Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Illinois Ban on Carrying Handguns

Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Illinois Ban on Carrying Handguns – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois’ total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this...

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban – A Long Island congressman is urging the renewal of a federal ban on plastic guns that are just as deadly but don’t set off metal detectors.  Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) cited the new possibility of building plastic guns at home using 3-D printers, potentially putting the public at risk. Although printing all of the parts to make a gun at home isn’t currently feasible, he said the technology is advancing to the point that homemade plastic guns could soon become a...

Mayor Bloomberg Applauds Bob Costas For Sounding Off On Gun Control

Mayor Bloomberg Applauds Bob Costas For Sounding Off On Gun Control – While he received much criticism for his comments on gun control Sunday night, broadcaster Bob Costas got words of support Tuesday from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Costas’ halftime segment on “Sunday Night Football,” brought on by Saturday’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, immediately became the topic of contention and...

Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC

Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC – Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a good relationship with Sen. Jeff Klein, who announced with Senate Republicans today a power-sharing agreement in the state Senate.  That good relationship was evident in a statement released by Espaillat this afternoon in response to the news that didn’t include anything by way of criticism, but hope that progressive goals might get done this coming legislative...

Town looking at gun policy

Town looking at gun policy – The Clermont Town Board is considering whether to revise its recently adopted Workplace Violence Policy to allow town employees to carry guns on town property. At Monday’s Town Board meeting, Councilman Ed Kahle read a three-page argument for the Constitutional right to bear firearms, a town resident spoke at length on guns as guarantors of safety and another resident offered a brief opposing...
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