Threats of inauguration-related violence underscore the need to ban open carry

CHICAGO TRIBUNE.COM JANUARY 14, 2021 – Remember those unsettling photos and videos from the protest inside the Michigan Capitol in April? The demonstrators armed with military-style rifles as they squared off with police and attempted to confront lawmakers over what they considered overly harsh COVID-19 restrictions?

The FBI is warning that infuriated supporters of twice-impeached outgoing President Donald Trump are planning a replay of such scenes at state capitols nationwide from this weekend though President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, amplifying…

MD – GUN POLITICS – Joe Biden Vows to ‘Defeat the NRA’

NEWSMAX.COM – January 10, 2021 – Joe Biden will set his sights on destroying one of the most staunch Republican lobbyist organizations, the National Rifle Association.

Joe Biden’s Twitter account tweeted Friday: .@GabbyGiffords — Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you — and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country — to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.,…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Gun stocks soared as a pro-Trump mob invaded the US Capitol Hill

FOX NORTH CAROLINA.COM January 8, 2021 –  American gun manufacturers saw their stock prices surge Wednesday afternoon as a group of Trump supporters stormed into the US Capitol building in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Shares of Smith & Wesson Brands, Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Vista Outdoors Inc began rising Wednesday as Democrats secured both seats in the Georgia Senate runoff. The firearms stocks continued to surge as a mob invaded Capitol Hill and Washington went on lockdown.

Gun makers…

WA – GUN POLITICS – In The Wake Of Insurrection, Washington Lawmakers Look For Options To Derail Ad Hoc Militias

In the wake of anti-government mobs invading the U.S. Capitol and armed demonstrators gaining access to the grounds of the Washington Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, state lawmakers are considering new restrictions on armed groups operating in public. Three Percent of Washington, a far-right paramilitary organization, had announced plans to occupy the Legislative Building here in advance of the Legislature convening next Tuesday. But the group on Thursday canceled those plans after the incursions onto government property in D.C. and…

OH – GUN POLITICS – After signing Stand Your Ground, DeWine pledges to fight for gun reforms

A day after signing a controversial gun rights bill into law, Gov. Mike DeWine pledged Tuesday to again push for reforms that he says will reduce gun violence — a promise he made after many Daytonians shouted “Do Something” at a vigil following the Oregon District mass shooting. “I’m not giving up — far from it. Far from it. I’m coming back to the Legislature again,” he said. “I am persistent. I am stubborn. I’m back to my friends…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Gun rights controversy spills over into 2020

Agitated gun enthusiasts this year continued fighting state efforts to restrict the right to bear arms, seeking help from local officials with mixed results. They feared that various proposals to be considered by the General Assembly would hurt their ability to own and use firearms for protection and recreation. Some of the proposals failed, yet others were enacted. Among those that became law: Personal background checks became required on all firearms sales, and individuals were limited to buying no…

AR – GUN POLITICS – Stand-ground bill introduced by legislators

Republicans in the Arkansas Legislature introduced a “stand-your-ground” self-defense bill Wednesday, vowing to enact the measure in 2021 after past efforts failed in the face of law enforcement opposition. The legislation, Senate Bill 24, proposes to eliminate language from the state’s criminal codes requiring a person to retreat, if possible, before using deadly force in self-defense. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Bob Ballinger, R- Berryville, and Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, and co-sponsored by more than two dozen…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Ninety House members reject ATF targeting of popular gun

Some 90 House members, moving with unusual speed, called this week on the Trump administration’s gun regulators to back off banning one of the most popular firearms used by sports men and women and disabled veterans. In a letter organized by North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson and signed by 89 others, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was urged to withdraw new guidance on AR-15-style pistols. “We urge you to immediately take action to correct this injustice,” said the…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – America’s Pre-Biden Gun Spree Outstrips Demand For AR-15s, Ammo

FORBES.COM December 23, 2020 – Guns are selling briskly ahead of Christmas, wrapping up a record-breaking year for manufacturers who couldn’t make enough guns and ammunition to meet demand.

“Demand for guns and ammo is high,” said Steve Dowdy, owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk, Virginia, who reopened his shooting range for mask-wearing customers on the weekend before Christmas.

“Overall sales are comparable to past holiday seasons, but I believe we would be up 30% to 40% if we had…

GA – GUN POLITICS – Pro-gun groups far outspend gun control activists in tight Georgia Senate runoffs

With control of the Senate at stake, gun rights groups are pouring millions of dollars in outside spending into the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia to support two Republican candidates. Meanwhile, gun control groups are far behind in supporting the two Democratic candidates monetarily, which could impact their chances of winning as well as President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of passing gun control legislation in 2021. Pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Everytown Wants to Use Executive Actions to Gut the Second Amendment

Apparently, the people at Everytown for Gun Safety, the anti-Second Amendment zealots funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, believe the presidency is a sort of kingship, one where a president can write his or her own laws at will, even though these laws would clearly be contrary to the U.S. Constitution. Recently, Everytown released a “roadmap” for the gun-control actions the group wants Joe Biden to take—“outlining ways the Biden administration can address gun violence through executive action,” to be…

OH – GUN POLITICS – Ohio lawmakers debate ‘Stand your ground’ and other gun measures

As time winds down at the Ohio Statehouse for the lame-duck session, the gun reform debate is heating up. “We’re trying really hard to go in the direction of less gun violence not more,” said Mayor Nan Whaley, (D) Dayton. The Ohio Senate and the Ohio House could move on a bill that would eliminate a person’s duty to retreat before using force when they feel threatened.

Right now, a person is required to retreat unless that person is in…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Rep.-elect Boebert slams Democrats for trying to ban lawmakers from carrying guns at Capitol (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert is criticizing Democratic members of the House who are trying to ban lawmakers from carrying guns at the Capitol. On Tuesday, 21 representatives sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for firearms to be banned on US Capitol grounds. According to Fox News, they want the ban included in the House rules package that lawmakers will vote on when the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, 2021. Under…

TX – GUN POLITICS – The Fifth Day of Christmas, Brought to You by Bloomberg and Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

NRA-ILA is counting down the legislative lumps of coal that anti-Second Amendment lawmakers in Texas are leaving in gun owners’ stockings this year. The 2021 Texas legislative session is less than a month away. Please support NRA-ILA as we work with gun owners to STAND YOUR GROUND on your Second Amendment rights at the Capitol in Austin next year! Next up: House Bill 238 by Rep. Terry Meza (D-Irving), which repeals the state firearms preemption law, allowing cities and counties to regulate guns and ammunition in any manner they see fit. Municipalities like Austin, Dallas,…

IN – GUN POLITICS – Constitutional carry bills expected in Indiana

Since 2015, gun-rights supporters in Indiana have been trying to pass a “constitutional carry” bill to allow everyone who can legally own a gun to carry it on them when they leave the house without having to have a license. But legislators who’ve sponsored constitutional carry bills have been stopped, unable to get a hearing or any serious consideration. “It’s just a long history of neglect in Indiana to deal with this issue,” says Brenden Boudreau, executive director of…

GA – GUN POLITICS – Sen.-Elect Cynthia Lummis Campaigns in Georgia, Warns Democrats Will ‘Punish’ Gun Owners by Taxing Guns

Sen.-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) campaigned Monday afternoon as part of a tour to promote voting for Republicans in the Georgia Senate runoff election and talked with Breitbart News about how she sees Democrats threatening fundamental rights like the Second Amendment. Lummis, after appearing at Meadows Gun Club alongside Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and other Republican leaders as part of Club for Growth Action’s statewide “Save America” bus tour, spoke with Breitbart News about Democrat plans…

TX – GUN POLITICS – The First Day of Christmas, Brought to You by Bloomberg and Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

‘Tis the season at the Texas Capitol for extreme gun control bills; lumps of coal stuffed in stockings and hung on mantles of gun owners in advance of the 2021 legislative session.  Pre-filed by anti-gun politicians who were backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and BETO “Hell Yeah, I’ll Take Your Guns” O’Rourke in 2020, these bills are paybacks to their radical supporters who want to ban firearms, defund police, and make YOU less safe. NRA-ILA will count down some of the worst measures for you as the holiday season gets into full…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Gun restrictions face uphill battle even under Biden

CAROLINA COAST ONLINE.COM DECEMBER 10, 2020 – The gun debate in America will soon enter a new chapter with a Democrat in the White House after four years under President Donald Trump in which gun control advocates developed a long wish list for reform amid a spate of large-scale mass killings in places like Las Vegas, El Paso and Parkland, Florida.

But any hope that Joe Biden will usher in a new era of restrictions on firearms is highly unlikely…