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Both New Mexico and Maryland are advancing laws that could challenge the firearm industry. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico is pushing for a 14-day waiting period on gun purchases and a ban on Modern Sporting Rifles.
House Bill 114 in New Mexico may also allow lawsuits against gun businesses, potentially conflicting with the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
In Maryland, legislators are debating a tax on firearms and ammo sales to fund trauma care, which could collect an estimated $13 million.
A 24.1% Rise in US Adult Shooting Sports
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported a 24.1% rise in U.S. adult sport shooting from 2009 to 2022, In 2022, 17% of all adults participating in shooting sports were new to the activity, a 42% increase from 2020.
Rep. Johnson’s Pro-Second Amendment Bills Advance
Rep. Dusty Johnson’s two bills, the Tribal Firearm Access Act and the Traveler’s Gun Rights Act, have passed the House Judiciary Committee. The first, co-led with Rep. Mary Peltola, empowers tribal governments to issue firearm transfer IDs. The second ensures individuals with P.O. Boxes, including RV-ers and military families, can purchase firearms.
Chairman Comer Demands Transparency on Firearm Export License Suspension
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is pushing the Department of Commerce for clarity on the halted firearm export licenses. The Department’s silence since the Committee’s November 2023 inquiry into the 90-day suspension has sparked concerns about the Biden Administration’s political interference with the firearm industry.
Illinois Sets Assault Weapon Registration Rules Amid Legal Pushback
Illinois’ new assault weapon registration rules, part of the Protect Illinois Communities Act, have been approved despite criticism for being overly complex. Owners must now register regulated firearms and accessories with the Illinois State Police. With ongoing legal challenges and a low registration turnout, the future compliance of Illinois gun owners is in question.
- U.K. Shooting Clubs and Gun Shops report “debanking” issues, likened to the U.S. “Choke Point” operation that denied banking services to similar businesses.
- Wisconsin’s Republican Bills propose broader gun rights, including concealed carry in places of worship and on private school grounds, despite the governor’s veto.
- Anti-gun Democrats and Media face accusations of creating a false scandal to advocate for ammunition bans.
- Utah Bill Offers Teachers $500 for participating in a gun training program and installing a biometric gun safe, enhancing school security through the “Educator-Protector Program.”
- Post Office Firearm Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge, challenging the prohibition of guns in federal facilities.