Electroshock

Lots of news relating to Tasers and stun guns, a check on campus carry in Georgia, and updates to Midnight Run: Debt.

1.) Georgia. The Gold Dome wrapped for the year this week. Two major topics in the scope of the Run; campus carry, and stun guns/Tasers on campus.

Governor Deal found a way to take issue with the campus carry bill after it passed both chambers. This week, the Legislature passed what is called a “clean up” bill for HB60, but did not contain the changes Deal wanted out of nowhere. The campus carry bill is still on Deal’s desk, alongside this new update, including preventing banks from refusing to offer financial services to firearms dealers.

Alongside the carriage of firearms was a bill for the carrying of non-lethal less lethal weapons like stun-guns and Tasers. Unlike campus carry (which is obviously limited to those 21 and over who are licensed to carry), this bill would make it so that enrolled students of a college, and that college’s staff, would be able to carry electroshock weapons.

2.) Stun guns. The Supreme Court vacated a decision that said stun guns were not covered by the Second Amendment this week, as well. The basis of the decision? That the previous decision was inconsistent with the Heller ruling’s statement that the 2nd Amendment “extends…to…arms…that were not in existence at the time of the founding.”

3.) Debt. A Federal lawsuit is looking at possibly allowing nonviolent felons to get their gun rights restored. It revolves around a person running for office in Las Vegas, but cannot own a gun due to a felony conviction in 1990.

A bill in Missouri, however, is looking to give all felons the right to petition a court to restore their gun rights three years after they complete their sentence.

All of which revolves around a single question. If a person cannot trusted with a gun, why is he even out to begin with?

4.) Everytown. Apparently trying to cut off the Constitutional Carry surge that has been taking place in recent years, Everytown is looking to get universal background checks in the state of Maine. Maine recently implemented a Constitutional Carry system in October of last year.

Universal background checks in a state that passed permitless carry. The latest in a series of Hail Mary efforts from anti-gun groups as they become more desperate for a victory.

States Fights Update

Gov. Deal wavers on campus carry, California sheriffs oppose new gun control, and Mississippi could go Constitutional Carry. This week, we continue last week’s check on the state-level gun rights movements.

1.) Georgia. Out of nowhere, and only after the campus carry bill passed both houses, Governor Nathan Deal has found reason to consider vetoing it. Gov. Deal had initially supported the bill noting that promises of bloodshed from HB60 had not materialized, making his sudden opposition seem hypocritical at best.

2.) California. California’s new bill on running background checks for ammo and outlawing “military-style clips” is facing opposition from law enforcement. The California Sheriffs Association says that it will not impact criminals, but will impact law-abiding citizens. In a statement, the Association says “the focus of efforts to reduce gun violence in this state should be on those responsible for that violence, not those that have no intent to do harm.” This falls in line with law enforcement elsewhere, who have shown incredible support for citizens’ right to carry and opposition to gun control. (Most notably shown in the legendary PoliceOne survey.)

3.) Idaho. The Senate State Affairs Committee in Idaho has approved a bill that would legalize permitless carry. This is in direct opposition to groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. The Idaho Reporter has a brilliant take on Everytown’s inability to even squeeze out a victory.

His group, Everytown for Gun Safety, may have wasted its time, effort and money trying to persuade Idaho lawmakers to vote against a bill that would give more Idaho adults the right to conceal-carry handguns sans a government permit.

On Sunday, Everytown, based in New York, placed a full-page ad in the Idaho Statesman, the Gem State’s largest newspaper, which urged legislators to reject the bill and continue mandated permits.

Since then, Everytown has gone 0 and 3, losing at every stage of the game. On Monday morning, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved the measure by a large majority.

Then, the Idaho Senate approved the measure Tuesday on a 27 to 8 vote. Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who lost a son to gun violence in 2003, stood as the only Republican to oppose the bill on the floor. All Senate Democrats voted against it.

4.) Mississippi. Also, we have Constitutional Carry going to a full Senate vote in Mississippi. This time, the major opposition appears to be Moms Demand Action, which has let loose “ds complete with Southern drawl and banjo music, social media campaigns and mailers,” all of which “contend that 89 percent of gun owners in the state support requiring a permit to carry a concealed handgun in a survey paid for by Everytown, and that Gipson’s proposal will lower the bar for persons carrying hidden guns in public.” (The statistic is pulled from a survey Everytown commissioned.)

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Georgia Update

Big news out of the Peach State, and Minnesota Dems try for universal background checks. Not much worth covering this week, but that also clears the way for a history lesson on anti-gun rhetoric.

1.) Campus carry. A bill legalizing the concealed carry of firearms on public colleges easily passed the Georgia state Senate this week. Previous efforts had largely failed as part of the mad dash that takes place on the 40th (and final) day of the legislative session.

The bill saw a lot of (exceedingly ignorant) opposition, both from Moms Demand Action (who were busy making references to action film star Bruce Willis and Western legend John Wayne) and from on the floor of the Senate, including the usual “drugs and alcohol” talking point and a bizarre focus on people below the legal age to apply for a permit. We also, of course, saw the promises of blood in the streets that we have become so used to…..

2.) HB 60. ….particularly during the debate over the sweeping gun law reform that was HB60 two years ago. The comparison here is apt because the fact that the promises never materialized was one of the reasons for Governor Nathan Deal to drop his previous long-standing opposition to the idea of campus carry. Governor Deal said that, because the promises of violence never came about, reheating those arguments for campus carry “lacks validity.”

In other words, the constant doomsaying from gun-control advocates was one of the main points in the bill’s favor, according to the governor. It could be argued that the rhetoric of gun control advocates played an essential role in ensuring the bill’s signature.

Anti-gun groups have “ominously” said that they will remember the vote in November, which is also something that was threatened after HB 60 passed and nothing actually occurred. In the vast majority of Georgia, being pro-gun is not an electoral hazard.

3.) Minnesota. In Minnesota, Dems are getting ready to push the universal background check line that has seen next to no progress. Opponents of the bill say it is a form of backdoor registration and that the bill is dead already, as the previous effort failed and cost some Democrats their seats in office.

4.) Oklahoma. Permitless open carry passed the Oklahoma House this week, alongside a House resolution that would subject any gun laws to the judicial standard of “strict scrutiny”, which, as previously discussed in another case at Legal Insurrection, virtually no gun law can survive.

Things are looking nice down South.

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Grab Bag: March 2016

Constitutional carry sails past a veto attempt, concealed carry reciprocity is back to normal in Virigina, and an update on the Bundy case.

1.) West Virginia. The governor of West Virginia vetoed legislation that would have made the state the state the latest to adopt a Constitutional Carry system. The veto was overridden almost instantly. The bill allows for permitless concealed carry, as openly carrying without a permit is already illegal.

2.) Virginia. The battle over reciprocity in Virginia is finally at an end. An agreement to restore reciprocity agreements was signed into law last week, after VA Attorney General Merk Herring unilaterally decided to dump reciprocity with just about everybody.

3.) Bundy. Yet more charges for those tied to the Bundy Ranch standoff. Nineteen more people were charged, and of those twelve were arrested. Bundy’s supporters see as retaliation for his standoff in 2014, and the more recent Oregon standoff earlier this year. The suspects were described as “highly armed militants” by the FBI. Charges, according to the DoJ, include “one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, and at least one count of using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of the due administration of justice, interference with interstate commerce by extortion, and interstate travel in aid of extortion. The indictment also alleges five counts of criminal forfeiture which upon conviction would require forfeiture of property derived from the proceeds of the crimes totaling at least $3 million, as well as the firearms and ammunition possessed and used on April 12, 2014.”

4.) California. Democrats in California’s state legislature want to somehow make California’s gun laws even more restrictive than they already are. New bills range from banning a “bullet button” on firearms as well as expanding California’s “one handgun per month” law to all other categories of firearm.

The takeaway from this is simple: even in states with incredibly restrictive gun laws, gun control advocates always want more gun control.

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