Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from August 16-22, 2015.
South Carolina Dem. To Introduce Gun Registration and “Assault Rifle” Ban
Oregon SB 941 went into affect on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The bill requires that all firearm transfers be conducted through a licensed firearm dealer (FFL) so background checks can be completed. Yes, this does include private individual sales. Some exceptions are included, like transfers between family members, law enforcement, inheritance and some temporary transfers.
South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson intends to introduce five strict gun control bills to the General Assembly before the January session. Those bills are:
- “Background Check Plus” Anyone buying a gun must pass two background checks—one with the state and one federal
- Registration of all firearms with SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division)
- Ban “assault weapons”
- Required immediate reporting of lost or stolen firearms
- A permit required before purchasing a gun
The bills are not likely to pass. Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) says, “There is absolutely no appetite for gun control or gun registration.”
Head of Counter-Terrorism Task Force Denied Permit in New Jersey
A civilian working in counter-terrorism at the Department of Defense has been denied a concealed carry permit by New Jersey, with the state saying he has “no justifiable need.” Michael Tumminelli was one of over 21 million workers whose info was stolen from the Government’s Office of Personnel Management through a computer hack. Even though the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the FBI have warned those victims of the hack that terrorists might target them, New Jersey still did not find that Tumminelli demonstrated an “…an urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to [Tumminelli’s] life that cannot be avoided by means other than the issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”
CA Amends “Gun Violence Restraining Order”
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 950, which reforms the “gun violence restraining order” law. Introduced by Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), A.B. 950 allows someone who has a “gun violence restraining order” held against them to transfer their firearms to a dealer to hold during the order. Before the new law, a “gun violence restraining order” required a person to sell or give up their firearm collection. Melendez said, “Today we witnessed a rare victory for gun owners across California. By allowing a trustworthy alternative for gun owners to maintain possession of their firearms, we are preventing any unjustified gun grab against those who may be unfairly targeted by bogus allegations.”
North Carolina National Guard Now Allowed to Conceal Carry
Members of the North Carolina National Guard are now allowed to conceal carry a gun at recruiting stations. Signing the bill on Tuesday, August 18, Governor Pat McCrory said, “Our military offices should be among the safest in our community and our state and in our nation, and we’re going to make sure that happens right here in North Carolina.”
Anti-Drone Shotshells Defend Against Drone Terror!
Snake River Shooting Products (SRSP) announced the availability of a new novelty, but functioning shotshell called Drone Munition. The 12 gauge, 3-inch shotshell is loaded with either #2 or BB shot and according to the company’s flier, loaded with “a proprietary ferromagnetic ballistic payload.” SRSP’s press release says, “Done Munition was created to provide defense against the danger caused when drones are misused. Drone Munition is lead free, safe for the environment and provides a very high quality load that will effectively disable a drone encroaching your property’s airspace.” The company claims it is also an effective load for waterfowl.
ATF Admits to Surveillance Cameras in Seattle
The ATF have admitted to installing two surveillance cameras on city light poles in the Central District of Seattle. The bureau says the cameras are part of an on-going investigation. The city’s Public Safety Chair, Bruce Harrell said he had no idea the cameras existed and will address the issue next week. Some residents feel that if the cameras would cut down crime they would be okay, but others feel “watched.” Lee Colleton from the Seattle Privacy Coalition says, “I think that we ought to still push for transparency in the organization doing this sort of surveillance.” What do you think of the cameras?
Elections Enforcement Complaint Against the NRA
A group of gun-control advocates filed a complaint against the NRA on Wednesday, stating the organization violated Connecticut’s campaign finance law. The complaint accuses the NRA of using its federal PAC to financially support Connecticut politicians’ campaigns. Carlos Soto said, “…We won’t let our state elections be corrupted by the NRA’s dirty campaign tricks.” The NRA supplied documentation that it was in full compliance of the law. An NRA spokesperson said, “The frivolous allegations are without merit.” Connecticut’s Elections Enforcement Commission will decide if the complaint against the NRA needs investigating.
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- Ten Top-Rated AR-15 Manufacturers