Monday, January 23, 2012

Gun News

New York City gun law triggers confusion, arrests for visitors

An online campaign in support of a former U.S. Marine arrested for attempting to security check his pistol while visiting the Empire State Building is bringing new attention and a fair amount of scrutiny to one of the nation's toughest gun control laws. Ryan Jerome, 28, was charged with criminal possession of his .45 caliber Ruger while visiting the famous New York landmark during a September vacation with his girlfriend. Jerome has a license to carry the weapon from his home state of Indiana, but New Yorks state gun laws do not recognize out of state permits.

Read About It: CNN News Wire

Illinois only state without concealed carry

In Illinois, the Family and Personal Protection Act that would allow gun owners to carry loaded firearms -- either openly or concealed -- in a vehicle and into certain public places came up six votes shy in the Illinois House last year. Anti gun lawmakers from the Chicago area provided most of the opposition. But the debate is not over: State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D Harrisburg, expects to bring the bill back for another vote this year.

Illinois: State gun group organizes members for Oak Park forum

The Illinois State Rifle Association appears to be trying to stir up a firestorm ahead of an Oak Park gun forum next week. The gun group emailed, tweeted and posted on its Facebook page an "urgent alert," asking supporters to show up for the Jan. 24 focus group at village hall. In it, the rifle association says the "gun grabbers" in Oak Park are trying to "launch a whole new attack on your right to keep and bear arms," starting next week.

Ariz. House to probe gun trafficking investigation

Arizona legislators plan to review a controversial federal law enforcement investigation into weapons trafficking in Arizona. State House Speaker Andy Tobin is creating a special House committee to investigate the Fast and Furious operation.

Read About It: The Associated Press

Colorado Republicans aim to respect gun rights

A proposal running simultaneously in the House and Senate would allow concealed weapons on school grounds and college campuses if a person has a permit and another bill would let business owners and employees use deadly force against intruders. Both proposals have previously failed, including last year when Senate Democrats rejected the concealed weapons bill.

Read About It: The Associated Press

North Carolina: Action put off Forsyth County guns in parks issue

Forsyth County commissioners remain sharply divided over whether to allow people with concealed weapon permits to take their guns into county parks, but they decided last week to postpone action for at least a couple of weeks.

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