U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has introduced a bill that would remove ATF’s authority to use the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal laws in ways that could undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment.
Under House Resolution 2620, called the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act,” all lawful purposes—including self-defense—would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal firearms law.
“The Founding Fathers were clear when they drafted the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment is about security and self-defense,” Bishop said in a released statement. “Vagaries in today’s legal code pose a real threat to the right to keep and bear arms.”
The term “sporting purposes” is undefined by federal statute and has been subject to several reinterpretations by the ATF and its predecessor agency. In the past, anti-gun administrations have exploited the lack of a clear definition of “sporting purposes” to bypass Congress and impose gun control through executive fiat.
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NRA-ILA is urging all members to contact their U.S. representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support HR 2620. You can call your U.S. representative at (202) 225-3121, or contact him or her byclicking here.
Preliminary Injunction Sought In CA Mag Ban
A motion for a preliminary injunction has been filed in the NRA-supported Second Amendment case of Duncan v. Becerra, the federal lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions on what anti-gunners like to call high-capacity magazines.
The state’s ban on possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds is set to take effect July 1. But if granted, this new motion, filed on Friday, will suspend enforcement of the restriction while the case is pending.
Duncan is the second in a series of carefully planned lawsuits challenging the package of gun laws passed last year that have collectively become known as “gunmageddon.”
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Wisconsin Permitless Carry Hearing Set For Today
Wisconsin Senate Bill 169, which would legalize permitless concealed carry, is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee today. If passed, the measure would move Wisconsin one step closer to becoming the 13th state to institute permitless, or Constitutional, carry.
While permitless open carry is currently legal in the Badger State, if someone puts on a coat or opts to carry their firearm in a briefcase or purse, he or she is in violation of the law. SB 169 eliminates this contradiction of common sense, and allows law-abiding citizens to carry in the manner they choose without having to obtain permission or pay a tax to the government.
In addition, the bill would retain the current permitting process for those who wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states, and would expand the list of places where law-abiding citizens are allowed to legally carry.
We will keep you updated as this bill continues to progress.
Audiologist Touts Hearing Protection Act
As a designer and manufacturer dedicated to creating products that will improve sound reduction levels, it’s no surprise that SilencerCo stands in strong support of the Hearing Protection Act. Introduced in January by Congressmen Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and John Carter, R-Texas, and applauded by the NRA, the bill would remove suppressors from the scope of the National Firearms Act.
To highlight the importance of this legislation, SilencerCo published a video last week noting that, as of 2012, up to 40 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of noise-induced hearing loss. They also spoke to audiologist Steven Wade, who sees the ill effects of hearing loss every day with his patients. “I would much rather write a prescription for a suppressor than for a set of a hearing aids,” he says in the video.
The Hearing Protection Act—H.R. 367 in the House and S. 59 in the Senate—does not yet have a date for committee hearings.
Armed Robber Shot At Second Crime Scene After Fleeing First
A message for all armed robbers in Houston, Texas: Quit while you’re behind. It just might save your life.
ABC 13 is reporting that two suspects were robbing a house in Harris County when the homeowner, his wife, and young son pulled into the driveway. A neighbor across the street, Daniel Castillo, witnessed the incident. “I see my neighbor pulling inside, then I see the guy aiming the gun at him,” Castillo said.
The firearm was a gun stolen from the house, and the robbers shot at the family as both parties ran in opposite directions. The Sheriff’s Office reports the two suspects ended up a few blocks away, where they began beating an elderly man in his driveway. That’s when someone inside the second house came out with a gun, aimed, then fired—fatally striking one of the burglars. The other suspect was quickly apprehended and is currently being questioned.