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The group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with the Las Cruces Public Department to host a drive-thru gun buyback event this month. It is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 13 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex at 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to organizers.Wyoming lawmakers will consider a new law allowing people with concealed carry permits to take guns into areas where firearms were previously prohibited, such as schools and legislative meetings. House Bill 117 and Senate File 67 would repeal gun-free zones in government meetings, public schools, public university buildings and professional athletic events. Only those with state-issued concealed carry permits would be legally allowed to carry guns in those areas.This year, the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) has added something new to its list of tips designed to help spring break travelers get through airport security quickly and without drama. In previous years, this advice has typically included general packing hacks on how to pack liquids, how to remove laptops and electronic devices for inspection and what not to pack in checked luggage.Baltimore is piloting a software program developed by Everytown for Gun Safety that will enable it for the first time to identify patterns of gun trafficking and illegal sales.Democrats have reintroduced gun sale background check legislation that requires unlicensed or private sellers to conduct a background check before selling a firearm. The Background Check Expansion Act introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is co-sponsored by 43 Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., while Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has resurfaced a companion bill in the House.

MA – GUN NEWS – Mass. License to Carry gun permit applications doubled in 2020

BOSTON25NEWS.COM – February 4, 2021 – More Massachusetts residents applied for firearm permits in 2020 than the previous two years combined, state data shows.

Last year, 54,082 Bay State residents filed for a new License to Carry permit, eclipsing the previous year’s number by more than 30,000, according to data from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

State and federal data shows the demand for guns and ammunition in Massachusetts has never been higher, but because of manufacturing delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply has also never been lower.

“It’s a national shortage, not just here in New England,” Norwood Armory Guns & Ammo owner Bob Sheehan said.

Sheehan gestured towards his empty display cases, shelves and gun racks. He said he first noticed delays from national manufactures in May and now has to turn customers away. He estimates he takes 20 to 30 calls a day from people looking for ammunition.

“There’s nothing for us to sell,” Sheehan said. “We had 80-year-old people coming in here with Licenses to Carry, purchasing guns.”

Massachusetts gun sales in 2020 led to an unprecedented number of background checks, with 262,583 run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

For comparison, 212,316 background checks—around 40,000 less–were conducted in Massachusetts in 2019. Ten years ago, the number was 115,904, according to FBI data.

Advocates chalk the spike up to anxiety caused by the outbreak, the presidential election and violent protests across the country.

“What’s going on here is nothing sells better than fear,” Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal said. Rosenthal founded the Beverly-based gun control advocacy group in 1994.

“How do you sell guns? Fear works great, and frankly, after every mass shooting, after every major demonstration or after an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, what happens? Gun sales go up,” Rosenthal said.

In November, 25 Investigates reported women and first-time buyers were fueling a record breaking year for gun sales. Investigative Reporter Ted Daniel spoke with Kim Fernandes at a “ladies only” safety course at Cape Gun Works in Hyannis.

“I decided that I thought it would be a good idea first to take a class. Once I took the class, I felt comfortable owning a gun,” Fernandes said.

But right now it’s hard even finding the ammo to practice.

“It’s very difficult for us to get supplies for our training courses,” Gun Owner’s Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace said.

With 18,000 members, Wallace said GOAL is Massachusetts’ largest gun rights group. The ammo shortage has made it harder to train new gun owners, he said.

“What people who are new to this don’t realize is that some of our courses require 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Retailers that I talked to have a hard time getting anything in,” Wallace said.

Sheehan said shotguns for home defense and small handguns for License to Carry permits are the hot items, but he’s also noticed an increased demand in pepper-spray and stun guns.

“People are legitimately scared,” Wallace said. “You’re seeing so many new people coming to the Second Amendment, it’s not even funny.” [full article source]

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BREAKING :
The group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with the Las Cruces Public Department to host a drive-thru gun buyback event this month. It is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 13 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex at 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to organizers.Wyoming lawmakers will consider a new law allowing people with concealed carry permits to take guns into areas where firearms were previously prohibited, such as schools and legislative meetings. House Bill 117 and Senate File 67 would repeal gun-free zones in government meetings, public schools, public university buildings and professional athletic events. Only those with state-issued concealed carry permits would be legally allowed to carry guns in those areas.This year, the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) has added something new to its list of tips designed to help spring break travelers get through airport security quickly and without drama. In previous years, this advice has typically included general packing hacks on how to pack liquids, how to remove laptops and electronic devices for inspection and what not to pack in checked luggage.Baltimore is piloting a software program developed by Everytown for Gun Safety that will enable it for the first time to identify patterns of gun trafficking and illegal sales.Democrats have reintroduced gun sale background check legislation that requires unlicensed or private sellers to conduct a background check before selling a firearm. The Background Check Expansion Act introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is co-sponsored by 43 Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., while Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has resurfaced a companion bill in the House.