Two important pieces of pro-gun legislation were approved in the Montana House on Tuesday.
House Bill 262 would expand “permitless” concealed carry—currently only allowed outside city limits—to cover the entire state. Because permitless open carry is legal across the state, applying the same standard to concealed firearms is only logical, argues the Montana Sports Shooting Association. “[i]f a law-abiding person were wearing a firearm, this bill would make it legal to put on a coat inside city limits without a government permit to dress for cold or wet weather,” the group explained.
House Bill 246 would affect carry regulations at U.S. Post Offices. If passed, law-abiding gun owners would have the option of either storing their firearm in a parked vehicle on post office property or carrying their firearm in areas open to the public.
While the bills should fare well in the Republican-controlled state Senate, they will still have to make it past Gov. Steve Bullock. We’ll keep you posted as these measures progress.
House Takes First Step In Killing Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took the first step in rolling back a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip some law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized a proposed rule to ban certain recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms. House Joint Resolution 40, which passed by a 235-180 vote, was introduced to revoke the SSA order.
“The Obama administration’s last-minute, backdoor gun grab would have stripped law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Today’s vote was the first step in revoking this unconstitutional action.”
The measure will now head to the U.S. Senate for consideration. “We look forward to Senate action and President Trump signing this important legislation into law,” Cox said.
Invader Shot And Killed In Houston Apartment Complex
You’re sitting in your living room when suddenly the door is kicked open, then gunfire rains in from the entryway. That nightmare scenario is exactly what happened to apartment dwellers near the West Loop in Houston last Thursday evening. But what the home invaders might not have anticipated was that the residents were also armed.
An Houston Police Department spokesman told The Houston Chronicle that when the invaders entered the apartment firing, one of the residents shot back and struck the shooter. That suspect fled to the parking lot and collapsed. Emergency medical technicians transported him to a local hospital where he died a short time later. After being shot in the back, one of the apartment’s residents drove himself to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Hawaii Didn’t Issue A Single Carry Permit In 2016
The Aloha State has the distinction of being the only state in the nation not to issue even one concealed carry permit to a private citizen last year. But that’s just business as usual for Hawaii. Dating back to 2000, not a single concealed-carry permit has been granted by the state.
Hawaii law requires that each applicant provide justification for needing a concealed-carry license, and the government is then given complete discretion over who is approved. One local gun-rights activist argues that the system is a joke. “They do not issue licenses,” said George Pace. “A person is wasting their time and money going through the process.”
Second Amendment supporters are hoping Hawaii’s strict gun control laws will soon change. Beyond the antiquated and dangerous concealed-carry law, residents are required to have permits just to purchase a firearm—and then they are promptly registered and the information submitted to a federal database.
Pace summed up the Hawaii’s current state best. “It’s preposterous,” he lamented.
Politifact Says Pelosi Lied About Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch
While left-leaning website Politifact is usually fast to cover up the half-truths and prevarications of gun haters, some lies are so big that they just can’t be ignored.
A good example is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s whopper about Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. “Gabby Giffords' group, the group for responsible solutions relating to gun safety, said that he comes down on the side of felons over gun safety,” Pelosi said on a Jan. 31 CNN town hall.