DC – Politics – Fix NICS Act must pass to strengthen background check system for gun buyers

WJLA.COM February 20, 2018 – Fix NICS was passed in the House of Representatives late last year. It was merged with legislation enhancing concealed carry rights throughout the country. That combination is not likely to pass in the Senate. However, Fix NICS on its own has broad bipartisan support in the Senate, with both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer getting behind the bill, which is very unusual these days. 

VA – Politics – Gun Debate on Lockdown in Virginia

CONNECTION NEWSPAPER.COM February 20, 2018 – When lawmakers arrived in Richmond last month, Democrats were hopeful that they would be able to use their new numbers to gain some traction on the gun debate. Now that the session is half over and the nation is reeling from yet another mass shooting, little has been accomplished at the Capitol. #Republicans are still very much in control of the House of Delegates, even if they have a one-vote majority.  

Here’s what Congress might actually do on gun control

VOX.COM February 20, 2018 – There are two bills already in Congress that could get a vote. One is a proposed ban on “bump stocks,” which has gone nowhere in the Senate since it was introduced in October. Bump stocks are devices that essentially turn semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic weapons, allowing a shooter to fire off multiple rounds rapidly until they release the trigger and making mass shootings more deadly. The other bill, which is the more likely of the two to…

Nat’l – Politics – CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?

NPR.ORG February 19, 2018 –  After a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, President Trump has given some indication of what he thinks could stop further shootings. “We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” he said in a statement. Mass shootings often inspire gun-control legislation — legislation that, in recent years, more often than not has languished.

DC – Politics – Treasury: Mnuchin doesn’t support Congress examining new gun laws

POLITICO.COM February 15, 2018 – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared to stage a surprising break from the Trump White House on Thursday and endorsed congressional action on gun violence in the wake of the devastating school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead. His office says that’s not so. 

NY – Politics – Gillibrand ‘Embarrassed,’ ‘Ashamed’ by Previous Conservative Stances on Guns, Illegal Immigration (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON February 12, 2018 – CBS’s “60 Minutes” featured a 12-minute segment on Gillibrand in which interviewer Sharyn Alfonsi pressed the senator to explain why she reversed her position on several policy positions, particularly the Second Amendment and immigration. 

DC – Politics – New Interior Dept. order expands hunting access on western land

THE HILL.COM February 9, 2018 – Adding to his pro-hunter reputation, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order Friday to expand big-game hunting access across the western U.S. Zinke signed the order while attending the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City. 

DC – Politics – Delusional Schiff Won’t Let Facts Deter Trump Pursuit

NEWSMAX.COM February 7, 2018 – Take the latest conspiracy du jour: that the NRA has been infiltrated by a cabal of Russian influencers posing as gun activists seeking to support President Donald Trump, complete with “questionable” donations to the NRA, who then funneled that “dark” money to then-candidate Trump. This theory falters in varying ways. 

Schiff: Russia Supports Second Amendment Because Americans ‘Doing Nothing but Killing Each Other’ (video)

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON February 7, 2018 – Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania, where he described Russia’s aim to “pit us against each other, to exploit our divisions,” the Daily Wire reports. Schiff was talking about Russian use of social media to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States. The Democratic lawmaker then claimed Russia is a big proponent of the United States’ Second Amendment. 

Republican lawmakers say no ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill in 2018

UTAH POLICY.COM February 6, 2018 – Several Republican lawmakers say there’s no appetite this year to pass a so-called “constitutional carry” bill, that would allow a Utahn to carry a weapon, either concealed or in the open, without a permit. However, it’s not for lack of trying on the part of gun rights groups. Legislative sources tell UtahPolicy.com that the NRA offered to drop their opposition to a proposed hike in fees for concealed carry permit renewals if lawmakers were to…

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

WASHINGTON TIMES January 5, 2018 – In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own. 

WA – Politics – Gun Control Bills Fail to Meet Deadline

NRA-ILA.ORG February 4, 2018 – Friday, February 2nd marked the deadline for bills to be voted out of committee in the house in which they originated.  As previously reported, several anti-gun bills received committee votes prior to this deadline; however, many of the bills NRA-ILA has been actively opposing in Olympia failed to receive a vote before the cut-off and are likely defeated for the year. 

MA – Politics – Pro-Gun Bills Nearing Committee Deadline

NRA-ILA.ORG February 3, 2018 – Wednesday, February 7th, will be the last day for action on bill reports by the Joint Committees in the Legislature. Currently, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security are considering several pro-gun bills as well as anti-gun legislation that are of interest to gun owners in the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, some of the proposals still before the Committee for consideration are anti-gun measures and would place further burdens on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen. …

NRA, Russian Banker Went To Bat For Kalashnikov

TALKING POINTS MEMO.COM February 1, 2018 – Russians courting the NRA before the 2016 election came with a 35-inch long olive branch: the AK-47. Alexander Torshin is the Russian banker and Putin ally reportedly at the center of an FBI probe into whether the NRA received illegal Russian money to help Donald Trump in 2016. Torshin has ties to the Kalashnikov Concern, the state-owned company that makes the AK and other popular rifles. 

OH – Politics – House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations Meets Wednesday to Discuss Anti-Gun Legislation

NRA-ILA.ORG January 30, 2018 – House Bill 395, sponsored by Representative Bill Patmon (D-10), would prohibit the manufacture, sale or transfer of any trigger crank, bump-fire device, or other product that accelerates a semi-automatic firearm’s rate of fire but does not convert it into an automatic firearm.  Similar to bills in other states, there is overreaching language that would potentially ban many firearm modifications commonly used by law-abiding citizens. 

VT – Politics – Public Hearing On Gun Legislation Draws Huge Crowd In To Statehouse

DIGITAL.VPR.NET (NPR) January 30, 2018 – In the latest testament to the enduring salience of the politics of firearms in Vermont, nearly 1,000 people turned out at a public hearing in the Statehouse Tuesday evening to offer impassioned arguments for — and against — proposed gun legislation. The Legislature is considering a number of gun-related measures this year, including one that would allow police to temporarily remove firearms from the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident. 

 

MS – Politics – Mississippi Bill Would Take Another Step Toward Rejecting Federal Gun Control

TENTH AMENDMENT CENTER.COM January 30, 2018 – A bill filed in the Mississippi Senate would build on the foundation of legislation signed into law in 2016 and block state enforcement future federal gun control regulations in the state. In 2016, Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation into law that removed conceal carry licensing requirements, allowing Mississippians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The law also set the foundation to reject and end new federal gun control regulations and executive orders in…

Constitutional carry bill to be heard by (SC) state Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday (VIDEO)

WMBF-TV.COM January 30, 2018 – The state Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear a bill today that would not require lawful gun owners in South Carolina to obtain a concealed weapons permit before carrying their weapon in a public place. This bill has been in the state house for some time now, and consideration to make South Carolina a constitutional carry state has been debated for years, according to Sen. Greg Hembree.