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  • Alabama Senate Passes Constitutional Carry

    04/23/2017 7:19:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Alabama legislature is moving toward passing Constitutional Carry. The bill, SB 24, has passed the Senate, 26 to 8 on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017.  The bill would enforce the Alabama Constitutional amendment passed in 2014. Amendment 3 passed with 72.5% of the vote in 2014. SB24 is the legislature enforcing the Constitutional amendment with statutory reform. Here is a description of Amendment 3. From ballotpedia: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to...
  • Requiring CCW for Employees: A Smart Move

    04/22/2017 7:19:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent defense story from Cleveland, Ohio, a man said that he had a concealed carry permit because his past employer required it. From cleveland.com: He said he has a concealed carry permit because he used to work at a barbershop, and the owner required barbers to get their concealed carry licenses for their protection. I suspect that more businesses are taking this approach. It brings about many benefits. Last year, we had the example of a Georgia business owner who required his employees to be armed. He would give them a Taurus Judge revolver when they showed...
  • Tennessee Hearing Protection Act Passes Senate, Scheduled in House

    04/21/2017 6:05:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 19 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A bill in the Tennessee Legislature to remove the ban on gun mufflers (silencers, suppressors) has passed the senate with an overwhelming vote, 28-1 on April 3rd, 2017.SB 921 is the companion to HB 0011 in the House. The bill simply  removes  the sections of Tennessee statutes that define and include “silencers” as prohibited weapons. Here is the summary of the bill. From legiscan.com: As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Hearing Protection Act,” which deletes the prohibition on possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of a firearm silencer. – Amends TCA Section 39-17-1301 and Section 39-17-1302. Those sections would be...
  • Constitutional Carry Still Has A Chance in South Carolina

    04/20/2017 5:00:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    ammoland ^ | 18 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
     H. 3930, a Constitutional Carry bill is on the move in South Carolina. On March 9th, it passed the Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee.On 21 March, it passed the full committee with a vote of 15 to 7.  On Wednesday, April 5th, it passed the House. Last year a similar bill passed the House, but died in the Senate. From thepostandcourier.com: COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow residents to carry a gun, openly or concealed, without getting a weapons permit.The controversial bill passed the chamber 64-46 after more than three...
  • ND: Williston Police Gun Auction nets over $55,000 for 149 Guns

    04/19/2017 7:01:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, April 12, the Williston Police Department of Williston, North Dakota, auctioned off 149 firearms that had been collected over the last couple of decades. From myndnow.com: Hundreds of people attended the Williston Police Department's first gun auction.   In total, 149 guns forfeited to the department through criminal investigations were up for bid. "I used to have a federal firearms license and I used to have a side gun business. If I do stay here, I'm going to do it again and that's why I came here. To get an education," says Gary Silva, an auction attendee....
  • Iowa Governor Branstad Signs Gun Law Modernization

    04/18/2017 9:32:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ammoland ^ | 17 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a comprehensive bill, HF 517, to modernize Iowa's gun laws on Thursday, 14 April, 2017.The reforms had been bottled up for years by a few legislators, mostly Democrats, that were voted out of office last year. An archaic provision prevented children form receiving safety training for handguns.From wcfcourier.com: One of the provisions of the bill that took effect immediately allows children below the age of 14 to handle pistols or revolvers under the supervision of an adult parent, guardian or instructor — which directly affected the Gibson sisters ages 13 and 11.“I think the...
  • Nebraska Preemption Bill in Play

    04/17/2017 10:21:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Pete Rickets of Nebraska Nebraska's preemption bill has moved forward in a significant way.  Bill LB68 was voted on by the Government Military, and Veterans Affairs committed and passed 33 - 11.  The Nebraska legislature is unicameral, with only 49 members. The committee vote was a vote of the whole legislature, and makes it very likely the legislation will pass.  The Governor, Pete Rickets, claims to strongly support the Second Amendment. His signature seems probable. From theindependent.com: The Legislature voted 32-12 to advance a bill that would require state law to override municipal gun regulations in Nebraska. Supporters...
  • Few Gun Free Signs To Be Found at Texas Shopping Center

    04/16/2017 6:10:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas has very specific requirements for “gun free” zones.  When the legislature passed the shall issue concealed carry permit law, they included specifications for signage if establishments were to ban people form carrying guns on their property.The signs are called 30.06 signs, from the section of the law, and are large, obvious, and in both English and Spanish.When the legislature reformed the law to restore some open carry rights, they expanded the signage requirement to include a separate sign for premises to legally prevent people form openly carrying handguns on their premises. Those signs are 30.07 signs.They are also...
  • WI: Serious Push for Constitutional Carry

    04/15/2017 7:18:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin legislators are mounting a serious push to bring Wisconsin into the Constitutional carry club. Two weeks ago, on 28 March, 2017, the Right to Carry Act LRB-2039/1, was announced in the legislature. I have been hearing rumors about such a bill, but details were lacking. The Wisconsin legislature is catching up with what the people voted for in 1998.  In 1998, Wisconsin finished an arduous process to pass a right to keep and bear arms amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution.  It ended any argument about weather the Second Amendment applied to Wisconsin. From Article I Section 25:  The...
  • The DoD Has No Idea How Much The Mother Of All Bombs Costs

    04/14/2017 9:31:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    The giant bomb U.S. forces dropped Thursday on an ISIS training camp in Afghanistan did not cost $314 million to develop, or $16 million per unit as reported by multiple news outlets.Every news report about cost of the “Mother of All Bombs” relied on a misreading of a 2011 article or a dubious internet website that InfoWars once linked to with a “healthy bit of skepticism.”The actual cost of the bomb is unknown. The actual cost of the program isn’t publicly available because the Mother of All Bombs, officially known as GBU-43 or the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), is manufactured by...
  • CT: Bill to Require Carry Permit Holders to "Show Their Papers" Defeated

    04/13/2017 7:49:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Second Amendment supporters won another victory, this time in Connecticut. On Thursday, 6 April, 2017, HB6200 was defeated. The bill would have required individuals who open carry handguns to present permits to law enforcement on demand. This was the second year that such a bill was stopped. It never made it out of committee. In Connecticut, a resident is not allowed to carry a handgun outside of his home without a permit. Permits are not exactly "shall issue" but are granted to most people who apply. Here is the summation of  the bill, from ct.gov: AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION...
  • Numerous Gun Law Reforms Pass Iowa Senate, No Constitutional Carry

    04/11/2017 6:42:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ammoland ^ | 7 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Iowa Omnibus gun law reform bill is close to passing the legislature, and is likely to be signed by Governor Branstad.From the desmoinesregister.com:House File 517, which has already passed the Iowa House, was approved on a 33-17 vote. Because the bill was amended, it must return to the House. But House Republican leaders are expected to accept the changes, which means it will likely be headed soon to Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to sign it.House File 517 is a weapons law reform bill. The authors of the bill appear to have searched through various weapons laws...
  • A decade later and the Iraq debate is still contaminated with myths (from 2013)

    04/09/2017 4:59:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | 17 March, 2013 | Peter Feaver
    ere on the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, I wonder how long it will be before we can discuss the war free from the contamination of myths. It may be sooner than many myth-purveyors expect. Just listen to this lecture by Mel Leffler, one of the leading historians of American diplomacy. He has been a harsh critic of Bush-era diplomacy and his speech does accept some of the conventional critique (specifically about the "hubris" of the Bush administration), but his analysis is far more balanced than the conventional wisdom on the topic. All in all, Leffler’s analysis is a...
  • AR: Legislature Votes to Keep Gun Free Zones at Stadiums, Removes Restrictions on Carry for

    04/09/2017 8:27:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ammoland ^ | 3 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Arkansas Legislature has passed SB 724. It rolls back a number of reforms passed with HB 1249 only 10 days ago.  SB 724 had overwhelming support in the House and Senate. So did HB 1249. The final vote in the House on March 30th was 71-20 with 9 "other". In the Senate, on March 31, it was 23-7, with 5 "other".  From the NRA-ILA: SB 724 would undermine some of the key concealed carry advancements made with the recent passage and enactment of House Bill 1249, which was signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson on March 23 as Act...
  • CA: Sheakalee Family Forces Return of Millions of Dollars Worth of Guns and Ammo

    04/08/2017 6:23:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A California family has finally had their illegally seized firearms and ammunition returned after over a year in the courts.  The collection has an estimated value of millions of dollars. It consisted of 541 rifles, pistols, and shotguns, and over 100,000 rounds of ammunition. 10 of the rifles were registered “assault weapons” under California law. One was a bolt action .50 caliber. Albert Sheakalee has had a federal firearms license since the early 1990's.Sheakalee was mistakenly included on the California Armed & Prohibited Persons System (APPS) because of seeking treatment for high stress during the summer of 2015.  He...
  • Worst Three States for Gun Rights?

    04/07/2017 5:01:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Which are the worst three states for exercising your right to keep and bear arms? There are several contenders for that dubious distinction. The worst states can be found with the answers to a couple of questions. First: Do you have to ask government permission to purchase a firearm? Some states require that you obtain permission before purchasing handguns. A smaller subset require that you obtain permission before purchasing any gun. That infringement is a must have for the worst states.  There are twelve states that have the requirement for all guns.  They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,...
  • NICS checks in the Trump Era: March 2017 Near Record

    04/06/2017 5:39:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The NICS checks for March, 2017 were 2,433,092.  That is the third highest number of NICS checks for any March. The highest was in 2016, with 2,523,265. The second highest February was in 2014, with 2,488,842.  Both of those were driven by fear of strong gun control measures that might be passed by President Obama.The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has finished its first quarter. There have been four presidents that have had NICS checks done while they were in office. There were two years and two months of NICS checks under...
  • WV: House Passes Bill to Reform Bans on Guns in Parks

    04/05/2017 4:28:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    West Virginia is continuing its reform of archaic weapons laws. On Friday, the 24th of March, the House passed HB 2679, a reform of gun bans in parks. From theet.com: The House also approved House Bill 2679 by a vote of 94-4. The measure would allow firearms to be carried in state and county parks for self-defense, and it would prohibit county parks from banning guns. Coonskin Park in Kanawha County is apparently the only county park in the state to prohibit guns. Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, argued that county officials should be allowed to restrict guns in the...
  • Ammunition Maker Reduces Staff in Idaho, Minnesota

    04/04/2017 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    ammoland ^ | 3 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Vista is the corporation that owns CCI and Federal brands. They have been increasing production of .22 rimfire ammunition. It was expected to be ramped up 20% this year.Following the election of President Trump, demand for ammunition has dropped. According to an article from Lewiston, Idaho, Vista has laid off employees in both the Lewiston and the Anoka, Minnesota ammunition plant locations.  From the postregister.com: The number of people who work at Vista Outdoor’s ammunition-making operations has been shifting since February. A month-long voluntary, temporary furlough for about 100 Lewiston employees ends Thursday and will bring the number of...
  • First Responders look to Carry with New Bills in TX and South Carolina

    04/03/2017 9:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    ammoland ^ | 27 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Emergency responders in most states are prevented from carrying defensive firearms. This is a result of governmental employee rules and regulations, or, in some cases, private employment rules. In some states, lawmakers are seeking to reform those rules. In Texas, a reform bill, HB 435, would allow first responders to carry defensive arms if they have a concealed carry permit. From everythinglubbock.com: Currently, there is no state law that addresses this issue, policies are set at the local level and vary by location. “You need to be able to exercise your Second Amendment right,” Flynn said. The legislation looks...