National Rifle Association CEO LaPierre

Oregon background check bill spurs heated debate

As noted yesterday, a bill in Oregon would seek to extend background checks to include private sales and transfers of firearms. As Katie McDonough for Salon reports, “the measure, which Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign, closes existing loopholes so that a person purchasing... Read More
Senator Julie Morrison

Illinois bill would pave way for assault weapons bans

In the wake of a recent court ruling on the legitimacy of the assault weapons ban in the city of Highland Park, Illinois, Sen. Julie Morrison has introduced legislation to allow cities to ban assault weapons. Karen Berkowitz for the Chicago Tribune reports: The measure... Read More
t. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department

Utah law allows gun owners to use deadly force in many cases

Recent incidents in Orem, Utah have prompted growing public awareness and conversation about Utah’s gun laws. Lindsey Whitehurst and Brady McCombs for the Washington Times report: …Two Utah men fatally shot would-be criminals a few miles apart over the weekend, but neither shooter is expected to... Read More

ALERT: Retired cops get special treatment back in Calif. Senate Bill 707 amendment

As predicted, Senator Lois Wolk has caved to pressure brought by lobbyists for numerous law enforcement associations. Senate Bill 707 was amended to restore the “Gun-Free School Zone Act” exemption for retired police officers, while maintaining its attack on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding carry licensees.... Read More

Bad Apple Lawyers: Part 1 – The Theorist

by John Richardson (Reprinted with permission: No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money) I had intended to start my series on Bad Apple Lawyers with the current head of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, Jonathan E. Lowy. However, the more I read, the more... Read More
Firearm in holster

Bill to restrict unlawful firearm seizure

The Ohio legislature is apparently considering SB 142, a bill that would “prohibit any agency and its employees and agents from seizing or authorizing the seizure of any firearm from any person lawfully in possession or control of the firearm…” As Erik Martin for the Daily... Read More
Singer Tim McGraw

Group in McGraw benefit endorses call to resurrect assault weapon ban

Famed country singer Tim McGraw has drawn criticism recently by some 2A supporters who note his close relationship with a recognized anti-gun group – Sandy Hook Promise. Chris Eger for Guns.com reports: The group, formed in the aftermath of the 2012 Newtown school shootings that... Read More
Gov Bill Haslam [TN-R]

TN Gov. signs bill prohibiting state cooperation with fed gun control laws

Displaying a rare instance of 10th Amendment resistance to federal mandates, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslan signed a bill that “prohibits the use of any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories.”... Read More
Antique gun collector Dave Kleiner reviews paperwork

Oregon passes bill that expands background checks for gun sales

The Oregon legislature passed a new piece of legislation on Monday, which would expand background checks for firearm purchases to private transfers between non-relatives. PBS reports: Oregon’s effort is the latest after the long-running debate over gun rights intensified following the shooting at Sandy Hook... Read More
Texas capitol

Open carry, now cruising in Austin, was once shunned by GOP

Times change. Not long ago open-carry legislation was a pipe-dream. Today it is fast becoming a reality. Tom Benning for the Dallas Morning News reports: The open carrying of handguns, all but a lock this year to become law in Texas, was once considered so... Read More