Judge allows lawsuit against firearms ordinance to proceed
San Jose Mercury News
A judge has denied Pleasant Hill’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its ordinance regulating firearms and ammunition sales. Contra Costa Superior Court Judge George V. Spanos’ ruling clears the way for a trial to decide whether the city improperly approved the ordinance, which requires a police permit for gun dealers and restricts where new dealers can be located.
Lawmakers furious California Department of Justice will miss
firearms seizure deadline
The Associated Press via KMAX-TV
The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said recently. State lawmakers gave the department $24 million in 2013 after officials said the money would let them act within three years to take the guns from nearly 20,000 people who are not allowed to have them.
Department of Justice cracks down on FFLs
Firearms dealers (FFLs) and California dangerous weapons permit holders beware! According to the dealer service FFLGuard and attorneys representing firearm retailers, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms has increased the number of audits it performs on firearm retailers. During the audit process, DOJ closely inspects an FFLs’ business, records, and internal operations.
No more dodging bullets as US develops self-guided ammunition
The U.S. military said recently it has made great progress in its effort to develop a self-steering bullet. In February, the “smart bullets” — .50-caliber projectiles equipped with optical sensors — passed their most successful round of live-fire tests to date, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
Fort Bragg marathon runner donates kidney to soldier
The Fayetteville Observer
Sgt. Maj. Miguel Filpo needed a kidney. His life depended on it. And yet, the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill was turning his two sisters away. For Filpo, his sisters were his hope. They were his best chance at finding a kidney that matched. Days later, Filpo’s sister, Jasmine, would call and tell him the news. The match was Shauna Dool, his sister’s roommate.
Important briefs filed to hold on to victory in lawsuit protecting right to bear arms
In February 2014, the NRA- and CRPA-sponsored Peruta v. San Diego County case resulted in a monumental ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision held that the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need beyond general self-defense was an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. On March 26, 2015, the Ninth Circuit itself took the rare step of ordering the case to be re-heard by an 11-judge “en banc” panel. In response, NRA recently filed a significant amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief supporting the Peruta plaintiffs and asking that the en banc panel uphold the three-judge panel decision.
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Reloading your own ammunition: Getting started
By Ken Jolly
I recently explained the motivations and reasons to reload, including cost and ammunition shortages. If you’ve made the decision that reloading is right for you, let’s take a look at the steps needed to get started. First off, there are two primary accidents you must watch for in reloading: bad cases and the wrong amount of power. The type and weight of the bullet, overall cartridge length, type and weight of powder are all crucial to a safe load.
Texas Senate passes tax-free holiday to spur gun sales
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Senate gave the green light to a proposal to designate one weekend a year when Texas shoppers would not have to pay sales tax on guns. Senate Bill 228 would create a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies during the last weekend in August.
Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control
For the first time in nearly two decades, a majority of Americans favor the protection of gun rights over expanded gun control and believe firearms help prevent being a victim of crime, a study by the Pew Research Center reports. State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection. Handgun sales increased by 171 percent between 2001 and 2013, according to data from state police.
More states are working toward campus carry
Lawmakers across the country want to add their states to the short list of states that allow students, faculty and staff to legally carry concealed firearms on college campuses. There are only seven states that currently allow concealed firearms on campus with some exceptions depending on the state. Ten states are attempting to join that list.