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Friday, December 18, 2015

Mayors Call For Accelerated Development Of “Smart Gun” Technology

A group of mayors and other officials—including prominent anti-gun politicians like Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn—have signed a letter to major gun manufacturers, asking them what progress they are making in developing so-called “smart guns.” Some of the signees have pushed for police departments to drive the market by serving as early adopters of such firearms.

The NRA is not opposed to the development of “smart” guns, although the technology at this point does not appear to be reliable—especially for first responders. “Once we open that door, I think it is going to be very hard to close it,” said Police Chief Brandon Perkins of Tyrone, Ga. “There is always that potential for failure—in our world there is no room for failure.”


Assault Weapons Ban Of 2015: The Farce Awakens

While the return of Crystal Pepsi and Star Wars was welcomed by many, not everything deserves a reboot, as congressional Democrats demonstrated on Wednesday when they brought forth the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015—a reimagining of Bill Clinton’s failed 1990s-era law. Introduced by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., the measure would ensure no semi-automatic or other military-style guns are manufactured for civilians. Those who purchased such firearms in the past would be permitted to keep them, but would face increased restrictions if they attempted to sell them. 

Supporters are ludicrously claiming that the firearms in question were developed for use in war by the Germans in WWII, and have no hunting or target shooting applications. Fortunately, it appears the current wave of nostalgia will not lift all boats equally—given the well-documented past failure of the measure and lack of support from GOP congressmen, the bill has little hope of making it through Congress.


President Consults Bloomie On Planned Executive Order

If you wonder just how bad President Barack Obama’s planned executive order on guns might be, just look at the company he’s keeping.

In continuing his push for what likely will be an unconstitutional executive action on firearms, President Obama recently met with the billionaire gun-banner and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has never met a restriction he didn’t like. “The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America,” the White House said in a statement.

It’s telling that President Obama would receive counsel on the topic from Bloomberg, who knows nothing about guns but pumps millions of dollars each year into efforts to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Any executive action is expected to be announced after the holidays.


NV: Senator Wants To Ban Guns Through Secret Lists While Denying Due Process

Nevada Democrat Sen. Ruben Kihuen is calling on fellow state legislators to return to Carson City for a special legislative session to consider a bill he has proposed to “prohibit those on the federal No Fly List from purchasing firearms in Nevada.” 

While the NRA obviously does not want terrorists or other dangerous people to have access to firearms, this legislation would deny Americans two constitutional rights: the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to due process. The federal No Fly List is not public record. Who is on the list, who put them onto the list and why they’re on the list, is all secret. There’s no process to be removed from the list. That is not how the rule of law works in America.

Use Your Power!

Nevadans, contact your representatives today and urge them NOT to return for a special legislative session just so Sen. Ruben Kihuen can drum up free media for his congressional campaign. To locate your representative, click here.

Finland Fights For Exemption From Planned EU Gun Ban

As the European Commission readies legislation that would make certain types of semi-automatic firearms illegal for private use, Finland says that its national security hinges on the ability of citizens to be proficient with such guns. With a long border with Russia and mandatory military service for men, the county expects potential fighters to practice on their own time.

“We have tens of thousands of reservists who practice national defense training voluntarily. … That is part of our whole national defense and it must be protected,” said interior minister Petteri Orpo. The Finnish parliament’s grand committee will take up the issue with the European Commission.


Ohio Homeowner Responds Under Fire

In Scioto County, Ohio, a homeowner called 911 to report someone outside the house discharging a firearm. The suspect was allegedly shooting through the front door, and the homeowner said that bullets had entered the house. As the call continued, the caller apparently fired back with his own gun and advised the dispatcher that the suspect would require medical attention.

Police arrived and found the suspect lying in the front yard; he was later pronounced dead. Sheriff V. Donini told reporters, “From the initial investigation and interviewing the witnesses, it appears that this was a case of self-defense with the homeowner protecting his family.”


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