New Jersey’s restrictive firearms laws are starting to cost the state money.
After a years-long court fight, the state attorney general’s office earlier this week paid a New Jersey gun-rights group more than $100,000 and released documents describing the state’s background check process. A judge ordered the payment after the state refused to release the State Police’s guide for local departments when performing checks on gun permit applicants.
The court order and payment comes after a commission formed by Gov. Chris Christie issued a report in December finding New Jersey’s permitting process was opaque and inefficient. That commission also recommended permitting regulations be loosened to allow broader access for those seeking to carry a concealed firearm.
Oregon Democrats Undeterred, Vow Major Anti-Gun Push For 2017
Unable to win new gun-control laws this year despite having trifecta control over the state government in Salem, anti-gun Democrats in Oregon vow that if re-elected in November, they’ll come back swinging for gun control next year, the Oregonianreports.
While Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum met last week with gun-ban lobbyists to discuss anti-gun executive orders that could be imposed without the legislature’s approval, House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson promised to revive her bill to allow gun sales to be delayed indefinitely, and Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick called for legislation allowing people to “blackball” others from owning firearms by claiming that those people are “in crisis.”
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Vermont Guns? Hillary’s Bernie Bash Not Based In Fact
That state, says Hillary Clinton, is the fount of countless guns used criminally in New York, as they sneak across the northeast border. However, there seems to be a lack of facts behind the charge. Linking Bernie Sanders’ home state’s comparatively loose firearms laws to New York’s excessive crime continues Clinton’s tactic of claiming Sanders is soft on gun control—a presidential primary hot button. However, federal government data shows that of all the guns recovered in New York, less than 1 percent were purchased in Vermont—proving Clinton is telling yet another lie. For instance, out of more than 7,600 guns recovered and traced in New York in 2014, only 55 came from Vermont. During that same time, 371 were from Pennsylvania, 395 from Virginia and 386 from Georgia.
Not surprisingly, Clinton’s new claims about illegal gun trade out of Vermont comes as polls show the candidate’s 20-point lead of a week ago is dwindling daily to the equally anti-gun Sanders.
Extreme Anti-Gun Measure Pulled In California
The proposal that would have likely wiped out every gun dealer in California is off the table. AB 2459, authored by Democrat Assembly member Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, would have required gun dealers to record video purchases, forced them to carry at least $1 million in insurance, and banned firearms dealers from doing business out of their homes. We wrote about this measure in detail last month.
The bill was scheduled for its first hearing in the Public Safety Committee Tuesday until McCarty pulled it without explanation. But should he reintroduce the measure at a later date, the opposition is ready.
“We have spent a lot of time and energy building a coalition against the measure,” said Craig J. DeLuz, director of communications for the Firearms Policy Coalition. “So far, the ACLU and the CA Pawn Brokers were opposing it. And your gun bill has to be pretty bad for the ACLU to oppose it.”
Europe’s Gun Owners Mobilizing After EU Proposes Stronger Gun Control
After November’s Paris attacks, the European Commission proposed a new set of gun-control regulations that would, among other things, ban semi-automatics and institute a tracking system for firearms bought online. “The question of firearms is not limited to terrorist attacks,” a commission spokesperson said. “This directive is … about firearms and public security.”
In response, Europe’s gun owners are mobilizing like never before. A petition started by a Belgian sport shooter has attracted nearly 317,000 signatures, due to support from hunters’ associations, manufacturers and pro-gun groups like Firearms United, a grassroots group started in 2013, which also spearheaded an email campaign targeting “faceless and unelected Eurocrats wanting to take our guns.” Meanwhile, Brussels group FACE is organizing conferences and in-person meetings with lawmakers.
Despite the well-established futility of trying to stop crime by targeting the law-abiding, the proposal will probably move forward in some form. However, it seems the burgeoning pro-gun movement is already having an effect on the debate: “As always, we in the Commission are open to improvements to the text,” a Commission spokesperson said.
Florida Robber Unsuccessfully Brings Knife To Gun Fight
An attempted armed robbery in Lauderhill, Fla., on Sunday again proved the old adage, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”
According to Lauderhill Police, 35-year-old Andy Louis Willis walked up to a Port Orange man sitting in his pickup around 9 p.m. on Sunday, put a knife to his throat and demanded the gold chain from the victim’s neck. Rather than hand over the chain, the man pulled a gun and pointed it at the robber, prompting Willis to run away.
Willis was later arrested and charged with armed robbery.