Professor Meg Mott with Vermont Humanities Council will give her presentation “Do We Still Need an Armed Citizenry?” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Springfield Town Hall (3rd floor). The event is being sponsored by the town of Springfield.
Three years ago Vermont raised the age for purchasing any firearm from 18 to 21. But on July 13, a three judge panel ruled that a federal law barring the sale of handguns to persons under 21 was unconstitutional, calling into question Vermont’s 2018 action.
Gov. Cuomo signed into law a bill to hold gun manufacturers and sellers liable for otherwise lawful conduct that nonetheless is deemed to create a “public nuisance.” The new law opens up the floodgates to frivolous lawsuits designed to kneecap a lawful industry and, with it, lawful gun ownership.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that federal laws banning firearms dealers from selling handguns to customers under the age of 21 were unconstitutional.
There are 1,930 counties “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” representing 61% of 3,141 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has tabled a bill that sought to exclude the state from tougher gun control laws enacted by the Biden administration.
Firearm preemption laws across the country currently face legislative and judicial challenges as local governments seek to regulate guns, a trend which threatens Second Amendment rights, a National Rifle Association spokesman said.
“I’m not going to get ahead of his comments or remarks later this week, but it is an area where the president feels a great deal of the crime we’re seeing as a result of gun violence,” Psaki said.
The DOJ announced its proposed guidance for states seeking to craft their own red flag statutes, publishing model legislation to use as a framework. The extreme risk protection orders authorize courts to remove firearms from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others.
A federal judge has ruled that a 1989-era California ban on so-called “assault weapons” violates the Second Amendment. “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, a George W. Bush nominee, wrote in his 94-page ruling.
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for a Rhode Island man after police responding to a domestic disturbance took guns from his home without a warrant — a violation of the man’s Fourth Amendment rights, the justices ruled.
This year’s legislative session saw two gun-control bills pass their respective chambers, but neither bill advanced beyond that, and both are expected to advance further next year.