Arkansas: Urge Your Lawmakers to Fix Flawed Campus Carry Bill

Last week, House Bill 1249, the employee campus carry bill introduced by state Representative Charlie Collins, was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Unfortunately, the following day, Senator Hutchinson offered a similar hostile amendment on the Senate floor which was adopted.  With the addition of excessive training mandates for employees, the patchwork of prohibited places and the significant criminal penalties they carry, NRA does not support HB 1249.  Subsequently, Senator Trent Garner, the Senate sponsor of HB 1249, introduced an amendment to create an "enhanced" permit system.  This would allow those who acquire this new endorsement on their permit to carry on public college and university campuses. Unfortunately, the Garner amendment maintains the excessive 16 hour training requirement and a patchwork of prohibited places in addition to setting an arbitrary campus carry age limit of 25.  Without prior notice, the Garner amendment was adopted today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and still contains the excessive training requirement and arbitrary campus carry age limit of 25.  As amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, NRA does not support HB 1249.  

Federal Appeals court upholds Maryland semi-auto ban

A federal appeals court upheld Maryland's ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles, concluding that the guns outlawed by the measure are not entitled to protection under the Second Amendment. The 10-4 ruling, issued by the entire Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, reverses a decision by a smaller panel of judges from the court last year that called the law's constitutionality into question.

Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Passes House

Today, House Bill 1071 passed the House of Representatives with a 72-26 vote.  HB 1071 will now go to the Senate for consideration.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated on the status of this bill as it continues progressing through the legislative process.

North Dakota: Important Self-Defense Bills Pass House

Today, February 21, two important pro-gun bills passed the House of Representatives.  House Bill 1169, the constitutional/permitless carry bill, passed the House with a 83-9 vote and House Bill 1310, the school carry bill, passed with a 73-19 vote.  Both of these bills will now go to the Senate for further consideration.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated on the status of these two important bills as they continue progressing through the legislative process.

ACLU: Gun control laws should be fair

This month, Congress repealed a rule that would have registered thousands of Social Security recipients with mental disabilities, who have others manage their benefits, into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to prevent them from owning firearms.

Bill introduced to mandate further security at California gun stores

Under Senate Bill 464, gun retailers would be required to lock guns in a secure facility when the business is closed, such as an area that has steel bars on the windows, deadbolts, or a metal grate on the doors. Retailers must either take their guns out of their display cases and lock them in a safe or vault, or lock up the guns in display cases with a steel rod or cable through the trigger guards. Steel or concrete pillars must also be placed in front of the store.

Connecticut: Malloy on increasing pistol permit fees: ‘I’m not anti-gun’

Gun owners and Second Amendment supporters fought back Friday against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to raise pistol permit fees, with many calling the move politically motivated.Lawmakers and advocates questioned why else Malloy, who has pushed for gun control, would propose increasing permit fees by $230.

Neighbor intervenes in argument, shoots man about to hit woman with brick

A neighbor with a gun intervened and shot one of two people arguing in the west-central valley Monday night. A man and a woman were arguing on the sidewalk outside a home near West Washington Avenue and North Jones Boulevard before the man began fighting her, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. CJ Jenkins said. The neighbor heard the fight, went outside, saw the man pick up a brick and raise it as if to hit the woman, he said. The neighbor then took out his handgun and shot the man once. “The citizen’s actions prevented the female from being struck,” Jenkins said.

Armed customer shoots at crooks in Roseville

A customer at a Roseville party store fights back against a couple of would-be robbers. Two crooks came in covering their faces, one of them pointing a gun. One of them hopped on the counter when suddenly, he was confronted by someone else with a gun. A customer was also armed and he started shooting. The masked men took off and police believe one of them may have been hit. It happened at the Little Brown Jug Party Store in Gratiot around 9 p.m. Thursday. Police say the customer had a license to carry a gun and will not face any charges. The suspects are not in custody.

Intruder shot by homeowner, found nearby

A home intruder was shot Saturday night while inside a Westside home, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. A homeowner on Moses Street, in the Sweet Water neighborhood near the intersection of Wilson Street and Interstate 295, called police around 11:30 p.m. reporting that they shot at an intruder. Officers found the man several blocks away with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was transported to the hospital, where he was reported in stable condition. News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said if someone is breaking into your home, you have the right to defend yourself. “With the use of deadly force, and stand your ground, you don't have to retreat,” Smith said. “So if someone is attacking you, you don't have to run and get out of the situation. You have the right to stand there and protect yourself.” Smith said if someone is outside in the yard, and walking around, there’s a difference, but once that person becomes a threat to you, that's when you have to articulate and prove they’re a threat. Police said they are looking into whether or not the two men know each other.

Robber Arrested, Police Seek Two Others, After Friday Home-Invasion

One man was arrested in Rainier Beach early Friday after a homeowner exchanged gunfire with a trio of suspected robbers. Shortly after 2:00 am on Friday morning, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a residence near 44th Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street.  Officers arrived quickly and located the residents, who reported that they had been sleeping when they heard a loud noise on the ground floor of their home.  

Homeowner holds theft suspects at gunpoint until police arrive

Police received some assistance from a homeowner who held three people at gunpoint until officers arrived Friday. Those three people are now jailed on burglary, theft and auto theft charges. Police say that early Friday morning, Derek Sarver, 31, Natasha Carr, 28, and Stephen McFarland, 28, were seen loading items into the back of a stolen pickup near 1200 East County Road 450 South. Two Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies found several items belonging to the homeowner in the bed of the Dodge Ram truck that was stolen in Columbus residence earlier Friday morning. Sarver, Carr and McFarland were arrested and jailed in Columbus to await formal charges.