Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gun News

ATF trivializing Fast and Furious with Ziegler defense

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Central Wisconsin gun owners said Sunday they are taking advantage of their new right to carry concealed weapons in public, and gun dealers said an increased interest in guns has boosted sales.

Read the article: The Stevens Point Journal (Wisc.)

A person who shoots or otherwise injures an intruder cannot be sued under a bill that has passed the Utah Legislature.

Read the article: The Associated Press

A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that state residents no longer must show they have a good reason to carry a handgun outside their home, declaring a key provision of the state's gun control laws unconstitutional.

Read the article: The Washington Post

In a victory for gun rights advocates in a growing battle over the right to carry firearms on campuses, Colorado's highest court ruled Monday that the state law governing who may carry concealed weapons applies to the state's public colleges and universities.

Read the article: The Wall Street Journal

The state Legislature is set to vote on a bill that would create a wolf hunt in Wisconsin.
Wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin came off the federal endangered species list last year. The states are now free to manage the wolves as they see fit.

Read the article: The Associated Press

The Government says it will support a cap on the number of guns license holders can posses, after police found a cache of weapons at a family home.

Read the article: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Venezuelan authorities have established a moratorium on importing guns for sale to the general public, while banning the marketing of munitions and all other armaments.

Read the article: Latin American Herald Tribune

H.R. 3440, The “Recreational Shooting Protection Act”

In 2010, the BLM closed 400,000 acres of publicly-owned, national monument lands in three states to recreational shooting activities.  BLM is currently proposing to close an additional 600,000 acres in southern Arizona. In response to this, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced H. R. 3440, the “Recreational Shooting Protection Act.”

H. R. 3440 prevents a ban on recreational shooting on BLM monuments.  The bill requires congressional approval for any recreational shooting closures or restrictions proposed on BLM-managed national monuments.  This bill further directs the BLM to manage national monument land in a manner that supports, promotes, and enhances recreational shooting opportunities.

Key provisions of H. R. 3440 include:

The BLM Director may close or restrict access to monument lands for reasons of national security, public safety or in compliance with applicable Federal law.
The BLM Director must prove that the closure or restriction of access for recreational shooting is necessary and reasonable and supported by facts and evidence.
Except in an emergency, the BLM must give the public and the Congress advanced notice of the agency’s decision to close or restrict access.
The agency action is valid for 6 months only, unless the Congress approves of the action or is valid only 30 days after an Act of Congress disapproves the closure or restriction.
Requires that national monuments be managed in a manner that supports, promotes and enhances opportunities for recreational shooting, in accordance with applicable Federal and state laws.
The bill’s provisions apply retroactively to all restrictions and closures on national monuments under the BLM’s jurisdiction.
Requires an annual report to Congress where recreational shooting was prohibited or restricted on national monuments and the reasons for the action.
The bill gives no preference to recreational shooting over other uses of BLM managed land, nor over management priorities established by Federal law.
Prohibits the Director from requiring a license for shooting on public land under BLM’s jurisdiction.

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