When Congress returns from its spring recess on April 8, the Senate will be confronted with three gun control bills that seek to broadly expand background checks on gun sales, improve school safety and to strengthen penalties for gun trafficking and “straw purchases” of guns.
Not surprisingly, a raft of dangerously dumb gun control bills have been submitted in state legislatures across the land since the Dec. 14 Newtown shootings, including 14 proposed semi-automatic firearms bans and 21 proposed magazine capacity limits.
So, just how much does it cost to possess a firearm? We take a state-by-state look at the wide range of permit fees and red tape required for gun ownership in jurisdictions around the country.
When Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill allowing his state's schools to arm teachers with guns on March 8, South Dakota became the first state to pass a statute specifically authorizing educators to possess a firearm in a public K-12 school.
Feinstein’s proposal will still get voted on as an amendment, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it will be lucky to attract 40 votes in the 100-member Senate. Feinstein said she might break off the portion of her bill that limits the capacity of gun magazines to no more than 10 bullets into a separate proposal.
Colorado will become the seventh state to impose magazine capacity limits and the 14th to mandate universal background checks for all firearms sales when Gov. John Hickenlooper signs four gun control bills approved after contentious debate into law.
Most shooters recognize that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposed "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" is blatantly deceptive because they understand the difference between an automatic firearm and a semi-automatic firearm.
In fact, the proposed semi-auto ban is likely to be banished to legislative limbo without being presented for a vote because it is doubtful supporters can muster the 60-vote threshold necessary to foil a filibuster in the 100-seat Senate.
Recurring allegations continue to surface in cyberspace that the Bank of America has adopted a policy prohibiting it from doing business with firearms manufacturers and retailers.
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bipartisan bill to expand sanctions on illegal “straw purchases” of guns, the first major gun-related bill adopted by the panel since 1994.
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