Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s poke in the eye to half the nation’s gun owners—he recently rescinded Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states—is leading to some unintended consequences for anti-gun politicians in the Commonwealth.
Herring’s boss, equally anti-gun Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is the target of one such move, as one pro-gun state senator is pushing to have the governor’s bodyguards defunded.
“I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit,” Republican State Sen. Bill Carrico said of Gov. McAuliffe, who campaigned vigorously for anti-gun politicians in this fall’s elections. “If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”
Most Don’t Like President’s Handling Of Gun Control
If you are sick and tired of President Barack Obama’s relentless attack on your Second Amendment rights, don’t feel alone.
According to a new CNN/ORC poll released yesterday, 62 percent of respondents disapprove of the president’s handling of gun control, compared to only 35 percent who approve. Additionally, a majority (51 percent) of those polled said they are opposed to more restrictive gun laws, with 48 percent in favor.
Despite such polling—and other research that shows a public distaste for more restrictive gun laws—President Obama appears to be moving forward on executive actions concerning firearms, expected to be announced sometime in January.
California Gun Sales Continue To Climb
As gun-control advocates continue to push more restrictive gun laws in cities throughout the state, gun sales continue to rise, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The trend began in 2003, when less than 150,000 handguns were sold, and has jumped every year since, sometimes dramatically: From 2010 to 2014, gun sales in California almost doubled. In fact, last year’s final tally—510,000—was enough to shatter the previous record, set in 1993, for most guns sold during a one-year period.
Now, 2015 appears poised to proceed apace: By November, handgun purchases alone had reached 376,000, according to the Chronicle, and that number did not include the surge in sales after the San Bernardino terror attack or the annual Black Friday sales jump.
While anti-gun politicians like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom seem to hope new laws will curb gun ownership in the Golden State, it seems his proposals are likely to have just the opposite effect.
Business Up For Pro-Gun Retailer
While some Colorado retailers are eager to prevent customers from openly displaying firearms in their establishments, not all are hostile to the practice. Doug and Cindy Manyik, owners of the Buffalo Ridge Trading Post in Colorado Springs, put up a sign five years ago inviting patrons to open carry in their store. “It’s definitely been a real positive thing for us,” Doug told The Gazette. “I’ve had people specifically come and shop here and bring their friends because we’re gun-friendly.” He says his customers’ response has been “99 percent positive.”
Many other local businesses in largely pro-gun Colorado Springs allow open carry, as do some large national retailers. “I shy away from ones that don’t,” says gun owner Chris Walsh, who had created a database for finding pro-gun businesses.
Armed And Naked In Ohio
It was two days before Christmas and the Kleins in Newark, Ohio, were ready. They had all their presents wrapped and stacked under the tree—enough for their six children and two grandchildren. But the gifts almost didn’t make it to Christmas day.
Jason Klein was in bed when a noise jolted him awake just before 4 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Seeing someone dart through the shadows, he grabbed the gun he keeps above his bed and opened the back door. There he was confronted by a man who had been attempting to break into a window … one that provided a full view of the Kleins’ Christmas tree and gifts.
“You ain’t gonna shoot me,” taunted the would-be robber. Jason, wearing nothing but his .40 caliber, trained his gun’s sight on the man’s head and promised him otherwise. He held the man there until police arrived and arrested him.
Masked Robber Meets Armed Citizen
A criminal intent on robbing the Captain Max Seafood restaurant in Miramar, Fla., got way more than he bargained for. About two hours after the owner of the Adam & Eve Hair Salon next door spotted a suspicious man casing the property, an armed masked man entered the restaurant shortly before 6 p.m. last Wednesday.
The suspect, 26-year-old Roosevelt Jones, got into a verbal altercation with one of the employees, who then drew a gun of his own and shot and killed Jones. It’s unclear whether both men fired, but a customer who was in the restaurant drive-thru remembered thinking, “it was like four gunshots.”
No one else was injured, and police said a second person may have been involved in the attempted robbery. Jones had been released from state prison in October after serving time for armed carjacking and fleeing from a law enforcement officer.