PA Bill Number: SB546
Title: In general principles of justification, further providing for use of force in self-protection.
Description: In general principles of justification, further providing for use of force in self-protection. ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Apr 9, 2021
US Supreme Court: Gun Licensing Fees Are Unconstitutional :: 04/15/2021
While I am not an attorney and cannot give formal legal advice, a 1943 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Murdock v. Pennsylvania, may give Second Amendment–supporters an overwhelming legal weapon with which to destroy every single firearm ownership (although not necessarily concealed carry) licensing scheme in the country. This includes those that require licenses to own or purchase firearms.
Anti-2A Politicians Defeated In Florida Lawsuit :: 04/12/2021
Preemption laws all over the country not only make sense but protect the law abiding and responsible gun owner. For example, in a state with firearm preemption laws, no local jurisdiction may write a law that is contrary to that of the particular state’s law. In a weird alternative universe, New Jersey actually has something right, they have a preemption law. In states that do not have a preemption law, gun owners have to navigate through a patchwork of different ordinances, making it virtually impossible to know if they are breaking the law as they travel through any given state.
22 states fight California gun restrictions, urge Ninth Circuit to rule against large-capacity magazine ban :: 04/02/2021
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer predicts Democrats will bypass bipartisanship to push through gun control legislation after deadly shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado.
Fourth Circuit Wrongly Upholds Terrorist Screening Database Program :: 03/31/2021
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Elhady v. Kable, which reversed the District Court’s opinion and held that the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) “conforms to long-settled propositions of law” and therefore does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. Last year, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a brief in this case detailing the numerous rights violations inherent in the TSDB and how it threatens the right to keep and bear arms.
With Briefing Concluded, FPC Second Amendment Lawsuit Now Awaits Supreme Court Action :: 03/30/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2021) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that certiorari-stage briefing has concluded with the U.S. Supreme Court in FPC’s Folajtar v. Attorney General Garland case, a Second Amendment lawsuit about the scope of the right to keep and bear arms that has drawn much media coverage in major outlets including Forbes, Reason, Fox News, National Review, and Chicago Sun-Times.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Denies New Jersey Cert in Defense Distributed v. Grewal :: 03/29/2021
The Supreme Court has denied the cert petition of the New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in Defense Distributed v. Grewal. In that case, Defense Distributed had sued Grewal for his efforts to restrain (and threats to prosecute) Defense Distributed’s distribution of various 3D print files for firearms and accessories.
En Banc Ninth Circuit Court Rules Gun Owner Have No Right To Carry :: 03/29/2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF –-(Ammoland.com)- The Ninth Circuit ruled in Young v. The State of Hawaii that ruled that an individual does not have a right to bear arms outside the home.
Supreme Court Has Opportunity To Take 2A Cases On Monday :: 03/28/2021
At its weekly conference on Friday, the Supreme Court had three cases that deal with aspects of the right to keep and bear arms to consider. The question is, will the Court accept any of them, or will they once again hold off on hearing a challenge to a gun control provision?
Sixth Circuit Court Rules Bump Stocks Are Not Machine Guns :: 03/25/2021
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Matt Watkins, Tim Harmsen of the Military Arms Channel, and GOA’s Texas Director, Rachel Malone, defeated the bump stock ban in the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals.
Biden admin calls on SCOTUS to let police enter homes, confiscate guns without a warrant :: 03/24/2021
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case about whether law enforcement officers can enter people’s home and confiscate guns without a warrant, Forbes reported.
Ninth Circuit Rules 2A Doesn't Protect Right To Bear Arms :: 03/24/2021
On Wednesday afternoon, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision that’s sure to get the attention of the Supreme Court, declaring that the state of Hawaii’s requirement that residents hoping to openly carry a firearm first prove to the state that they have an “urgency of need,” are of “good moral character,” and are “engaged in the protection of life and property.”
Judge: City can't be stricter on guns than state or feds :: 03/17/2021
A Colorado judge has ruled against the City of Boulder's anti-gun ordinance, bringing praise from Second Amendment advocates and criticism from gun-control activists.
Fourth Circuit Weighs Legal Arguments Over Roadside Detention of Gun Owner :: 03/12/2021
RICHMOND, Va. (CN) — The Fourth Circuit heard arguments on Wednesday over whether officers had reasonable suspicion to briefly detain a man for openly carrying an AR-15 rifle in West Virginia.
FPC Statement on House Passage of Gun Control Bills :: 03/12/2021
WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2021) — Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to pass HR 8 and HR 1446, two reprehensible, FPC-opposed bills designed to suppress human liberty and criminalize non-violent conduct. The members who supported these bills—who are made of the same despicable fabric as the tyrants that led to our nation’s great revolt—voted against the People, our Constitution, and the very freedoms that made the United States a beacon of liberty. The contemptible, ideologically degenerate politicians who voted to pass HR 8 and HR 1446 have further abused their delegated authority to greatly expand the powers of an already too-large federal government and incarcerate more and more Americans. They do not deserve to hold office, and the People should ensure that they never do again.
Gun Rights Advocate Wants Lawmakers Arrested For Perjury :: 03/12/2021
Perjury is the act of lying under oath. It’s considered a crime, though it’s rarely enforced as such. It’s very difficult to know for a fact whether someone intentionally lied or there was some kind of mistake. Yes, we generally know they lied, but proving it in court can be a very different matter.
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Vacates Duncan v. Becerra High Capacity Magazine Ruling, Will Rehear the Case :: 02/26/2021
Last summer a three-judge panel of the ninth circuit ruled, in a 2-1 decision, that California’s “high capacity” magazine ban was unconstitutional. As expected, California’s Attorney General immediately appealed the ruling in the case, Duncan v. Becerra, because as the AG said that the time . . .
Appeals Court Strikes Down Gun Storage Law :: 02/23/2021
The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that a local gun storage law passed in the city of Edmonds, Washington back in 2018 violates the state’s firearm preemption statute, delivering a huge win to gun owners and Second Amendment organizations that had challenged the local law in court.
Supreme Court rejects Misch appeal in firearms case :: 02/20/2021
BENNINGTON — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected Max Misch’s appeal on constitutional grounds regarding firearms-related charges he faces in Bennington.
FPC Files Proposed Findings of Fact and Law in Lawsuit Challenging California’s “Assault Weapons” Ban :: 02/18/2021
SAN DIEGO, CA (February 18, 2021) — This week, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed its post-trial Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Miller v. Becerra, its federal Second Amendment challenge to the State of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The filing can be viewed atFPCLegal.org.
Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL :: 02/18/2021
Late last week, the Maryland General Assembly (MD GA) voted to override Governor Hogan’s Veto of SB 208. As a result, SB 208 will become law and go into effect on March 13, 2021. As any of our Maryland readers are surely aware, the Maryland General Assembly is no friend to the Second Amendment. Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4were introduced in January 2020 early in the legislative session. By mid-March, they had each passed their respective legislative bodies and were on the way to Governor Hogan, who issued a veto in May 2020. Then, last week on February 12, 2021, the MD GA voted to override the veto.
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