Dangerous Amendment Not Introduced in US Senate: Due to all of the overwhelming opposition from advocates and law enforcement, the US Senate did not introduce an amendment to force states to recognize gun permits from other states. We are not out of the woods yet but we will keep you updated on all developments to stop this dangerous legislation.
NY Attorney General Announces Undercover Gun Show Sting Operation: Attorney General Schneiderman announced that his office has filed criminal charges against 10 gun sellers from across New York State who violated the state's background check requirement for the sale of firearms at gun shows. New York law requires a background check on all firearm sales at gun shows but the AG's investigation shows we need better enforcement.
Read more: AG Press Release. NYAGV Press Release. News stories here, here, and here. Watch video here.
NYAGV Presents: "Anonymous Shell Casings" -- The weekly report from NYAGV that highlights news articles from around the State in which microstamping could have helped.
Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Gun Rights Question. The case examined the question: Does the Second Amendment guarantee a right to bear arms in public for personal protection? And would have established guideposts for future gun regulations. The court let stand the conviction for having a loaded gun in a federal park.
Mother Jones, Locked and Loaded for Happy Hour. In just the past three years, 22 states have weakened or eliminated laws restricting the possession of concealed weapons. These measures are easing eligibility and testing requirements for obtaining a permit, opening up public places to concealed weapons, and expanding legal protections for those who put their guns to use.
By a vote of 272-154, U.S. House of Reps votes to allow dangerous legislation to nationalize the carrying of concealed handguns. TAKE ACTION Call your Senator - (202) 224-3121 - and urge them to OPPOSE similar legislation in the Senate.
New York Times, How Freedom Group Became the Big Shot, looks at the most powerful and mysterious force in the American commercial gun industry today. The company is unrivaled in its size and reach for consumer rifles, shotguns, and assault rifles.
Oscar Ramiro Oretga-Hernandez told friends he "needed to kill" Obama. He opened fire on the White House, using an assault rifle and is now under arrest for attempting to assassinate the president. Oretga purchased the assault rifle through a private sale, with no criminal background check.
Analysis: Young hunters more likely to cause shooting accidents. Wisconsin newspaper finds that despite holding only 18% of all licenses, hunters under 21 caused 27% of shooting accidents during the past decade.
Media Matters, High Country Extremism: Armed and Dangerous, reports on the Montana based militia group whose members have repeatedly been spotted at gun shows buying firearms while dressed in clothing displaying their group's neo-Nazi insignia.
International Association of Chiefs of Police releases new report, Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities: A Leadership Guide for Law Enforcement on Effective Strategies and Programs. This a companion document to IACP's 2007 report, Taking a Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities.
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal, AWOL in a Gunfight, "Throughout his term,President Obama has approached gun-related issues like someone whose first instinct during a bar fight is to find the back door. But the president may not be able to duck much longer."
Susie Madrak, Crooks and Liars, Dear Amy, Should I Let My Holiday Guests Pack Heat? What to do with the relative who thinks that your comfort zone ends at their right to keep everyone else in the room on high alert.
Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, White House Birthday Blast Was Too Easy. To celebrate his 21st birthday Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez drove to D.C. and fired an assault rifle at the White House. "Having so many alienated citizens wouldn't be a big problem if our culture didn't also go out of its way to make access to guns easier than access to mental health services."
Gail Collins, New York Times, Something to Shoot For, Writing on the recent passage of H.R. 822 "It's a law enforcement nightmare for states that take gun regulation seriously. ...Under this bill, California's strict rules on gun permits are now expanded to include anybody who drives into the state waving a Florida or Utah permission slip." TAKE ACTION Call your Senator - (202) 224-3121 - and urge them to OPPOSE similar legislation in the Senate.
Review of David M. Kennedy's new book Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America. Kennedy writes, "We are systematically injuring one of America's peoples. And we need to own that this is a choice we are making .... We are doing this because we have decided to."
|What the Gun Lobby is Doing
Gun researcher John Lott came out in support of legislation to nationalize the carrying of concealed handguns, but as Media Matters points out John Lott Challenges Police Chiefs' Testimony with Blatant Falsehoods.
Arkansas Candidates Stick to Their Guns. The one campaign issue in Arkansas that tends to unite even the fiercest political rivals is support for gun rights, which is seen as a key credentialing tool for office-seekers at all levels.
New Hampshire Lawmakers Demand Colleges Allow Guns. Arguing against the bill that passed the House Criminal Justice Committee, University of New Hampshire Chief of Police Nick Halias asked about students who live in the dorms "Where are they going to store these things? Under their pillow?"