NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Strong Firearms Preemption Laws are More Important Than Ever

In recent weeks, gun owners have been given two prime examples of just how important strong firearms preemption laws are to the vibrant exercise of Second Amendment rights. On October 22, the Montana Supreme Court struck down a Missoula ordinance that purported to restrict city residents’ ability to transfer firearms. On October 29, Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph M. James struck down a raft of Pittsburgh ordinances that purported to regulate the use of firearms in public places within…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Russian ‘agent’ Maria Butina to be released from US prison

Maria Butina, the red-headed gun advocate from Russia who built a network of high-level Republican contacts before being arrested for spying, is expected to return to her country after her Friday release from a Florida prison. The only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow’s interference in US politics, Butina parlayed ties with the NRA firearms lobby into a network that brought her into contact with President Donald Trump before his 2016 election, as well as…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – How Beto O’Rourke has helped America’s gun lobby

The Spectacular failure of Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign has been one of the surprises of the Democratic primary. The skateboarding former congressman from Texas was once considered to be one of the strongest candidates in the Democratic primary. His powerful liberal rhetoric—so apparent in his losing Senate campaign against Ted Cruz—seemed destined to fire up Democratic primary voters. His simultaneous vagueness about policy details hinted at well-disguised moderation, just right for a general election audience. That, as many commentators…

WA – GUN POLITICS – Gun rights activists mounting legal opposition to I-1639, AG Ferguson

Washington voters approved gun control Initiative 1639 last year, but a group of gun rights activists remain dedicated to overturning it while also seeking to take down Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The Washington 3 Percenters officially began an effort to repeal I-1639 this week after their own ballot initiative was approved by the state. “We will be starting a petition now, it’s I-1094, to repeal every part of 1639,” said Matt Marshall with Washington 3 Percenters. “…voter turnout in this…

TX – GUN POLITICS – Police Groups Slam Beto’s Plan to Send Cops to Collect Americans’ Guns

TX – GUN POLITICS – Police Groups Slam Beto’s Plan to Send
Cops to Collect Americans’ Guns

National law enforcement organizations harshly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s plan to send police officers to collect AR-15s and AK-47s from those who refuse to turn them in under his mandatory buyback scheme. In interviews with the Washington Free Beacon, leaders from groups representing hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers described Beto’s gun confiscation plan as “ridiculous,” “asinine,” and likely unconstitutional. Their comments come…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – CNN Actually Deserves a Round of Applause For Pressing Beto On His Gun Confiscation Scheme (VIDEO)

It’s easy for conservatives to launch attacks on CNN. After all, they spend the majority of their time pushing their liberal, anti-Trump narrative. But Alisyn Camerota deserves praise for pushing 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on his gun confiscation scheme. He had previously said he expected gun owners to hand over their “weapons of war” (or what the rest of us normal folks refer to as AR-15s). O’Rourke had the stupid idea that people would willingly hand over their firearms…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Beto O’Rourke: Police will ‘visit’ AR-15 owners who refuse to turn guns in

After insisting American gun owners will “do the right thing” by turning in their firearms under his gun control plan, Beto O’Rourke said police will go door-to-door to confiscate AR-15s if people refuse to hand them over voluntarily. “There have to be consequences,” the Texas Democrat said Wednesday after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough pressed him on how he would get AR-15s out of the hands of Americans unwilling to give them up. “In that case, I think there would…

Democrats Debate Their Assault Weapons Plans

THE TRACE.ORG October 16, 2019 – The 2020 Democratic candidates remain united on enacting comprehensive federal gun reforms. To tease out their differences, the moderators of last night’s debate teed up a showdown on the more divisive question of a mandatory assault weapons buyback:

Beto O’Rourke defended his call for a mandatory buyback program
on logical grounds, arguing that candidates who conclude that
military-inspired rifles are too dangerous for civilian sales should also
support removing existing weapons from circulation. But he moderated his rhetoric, saying that
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects?

Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall. In early August — just two months ago — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised a debate on federal efforts to curb gun violence in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. President Donald Trump lauded legislative prospects for “meaningful background checks.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said: “What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” NPR reported. He…

VA – GUN POLITICS – The Blue Wave Faces Its First Test After 2018

Virginia has become a key battleground in the concerted Democratic bid to refocus energy and resources to flipping statehouses in the aftermath of Trump’s election in 2016, when Republicans controlled two-thirds of state governorships and Democrats were locked completely out of power in nearly half the country. A Democratic trifecta here—the governor’s office plus majorities in the bicameral legislature—would give the party the power to enact new restrictions on guns, safeguard the state’s expansion of Medicaid, and perhaps most consequentially, reverse…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Do Virginia anti-gun politicians actually care about fighting violent crime?

Virginia’s anti-gun politicians are serious about attacking law-abiding gun owners, but are indifferent about actual gun crime. As highlighted in a recent report in the Washington Free Beacon by Stephen Gutowski, the Virginia Department of Justice Services (DCJS) has chosen to forego almost $700,000 in federal grants to combat gun violence in order to make a political statement about U.S. immigration policy. According to a U.S. Department of Justice memo, DCJS formally declined $665,673 in federal grant funding to avoid complying with 8…

How the NRA changed politics

CSMONITOR.COM October 11, 2019 –  The National Rifle Association is facing its share of problems. Allegations of corruption and mismanagement have rocked the advocacy group, and in this week’s cover story Simon Montlake profiles the man determined to take it on. America’s gun owners deserve better, the insurgent says.

But the
subtext for Simon’s story – the very reason we wrote the story in the first
place, really – is the remarkable influence that the NRA has wielded in
American politics during the past 25…

Virginia Dems Turn Down Money to Combat Gun Crime to Stick It to ICE

FREE BEACON.COM October 10, 2019 –  Virginia turned down
hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money used to combat gun crime in
2018, rather than comply with federal immigration authorities, according to
documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

A series of Department of Justice memos show that two anti-gun-crime grants were transferred from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which had previously administered the program, in Dec. 2018. The memos say the transfer was necessary after state officials refused to certify that…

OH – GUN POLITICS – Ohio governor decides against ‘red flag’ law, proposes optional private sale background checks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won’t ask the Republican-controlled state Legislature for a “red flag” law or mandatory background checks on private gun sales. Those were ideas the GOP governor proposed two months ago, days after a mass shooting in Dayton that left 10 people dead and 27 injured.  Monday, he retreated from those proposals, opting instead for legislation he said lawmakers and Second Amendment advocates might support – or at least not tank immediately. “This is something that we believe can pass, will pass and will make…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Bump Stock’s Ban’s Flop a Ban Open for Democrat’s Gun Buyback Plan

DC – GUN POLITICS – Bump Stock’s Ban’s Flop a Ban Open for
Democrat’s Gun Buyback Plan

The federal government collected fewer than 1,000 bump stocks during the run-up to a new ban in March, despite estimates that hundreds of thousands of the devices that mimic machine gun fire are in circulation, according to federal data provided to The Washington Times by the Justice Department. As the nation marked the second anniversary Oct. 1 of the Las Vegas massacre, which prodded…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Proposal to ban 3D-printed guns is under review in DC

D.C.’s effort to fight gun violence now involves proposed legislation that would ban so-called “ghost guns” that don’t contain enough metal to set off most magnetometers and are untraceable. “When people download and print 3D plastic guns, the firearms have no serial numbers. This makes them untraceable, depriving law enforcement of a crucial tool to solve and combat gun crime,” said Liz Wieser, deputy attorney general for public safety at the D.C. attorney general’s office. Wieser spoke in support of the…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Forewarned is forearmed: Pelosi determined on gun control

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in brief remarks alongside Rep. Adam Schiff, told reporters that Democrats were bound and determined to pass gun control legislation, regardless of how long it takes, regardless of what else is taking place in the political world, regardless of how many stones Second Amendment supporters throw into the way. Take this as a threat. “We’re not going away until we get legislation signed into law that protects our children,” she said in a brief video posted by The Hill. Her…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Joe Biden’s gun plan calls for universal background checks and an assault weapons ban

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled his gun violence plan, just hours before a forum in which he and nine other Democratic presidential candidates discussed what they plan to do about the issue. Biden’s plan is not as ambitious as that of other candidates in the race, but it would still amount to the largest changes to America’s gun laws in more than two decades. It includes universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, more resources toward the enforcement of existing…