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“Assault Gun” Kelly Strikes Again – U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Teams Up With Surgeon General For Anti-gun Legislation

Doctor Vivek Murthy stands among other bystanders during the first day of legal arguments over the Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court in Washington, in this March 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

In a 2013 special election, anti-gun U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) swept into office after being bankrolled by former New York City Mayor--and current, self-appointed nanny-stater and financier of the gun control movement--Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg's misleadingly-named Independence USA political action committee contributed $2.1 million to Kelly’s congressional campaign and helped her win the Chicago-area seat previously held by fellow gun control supporter Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is currently serving time in federal prison.

Gumbel Grumble: Bryant Gumbel Spouts Off To Rolling Stone About Hating NRA – Calls NRA ‘Pigs’

8:32 AM 01/24/2015

This will likely come as a shock to anyone born during or after the Reagan administration, but Rolling Stone Magazine (RS) used to be considered a relevant chronicle of avant-garde culture. Currently, the publication’s chief concern is a ceaseless commemoration of the Baby Boom generation, along with the promotion of a well-sanitized left-wing establishment orthodoxy. This stale formula is on full display this week on RS’s website, which contains an interview with longtime mainstream media standard Bryant Gumbel, who uses the forum to launch into hysterics against the NRA.

Another Week, Another Executive Gun Control Action: BATFE Reverses Prior Position On Pistol “Stabilizing Braces”

2:50 PM 01/18/2015

On Friday, BATFE released an Open Letter on the Redesign of “Stabilizing Braces.” This letter articulates BATFE’s official position on the use of pistol stabilizing braces like the Sig Sauer SB15. It concludes that “[a]ny person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol (having a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a smooth bore firearm with a barrel under 18 inches in length) must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA.”

Governor’s Veto Denies Victims Of Domestic Abuse And Stalking Added Protections

10:00 AM 01/16/2015

Yesterday, the National Rifle Association expressed its disappointment in Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to veto Senate Bill 789. Unfortunately, the misinformation campaign designed to further billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun agenda will leave victims of domestic abuse and stalking without increased protections provided in the legislation.

BATFE Rings In The New Year With More Executive Gun Control

2:02 PM 01/12/2015

On January 2, BATFE issued its first ruling of 2015.  Identified as ATF Rul. 2015-1, it significantly expands the scope of activities that BATFE considers to be “manufacturing” for purposes of the Gun Control Act (GCA).  While BATFE claims this ruling is simply a “clarification” of their prior position taken in ATF Rul. 2010-10, 2015-1 is clearly an attempted expansion of the definition of manufacturing.

Who’s Right About Right-to-Carry?

10:05 AM 01/12/2015

Later this year, Congress may consider Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation that would require states to honor each other’s concealed firearm carrying permits. When they do, gun control supporters better hope they have someone more effective to argue for their side than anti-gun advocate Daniel Webster.

Wisconsin Police Chief Badgers Residents To Forego Second And Fourth Amendment Rights

8:58 AM 12/13/2014

Perhaps inspired by the recent introduction of surprise home inspections of gun licensees in the UK, Beloit, Wisc.,Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a press release on December 1, urging city residents to volunteer for warrantless police searches of their homes for firearms.  Jacobs framed the residential probes as a valuable “opportunity” his department was offering to the public.  Notably, the press release did not offer participants immunity from prosecution for any illegally-possessed firearms or other contraband police might find while “inspecting” the premises, suggesting the program was aimed squarely at law-abiding households.

House Committee Faults FDIC For Participation In Operation Choke Point

8:47 AM 12/13/2014

In May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.  While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.

N.J. Attorney General Rejects Brady Campaign Bid To Trigger Handgun Ban

9:03 AM 12/07/2014

The Brady Campaign’s attempt to require “smart guns” in New Jersey recently hit a significant hurdle.  In November, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman issued a report that concluded the allegedly available “smart gun,” the Armatix iP1, did not meet New Jersey’s legal definition of a “personalized handgun.”   A lawsuit filed in May by the Brady Campaign sought to force the attorney general to issue a report finding that the iP1 is a “personalized handgun” and would therefore trigger a more than decade old New Jersey law.  Under the law, all new handguns sold in New Jersey have to be personalized 30 months after a single production model of a personalized handgun is delivered to a firearm dealer in New Jersey or another state.

AP Reporter Grasps For Negative Spin On Gun Sales Surge

9:25 AM 12/06/2014

Last week, Associated Press reporter Matt Stroud incorrectly implied that the recent increase in firearm-related background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) frequently results in violent criminals beating the system and acquiring guns.

Federal Investigations To Proceed On Operation Choke Point

10:54 AM 11/24/2014

As we reported last month, a coalition of congressional representatives led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer  (R-Mo.) had requested internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to conduct formal inquiries into Operation Choke Point, as well as any officials and staff involved in the program.  Rep. Luetkemeyer is now reporting that those requests have been granted.  According to his press release announcing the decisions, “The correspondence I received from the FDIC and DOJ is a great first step in ensuring that those responsible for Operation Choke Point are held accountable and that Congress and the American people receive details and answers they deserve.”

Israeli Officials Recognize Protective Benefits Of Good Guys With Guns

10:18 AM 11/23/2014

This week, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced a decision to relax the rules governing the carrying of firearms and the issuance of licenses to carry.  The move came shortly after the reprehensible slaughter of four Orthodox Jewish men and a police officer in a West Jerusalem Temple by terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun.  The assailants in the attack had been shot and killed at the scene by police.  Aharonovitch was quoted in an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz as stating, “The decision to ease [approving gun permits] is a result of the present need to strengthen the feeling of security for the population, in light of the recent terrorist incidents befalling us."