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HR 308 Threatens to ban any magazine over 10 rounds

This Act may be cited as the "Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act"

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Arizona Plan Would Ease Gun Laws in Wake of Tucson Shooting 

April Girouard | February 01, 2011

After January's Tucson shooting, members of Congress are calling for extra security measures ranging from assigning personal security details to encasing the House gallery in bulletproof glass. But a group of Arizona state lawmakers is proposing a bill that would make it easier for citizens to carry guns inside government buildings in the Grand Canyon State.   

The "Firearms Omnibus Bill," sponsored by Republican Sen. Ron Gould of Havasu City, would loosen a range of laws regulating firearms in a state already considered to be one of the most gun-friendly in the nation. Arizona's reputation was cemented last year after Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a measure allowing Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without a special permit - a leniency that has drawn fire from gun control activists.   

If passed, the Firearms Omnibus Bill, or Senate Bill 1201, would change the wording in Arizona's concealed carry law to make allowances for people who, for example, forget that they are carrying a weapon and accidentally tell an officer they aren't armed.        

The measure would also slacken regulations on packing heat inside many municipal facilities, courtrooms, city buses, and community colleges. Under current law, visitors to any government building must submit their weapons into custody if asked by a law enforcement official. And any public building can ban firearms if appropriate signage is posted and security lockers are provided for gun owners.

"This has had the perverse effect of disarming the law-abiding while allowing those with no respect for the law to remain armed at will," Arizona Citizens Defense League, the gun rights group behind the new bill, said in a January 24 statement.

A provision in the proposed legislation dictates that guns only can be banned from facilities that, in addition to posting the appropriate "No Firearms Allowed" sign and providing firearm lockers, also have a metal detector and armed security personnel.

Brian Malte, a spokesperson for the national Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, says the bill is just the latest volley in an ongoing effort by the firearm lobby to attack Arizona gun control regulations. "Quite frankly, they're not going to stop until there's a loaded gun virtually anywhere, for virtually anyone," he says.

He adds, "It's also outrageous after what happened in Tucson, the pro-gun people are pushing this kind of agenda, where they think more guns are going to make people safer."

But a representative of an Arizona law enforcement association spoke positively about the bill. Levi Bolton, a consultant with the 2,300-member Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, says that meetings about the nuts and bolts of the bill are ongoing, but that it generally supports measures like 1201.

"Law enforcement is taking a look at some of the issues to make sure we have not created any scenarios that could inadvertently put the public at risk," he says, adding, "Our men and women have had a longstanding history of open carry, and police officers have come to respect that. It goes on for decades."

And gun owners would be given an additional assurance under the legislation - government officials might be able to swipe their constituents' guns, but Arizonans can seize their public officials' cars.

If weapon-wielding citizens feel that the slackened restrictions still "adversely" affect them, they can sue. If they win and the government does not provide restitution within 72 hours, the bill permits the complainant to seize official vehicles used by "any elected officeholder in the appropriate political subdivision."

A committee hearing for the bill has not yet been scheduled.

Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2011 – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that next week she will introduce the Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011, which would require all states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons in public to have minimum standards for granting permits.

Senator Boxer said, "The tragic events in Tucson earlier this month are a reminder of why we need common-sense gun laws. This measure will establish reasonable permitting standards for Americans who wish to carry concealed firearms. According to a recent poll, more than 60 percent of respondents believe there should be a reasonable permitting process for those who wish to carry concealed firearms."

Senator Boxer's legislation would require all states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons to establish permitting processes that would include meaningful consultation with local law enforcement authorities to determine whether the permit applicant is worthy of the public trust and has shown good cause to carry a concealed firearm.

Currently, two states do not permit residents to carry concealed firearms, while three states, including Arizona, allow residents to carry concealed firearms in public without a permit. The other 45 states require residents to obtain permits to carry concealed firearms, but the majority of these states would not meet the standard set in this bill.

Senator Boxer plans to introduce the legislation when the Senate reconvenes next week.

By: Sen. Barbara Boxer's office


Arizona shootings prompt N.C. Reps. Shuler, Ellmers to carry guns


Two members of the N.C. congressional delegation plan to carry concealed weapons more often in their home districts, while a third is considering getting a permit to do so.

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, a Waynesville Democrat, told reporters right after the shooting that he would start carrying his weapon more often in the 11th District, which covers the far western mountain counties. He obtained his current permit in early 2009, according to Haywood County records.

Shuler was among a handful of House members who said publicly that they will be armed back home. But others will be, too.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a freshman Republican from Dunn, has had a concealed carry permit since February 2010, according to Harnett County records.

"I have one. And I'll be carrying," she said recently when asked.

A Charlotte Observer review of N.C. county records for the entire delegation shows that Shuler and Ellmers are the only two members with permits. U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, doesn't have a permit now, but said she had been thinking even before the shooting in Tucson of obtaining one.

"I've been thinking of it for some time and haven't gotten around to it," Myrick said. She said she used to own a handgun but sold it, and didn't know when she might find the time to take a firearms course and get a concealed carry permit.

"I'm a pretty good shot," she said. "Most women are."

The attacks Jan. 8 in Tucson killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl, and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The shooting left U.S. Capitol police and lawmakers considering how best to protect House members while keeping them accessible to constituents. Giffords was visiting constituents outside a grocery store when she was shot. Capitol Hill has a massive security apparatus, but House members routinely spend weekends back home with little or no security.

Many members of North Carolina's delegation either hunt or support gun rights. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, has trophies on his Senate wall. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, does target practice. Her husband and kids are hunters.

Myrick grew up hunting with her dad in Ohio, where, she said, the family ate what they killed.

"We used to eat all those things I don't like," she said. "Squirrel, rabbit, deer."

Right after the shooting in Tucson, some lawmakers outside North Carolina considered how to handle the issue of guns near members of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, suggested a bill that would prohibit guns within 1,000 feet of a federal official.

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert went another route, saying he would draft legislation allowing congressional members to carry concealed weapons in the U.S. Capitol and the rest of the District of Columbia, which bans concealed weapons for self defense.

Some House members from North Carolina say they want no part of carrying a gun.

"I support the right to carry a gun legally, but I don't have that experience," said U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, a Charlotte Democrat. "I don't want to accidently shoot myself in the leg."

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Wyo. Senate Approves Concealed Carry Bill

POSTED: 9:19 am MST January 21, 2011

Wyoming residents would be able to carry concealed guns without a state permit under a bill that received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

The Wyoming Senate voted 21-to-8 on Thursday in favor of the bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Kit Jennings of Casper. He says the state and federal constitutions guarantee citizens' gun rights.

Democratic Sen. Chris Rothfuss of Laramie voted against the bill. He says he's concerned that incompetent people carrying guns will pose a danger to the public.

Wyoming would retain its current concealed-carry permit system if the bill passes so people could continue to carry concealed guns in other states that have reciprocal agreements.

The Senate must vote on the measure two more times before it heads to the House for debate.


Group Pushes For Concealed Carry On Ark. Campuses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group formed to promote gun rights is asking the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to allow concealed-carry license holders to bring their guns onto college and university campuses.

Arkansas Carry sent a letter Monday to agency director Jim Purcell, arguing schools in the state are improperly banning students from legally carrying their guns on campus. State law now bans concealed weapons from buildings and events on college campuses.

Arkansas Carry argued that licensed students who carry their guns in campus parking lots, but not into buildings, risk expulsion. The group said a 2003 attorney general's opinion allows the weapons on campus. But Purcell said that same opinion notes that colleges and universities can legally ban all concealed weapons from campus if signs are posted. 


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