Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago

Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago – Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily “committed to a mental institution” — however long ago — are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. And while it provided, in 2007, that people could get their rights restored by applying to a state that has a qualifying program for evaluating applicants’ mental fitness, many states have no such program. This case was brought by a resident of one such state that lacks a relief-from-disabilities program,...

Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus)

Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus) – Issue: Whether a felony conviction, which makes it unlawful for the defendant to possess a firearm, prevents a court from ordering that the government (1) transfer non-contraband firearms to an unrelated third party to whom the defendant has sold all his property interests; or (2) sell the firearms for the benefit of the...

How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media

How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media – The general news media met the recent release of 42,000 pages of government documents, withheld for more than two years under President Obama’s one and only invocation of executive privilege, with a predictable-yet-inexcusable yawn. The documents relate to the Justice Department case “Fast and Furious” in which federal agents secretly facilitated delivery of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. The story was so significant that independent judges awarded it top investigative reporting honors two years straight. Yet many in the popular news media had declared it a political scandal of little...

Pew poll: Support for gun rights exceeds gun control

Pew poll: Support for gun rights exceeds gun control – For the first time in over 20 years, Americans support gun rights more than gun control. In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control. Backing for gun rights has been on the rise since January 2013, when it had 45 percent supporting protections. During that time period, support for gun control also fell from 51 percent to its current...

Part of Cuomo’s assault weapons ban questioned by judge

Part of Cuomo’s assault weapons ban questioned by judge – Pro-gun lawyers and a federal appeals court judge questioned one aspect of Gov. Cuomo’s assault weapons ban Tuesday, saying its mandate that gun owners load only seven bullets into magazines with a 10-bullet capacity seems unenforceable. “If you can still buy a 10-round magazine, criminals will still load the 10 rounds,” U.S. Circuit Judge José Cabranes said during oral arguments. But the three-judge panel did not dispute the logic of the overall ban. The case is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme...

African-American gun club upset their poster was taken down in City Hall

African-American gun club upset their poster was taken down in City Hall – As Pearl Harbor approaches, there’s a display in the lobby of City Hall telling the story of World War II heroes. There’s information on Native Americans who fought in the war, as well as Hispanics. And there’s also information on Dorie Miller, an African-American who received the Navy Cross award for his bravery in Pearl Harbor. There was a second Dorie Miller poster as part of the display also, but unbeknownst to the group sponsoring it, that second poster was taken down earlier in the week. That poster was created for the display by the Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol...
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