West Virginia: Campus Carry Moves to House Floor Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:37:34 -0500 On February 21st, the West Virginia state House Finance Committee voted to pass House Bill 2519, the Campus Self-Defense Act. HB 2519 would ensure that law-abiding adults are not stripped of their right to self-defense when they cross an arbitrary boundary onto a college campus. HB 2519 will now move to the House floor.
Florida Democrats Reveal Political Strategy On New Gun Laws Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:58:40 -0500 The political strategy for Democrats hoping to rewrite Florida gun laws is emerging in Tallahassee, as lawmakers introduce more than a dozen new bills to see whether any proposals might gain traction among majority Republicans.
House to vote on gun control bills next week Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:49:59 -0500 The House is set to vote on legislation (H.R. 8) next week to criminalize private transfers and legislation (H.R. 1112) would eliminate the 3-day safety-valve provision under the federal firearms background check system that prevents the government from enacting an indefinite delay of firearm purchases for law-abiding Americans.
Most Americans incorrectly think gun-murder rates have gotten worse, not better Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:31:00 -0500 On the first anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., NPR, “PBS NewsHour” and Marist released a poll exploring views of various approaches to gun ownership in the United States. At the end of that poll, though, was an interesting question. The pollsters asked respondents a question about a matter of fact: Did they think that the rate of gun murders in the United States was higher or lower than it had been 25 years ago?
This history was probably not immediately at hand for respondents. So how did the poll respondents view gun violence now as opposed to then? Most believed that the rate of gun murders now is higher than it was at that point. To be explicit: This is wrong. Data from the FBI breaks out reported murders by type of weapon, showing a drop in the raw count of firearm murders since a peak in 1993. (Both the Marist poll and the FBI data are predicated on “murder” as a metric, a term The Washington Post generally reserves for homicides involving a criminal conviction.)
Gun Proposals Causing Sheriffs to Take Action Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:31:10 -0500 Several counties in New Mexico are attempting to pass resolutions to become Second Amendment Sanctuary counties.
The proposals come as several gun-control proposals make their way through the Legislature.
Building Some Bridges Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:35:02 -0500 A 2017 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/new-5-year-report-shows-1016-million-americans-participated-hunting-fishing-wildlife shows that wildlife-watching is really increasing, and the number of fishermen nation-wide is finally stable after declining.