German gun club lobbyists were recently invited to the German Interior Ministry to discuss the European Commission’s proposed plans to tighten Europe’s gun laws in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Measures included expanding the gun registry, banning certain semi-automatic firearms and tightening rules for buying guns online.
The lobbyists didn’t have to argue much, as the German government, along with counterparts in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Finland, all desire to stop these proposals. After the meeting, Joachim Streitberger, head of Germany’s association of shooting ranges, said, “I do not expect the draft to come into force in the present form.”
That’s good news for European gun owners. An online petition opposing the gun-control reforms has collected nearly 280,000 signatures to date. It includes a statement that reads, in part, that it is “an insult to our civil liberties and to the intelligence of the EU citizens as a whole.”
Virginia A.G. Playing Politics With Safety
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s announcement yesterday that he is severing concealed-carry reciprocity agreements with 25 other states is simply political pandering at the expense of the safety of law-abiding citizens, according to top NRA officials.
“Plain and simple, Mark Herring is putting politics above public safety,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This decision is both dangerous and shameful. The Attorney General knows that permit holders are among the safest groups of citizens in the Commonwealth and the country. At a time when people are scared and desperately need the ability to defend themselves, Herring has chosen the path of making self-defense harder.”
As of Feb. 1, 2016, concealed-carry permits from the following states will no longer be recognized in Virginia: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
D.C. City Council Wants Congress To Take Away 2A Rights
The Washington, D.C. City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to impose “sensible and comprehensive gun control” in a city that already has some of the nation’s most onerous anti-gun laws, and the crime that naturally follows those left defenseless by such laws.
Ironically, just seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court restored the Second Amendment rights of D.C. residents—and on the 224th anniversary of ratification of the Bill of Rights—the District saw fit to turn back the clock, noting in its symbolic legislation that 51 percent of residents surveyed would like to see the city re-impose its total handgun ban.
In a city where hardly anyone has a concealed-carry permit, and with not a single remaining gun store inside city limits, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has decided that the logical next step is disarming the police. In response to controversy over the shooting of a knife-wielding young man earlier this month, Lee has announced that he wants officers to carry stun guns instead of firearms. “I told the commission that I want this done immediately,” Lee said.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Police Chief Greg Suhr apparently supports the mayor’s idea and is looking into other measures, such as shields for officers and procedures for drawing guns more slowly. Why these men are willing to risk the lives of police in order to avoid criticism is beyond our understanding. The response by Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran was succinct: “I do not want to see any of my members hesitate to draw their firearm in a situation where it is necessary.”
NJ Panel Recommends Easing Gun Restrictions
A New Jersey panel appointed by Gov. Chris Christie has recommended easing some restrictions on gun ownership.
The three-member Firearm Permitting and Purchase Study Commission found that local jurisdictions were applying the law “unevenly” to citizens applying for permits to carry or purchase firearms, and recommended the state attorney general direct local police to establish a “uniform set of criteria.” The panel also recommended slight changes to the wording of the state’s “may-issue” definition.
New Jersey’s hostility toward Second Amendment rights is well-documented, as evidenced by the case of Carol Bowne, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in her driveway while waiting for local authorities to approve her application to purchase a handgun. The state is even less friendly to otherwise lawful gun owners from other states, whom N.J. officials have arrested and vigorously prosecuted for inadvertently transporting their guns across the state.
Armed Georgia Woman Fights Off Home Invader
An Albany, Ga., woman successfully used a gun to defend herself and another person against a home invader early Tuesday morning.
According to police, victims Arnetta J. Heath-Heard and Franklin Thomas were asleep in the home when an unidentified man broke in and attacked Thomas. When Thomas called for help, Heath-Heard got a gun and shot the attacker in the leg. She then called 911, while Thomas held the intruder for police.
No formal charges have yet been filed in connection with the incident.