Public Testimony Derailed AGAIN – Capitol Cluster Continues

Expecting things to change at the State Capitol just because we’re moving into year three of COVID angst is like expecting a snake not to wiggle. It’s not going to happen. After the Capitol’s near-total shutdown in 2020, and the stunning cluster of 2021, it might be reasonable to assume that things would have been figured out in 2022. Not so. It’s just another year and another mess of testimony. A year ago, we wrote about problems with public testimony HERE, and they were not just simple glitches. Yesterday, in the Senate Committee on Public Safety, GOC Executive Director Sam Paredes attempted no less than 3 times** to speak in opposition to the Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored SB 918 (Portantino). He was introduced and as if by magic, Paredes was muted and ultimately cut off following three separate attempts to be connected. He had been on hold for […]

FPC statement on ATF classifying some ‘forced-reset triggers’ (FRTs) as ‘machineguns’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2022) — Firearms Policy Coalition today issued the following statement regarding the ATF’s “Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees” regarding its classification of some “forced-reset triggers” (FRTs) as “firearms” and “machineguns” as defined in the National Firearms Act (NFA) and Gun Control Act (GCA): This latest effort by the ATF to punish and stoke fear among peaceable people who purchase protected-arms components specifically designed to comply with federal law is further proof of the agency’s abusive overreach of statutory and constitutional bounds and a manic desire to expand its doion. Furthermore, by being purposefully vague in saying it “intends to take appropriate remedial action,” the ATF adds to the unscrupulous nature of this action leaving sellers and owners unsure if they’ll be subject to abuse. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC’s Supreme Court brief argues lifetime handgun ban for nonviolent offenders is unconstitutional

Under the history and tradition of the Second Amendment, nonviolent offenders should not lose their natural right to keep and bear arms. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2022) — Firearms Policy Coalition today announced the filing of an important brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to grant certiorari in Morin v. Lyver, a case challenging Massachusetts’s lifetime ban on firearm purchases as applied to a person convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor. FPC’s brief is joined by FPC Action Foundation (formerly Firearms Policy Foundation) and can be found at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Gun Owners of California Remembers Two Treasured Friends, and Fierce Warriors for the 2nd Amendment

This article appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, March 31, 2022. We are posting this in memory of our dear friends and colleagues, Kathy Lynch and Geralt Upholt. ‘Kindest, Dearest’: Advocates at California’s Capitol Mourn Lobbyists Killed in Loomis Home By Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article259959860.html Sam Paredes spent this week in a fog of sadness and disbelief as word sp through the tight-knit group of lobbyists who battle over bills and causes that two of their own had been stabbed to death, allegedly by their adopted son. But few in the California state Capitol knew Kathy Lynch, 67, and her longtime boyfriend, Gerald Upholt, 80, better than Paredes, the executive director of one of the state’s largest gun-rights advocacy groups, Gun Owners of California. Lynch advocated for years on behalf of hunting groups, and she often opposed or supported the same bills Paredes did. Upholt, before he […]

FPC to Supreme Court in Duncan brief: Force ‘bitter medicine’ upon defiant lower courts or Second Amendment is meaningless

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of an important brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Duncan v. Bonta (formerly Duncan v. Becerra), a case challenging California’s ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The brief is available at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Brief filed by FPC is instrumental in obtaining order to proceed in case against government Facebook censorship

DENVER (April 4, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition today issued the following statement in response to summary judgment orders granted in Delbert Sgaggio v. De Young, et al., a case in which FPC filed an important brief to support a challenge to the City of Woodland Park, Colorado police department’s removal of criticisms posted by an individual to its Facebook page and banning the individual from further posting: FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

What Are the Benefits of a Gun Trust?

What Are the Benefits of a Gun Trust? Home April 11, 2022 Miller To get a NFA Gun Trust or not to get one. That is a common question. While having an NFA Gun Trust is a fantastic idea, it might not be necessary for everyone. In all realities, though, every responsible gun owner should have one. Let’s focus on why you should have an NFA Gun Trust. QUICK NOTE: I’m not an attorney and this article isn’t to be taken as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney in your state of residence, preferably one that is familiar with firearm laws. Having a Gun Trust might not be necessary for everyone; however, it is a good idea for most firearm owners. Trusts help ensure that laws are being followed and people aren’t unknowingly committing crimes. For the sake of clarity for the article, we will assume that you […]

80% Lowers Joins FPC Constitution Alliance to Support Pro-Second Amendment Litigation, Advocacy, and Education Programs

LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced today that national firearm component retailer 80% Lowers has joined FPC’s Constitution Alliance family as a Benefactor Member. Through its contributions, 80% Lowers is supporting pro-rights legal action, advocacy, grassroots engagement, and educational initiatives across the nation, including FPC Law, the nation’s first and only full-scope public interest legal team focused on the right to keep and bear arms and adjacent rights. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Georgia becomes 25th state to enact permitless carry legislation

Gov. Kemp continues the positive trend of pro-civil rights expansion by joining eight other state governors who chose individual liberty over tyranny during the past two years ATLANTA (April 12, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition issued the following statement in response to Governor Brian Kemp signing Senate Bill 319. Effective immediately, the law removes concealed carry permit requirements for adults 21 years of age or older who are not otherwise prohibited from owning a firearm. Under this new law, the existing system remains optional for residents who still want to have a permit. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

SACRAMENTO SHOOTING: Where is the Outrage?

Sheriff Scott Jones: Reason and Outrage in the Aftermath of Sacramento’s Deadly Shootout Since the tragic shooting in Sacramento in the early morning hours of April 3, the media response has been predictable. It began with the requisite horrors of gun violence and make no mistake it was a horrific and senseless act. Calls for more gun control erupted from the lips of every Leftist politician imaginable from the Mayor of Sacramento to the President of the United States. And they all said the same thing: “We shouldn’t tolerate…the proliferation of these weapons that can indiscriately fire at large numbers of people and injure and kill dozens. We have a real sickness in this country and in this culture.” ~ Mayor Darrell Steinberg Where is the outrage at the men who pulled the triggers, Mayor Steinberg? And from our President: “Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all […]

FPC files First and Second Amendment lawsuit against San Jose’s unconstitutional gun insurance scheme

SAN JOSE, Calif. (April 26, 2022) Today, attorneys for Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging the City of San Jose’s ordinance requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance and pay a fee in order to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. FPC’s complaint argues that the mandate violates both the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. A copy of the complaint in Glass v. City of San Jose can be found at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

The Bare Bones Basics of Your EDC

The Bare Bones Basics of Your EDC Home April 27, 2022 Steve Tarani The choice of EDC gear, particularly a weapon, is an important one. After all, you’re possibly staking your life (or someone else’s) on it. In the article below, an imently qualified and respected SME addresses how to approach those decisions. Is it suppressor or even SilencerCo specific? No. But the thought process outlined below is one we should all be cognizant of…and perhaps apply to other important decisions and actions too. ~ editor Among multiple credentials and honorifics, Steve Tarani is a widely recognized subject matter expert (SMI) on matters of self defense, situational awareness, “urban survival”, and related matters. What’s the best ___________? As a full-time hard skills instructor serving both the public and private sector, I am often asked such questions as “What’s the best gun?” or “What’s the best knife?” or “What’s the best […]

Wait For It……Wait For It….

An Impending Supreme Court Decision Could Mean Big 2A Changes It’s been almost a year to a day that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided to hear a 2ndAmendment case that could have huge implications for the nation from New York to California. GOC reported this last year as a “stunning development”, since it had been more than a decade since SCOTUS had considered any 2nd Amendment lawsuit. And now, we are waiting with cautious optimism that the court will effectively address the extent to which it protects Americans’ right to carry concealed firearms outside the home for self-defense. The case in question is NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Bruen (formerly Corlett), and it challenges the New York state requirement that individuals show “proper cause” to carry a gun, a rule that is often cited when applicants are denied the right to carry. But how exactly […]

The Dreadful and Useless History of California’s Microstamping Laws

NSSF Shines a Necessary Light on this Defeatable “Technology” In 2013, the scourge of microstamping descended on the state of California and with it a multitude half-truths and out and out lies about the technology. At the outset, Gun Owners of California was heavily involved in opposition to any microstamping mandate. Sam Paredes, GOC’s Executive Director spent countless hours testifying in committee and in private meetings with legislators, physically demonstrating how easy it is to defeat the technology with something as simple as a nail file or by exchanging the firing pin itself. This law was insincere then because it did nothing to prevent crials from committing crimes with a firearm and is dangerous now. GOC is pleased to repost the following article by Larry Keane, Senior Vice President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It is certainly worth a it flawlessly describes the […]

FPC responds to Duke Center for Firearms Law article on test courts should use on Second Amendment cases

LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2022) A rebuttal in response to criticism of a scholarly paper authored by FPC Action Foundation director of constitutional studies, Joseph Greenlee, was published today by the Duke Center for Firearms Law. In its April 27 article, “Ghost Guns, History, and the Second Amendment,” the Duke Center called into question an argument Greenlee makes in “The American Tradition of Self-made Arms” defending the test of text as informed by history and tradition (THT) as being the correct methodology for Second Amendment jurisprudence. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Biden’s Ministry of Truth will come for Gun Owners’ Free Speech

Big Brother is cog for your free speech. The Biden-Harris Department of Homeland Security is setting up a “Disinformation Governance Board” to regulate the sp of “disinformation” online. You may be wondering: who gets to decide what counts as “disinformation?” Nina Jankowicz, the leftist who has a record of spewing anti-gun talking points and once said that mocking Kamala Harris poses a threat to national security, will be in charge of this Ministry of Truth. Gun Owners of America will undoubtedly be a top target of this new disinformation police force. After all, it was our organization that first exposed the illegal gun registry being compiled by Biden’s ATF. But we won’t be silenced. We will continue to use our powerful online presence to speak up for gun rights and remain uncompromising in our defense of your God-given rights. Please make a contribution to Gun Owners of America’s 2A Protection […]

GOA: Here’s What One Democrat Gets Wrong About Biden’s Gun Agenda

In a recent op-ed, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell claimed that Biden doesn’t want “to take away your guns” and “there is no such thing as a gun registry,” all while the Biden Adistration enacts a ban on up to 40,000,000 pistols and is supercharging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) near-billion record gun registry. Fortunately, informed elected officials like Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Michael Cloud are defending gun rights with legislation to repeal ATF’s illegal gun registry and resolutions to halt its expansion. At this point, gun owners are unsurprised when anti-gun politicians reveal their ignorance on Second Amendment issues, but let’s set the record straight anyway. 1. Biden Is Cog For Your Guns Swalwell boldly claimed, “Let’s be crystal clear—the Biden adistration has no secret plan to take away your guns.” We do have to give him some credit here. Biden’s plan is certainly no secret! When asked whether “a Biden adistration means […]

North Carolina court orders sheriff to end concealed carry delays

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department Ever since the start of the COVID pandemic in early 2020, we’ve seen a number of jurisdictions across the country drag their feet when it comes to the issuing of concealed carry licenses. The delays have primarily been blamed on staffing levels, as well as COVID protocols that limited office hours or in-person applications, but that doesn’t make them any more acceptable. If you live in a state that requires you to obtain a permission slip before you can exercise your right to bear arms, there’s no excuse in the world that’s going to make up for your Second Amendment rights being put on hold for months on end thanks to bureaucratic delays. It looks like there’s at least one judge in North Carolina who agrees, because the Mecklenburg County Sheriff has now been ordered to start processing carry license applications within the time allotted under state […]

FPC leads Second Amendment win in appeal challenging California’s age-based firearm purchase ban

PASADENA, CA (May 11, 2022) A 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today in the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF)-led case of Jones v. Bonta, holding that California’s age-based firearms purchase ban is unconstitutional and that “the district court erred in not enjoining an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults. The decision can be found online at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition