Virginia to end concealed carry reciprocity with other states

By Jenna Portnoy December 22 at 7:11 PM
RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.

Herring (D) said 25 states have lax laws compared with Virginia, where a history of stalking, drug dealing or inpatient mental health treatment can disqualify someone from carrying a concealed handgun. The move is in step with actions governors and attorneys general are taking to address gun violence without going through Republican-controlled legislatures.

“While you are here, you are subject to the commonwealth’s gun laws,” Herring said during a news conference.

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State lawmakers continue to spar over Texas’ campus carry law

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Published: December 17, 2015 4:26 pm

AUSTIN – As public universities in Texas have started to detail their preliminary plans for campus carry, state lawmakers continue to argue over the particulars of the contentious firearms legislation that was passed this year.

The latest gambit comes from Sen. Kirk Watson, an Austin Democrat who’s opposed the measure.

Watson on Thursday asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to withhold issuing an opinion on the law until after schools actually implement their campus carry policies. That request came after Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, had asked Paxton to weigh in on the law’s finer points.

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WVa may weigh measure to allow concealed guns without permit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dec 17, 2015, 11:49 AM ET

Lawmakers in West Virginia are gearing up for another attempt at making it legal to carry concealed weapons in the state without a permit, and their chances of success are high.

The Republican-led Legislature overwhelmingly passed a measure earlier this year to allow people to carry out-of-sight guns without a permit. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed it, citing safety concerns and an outcry from law enforcement. The Legislature ran out of time and wasn’t able to hold a vote attempt at overriding the veto.

Sen. Bill Cole, the president of West Virginia’s Senate, said legislators are working on a new version of the legislation for to appease law enforcement’s concerns, and some possibilities have emerged: increasing penalties for gun-related crimes, requiring 18- to 21-year-olds to undergo the gun training currently required for concealed carry permits, and limiting the new law to West Virginia residents.

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States explore blocking gun sales to terror watch lists


Associated Press Dec. 17, 2015, at 8:41 a.m. + More

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress may have declined to ban the sale of guns to people on federal terrorism watch lists, but one state — New Jersey — has, at least theoretically, been stopping such purchases since 2013.

It isn’t clear whether New Jersey’s ban has actually stopped a would-be extremist from buying a firearm. But the system could potentially serve as a model for a handful of other states, including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and California, where lawmakers have been exploring ways to restrict sales without an act of Congress.

Under a law signed by Gov. Chris Christie, people buying guns or applying for a firearm permit in New Jersey can be blocked as part of the routine criminal history check, conducted through the National Crime Information Center.

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No decision made on gun sales in West Poplar

LAST UPDATED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:08 AM
POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:53 PM

In the three years since Yuri Zalzman purchased an old shooting range in the reviving North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Poplar, he has hosted gun enthusiasts, sold ammunition to customers, and rented guns to practicing marksmen. Now, he thinks he should be allowed to sell firearms, too.

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board is not so sure.

After nearly three hours of oral arguments Wednesday, the board asked attorneys to submit briefs outlining their positions.

That means that West Poplar residents and antiviolence groups – about 50 people attended Wednesday’s hearing – will have to wait at least another month to learn whether Zalzman can open a gun shop in his North Percy Street building.Read more

Malloy’s Newtown panel to tackle mental health

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s advisory panel that’s reviewing the Newtown school shooting is turning its focus to mental health.

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is scheduled to hear Friday from experts on issues related to mental health care, public awareness and discrimination. [Read more…]