There were both gun-rights victories and losses this past week. It’s no surprised that California’s gun restrictions are getting stricter and that a small, pro-gun town in Oregon protested a visit from President Obama. What is a surprise and potentially HUGE news is the looming Supreme Court decision on Arie Friedman vs. the City of Highland Park expected to come next week.
Read on to learn what made the news that affects gun owners and 2A supporters.
‘Assault Weapons’ Bans Possibly on the Line
The Supreme Court decides next week if it will hear Arie Friedman vs. the City of Highland Park, which challenges Chicago’s ‘assault weapons’ ban. The lawsuit has been tied up in the courts for years. Hearing the case—which has already been to appeals court—may mean cities cannot ban any type of firearms. The Shooter’s Log is keeping a close watch on the developing story.
Mental Health and Safe Communities Act Introduced
House Representative Martha McSally (R-Arizona) introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act to Congress last week. This bipartisan bill would:
- Improve the background check system
- Improve treatment for mental illness
- Strengthen responses to mental health crises
- Reauthorize the federal NICS background check system
- Clarify the scope of mental health records states must share
- Give states incentives for complying with upload/sharing requirements
- Protect Due Process by requiring notice, a judicial hearing and a determination that a person is in danger prior to prohibiting them from owning a firearm
McSally says, “It helps prevent mentally ill individuals from obtaining firearms by providing incentives to strengthen our background check system while empowering communities to better treat and identify mental illness. If we want results, we’ll have to work together on areas of common ground, and this bill is a great example of that.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the same bill to the Senate in August.
The NRA, National Association of Police Organizations, NSSF and others, supports the bill.
President Obama Believes Buying Guns is Easier than Buying Books
The President spoke about his feelings on the Second Amendment at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Hollywood, California. He said, “It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book.” He also mentioned his trip to Roseburg, Oregon. He said he was met with protestors: “There were some folks who were protesting about their Second Amendment rights as they understood them.”
What exactly is there to misunderstand about the Second Amendment, President Obama?
CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Introduces Ammo Background Check Bill
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a measure he intends to introduce as a bill in the next legislation session in 2016. His bill bans the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, as well as require a background check to purchase ammunition. Newsom is running for governor in 2018.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence co-authored Newsom’s bill.
Virginia Gov. Bans Open Carry in State Buildings
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe just signed an executive order banning open carry in all governor-controlled state buildings. Permit-holders can still conceal carry in these building, however. Gov. McAuliffe hopes to ban concealed carry in state buildings soon.
McAuliffe said, “”No more excuses. No more politics. No more senseless deaths while elected leaders play partisan petty games.”
Brady Campaign Requests Douglas County Sheriff to Step Down
Douglas County Oregon Sheriff John Hanlin is a big supporter of the Second Amendment. In the past, he has said he would not enforce any federal gun control laws made through executive orders from President Obama, nor did he support Oregon Senate Bill 941—a universal background check law that passed in August. Hanlin has written, “Gun control is not the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings. Any actions against, or in disregard for our U.S. Constitution and Second Amendment rights by the current administration would be irresponsible and an indisputable insult to the American people.”
Because of his support, the Brady Campaign is asking Sheriff Hanlin to resign from his position.
Dan Gross, the Brady Campaign’s President called Sheriff Hanlin “a delusional conspiracy theorist” who cannot be trusted to “lead an unbiased investigation into the tragedy…” and said, “It’s beyond hypocrisy to have this man charged with leading the investigation.”
New York Anti-Gun Senator Says, ‘Join the NRA’
New York Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) suggested to Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) that anti-gunners should join the NRA. Sen. Krueger said, “Perhaps if we all join, we could take over that group and start a new (gun control) platform. I think we outnumber the people who are members of the NRA and are so totally opposed to any kind of rational gun laws.”
FBI Release Request for Proposal for New Handguns
The FBI released a ‘Request for Proposal’ for two new 9mm handguns—one compact and one full-sized. The .40 S&W-chambered Glock 22 is currently the duty gun of FBI agents.
Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Law Extending Concealed Carry Rights
Michigan’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bills 442 and 561 4-1 allowing concealed carry in Michigan public schools. The bills would also allow permit holders to conceal carry in other current “gun free zones” such as colleges and libraries.
Concealed carry license holders in Michigan currently may open carry in schools. Senate Bills 442 and 561 would ban open carry in schools, but allow for concealed carry.
It has been reported that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has said that he “doesn’t want guns anywhere at any time.”
I’m still scratching my head.
In case you missed them, here are the top read blog posts this week:
- Battle of the Pumps: Mossberg 500 vs. the Remington 870
- President Obama: Okay to ‘Politicize’ Oregon Shootings
- Loesch Uses Anti-Gun Group’s Message to Support the Second Amendment
- FBI 2014 Data: Hands & Feet, Knives, and Clubs Beat Out Rifles in Deadliness
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- Preparing for Bioterrorism
- Save The Last Gunsmith—There is Hope for Bay Area Gun Owners
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- Glock 19 Pros and Cons
What developing stories are you closely following? Are there any stories would like us to cover more in-depth? Tell us in the comment section.