily removes existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt-action, from California’s roster of “not unsafe” handguns.  It is unfortunate that this legislation was passed and Governor Brown signed such a law that does not address any legitimate public safety problems and conflicts with well-established constitutional principles.

California tightens handgun restrictions

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. But proponents fought to amend the state's so-called safe handgun requirements, arguing that it exempted for single-shot pistols which meant dealers were selling thousands of modified weapons per year without a required safety feature that indicates when a bullet is chambered.

Hearing set on move to block Nevada gun initiative

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Carson District Judge James Wilson has set an Aug. 1 hearing on a move to block an initiative petition to expand background checks to nearly all gun sales in Nevada.

Ohio: County sees surge in concealed carry licenses and women holding them

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The number of concealed carry licenses issued in Muskingum County has quadrupled since 2011.

Missouri: Gun Owners Prevail in Missouri Supreme Court – Amendment Stays on Primary Election Ballot on August 5

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:08:00 GMT

As previously reported last month, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun followers made another attempt at hindering your right to keep and bear arms in Missouri.  In mid-June, a lawsuit was filed against Senate Joint Resolution 36 (Constitutional Amendment 5 on the August 5 primary election ballot) – with the plaintiff being St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of a Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group.  This lawsuit sought to challenge the ballot language and had the express intention of outright killing this ballot measure.  

Massachusetts: Senate Strips Gun Control Language From Gun Bill

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Thanks to your calls, e-mails and active involvement, Thursday the Massachusetts Senate stripped some of the most egregious anti-gun provisions from Senate Bill 2265, including the elimination of the discretionary component which would have created new “may issue” FID issuance standards by providing issuing authorities with unlimited discretion to deny firearms identification cards.  The Senate adopted Amendment 63.1 by a 28 to 10 vote.  

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 28 07/18/2014

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:44:00 GMT

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Holder Intervenes, Stops Knife-Wielding Attacker

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:00:00 GMT

On July 16 a "good Samaritan" with a concealed carry permit intervened to stop a knife-wielding thief at an Orlando bus stop.

Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would "continue to make the case" that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws.

Gun madness at the state line

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 GMT

Earlier this year, a 27-year-old medical professional named Shaneen Allen drove peacefully out of her home state of Pennsylvania and into neighboring New Jersey. Today, she faces the prospect of three years in prison.

Woman halts carjacking, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisc. 07/12/14

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Victoria Davison had just parked her vehicle in Milwaukee, Wisc. when a pair of criminals approached and ordered her to hand over her car keys. Then one of the men said, “Go get the cannon,” which prompted Davison to act. Fearing for her life, Davison, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, retrieved a gun and fired at the criminals, striking one of the robbers. Police eventually captured both of the criminals, whom they believe are linked to other crimes in the area. 

U.S. House Votes to Protect D.C. Residents’ Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) attached an amendment to a bill providing funding to the District of Columbia that would prohibit the District from expending any funds to enforce certain gun control laws.  The amendment passed 241-181.  The amendment blocks enforcement of the Firearms Registration Amendment Act of 2008, the Inoperable Pistol Amendment Act of 2008, the Firearms Amendment Act of 2012, and the Administrative Disposition of Weapons Act of 2012.

Appropriations Bill Passes with Pro-Gun Amendments

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the FY15 Interior Appropriations bill.  This bill contains a number of pro-gun general provisions and will now head to the U.S. House floor for consideration.

Latest Update on Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In past Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama Administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert).  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory.  However, banning lawfully-owned domestic ivory will have no impact on elephant poaching in Africa.

Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would "continue to make the case" that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution.But Chicago's problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much lower in Chicago. In 2010, right before Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the rate for Chicago was 39 percent. But by Emanuel’s second year in office, it had plunged to an official rate of 26 percent. (In reality it is even lower, because Chicago has tried to hide how bad things are by increasingly misclassifying murders as non-murders.)

House amendment blocking enforcement of D.C. gun laws comes under fire

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The amendment would prevent the use of city funds to enforce virtually all local gun laws, meaning police and city officials could enforce only federal firearms laws. The city’s gun-control laws are among the tightest in the nation, restricting the open or concealed carrying of guns outside the home, banning assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines, and requiring gun owners to register their weapons with D.C. police.

Halbrook: Lessons from Nazi gun control

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress in April about an idea he had directed the Department of Justice to investigate: a requirement that gun owners wear electronic bracelets that would enable only registered owners to activate their firearms. Some critics, focusing on abusive surveillance powers, have called it Orwellian.

Lawmaker introduces bill banning firearm-branded shirts, hats for children under 18

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On July 14, Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-2nd) put forth H.R. 5093--the Children's Firearm Marketing Safety Act--to keep firearm-branded shirts, hats, and "stuffed animals" from being marketed to children.

Philadelphia mother whose legal gun got her arrested in NJ hopes for leniency

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A young Philadelphia mother, hit with gun charges in New Jersey after being caught during a traffic stop with the firearm she carries legally in her home state, is hoping for leniency from the judge in the case, she tells FoxNews.com.

Support the Lawful Ivory Protection Act

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a supposed attempt to preserve African elephants, the Obama administration has begun a series of arbitrary decrees that will destroy the value of property held by countless gun owners, art collectors, musicians and others.  The Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014 (S. 2587 by Sen. Alexander and H.R. 5052 by Reps. Daines and Miller) will call a halt to this process and allow the United States to consider more reasonable and effective approaches.

Bloomberg Proxy Releases Anti-Gun Manifesto; Proposes to Ban Cartoon Characters and Colors!

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The name of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) headlines the Kelly Report, a new manifesto identifying a long list of gun control initiatives that anti-gun activists intend to pursue in the near future. However, the document appears to be the handiwork of Michael Bloomberg, whose misleadingly-named Independence USA political action committee contributed $2.1 million to Kelly’s congressional campaign last year. With Bloomberg’s help, Kelly was elected to fill the Chicago-area seat previously held by fellow gun control supporter Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is currently doing time in federal prison.

Rolling Stone’s Seven Steps to Winning the War Against Five Guns

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis had it right in 1963 – coincidentally, the year that Colt introduced the AR-15 to the civilian market – when he named one of his band’s classic albums “Seven Steps To Heaven.” The release features exceptionally creative improvisations by Davis, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianists Victor Feldman and Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummers Frank Butler and Tony Williams.

Firearms a Complete Unknown to Scribe at Rolling Stone

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t expect reporters – even those who write for national, well-established magazines like Rolling Stone – to be experts on firearms. We would at least hope, however, that they would be experts on reporting. In the case of Kristen Gwynne and her editors, however, we can only scratch our heads and wonder if they are as new to journalism as they are to the firearm issue.

Students for Concealed Carry to Hold National Conference

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising over 43,000 college students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy virtually everywhere else.

South Carolina: City of Tega Cay Amending Discharge Ordinance

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:20:00 GMT

Tega Cay is in the process of amending its current ordinance that imposes unnecessary restrictions on the discharge of firearms within the city limits.  While this proposed amendment makes a slight improvement to what is currently on the books, it does not go far enough. 

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