Flamethrower

A bill to ban flamethrowers also bans WD-40, gun control groups in GA continue to introduce doomed legislation, and Virginia backtracks on reciprocity. Plus, the latest on campus carry.

1.) Vague legislation. When a bill to ostensibly ban flamethrowers is so bad that possessing WD-40 is criminalized in the process, you either have someone good at writing bad legislation or someone trying to ban virtually everything that could possibly spit fire “just in case.” Anyway, the legislation is actually called the “Flamethrowers? Really? Act” and is right now referred to a subcommittee in the House.

2.) Georgia. Fresh off their most recent failure that also unintentionally showed that confiscation is the endgame of gun control, gun control forces in Georgia have introduced legislation to require training for getting Georgia Weapons Licenses. (This is on top of getting fingerprinted, by the way.) GeorgiaCarry, the major gun rights lobbyists in Georgia, oppose the bill, writing on their website “we believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government. Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.”

3.) Campus Carry. In other Georgia news, campus carry is back for another round there is also a bill allowing for the carriage of “less-lethal” gear like TASERs and pepper spray, which this bill will likely be merged with.

Missouri is also considering such legislation.

4.) Stand Your Ground. A major bill in Florida that places the burden of proof in self-defense cases almost entirely on the prosecution<a? passed the Senate this week. The bill is in response to a baffling court ruling saying that the burden should be on the defendant.

5.) Virginia. Last month, Virginia suddenly said it would sever all reciprocity ties with other states on concealed carry. That lasted all of a month. This week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republicans in the legislature agreed to a compromise bill that would restore the reciprocity. The Washington Post writes:

In exchange, Republicans softened their stances on issues that have long been non-starters in the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Under the deal, the state would take guns away from anyone who was under a two-year protective order for domestic-violence offenses. And State Police would have to attend all gun shows to provide background checks for private sellers if they requested the service.

A remarkable moment of bipartisanship, in a nation that doesn’t seem all that interested in the concept.

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