New Year, New Gun Control.

2018 saw several legal changes passed set to implement in the new year. Over 100 in fact. A wave of gun control activism surged across the U.S. in 2018

California

As of January 1, the Golden State has raised the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21 (with exceptions for members of law enforcement, the military, or those who have a hunting license). Anyone convicted of certain domestic violence charges after January 1 will face a lifetime ban on gun ownership, as would anyone committed to a mental institution twice in one year. Californians who want to carry a concealed weapon now must undergo at least eight hours of safety training. And starting July 1, ammunition dealers will have to check with the Justice Department before a sale to make sure the customer is not banned from gun purchases.

Illinois

A new law called the Firearms Restraining Order Act creates a system to take guns away from people who are deemed dangerous to others or themselves. Relatives or police can request an emergency order of protection against someone who has shown threatening or suicidal behavior, which could include social media posts. The order could lead to that person’s guns being seized immediately for two weeks, or up to six months in more extreme cases.

An example of the emerging “red flag” laws that are becoming popular, removing firearms prior to adjudication.

The state also amended several of its gun laws. The waiting period for purchasing rifles has jumped from 24 hours to 72 hours. Schools, employers and places of worships are allowed to file orders of protection against individuals. Hospitals are required to report involuntary psychiatric admissions, which could lead to some gun owners losing their concealed carry licenses. 

I believe 5 states now have active red flag laws in place that do not even tie to an arrest, a charge, or any adjudication in the defense of a gun owner.

Oregon

Domestic violence protections expanded, one of the few laws passed that are in keeping with convictions and legal prohibitions.

The state has expanded its firearm ban for domestic abusers and stalkers to close a so-called “boyfriend loophole.” Under previous law, abusers were banned from buying and owning guns only if they were married to their victim. The new law bans all convicted stalkers, abusers and people under restraining orders from buying or owning guns, regardless of whether they are married or live with children. 

Washington State

The age for buying semi-automatic rifles has been raised from 18 to 21, after voters passed an initiative in November. Starting in July, the state will also have new requirements for safe gun storage and new background checks from law enforcement for purchases. Gun owners could also face criminal charges if one of their weapons gets into the hands of children or someone banned from carrying a firearm, and is used for threats or violence. 

These are the four states implementing some of the most drastic changes. However, states even a pro-gun as Texas are considering red flag laws. Florida is looking seriously at changes. States the nation over are making changes and many of them are detrimental to law abiding gun owners while ineffectively addressing the actual problems facing the nation.

And Nationally

Federal ban on bump stocks…

The legal definition of bumpstocks has been changed to machine gun and bump stocks in possession by non SOT’d individuals will be a violation of the NFA.

A device with no mechanical component is now a machine gun… because rules we just made up!

Do you have a flag?