Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from July 6 to July 11, 2015. Starting this week, the Shooter’s Log will present a weekly wrap up of all the latest high-powered headlines, news stories recent product announcements, industry press releases and the most important and popular stories related to our Second Amendment rights.
Not every news story makes it on the Shooter’s Log—we simply just don’t have enough time. However, there are many stories we do not report on that need our attention. That is why we have gathered what is trending on Facebook, Twitter and the most-trusted sources from the around the web to bring you the low-down of all the hottest news that happened this week.
New Hampshire Gov. Caves to Moms Demand Action
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan caved to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pressure when she vetoed Senate Bill 116, a Constitutional Carry bill, on Monday. The bill eliminating the need to issue permits for concealed carry passed the Senate by a margin in February and later the House by a vote of 212-150. Gov. Hassan stated, “New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century—safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation.” Since the bill barely passed, it is unlikely the House and Senate will be able to override the veto.
Major Victory for Maine Gun Owners
After adding an amendment to Legislative Document 652 last month to satisfy Maine Governor Paul LePage, the Constitutional Carry bill was finally signed on Wednesday. LD 652 had bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and eliminates mandatory licensing to carry a concealed handgun in Maine for anyone over 21 who is not banned from owning a firearm, as well as any member of the military 18 years or older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or license. Republican Representative Matthew Pouliot said, “It’s a law that you can carry a gun now, openly. Why should covering that with a jacket make you a criminal?” Constitutional Carry in Maine will began 90 days after the House and Senate adjourn.
Priest Sues Cook County Villages—Claims Gun Stores Violate Civil Rights
In a press conference on Tuesday, Catholic priest Michael Pfleger announced a lawsuit against three Cook County, Illinois villages—Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale—for violating the civil rights of its citizens because those three suburbs allow gun stores to operate in its communities, allegedly making the community unsafe. During the announcement, Rev. Pfleger said, “Families and our children have a right to safety. They have a right to live. They have a right to walk to school, to play outside, to sit on their porch and not be afraid of being shot or killed.” You can read the entire lawsuit here.
Whataburger Official: “Open Carry is Prohibited”
In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing Texans who have a concealed carry license to open carry if they choose beginning January 1, 2016. Most businesses have remained mum over the issue as Texas sorts out the signage businesses will have the option to hang if they ban open carry. But that hasn’t stopped a few Texas establishments from taking a stand. This week, Whataburger reiterated its ban on open carry. Preston Atkinson, Whataburger president said, “”Whataburger supports customers’ Second Amendment rights and we respect your group’s position, but we haven’t allowed the open carry of firearms in our restaurants for a long time.” Waffle House and Chuck-E-Cheese are also banning open carry in its restaurants.
Submittal of Records of “Mentally Incompetent” Now Required in Oklahoma
Federal law states that those deemed “mentally incompetent” are not allowed to own a firearm. However, it is not mandated for the states to submit those records to the FBI. A new law in Oklahoma, instituted on Wednesday, now requires the state to submit its records of people found “mentally incompetent” and those who have been involuntarily committed to the FBI so those records can be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The author of the new law, Senator Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City) said, “If you allow people who are adjudicated mentally incompetent to buy a firearm, it undermines the liberty for the rest of Oklahomans.” The law includes a provision that those who are on the “mentally incompetent” and involuntarily committed list can petition to have their gun rights reinstated by changing the status of their mental health records.
Has Colt Defense LLC. Found a Buyer? Morongo Band of Mission Indians Express Interest
It has been big news that Colt Defense, LLC starting filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in June. However, a band of Mission Indians from California just might save the company. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that an attorney for the Native American tribe, Drew Ryce told the news agency “Colt is an iconic business and we’re sort of intensely interested in helping a business like that. We’ve been raised with Colt side arms. We know the products very well.” The Morongo Band of Mission Indians would be a minority bidder if there were to bid on government and military contracts, which would give “Colt a leg up.” Colt has yet to make a statement in regards to the group’s interest.
Background Checks for Gun Sales Hits Record Number in June
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) hit record numbers in June. Though not entirely indicative of actual firearm sales, 886,825 background checks were performed in June. This is the highest number in any June in the history of the system, up 10% from June 2014.