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…

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…