Recent Self Defense & Guns developments include the fact that last month, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a four-bill package allowing legal firearm owners to carry concealed handguns without a license or mandatory training. As reported in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, if the bills eventually become law, there will be major repercussions for gun owners across Michigan. The bills now head to the senate for debate and a vote. If the bills pass there, they will go to the governor to be vetoed or signed into law. Strong arguments have been presented on both sides with support and opposition seeming to cut along party lines.
When it comes to Self Defense & Guns, do you think a responsible gun owner defending his house from home invaders has nothing to worry about from the law? If so, think again. A 65-year-old Minnesota man shot a burglar at his home, but is now being charged with manslaughter. How could that be? It all comes down the facts and how the law sees them.
Marijuana and guns? ATF says "No!" The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, has issued an important notice about changes to Form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record. Form 4473 is the federally mandated form that must be filled out by any person who acquires a firearm from a federally licensed dealer. The notice of changes is extremely important for FFL's, customers, and gun owners generally. It is particularly important for persons trying to strike a balance between gun rights and medical care - expecially when it comes to the use of marijuana as medicine.
Concerned about Self Defense & Guns? Know what the law will hold you accountable for. A retired civil servant and law-abiding gun owner with no prior criminal record was convicted because her son used her firearms in a shootout with local law enforcement. According to an article on FoxNews.com, Jeanne Tinker-Smith, a 64-year-old former accounting coordinator in the state of Washington, was found guilty in Seattle Federal Court for helping her son, Cecil, possess firearms despite his prior 2006 felony drug possession conviction. Though Cecil was killed in the 2014 standoff with police, the government still charged Ms. Tinker-Smith for aiding and abetting a felon to possess a firearm. This unusual Second Amendment case is important because it can have lasting negative effects for gun owners nationwide. Everyone interested in Self Defense & Guns needs to pay attention.
Self Defense & Guns are always a hot legal topic, and today is no different. The recent tragic accidental self-inflicted shooting death of a 9 year-old Detroit boy has prompted the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to charge the boy's father with a laundry list of offenses including murder, which could land him in prison for life. Based on information from public media reports, if the father had followed the law, the firearm would not have been in the house. First, the shotgun involved has been described as being "sawed-off". In Michigan, shotguns are required to have at least an 18 inch barrel. Anything shorter than that is considered "sawed-off". Secondly, media reports state that the father is a felon. Felons are not permitted to possess firearms under federal and state law in Michigan.
In The Justice System, Self-Defense Laws are Under Attack.
In any criminal prosecution involving allegations that the defendant committed a violent crime such as aggravated assault or murder, important issues such as intent, self-defense and witness credibility come into play. In many cases, competing versions of events must be considered, and this issue is very likely to arise in domestic violence cases.
Last week, the controversial Detroit shooting from 2009 finally came to a close. But was justice done?
In the wake of McDonald v City of Chicago, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is supporting citizens in a fight against local and state governments that are violating citizen's constitutional right to bear arms.