Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill to ban standard capacity magazines. This particular bill will ban all magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Democrats are claiming that this is the first year that gun deaths will exceed car deaths. This is more a result of increased safety standards in vehicles, not because gun deaths are increasing. This measure is unlikely to pass, as Republicans have a solid majority in both houses.
The Second Amendment Foundation is officially suing the District of Colombia over their new, restrictive “may issue” style concealed carry laws. This law requires citizens in D.C. to demonstrate good reason to carry, but personal protection or living in a bad neighborhood do not qualify. This is a pretty clear violation of the Second Amendment rights of Americans, and the law is a blatant attempt to ban everyone from carrying. The city and the Police chief were named as defendants in the suit.
Kentucky has just instituted a new process for accepting applications for concealed carry permits. The previous process required lots of forms and a sixty day waiting period. The state now offers and online application process for a small extra charge that will cut the waiting period down to 15 days instead of 60. This will not be a process that circumvents mandatory training for obtaining the license. Hopefully this process will be successful and implemented in other states.
We’ve covered Texas’ efforts for constitutional carry on this show, but another state that has this issue on the docket. South Dakota will attempt to pass a constitutional carry law. This would retain the legal right to open carry, but eliminate the need for a permit when someone wanted to carry a concealed weapon. Additionally, would also keep in place the current permitting system so that South Dakota residents could enjoy reciprocity agreements with other states.
There is an impressive story out of Georgia this week, as a rural Georgia woman fended off two intruders…after being shot at least three times. She is expected to survive. She did not hit either suspect, and local authorities have no suspects. It is a good thing that the woman was permitted to bear arms in her state, as her gun probably saved her life this week.