GA – GUN POLITICS – Bill aims to tax gun sales, ammunition in Ga.; residents express distaste (VIDEO)

Gun sales have been up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, a proposed bill introduced by Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson is aiming to strengthen measures to prevent gun violence.

H.R. 5717, known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020, is suggesting to tax ammunition by 50 percent. Community members feel like there are better ways to enforce gun safety. “There is no reason to impose a syntax on a purchase of ammunition or firearms,” said John Allen…

TN – GUN POLITICS – Tennessee Republicans, Democrats respond to proposed gun legislation (VIDEO)

As state lawmakers get back to work this week, several measures that would loosen gun restrictions are making their way through the legislature. These include allowing concealed carry on public college campuses with a permit, and no longer requiring a permit to carry a gun in the rest of the state. It seems that in most cases, gun legislation and controversy go hand-in-hand, and these proposed measures are no different. Those in favor of the bills say they’re simply exercising Tennessean’s…

KY – GUN POLITICS – Kentucky governor hanged in effigy at Second Amendment rally at state capitol

What started out as a freedom-loving celebration of the Second Amendment ahead of Memorial Day turned into Gov. Andy Beshear being hanged in effigy and protesters chanting outside the governor’s mansion. The Second Amendment rally, meant to inspire people “about what it really means to be FREE,” according to Take Back Kentucky, attracted at least 100 people on Sunday. They gathered from 1-4 p.m. at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. It began as a celebration of constitutional rights…

LA – GUN POLITICS – Trio of gun rights bill breeze through House; Expand access in churches to ‘protect ourselves’

With veto-proof majorities, the Louisiana House Friday approved three gun rights bills – two would limit local governments from banning the concealed carrying of firearms and the sale of weapons during an emergency; the third would allow guns into churches regardless of what congregants decide. Thibodaux Republican Rep. Bryan Fontenot, a former a Thibodaux police officer and justice of the peace, said recent rash of church shootings – the latest taking place in Texas four days after Christmas 2019…

OK – GUN POLITICS – Oklahoma Passed the Country’s First ‘Anti-Red Flag’ Gun Law

Oklahoma just became the first state to pass an “anti-red flag” bill, bucking the national trend that gives police emergency powers to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who might hurt themselves or others. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1081, which prohibits counties or cities in Oklahoma from passing local “red flag” ordinances. The legislation sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday with an 8-2 vote and was the last piece of legislation that lawmakers…

VA – NRA – Everytown Ignores Its Own Data to Get Attention

Everytown for Gun Safety produced an “analysis” that sought to tie an “‘alarming’ spike” in fatal firearms-related accidents involving children to the recent surge in firearms purchases across the country. Their point is predicated on the deliberate exclusion and misuse of their own data – they used the tragic deaths of children to push their anti-gun agenda. Their own historical data disproves their claim. Shannon Watts spoke to CBS News about this analysis and said: “‘We know that there are risks…

ME – GUN POLITICS – Is Congress trying to pass new taxes, laws on guns during pandemic? (VIDEO)

A post that’s circulating on social media and by email has many Mainers wondering if it’s true. The post references House bill 5717 and claims it will add a 30% tax on all guns, a 50% tax on all ammo and will require a federal license to purchase. It also says you would need a license to own guns. H.R. 5717 was introduced in Congress in January by Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat. The companion bill in the Senate is from…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Sen. John Cornyn Counters Democrats: Enough Gun Control Already

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) countered a Democrat-led push for more regulations on “ghost guns” by making clear his belief that there is enough gun control already. On May 15, 2020, Breitbart News reported that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and other Democrats are demanding background checks for “ghost guns” and kits containing parts that can be used to build guns. The Mike Bloomberg-founded gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, supports the Democrat push. Politico quoted Sen. Cornyn in a…

MT – GUN POLITICS – NRA Endorses Daines with A+ Rating in MT Senate Race (VIDEO)

Over the years in Montana politics, Democrats have done a good job at attempting to portray themselves as pro 2nd Amendment. Some have even earned the coveted endorsement of the National Rifle Association(NRA). At best, though, Montana Democrats have typically been able to at least keep the NRA at bay and kept the NRA from making an endorsement in some high profile races. Not when it comes to the 2020 US Senate race in Montana, however. Liberal Gov. Steve…

TX – GUN POLITICS – How gun control advocates plan to make Texas a top political priority in 2020

KRGV.COM May 10, 2020 – Gun control advocates are gearing up to make Texas their top political battleground in November.

Everytown for Gun Safety announced in February that it would spend at least $8 million this election cycle in the state, mainly focusing on U.S. House and state House races. On Monday, the Michael Bloomberg-backed group announced the first round of that spending — a $250,000 digital ad campaign targeting Republicans in five key congressional races. And on Thursday, the group is…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Gun-Control Activist Deploys Fake Photo in Attack on Virginia Republican

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts shared a fake photograph to attack GOP congressional hopeful Nick Freitas in a now-deleted Thursday tweet. Freitas, an Army veteran, is running to unseat freshman representative Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.), who is backed by prominent gun-control groups, including Moms Demand Action. Watts, who founded the group in 2012, falsely accused Freitas of promoting a t-shirt that bears the Moms Demand Action logo, but features stick figures engaged in various acts of sexual congress…

PA – GUN POLITICS – Sponsor abandons ammo background checks after backlash

NCNEWSONLINE.COM MAY 6, 2020 – A proposal that would have required people to pass a background check to buy ammunition sparked such a furious backlash from gun-rights advocates that the lawmaker who introduced the legislation has dropped his own support for it.

State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery County, introduced legislation in March aimed at barring people who can’t legally obtain a firearm from being able to buy ammunition as well.

The proposal was inspired by a conversation with an officer on…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Joe Biden’s Possible Vice Presidential Candidates to Participate in Gun Control Series

Women who could possibly be vice presidential candidates on the Democrat ticket with Joe Biden will participate in an Everytown for Gun Safety gun control series beginning in late April and spanning numerous weeks. Everytown is a Mike Bloomberg-founded gun control group that includes Moms Demand Action. The Hill reported that former Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and former Democrat presidential hopefuls Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kamala Harris will all take part in the series, albeit on different days. Moms…

CO – GUN POLITICS – Why not address the underlying issue — mental health?

We must do something.  This is a phrase that as a law enforcement official, I’ve come to dread.  I dread the term not because of its literal meaning, but because of how it gets used by lawmakers after some terrible event occurs.  As a 23-year veteran law enforcement officer, I understand the concept of doing something about a problem that may be impacting my community.  In fact, that’s truly what law enforcement officers are; problem solvers. Unfortunately, trying to solve problems through legislative…

PA– GUN POLITICS – A Bloomberg gun-control group launches online effort to register 100,000 young voters

A gun-safety group aligned with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $1.5 million on a new virtual organizing program that aims to register 100,000 young voters. The push from Students Demand Action, shared first with CNN, replaces the group’s planned in-person voter-registration efforts, which were derailed by the coronavirus outbreak and the widespread shutdowns it has triggered around the nation. The new program focuses on 13 battleground states and marks the group’s first large-scale effort to use online-only tools…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Brady Campaign: ‘There Is No Immunization’ for Guns Bought During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence suggests that gun sales pose a greater long-term risk to Americans’ health than does the coronavirus. Newsweek reported that Brady Campaign President Kris Brown spoke to the surge in first-time gun buyers witnessed during March 2020, warning of the danger she believes now exists because of guns being in many homes for the first time. She lamented that those guns will be in homes long after the coronavirus passes: “We will get a vaccine,…

CA – GUN POLITICS – Gov. Newsom Outsources Decision to Close Gun Stores

California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent out a list of “essential business” that should remain open during the coronavirus crisis, and gun stores did not make the list. Instead of designating gun stores as nonessential, however, the governor outsourced the decision to the sheriffs in California’s 58 counties. “I believe in people’s right to bear arms,” Newsom told reporters, “but I’ll defer to the sheriff in this instance, the sheriffs in their respective jurisdictions.” In San Diego County, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher thought he should…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – States Use Pandemic to Suspend Second Amendment

State governors across the country have issued orders mandating the closure of all businesses not deemed essential or “life-sustaining” in response to the growing China Virus pandemic. Unfortunately, several states have included firearms retailers in their list of “nonessential” stores, effectively limiting their residents’ access to their Second Amendment rights. In Pennsylvania, the commonwealth’s Supreme Court recently upheld Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s shuttering of all gun stores. In his dissenting opinion, Justice David Wecht blasted the governor’s order, writing, “In…