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…

NJ – GUN POLITICS – Second Amendment Foundation Sues Over NJ Gun Purchase Shutdown

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has filed suit against New Jersey Gov. Philip D. Murphy and State Police Supt. Col. Patrick J. Callahan over the forced closure of gun stores throughout the state during the coronavirus crisis. Governor Murphy ordered a statewide shutdown of all “non-essential businesses,” and that shut down took effect on March 21, 2020, at 9 p.m. Gun and ammunition stores were not included as essential in Murphy’s order. Moreover, the shutdown was followed by a state police announcement…

PA – GUN POLITICS – Divided PA Supreme Court: Governor can shut down firearms dealers during Coronavirus emergency

Dissent for three Justices: “This amounts to an absolute and indefinite prohibition upon the acquisition of firearms by the citizens of this Commonwealth—a result in clear tension with the Second Amendment…” Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order that closed all “non-life-sustaining businesses.” That order required licensed firearms dealers to shut down. In contrast, the Governor of Illinois defined firearm suppliers “for purposes of safety and security” as “Essential Businesses” that can remain open. The Civil Rights Defense Firm filed an emergency…

KS – GUN POLITICS – Kan. lawmakers seek to bar governor from seizing guns during pandemic

Conservative Republican legislators in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to address the coronavirus pandemic after she closed the state’s K-12 schools for the rest of the spring semester. Conservatives said Kelly’s action was an overreaction. Kansas has at least 21 confirmed coronavirus cases and one COVID-19-related death. Most infected people recover but some can develop serious problems. They included language from GOP conservatives in a resolution that would extend a state of emergency declared by Kelly last week…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Fact Check: Biden Claims Gun Makers Exempt from Lawsuits, Period

CLAIM: During the March 15, 2020, CNN/Univision Democrat debate, Joe Biden criticized Bernie Sanders’ support of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), claiming gun makers enjoy complete immunity from lawsuits because of it. VERDICT: False. The PLCAA is designed to shield gun makers only in instances in which the gun in question was lawfully made and lawfully sold. Sanders voted for the PLCAA, which was signed into law by George W. Bush. Biden has been running…

CT – GUN POLITICS – In opposition to an excise tax on ammunition

Testimony presented to the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee in opposition to H.B. No. 5040: An Act Establishing An Excise Tax on Ammunition. I am asking this committee to oppose this legislation as I believe it to be overtly political. I have introduced legislation over the past several years that would accomplish the proponents’ intended purpose of this bill which is to curb gun violence without resorting to extremely punitive taxation of our state’s law-abiding gun owners. However, instead of…

MI – GUN POLITICS – Pro-gun worker who Biden said was ‘full of ****’ speaks out on Fox News

The worker who got into a heated gun control debate with Joe Biden at a Detroit auto plant told Fox News on Wednesday that the former vice president “went off the deep end.” Jerry Wayne told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that he had been thinking about what he would ask Biden if he had the opportunity since learning Tuesday morning that the 2020 presidential candidate would be visiting the Fiat Chrysler facility. When Wayne got his chance, he said he asked Biden how…

NJ – GUN POLITICS – Gun safety summit postponed due to Coronavirus

The Murphy administration is continuing to postpone events due to the Coronavirus. Gov. Phil Murphy was set to welcome governors and state officials from seven states to Newark on Friday for the inaugural States for Gun Safety Summit. This had been Murphy’s first scheduled public appearance since his surgery last week to remove a potentially cancerous tumor from his kidney. The coalition of northeastern states was formed in 2018 to pursue a regional approach to combating gun violence. The State Treasurer has…

MN – GUN POLITICS – Senate GOP pushes crime legislation that does not include gun restrictions

Minnesota Senate Republicans Tuesday pushed a package of bills they say would make communities safer. The measures would encourage Minneapolis and St. Paul to hire more police officers and add police to light rail trains but would not expand background checks for gun purchases or set up a procedure for removing guns from those deemed a threat, as House Democrats have proposed. “Minnesotans deserve a safe place to live, work and play anywhere in this state,” said Sen. Warren…

DC– GUN POLITICS – Beto ‘Hell yes’ O’Rourke’s endorsement has Joe Biden fending off allegation that he’s a gun-grabber

Beto O’Rourke’s endorsement at a Dallas honky tonk on the eve of Super Tuesday gave Joe Biden a huge jolt in Texas last week. But it also came at a price, associating him with a demand for mandatory buybacks of assault-style weapons that came back to bite him Tuesday, and could haunt him into the fall. As the former vice president stumped in Detroit, an auto worker accused him of being a gun-grabber and cited his new alliance with…

MN – GUN POLITICS – Minn. Republicans bring gun bills meant to build ‘consensus,’ again clash with gun control advocates

Minnesota Senate leaders on Tuesday, March 9, put forth a slate of proposals aimed at curbing violence in the state, which they said could withstand the scrutiny of the divided Legislature. The bills would require additional enforcement of existing firearm laws, add additional offenders to the list of those ineligible to carry a firearm and boost funding to units that investigate violent drug crime in Greater Minnesota. A hearing on many of the proposals Tuesday comes about two months…

MARK “I am the majority!” ROBINSON: Surprise of the night in NC politics?

A man who gave a fiery speech for gun rights two years ago in Greensboro won his party’s primary in North Carolina’s lieutenant governor’s race Tuesday night.

Mark Robinson, who was seeking his first elected office, topped eight other candidates, likely winning the primary without a runoff and shocking pundits.

He spent less than other candidates – one a state senator who put half a million dollars into his own campaign – and he didn’t have the statewide platform or political experience of…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Bloomberg again exposes his anti-Second Amendment elitism

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has attempted to portray himself a sane, competent moderate in the current field of Democratic presidential candidates. Despite having little appeal outside of Manhattan, Bloomberg is convinced he can lock down the nomination for president at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. But Bloomberg is far from moderate on a number of issues. Worse, he’s a big-government elitist who believes “important” people are the only ones worthy of Second Amendment protections….

GA – GUN POLITICS – Sweeping Bill To Expand Ga. Gun Laws Could Force Atlanta To Sell Confiscated Firearms

fter two years of relative quiet on the state’s gun policy front, a sweeping pro-gun bill is moving forward in the Georgia Senate. The proposed changes include making it harder to criminally charge people who brandish their guns, expanding access for licensed gun-toters to houses of worship and some courthouses and letting gun owners with minor drug convictions keep their carry licenses. The bill could also force cities like Atlanta to sell the firearms their police officers confiscate. Atlanta’s…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Mike Bloomberg Went All-In on Virginia. It Didn’t Pay Off.

Since Mike Bloomberg jumped late into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, his entire campaign has been a grand political experiment predicated on a single question: Can the former New York City mayor’s immense wealth and record of philanthropy for progressive causes allow him to upend the traditional primary process, secure the nomination, and enable him to go on to beat Trump? There’s a reason, after all, that Bloomberg launched his presidential campaign in a small diner in…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Bloomberg Misleads on Gun Background Checks During Fox News Town Hall (VIDEO)

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg incorrectly asserted Monday that background checks are not required to be performed on gun sales done at gun shows or over the internet. At a Fox News town hall, Bloomberg falsely claimed gun stores are required to perform background checks on sales done at their physical premises but sales conducted elsewhere were exempt from background check requirements. “You cannot buy a gun in a gun store where they won’t do a background check. And…

VA – GUN POLITICS – WATCH: Bloomberg Tries to Defend Using Armed Guards While Pushing Gun Control (VIDEO)

An attendee at the March 2, 2020, Fox News town hall asked Mike Bloomberg why he pushes gun control for the common man but surrounds himself with armed security. The attendee said, “You have an armed security detail that is likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines you seek to ban the common citizen from owning. Does your life matter more than mine or my family’s?” Bloomberg responded by admitting to having an armed detail, and suggesting he needs…

WI – GUN POLITICS – Day after Milwaukee rampage, Dan Kelly campaign holds fundraiser at shooting range

Just a day after a gunman shot and killed five co-workers and himself at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors facility, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly’s campaign hosted a fundraiser at a Brookfield shooting range. The fundraiser at the Wisconsin Firearms Training Center brings the Second Amendment debate into the forefront of the Supreme Court race and angered Democrats who support Kelly’s opponent, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky. Kelly and Karofsky face voters in the April 7 election for…