News about firearms causes more volatile conversations now than ever before in American history. Being able to stay abreast of recent firearms news is an integral part of being a well informed, responsible, armed citizen. At PSA we feel it our duty to keep our readers and followers updated about the legal happenings in our industry. We will try and provide you with updates from around the country as our readers span the globe. Although the following updates don’t end the list, these are some of the most interesting and useful updates that we have come across within the last week or so….
A ground breaking win for responsible armed citizens in North Carolina… Expansion on Sunday hunting regulations was achieved this week when N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB-559: Outdoor Heritage Enhanced. This law lifts more barriers to Sunday hunting by allowing the state Wildlife Resources Commission to create a process that could open more than 2 million acres of public land for Sunday hunting. This piece of legislation also removes prohibitions on hunting within 500 yards of a residence, allows the Wildlife Resources Commission to conduct a comprehensive study and formulate rules allowing migratory bird hunting on Sunday, removes the blanket prohibition of hunting within counties having a population greater than 700,000 people, and requires any county wishing to “opt-out” of Sunday hunting do so by a voter referendum. As we continue to protect our 2nd Amendment rights it’s always good to see our rights being expanded! Congrats NC!!!
***District of Columbia***
The courts issue a win for responsible armed citizens…. This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit nullified a District of Columbia ordinance that requires residents to provide “good reason” to be issued a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The panel of judges ruled 2-to-1 that the ordinance violated city residents’ Second Amendment rights. Chances are that this will not be the last that we have heard of this issue in D.C. as past rulings have been quite ambiguous. We will do our best to keep you updated on the rulings coming out of D.C.
***Washington (the state)****
State offered assistance for FFL’s…. For those of you that are current FFL holders in Washington State you have recently been given the means to comply with a new state statute requiring you to report to law enforcement all denied or initially denied but subsequently approved firearms transfers. If you are not familiar, the law went into effect July 23rd of this year.
If you’re in that state, here’s the link!!! http://www.wafirearmsreport.org/denied-firearms-transactions
The ATF wants you to know…. The ATF recently issued the 32nd Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances to assist Federal Firearms Licensees in complying with Federal and State firearms laws, specifically the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). The GCA prohibits FFLs from selling or delivering a firearm to a non-licensee whose receipt or possession of the firearms would violate State or local laws that apply at the place of sale or delivery. The ATF also issued this publication to help FFL’s understand lawful over-the-counter sales of rifles and shotguns to out-of-state residents, transactions that must meet legal requirements of both the FFL’s home state, and that of the purchaser’s state of residence.
Here’s the link to the publications!!! https://www.atf.gov/firearms/state-laws-and-published-ordinances-firearms-32nd-edition
*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
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