Has the race for the Democratic presidential candidate come down to gun control? If so, Martin O’Malley might give Hillary Clinton a run for her money with his new gun control plan. More states’ politicians are introducing more gun control laws, while the rest of America is buying guns in record numbers. It seems like our representatives aren’t really representing us…Read all about it in this week’s gun news headlines.
Martin O’ Malley Unveils Gun Control Plan
Presidential Candidate Contender Martin O’ Malley wrote a memo describing what he would do about gun control if he were elected president. The memo stated that O’Malley would change the “gun industry immunity law,” develop a monitoring system for those who fail background checks, require gun manufacturers with federal contracts to put “hidden” serial numbers on all firearms for tracking, ban “cop killer” ammo, and enforce “federal safety standards” on gun locks and gun safes.
Everytown For Gun Safety Fails in Virginia
Despite Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety’s hefty $700,000 ad campaign to get votes for Democrat Daniel A. Gecker in Virginia, Republican Glen H., Sturtevant still won the majority vote for 10th District Senator on election night.
Record Number of Background Checks Performed in October
The FBI reports the highest number of background checks performed for any October last month at 1,976,759. October is the sixth month in a row to reach record numbers for requests for background checks to purchase a firearm. So far in 2015, 17,584,346 background checks have been done. The highest record of all was set in 2013 at 21,093,273 background checks.
Los Angeles Votes on New Handgun Storage Law
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to enact a new handgun storage law. All handguns must now be kept in locked containers or have trigger locks on them when not in use—cleaning is considered use under the law. Paul Krekorian, an LA council member said, “It’s unacceptable to live in a country where it’s more dangerous to be a preschooler than to be a police officer.” Retired and reserved law enforcement are exempt from the new law.
Albuquerque City Councilor Wants to Change New Mexico’s Constitution to Enact Stricter Gun Control Laws
Albuquerque, New Mexico city councilor Diane Gibson has introduced a resolution to change the state’s Constitution so that individual cities in the state can enact its own firearms restrictions and laws. As it stands now, New Mexico’s Constitution does not allow separate cities to enforce local gun laws. When referring to that 1986 Amendment residents of New Mexico voted on, Ms. Gibson said, “They were different times, that was nearly 30 years ago. I think it’s time that we had the discussion.” She has expressed interest in exploring “assault weapons bans” in parts of New Mexico.
North Carolina Legalizes Hunting with Short-Barreled Rifles
North Carolina has legalized hunting with short-barreled rifles (SBR). The state’s Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that SBRs must still meet all federal licensing and registering requirements.
Coos County, Oregon Passes Pro-Gun Initiative
Regardless of its legalities, Coos County, Oregon voted to pass the 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which allows the Sheriff to determine if federal or state gun laws are unconstitutional. If he finds certain gun laws unconstitutional, then he would not be allowed any of the county’s resources to enforce those laws. County officials and employees will be fined $2,000 if they violate the new initiative. Charlie Hinkle, a lawyer from Portland said, “”Of course local officials can’t decide what laws are constitutional. That’s why Kim Davis went to jail. Even the president can’t decide what’s constitutional—that’s why a federal court enjoined his executive orders regarding immigration.” When asked about the initiative, gun-right supporter Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni said, “I’m not sure the courts would agree with that concept.” Oregon’s Wheeler and Wallowa counties have passed similar initiatives.
Wisconsin Politicians Introduce ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban
Three Representatives in Wisconsin introduced a bill banning “assault weapons” in the state. One of them, Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) said, “No Wisconsin community should ever have to face such a tragedy at the hands of someone armed with a semiautomatic assault weapon. I can conceive of no legitimate reason that any citizen should need to own or use a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
NICS Extended Holiday Hours
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) announced extended holiday hours in anticipation of a rush on requests for background checks to purchase a firearm on Black Friday. On November 27, the NICS will be available beginning at 4:30 a.m. Further, beginning November 6, NICS will extend its operating hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Through until December 26, NICS will start at 6:30 a.m. on the weekends.
Knife Rights Action Alert
If you live in New Jersey, Knife Rights is asking you to attend the hearing on S3416, the “Big Five African Species ban.” This law, if passed, would ban anything made from over 11,000 animals. The hearing will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Trenton, New Jersey. If you can not attend, Knife Rights is requesting that you contact your lawmakers and tell them to opposed S3416. For more information, visit KnifeRights.org.
Beretta Shipping M9A3 Handgun
Beretta’s new pistol, the M9A3 was originally designed to bid for the United States Army’s replacement for the Beretta M9. However, the Army rejected the pistol and it is now available to the public in a commercial model. Beretta’s Vice President of Military Marketing and Sales Gabriele de Plano says, “The M9A3 represents the next generation military handgun utilizing the best of the legacy M9 combined with proven commercial off-the-shelf modifications that increase performance and durability.” Look for it soon! You saw the Beretta M9A3 first on The Shooter’s Log.
Aguila Ammunition Introduces Shotshells
Aguila Ammunition introduced its new line of shotshells to the U.S. market last week. The line is available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, as well as .410 bore and includes skeet, trap, sporting clays and pigeon loads.
Trijicon MRO Wins “Optics of the Year”
Guns & Ammo magazine awarded Trijicon’s MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) “Optic of the Year.” G&E editors citied the American-made MRO’s high quality, price point, location of its control buttons and various other features the reasons for it winning this year’s optic category.
SIG Sauer P225 Pistol Reintroduced
SIG Sauer introduces a redesigned and enhanced P225. The reintroduced 9mm pistol is designated the P225-A1 and has an enhanced double/single-action trigger, stainless steel slide with black Nitron finish and a hard-coat anodized frame.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- 5 Rifles You Should Shoot Before You Die
- The Kershaw CQC-5K Knife—Score: 9 out of 10
- Second Circuit Upholds New York SAFE Act—Threatens Second Amendment
- 9 Overlooked—but Necessary—Zombie Apocalypse and Killer Clown Circus Survival Supplies
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- The Shooter’s Log Top 16 ‘Scariest’ Posts
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- What I’ve Learned after Carrying a Glock 19 for 4,992 Hours
- The Fantastic .45 ACP: Five Inexpensive 1911 Alternatives
- The Best Bang for Your Buck — Cheap AR-15s
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