DC – Politics – Neil Gorsuch Backs Supreme Court’s Key Gun Rights Ruling As ‘The Law Of The Land’

HUFFINGTON POST.COM March 21, 2017 – Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, said Tuesday that the court’s 2008 decision declaring a fundamental right to possess guns for self-defense in the home is settled law.  “ Heller is the law of the land,” Gorsuch told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the second day of his confirmation hearing. “Whatever is in Heller is the law, and I follow the law,” he said earlier during that same exchange.  [full…

Neil Gorsuch Hearing: Why the NRA Is Betting Big on Trump Supreme Court Nominee

YAHOO NEWS.COM March 20, 2017 – Opening day was Monday for the Senate confirmation hearing of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Much like Scalia, the Colorado-based Gorsuch is known for his consistent conservatism and strict originalist interpretation of the Constitution. That includes the Second Amendment, and gun groups have given Gorsuch a strong endorsement: The National Rifle Association has described the judge as an “outstanding…

DC – Politics – Trump could help concealed carry gun legislation become law

WASHINGTON EXAMINER March 20, 2016 – Two Republican lawmakers are optimistic that they will be able to pass new legislation requiring states to recognize concealed carry permits from other states, an attempt to move the issue forward after years of inaction in Congress. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., are moving forward with a bicameral push to enact a new law on what is called concealed carry reciprocity. 

DC – Politics – Guns and Gorsuch

NATIONAL REVIEW March 16, 2017 – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sent out a press release today with four proposed questions for Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing. The questions don’t seem to me to be either illuminating or challenging. Here they are, stripped of prefatory language: 1.) Do you agree that the 2nd Amendment right is not unlimited or absolute, that it does not trump other constitutional rights, and that it is subject to reasonable limitations for public…

NY – Politics – Outrageous Insurance Bill Headlines Long List of Anti-Gun Bills

NRA-ILA.ORG March 13, 2017 – The yearly onslaught of anti-gun legislation in the Empire State is concrete proof that anti-gun politicians will never be satisfied until guns are completely banned.  Even though Albany lawmakers passed arguably the nation’s harshest gun control bill in the 2013 SAFE Act, they come back every year for more.  This year is no exception with dozens of anti-gun bills having already been introduced. One of the more egregious bills this year is A.2260.  Sponsored by…

DC – Politics – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vows to fight legislation that would ease restrictions on gun silencers (VIDEO)

NY DAILY NEWS March 13, 2017 – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vowed Monday to not keep quiet as Congressional Republicans pursue legislation to ease restrictions on gun silencers. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said bills introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate earlier this year would make it easier for criminals to dodge law enforcement by using suppressors on firearms. “These deadly gun silencers pose a huge risk to our enforcement and our communities and I will do everything I can to…

KS – Politics – New bill would keep Kansas colleges from regulating guns on campus

KANSAS CITY STAR March 12, 2017 – TOPEKA — As efforts in the Kansas Legislature to stop a law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses have stalled, a new bill in front of lawmakers would add another layer to the law. Under HB 2220, Kansas universities and the state board of regents would not be able to enforce rules or regulations put in place about how people carry or store their concealed handguns on campus.   

NM – Politics – Time To Step Up And Stop HB 548: Bloomberg’s Latest Gun Control Legislation That Has New Life at the Roundhouse

NRA-ILA.ORG March 12, 2017 – We’re down to less than a week left in the 2017 legislative session and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun cronies are pushing harder than ever for passage of any kind of gun control they can muster.  On Friday, we alerted you that HB 548, a re-branded version of HB 50, would be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Saturday. But now it has been rescheduled for a hearing before the same committee on Monday, at 1:30pm, or upon…

FL – Politics – ‘Stand Your Ground’ Expansion Finds Support in Florida As Other Pro-Gun Bills Fade

THE TRACE.COM March 10, 2017 – Powerful Florida state senator Anitere Flores announced that she would vote against a slew of bills proposed by a Republican colleague that would have allowed guns on college campuses, and in airports, elementary schools, and other places where they are currently banned. But the NRA-backed bill with the most documented public safety implications is still alive in the Florida legislature — in part because Flores supported it. 

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SC – Politics – After little more than 5 minutes, a first vote puts gun owners on a path to open carry in South Carolina

POST AND COURIER March 9, 2017 – If a House panel has its way, gun owners would be allowed to carry their weapons — concealed or openly — in South Carolina, whether they have a concealed weapons permit or not. The House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday easily passed a constitutional carry bill 3-0, with the panel’s three Republicans voting in favor. “It just simply says if I can legally own and I can legally carry, then I don’t have to have…

NJ – Politics – Democrats vow to challenge Christie gun-rule change

PHILLY.COM March 7, 2017 – Democratic lawmakers say they will challenge a regulation adopted by Gov. Christie’s administration that makes it easier to qualify for a gun-carry permit, although how they might seek to reverse the rule was not clear Tuesday. The Democratic-led Legislature had previously voted to invalidate the rule change, which expands the criteria of what constitutes “justifiable need” — the standard applicants need to demonstrate to get a carry permit. Despite the legislative action, Christie’s office…

IL – Politics – Illinois Bill Would Authorize Gun Confiscation Without Owner’s Input

BREITBART.COM March 7, 2017 – Illinois Senator Julie A. Morrison (D-29) is pushing a bill that allows judges to confiscate guns without input from the firearm owner. SB 1291 would create a “Lethal Order of Protection” whereby the firearms of Illinois residents could be confiscated if a family member or “law officer” files a petition stating the gun owner “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having … …

NM – Politics – Anti-gunners are savaging Gorsuch for vindicating an innocent man

THE HILL.COM March 7, 2017 – Gun control groups contend that Judge Neil Gorsuch favors armed felons over public safety. They point to a case Judge Gorsuch decided in 2014,U.S. v. Reese. In fact, the Reese case exemplifies Gorsuch’s careful and fair jurisprudence. In 1992, James Reese pleaded “no contest” to a tampering with evidence charge in New Mexico. The state trial court entered a deferred judgment, and after Reese successfully completed an eighteen-month probationary period without incident, the charge was…

SD – Politics – South Dakota Lawmakers Send Gun Bills to Unfriendly Governor

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT March 6, 2017 –  Senate lawmakers approved bills Monday that would allow guns in the state Capitol and let people carry concealed handguns without a permit despite Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s threat to veto both proposals. Daugaard’s opposition is a steep obstacle for lawmakers pushing the bills, neither of which received the two-thirds support required for a potential veto override. The Senate voted 19-15 to send the Capitol carry bill to the governor’s desk.  [full…

NJ – Politics – Will Congress overrule N.J.’s ‘concealed carry’ gun law?

NJ.COM March 6, 2017 – To get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New Jersey, a resident must show “justifiable need.” That’s not the case in many other states, and New Jersey is one of only 10 states that won’t honor concealed carry permits issued outside its borders. Legislation in Congress would require states to recognize concealed carry permits issued elsewhere, the same way they now accept out-of-state drivers’ licenses.  

NC – Politics – Bill would allow concealed carry guns on UNC, community college campuses

THE NEWS OBSERVER.COM March 2, 2017 – RALEIGH – Legislation filed Thursday would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their handguns on UNC system and North Carolina community college campuses. Rep. Kyle Hall, a Republican from King just north of Winston-Salem, said House Bill 251 would make campuses safer by allowing trained firearms holders to carry their weapons. But the legislation is likely to draw complaints from gun control groups and from higher education officials. 

DC – Politics – U.S. House Acts Swiftly To Reverse Gun Control Rules

WSHU.ORG (NPR) March 2, 2017 – The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would roll back regulations on gun silencers that have been on the books for 80 years. Under those regulations, anyone purchasing a silencer must register it, go through an extensive background check, and get fingerprinted. U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat who represents Newtown, says getting rid of these regulations is wrong. “It is crazy and dangerous and wrong, and it’s appalling that…

Trump signs bill nixing Obama-era guns rule (VIDEOS)

CNN.COM February 28, 2017 – President Donald Trump Tuesday signed a measure nixing a regulation aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of some severely mentally ill people. The original rule was part of a series of efforts taken by the Obama administration to try and curb gun violence after other efforts failed to advance in Congress. Using the Congressional Review Act — which allows Congress to roll back regulations imposed by the executive branch — the Republican-controlled…