Weekly Second Amendment News Update: A Situational Summary

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.



Virginia a key state in Bloomberg’s Super Tuesday strategy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia.


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Governor urges leadership in enforcement of red-flag bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she hopes to see strong leadership in the law enforcement community to implement a red flag gun initiative approved this week by the state’s Democrat-led Legislature.


Florida ‘red flag’ gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The law, supported by legislators of both parties , has been applied more than 3,500 times since, with the pace accelerating during the last half of 2019. Even so, an Associated Press analysis of the law showed its use is inconsistent, with some counties and cities using it rarely and others not at all.


GOP candidate shoots red flag to oppose New Mexico bill

CAPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A Republican U.S. House candidate in southern New Mexico has released an ad with her shooting a “red flag” to protest a state gun control proposal.

Claire Chase on Thursday unveiled the online video where she challenges “Santa Fe liberals” to come and take her firearm. She then shoots a red flag with a rifle to show her displeasure with the proposed red-flag gun law.


Governor and attorney general call for new gun control laws

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Democratic governor and attorney general pushed state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they feel will help curb gun violence.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha held an event at the Statehouse Thursday to discuss eight gun control bills they’re supporting.

“This is our obligation as Rhode Islanders to get this right, and these bills and more to come will save lives. We know that,” Raimondo said.


1 year after Illinois shooting, police push gun-fee hike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In the year since five workers died in a suburban Chicago warehouse shooting, state officials have beefed up illegal firearms enforcement efforts, including the first-ever operations by state authorities to confiscate weapons from those whose gun permits are invalid, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said Thursday.

“We will be able to do a much more thorough, effective and quicker background check, even for law-abiding citizens, if we have that fingerprint,” Kelly said. “Now, as to the constitutionality and the policy and the politics of all that, that’s … an issue that citizens and policymakers and others will debate.”


Gun maker files for bankruptcy following Kansas City lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Nevada-based gun manufacturer filed for bankruptcy after Kansas City sued the company over weapons trafficking last month.

Last week, a Jackson County judge denied dual motions by Jimenez to dismiss the Crawfords’ suit.

Everytown Law is a branch of the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. It helped with both lawsuits against Jimenez.


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Arizona Senate panel OKs city liability for gun-free zones

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate panel on Thursday advanced a measure that would make government entities that don’t allow guns on their property liable if people are shot on their premises.

The proposal from Republican Sen. David Gowan would allow anyone to sue if they or loved ones are injured or killed after being barred from carrying weapons for self-defense on government property.

The measure is the latest in a years-long series of pro-gun measures that are routinely approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Arizona is among the most gun-friendly states in the nation, allowing open or concealed carry of guns without a permit in most places. But efforts to allow weapons on property owned by schools, universities and government buildings have failed.


New Mexico sheriff vows to go to jail over proposed gun law

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico sheriff is vowing to go to jail and risk his seat rather than enforce a proposed red-flag gun law.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton told an audience at a Eunice City Hall meeting on Monday he’s ready to go to jail, if necessary, for refusal to enforce the law.

Helton said he’d be a one-term sheriff because a judge would place him under arrest. But he said he’d be able to sleep at night for standing his ground.

The bill pushed forward Tuesday in a Democratic-controlled House committee would allow law enforcement to petition a court for the temporary surrender of guns by people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others.


Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State lawmakers and a gun rights group on Tuesday called for changes to Michigan’s terrorism law after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of his rifle on social media and saying it would make “snowflakes melt.”

Lucas Gerhard, 20, faces the charge of making a terrorist threat over an incident that occurred in August. The maximum sentence for a conviction on that charge is 20 years in prison.

The night before returning to the school for his junior year, Gerhard sent a photo of his newly purchased AR-15 rifle to a group of friends on Snapchat. The text said: “Takin this bad boy up, this outta make the snowflakes melt, aye? And I mean snowflakes as in snow.”

Republican state Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township in suburban Detroit is sponsoring new legislation to redefine the crime of making a terrorist threat or making a false report of terrorism.

“I never thought our society was so fragile that someone’s life could be ruined for telling a joke among friends,” said Reilly. ”It’s a travesty that the county prosecutor charged him with any crime, for something that is clearly and undeniably protected speech under the First Amendment.”


Hawaii House defers bill expanding police firearms searches

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House of Representatives has deferred action on a bill that would have expanded police powers to search for firearms without obtaining a warrant.


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More counties approve ‘sanctuary’ resolutions on gun rights

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Two more rural Arizona counties have declared themselves to be “Second Amendment sanctuary counties,” taking stances in favor of gun rights even as some supporters of the measures acknowledge they’ll have no or little real legal effect.

Under the measures, the supervisors vowed to defend state and federal constitutional rights, including the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.

The measure also said the supervisors won’t spend public money or use other government resources to enforce laws that unconstitutionally infringe on gun rights.


Red flag laws stuck while Second Amendment sanctuary idea grows

LANSING —  Legislation to allow law enforcement officials to temporarily confiscate firearms if their owners are a risk to themselves or others has remained stalled in committee for a year.

See where guns have been seized in N.J. under new ‘red flag’ law

Nearly 50 orders have been granted to seize guns from people in a Jersey Shore county, under New Jersey’s red flag laws, which went into effect last year, according to data obtained by NJ Advance Media.


Oregon groups eye California’s expanded red flag gun laws

PORTLAND, Ore. – California’s expanded red flag laws are causing groups in Oregon to take notice. Oregon’s current red flag law allows law enforcement, family and people in the same home to file a petition if they think a person is an immediate threat to themselves or others.


‘Red flag’ gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom

Even the American Civil Liberties Union says legislation like this is an affront to individual rights and due process.


Utah lawmakers preparing red flag gun bills after original sponsor halts effort

Two Utah lawmakers — one Republican and one Democrat — are preparing bills that would allow the confiscation of a person’s guns under court order, despite the sponsor of a similar proposal saying last week that it lacks the necessary support to become law.


COURTS SHOULD OVERTURN ‘RED FLAG’ LAW

A number of Nevada counties have passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions in response to state lawmakers passing a “Red Flag” law in 2019 that would allow persons accused of being a potential danger to themselves or others to have their firearms confiscated by order of a judge.


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Utah youth rally in support of gun control legislation

SALT LAKE CITY — About 75 people rallied Saturday at the Utah Capitol in support of proposed gun legislation, focusing on how mass shootings at schools and other public sites are creating fear in the current generation of students.


‘Fascist!’: Michael Bloomberg heckled by gun rights activists in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia — A group of pro-Second Amendment activists heckled former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a campaign event early Saturday night.


Maryland: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Introduce Most Restrictive Gun Ban in State History

Maryland gun owners once again have a large-scale fight on their hands with the Speaker of the House’s new gun ban legislation, House Bill 1261


New York Politicians Lied and Their Gun-Control Laws Failed Again

New York politicians said we would be safe. Democrats told us to register our guns so the criminals would be disarmed. New York Democrats said we needed to have fewer cartridges in our guns so the bad guys couldn’t hurt us. Last week, a convicted felon shot police officers in New York City. We were told this couldn’t happen because of New York’s strict gun laws. Clearly, the Democrats lied to us.


5 things to know about the ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ movement in Michigan

BAY CITY, MI — A growing list of Michigan municipalities are passing “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions, affirming gun ownership rights and signaling resistance to proposed gun control legislation.

This national movement has picked up steam in recent weeks, with hundreds of municipalities across the country taking on the “sanctuary” title, according to SanctuaryCounties.com, which is compiling updates about the movement.


‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ effort seeks Vermont support

Nearly a dozen communities and counting have approved a nonbinding Gun Owners of Vermont resolution declaring themselves a “sanctuary” from further government restrictions on firearms.

“The town hereby recognizes the inalienable rights of all persons within its boundaries to keep and bear arms as described by both Article Sixteen of the Vermont Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America,” the resolution states in part.


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Lenawee County Board of Commissioners asked to declare county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

ADRIAN — A large group of gun rights activists attended the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Wednesday to petition the board to declare Lenawee County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

More than a dozen supporters of the grass roots organization Michigan for Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties attended the meeting with some voicing their concerns during the meeting’s public comment session about what they believe to be an attack on gun rights by state legislatures and governors around the nation.


Second amendment group proposes Noble County become gun sanctuary

A new movement is sweeping the country – where communities oppose new gun restriction laws by becoming gun sanctuaries. It’s called the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement. A group in Noble county wants to join.

The Noble County Indiana Second Amendment United Sanctuary Movement has presented a resolution to Noble County’s commissioners that they hope will be passed as a declaration of the county’s sanctuary status.


Sheriff’s Office declares Cotton Co. newest Texoma Second Amendment Sanctuary County

COTTON COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Following after other area counties, Cotton County is the latest Texoma county to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

Sheriff Tim King stated the county will serve to protect residents’ rights to bear arms and will “oppose any and all infringement on the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens.”


Conoy Township supervisors want to become ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary city’

Supervisors in a northwest Lancaster County township voted 3-1 Thursday night to have their solicitor draft a resolution expressing support for the Second Amendment and pledging to resist efforts by the state that they believe violate the right to bear arms.


Sheriff declares Stephens Co. ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary County’

DUNCAN, Okla. — Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney announced Thursday his desire to make Stephens County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

The announcement came through a letter addressed to the residents of Stephens County on Feb. 13, in which McKinney declared Stephens County as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”


Oceana becomes a second amendment sanctuary

WYOMING COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Oceana council members voted to join the growing list of West Virginia localities to become second amendment sanctuaries.

“It’s more to send a message to the state legislature that we don’t want to be like Virginia as they are passing gun law after gun law,” said town recorder Jim Cook. “I don’t think there is any in the mill at the moment, but it’s to give them a heads up that we don’t want that.”


WORTH COUNTY DISCUSSING BECOMING A ‘SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY’ COUNTY

MANLY, Iowa – In light of jurisdictions like Virginia and New York passing or discussing enacting strict gun control measures, some are pushing back.

While the wording varies depending on the jurisdiction that decides to enact the status, Second Amendment Sanctuaries are places where local governments have adopted ordinances or resolutions that continue to back the right to bear arms and oppose any measures against the Second Amendment that are perceived as unconstitutional, such as universal background checks, red flag laws and assault weapon bans.


Rutherford is a Second Amendment Sanctuary

The Rutherford County Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to declare the county as a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The 21-0 decision came on a voice vote.


Doddridge, Calhoun counties pass ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ status

GRANTSVILLE — The Doddridge and Calhoun County commissions voted to make their communities a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

The resolution “gives people a little bit of reassurance that we are not going to support any kind of legislation or laws that infringe on the freedom or rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment,” Calhoun County Sheriff Jeff Starcher said.


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Summers County residents debate becoming second amendment sanctuary

HINTON, WV (WVNS) — Gun rights was a hot topic at the Summers County Commission meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020. People from all over the county attended to discuss to the possibility of becoming a second amendment sanctuary. Eddie Richmond was in the audience. He said he is in favor of this.

“It’s pretty much a label to where we’re saying you won’t get our guns without a fight,” Richmond said.


Keyser City Council declares city Second Amendment Sanctuary

KEYSER – The Keyser City Council passed a resolution Wednesday taking a stand for their citizens’ gun rights. Council member Eric Murphy presented a resolution to his fellow city officials asking them to approve the statement declaring the City of Keyser a Second Amendment Sanctuary.


Albany looking into sanctuary city for Second Amendment

On Wednesday, Sykes asked that the city look into creating a sanctuary city designation for gun owners in the same vein that cities around the country have declared themselves sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants.

Citing measures pending in the Oregon Legislature that would hold gun owners responsible when their firearms fall into the wrong hands and give local schools and governments the right to bar individuals with concealed carry permits from entering their buildings, Sykes said Albany should create its own ordinance.


Anson County now a Second Amendment Sanctuary

WADESBORO- Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid spoke to a packed house at the County Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4 as he announced that Anson County has joined the ranks of dozens of other counties throughout North Carolina in becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

“In my lifetime, I have taken the oath of office five times,” said Sheriff Reid, “One time in the U.S. Army, one time in the N.C. National Guard, one time in the Highway Patrol, and twice as sheriff. All five times I have sworn that I would defend the Constitution of the United States…We are here today to talk about the Bill of Rights, specifically the Second Amendment.”


Sheriff Declares LeFlore County A ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary County’

LeFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — On Friday (Feb. 14) LeFlore County Sheriff Donnie Edwards announced the county will now be considered as “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

“I as your Sheriff want the Citizens of LeFlore County to rest assured that the LeFlore County Sheriffs Office will up hold the Constitution of these United States of America,”


Don’t Get Trapped by Myths

One of my favorite myths is, “I use my handgun to fight my way to my rifle.” Now I am sure that that has been successfully accomplished, but I submit to you that those times are very rare. Researching actual gunfights indicate those fights are usually over, one way or another, long before someone could run to get a rifle. And my question would be, “If you are going to run and get your rifle, why didn’t you just keep running and get away from the threat?”


PRESSURE VS. RECOIL

It has become apparent that there is still widespread misunderstanding concerning the effects of pressure versus recoil, especially among vintage-shotgun owners.


Self-Defense Stories of AR-15 Armed Citizens: Is an AR-15 ever practical for self-defense?

Despite the fact that millions of Americans own a variant of the AR-­15, we are often questioned about why we own them. Most recently I was asked, “Is an AR-­15 legitimate as a self-­defense tool?” I don’t resent the question, but there exists a lack of honesty in the answers heard from politicians and the media. We hear, “The AR-­15 is a weapon designed for war! It has no place on America’s streets!” However, in truth, AR-­15s and so-­called “black rifles” are used in self-­defense by a would-­be victim more often than you’d think.


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FIRST 100 ROUNDS: A LOOK AT THE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY HELLCAT

Springfield Armory took the concealed carry market to task in 2019 with the launch of a sub-compact 13+1 capacity pistol, the Hellcat.

As a concealed carrier always willing to test out the latest and greatest, I was curious how the Hellcat would perform. Normally, I sport a Glock 19 sized carry gun, stepping down to the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm when I need something a little less inconspicuous. The Shield, though, only offers 7+1 rounds so the idea of almost double the rounds is tantalizing.

Springfield Armory hooked me up with a Hellcat to take for a test drive. Though my full thoughts and opinions will come later in a video and article review, I figured why not share my first 100 rounds…


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