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gun rightsJeff Soyer on 25 Feb 2015 05:48 am

There’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal:

The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to allow a felon to sell his firearms collection, with justices across the ideological spectrum skeptical of government arguments that such transfers should be strictly limited.

[ . . . ]

Several justices said the government had conflated the concepts of possession and ownership—the former prohibited by federal law, the latter untouched by it. “If I leave my car with a garage for a month, the garage has possession, but they can’t sell the car. I don’t have possession, but I can sell the car,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.

More at the link.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 15 Dec 2014 05:07 am

From Town Hall:

Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.

Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, “This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law.” Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement.

Police had decided beforehand that they would not be making arrests. More protests are planned. Read the whole thing.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 07 Nov 2014 07:11 am

From WOAI:

He won’t be sworn in as governor until January, but Governor Elect Greg Abbott has already stepped into his first controversy. The governor says if a bill allowing Texans to openly carry firearms in public reaches his desk, he’ll sign it.

C.J. Grisham, President of Open Carry Texas, says that means a bill allowing the open carrying of firearms with the need for a permit will be approved in the Legislature next year.

Can’t tell if that’s a typo or not. “With the need for a permit” would seem to indicate that you still need to go through all the training and stuff.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 23 Oct 2014 04:46 am

From the Washington Times:

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.

One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

But what the heck, you have to prove a “need” for a permit, and self-defense isn’t considered acceptable unless you can prove you’re being stalked or targeted or something.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 19 Oct 2014 02:01 am

I’d certainly welcome it since I live a stone’s throw from New Hampshire and do a lot of shopping there. The issue has been kicking around for a few years, but with a Democrat occupying the Governor’s Mansion for some time now… From the Concord Monitor:

Whether the Legislature could actually push through a form of constitutional carry largely depends on the governor.

“It really is a function of who is governor. Gov. Hassan will likely veto any pro-Second Amendment legislation,” Hoell said.

In an interview with the Monitor last week, Hassan said she supports Second Amendment rights, but stopped short of saying she’d sign the bill into law.

[ . . . ]

…Walt Havenstein, her Republican challenger for governor, said he supports the idea of constitutional carry. “I think because the Constitution allows that, and not only allows that, it is a right,” Havenstein said. Havenstein criticized the recent changes by the Department of Safety while saying he’d want a broad dialogue before making the change.

According to recent polling, Gov. Hassan currently enjoys a 6-10 point lead over Havenstein. Not really surprising, given that, firstly, a lot of people from Massachusetts moved to Southern New Hampshire over the past many years, and secondly, that — historically — voters tend to give Governors at least two terms to prove themselves worthy or not. In N.H. the term is for two years.

gun rights and Local NewsJeff Soyer on 11 Oct 2014 05:59 am

Good for him. At a sparsely attended forum held by the Vermont Association of Police Chiefs, he was questioned on the issue:

Milne said he does not support any new gun laws.

“I believe the gun laws that we have are sufficient,” he said.

Unfortunately, it’s a tough road to the Governor’s Mansion for Scott Milne, given the liberalness that has moved here from elsewhere. The current occupant, Gov. Peter Shumlin, recently went on record with his views:

Though his comments largely criticized the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Republican governors, looking beyond his rural base in Vermont, Shumlin also said there is a need for a 50-state solution to gun control.

“We should not be living in a country where someone can walk into a school and shoot up 23 little kids,” Shumlin said. “No one with a heartbeat believes that.”

But Shumlin also noted the “need divide” between rural and urban America in terms of the gun issue and said that a total assault weapons ban would need to determine how an assault weapon is defined. Many automatic weapons would not be used for hunting and could be banned, he continued, including the kind used in the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut, which he called a “weapon of war.” But at the same time, he said that the definition of an assault weapon would need to address certain rifles used by hunters in his state and other rural areas around the country.

“It depends on how city boys define an assault weapon,” Shumlin said. “There is no one I know in Vermont who hunts deer that uses weapons of war in the woods.”


I should also mention that I’m supporting Mark Donka for Congress. His head is in the right place and he fully supports the 2nd Amendment. Alas, he also has a tough road ahead to defeat incumbent Rep. Peter Welch, who would sell us out in a moment on gun rights.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 03 Sep 2014 03:41 am

You know, the ones that welcome you if you open or conceal-carry? Now there’s an app for that.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 24 Aug 2014 07:22 am

from The Wall Street Journal:

What the map doesn’t tell you is in which of those “open carry” states, the cops will harass you anyway.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 26 Jul 2014 06:37 pm

Attorney Alan Gura wins again. So do the law abiding people living in Washington, D.C. … Okay, what few there are.

From USA Today:

A federal judge Saturday overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

“There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,” said Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. in his ruling on Palmer v. District of Columbia.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 25 Jul 2014 03:10 am

Granted, if you’re living in a large, liberal city or state, it might seem futile. But, in the small town of Polar, Wisconsin (pop. 995) you should always be on top of what the town council or board is up to:

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gun rightsJeff Soyer on 02 Jul 2014 08:41 pm

That’s pretty much what happens when some pro-gun groups get into everyone’s faces with open carry in coffee shops and restaurants. Some of this is also due to, I believe, anti-gun campaigns funded by Bloomberg.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 15 Jun 2014 02:16 am

Actually, not a bad article from the NY Times.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 24 May 2014 04:27 am

CCW permit holders can now carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, provided that the bulk of the establishment’s business is food and not booze. Off duty cops can now carry in bars. In addition, the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law has been expanded:

The second bill signed by Jindal will expand the “stand your ground” law in Louisiana. Under current law, a person who kills an intruder coming into his car or house is given the benefit of the doubt and can use self-defense as a lawful reason for the killing. But the same self-defense argument could not be legally applied to situations where a person hurt, but didn’t kill, the intruder.

Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto, the sponsor of the legislation, said he wanted to close that loophole. People who end up harming — but not killing — an intruder or a carjacker should not be charged with murder if those who kill those people don’t face those consequences, he said.

Prior, if an attacked citizen wounds, but doesn’t kill an intruder, he could have been charged with murder? And yes, that’s a question.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 29 Apr 2014 10:30 pm

From the Times Leader:

The rally brought dozens of sympathetic legislators to the steps of the state Capitol, and after an hour of speeches in a steady rain, those in attendance fanned out to make their case directly to the elected representatives. Speakers warned that Second Amendment rights are at risk and described pending legislation that could further broaden gun rights.

Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny, touted his proposal to eliminate the need for a license to carry a concealed weapon.

“There’s no reason we need the government’s permission to put a coat over our weapons,” Saccone told the crowd.

More at the link including other legislative proposals.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 26 Apr 2014 05:15 am

A brief synopsis of what presidential hopefuls said.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 25 Apr 2014 03:31 am

From the Denver Post:

The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed-weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.

Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling.

“Right now, it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, a lawyer who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.”

Opponents fear the measure would allow more lenient gun regulations to trump stricter ones when permit holders travel across state lines.

While I would welcome such nationwide reciprocity, I don’t think it’s going to ever happen. And, if it does, it won’t “allow more lenient gun regulations to trump stricter ones.” Does anyone really think that states with “may issue” and strict regulations are going to allow non-residents and travelers from non-strict ones to conceal-carry? Remember: These “may issue” and strict states include NY, NJ, and California; high-population states with a lot of Democratic representatives, and liberal senators.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 23 Apr 2014 08:18 pm

From Townhall:

Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

Well, good. Meanwhile, NewsBusters has a roundup of reaction from NBC, CBS, and ABC.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:34 am

For once, they’re NOT like you and me only better:

A lively debate in the Louisiana Senate on Tuesday (April 15) grew deadly pretty quick during discussion about a bill members shot down that would let lawmakers pack heat in Senate chambers, among other places.

Nearly a dozen lawmakers were hypothetically shot and Sen. Jack Donahue victimized twice during a debate between the bill’s sponsor, Sen. R.L. “Bret” Allain, R-Franklin, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.

Not that they DON’T think they’re better, just that the discussion turned into a ‘laugh fest’ about shooting each other while trying to stop a real armed assailant.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 01:35 am

From the Times Free Press:

A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits has been defeated in a House subcommittee.

The House Finance Subcommittee voted 10-1 on Monday night against the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough.

Van Huss says he’s abandoning his effort to get the bill called to the floor of the House.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 02 Apr 2014 01:12 am

From ABC News:

Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied outside New York’s Capitol Tuesday to call for the repeal of gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they intend to use as a rallying cry in the fall elections.

Supporters of New York’s gun control measures — among the most restrictive in the U.S. — held a smaller event inside the Statehouse to announce several new bills, including one that would prohibit anyone from buying more than one gun a month.

Speakers at the larger rally on Empire State Plaza, including celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, said the law prohibiting the sale of some popular guns like the AR-15 goes too far and should be scrapped.

“He took away your rights — you take away his job,” said Astorino, the Westchester County executive, urging those present to channel their opposition into political action.

A special thanks to reader Daniel Hackel, who sent along these pictures:

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