Gun Law News: June 2, 2019

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Colorado…

“I know what oppression is and I can see the parallels here,” Dennis Gatchalian said. His experiences growing up in the 1970s under martial law in the Philippines brought him to the steps of the Colorado Capitol on May 18, just 11 days after the state’s most recent school shooting. Rally for Our Rights drew more than 100 people to hear speakers at the pro-gun event.

Illinois…

State Rep Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa) is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 1139, designed to lift a number of burdens for applicants of Firearm Owner Identification Cards (FOID). The legislation, he says, “makes common-sense improvements to the existing limitations placed on law-abiding gun owners in Illinois, including reducing the restrictions currently placed on members of the military and law enforcement.”

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) will ease the application process for concealed carry licenses. Additionally, it will provide aid to members of the military and law enforcement. “Law-abiding gun owners have been under attack by special-interest groups that want to unfairly restrict the constitutional rights of residents and families in our communities,” Bristow said.

South Dakota…

Rapid City Council approved the repeal of an ordinance in the city’s municipal code requiring a permit for the concealed carrying of firearms. The repeal was accepted May 20 to remain in compliance with laws South Dakota recently adopted. The amendment passed by a unanimous vote with no discussion.

Texas…

Schools currently participating in Texas’ school marshal program can only designate one marshal per 200 students. The Senate moved May 21, however, to abolish the cap on how many teachers and support staff can carry guns on public school campuses. The legislation came nearly an hour after the House approved a separate and sweeping school-safety bill.

The Senate approved House Bill 1177 by state Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) on May 17. The legislation would allow handgun owners to carry concealed firearms without a license for up to 48 hours when leaving an area due to a mandatory evacuation order. Those complying with an evacuation order may take their guns with them so long as they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

Wisconsin…

A proposal by the Milwaukee County Transit System bus drivers’ union would allow drivers to carry firearms while working. James Macon, ATU Local 998 Union president, says the update to their contract negotiations comes after drivers were concerned for their safety. “Our security is a joke,” Macon tells WTMJ.