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May 2016

Gun Control – National Trends for April 2016

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Our April Legislative Activity Report shows that 1,014 organizations held 1,937 new meetings for the month of April. Of these 1,937 meetings, 28 agenda items had a Gun Control component including:

Patriot Ordinance Factory Request of the Use of Battle Green Lexington, MA

Article 34 Lexington Board of Selectmen Meeting

April 6, 2016

  • A request made by the Patriot Ordinance Factory, a company that manufactures and distributes law enforcement and military grade rifles for the use of Battle Green, the site of the first shots of the battle of Lexington in the Revolutionary war to film a commercial for an upcoming gun debut.
  • The following sections of Battle Green were requested for use; the statue of John Parker, the Revolutionary War monument, and the Belfry.
  • The following is the operational procedure for the commercial-
  • Up to 8 rifles displayed with no more than 2 out of their cases at any time. All rifles will 
be non-operational with their firing pins removed and modeled with empty magazines.
  • 6 video participants, as well as Lexington law enforcements personnel to ensure safety.
  • Drone that will comply with FAA standards and standards of the nearby Hanscom Airforce base.
  • The county approves the permit request of Patriot Ordinance Factory and submits their own requests; that the commercial be done after the Patriot’s Day reenactment after April 18, 2016, insurance be bought with the amount to be determined, no vehicles allowed on Battle Green, and police presence is at the expense of Patriot Ordinance Factory.

Fiscal Impact

  • No costs incurred by the county, all expenses are subject to the Patriot Ordinance Factory.

Wateree Shooting Range Richland County SC

  • Richland County will soon have its only publicly accessible outdoor shooting range once the state Department of Natural Resources completes the purchase of a former private shooting club near Eastover. The 131-acre parcel of land is currently owned by Wateree Timber Company, and is home to a private shooting club (Indigo Gun Club).
  • The facility will include a 100-yard rifle range, a 25-yard pistol range, a shotgun skeet range, a five-stand range and a sporting clays course, all built to National Rifle Association standards. The rifle and pistol ranges will be open for free to the public, and there likely will be a minimal charge for shotgun shooting to reimburse the cost of provided clay targets. Shooters will have to bring their own guns to the facility.
  • DNR plans to reopen the facility as the “Wateree” public shooting range by late summer or early fall.
  • The property is valued at $336,100, and pays county taxes of $2,000 per year.

Fiscal Impact

  • While the county will be missing out on $2,000 annual tax dollars due to property tax exemptions by state agencies, which is viewed as minuscule to the overall general will of the strong public support of this project.

Thousand Oaks (Municipality), California

Article AB. 1869

  • This bill clarifies that the theft of a firearm valued at $950 or less is a felony offense, a felony offense of this nature in the state of California can carry a sentence of up to 10 years
  • The past law regarding the classification of a felony due to the theft of a firearm was $700 or less.
  • The bill was unanimously passed in City Council.

Random Quick Stats for Topic: Immigration

FebruaryApril Change +/- %
 1,014 Organizations 1,241 Organizations+227/22%
 1,527 New Meetings2,086  New Meetings+559/36%
 54 Matching Agenda Items90 Matching Agenda Items+36/66%

 

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