One step forward…and two steps back so it may seem. Sometimes it feels like gun owners are continually fighting an uphill battle. Minnesota is now proposing a ban on lead ammo for hunting and California’s Lt. Gov. introduces sweeping ammo restrictions. On the other hand, at least gun owners are fighting—we have politicians and pro-gun organizations in our corner. The city of Los Angeles is being sued and there doesn’t seem to be much support for more control. Read what both sides of the gun debate have been up to this week in this Shooter’s Log rundown of the firearms news headlines.
Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act Introduced
New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez introduced a sweeping gun control bill called the “Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act.”
The law would:
- Enact a $100 federal tax on every firearm sold.
- Require gun owners to report missing, lost or stolen firearms.
- Establish a national database on lost guns.
- Require all firearms to have a “passive identification capability” (Smart guns technology).
Amish Man Files Federal Lawsuit After Denied Sale of Firearm
A photo ID is required when purchasing a firearm, however, what if your religious beliefs prevent you from having your picture taken knowingly? Andrew Hertzler is Amish and was prohibited from buying a firearm because his state-issued ID does not have his picture on it. Hertzler has filed a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania claiming rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which protects the freedom to practice your religion.
The lawsuit reads, “Mr. Hertzler confronts Hobson’s choice: either forego his constitutional right to keep and bear arms in defense of himself and his home, or violate his religion. By knowingly and willingly sitting for a photograph, even for a state-issued identification document, Mr. Hertzler would be violating his religion by taking a graven image of himself. Thus, Mr. Hertzler’s religious freedom has been substantially burdened—in order to exercise his fundamental right to possess a firearm for defense of himself and his home, the Government is requiring him to violate a major tenet of his sincerely held religious belief.”
U.S. Army Will Pick Firearm Finalists in January
For years, we have known the United States Army is looking to replace its Beretta M9 sidearm for a new pistol. Finally, in January 2016, the Army will be accepting guns from various manufacturers. The three finalists will vie for a $580 million contract.
Though the Army cannot reveal which manufacturers will be submitting firearms for testing, it is reported that Smith & Wesson has an M&P-like pistol for submission, as well as Beretta’s APX.
Senator Chuck Schumer is requesting the gun manufacturer that wins the contract to be required to develop “smart gun technology” as well as stop doing business with the 1 percent of gun dealers that are “merchants of death.”
Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (HR 3802) Introduced
HR 3802, the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act was introduced into the House. The law requires BATFE to respond to ammo manufacturers within 60 days of an application for a waiver to produce ‘alternative’ ammo made of brass.
Lawrence Keane, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) senior vice president said, “This legislation will allow ammunition manufacturers to more quickly bring to market alternative hunting ammunition products to serve consumers in markets such as California where traditional ammunition is banned for hunting and for those hunters who prefer to use alternative products.”
The Safety For All Act of 2016 Filed
California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom filed the Safety For All Act of 2016. Included on the bill is a total ban on “large-capacity” magazines, issuance of ammo purchase permits, bans private sales of ammo, requires a database of people who buy ammo, bans purchase of ammo from out of state, requires ammo sellers to have a special permit, as well as other highly restrictive ammo ordnances. To help fight against this act, click here.
Los Angeles Sued Over Magazine Ban
Thirty California Sheriffs, two other law enforcement groups, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and civilians are suing the city of Los Angeles over it’s complete ban on magazine that hold more than 10 rounds. The ban goes into affect November 19, 2015, unless the courts agree on a stay. The NRA states, “The lawsuit challenges the magazine possession ban on legal “preemption” grounds, because California state law specifically allows for the possession of such magazines.”
If the courts don’t move, citizens living in Los Angeles will have to surrender, sell or transfer to an FFL, remove or permanently alter any gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Armslist.com Under Investigation
New York City Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and the Department of Consumer Affairs are cracking down on Armslist.com. The site has been subpoenaed for its records of sales and advertising. New York City says that people who advertise on Armslist.com for a person to person sale of a firearm violate federal background check laws, as well as a law requiring sellers to have a “second-hand gun dealer’s license.” Mayor de Blasio said, “In the absence of any concerted federal action to mandate background checks and tighten the marketplace of guns running amok in our country, New York City must use every tool at our disposal to save lives.”
South Carolina One Step Closer to Permitless Concealed Carry
H3025, the South Carolina Second Amendment Empowerment Act passed its second reading 90-18 in South Carolina’s House. The bill allows those in South Carolina who may legally own a firearm to conceal carry without a permit or license. Open carry will still be prohibited.
The bill also makes possible for South Carolina to recognize all other states’ concealed carry permits and licenses.
The bill requires one more reading in the House and then will need to pass the Senate. It is reported that Governor Haley supports the bill.
Minnesota Proposes Lead Ammo Ban
The Minnesota Department of National Resources is proposing a ban on lead ammo in its Wildlife Management Areas, as well as statewide for specific small game. The ban is limited to lead shot and does not apply to rifle ammo or hunting with slugs. The Department is also proposing many other new hunting rules and regulations. To read them all, click here.
To oppose any new restrictions on hunting and shooting, visit the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee to see how you can support and help gun owners and hunters in Minnesota.
New Hampshire Committee Passes Suppressor Bill
The New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee passed a suppressor bill 7 to 5. HB 500 would legalize hunting with suppressors in New Hampshire.
C Products Defense Introduces New Magazines
C Product Defense showcased its magazines at this year’s NASGW show. C Products Defense mags are the most-tested magazines in the world, the company claims. One undisclosed “major firearms manufacturer” put over 100,000 rounds through a C Products mag without a failure.
The company also debuted two new 7.62x39mm AR mags—a 28 rounder and a 20 rounder. C Products Defense Vice President, Bill Rogers said, “For those who have a job description where the difference between “bang!” and “click!” can mean the difference between life and death, this is extremely significant.”
Hornady Reveals New Products That “Change Everything”
Last week, the Shooter’s Log wrote about Hornady’s sneak peek at its new 2016 product line. This week, Hornady revealed what that new product is—the ELD Match line of bullets with a Heat Shield Tip, which will withstand high temperatures. Check out the video below to learn more.
& Wesson Introduces New Pistols
Smith and Wesson introduced four new pistol models. The new engraved SW1911 features custom-designed machine engraving with a stainless steel slide and frame, Rosewood grips, 5-inch barrel, glass-bead finish, 8-round magazine and a 3-dot sight system. Two new threaded barrel models were introduced—the 9mm Performance Center M&P Ported and the M&P C.O.R.E. Finally, S&W introduced a ported M&P Shield.
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- Cimarron’s Wild Bunch 1911
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- You Can Tell the Weakness of the Opposition’s Argument By Length of Their Noses
- Fifteen of the Best Cheap AR Accessories
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- After Action Report: McMillan Precision Rifle Marksmanship Course