Alabama CCW License No Longer Exempts From NICS Check

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In a letter dated July 22, 2019, the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) said that licenses issued by the state of Alabama, even if they meet other criteria (issued within the last five years after a NICS background check), will no longer serve as an exemption to the […]

Tennessee Creates Enhanced Carry Permit

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With House Bill 1264 (a/k/a Public Chapter 479) effective January 1, 2020, the Tennessee Legislature created a bifurcated concealed carry permitting scheme. Under the new law, Tennessee residents who otherwise are qualified to be issued a concealed carry permit can satisfy the training requirement through an online or video course that is at least 90 […]

Guns in Courthouses – New Law Effective July 1, 2019

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In the latest salvo between the judges who want to control the entire courthouse and the Legislators who want them to limit themselves to the courtrooms, Mississippi House Bill 1581 goes into effect today. Full text of the bill is here: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2019/pdf/HB/1500-1599/HB1581SG.pdf In summary, the bill provides what is, and what is not, a courtroom. […]

Tennessee to consider safe storage felony law

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I question the efficacy of safe storage laws – I do not think they actually work – but no one I know questions the obligation of a gun owner to safely store his/her firearm. Gun owners should do this through personal responsibility rather than government compulsion. Nevertheless, Tennessee State Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, is bringing […]

CERT!

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For the first time in nearly ten years, the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari (cert) to a gun case. An excellent analysis can be found here. Basically, New York grants gun permits to only the special, favor few and then prevents them from taking their gun outside the city. The rationale for this […]

Borrowing Your Buddy’s 12 Gauge For Duck Hunting? Go To Jail.

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Dave Kopel has a good article discussing House Bill 8 to be proposed to the new Democratically controlled House. In the article, Kopel writes: HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the […]

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California Thumbs Nose At US Constitution

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For a state which prides itself on protecting the “rights” of people (even when those rights are not based upon any articulated protection found in a governing document) it is nonetheless not surprising that California is ignoring the Full Faith and Credit clause of the United States Constitution. This is troubling for anyone who has […]

Georgia To Consider Unlicensed Concealed Carry

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Georgia Republican state representative Matt Gurtler has pre-filed legislation that would allow for permitless concealed carry (often inaccurately called “Constitutional Carry”). This is a good idea that has worked in many other states for many years with nary a problem. This so because law-abiding citizens follow the law while criminals are not deterred by laws. […]

Must I Show NFA Tax Stamp To A Range Officer?

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Short answer: No. Long answer: The attorney general, or his designee, meaning an ATF agent, can require the owner of a NFA item (suppressor, short barreled rifle, short barreled shotgun, machinegun) to show proof of registration, i.e. the tax stamp. 26 U.S. Code ยง 5841(e). There is nothing that requires a private range officer to […]

New Order Re: Courthouse Guns, Familiar Problems

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In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ward v. Colom, the chancellors of the Mississippi Fourteenth (14th) District of Chancery Courts entered a new order with many of the same problems and a few new ones to boot. I suspect that this order too will be challenged and vacated unless the Legislature has the […]