Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gun News

I finally got my gun in Washington, D.C. I brought it home today from the District's firearms' registry office.
After months of aggravation, hundreds of dollars in fees, countless hours jumping over hurdles, I am now a gun owner and finally exercising my second amendment right to keep arms (bearing arms is still illegal in the nation's capital).

Read the article: The Washington Times

State lawmakers are poised to advance a bill that could financially punish cities that require the timely reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
House Bill 1523's sponsors say it's an issue of governance: Municipalities cannot adopt ordinances that supersede state laws. Forty eight municipalities statewide   including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown, Reading, Lancaster and Erie   have local laws requiring the timely reporting of lost or stolen guns, or have passed resolutions asking the state to do so, even though state lawmakers in 2008 rejected such a proposal.

Read the article: Philadelphia Daily News

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation commission has recommended sending to council an ordinance that would keep concealed weapons out of parks with playgrounds or athletic facilities.
The vote to approve was 6-2 at a Wednesday meeting. It is not yet known when council will take up the ordinance.

Read the article: WGHP (High Point, N.C.)

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R Miss.) and Mark Pryor (D Ark.) on Monday introduced the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, S. 2071 to make Federal duck stamps available online nationally.

Read the article: U.S. Senate

Fairfax, Va. – A settlement has been reached in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, between Laferena Batchelor and the City of Chicago.

Mr. Batchelor is an 85-year old Chicago resident who filed an application with the Chicago Police Department for a Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP) in May, 2011.  The possession of a firearm is prohibited in Chicago without a CFP.  On June 14, 2011, Mr. Batchelor's application was denied because of a 1996 city ordinance violation.  During that year, Mr. Batchelor was at home and heard a loud noise in his backyard.  When he went to see what was happening, he saw that some large stray dogs had broken through his fence and were headed toward him.  He had a legally owned firearm and shot into the ground to scare away the dogs in an act of self-defense.  However, Mr. Batchelor was cited with violating a city discharge ordinance, fined $50, and his firearm was seized.

Mr. Batchelor is a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, and a law-abiding resident of Chicago.  He has a Illinois Firearms Owner's Identification (FOID) Card, but the City of Chicago would not let him get a CFP to purchase a firearm because of his previous city ordinance violation.

After months of litigation, the City of Chicago agreed that Mr. Batchelor's 1996 ordinance violation should not disqualify him from obtaining a CFP.

"This settlement is a victory for the Second Amendment and the self-defense rights of all Chicago residents," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.  "Mr. Batchelor is a great American who put his life on the line to defend freedom overseas.  The least his country and the City of Chicago can do is respect his constitutional rights here at home."

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