In its seemingly never-ending quest to persecute law-abiding gun owners while ignoring violent criminals, the Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to require gun owners to store their firearms in locked containers or install trigger locks when not using them—rendering them useless for self-defense.
Violation of the law will be a misdemeanor. And while officials say there won’t be patrols checking homes to make sure the law is being obeyed, is there any doubt the council’s future plans could include such intrusions?
As the National Rifle Association pointed out, the ordinance is yet another misguided attempt by L.A. leaders to “just do something,” whether effective or not. “Law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to choose the safest storage options for their households,” the NRA said in a released statement. “This one-size-fits-all ordinance will do nothing to keep children safer, and only end up ensnaring law-abiding gun owners who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Proposed Bill Calls For $100 Federal Tax On Every Gun
A Democratic congresswoman from New York has rolled out the “Reducing Gun Violence in Our Neighborhoods Act”—legislation that would mandate a $100-per-firearm tax on all gun sales nationwide.
“If guns are going to be sold, then those purchasing and selling them should pay for programs that can reduce the incidence of gun violence in our local communities,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, one of the bill’s co-sponsors.
Of course, we know criminals don’t purchase their guns legally, so this unconstitutional tax would harm only the law-abiding. But that seems to be what Velázquez has planned. “If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result,” Velázquez said in a statement.
Duck Dynasty Star Speaks Against Push For Gun Control
Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson criticized recent calls for more gun control on Fox News’s “Outnumbered,” insisting, “Guns are in hands of mostly good people, just like police officers are mostly good people. Yes, there are bad ones. But you can’t make a sweeping take-away-the-whole-Second-Amendment over this.”
Of recent shootings, he said, “The problem that they keep looking at something else to blame, which is the guns.”
Robertson started the discussion by bringing up the recent incident at Oklahoma State University during which a woman drove her car into a school-sanctioned parade, killing four people and injuring many more. Highlighting the tragedy of four people being killed in Oklahoma at a homecoming parade, the reality TV star wondered: “God forbid she has mental illness and that’s why she just ran her car through. Are we taking cars away now?”
S.F. Supervisor Happy To Drive Last Gun Store Out
High Bridge Arms, the last remaining gun store within San Francisco city limits, is closing its doors in response to new legislation that will make it too difficult to do business. In an interview with CNN, City Supervisor Mark Farrell initially ran down a series of rehearsed talking points about the supposed need for local gun-control ordinances that go farther than federal law.
When pressed by the anchor on whether his ordinance was just about “optics and playing to your city’s liberal elite,” Farrell doubled down by claiming that the measure resembled one already on the books in Chicago—as if emulating a city plagued by some of the country’s worst gun violence was a point of pride. He even went so far as to celebrate closing down the store—“… if that means a thousand less guns on the streets of San Francisco …”—with no concern for the jobs lost!
California Police Adopt Nunchakus To Soften Image
As part of the effort to combat the widespread anti-police backlash, cops in one northern California town are introducing nunchakus in order to soften their image. The weapon widely associated with Bruce Lee—and Michelangelo from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”—is intended to be a more versatile alternative to the baton, a tool that can be used for restraining offenders without striking them. As reported by NBC, the department wants to use them to “more compassionately gain compliance” from resistant suspects.
As far as giving police more options, this seems like a decent enough idea. But our concern is that officers’ lives are endangered when they feel obligated to exercise too much restraint. The Alabama detective who nearly lost his life back in August when he declined to shoot an attacker is a perfect example.
Domino’s Delivery Driver Stops Armed Robbery
A Domino’s driver was delivering pizzas in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday night when he was approached by two armed men who demanded all his money. The deliveryman, a concealed-carry permit holder, retrieved his own gun and shot one of the suspects. The injured robber was taken to a local hospital, and police say he remains in serious condition. His accomplice is thought to have fled.
Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre told TheBlaze that, while Domino’s prefers employees not carry weapons, Florida law supersedes any company’s policy. “In this case, the employee of the independently owned franchise has a concealed-carry permit and was not charged with anything. We’re simply grateful he was unharmed,” McIntyre said.
Hopefully the company, which has been much less accepting of employee armed self-defense in the past, is finally coming around. This latest incident comes only six days after an unarmed Domino’s deliveryman in St. Louis was carjacked in a company parking lot.