New Texas Gun Laws to come into effect on September 1

  • Governor Greg Abbot of Texas has signed many gun-related legislative bills aside from the state’s new permitless carry law during the 2021 legislative session
  • Most of the laws limit existing overreaches or loosen firearms restrictions like new laws permitting school marshals and hotel guests to carry firearms 
  • In total, there are 22 gun-related legislative bills

Insurance mandate could make it easier for police to seize guns says San Jose Mayor

  • On August 23, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, California reiterated his support for recently initiated gun control ordinances 
  • These new ordinances will require gun owners to purchase liability insurance and pay an annual fee to cover the “costs of gun violence”
  • He said that if a person encountered police and it was determined that they possessed an uninsured gun, the new law “provides an easy mechanism to get an unsafe gun out of unsafe hands.”

NYPD recruits to receive “easier-to-fire” guns for improved accuracy

  • The New York Police Department will soon introduce new guns that are easier to fire under a new initiative to improve accuracy for new recruits
  • When cops don’t hit their target, they are likely to fire more shots, police said and by lowering the trigger pull weight from 12 pounds to 5 pounds, they found that recruits had much better accuracy
  • As experienced shooters know, experience plays a larger role in accuracy and capability than trigger pull weights and gun modifications
  • The question remains – is this a worthwhile pursuit in the environment of police scrutiny?

North Carolina pistol permit repeal vetoed by Governor Cooper

  • On August 30, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina vetoed a bill that would have gotten rid of the state’s pistol permit system meaning sheriffs will still have to sign off on handgun purchases
  • The governor also vetoed a measure that will make it easier for hotel owners to evict people to ensure the safety of the hotel

New Gun control act to require gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms in Colorado

  • A gun-control measure called the Isabella Joy Thallas Act will require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within 5 days of realizing that they are missing
  • A first offense for failure to make such a report is a civil infraction punishable by a $25 fine, and a second or subsequent offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine