Friday, May 4, 2012

Gun News

"I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn't for Me," by Lily Raff McCaulou (Op Ed, April 25), is another desperate, but predictable, election year stunt to try to marginalize National Rifle Association members. The N.R.A. not only represents four million N.R.A. members, but polls also indicate that tens of millions more support us, and a healthy percentage of the population takes our positions into account before casting a vote.

Carrying unloaded rifles in public would be prohibited under hotly contested legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday. Assembly Bill 1527 cleared the lower house, 44-28, with no Republican support.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from the Tampa mayor to prohibit the carrying of guns in downtown during the Republican National Convention this summer because it would infringe upon "sacred constitutional traditions," according to a letter released Wednesday.

Under the bill, gun owners could still have gotten permits so they could travel to states with reciprocal permit agreements. The bill also would have increased from four to five years the length of time a permit is valid and make it legal to transport unlicensed guns.
Before setting it aside, the Republican controlled Senate voted 19 5 along party lines in a symbolic nod to guns rights groups to adopt a Senate amendment supporting making the permits optional.

The number of concealed weapon licenses issued by the North Dakota Attorney General's office has been surging as of late. That trend is reflected in the amount of concealed carry permits being issued in several counties, including Ward and Williams.

A rewriting of the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners, removing a provision that spells out legislative authority to limit concealed handguns, is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is reviewing New Mexico's agreements to honor concealed handgun permits issued by other states.
Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden said Tuesday that New Mexico has reciprocal agreements with 19 states to allow people with licenses to legally carry a concealed handgun in New Mexico.

The Senate is considering making permits optional to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace where gun possession is legal in New Hampshire.

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