Yesterday, June 6, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting programs. There is currently a loophole in state law which prohibits the Pennsylvania Game Commission from implementing mentored hunting programs for youth between the ages of 12-17. House Bill 485, sponsored by state Representative Neal Goodman (D-123), is a technical fix which is intended to correct this problem and reinstate the original legislative intent of Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting program. Further, HB 485 would create a discounted general hunting license for Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors.
Today, June 7, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills which would remove the requirement to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) in order to lawfully carry a firearm with a 59-49 vote. House Bills 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 would also make the current licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
A local woman earned the nickname “Annie Oakley” after she stopped a purse-snatcher. The woman pulled her gun when she saw a robber target an elderly woman on North Main Street in Franklin on Monday. Franklin Police say an 84-year-old woman was walking to a Main Street business when a man with a gun stole her purse. Mary Moore was driving in the opposite direction and saw the commotion.
Yesterday, June 6, the Maine House of Representatives approved Legislative Document 351 with a 74-73 vote. Sponsored by state Representative John Spear (D-92), LD 351 is an anti-gun bill that would allow municipalities to prohibit firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places.
A Statham man who held residents at gunpoint and assaulted one has been charged in a June 4 armed robbery at a residence near Fayetteville. The man before fleeing the home was shot by one of the victims in an exchange of gunfire. Corey Jamiah Simmons, 22, was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.
The ill-conceived Question 1 ballot initiative was doomed from the start. That’s because it was poorly written by out-of-state gun control groups that clearly did not understand Nevada's existing firearms background check system. Now those same groups, which are funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are trying to pin the blame for their $20 million failure on our state attorney general, Adam Laxalt. In what appears to be a coordinated effort to undermine our attorney general and escape responsibility for their own failure, these groups are now pushing attack pieces such as one in the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier this month headlined "NRA behind Laxalt's gun-check opposition?"
A bill that would allow someone to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in North Carolina is nearing another hurdle.The House scheduled debate on the bill Wednesday, meaning members could decide whether to do away with the requirement.
A ranch owner on remote Mines Road shot a pickup truck driver who allegedly went on a destructive spree Sunday night and tried to run him down with the vehicle, authorities said Monday. The suspect, identified by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office as Scott Hagan, 55, of Pleasanton, is expected to recover from gunshot wounds to his upper torso and hand. He is in a San Jose hospital with a sheriff’s hold on him for assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.
A Lauderdale County man is at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after he was shot while trying to break into a residence off of River Road this morning. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the man was shot by a homeowner who confronted the robber inside his residence around 3 a.m. The sheriff has not released the name of the homeowner nor the robbery suspect. “The homeowner was asleep, something woke him up, he saw the robber standing in the doorway between the bedroom and kitchen,” the sheriff said. Williamson said the homeowner confronted the robber, telling him “get out, I’ve got a gun.”
One person was shot and killed during an attempted home invasion Tuesday morning. The deadly incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. in the 7600 block of Wickfield Drive. According to police, someone attempted to break into the residence through a side window. The occupants, a husband, wife and a 3-year-old child, who were asleep at the time, heard a crashing noise outside their bedroom. The man grabbed a gun, fired multiple shots, killing the intruder. The intruder, identified as 18-year-old Derrick Johnson Jr., was pronounced dead on scene. Police, who were already responding to a burglary in the area, were on scene within minutes after receiving the 911 call. Detectives do not believe the two cases are related at this time, but are investigating to see if there is a possible link.
Two robbery suspects and a pawnshop employee were wounded during a shootout inside the Victorville business Tuesday. The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the 15100 block of 7th Street. Authorities said two men entered the shop, appearing to be interested in a gaming system and a gun on display. The two men then tried to rob the store, authorities said, and one employee was armed, which led to a shootout. Both suspects and one of the store employees were struck in the shooting. All of them were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Colbert County homeowner is sharing his story after he says he came face to face with a stranger inside his own home. Joseph Lyles says the man was armed and trying to burglarize his home on Alabama Shores Drive. Joseph Lyles pointed out where he says the burglar cut a screen and climbed into his home. Moments later, the two were face to face.
Yesterday, June 5, the Nevada Legislature adjourned sine die for the 2017 legislative session. This was a busy session for gun owners as many firearm-related bills saw action. All anti-gun legislation failed to pass and a pro-gun bill, Assembly Bill 118, was signed into law.
The May 30 editorial “The sound of silencers” ignored the real public-health benefits of firearm suppressors and instead repeated false statements made by gun control groups — claims The Post’s own fact-checking reporter has debunked. Severe hearing loss is a very real problem for shooters, who also can suffer tinnitus and deafness later in life. Suppressors, which can help prevent hearing loss, are expensive and difficult to get, but The Post is against a bill to streamline the process. The editorial stated that “silencers” pose a safety threat because there is not as much of a “bang” to alert others to criminal gunfire.
Gun purchase background checks soared to a record for the month of May, snapping a five-month streak of year-over-year declines since President Trump was elected, and suggesting the demand for guns is once again picking up amid world tumult.