‘Good moral character’ requirement in NY concealed carry law has racist roots, 2A groups say

New York says its history of racist laws that allowed for disarg Catholics and Indigenous people supports a “good moral character” requirement for obtaining a concealed carry license, a point that Second Amendment groups see as a bad-faith argument for gun control. The requirement is part of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) signed in July and marks the first major attempt to defend the state’s notorious gun restrictions after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s similarly subjective “good reason” clause in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen earlier this summer. New York’s reasoning for the “good moral character” clause, which permits state officials to deny gun carry applications subjectively, is because the Supreme Court requires a historical basis for any law that contradicts the text of the Second Amendment. In response to the CCIA, Gun Owners of America sued New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen earlier this month, prompting the state’s unusual defense of […]

New York Trying To Resurrect Racist Laws To Restrict Gun Ownership

New York is invoking colonial-era bans on selling guns to Native Americans to defend the constitutionality of its “good moral character” standard for obtaining a concealed carry license. This requirement, part of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) that Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed in July, is set to take effect in September. The Supreme Court struck down a provision of the bill in June that required concealed carry permit applicants to demonstrate a need for self-protection. Gun Owners of America (GOA), a gun rights lobbying group, sued New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen in August, seeking to block the legislation. In response to the lawsuit, Bruen’s lawyers argued in a court filing that the CCIA’s “good moral character” standard is deeply rooted in Anglo-American legal tradition and should therefore be upheld by the court. “From the early days of English settlement in America, the colonies sought to prevent Native American […]

Gun kits will be required to have serial numbers under new Biden order to ban ‘ghost guns’

Untraceable firearms, commonly known as ghost guns, will no longer be legal to sell under an executive order from President Joe Biden that takes effect Wednesday. 3D-Printed-Ghost Guns The weapons, which police say they are recovering with increasing frequency at crime scenes, were the subject of a Kane In Your Corner investigation in June. Ghost guns were used in at least five school shootings this year alone, according to the Everytown Center for Gun Safety. Police say one was used in a shooting outside a high school in the Bronx in April, which left a 16-year-old girl dead. Because ghost guns are manufactured without serial numbers, they are virtually untraceable by law enforcement. While they are aly illegal to possess in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, they can be legally purchased in 40 states, including Pennsylvania, often without a background check. Under the Biden adistration’s new regulations, all gun kits nationwide […]

Oh, shoot! Federal judge calls NY gun laws ‘unconstitutional,’ allows them for now

New state gun laws took effect Thursday in places like Times Square — but they might not remain that way for long, with a federal judge blasting Albany Democrats for their “unconstitutional” response to a controversial ruling by the US Supreme Court in June. “While pursuing the laudable goal of public safety, and in an attempt to curb ever-increasing mass shootings, the New York State Legislature has generated an unconstitutional statute,” Chief United States District Judge Glenn Suddaby said in a decision released late Wednesday. While the judge rulef that the suit brought by the Guns Owners of America New York lacked standing — a decision it might appeal — the legal win for New York Democrats might prove short-lived amid multiple legal challenges to the new laws. Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York A spokesman for Gun Owners of America New York said the group is considering its options while other cases involving […]

As the Gun Market Moves to Crypto, Deeply Private Owners Reveal More Than They May Know

In American gun culture, a desire for privacy runs deep. For many gun owners, any government attempt to keep tabs on who owns what is a non-starter. “I’m not for any type of registration,” John Crump, the special projects coordinator at the Gun Owners of America, said in a recent interview. Cryptocurrency advocates have a similar ethos and often talk about empowering people to avoid government oversight via their newfangled financial ecosystem. Crump lives in the overlap between those two worlds. At GOA, which describes itself, quoting former U.S. congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul, as “the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington,” he’s an in-house expert on crypto and blockchains. The latter, of course, is what makes crypto possible in the first place. Blockchains are digital accounting ledgers that publicly track when a token moves from one person to another. While built to be anonymous (nobody has to record their identity in a […]

Gun rights group asks judge to block NY gun ban in Times Square, other ‘sensitive’ places

A Second Amendment advocacy group on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block a New York state law that bans the carry of firearms in certain “sensitive locations” such as stadiums, hospitals and Manhattan’s Times Square. Times Square The request was part of a lawsuit brought by the Gun Owners of America against a New York law enacted this summer in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision expanding the Second Amendment. The justices’ 6-3 decision in late June found the Constitution generally protects the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. At the same time, the court said guns could be restricted in certain “sensitive locations,” but left that term largely undefined. In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on July 1 signed a law that crializes the concealed carry of guns in airports, houses of worship, Times Square and other sensitive places, prompting a swift […]

FPC Files Petition for Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging California Age-Based Firearm Purchase Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 2, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of a petition for writ regarding the one-way fee- and cost-shifting provision in SB-1327, which California enacted as retribution for Texas’s SB 8 abortion law. The petition was filed in Jones v. Bonta, the groups’ Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s age-based ban on firearms purchases by law-abiding adults under the age of 21. The petition can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Secures Partial Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging ATF “Frame or Receiver” Rule

FORT WORTH, TX (September 2, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) secured a partial victory in VanDerStok v. Garland, in the form of a partial and limited injunction in its lawsuit challenging the ATF’s rule that would create new terms and enact a slew of regulations for the agency to enforce. The opinion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Amends California Handgun Roster, Self-Manufacturing Ban Lawsuit

Federal lawsuit by FPC argues that California’s handgun “Roster” ban and microstamping requirements are unconstitutional. This case also seeks to strike down the State’s self-manufacturing and CNC machine bans, as well as unconstitutional and chilling fee and liability shifting against gun rights advocates enacted by California as retribution for Texas’s SB 8 abortion laws. SAN DIEGO, CA (September 1, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an amended complaint in Renna v. Bonta, its lawsuit challenging California’s handgun “roster” ban laws, its ban on self-manufacturing handguns, and provisions in SB-1327 that are designed to suppress and chill legitimate challenges to firearms regulations. The Complaint, along with other fillings in this case, can be viewed at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Statement on the Failure of Multiple Anti-Rights Bills in California

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 1, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition issued the following statement in response to the failure of California measures SB 918 (Portantino), which would have made it nearly impossible for most people to lawfully exercise their fundamental rights, and AB 1227 (Levine), which would have instituted punitive taxes on those same fundamental rights. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Norden Bombsight Was Top Secret and Over-Hyped

The Norden M9 bombsight was top secret and possibly over-hyped but definitely an important part of the United States Army Air Force’s daylight precision bombing campaign of World War II. After World War I, military planners wanted to avoid any more trench warfare. Precision bombing was seen as a way to get at dug-in positions as well as attack manufacturing, power, and transportation infrastructure. Bombing during World War I was done with rudimentary bombsights that required luck and pilot skill to drop bombs on target. The United States was developing a bomber fleet that flew higher and faster than any bombers before, so a bombsight capable of putting bombs on target was a necessity. Bombs dropped from 20,000 feet had to be dropped 2.5 miles ahead of the target. The military turned to engineer Carl Norden who started developing a bombsight in 1921. Concerned about Norden’s temperament, military officials asked […]

Muzzleloader Cleaning 101

Cleaning your firearms after use is always recommended, but it’s especially important when you are using black powder. Corrosive and hygroscopic, black powder fouling will pull moisture from the air and promote oxidation. If you neglect a black powder firearm for a while after use, you could end up with a rusty, pitted barrel and significantly impaired accuracy and/or a rusty lock that won’t perform. Given this, you want to clean black powder guns as soon as possible after use. There are many ways to undertake the task of muzzleloader cleaning, so you don’t have to stick to my recommendations in order to get good results. If you asked ten muzzleloader shooters how they clean their guns, you may well get ten different answers. However, because black powder is water soluble, most will use good old tap water to do most of the work. Keep your muzzleloader in pristine condition […]

Federal Judge Finds New York’s New Concealed Carry Law to Be Patently Unconstitutional, but Allows it to Take Effect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2022 Washington, D.C. Late yesterday, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued an opinion and order denying GOA’s motion for a preliary injunction against the State of New York’s poorly named “Concealed Carry Improvement Act.” Although going into detail about how just about every aspect of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) is unconstitutional, the judge concluded that none of the plaintiffs had standing to challenge any aspect of the law. This bad news comes after Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its nonprofit legal arm, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in July. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a GOA member from Schenectady County. Among other alarg provisions flouting recent Supreme Court precedent, this law, which is in effect as of September 1, requires concealed carry […]

GOA Working to Destroy the ATF Registry

The ATF’s “Ghost Gun” and Gun Registry Final Rule just went into effect. This tyrannical new rule not only restricts homemade firearms, but it also turns the ATF’s partial billion-record gun registry into a COMPLETE federal registry. While GOA will continue to fight this unconstitutional rule in the courts, we will also be fighting for its demise on every front. That’s why GOA needs YOUR help urging the House and Senate to pass legislation to destroy the ATF’s gun registry. H.R. 6945 is a bill that was introduced in the House to immediately STOP the ATF’s illegal, backdoor gun registry. We need your help getting Representatives to co-sponsor it. While there is currently no similar bill in the Senate, your letter today will light a fire under Senators’ feet to get them working on a companion bill to H.R. 6945 immediately. Please add your name to our pre-written letters to […]

FPC Statement Regarding Recent Mischaracterizations of and Misinformation About Our Values

Recently, some have deliberately mischaracterized recent comments on FPC’s social media—which were intended to argue how all humans, and certainly those in the United States, have constitutionally protected natural and procedural rights—to cast our organization in a negative light. To address the dishonest narratives and misrepresentations of our values, we seek to set the record straight here. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Files Supplemental Brief in Lawsuit Challenging California “Assault Weapon” Ban

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 30, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a supplemental brief in its Miller v. Bonta lawsuit, which challenges California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The brief, which was requested by Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California after the Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded Miller in light of NYSRPA v. Bruen, can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Files for Injunction To Restore Individuals’ Second Amendment Rights In California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 29, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of a motion for summary judgment in their Linton v. Bonta lawsuit, which challenges California’s laws and policies that deny Second Amendment rights to peaceable people whose rights should have been fully restored after their non-violent felony convictions in other states were vacated and nullified. The motion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Ruger’s New Lightweight and Ultra Compact LC Carbine in 5.7x28mm

August 29, 2021 The Ruger LC Carbine is a very lightweight and very compact semi automatic firearm, chambered for the popular FN 5.7x28mm cartridge. A companion firearm to the company’s 5″ barrel Ruger 57 pistol, the LC Carbine’s 16.25″ barrel offers significantly enhanced ballistic performance, a longer sight radius for precise shot placement and a telescoping buttstock. Utilizing the same cartridge, magazine and controls as the Ruger 57 pistol, the LC Carbine barrel is fixed in its bolt-over-barrel design, where as the Ruger 57 pistol employs a recoiling barrel. While there are mechanical differences between the two firearms’ fire control systems, both are listed as having the Ruger Secure Action fire control mechanism, featuring a protected internal hammer, a bladed safety trigger, a short trigger pull, and positive reset. Expanding upon Ruger’s product announcement, the Ruger LC Carbine is a terrific fit for range days, small game and vart […]