Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gun News

D.C. cleans up its gun ban

The nation's capital is home to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Washington city leaders intentionally crafted convoluted regulations to make it difficult for citizens to own firearms legally. Now that these obstructionist rules are in the spotlight, the D.C. Council realizes it needs to clean up its act.

Read About It: The Washington Times

Why U.S. gun sales are shooting for the moon

If James Anthony Bailey and P.T. Barnum had seen the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) they just might have conceded their "Greatest Show on Earth" needed more guns, sideshows and characters. Because come one, come all, the SHOT Show has no comparison on Earth and, in fact, is especially interesting this year because gun sales are breaking records.

Read About It: Forbes

Lott: Should New York tourists have their lives destroyed because of concealed carry laws?

Just a few days before Christmas, Meredith Graves made a mistake that could end her medical career and send her to prison for at least 3 years. The 39 year old fourth year medical student was carrying a permitted concealed handgun when she saw the sign at the 9/11 Memorial saying "No guns allowed." She did the responsible thing and asked a security guard where she could check her weapon. Unfortunately, while her Tennessee concealed carry license is recognized in 40 states, New York isn't one of them. Meredith was arrested.

Read About It: Fox News

New York City: Police device aims to take guesswork Out of detecting guns

In a speech on Tuesday morning to the New York City Police Foundation, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the department was working with the Defense Department to develop gun scan technology "capable of detecting concealed firearms." The tool would operate as a sort of reverse infrared mapping tool by reading the energy people emit and pinpointing where that flow is blocked by some object, like a gun.

Read About It: The New York Times

Oklahoma: Will open carry finally pass?

43 states have some sort of open carry law, but Oklahoma isn't one of them; until, perhaps, maybe, later this year. "I think the state is ready to address this issue," said Oklahoma state senator Steve Russell's bill would require people to be 21 years of age or older, to properly holster and display the weapon, and to abide by restrictions at private establishments.

Read About It: KTUL (Tulsa, Okla.)

Virginia: Hearing on Castle Doctrine Self-Defense Bills Postponed!
Although scheduled for today, the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee was forced to postpone the hearing for four “Castle Doctrine” bills. At this time these bills are expected to be considered next week.  However, please continue to monitor and your email for updates on these, as well as other important bills as they progress in Richmond.
“Castle Doctrine” establishes the presumption that an individual who forcibly enters one’s home, business or occupied motor vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, and allows force, including deadly force, against that person. This legislation would guarantee a right thirty states have already recognized and one that needs to be realized in Virginia.
House Bill 14, sponsored by Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-8), would provide civil immunity to an occupant of a dwelling who uses any degree of physical force to defend the dwelling or another person in the dwelling.
House Bill 47, sponsored by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20), would provide similar protections as HB 14.
House Bill 48, also sponsored by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20), seeks to codify the "Castle Doctrine" by providing both criminal and civil liability immunity to someone who uses any degree of physical force against another person when the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling and committed an overt act.
House Bill 925, introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), would codify a version of "Castle Doctrine” to allow the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him or another person in the dwelling.

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