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…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – The U.S. Congress is back in the business of funding gun research. Now what? Part 1

U.S.-government-funded support for gun research has effectively been blocked since 1996, thanks to the so-called Dickey amendment.  Crafted by GOP lawmakers and the NRA, Dickey stripped the CDC of funding for gun-violence-prevention studies. Over subsequent years the ban extended similar restrictions to other federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and of Mental Health (NIMH). In the 15 years after Dickey, funding for firearm injury prevention in the U.S. fell 96 percent and peer-reviewed academic publishing on…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Now What? Part 2

In this post, Jonathan M. Metzl continues the journey exploring gun violence as a public health crisis. Will gun research lead to better policies, or will the NRA and gun-rights politicians and advocates continue to resist even the most basic efforts to promote gun safety? The budget has been called a “defeat” for the NRA, and a sign that “the financially troubled gun group is no longer invincible inside the Beltway. But despite recent troubles and financial woes, the gun lobby remains…

DC – GUN POLITICS – House Republican rips witness for claiming ‘nobody has died’ because of gun control laws (VIDEO)

Rep. Thomas Massie scolded a witness who alleged that “nobody” has died because of lack of access to a gun during a hearing on voter identification laws. Massie, a Kentucky Republican, questioned three witnesses on Wednesday about their opposition to voter identification laws. The witnesses presented evidence that showed local laws requiring a state-issued photo identification card to vote disproportionately affected minorities. During his questioning, Massie asked each of the witnesses if they agreed that identification requirements for purchasing a…

WA – GUN POLITICS – Four Seattle liberals on why they own guns and who they’re voting for in the primary

Guns are on voting minds. According to a Gallup Poll conducted last December, about 30% of Americans list guns among five issues as being “extremely important” when it comes to their vote for president. Because of the high importance placed on gun laws, KUOW explored a different kind of gun owner seldom covered by news outlets: the liberal Seattle gun lover. We spoke with four local, left-leaning gun owners and asked for their thoughts on guns and how their beliefs will…

VA – GUN POLITICS – My vote against the assault weapon ban bill explained

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a House of Delegates’ bill to regulate assault rifles and other firearm attachments. I have always supported stronger regulation of assault rifles. I lived through the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks, crouching in my car while getting gas to avoid being shot. In 2016, three Prince William County police officers, including one of my constituents, were shot with an AR-15. Officer Ashley Guindon was killed on her first day on the job. I do not support civilian…

SC – GUN POLITICS – Sanders’ complicated history on gun control

At Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, the audience booed Sen. Bernie Sanders after a rival noted his vote for a 2005 bill that shielded gun manufacturers and dealers from being held liable for crimes committed with weapons they made and sold. Sanders launched into a full-throated response to the attack, acknowledging he had cast a “bad vote,” but disputing the idea that he had been soft on gun issues and had opened the door for high-powered weapons to be used in mass…

SC – GUN POLITICS – Sanders takes heat for past opposition to gun control

Bernie Sanders came under fire on Tuesday evening for his mixed record on gun control, with his opponents seizing on a rare issue where sanders has in the past staked out a moderate position and hammering him from the left. as a congressman, sanders supported the assault weapons bans but also voted to partially shield gunmakers and retailers from liability in court, a position his rivals attacked in a debate that offered them the final opportunity to face off…