Nat’l – Politics – Gun safety advocates push legislation in states as Parkland fervor fades in DC

CNBC.COM April 20, 2018 – Washington answered the Parkland school shooting massacre with a political popgun. Beyond minor changes to existing background checks, President Donald Trump and Congress have mostly made noise. Even that has quieted since youthful protesters went home last month. The recovery of firearms-maker stock prices to beyond pre-Parkland levels reflects the capital’s fleeting Trump-era attention span — no match for the entrenched power of the NRA. 

KS – Politics – Kobach tells national walkout students to go back to class at gun-rights rally

KANSAS CITY STAR April 20, 2018 – Roughly 200 people, including Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a GOP frontrunner for governor, gathered around the state Capitol steps to demonstrate their concern that gun rights are under attack in the United States amid a wave of anger over mass shootings at schools. More than a dozen students from the nearby Topeka High School yelled from the nearby lawn, crying out for more gun control on a national…

How to tell if the gun-control movement is going to be a major player in November (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON POST  April 20, 2018 – Almost everyone you talk to on the Democratic side of politics says there’s something different about the gun debate this election season. Anecdotally, suburban moms are volunteering for Democratic candidates in part because they say they are concerned about shootings in their children’s schools. With a couple of tweets, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting in February was able to get several companies to boycott Fox News’s Laura Ingraham’s prime time show after…

Despite a lot of talk, gun-control bills stall in Delaware Legislature (VIDEO)

DELAWARE ONLINE.COM  April 19, 2018 – It appears that Gov. John Carney is getting impatient on gun control. On Wednesday, he called on lawmakers to hold an up-or-down vote on a slew of gun-control bills, although it is increasingly uncertain whether Democrats will be able to pass them all. “I would encourage the members … in each chamber to give each of those pieces of legislation a vote,” Carney said. The governor’s comments came as three of the most high-profile bills are having…

Now N.J. is looking to ban ‘ghost guns’ (VIDEO)

NJ.COM  April 17, 2018 – Democratic state lawmakers have a new target as they aim to tighten New Jersey’s already strict firearms laws: “ghost guns.”  A new bill that began advancing in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature on Monday would prohibit the purchase of firearm parts used to make these untraceable homemade guns. 

CA – Politics – California Considers New Gun Tax

PATCH.COM April 16, 2018 – Owning a gun in California may become a little more expensive. A state lawmaker is proposing a new sales tax on guns with the revenue benefiting public schools. Assembly Bill 2497, authored by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), would require a tax on retailers for selling firearms and ammunition beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The revenue from the tax would then go to a “School Gun Violence Protection Fund,” created under the same bill.  [full…

DC – Politics – D.C. Mayor, Parkland Congressman Attack Rubio Over Gun Control

PJ MEDIA.COM April 15, 2018 – District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city government is “insulted” by Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2017. Rubio reintroduced the bill in the current session of Congress but Bowser, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) want the bill withdrawn. “We have determined that we do not want people with assault rifles to be able to carry those rifles in our city or for them to…

Grover Norquist: GOP to vote on tax cuts, guns this summer to pressure Democrats

WASHINGTON EXAMINER  April 16, 2018 – The House won’t use next week’s tax filing deadline as a showcase for a bill making the new individual tax cuts permanent, and will instead delay that vote until the summer to pressure Democrats closer to the midterm elections, according to Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. Norquist said he has received assurances from the GOP leadership that the legislation that would require states to recognize conceal carry firearm permits from anywhere…

VA – Politics – California: Firearms Tax Bill, Age Increase and Others Scheduled for Hearings Monday and Tuesday.

NRA-ILA.ORG  April 14, 2018 – Several pro- and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective committees on Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17. On Monday, April 16, the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bill AB 2497 at 2:30pm in State Capitol room 126. Assembly Bill 2497, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9), would place an additional tax on firearms and ammunition. 

Nat’l – Politics – Vermont OKs gun controls, while Louisiana scuttles bid to raise age for buying assault weapons

LA TIMES  April 11, 2018 – Over the objection of gun rights advocates, (Vermont) Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed three bills Wednesday that will ban high-capacity magazines and the rapid-fire devices known as “bump stocks,” expand background checks for gun purchases, and increase the legal age for purchasing assault weapons from 18 to 21. A bill prohibiting the sale of assault weapons to people under 21 was defeated in the Louisiana state Legislature on Tuesday. 

In Red-State Races, Democrats Seek an Edge by Defying the N.R.A.

NEW YORK TIMES  April 11, 2018 – It has been an iron rule for candidates in rural areas and red states for decades: Do not antagonize the National Rifle Association. But that was before the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., galvanized gun politics across the country. Now, a striking number of Democratic candidates in coming midterm elections, from congressional contests in the Rocky Mountains to governor’s races in the Deep South, are openly daring, defying and disparaging…

DC – Politics – A New Bill Would Give DC High Schoolers the Right to Vote

MOTHER JONES.COM April 10, 2018 – The youth leaders of the #NeverAgain movement have already shown support for Allen’s bill. Zion Kelly—a DC teen who, at last month’s March for Our Lives, shared the story of losing his twin brother to gun violence—asked his Twitter followers to the pressure council members to back the measure. Parkland survivor David Hogg urged his own 750,000 followers to do the same. 

In Absence Of Supreme Court Review, Massachusetts Judge Upholds Sweeping Gun Ban

THE FEDERALIST.COM  April 9, 2018 – On Thursday, federal district court judge William Young upheld Massachusetts’ “assault-weapon” ban against a Second Amendment challenge brought by several individual plaintiffs, two firearm dealers, and the Gun Owners’ Action League. Young’s decision in Worman v. Healey represents the first time a court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Massachusetts statute. 

Gabrielle Giffords group claims gun-rights backer Paul Ryan has blocked all gun-control measures

POLITIFACT.COM April 6, 2018 – After the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, news reports said U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan had thrown cold water on, and shown little interest in, new proposals for gun control. But an attack on the Wisconsin Republican by Giffords PAC, a political action committee named for Gabrielle Giffords, went much further. Ryan “has blocked all action to strengthen our gun laws,” Giffords PAC claimed in an online ad released March 13, 2018. 

The left is revved up about gun control – but it may not significantly help Dems in key midterm races (VIDEO)

FOX NEWS  April 5, 2018 – Students are energized. People who want tighter gun restrictions are energized. Staunch defenders of the Second Amendment are energized. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are on televisions everywhere. But it remains to be seen whether firearms will be an issue in this fall’s midterm elections and help Democrats win seats. 

LA City Councilman Wants To City To Boycott Companies With NRA Ties

BEFORE ITS NEWS.COM March 29, 2018 –  A Los Angeles lawmaker wants the city to cut ties with companies that are linked to the National Rifle Assn., saying that its opposition to “common sense gun safety laws” is at odds with the city. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced a proposal Wednesday asking city staffers to provide a list of all businesses and groups that have a “formal relationship” with the NRA and lay out options for boycotting them. “It’s…

NY – Politics – Gun owners would not have to give up their guns under ‘assault weapons’ ban

POLITIFACT.COM March 29, 2018 – The president of the state group affiliated with the National Rifle Association says a bill in Congress would ban all semi-automatic firearms and lead to the government seizing guns from gun owners. Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association said, “The title of the bill is ‘something assault weapons ban.’ “And, when you read into it, the legislation will ban all semi-automatic weapons, including pistols and shotguns. So, yes, they…

DC – Politics – Marco Rubio shrugs off vitriol from the Left on guns

WASHINGTON EXAMINER March 27, 2018 – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Monday shrugged off barbs from gun control advocates disappointed with the Florida Republican for not doing more to crack down on access to firearms. “I’m a U.S. senator; I can defend myself. But a lot of people can’t, and the message to them is: If you don’t agree, you need to be quiet or go away or we’ll turn on you too,” Rubio told the Washington Examiner.