S.C. bill with increased domestic violence penalties, gun ban for batterers heads to Governor’s desk

Jeffrey Collins for the Associated Press reports: A bill increasing penalties in South Carolina for repeat domestic violence offenders and banning batterers from having guns is heading to the governor’s desk. The House voted 81-23 Thursday to accept a compromise bill. Twenty-one of the 23... Read More
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After miss-fires, Texas lawmakers reach agreement on open carry

The Associated Press reported on Thursday: Texas state lawmakers negotiated on Thursday a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Gov. Greg Abbott. House and Senate... Read More
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N.J. gun control bill promoted by Gabby Giffords to get hearing

Matt Friedman for NJ Advanced Media reports: Legislation that would toughen New Jersey’s laws against firearms possession by domestic violence offenders is beginning to advance. The bill (A4218) — which former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) advocated for in a March visit to Trenton —... Read More

Calif. Legislation to reinstate felony penalties for firearm theft dies

Inland News Today reports: Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced her bill, AB 150, to allow voters a chance to reinstate felony penalties for firearm theft recently reduced under Proposition 47, was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, effectively rendering it dead. “The Democrats have... Read More

Maine Senate approves bill to allow concealed guns without permits

Scott Thistle for Maine’s Sun Journal reports: On a 21-14 vote, a bill allowing handgun owners to carry concealed weapons without permits gained approval in the Maine Senate on Thursday. The bill, LD 652, sponsored by state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would do away with Maine’s... Read More

Women are a driving force in nation’s shift from gun control to gun rights

AWR Hawkins for Breitbart reports: Women have emerged as one of the fastest-growing demographics of new gun buyers and concealed carry permit holders in the country, and in the process, they have become a driving force in the shift in American attitudes from pro-gun control... Read More
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Judge’s ruling allows concealed-carry for D.C. gun owners, shoots down police objections

Andrea Noble for The Washington Times reports: A federal judge on Thursday denied a short-term stay on a decision that blocked the District from enforcing a key provision of its restrictive concealed-carry laws — prompting the city to notify gun owners who had been denied... Read More
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N.J.’s faceoff on gun rights; court to hear case of former cop

Salvador Rizzo for NorthJersey.com reports: A former New Jersey police officer is headed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he should be able to keep his firearms and a hunting knife despite a stormy, 15-year marriage with episodes of domestic violence. The state Supreme... Read More
Nicole Sanders and her sign

Texas student sues after college bans gun rights sign

Fox News reports: A Texas college student filed suit against her school this week, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shooed off the quad for displaying a pro-Second Amendment sign. Nicole Sanders, 24, who attends Blinn College, a two-year public college in... Read More
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Vermont: When Armed and Safe Is Not Good Enough

Elizabeth Dennis for Jurist reports: Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as “F,” the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a murder rate so low it is “off the charts.”... Read More