Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from July 12 to July 18, 2015.
In this week’s news round up, we report on anti-gunners in Congress attempt to “close loopholes,” a bill introduced in Michigan to eliminate permits to carry and how the new rule in Kansas pays off.
The Background Check Completion Act Introduced
South Carolina Representative, James Clyburn introduced the “Background Check Completion Act” to the House of Representatives. Currently, a “default proceed” gives FFL dealers the right to sell a firearm if the FBI has not returned the call for a background check within three days. Rep. Clyburn says, “My bill is a commonsense fix to our nation’s gun laws, and I call on my colleagues in Congress to move it immediately towards passage.”
Seattle Proposes Additional Tax on Firearms and Every Round of Ammunition
Seattle Washington’s city council held its first hearing Wednesday on City Council President, Tim Burgess’ proposal to implement an additional tax on firearms and ammo. Burgess says the extra money would fund “gun violence prevention programs and research” at Harborview Medical Center. The city already has a 9.6% tax on goods and this additional tax would add $25 to every firearm and $0.05 to every single round of ammunition. Seattle gun stores already bring in about one million dollars in tax revenue a year. Those who approve of the taxes say it would raise an extra 300k to 500k dollars a year.
Burgess said, “We tax cigarettes and alcohol and even wood-burning stoves for public health purposes. Why not guns and ammunition? Taxpayers in Seattle pay for millions of dollars in emergency medical care every year for people who have been shot. It’s time for the gun industry to chip in to help defray these costs.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is encouraging Seattle residents to write the city council in opposition. Larry Keane of the NSSF says, The proposed “Gun Violence Tax” ordinance would violate Washington’s firearms preemption statute (RCW 9.41.290) which states, “The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms… including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer…”
San Francisco to Discuss Recording and Registering all Gun and Ammo Sales
Mark Farrell, a San Francisco Supervisor asked the city’s Board of Supervisors to draft a legislation that would require videotaping of all firearm and ammo sales in the city. Not only that, but Farrell requests video recordings where firearms or ammo are stored, as well as a record of the date of sale, the name, address, date of birth and copy of the driver’s license of the purchaser, brand, type, caliber and amount of ammo sold, the purchaser’s signature and the person who oversaw the transaction. The records would then be sent to the San Francisco police weekly and all records would have to be stored for five years. Farrell says, “Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books in the country—there is more we can do to protect the public—and we should do everything in our power to give local law enforcement the additional tools they need to prevent crime…” Steven Alcairo, general manager of the only gun store in San Francisco says he would refuse, “unless they brought a subpoena.”
Will Florida Get Rid of “Stand Your Ground?”
A Florida supreme court has ruled that people who use the “stand your ground” law for self-defense will continue to have to prove their immunity. Jared Bretherick was charged for aggravated assault when he showed his gun during a road rage incident in 2011. Justice Barbara Pariente who wrote the majority opinion writes, “We conclude that placing the burden of proof on the defendant to establish entitlement to Stand Your Ground immunity by a preponderance of the evidence at the pretrial evidentiary hearing, rather than on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant’s use of force was not justified, is consistent with this court’s precedent and gives effect to the legislative intent.” The ruling in the Bretherick case may pave the way for Florida to get rid of “stand your ground.” Florida Representative Alan Williams says, “There are provisions of the law that allow aggressors to get away with murder, so I want us to repeal it and start over, so hopefully this is our opportunity.”
HB 4778 in Michigan Would Eliminate Permits to Carry
State Representative, Cindy Gamrat (R, District 80) introduced a Constitutional Carry bill on Tuesday (HB 4778). The bill eliminates permits to purchase or carry for anyone 21 years or older, legal to own a firearm.
Recent Permitless Carry Law in Kansas Successful
Thanks to Joey Tapley of Topeka, Kansas, three young criminals and several illegal firearms are kept off the street. While shopping in Academy last week, Joey saw three teenagers steal firearms from the store. He followed them outside, pulled out the gun he was carrying and ran off the perpetrators who were caught later the same day. Joey takes advantage of Kansas’ recent Constitutional Carry Law. He says, “That’s why Kansas made the law. So citizens can carry and protect themselves and others.”
Small Idaho Town to Post Pro-Gun Signs
In 2002, Greenleaf, Idaho, a town of 846 people without its own police department, passed a resolution requesting its citizens to purchase a firearm and ammo, as well as keep emergency supplies of food and water. Greenleaf has five signs that read “This is Not a Gun-Free Zone” and the city council is waiting for the green light from the Idaho Transportation Department before hanging them. City Councilman, Steven Jett says, ““If you look at the shootings that have happened, they are gun-free zones… I want people to know that this is not a gun-free zone, and we are not a target.”
Duck Commander Supports SilencerCo’s Fight the Noise Campaign
Jep Robertson of Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty becomes one of “The Suppressed” when joining with SilencerCo’s #FightTheNoise campaign. SilencerCo, a suppressor company, and maker of the Salvo shotgun suppressor’s Fight The Noise campaign advocates for people to be able to purchase firearm suppressors without tax stamps, paperwork and extensive wait times. The company joined Jep in Louisiana for some clay shooting and to learn more about Jep’s love for firearms and the Second Amendment.
Daniel Defense Close to Releasing 7.62/.308 Rifle
Daniel Defense recently announced it was in the final testing phases of their first .308/7.62×51 direct gas impingement, semiautomatic rifle. Daniel Defense President and CEO Marty Daniel says, “The only way to guarantee quality firearms is by doing it right the first time. We want to exceed our customer’s expectations and this means we are putting our new 7.62 through the same vigorous testing all of our rifles go through.” The new MK762 has gone through over 10,000 rounds of live fire testing. Specs posted in Guns & Ammo’s book of AR-15 Daniel Defense edition says the rifle will have a 16- or 18-inch barrel, hold a 10- or 20-round magazine and weigh in at 8 pounds 8 ounces. Daniel Defense says the “release date draws near.”