DC – Politics – Treasury: Mnuchin doesn’t support Congress examining new gun laws

POLITICO.COM February 15, 2018 – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared to stage a surprising break from the Trump White House on Thursday and endorsed congressional action on gun violence in the wake of the devastating school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead. His office says that’s not so. 

NY – Politics – Gillibrand ‘Embarrassed,’ ‘Ashamed’ by Previous Conservative Stances on Guns, Illegal Immigration (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON February 12, 2018 – CBS’s “60 Minutes” featured a 12-minute segment on Gillibrand in which interviewer Sharyn Alfonsi pressed the senator to explain why she reversed her position on several policy positions, particularly the Second Amendment and immigration. 

DC – Politics – New Interior Dept. order expands hunting access on western land

THE HILL.COM February 9, 2018 – Adding to his pro-hunter reputation, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order Friday to expand big-game hunting access across the western U.S. Zinke signed the order while attending the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City. 

DC – Politics – Delusional Schiff Won’t Let Facts Deter Trump Pursuit

NEWSMAX.COM February 7, 2018 – Take the latest conspiracy du jour: that the NRA has been infiltrated by a cabal of Russian influencers posing as gun activists seeking to support President Donald Trump, complete with “questionable” donations to the NRA, who then funneled that “dark” money to then-candidate Trump. This theory falters in varying ways. 

Schiff: Russia Supports Second Amendment Because Americans ‘Doing Nothing but Killing Each Other’ (video)

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON February 7, 2018 – Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania, where he described Russia’s aim to “pit us against each other, to exploit our divisions,” the Daily Wire reports. Schiff was talking about Russian use of social media to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States. The Democratic lawmaker then claimed Russia is a big proponent of the United States’ Second Amendment. 

Republican lawmakers say no ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill in 2018

UTAH POLICY.COM February 6, 2018 – Several Republican lawmakers say there’s no appetite this year to pass a so-called “constitutional carry” bill, that would allow a Utahn to carry a weapon, either concealed or in the open, without a permit. However, it’s not for lack of trying on the part of gun rights groups. Legislative sources tell UtahPolicy.com that the NRA offered to drop their opposition to a proposed hike in fees for concealed carry permit renewals if lawmakers were to…

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

WASHINGTON TIMES January 5, 2018 – In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own. 

WA – Politics – Gun Control Bills Fail to Meet Deadline

NRA-ILA.ORG February 4, 2018 – Friday, February 2nd marked the deadline for bills to be voted out of committee in the house in which they originated.  As previously reported, several anti-gun bills received committee votes prior to this deadline; however, many of the bills NRA-ILA has been actively opposing in Olympia failed to receive a vote before the cut-off and are likely defeated for the year. 

MA – Politics – Pro-Gun Bills Nearing Committee Deadline

NRA-ILA.ORG February 3, 2018 – Wednesday, February 7th, will be the last day for action on bill reports by the Joint Committees in the Legislature. Currently, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security are considering several pro-gun bills as well as anti-gun legislation that are of interest to gun owners in the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, some of the proposals still before the Committee for consideration are anti-gun measures and would place further burdens on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen. …

NRA, Russian Banker Went To Bat For Kalashnikov

TALKING POINTS MEMO.COM February 1, 2018 – Russians courting the NRA before the 2016 election came with a 35-inch long olive branch: the AK-47. Alexander Torshin is the Russian banker and Putin ally reportedly at the center of an FBI probe into whether the NRA received illegal Russian money to help Donald Trump in 2016. Torshin has ties to the Kalashnikov Concern, the state-owned company that makes the AK and other popular rifles. 

OH – Politics – House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations Meets Wednesday to Discuss Anti-Gun Legislation

NRA-ILA.ORG January 30, 2018 – House Bill 395, sponsored by Representative Bill Patmon (D-10), would prohibit the manufacture, sale or transfer of any trigger crank, bump-fire device, or other product that accelerates a semi-automatic firearm’s rate of fire but does not convert it into an automatic firearm.  Similar to bills in other states, there is overreaching language that would potentially ban many firearm modifications commonly used by law-abiding citizens. 

VT – Politics – Public Hearing On Gun Legislation Draws Huge Crowd In To Statehouse

DIGITAL.VPR.NET (NPR) January 30, 2018 – In the latest testament to the enduring salience of the politics of firearms in Vermont, nearly 1,000 people turned out at a public hearing in the Statehouse Tuesday evening to offer impassioned arguments for — and against — proposed gun legislation. The Legislature is considering a number of gun-related measures this year, including one that would allow police to temporarily remove firearms from the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident. 

 

MS – Politics – Mississippi Bill Would Take Another Step Toward Rejecting Federal Gun Control

TENTH AMENDMENT CENTER.COM January 30, 2018 – A bill filed in the Mississippi Senate would build on the foundation of legislation signed into law in 2016 and block state enforcement future federal gun control regulations in the state. In 2016, Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation into law that removed conceal carry licensing requirements, allowing Mississippians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The law also set the foundation to reject and end new federal gun control regulations and executive orders in…

Constitutional carry bill to be heard by (SC) state Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday (VIDEO)

WMBF-TV.COM January 30, 2018 – The state Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear a bill today that would not require lawful gun owners in South Carolina to obtain a concealed weapons permit before carrying their weapon in a public place. This bill has been in the state house for some time now, and consideration to make South Carolina a constitutional carry state has been debated for years, according to Sen. Greg Hembree. 

NH – Politics- Wrong information on website prompts backlash against pro-gun NH senators

WMUR.COM January 26, 2018 – Erroneous information on a legislative website sent conservative lawmakers scrambling Thursday morning ahead of a contentious debate on a firearms bill. New Hampshire State Sen. Kevin Avard, R-Nashua, said he awoke to phone calls from angry constituents asking why the pro-2nd Amendment lawmaker had signed on to SB492, a bill to ban bump stocks. 

IA – Politics – Iowa needs constitutional amendment to protect gun rights

DES MOINES REGISTER January 26, 2018 – Iowa is one of only six states that lack constitutional protection for these fundamental natural rights. While some state-level gun rights provisions were adopted in the era of George Washington and others have been added in recent decades, they have been designed to protect individuals from an overreaching state government. The language of many is even more direct and specific than is the Second Amendment. 

Zinke’s visit to Vegas gun show riles conservationists

THE PUBLIC OPINION.COM January 26, 2018 – Conservationists are criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for visiting a Las Vegas gun show while refusing to meet with them to hear their concerns about plans to shrink a national monument in Nevada. “Always happy to talk #hunting and target shooting public access with the men and women of the NRA,” he wrote in one. 

Nat’l – Politics – Gun Control Advocates See Chance of Victory in State Legislatures

NEWSMAX.COM January 18, 2018 – Supporters of stricter gun regulations see opportunities for victories in state legislature this year after some Republicans showed they would be willing to break with the National Rifle Association in order to support some new restrictions, The Hill reported Thursday.