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Handgunlaw.us - 11/19/15 Handgunlaw.us Under Attack
Starting Nov 9th, handgunlaw.us has been under attack, downloading massive amounts of data. Normal traffic on the site uses roughly 5-8 GB of data per day. On Nov 9th, there was an increase to over 10 GB, Nov 10 over 36 GB, and increasing daily to a high of over 81 GB on Nov 15th.
To put that in perspective - the entire website is only 276 MEGABYTES.
I am taking steps to keep the site online that include again buying more bandwidth to keep it alive the remainder of this month, adding additional security to the site and blocking IP addresses that are suspicious.
If you have a problem accessing the site or any links on the site, please contact me directly at email@example.com - using the admins address will go to Gary and he will then have to forward it to me. Using my direct email address will save that step.
Steve Aikens, Founder & Co-Owner
Washington State - 6/3/15 - Washington State Drops Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.
Washington state Attorney General updated his reciprocity listing on their web site today. Missing from the list of states they honor are Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri. Concealed Weapon Reciprocity | Washington State If you go to the link you will see the listing and if you scroll down the page you will see the reasons given for not honoring those states. AR, MO and MS because they issue to those under 21. I don’t understand their Kansas reason and hoping they are just reading Kansas law wrong. Kansas honors all other states permit licenses. Washington is stating their reason for not honoring Kansas. “Does not recognize WA CPL in a meaningful way as will only recognize if holder is KS resident
Handgunlaw.us - 5/24/15 State Carry Law Changes Coming!
South Dakota – Effective July 1, 2015 HB1215 expands South Dakota’s CCW Law with an Enhanced Carry Permit. This permit is just the same as the Regular Permit SD issues but will require Fingerprints, Training and a NICS Check. Cost is the same as the SD Regular Permit but applicant must pay for the additional costs of Fingerprints etc. SD is doing this for Reciprocity purposes. The Enhanced Permit will most likely be honored by more states which give the Residents of SD a choice. http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2015/Bills/HB1215ENR.pdf South Dakota will consider a spouse of a service member whose home of record is South Dakota as a resident of South Dakota and they can apply for a SD permit when living out of state. http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2015/Bills/SB12ENR.pdf
Georgia - Effective July 1 Polling Places will only be off limits while an Election is being held. (From my understanding some buildings used as polling places were off limits all the time and not just doing elections.) Georgia amended their laws on places off limits. Their law did state “All Government Buildings.” It will change to (1) In a government building as a nonlicense holder.” Georgia’s definition of a Government Building is:
(2) 'Government building' means:
(A) The building in which a government entity is housed;
(B) The building where a government entity meets in its official capacity; provided, however, that if such building is not a publicly owned building, such building shall be considered a government building for the purposes of this Code section only during the time such government entity is meeting at such building; or
(C) The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a government entity. (At this time I am not sure how this is going to work if they have security at a government building. Check your firearm or be able to pass through? Also it could be off limits if it was a polling place during voting in an election. ) http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/492
Maryland - Effective October 1, 2015 A person who has retired as a law enforcement officer in good standing from a law enforcement agency of the United States, the state, or a local unit in the state who is a parent, guardian, or visitor of a student attending a school located on the public school property, provided that: the officer or retired officer is displaying the officer’s or retired officer’s badge or credential; and the weapon carried or possessed by the officer or retired officer is concealed; and the officer or retired officer is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the state; (This doesn’t mean anything to us Concealed Carry holders but it is a start and this is the state of Maryland! Let’s Hope!)
Florida - Effective Immediately. The Florida Governor signed SB290 which allows for permitless carry by those who can legally own a firearm during a “Mandatory evacuation ordered during a declare emergency.” The mandatory evacuation can come from the Governor or a local authority. It just covers the movement away from the area and is in effect for 48 hours. The Governor can extend that time period. You can read the bill Here:
DC – The U.S. District Court put a preliminary injunction to stop DC from their Good Cause requirement to obtain a DC permit to carry. There is another hearing scheduled for July 7 to “discuss an expedited schedule for the resolution of this case.” The DC Chief of Police stated they would no longer apply Good Cause to applicants with this preliminary injunction in place and have also not made a decision on appealing the ruling. Handgunlaw.us sees nothing different happening in DC on issuing until after the July hearing.
Minnesota – Effective Date August 1, 2015 Authority to Seize and Confiscate Firearms not allowed doing declared state of emergency. Reciprocity wording changed from “substantially similar” to “similar. This should gain Minnesota more reciprocity as they will honor more states. Having a permit implies that notification has been given to the commissioner of public safety when entering the capitol complex. The bill is long as these were amended into a spending bill.
Changes in the above laws will be added to their respective state pages at www.handgunlaw.us On their effective date.
Handgunlaw.us - 5/7/15 - Ohio/Texas Reciprocity. . . State Issues. . . Links?
Texas will now honor Ohio Permits issued/renewed on or after 3/23/15. Wisconsin honors Ohio in the same way. Both Wisconsin and Texas require a NICS check for them to honor a state and Ohio just went to the NICS check with their new law on 3/23/15. That is why WI and TX will only honor the Ohio permit issued/renewed on or after that date. You can see the Texas agreement here: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/legal/reciprocity/OhioProclamation.pdf
and Wisconsin information here: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
Tennessee – I made an error in the date the new Tennessee Parking Lot Storage Law goes into effect. It is July 1 and not the May date I put in my last post. See Bill Here: http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/109/pub/pc0080.pdf
Arkansas – Takes effect July 22, 2015. Polling places are no longer off limits by law. Those with a Valid Permit/License from any state can keep their concealed firearm on their person while dropping off or picking up children at a school and can leave their firearm in their locked motor vehicle while on school property. You can see the bill here: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/Bills/HB1505.pdf
Oklahoma – Effective November 1, 2015 Oklahoma will preempt all knife laws in the state. No local authority can have any knife laws stricter than state law. Switchblades will also be legal. Knife Rights is the main group behind pushing knife preemption laws in the different states. You can follow their progress at their website: http://www.kniferights.org/ You can view the Oklahoma House Bill 1460 Preemption here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20ENR/hB/HB1460%20ENR.PDF
Tennessee – Effective July 1, 2015 Tennessee residents will be able to apply for a Lifetime Permit. Application is the same as a regular permit and cost is $500. Handgunlaw.us believes this lifetime license “will” cause a few states to stop honoring the Tennessee permit. Time will tell but it has happened to other states that went to lifetime permits. Lifetime Permit Bill: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Bill/HB0745.pdf
Ohio - The Ohio Attorney General has updated his reciprocity page stating that Ohio now honors all other states permit/licenses to carry. With the addition of Texas the only other state at this time that Ohio can obtain reciprocity with is the state of Maine. AG’s website: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Concealed-Carry/Concealed-Carry-Reciprocity-Agreements
The one thing that turns people off more than anything else on the internet when looking for information is “Broken Links.” www.handgunlaw.us has over 1500 links on the state pages and major documents. Keeping tabs on them is a huge task. Some states have kept info on the same URL for years. Attorney Generals especially like to move everything to new pages when they get into office. Well some do! Utah BCI just did this. If you would like to help www.handgunlaw.us keep those links up to date check out your states page links and report any broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org and even better tell me they are all OK. I keep a listing of when I check links on every document and letting me know the links are “OK” or “Broken” saves me a lot of time. Any assistance you could give Handgunlaw.us in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
This issue was resolved 05/072015 at 0230 - Thanks for your patience. I post about broken links and then this happens. Due to an update by CPanel on how Google analytical does something with a site, links to images inside a document will not open at Handgunlaw.us at the moment. I am just the research part of Handgunlaw.us and not a computer geek and don’t understand it. All the state pages and major documents are fine it is just links to images inside a document that don’t work. Steve is working on the issue and hopes to have it corrected in the next few days. There are only 8 to 10 links inside documents at Handgunlaw.us that go to an image, ND Class 2 Map, TX 30.06 signs and a few others. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the users of our site and are working on correcting this issue. This issue was resolved 05/072015 at 0230. email@example.com - Thanks for your patience.
Handgunlaw.us - 5/3/15 - Tennessee Parking Lot Storage Law
The Tennessee Parking Lot Storage Law takes effect July 1 and not the previous date I posted. I have changed that date on the Tennessee entry below also. Handgunlaw.us apologizes for the error in that effective date.
Handgunlaw.us - 4/15/15 - New Hampshire now honors Alaska and Ohio. . . . State Items.
New Hampshire has added Alaska back on the list of states it honors. NH removed them late last year and gave no reason. They didn’t give a reason for adding them back either. They have added Ohio to the list of states they honor. http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/plupr.html
Tennessee – Effective July 1. Reworded parking lot storage law so employees can’t fire a person with a permit keeping their firearm in their locked vehicle on company property. They passed the law previously and the AG put out an opinion stating, they would not be breaking a law but an employer could still fire an employee for keeping a firearm company property if it was against their policy. This law change fixed that.
West Virginia - Effective Around June 10. Permit holders can keep their firearm in their locked vehicle on the Capitol Complex. Cleaned up what is considered a Loaded Firearm and carrying a firearm for defensive purposes while hiking in the woods etc. The Governor vetoed Permitless Carry and since the Legislature session ended an override was not possible under WV law. There is a good chance Permitless Carry will come to West Virginia next year.
Idaho - Effective July 1. Limited Permitless Carry. Carry outside the limits of an incorporated area does not require any type of permit/license to carry. Rewrote their carry laws to make it easier to understand.
Kansas - Effective July 1. Permitless Carry. Allows staff to carry in Schools or other city, county or state buildings if their policies allow it even if posted with proper signage.
Mississippi – Effective July 1. Limited Permitless Carry. No Permit needed to carry in a Purse, Briefcase, Fanny Pack. From Handgunlaw.us reading of the law anything that completely encloses the firearm and is carried in the hand or by a strap over the shoulder or around your body outside your clothing would meet the definition of the law. Lowered the cost of permits.
Michigan – Effective December 1. Concealed Weapon Licensing Boards will be disbanded and the County Clerk will handle all applications. No more going before the board to get their OK. Meet the requirements and supply the proper documentation and the Clerk will issue the permit.
There are still many good bills in the different states under consideration at the time of this post. The above will be added to their states pages when their new laws take effect. NH, AK and OH updates will go up late tomorrow evening or early Friday.
Ohio 12/21/14: Ohio Bill 234 was signed by the Governor today and goes into effect on March 19, 2015. On that date the following changes will take place in Ohio Law and I will add them to the Ohio page on that date. Ohio will honor all other states permit/licenses when visiting Ohio. They will issue non-resident permit/licenses to non-resident employed in Ohio. They have removed the wording that a semi auto that could fire 31 or more rounds without reloading as a machine gun and have gone with the federal definition of more than one round fired with one press of the trigger. An Ohio permit/license for those who move out of Ohio will remain valid until it expires. It can’t be renewed. CLEO must sign for NFA firearms if you pass background check. Active Military and their spouse have a grace period to renew if deployed out of state. There are other changes all for the better. Best thing is Colorado and Georgia will honor the Ohio permit right away. They honor everyone who honors them. TX, WI and PA have a good chance now of honoring Ohio. Texas for sure in the future and WI and PA most likely but not 100% sure. Time will tell on those three. You can view the bill by going here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText130/130_HB_234_EN_N.pdf
Handgunlaw.us - 7/28/14: We are aware of the Federal Court Ruling in DC. Here's a link to a Fox News report on the ruling. Basically, the Federal Court in DC ruled the ban was unconstitutional and the DC Police Chief ordered his officers to STOP arresting for persons carrying firearms. Further, if you have a license to conceal in your home state, you ARE allowed to carry in DC - as of this morning. Be advised that this ruling will probably be challenged in the Supreme Courts and the Mayor my force to PC to start making arrests any time now. Once we know something we believe accurate, it will be posted.
Handgunlaw.us - 7/18/14 The page for Tennessee has been temporarily removed until I can find the IP address of the individual/computer that has a live hot-link to that document and ban that IP from www.handgunlaw.us. That hot-link is constantly loading that page and has driven our bandwidth to levels that essentially have shut down the site and forced me to again - increase our available bandwidth to keep the site on-line. This is EXACTLY the reason we do not allow hot-linking of our site files. Keeping a site like this on-line is not an inexpensive undertaking - people needlessly hammering our bandwidth are 1) breaking the law and 2) putting this website at risk of going away if it can't be stopped.
If you know of a site - or someone that is hot-linking [aka, STEALING] our material, please let me know who it is so I can do something about it or this site could disappear.
ADDED - 8/3/2014: One of the sites that has been hot-linking our main maps and using bandwidth was http://www.nccaonline.org/carry-laws.html. I attempted to contact them to stop the issue. They refused to respond. Their host is http://www.weebly.com/. I contact that host and asked they help resolve the problem on 7/29. They replied on 07/30 that they resolved the problem. Checking the site - that hot-linked page is now - 404 - page not found. Thank you Weebly.com.
ADDED - 7/25/2014: The problem we have been having is two-fold. The first/worst is with users for the Internet Provider Frontiernet.net - in the 50.x.x.x octet. They have a user that is either intentionally [this is what I believe] or unintentionally repeatedly downloading individual files through a script or if unintentionally, has a verifier running to verifies link in milliseconds. I sent an email to Frontiers ABUSE-FRTR@frontiernet.net which is their abuse contact on Friday 7/18/2014 advising them of the issue and requesting their help in stopping that nefarious activity. As of today, 7/25/2014, they have chosen not to respond. One of their users contacted them [who also was blocked from any DOD websites] and told them of the problem. Their response was for him to tell me how to authorize each individual IP address in their blocked octet. Sorry folks, if that's their level of solving this issue - no Frontiernet.net will ever see www.handgunlaw.us again.
As a reminder, www.handgunlaw.us is a FREE TO THE WORLD website - it is not free to me or Gary. If someone attacks the site, and that users service provider refuses to even reply to legitimate ABUSE emails - their users can NOT expect us to cherry-pick through all user IP's from their paid services that can't see the site to allow them.
The second problem is with direct hot-linking. Direct hot-linking is bandwidth theft. The majority of hot-linking is done using http://handgunlaw.us. The correct address for the site is http://www.handgunlaw.us. I have again blocked http://handgunlaw.us from allowing images to display. Using the correct address will solve that.
Steve Aikens, Founder
Handgunlaw.us - 6/18/14
Illinois amended their Non-Resident vehicle carry section of their Concealed Carry Law. The original law stated if you could legally carry a firearm in your home state etc. etc. It now states you have to have a permit/license from your state of residence to carry loaded in a vehicle while travelling through Illinois. I noted seeing emails from the IL State Police stating this but it is now the law in IL. The new wording is below.
(e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
(1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law;
(2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as
evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of
residence, if applicable; and
(3) is not in possession of a license under this Act. If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act. (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13.)
I have Updated the Header for the Section:
“Carry In State Parks/State & National Forests/WMA/Road Side Rest Areas”
On each states page to the following.
Carry In State Parks//WMA/Road Side Rest Areas & St & Nat. Forests
I also added the word “State” before WMA so it would not be confused with any Federal Property. Those who receive notices will see every page has been updated but I didn’t note that as a change on any of the pages. That would have taken me more time than it took me to change the wording in the Headers.
Handgunlaw.us 4/9/14 - Wisconsin’s Attorney General is stating they will honor the Illinois License to Carry.
http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity I look for Montana and Nevada to add Illinois in the future. They just look at the states laws and if they meet their criteria they will honor them. I believe Illinois law meets their criteria. Texas could add Illinois in the future as they have granted Unilateral Recognition to other states that don’t have reciprocity in their laws. They honor NY, CA, CT, HI, NJ, MA, MD and other states that don’t have reciprocity in their laws. There is an outside chance for Virginia to honor Illinois. They do honor some states who don't honor them. Time will tell if VA honors IL. Most of the other states that don’t already honor IL need to have signed agreements or Illinois must honor them before they will honor Illinois.
At www.handgunlaw.us, we get a lot of questions asking when we are going to make a Mobile App. www.handgunlaw.us provides access and information free of charge. We don't have sponsors and accept no ads. We do this because we recognize the information is needed and most average computer users don't understand how to find the information they need. www.handgunlaw.us will never have a mobile app for the site because there is no real need for one. Simply put, if you have a device that can use a mobile app, you already have the capability of browsing the site using your browser. I do use an App - “Gun Safe” - which links to the pages on www.handgunlaw.us. They link to us with our permission. www.handgunlaw.us and Gun Safe are not affiliated in any way. Others have violated our DMCA protections, copied our info, put it on their Site or in their App, and called it their own compiled information. Once we contact them they generally remove it without further action. I have all the CCW Apps I can find on my NEXUS 7 and use them for research.
Handgunlaw.us - 3/23/14 User requested change made to all State Pages. Click the link to see what changed.
Handgunlaw.us – 2/28/14 Late Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 California State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on behalf of the state to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse its decision in Peruta vs. County of San Diego. This most likely means those few counties in California that stated they would issue permits for Self Defense will most likely put all those applications on hold until this is settled in the courts. Full Story Here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/27/california-attorney-general-tries-overturn-gun-car/
Handgunlaw.us - 2/27/14 - The Connecticut State Police has sent out letters to those who tried to register their so called assault weapons and standard capacity magazines but missed the deadline. Telling them they had to dispose of those firearms and magazines or be breaking the law. You can read the letter here. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/CT-PA13-220.jpg
Handgunlaw.us - 2/24/14 - No Appeal in San Diego Concealed Carry Case, “May Issue” Becomes “Shall Issue”. Earlier this month, a ruling by the Ninth US District Court of Appeals struck down restrictions in San Diego County, California over carrying concealed weapons. On Friday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore notified the County Board of Supervisors that he will not be seeking an appeal. LA Times article.
Handgunlaw.us - 2/21/14 - Virginia Now Honors Kansas. . . TN Parking Lot Storage Law
Virginia has added Kansas to the list of states it honors. This brings to 30 the number of states that Virginia honors. Kansas honors all other states Permit/Licenses. http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_Reciprocity.shtm
Handgunlaw.us - 2/5/14 – Delaware has removed Virginia as a state they honor. They had them listed for seven days. Handgunlaw.us does not know why they put them back and then took them off again. Delaware has done this in the past with two other states.
Handgunlaw.us - 1/31/14
Delaware has done it again. First they just moved their Reciprocity list to a new page today. They have also put Virginia back on the list of states they honor. They listed Virginia as a state they would honor for most of 2013 but stated that on December 7, 2013 they would drop them. They did remove Virginia from their list shortly after that date. Now Virginia is back on their listing as a state they will honor. I state this with my tongue firmly planted firmly in my cheek: Beau Biden, who has Joe Biden’s genes, is the AG of Delaware!
Here is a good article for everyone who carries and travels should read. Other states most likely have a similar system and have collected data from the other states on who has a permit/licenses to carry. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/16/driving-through-maryland-how-the-lawful-florida-gun-owner-was-targeted-hint-maryland-coordination-and-analysis-center/Handgunlaw.us also needs your assistance. There are so many bills in the different state legislatures that keeping track of all of them by myself is getting to be almost impossible. Especially the ones that are only small changes to the firearm laws in that state. If a law changes in your state I ask for a heads up from you on that change. The state and bill # are all I need. If there is a change please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. www.handgunlaw.us will be updated late this evening or early tomorrow with changes listed above.
Handgunlaw.us – 1/6/14
Ohio and Arizona signed a Reciprocity Agreement many years back and it came to our attention that the way it was worded Ohio would only honor the Arizona Resident permit. No one in either office was sure how that wording got in the agreement. Ohio didn’t seem to care about it but would tell people that was the law as agreed to. Ohio would not put on their website that they would only honor the Arizona Resident Permit so it really didn’t matter to them but that was the agreement. Ohio and Arizona have signed a new agreement and have removed that reference so Ohio will now honor Resident and Non-Resident permit/license issued by the state of Arizona. You can read the Agreement Here.
Wisconsin will honor the Missouri License issued/renewed on or after 8/28/13. The reason WI only honors those after the date is the way Missouri conducts background checks. This is the 4th state Wisconsin honors by a given date the permit/license was issued. Missouri Honors all other states permit/licenses. http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
Though a court struck down the NY law that only allowed 7 rounds max to be loaded in a 10 rd mag one Prosecuting Attorney in NY has stated that only effects one part of the state and the law is still in effect in other parts of the state. It was just the NY Eastern Division Court that ruled on this matter. NY could also at any time get a stay in that ruling. Handgunlaw.us recommends you only load 7 rds in a mag in NY until this is finally settled. Use Caution! A link to the ruling can be found here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/NYDisCtRulingOn7RdMags.pdf
I have updated the Knife Law Document adding the knife laws for about 80 more cities. That makes over 500 cities listed in the document. This listing only applies to [b] “Folding Type Knives.”[/b] The whole law is not listed but gives you the main points and a link to read the entire law. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife.pdf You can access this link on www.handgunlaw.us by putting your mouse pointer over the Global Links at the top of the page “Knife Law Links” and that opens seven links below it. Click on “Knife Law Links” there to view the document. I went through 3000+ cities ordinances looking for additions. Do be aware that all cities that have knife laws are not listed. These are just the ones I could find.
New Mexico - 01/03/14 - Gun Control Measure Pre-Filed for 2014 Session of the New Mexico Legislature. Anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D- Bernalillo) has introduced House Bill 44, legislation which criminalizes non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and takes the first step towards a universal ban on private gun sales, for the upcoming 30-day legislative session that begins on January 21st. The bill mirrors the version of House Bill 77 that was being debated on the floor of the state Senate when the 2013 session was gaveled to a close before a final vote on the measure. To view a copy of HB 44, click here http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14%20Regular/bills/house/HB0044.pdf
For more information Click here.