In the News

Search this Section and/or

February 4, 2014

New York's NRA membership nearly doubles in wake of SAFE Act

As gun rights and gun control groups continue to argue over the effects of the New York SAFE Act, one consequence is clear: membership in the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has soared since the law was enacted a year ago.
FULL STORY

February 4, 2014

Microstamping on gun rights

In 1983, Clint Eastwood reprised his “Dirty Harry” role in the movie “Sudden Impact,” set in the San Francisco area. Like most of Mr. Eastwood's films, it included a few signature lines, including one that notified some bad guys of his backup: “Smith and Wesson … and me.”It appears Californians will have less backup from Smith & Wesson, thanks to a misguided law that went into effect last year. As reported by the Los Angeles Times' Kate Mather on Jan. 23, Smith & Wesson will not comply with California's microstamping statute, which will cause more of its products to fall off the state's permissible firearms list and be ineligible for sale. Sturm, Ruger & Co. also will allow its products to fall off the list.
FULL STORY

February 4, 2014

Guam: Castle Doctrine bill passed

Lawmakers over this past weekend passed by majority vote the Castle Doctrine Bill. Guam now joins 27 other states that have some form of a castle doctrine.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

Connecticut: Pro-Gun forces to appeal federal court ruling

Barely 24 hours after a federal judge upheld Connecticut gun control laws passed in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, the lawyer who challenged the constitutionality of the measures on behalf of gun owners notified the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of his clients' intent to keep fighting.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": Non-violent Winchesters and the fine art of concealed carry in the modern civil rights movement

The longest chapter in the book Negroes and the Gun is devoted to the modern civil rights movement. The record here is rich with oral histories, memoirs and other detailed firsthand accounts that illuminated the Black tradition of arms.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

Detroit police chief defends stance on backing citizens carrying guns

Police Chief James Craig responded Thursday to a citizen who criticized his pro-gun stance by reiterating his opinion that “good citizens” who legally carry firearms could help deter violent crime.Craig made national news earlier this month after he told The Detroit News he’d changed his mind about the gun issue, and came to the conclusion that armed citizens could dissuade criminals from attacking them — a rarity among urban police chiefs, who generally don’t publicly support citizens’ right to carry firearms.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

Oklahomans can now apply for and renew handgun licenses online

According to a news release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a new system has been launched that would allow users to submit applications to apply or renew handgun licenses online.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

South Carolina: Restaurant carry law makes us safer

Contrary to the hyperbolic anti-gun views expressed by The Herald, there is no reason to believe that the “sky-is-falling” conjured in its recent editorial about the restaurant carry bill will ever come to pass in South Carolina.Restaurant carry is the term commonly used to refer to a law that allows law-abiding citizens to carry their personal protection firearms into a restaurant licensed to serve alcohol. The S.C. General Assembly recently passed legislation to establish this, and SB 308 is now awaiting action by Gov. Nikki Haley.While this legislation may be new policy in South Carolina, it is far from a new concept. In fact, 45 other states currently have a similar law on the books, with none experiencing the violent bloodshed imagined by the Herald’s editorial, and none working to repeal their law.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

Womens' gun sales, licenses skyrocket in Michigan

Some call a firearm the great equalizer among men and women. Whether you agree or not, the number of West Michigan women picking up a gun has skyrocketed recently.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

The cruelty of gun-free zones

Tuesday night, President Obama vowed to “help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters and our shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”But before he continues pushing his typical gun-control agenda, he should consider what law enforcement in Europe and the United States advise. It might surprise him.
FULL STORY

February 3, 2014

Colorado: Gun debate heats up Monday over bill to repeal private transfer law

Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo, will testify at the Capitol Monday that the background-check law for all gun sales has made him and his family criminals.Head will be urging lawmakers, specifically the three Democrats on the Senate State Affairs committee, to repeal the background check law passed in 2013.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Percentage of Americans wanting less restrictive gun laws triples in 2014

Fifty-five percent of Americans reported in a new Gallup poll that they are dissatisfied overall with American gun laws and policies, an increase from 51 percent in 2013 and just 42 percent in 2012.But the most dramatic rise in dissatisfaction comes from the contingency of Americans who feel gun laws are too strict, rather than from those who think they aren't strict enough. This percentage jumped to 16 percent this year, a rate that more than triples the 5 percent recorded by Gallup last year. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans favoring stricter gun laws fell seven points in 2014, from 38 to 31 percent.The enormous growth of the gun-freedom caucus could in part be attributable to heavy lobbying efforts last year by the National Rifle Association and others.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": The early NAACP championed armed self-defense

When W.E.B. Dubois patrolled his home with a shotgun after the 1906 Atlanta race riot, he was an aberration. But not how you think. Dubois reports that he was unusual among his contemporaries because until that point he did not own a gun.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Judge upholds Connecticut's semi-auto ban

A coalition of gun owners, gun sellers and sports shooting organizations sued in U.S. District Court to block enforcement of the law and overturn it on constitutional grounds. The plaintiffs argued that the state's ban of 138 weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines is vague, discriminates among different categories of gun users and, most significantly, infringes on their Second Amendment right to gun ownership.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Colorado lawmakers renew gun debate

This year, Republicans have introduced at least eight gun bills. A House committee on Thursday heard the first, House Bill 1041, by Reps. Jared Wright of Fruita and Chris Holbert of Parker. It would allow qualified citizens to carry concealed handguns without needing a permit.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Mississippi: Bill would ban destruction of guns in buy-back

Mississippi cities and counties would be banned from buying and destroying guns, under a proposal lawmakers are considering.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Kansas: Lawmakers consider bill to better respect the Right-to-Carry

Influential gun rights groups are pushing proposals in Kansas to strip cities and counties of any power to restrict the open carrying of firearms or regulate guns, telling legislators Thursday that a muddle of local rules confuses firearms owners and infringes upon their civil liberties.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

New York State Exposed: Safe Act pushback

News10NBC has an eye opening viewpoint about the SAFE Act. It comes from local firefighters. They want to set the record straight.The law was signed shortly after two West Webster firefighters were murdered in 2012. For the first time, a group of local firefighters “opens up” about the controversial gun law and whether it has made their jobs any safer.Every day, firefighters are out in the community, taking calls and helping people. They’re like a brotherhood. There is one thing that many are standing against. It is the New York SAFE Act.
FULL STORY

January 31, 2014

Two gun initiatives likely to be on Washington state ballot

A pair of initiatives on gun control had their second and likely last hearing Wednesday, with supporters and opponents disagreeing sharply on when giving a gun to another person would require a background check.
FULL STORY

January 30, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": A Winchester “in every Black home”

Surveying the landscape in the summer of 1892, Ida B. Wells advised, that “the Winchester rifle deserved a place of honor in every Black home.” This was no empty rhetorical jab. She was advancing a considered personal security policy and specifically referencing two recent episodes where armed Blacks saved their neighbors from lynch mobs.
FULL STORY

January 30, 2014

Indiana: Senate approves ban on local gun turn-ins

The Indiana Senate has approved a measure banning gun buy-back programs.The measure would ban local governments and police departments from conducting the buy-backs. Republican Sen. Jim Tomes (toms) said he proposed the ban because guns that would be bought through the programs could be sold for more money on the open market.
FULL STORY

January 30, 2014

Beretta bringing 300 jobs to Tennessee

Italian gun-maker Beretta USA plans to make Gallatin its manufacturing base in the United States, announcing plans Wednesday to invest $45 million in a firearms plant that will initially employ 300 workers.Tennessee’s reputation as a gun-friendly state was key to the Sumner County city landing its biggest economic development win since clothing retailer Gap Inc. opened a distribution center two decades ago.
FULL STORY

January 30, 2014

Republicans blame Maryland gun law for Beretta’s decision to open plant in Tennessee

A decision by a Maryland gun company to open a new plant in Tennessee led some Republicans to blame Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state's tough new gun control law for the loss of several hundred jobs.Beretta USA officials announced Wednesday that the company would build a $45 million manufacturing facility outside Nashville and create 300 new jobs.
FULL STORY

January 29, 2014

Obama says will continue gun control push without Congress

President Barack Obama made clear in the State of the Union address that he will continue to pursue gun control by executive action.
FULL STORY

January 29, 2014

Virginia House votes to overturn Sunday hunting ban

The House of Delegates voted 71-27 Tuesday to allow hunting on Sundays. If the legislation is approved by the Senate -- which passed a similar measure two years ago -- and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, hunters will be free of the prohibition as of July 1.
FULL STORY

January 29, 2014

Vermont: Gun control debated in Burlington

It was standing room only at a heated public forum in Burlington Monday evening. The topic: gun control. It was the last public forum for voters to voice their opinions on proposed new gun restrictions. The Queen City is looking to tighten gun restrictions with three proposed charter changes that are going on the March ballot. Even if the proposals pass with the voters, they still have to get the green light in Montpelier.
FULL STORY

January 29, 2014

House bill proposes greater respect for gun rights in Georgia

A long-awaited gun bill filed Tuesday in the Georgia House proposed what many had expected. But Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, the main sponsor of House Bill 875, did throw in a few surprises.The bill, as expected, would lift restrictions on guns in churches and bars, allow school boards to arm employees and permit honorably discharged military veterans under 21 years of age to carry a concealed weapon. Unexpectedly, it says getting caught carrying a gun on a college campus would get students' wrists slapped, not cuffed, since it would no longer be a crime, just a civil penalty. Government buildings without "active" security screening would be fair game for people licensed to carry concealed weapons.
FULL STORY

January 29, 2014

South Carolina kicks back ban on gun concealed carry in restaurants

Gun-rights activists believe they will see the pendulum swing back in their direction this year.President Obama and his gun-control buddies were successful in pushing through new restrictions on the Second Amendment in eight states last year.But now, South Carolina has bucked the trend and moved to strengthen the right to bear arms.
FULL STORY

January 28, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": Slaves, fugitives, freemen, and citizens

Speaking to both fugitives and freemen in 1854, Frederick Douglass advocated, “A good revolver, a steady hand and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap…. Every slave hunter who meets a bloody death in his infernal business is an argument in favor of the manhood of our race.” Douglass, like others in the early freedom movement, would come to view slavery as basically a state of war.
FULL STORY

January 28, 2014

Louisiana: Legislature’s gun law debate to continues

The debate will continue over the state’s gun laws during the 2014 Legislature.
FULL STORY

January 27, 2014

The what and why of "Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms"

The book chronicles a tradition of church folk, merchants, and strivers, the very best people in the community, armed and committed to the principle of individual self-defense. This black tradition of arms takes root early and ranges fully into the modern era. It is demonstrated in Frederick Douglass’s nineteenth century advice of a good revolver as the best response to slave catchers. It is evident in mature form in 1963, when Hartman Turnbow of Mississippi fought off a Klan attack with rifle fire. Turnbow considered this fully consistent with the principles of the freedom movement, explaining, “I wasn’t being non-nonviolent, I was just protectin’ my family.”
FULL STORY

January 27, 2014

BATFE tactics flawed in highly-touted undercover Oregon operation

Congress recently called for probes into how ATF conducted undercover operations in Oregon and elsewhere across the country. The U.S Justice Department has tasked its inspector general to review ATF's conduct. And the ATF already has had to reform some of its tactics because of a recently completed internal review.
FULL STORY

January 27, 2014

Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
FULL STORY

January 27, 2014

Newspaper boss says gun permit database idea was misfire

A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned.
FULL STORY

January 24, 2014

Smith & Wesson joins 'microstamp' fight

Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings.
FULL STORY

January 24, 2014

New Mexico: Gun laws up for debate in Legislature

Another hot button issue that may come up in the roundhouse during the legislative session is gun control.Proponents were loaded for bear last year, but it was shot down.
FULL STORY

January 24, 2014

Bill to respect Right-to-Carry in S.C. restaurants headed for Gov. Haley’s desk

With Gov. Nikki Haley’s signature, South Carolinians licensed to carry concealed firearms will be able to carry guns into bars and restaurants as long as they do not drink.
FULL STORY

January 23, 2014

Supreme Court ruling on Abramski could limit Obama’s radical, gun-control aims

The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
FULL STORY

January 23, 2014

Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Smith & Wesson announced late Wednesday evening that it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
FULL STORY

January 23, 2014

Indiana: Lawmakers take aim at gun turn-in programs

A proposal forcing Gary and other Indiana cities to end their gun buy-back programs was approved 6-2 Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.Senate Bill 229, which now goes to the full Senate, prohibits local governments and their police departments from conducting gun buy-back events intended to reduce the number of guns circulating in a community.
FULL STORY