Category Archives: State Laws

Governor Corbett Signs Self Defense Bill Into Law

Moments ago, in a private ceremony in his office, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 40 into law, significantly expanding the self-defense rights of the law-abiding citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As this column recently reported, despite media characterization … Continue reading

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Open Carry Coming to Virginia State Forests July 7th

In addition to the new gun laws which take effect in Virginia on July 1st, there is an important administrative code change that will take effect on July 7th.  The change, published in Volume 27 Issue 20 of the Virginia … Continue reading

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New Virginia Gun Laws Take Effect July 1st, 2011

UPDATE:  The 2012 update is available! While this has been a landmark year for gun rights across the country with Wisconsin passing a carry bill and Wyoming moving to constitutional carry, Virginia continues to lead the way by passing pro-gun … Continue reading

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California’s Proposed Open Carry Ban Heads to Senate Floor

The purported goal of AB144, introduced by Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino (D-Pasadena), is to outlaw unloaded open carry across the state.  The bill was introduced in response to an increasing number of Californians who have been openly carrying unloaded handguns … Continue reading

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Maine Governor Signs Multiple Gun Bills

Maine Governor Paul LePage has signed three separate bills which expand gun rights in Maine. The first of these is LD 35, introduced by Representative Richard Cebra (R-Naples), which states that an employer cannot prohibit an employee who has a valid … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Carry Bill Heads to Governor Walker

The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a carry bill by a vote of 68 to 27.  The vote, which crossed party lines, sends the bill to Governor Walker who has stated that he supports the bill. Once Governor Walker signs the … Continue reading

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Virginia Ranked 9th Freest State in The Nation

The Mercatus Center public policy research center at George Mason University has released a study entitled “Freedom in The 50 States” and Virginia has placed in the top 10 free states. According to the study, Virginia is not only the 9th … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Senate Passes Carry Bill

The Wisconsin Senate has passed Senator Pam Galloway’s (R – Wausau) Carry Bill SB93 despite a flurry of last minute amendments offered by Senate Democrats.  Among other things, the amendments would have significantly weakened the resulting bill by greatly increasing the … Continue reading

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When is it good to fail?

ANSWER:  When it is the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.) who is grading you! The Brady Campaign has just released their 2008 state scorecards and I am proud to say that Minnesota has failed miserably!  Scoring a mere 11 … Continue reading

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