FPC Files for Injunction Against New York “Sensitive Location” Handgun Carry Bans

BUFFALO, NY (September 28, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced today that it has filed a motion for preliary injunction in Boron v. Bruen, its lawsuit challenging New York’s “sensitive location” handgun carry bans in public parks, public transportation, and all private property without express consent. The motion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Guns Found at Airport Checkpoints Are On Track to Break Record

While guns cannot be brought onto planes in carry-on baggage, they are allowed to be transported in checked baggage. Those firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided case. Aidan Johnston, the director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America, a gun rights group, said that many passengers found with guns at airport checkpoints were in a stressed state because they were traveling and might not have been thinking about the location of their gun. He suggested that the increase in guns found at checkpoints could be driven in part by first-time gun owners who may not be familiar with the rules of traveling with a firearm. Mr. Johnston said he did not support states’ punishing travelers for an honest mistake, but he encouraged gun owners to take on the responsibility of educating themselves about the T.S.A.’s requirements. “I think gun owners should go out and learn the […]

Universal background checks for ammunition pushed by House Democrats

House Democrats quietly tucked into a big spending bill a provision to create a so-called universal background check for ammunition purchases. This means that to buy ammunition from a licensed dealer or a private sale you would have to get the same FBI background check as you do to buy a gun. A gun-rights group and a Republican member of the committee are trying to stop it. The provision is hidden in the Democrats’ report that accompanies the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for 2023. Gun Owners of America (GOA) sent an alert to Congress to warn that if the bill gets passed as written, it infringes on Second Amendment rights… If this funding bill gets passed, Congress directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report within one year on “how best to implement a requirement that background checks be conducted for all ammunition sales, including sales by Federal firearms licensees […]

California Announces Office Of Gun Violence Prevention

Rob Bonta, Attorney General (D-CA) California’s Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) on Wednesday, making California the first state to establish such a group. “This moment of crisis demands more than thoughts and prayers — we need action now,” Bonta said in a press release. “That is why as California Attorney General, I am doubling down on California’s gun safety efforts: I am defending our commonsense gun safety laws in court and cracking down on the surge of untraceable ghost guns. I am proud to lead a team of special agents that remove firearms from the hands of dangerous individuals.” “And today, I am establishing the Office of Gun Violence Prevention to advance a strong, statewide, public health-focused effort as we continue working together to put an end to this crisis once and for all,” he added. In a vague description of the new office, the press release said the group will be “dedicated to developing strategies and working with stakeholders statewide to address the gun violence […]

Gun Owners Should Seek Training to Improve Their Firearms Skills

Have you ever wondered if you are up to the task if you ever have to use your weapon to defend yourself or those you care about? I have and still do. I hope I never have to find out, but I hope I have trained enough to be y when that time comes. Before I mention the benefit of training regularly, I want to be clear when I say this… Citizens should NOT be required by the government to have training to participate in an inalienable right. If you must get permission, that is called a privilege, not a right. With that said… Should we as individuals personally seek to improve our skills if we choose to carry? Absolutely! I started off my journey to be better skilled at self-defense and shooting over a decade ago. When I started, I was like a lot of folks and thought, “I have […]

GOA Files New Case Against New York’s CCIA

Gun Owners of America is back in court, challenging New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA). The CCIA was passed shortly after the Supreme Court knocked down New York’s “proper cause” statute in New York Pistol Rifle Association v. Bruen. In the decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS confirmed an individual’s right to carry a firearm outside the home for protection. All states effectively became “shall issue.” The opinion also stated that states could designate certain areas as “sensitive,” such as government buildings and schools, but the designation must be used sparingly. The court notes that the sensitive area designation could not be applied to an area just because people gather there. New York State then declared much of the State as a “sensitive area,” including Time Square, because people gather there. The State also replaced the “proper cause” clause with a “good moral character” clause, which required applicants […]

Hurricane Ian: Know Your Gun Rights

National Hurricane Center Advisory #24 As your Florida State Director for Gun Owners of America (GOA), I’m hunkering down just as you are and riding out the storm. Remember, our nation’s motto is e pluribus unum and that means out of many, one. Together, we will help one another recover from the hurricane, because we’re all Floridians. As a Floridian and a responsible gun owner, I wanted to inform you of your Second Amendment rights under the current laws. FLORIDA IS NOT AN OPEN CARRY STATE. YOU CANNOT LEGALLY OPEN CARRY OUTSIDE OF YOUR PROPERTY (HOME AND/OR BUSINESS) AND IF YOU DO OPEN CARRY, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL ARREST YOU. FLORIDA IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY STATE. YOU STILL NEED A PERMIT TO CARRY A FIREARM. IF YOU ARE IN THE ACT OF EVACUATING UNDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER DURING A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY. YOU MAY CARRY A FIREARM CONCEALED FOR 48 HOURS […]

Dodging Rollin White’s Patent

Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson previously worked together on “Volcanic” lever action firearms, but the Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 First Issue First Type, launched in 1857 started the company’s long line of revolvers. Revolvers remain the products the company is still best known for today even after they diversified into semi-automatic pistols, rifles, and other products. A number of Smith & Wesson revolvers, including early models, as well as the Colt Single Action Army revolver that surpassed Smith & Wesson are available in both the Oct. 4-7 Sporting and Collector Auction and the Dec. 9-11 Premier Auction. This Smith & Wesson Model 1 First Issue revolver will be on offer in Rock Island Auction Company’s Dec. 9-11 Premier Auction. The design was technically covered by Rollin White’s repeating firearm patent that combined a cylinder and a box magazine that was completely unworkable. The Smith & Wesson revolver had […]

GOA Immediately Sues Philadelphia over Unconstitutional Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2022 Philadelphia, PA Yesterday, lame-duck Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order prohibiting individuals from lawful carry at all City of Philadelphia recreational facilities. The mayor’s actions are in clear violation of Pennsylvania law prohibiting these types of local gun restrictions. Within hours of Mayor Kenney’s signing ceremony, Gun Owners of America (GOA) filed a lawsuit to enjoin enforcement of this illegal gun regulation. “Mayor Kenney knows this executive order is pointless: law abiding gun owners aren’t the people committing the violent crime and murder in Philadelphia,” said Dr. Val Finnell, Pennsylvania Director for GOA. “Instead, Mayor Kenney is trying to deflect attention from his failing policies and failing City by enacting more ‘feel good’ regulations that scapegoat guns for the crisis of crime in Philadelphia. Rather than take responsibility for city policies that created two years of record homicides, Kenney is attempting to capitalize on the tragic deaths of […]

GOA and GOF Secure Injunction Against Anti-gun Winchester, Virginia Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2022 Washington, D.C. Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) secured a preliary injunction yesterday against a Winchester, VA ordinance that prohibits the possession, carry, or transportation of firearms at public parks and in public areas where approved demonstrations are occurring. Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement: “We appreciate Judge Eldridge’s move to enjoin much of this unconstitutional ordinance, and we are confident that we will succeed in fully dismantling this law at trial. This is just another example of the positive effect that the Bruen decision is having in pushing back on the anti-gun policies of local, state, and federal governments.” Yesterday’s victory will help on many future challenges to bans in public parks and public areas in Virginia. However, while GOA and GOF celebrate this tremendous victory, the Circuit Court Judge unfortunately did not enjoin […]

FPC Files Lawsuit Challenging California Discriminatory Fee-Shifting Regime

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 27, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a new lawsuit challenging the provisions in California SB 1327 that are designed to suppress and chill legitimate challenges to firearms regulations and were enacted as retribution for Texas’s SB 8 abortion law. The complaint in Miller v. Bonta (Miller II) can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Ithaca Auto & Burglar Pistol: Protect Yourself

In the early 20th century, the backwoods of America could still be lonely and lawless places for travelers and personal protection for truck drivers and couriers was a necessity. From 1921 to 1934, Ithaca Gun Company offered its Auto & Burglar pistol. Originally based on its Flues shotgun, the Auto & Burglar was a 20 gauge double barrel short barrel shotgun with a pistol handle that was marketed as protection for travelers and self-defense at home to take care of car thieves or burglars. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and Cody Firearms Museum each have an Ithaca Auto & Burglar in their collections. A collector can add one to their collection this fall as an Auto & Burglar pistol and four Ithaca Flues double barrel shotguns will be on offer in Rock Island Auction Company’s upcog Sporting and Collector Auction, Oct. 4-7. Ithaca Gun Company, known for […]

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Hunting With Suppressors — The Ultimate Accessory

Hunting With Suppressors — The Ultimate Accessory Home September 24, 2022 Kat Ainsworth Stevens One of two things happens when you shoot a single deer out of a herd: Either the entire herd panics and runs, or the fallen deer’s friends stand over it wondering what’s wrong. Then there are the times you’re out after deer and a coyote stalks into view. Do you shoot it, and risk blowing the entire hunt? Do you let it go, knowing what damage it can do? The solution to these problems is a simple one: Use a suppressor. Hunting with suppressors is easier on you, gentler on the area, and less likely to scare off other animals in close proximity in cases where it’s possible to take multiple shots. The Omega 300 is a fantastic option for hunters that want one suppressor capable of fitting multiple rifles. Can you hunt with suppressors? In […]

Credit card note of gun sales seen as a big step toward national database

Second Amendment advocacy organizations are blasting the major credit card companies’ plan to distinguish gun purchases in payment processors, saying it is a step toward a database of U.S. gun owners. Visa Inc. announced over the weekend that it will begin to categorize sales at gun shops, joining Mastercard and American Express. Gun control advocates say the category will better track suspicious sales that could lead to mass shootings. Visa said it would adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s new merchant code for gun store sales. Until Friday, gun store sales were considered “general merchandise.”… Erich Pratt, senior vice president for Gun Owners of America, called the action by the financial institutions “the latest attempt by anti-gun lunatic activists to pressure corporations into collecting their own business partners’ data in a way that threatens their privacy, as well as the privacy of the millions of customers who rely on these services for […]

FBI Pressured People to Give Up Their Gun Rights, Documents Show

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has pressured Americans to “voluntarily” give up their Second Amendment rights, which is potentially illegal, according to newly disclosed documents. FBI officials were found to have had a number of Americans fill out a form that said they want the FBI to make it illegal for them to purchase or own guns forever because of a mental health condition. A national gun rights group, Gun Owners of America (GOA), is demanding the FBI remove these records from the background check database by Oct. 8 and that Congress enforce the removals. “We’ve learned the FBI had no business disarg these individuals. They did not pose a threat to society. The FBI actions were wholly unlawful,” Aidan Johnston, GOA’s director of federal affairs, told The Epoch Times. FBI Tactics Fifteen people filled out the forms, according to documents GOA acquired through a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit. The National Instant […]

GOA, NRA, SAF: Credit Card Companies’ Shift Sets Stage for Gun Sale Data Collection

Gun Owners of America (GOA), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are warning that the credit card companies’ capitulation to Democrat pressure to recategorize gun purchases sets the state for gun sale data collection. The Washington Times quoted GOA senior VP Erich Pratt suggesting the recategorization of gun sales is “the latest attempt by anti-gun lunatic activists to pressure corporations into collecting their own business partners’ data in a way that threatens their privacy, as well as the privacy of the millions of customers who rely on these services for electronic transactions each year.”… Breitbart News reported that Visa issued an announcement on September 10, 2022, that it would be recategorizing the way purchases from gun stores are labeled. This announcement came after weeks of pressure from Gabby Giffords, her gun control group, Democrat lawmakers in New York, and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) — all claig that labeling gun purchases under […]

FPC VICTORY: Federal Judge Blocks Delaware Ban on Self-Built Firearm Possession, Home Manufacturing

WILMINGTON, DE (September 23, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that United States District Judge Maryellen Noreika issued an order enjoining Delaware’s bans on self-manufacturing and possession of home-built firearms in its Rigby v. Jennings lawsuit. The opinion and order can be viewed at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Welcome to the Gun Show of Gun Shows

Rock Island Auction Company’s October 4 7 Sporting & Collector Auction isn’t just the year’s biggest gun auction, it’s one of the best gun shows of 2022. Originally planned as a three-day event, both the boog gun market and Rock Island Auction Company’s incredible abundance of rare firearms and militaria demanded adding a fourth auction day to this October extravaganza. Trust us, you’ll need it! Welcome to the gun show of gun shows! Experience over 7,200 guns this October. Auction weeks at RIAC are the best gun shows you’ve never been to, an event onto themselves, and they’re absolutely free to attend. If you’re interested in viewing over 7,200 guns in one place, Rock Island Auction’s October 3rd Preview Day event is calling your name. Imagine thousands of affordable antiques, Wild West revolvers, classic sporting and hunting arms, and military rifles from every era that can all be exaed […]

WV: Demand Joe Manchin Restore 2A Rights

); West Virginians demand that our Senators represent the will of the People, and more importantly, that they protect the rights of the People. Senator Joe Manchin’s recent betrayal of West Virginians shows a loyalty to the Washington Swamp rather than the hardworking people of the Mountain State. As he supported the misnamed Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, he violated your Second Amendment rights. It tramples on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by bribing states to pass red flag gun confiscation, delaying gun purchases for young adults, opening a backdoor pathway to Universal Background Registration Checks, and more. Plus, it will have no significant impact in stopping mass […]