NJ – Politics – Where every candidate for N.J. governor stands on guns

NJ.COM May 26, 2017 – Gov. Chris Christie’s stance on firearms has morphed considerably over his career, starting out in favor of New Jersey’s strict gun laws and ending up arguing for loosening them. He’s also consistently vetoed attempts by Democrats to expand or toughen existing gun laws, and has pardoned half a dozen out of state legal gun owners who got unwittingly ensnared in them. But come January, the term-limited governor will depart — and so will his policies, depending on…

DC – Politics – Five Pro-Second Amendment Moves McConnell and Ryan Could be Making

BREITBART.COM May 25, 2017 – When the House and Senate both voted to repeal the Social Security gun ban in February, Americans got the impression that we finally had legislators who were going to be proactive on the Second Amendment, who would seize the opportunity of having a pro-gun president, and pass bill after bill to bolster the exercise of Second Amendment rights. However, everything stalled as both the House and Senate appear to have largely embraced a return to status…

MT – Politics – The Issue Democrats Wish Would Go Away

POLITICO.COM May 24, 2017 -The progressive hope in Thursday’s special election to represent Montana’s at-large House district can be seen in an ad caressing a gun he lovingly calls “this old rifle.” In another spot, Democratic nominee Rob Quist pulls a shiny bullet from his barn coat pocket, locks and loads, and fires at a TV airing a spot questioning his Second Amendment bona fides. “I’ll protect your right to bear arms,” Quist pledges, “because it’s my right too.”   

Nat’l – Politics – Politico Magazine: Democrats Beware, Pro-Gun Control Polling Is Not Pro-Gun Control Voting

BREITBART.COM May 24, 2017 – On May 24, Politico Magazine ran a piece reminding current Democratic office holders of Bill Clinton’s warning that pro-gun control polling is not pro-gun control voting. In other words, polls may show support for gun control but that does not mean the respondents to a particular poll are motivated to vote because of the issue. However, NRA members and other Second Amendment supporters are motivated and will vote to protect their rights.  

IL – Politics – Plan to crack down on repeat gun offenders still changing

CHICAGO TRIBUNE May 24, 2017 – Supporters of legislation to crack down on repeat gun offenders continued to tweak the measure Wednesday to try to win over reluctant African-American lawmakers who fear the proposal will land more minorities in jail without addressing underlying causes of violence. A deal has yet to be reached on the measure, which is being pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. One version has cleared the Senate but faces a tougher hurdle in the House….

TN – Politics – Calls For Tennessee Governor To Veto Controversial Gun Bill (VIDEO)

LOCAL MEMPHIS.COM May 23, 2017 –  A controversial gun bill passed by state lawmakers is getting calls for a veto. One of Tennessee’s big city mayors says local governments could be forced to spend millions of dollars to comply with the measure, or face lawsuits from gun rights groups like the NRA. The controversial bill grew out of the guns and parks measure passed a few years ago by lawmakers that left open a lot of costly questions for local…

AZ – Politics – Arizona Gun-Rights, Gun-Control Groups Agree: Governor Ducey Killed Gun Bills

PHOENIX NEW TIMES.COM May 23, 2017 – Charles Heller of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and Gerry Hills of Arizonans for Gun Safety are usually on opposite sides of any debate. But this year, both Heller and Hills have found something to agree on: They claim that that more pro-firearms bills could have passed this year, but Governor Doug Ducey seems to have helped keep them down.   

TX – Politics – Gun Bills Quietly Moving Through Texas Legislature

iHEART RADIO.ORG (NPR) May 23, 2017 – Unlike two years ago when the Texas Legislature passed both “open carry” and “campus carry” gun bills, lawmakers this session have debated several pieces of gun rights legislation without much fanfare. The Texas House over the weekend made it easier for gun owners to obtain so-called “silencers” in anticipation of legislation working its way through Congress.  Buyers no longer would have to pay a $200 tax and wait up to six months…

VA – Politics – Virginia Governor’s Race: Gun Control Or Gun Rights?

PATCH.COM May 19, 2017 – ALEXANDRIA, VA –With the state recently marking the tenth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, the issues of gun control and gun rights have resurfaced as major talking points in the Virginia governor’s race. It’s a never ending standoff between Republicans and Democrats in Virginia. Responses to shootings in Virginia and across the country have been varied: from pushing for universal background checks to urging for guns in schools and college campuses.   

WI – Politics – Trump purportedly taps Sheriff Clarke for Homeland Security post

FOX NEWS May 17, 2017 – The Trump administration has purportedly tapped Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for partnership and engagement. Clarke, a tough-talking, conservative firebrand recognized by his penchant for cowboy hats, announced the appointment Wednesday during an interview with a Wisconsin radio station.  

Ray Kelly, Reportedly On Shortlist to Lead FBI, Backed Gun Control Measures Trump Opposes

OBSERVER.COM May 11, 2017 – President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association’s convention last month that “I am going to come through for you”—but rumors have flown he is considering replacing ex-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey with former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who has endorsed a number of restrictions on firearm ownership. But in his book Vigilance, released in late 2015, Kelly called for reviving the 1990s ban on assault weapons—a measure Trump opposed as a candidate, and which the NRA has battled…

DC – Politics – Gun Groups React Positively to New Trump Judicial Nominations

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON May 10, 2017 – Gun rights activists praised President Trump’s new judicial nominees on Wednesday. The Trump administration announced on Monday that the president would nominate 10 judges to the federal bench. Two of those nominees, Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court and Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, were on the list of judges Trump considered for the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett, John Bush, Kevin Newsom, David Nye, Scott Palk,…

LA – Politics – Concealed guns in Louisiana still require a permit, lawmakers decide

NOLA.COM May 10, 2017 – Lawmakers have once again struck down a proposal to let Louisiana residents carry a concealed gun without a permit. The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice voted 8-5 Wednesday (May 10) against Rep. Barry Ivey’s “constitutional carry” measure.  

TN – Politics – Tennessee Senate passes metal detector gun bill praised by NRA

FOX 17.COM May 9, 2017 – The Tennessee Senate has approved a push to require cities and counties to either buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check bags at many public facilities, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns. The Senate passed the legislation in a 26-5 vote with an amendment Tuesday. The House approved a slightly different version last week.   

AZ – Politics – N4T Investigators: ‘Fast and Furious’ agent vindicated

REP JASON CHAFFETZ VIA TWITTER May 2, 2017 – TUCSON – It’s vindication for retired ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns. The committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been holding hearings about Dobyns claims of corruption within ATF in conjunction with the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. A letter addressed to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice asked for reports and documents relating to Dobyns. Dobyns told News 4 Tucson, “I’ve personally forgiven them for what they did to me but I…

MT – Politics – Revealed: Democrat in Montana Special Election Performed at Nudist Resorts, Misleads on Guns

TOWNHALL.COM May 1, 2017 – Montana isn’t quite as ruby red as casual political observers might suspect. Given Montanans’ partisan heterodoxy, and the fact that this is a statewide campaign, one could be forgiven for assuming that this race would (a) be getting more media attention, and (b) potentially be competitive.  But the Democrats have picked a nominee who is a far-left, Bernie-loving, single-payer-supporting, banjo-playing “cowboy poet” and folk singer who has previously earned income from an…unusual source.  Hey, a gig’s a gig, right?   

NJ – Politics – New Jersey stun gun ban struck down, by consent order; New Orleans ban repealed

WASHINGTON POST May 1, 2017 – Last week, the New Jersey stun gun ban was officially declared unconstitutional, by consent order between the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (represented by Alan Beck) and the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office had concluded “that an outright ban on the possession of electronic arms within the state … would likely not pass constitutional muster.”  The New Orleans City Council also repealed the New Orleans ban last week. 

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Trump to Tell N.R.A. in Person: Thank You

NEW YORK TIMES April 28, 2017 – President Trump will say thank you to the National Rifle Association on Friday, pausing his rush to pile up achievements in the final hours of his first 100 days in office to become the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group’s annual convention in Atlanta.