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  • PA House Moves to Spank Scofflaw Governments, Concurs with HB80 (preemption enforcement)

    10/24/2014 5:04:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.   You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordiance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary. Pennsylvania has such a law, and it is a well thought out example.  There is only one problem; the means to enforce it is weak.   To prevent local governments form flouting the rule...
  • PA:Bill to Hold Scofflaw Governments Accountable Passes Senate

    10/18/2014 6:18:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    HB1243 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 6th, 143 to 54.   The bill adds teeth to the Pennsylvania preemption law that has been on the books for years.   Over 50 local governments have made a mockery of the rule of law by passing restrictive and illegal local ordinances.  The bill allows member organizations to sue municipalities on behalf of their members, so those who push citizen disarmament (disarmenters?)  are claiming that it gives authority for the NRA to sue local governments. That is true, just as the ACLU sues local governments over first amendment issues, or the...
  • PA: Rumors on Preemption Bill HB2011

    09/24/2014 1:18:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Pennsylvania, the legislature is looking at a strong preemption bill, HB2011, to put some strength into the Pennsylvania preemption law.   Local governments have been scoffing at the law, because it has no provision for enforcement.   Other states have had to add enforcement measures to their law for this very reason.  All states have some form of preemption for gun laws.  The law seemed likely to be brought up last week.   It wasn't. From ar15.com, brich2929 writes, on 17 September, that State Rep Brad Roae's facebook page had this notice:  We will be voting on a pro gun rights...
  • PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform

    09/15/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org: Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital...
  • ID: Coeu d'Alene City Council Scoffs at the Law

    09/11/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Coeur d'Alene City Council. Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state.  The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing Idaho governments to follow the state law.   Most have been doing so, at least when notified.  Coeur d'Alene seems to have less respect for the rule of law than most.  ...
  • UT: Scofflaw City Agrees to Follow Gun Law

    08/30/2014 6:35:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Utah municipality of Sandy City has agreed to stop violating state law.   The city had passed ordinances that were  clearly in violation of state law.    Nearly all states control what power is granted to cities.   State power is granted by the Constitution, and constrained by it, as is federal power. Most states have reserved the power to regulate guns to the state level, so that there will be uniform gun laws throughout the state.   Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption law that does this. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking...
  • AZ:Governor Brewer Vetos Gun Law Reforms

    04/23/2014 9:19:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Jan Brewer vetoed gun law reforms that would have held local governments accountable.   HB 2517 would have put teeth into the state's preemption law, with penalties for government officials that prosecuted people  for violating illegitimate local ordinances.   Florida passed a similar bill in 2011 after scofflaw governments routinely persecuted citizens who exercised their second amendment rights.  Pennsylvania and Ohio are considering similar measures. HB 2339 would have ensured that local governments who wished to prevent people from carrying weapons in public buildings would have to do more than depend on those who would obey signs directing them to...
  • Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

    02/13/2014 8:51:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    NRAILA ^ | 12 February, 2014 | NRAILA
    Today, the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2473 by voice vote, sending it to the House floor.  HB 2473 was approved with the addition of a critical self-defense amendment offered by state Representative Michael Houser (R-1), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle without having a concealed handgun license (CHL).  Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support this comprehensive legislation! If passed and enacted into law, HB 2473 would expand Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibit municipalities from implementing local...
  • KY: Knive Preemption Law Introduced

    12/17/2013 6:13:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Knife Rights,  the organization that is opening up a "second front on the second amendment" just announced that a knife preemption bill has been introduced in Kentucky for 2014.  This is from the email that I received from them: Kentucky Knife Law Preemption Bill Filed    Kentucky state Senator Robin Webb has introduced a Knife Rights Knife Law Preemption bill, BR 384,  for the 2014 session.  BR 384 would repeal all existing local knife regulations and prohibit any future knife regulations, making state knife law supreme over the entire state.  It also specifically provides that parties may sue to enjoin...
  • FL:A state preemption bill for knives

    12/05/2013 6:52:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    heraldtribune.com ^ | 4 December, 2013 | Lee Williams
    State Senator Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, has introduced a preemption bill for knives that is very similar to the state's firearms preemption laws. If passed, Altman's bill would safeguard the right to carry a pocket knife across Florida. Sen. Thad Altman Sen. Thad Altman The "Uniform Knife and Weapons Act" would eliminate local knife ordinances, which differ across the state. SB 458 would invest only the state legislature with the power to enact knife laws, and allows for civil penalties against public officials or municipalities that fail to repeal their current knife regulations or seek to pass more
  • VT:EXCLUSIVE: Preemptive Strike(Firearm Preemption under threat0

    12/04/2013 7:17:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Guns Magazine ^ | December, 2013 | David Codrea
    Back before a handful of other states adopted “Constitutional Carry” laws providing for permitless carrying of concealed firearms, the practice was called “Vermont Carry,” as the Green Mountain State stood alone throughout the 20th Century in not prohibiting it. Long known for lenient gun laws and low numbers of homicides, Vermont represented the perfect real-world test of economist John Lott’s “More Guns Less Crime” thesis. Which made it a threat to the gun-grabbers… Vermont had also enacted firearms preemption legislation, meaning laws were set by the state, prohibiting municipalities from establishing a “patchwork quilt” of conflicting ordinances that would make...
  • North Carolina Cities Violate Gun Law, Face Consequences

    12/03/2013 8:12:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from newsobserver.com In 2011, the North Carolina legislature passed a law to address some of the problems of local governments suppressing the bearing of arms with a hodgepodge of ordinances.  A citizen could be cited for crossing a street without knowing that they were violating a local ordinance.  The 2011 law removed parks from the list of places where cities could ban firearms, along with a number of other reforms.   However, a loophole was left in the law: cities could ban guns from "recreational facilities", which were defined loosely enough that cities banned carry in entire parks that...
  • OH: Cities May be Pushed to Obey Firearms Law

    11/26/2013 7:43:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
     Ohio State Seal As with most states, Ohio pre-empts  local governments from enacting gun ordinances that are stricter than state law.   To allow such laws would make the exercise of second amendment rights a legal minefield, as it would be practically impossible to keep up with hundreds of variations in the law that could make a perfectly legal act on one side of the street a serious crime on the other side. Cleveland challenged the law in 2010, claiming that "home rule" prevented the state from restraining the cities power.   The Ohio supreme court upheld earlier  rulings in favor...
  • PA:Gun-Rights Rallygoers Defy Local Law, Confront ‘Police State’ Actions

    06/24/2013 12:09:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/23/gun-rights-rallygoers-defy-local-law-confront-police-stat | 23 June, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    “First, our constitution…says that the right of people to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned,” said Cook. ”The preemption clause in our state law…says that local towns like Erie can’t make other laws concerning firearms.”Cook was one of about 80 who showed up to support “Open Carry Pennsylvania.” Erie police estimated there were 15 to 20 people carrying firearms in the crowd, and they issued citations to some of them, noted the Erie Times-News.Rally organizers tried to get an injunction against the city ordinance, but failed.More from the Erie Times-News: Those at the rally...
  • Indiana ruling upholds decision to reject gun suit

    03/18/2013 1:01:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    heraldbulletin.com ^ | 18 March, 2013 | AP
    HAMMOND, Ind. — The losing attorney in a case over Hammond gun-control ordinances vowed to take the matter to the Indiana Supreme Court after a state appeals court upheld a ruling that two area residents weren't adversely impacted by the restrictions because they're moot under Indiana law.
  • Bill to void gun laws in 4 W.Va. cities advances

    03/09/2013 5:31:28 AM PST · by marktwain
    wvgazette.com ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Eric Eyre
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill that would void Charleston's gun ordinances moved a step closer to passage in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday. House members approved a second reading of the legislation (HB2760) in the morning without amending the bill. A final House vote on the bill is expected next week. The measure would strike down county and municipal gun control ordinances, including those enacted by the city of Charleston in the 1990s, that are inconsistent with state law. ---------------------------cut------------------ Opponents of local gun control measures have tried to get the laws in Charleston and other cities...
  • Gun rights battle puts small Washington city under national microscope

    01/25/2013 3:15:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The mayor of Oak Harbor, Wash. has revealed to Examiner that he will revive a discussion about the city’s illegal prohibition on firearms in city parks at a Feb. 5 city council meeting, and he will not back down from what could be a political and philosophical donnybrook. At issue is political correctness and anti-gun hoplophobia versus state law and constitutionally-protected rights. The Oak Harbor case is something of a microcosm of the national divide over gun rights. Mayor Scott Dudley anticipates a standing-room-only audience at the meeting because of a recent video showing a verbal confrontation between a local...
  • SAF winning firearms freedom without lawsuits

    10/25/2012 6:35:10 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 October, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation has launched a unique pilot project in Washington and Virginia that advances its legal agenda without actually filing any lawsuits, and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told this column that he is looking to take this campaign nationwide in 2013. SAF’s motto has been “Winning Firearms Freedom One Lawsuit at a Time” since the foundation’s landmark Second Amendment case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2010. That ruling incorporated the Second Amendment to the states, thus opening a floodgate for challenges to local laws and ordinances that...
  • Weight of attorney general’s opinion on open carry debate

    10/07/2012 7:55:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 6 October, 2012 | Hurst Laviana
    The wording of the law seems clear. “Nothing in this section shall prohibit a city or county from regulating the manner of openly carrying a loaded firearm” on public property. Tell that to the lawyers. From the Kansas Attorney General’s Office: “A city may not completely prohibit the open carry of a loaded firearm on one’s person.” From the Kansas League of Municipalities: “Logically, if the city can regulate, it can prohibit. … The attorney general’s reasoning is erroneous.” The attorney general’s opinion that was released Dec. 29 prompted city councils in Wichita and Overland Park to rewrite their firearms...
  • VCDL’s Roanoke County picnic was a rousing success(open carry, VA)

    07/17/2012 5:14:18 AM PDT · by marktwain
    monachuslex.com ^ | 16 July, 2012 | John Pierce
    On Saturday last, VCDL held a picnic in Green Hill Park in Salem, VA. The event, billed as the “Oh yes we can!” picnic garnered quite a bit of media attention. The picnic, which was attended by over 150 people despite the at-times torrential rain, was held to protest a badly worded Roanoke County ordinance concerning guns in parks. The ordinance which I wrote about when it was first brought to my attention by well known gun rights activists Ed Levine and Brian Reynolds is the most convoluted ordinance I have ever read, including I might add those we studied...
  • VCDL’s Roanoke County picnic was a rousing success

    07/16/2012 7:41:14 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 4 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Pierce
    On Saturday last, VCDL held a picnic in Green Hill Park in Salem, VA. The event, billed as the “Oh yes we can!” picnic garnered quite a bit of media attention. The picnic, which was attended by over 150 people despite the at-times torrential rain, was held to protest a badly worded Roanoke County ordinance concerning guns in parks. The ordinance which I wrote about when it was first brought to my attention by well known gun rights activists Ed Levine and Brian Reynolds is the most convoluted ordinance I have ever read, including I might add those we studied...
  • Washington gun law in the crosshairs(WA)

    06/01/2012 5:33:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Washington State’s 29-year-old model state preemption statute is definitely under the gun in the wake of Wednesday’s multiple slayings and a string of recent shootings that have put the Seattle Police Department’s skills to the test. That department has been under considerable criticism in recent months, but on Wednesday, everyone from the top down earned every penny of their pay. That applies especially to Deputy Chief Nick Metz, who was criticized a few days ago in this column for something he said. He deserves high marks for what he did throughout the day Wednesday in the midst of a chaotic...
  • Chestnuthill Twp. to reconsider gun-possession ordinance(PA)

    05/28/2012 6:33:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    poconorecord.com ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Chad Smith
    Chestnuthill Township supervisors will consider whether a township ordinance prohibiting guns in the township park should be repealed. The ordinance may conflict with a state law that says that municipalities don't have the authority to limit the rights of gun owners as long as the owners act in accordance with state gun laws. The possible conflict of local and state laws was brought to the township's attention by Brodheadsville resident William Gray. Gray doesn't want to fear being punished if he carries a firearm into Chestnuthill Park, he said. Gray said that, among other reasons, he'd like to have a...
  • Good News On Kentucky Pro-Rights Legislation This Spring

    05/25/2012 12:08:31 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed
    Frankfort, Ky --(Ammoland.com)- Good news! After the disappointments with the General Assembly in the last few years, when several bills that KC3 and other interested gun owners favored were allowed to wither and die without a hearing, this spring has been like a renewal of the spirit of freedom in Kentucky. For the NRA press release about the three bills that were passed, go to this page from the KC3 blog – http://kc3blog.blogspot.com/2012/04/hb-500-is- now-law.html The bill that was most important to us, HB500 from Rep. Robert Damron, is summarized in this way: HB 500, sponsored by state Representative Bob Damron...
  • California State Senate Passes Anti-Gun Legislation

    05/20/2012 7:59:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- The battle for your Second Amendment rights continues to rage in Sacramento. On Monday, May 14, the California Senate passed two bills that are detrimental to California gun owners. Senate Bill 1315 passed in the state Senate by a vote of 21 to 14 and Senate Bill 1366 passed by a vote of 23 to 14. Senate Bill 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearm preemption law. Firearm preemption laws are in place to standardize firearm laws across the state. This critical law...
  • Missouri Bill Permits Concealed Carry Guns on City Trains and Buses

    04/16/2012 8:56:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    guns.com ^ | 14 April, 2012 | Aaron Samsel
    Guns.com is busy soaking in the sights, sounds (and smells?) of St. Louis at the 2012 NRA convention but our trip to Missouri has also given us a chance to mingle with gun owners, writers and lobbyists from across the country and swap notes. For example, the word on the street here in Saint Louie is that if a new proposal gets wings, NRA members will be permitted to carry their guns home with them, openly or concealed—on public transportation. Currently, Missouri state lawmakers are mired in legislation that works to block all cities (though this is clearly aimed St....
  • The Cutting Edge(GA knife preemption)

    03/28/2012 8:07:37 PM PDT · by marktwain
    waronguns.blogspot.com ^ | 27 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Cutting Edge March 26, 2012: Knife Rights' Georgia Knife Preemption Bill SB432 must be scheduled for a vote in the next three days or it will not become law. It is critical for you to take a moment and call the office of Georgia's Speaker of the House David Ralston and POLITELY request that he "please schedule SB432 for a vote as soon as possible." That's all the message you need to leave. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: 404-656-5020 Email: david.ralston@house.ga.gov
  • Georgia Knife Preemption Bill up for House Hearing

    03/16/2012 8:45:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Doug Ritter
    Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has been assigned SB432, Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill that would repeal all local knife ordinances more restrictive than state law. The committee will consider SB432 in the coming days. Once again, we need your help to get this bill passed. Your calls and emails made a big impact in the Senate. Now, please call or email and ask the members of the committee to vote YES on SB432 when it is before them for consideration. Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, will be traveling...
  • Gun Rights Organization Lawsuit Dismissed, But City Ordered to Pay Legal Fees (OH)

    03/14/2012 4:13:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    clevelandheights.patch.com ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Michelle Simakis
    A judge has ordered the City of Cleveland Heights to pay Ohioans for Concealed Carry’s legal fees after the organization sued the city over its firearm-related laws. However, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled it moot in February, as Cleveland Heights took care of the ordinances in question less than a month after the lawsuit was filed. Cleveland Heights was ordered to pay $7,000. The gun-rights organization took the issue to court in August 2011 because officials said Cleveland Heights’ gun laws were in conflict with new state laws, and the city had ignored...
  • Florida Carry Sues the City of Leesburg FL

    03/14/2012 11:53:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Florida Carry
    Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- Leesburg FL (March 14th, 2012) As was reported in December, the City of Leesburg, FL has decided to stick by its anti-gun laws in direct defiance of state law and their own city charter. Leesburg City Manager Jay Evans has flatly refused our requests that the city repeal its firearm ordinances, in compliance with state preemption of firearms law. City Manager Evans stated that: “Any action taken in the future regarding the existence of these laws in our Code of Ordinances will be done at the discretion, pleasure, and timing of the Leesburg City Commission.” The City...
  • Georgia Knife Preemption Bill Passes Senate 41-12

    03/10/2012 1:48:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Doug Ritter
    Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- Congratulations! With the help of the many knife enthusiasts who emailed and called Georgia Senators, the Georgia Senate passed SB432 by a vote of 41-12. SB432 is Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill that would repeal all local knife ordinances more restrictive than state law. Now it moves to the House for consideration. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “We are very excited and pleased by the outpouring of emails and calls from knife enthusiasts around the country who let Georgia Senators know that this bill was important to them. Thanks for your help!” Ritter also gave...
  • Seattle bitterly vows to lobby for erosion of state preemption(WA)

    03/09/2012 7:00:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes evidently cannot take “no” for an answer. Reacting today to the State Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for review in Seattle’s appeal of its double-loss in an effort to adopt a city parks gun ban in defiance of Washington’s 29-year-old state preemption statute, reported by this column earlier, Holmes told the Seattle Times that the city will take its campaign to the legislature next year. “Seattle sought a second look not only on behalf of its residents but for all forms of local governments in the state that want authority over their own properties....
  • Open Carry group looks to expand gun rights(AL)

    02/21/2012 5:19:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    tuscaloosanews.com ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Robert DeWitt
    TUSCALOOSA | Eddie Fulmer took exception to the City of Tuscaloosa’s ban on firearms on city property. Alabama’s constitution forbids local governments from enacting gun-control legislation. But in April 2010, the City Council enacted an ordinance that stated anyone carrying a firearm on city property would be treated as a trespasser. “That’s taking away a man’s right to self-defense,” said Fulmer, a Tuscaloosa firefighter. “That’s the city exercising gun control and taking away our right to self-defense.” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said that most government facilities and courthouses had “reasonable security measures” in place and that he felt this was...
  • Wyoming House shoots down gun bill

    02/17/2012 5:51:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    trib.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | JEREMY PELZER and KELLY BYER
    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House of Representatives narrowly voted down legislation Wednesday that would have prevented local government officials in the state from passing any gun control laws, under penalty of heavy fines or even removal from office. House Bill 60, sponsored by state Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, got 38 votes, two short of the two-thirds majority needed for the legislation to be introduced. The bill would have added teeth to a Wyoming law already on the books that gives the state primacy over gun laws and prohibits cities, counties and other local bodies from passing their own laws regulating...
  • One commissioner disagrees with others about gun bill(WY)

    02/17/2012 5:35:37 AM PST · by marktwain
    trib.com ^ | 16 February, 2012 | TOM MORTON
    Moot, but noteworthy: Tuesday, Natrona County commissioners met in an unusual morning work session because Chairman Ed Opella and Rob Hendry wanted to hit the road to Cheyenne to meet with the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and legislators. Matt Keating had to leave early, so he missed the discussion about what commissioners wanted to convey to the WCCA. -------------------cut------------------------ In December, the Casper City Council passed a controversial ordinance that banned openly carried weapons at city government meetings. Hendry and Terry Wingerter said the city's controversy hasn't affected the county, yet. Wednesday, Matt called me so say he disagreed with...
  • Help Wyoming Put Teeth into Their State Firearms Preemption Law

    02/15/2012 6:31:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Anthony Bouchard
    Wyoming --(Ammoland.com)- As early as today HB-60 will be introduced in the house by Representative Kendell Kroeker (R-Casper) — It will require a 2/3rds vote to advance to committee. Please email your House Representative ASAP and ask them to support this legislation that will put a end to local governments placing restrictions on your right to carry. Wyoming has enjoyed a preemption since 1995, but unfortunately the “local” municipal politicians seem to believe that they hold more than the keys to the city. Simply put, many city politicians believe they are above the law and ignore the state the preemption....
  • Iowa Firearms Preemption Bill to Committee Vote Tomorrow

    02/09/2012 8:58:31 AM PST · by marktwain
    ammoland.com ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -(Ammoland.com)- Contact Public Safety Committee members today and urge them to vote YES tomorrow on HF 2114, the Iowa Firearm Preemption Act. Ask these members to vote YES and support current state law in Iowa code 724.7 and 724.28 that explicitly state that permit holders should be allowed to carry anywhere except where state and federal law allow. Punishing law-abiding citizens that are fully screened and have had extensive background checks by disallowing them access to public buildings is dishonoring to Iowans. It also puts honest, law-abiding citizens at risk of inadvertently violating these unnecessary, illegal laws that...
  • What's a 'recreational facility'?(NC)

    12/05/2011 3:30:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    theherald-nc.com ^ | 5 December, 2011 | NA
    -----cut------ Garner, on the other hand, defined "recreational facility" for what it seems to be - a playground, ball field, gym or swimming pool. That definition seems more in line with what the General Assembly, though we suspect the courts will ultimately write the definition. (And we suspect lawmakers were purposely vague in defining recreational facility because they wanted the courts to.) As for those who think that law-abiding folks ought to be able to carry a gun wherever they want, we're sympathetic. At the same time, we sympathize with moms and dads who might be uncomfortable at the sight...
  • Statewide Second Amendment group opposes Winston-Salem ordinance(NC)

    12/03/2011 7:34:20 AM PST · by marktwain
    journalnow.com ^ | 2 December, 2011 | LAURA GRAFF
    A North Carolina nonprofit organization that advocates for Second Amendment rights is trying to rally Winston-Salem residents opposed to a new city ordinance that prohibits guns in certain parts of some of the city's parks and recreation facilities. Grass Roots North Carolina, which is based in Raleigh, issued an alert this week saying that the ordinance, which the city council passed Nov. 21, violates state law. The alert also says the nonprofit is considering filing a lawsuit against the city, though Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said he could not comment on possible litigation. Winston-Salem's new ordinance...
  • Familiar theme in Seattle’s ‘living in denial’ Supreme Court petition(WA)

    12/03/2011 6:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The City of Seattle is arguing that a state appeals court “misread” earlier case law regarding Washington State’s model preemption act, which sounds vaguely reminiscent of what the gun prohibition lobby contended after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller. More than two years ago, this column (which bears re-visiting) discussed that “living in denial” approach to reality, and yesterday’s petition for review by Seattle shows the city needs some adult supervision. Mayor Mike McGinn and his administration didn’t get their way, so there obviously was a mistake on the...
  • Gun proponents complain about new law(FL)

    11/16/2011 5:40:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    dailycommercial.com ^ | 13 November, 2011 | Staff
    A recent story about new a state gun law has not only been generating a lot of comments locally, but statewide, and mainly from gun proponents tired of government interference with their right to bear arms. Written by a reporter for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, located at Florida International University in Miami, the story was about a Umatilla woman who said a neighbor target shooting on his property was frightening her horses. She thought the neighbor was violating previously established Lake County firearms and noise ordinances. She contacted authorities who said Florida House Bill 45 -- put into...
  • West Palm Beach Mayor Scraps Police Escorts, Tries Again(violation of preemption state law)

    10/02/2011 7:22:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 30 September, 2011 | Dan Zimmerman
    West Palm Mayor Jeri Muoio is still making it up as she goes along. She’s been frustrated by the failure of her first two efforts to thumb her nose at Forida’s new enhanced state law that prevents her from enforcing local anti-gun measures that are more restrictive than anything on the state’s books. Now she’s reached back into her bag of too-cute-by-half gun controller’s tricks to come up with yet another new policy for dealing with lawful concealed carriers who want to enter city hall to transact business. Let’s recap, shall we? Muoio, who’s described by her hometown paper as...
  • COMMUNITY COMMENT: Firearm law protects citizens from regulatory maze(IN)

    09/26/2011 5:45:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    courierpress.com ^ | 25 September, 2011 | Jim Tomes Special to the Courier & Press Jim Tomes is an Indiana State Senator from Wadesville.
    In light of all the ghost stories told in regard to this past session's Senate Bill 292, also known as the Firearms Pre-emption Law, I feel compelled to share the truth with the general public. First and foremost, this legislation, which I authored, is a constitutional measure. In particular, it addresses the rights given to all Hoosiers and Americans by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which seems to be the one element of our Bill of Rights that comes under the most relentless attacks. This is the most basic and rudimentary description of my effort: Senate Bill 292...
  • City council repeals firearms measure after lawsuit filed by Ohio concealed carry group

    09/23/2011 5:19:02 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 22 September, 2011 | cbaus
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the City of Cleveland Heights has repealed firearms ordinances following a lawsuit by Ohioans for Concealed Carry. From the article: City Council unanimously approved the measure at its Sept. 6 meeting, after the interest group filed to seek a permanent injunction against the city in mid-August for passing legislation that superceded state law. This included a ban against carrying a gun in a city park; which state law allows under its uniform gun law approved in 2006. According to Law Director John Gibbon, a pre-trial meeting scheduled for Sept. 12 was cancelled by...
  • Jeri Muoio's gun ban at West Palm Beach city hall draws fire(FL)

    09/13/2011 4:17:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    palmbeachpost.com ^ | 12 September, 2011 | Andrew Abramson
    WEST PALM BEACH — Mayor Jeri Muoio might negotiate on some issues, but when it comes to guns in city hall, she holds her ground: No weapons allowed. She has even invoked a rare executive order to ban weapons in the building where the city carries out its business, citing the safety of residents. "You absolutely cannot come into this building with a gun," Muoio said at a city commission meeting last month. "If you're coming into city hall, leave your guns or weapons at home or in your car." Muoio's stance is drawing the ire of pro-gun-rights lawmakers and...
  • Florida Cities and Counties Continue to Break State Law(firearms)

    07/22/2011 7:51:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 21 July, 2011 | Sean Caranna
    Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- Since 1987 it has been illegal for local Florida governments to regulate firearms and ammunition. The preemption statute was passed then so that Florida gun owners would no longer face a patchwork of local laws that was impossible to keep up with. It was also passed to protect Floridians from local lawmakers who do not respect the citizens’ right to bear arms. The Florida Legislature never imagined that local leaders would thumb their noses at Tallahassee and intentionally break the law despite clear statute and appellate court decisions. But they have for the past 24 years and...
  • New chapter in concealed carry laws brings criticism(IN)

    06/30/2011 6:47:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    fox41.com ^ | 29 June, 2011 | NA
    NEW ALBANY, IND. (WDRB) -- New Albany library leaders are criticizing a new gun-carry bill which takes effect Friday, saying it is dangerous. Staring July 1st, people with concealed carry permits can bring guns inside as they check out a book. Indiana State Senator Ron Grooms, a Republican from Jeffersonville, explains, "The reason the bill was passed was to keep New Albany from having different regulations than Jeffersonville." Senate Bill 292 creates uniform gun carry rules across the entire state. But New Albany's Library Director Stephen Day points out, "We have strange people in here anyway. We don't need strange...
  • FL Governor Rick Scott Signs Two Priority Second Amendment Bills

    06/07/2011 5:21:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 6 June, 2011 | FSSA
    Jacksonville Fl - -(Ammoland.com)- HB-155 Privacy of Firearms Owners by Rep. Jason Brodeur & Sen. Greg Evers to stop pediatricians from invading privacy rights of gun owners and bringing anti-gun politics into medical examining rooms was signed into law June 1, 2011 and took effect IMMEDIATELY. HB-45 Penalties for Violating Firearms Preemption Law by Rep. Matt Gaetz & Sen. Joe Negron to stop local governments and government officials from enacting gun control ordinances in violating of Florida law was signed into law June 1, 2011 and will take effect October 1, 2011. The delay in the effective date is to...
  • Rep. Jenn Coffey: From mother to knife rights advocate(NH)

    06/03/2011 6:27:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    knife-depot.com ^ | 1 June, 2011 | Tim Martinez
    Knives and lipstick aren’t two items that usually go together very well (unless of course they’re combined to make one of those cool lipstick knives), but somehow Rep. Jenn Coffey embodies both of these by being a woman and the ultimate champion of knife rights. So, who is this Jenn Coffey? She is a representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the author of a new book titled “Knives, Lipstick, and Liberty: One Woman’s Journey.” In the middle of last month, New Hampshire governor John Lynch signed her bill into law that according to Knife Rights means “New...
  • Utah Knife Law Preemption Bill Signed by Governor

    05/17/2011 5:31:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 3+ views
    SOF ^ | 24 March, 2011 | NA
    Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the Knife Rights backed Knife Law Preemption Bill, HB 271, making Utah the nation's second state to enact Knife Law Preemption. Knife Rights would like to thank the bill's chief sponsor, Representative Ryan D. Wilcox and the Senate sponsor, Senator Allen M. Christensen, for their support. Knife Rights appreciates Governor Herbert's signing the bill promptly. We'd also like to thank the Utah Shooting Sport Council for all their support during our lobbying effort. Knife Rights Chairman, Doug Ritter, said, "we are very pleased to have Utah become the second state in the nation...