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North Carolina: Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Scheduled for Second Hearing Tomorrow

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 8:50pm
Today, House Bill 746, an omnibus gun bill that makes a number of improvements to existing law, passed the House Judiciary IV Committee.  HB 746 is now scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance Committee tomorrow.  Introduced by state Representative Chris Millis (R-16), this legislation would establish that carrying a concealed firearm without a permit is legal in North Carolina, just as carrying openly without a permit has always been.  Among other things, HB 746 would also make clarifications to the law that allows for the carrying of firearms on church property when the church also has an education facility as part of its property.  Further, it would eliminate the requirement that applicants for a Pistol Purchase Permit sign a notarized waiver to allow sheriffs to access the mental health records of the applicant.

California: Senate Passes Bill to Increase Storage Requirements for Dealers - Assembly Passes Pro-Hunting Legislation

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 8:18pm
Today, May 31, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 464 by a vote of 22-12.  SB 464, sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D-13) would increase the storage and security requirements of all firearms in the inventory of a licensed firearms dealer.  Also today, the Assembly passed pro-hunting Assembly Bill 521 by a vote of 51-4. 

Texas Legislature Adjourns Sine Die After Passing Numerous Pro-Gun Bills

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 5:38pm
During a session marked by inaction on issues and public disagreement between the two legislative chambers, the Senate and House still managed to approve a number of pro-Second Amendment measures

Utah Agency Proposes Substantial Increase in Concealed Firearm Permit Fees

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 4:54pm
The NRA-ILA has learned that the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) is planning to increase the cost of a Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) by more than 50%.  BCI has confirmed to NRA that it is their intention to raise the fee by $20, effective July 1. 

Maine Action Needed: Pro-Gun Bills Still Pending in Final Weeks of Session

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:05pm
With only a few weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, several important pro-gun bills are still pending action in the Maine Legislature.  Additionally, there is one anti-gun bill, Legislative Document 351, pending action as well.  The Legislature could debate these bills at any time this week. 

Connecticut Action Needed: General Assembly Vote to Take Money from Permitting Accounts Imminent

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:38pm
Late last night, the Connecticut Senate passed Senate Bill 1059 in an attempt to reduce the budget deficit before the end of the fiscal year; however, in the proposal, the Senate approved taking a total of $300,000 from the “pistol permits photographic costs account” and the “ammunition certificates account.”  This bill is now pending consideration on the House floor.

California: One-Gun-a-Month Bill Passes Senate as House of Origin Deadline Approaches

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:15pm
The deadline to pass bills from their house of origin is this Friday, June 2.  Yesterday, Tuesday, May 30, the Senate passed anti-gun bill, Senate Bill 497, which extends California’s one-handgun-a-month limitation to all guns, by a vote of 25 – 13.   Anti-gun Senate Bill 464 and pro-hunting Assembly Bill 521 remain eligible for a vote at any time.  

Talks Stall on Kansas Bill Over Righ-to-Carry in Hospitals

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:49am
Negotiations appear to have stalled over a proposal in the Kansas Legislature aimed at keeping concealed guns out of public hospitals and other health care facilities.

Gun vote moves Michigan closer to permitless carry

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:48am
A large part of the rationale for repealing the permit and safety-training requirement is that under current Michigan law, law-abiding citizens can carry a firearm openly without a permit, fees or a training requirement. Proponents of the change called the permit requirement a money grab that essentially taxed people for putting jackets over their guns.

Michigan: House panel OKs permitless Right-to-Carry plan

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:47am
The plan would scrap criminal penalties for people who carry concealed pistols without permits, effectively eliminating the need for a permit in most parts of the state. People who want to carry concealed firearms must currently pay for a $100 permit application plus a fingerprint fee and another $115 every four years to renew the license. Gun training classes can cost hundreds of dollars.

Ohio Legislature considering several pro-gun bills

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:47am
A series of bills aimed at expanding the rights of Ohio gun owners is making its way through the Legislature.If all are passed, the bills greatly would ease the ability of individuals to carry a concealed weapon.

Ohio City gas station employee shoots at smash-and-grab suspects

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:39am
A 23-year-old employee of an Ohio City gas station fired several gunshots at two smash-and-grab suspects and thwarted the attempted ATM theft in the process, the employee's brother said.  The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Marathon gas station on Lorain Avenue at Fulton Place. Employee, Ala Allan, 31, said his brother, Ahmed Allan, was working at their father's gas station when two vans pulled into the parking lot. One van tried twice to smash through the front doors and into the ATM, Allan said. The impact caused the door to splinter.

Michigan: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Passes House Committee

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:26am
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 with a 6-4 vote.  This package of bills would remove the requirement to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) in order to lawfully carry a firearm.  These bills would also make the current licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.  HBs 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 will now go to the House floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT these bills! 

Bizarre chain of events led to robbery suspect's death

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:06am
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a robbery suspect was shot and killed outside a home in east Harris County. The incident started at another home just a few blocks away. Daniel Castillo says he was outside in his driveway Sunday night when he saw two men loading clothes and TVs into a car across the street. Then Castillo says the homeowner pulled into the driveway disrupting the robbery. "Then I see my neighbor pulling inside, then I seen the guy aiming the gun at him," Castillo said. ABC13 spoke with the homeowner by phone who says he had been out to dinner with his wife and young son. When they got back home, they noticed their front door was open. He says the robbers started shooting at them with his shotgun they had just stolen and then they ran away. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the pair ended up a few blocks away on Brownsville Street. Neighbors say the suspects were beating up an elderly man with the stolen shotgun when someone else in the second home shot and killed one of the suspects. The other suspect is in custody undergoing questioning, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Off-duty officer fires at suspect in Glassell Park shooting

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:57am
Police are searching for a suspect after they say one person was shot in the leg in Glassell Park, and an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired back. The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. near Division Street and avenue 33, according to Los Angeles police. The off-duty officer was attending a family party and heard shots fired before he or she went outside and saw a person who had been shot in the leg by someone in a vehicle. The officer then fired at the car and the suspect took off. It was not yet unknown whether anyone in the car was struck by gunfire. Police said they were interviewing witnesses at the scene.

Man Shot At Armed Suspect Who Tried to Rob Him at Car Wash

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:43am
A man fired a gun at a suspect who pulled a semi-automatic weapon on him and demanded money Monday morning at a car wash. Around 3 a.m., the victim was washing his car at Lil Donnie's Carwash on S. Mebane Street in Burlington when two men pulled into the wash a couple bays over. The men were in an older Oldsmobile or Buick car that was more than one color. The man grabbed his gun from his car when they pulled into the carwash. One of the men entered his bay and pulled a black semi-automatic gun on him, demanding money. The victim then fired his gun at the suspect, who ran away and left in the getaway car. Burlington police say the victim wasn't injured and they're not sure if the suspect was shot.

North Carolina: Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 5:09pm
Tomorrow, May 31, House Bill 746, an omnibus gun bill that makes a number of improvements to existing law, is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary IV Committee.  Introduced by state Representative Chris Millis (R-16), this legislation would establish that carrying a concealed firearm without a permit is legal in North Carolina, just as carrying openly without a permit has always been.  Among other things, HB 746 would also make clarifications to the law that allows for the carrying of firearms on church property when the church also has an education facility as part of its property.  Further, it would eliminate the requirement that applicants for a Pistol Purchase Permit sign a notarized waiver to allow sheriffs to access the mental health records of the applicant.

New York: New York City Lawmaker Proposes New Gun Ban

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:47pm
The term “childproof handgun” sounds innocuous enough, but like most of New York’s unworkable gun control laws, the devil is in the details.

Kansas: Contact Your State Senator in Opposition to Gun-Free Zone Legislation

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:06pm
The Kansas Senate could consider House Bill 2278 as early as tomorrow! Your state Senator needs to continue hearing from you now!

Advanced gun training for Colorado teachers on its way

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:18am
A local gun rights group is bringing an advanced training course to Colorado to help local teachers, principals and other school personnel learn how to stop a Columbine-style mass shooting.