VA – GUN POLITICS – One Virginia lawmaker has an idea for a gun law that might actually pass

As the Democratic governor and GOP legislators square off for a repeat of the usual gun legislation at next month’s post-Virginia Beach mass shooting special session, one Peninsula lawmaker wants to float an entirely new idea. Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms. And one tool they told him that wish…

DC – GUN POLITICS – This week, 2020 Democrats are trying to sell you draconian gun control, driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, and more debt

Politicians’ wild campaign promises every few years are as much a part of the American experience as baseball, apple pie, pickup trucks, and commemorative Postal Service stamps. Former Vice President Joe Biden has made another hard left turn and is now on the government-run health care bandwagon, recently promising Medicaid access to everyone. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., rolled out a plan Monday to cancel student loan debt for an approximate 95 percent of borrowers. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke got behind the…

VA – GUN POLITICS – 18 People Attend Eric Swalwell’s Gun Control Speech Near NRA HQs (VIDEO)

Roughly 18 people attended Democrat presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell’s (D-CA) speech Monday near the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. A video published by Politico shows that Swalwell used the speech to push confiscatory laws for AR-15s and other commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles, as well as a repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). That act protects gun manufacturers from suits in cases considered frivolous, such as when a legally manufactured and legally sold gun is…

NY – GUN POLITICS – Biden says ‘James Bond-style’ smart weapons would save America from gun violence

Former Vice President Joe Biden is taking inspiration from Agent 007 in explaining his plan to curb gun violence. “If I get elected president of the United States of America with your help, if that happens, guns, we have the capacity now in a James Bond-style to make sure no one can pull a trigger unless their DNA and fingerprint is on it,” Biden told roughly 180 donors in an Upper East Side penthouse Monday evening. “We have that…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Democrats: AR-15s ‘Aren’t Used for Hunting,’ ‘Not Viable for Home Protection’

Two Senate Democrats falsely claimed Monday that the AR-15 is not used for hunting and isn’t “viable for home protection” in a tweet promoting gun control proposals. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) penned an op-ed in TIME calling for the banning of AR-15s and similar assault weapons. “Guns like the AR-15 aren’t used for hunting and they’re not viable for home protection. They have only one purpose, and that’s to fire as many rounds as possible,…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Rep. Massie Reintroduces Legislation To Repeal Gun Free School Zones Act

Those longing for limited government will sympathize with Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY) sentiment that “we need more pieces of legislation that repeal laws.” The Kentucky Congressman has reintroduced the “Safe Students Act,” which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act originally passed in 1990 but then amended years later in 1996 after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. “The act has long restricted gun possession within 1,000 feet of a school campus,” he added. 

FL – GUN POLITICS – Wasserman Schultz presses her ammunition control bill

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives continues its push to pass their entire legislative agenda ahead of the 2020 presidential election. It’s fair to say that Democrats are trying to pass as much legislation they know congressional Republicans will vote against, and President Trump won’t sign. The political play is a safe bet considering that Democrats could very well lose their control of the House, and as Trump looks like he will win re-election. The “Jamie’s Law,” which calls…

NH – GUN POLITICS – Sununu Likely To Veto 2 Gun Control Bills Headed To His Desk

Two gun control bills are on their way to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who is likely to veto them. The House voted Thursday to go along with the Senate’s changes to a pair of gun-related bills. One would impose a three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a gun. Opponents have called it an attack on gun shows and auctions, but supporters say creating a buffer between impulse and action could prevent violence and suicide. The…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Two Major Gun Control Bills Unveiled By Congressional Democrats

Two potentially sweeping gun violence prevention bills were introduced to Congress Thursday. If passed, the legislation would overhaul screening requirements for prospective gun buyers and prohibit the dissemination of digital files or code that could be used to 3D-print firearms. The first bill, the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, would incentivize state and local governments to implement a requirement that would-be gun owners first obtain a license before making a purchase. Thursday’s second piece of legislation reintroduced a proposal to stem…

DC – GUN POLITICS – House Republicans Reintroduce Bill Eliminating All Gun-Free School Zones Across U.S. (VIDEO)

House Republicans are looking to permanently eliminate gun-free school campuses across the country by reintroducing a bill to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act. Kentucky GOP congressman Thomas Massie reintroduced a 2007 bill originally from former Texas representative and libertarian icon Ron Paul Tuesday, which would completely repeal the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act. The “Safe Students Act,” H.R. 3200, has seven Republican co-sponsors and seeks to eliminate what Massie’s office described as a “one-size fits all federal ban on…

DC – GUN POLITICS – NSSF Commends U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act Of 2019

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) today is commending U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) introduction of S. 1788, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2019, which will strengthen the criminal penalties for thefts of firearms from federally licensed retailers. “Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers represent particularly brazen offenses that hold potential for additional crime when stolen guns are sold on the street,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Shooting Victims To Sue Gun Industry

House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday they say will allow victims of gun violence to have their day in court. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act aims to repeal federal protections blocking firearm and ammunition manufacturers, dealers and trade groups from most civil lawsuits when a firearm is used unlawfully or in a crime. Those protections date to 2005, with the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Lawrence Keane…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Red flag raised on Trump’s anti-gun ATF pick

A Second Amendment advocacy organization is calling on the United States Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Trump nominated Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Chuck Canterbury to head the ATF, which is – among other things – the federal agency that enforces federal laws related to firearms. The president’s choice of Canterbury has at least one pro-gun lobby very concerned. Gun Owners of America Legislative Counsel Mike Hammond…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Democratic candidates, forced to take a stand on gun control by activists, are speaking out forcefully

As mass shootings continue to occur, advocates for stricter gun regulation have gained momentum. But so have those rallying to protect themselves and their constitutional right to bear arms. “It’s really the modern political dispute of the last 30 or 40 years that says that this is all a zero-sum game,” said Robert Spitzer, a political scientist who teaches a gun policy course at the State University of New York, and argues that effective gun regulation is compatible with…

OH – GUN POLITICS – Ohio voters in 2020 could vote on gun background checks and president at same time

Ohio voters might have the opportunity to decide whether to require background checks for gun purchases at the same time they vote for president in the 2020 election. Ohioans for Gun Safety announced Monday it is filing petitions to support a proposal that would effectively require background checks for all gun sales online and at gun shows. The measure, titled “An Act to Close Loopholes in Background Checks on Gun Sales,” is designed as an initiated statute. 

VT – GUN POLITICS – Scott vetoes bill on gun purchases

Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday evening that he has vetoed SB 169, gun control legislation that would have required Vermonters to wait 24-hours to buy a handgun. “Last year, I called for and signed a package of historic gun safety reforms because I believe they make schools, communities, families and individuals safer, while upholding Vermonters’ constitutional rights,” Scott said in an emailed statement. He listed the accomplishments of those reforms: universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, the ability…

GA – GUN POLITICS – Their View: Seven takeaways on Northam’s call for a special session

So, Gov. Ralph Northam has called a special session of the General Assembly to take up gun-related legislation in the wake of last Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Let’s parse the politics of this: 

NYC – GUN POLITICS – Democrat Claims About Guns (VIDEO)

Remarks made by a former president and two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates about gun regulations are the focus of this week’s fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper.