In a result that none of us here thought would happen, every Illinois county that had pro-Second Amendment resolutions on the ballot on Tuesday voted in favor of the measure, with most of them overwhelmingly in support. A further two more counties that we didn't previously know about approved sanctuary-style referendums as well, adding a dozen new counties to our new green majority. Cook County, meanwhile, passed anti-gun ballot measures, including one attempting to place more gun restrictions on the entire rest of the state.more»
The long wait for ballot initiative question votes for Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolutions has come, and a total of 16 counties have related questions up in these referendums. Additionally, one other county has passed a similar resolution by their County Board.more»
In California, Governor Jerry Brown yesterday vetoed a bill presented by the legislature that would have allowed work associates, teachers, and other personnel to petition a judge to remove firearms from anyone they claim poses a danger to themselves or others. Brown responded to the bill by stating that current law already provides for all of the provisions that the new bill seeks to establish. Brown also separately sign another gun control bill that sets a new training requirement for those applying for concealed weapons permits.more»
Ohio Governor John Kasich on Monday afternoon signed an executive order that requires Ohio police officials and others to upload various felony arrests, restraining orders and warrants into the state's database that could prevent prohibited people from buying guns from retailers.more»
Unsure of how to handle the news that Hawaii can't simply deny every carry license that gets submitted, the state's Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin announced that he wants a legal opinion from the State's Attorney General to clarify exactly what authority the county police chiefs have regarding issue licenses permitting gun owners to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms. Could they be looking for a back door with which to continue the tyranny?more»
Whisperings in the rumor led us to send our investigator out on the job, who was able to confirm that Pike had, in fact, passed their own resolution. A short while later, we received a copy of the official resolution. It is virtually identical to the majority of Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolutions that we've seen so far.more»
The Gun Owners of Vermont organization is suing the state, the director of the Vermont State Police, the Windham County state’s attorney, and the state’s attorney general in an effort to get a judge to force an injunction against the state's overreaching firearms restrictions, which take effect on October 1st. At least two of the provisions of the new gun laws are in direct conflict with both the US Constitution and Vermont's state constitution.more»
King County Washington, which includes Seattle, now has legislation proposed compelling gun shops and gun ranges to display signs warning that ownership of guns leads to suicides, domestic violence, and accidental shootings. The county's Board of Health heard comments from the public Thursday afternoon on the proposal at the King County Courthouse and are expected to present their findings and recommendations to the county.more»
A sensible judge in California, which must be pretty rare in that part of the country, last week struck down a highly unusual and unconstitutional but mostly overlooked state law regarding the advertising and sign placement of any banner or image at any firearms retailer that contained the likeness of a pistol that could be seen from outside the building. It might seem crazy that such a law still existed, or ever existed at all, but then... this is California we're talking about.more»
Word comes on down from those in the know to Gun Rights Watch (thank you, Illinois State Rifle Association!) that Hancock County, Illinois joined the expanding chorus of, "No thank you" to the state legislature's ongoing effort to curtail the firearms rights of their citizens. Our count now puts the tally at 42 counties!more»
Analysts predicted it would play out like this. The gungrabbers just wouldn't be able to resist the temptation to undo the high court's ruling and are now risking having this case go to the US Supreme Court. If SCOTUS agrees to hear the case, then there will be a ruling on it, and chances are pretty decent that they won't like it. The risk for them of course that they might rule in favor of the 9th's decision, making it the law across the country in every state. If that happens, we'll be seeing free citizens in unheard of numbers carrying firearms daily.more»
Countering Representative Kathleen Willis' anti-gun bill (HR 1197) that denounces Gun Owner Sanctuary Counties, gubernatorial candidate Sam McCann for the Conservative Party on Tuesday introduced a Senate resolution supporting the 40 Illinois counties that adopted loose resolutions declaring themselves as "gun owner sanctuaries," which oppose gun control laws that they believe are unconstitutional.more»
By a vote of 7 to 0, the Schuyler County Board in Rushville decided on Monday Night to join the 40 other counties declaring their support of the Second Amendment and resistance to the ever-encroaching restrictions imposed by the state legislature on their gun rights. Jason Goddard spoke and gave an impassioned testimony on the need for self-defense.more»
A pair of unrelated counties get added to the list making up our field of green, while one of them becomes the third county to both pass a pro-2nd Amendment Resolution and simultaneously scheduling a November referendum vote to gain the approval of the county residents. See the link for more.more»
The summer recesses seem to have come to a close, as several Illinois counties went back to the task of determining whether they wanted to join the groundswell of resolutions supporting the Second Amendment — and what those resolutions would look like. Many of the newest counties to consider resolutions are doing it through ballot initiatives, allowing the county's voters to decide the matter for themselves in November. While in at least one county this maneuver has resulted in cries of, "playing political football" with the issue, at least a half dozen or more counties are now taking this exact route. See the full list of changes at the link below.more»
The current gun law trend in Washington state is toward safe storage laws, but state preemption precludes municipalities from passing their own gun control legislation ordinances. This showdown was inevitable, and the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation were prepared for it.more»
Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration, filing an new complaint on Friday trying to get a judge to declare it unlawful to distribute blueprints online for 3D printing firearms. They also want the State Department to cancel the settlement agreement they made with Defense Distributed, allowing them to continue hosting the files online for anyone to freely download. Colorado's attorney general, a Republican, has also joined the lawsuit.more»
In a hard reversal from the earlier sentiment on guns out of the 9th Circus that gave the right to carry (see our disclaimer though) back to the western states, the west's highest court last Friday ruled that California's newest handgun regulations do not infringe on the right to buy guns — despite those regulations mandating the use of a technology which doesn't fully exist yet.more»
On Friday, July 27th, Michigan's Supreme Court ruled that school districts have the right to ban firearms on campus, upholding a 2016 ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals. But, the news isn't all bad — while the high court found that schools are not bound by the state's preemption clause on firearm laws, it was because the school districts themselves are not “local units of government” and therefore are not bound by the same rules.more»
On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich refused to sign the concealed carry bill that was sent to his desk by the state legislature citing his disappointment that it lacks gun control measures he sought in the wake of recent mass shootings. Fortunately for the state of Ohio though, the bill will become law anyway on Monday since Ohio doesn't require the Governor to sign it in order for it to pass.more»
In a frantic move, the District of Columbia and 8 states filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in the Western District of Washington in Seattle against the federal government, claiming that their agreement with both Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation violates both the Administrative Procedures Act and the states' 10th Amendment rights. No, it makes no sense to us either.more»
In an update to our earlier story, the triad of gun control groups trying to coerce a federal judge into halting the release of gun plans for 3D printers has failed, as the groups had no legal standing to intervene in the case.more»
The Who's-Who cadre of usual suspects in gun control have started a furious letter-writing campaign aimed at getting just one federal judge to issue an order to stop Defense Distributed from uploading its CAD files that can instruct a 3D printer on how to create a fully functioning firearm.more»
Any faint hopes that any Lone Star State gungrabbers had of winning a Red Flag law for their state were probably dashed on Tuesday night, when the Lieutenant Governor was asked what he thought of the possible measure.
"I have never supported these policies, nor has the majority of the Texas Senate," said Patrick, who as President of the Texas Senate directs its efforts. He then added that,"a bill offered last session garnered little support."more»
In a move that would have been deemed unthinkable only recently, a limited panel of the 9th Circuit Court of appeals yesterday struck down blanket bans on guns throughout the western states in the landmark case of Young vs. Hawaii.
However, the ruling may not stand long and gun rights activists and gun grabbers alike are gearing up for what will almost certainly turn into a prolonged back and forth battle of ever-escalating judiciaries, looking for a final answer to the question of whether Americans are guaranteed under the Second Amendment to not be refused basic carry rights without just cause by their state.
In Columbus, two ordinances were struck down last Thursday. Judge Cain tossed out a bump stock ban on two grounds:
- The law violated state preemption and was disqualified from enactment for that reason already; and
- The way the law was written meant that if the manufacturer installed the bump-stock it was legal, but if the end user installed the bump stock it was illegal. This produced two different results for possessing the same product and could not be allowed to stand for creating a new legal loophole.
The Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling of an appeals court yesterday in a 2-1 decision, though mainly by simply deferring to the lower court's judgement. The opinions of the majority and the dissenter are a bit long to read, but they found that the appeals court correctly judged that magazines were most likely protected by the Second Amendment.more»
In Klamath County, Oregon, Measure 18-110 has been certified as a ballot initiative for the November 6th election and would grant power to the sheriff to determine if any new laws violated either the Second Amendment or the state constitution.more»
People released from mental health facilities will get the opportunity to reinstate their rights to buy a gun or obtain a concealed-carry permit, college firearms teams will be able to carry all of the sport's firearms on campus, and firearms records will now be prohibited from being shared publicly.more»