The FBI will beef up its procedures for documenting and following up on investigative leads after mishandling detailed tips about the teenager who shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a top official said on Wednesday.
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!”
New York governor Andrew Cuomo laid down in the street in downtown Manhattan Wednesday alongside high-school students taking part in the nationwide school-walkout protest for stricter gun-control laws.
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.
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.
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.
After a vocal response from customers, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will begin restocking its shelves this week with high-capacity ammunition magazines — reversing a policy to stop selling magazines that hold 11 or more rounds.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, March 13, it was announced that Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-9) will be introducing legislation to tax firearms and ammunition, requiring gun owners in the Golden State to foot the bill for additional school counselors and safety officers.
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.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday that the debate in the Legislature about restrictions on gun ownership would resume now that lawmakers have returned from their weeklong, mid-session break.
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."
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.
There are two certainties following nearly every mass shooting event: Cable news television will have its programming schedule set for the next 72 hours, and a significant number of gun control advocates will reveal they lack even a basic understanding of the items they wish to regulate.
Tomorrow, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee will hear gun control legislation, House Bill 2302.
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.