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REP. ANTHONY SABATINI FILED A BILL MONDAY THAT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE WITH A CONCEALED FIREARM LICENSE TO CARRY A WEAPON ONTO FLORIDA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE MEASURE, HB 6001, SEEKS TO DELETE A PROVISION THAT RESTRICTS PERMIT HOLDERS FROM CARRYING A FIREARM ON CAMPUS GROUNDS. FLORIDA’S CURRENT STATUTE LIMITS REGISTERED STUDENTS AND FACULTY TO CARRYING STUN GUNS AND NON-LETHAL ELECTRIC WEAPONS ON CAMPUS.ON A MILD NOVEMBER NIGHT IN 2015, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, POLICE SPED TO CROWN FRIED CHICKEN AT BROADWAY AND MICKLE, WHERE A DISTRAUGHT MAN WITH A KNIFE HAD JUST THREATENED TO KILL A CUSTOMER INSIDE. WHEN COPS ARRIVED, THE 48-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS OUTSIDE, WAVING THE KNIFE, CLEARLY A POTENTIAL THREAT. REPEATEDLY, HE REFUSED POLICE ORDERS TO DROP HIS WEAPON. THE ENCOUNTER COULD HAVE BEEN HIS DEATH SENTENCE IN MANY CITIES IN AMERICA — OR, A FEW YEARS EARLIER, IN CAMDEN ITSELF. INSTEAD, POLICE OFFICERS RECOGNIZED THE MAN WAS IN THE THROES OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND BACKED OFF.ON THANKSGIVING DAY, DANIEL SPEARS OPENED THE DOOR TO HIS BADIN HOME AND IMMEDIATELY FELT SICK TO HIS STOMACH. BURGLARS TOOK HIS COMPUTER, CASH, MORE THAN 1,000 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION, AND SEVERAL GUNS. ONE OF THE GUNS HE BUILT FROM SCRATCH WHEN HE RETURNED FROM A DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2014.A WELD COUNTY, COLORADO MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY IN JUNE TO SMUGGLING GUN PARTS TO BUYERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS WAS SENTENCED MONDAY, ACCORDING TO U.S. ATTORNEY JASON R. DUNN. MICHAEL JOHN SUPPES, 47, WAS SENTENCED TO SERVE 46 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOLLOWED BY THREE YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE. SUPPES ALSO AGREED TO FORFEIT 123 FIREARMS, FIREARM PARTS, AMMUNITION AND NEARLY $300,000 IN ASSETS, THE DOJ SAID. SUPPES' PLEA AGREEMENT SAYS HE DID NOT HAVE AN EXPORT LICENSE AND HE POSSESSED UNREGISTERED SHORT-BARRELED RIFLES THAT WERE NOT REGISTERED UNDER THE NATIONAL FIREARMS REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER RECORD AS REQUIRED BY LAW.THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE THIEF THAT STOLE SIX UNIQUE GUNS FROM PAUL NIGH, A RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. IT’S A GUN OWNER’S AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT’S WORST NIGHTMARE. “IT’S NOT A WEAPON YOU CAN JUST WALK IN THE STORE AND BUY,” HE EXPLAINED. SIX OF NIGH’S GUNS ARE NOW ON THE STREET AFTER A THIEF STOLE THEM FROM HIS U-HAUL TRAILER.

IL – SELF-PROTECTION – Fact-Check: It’s Not Against the Law to Carry a Firearm While Wearing a Face Mask

False claims being shared on social media trace back to a longstanding Illinois prohibition on individuals carrying a firearm while wearing a face covering to conceal their identity. A popular meme of Kevin Hart and Keanu Reeves is spreading misinformation about face mask requirements and concealed-weapon permits. Rapper King Chip shared the meme in a July 2 Facebook post. It shows a fictional exchange between Hart and Reeves. “STOP! You have to wear a mask in here,” the comedian says in the meme. “I can’t, it’s a class 4 felony violating section 24-1(a)(9) prohibiting a mask while carrying a gun,” the actor responds. The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) Similar posts have been shared tens of thousands of times, according to CrowdTangle, an audience metrics tool. We’ve previously fact-checked inaccurate claims about face mask rules and concealed-weapon laws, so we wanted to investigate this Facebook post. There is no federal law that bans carrying a concealed weapon while wearing a mask. The Facebook post comes from a blog post about an Illinois statute that prohibits carrying a firearm while wearing a face covering. But the Illinois State Police said that law does not apply to lawful concealed-weapon permit holders who abide by the state’s COVID-19 mask requirements.  [full article]

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