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Stephen Gutowski

Analysis: Bad Signs for “Assault Weapons” Ban Advocates [Member Exclusive]

Activists who want to ban “assault weapons,” including the popular AR-15, faced multiple setbacks this week. Legal and political events cast doubt on the future of those bans in the United States. The most obvious development was a federal judge ruling California’s ban unconstitutional. The ruling was the first time a district court judge struck down a state-wide ban. The ruling has been stayed, so nothing changes for the average Californian just yet. The Ninth Circuit may well reverse the lower court’s decision (or they may not, as I discussed last week) but, if they do, the timing will be

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Stephen Gutowski

Members’ Newsletter: The Coming Showdown Over Biden’s Pistol Brace Ban and the Bad Signs for ‘Assault Weapons’ Bans

This week set up several significant battles. The first, and the one unlikely to last very long, is the battle over gun-carry licenses in Philadelphia. The city is violating a state law restricting how long it can take to issue permits. And they’re doing it for the second time in a year. Philly caved the first time it was sued over the delays, and it’s hard to see them defeating this new suit. Philly being Philly, it will probably find some other illegal roadblocks to throw in front of its residents who want to carry at some point after this

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Philadelphia Police stand guard outside city hall the night the Eagles won the Super Bowl
Gun Law
Stephen Gutowski

Philadelphia Sued Again for Withholding Gun-Carry Licenses

A gun-rights group filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s largest city in state court on Monday for refusing to issue the licenses to residents. Gun Owners of America (GOA) claims the city is withholding the licenses in violation of state law. And it’s not the first time.

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Newsletters
Stephen Gutowski

Newsletter: Biden Gun Proposal Would Turn Millions Into Felons, and California ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Declared Unconstitutional

There have been two huge developments that will affect gun owners nationwide since last week’s newsletter. The first was a federal judge ruling California’s “assault weapons” ban unconstitutional–the first time a district judge has done that with a statewide ban. The second was the ATF releasing the proposal to ban most stabilizing pistol braces President Joe Biden requested several months ago.

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Pro-gun demonstrators
Gun Politics
Stephen Gutowski

Virginia Gun-Control Champion Loses Dual Election Bids

Democrat Mark Levine lost, by a sizable margin, both the primary race for Lieutenant Governor and his own delegate seat. He will now be out of the Virginia government altogether despite spearheading the successful 2020 effort to expand background checks to private gun sales and institute Red Flag laws. Levine also managed to convince Democrats to pass his “assault weapons” ban through the House of Delegates that same year.

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An AR-15 equipped with a stabilizing pistol brace
Gun Law
Stephen Gutowski

Biden Admin’s Proposed Gun Rule Would Turn Millions Into Felons

A new rule proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) at the request of President Joe Biden would make most firearms with stabilizing pistol braces illegal. Owners would have to register, turn in, or disassemble the guns in order to avoid federal felony charges. One government estimate found as many as 40 million guns could be affected.

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AR-15s on display at a gun store in Virginia
Gun Law
Stephen Gutowski

California Assault Weapons Ban Struck Down

The court found the state’s ban on the sale of AR-15s and other popular rifles violated the Second Amendment. Judge Roger Benitez ruled the guns targeted by California are in common use. He said the state ran afoul of the constitution in restricting access to them.

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