It isn’t as bad as it could have been, but it’s worse than we’d hoped.
By a vote of 38-0, the Massachusetts state Senate yesterday passed a watered-down version of Amendment 1 to House Bill 3951. As we reported before, the original Amendment 1 included broad language that could have banned a number of firearm modifications favored by hunters, competitive shooters and the physically disabled.
However, the version of Amendment 1 that won approval in the Senate narrowed the scope of affected modifications significantly, to include only “bump stocks” and “trigger cranks.” Additionally, Amendment 1 no longer prescribes an outright ban—the bill instead reclassifies such devices under Section 121, Chapter 140, a portion of state law dealing with machine guns.
The measure now moves to a conference committee, and Massachusetts gun owners are encouraged to contact their senator and representative and urge them to oppose the legislation. Find your legislators by clicking here.
Congressional Dems Pushing Sweeping Magazine Ban
Congressional Democrats are planning to introduce federal legislation banning so-called “large-capacity” magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The Guardianreports that the measure will be introduced into the House by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and several House members from Nevada.
If you need a gun for self-defense, should the government dictate how many rounds of ammunition you’ll be allowed to have? And what constitutes a “large-capacity” magazine? California, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York currently have a 10-round limit. In Colorado and New Jersey, it’s 15 rounds. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy three times introduced bills with a seven-round limit. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has supported a three-round limit. And of course, former Vice President Joe Biden once famously said two rounds is all that you need.
This latest proposal would ban the transfer, importation or possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. We’ll report further as more information becomes available.
NRA-ILA Announces 2017 Law Symposium
Whether you’re an attorney or just an everyday gun owner, understanding the ins and outs of law pertaining to firearms is essential—especially if you live in a state with strict gun regulations. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action is providing the perfect opportunity for you to beef up your education this year with the Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium.
Set for Nov. 11 in San Diego, Calif., this event will feature top Second Amendment attorneys explaining the latest developments in firearms law, along with practical everyday concerns. Attendees will receive written reference materials from all of the speakers and panelists, who are listed on this agenda, plus the experience may meet state requirements for continuing legal education for attorneys.
And the best part? The entire event, along with food and drinks, is free! You do need to RSVP, however, so don’t waste any time signing up here. We hope to see you in San Diego.
Armed Illinois Woman Sends Kidnapper With Knife Running
On Sunday, a Moline, Ill., woman’s day started with some shopping near SouthPark Mall. Her evening ended at the hospital. What happened in between was simply terrifying.
The victim told police that when she was near the mall, a knife-wielding man suddenly pushed his way into her car, cutting her in the arm during a struggle. The suspect then forced her to drive to a rural location in Rock Island County. When they finally stopped, the woman—who has a concealed-carry permit—had time to reach for her firearm, which sent the assailant fleeing on foot.
The victim managed to drive to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, and gave investigators enough information to help them locate the perpetrator. Officers arrested 61-year-old Floyd May a short time later for aggravated kidnapping and battery, among other charges.