Southern California Public Radio (KPCC 89.3) reports that, according to California Department of Justice data, gun sales in California are still surging in 2016, continuing an accelerated pace that began in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
As of April 15, more than 44,000 firearms were sold in Los Angeles County alone. Orange and Riverside counties reported 21,000, and nearly 20,000 were sold in San Bernardino County. All the numbers reflect a dramatic increase over 2015—both in handguns and long guns.
In December 2015, the FBI received 253,946 requests for background checks from California, the first time that number exceeded 200,000 since they began keeping records in 1990. Every month since then has exceeded 200,000 checks.
Vince Torres, owner of Bullseye Sport in Riverside, told KPCC, “Everybody and their mother was coming out and just getting firearms” after the attack, in which 17 people were killed while attending a holiday party.
“Permitless” Carry On The Move In Missouri
On Tuesday, the Missouri House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1468—a “permitless” concealed-carry measure.
House Bill 1468, sponsored by state Rep. Eric Burlison (R-133), would allow all law-abiding individuals to carry a concealed firearm anywhere that isn’t expressly prohibited by law. HB 1468 would also recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without having to obtain a permit, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their families.
It’s important that Missourians who appreciate their right to keep and bear arms contact their state senator and urge them to support HB 1468 when it comes up for a vote. You can find your state senator here.
NRA Fights Town Aiming To Ban Guns And Restrict Carry
The Massachusetts town of Longmeadow is trying to tighten gun-control legislation, and, in turn, is drawing fire from the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) called attention to three particular measures on Longmeadow’s Town Meeting warrant, which would ban some firearms outright while also increase gun regulations.
An NRA-ILA email read, “These proposed articles will create unreasonable restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.” The particular articles mentioned in the email were proposed by Alex Grant, a member of Longmeadow’s Select Board, and included a fine of $300 for anyone possessing a firearm, rifle or shotgun in buildings or on recreation property owned by the town; a mandate to provide detailed information on each firearm, rifle or shotgun possessed by owners; and a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” with a $300 fine per day for those who own them.
The NRA-ILA concludes the email with a warning: “Remember, your town could be next.”
Liberty University Living Up To Its Name; Will Allow Firearm Storage In Dorms
This fall, students attending Liberty University—a private Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., with an enrollment of about 80,000—will be allowed to store their firearms in their dorm rooms, provided they have a concealed-carry permit. The policy change, which could affect as many as 200 students, was finalized by President Jerry Falwell and the university’s board of trustees last week. Under the new policy, eligible students can apply for permission to keep their guns in their dorm rooms; if approved, the school will provide the student a gun safe. Students will then be required to store the gun in the safe while he or she is inside the building.
Liberty has been committed to expanding students’ Second Amendment-protected rights since at least 2011, when it became the only area college to allow concealed firearms in outdoor areas of the campus. The policy was expanded in 2013 to allow concealed carry in all campus facilities except residence halls.
Oklahomans Can Now Use Suppressors For Hunting
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed into law House Bill 2637, an important piece of pro-hunting legislation that was passed by a vote of 82-10 in the House, and 40-6 in the Senate.
In recent years, the use of suppressors has seen significant growth as more shooters and sportsmen learn of their benefits. HB 2637 revises Oklahoma law and allows Oklahomans the freedom to hunt with suppressors on both public and private land. Previously, it was only legal for Oklahomans to hunt with a suppressor as long as they were on private property with permission from the landowner.
NRA-ILA thanks those legislators who supported the measure, as well as the NRA members and other Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators about the bill. The measure took effect immediately upon signing.
Armed Massachusetts Store Owner Stops Robbery
A Bridgeport, Conn., minimart owner used his handgun to fend off a pair of armed robbers earlier this week.
According to local media reports, two masked men wearing hoods entered the store with guns drawn. One cocked his gun, but before they could demand money, the store owner grabbed his own gun and fired one shot, sending the duo fleeing. “I know they came to rob me, they came to shoot me or whatever but always you for to protect yourself,” the store owner told ABC7 New York. “I got family to feed.”
A neighbor told the news station, “[He] has never really been a coward … if you come and threaten his business, he’s willing to protect his business.”