Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed several pro-gun bills into law.
House Bill 745 creates a lifetime handgun carry permit. Senate Bill 633 prohibits schools from requiring students or parents to provide information on firearm ownership, prohibits local education agencies from requiring employees to provide information on firearm ownership, and prohibits adverse disciplinary or employment action based on information of firearm ownership voluntarily provided. House Bill 1255 requires the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm, as required by the National Firearms Act, within 15 days if the applicant is not prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm by law. House Bill 2286, stripped of the anti-gun amendment that was originally attached to the amendatory veto, will now make it possible for individuals who had their rights fully restored in other states to possess firearms in Virginia.
Rotten Eggs Cracked In Montpelier
Fresh off defeating Gun Sense Vermont’s “universal” background check legislation, three other anti-gun measures were neutralized in Montpelier last week. The House Government Operations Committee voted down the Burlington Charter change bills on a 7-to-1 vote, with a few members absent. On an 11-member committee, the bills being pushed by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, a card-carrying member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, could only garner one “aye” vote.
House Bill 90, House Bill 91, and House Bill 92 would have attacked state pre-emption and the Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights, created a confusing patchwork of gun laws in Vermont, and allowed anti-gun municipal governments to further infringe on the Second Amendment. Despite these victories, more anti-gun bills remain in the hopper, and NRA members need to remain vigilant until the final gavel.
Score One For The Good Guys In Indiana
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill into law that will repeal the section of the Indiana statute that prohibits the possession, sale, receipt or use of short-barreled shotguns. These firearms are legal under federal law, and regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. SB 433 simply brings Indiana in line with federal law.
SB 433 passed Indiana House of Representatives by an 85-to-14 vote on March 24, after passing in the Indiana Senate by a 44-to-6 vote.
Armed Citizen Stops Utah Carjacking
An alert right-to-carry permit holder is being called a hero in Utah. According to media reports, five suspects fled a reported fight in a vehicle, but struck a curb. While four continued to flee on foot, the fifth decided to take an easier way out.
According to Captain Ned Jackson of the Orem Police Department, that person pulled a screaming woman out of a nearby Mercedes and readied to drive away, when a 31-year-old shopper confronted him. “Our citizen goes up at gun point, has him get out of the car, the guy gets out of the car,” Capt. Jackson said. “The suspect lunged and tried to get the gun from him, so at that point he’s trying to protect himself and shoots the gentleman.”
The carjacker suffered a single gunshot wound and later died at a nearby hospital.