The University of Texas at Austin continues to fight against concealed carry on campus. On Tuesday, some 200 demonstrators from a group called “Gun-Free UT” gathered to voice their opposition to the law. The group has also retained the services of the National Lawyers Guild and is considering a possible lawsuit against the university.
Texas is among eight states—the others are Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin—that currently allow for concealed-carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms on campus. The new state law taking effect on Aug. 1, 2016, would simply allow those permitted to carry to bring their concealed firearms inside campus buildings as well.
Chase Jennings, founder of Texas Students for Concealed Carry chapters at UT Austin, the University of Houston and Texas A&M University, calls out opponents as “alarmists.” He argues that gun-free zones don’t make people safer and that they’re fighting for “the illusion of safety.”
Troops Support Expanding Right To Carry On U.S. Bases
Eight out of 10 active and retired military personnel agree that more service members should be allowed to carry firearms on U.S. military facilities, a RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national poll has found.
The murder of U.S. Armed Forces by jihadists and madmen at military facilities in Chattanooga, Fort Hood, the Washington Navy Yard and elsewhere—even while the FBI warned to expect such attacks—has prompted a national outcry to allow service personnel to be armed. However, current Defense Department policy dictates, “The authorization to carry firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.”
To date, President Barack Obama has done nothing to remedy this situation. Congress has passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to expand the Right to Carry on U.S. bases; the question now is whether President Obama will sign it.
Gun Sales Continue To Boom
On the eve of entering a critical presidential election year, sky-high gun sales continue throughout the United States, with both South Carolina and Maryland recently reporting dramatic increases.
Darrell Golden, owner of South Carolina Gun Company in Greer, S.C., told FOX Carolina that his sales this year are up 15 percent from last year, speculating that political uncertainty is driving the increase. Meanwhile in Massachusetts, WWLP.com reported that the number of gun licenses in the state has grown by more than 65 percent since 2010.
These reports follow last week’s revelation that October became the sixth month in a row for record NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) background checks—an accurate indicator of gun sales trends. NICS processed nearly 2 million background checks in October, up by nearly 400,000 from last October’s total.
TrackingPoint Offers Guns To Fight ISIS
A Pflugerville, Texas, company is offering 10 high-tech sniper rifles to any U.S. organization that can legally bring them to the Middle East to be used against ISIS and al Qaeda—at no cost. TrackingPoint’s new Squad-Level Precision-Firearms (SQLPFs) can tag and automatically track enemy combatants—theoretically eliminating human error—and will begin shipping to qualified U.S. citizens Dec. 5.
“It’s hard to sit back and watch what is happening over there. We want to do our part,” said TrackingPoint CEO John McHale, in a press release. “Ten guns doesn’t sound like a lot, but the dramatic leap in lethality is a great force multiplier. Those ten guns will feel like two hundred to the enemy.
“We firmly believe that the M600 SR and M800 DMR will save countless lives and enable our soldiers to dominate enemy combatants including terrorists,” he added.
No Gun For 18-Year-Old Military Prospect
James Edwards of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a peculiar problem: He’s old enough to own a firearm (18) and has a sensible plan for its use (to improve his marksmanship skills before joining the U.S. Marine Corps) and even good taste (Ruger 10/22).
There’s just one problem. Since he’s in foster care and a ward of the state, he’s not considered an adult until he’s 21. Ergo, no firearm, said both a judge and the Department of Family and Child Services: “… our number one priority is the safety of all involved.”
The next step for Edwards was attorney Adam Hensley. With Edwards having no criminal history or any other disqualifiers, Edwards and Hensley have submitted a plan to a judge that includes a guardian for Edward’s gun, storing it for him when he isn’t at the range practicing. Edwards also agreed to receive training at the Court’s direction.
We’ll watch this one for you. Stand by …
Boss Shoots Man Who Held Employees Hostage
Travis Edenfield and Joseph Shedd were at work unloading equipment at a Macon, Ga., building when they were allegedly approached by two armed men demanding money. WMAZ reports that the suspects then forced Edenfield and Shedd into their truck and drove them to an ATM to draw out more cash. When this effort failed, they told the hostages to call their boss, Brian Hinkle, and instruct him to bring cash.
Hinkle showed up with the money as directed, but he also brought a firearm. After the suspects sent Edenfield over to Hinkle’s car to pick up the cash, one of them opened fire on both men. Hinkle shot back, killing the shooter.
The second suspect later turned himself in to police and is being charged with murder due to his accomplice’s death. Hinkle has not been charged for his actions in defense of himself and his employees.