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Sep 13, 2023

Gun-rights advocates challenge Grisham’s order

ALBUQUERQUE — Customers filed in and out of Mark Abramson’s gun shop on the outskirts of Albuquerque as outrage grew over the governor’s order to suspend the right to carry firearms to address what she said is an epidemic of gun violence. Abramson agreed that a debate is long overdue on how to tackle irresponsible, […]

Sep 11, 2023

Legal fight expected over Grisham’s gun order

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public in and around Albuquerque will spur a legal fight but might also raise public awareness about gun violence, legal scholars and advocates said. “It’s going to be challenged. But she’s trying to move the debate,” Jessica Levinson, a law […]

Aug 8, 2023

Illinois proposal would limit advertising for some gun types

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois will soon outlaw advertising for firearms that officials determine produces a public safety threat or appeals to children, militants or others who might later use the weapons illegally, as the state continues its quest to curb mass shootings. Gun-rights advocates say the plan, which Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pledged to […]

Jan 17, 2019

Man carrying gun, baton and handcuffs arrested on SC street

Authorities say a man in South Carolina openly carrying a gun in a holster on his waist along with a police baton and handcuffs told a deputy he had the items in case he needed to make a citizen’s arrest. Colleton County Sheriff R.A. Strickland said a deputy told Raymond Allen he was breaking the […]

Aug 27, 2018

Judge blocks online plans for printing untraceable 3D guns

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk. The states sued to stop an […]

Apr 11, 2018

Top prosecutor: No gun-related charges for SC congressman

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina’s top prosecutor isn’t bringing charges against a congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun during a constituent meeting to make a point about gun safety. Attorney General Alan Wilson said April 10 that the action taken by U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman “is not a prosecutable offense.” State Democratic Party Chairman […]

Jun 14, 2017

Criminal Practice – Sentence Enhancement OK’d for ‘Hunting’ Guns

U.S. v. Bolton (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-128-17, 19 pp.) (Thacker, J.) No. 16-4077, June 7, 2017; USDC at Greensboro, N.C. (Osteen, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A district court did not err in enhancing defendant’s sentence on marijuana and cocaine distribution convictions for firearm possession, even though the firearms were discovered after defendant pled guilty to […]

Jun 20, 2016

Hearing set on gun maker’s bid to dismiss Newtown lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the maker of the semi-automatic rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre— a weapon similar to the one used this month in the shooting at a Florida nightclub. The […]

Jun 20, 2016

Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in […]

May 12, 2016

Criminal Practice – Jury Instructions – Malice – Gun Use – Permissive Inference

Gibson v. State (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-041-16, 6 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Richland County (Diane Schafer Goodstein, Post-Conviction Relief Judge) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Petitioner admitted to firing his gun into the air during a melee in which one person was killed. Petitioner was prejudiced when his trial counsel failed to object to the […]

May 11, 2016

Funds out, guns out

Folks should not have to sell their firearms to satisfy their debts, a South Carolina representative says. During a time in which the gun debate rages on and firearm enthusiasts fear that the government is coming for their guns, a House bill currently sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee looks to protect gun owners in […]

Feb 29, 2016

Bill to allow trained school workers to carry guns set aside

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have set aside for now a proposal to allow school employees to carry guns on campus following two weeks of training after education officials and police representatives told them it would be too dangerous. Angry after what he said was more than an hour of misleading testimony against […]

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