Inside the Schools’ Gun-Control Walkouts

It was just past 10:00 a.m. when the scuffle almost became a fight. According to one student, a boy had been throwing ice at a girl, and she retaliated. The crowd surged away from the nexus of the disagreement, giving the pair space. After a blur of red and black (her hair) seemed to collide with a blur of tan (his shirt), the other students, packed into the eastern half of 17th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, refocused their attention on chanting.“NRA, go away!”

Illinois: Expanded Waiting Period Bill Heads to Governor, Gun Ban Heads Back to House

On Wednesday, March 14th, the Illinois state Senate voted to pass a number of extreme gun control bills that would expand waiting periods, ban the purchase or possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms by law abiding adults aged 18-20, and repeal the preemption law.  House Bill 1468, the bill to expand waiting periods, is now heading to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk.  Please contact Gov. Rauner (217-782-0244) and urge him to VETO HB 1468.   In addition House Bills 1465 and 1467 are now heading back to the state House of Representatives for concurrence.  Please contact your state Representative to OPPOSE concurrence on HBs 1465 and 1467.

Oklahoma: House to Vote on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma state House Public Safety Committee passed constitutional carry legislation.  House Bill 2951 is now expected to be voted on the House floor tomorrow.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support HB 2951.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative.

NRA Applauds STOP School Violence Act of 2018

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded on Wednesday the passage of H.R. 4909, the “STOP School Violence Act of 2018.” This bi-partisan legislation provides funding for training students, teachers, school administrators and local law enforcement to identify early warning signs that a person is a threat to themselves or others.

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO expects to lose customers over company's discriminatory gun rule

Stack acknowledged that some of the sporting goods chain's customers could vote with their feet."There has been some negative pushback on this and some of those customers that buy firearms buy other things also," Stack said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts. "We've had some pushback ... we try to have that in our (2018 financial) guidance — that there's going to be people who just don't shop us anymore for anything."

NRA lawsuit and court rulings may shoot down new gun control laws

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees the “individual right to possess and carry” firearms and “elevates above all other interests the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.” The decision put gun ownership on the same constitutional plain as free speech, religious freedom and other core rights.

School shooting survivor: Honor victims non-politically

West Liberty-Salem student Logan Cole said in a Facebook video he won’t participate in the Wednesday student walkouts promoted by organizers of the Women’s March.He says the walkouts are oversimplifying the problem of school violence by advocating more gun control as the solution.

Illinois: Senate Attempts to Repeal Preemption Law

Today, the Illinois state Senate is going to vote on an amended version of House Bill 1467 to repeal the firearm preemption law in Illinois.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Amendment 1 and House Bill 1467.  Click the “Take Action” button to contact your state Senator.

Idaho: Self-Defense Legislation Heads to the Governor

Today, March 13th, the Idaho state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1313 with a 57-12 vote.  SB 1313 will now head to Governor Butch Otter for his signature.  This important piece of legislation, which has the backing of law enforcement and prosecutors, will improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in Idaho, previously passed the state Senate with a 29-6 vote.  Please contact Governor Otter and politely urge him to sign SB 1313 into law.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact Governor Otter. 

Wealthy Florida Donor Launching Anti-gun Group

Florida real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. says more details will be released about the group called "Americans for Gun Safety Now" after the planned March 24 rally in Washington, D.C.

Illinois: Rauner vetoes bill requiring state licenses for gun dealers

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have put in place a new state licensing system for gun shops, saying it would be "crushing" to small retailers."I'm going to veto that bill, it's just not right," Rauner told southern Illinois radio station WJPF. "It's unnecessary, burdensome regulation."

Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional

Should young adults, ages 18-20, be prohibited from purchasing firearms? Under current federal law, gun stores are prohibited from selling handguns to anyone under 21, and long guns to anyone under 18. Now, some people are calling for a ban on all firearms sales to any adult under 21. In early March, Florida raised the age for firearms purchases to 21. Similar bills have been introduced in California and other states.

Illinois: Tell your Senator not to Override Veto on Gun Dealer Licensing

Thanks to your hard work, Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed the two anti-gun bills that would drive your local gun stores out of business.  However, the fight is not yet over, as anti-gun Senators will attempt to override the veto.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE overriding the veto on SB 1657 and HB 1273.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator.