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.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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