2nd Amendment Under Fire
During an appearance on radio shock-jock Howard Stern’s show this week, movie producer Harvey Weinstein said that he’s teaming up with actress Meryl Streep to produce a feature film that will make gun enthusiasts, namely members of the National Rifle Association, “wish they weren’t alive.”
House Oversight Committee chairman Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that a recent news report outlines how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is using tactics that amount to “Fast and Furious revisited” in a bid to increase support for the Obama Administration’s gun control crusade. During a Sunday program on Fox News, Issa […]
Based on an analysis of background checks for gun purchases, political threats to Americans’ right to bear arms fueled an unprecedented uptick in firearm sales for 2013. And while government attempts to make it harder for American citizens to purchase firearms appear slated to continue, an ammo shortage spurred by new regulations and ongoing concern about legislative attacks on firearm ownership is likely the most tangible threat to the 2nd Amendment in 2014.
The number of criminal background checks conducted for firearm purchases increased for the 11th straight year in 2013, jumping by nearly 8 percent amid emotional calls for stricter gun control following a series of tragic shooting crimes. By the end of the year, the number of background checks had fallen, signaling that the gun-buying frenzy may be over for now.
On Friday, just three days into the new year, President Barack Obama signaled a renewed Administrative push for stronger gun control legislation as he announced two new executive actions designed to make it easier to clarify Americans as mentally ill for the purpose of revoking 2nd Amendment rights.
Magpul, maker of gun accessories like grips, mounts, sights and magazines, was among the first firearms companies to take a principled stand against gun control laws passed last year in Colorado, where the company had done business for the past 14 years.
California residents are lining up to beat a new ban on unregistered shotguns and rifles, as a law that creates a State registry for long guns is set to go into effect at the start of the new year. The law, passed in 2011, basically treats all long guns sold after Jan. 1, 2014 as handguns.
Despite the efforts of 2nd Amendment revisionists to link mass shootings and urban violence with Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to bear arms, public will remains on the side of the 2nd Amendment.
In the year since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school renewed calls for stricter gun laws, the political back-and-forth has made stock in firearms manufacturers one of the best-performing investments on Wall Street for 2013.
A Florida appeals court has ruled that a State university in Jacksonville can’t ban guns from being stored in cars parked on campus. That may be a small victory for the 2nd Amendment, but it is a victory.
The U.S. Senate voted Monday to renew a ban against firearms that can pass undetected through metal detectors, but rejected calls to update the law in response to the advent of plastic guns made with 3-D printers.
That will come soon. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for an update of the law, saying, “This isn’t science fiction anymore. … Someone can make a gun in their basement.”