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  • Virginia House Passes 2 Guns Bills; 8 More on the Way

    02/09/2012 9:05:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 8 February, 2012 | NRA
    Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed two pro-gun bills: House Bill 25 and House Bill 754. HB 25 passed in the state House by an 81 to 17 vote and HB 754 passed by a 74 to 22 vote. Both bills will now go to the Virginia Senate for its consideration. HB 25, sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), seeks to prohibit the Clerk of the Court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit application or on an order issuing a concealed handgun permit. Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 754 would eliminate the optional fingerprinting...
  • Senate Shoots Down House Gun Bills(NH)

    02/09/2012 8:22:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Dan Gorenstein
    The New Hampshire state Senate rejected several controversial gun bills Wednesday. All of the proposals originally passed the House. The move suggests that the Senate’s patience for 2ndAmendment legislation may be about up. The Senate made brisk work of the so-called gun bills in front of them. “We spent a grand total of 6 minutes on 5 bills because we want to focus on the issues that are important to the New Hampshire people,” Senate President Peter Bragdon said. The bills the Senate down include a measure allowing people to carry loaded weapons – including crossbows – in their vehicles...
  • MCRGO Michigan Legislative Update

    02/07/2012 5:34:29 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2012 | MCRGO
    Michigan - -( Senate Bill 58 was introduced by Senator Green early last year and co-sponsored by Senators Kowall, Brandenburg, Colbeck, Casperson, Emmons, Jansen, Moolenaar and Robertson. It is currently sitting with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would eliminate the so-called “Pistol Free Zones” for CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holders. As readers of this column may recall, I often refer to the “Pistol Free Zones” as “Mass Murderer Empowerment Zones.” This is because the list includes several places where mass killings have occurred. As any thinking person knows, the only effect of any “gun free zone” that is not...
  • Iowa firearms legislation update

    02/02/2012 10:15:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Several new firearms related bills have been introduced in the Iowa House over the past several days. Here is a rundown of each of them: * HF 2113 – This bill would restore “Constitutional Carry” rights to Iowans. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety Subcommittee of Reps. Tjepkes, Baudler, and R. Olson. * HF 2114 – This bill would put and end to the patchwork of anti-carry ordinances, rules, and regulations that localities have adopted since Iowa went to a “Shall Issue” system of permit issuance on 1/1/11. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety...
  • House approves bill to repeal one-gun-a-month(VA)

    02/01/2012 12:42:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Wesley P. Hester
    A repeal of the state's one-handgun-a-month law and a bill to require voters without identification to cast provisional ballots have passed the state's House of Delegates and are on to the Senate. Both bills were the topic of substantial debate Tuesday, and Democrats again lashed out at the legislation today. The voter ID measure -- House Bill 9, introduced by Del. Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania -- passed on a 69-30 vote. The vote came a day after a rally in opposition to the bill drew more than 300 people to the Capitol. Those opposed claim the legislation is designed to...
  • Arizona Committee Members Need To Hear From You On Pro Rights Bills

    01/31/2012 6:53:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 January, 2012 | AZCDL
    Catalina, AZ --( Your help is needed to get these pro-rights bills heard in committee. Letters have been prepared and are waiting to be sent by you at AzCDL’s Action Center: HB 2095: . SB 1077: . Last week, two bills protecting your right to bear arms were scheduled for committee hearings but were “held” without being heard. It’s time to shine some light on those committees and let them know these bills need to heard and voted on favorably. HB 2095 was scheduled for a hearing in the House Government Committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, but...
  • Iowa Firearms Coalition Legislative Update

    01/28/2012 7:43:32 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 27 January, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -( Progress at the Capitol!This has been a busy, busy couple of weeks for IFC, your Iowa NRA Affiliate Club! We have 3 issues to update you on, a new state added recognition of Iowa’s Permit to Carry, steady progress on the Traditional Ammunition Ban front and most importantly Stand Your Ground legislation is moving forward! Iowa Permit Now Recognized in Georgia IFC has been working with NRA, and also with Gary Slider at, to help get Georgia to recognize Iowa’s Permit to Carry. Thanks to all parties involved for their efforts. Georgia law was written such...
  • Gun reformers press Obama for action (barf alert)

    01/25/2012 9:28:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 24 January, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    Some of the country's most prominent gun reformers are urging President Obama to promote stricter firearm rules in tonight's national address. Mayors Against Illegal Guns — a group headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino – called on Obama this week to use the State of the Union speech to press Congress for tighter background checks on potential weapons buyers. "Last year, 12,000 Americans were murdered with guns," Bloomberg and Menino wrote Monday in a letter to Obama. "But the grim fact that guns are used to murder 34 people a day is barely...
  • Santorum & Romney, unlike Gingrich, do not speak of specific legislation they would push if elected

    01/23/2012 7:18:00 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 13 replies
    January 23, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    Correct me if I am wrong, but unlike Newt Gingrich, Romney and Santorum rarely speak about specific legislation that they would introduce or push if they are elected president. Gingrich often speaks about elements in his Contract with America listed on What I usually hear from Romney is boasting about being a business man and how that may translate into a good president. He rarely pushes specific economic or cultural policy items. What I usually hear from Santorum is his boasting about his family values and he being the go-to guy in congress. He rarely pushes any specific legislative...
  • Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day”

    01/19/2012 6:51:47 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 21 replies
    Greeley Gazette ^ | January 13, 2012 | Matt Lacy
    Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day” by Matt Lacy – Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo testified on Tuesday in support of a New Hampshire bill proclaiming March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo. Schiavo, who spent 15 years on a feeding tube, became a focal point over the right to die issue and highlighted the need for individuals to have a living will specifying their wishes.. On February 25, 1990 Schiavo collapsed while at home. After being admitted to the hospital, doctors were unable to determine an exact cause of...
  • Trio of gun-rights bills up for debate(KS)

    01/16/2012 7:27:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 15 January, 2012 | Andy Marso Copyright 2012 CJ Online. All rights reserved. This material may not b
    An unlikely trio of House members has introduced an eclectic trio of gun-rights bills — one of which is a direct challenge to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other big-city mayors. With the support and aid of the Kansas State Rifle Association, Reps. Jana Goodman, Connie O'Brien and Jim Kelly came into the session locked and loaded, on a mission to make Kansas legally safer for gun sellers, gun manufacturers and corrections officers who want to conceal and carry. “It’s in the Constitution, and that right should be defended for self-protection,” Goodman said when asked why she is...
  • New Jersey Legislation to Repeal Gun Rationing Introduced

    01/14/2012 8:22:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 January, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    renton, NJ --( Last Tuesday, the first day of the 215th session of the New Jersey Legislature, Assembly Bill 857 was introduced. Introduced by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24), A 857 would repeal New Jersey’s law which allows residents to purchase only one handgun per month. Current law states, “A dealer shall not knowingly deliver more than one handgun to any person within any 30-day period.” Supporters of gun rationing claim that this law is needed to prevent criminals from buying large quantities of handguns for illegal resale. The following are three reasons why gun rationing should be repealed: 1....
  • Holding purveyors of anti-gun junk science accountable?

    01/12/2012 5:57:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    An article last month in the Conducive Chronicle raised the question of civil liability for publishing studies (or enabling their publishing) that support the "wrong" side of the climate change debate--or even making involvement in such studies illegal (emphasis added): Which raises the question: if these studies are largely designed not to shed light on climate change, but to create doubt and confusion to delay greenhouse gas regulations, why is it legal, and do those deliberately spreading misinformation face liability? Entrance into the debate about anthropogenic climate change is obviously far beyond the scope of St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner,...
  • Bill could prevent 'open-carry' gun owners from facing criminal charges

    12/27/2011 7:15:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Ladd Brubaker
    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill proposed for the 2012 Utah Legislature would prohibit a person who is lawfully carrying a firearm in public from being charged with non- firearm related crimes such as disorderly conduct or disturbing the operation of a school. HB49, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, states that, “… in the absence of additional threatening behavior, the otherwise lawful possession of a firearm … whether visible or concealed” would not in itself constitute a violation of various criminal statutes. The statutes specified by the bill also include failure to leave a higher education campus when ordered,...
  • Calguns Foundation – 2011 Year in Review

    12/27/2011 6:52:36 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Brandon Combs
    California --( I know that our fundamental right to keep and bear arms for self-defense is important to you. This individual liberty ensures that we have an opportunity to protect our lives and those of our loved ones should the need arise. We Californians are all too aware of the many infringements of this enumerated right that regular, law-abiding people like us face on a daily basis, yet it’s for this very reason the road to freedom runs through the Golden State. 2011 was a notable year for gun rights and our culture of respect for the constitution. Over the...
  • Officials try to roll back rules for concealed carry(WI)

    12/09/2011 1:43:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 December, 2011 | Ilona Argirion
    A legislative committee approved a bill that would suspend several of the Department of Justice emergency rules for concealed carry, including the rule requiring a minimum time for training. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Legislature Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules held a meeting regarding the training requirements to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon and passed the legislation suspending several of the DOJ’s emergency rules by a 6-3 majority. The next step for the bill will be to head to the Legislature for approval. The committee recommended in the legislation that parts of the DOJ’s emergency rule...
  • Rubio and Coons Team Up on AGREE Act

    11/17/2011 4:38:05 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 11/17/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have teamed up to create the "American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act," more simply known as the AGREE Act. This legislation focuses on policies that both Democrats and Republicans have proposed and endorsed. After all the gridlock in Washington, it looks like this bill, sponsored by Rubio and Coons, might actually start creating jobs in our horrible economy. I commend both Rubio and Coons for taking the first step to introduce a true bi-partisan bill that can be passed by both houses of Congress and the White House. What is in the...
  • Inhofe condemns Uganda's "harsh" anti-gay bill

    10/29/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Red Dirt Report ^ | October 28, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Responding to Red Dirt Report's October 27, 2011 story "Uganda, The Family and the reintroduction of 'loving punishments," U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., offered the following statement, sent to this reporter on Friday: "I do not, nor have I ever, supported or condoned this legislation. It is my hope that Uganda will abandon this unjust and extraordinarily harsh legislation," Inhofe said. As we reported in the aforementioned story, the Ugandan parliament is re-examining a bill in committee that would take a very hardline against homosexuals in Uganda. The bill, first introduced in 2009, was met with international...
  • No Firearms Training = No God Given Rights in Wisconsin

    10/20/2011 4:15:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2011 | Corey Graff, Wisconsin Gun Owners
    Wisconsin --( A single mom. Two kids in the backseat. Grocery shopping went fine, but the man approaching their car has a gun and is about to turn the parking lot into a scene straight from hell. Thankfully mom has a gun. Wait a minute, no she doesn’t. She doesn’t have the gun … because according to State Rep. Garey Bies and a small group of self-righteous elitist do-gooders in the gun community she doesn’t have … “enough training.” Too late. Many gun owners talk a good game about concealed carry training and boast endlessly about what they want to...
  • Ditch Tax System? That's Fair, Group Says

    10/19/2011 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 7 replies
    Bob Martin doesn’t mind paying taxes. As a pharmacist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, the Lake Hallie resident said he is paid a good salary and is glad to pay taxes. But, he said: “I shouldn’t have to pay someone $400 to do them.” Martin said the Fair Tax Act of 2011 would change that, revitalize the nation’s economy and spur the creation of thousands of jobs, if not more. The Fair Tax is still a tax, and it wouldn’t affect state income taxes. But instead of paying a federal income and payroll tax, people would pay what...
  • Rep. McCullough leading review of Oklahoma’s gun laws

    10/07/2011 9:38:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 6 October, 2011 | NA
    For the first time in at least a decade, state lawmakers met to review the status of Oklahoma’s gun laws in an effort to maximize citizens’ rights. “We are conducting a serious, thoughtful examination of Oklahoma’s gun laws,” said state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Sapulpa Republican who requested the study. “Our goal is to develop responsible proposals for expanding the right to carry firearms in self-defense.” During the study, members of the House Public Safety Committee heard testimony from Oklahoma City University law professor Michael O’Shea, a nationally recognized expert on the Second Amendment; Miles Hall, owner of H&H Gun...
  • Oklahoma Lawmakers Move Toward Open Carry Of Guns

    09/23/2011 6:53:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 20 September, 2011 | Michael Konopasek
    OKLAHOMA CITY – If Oklahoma becomes an open-carry state, people will be able to carry a gun on display for everyone to see. It's an issue state lawmakers are setting their sights on once again. A group of lawmakers is studying the idea before pulling the trigger on a new law. The study included both law enforcement officials and gun industry leaders. It was an opportunity for lawmakers to learn more about the pros and cons of allowing Oklahoma to become an open carry state. Supporters are hopeful that this time around a law will be signed. Paul Isenberg is...
  • Bill would clarify grizzly self-defense rights

    09/14/2011 11:43:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Capital Press ^ | September 14, 2011 | Sean Ellis
    BOISE --Idaho's congressional delegation introduced legislation today that would amend the Endangered Species Act to clarify that people have the right to defend themselves and their families from grizzly bear attacks. The legislation is in response to the well-publicized case of Jeremy Hill, a north Idaho man who was charged last month with violating the ESA for killing a grizzly bear on his property in May. Hill said he believed he was defending himself and his family. While the U.S. attorney later dropped all federal criminal charges, Hill agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened...
  • S. Korea to raise reward money for reporting spies, spy ships ($500K)

    08/07/2011 3:49:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/06/11
    2011/08/06 10:01 KST S. Korea to raise reward money for reporting spies, spy ships SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will sharply raise the amount of money given to people who report spies and spy ships as part of its efforts to raise peoples' awareness toward national security threats, the government said Saturday. The Ministry of Justice said a preannouncement of legislation has been made that will revise current rules regarding rewards so a maximum 500 million won (US$467,700) can be given for information on spies, and 750 million won for people who report spy ships.
  • Felony or Felony Stupid: It shouldn’t be Rewarded

    08/04/2011 6:21:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 25 July, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    Representative Darrel Issa (R-CA) referred to the activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Operation Fast and Furious as “felony stupid.” Others have suggested that the plan was intentionally designed and cleverly crafted to bolster statistics in support of stricter gun control laws. Whether the operation was just stupid or intentionally criminal, it was clearly bad behavior on the part of ATF and Justice Department (DOJ) and such bad behavior should not be rewarded. Some members of Congress, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in particular, want to reward ATF and DOJ’s criminal stupidity with...
  • Obama's twitter barrage loses him 37,000 followers

    07/29/2011 11:44:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:17 AM on 30th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama alienated 37,00 twitter followers last night with scores of tweets urging followers to contact their local Congressman over the debt deal. With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low of 40 per cent amidst the debt crisis, tens of thousands of Americans unfollwed the President to avoid the deulge. The president’s staff sent a total of 118 tweets asking his followers to write their Republican lawmakers to demand a compromise on debt legislation. The first tweet read: 'The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know....
  • Congress Moves ahead on Gun Legislation

    07/27/2011 4:11:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 27 July, 2011 | NA
    Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON ) -- It’s already written in the Constitution's Second Amendment, and now Congress is addressing new legislation that will revise regulations regarding citizens' right to bear arms. If passed, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill would increase the number of legally-owned handguns on American streets and lower the conceal-and-carry restrictions on those weapons. The new bill would make it legal across all states for out-of-state visitors to conceal and carry firearms, so long as they are permitted to do so in their home states. This would essentially make the conceal-and-carry laws of California, Illinois, and New York obsolete.
  • New Arizona Firearms Laws Effective July 20th

    07/22/2011 8:09:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 20 July, 2011 | AZCDL
    Catalina, AZ --( The 2011 Legislative session started on January 10th and ended on April 20th. With pro-rights majorities in both chambers and a Governor that signed Constitutional Carry into law in 2010, the passage of pro-rights legislation looked encouraging. Four bills, three in the House and one in the Senate, were filed early that dealt positively with some form of Campus Carry. However, after an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords at a political gathering in Tucson on January 8th, some alleged “pro-rights” state legislators revealed that they were willing to take any position on any issue for the sake...
  • Federal Act Could Limit Environmental Lawsuits, Awards

    06/30/2011 5:49:28 PM PDT · by girlangler · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 6/24/11 | Etta Pettijohn
    Federal Act Could Limit Environmental Lawsuits, Awards By Etta Pettijohn The practices of two environmental groups best known for suing federal agencies to end logging, grazing, mining on public land and to hamstring wildlife agencies could be halted if legislation sponsored by western Congressional members becomes law. The Government Litigation Savings Act, introduced to Congress in late May, would amend the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). Supporters say it would not, as some critics of the measure claim, reverse the opportunity for disadvantaged plaintiffs to recoup legal fees as recourse against government actions. The EAJA, passed in 1980, was...
  • New York's Marriage Scam

    06/28/2011 10:17:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 28, 2011 | Bill Murchison
    Marriage in New York State, by act of its legislature, and in spite of everything you've always heard, is for everybody, and every combination of everybodies. Except, you know what -- it's not. And, what's more, won't ever be. For all the legislature's grandeur and power, and the fervent encouragement of The New York Times, no aggregation of human beings enjoys the power to redefine marriage. What New York has done, amid much trumpeting and self-congratulation, is create a secular-political institution and give it, spuriously, the name of marriage, according to whose regulations two men may join themselves to each...
  • New state air-gun law worries Fairfax(VA)

    06/06/2011 5:01:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 June, 2011 | Leah Fabel
    The use of BB guns and other air-powered weapons will soon be legal on private property throughout Virginia, angering Northern Virginia officials whose constituents live in heavily populated areas. "For our area, it is insane," said state Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax. "It's one thing to do this in any rural area, but to allow it in a suburban or urban area like much of Northern Virginia?" "Pneumatic weapons" - from paintball guns to pellet guns that shoot at 1,000 feet per second -- have long been treated as regular firearms under Fairfax County's code. Their use is generally prohibited in...
  • Nazi Legislation for a "Judenrein" (Jewfree) California: Banning Judaism

    06/03/2011 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/3/11 | Pamela Geller
    Last week I posted on a clearly antisemitic piece of legislation in San Francisco and Santa Monica banning the Jewish religious tradition of circumcision. Judenrein in Sunny Southern California: Banning Male Circumcision. America, this is getting very, very ugly. Male circumcision is significantly healthier with or without the important religious significance. The Islamic practice of female genital mutilation (cutting off the clitoris) is sick misogyny. To equate the two is officially legislating Jew-hatred. Any doubt this was motivated by hatred and racism? Zombie over at PJM: Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban is anti-Semitic As you may have heard by now,...
  • FR exclusive: Press Ignores Unprecedented Unconstitutional use of Autopen to Ratify Legislation

    05/27/2011 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 24 replies
    Prior to 0bama's act yesterday, no US president has used an autopen to sign legislation into law (there is no evidence of this prior to yesterday - likely because noone but a president with no proof he is Constitutionally qualified would be so cavalier about signing a bill into law). You would think a real journalist would investigate and highlight this fact as incredibly problematic (especially a journalist who formerly hated the Patriot Act when it was Bush's legislation). All TSA-type actions (that are lawful only by virtue of the Patriot Act) performed in the period between the old law's...

    05/16/2011 3:28:28 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 56 replies
    Congressman Allen West ^ | May 16, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    Dear Patriot, Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans - a very fast-paced week, and here we are for our weekly update to you all. I must share a "Sense of the Congressman" at this time. This is the last week of high school for my oldest daughter Aubrey Elizabeth. She will be graduating from Archbishop McCarthy and going on to attend Nova Southeastern University to begin her pre-med studies. I just want to take the time to express to all how proud I am of my daughter in this accomplishment. Likewise, my youngest daughter, Austen Brianna, will...
  • Obama Signs Legislation To Make Supplements and Alternative Health Remedies Illegal

    05/15/2011 9:01:04 AM PDT · by Windflier · 95 replies ^ | September 14th, 2010 | James Williams
    Right through the back door, while everyone was focused on the gulf oil spill, Barack Obama gave his signature to legislation permitting the U.S. Government to outlaw supplements and alternative health treatments. That means that the supplements you take and therapies you use to keep your body healthy, can now be made illegal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Obama quietly gave permission for Codex Alimentarius - the United Nation's worldwide plan for food standards - to take effect in the U.S. via Executive Order 13544 of June 10, 2010....
  • FLASH – permitless carry passes Senate 30-20(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:06:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s permitless carry bill, HB 271, has passed the Senate with a vote of 30-20. More properly said, the Senate has concurred in the conference committee report on HB 271 by a vote of 30-20. The conference committee version only affects concealed carry INSIDE the city limits of an incorporated city or town. Concealed carry outside city limits (99.4% of Montana) has not required a permit since 1991. Open carry inside city limits has never required a permit in Montana. The CC version of HB 271 allows a person to carry concealed (“wholly or partially covered by clothing or wearing...
  • Other Gun Rights Measures Gaining Traction In Congress

    04/27/2011 5:17:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    onlygunsandmoney ^ | 26 April, 2011 | John Richardson
    Much attention has been placed on HR 822 – National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act – and rightfully so. It now has 171 co-sponsors and, hopefully, will have more after Congress gets back from its district “work” break. Besides this bill, there are a number of other gun rights measures starting to gain traction in Congress if measured by the number of co-sponsors. HR 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which was introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) now has 93 co-sponsors including a number of Blue Dog Democrats. Under current law, you are allowed to purchase a long gun at...
  • The SaVE Act: Trading Liberty for Security on Campus

    04/26/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT · by MNDude · 1 replies
    The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, introduced in the Senate by Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey requires schools to include incidents of alleged sexual violence in their annual crime reports and to develop and distribute (to students and federal authorities) policy statements outlining their sexual violence prevention programs and procedures for addressing allegations of assault, stalking, and other violent acts. The SaVE Act implicitly assumes the guilt of students accused of sexual violence or stalking and ensures that guilt is fairly easy to establish. It requires schools to employ the lowest possible standard of proof -- a preponderance of evidence...
  • Democratic congressman aims to disarm all but the rich

    04/22/2011 4:28:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 21 April, 2011 | Howard Nemerov
    One gambit of gun banners is to promote “sensible gun laws” that increase firearms costs, ensuring that fewer Americans can afford guns. Yesterday, Congressman Mike Quigley (D, IL-5) announced his “TRACE (Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement) Act.” Ostensibly, this will “give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) a greater ability to identify the source of illicit guns and choke off the supply to traffickers.” TRACE requires: * “A second, hidden serial number on every gun”. * “Maintaining background check records for 60 days”, instead of the current 24 hours. * “gun dealers to perform inventory checks to report...
  • Senate Introduces Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

    04/21/2011 9:35:44 AM PDT · by greatplains · 20 replies
    EHS Today ^ | 04/15/11 | Laura Walter
    "On April 14, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., along with Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others, introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 to upgrade the nation’s system for managing chemical safety and protect communities from toxic chemicals." (snip) "In addition to overhauling the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the act would: *Require EPA to identify and restrict the “worst of the worst” chemicals, those that persist and build up in the food chain; *Require basic health and safety information for all chemicals as a condition for entering or remaining on the market; *Reduce...
  • Home Stretch – final push needed(Montana Constitutional Carry)

    04/19/2011 7:20:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    MSSA ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Home Stretch – final push needed April 18, 2011 The Legislature will adjourn this coming week. We have several bills in some sort of limbo that need a final push. Here’s the wrap-up. HB 271, permitless carry. Senate concurrence with the conference committee report will come before the Senate on Second Reading tomorrow (Monday). See my previous email about HB 271. All senators need to be urged to vote to acceptthe conference committee report on HB 271. SB 371, ammunition component manufacture. SB 371 was amended in the House to restore two incentives for manufacturers that had been stripped in...
  • Texas Gun Laws Open Carry

    04/16/2011 7:01:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 15 April,2011 | Mark Berman
    Texas is a traditionally rough-and-tumble state that has some of the most permissive guns laws in the country. But you may be surprised to learn that it is illegal to carry a gun openly there. Texas is one of just seven states -- the others are Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and South Carolina, plus Washington, D.C. -- that does not have an open-carry law. Gun advocates are trying to get the state legislature to pass an open-carry law, but so far it has been unable to do so. "It's shocking that Texas, with its history of rugged individualism...
  • Arizona Senate Passes Proof of Eligibility Legislation; One Step Closer To... Got Papers!?

    04/13/2011 12:24:58 PM PDT · by patlin · 41 replies
    ObamaRelease YourRecords ^ | April 14, 2011 | ObamaRelease YourRecords
    The Arizona legislation just passed HB 2177 in the Senate and it now moves on to the Arizona House and then to Gov... reported that passed 21-9, however, specific vote count not confirmed yet
  • Rep. Hunter pushes 11th-hour anti-self-defense measure; Hearing Wednesday(WA)

    04/13/2011 4:45:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 April, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A bill that would strip Washington citizens of a unique self-defense protection is being fast-tracked by its sponsor, anti-gun State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th District), who unveiled the measure on Saturday and has it scheduled for a hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee – which he chairs – on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Olympia. Both the National Rifle Association and Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are furiously alerting their members. CCRKBA is issuing a press statement that calls the move “an outrage.” Both alerts have the names, phone numbers and e-mail...
  • Self-defense bill sees support in Alaska Legislature

    04/11/2011 5:30:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 9 April, 2011 | Christopher Eshleman
    JUNEAU — The state House on Saturday easily cleared a plan to clarify — or broaden, depending on who’s talking — people’s right to defend themselves with deadly force. It would expand the explicit (in state law) right to use lethal force to apply anywhere someone has “a right to be.” Proponents say it will assure everyone in Alaska he or she does not need to back off if they find themselves in a dangerous situation and want to fight back with a lethal weapon. Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon and a co-sponsor, said the change would send two messages. To...
  • Freedom to choose … beer!

    03/31/2011 9:24:18 AM PDT · by Publician · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 29 | Ben Terris
    The National Beer Wholesalers Association is pushing hard for something they claim is "states rights" but will take away my right to drink the beer I want!
  • Packing Heat In Oklahoma

    03/23/2011 4:51:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 22 March, 2011 | Abbie Alford
    Carrying a gun out in the open could become a reality in Oklahoma. State lawmakers have shot down several gun proposals but one Senate bill still alive has some surprising opponents. SB 129, sponsored by Senator Steven Russell R-Oklahoma City, would give anyone 18 years of age or older the right to openly carry a gun without a license or training. FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why the Oklahoma Rifle Association is saying no to the current proposal. The uproar with lawmakers first started on campus, college students and faculty member should be able to carry guns. Those proposals were shot...
  • Gun law pre-emption fine bills advance

    03/22/2011 5:22:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 21 March, 2011 | LILLY ROCKWELL
    TALLAHASSEE — A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that strengthens financial penalties against cities and counties for enacting tougher gun laws than the state requires gained momentum on Monday. Committees in both the Senate and House voted to approve the bill, which takes an existing law that prevents local governments from pre-empting the state's gun laws and adds financial penalties between $5,000 and $100,000. The financial penalty was reduced from the originally proposed $5 million through an amendment to both chambers' version of the bill. The proposal (SB 402, HB 45) was not without critics, who blasted the...
  • While DC fiddles, Oklahoma burns for open carry

    03/21/2011 3:17:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 March, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Despite the US Supreme Court's striking down of the District of Columbia's handgun ownership ban in 2008, residents and visitors to the nation's Capital continued to be denied the fundamental right to carry handguns in public, either concealed, or openly. This issue is both under litigation and being scrutinized by a restless Congress. But while DC fiddles for any right to carry, Oklahoma burns for open carry. Oklahoma is one of only 7 states banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns in public. Last week the Republican dominated Oklahoma Senate passed SB 129, a bill to, like most states,...
  • So Who IS Invited to the President’s Gun Control Pow-Wow?

    03/18/2011 10:36:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 16 March, 2011 | Robert Farago
    Anyone remember when President Obama invited Republicans to a sit-down on health care? The Prez proceeded to dominate the “discussions,” completely ignored Republican suggestions and rammed through one of the largest and most unpopular pieces of legislation in United States history. That’s just one example of the President’s bogus bi-partisanship: the Commander-in-Chief’s desire to appear centrist without actually being centrist. Is it any wonder that National Rifle Association jefe Wayne LaPierre greeted Obama’s invitation to meet with the Prez and gun control groups to discuss current gun laws with his own invitation to the President to fuck off and die...