Gun-rights advocates plan to challenge a Peoria ordinance that requires gun buyers to supply a thumbprint.
The Illinois State Rifle Association recently surveyed its Peoria members to find out how many have had to submit a thumbprint when purchasing a firearm in the city. ISRA said the survey was a first step toward getting the requirement repealed.
ST. LOUIS • Missouri voters strongly embraced on Tuesday strengthened rights on guns and electronic privacy, and narrowly gave a nod to the state’s farmers. But veterans struck out.
While the state’s failed sales tax increase for transportation was the big story of Tuesday’s election, voters also considered four other referenda to amend the state constitution on a range of issues.
With most of the state’s precincts reporting late Tuesday, it was clear that Amendment 9, to bolster electronic privacy rights of Missourians, had won by an overwhelming vote of about 3 to 1 in favor. And Amendment 5, reiterating the U.S. Constitution’s right to bear arms, won by almost 2 to 1.
State Rep. Bryan Cutler remembers the special plans he had to make to go hunting after work when he was an x-ray technician in Lancaster.
A Superior Court judge denied a motion Tuesday to drop charges against a Philadelphia woman who has a Pennsylvania gun permit and was found with a weapon in her car during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway last fall.
A New Jersey police officer was caught on camera telling a resident that police don’t have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn’t, either.
Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of the Borough of Helmetta Police Department, is now the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the video was posted online and was seen by Police Director Robert Manney, who called the comments an “embarrassment.”
A young Philadelphia mother, hit with gun charges in New Jersey after being caught during a traffic stop with the firearm she carries legally in her home state, is hoping for leniency from the judge in the case, she tells FoxNews.com.
On July 14, Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-2nd) put forth H.R. 5093—the Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act—to keep firearm-branded shirts, hats, and “stuffed animals” from being marketed to children.
The amendment would prevent the use of city funds to enforce virtually all local gun laws, meaning police and city officials could enforce only federal firearms laws. The city’s gun-control laws are among the tightest in the nation, restricting the open or concealed carrying of guns outside the home, banning assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines, and requiring gun owners to register their weapons with D.C. police.
Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would “continue to make the case” that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution.
But Chicago’s problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much lower in Chicago. In 2010, right before Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the rate for Chicago was 39 percent. But by Emanuel’s second year in office, it had plunged to an official rate of 26 percent. (In reality it is even lower, because Chicago has tried to hide how bad things are by increasingly misclassifying murders as non-murders.)
Earlier this year, a 27-year-old medical professional named Shaneen Allen drove peacefully out of her home state of Pennsylvania and into neighboring New Jersey. Today, she faces the prospect of three years in prison.
On July 16 a “good Samaritan” with a concealed carry permit intervened to stop a knife-wielding thief at an Orlando bus stop.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, witnesses say Thomas Thorpe “attacked Donald Sacco and attempted to steal his bag as the man screamed, ‘I don’t have any money, leave me alone.’” They said Sacco tried to use his cane to ward Thorpe off as he stabbed “several times” at Sacco.
Thorpe’s robbery attempts were foiled when a passerby with a concealed carry permit pulled over, got out of his car, and held Thorpe at gunpoint until police arrived.
The Massachusetts Senate released its own version of a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws on Monday, including many elements of a bill approved by the House last week.
Perhaps Illinois’ latest sunshine flap, in which citizens are being denied concealed carry permits and FOID cards without explanation, will enlighten more people about the far-reaching perils of government secrecy.