Even though a recent poll conducted by CNN and ORC International shows that most Americans are satisfied with our current gun laws doesn’t mean the antis will keep pushing their anti-gun agenda. This week’s news proves it—Washington D.C. still requires registration of firearms, New Jersey confiscates an heirloom M1 Carbine and Missoula, Montana is considering background checks.
Washington D.C. Upholds Registration Law
A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. ruled on 10 current gun laws last week. Four laws were deemed unconstitutional, while six were upheld. The court ruled against the laws banning citizens from registering more than one handgun per month, requiring gun owners to register their firearms every three years, personal appearance of gun owners when registering a gun and requiring gun owners pass a test on firearm laws.
The court upheld registration of all firearms, fingerprinting and photographs of those who register guns, fees related to registration and required safety-training classes.
Muriel Bowser, Washington D.C.’s mayor disagreed with the court’s decision to eliminate the ban on registering more than one handgun a month, stating the District should be able to pass whatever gun laws they want.
A constitutional law professor named Adam Winkler was quoted as saying, “This decision leaves little doubt that gun registration is constitutionally permissible. States that want to require gun owners to register their guns will be buoyed by this decision.”
New Jersey Resident Denied Heirloom M1 Carbine
Danny Burt, a New Jersey resident petitioned the court for the return of 21 firearms, including an heirloom M1 Carbine given to him by his grandfather—a WWII veteran. Burt, who had a protective order against him for one month in 2013, requested the return of his confiscated firearms, but the court denied the request, stating, “The weapon is contraband [which] can never be returned to [Burt]. The gun in question is an illegal weapon under current New Jersey law.” Because of the court’s decision, it revoked Burt’s FID card and kept the man’s guns, saying Burt’s possession of the M1 Carbine classified as a second-degree felony
Missoula, Montana to Pass Universal Background Checks?
The Missoula, Montana City Council Public Safety and Health Committee approved a new ordinance requiring universal background checks within the city limits. Transfers between immediate family members and temporary transfers of firearms during an emergency would be exempt from the law. The bill goes in front of the full City Council in October. Though committee members agreed the law might not be legal, nor have any affect at all on criminals’ access to guns, the ordinance passed the Committee almost unanimously.
Moms Demand Action member Nancy de Pastino said, “Because that language is not in the Brady Bill about the Internet sales of guns, it’s up to state and local governments right now to enact laws to close the loophole the Internet has caused in the background check system,” de Pastino said.
Law Professor Sues University of Missouri Over Gun Ban
Missouri state court accepted a lawsuit against the University of Missouri from law professor Royce de R. Barondes on Monday.
The University of Missouri bans firearms on campus and because the school owns quite a bit of property, there are many places in Columbia, Missouri where legal concealed carriers are forced to go weaponless.
Missouri passed a second amendment provision last year, strengthening Missouri residents’ rights to own a firearm. Jennifer Bukowsky, who represents Barondes says, “This case is an opportunity for good constitutional jurisprudence with us passing an amendment to our constitution last year. The university’s rule is so obviously in violation of our state’s constitution, we see this case as being the best vehicle to protect one of our nation’s very first freedoms—our freedom to self-defense.”
#Proof—Gun Free Zones Do Not Work
Shortly after closing the Washington State Fair on the night of September 15, three workers were the victims of armed robberies. One of the victims said, “…he pulled out a gun and he asked me for it all, and so I gave him $100…” It was all the money the victim had made during his 10-hour shift at the fair. The fairgrounds are one of very few places in Washington that is declared a gun-free zone. Dean Weingarten broke this report first.
X Products Can Cannon Declared an SBR by BATFE
BATFE sent X Products a letter in regards to its soda can launcher the Can Cannon. The letter states that the agency found the Can Cannon a short-barreled rifle (SBR) when mounted to a rifle and an Any Other Weapon (AOW) when mounted to a pistol.
Sellier & Bellot Ammo Plant Explosion
Guns.com is reporting that an explosion at the Czech Republic ammo plant of Sellier & Bellot killed three employees and injured many others. The cause is related to an explosion of lead styphnate, which is used in making primers.
Guns and Ammo Reveals New Browning Ammunition
Browning announced its line of ammo coming in January 2016. Browning’s president and CEO, Travis Hall says, “Browning Ammunition builds upon the legacy and heritage of our brand while introducing innovative products that will carry the iconic Buckmark symbol. It is a tremendous opportunity to partner with Winchester, the world’s leading manufacturer of ammunition for shooters and hunters. Available calibers will first be pistol and rimfire with shotgun and then rifle. Pistol calibers include .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Shotgun shells will be available in 12 and 20 gauge with 2-3/4-inch to 3-1/2-inch shells and 20 gauge will have 2-3/4-inch and 3-inch shells. Big game calibers are also planned: .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum.
The bullets are called BXC, which is a bonded, gilding-metal jacket boat tail bullet, the BXR, the X-Point and BTP. Target and training rounds will also be available.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- Five Not-So-Obvious Reasons for Owning a Rifle-Caliber AR-15 Pistol
- Ammo: How Much do You Need?
- Throwback Thursday—Choosing a Survival Gun
- How to Prepare For an Asteroid Impact September 2015
- Picking a Fighting Optic
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- How to Get Started in Benchrest Shooting
- Packing Some Extra Heat: Top 10 9mm Mid-Sized Carry Guns
- Glock 19 Pros and Cons
- Shooter’s Log Weekly Wrap Up, September 13-19, 2015