Alleging it "would have threatened—not enhanced—the public safety of Pennsylvania citizens," lame-duck Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed legislation that would have permitted law-abiding gun owners to legally protect themselves beyond portions of their homes and workplaces.
When lawmakers assume their respective seats as the 2011 legislative sessions are called to order in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the country in coming weeks, gun owners and shooting enthusiasts will no doubt be watching eagerly to see what results—and changes—the historic 2010 elections will bring forth.
The final week of December turned out to be possibly the best of 2010 for preemptive law relating to the ownership of specific types of guns, with courts in two states ruling city and county laws were contrary to state firearms statute.
A heated conflict has arisen in a portion of rural and scenic Washington state that has the members of a "social camping club" filing suit to block a county's plans to build a public shooting range near its 320-acre campgrounds, lake and hiking areas.
A measure currently awaiting the signature of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert could potentially impact what has become something of a cottage industry for the Beehive State, the issuing of its widely recognized concealed-weapon permits to residents of other states.