Friday, December 9, 2011

Gun News

D.C. may budge on gun ban

The spotlight on the District's effort to dissuade law abiding residents from purchasing handguns is making some on the D.C. Council uncomfortable. Council member Phil Mendelson on Tuesday introduced legislation easing some of the most absurd hoops one must jump through in order to exercise the right to keep arms in the nation's capital.

Read About It: The Washington Times

Illinois: Judge rules in favor of gun owners in FOID suit

An Illinois judge has ruled that the state police cannot release the names of the state's 1.3 million firearm owner identification cardholders, another victory for gun rights advocates who had been trying on several fronts to block release of the names.

Read About It: The Associated Press

Rep. Rehberg (R-Mont.) sponsored Veterans' Firearms Heritage Act gets 219th cosponsor

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced that legislation he introduced, the Veterans' Firearms Heritage Act, has gained the support and co sponsorship of 219 members of the House -- from both parties. A majority vote in the House requires 218 votes. Rehberg's legislation corrects a law that currently treats World War II and Korean War era veterans like criminals for not registering war relic firearms with the federal government.

Kopel: Laws about gun ownership in early America

To summarize the information from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming textbook Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers, available in late Jan. 2012) regarding American law pre 1800:

Read About It: The Volokh Conspiracy

Hickory City Council Votes to Allow Concealed Carry in All City Parks!
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thank City Councilmen for Listening and Respecting Your Right to Self-Defense!
On Tuesday, December 6, the Hickory City Council heard public comment concerning the adoption of one of two ordinances to address the local park carry provisions of House Bill 650, as previously reported here andhere.  As you may recall, HB 650 removes the absolute authority of local governments when it comes to deciding if Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit holders may lawfully carry their firearms into parks under the control of local governments.  This new law that took effect on December 1 allows localities to impose some restrictions on carrying in certain parks by permittees, although it does not mandate these permissible restrictions.  In considering an ordinance to bring Hickory’s laws into compliance with state law, the Hickory City Council listened to your views and voted to fully respect your right to self-defense by continuing to allow lawfully concealed handguns in all park areas!

Please call or e-mail members of the Hickory City Council and thank them for respecting the rights of law-abiding RTC permit holders and allowing legal self-defense in city parks!

Contact information for members of the City Council can be found here.

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