Piglet's Followers Shift Stance – for Now – in Arizona: A student-led group that tried to get lawmakers to enact gun control last year is refocusing on something more attainable. Jordan Harb, a leader of the March for Our Lives movement, said Monday his organization remains convinced that Arizona needs to crack down both on who has access to firearms as well as dealing with the kind of guns that can fire off many rounds. “I wouldn’t say that we have softened but rather changed our focus on something that’s actually able to be done,” he said. And Harb, a Mesa high school student, said the gun-control measures his group pushed last year – measures the Republican-controlled Legislature did not enact – are “still on our policy agenda.” What that leaves for the moment are specific and he believes immediate needs, like the lack of guidance counselors and social workers on campus as well as dealing with issues of bullying and abuse. Harb’s comments came as Kathy Hoffman, the state superintendent of public instruction, announced she was creating a School Safety Task Force to come up with ideas to keep students safer... (It's tough to say whether the younger gun-banners are more creative than their elders or are simply getting more creative guidance from them. In Montana, they recently tired softening a “safe-storage” bill by including in it a provision for Eddie Eagle style courses in school. That bill was killed, in part because the latter provision was vague enough that a future superintendent of public instruction could have used it to teach anti-RKBA propoganda.)



Smoldering in Colorado: Colorado State Representative Tom Sullivan (D-Centennial) is facing a recall. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office approved the language on a petition to recall Sullivan on Monday. The organizers need 10,035 signatures by July 12 to get the recall effort moved to a ballot. Sullivan is best known for sponsoring the red flag gun control law in memory of his son, Alex, who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. The legislation allows for someone's guns to be temporarily taken away if a court determines that person is a danger to themselves or others. Governor Jared Polis (D) signed the law last month, but it doesn't take effect until next year... The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a pro-gun rights organization and lobbying group, said in a tweet on Sunday that there will be "a brutal series of recalls targeting scandal-ridden Democrats who voted for the deadly 'Red Flag' gun confiscation bill." They teased ahead to new developments. RMGO recently filed a lawsuit against the red flag law. They specifically mentioned funding an effort to recall Sullivan at the announcement of the suit. Sullivan isn't the only state lawmaker who's been in danger of a recall this year. Opponents also started a petition to recall State Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley), but she resigned over the weekend. In a Facebook post, she said she came to that decision after allegations were made against her. (Sadly, these recalls – two Donks were recalled in 2013 for their votes in favor of Bloomberg-sponsored infringements – don't seem to make lasting impressions.)



A Reprieve in Delaware: Delaware gun control advocates are criticizing state Senate leadership for backing away from a promised floor vote on all gun bills. The measures would have banned assault-style weapons, high capacity magazines and required a permit to buy firearms. Senate President Pro Tem David McBride (D-Hawk's Nest) and Senate Majority Whip Nicole Poore (D-New Castle) declined to join State Sens. Harris McDowell (D-Wilmington North) and Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) in releasing the bills from the Senate Executive Committee. It’s a stunning reversal by McBride, who chairs that committee. He’s previously said he would make sure the bills reached the floor this year. Here’s what he said just last month. "They're going through Executive Committee because I'm going to get them out," he said. “It’s important because I think that the Senate needs to stand up and tell Delaware where they are on all gun bills.” But this move effectively kills the bills this year. A person familiar with Democratic Senate caucus conversations about additional draft legislation on ghost guns and open carry in school zones are also unlikely to move forward with them... (Technically, it's a violation of federal law to possess a loaded firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, with an exception for those who possess a carry permit issued by the state in which the school is located. Delaware does not require a permit for open carry.)



A Reprieve in Minnesota: ...Minnesota House and Senate negotiators have failed to agree on stronger gun control laws. The conference committee on the main public safety budget bill voted 5-5 on the two proposals, which would have expanded background checks for firearms transfers and allowed police to temporarily confiscate guns from people judged to be an imminent threat. Tuesday’s tie votes, which fell along party lines, means the proposals didn’t make it into broader bill, though they could come up again...



Bloombergers Advance Bill in Vermont: A 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases is headed to the Vermont House after sitting idle for weeks. The House Judiciary Committee voted seven to four Monday to advance the waiting period to the full House. It's part of a compromise by leading guns rights groups and those who favor more restrictions. After sitting in the committee for the last few weeks, it will be up for a House vote later this week, just days or hours before leaders hope to adjourn for the year. Part of the agreement includes no changes, so Committee Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, asked members to reject any amendments. The Senate passed the bill after scaling it back from 48 hours. Grad says its a compromise that protects public health and safety as well as constitutional rights. "The waiting period, from testimony we heard, does go a long way to suicide prevention, to prevention of domestic violence-related homicides and to gun related violence," Grad said... (At one time, Vermont was regarded as the least infringed state in the nation and enjoyed a very low rate of violent crime. A few decades of influx of Progressives fleeing high tax rates – of their own making – in New York and Massachusetts – have made it low-hanging fruit for Bloomberg's efforts. Based on 2017 CDC figures, Vermont, along with nearby New Hampshire and Maine ranks in the upper middle of US states for its suicide rate. I find it hard to believe that suicidal Vermonters denied access to firearms could not find other means to end their lives, including cold exposure in winter months.)