Pre-Existing Trends: The 2013 CT Gun Control Law

Connecticut is often held up as a model of gun-control by gun control advocates and in-state legislators alike. The state enacted some of the most stringent gun control laws after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Specific measures included expanding the list of banned firearms, limiting magazine capacity, requiring registration of certain rifles and magazines previously –acquired, and expanding background checks.

Mississippi: Attorney General Releases Draft Opinion on 2013 Legislative Changes to Mississippi’s Carry Statutes

As recently reported, the State Legislature passed and Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed into law several pro-Second Amendment bills this session, including House Bill 2 by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) and state Senator Giles Ward (R-Louisville).  This new law makes critical changes to the state’s gun carry laws.  A July 2012 opinion issued by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) determined that it was unlawful under existing statutes for anyone to a carry holstered, partially-visible pistol on their person. 

Woman captures burglar at gunpoint, WTVG, Toledo, Ohio May 16, 2013

Just before 5 a.m., Betty Collins received a phone call from her boyfriend, who was on his way to work, warning her of a suspicious person he had spotted outside her home. Having been the victim of vehicle burglaries on the last two mornings, Collins retrieved a .357 revolver and watched the outside of her home. The suspicious looking man eventually made his way up to Collins’ door and attempted to kick it in, to which Collins responded by shouting at the criminal, “Get off my porch. I have a gun. I will shoot you.” When the would-be intruder did not comply, Collins opened the door, aimed the revolver at the burglar and ordered, “put your face in the dirt and you’re gonna stay there.” The criminal obeyed and Collins held him at gunpoint until police could arrive.
Collins later spoke to the media regarding the incident, remarking, “That’s what the Second Amendment’s for.” 

Mississippi: NRA Members Score Major Victories During 2013 Legislative Session

The Mississippi Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 4, ending its 2013 legislative session.  Yet again, gun owners and sportsmen made significant gains thanks to the strong support of House Speaker Philip Gunn (R), Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R), key committee chairmen and pro-Second Amendment lawmakers in both state legislative chambers.