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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

CDC Report: US Gun Homicides Spiked 35% From 2019 to 2020

The U.S. firearm homicide rate spiked 35% in 2020, the first full year of the coronavirus pandemic, rising to the highest level in almost three decades of record-keeping, according to data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reported 19,350 firearm homicides in the U.S. in 2020, compared with 18,253 in 1993, the first year for which Bureau of Justice Statistics data are available, although the per capita death toll was higher that year. Gun homicides increased across every age group and ethnicity, as well as in rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. The increase was disproportionately felt by non-Hispanic Black males between the ages of 10 and 44, however. Rates of firearm homicide were higher at higher poverty levels, where they also showed larger increases. The CDC also reported 24,245 cases of suicide by gun in 2020, a 1.4% rise over the previous year. […]

Student sues school officials in FPC-backed lawsuit to protect pro-Second Amendment speech

LANSING, Mich. (May 13, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) today announced a new FPC-supported federal lawsuit against the superintendent of Durand (Michigan) Area Schools, the principal of Robert Kerr Elementary School, and a Robert Kerr school staff member for violating a third-grader’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights when they prevented her from wearing a hat bearing the text “Come and Take It” as well as an image of an AR-15 rifle to the school’s “hat day.” The complaint for C.S. v. McCrumb can be found at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

GOA Issues Statement After Buffalo Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gun Owners of America (GOA) released a statement in response to the shooting in Buffalo, New York yesterday, which left ten people dead and three others wounded. GOA Spokesperson Stephen Willeford—the armed citizen who engaged and put a stop to the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter (who was also wearing body armor) five years ago—released the following statement this evening: “This weekend an evil individual murdered innocent Americans in order to ‘becom[e] infamous’ and sp his hateful ideology. Tragically, politicians and the anti-gun media played right into his trap by immediately sowing division and calling for more gun control laws. New York aly has some of the strictest gun control in the nation, which failed to prevent this tragedy. Indeed, this murderer specifically targeted New Yorkers knowing that the state had virtually ‘outlawed’ concealed carry. As someone who used a firearm to stop a mass […]

OPINION: Let’s make Florida the ‘Gunshine State’

Ensuring the people have the ability to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights is the chief concern of Gun Owners of America. That’s why we have long championed the enactment of constitutional carry in state legislatures across this country, including earlier this year in neighboring Georgia and Alabama. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Heeding our calls to finally get it done here in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has made clear that he will sign this policy into law before he leaves office. We stand strongly behind him in this effort to live up to the freedoms embodied in the Second Amendment. So what is constitutional carry? In layman’s terms, it’s nothing more than returning to the people a historically recognized and constitutionally guaranteed right to carry arms for self-defense in their own communities. Put more simply, it allows the people to exercise their rights without jumping through hoops to secure permission from the […]

Foster parents, home-based daycare operators cannot be denied their Second Amendment rights, FPC brief argues

CHICAGO (May 16, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) have filed an important brief with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Miller v. Smith, urging the Court to reverse a misguided decision of the trial court that upheld Illinois law and regulations that bans firearm possession in child care facilities, including home day care facilities and foster family homes, and prevents an Illinois couple from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms in their home. The brief, authored by FPCAF director of constitutional studies and Second Amendment scholar Joseph Greenlee, can be found at FPCLaw.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Anti-Gunners Want ATF To Shut Down this Popular Gun Maker

“This is nothing more than total B.S.—that is, Blame Shifting by the anti-gun Left,” said Erich Pratt, Senior VP of GOA… “Rather than blame their own failed policies for the rise in crime, Leftists are instead trying to blame homemade guns for the rise in crime.” A coalition of antigun forces is urging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to shut down Polymer80, a popular manufacturer of AR receivers, pistol frames and handguns. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Keechant Sewell, and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund are behind the move to get the ATF to revoke Polymer80’s federal firearms license. They claim that 86 percent of the 1,475 so-called “ghost guns” entered into the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network database in 2019 were manufactured by the Nevada-based company. “We must get ghost guns out of our communities, […]

NH: Fish and Game Bill Poisoned with Bad Text

); When I was a staffer in the United States Senate, I made sure that I every bill that came to the Senate floor. Like the anti-gun provisions buried deep in the omnibus appropriations act this past month, the nastiest affronts to the Constitution are stuck deep into bills dealing with other subjects. Lo and behold, a New Hampshire Fish and Game bill pending before the General Court (H.B. 490) has a ticking timebomb: It would replace New Hampshire’s current definition of “firearm” and related terms with a much broader federal definition, which contains parts, silencers, etc. New Hampshire law has several definitions of “firearm” or similar […]

GOA Files FOIA Request re DHS’ “Disinformation Governance Board”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2022 Washington, D.C. Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking key questions in response to the Biden Adistration’s plans to create a “Disinformation Governance Board.” In Congressional hearings this past April, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that DHS was in the process of creating a Disinformation Governance Board. Soon after, the public found out that the Board will be chaired by left-wing dystopian author Nina Jankowicz. GOA and GOF’s FOIA request demands specific records related to: The processes used to select members of the Board and its staff The methods, rules, procedures, or limitations on how the Board will surveil the American people How any purported “disinformation” will be corrected, limited, refuted, or removed, and its purveyors sanctioned, intimidated, punished, fact-checked, or otherwise policed by the […]

Help Senator Cruz Fight President Biden’s Registry!

); Cruz Bill to Strike Down Biden Registry Rule ATF just officially dropped its disastrous final rule, which will regulate certain gun parts kits and eventually add 100% of gun purchases since August 2002 into its nearly billion-record gun registry. Thankfully, we have allies on Capitol Hill who are willing to fight back but they need your help! Senator Cruz is fighting back Senator Ted Cruz and other Second Amendment advocates have introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) which will force a vote in the Senate. This legislation will force all Senators to declare on their permanent voting record if they think ATF should expand its unlawful […]