Top 3 Gun Rights Wins & Losses in 2015

Another year has come and gone…out with the old, in with the new. 2016 is here now and 2015 is but a memory. We here at USA Firearm Training, if we haven’t already, would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year, and we hope this is a great year filled with much success especially concerning our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

gun laws and legislation from 2015

2015 was an interesting year in politics for gun rights. As left wing gun control advocates like Michael Bloomberg keep pressing forward with their extreme agenda to achieve so-called “common sense gun reform,” we, too, must remain diligently involved in protecting these God-given rights. Without further ado, here we go.

Top 3 Gun Rights Losses in 2015:

#3 – We go first to California where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in early 2015 ruled that the City of Sunnyvale’s ban and restriction on magazine capacities greater than 10 rounds that includes even the possession of grandfathered magazines is not a significant infringement of the right to own or possess handguns for self-defense in their home. This is an important distinction because California’s already existing 10-round mag limit doesn’t necessarily extend to the home but instead limits the manufacture, sale, or transfer only of the magazines. The National Rifle Association backed much of the effort to overturn the city’s municipal code, but their arguments and the voices of citizens went unheard before the 9th Circuit’s body of three judges. Currently the NRA is working on taking this case to the U.S. Supreme Court where it will likely have a similar result to #2 on this list with the Supreme Court refusing to rule on the matter. This case landed at #3 on our list because of the 9th Circuit's reach in the nine western states where it has jurisdiction and the impact that could also have on those other states.

#2 – Friedman v. City of Highland Park is a case that originated basically as a result of the now infamous District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. Heller established a precedent that, while landmark in its establishing of the individual’s right to self-defense, was still quite broad and vague where it comes to specifically regulating certain types or styles of firearms. The City of Highland Park passed an ordinance banning several types of semi-automatic firearms, and so the argument against the ordinance was that it was unconstitutional and went against Heller in its limiting of a citizen’s right to defend themselves using some of these semi-automatic weapons. Why is it counted amongst the “losses?” Well, after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals failed to overturn the law, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the appeal seeming not to care to define the issue any further.

#1 – The fact that according to UK’s Police National Legal Database there is no “fully legal self defence product at the moment” EXCEPT for a “rape alarm.” That’s right, you read correctly. There is nothing apparently you can use in the United Kingdom to defend yourself against a violent criminal if it has the potential “to cause a person injury.” With the left-wingers constantly pushing us to become more like our European brothers and sisters, if this is the attitude of the people on the other side of the Atlantic, then it can only be considered a “loss” since that thinking is truly sad!

Now for the Top 3 Gun Rights Wins of 2015:

#3 – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed into law permitless concealed carryoften referred to as “constitutional carry”—for residents of Kansas. Kansas will continue to issue permits as well for the purpose of reciprocity, but any law-abiding resident of Kansas can carry concealed in their home state regardless of permit or training. We applaud this expansion of gun rights in any state!

Kansas now joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming as states with constitutional carry.

#2 – Is actually for the defeat of two separate amendments to H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” in Congress. The first which was introduced by (surprise!) Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and would have denied the sale of a gun to anyone “appropriately suspected” of having some sort of ties to “terrorism.” The right to due process under the law could have been severely hampered had this amendment passed. It failed on a 45-54 vote.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) who succeeded several years ago in his election to the Senate by proclaiming in a catchy video about how pro-gun he was, introduced an amendment that could have resulted in families not being able to transfer firearms between family members without a background check. This measure was also defeated by a vote of 47-50.

And now the #1 Top Gun Rights Win for 2015…

#1 – Early in 2015 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) suddenly and without warning declared that they were going to ban citizens from being able to purchase or own common M855 ball ammunition deciding to classify it as “armor piercing.” Less than a month later after receiving considerable pressure from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as well as gun owners in general, the BATFE caved on the issue.

Ironically enough, just three days later U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) decided to introduce legislation proposing to essentially regulate the very same thing…the legislation went nowhere and was killed in committee.

This story is a great example of how actively defending and speaking up for our rights can have a positive impact.

2016 being an election year is sure to have some fireworks surrounding the issue of gun rights and gun control. Already things that are being talked about in liberal gun control circles are:

  • Taxation (beyond sales tax) on firearm sales
  • Taxation (beyond sales tax) on ammunition sales
  • Limiting the amount of ammunition an individual can purchase at one time or have in their possession at any given time
  • Tracking the sale of ammunition
  • “Assault weapons” bans
  • Semi-automatic weapons bans
  • Banning the sale and manufacture of lead-containing bullets and/or hollow-point bullets
  • And many other things…

Clearly we have our work cut out for us, so here’s to a great year fighting for our rights and in getting elected to office like-minded leaders!

About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Thomas on January 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Take our means of protection away you just invite thugs to break into homes and rob maime kill older people who keep a gun to protect themselves. I am 75 years live in and open area. If I need help it may come but it will be to late. If you brake in my house you will not get very far. I am a former military man and worked all my life with a gun with me. Never missused it once. I will keep my gun no matter what the Muslium pres. Says. Tell him to have all his bodyguards give up their guns and he rides around in a regular production line car. See how he makes out. Would be sad as our leader should be protected. But he wants us not to have any so why should he?

    • Harry Frank on January 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I was with you . . . until you brought up the sheer and utter nonsense about a “Muslim” president. Shame on you.

      • Al on January 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

        And what do you think he is. He even said he is himself but what difference does it make now

      • Lorenzo on January 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        Dont like “muslim”? How about “Islamo Nazi”? Obama courts Muslim favor.

      • jpm1994 on January 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        What is wrong with a citizen expressing his opinion, especially when the opinion is based on facts.

  2. Ive on January 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Well, old timer, I’ve got several years up on you, but I agree with you. Pack ’em & keep ’em handy around the house !!! With out his Secret Service body guards, our wimp pressy wouldn’t be around long…..

  3. Henry Cross on January 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Unlawful special taxing of ammunition or firearms is unconstitutional since it restricts our means to use our Constitutional Right to Bear Arms. A weapon is useless without ammunition and excessive taxing of weapons hinders a person’s Right to have one.

    • Riley Bowman on January 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Completely agree with you, Henry. Thanks for reading the article!

  4. Sandy on January 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    First, I would like to thank you for helping to keep us updated on legislation. I am a 70 year old female with a permit. I travel at night and alone quite often. I also live 20 miles from the sheriff’s office. Getting an emergency response for anything other than an ambulance is very limited by time and distance. I also live alone about 6 months of the year. I sleep with a 38 and travel with one. Anyone who attempts to take them from me will have a fight on their hands.

    • Riley Bowman on January 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Glad to have helped, Sandy. Thanks for reading and be safe!!

  5. Jeffrey Gardner on January 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Why aren’t these politicians being brought up on charges for impeding the 2nd amendment rights of its citizens? I say,”Vote them out of office before only the criminals can carry!!!!

  6. pete1994 on January 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Does anyone know of a militia type group near Raleigh, NC? I would like to receive some up-to-date training and meet some like minded American Patriots. Contact me at pe******@hu******.com

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