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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Powhatan County, Va., Candidates Seek To Streamline Carry Permitting

Several candidates in Powhatan County, Va., are looking to simplify and streamline the often arduous task of obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The candidates—including those running for sheriff, clerk of the court, and the Board of Supervisors—are supporting a “Free CHP While You Wait” policy, which would waive all fees associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed handgun permit and expedite the processing and wait-time of permits for eligible county residents. 

Teresa Hash Dobbins, current clerk of the court and one of the candidates supporting the plan, said, “The total application and approval process should take approximately 30 minutes or less.” Seven candidates have endorsed this initiative, including Brad Nunnally, candidate for sheriff. “One should not have to choose between paying bills and exercising a fundamental right,” Nunnally said.  

In addition to removing the costs of a permit, this same-day service would allow residents to exercise their right to self-defense without facing many of the bureaucratic delays inherent in the current system. Bob Marcellus, candidate for the Board of Supervisors, District 2, believes the group will establish the “model” concealed handgun permitting procedure in Virginia while efficiently delivering a core service to their citizens. If elected, candidates expect to have this initiative on the January 2016 Board of Supervisors agenda.   

This new proposal is a reminder that election day—Nov. 3—is just around the corner. Please remember to vote for those candidates who support the Second Amendment, and encourage friends, family and co-workers to do the same.


Anti-Gun Legislators Prepare New Background Check Bill

Although the provision allowing retailers to sell a firearm if the background check has not been completed in three days is an intentional check against governmental abuse, anti-gun pundits and politicians continue to label it as a “loophole.” They’ve accordingly tried any number of tactics to remove the three-day provision. Now prominent Senate Democrats are prepared to introduce federal legislation in pursuit of this goal, according to The Hill. 

“Sen. (Richard) Blumenthal and I are going to join together to introduce what we think is a modest measure to just assure that no guns get sold to people who can’t pass a background check,” announced Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. In truth, a more “modest” measure would put the burden on the FBI to actually conduct background checks in a timely fashion.


Law Professor: Civilians Do Stop Mass Shootings

Do civilians with guns ever stop mass shootings? According to a recent article by Washington Post columnist and UCLA constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh, the answer is yes.

Earlier this year, a Chicago Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people. Another man, also with a concealed-carry permit, shot Warren Edwards after he started shooting in a Philadelphia barbershop. Last year, Richard Plotts shot and killed his psychiatric caseworker and wounded his psychiatrist, Lee Silverman, in a Pennsylvania hospital. Silverman shot back and took down Plotts. 

These are just a few listed by Volokh, and he concludes that compelling and heroic examples certainly exist for those who are actually looking.


NBCUniversal Gives Hillary Clinton Three Days Of Free-Media Saturation Coverage

With four appearances on four NBC-related properties in just three days, the NBCUniversal media conglomerate gave Hillary Clinton fawning coverage that left media and political consultants shocked, Politico reports. Over a 72-hour period starting Saturday night, Clinton was hosted as a guest on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton,” on a “Today Show” town hall, and in an interview on Telemundo. 

Although this seemingly saturation coverage left some critics wondering whether an incestuous relationship exists between the Clintons and the media who seek to cover or curry favor with them, NBC News declined comment; SNL didn’t respond to a request for comment; and a Clinton campaign staffer reportedly insisted, “It was a coincidence.” 

In another apparent coincidence, the Clinton camp released an online ad Monday excerpting an NBC News story suggesting that Congress’ Benghazi investigation is part of a plot to defeat Clinton.


Armed Montana Man Stops Charging Grizzly Bear

Montana’s Whitefish Lake is known for its beautiful scenery and trout fishing. But as three men were reminded on Saturday, humans aren’t the only ones who go there looking for a meal.

As they made their way down an old logging road, the men smelled something decomposing. Their dog broke away to investigate, and shortly after came across a grizzly bear. According to John Fraley, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the dog “ran back toward the men with the bear on its tail.” After the men started yelling in an attempt to scare it off, the grizzly turned and charged one of them. Fortunately, his companion had a high-powered rifle, and was able to stop the bear about 10 feet from the group.

The men contacted authorities, and game wardens were dispatched to investigate. They estimated the dead bear weighed about 500 pounds, and discovered the elk carcass he was likely defending nearby.


Craigslist Deal Goes Bad … For Criminals

They simply wanted to buy a car. After combing Craigslist, a father and son found the vehicle they wanted and made arrangements to pick it up in Battle Creek, Mich. After driving down from Grand Rapids, they were expecting to be met by a car seller. Instead, they were directed to an address that didn’t exist and were met with three men who jumped them. 

Fortunately, the son had a concealed-carry license and his firearm with him. He drew it and fired twice, hitting two of the attackers in the chest. All three fled—the two who had been shot were captured and the third man remains at large. The injured men were taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where their conditions were not immediately known. Thanks to the son’s quick actions, neither father nor son were seriously hurt.


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