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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Activist Church Turns Sights On Cabela’s

New York’s Trinity Wall Street church—which, as a Wal-Mart shareholder, has campaigned to limit what types of guns and ammo the retail giant sells—is now shifting its attention to Cabela’s. The church wants fellow shareholders to be permitted to vote on a policy ending the sale of “firearms and magazines capable of discharging more than eight rounds without reloading.” 

Trinity Wall Street is estimated to own $2 billion in assets and saw a scandal when its former rector spent over $12 million on a parsonage located in a luxury Soho townhouse. The way in which the church is throwing around its considerable wealth and influence is very much according to the Michael Bloomberg playbook; what is particularly shameful is that it enjoys tax-exempt status as a faith community while doing so.


NRA-ILA Fighting Virginia Reciprocity Decision

With Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent decision to cut off Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is already moving to find a remedy for the problems that this decision is causing for law-abiding gun owners.

NRA-ILA is currently working on legislation for the 2016 Virginia session to address the reciprocity issue. This legislation will require Virginia to recognize valid permits or licenses from every other state. Due to NRA’s past efforts, 18 states already have such a “total recognition” law. The Virginia legislation would further require the attorney general to enter into a reciprocity agreement with any state that requires an agreement in order to recognize Virginia concealed handgun permits.

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Three New Anti-Gun Laws Go Into Effect In California

On Friday, three new anti-gun laws will go into effect in California. S.B.199 states that unless pellet, BB and airsoft guns are brightly colored, they may not be displayed in public—however, opponents point out, as many “real” firearms are now available in a variety of colors, the law is unlikely to do much. 

A.B.1014 allows law-enforcement officers or family members to obtain a so-called “gun violence restraining order” prohibiting an individual from lawfully possessing or receiving firearms or ammunition for a specific period of time with no due process. It also allows police to confiscate legally owned weapons from individuals and hold them up to 21 days. 

Currently, concealed-carry permit holders are exempt from regulations prohibiting carry within 1,000 feet of schools and colleges, but S.B.707 does away with this exemption. Besides making California students more vulnerable, the law also mandates harsh penalties for possessing even a single round of ammunition on campuses, regardless of whether a firearm is present.


NRA Announces New Hunters’ Leadership Forum Web Presence

The NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum, in collaboration with NRA Publications and American Hunter, announces a new initiative on behalf of American hunters.

Launched on Monday, the “Hunters’ Leadership Forum” portal at AmericanHunter.org contains news and information on hunters’ rights. To draw attention to this portal—and to engage hunters everywhere—American Hunter’s growing Facebook page will spearhead a new social media campaign to provide a voice for millions of American hunters in the culture war waged against the hunting community.

The NRA-HLF knows hunters are America’s first and foremost wildlife conservationists and the stewards of our rich hunting heritage. Since its inception in 1871, the NRA has been the largest proponent of hunting and wildlife conservation. The NRA uses its political strength to actively preserve and enhance hunting opportunities throughout the United States.


Missouri Legislation Seeks Tax-Free Gun Holiday

Proposed legislation pre-filed for the 2016 session in the Show Me State could make Missouri the fourth state in the nation to adopt an annual tax holiday for firearm purchases.

The proposal would eliminate the state’s sales tax requirements for gun purchases for the weekend, but would not affect sales of ammo or shooting accessories.

“The one (bill) I’m most excited about is creating a tax holiday for new gun purchases the Saturday following the Fourth of July,” Republican state Rep. Jered Taylor told the Springfield News-Leader. “You know, making it more affordable for all Missourians to purchase a firearm to protect themselves or their families if they decide.”


Armed Robber Stopped In His Tracks

When he entered the MetroPCS store in Newport News, Va., his face was covered and he was carrying a handgun. When he exited the store he was on a stretcher, having been shot once in the chest. 

Police first received a report of a suspected robbery around 7:15 p.m. While they were en route, dispatchers were notified that the suspect had been shot. After officers arrived, the 48-year-old man accused of robbery was transported to a hospital, where his condition remains unknown.

Police said an as-yet-unnamed employee shot the suspect once in the chest. No one else was in the store at the time, and there were no other injuries. The interior surveillance video footage obtained by police is under review and, although no charges have yet been filed, police say the suspect may face charges after further investigation.


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.


Anti-Gun Virginia Politicians Facing Backlash Over Reciprocity

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.”


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.

 


The Mendacity Behind The NBA/Everytown “Gun Violence” Holiday Ad

Several NBA players appeared in a Christmas Day anti-gun violence ad interspersed with families of victims. The ad did not advocate for any political or legislative actions, but rather ended with a rallying cry: “We can end gun violence.”

However, the ad was sponsored by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and features a link to a page that, while not calling for gun control per se, includes a fundraising link. It was directed by Spike Lee, whose new film, “Chi-Raq,” is a platform for Lee’s gun-control advocacy. And anti-gun advocates like The New York Times and Mother Jones lauded the NBA, and President Barack Obama tweeted his support. 

Reports say the NBA claims the ad was apolitical. However, that claim rings false when it aligns itself with visceral opponents of the Second Amendment. After all, professional basketball generates millions of dollars—certainly enough that the league could have funded its own PSA without Bloomberg’s help.


Democrats Introduce Absurd Ammo Limits Legislation

Anti-gun legislators in New York are at it again. This time, they’ve introduced a proposal that NRA-ILA calls “one of the most absurd bills being introduced in the entire country.”

Democrat Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, also a Democrat, unveiled a measure that would limit ammunition purchases to twice the registered gun’s capacity once every 90 days. That means if you owned a six-shooter, you could only buy 12 bullets every three months. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle admits, the practicality of limiting small-capacity gun owners to a less than a box of bullets is “unexplored.” 

Persaud and Simon seem to think the proposal would deter terrorists. “Limiting the quantity and duration between purchases of ammunition is one step in preventing someone with criminal intent from easily accessing large quantities of ammunition,” said Persaud. Yet like all gun-control laws, it’s never the criminal who is affected—only the law-abiding.


Kurt Russell Triples Down On 2A Support

Following recent pro-gun statements in an interview and on “The View,” actor Kurt Russell isn’t backing down on his support for the Second Amendment.

The 64-year-old actor told Event magazine: “Sure I believe in the right to bear arms, as guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the American Constitution.” 

“This is what people need to understand,” Russell continued. “Now is not a good time to lay down your weapons—how will you protect yourself?

“I am a libertarian, a hardcore one, and of course I have guns. I shoot things with them. I hunt game.” 


Disarmament No Longer The Rule At Ohio’s National Guard Facilities

Following a review of security policies at Ohio National Guard facilities, Ohio guardsmen and women will now be permitted to carry firearms in defense of self and others. In the past, Guard members were unable to carry in part because they work on state property, where guns are typically prohibited. But after a review, ordered by Gov. John Kasich after July’s attack on military personnel in Chattanooga, Tenn., found that potential risks such as accidental discharge were small compared with the proven danger of terrorists and others targeting these imaginary “gun-free zones,” the policies were revised. All 72 Guard facilities will now have at least some armed personnel. 

In announcing the change, Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman said, “We must take necessary action to protect our members.” We applaud these new policies aimed at keeping Ohio’s brave men and women in uniform safe, and hope other states soon follow suit.


Florida Man Shoots Aggressive Home Invader

In Osceola County, Fla., a homeowner was sitting in his living room with his wife and a friend when they heard a sound at the back door. He retrieved his handgun and went to investigate, finding a man who had entered the screened-in porch and was trying to access the kitchen. The resident instructed the suspect to leave, but the suspect reportedly attacked him and was shot. 

The suspect was transported to a hospital and eventually died from his injuries. Twis Lizasuain with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office told WESH that the homeowner defended his family: “He spoke with that individual and asked him who he was and what he was doing in his home. That individual lunged at the homeowner twice, which forced the homeowner to shoot the suspect.”


OKC Homeowner Fights Off Home Invader

A quick-thinking homeowner in southwest Oklahoma City used his firearm to stop a man from breaking into his home on Christmas Eve.

Seeing the alleged criminal breaking into his house, the homeowner shot the man, who quickly fled. The suspect didn’t get far, though, before he pulled over in the getaway vehicle and called 911 for medical help.

According to local media reports, the suspect is recovering at a hospital and will later be booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.


Harvey Lembo Faces Further Difficulties

We’ve informed A1F Daily readers of the plight of retired Maine lobsterman Harvey Lembo here and, more recently, here. Now the disabled senior citizen, who defended himself with a firearm, is running into more problems.

Lembo’s landlord, Park Place Associates, has asked a judge to throw out the case. The property company lawyers argue that notifying Lembo that he could face an eviction if he did not follow house rules was insufficient to trigger the protection under the Second Amendment, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Of course, many see the case differently. “Threatening to evict Mr. Lembo for defending himself clearly violates his constitutional rights,” NRA Maine State Liaison John Hohenwarter said last month after Lembo sued. “Self-defense is a fundamental, God-given right that belongs to every law-abiding American—no matter their tax bracket, zip code or street address.”


Texas Woman Shoots Home Intruder

A north Harris County, Texas, woman used her legally owned firearm to protect herself from a home intruder on Christmas Day, shooting and wounding a man who tried to break into her apartment.

Deputies told local media that the man was trying to climb in through a window when the woman fired several shots, striking him twice. The thief retreated to a waiting car, and later showed up at Houston Northwest Medical Center seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.

The woman was unharmed, thanks to her quick action.


Georgia Man Fights Off Robber

A Warner Robins, Ga., man shot and killed another man who tried to rob him on Christmas night, according to local police.

Police say Antonio Bagley, 29, told them Jerrell Walker tried to rob him, so he fired his pistol at him. Walker later died from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Bagley has not been charged, and the case is still under investigation.


Detroit Robbery Victim Shoots Suspect

A robbery attempt early Tuesday morning in Detroit went badly for the alleged armed robber, thanks to the intended victim having a firearm and knowing how to use it. 

A man had gone to a gas station window to buy cigarettes when another man, who had been hiding in a bus booth at the corner, approached with a gun and tried to rob the victim.  

“He (the suspect) was dressed all in black and wearing a black hoodie,” the store clerk told local media. “Outside, he went up to my customer and pulled a gun on him. My customer said he didn’t have any money, then he pulled out his gun. He was faster and shot the guy.” The armed suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.


Store Owner Stops Armed Robbery

A robbery suspect who had robbed a Cincinnati convenience store two weeks ago made a near-fatal mistake by targeting the same store again.

Mohammad Abdelwahed, owner of G&J Market, was working in the store just before 8 p.m. on Sunday when 30-year-old Ronald Collins came in, pointed a gun and demanded money from the register—just like two weeks earlier. But when he turned to leave this time, Abdelwahed pulled his gun and shot him. 

“You never turn your back on someone when you’re robbing them,” Abdelwahed said. Cincinnati police told local media that Collins sustained life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive.

Armed Neighbor Protects Home

When two burglars kicked in the back door of an 80-year-old Houston man’s house early Monday morning, a concerned neighbor saw what was occurring and came to the rescue. 

When the neighbor approached the suspects, they dropped their stolen goods and jumped into their vehicle. But when the suspects attempted to run over the neighbor, he pulled his handgun and shot twice into the vehicle. 

According to local police, the suspects fled the scene, causing minor damage when they slammed into a parked vehicle. No injuries were reported.


Record Gun Sales Continue

According to a brand new FBI report, 2,243,030 background checks were conducted through the National Instant Check System (NICS) on firearm purchasers in November 2015—topping the previous record set in November 2013 by more than 200,000 and representing the seventh straight month for record gun sales in the United States. 

Capping the record was Nov. 27—Black Friday—when NICS checks shattered the single-day record with more than 185,000 background checks in the 24-hour period. 

The record-breaking trend began in May, then has continued through June, July, August, September and October. As gun-ban advocates continue calling for more restrictive gun laws, it appears that many Americans are answering those calls by heading to their local gun shops.


Car Buyer Fights Off Armed Robber

After two men made arrangements to buy a car advertised on the Internet, they went to meet the sellers. But things quickly turned ugly.

At the meeting, the alleged seller, 22-year-old Brandon Johnson, pulled a gun on the buyers and tried to rob them. Instead, one of the victims turned the tables, drawing his own gun and shooting Johnson several times. 

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the car buyers were not taken into custody.


N.M. Homeowner Shoots Intruder

After someone threw a brick through his window and was trying to enter his house, a Roswell homeowner dialed 911 and grabbed his handgun. 

When the intruder continued trying to enter the house, the homeowner shot him once in the abdomen. Police responding to the incident found him waiting for help on the homeowner’s porch. 

Neighbors later told local media that the intruder was a 38-year-old man who was drunk and lives next door. No charges had been filed at the time of this report.

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Gun Owner Chases Off Burglar

It was a classic case of an American gun owner protecting himself and his family without ever firing a shot. 

A family was watching a movie in their Newton, Kan., home last weekend when they heard someone moving around upstairs. Unbeknownst to them, someone had broken into their house and was looking for things to steal. 

When a family member went upstairs to check, the intruder began to scuffle with him. But after the homeowner brought out his handgun, things calmed down quickly. 

“As soon as he saw the gun, he was gone,” Lt. Scott Powell with the Newton Police Department told The Kansan.


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. 

While even D.C.’s police chief admits a gun may be victims’ best defense, city council busies itself issuing resolutions that read like press releases dashed off by the gun-ban lobby—further proof of how insulated and uninterested they really are about fighting crime or protecting good people.


San Francisco Mayor Says No Guns For Police

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.


German Gun Owners Lobby Against Gun Control

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.”


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.


Wayne LaPierre: “Disarmament”

The NRA has released a new spot in its “Freedom’s Safest Place” campaign. Featuring NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the video states that the greatest damage the terrorists could ever inflict upon us is disarmament at the hands of the political elites.

“What kind of government cares more about appeasing Islamic terrorists than defending the constitutional rights of its citizens,” LaPierre asks. “A government that would disarm us during the age of terror.”

He argues that nothing would make us more vulnerable to generations of suffering and slaughter than the destruction of the Second Amendment. And yet many of our very own politicians and a relentless media are launching that attack themselves.

LaPierre says what they fear most is what we most value—our freedom. And he promises that the NRA and its members will never surrender our right to survive. Watch “Disarmament” here.   


Virginia Ends Right-To-Carry Reciprocity With 25 Other States

In another anti-gun move that circumvents the legislative process, Virginia Democrat Attorney General Mark R. Herring unilaterally decreed Tuesday that Virginia will no longer honor concealed-carry reciprocity agreements made with 25 other states, effective Feb. 1, 2016.

In practical terms, that means Virginia residents with concealed handgun permits will now be allowed to carry in only six other states, instead of 31. And Right-to-Carry licensees from 25 other states—from Alaska to Florida and Pennsylvania to Wyoming, including three states that border Virginia—will no longer be allowed to exercise that freedom in Virginia.

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Morning Joe Co-Host Says White Men With Guns Are Worse Than Terrorism

In a heated discussion on radical Islamic terrorism with presidential candidate Rick Santorum, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski drew a parallel with white male gun owners.

Brzezinski condescendingly interrupted Santorum when he suggested the Muslim community should be doing more to combat jihadists: “Come on, Rick Santorum, you know better, you’re a smart guy … Why aren’t you working on white men with guns?”

In the stunned silence that followed, Brzezinski pressed on: “You look at the data on white men with guns wreaking havoc in this country, why aren’t white men all coming forward? Why don’t you call on them to do that?”

Brzezinski didn’t cite any sources to back her claim that white men are “wreaking havoc.” The latest FBI statistics showed gun homicides continued their 20-year decline in 2014. But in Brzezinski’s world, the terror threat level would rise based on skyrocketing gun sales, instead of actual threat assessments by security professionals.


Michael Moore’s Latest Call For Gun Confiscation

Gun-hating movie producer Michael Moore, in what initially appeared to be an attempt at making sense in the gun debate, instead has proved the point that he is in favor of confiscating firearms from law-abiding Americans.

In a guest column for the “Hollywood Reporter” titled “The NRA Is Actually Half-Right,” Moore makes a logical point: “Unfortunately, even if we had stronger gun laws, we would still have a few thousand gun deaths in this country. That’s because we have a problem no law can solve.” Moore then went too far: “We will probably never be able to rid ourselves of the more than quarter-billion guns that are in our homes. But any effort to reduce this number would reduce the level of killing.”

Of course, any “effort to reduce this number” of guns already in our homes is, in reality, banning and confiscation. Good try, Michael, but we think we’ll continue working to keep our Second Amendment rights intact.


Washington Times Blasts Obama Gun-Ban Plan

In one of the best refutations of President Barack Obama’s call to squash the Second Amendment rights of Americans on secret government lists, The Washington Times on Tuesday stated, “Someone should explain to the president how these things actually work.”

As the Times pointed out: “The names of about 47,000 persons are on the various ‘no fly’ lists and over a million are on ‘terrorist watch’ lists compiled from nominations by various federal agencies. No one knows exactly how someone gets on the lists.”   

The Times concluded by quoting a former Virginia governor who was very familiar with the topic: “James Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia who from 1999 to 2003 headed a commission that studied weapons and their availability, once observed that ‘if there are really that many potential terrorists in this country we might as well give up.’ He couldn’t say how many actual suspects were being monitored by government agencies, but it was far, far fewer than the number of people on the lists.”


South Carolina Homeowner Shoots Intruder

First he tried to gain entrance through the front door. When that attempt failed, he went around back and tried another door. By that time, the homeowner was ready.

Eric Smith, 24, was attempting to break into a residence in Richland County, S.C. It was around 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, and the homeowner was home. Upon hearing the sounds of someone trying to get into his house, he went and got his gun. By that time, Smith had moved around to the back door and was trying to get in that way. The homeowner then fired his handgun, striking Smith in the lower body.

Smith was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. When released, he’ll be charged with burglary first-degree. And we can only think the armed homeowner is thankful to be safe and unharmed after stopping the threat.


Anti-Gun Doctors Strike Out In Florida

“Docs v. Glocks” round three again goes to the patients. A third attempt to nullify Florida’s Firearm Owners Privacy Act—signed into law in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott—fell flat as federal appeals court judges ruled in favor of the legislation that prohibits health care workers from asking patients about guns they may own. 

In its latest opinion, the court stated that, “The act seeks to protect patient privacy by restricting irrelevant inquiry and record-keeping by physicians on the sensitive issue of firearm ownership and by prohibiting harassment and discrimination on the basis of firearm ownership.’’ 

Two previous challenges came about in 2012 and earlier this year in an effort led by the Brady Center, who was representing a group of physician lobby organizations. In all three cases now, the court’s message to doctors has been clear: Stick to patient care.


CNN Journalists Take Anti-Gun Stance

Two CNN reporters, who last week said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), lacked “courage” for not demanding that Congress approve taxpayers’ dollars to fund activist anti-gun research, just proved how anti-gun they truly are.

Despite the attitude of many in the so-called “mainstream” media that they occupy some sort of moral high ground on every issue under the sun, by calling out Dr. Frieden, CNN reporters Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield were insinuating that there’s no possible reason for opposing something so “common sense” as gun control, other than “cowardice.”

As NRA-ILA pointed out in a grassroots alert over the weekend, Dr. Frieden declined to take Cohen’s and Bonifield’s bait. But had he responded to them, he might have asked why they were “silent” about the CDC’s massive study of a variety of gun control restrictions, published in 2003, which concluded that “[e]vidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws.”


Media Matters Attacks An Honest CNN Host

Meanwhile, some in the gun-hating media don’t have anything good to say about the one CNN host who really gets it—Alisyn Camerota. 

“After these mass shootings, there’s often a cry for a ban on so-called assault rifles,” Camerota said during a recent program. “And I say ‘so-called’ because gun rights enthusiasts say what makes something an assault rifle? That’s a political term. They’re all semi-automatic. You pull the trigger, a bullet fires out. So, one is black and looks scary and one is brown and you go hunting with it.” 

In a blog report posted on the same day and titled, “CNN’s Camerota Adopts Gun Industry Talking Points,” Media Matters immediately attacked the CNN host. “On the December 18 edition of CNN’s New Day, host Alisyn Camerota used the term ‘so-called assault rifles,’ adopting the framing of gun activists,” Media Matters quipped.  


The Farce Awakens, Part II

Colton Southern, a seventh grader in Rosenberg, Texas, was forced by school officials to cover his Star Wars T-shirt because it depicted a fantasy storm trooper carrying a fictional blaster, which they considered a “weapon.” 

The farce is with dark lords of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, who cited a dress code that prohibits “symbols oriented toward violence.” School officials claimed they went easy on Colton, by not suspending him. However, Eugene Volokh wrote in the Washington Post, “Even T-shirts depicting real weapons are constitutionally protected against K-12 school discipline.” 

Colton’s father, Joe, told an ABC affiliate, “This is politically correctness run amok. You’re talking about a Star Wars T-shirt a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns … It’s just a Star Wars shirt.”


Seattle Times Calls For Gun Ban

In an editorial last Thursday—just hours after Democrats introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 in Congress—The Seattle Times joined a growing list of anti-gun media voices in claiming, “It’s time to ban assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines.”

Demonstrating its ignorance of firearms technology and its penchant for parroting anti-gun buzzwords, the Times’ editorial board called not only to ban “assault style weapons” (whatever they are) but also “tactical assault-style weapons”—which are equally undefined but surely doubleplus bad.

But before pro-freedom advocates laugh off The Seattle Times and its anti-gun allies in Congress as idiots and political hacks, as Dave Workman points out here, we’d better put both groups on notice: Media who abuse the First Amendment to attack the Second can see their freedoms disappear, too.


Armed Dallas Woman Fends Off Intruder

As Pamela Miller of Dallas was getting ready for work at around 7:30 a.m., she couldn’t see the man snooping around outside. But moments after she got into the bathtub, she was startled by the sound of the front door splintering and the alarm system going off.

Miller made a short call to her husband before retrieving her firearm from the bedroom, then returned to the bathroom, locked the door and dialed 911. Meanwhile, the home invader was making his way through the house. “I could hear him coming through the living room to the bedroom, and he kicked the bedroom door in,” Miller told WFAA. When she heard him kick the bathroom door seconds later, she fired a single shot, prompting the suspect to flee. 

Miller said, had the suspect not been deterred, she was prepared to keep shooting. “If he was coming in, I was going to clear the magazine and protect myself,” she said.


Democratic Candidates Triple-Down On Gun Control

Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders competed for the distinction of being the most anti-gun candidate Saturday night at the third and final Democratic primary debate of 2015. In its coverage of the New Hampshire event, the Washington Post described the three as having “effectively declared war on the National Rifle Association.”  

Apparently seeking to breathe life into his moribund campaign—he’s now supported by only about 5 percent of Democrats—O’Malley laced into Sanders and Clinton for not voting often enough, or loudly enough, or consistently enough, against the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. 

Clinton deflected criticism by directing her own criticism at Sanders, who in turn bragged that he’d supported banning “automatic weapons [sic]” as far back as the late 1980s, and snapped, “Do not tell me that I have not shown courage in standing up to the gun people.”


Obama Continues Work On Executive Actions

President Obama met last week with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—just as he has met with other members of the gun-ban lobby in recent weeks—while his Justice Department finalized recommendations on how Obama can sidestep Congress to impose new gun control through executive actions likely to pass judicial review, CNN reported.

Reports suggest those executive actions could be aimed at expanding background checks at gun shows and banning firearm purchases to those named on secret government watch lists—and note that Obama is expected to review the recommendations in “weeks, not months.” 

Gun control is “probably the issue that has touched him most personally over the course of his presidency,” White House communications director Jen Psaki told Bloomberg News, adding that Obama “will not be satisfied” without additional action before the end of his presidency.


Armed Employee Halts Robbery And Assault

Two masked armed robbers—a man and a woman—broke into a Las Vegas doctor’s office Wednesday evening, where they forced a doctor, a patient and an employee into a room, pistol-whipped the doctor and began ransacking the business, the Las Vegas Sun reported

According to police, the armed man demanded money and possibly drugs before a clinic employee went to his vehicle, retrieved a firearm, confronted the suspects in the parking lot and fired multiple shots at one of the robbers, who later died. 

Las Vegas police are still searching for the male suspect.


House Legislator Introduces National “Buyback” Bill

Given the less-than-stellar effectiveness of most so-called gun “buyback” programs, it’s difficult to fathom why anyone would want to implement one on a federal level. But that’s exactly what U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., is attempting to do. The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act, which has 22 co-sponsors, would set up a program to pay gun owners a premium of 25 percent over market value to turn in their firearms. 

The program is estimated to cost $360 million; participants would receive a debit card that could be used to buy anything—except more guns or ammo. We don’t see how this could possibly save any lives, but it will surely allow enterprising criminals several possibilities for gaming the system.


DHS Official: Watch List And Guns Are “Apples And Oranges”

With Barack Obama poised to impose new gun restrictions via executive orders, discussion continues regarding the president’s desire to deny those on terrorism watch lists their Second Amendment rights—and not all federal officials agree with him. 

“I believe it would be apples and oranges,” said Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, in testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He was responding to a question from Rep. Blake Farenthold on whether it was appropriate that these lists be used outside of what they were designed for.

On Friday, however, Bersin walked back his remarks, likely after a dressing down from superiors. "To be clear, it is the administration's position that Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun," he said. "This is a matter of national security and common sense, and it is a position I and the department support."


Georgia Bill Would Prohibit Gun Sales To Divorcing Spouses

A Georgia state senator has introduced a bill that would make residents ineligible to buy a gun while going through a divorce. The legislation was written at the behest of Fulton County Assistant District Attorney April Ross, who was shot and paralyzed by her estranged husband. Georgia Carry opposed the bill, explaining that, “Many times emotions run high during divorce proceedings, but prohibiting any disarmed person from their Second Amendment right is not the proper method to attack the issue.” 

While the case of Ross is tragic, we have an additional cause for alarm about this bill: It aims to target abusive or vindictive spouses, but would also disarm their potential victims. Someone divorcing a violent spouse may have an especially urgent need for a firearm. Let’s not forget the fate that Carol Bowne met at the hands of a former boyfriend because the state didn’t allow her to defend herself.


West Virginia May Move To Deregulate Concealed Carry

Lawmakers in West Virginia are once again moving to join states such as Maine that have recognized concealed carry of firearms without a permit. A similar bill passed early this year but was vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The new legislation being drafted includes some extra measures intended to reassure law enforcement, including increasing penalties for gun-related offenses and limiting the deregulation to state residents. 

Sen. Bill Cole, the president of West Virginia’s Senate, explained that the measure would only affect law-abiding citizens. “The crooks, the drug dealers, they already have a gun under their coat, and they don’t have a concealed carry permit,” he said. The low crime rate in Vermont, which has always recognized permitless open and concealed carry, indicates that such a policy certainly can’t hurt.


Beretta Making Move To More Gun-Friendly State

Early 2016 will find a historic firearm company residing in a different state than before—and with good reason.

Beretta USA is moving its factory from Accokeek, Md., where it has operated since the 1970s, to more gun-friendly Gallatin, Tenn. Company officials decided to make the move after Maryland politicians three years ago passed a package of restrictive gun-control measures that were punitive to law-abiding citizens. The laws, championed by former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, banned many semi-automatic rifles and limited magazines to 10 rounds.

James Fenton, executive director of Gallatin’s Economic Development Agency, said O’Malley greatly helped his city by pushing the restrictive anti-gun measures. “I would like to mention that the [former] governor of Maryland is my best friend for passing that legislation, even though we've never met,” Fenton told Money.com.


Illinois Resident Defends Self And Son From Robber

 A 68-year-old resident of Calumet City, Ill., was allegedly approached by a man who attempted to rob him and his 9-year-old son. The victim, who has a concealed carry permit, responded by drawing his firearm and shooting at the would-be robber.

The suspect fled and was seen by witnesses running through neighboring back yards. He was eventually caught by police.


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.


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.”


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.”


Obama Uses Facebook To Huckster Anti-Gun Schemes That Are Proven Failures

In what must be a new low for an American president, Barack Obama used the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy to politick for gun control—not from the Oval Office or Rose Garden or in a joint address to Congress, but through a post on Facebook

After admitting anti-gun laws can’t stop lawless killers, Obama nonetheless asked, “But what if we tried to stop even one?” In so doing, he succinctly summarized the long-on-feelings but short-on-facts, sentiment-over-substance desperation that characterizes so much of the anti-gun lobby’s rhetoric and supposed “reasoning” today.

So it’s no surprise that the schemes Obama promoted—from Connecticut’s gun registration and magazine bans, to supposedly “universal” background checks, to outright gun bans—have all already been tried, and failed, to prevent crimes like the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.


This Is How Hard It Is To Get Off The No Fly List

With members of Congress pushing for a gun ban applying to everyone who ends up on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List, it is instructive to emphasize just how difficult it is for anyone on such a list to clear their name. According to an article published in the Daily Beast, Malaysian architect Rahinah Ibrahim is “… the only person since the 9/11 attacks to file a court challenge that ultimately removed her name from the watch lists.” 

While Ibrahim was able to clear her name, the process took her most of a decade, even with clear evidence that her name was added to the No Fly List by mistake. And her objective has not been met, as she is still unable to obtain a visa to visit the United States. That Ibrahim has the closest thing to a success story most people on a watch list find indicates just how unacceptable it is to deprive people of their constitutionally protected rights on such a basis.


Most Americans Oppose National Ban On "Assault Weapons"

According to ABC News/Washington Post poll results released Wednesday, a majority of Americans now oppose banning so-called “assault weapons”—a first in more than 20 years of ABC/Post polling. From the peak of 80 percent in 1994 and down 11 percentage points from 2013, of those surveyed, only 45 percent were in favor of a Bill Clinton-style ban. The poll also revealed that over three-quarters of Americans have doubts that the authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks carried out by individuals acting alone. 

These findings denote a shift away from positions touted by Barack Obama and others in response to the recent terror attack in San Bernardino, which reignited the debate over gun control or the effectiveness in civilian firearm ownership to prevent violence. When asked which is the better reaction to terrorism, 47 percent say encouraging more people to carry guns legally.


Maine Bill Would Give Local Governments Leeway To Ban Guns

While the balance of Maine’s recent legislative activity falls on the side of expanding gun rights, a new bill is cause for some concern. State Sen. Linda Baker has introduced a measure that would allow municipalities to ban guns in their public buildings without being thwarted by state pre-emption. “This is a local control issue,” explained Baker. “At the request of local officials, I agreed to bring this bill forward. 

Baker, who is a Republican, is facing opposition from other members of her party in the state Senate. Sen. Eric Brakey, a leader in the recent fight to deregulate concealed carry, stated his opposition: “I do think it is very important that we maintain the tradition we have on Second Amendment issues being determined on the state level and not letting that devolve so we have a mishmash of policies.”


Conn: Gun-Ban Group Offers 28 More Anti-Gun Tactics

As if Connecticut’s gun-ban Gov. Dannel Malloy didn’t have enough bad ideas on how to curtail his citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, the rabidly anti-gun and grossly misnamed Centers for American Progress is feeding him even more suggestions for restrictions.

The so-called “progressive think tank” issued a 28-point “framework” it says will curtail gun violence, including requiring monthly background checks for concealed-carry permit holders, implementing a lethality assessment program for police officers responding to domestic violence calls, requiring background checks for all sales at gun shows and implementing a violence-intervention program in local hospital emergency rooms for gunshot victims. 

While Malloy was rubbing his hands with glee (“These are great proposals,” he gushed), it’s obvious that most, if not all, would only affect law-abiding citizens, not criminals. Of course, Malloy likely knows that—he simply doesn’t care about the rights of Connecticut gun owners if throwing them under the bus might earn him political points.


Bakersfield Man Protects Family From Invaders

A homeowner in Bakersfield, Calif., was with his wife and three children when two men reportedly burst into their house, wearing masks and holding guns. The resident drew his own firearm and shot at the suspects, injuring one

Police arrived at the scene quickly, having already been notified by the alarm company of a problem. They heard shots fired and apprehended the wounded suspect as he attempted to escape. His accomplice is on the loose and being sought by law enforcement.


Politicians Push Terrorist Watch List Gun Ban On State Level

With more people weighing in on why the proposal to ban guns to individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List is a terrible idea, anti-gun politicians are thinking smaller. With Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy having announced an executive order to institute such a ban in his state—that is, if he can get the FBI to send the list his way—others are beginning to follow his lead. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have called for New York to close what they disingenuously call the “Terror Gap” by prohibiting anyone on an FBI list to buy guns. Illinois Rep. Gregory Harris has introduced a measure to take away gun licenses from people who appear on the Terrorist Watch List, and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed interest in a similar project. The fact that this gun-control campaign has lost steam on the federal level obviously does not mean that we can afford to drop our vigilance.


Old Dominion State Measure Would Say No To Obama’s Executive Orders

Last Wednesday, White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett confirmed that President Obama is working on bypassing Congress to expand background checks. With movement on gun control seeming increasingly imminent, the following day Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall introduced HB83, which is based in the anti-commandeering doctrine most recently affirmed in the 1997 Supreme Court case Printz v. United States.

Specifically, the measure would prohibit use of the state’s resources to subvert the Second Amendment, block state enforcement of any federal gun-control legislation or executive orders, and bar Virginia from participating in any future federal gun registries. This legislation is an important step in ensuring the rights of state residents continue in perpetuity, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

Use Your Power!

HB83 will be offered on Jan. 13, 2016, for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Virginia residents, tell your elected officials to safeguard your Second Amendment rights by voting YES on HB83. To find your lawmaker, click here.

Republicans Retain Ban On Anti-Gun Research Funding

We told you last week that anti-gun Democrats in Congress were attempting to hold the party’s spending bill votes hostage by demanding that a ban on “gun violence” research be eliminated. As expected, the Republicans will reject that proposal.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took the reins in calling for the ban to be lifted and tied it to the budget proposal, threatening to deny votes to the spending bill unless research funding was allocated. But she stopped just short of saying she would reject the overall bill if denied. “I think of it more as an incentive for Democrats to vote for the bill,” she said.

With Republicans holding a majority of the House, the chances of a Pelosi victory were slim. “I don’t think that’s going to be something that there’s much movement on,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who leads the House Appropriations Committee’s panel on health spending.


Are Democrats Betting It All On Gun Control In 2016?

Apparently adopting the strategy of Democratic presidential contenders from Hillary Clinton to Martin O’Malley, many Democratic candidates are going all-in for gun control this year, attacking each other in primary races for not voting often enough or harshly enough against the right to keep and bear arms, and exposing divisions within the party on the issue, Politico reports

“It’s now a wedge issue, not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between Democrats, over who can be the strongest” anti-gun candidate, said Shannon Watts, who leads Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun-ban lobbying group.

As Democrats purge their ranks of those who defy this new anti-gun orthodoxy, the question that remaining pro-gun Democrats must face is this: Do they abandon their party? Or do they abandon their oath to defend the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, just so they can go down with the ship? These decisions will ennoble—or scuttle—careers.

Indy Mayor Considers Veto

The Indianapolis City Council recently passed a measure that would overly burden law-abiding gun owners while not deterring violent crime. But since the proposal arguably violates the state’s pre-emption statute concerning firearms laws, the mayor might decide to veto it.

The measure would require gun owners to contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department within 48 hours of discovering a firearm missing if it is lost or stolen. Those who fail to do so face a fine of $50, plus court costs, rendering the ordinance a punishment for those who are victims of crime.

All is not lost, however. “As things stand now, he [Mayor Greg Ballard] has some significant concerns about the legality and the timing of the proposal,” Jen Pittman, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, told the Indianapolis Star.


Homeowner Near St. Louis Stops Home Invader

A homeowner in unincorporated north St. Louis County used his firearm to stop a home invasion on Monday morning.

According to police, the homeowner heard loud banging at his door around 10 a.m. and saw two men he did not recognize standing on his front porch—prompting him to retrieve his handgun. A short time later, the two suspects went to the rear of the home and tried to force their way in through the back door. That’s when the homeowner and intruders exchanged gunfire.

When police arrived, they found one suspect dead near the back door of the residence, along with a firearm, according to police Sgt. Brian Schellman. The victim was not injured. “At this point, it does not appear that the homeowner did anything wrong,” Schellman said. Officers are currently searching for the second suspect, who fled the scene.


Dana Loesch: “The Godless Left”

Radio show host Dana Loesch appears in a new commentary on NRA News and addresses the New York Daily News and its proclamation that “God isn’t fixing this.” Loesch called it the most condescending voice for what many call “the Godless Left” and said this was a coordinated assault on the two freedoms they hate the most—our right to believe and our right to survive.

Loesch also exposes the global alliance of political and media elites who conspire to tear apart the foundations of America. She says these elitists, media activists, Hollywood celebrities, campus radicals and political power mongers have openly attacked American values and the people who cherish them.

“These saboteurs share the same fanatical fervor to tear apart the foundations of America as the terrorists who threaten our very survival. And together, they march hand-in-hand toward the possible, purposeful destruction of us all.”

Watch the commentary here.


DHS Bars Review Of Immigrants’ Twitter Feeds; Obama Pursues “Universal” Background Checks Of U.S. Citizens

On Monday, Dec. 14, a former senior Homeland Security official told ABC News of a secret department policy that barred screeners from reviewing the social media content from foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas.

“The primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly, and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing,” said John Cohen, former DHS undersecretary for intelligence, on “Good Morning America.” Another former senior counterterrorism official added, “They felt looking at public postings (of foreign U.S. visa applicants) was an invasion of their privacy.”

As details emerge of the online activity of the San Bernardino murderers, what is embarrassing is a DHS policy that places political correctness above fear of harm to American citizens—not to mention the hypocrisy of an administration that pursues background checks of every firearm transfer in America, but won’t look at a foreign applicant’s Twitter feed because it might become a public-relations “embarrassment.”


Congressional Defenders Of Due Process Put On Blast In New Radio Ads

If you live in one of ten battleground congressional districts, your commute may soon become even less bearable. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased radio time to run a series of 15-second spots attacking Republicans opposed to preventing those on the Terrorism Watch List from purchasing firearms. An infuriating DCCC press release refers to the reason for these votes (aka the constitutional guarantee of due process) as a “loophole,” then explains the ads will provide phone numbers to encourage constituents to reach out to those who “voted to keep allowing suspected terrorists to buy assault rifles.”

Meredith Kelly, DCCC national spokesperson, says these ads will be the “first of many to highlight the reckless position that these vulnerable Republicans have taken on this national security issue.” We’d posit that an attempt to relegate the Second Amendment to the dustbin of history—and send the Fifth and Fourteenth with it—is the real reckless position.


Report: As Gun Sales Skyrocket, Visits To NRA.org Explode

Americans aren’t just buying more firearms than ever today—they’re also expressing more interest in the safe, lawful and effective use of firearms, as evidenced by the 72 percent increase in Web traffic to NRA.org in October over September. 

According to the online audience analysis firm Compete, in October the NRA home page had the highest number of visitors in two years, that number having risen by 59 percent compared with October 2014.

One of the largest sources of traffic was Google, and one of the biggest draws for visitors was NRA’s popular and provocative “Freedom’s Safest Place” videos. With more and more Americans learning the truth about firearms and their Second Amendment right to own them online, it’s not hard to understand why the Obama administration would want to censor online speech related to firearms.


Poll Shows That Americans Think Terrorism Is The Problem, Not Guns

According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans feel that terrorism is “the most important problem facing the country today.” After the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, 16 percent of Americans, nearly 1 in 6, now identify terrorism as the most important issue in the United States—an increase of 3 percent from early November and the highest percentage in a decade. The percentage of respondents who mentioned any aspect of the economy as their top concern dropped to 21 percent from 39 percent in November. 

Only 7 percent of Americans responded that guns constitute the nation’s greatest “problem.” All three major Democratic presidential candidates are hoping that America will embrace gun control in the wake of these attacks, but these results demonstrate little appetite on the part of voters to trample on the Second Amendment in the false hope of greater security.


Armed Friends Save Elderly Man From Knife-Wielding Attacker

In Gwinnett County, Ga., two friends saved the victim of a savage attack. Karen Duncan was walking to the house belonging to her friend Ron Childress when she heard the voice of a man calling for help. She rang the doorbell and alerted Childress, then went looking for the victim—carrying a firearm in her purse.

Duncan found a roughly 90-year-old man on the ground being stabbed by a younger assailant. She drew her gun and informed the suspect that she would shoot him unless he stopped, causing him to drop the knife. Childress arrived soon afterward with his own firearm and held the suspect at gunpoint.

“You cannot protect everyone; police can’t do it …” said Childress of the man he and Duncan saved. “… [y]ou need to be ready to protect yourself and others because what happened yesterday is a perfect example of how a citizen can protect other citizens.”


New Poll: Americans Recognize NRA’s Positive Influence

If you watch the so-called “mainstream” media’s nearly daily smear campaign against the National Rifle Association—including calling NRA members “terrorists”—you would think the organization was among the most hated in the country. And you would be wrong.

A Rasmussen poll conducted Nov. 30–Dec. 1, asked individuals, “[t]he NRA supports gun policies that make all Americans safer. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with this statement?” A full 61 percent of respondents stated that they agreed with the statement, with over a third of all respondents saying they strongly agreed.

Such high polling numbers illustrate that a majority of Americans see through media depictions of NRA, to the Association’s work on gun policies that empower individuals to provide for the defense of themselves, families, and communities, along with NRA’s programs that educate the public on the safe handling and use of firearms.


Donate Vehicles To The NRA Foundation

The National Rifle Association has announced a partnership with Copart, an online live vehicle auction platform, to raise funds for The NRA Foundation. 

Through the partnership, NRA supporters can donate an old or unneeded car, van, truck, boat, RV, trailer, personal watercraft, snowmobile, motorcycle or other vehicle (in any condition) to The NRA Foundation, and it will be auctioned on the Copart site. The NRA Foundation then receives a portion of the profits from the auction. 

To facilitate end-of-year giving for tax purposes, supporters can begin making their tax-deductible donation of vehicles today. The first car donated to The NRA Foundation is scheduled to be auctioned on Dec. 21, and the campaign will run through 2016. To make a donation, click here or call 1-866-NRA-GIFT.


Pizza Driver Fights Off Armed Robbers

A Detroit pizza delivery driver used his firearm Wednesday night to fight off an armed robber.

According to police reports, the driver arrived at a house with an order, only to find the home abandoned. An armed assailant hiding inside attempted to rob him.

The driver then turned the table on the robber, pulling his own firearm and shooting it out with him. The suspect was wounded and found on the next street over, where he was arrested. A second suspect is at large, but no description was made available by police.


White House Reportedly Finalizing Executive Order On Guns

Although Barack Obama has repeatedly pressured Congress to pass various gun-control measures, it appears that he has resolved to take unilateral action on expanding background checks. Most information at this point is secondhand, but it has been reported that the White House is finalizing the details on an executive order that would require gun owners who sell a certain volume online or at gun shows to conduct background checks on transfers. 

We have previously theorized that Obama would increasingly go at it alone on his crusade against guns, abandoning any attempt at consensus as his presidency draws to a close. While this piece of news is frightening to supporters of the Second Amendment, rest assured that the NRA will do everything within its power to challenge such an executive order on legal grounds.


Conn. Gov.: Some Watchlist Or Other Might Stop Terrorism If I Can Get My Hands On It

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Thursday an executive order that would ban those on a government watchlist from purchasing firearms. Exactly which list is unclear—Malloy stated Thursday that those who “can’t fly without clearing government watchlists” should be barred from buying guns, referring to the No-Fly List. But in a CBS interview Friday, when asked to specify which list, he replied, “There’s a terrorism watch list, and I think that’s A-number-1.” 

While he uses some variation of the phrase “make us safer” six times in that six-minute interview, he never attempts to back it up, instead conflating the issue with “universal” background checks and even the Syrian refugee crisis. And when asked if he’d be able to obtain the lists, Malloy stammered, “Uh, we’re having discussions and I believe that, uh, I’m hopeful that it will lead to allowing us to use these lists … uh, we are in discussion …” 

Speaking of things that won’t fly, let’s all hope Malloy’s unconstitutional scheme, which tosses due process out the window, never makes it off the ground.


Democrats Hold Spending Bill Votes Hostage

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; and the Democratic party are attempting to stonewall the party’s support for a year-end spending bill by demanding that a 17-year-old provision banning “gun violence” research be eliminated. Republican leaders will almost certainly reject this demand. 

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, in an editorial earlier this week, explained why the NRA lobbied for the ban originally and why they continue to support it. “Government-funded research was openly biased in the 1990s. CDC officials unabashedly supported gun bans and poured millions of dollars into ‘research’ that was, in fact, advocacy.” The spin was so egregious, Cox noted, that Congress acted and forbade the use of taxpayer funds for such biased, agenda-driven research. 

As for the renewed call for research funding, “It’s not objective data gun-control advocates seek,” Cox says. “They have a pre-determined outcome.”

Hillary Clinton Sticks To Her Guns, Lies On Seth Meyers Show

Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday, Hillary Clinton made a special point to trot out the tired litany of lies she routinely tells about gun owners, firearms and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Specifically, Hillary claimed that 92 percent of the public and 85 percent of gun owners supposedly support dramatically expanding federal anti-gun laws, including:

  • requiring so-called “universal” background checks that the Obama Justice Department admitted would require gun registration;
  • repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, thereby exposing the U.S. firearms industry to bankruptcy due to baseless, politically motivated lawsuits; and
  • putting the government in the middle of every firearm transfer.

Hillary can claim that 296 percent of Americans want to ban guns, but that wouldn’t change the facts: Most Americans believe guns make our homes safer. And even anti-gun media admit that Hillary’s laws can’t prevent lawlessness.


Transparency Groups Target Bloomberg-Funded TV Ads

The days of gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s millions being spent in secret without television viewers being aware he is behind some advocacy advertisements might soon be coming to an end.

Three transparency groups—The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation—have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require that Bloomberg’s name appear on TV commercials that are paid for by his Independence USA PAC.

“Efforts to obscure the true funding of political messages have recently proliferated as individuals increasingly turn to political action committees with opaque or misleading names to hide funders’ identities,” the groups wrote in their complaint. The groups believe the ads should state that Bloomberg is responsible for them since he provides all of the super-PAC’s funding.


Oklahoma Prosecutor Shoots Home Invader

Assistant District Attorney Erin Oquin of Craig County, Okla., is unhurt after shooting an intruder who allegedly kicked down her door. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton explained to News on 6, “We don’t know if he knew whether that house was occupied or not, but he found out shortly after he entered it.” 

The suspect was shot once in the chest and jumped into his car, driving away. He was eventually found wounded by a city police officer. Authorities said that the intruder was a serial burglar. 

Of Oquin, Sheriff Walton said, “She was a victim in her home, with a very high expectation of safety and privacy, and an intruder comes in and she was ready to deal with it, and did so.” It’s a good thing that the local district attorney doesn’t forbid prosecutors from owning guns, or things might have gone quite a bit differently.


Oklahoma Homeowner Returns Invaders’ Fire

A homeowner in Jenks, Okla., foiled the plans of three suspected robbers Wednesday morning, narrowly escaping injury. According to police, the would-be burglars broke into a vehicle parked in a driveway in the normally quiet Tulsa suburb and used a remote-control garage door opener to gain entry to the home. To their surprise, they were met face to face with the homeowner inside the garage. The suspects then opened fire on the victim, but missed. That’s when officers say the victim fired back several times, quickly deflating their determination to get inside.

The suspects returned to their vehicle and fled the scene. Police finally caught up with the three men later that day, arresting them after a police chase through south Tulsa. Officers recovered two handguns from the car and found “a large amount of property” that also connects the three men to a slew of recent armed robberies and car burglaries across Tulsa County.


Gun-Ban Lobby’s Answer To Murder: Produce A Video, Organize A March

The anti-gun lobby prefers empty gestures to meaningful action, so it’s no surprise that their latest response to violent crime in the U.S. amounts to a video message and a series of marches.

Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Moms Demand Action vows to organize “Orange Walks” in nearly 100 cities this weekend, while sister group Everytown for Gun Safety is mashing up a video in which celebrities, President Obama and the survivors of crime victims all proclaim, “We can end gun violence.”

While they’re at it, maybe they can outlaw hunger, abolish war and rid the world of all known diseases. The sad fact is that with his $38 billion fortune, Bloomberg could make a difference—for example, by funding a Project Exile effort to improve federal enforcement of existing gun laws, which is drastically down under President Obama—but instead he funds the empty gesture and publicity stunt. Hooray.


Neighboring States React To Blame For California Shootings

California Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a page from the playbook of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, blaming violence inside the state on its neighbors’ gun laws. “California has some of the toughest gun-control laws of any state,” he announced. “And Nevada and Arizona are wide open, so that’s a gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk.”

However, Nevada and Arizona have no connection to the guns used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, prompting the governors of those states to slam Brown’s explanation. This “blame the neighbors” strategy has been a standby of politicians unable to account for the fact that all of their stringent gun-control laws have not worked to prevent violence. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey described Brown’s statement as “out of bounds,” while Nevada Gov. Mari St. Martin said it was “wrong and irresponsible.”


Orange County Workers Trained In Pseudo Self-Defense

Terrorism hit a little too close to home for Orange County supervisors. In the wake of the San Bernardino attacks, Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer announced Tuesday that Orange County employees will be trained to defend themselves. However, that training won’t take place at a gun range—as California state laws prohibit the possession of firearms in any city, county, state or federal building—but rather using routine office items in self-defense.

A committee will be assigned the task of assessing the vulnerability of all county buildings and will provide recommendations for training, safety upgrades and new protocols. “It might be a paper clip holder, but it’s gonna be something,” Spitzer said.

Might we suggest a more effective recommendation: Allow law-abiding gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns to work. They would be a much more powerful defensive tool against terrorists than staplers and paper clips.


L.A. County Leaders Push More Anti-Gun Laws

Politicians in Los Angeles County, already home to some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the country and located in the state with the most restrictive gun laws, are pushing to further inconvenience law-abiding gun owners.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas believes “much more” needs to be done about mass shootings, and is throwing his weight behind a variety of measures, including mandating insurance for gun owners, taxing ammunition, stepping up gun “buy-back” programs, requiring additional background checks on guns sold in the county and further regulating semi-automatic firearms.

Of course, since criminals don’t follow laws—that’s why they are called criminals—all of the proposed restrictions would only affect law-abiding residents of Los Angeles County, who already have to navigate onerous laws just to practice their Second Amendment rights. Sounds like more of the same from California’s gun-haters.


Kurt Russell Says Fighting Terrorism With Gun Control Is “Absolutely Insane”

Action movie legend Kurt Russell was grilled about his pro-gun views in a recent interview by a reporter who asserted that “disenfranchised white guys need” guns in order to “feel good about themselves.” Russell replied, “If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind … I think it’s absolutely insane.”

In the ensuing exchange, Russell attacked the idea of prohibiting guns for individuals on federal watch lists and noted that preparedness is the realistic solution to violence. And when the interviewer said the words, “Just put some controls,” Russell quickly responded: “Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can’t?”

We don’t know about you, but we’d take Snake Plissken on our side of the debate any day.


The NYT Opposed The Watch List When It Wasn’t About Guns

Breitbart points out that The New York Times editorial board’s newfound fervor for banning all gun sales to individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List doesn’t stack up against the outrage that the paper previously expressed about the list’s very existence. The Times condemned the list as “a violation of basic rights” that should not be part of a “democratic society premised on due process.” 

Of course, if you’re talking about letting people buy guns, these same editors seem enthusiastic about throwing due process out the window. It’s time for these journalists to admit that in the end, they hate guns a lot more than they love civil liberties.


Anti-Gun Politicians Obstruct Legislative Process

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who want more restrictive gun control have begun turning the legislative proceedings into a clown show, repeatedly calling for the House to be adjourned if it’s not going to pass more gun-control legislation. As the congressional gun-haters realize they’re unlikely to get their way, they are favoring political theater over professionalism. 

Each motion to adjourn failed, and the anti-gun reps are being asked to examine some unrelated bills on homeland security—you know, to actually do their job. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, condemned their practices, saying, “This body ought to be about doing things that make a difference, not doing things for show.”


Ed Schultz Thinks You’re A “Jackass” For Respecting The Constitution

According to former MSNBC host and liberal political commentator Ed Schultz, you’re a “jackass” if you have a soft spot in your heart for the Constitution, reported Newsbusters’ Jack Coleman. Since the cancellation of Schultz’s MSNBC show and daily talk radio program, the liberal political commentator has held a daily Web-based podcast, on which he announced Friday that the Constitution is just “totally outdated” and an “old piece of paper.”

“… Just tell the American people we can’t get anything done on gun violence because Republicans are in the way,” said Schultz regarding GOP opposition to gun-control legislation in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack. “Put it on the obstructers. Put it on the people who always defend a piece of paper that was 225 years old or whatever, back in a society that doesn’t even exist today, the Second Amendment.”


Press Secretary Calls For Return Of Clinton Gun Ban

The notorious “assault weapons” ban instituted by Bill Clinton during his presidency was a failure, as even a great many anti-gun commentators are now willing to concede. Crime data reveals that taking firearms out of circulation because they looked scary did nothing to impact the real roots of violent crime. 

Yet White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has suggested that we bring it back anyway. Earnest listed the reinstatement of the ban as one of several “common-sense” steps that would provide “a national security benefit.” We know that President Barack Obama would like to make gun control part of his legacy; what we don’t understand is why he’s so eager to copy Clinton’s failures.


New Jersey Mayor, Local Officials Call For Normalizing Right To Carry

Following the San Bernardino terrorist shootings, some New Jersey elected officials have called for civilizing that state’s byzantine Right-to-Carry permitting process.

Egg Harbor Township Mayor James McCullough wrote to The Press of Atlantic City that the world is unsafe and that “Maybe if someone had a gun during the San Bernardino shooting spree, some of the 14 innocent people would still be alive.” Councilman-elect Joe Venezia, also of Atlantic County, supported McCullough’s letter, noting that New Jersey—where anti-gun laws keep honest people largely disarmed—is likely a “breeding ground for terrorism.” 

Although the Press plainly tried to dismiss the notion of making Jersey’s carry laws similar to those of other states, Scott Bach, of the Association of N.J. Rifle & Pistol Clubs, warned, “People die because they are actively prevented by the state from defending themselves with a firearm outside the home” in New Jersey.


Odessa Homeowner Thwarts Burglary Attempt

An Odessa, Texas, resident is the latest example of a homeowner using a firearm for self-defense. It happened in the early morning hours, just after 2 a.m., when a would-be robber tried to force his way into Hector Garcia’s house by kicking in the front door. 

Garcia, 35, shot at the suspect multiple times until he fled and drove away in a truck. The suspect had also vandalized Garcia’s vehicle by breaking a window and denting the sides. 

Odessa police later located the suspect at Medical Center Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower body. Warrants will be served upon his release.


Even The L.A. Times Hits Back Against Watch-List Gun Ban

We previously noted a growing faction within the political left that is speaking out against the Obama administration’s desire to prohibit individuals on an FBI watch list from buying guns. Now the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times has issued a statement condemning the policy for its abandonment of due process. “Ending gun violence is critically important, but so is protecting basic civil liberties,” the board wrote. 

In case you weren’t sure, the L.A. Times is not known for being a pro-Second Amendment paper, and even in this editorial the writers seemed eager to defend their anti-gun credentials with talk about banning certain types of firearms and enacting more gun-control legislation. But in the end, President Obama’s assault on a constitutionally protected right was too much for them. “Although we agree to the ends here,” they concluded, “we object to the means.”


Proposed N.J. Smart-Gun Mandate: New, But Not Improved

A bill to replace New Jersey’s beleaguered smart-gun mandate passed in the state Senate by a vote of 22-15 Monday. Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, S3249 would eliminate the requirement that all handguns sold in N.J. must be smart guns within 30 months after “personalized handguns are available” anywhere in the country. Instead, as models are introduced, they would be vetted by the state attorney general—once a model is approved, all firearms wholesalers and retailers would be required to carry one in their inventory and display it in their stores. 

While Weinberg believes S3249 will eliminate a roadblock to the development of smart-gun technology, many recognize it just replaces one gross government overreach with another. Notably, not a single GOP senator voted for it. “To have the government mandate what private business can and cannot sell, I think that’s wrong,” said Republican Sen. Mike Doherty. “That seems a lot like the Soviet Union to me.”


Writer Confused Over Why Younger Americans Like Guns

A Washington Post columnist on Tuesday expressed dismay that younger Americans don’t appear to be the driving force for gun control that many in the gun-ban movement had hoped they would be.

Catherine Rampell’s column, titled “Millennials’ Mysterious Support for Permissive Gun Laws,” chronicles how younger Americans, just like those in older age groups, more generally oppose more restrictive gun laws than support them. “Given the ambivalence of today’s young people—who are tomorrow’s high-voter-turnout middle-aged and older people—I wouldn’t expect that balance of power to shift (to anti-gun) anytime soon,” Rampell concluded.

Rampell need not have looked at reams of research to come to the same conclusion we do on a weekly basis when visiting the local shooting range. Just one trip will show that younger Americans are flocking to ranges in higher numbers than ever before—happily practicing the Second Amendment right that many in the media would love to curtail.


Katie Couric To Debut Gun Documentary At Sundance

“It will be a great jumping-off point for a conversation about this subject.” That’s Katie Couric discussing her new documentary titled “Under the Gun,” which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival next January. While she promises to “provide different perspectives from all sides of the issue,” Couric presents her film as “an opportunity to have a civil, productive conversation with the majority of Americans in this country who feel gun violence is unacceptable.” 

Doing publicity for the movie, Couric shows exactly where she stands when she spouts ridiculous statements like, “There is what’s considered a mass shooting almost every day in America now.” So when she says “some people won’t like it,” it’s likely those “some people” will be America’s law-abiding gun owners and the 5 million men and women of the National Rifle Association.


American Sniper Shootout Demonstrates TrackingPoint Tech

Taya Kyle, widow of legendary sniper Chris Kyle, took on NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt in a match intended to raise money for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation—and to demonstrate the power of TrackingPoint technology. Using TrackingPoint guns, Kyle—who describes herself as a “novice” shooter—handily defeated Piatt at the first inaugural American Sniper Shootout in Mason, Texas. 

TrackingPoint has been looking for military and law enforcement contracts, and they are likely to encounter renewed interest based on this powerful proof of concept. When she spoke to us in October, Taya Kyle emphasized that this technology could be a major leap forward for modern warfare, and a way to save countless lives.


New Orleans Man Shoots Suspect Who Followed Him Into Home

An alleged New Orleans auto burglar was shot after an altercation with an Annunciation Street resident Saturday night.

According to a preliminary report from the New Orleans Police Department, the victim saw a man, later identified as Jordan Lowe, breaking into his vehicle. The owner of the vehicle, a 62-year-old man, came outside to confront the burglar who allegedly “armed himself with a large stick” and beat the victim several times with it, the report stated. 

The victim retreated back into his home, but Lowe followed. The victim drew a gun and fired at the suspect, shooting him twice. Police said Lowe was transported to an area hospital and listed in stable condition.


President Misleads Americans On Gun Rights And Terrorism

In his first prime-time Oval Office address in five years, President Barack Obama on Sunday night used last week’s terrorist shootings in San Bernardino to push more gun-control schemes—again in a dishonest and misleading fashion. “Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun,” Obama lectured, suggesting that such a law would have stopped the attack. 

First of all, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation that stalled in the Senate didn’t just ban gun sales to persons on the “no fly list”—but also on the FBI’s so-called “Terrorist Screening Database,” which contains 15 to 30 times as many names

More importantly, as CNN reported, neither of the two terrorists killed in San Bernardino were on any list. So not only would Obama’s schemes not have prevented those crimes—they also would leave countless innocent Americans defenseless. That’s dishonest, and it’s indefensible.


Senate Holds The Line On 2A Rights

The legislation had a seemingly benign title—the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.” But, if passed, H.R. 3762 would have empowered the Department of Justice to deny gun sales to those on the government’s terror watch list. In other words, it would have turned the “no-fly” list into a “no-guns” list as well. For more background, Colion Noir discusses the terror watch list here.  

Fortunately, the bill proposed by long-time anti-gun activist Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., failed on Thursday by a vote of 45-54 in the pro-gun Senate. Also failing was the dusted-off Manchin-Toomey “universal” background check bill that would ban private transfers of guns between friends and family members. It was defeated by a vote of 47-50, and received fewer votes than when it debuted two years ago.

We applaud these wins, and offer a big thank you to the Senate for standing on the side of freedom.


Oakland Officials Pushing Feel-Good Anti-Gun Measures

California’s strict gun-control laws didn’t affect the terrorists who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last week, but that’s not stopping Oakland city leaders from attempting to institute even more restrictions—laws that only the law-abiding would obey.

Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan is pushing proposals to mandate that gun owners and law enforcement who leave a firearm in a vehicle lock it up; require gun owners to secure their guns at home when not in use; and ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

Kaplan said, “We must take action,” referencing the San Bernardino attack, yet none of the proposals would have stopped that rampage. The two storage provisions weren’t even a consideration, and there is already a statewide ban on so-called “high-capacity” magazines. Plus, who really believes that terrorists—who already broke a laundry list of dozens of laws by planning and undertaking a murderous attack—would care what additional restrictions Oakland might place on law-abiding gun owners?


Nevada Politician Shows 2A Pride With Family Christmas Card

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s Christmas card has been making waves on social media. The Republican state representative showed her support for the Second Amendment by sharing the card—which shows her family members, dressed in blue jeans and red tops, holding various types of firearms in front of a Christmas tree—on Facebook. 

Fiore said she’s received positive feedback from all over the world, but the negative comments have been “the most vile and insulting comments I’ve ever read against myself and my family.” 

“What’s regrettable is governing and forcing innocent people to be defenseless while allowing and inviting terrorists into our country knowing the murderous outcome,” she said in an email to CNN. “My strong message to you is it’s time Americans begin protecting America. Get armed, get trained, get your head out of the sand and be prepared.”


Voices On Left Speak Out Against New Push For Gun Control

While the president and the front page of The New York Times call for stricter gun laws and the denial of due process for individuals on the FBI’s terror watch list, some on the left have become disillusioned with this gun-control crusade. A post on PJ Media, titled “How the ‘New York Times’ and Loretta Lynch Made Me Join the NRA,” condemns the Obama administration’s dangerous conflation of attacks by crazed lone shooters with the coordinated actions of terrorists. The writer concludes by proclaiming, “You’ve got another one-time Jewish lefty in the NRA.” 

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast published a piece called “My Fellow Liberals, Don’t Support Obama’s Terror Watch List Gun Ban.” It is promising to see that so much of what we have pointed out about the dangers of such a ban is coming to the attention of thoughtful people who are not necessarily supporters of gun rights.


Armed Citizen Stops Three Robbers In Newport News

A vigilant customer is credited with stopping a recent armed robbery in Newport News, Va. Just before 10 p.m., three men wearing masks, gloves and tennis shoes ran into a Family Dollar discount store. According to police, the smallest of the men had a handgun drawn as the three approached the register. They announced to the cashier that they were robbing the store, but before they could take any money, a customer in the checkout line, who had been watching the situation unfold, pulled out his concealed firearm. When the men saw the gun, they immediately fled on foot. 

Based on the clothing, shoes and physical builds of the suspects as captured on surveillance cameras, police believe they may have committed a string of other armed robberies in Newport News and the nearby city of Hampton before being foiled in this recent attempt.


Maryland Deputy AG: “We Should Ban Guns”

In a series of statements made to—and secretly recorded by—an undercover journalist, Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiruvendran Vignarajah expressed his thorough disregard for the Second Amendment. “My complete answer, off the record, is that we should ban guns altogether, period,” said Vignarajah. “If you want gun practice with a gun, you can go to the gun range, pick up your gun at the gun range, fire it there, and then you leave it there and you go home.” 

The deputy AG did concede that he could accept individuals having guns in the home under some conditions, including required liability insurance, an “extensive licensing scheme,” taxes and “fingerprint trigger locks.” The Maryland attorney general’s office has long been a hotbed of anti-gun activity; Vignarajah’s statements merely confirm that this institution continues to be an enemy to the Second Amendment.

Use Your Power!

Let the Maryland attorney general’s office know that it is unacceptable for a sworn public official to have so little respect for the United States Constitution. Phone numbers and email addresses for the office are located here.

Quebec Revisits Failed Long Gun Registry

Canada’s national long gun registry was initiated in 1995 in an attempt to prevent mass shootings. It quickly became an embarrassment to the government, with ballooning costs that were estimated at $2 billion in 2004 and no recorded effect on crime. It was finally scrapped in 2012 under a Conservative government, with current Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying at the time that the registry had been a failure he was not interested in perpetuating. 

The one major holdout in 2012 was the provincial government of Quebec, which petitioned to prevent the destruction of registry data and was overruled by the country’s Supreme Court in 2015. Now the Quebec government has announced the creation of its own gun registry, which it says will cost between 15 million and 20 million dollars. With politicians on both sides of the aisle freely admitting that the federal gun registry did nothing but waste taxpayer money, why would anyone be eager to replicate it?


Connecticut Liquor Store Owner Sends Armed Suspect Packing

A man entered a liquor store in Bridgeport, Conn., producing a firearm and demanding cash from the woman at the cash register—the owner’s wife, as it turned out. “When he said, ‘Give me the money,’ my wife, she opened the register,” said owner John Alves. “That’s why I cocked my gun and I point it at him.” Surveillance video reveals the panicked suspect exiting the premises at top speed. 

No one was injured in the incident, and police are still searching for the suspect. The Alves family has operated the liquor store for nearly twenty years and has experience dealing with armed robbers. The owner’s son expressed amusement at the outcome: “All I could do is kind of just laugh ‘cause it’s amateurish, very amateurish.”


Chris Cox Responds To President Obama On San Bernardino Shooting

In a new column in USA Today titled, “No, Mr. President, the NRA is not to blame,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox struck back against Barack Obama’s attempt to leverage the atrocious attack in San Bernardino, Calif., for more gun control. Cox points out that “… California has already adopted President Obama’s gun control wishlist: ‘universal’ background checks, registration, waiting periods, gun bans, magazine bans and an expansion of prohibited gun categories. But these laws did nothing to prevent this horrific crime from taking place.” 

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley were also quick to use the shooting to advance their agenda, not waiting for details to emerge first. What we have discovered in the meantime does not support these politicians’ claim that the NRA is somehow to blame, or that stricter gun control is the answer.


University Prof Rants About Guns, NRA

In a rant secretly videoed during an introductory biology course, University of California, Irvine professor Richard Symanski blamed violent crime on the National Rifle Association and urged students to become gun-ban activists.

In the video found here, Symanski says: “If you want a cause—want to get on a bandwagon—then get these guns outlawed, and do something about the Second Amendment.” Symanski also addressed the NRA: “Who’s the big culprit of this? It’s the NRA—the National Rifle Association—which is enormously powerful in this country, in a way that you and I can’t imagine.”

Symanski even revealed his own mental instability, and his inability to believe gun owners might be different: “Look, we’re all sort of off the edge at some point, right? We don’t know when we’re going to fly off the edge. And what does the issue become? The issue becomes do we have access to a gun or an AK-47 or an automatic weapon? If we don’t have access to the damn thing we can’t kill anybody.”

USE YOUR POWER!

Are you sick of public university professors using their captive audiences to push an anti-gun, anti-NRA agenda? Voice your opinion on Professor Symanski’s rant to university Regents at regentsoffice@ucop.edu.

N.Y. Sheriff Urges Carry Permit Holders To Carry Their Guns

“In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world, I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.” That was part of a letter posted on the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and signed by Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum.

Ulster County is located two hours north of New York City. Given the recent attacks and ISIS’ threat to the Big Apple, it certainly seems like sage advice not only for residents of Ulster County, but for residents in every county across the country.

After his letter went viral, Van Blarcum later said the post wasn’t intended to spark debate, but merely to encourage the licensed gun owners to carry. He also urged fellow officers to do the same when off-duty: “We must be prepared to act at any given moment.”


WaPo Rates Obama’s Statements On Mass Shootings Abroad

The Washington Post Fact Checker turned its analysis on a series of recent statements by President Obama comparing the number of mass shootings in America with those in other countries. Obama’s initial claim—that “… this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries”—is rated “Four Pinocchios,” a complete falsehood. The president has limited the scope of subsequent statements, and this article rates his overall factuality on the subject at “Two Pinocchios.”

The Fact Checker does note that even the statements deemed true are comparing the total number of mass shootings, a method that economist John Lott says is misleading: “I don’t know what sense it makes to say, ‘I have an area of 320 million people, and I’m going to compare it to 8 million, or even 40 million people.’ I would expect, just out of randomness, to have more of whatever event to happen in a country of 320 million people.”


Amy Schumer Keeps Stumping For Gun Control

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer is using her twitter following of 2.7 million to rally support for stricter gun control after the mass shooting in San Bernardino—tweeting Thursday, “Text ‘enough’ to 877-877 for the public to tell congress directly that we want background checks on ALL gun sales. Do it now! I did!” When someone texts as directed, they receive a message from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, transferring them directly to their senator based on area code. 

Schumer also tweeted, “U.S. Senate vote today on gun violence. Will your senators stop dangerous people from getting guns? Ask them: http://tinyurl.com/qeww2dn,” which links to contact information for all members of Congress. The “Trainwreck” star has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control since a man shot and killed two at a Louisiana screening of the film—making multiple appearances with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and mocking gun owners in a sketch on SNL.


Woman Holds Would-Be Burglar At Gunpoint

A woman was sitting home alone in Cleveland, Tenn., when she heard the sound of someone trying to break through her front door. She retrieved her handgun and called through the door that she was armed. She then stepped outside and encountered a stranger, whom she ordered to stay where he was. Police arrived on the scene and found the woman holding the suspect at gunpoint.

The would-be burglar was reported by WRCB to have more than 40 arrests on his record. The armed citizen reported that her prior training helped her know what to do: “We went over this when we got my concealed-carry permit, these types of scenarios.” The suspect is currently facing multiple charges. 


Chicago Mayor Sacks His Police Chief In Desperation To Duck Criticism

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Tuesday in what many say is a cynical, desperate attempt to dodge blame for the Chicago Police Department’s long history of corruption, misconduct and public unaccountability—not to mention the city’s skyrocketing violent crime rates—all of which represent the mayor’s, and not just the police chief’s, failures.

What apparently triggered McCarthy’s termination was the public release of video showing the October 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, and the public outrage that followed.

Although McCarthy’s termination may placate some critics, others say the larger problem is Emanuel himself. As the Chicago Tribune pointed out, as mayor, Emanuel tried to block public release of the McDonald shooting video, and even sought to quash language in the court record that alluded to a “code of silence” surrounding police misconduct.


Martin O’Malley Raps (Yes, Really) About Hatred Of Guns

In news that is sure to disturb both gun owners and hip hop fans, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley appeared on the satirical interview series “Off the Record” and rapped about his hatred of guns. “The NRA hates me ‘cause I don’t like guns,” he recited from a paper the hosts gave him. “Guns, guns, guns, I don’t like them guns.” 

That’s approximately the same level of nuance with which he has approached gun issues throughout his career: O’Malley appears to be basing his entire campaign at this point on his opposition to the NRA. As his increasingly dismal polling scores indicate, citing his extreme distance from a popular civil-rights organization may not have been the brightest strategy. But with a little practice, maybe he has a future in the music industry.


D.C. Residents Hold Bake Sale For Answers On Crime

Residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Denise Krepp want to know why crime is spiking in their area and if a low prosecution rate is to blame. Hundreds of residents gathered last month for an anti-crime meeting. Officials were unable to provide any information about the prosecution rate, so Krepp filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Justice. The answers, however, will be costly: $40 an hour for potentially hundreds of hours of research. 

In response, the determined residents came up with a creative way to raise the needed funds—a bake sale. “I want to know why we have criminals on the street when they should be locked up,” Krepp told NBC 4. “But if you have no idea how many cases you’ve prosecuted, then you have no idea what the crime level is in Washington, D.C. And if you don’t, who does?”


Kimber To Sponsor NRA News Commentators

The National Rifle Association has announced that Kimber America is the new presenting sponsor of the successful online video series, Commentators on NRA News. 

Launched in 2013, Commentators has grown into a collection of more than 100 commentary videos, with notable personalities from the gun-rights movement posing questions and arguments on hot topics surrounding the Second Amendment. Kimber America’s sponsorship will continue to propel the series with videos featuring popular Second Amendment advocate Colion Noir, veteran Navy SEAL Dom Raso, and popular TV and radio host Dana Loesch. All three commentators come with ample firearms experience, knowledge and a determination to stand and fight for the truth. 

See the latest from Loesch, Noir and Raso here.


Knife-Wielding Robber Picks Wrong Target

It sounded like a solid plan. Stake out hotels, pose as a plumber to get into guest rooms, and then rob the guest after gaining entrance to their room. All good except for one thing: Be sure to know who you are robbing. 

In the case of the criminal disguised as a plumber at Colorado’s Hotel Elegante, the plan was working perfectly. His convincing act enabled him to get inside a room. After the door was closed, he pulled his hoodie over his head and displayed a knife. Unfortunately for the would-be robber, though, the guest in this instance was an off-duty soldier—an off-duty soldier with a gun. 

Knife-wielding Phillip McCoy, 43, was no match for the soldier, who quickly subdued McCoy and held him down on the floor until police arrived. Officers confirmed McCoy was not a hotel employee and he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.


Pro-Freedom Doctor Addresses CDC Gun Research

Past America’s 1st Freedom contributor Dr. Timothy Wheeler’s blog post yesterday on The Hill firmly set the record straight on anti-gun activism at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a piece titled “Why Congress Stopped Gun Control Activism at the CDC,” Wheeler, director of Doctors For Responsible Gun Ownership, wrote that renewed congressional calls for CDC “studies” overlook the fact that “mountains of firearm research” has been done since the ban.

Wheeler also reminds readers how the grossly anti-gun attitudes of CDC leaders prompted Congress to pass the ban. As Wheeler pointed out, the full committee report for the 1997 appropriations bill contained “a limitation to prohibit the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control from engaging in any activities to advocate or promote gun control.” Further, the committee warned CDC officials that it “does not believe that it is the role of the CDC to advocate or promote policies to advance gun control initiatives, or to discourage responsible private gun ownership.”


Motor City’s Top Cop Encourages Armed Citizenry

While many anti-gunners say law-abiding Americans carrying concealed firearms doesn’t make communities safer, many beg to differ—including Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

In fact, the Motor City’s top cop believes terrorists would be hesitant to target his city for that very reason—that armed citizens would fight back. “If you’re a terrorist or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens,” said Craig. “A lot of Detroiters have CPLs [concealed pistol licenses].”

In Detroit last year, 1,169 handgun permits were issued and more than 8,000 guns were registered with the police department. All told, more than 30,000 city residents are legally armed. 

“If you look at what happened in Paris, I’m not saying if more citizens had had guns it would have stopped the terrorists,” Craig continued. “But it sure might have helped.”


Op-Ed Says Obama Administration Is Arming Terrorists

While anti-gun forces continue to make the disingenuous claim that the NRA is “arming the terrorists” by upholding due process for Americans whose names have appeared on FBI watch lists, a new editorial on The Hill points out that the Obama administration is not just wrong, but hypocritical to point the finger at Second Amendment advocates. 

Operation Fast and Furious involved intentionally funneling illegal arms to Mexico in an attempt to expose trafficking networks. The Obama administration has been keen to suppress details about this operation, which had the effect of arming criminals whose methods in many respects mirror those of ISIS. For all the talk about “arming the terrorists,” it appears that the only ones who have done so here operate from within the highest circles of our government.

 


NY SAFE Act Sponsor Guilty On Corruption Charges

The anti-gun faction in American politics likes to present its efforts as acts of outraged conscience, but stories like this expose how hollow their claims of morality are. Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, frequent gun-control promoter and sponsor of the NY SAFE Act, was found guilty of seven charges of federal corruption and graft. He had illegally appropriated more than $4 million since 2000. 

Silver’s conviction has the potential to damage the reputation of his long-time ally Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has recently intensified his anti-gun campaign and has appeared in public cooperating with Hillary Clinton on gun control. His office released a statement applauding the ruling, in an apparent attempt to distance himself from Silver’s legacy.


Al Sharpton, Spike Lee Promote National “Gun Violence Awareness Month”

Rev. Al Sharpton has called for establishing a “national gun violence awareness month,” and his political allies in Congress, New York Democrats Charles Rangel and Hakeem Jeffries, have pledged to introduce a congressional resolution authorizing the gesture. 

Meanwhile, film director and recent Sharpton ally Spike Lee has organized a “march against gun violence,” according to the tabloid New York Daily News, conveniently timed to coincide with the premiere of his new movie, “Chi-Raq,” which blames the criminal violence in Chicago—which has some of the strictest “gun control” in the United States—on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. 

Thankfully, we can all rest assured that for Lee’s “march against gun violence” and for Sharpton’s and Rangel’s “gun violence awareness month,” murderers, robbers and rapists will all undoubtedly lay down their arms, braid daisies into their hair in solidarity, and join hands to sing “Kumbaya.” Or—maybe not.


Scooter Salesman Shoots At Attackers

A man was ambushed and pistol-whipped by two men pretending to be prospective buyers of his Hoverboard electric scooters in a Bellflower, Calif., supermarket parking lot Sunday night. The victim arranged to meet the two supposed buyers, whom he did not know, to sell them the Hoverboards. One of the two suspects pistol-whipped the back of the victim’s head while he was speaking with the other suspect, who then also pointed a handgun at him. The victim, an armed off-duty security guard, pulled out his own handgun and fired at both would-robbers. 

“Shots were fired (by both men) and one suspect was shot in the neck,” said Lt. Matthew Vander Horck of the sheriff’s Lakewood station. Police responded to the scene and took the 18-year-old wounded suspect into custody. The second suspect, who pistol-whipped the victim, fled the scene in a dark sedan after picking up his accomplice’s handgun. The perpetrator and victim were both transported to a nearby hospital.


Bloomberg Drops $72 Million On Campaigns In Four Years

While our spirits were buoyed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s costly and embarrassing defeat in Virginia—where voters angrily rejected his attempt to buy his way into state politics—the approximately $3 million that he lost only constitutes a fraction of his recent political spending. According to the New York Post, the ex-mayor has spent $72 million on political causes over the past four years. 

Bloomberg’s seemingly bottomless coffers have propelled a number of anti-gun candidates to victory, despite setbacks like the one in Virginia. If gun owners are to defeat the influence of a billionaire whose one overriding goal is to undermine the Second Amendment, it is critical that we be able to match his spending.

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The Real Epidemic: Extreme Anti-Gun Groups

The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) is petitioning President Obama to declare the “gun violence epidemic” a national state of emergency. The group’s suggested solution includes, among other things, looking at requirements for concealed carry, holding parents accountable as accomplices when their children cause harm with the parents’ guns, and appointing a commission to address this “man-made public health epidemic” … all while excluding members of the “gun lobbies” from participation in the commission.

It’s unclear whether NGVAC is aware that a state of national emergency cannot suspend any part of the Constitution (the sole exception being the habeas corpus clause). This Congressional Research Service report (Aug. 30, 2007) provides a definition of national emergency powers and states that such powers must be “permissible constitutionally.” But then, NGVAC also knows it has a president who is all too willing to disregard the Constitution and the rights guaranteed within.


Houston Zoo Puts “No Guns” Signs Back Up, Claims Educational Exemption

The Houston Zoo has reversed its earlier position and re-posted the “no guns” signs that it had removed earlier this year in compliance with a new Texas law. That law, which took effect in September, prohibits authorities from barring firearms on most government-owned facilities. 

One exception to the law is for schools and educational institutions. The Houston Zoo is now claiming—just as the Dallas Zoo has done—that it is exempt and immune from the law, in the words of Houston Zoo spokesperson Jackie Wallace, “because HZI is—at its core—an educational institution.” 

Told of the Houston Zoo’s latest reversal, attorney Edwin Walker with Texas Law Shield, who sent demand letters to the zoo to have its “no guns” signs removed in September, told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to take his complaint to the Texas Attorney General.


New Michigan Law Streamlines, Strengthens Concealed Carry Process

A new law went into effect today that brings Michigan one step closer to becoming a true shall-issue concealed-carry state. Most notably, the law does away with county gun boards—whose authority to deny permits based on their own discretion created inconsistencies between counties in how permits were issued—as well as the requirement that an applicant submit to an in-person interview. The new process transfers responsibility for issuing licenses to county clerks, and gives state police 45 days to notify the clerks of denials based on factors such as age, criminal history or mental illness. If they fail to do so, the clerks are required to approve the application. 

The law also decreases the maximum wait time for renewals from 60 days to 30 days, and requires temporary emergency permits be granted to applicants who have obtained a protection order or are determined by county sheriffs to be in danger. 


Tulsa Carry Permit Holder Shoots Crowbar-Wielding Robber

A concealed-carry permit holder in Tulsa, Okla., used his firearm to save his life when accosted outside a fast food restaurant on Sunday evening.

According to police reports, the man was leaving a Burger King restaurant when another man, armed with a crowbar, attempted to rob him. Realizing the dire threat, the permit holder pulled his handgun and shot his assailant through the shoulder.

The man with the crowbar fled the scene, and was later located by police at a local hospital, where he was seeking treatment for the gunshot wound. At the time of this writing, charges against the attempted armed robber had not yet been filed.


New Budget Appropriations Law Has Pro-Gun Provisions

On Wednesday the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 was signed, including some significant provisions that support Second Amendment rights. One thing that the new law does is to conclusively remove ammunition from the Toxic Substances Control Act, meaning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not to regulate it. 

Another measure seeks to safeguard against terrorist attacks on members of the military. It allows commanders of military installations to authorize certain individuals to carry appropriate firearms on base for security purposes. 

Finally, the new appropriations law restores the ability of the Secretary of Defense to transfer surplus military M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to the public, raising much-needed government revenue. These common-sense provisions will protect access to firearms and ammunition by those who need them most.


Black Friday Gun Sales May Have Set New Record

The past six months have featured record-breaking numbers of firearms sold in the United States, and it doesn’t appear that the trend is slowing down. While the number of background checks reported from Black Friday gun sales in 2014 was an unprecedented 175,000, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer predicted roughly 190,000 for 2015.This would translate into more than two checks per second over the 24-hour period.

The number of background checks does not indicate how many actual guns were sold, just the number of individuals who bought them. If many customers bought multiple guns at Black Friday sale prices, the numbers could be far higher than what FBI statistics suggest.


Craigslist Exchange Becomes Attempted Robbery

A couple in Aiken, S.C., became the targets of a crime when they responded to a Craigslist ad. The man and woman met two strangers with the stated intent of purchasing a vehicle from them, but the men reportedly pulled weapons on them once they arrived and demanded the money they had brought. The woman responded by drawing her own firearm and fatally shooting one of the suspects. 

According to WJBF, sheriff’s deputies are searching for the second suspect, whom witnesses described fleeing the scene. No charges have been filed.


Grocery Store Owner Scares Off Would-Be Robber

Pierre Phurcien has carried concealed for the past eight years. Recently, that practice came in handy when a would-be thief entered the Lehigh Acres, Fla., grocery store Phurcien owns. “I saw a guy with a mask, and I was thinking it was a kid playing,” Phurcien told media afterward. Pretty soon, he found out it was no game. “He came right here, and he pulled a gun and said, ‘Give me the money,’” Phurcien said. “Then I pulled my gun, and … he starts to run away.” Lee County deputies were still looking for the suspect. (NBC2, Fort Myers, Fla., 9/14/15)


Connecticut Homeowner Shoots Home Invaders

A Hartford, Conn., man with a licensed handgun got the better of two home invasion suspects. The homeowner was returning to his house late one night. As he walked to the door, he was approached by two strangers, one of whom had a gun. The bad guys forced the man to open the door. After all three got inside, a struggle ensued, according to police Sgt. Reginald Early. During the scuffle, the homeowner grabbed his firearm from where it was stored and shot both suspects. One was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital; the other arrived at the medical facility on his own. Police said the resident won’t be charged as he was protecting himself and his family. (Hartford Courant, Hartford, Conn., 9/6/15)


Detroit Resident Turns Tables On Muggers

Just weeks after a Detroit resident was approved for concealed carry, the man protected himself during an attempted mugging. Three teens, at least one with a gun, approached him and demanded his money. The victim handed over $220. While the teens were momentarily distracted by counting the money, the victim drew his own gun and fired. One teen was shot in a leg; another was shot in the chest; the third ran away. The two injured suspects fled on foot while the victim called 911. The injured pair showed up at Sinai Grace Hospital, claiming that they were held up and shot while they were walking down the street. The case has been handed over to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. No charges will be brought against the armed citizen. (Fox 2 Detroit, Detroit, Mich., 10/19/15)


Attempted Carjacking Thwarted By Good Samaritan

Two women and two children were lucky an armed citizen was around when a man tried to carjack them at a Sunoco gas station. The first victim had just made a purchase and was getting back into her car when the suspect opened her door and started yelling and trying to pull her out of the vehicle. The woman fought back and yelled for someone to call 911. The suspect then walked to the street, where traffic was stopped. He stood in front of a car, which had a woman and two children in it, yelling, “Help, help, someone is trying to kill me.” The suspect opened the driver’s door and pulled the women out by her hair. The automobile, with the children still inside, lurched forward and rolled until it struck a gasoline pump island. The commotion got the attention of a passerby, who pulled his licensed handgun and held the suspect at gunpoint. The accused carjacker faces multiple charges. (Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 10/6/15)


Armed Church Member Saves Woman In Parking Lot

A church employee with a Right-to-Carry permit used his gun to scare off an attacker near the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Boulder, Colo. A female parishioner was in the parking lot when her estranged husband confronted her with a knife and threatened to slit her throat. A church employee, who was walking to his car at the time, witnessed the assault. He pulled out his handgun and told the man to leave the woman alone. The estranged husband fled, but was later captured by police and faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and felony menacing. The woman was taken to a hospital and treated for an abdominal stab wound. No charges will be brought against the armed citizen. (The Denver Post, Denver, Colo., 8/2/15)


Sightseers Defend Against Attempted Mugging

Two adults, who were enjoying the rare appearance of a blue moon along the banks of the Mississippi River, won’t be charged in the death of a teen who attempted to rob them near a World War I monument in St. Paul, Minn. The incident occurred after a man and a woman—who met near the river bluffs, where they both had gone to see the moon—had struck up a conversation. As they were talking, a teen approached and asked to use a cell phone. Moments later, another teen—this one wearing a mask and gloves—appeared, pulled a gun and demanded their valuables. The male victim, who has a Right-to-Carry permit, instead drew his gun and shot the suspect. The other teen ran away. The female victim called 911 while the armed citizen rendered first aid, but the wounded suspect died at the scene. Investigators have since arrested and charged several teens, one of whom was allegedly involved in the night attack and others who were allegedly accomplices in crimes the dead teen committed earlier in the day. (St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn., 8/4/15)


D.C. Mayor On Reason For Gun Control: “I Don’t Like Guns”

In response to comments from District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the need for civilians to “take out” an active shooter in an emergency, Mayor Muriel Bowser clarified that she is not considering loosening the District’s strict gun laws. “I don’t like guns,” she explained to cheers at a local press conference, according to the Washington Examiner

That Mayor Bowser finds it acceptable to use her emotional attitude toward guns as justification for impinging on her constituents’ constitutional right to bear arms—and that she is publicly applauded for it—shows that D.C.’s leadership doesn’t consider itself accountable to the people who live and work in the area. Why do the mayor’s likes and dislikes determine whether they get to live safely?

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Senate Democrats Urge Executive Action On Background Checks

It’s not common to see members of Congress asking the president to go over their heads, but this week we saw 24 U.S. Senate Democrats ask Barack Obama to issue an executive order expanding background checks to cover some private gun sales. The measure, which Obama’s staff tentatively advanced last month, would target private individuals who sell a certain number of firearms per year. 

Breitbart reports that even this restrictive measure wouldn’t be enough for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which is encouraging the president to take even more drastic action. Anyway, it shows how demoralized the congressional anti-gun faction is becoming that they are asking to be consigned to irrelevance.


New Bill Would Make TSA Recognize Handgun IDs

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, has introduced a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration to accept handgun carry permits with photographs as a valid form of identification. She maintains in an essay published by Fox News that current standards—which reportedly allow a Costco membership card but not a official permit that is more difficult to acquire than a driver’s license—are discriminatory against gun owners. 

The legislation, known as the Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act or “TSA Act,” would also prohibit tracking or disseminating the information of individuals who use handgun permits as IDs. Black, who is also a registered nurse, pointed to strong bipartisan support that already exists for such a measure in states including Texas.


Michigan Legislators Assault “Stand Your Ground” Law

A group of Democrats in the Michigan state senate have begun attempting to repeal the 2006 Self Defense Act, a state “Stand Your Ground” law that protects the right to self-defense with deadly force without a “duty to retreat” in the face of danger. “Emergency room physicians and folks are just honestly worried about the prevalence of gun violence in our communities, and frankly pretty nervous about the fact that there is no duty to retreat and substantial immunity from both criminal and civil liability under these statutes,” said state Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, who sponsored the proposal. 

Re-establishing a “duty to retreat” could lead to prosecution for legitimate cases of self-defense, not to mention serious injury or death for retreating victims. “Whether they be black, white, Hispanic or Asian, they all have the right to defend themselves from death, rape and bodily harm,” said Sen. Rick Jones, an opponent of the legislation. “It’s un-American.”


Gavin Newsom Takes A Cue From Bill Clinton And Feigns Interest In Hunting

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spent some time recently in the San Joaquin Valley, talking about water policy and trying to attract uncommitted voters for his gubernatorial run. The Sacramento Bee points out that Newsom’s radically anti-gun record is likely to make things difficult for him with the region’s largely rural inhabitants. 

“Last week, after visiting a valley wildlife refuge, (Newsom) said he had been skeet shooting and might go duck hunting for the first time this year,” the Bee reported. It looks like Newsom has taken a page from the Bill Clinton playbook—a good hunting photo-op would support his claim that he isn’t really anti-gun, no matter how much effort he’s been putting into taking away gun owners’ rights. Fortunately for us—but not for Newsom or Clinton—voters tend not to be so easily fooled.

Tennessee Man Wards Off Armed Intruders

Armando Morales of Sevierville, Tenn., was reportedly at home when two men knocked on his front door and asked to cut firewood. When Morales declined and shut the door, the suspects began shooting through it, then kicked down the door and invaded the house. 

The Sevier News Messenger says that Morales retrieved his own gun and returned fire, driving the suspects back out of his home. He was unhurt, and the suspects were later picked up by sheriff’s deputies and charged for the home invasion.


Australian Official: Gun Control Protects Us From Terrorism

Apparently Australia doesn’t have to worry too much about the kind of terrorist attack that Paris recently experienced, according to Justice Minister Michael Keenan. Why, because you’re on the other side of the world? No: “The robust gun control that we’ve had in Australia for the past 20 years would mean that it would be very difficult to get your hands on those sort of high-powered weapons that we saw used in the Paris attacks,” he told ABC radio.

Wait, what? It’s been established that Australia is flooded with illegal firearms, as organized crime groups continue to freely traffic in guns. There’s no reason to think that terrorists would have any difficulty in finding their preferred armament in the country. What is doubtful is that the victims of a potential attack would have the ability to defend themselves.


Texas Governor: City Halls Can’t Ban Guns

Two months after a new Texas law barred authorities from prohibiting concealed carry on most government property, Governor Greg Abbott—who formerly served as attorney general—advised his successor that authorities cannot “completely bar (concealed-carry licensees) entry to a governmental building unless the entire building is” off-limits under the law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hasn’t issued a formal interpretation of the law yet. In the meantime, local officials interpret the law differently. Although San Antonio allows firearms in City Hall, Austin bars concealed-carry anywhere in City Hall because the building hosts court proceedings, where carry is prohibited.

Governor Abbott attempted to clarify the law in his memo to Paxton, writing, “When the ‘court’ is located inside a multi-purpose government building, however, Texas law allows a state agency or political subdivision to ban handgun licensees from only the portion of the building that qualifies as ‘premises’ of the ‘court.’”


How Many Permits Has D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier Issued?

Yesterday we reported that District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier advised civilians that it is often preferable to neutralize an active shooter rather than waiting for law enforcement. Lanier has taken a firm stance against gun rights in the past, making it hard to imagine how D.C. residents could effectively follow her tactical advice. 

Now figures have emerged showing that Lanier has only issued 48 concealed-carry licenses in the past year; she has rejected almost 80 percent of the applications that she received. While she understands that victims of violent crimes often must act without waiting for police, it appears that she is happy to send most residents into such situations unarmed.


State Senator Asks Texas AG To Keep Campus Carry Intact

Though SB11, Texas’ campus-carry law, doesn’t go into effect until August, last week faculty at University of Texas-Austin passed a measure against guns in classrooms, dorms and other buildings—prompting the senator who authored SB11 to contact Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for further clarification on the law.

In a letter, Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, wrote that while SB11 permits university presidents to enact “reasonable” rules prohibiting guns in certain areas, it doesn’t sufficiently define “reasonable.” He said SB11 does not grant university presidents authority to ban firearms in dormitories, and added that allowing professors to decide whether to ban guns in their classrooms would violate the spirit of the law, leading to a “hodgepodge of rules” that could ultimately amount to a campus-wide ban.

Birdwell requested clarification on whether concealed carry could be suspended temporarily, such as during finals week, and whether permit-holders could file suit against colleges and officials they believe have violated SB11.


Doctors’ Group Mounts New Push To Grill Patients Over Guns

A panel at the annual meeting for the American Public Health Association (APHA) renewed the call for doctors to take “a more concentrated approach across the country” to combat accidents involving children and firearms. “Physicians are not going to solve the problem of firearm violence, but we can be a part of trying to solve it,” Dr. Eric Fleegler told Medscape Medical News.

Good, so they’re going to focus on gun safety education? Not really. There was some talk about “counseling” and giving away trigger locks, but the main recommendations were those old standbys: Harassing patients about whether they have guns, and pushing for legislation that mandates particular storage procedures. All of the proposed measures focused on keeping guns out of the hands of children, not teaching children how to actually use them safely.


Illinois Homeowner Shoots Intruder Who Ignored Warning

A Madison County, Ill., man was awakened Thursday night when a stranger tried to enter his home. “When (the homeowner) saw him the first time, he realized he didn’t know who he was, so as the incident progressed and the individual didn’t leave, he continued to warn him that he had a firearm,” said Madison County Sheriff John Lakin to Fox 2 News. “In this particular case this individual continued to try to make his way into the home and the homeowner, in fact, fired one shot striking him.”

The homeowner then dialed 911. When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found the suspect lying in the yard with a gunshot wound in the upper chest. The suspected burglar is expected to recover and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect has not yet been charged.


Anti-Gun Gavin Newsom Spent Extravagantly On Armed Security

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been working hard to position himself as the fresh face of gun control—but Breitbart points out that during his tenure as mayor of San Francisco, he was accused of wasting taxpayer money on an expensive armed security detail. Newsom served as mayor from 2004 to 2011, and the mini-scandal developed in mid-2009. It was reported at the time that most major cities spent under half a million dollars on the mayor’s security, while San Francisco spent an unspecified amount of over a million.

It was further revealed that after being elected to the post of lieutenant governor, Newsom spent $30,000 more on security than his predecessor had. This goes to show that he takes the need for firearms very seriously when it comes to his own safety—it’s just the rest of California that he doesn’t care so much about.


French Criminals And Terrorists Can Still Acquire Guns Easily

An article in Britain’s Business Insider newspaper examined illegal arms trafficking in Europe, often labeled the “Ant Trade” because it relies on many individuals smuggling one gun apiece rather than making bulk shipments. This analysis reflects our view that poorly regulated national borders—especially inside the Schengen trade zone—will continue to enable the arms trade no matter what gun-control laws are passed by the European Commission.

The example of Mohammed Merah, who targeted French military and Jewish civilians in the Toulouse area, is instructive: He was able to purchase an AK-47 and an Uzi in the black markets that thrive in many suburbs. One estimate puts the number of machine guns circulating the suburbs at 4,000—a sign that no matter how restricted firearms are for law-abiding French citizens, they are still readily available to those with bad intentions.


D.C. Police Chief Wants Civilians To “Take Out” Mass Shooters—But With What?

Cathy Lanier, police chief in the District of Columbia and noted anti-gun stalwart, was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” about what ordinary people should do in the case of a mass shooting such as the Paris attacks. “Your options are run, hide and fight,” she replied. “If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there.”

This is good advice on the surface; despite the frequent line about waiting for police, everyone knows that emergency responders cannot be on the scene immediately. But how are civilians in D.C. supposed to “take out” a mass shooter? With a football tackle and a whole lot of luck? It seems like allowing residents to freely exercise their Second Amendment rights would have a much more successful outcome.


Chuck Schumer Is Also Backing Anti-Due Process Legislation

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has jumped on the bandwagon for prohibiting anyone on the FBI Terrorist Watch List from buying guns, regardless of due process. Sunday, he announced that he will lead a renewed push for the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, first proposed in 2007. 

In response, the NRA said it “does not want terrorists or dangerous people to have firearms,” and called it “appalling that anti-gun politicians are exploiting the Paris terrorist attacks to push their gun-control agenda and distract from President Obama’s failed foreign policy.” The Terrorist Watch List, with over 1 million names, is full of individuals with no connection to terrorism—many are simply unlucky in having a name that resembles a suspect. No one is informed when they are added to the list, and there is no clear procedure for being removed from it; these are unacceptable grounds for denying citizens a constitutionally protected right. 


Albuquerque Serial Robber Stopped—For Now—By Armed Seniors, Police Say

When George Kennedy, 70, found a man stealing a generator and power tools from his garage Thursday morning, he asked the man to stop. When the man refused, Kennedy returned to his home, grabbed a shotgun and, with his 66-year-old wife who armed herself with a handgun, held the man at gunpoint for police, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Police arrested the alleged robber, Aaron Lujan, 26, for the third time in one week. Police reported that Lujan was also arrested Saturday for robbing another elderly woman, and was still wearing a wristband ID from jail when he was re-arrested Thursday. Police also found that the Jeep Lujan was loading the stolen items into Thursday was also stolen.

Although he faced a variety of charges, from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to residential burglary, Lujan was released back to the streets yet again by Friday.


HuffPo Formerly Supported NRA’s View Of Terrorist Watch-List

An illuminating blog post by AWR Hawkins points out that while the anti-gun left is busy slamming the NRA for its opposition to legislation prohibiting individuals on an FBI terrorist watch-list from owning guns, the Huffington Post has previously run material highlighting how innocent people end up on such a list. These are the same reasons that NRA doesn’t want Americans being deprived of their Second Amendment rights without due process.

Of course, the difference here is in context: The original HuffPo article wasn’t addressing gun ownership. When it comes to this topic, mainstream media outlets aren’t so much ignorant as they are cynical. They understand the problems with watch-lists perfectly well, right up to the point where they proclaim, “NRA is arming the terrorists!” Dumbing down this issue for political points does a huge disservice to American news consumers.


Gavin Newsom Draws On Billionaire Benefactors

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is engaging in a high-profile anti-gun campaign designed to boost his profile in preparation for a gubernatorial run. Now he is raising concerns that he plans to act as Michael Bloomberg’s emissary on the West Coast. Newsom tweeted his thanks to Bloomberg for meeting him last month and is likely interested in drawing on the former New York City mayor’s vast coffers while he advances his agenda.

And while Bloomberg may be the most prominent anti-gun billionaire tied to Newsom, he’s not the only one. Napster founder Sean Parker, who gave over $1 million to promote expanded background check legislation in Washington state, invited Newsom to his wedding and has already contributed to his 2018 run for governor. California gun owners—already an embattled population—will need to mobilize if they want to defeat the ambitions of this well-funded, gun-hating candidate.


Cincinnati Gas Station Owner Shoots Armed Robber

An armed man allegedly tried to hold up a convenience store in the East Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, but he found that the owner was too well prepared. WCPO reports that the owner fired his own gun at the suspect and grazed his stomach. The would-be robber was taken into custody nearby, and police recovered a firearm from him.

Police have not released the names of the individuals while they investigate surveillance footage of the incident. They did confirm that the store owner was unharmed.


Poll Shows That D.C. Gun Control Mostly Supported By Affluent White Residents

A Washington Post survey of 1,005 D.C. residents revealed that those typically at least risk of becoming crime victims are most in favor of banning guns. 

Sixty-one percent of those earning over $100,000/year favored banning guns; that number dropped to 40 percent among those making under $50,000. Race mattered, too: Sixty-two percent of whites support bans (among college-educated whites, 67 percent). Black respondents, especially those in high-crime areas, were least likely to favor gun prohibition. Overall, 51 percent of respondents favored a gun ban, while 47 percent opposed it.

Given what we’ve seen from anti-gun politicians, it’s unsurprising that those who can afford to live in safer areas didn’t value armed self-defense as much as those who actually encounter crime regularly. However, even though a majority favors gun bans, nearly 60 percent feel they wouldn’t make D.C. any safer—implying that some people just want to “do something,” even if they know it won’t work.


Lawyers Examine Distant History As “Good Reason” Case Kicks Off

The District of Columbia’s “good reason” requirement for the issuance of a concealed-carry permit is under review by the district’s federal appeals court. Much of the debate on Friday centered over the legitimacy of the injunction decided by District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullen Jr., who determined that the requirement is at variance with the Second Amendment.

The crucial nature of this case has inspired some unusual and detailed historical analysis from both sides in the debate. Attorneys for the city and Everytown for Gun Safety pointed to an English statute from 1328 (before firearms were available in the country), while a brief whose authors included the legal team from the California Rifle and Pistol Association pointed to a 1686 ruling acquitting a man who carried a gun in public. Both sides want to come away from this case with bulletproof legal precedent and will go back as far as necessary to build it.


San Francisco Proposes More Gun-Control Legislation

There’s no longer a single place to buy guns in San Francisco—the last gun shop shut down due to onerous gun-control regulations—and still the city is coming after your guns. The latest proposal would ban the storage of firearms in any unattended vehicle in the city unless they are secured in lockboxes or in the trunk.

Supervisor David Campos’ proposal comes about in the wake of a rash of firearms stolen from parked cars. The legislation has been approved in committee and will go before the full board. If passed, it would be the first such law in California. But if Campos has his way, it wouldn’t be the last.

“Hopefully once we pass this piece of legislation in San Francisco, the rest of the state can follow suit,” Campos said. “We have to make it inconvenient for people to carry weapons,” added San Francisco Supervisor London Breed.


Ohio Homeowner Shoots Two Home Invasion Suspects

Two suspected robbers were shot during a home invasion in Columbus, Ohio, Monday morning. According to police, the two suspects broke into a home around midnight; the homeowner opened fire at the alleged intruders, hitting both of them. WBNS reports that both suspects fled the scene, having apparently suffered gunshot wounds.   

Police found the getaway car stopped two blocks away. An ambulance picked up one shooting victim, while the other proceeded on foot to a nearby hospital. Both suspects are expected to survive, and there have been no reports regarding injuries or charges pertaining to the armed homeowner.


Dems Target 2A In “Terror Gap” Proposal

Senate Democrats seeking to close what they are calling the “terror gap” are, in reality, seeking to curtail the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans with no due process.

The legislation proposed after the recent terror attacks in Paris targets gun sales to those on the government’s terror watch list—a list easy to get on, but virtually impossible to get off. Consider, for example, that even three federal legislators, including Sen. Ted Kennedy, found themselves on the list.

As Charles C.W. Cooke pointed out on the National Review Online, some 280,000 people on the list have “no affiliation with known terrorist groups” but simply fall under “reasonable suspicion.” The National Rifle Association is against curtailing the constitutional rights of Americans by empowering unelected bureaucrats to secretly put them on any list with no due process, and essentially no recourse. We’d bet that most freedom-loving Americans agree with that sentiment.


NY Police Union Head Touts LE Carry At NFL Games

A police union leader in New York City is working to get the National Football League to drop its policy that bans officers from carrying guns into stadiums on game day. 

According to WABC in New York, Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, has created an online petition to change the NFL’s policy prohibiting officers from carrying guns into stadiums. His proposal comes in the light of the recent terror attack in Paris, where a soccer stadium full of people was targeted.

“This is not only a law enforcement issue, it is a public safety issue that must be immediately addressed,” Mullins told WABC. As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition already had about 1,900 of the 2,500 signatures Mullins is seeking.


More Americans Buy Guns As Defense Against Terrorism

Americans have been racing to gun stores to purchase firearms and sign up for concealed-carry permit classes in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, France. Many of those buying guns are doing so for the first time—and some who purchased their first gun ever amid the unrest of the Ferguson or Baltimore protests are now buying a second gun for extra security in the event of an attack. 

According to Russell Durling, who owns Last Resort Guns in Madison County, Ala., “We were busy right out of the box” following the attacks. “The truth of it is, when America is scared, America buys guns,” he added. Gun store owners are also seeing a surge in concealed-carry permit applications and course attendance. The Limestone, Ala., sheriff’s office has reported a huge spike in permits since the Friday attacks in Paris, and concealed classes at Texas Guns "have doubled in the last week."

Boy’s Treasured Toy Trashed By TSA

No trip to Disney World is complete without a souvenir to remember the adventure. For 5-year-old Levi Zilka, that special treasure was his Buzz Lightyear toy. But instead of taking the toy home and enjoying the memento of a memorable vacation, Levi watched as it was tossed into the trash at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. This came courtesy of a TSA agent who thought it looked “too much like a gun.” 

David Zilka, Levi’s father, said, “Once he realized what was happening, that they weren’t giving his toy back, he immediately starts bawling, just tears streaming down his face, crying.”

The actions of the TSA agent are under investigation, but that does little to console a devastated child who lost his favorite toy to gun paranoia gone too far. “We understand that things are scary out there right now,” added David, “but taking a toy from a 5-year-old doesn’t enhance national security.”


Senators Don’t Grasp That Education Should Be Part Of Gun Safety Initiative

Twenty U.S. Senate Democrats have issued a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking the agency to issue a statement of best practices regarding storage of firearms in the home. The letter states that, “Death and injury by firearm is one of the most significant public health threats to young people in communities across our nation.”

While the letter does not address specific practices that the GAO should endorse, it is telling that its focus is overwhelmingly on gun storage—that is, restricting all access to firearms by children—and on communicating the supposed risk of having a gun in the first place. Nowhere do the senators mention the value of campaigns designed to educate children about guns, either in the sense of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program or through youth shooting initiatives. When did we decide that teaching children to make responsible choices was no longer on the table.


Pennsylvania Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Intruders

A man residing in Oley Township, Pa., told police that he awoke to the sight of an unfamiliar man pointing a gun at him. Fortunately, the homeowner was a gun owner; he quickly retrieved his firearm and began firing at the intruder, chasing him down the stairs toward the entrance. He then saw another man at the foot of the stairs, also brandishing a gun in his direction.

In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, both suspects were hit and fled the premises. They were later dropped off at a local hospital and are being charged by authorities, along with one of two alleged accomplices. The homeowner was shot in the leg; he has already been treated and released from the hospital.


New House Speaker Ryan Touts Mental Health Legislation

Rather than advocating more restrictive gun-control laws that typically only affect law-abiding citizens, new U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is pushing an NRA-backed mental health bill to help combat gun violence.

In a “60 Minutes” episode posted on the CBS website, Ryan said: “I haven’t thought of proposing gun legislation. I think the big problem we have is enforcing the law as we have on the books right now.”

Ryan then touted the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. “The other issue that I think we need to take a look at, and I’m pushing this in the Commerce committee, is Congressman Murphy’s legislation on mental health. I think we need to improve our mental health laws so we can address these problems before they get out of control, because mental health is a component to a lot of these shootings that, I think, we have not looked at seriously enough.”

N.J. “Smart” Gun Mandate Moves Forward

A bill requiring New Jersey gun dealers to stock and display so-called “personalized” handguns moved to the full Senate in Trenton for consideration this week. 

The bill, S3249, was introduced last week by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg—who also authored the state’s 2002 “smart” gun law, which has languished for over a decade because no firearm currently available “can only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.” The new measure mandates that once such technology is available, wholesalers and retailers MUST offer it for sale and display it, no matter how expensive, failure-prone and unacceptable to consumers such firearms might prove to be.

Use Your Power!

New Jersey residents, defend your right to defend yourself and your family as you see fit. Contact your state senator in Trenton and urge them to vote NO on S3249 and to vote NO on its “government knows best” dictates. To find your lawmaker, click here.

European Lawmakers Target Decommissioned Firearms

It is sadly predictable that the first impulse among many policymakers in Europe after the Paris terrorist attacks is to pile on more firearm regulations instead of exploring the benefits of gun ownership among law-abiding citizens. One initial, and somewhat unusual, target of their regulatory zeal is the market for military weapons that are decommissioned and sold to collectors. According to The Wall Street Journal, some police and political sources maintain that such firearms can be restored to full functionality by skilled mechanics and supplied to criminals and terrorists. 

It seems unlikely to us that more strictly regulating the transfer of decommissioned firearms will do much to stem the tide of illegal weapons, especially when they can be acquired more easily by other means. We will continue to monitor the situation and report on any legislation that emerges.


Ohio May Dismantle Many “Gun-Free” Zones

Ohioans with concealed-carry licenses could soon carry firearms in certain public areas under House Bill 48, which passed the House Tuesday with a 68-29 vote and is now headed to the Senate for further consideration. The bill would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry a handgun inside a daycare center and in certain public areas of airports and police stations. HB48 would also allow universities to adopt concealed-carry policies on campus and would reduce the charge of illegally carrying a handgun on campus to a misdemeanor. 

Supporters of the bill said they are eliminating “victim zones” by decreasing the number of places where guns cannot be carried in the state. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Ron Maag, said HB48 addresses problems with current gun laws and ensures concealed-carry license holders can carry without “undue hardships.” “It would prevent law-abiding citizens from unintended law-breaking in many circumstances,” he said.


UK Beefs Up Security For Game, Anti-Gun Journalists Cry Foul

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, which included a largely unsuccessful strike against a soccer match attended by President François Hollande, British law enforcement are rolling out a newly equipped elite counter-terrorism squad. The Scotland Yard unit made an appearance at a game between England and France at Wembley Stadium. 

Of course, the United Kingdom is not known for giving the average officer on the street firepower. And the pundits at The Daily Mail seemed plenty scared by the anti-terror squad, shrilly noting the “female ‘robocops’ dressed in military fatigues” who “came out of the shadows” following the attacks. While we maintain that a lawful armed citizenry is the ultimate defense, we applaud a robust response against terror—even one that highlights just how far the UK still has to go.


Armed Robber Wanted To Take Cash, Instead Took A Bullet

A little before 1 a.m. in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo., an armed man walked into a 7-Eleven with crime on his mind. At that hour, he likely figured odds were on his side—one clerk, no customers and a gun in hand.

What he didn’t figure was that he wouldn’t be the only one with a gun. He found that out the hard way when he pulled his sidearm out and attempted to rob the store. Rather than hand over the cash, the clerk drew his own gun in response. The robber then ran to the door and turned around and pointed his firearm at the clerk. The 7-Eleven employee fired a single shot and the robber fled for good. 

The armed robber remains at large—likely with a gunshot wound, as the clerk believed his bullet struck the suspect.


President Vows To Push Forward On Gun Control

We’ve reported several times how we believe President Barack Obama won’t give up on pushing more restrictive gun-control laws on law-abiding Americans. Now Obama has confirmed that assertion. 

In an interview published yesterday in GQ magazine, Obama told interviewer Bill Simmons, “I hope so,” in response to a question whether gun control would be the “dominant” issue on his agenda next year. “We have this weird habit in this culture of mourning and, you know, 48, 72 hours of wall-to-wall coverage, and then … suddenly we move on,” Obama said. “And I will do everything I can to make sure that there’s a sustained attention paid to this thing.” 

President Obama’s assertion that he’ll keep pushing for more gun laws, which would only affect the law-abiding, should serve notice to all gun owners that we need to make sure we replace him with a more Second Amendment-friendly president next fall—specifically, not Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley or Bernie Sanders.


Disabled Maine Retiree Sues Landlord To Reclaim 2A Rights

A disabled former lobsterman and volunteer police officer who bought a firearm to protect himself—only to have his landlord threaten to evict him unless he gives up owning the gun—has filed suit against the property management company denying his rights. 

In September, 67-year-old Harvey Lembo, who uses a wheelchair, has numerous health problems, and has been the victim of five burglaries, used a revolver that he’d bought only hours earlier to stop a home invader who’d come to steal his prescription pain medications. His landlord then gave him an ultimatum: Surrender the gun, or find somewhere else to live. So Lembo filed suit to reclaim his rights.

“Threatening to evict Mr. Lembo for defending himself clearly violates his constitutional rights,” said John Hohenwarter, NRA-ILA’s Maine state liaison. “Self-defense is a fundamental, God-given right that belongs to every law-abiding American—no matter their tax bracket, zip code or street address.”


New Poll Shows Significant Majority Of Military Adults Dislike Hillary Clinton

Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2, Rassmussen Reports asked nearly 1,500 military adults a single question: “Do you have a Very Favorable, Somewhat Favorable, Somewhat Unfavorable or Very Unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton?”

Given Clinton’s disdain for our Constitution, you might expect the opinions of those who risk their lives to preserve that Constitution to skew more negatively than those of the general population. You’d be right: Sizeable majorities in all branches, active duty and veterans,view Clinton Very Unfavorably, with those in the Navy expressing the most negative views. Among the 81 percent with unfavorable opinions were 69 percent who hold a Very Unfavorable impression of her. However, while 15 percent view Clinton favorably, only 3 percent rated her Very Favorable. 

Clinton fared somewhat better among military Democrats, with a 62 percent favorable rating (15 percent Very Favorable)—but these numbers were more than offset by the overwhelmingly negative opinions expressed by Republicans and Unaffiliated servicemen and women.


Ohio Steps Up For Student Safety

There’s a guy in Ohio named Joe Eaton, and as Fox News reported, he has something important figured out about mass shootings: “Time is the most important factor in these situations … and waiting for outside help is just not a viable solution anymore.” 

As the director of FASTER Saves Lives, his organization has affiliated with the Buckeye Firearms Foundation to sponsor firearms, paramedic, and active shooter response training and skills for teachers in at least 40 Ohio school districts.

Detractors, of course, can’t see the forest for the trees: “Ohio seems incapable of addressing the real problem, which is the disturbing number of households in this country that make firearms readily available to young men in crisis.” So it’s just about the firearms, isn’t it? 

We think it ought to be about stopping anyone who seeks to hurt children, no matter their despicable method. And stopping them right away.


Utility Worker Shoots Armed Robber

An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed Monday morning while attempting to hold up three utility workers in north St. Louis County. According to police, three contractors for ADB Utility Company were servicing water lines near an intersection when a man approached and pulled out a gun. The suspect took wallets from two of the utility workers first, then demanded that the third worker hand over his belongings, which were inside of a work truck. 

The third victim had a handgun stored inside the truck, however, and was able to retrieve the firearm. He then fired one shot at the suspect, striking him in the chest; the robber died at the scene. The robbery victim is cooperating with police, and investigators have recovered the suspect’s handgun, said St. Louis County Sgt. Brian Schellman. The St. Louis County Police Department is handling the incident as an act of self-defense.


Hillary’s Latest Lies About Guns

Playing fast-and-loose with the facts isn’t new for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, but now she appears to be simply making stuff up. For example, take Saturday’s Democratic debate.

During the debate, Clinton stated: “Since we last debated in Las Vegas (Oct. 13), nearly 3,000 people have been killed by guns. Two hundred children have been killed. This is an emergency.”

While the so-called “mainstream” media typically give Clinton a pass, the Associated Press looked into this claim and reported Clinton’s “facts” were untrue: “The Gun Violence Archive has recorded 11,485 gun deaths in the U.S. so far this year, an average of just under 1,000 per month, making Clinton’s figure appear to be highly exaggerated. The archive had more detailed data for children and teenagers, showing 70 from those age groups killed by firearms since the Democratic candidates debated Oct. 13—not 200 as she claimed.”


NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Join Hillary Clinton Onstage At Brady Campaign Gala

In late October, The New York Times reported that, just after the high-profile shooting of one of Cuomo’s aides, the Brady Campaign reached out to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has since promised to lend more publicity to the group. True to his word, on Thursday, when Hillary Clinton takes the stage to receive the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award at the group’s annual Bear Awards Gala, Cuomo will be in attendance to introduce her. 

The decision to name the award after Cuomo’s father—who was far more well known for his economic policy and stances on the death penalty and abortion than gun control—seems a calculated response to the younger Cuomo’s commitment to help Brady remain relevant.

The new award came just weeks after Andrew Cuomo’s announcement, and according to the New York Daily News, the Brady Campaign has not commented on why the award was named as such.


Australian Senator Cautions Against Glorifying Gun Confiscation

A prominent Australian politician is speaking out against Hillary Clinton’s enthusiastic support for “Australian-style” gun control—that is, forcible confiscation of firearms. In the latest episode of “Ginny Simone Reporting,” Sen. David Leyonhjelm fires back against Hillary’s characterization of the national “buyback” as a successful measure: “I was a bit horrified by that … I don’t think Australia is a model for the United States on gun control at all.” 

As new reports reveal a thriving black market for firearms in Australia, throwing the balance of power firmly toward the side of criminals, it is madness to continue to parrot claims that the nation’s citizens are safer after being disarmed. We appreciate Sen. Leyonhjelm’s courage in cautioning America not to make the same mistake.


New Jersey’s Residential Gun Retailers Thriving, Despite Political Hostility

 The number of home-based firearms retailers in the Garden State has increased by 40 percent over the past five years, and the number of gun dealers is growing faster in New Jersey than in all but three other states—Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina—according to an analysis of federal data and property records by NJ Advance Media. 

So, what accounts for the growth of firearms commerce in a state whose leaders historically have been so hostile to firearms ownership?  According to Robert Teodorczy, who operates Cheyenne Gunsmith & Firearms in Manville, N.J., “Because New Jersey makes it harder for you to get a gun, it makes people more determined to get a gun.” 

Indeed, a decade ago, in 2005, about 36,000 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks were conducted on firearms purchasers in New Jersey. By November of this year, that figure had already almost doubled, to 70,000.  


Good Samaritan To The Rescue

Last Saturday night, a little after 10 p.m., a group of four to eight men pulled into a neighborhood in two cars—an SUV and a white four-door sedan. A resident of the neighborhood who was walking nearby watched them get out of their cars, walk up to a house and try to force their way in. At that point, the neighbor intervened. 

He pulled out his gun and went up to the men and confronted them. The neighbor ended up shooting at one of the suspects—the suspect also fired, but missed, and later died at the scene. The other suspects jumped into the SUV and fled. 

Neighbors believe the suspect who was killed was driving a stolen vehicle. There was one man inside the house that the men tried to break into; he was unharmed. 


MoveOn.Org Wants Money, Gun Owners To Fight NRA

We’ve already covered MoveOn.org’s attempt to counter NRA power by establishing a rival “grassroots” organization of “gun owners committed to fighting for gun control.” According to The Truth About Guns, the group is now hitting up members for money to support their pet gun owners’ foray to the White House and further recruiting efforts. 

An email blast from MoveOn.org brags about the anti-gun group’s “32,260 members” and asks supporters, “Can you chip in $3 to help responsible gun owners stand up to the NRA?” They’ve got a long way to go before they can match the 25 bucks apiece of 5 million proud Second Amendment supporters.


Bill Seeks To Defend Wisconsin Hunters From Harassment

An extreme animal-rights group known as Wolf Patrol has reportedly been stalking and filming hunters in Wisconsin, a harassment campaign ostensibly in support of the group’s mission to protect wolves and ban hunting with dogs. Now Wisconsin Public Radio reports that State Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, has introduced a bill prohibiting individuals from following and recording hunters in the state.

“If you don’t like hunting or you disagree with the tactics … protest. Write letters. Go on TV,” said Rep. Jarchow. “Do whatever you want to do, but do not go out in the woods and intentionally follow hunters around and harass hunters. Because not only is it obnoxious, it’s actually really dangerous.”


Alaskan Homeowner Sends Criminal Packing

Several suspects allegedly approached a home in Anchorage, Alaska, and pepper-sprayed the owner after he opened the door. They failed to count on the fact that the victim was armed, and he drew his gun and fired several shots in return. The suspects retreated and fled in their vehicle, and the homeowner met with no further harm.

Shortly afterward, a man checked into a nearby hospital with what KTVA describes as “a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his backside.” Police are investigating to determine whether his injury is related to the home invasion.


How “Smart” Is A $200 Pistol Magazine?

With so-called “smart gun” technology floundering, mainly due to the poor quality of currently available firearms, inventors are turning to other ways of integrating technology into already perfectly functional firearms.

According to a poorly headlined story on Bloomberg.com titled “Clipfort Biometric Ammo”—the story is actually about magazines, not ammunition—an Israeli company named Clipfort is moving forward with production of sensor-equipped magazines for AR-15 rifles and many pistol models that require fingerprint identification to load ammunition. According to the report, the sensor on the bottom of the magazine is programmed at purchase to match the owner’s print.

Aside from the fact that it seems this technology would be simple to bypass by anybody who understands magazine function, and setup at point of purchase seems very problematic, the Clipfort mags are expected to cost $150 to $200—seven to eight times the price of a typical Glock magazine and nearly 20 times that of many AR magazines. 


The “Gun Violence Epidemic” Doesn’t Exist

Just as anti-gun activists fly the banner of “public health” as a justification for do-nothing gun control legislation, they also like to invoke the language of plague to describe violence committed with firearms. More and more publications speak without qualification of the “mass shooting epidemic” (a term we’ve already shown to be debunked) and the less specific “gun violence epidemic.”

One problem that occurs whenever you talk about “mass shootings” is that you have to define what one is, and anti-gun activists like to lower the threshold to inflate the numbers. But since there is less room for disagreement over what constitutes “gun violence,” this claim is even easier to reject given the ample evidence we have. A recent op-ed in the Daily Signal lays out the case against “epidemic” claims: FBI statistics show a steady drop in violent crime rates over the last 20 years. Yet gun ownership has been rising during the same time period—hardly an “outbreak” scenario.


Wisconsin Governor Signs Gun Bills Into Law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law on Wednesday a pair of bills that relate to concealed carry. Assembly Bill 75 allows nonresident active military personnel stationed in the state for more than a year to apply for a concealed-carry permit. Previously, permits were available only to state residents. 

A second piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 77, simplifies the application process for former police officers who worked in other states. Under the old guidelines, former officers had to return to their departments for annual qualification. Now, they can file an application through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 

Walker also signed a third bill, Assembly Bill 220, designating that felons found with a gun would have to be sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison. Those using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime would receive at least eight years.


LAPD Won’t Return Burglary Victim’s Magazines And Ammo

On Sept. 5, while poker player, Instagram personality and gun-rights advocate Dan Bilzerian was in New York, thieves broke into his Hollywood Hills mansion and made a beeline for the steel-reinforced room containing Bilzerian’s impressive gun collection. Their failed attempts to get inside triggered the alarm system, alerting LAPD and prompting the burglars to flee empty-handed. Bilzerian’s aides denied responding officers entry to the room, but they broke in anyway, and confiscated nine guns, magazines and ammo. 

Bilzerian committed no crime, and his security measures successfully prevented thieves from accessing the guns. Still, his firearms were held without a warrant until last week, when, as the Washington Times reported, they were finally released—without the ammo and magazines. According to Bilzerian, “They couldn’t explain what happened to the magazines” and refused to release the ammunition. 

LAPD has refused to comment, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Bilzerian’s property will be returned. We’ll keep you posted.


Four Educators’ Groups Try To Stem The Campus Carry Tide

With more states opting not to restrict legal concealed carry on college campuses (or to lighten current restrictions), educators who fear an increased presence of firearms in the classroom are scrambling to obstruct the movement. Now four national groups—the American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges—have banded together to present a unified front against further campus-carry legislation.

“College campuses are marketplaces of ideas, and a rigorous academic exchange of ideas may be chilled by the presence of weapons,” the groups wrote in a joint statement reported by Fox News. Of course, students who carry guns to class with bad intentions will not be deterred by laws to begin with—and as we have seen, academic discourse is much more “chilled” when a shooter has free reign of a campus full of defenseless people.


Chattanooga Father Fends Off Second Home Invasion In One Week

Three days after being awakened by burglars breaking into his home, and two days after buying a handgun, a Chattanooga father used that handgun Thursday morning to stop a home invasion and attempted armed robbery in his bedroom, according to press reports.

Security cameras recorded video of four masked men breaking into the home of Andrew Buckland of Hixson, Tenn. Two of the men proceeded to the couple’s bedroom, where they sprayed Buckland in the face with mace, threatened him with a tire iron and demanded money. At the time, the Bucklands’ 6-year-old daughter was asleep in a nearby bedroom. 

Following the suspects’ demands, the couple got down onto the bedroom floor. From there, Buckland was able to retrieve his handgun, which sent the suspects fleeing uninjured but empty-handed. Buckland believes the same crew may be responsible for a string of other crimes in the neighborhood. No suspects have been arrested yet.


A Gross Deception

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross is making the rounds, telling anybody who will listen that “90 percent of crime guns can be traced to 5 percent of dealers.” Gross is insinuating that a few “bad apple” dealers are causing rampant violent crime in places like Chicago and Baltimore. 

Gross took the figure from a 15-year-old ATF report titled “Commerce in Firearms in the United States, February 2000.” Incredibly, a caution within that report (obviously ignored by Gross) actually stated, “ATF emphasizes that the appearance of a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or a first unlicensed purchaser of record in association with a crime gun [i.e. traced gun] or in association with multiple crime guns [i.e. traced guns] in no way suggests that either the FFL or the first purchaser has committed criminal acts.” 

It’s easy to understand why: The most successful retailers have the highest volume of sales to eligible buyers, hence more guns sold legally by those dealers could be stolen and later used in crime. Moving forward, we’ll just call this 90 percent/5 percent lie a “Gross Deception.”


MoveOn Has Moved In

Gun registration proponent and would-be constitutional revisionist Mark Carman has gotten a lot of attention with an amateurish YouTube video that shows his ignorance about the intent of the Second Amendment. 

In response, a press release claimed “a diverse group of volunteers brainstormed a name,” a logo and a five-point mission statement for a new gun-control group with Carman at the head—the American Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership (ACRGO). However, this spontaneous group is none other than MoveOn Civic Action—a part of MoveOn.org, which supports all manner of restrictive gun control. MoveOn’s resources also launched a Facebook page, applied to the state of Virginia for LLC status, wrote and circulated a petition to the White House, and even got Carman invited to the White House to present his ideas to Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama. 

The press release claiming that the video has “gone viral” also seems inflated. MoveOn’s release says the video has been viewed by “millions,” but at the time of this writing his YouTube link only had 122,000 views.


New Ammo Tax Would Further Punish Law-Abiding Chicagoans

According to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a proposed ammunition tax (five cents per bullet, and one cent on smaller rounds, such as .22) likely has enough votes to move forward. This would be the second such tax levied against Chicago area gun owners in recent years: In 2013—on April Fools Day, no less—a $25 tax on gun purchases went into effect. (A similar ammunition tax was originally part of that package, but was later dropped.)

Between the $25 gun tax, the $150 concealed-carry permit fee (plus hundreds more for the required training), and the cost of obtaining and renewing the FOID—required for owning ANY firearm—the price Chicagoans pay to exercise their constitutional rights is already much too high. Further attempting to restrict the number of people who can afford to own guns—while crime rates continue to rise and gun-crime prosecution rates remain pitifully low—isn’t only unfair. It’s dangerous.


Mark Kelly’s Twisted Background Check Logic

Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, appeared on “The National Lead” on Wednesday to push for expanded background checks. As Kelly is a gun-control proponent, this news by itself is hardly surprising given that’s an oft-repeated mantra of the anti-gun crowd. But his reasoning leaves a little to be desired.

Kelly cites Noah Harpham as a good example of why more background checks are needed. In 2009, with a clean criminal record—save for a 2003 speeding ticket—Harpham purchased three guns. The 33-year-old, who had an ongoing struggle with alcohol addiction, would go on to randomly kill three people in broad daylight on Halloween before being fatally shot by police in Colorado Springs.

So how could Harpham provide any justification for background checks when he passed a background check? Unfortunately, it seems that facts and rationale factor very little into arguments presented by anti-gunners.


Dallas Arboretum Takes Down “No Guns” Signs

In another victory for Texans’ right to protect themselves, the Dallas Arboretum has removed signs wrongfully prohibiting Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders from bringing firearms onto the property, joining the Houston Zoo and Austin City Hall in doing so after complaints by the public. 

A 2003 law allows Texas CHL holders to bring firearms onto most taxpayer-owned public properties (except schools, courts and a few other places), but some public institutions retained their “No Guns” signs and policies. A law passed this year puts teeth into the 2003 law by giving citizens legal recourse with the attorney general, who can impose fines of up to $10,500 per day upon entities that refuse to comply. 

About 20 complaints have been filed so far. As Alice Tripp, a lobbyist for the Texas State Rifle Association, put it, “Public property—property that is owned by the taxpayers—shouldn’t be closed off.”


California City Weighs “Safe Storage” Law

Councilwoman Richelle Noroyan has introduced a proposal to the Santa Cruz, Calif., city council making it a crime to have a handgun that is not locked away, disabled with a trigger guard or on the owner’s person. In this manner, Santa Cruz is following the example of Los Angeles, which recently enacted a so-called “safe storage” law. The legislation proposed in Santa Cruz would also require gun owners to report missing firearms within five days. 

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Noroyan’s motivation for the proposal: “After I saw Obama give his comments about the community college shooting in Oregon … it just hit me kind of in an emotional way to want to do something to address this.” While this may grant her emotional satisfaction, empirical evidence suggests that such a measure would curtail the freedom and safety of gun owners without cutting crime or accidents.


13-Year-Old Kills Armed Home Invader

A teenage boy was at home alone in Ladson, S.C., when he saw a suspicious vehicle pull up behind his house. When he then saw a man trying to break into the back door, he retrieved his mother’s gun and shot at the suspect, who returned fire. The man and an accomplice then fled in their vehicle. 

The Post and Courier reports that one of the suspects was dropped off at the hospital and later succumbed to his wounds, while his accomplice was arrested. Both suspects were found to have extensive criminal histories. The boy who defended himself with the gun was unharmed. 

His mother said, “I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to.”


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 …


Texas Protesters Rally Against Campus Carry

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.”


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.


Wisconsin Gun Ban Bill Sponsor Backpedals

Wisconsin State Rep. Lisa Subeck and her Democratic colleagues are backing down on legislation that would have outlawed numerous firearms, including popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and most semi-automatic pistols. The bill would also have required owners of the outlawed weapons to surrender them to authorities. 

Apparently the outcry from hunters and other gun owners made a difference. In an email to lawmakers Friday, Subeck announced new plans to work with the Legislative Reference Bureau, Legislative Council and other unspecified entities to change her proposed ban on “semi-automatic assault weapons.”

“After receiving feedback from some of our colleagues regarding the circulation of a preliminary draft banning semi-automatic assault weapons, the other authors of the bill and I have determined that we will work with the Legislative Reference Bureau to make some revisions to the draft bill to address some concerns that have been raised,” Subeck wrote.


Dallas Zoo’s “Gun-Free Zone” Faces Legal Challenge

After getting the Houston Zoo to abandon its “No Guns” signs and policy, Texas gun-rights attorney T. Edwin Walker has filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to challenge a similar prohibition on the means of self-defense at the Dallas Zoo. 

With some exceptions, Texas law allows Right-to-Carry permit holders to bring firearms onto government land. Like the Houston Zoo, the Dallas Zoo is located on public land, but is operated by a private entity. After first writing to the Dallas Zoo to protest its firearm prohibition—as required by Texas law—and getting no results, Walker has appealed to the attorney general. 

The Dallas Zoo has argued that it qualifies for an exemption under the law that allows educational facilities and amusement parks to keep their “No Guns” policies. Walker’s response is that the zoo offers no courses, degrees or rides, and therefore does not qualify.


Oklahoma Professor: Self-Defense Is A Basic Human Right

A professor at the University of Oklahoma has weighed in on the campus carry debate. David Deming says it’s time to remove the restrictions that prohibit otherwise legal guns on college campuses.

In an opinion piece for NewsOK, Deming pointed out that university administrators have no way of keeping students, faculty and staff safe. “A college campus has miles of open borders open to any terrorist or deranged individual,” he wrote. “It is irrational to believe that a policy or a sign will stop a person intent on committing mayhem.” 

Deming’s pro-safety opinion is refreshing in a world where one university has a group threatening to sue if guns aren’t banned in classrooms, and another is clamoring for “safe spaces.” Although, to be fair, Deming is clamoring for “safe spaces” as well—only his safe space is defined as one that is a “guns welcome” zone.


“Gun Violence Research Act” Would Erode Patient Privacy

A new bill intended to increase federal funding for studying gun violence as a “public health crisis” was filed last Wednesday. Authored by U.S. Rep Mike Honda, D-Calif., H.R. 3926, the so-called “Gun Violence Research Act” would build on President Obama’s 2013 executive order directing the CDC and other scientific agencies to study the causes and prevention of gun violence and would authorize appropriation of “such sums as may be necessary” to carry out this research. 

While the use of taxpayer dollars to fund studies that may become the bedrock of further anti-gun efforts is obviously problematic, one provision stands out as particularly onerous. The bill would allow doctors and healthcare workers to ask patients about gun ownership, possession, use and storage. We examine this issue in more detail here, but in short, this information would likely become part of a patient’s Electronic Medical Records and could be used to create a de facto gun registry.

Use Your Power!

Tell your representatives and senators to stop the invasion of patients’ privacy by voting NO on H.R. 3926. Call (202) 224-3121, or use NRA-ILA’s “Write Your Lawmakers” tool here.

PETA Lashes Out At Paul Ryan, Sportsmen’s Groups

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) President Ingrid Newkirk has penned a bizarre op-ed in The Hill, attacking new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for his pro-hunting record. The article also finds time to bash Safari Club International and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and to assert that, “The panicky last gasps of the hunting industry can also be seen in the ‘right to hunt’ amendments that it has been sending to state legislatures in hopes of protecting hunting despite public opinion against it.” 

It is hard to fathom just how out of touch Newkirk is—beyond missing how thoroughly mainstream support for hunting is, she questions whether Ryan can be both a hunter and a Catholic, and asserts that, “Hunting celebrates death, exposes children to gun violence and wastes millions of taxpayer dollars every year …” If nothing else, this column makes a great case for why “right to hunt” amendments are necessary—to head off nutcases like Newkirk.

 


Armed Girlfriend Saves Michigan Man From Attacker

When Steve Miller of Macomb Township, Mich., was assaulted by an intoxicated neighbor over a leaf-blowing incident, he could easily have been killed. That is, until his girlfriend, Bonnie La Rose, grabbed her gun and came to his defense.

According to police, Miller was on the ground being severely beaten over the head by neighbor Jerry Thomas Ficht when La Rose grabbed her gun and came to his rescue. “I took a stance to shoot,” La Rose told the Detroit Free Press. “(Ficht) leaned his head and I told him three times I would shoot him and kill him.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Ficht will be charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. After four hours of surgery, Miller is recovering in a nearby hospital.


Thriving Illegal Gun Market Feeds Australian Crime

As Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama tout Australian-style gun control (read: confiscation), Australia’s The New Daily reports that residents “are more at risk from gun crime than ever before with the country’s underground market for firearms ballooning in the past decade.” The paper studied state-level crime reports and concluded, “Taken together, the data suggests that despite our tough anti-gun laws, thousands of registered weapons are either being stolen or entering the country illegally.” 

So let’s get this straight: Guns are hard to acquire for law-abiding citizens, but criminals are getting them anyway? By criminalizing a category of guns, you’ve created a thriving black market? It’s probably not very helpful to chime in with a well-timed “We told you so” right at the moment.


Atlanta Fails To Comply With Gun Auction Requirement

The city of Atlanta is apparently failing to comply with state law S.B. 350, which requires local governments to return firearms to innocent owners. The law also requires local governments to auction off all confiscated but unclaimed firearms to a licensed dealer who can then sell the gun lawfully to a new owner. 

Even though Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is aware of his obligations to follow S.B. 350, he’s either refusing to do so or dragging his feet. “We have an obligation to resell that, rebid that, and get that to gun purchasers so they can resell those,” Turner told a CBS46 reporter this week. He then added, “The city of Atlanta has not done that.” 

With around 6,000 confiscated firearms accumulating in the Atlanta stockpile and no plans to return or auction them off, Chief Turner and Mayor Kasim Reed, who joined Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, are by definition breaking the law.


Maryland Dumps Cartridge “Fingerprint” Database

After gobbling up 15 years’ worth of taxpayer funding, a Maryland “ballistic fingerprinting” effort has been ended by state officials. It’s about time, we’d suggest, since the $5 million system never solved a single case.

Beginning in 2000, the state required a fired cartridge case from every new handgun sold in the state, hoping to later provide a forensic link between cases recovered at crime scenes and their archive. Imprecise images plagued the program from the outset, wasting investigative time and resources by returning multiple (even hundreds) of matches to a single sample.

“It could have been tweaked” a forensic scientist lamented to the Baltimore Sun, despite the ATF opinion that guns used in crimes have often been stolen and resold illegally, and perhaps repeatedly. So a link to the original, lawful owner adds what, precisely? 

Being 0-for-300,000 says all that needs to be said.


Obama Uses Mass Shootings As Fundraising Tool

Last weekend President Obama sent an email to Democratic supporters on the subject of mass shootings. 

In it was a claim that there have been over 300 mass shootings so far this year—a statistic from a crowdsourced site that was debunked here—followed by this plea: “Unless we do something—change our politics and change our laws—these painful tragedies will continue. … It’s up to us to speak up for the countless voices lost to gun violence. If you believe we can do this, together, then add your name today,” followed by a link to a petition at my.democrats.org. 

Instead of being shown a running total of signatures, those who sign the petition are taken to a donation page. In other words, Obama is now using his followers’ concern over gun violence to fundraise for the Democratic party. 

Apparently when you’re trying to ensure your gun-control legacy, there’s no such thing as “going too far.”


Boston Mayor Bans Realistic Toy Guns

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces Monday. Under the ban, police can seize fake handguns that are not clearly marked with orange or red muzzles as replicas. The ban takes effect immediately. 

The new ordinance was announced at a press event held Monday at Roxbury’s Twelfth Baptist Church with members of the local clergy and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans in attendance. 

Residents might wish that, instead of staging press conferences trumpeting a ban on toy guns that took two months to pass, Boston’s mayor and police commissioner focused more of their time on real crimes. After all, Boston homicides spiked by 27 percent in 2014—even as the national homicide rate continued to fall—and WBUR reported in May that non-fatal shootings in Beantown had increased by 56 percent this year over 2014. Where’s the confetti?


Kentucky Man Uses Gun To Stop Intruder

In a neighborhood described by residents as being “pretty quiet the biggest part of the time,” a Louisville man on Sunday used his firearm to fight off a home invader.

According to TV station WLKY, police officers said the intruder fled on foot and was later found at a nearby hospital.

Police did not say whether the intruder and the armed citizen knew each other. The extent of the intruder’s injuries is unknown at this time.


McAuliffe, The 40-Percent Lie And Political Loss

As reported by NRA-ILA over the weekend, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the latest in a long line of gun-control advocates to parrot the 40-percent lie—the claim that somehow a large percentage of gun sales illegally or unfairly skirt background checks—and pay a political price for it. 

The assertion is that some huge “loophole” exists in federal law, because 40 percent of sales or transfers are not covered by the federal background check requirement that applies to retail dealer sales. The structure of the current law is not a “loophole,” however. It's intentionally designed to separate casual, private conduct by law-abiding people from commercial activity. 

McAuliffe and billionaire gun-ban buddy Michael Bloomberg learned what effect lying about guns can have last Tuesday, when NRA-endorsed candidates won 92 percent of their races in Virginia and Republicans retained control of the state Senate. Incidentally, as NRA-ILA points out, the 40-percent lie has been debunked numerous times, including here, here, here, here and here.


Semi-Auto Ban Proposed In Wisconsin

State Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, and three other Wisconsin Assembly Democrats have introduced a bill to ban outright all possession and transfer of semi-automatic rifles within the state. Referring erroneously to such firearms as “assault weapons,” the legislation states its intention to prevent future mass shootings.

If Subeck and her associates were serious about preventing mass shootings—or better yet, the rampant gun crime that claims far more numerous victims in inner-city communities—they would have noticed that semi-automatic rifles are seldom used to commit crimes. But who cares about actual results, or how crippling this would be to hunters, collectors and competitive shooters—the important thing is to look like you’re “doing something” about criminal violence!

Use Your Power!

Badgers, tell your representatives and senators not to support this or any other legislation designed to elevate fear-mongering over freedom. To locate your lawmakers, click here.

Tulsa Homeowner Fights Off Armed Intruder

A homeowner and two other people were in a north Tulsa home yesterday morning at about 10:30 a.m. when an intruder kicked in the front door and entered the home.

When the home invader walked into the living room, the homeowner shot the man in the chest. The injured criminal fled in a car, wrecked it, and then was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers at the scene said at this point in the investigation it appears the homeowner was defending his life and property, and no charges are expected.


New Sheriff Means Hope For San Francisco Gun Owners

San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who notoriously refused to issue a single concealed-carry permit during the entirety of his time in office, has suffered a landslide defeat in his re-election bid. His exit means that area gun owners are seeing a glimmer of hope.

Former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, who will take over for Mirkarimi, has been quiet about her stance on guns but has been endorsed by notable gun-haters such as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Attorney General Kamala Harris. But it would not take much for her to be less extreme than her predecessor, and gun-rights groups are appealing to her respect for the Constitution.

“The Calguns Foundation will be reaching out to Sheriff-elect Vicki Hennessy to formally request that she respect Second Amendment civil rights as much as any other fundamental right she likes,” said Calguns President Brandon Combs.

 


CBS Atlanta Targets Gun Magazines

They’ve targeted so-called “high-capacity” magazines; now they’re targeting the kind full of words and pictures. CBS 46 in Atlanta has been airing a series of reports aimed at “presenting the pros and cons of the United States gun debate.” So far, “The Gun Fight” looks to be a pretty one-sided debate. 

The latest report from Tuesday rolled out a new anti-gunner term: “gun porn.” Investigative reporter Karyn Greer describes gun porn as “photos of guns that display them in the same carefully posed and lighted manner as the models in traditional pornography.” Greer visited Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart, only to discover that these “gun porn” magazines—with headlines like “Don’t Be a Victim” and “The Ultimate Guide to Staying Alive”—were easily accessible to young children.

You can only imagine our horror at discovering that our coffee table displays of American Rifleman magazines have for years been offering up porn to our guests and their children.


Recreational Shooting Threatened On Utah Conservation Area

A proposal to close more than 63,000 acres of public land at the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area in Utah to recreational shooting would greatly impact shooters in the area and is being opposed by the National Rifle Association.

In the plan, the Bureau of Land Management’s preferred strategy is to close 80 percent of the area to recreational shooting. Another strategy offered is to close the entire NCA to shooting. Two other alternatives would leave the NCA open for shooting as it is now.

“For years, the NRA and other sportsmen’s groups have asked that recreational shooting be managed like camping and hiking so that recreational use conflict is reduced,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told the Tribune. “We want shooting to be conducted in safe and accessible environments where there are natural or man-made backstops. All too often, federal land management plans without considering the impact on shooters who use those areas.”

USE YOUR POWER!

The deadline for public comment on the proposed shooting closure at Beaver Dam Wash NCA has been extended to Nov. 16. Comments may be submitted via fax to (435)688-3252 or emailed to utsgrmp@blm.gov.



 


UC Merced Hero Wishes He Had Carried A Gun

Contractor Byron Price was finishing up a construction job on the UC Merced campus when he heard a commotion coming from a classroom Wednesday morning. Thinking it was a fistfight, he entered the classroom to break it up, unknowingly inserting himself into a stabbing rampage that left four people wounded, including himself. After he entered the room, the suspect attacked Price with a butcher knife, stabbing him near the waistline.

Price managed to kick the assailant in the head, causing the hooded man to flee. Two campus police officers then chased the suspect and shot him on a nearby pedestrian bridge. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke labeled Price a hero for disrupting the attack and probably saving lives.

In retrospect, if Price could have done one thing differently, what would it have been? As he recently told CBS 47, he would have wanted to have a concealed firearm in that situation.


Cape Cod Homeowner Shoots At Arsonist

After being awakened by what he thought was someone breaking into his home around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, a Falmouth, Mass., homeowner discovered a male suspect setting his house on fire. He chased the suspect and fired two shots at him, driving him off, police told the Boston Globe.

The man’s wife used a garden hose to extinguish the fire, which had burned a three-foot section of the house’s siding. The man who fired the shots reportedly had a license to carry a firearm. Police found no blood at the scene, and said that no one with gunshot wounds had turned up at any local hospitals following the incident.

Further investigation revealed that the brake lines on the homeowner’s car had been severed, and a door of the home had been wedged shut from the outside. Police are still looking for the suspect.


Anti-Gun Moms Oppose Gun Safety Education

At Forest Hills Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, Daniel Krestar leads an annual program called “Gun Shop.” The optional class, which is also open to parents, teaches kindergarteners how to stay safe around firearms. Materials include NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe® videos among others. 

“We wanted to teach the course because statistics showed that 80 percent of local homeowners kept guns in their homes,” said Krestar. “This course isn’t pro-gun or anti-gun.”

A school taking advantage of free NRA materials to teach gun safety—smart move, right? Apparently not to Jennifer Hoppe, deputy director of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She thinks “it’s atrocious to put the onus of gun safety onto children.” 

For a group with “sense” in their name, they often show very little of it. Having a child properly trained in gun safety is the best kind of “gun sense” there could be.


Straw Purchaser For Cop Killer Gets Off With Probation

The woman who illegally purchased a Glock handgun and 50-round drum magazine for her boyfriend—a convicted felon and known gang member who used the gun to kill an Omaha police officer—was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross to a year of probation.

Jalita Johnson, 26, who admitted she’d made the illegal straw purchase and supplied the firearm to the killer, could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Police Officer Kerrie Orozco was working her last shift before taking maternity leave when she was slain by Johnson’s boyfriend, Marcus Wheeler, 36, who was killed in the shootout with police.

The Omaha police union called the court date the “day the federal justice system failed,” and asked, “What kind of message does this send to offenders in the future that will purchase guns for violent felons that are prohibited from possessing firearms?”


New O’Malley Ad Features Doctored Speech Clip

On Wednesday, Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign released a new ad titled “Sound Familiar?” The 60-second spot closed with a clip of O’Malley at the podium, saying, “… How many senseless acts of violence do we have to endure as a people before we stand up to the congressional lobbyists of the National Rifle Association? How many more Americans have to die?” The crowd broke out in the sort of thunderous applause you’d typically associate with the winning touchdown at a championship game. 

But wait a second: The clip in the ad came from O’Malley’s speech at the 2015 Conference of Mayors—not exactly an arena event. Given that fewer than 300 mayors RSVP’d, we were skeptical, so we compared the ad with actual event footage. While there was a smattering of polite applause in the original, it’s very clear that the audience response in the ad was greatly enhanced. 

But then again, we’ve come to expect this sort of thing from anti-gunners.


Writer Says Gun Control Won’t Help Lower-Income Black Communities

The Daily Beast published a surprising editorial from a self-described “strong supporter of gun control”: “Hey, White Liberals, the NRA Isn’t the Point.” In this thoughtful piece, the author describes coming to the realization that the gun control pushed by the liberal elite fails to address inner-city violence that claims predominantly black victims: “To be blunt, measures that might prevent another Columbine or Sandy Hook are unlikely to prevent another Chicago.”

While we’d dispute the premise that the type of gun-control measures being proposed work anywhere, we applaud the author for identifying the hollowness of the typical anti-gun narrative. Instead of gun control, she recommends stricter penalties for gun offenders. “So if gun-control supporters really want to decrease gun violence, maybe it’s time to stop focusing solely on how to outmaneuver the NRA and focus on convincing progressives that incarceration isn’t a dirty word if it is used to punish behavior that is deadly, dangerous, and disproportionately harmful to communities of color.”


“Summer Of Guns” Extends Into Fall

If you bought a new gun in October, you’re not alone—the FBI’s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) processed 1,976,759 background checks for the month, nearly 400,000 more than last October. And as it turns out, if you bought one between May and September, you’re also in good company—this past month was the sixth in a row to set a record for number of checks. 

While NICS checks aren’t a perfect measure of gun sales, they’re an accurate indicator of trends—and in recent years have revealed a lot about America’s political climate. After President Barack Obama’s election, gun sales spiked, and when he announced sweeping gun-control goals in January 2013, that year saw a record-breaking 21,093,273 checks. 

The FBI has already processed 17,584,346 NICS checks in 2015, and may exceed 2013’s total by year’s end. This suggests that while Americans see Obama as a danger to freedom, the possibilities presented by a Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley seem an even bigger threat.

 


N.C. Woman Battles Home Invaders To Save Baby

A Charlotte, N.C., woman is being touted by her husband as a hero after fighting off two armed home invaders to protect herself and the couple’s 4-month-old son.

Semantha Bunce was at home with her son when two armed men kicked down her front door. Hearing the ruckus, Bunce put the baby in a crib upstairs away from the intruders, grabbed her gun and confronted the home invaders, trading several shots with them. Hit by gunfire, Bunce nevertheless was able to run off the home invaders and save herself and her young son.  

Bunce is recovering at a nearby hospital and is listed in stable condition. “Not a scratch is on him (the baby),” Bunce’s husband, Paul, said later. “She brought the matter away from him and definitely protected him. She laid him down in the crib upstairs in our room. He was safe there.”


Colion Noir Goes Off On “Mike The Gun Guy”

While we covered Mike Weisser’s failed attempt to paint an NRA video as “racist,” Colion Noir undoubtedly makes the case more eloquently. In a new NRA Commentators video, Colion slams “Mike the fake-ass Gun Guy” for exposing his own “bigotry and lack of Google skills” in his attempt to smear the NRA. Mike had triumphantly pointed to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s supposed misidentification of a black murder victim as a murderer, while Mike himself was the one confusing one young black man for another.

“Do me a favor and miss me with the fake outrage … You’re engaging in the exact same type of racist behavior that you’re accusing someone else of doing,” concludes Colion.


Bloomberg’s Squandered Bucks

We’ve told you over the past few weeks about gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s extravagant spending on a few select state races in Virginia, where his “Everytown” group forked over more than $2 million on a pair of state Senate races.

While Democrat Jeremy McPike won with 54 percent of the vote in Alexandria, a district that voted 63 percent for Barack Obama, Everytown-backed Dan Gecker was defeated by Republican Glen Sturtevant in the Richmond area, ensuring Republicans retain control of the Senate. Overall, despite Gov. Terry McAuliffe making gun control a central issue in the election, 92 percent of NRA-backed candidates won in Virginia on Tuesday.

Even the so-called “mainstream” media noticed the trend. As Robert McCartney reported in the Washington Post on Wednesday: “When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats study what went wrong for them in Tuesday’s crucial legislative elections, one possible mistake stands out: Their aggressive advocacy of gun control in a pivotal Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.”


NRA-Backed Candidates Win Governor’s Race In Kentucky And Mississippi

NRA A-rated candidates prevailed in both of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections.

In Mississippi, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, a former law enforcement officer and NRA Life member, won a second term. During his first term, Bryant signed into law more than a dozen pro-Second Amendment measures and advanced the state’s Right To Hunt And Fish Amendment, which voters approved by 88 percent in 2014. “As a gun owner and defender of the Second Amendment, I believe the work of the NRA is critical in protecting our freedom,” Bryant said. 

Kentucky’s new governor, Republican Matt Bevin, is also an NRA Life member. While the businessman and Army veteran has never held public office, he has been involved in politics, recently calling on Kentucky lawmakers to legalize permitless carry. Bevin has vowed to defend firearms freedom as governor: “Matt believes the Second Amendment means exactly what it says,” explained his campaign manager. 

We congratulate Bryant and Bevin on their victories!


Hillary’s Gun-Run Surprises Even The Antis

History has not been on the side of gun-control proponents when it comes to winning presidential elections. But Hillary Clinton, allowing her deep-seated hatred of guns to overshadow political acumen, has pledged to make gun control a voting issue for Democrats. 

It’s a strategy few would recommend—including, it seems, fellow gun-control proponents. Die-hard anti-gunner Gavin Newsom warned, “I think she’s taking a big risk.” The California lieutenant governor, who “couldn’t agree with Clinton more” on her gun stance, was a little surprised: “I didn’t expect that.” 

Nevertheless, the Democratic presidential hopeful plows on. “The political calculus has changed—candidates are now running on gun safety,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, utilizing the gun banners’ latest euphuism for “gun control.”

More power to you, Hillary. If Tuesday’s results are any indication, American voters are ready to show you exactly what they think of your gun control.


Texas Passes “Right To Hunt And Fish” Amendment

In what can only be described as a landslide (more than 81 percent), Texans on Tuesday added a “Right to Hunt and Fish” amendment to their state constitution. Eighteen other states have provisions that run along similar lines to preserve the right to hunt, fish or otherwise harvest wildlife, and four others have partial protections that are not actual amendments. The additions to the state charter also codify (public) hunting and fishing as the preferred methods for wildlife management. 

If this draws a “huh,” consider that anti-hunting and animal rights groups have long sought to hamstring hunting for their own obvious purposes, but with anti-gunners quietly cheering in the background: Any attack or sabotage on the justifications for firearms ownership suits them fine, of course. 

Just one more example of why you shouldn’t mess with Texas.


North Carolina Jewelry Store Robber Shot

After three armed, masked men stormed into a Long Jewelers store in Winston-Salem, N.C., broke into a display case, waved guns around and terrorized customers and employees, a store manager retrieved a gun, walked from the back to the front of the store, and shot one of the suspects, who died outside the store.

The suspect—identified as Matthew Shawon Elliott, 30, of Statesville, N.C., had two prior felony convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon. According to a statement released by police, the manager shot him out of “fear of his life and the lives of the business’s employees and patrons.” No charges will be filed against the armed defender, the district attorney told the Winston-Salem Journal.

The two other suspects, who fled, are still being sought by police. While officers were responding to the attempted robbery, another nearby jewelry store was reportedly robbed.


Duct Tape Can’t Fix This Mandate

New Jersey just can’t let the “smart gun” mandate die. The original legislation called for all guns sold in the state to be limited to authorized-user-only types within three years of a first example becoming available. When the Armatix iP1 appeared briefly last year, it looked as though that clock would start ticking. 

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg has concluded (after 13 years) that the law is actually stifling the technology and is offering a new version: The three-year fuse now attaches to offering a smart gun for sale in all Garden State gun shops once a working sample reaches the market. 

We’ve shot the iP1 (very few have—we’ll tell you about it here soon), and are perfectly content to let the market decide. But the real point is that gun owners (and the NRA) are against mandates, not technology.


Hillary Clinton TV Ad: Let’s Come Together In Support Of Ineffective Policy

No longer content to confine her misguided gun-control views to the podium, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has taken to the airwaves. Clinton’s new television ad—a minimalist 30-second spot titled “Together,” airing in Iowa and New Hampshire—sees Clinton intoning ominously, “We’re better than this. We need to close the loopholes and support universal background checks. How many people need to die before we actually act—before we come together as a nation?” 

Music and visuals aren’t all that’s missing from Clinton’s ad. Also absent is any explanation of how forcing law-abiding people to jump through hoops to obtain firearms will have any effect on crime. When you consider that even Clinton knows most criminals won’t dutifully stand in line for background checks, it becomes clear who she’s actually targeting. 

Perhaps it’s coincidence that this ad was announced almost exactly a month after she vowed to take on NRA … but we doubt it.

San Francisco’s Last Gun Shop Shuts Down

High Bridge Arms was opened in 1952 by renowned Olympic shooter Bob Chow. For 63 years, the San Francisco gun shop was a fixture in the city’s Mission District. Last Friday, the store closed its doors for the final time.

High Bridge Arms was the latest casualty in a city determined to make strict gun control the law of the land. Already encumbered by laws regulating everything from magazine capacity to store advertising, owner Andy Takahashi drew the line at a new ordinance that would force High Bridge Arms to videotape all purchases and provide San Francisco Police Department with buyers’ names, addresses and driver’s license numbers. 

“Just the idea of giving that information willingly to the police department, for no real reason, seemed very unreasonable to me,” said Steven Alcairo, High Bridge Arms general manager. With the store now closed, not a single gun store exists within city limits.


Hillary Clinton: Strange Way To Address Gun Violence

It’s interesting that Hillary Clinton would meet with the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in the name of “gun violence.”

“Grateful to spend time today with mothers who have lost a child to violence and turned their grief into a national call to action,” Clinton tweeted. Interestingly, neither death meets any traditional definition of “gun violence.” Brown was killed after attempting to take police officer Darren Wilson’s gun from him, then charging him. Martin was killed while banging neighborhood watch participant George Zimmerman’s head against a sidewalk. A grand jury elected not to charge Wilson, and Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Even worse, Huffington Post readers will never know those truths. In its report on the Clinton meeting, the author wrote: “Brown, 18, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson last year in Ferguson, Mo, after a scuffle. In 2012, Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighbor of his father’s fiancée, for appearing ‘suspicious.’”


“Mike The Gun Guy” Aims At NRA ... And Shoots Himself In The Foot ... Again

In a barefaced and ultimately botched attempt to smear the NRA as “racist”—and thereby divert attention from President Barack Obama’s refusal to enforce federal laws against armed criminals—Huffington Post’s Mike “the Gun Guy” Weisser attacked NRA’s recent response to Obama’s gun-control grandstanding in Chicago (pointing to an error that wasn’t an error), and defended Obama’s gutting of federal gun prosecutions to the lowest levels in a decade, while shootings and murders in the Windy City skyrocket.

Drawing a distinction without a difference, Weisser claimed that in the NRA video, “the picture of ‘Darius Brown’ is actually a picture of Jamal Streeter.” That’s not only incorrect—the picture was of De’Eris Brown, just as NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, even if Weisser can’t spell—but it’s also irrelevant: The man Weisser inaccurately claimed was in the picture, Terrance Jamal Streeter, was also an armed criminal freed by the system.


San Antonio Robbery Suspects Shot

A San Antonio man shot two suspects accused of robbing his girlfriend in front of her apartment Sunday night. Just before midnight, two men approached the woman outside her apartment and robbed her at gunpoint. The suspects then fled on foot while the woman ran to her boyfriend, who was sitting inside a nearby car. According to police, he then grabbed a handgun and chased after the two men. One of the men turned around to confront him, prompting him to fire multiple shots, hitting one in the shoulder and one in the leg. 

A short time later, investigators found the suspects lying on the sidewalk—however, they claimed to be robbery victims from the shooting. The suspects were taken to University Hospital for treatment and are expected to recover from their wounds. The boyfriend is not expected to face criminal charges, but the robbery suspects will face charges of aggravated robbery.


NOVA Firearms: A Political Pawn

James Gates, owner of NOVA Firearms, faced strong opposition when opening a new gun shop in McLean, Va. Now, reports have come out that detail how that opposition came about—an exchange of emails shows Democratic elected officials working together to thwart Gates’ expansion efforts.

In one email, state Sen. Barbara Favola wrote: “Basically, we convinced the land owner that his business tenants would lose business. In other words, moving a gun shop to a small cluster of shops in the middle of a neighborhood was bad for business.” 

The attacks on the gun shop, which is located near an elementary school, continued at the hands of Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust. He sent out a mailer depicting a School Zone sign riddled with bullet holes.

The result? “They protested us the day we opened,” said Gates. “But, to be honest, that helped us more than it hurt us. Business is good.”


Democratic Party Divided On Push For Gun Control

The Democratic Party is divided on how hard they should push gun control. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are trying to tap into anger over gun violence—and the ignorant assumption that stricter gun control translates into greater safety—but the issue threatens to hurt centrists running in battleground states. 

According to Democratic strategists in Washington, the politics of gun control have changed, but pro-gun voters historically have a greater impact on Election Day because they tend to be single-issue voters. People in favor of stricter gun control, on the other hand, are typically more motivated by other issues. 

“It depends to what extent they push gun control and how it’s viewed,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “It always has the potential to be a problem depending on how far you push it.”


Now Hiring: Chicago PD

We guess it’s a good thing that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are announcing the forming of a new hiring pool for more police officers in the crime-ridden Windy City. The city will accept 12,500 new applications, as the previous batch (of 19,000 from 2013) is now exhausted. 

Of course, the city leaders, who are hard at work expanding the police force, are striving with even more devotion to disarm law-abiding citizens wherever possible with a nightmarish maze of red tape. We see what happens—even in Chicago—when good people arm themselves. So while putting more good cops on the streets is a wise strategy, criminals would have far more to fear from an armed and self-confident citizenry.


CBS News Overstates “Smart Gun” Case

It’s difficult to ascertain why the “smart gun” hype machine has rumbled back to life recently, but a Washington Post article seems to have gotten the ball rolling again. Now a special CBS News segment has explored the case for such “safe” firearms—and gives the misleading impression that the technology is viable and could be ready for the market soon.

As a Forbes piece points out, when CBS talks to famous angel investor Ron Conway about his support for multiple “smart gun” startups, it implies that these ventures are poised for success. In reality, the majority of the projects that Conway backs never become profitable. The author also makes the case that the tech sector does not always succeed in transforming other industries—so even with the backing of a power player like Conway and a concerted effort from developers, “smart guns” are likely to succeed only if they someday live up to the standards of gun owners.


When Two Fools Collide

If you thought the NRA hater who calls himself “Mike The Gun Guy” couldn’t stoop much lower than his normal name-calling and hateful rhetoric against law-abiding gun owners, you’d be wrong.

Mike, who has his own hateful blog aimed at deriding NRA members and gun owners in general, recently wrote in lavish praise of University of Nebraska English professor Amada Gailey. “Great work Amanda, great work,” Mike gushes. What was Gailey’s incredible contribution? A lapel button stating, “#*$& The NRA.”

Mike is wrong for cheering about such obscene insults that in no way help curtail violent crime. Of course, that’s not all he was wrong about in his recent hate-filled screed. “… the NRA has been making this big play recently about getting women into the shooting sports, but the truth is that women … just aren’t all that interested in getting into guns.” Hey Mike, tell that to America’s fastest-growing demographic of new shooters and gun owners—women!


Halloween Night Robbery Thwarted By Two Armed Employees

One customer was shopping and two employees were on duty when a trio of masked men burst into Latino’s Meat Market in Reading, Pa., just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses say one robber fired a shot with his pistol, while another pulled a stun gun on one of the employees. As the third suspect was removing money from the register, two employees drew their own guns and opened fire on the men, striking two of them. According to police one man died at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. The third man, who fled with an undisclosed amount of money from the store’s register, remains at large.

Aside from a minor cut on one worker’s nose, the employees and the customer were unharmed. District Attorney John Adams told police that while the investigation continues, the shootings are being treated as justified self-defense.


Pennsylvania Gun Licensing Scheme Proposed

Democrat Pennsylvania State Sen. Art Haywood has proposed a law (SB 1029) requiring Pennsylvanians to obtain a license to own any handgun, in a “permit to purchase” scheme similar to those that have kept lawful citizens disarmed and defenseless against murder in New Jersey, New York and Illinois.

Licenses require 16 hours’ training, cost $50 in addition to training costs, take up to 45 days for approval and require renewal ($30) every five years. “No statement in the Second Amendment is related to individual self-defense,” Haywood said, channeling Hillary Clinton. Instead, Haywood says the constitutional right to own a gun was intended to defend slavery and forced segregation.

Use Your Power!

Contact your state senator and assembly member and urge them to oppose SB 1029 and its prior-restraint restrictions on your right to keep and bear arms. You can locate your lawmakers here.

Chicago CCL Holder Shoots Armed Robber

While the city’s stringent gun laws do their utmost to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, some Chicago residents do legally carry concealed firearms these days. Such an armed citizen shut down an armed robbery in progress in a corner store on Saturday night. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that a man walked up to the counter and showed a handgun to the employee at the register, announcing his intention to rob the establishment. He then pointed his firearm at a female employee who was walking up from the back of the store and ushered her back to the area she had come from. Likely fearing for the employee’s life, a customer drew his concealed fun and fired, killing the suspect.

Police confirmed that the armed citizen had the proper credentials to carry a concealed firearm inside the city.


Cuomo Climbs Onto National Stage With Anti-Gun Push

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pledging to get more involved in national gun politics and has forged an alliance with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Cuomo will hit the campaign trail in 2016 to emphasize what he calls “the big issue” in national politics—so-called “gun violence.”

“The political climate is right again for action,” Cuomo declares. His efforts with the Brady Campaign will be spent working to crackdown on the improper dealing of firearms. In his role as national spokesperson, he will also be lobbying to bring other governors on board. 

Cuomo has a long history of anti-gun activism and was responsible for the “emergency” SAFE Act bill being ramrodded through the New York State Legislature—it bypassed the three-day waiting period for legislation and passed with no hearings, no testimony and no time for opponents to state their opposition.


Prosecutor In NRA Shirt Case Pulls Gun In Office

Back in May we reported on the case of a 14-year-old in West Virginia who was arrested for wearing an NRA t-shirt to school. Now there comes a bizarre twist: One of the prosecutors in his case, Chris White, has been suspended for brandishing a firearm inside his own office building. 

White’s supervisor, Logan County Prosecutor John Bennett, says that the incident happened because secretaries had decorated the office for Halloween. “He said they had spiders everyplace and he said he told them it wasn’t funny, and he couldn’t stand them, and he did indeed get a gun out. It had no clip in it—of course they wouldn’t know that—I wouldn’t either if I looked at it, to tell you the truth.”

Compared to the actions of White—who reportedly suffers from arachnophobia, as if that explains it—wearing a shirt with a gun on it doesn’t seem too extreme.


Brazil Looks To Ease Gun Restrictions To Fight Crime

With one of the highest murder rates on the planet, Brazil is experiencing what one politician there has called “an orgy of gun violence.” Consequently, some in the Brazilian government are trying to do away with severe restrictions on gun ownership so law-abiding citizens can protect themselves against violent criminals.

Under the proposed law, anyone over 21 would be allowed to purchase up to nine firearms a year and 50 rounds of ammunition a month. Additionally, state employees and public figures, ranging from government inspectors to politicians, would be authorized to carry arms, as would private citizens often in the public eye such as taxi drivers.

Of course, just as in America, freedom has its detractors around the world. “It’s a return to the Wild West,” said Ivan Valente, a deputy from the leftist PSOL party. Now where have we heard that before?


Kids Nationwide Will Learn Gun Safety This Halloween

On Halloween this year, many children will learn about something they may not have expected: Gun safety. The Halloween GunSafe® promotion hosted by the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program will provide educational materials for community events, from school assemblies to mall trick-or-treating, during the holiday. “Halloween offers a great opportunity to talk about safety with our children, and the NRA is thrilled that so many communities are using the chance to teach firearm safety,” said NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter. 

The materials distributed to Halloween GunSafe® participants include workbooks, stickers and an Eddie Eagle DVD. “No other organization in the world does more to promote firearm safety than the National Rifle Association,” said Hunter, “and the Eddie Eagle Program is a prime example of that.”


This Disney Fails To Delight

Another film foray comes out with the Disney name attached, but will likely have none of the timeless charms you’d associate with the Magic Kingdom. Instead, it appears to be an anti-gun finger-wag from a multi-millionaire: Grandniece Abigail Disney brings us Pastor Rob Schenck in her documentary The Armor of Light

Ms. Disney’s own description of the project pretty much says it all: “I’ve spent most of the past two years making a documentary about a leading evangelical Christian minister who is strongly questioning the close ties between his religion and the NRA. (The film) shows how Rob Schenck, who operates an influential ministry on Capitol Hill in Washington, has begun asking whether pro-life Christians can also be pro-gun.”  

Who is Ms. Disney, Reuters or even Reverend Schenck to say “Jesus wouldn’t join the NRA?” This is perilously close to a non-trivial thing called blasphemy if you read the rest of your Bible.


Florida Man Returns Fire Against Armed Robber

After an armed robber fired two shots at him, an Orange County, Florida, man returned fire early Sunday morning, striking the assailant and ending the attack, the sheriff’s office told the Orlando Sentinel

Tyrell Owens had just returned home when Wilmar Jolteus, 32, a convicted felon with 11 prior arrests, allegedly attempted to rob him. “Jolteus discharged a firearm at victim Owens in an attempt to cause his death,” according to the arrest report. “Owens’ death was prevented only by his superior tactical positioning and return fire. ... Owens, in fear for his life, sought cover behind the wall. The suspect fired at least two rounds at Owens and Owens drew his concealed handgun and returned fire.” 

Jolteus was charged with first-degree attempted murder with a firearm and attempted robbery with a weapon at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his leg and buttock.


Obama Breaks Promise Of More Federal Gun Prosecutions

A recent publication by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC Reports, revealed that Obama’s tough talk about increasing prosecution of federal gun laws is nothing more than just that—talk. According to Yahoo News, one of Obama’s 23 executive directives in January 2013 was to “amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws.” The reality is that Obama’s annual prosecution of gun crimes has never reached the levels of prosecutions seen during George W. Bush’s last five years in office. 

The TRAC Reports show that prosecutions for gun violations actually began a decline in 2013, dipped further in 2014 and dropped to an all-time low for the Obama administration in 2015. The 2015 fiscal year actually represents a 15.5-percent drop in prosecutions from five years ago and a 34.8-percent drop from the midway point of Bush’s eight years in office. So much for enforcing gun laws!


Hillary Continues To Make Outlandish Liability Claim

It doesn’t matter much how often or how thoroughly an anti-gun talking point has been exposed as false—if it makes for a good sound bite, you’re going to keep hearing it. Just like the “40 percent of guns are sold without background checks” lie, Hillary Clinton’s claim that gun manufacturers face no legal liability for their products is completely false and has been debunked by multiple sources

Yet she just keeps repeating it! It’s clear that gun manufacturers face the same kind of liability as anyone else for faulty products; of course, that’s not the kind of liability that Hillary is interested in. She wants to see manufacturers sued out of existence because of what bad people do with their guns—an outcome that even socialist Bernie Sanders recognized as illogical and destructive.


Voting Site Pits Donald Trump Against Michael Bloomberg

The pre-election political climate is a bit like football: There are ever-evolving rankings, surprising upsets, passionate spectators, occasional touchdowns, and plenty of fumbles. And, like football, sometimes you’ll get some really interesting fantasy matchups.

The new site, Battle of the Billionaires, pits Republican Donald Trump against Independent (or whichever party he’s affiliated with this week) Michael Bloomberg, and asks whether several statements apply to one, both or neither. According to creator Gary Tobin, “The great and proverbial silent majority would love to weigh in on this rivalry.” 

Oddly missing is any mention of gun control. It’s unclear why—Bloomberg’s entire post-mayoral life seems devoted to it; Trump has repeatedly come out strongly against it. We’d posit any polling that neglects what’s become a key election issue is, at best, incomplete. But in the end, it’s something of a moot point: Bloomberg’s likely too busy buying politicians to contemplate actually running in 2016.


New Non-Lethal Gun May Provide False Sense Of Safety

Two entrepreneurs in (of course) Chicago have invented what they are touting as a self-defense tool for people who are concerned about home security but don’t want to commit to the responsibility of an actual firearm. The Salt gun is a CO2-powered paintball-style gun that fires pellets full of pepper spray. The developers claim that its area of effect means it is not necessary to hit an intruder directly and that fatal accidents are nearly impossible. 

Bearing Arms has a feature pointing out the myriad problems associated with such a defensive tool. Beyond the strong possibility of the gun not firing if the CO2 charge has been rendered inert, pepper spray is simply not an acceptably reliable measure in a home invasion scenario. (Or in any life-or-death situation: Why do you think police carry real guns?) While the Salt gun sounds innovative, the idea that someone would entrust their safety to it is scary.


Burglar In Broad Daylight Taken To The Shed

It was a little before lunchtime, around 11:30 a.m., when a New Orleans homeowner heard noises coming from the alleyway next to his home. The 68-year-old grabbed his gun and went out to investigate, and he found a man stealing items from his shed. 

The homeowner confronted the thief at gunpoint, hoping to detain him for the police, when 48-year-old Kelly Jackson reportedly tried to attack him. During the resulting physical altercation, the victim fired several shots at Jackson—striking him in the stomach, arm and leg. The armed citizen then called for police while Jackson fled and then collapsed. 

Jackson remains in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He will be charged burglary upon his release, and detectives are investigating whether he might be responsible for other thefts in the area. The homeowner is not facing any charges.


Proposed Bill Calls For $100 Federal Tax On Every Gun

A Democratic congresswoman from New York has rolled out the “Reducing Gun Violence in Our Neighborhoods Act”—legislation that would mandate a $100-per-firearm tax on all gun sales nationwide.

“If guns are going to be sold, then those purchasing and selling them should pay for programs that can reduce the incidence of gun violence in our local communities,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. 

Of course, we know criminals don’t purchase their guns legally, so this unconstitutional tax would harm only the law-abiding. But that seems to be what Velázquez has planned. “If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result,” Velázquez said in a statement.


Duck Dynasty Star Speaks Against Push For Gun Control

 Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson criticized recent calls for more gun control on Fox News’s “Outnumbered,” insisting, “Guns are in hands of mostly good people, just like police officers are mostly good people. Yes, there are bad ones. But you can’t make a sweeping take-away-the-whole-Second-Amendment over this.” 

Of recent shootings, he said, “The problem that they keep looking at something else to blame, which is the guns.” 

Robertson started the discussion by bringing up the recent incident at Oklahoma State University during which a woman drove her car into a school-sanctioned parade, killing four people and injuring many more. Highlighting the tragedy of four people being killed in Oklahoma at a homecoming parade, the reality TV star wondered: “God forbid she has mental illness and that’s why she just ran her car through. Are we taking cars away now?”


L.A. Council Passes “Safe Storage” Law

In its seemingly never-ending quest to persecute law-abiding gun owners while ignoring violent criminals, the Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to require gun owners to store their firearms in locked containers or install trigger locks when not using them—rendering them useless for self-defense. 

Violation of the law will be a misdemeanor. And while officials say there won’t be patrols checking homes to make sure the law is being obeyed, is there any doubt the council’s future plans could include such intrusions? 

As the National Rifle Association pointed out, the ordinance is yet another misguided attempt by L.A. leaders to “just do something,” whether effective or not. “Law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to choose the safest storage options for their households,” the NRA said in a released statement. “This one-size-fits-all ordinance will do nothing to keep children safer, and only end up ensnaring law-abiding gun owners who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

S.F. Supervisor Happy To Drive Last Gun Store Out

High Bridge Arms, the last remaining gun store within San Francisco city limits, is closing its doors in response to new legislation that will make it too difficult to do business. In an interview with CNN, City Supervisor Mark Farrell initially ran down a series of rehearsed talking points about the supposed need for local gun-control ordinances that go farther than federal law.

When pressed by the anchor on whether his ordinance was just about “optics and playing to your city’s liberal elite,” Farrell doubled down by claiming that the measure resembled one already on the books in Chicago—as if emulating a city plagued by some of the country’s worst gun violence was a point of pride. He even went so far as to celebrate closing down the store—“… if that means a thousand less guns on the streets of San Francisco …”—with no concern for the jobs lost!


California Police Adopt Nunchakus To Soften Image

As part of the effort to combat the widespread anti-police backlash, cops in one northern California town are introducing nunchakus in order to soften their image. The weapon widely associated with Bruce Lee—and Michelangelo from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”—is intended to be a more versatile alternative to the baton, a tool that can be used for restraining offenders without striking them. As reported by NBC, the department wants to use them to “more compassionately gain compliance” from resistant suspects. 

As far as giving police more options, this seems like a decent enough idea. But our concern is that officers’ lives are endangered when they feel obligated to exercise too much restraint. The Alabama detective who nearly lost his life back in August when he declined to shoot an attacker is a perfect example.


Domino’s Delivery Driver Stops Armed Robbery

A Domino’s driver was delivering pizzas in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday night when he was approached by two armed men who demanded all his money. The deliveryman, a concealed-carry permit holder, retrieved his own gun and shot one of the suspects. The injured robber was taken to a local hospital, and police say he remains in serious condition. His accomplice is thought to have fled. 

Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre told TheBlaze that, while Domino’s prefers employees not carry weapons, Florida law supersedes any company’s policy. “In this case, the employee of the independently owned franchise has a concealed-carry permit and was not charged with anything. We’re simply grateful he was unharmed,” McIntyre said. 

Hopefully the company, which has been much less accepting of employee armed self-defense in the past, is finally coming around. This latest incident comes only six days after an unarmed Domino’s deliveryman in St. Louis was carjacked in a company parking lot.


Armed Neighbor Helps Apprehend Home Invader

In Wichita, Kan., a woman was awakened by a loud noise at her front door; as she hid in the home, she heard two male intruders moving through the house and taking her possessions. Fortunately, neighbors noticed the criminal activities in progress and attempted to pursue the suspects. One of these good Samaritans held one of the alleged invaders at gunpoint until police arrived.

The man who was detained was arrested and found to have arrived in a stolen truck. Police think they have identified the second male suspect and are looking for a female accomplice. In reference to the armed neighbor, police Lt. James Espinoza said, “Kudos to him.”


Journalists Call Out Bloomberg For Virginia Intrusion

Everytown’s massive ad buys in Virginia are aimed at securing two state senate seats that are up for grabs. But two articles in the Washington Post provide strong indications that this unprecedented move isn’t just about propping up anti-gun candidates—it’s about Michael Bloomberg buying his way into Virginia politics. 

According to the Post, Everytown has immediately gone off-message by using one of its ad campaigns to hit a candidate on non-gun-related issues, while dishonestly claiming that it has no hidden agenda. Meanwhile, another article points out that one of the candidates Everytown is dropping money on sounds more like a political opportunist than an anti-gun true believer. One frightening conclusion is that Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy Virginia politicians outright and drive the legislature to the left over the long term. It just goes to show that no matter what the anti-gun group is called, when Bloomberg is involved he’s the one pulling the strings.


Father Of Murder Victim Has No Faith In Gun Control

Christopher Ellis of East Oakland, Calif., lost his 14-year-old son Davon in a shooting this year. But he told KTVU that he doesn’t think new gun control proposals will stop the violence. Gun control is “… just not effective because the environment that I live in, it just doesn’t have any bearing,” he said. “Most people I know don’t go to gun store to buy guns. They get it off the street.” 

These observations match with the results from a survey of criminals in the Chicago area. Ellis also observed that, “The size of a magazine doesn’t really matter. When you’re a target, you’re a target.” As for what can be done, he stressed the importance of strong family ties—and of extended sentences for violent offenders.


Restaurant Owner Offers Discount For Concealed Carry

After being robbed Saturday night, a restaurant owner in Indianapolis, Ind., is offering a 25 percent discount to customers who can show a concealed-carry permit. According to employees, a man in his 20s first placed an order, then returned to the counter claiming to have a gun and demanding the cash register be opened. 

“We’re not saying, ‘Show us your gun.’ But if you’re a legal and stable carrier of a concealed-carry license, I’m going to reward that,” said restaurant owner Art Bouvier. “To me, it’s common sense. And until further notice, you’ll get 25 percent off your bill.” He announced the offer on his Facebook page after learning of the robbery Saturday night, saying, “If thugs are going to come in and threaten OUR extended family with guns, you’d better believe I will use every trick I know to protect (our family).” By 1 p.m. Sunday, the post had more than 1,000 likes.


Freudian Slip: Newspaper Automatically Blames “Shooter” For OSU Deaths

On Saturday, a Stillwater, Okla., woman drove her car into a crowd gathered to watch the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing 4 and injuring 47. The investigation is ongoing, and alcohol, drugs and untreated mental illness are being examined as possible contributing factors. 

But in their Sunday edition, the staff of Michigan’s Traverse City Record-Eagle inadvertently revealed their personal biases when they ran an article on the tragedy accompanied by the headline, “Shooter Kills 4, 30 Injured.” 

A retraction cites a “page designer’s error,” but how ingrained must the designer’s anti-Second Amendment attitudes be to see that lives were lost and immediately jump to blaming firearms? How can the editors hate guns so much (or be so lazy) that they don’t notice a headline holding firearms culpable in an incident where not a single shot was fired?

The people of Stillwater, some of whom are still fighting for their lives, deserve better than this.


Anti-Gun Mayors Shift Blame For Violence Onto Congress

We’d suggest that this piece in Politico is a sample of what Second Amendment defenders will confront in the foreseeable future: Emphatic statements from taxpayer-protected elitists who systematically ignore the problems they helped create. 

Politico surveyed 45 U.S. mayors—85 percent of whom were Democrats—and somehow drew the conclusion that their strident calls for more gun control are newsworthy. The article contains eight fired-up quotes, all from Democrats (6) or left-leaning “Independents” (2). The juiciest, and Politico’s headline, was from Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas: “Get a backbone (Congress)—do your job.” 

In reality, Salas and her ilk have spent the last 40 years hamstringing our law enforcement so that the bulk of violent crime now has to do with only one thing: Drug turf wars. This is organized crime, and needs to be dealt with as such. 

It has nothing to do with law-abiding citizens and their firearms, and it’s high time the boneheads at Politico and, apparently, in mayor’s offices across the land, figured out the difference.


Wayne LaPierre: “How to Stop Violent Crime”

NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre appears in the first of a series of commentaries on NRA News that address today’s timely issues and tells the truths you won’t hear from mainstream media. 

In this initial video, he talks about the need to take violent criminals off the street. He says the best way to save lives is to prosecute offenders under the current gun laws and make sure they don’t get to their next crime scene. 

LaPierre also calls out Obama, Hillary Clinton and other politicians who wait for a crime that fits their agenda, then use it to campaign for more gun laws that they don’t enforce.

The NRA leader says Americans have no tolerance for a media that devotes endless time to new gun laws, but won’t ever ask why we don’t enforce existing laws. As he notes, “no organization has been louder, clearer or more consistent on the urgent need to enforce the federal gun laws than the NRA.” 

To watch this Wayne LaPierre commentary, click here.

Poll Says Americans Blame Mental Health System, Not Gun Laws

Democratic candidates are keen to try and make gun violence a core issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, but where does the American public stand? According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, voters decry gun-related violence but don’t feel that gun-control legislation is the solution. Fully 82 percent say gun violence is a serious issue in the United States, and 58 percent call it a “very serious” problem, but 47 percent believe that protecting gun rights should be the top priority.

Furthermore, while many have called for stricter gun laws in the wake of mass shooting incidents, the Post-ABC poll finds that the majority point to mental health issues. Based on the survey’s findings, more people say mass shootings reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems rather than inadequate gun-control laws, and by a more than 2-to-1 margin (63 percent to 23 percent).


Gun-Control Cousins #AimingForChange

Comedian Amy Schumer and her longtime anti-gunner cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, are continuing their crusade for your guns. They stood in front of New York’s City Hall on Sunday proclaiming that Americans need to, among other things, close the mythical background check “loophole” and “make background checks better” by mandating checks on all sales. 

Schumer and Schumer want voters to call, write, tweet, post on Facebook and march to stop so-called “gun violence.” They’ve even introduced a hashtag, #AimingForChange.

Well, we’re #AimingForChange, too. We’d like to see politicians who actually represent the interests of their constituents. Or a Hollywood that portrays the views of Middle America instead of the Left Coast. Instead we get a double dose of the Schumers and their elitist “we need a public outcry” opinions. Hint to the Schumers: There’s no outcry because Americans don’t believe that guns are the problem.


New Bill Would Prevent ATF’s Stonewalling Of Ammo Manufacturers

A new bill could prevent ATF’s stonewalling of ammunition manufacturers seeking to produce alternative types of ammo. Since 1986, ATF has regulated ammunition composed of brass as “armor-piercingunless it is designed for hunting or target shooting (the so-called “sporting-purposes” exemption). However, these waivers must be obtained from ATF on a case-by-case basis. The Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (HR 3802), introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas and 15 cosponsors, would require ATF to issue a ruling within 60 days of receiving a waiver application—otherwise, the application will be automatically granted. 

Babin explained that manufacturers’ waiver requests have been routinely delayed or outright ignored, leading to “considerable uncertainty” and slowing development of new products. “Manufacturers looking to comply with the law … should not be given the silent treatment by ATF. Our legislation will hold the ATF accountable for their inaction by requiring a timely and detailed response to all waiver requests,” Babin said.

Obama Says Unenforced Laws Prove Need For ... More Federal Anti-Gun Laws

President Obama visits his hometown of Chicago today where, at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he will blame Chicago’s epidemic of murders and shootings on a supposed lack of federal anti-gun laws and renew his push for gun control, aides told the Los Angeles Times.

But as we’ve pointed out, what good are laws when Obama won’t enforce them? The feds don’t prosecute: Last year, Chicago police seized 6,252 illegal guns, yet the U.S. attorney prosecuted less than 1 percent of those cases. The state doesn’t prosecute, either: Between 2006 and 2013, more than 13,000 cases involving gun violations were thrown out of court there. More felony cases involving guns were dismissed than any other kind of case. 

So let’s call this what it is: Obama’s transparent, shamelessly cynical attempt to “politicize” gun control by blaming Republicans for his own refusal to enforce existing laws.


Bar Employee Shoots Armed Robber

Two men allegedly entered a bar in Baltimore, Md., and robbed several patrons at gunpoint. According to ABC 2 News, an armed employee of the establishment informed the suspects that he was calling police. One of the robbers proceeded to reach into his pocket, possibly for a weapon, and the bar worker shot him. 

The wounded suspect fled on foot and sought medical attention at a local hospital. There was no immediate report on the fate of his accomplice.


Naked Intruder No Match For Armed Husband

He wasn’t your typical intruder. Richard Dean Defeudis, 32, broke into a home in Portland, Oregon, around 3:30 a.m. and gathered together the items he planned to steal. But he didn’t stop there. He then went into a bedroom where a husband and wife were sleeping, stripped and crawled into the couple’s bed and kissed the man. 

The husband woke up to find Defeudis sitting on him and holding a knife. He pushed the intruder off him and grabbed a handgun and warned him to stop. Deufeudis then pulled on his pants and fled the house. The victim fired at him as he was fleeing. Defeudis eventually broke into another house, where police took him into custody.

Defeudis was taken to a hospital for treatment possibly related to drug use, police said. He was accused of first- and second-degree burglary, first-degree sex abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.


Gun-Rights Group Sues L.A. Over New Gun Laws

The California Rifle and Pistol Association, along with 30 elected California sheriffs, have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles seeking to invalidate the ban on ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds. Under the ordinance, the mere possession of any “large capacity” magazine within Los Angeles after November 19, 2015, would be deemed a misdemeanor offense. This law doesn’t apply just to Los Angeles city residents, but also to gun owners traveling through any part of the city.  

The lawsuit challenges the ordinance on legal pre-emption grounds, because California state law specifically allows for the possession of such magazines. “There are literally tens of thousands of these magazines in existence throughout California that can be legally owned —and current state law allows them to be possessed,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who is a plaintiff in the case. “This ban ... erodes the rights of law-abiding citizens.”


Colorado Homeowner Finds Intruder In Garage

A resident of Grand Junction, Colo., went to his garage to smoke a cigarette and encountered an unfamiliar man. Upon questioning, the suspect, who was reportedly wearing gloves and carrying a flashlight, claimed that he was looking for a phone.

The Daily Sentinel records that the homeowner held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to take him into custody. The district attorney said that the intruder was “lucky” not to have been shot because of his actions.


Hunter Sues Delta Over Trophy Rhino

A Dallas big-game hunter has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines over the company’s refusal to ship his legally harvested rhinoceros carcass from Namibia to the United States.

Corey Knowlton, who legally hunted and harvested the black rhinoceros in May, is targeting Delta’s embargo on transporting African trophies, put in place after the widespread public overreaction to an American dentist legally killing a lion in Zimbabwe this summer. According to media reports on the lawsuit, Knowlton contends that safari hunting is the “backbone of anti-poaching” in Africa and is part of a “concerted management effort” to allow people and wildlife to coexist.

Knowlton, along with five other organizations including the Dallas Safari Club and Houston Safari Club, filed the suit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The complaint states that as a common carrier, it is illegal for Delta to “respond to pressure, discriminate against an unpopular but non-hazardous type of cargo and refuse to carry it.”


Bloomberg Spends Even More Bucks On Virginia Seats

As we previously reported, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown group spent $700,000 on an ad campaign supporting Democratic candidate Dan Gecker, who is running for state senate. Now the Washington Post reveals a second, larger ad buy from Everytown—$1.5 million dedicated to capturing a second Commonwealth senate seat. 

Both ad campaigns will attempt to galvanize voters by invoking tragedies that have occurred in the state. While Bloomberg and Everytown have massive coffers to empty on upcoming elections, American voters are not likely to accept an anti-gun platform that is far outside the mainstream.


Martin O’Malley Tries To Get A Leg Up With Gun Control

With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders receiving far superior polling numbers in the Democrat presidential race, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is trying to battle his way to the top with his anti-gun credentials. Consequently, he made his first campaign stop in Charleston, S.C.—capitalizing on tragedy, naturally—to call for new gun-control measures.

The Post and Courier reports that O’Malley supports banning “military-style” guns, exposing firearm manufacturers to liability for crimes committed with their products and beefing up background checks. Why O’Malley thinks that establishing himself as the most stridently anti-gun candidate is his ticket to victory is anyone’s guess. We doubt that touting his extreme positions will slow his inevitable slide into irrelevance.


Hearing Protection Act Would Remove Tax On Suppressors

U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 3799) on Thursday. Designed to remove suppressors and silencers from regulations established under the National Firearms Act of 1934, the bill has been endorsed by the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the NRA.

“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of the NRA and our 5 million members, I want to thank Rep. Salmon for his leadership on this important bill."

In a press release about the legislation, the ASA wrote: “Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms. In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.”


Obama Vetoes NDAA, Blocking Firearms To U.S. Troops And Civilians

President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains provisions that would make it easier for U.S. Armed Forces to actually be armed on U.S. military facilities, and would allow the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to be sold to the public through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Although the annual NDAA is considered “must pass” legislation because it sets funding levels and priorities for the Defense Department, and although it was passed with clear bipartisan majorities in the House (where it passed by 270-156) and Senate (70-27), Obama vetoed it—only the fourth time a president has done so since 1961.

“The president would not only reject his own budget request for national defense … but also deny our troops the resources they need to defend the nation,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain described Obama’s veto as “reckless, cynical and downright dangerous.”


Florida Senate Committees Pass Pro-Gun Reform Measures

Three pro-gun bills were passed Tuesday by key Florida senate committees in Tallahassee. But they still face several legislative hurdles, and they need your support to ensure they get a fair hearing in the entire Florida statehouse. 

The Higher Education Committee approved SB 68, which would allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to exercise that right on public college campuses. Meanwhile, the Criminal Justice Committee passed SB 300, which would allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry firearms in plain view, as well as SB 344, which would shift the burden of proof from crime victims to the state in “Stand Your Ground” cases where a victim was forced to defend him- or herself.

Use Your Power!

Don’t let the political elites deny you your right to defend yourself. Florida voters, please ask your senators to vote YES on SB 68, SB 300 and SB 344. You can find their contact information here.

Bloomberg Spends Big On Virginia Senate Seat

Republican Glen H. Sturtevant and Democrat Daniel A. Gecker have been scrambling to grab the open seat left by long-term Republican Sen. John Watkins, who announced he would not seek re-election last November. Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund plans to spend $700,000 in Virginia in an effort to change the polarity of the narrowly Republican-controlled Virginia Senate. 

Capitalizing on past tragedies in the state, Everytown will be running ads targeting Sturtevant, the Republican nominee for the 10th Senate District. While many are noting the staggering size of Everytown’s ad buy, we are confident that Bloomberg’s billions are no match for the unified front of pro-gun Virginia voters. No amount of money changes the fact that anti-gun activists are outside the American mainstream.


Despite Anti-Gun Grandstanding, NRA Is Popular As Ever

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton proclaimed, “It’s time the entire country stand up against the NRA.” While the mainstream media cheered its approval, the results of a recent Gallup poll suggest this isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.

From Oct. 7-11, 2015, Gallup surveyed more than 1,000 adults on their feelings about the NRA, and found a “solid majority” (58 percent) of Americans have an “overall favorable” opinion of NRA. This number, which has been rising steadily since December 2012, is only two percentage points below its all-time high. The poll also revealed that a record number indicated their opinion of NRA is “very favorable.” 

Approval for NRA among conservatives was predictably high, at 77 percent. But a majority of moderates (56 percent) and even 30 percent of liberals shared these positive sentiments. Even more surprisingly, among those who do not own guns, those who view NRA favorably still maintain a seven-percentage-point edge (49-to-42).


Maine Background Check Initiative Gets Green Light

The Michael Bloomberg-funded group Moms Demand Action filed in August for a Maine initiative that would require background checks on anyone purchasing a gun from a private seller or non-licensed sellers. Last week, the Maine secretary of state accepted the application, which gives the group approval to begin collecting the 61,123 signatures necessary to add a voter referendum to the November 2016 ballot.  

Like all of Bloomberg’s proposals, this effort will do nothing to deter criminals or stop crimes. It will only serve to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns for protection. But it won’t move forward without a fight. 

“Universal background checks are nothing more than a fancy way to get gun registration in the state of Maine,” says Shane Belanger of Gun Owners of Maine. “Bloomberg already failed to block Constitutional Carry, and now we’re going to send him home with another failure and a whole lot less money.”


Evidence Shows That Mass Shooters Target “Gun-Free Zones”

According to an article by John Lott published in the National Review, there is overwhelming support for the fact that perpetrators of mass shootings go out of their way to find “soft” targets—that is, so-called “gun-free zones.” He says that for more than 50 years, “all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns.”

Lott even provides anecdotes of killers who noted that they decided against venues where they expected to encounter armed security. Yet despite all of the evidence, the foolish practice of banning guns in public spaces continues. It’s time to stop.


Missouri Man Uses Handgun To Stop Attack In Home

When a crazed neighbor, armed with a knife, chased a Jefferson City, Mo., homeowner through his house trying to stab him, the resident was able to end the attack with his handgun.

The resident was in his home when 40-year-old Stuart Harold barged into the house with a knife and began yelling. When the resident hid under an air hockey table and begged for his life, Harold allegedly shoved the knife through the top of the table, breaking the blade. After Harold chased the homeowner into his bedroom, the resident grabbed his handgun from the dresser and held Harold at gunpoint until police arrived to make an arrest.

Court records show that Harold is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. The homeowner was uninjured in the attack.


Gun Store Employee Fires Back At Armed Robbers

When you rob a gun store, should you be surprised if you’re met with return fire? That’s exactly the reception that three ski mask-wearing men received when they attempted to rob Fred’s Gun Emporium in Lubbock, Texas. 

The armed robbers demanded money and cash, and shot an employee in the ankle during the heist. The employee, who was also carrying a gun, fired back, causing the men to flee the scene. They sped off in a car before police arrived, and got away with an undetermined amount of money and store items.

The wounded employee is in University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The three thieves remain at large, and police are gathering and processing surveillance video from the scene.


Dallas Mayor Joins Bloomberg Gun-Ban Group

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced that he has officially signed on with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a smokescreen for Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. Rawlings said Bloomberg approached him a few years ago, but the Dallas mayor said he wanted to study the issue first. 

The organization is supported by 1,000 current and former mayors nationwide. Rawlings will be the eighth Texas mayor to join the association of gun-control zealots. Part of the group’s stated purpose is to beat back “the Washington gun lobby,” meaning the National Rifle Association. When has the NRA ever come out in support of “illegal” guns?

The mayor said he waded into politically troublesome territory with the controversial organization because he believes he can convey a “unifying” message of tougher enforcement. As an anti-gun front for Bloomberg’s billions, nothing about Mayors Against Illegal Guns is unifying—except maybe unified in tearing down our Second Amendment rights.


Ben Carson Calls For Ending “Gun-Free Zones”

In an interview on WPHT’s Dom Giordano Show on Tuesday, Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson tacitly called for an end to so-called “gun-free zones.” 

While discussing his book A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, Carson pointed out the madness of forcing good people to give up their means of self-defense against killers who are emboldened and empowered by that act of surrender. 

“When you look at some of these gun tragedies that have occurred, it’s quite amazing how they seem to occur in the gun-free zones,” Carson said. “A lot of these shooters are people who are mentally unstable, but they’re not so unstable that they don’t recognize that, ‘If I’m going to kill a lot of people, I need to go to a place where people are not likely to have guns and kill me.’”


The Brady Campaign’s Imaginary Tipping Point

Brady President Dan Gross’ CNN op-ed yesterday states we’ve reached a “tipping point” on gun control—but nowhere in his 875-word missive did he present any real evidence. 

Gross claims a “pop culture echo chamber” is forming, but can cite only two comedy shows (“SNL” and “Blackish”) and a tweet by Kim Kardashian. But Hollywood’s been staunchly and vocally anti-gun for decades. This hardly constitutes a new trend.

He mentions the presidential race, but there’s no tipping point here, either: Anti-gun Democrats are nothing new. And the supposed backlash against “candidates who side with the gun lobby” appears entirely manufactured—especially since exactly zero Republicans have renounced their pro-gun stance. (In fact, the only backpedaling on guns has come from Hillary Clinton’s camp.)

Gross’ appeal to opinion polls fares no better: One is nearly three years old, and the other shows opinions holding steady. There appears to be no tipping point here—or really any point at all.


“Stand Your Ground” Study Found Groundless

Andrew Branca at Legal Insurrection deftly dissected a “study” purporting to have found racial bias in the application of Florida’s Stand Your Ground (SYG) law. The study’s abstract states, “We frame our study using Public Health Critical Race Theory (PHCRT) Methodology. PHCRT is a conceptual framework that builds upon critical race theory (CRT) …” 

A Web search turns up this definition of CRT from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs: “CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society.” In other words, the study started with the assumption that racism is engrained in our legal system, and—surprise—found SYG to be racist.

Furthermore, it is based on a Tampa Bay Times examination of 237 Florida cases over 10 years. Branca examined those cases and found that SYG was applicable in only 56 of them. As A1F.org has previously reported, the Times’ own reporter has warned that its study was already too small to be conclusive. 


Polls Reveal Promising News For Pro-Gun Voters

Recent political surveys indicate that the American public as a whole is strongly in favor of the right to bear arms—and may punish anti-gun candidates in the elections. A Gallup poll revealed that 56 percent of Americans think the nation would be safer if more people carried legal concealed firearms. In line with that finding, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed that 52 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party—all of whose viable presidential candidates are strongly anti-gun—are “outside the mainstream” on gun issues.

Will candidates’ opposition to gun rights cost them the election? Perhaps: Gallup also indicated that 26 percent of Americans will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on guns, while 54 percent see gun rights as one out of several important issues. It remains to be seen whether a shared commitment to gun control will sink the Democratic ship.


Armed Black Church Leaders A Growing Movement

After nine black churchgoers were murdered at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church earlier this year, Michael Render said, “I wish those folks in that church had been armed.”

Render isn’t your stereotypical gun-rights advocate. He’s a rapper and actor, better known as Killer Mike. But his words reflect growing support among the black community for armed self-defense.

Polls indicate this support has grown steadily—but the Charleston attacks proved a tipping point for the faith community. Pastor Theron Wiggins, of Flint, Mich., says his congregation believes “angels will protect us.” While they’re in church, Wiggins considers himself “one of the angels.” And Bishop Ira Combs of Greater Bible Way—whose services feature armed security—declared, “All of us here are not going to turn the other cheek while you shoot us.”

We don’t need to speculate whether this approach will save lives. We can ask Pastor Keon Allison—who recently defended himself with a pistol against a brick-wielding intruder.


Bloomberg Being Pushed For Presidential Run?

The New York Times is reporting that Michael Bloomberg is being urged by “the plutocracy” to enter the 2016 presidential race. Oh goody: another security detail-protected, gun-hating candidate to spout made-up statistics leavened with out-and-out lies about American firearms ownership. Just what we need.

With Hillary “The Australian example (forced confiscation) is worth looking at” Clinton finally out of the closet regarding her real gun-control intentions, the season does seem ripe. The Times piece quotes billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman as saying of Bloomberg, “He’s all the best of Trump without the worst of Trump.” Hmmmmmm.

Perhaps more unsettling is Ackman’s observation about costs as a (non) barrier to such a Bloomberg candidacy: “It’s just one quarter’s dividend.” So, apparently, the White House should be bought simply if it can be? 

All of which reminds us painfully of Benjamin Franklin’s warning: We have “a Republic, if we can keep it.”


Gun Group Uses “Buyback” Funds For Guns, Ammo

The historical failure of so-called gun “buyback” programs to decrease violent crime has been widely acknowledged, even by typically gun-unfriendly outlets, here and here. But a Chicago “buyback” program is at least providing some benefit—although not to whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel expected.

Members of a Champaign, Ill., pro-gun group turned in several rusty and inoperable guns during last year’s “buyback,” then used the $100 gift cards from the city to buy ammunition for the National Rifle Association youth camp in Bloomington. They also purchased bolt-action rifles for camp participants.

Champaign-based Guns Save Life Executive Director John Boch told the Chicago Sun-Times that his group will return to Chicago this year with about 60 guns to turn in. Bosh added that he and others in the organization “will be delighted to transact business once more with do-gooders in Chicago.” To which we say: Finally, a gun “buyback” that works!


When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Guns

 “They always quote the Second Amendment rights,” said Hempstead Village, N.Y., Mayor Wayne Hall, referring to pro-gun advocates. “This Second Amendment was written in 1791, when you needed to have a gun. You had all the outlaws. But we don’t need the guns in the urban communities.”

Ironically, Hall spoke those words as he attended a prayer service for a 12-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet that came through the window of her family’s home. Apparently, “outlaws” do still exist—we just call them “criminals” today. 

And it’s not the first time that the Nassau County town has witnessed violence. Neighbor Alex Cruz, 29, declared this as the final straw. “I’m moving out of here,” he said. “It’s too dangerous.” Despite Hall’s opinion, it appears that firearms for self-defense isn’t such a bad idea after all, no matter how dated the notion.


Clinton Squirming Over Firearm Confiscation Plans

A spokesperson for the Clinton presidential campaign attempted to backpedal on Hillary Clinton’s avowed support for Australia-style gun confiscation Monday. At a “town hall” campaign event on Oct. 16, Clinton said that Australia’s gun confiscation—in which 640,000 semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns and rifles were forcibly confiscated from law-abiding Australians through a so-called gun “buyback”—“would be worth considering doing on a national level” in the United States

In an MSNBC interview on Monday, Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri suggested, somewhat clumsily, that Clinton didn’t mean what she said ... or didn’t support the gun bans she has pushed throughout her entire career ... or that it was all a misunderstanding

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox put it most succinctly: “This validates what the NRA has said all along: The real goal of gun-control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama’s recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”


Armed Oklahoma Mother Saves Children From Knife-Wielding Boyfriend

28-year-old Francis, Okla., mother Danielle McWethy was at home with her two children and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Oscar Darnell James Foreman, Friday morning when a dispute broke out. At around 7:30, while McWethy and Foreman were arguing, Foreman reportedly went into the kitchen and grabbed a large knife. He then kicked McWethy’s 9-year-old son in the head before shoving her 11-year-old daughter against a wall and threatening to use the knife to cut her. McWethy retrieved a 9 mm handgun and shot Foreman twice, eliminating the threat to her children. Foreman was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.  

While Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian cautions the incident is still under investigation, he said that the case appears to be justifiable homicide. So far, no charges have been filed.


Salon Contributor Calls For Potential Gun Owners To Be Shot

Salon has posted an op-ed on the subject of gun control by D. Watkins here, but be warned—the logic is tough to follow, and the grammar suggests that the publication no longer employs editors. The main takeaway is that Watkins wants “gutless NRA cowards”—by which we’re pretty sure he actually means all gun owners—to be shot before they’re allowed to buy guns.

Yes, we understand that he’s being satirical, although this conceit really isn’t funny or illuminating. But after listing a number of historical figures who were shot—it doesn’t matter to him how or why—Watkins posits that people who are pro-gun are “… just like the people who were in favor of slavery back in the day …” This kind of rhetoric isn’t just extremist; it offers no solutions and has no purpose but to promote hatred and further polarize the nation.


University: No Guns, Please—Now Fight For Your Lives!

Just when you think academia could hardly get any screwier, the University of Gun-Unfriendly-Maryland ups the ante. In a “campus wide safety message,” students are advised to 1) run, and 2) hide from an active shooter. Good advice, as far as it goes, especially when you’re guaranteed to be unarmed as a result of Terrapin policy. Where things really get bizarre is step three: Campus PD Chief David Mitchell says students must also be mentally prepared to fight for their lives.

How, we’d like to know, are these mindsets (to say nothing of the actions) compatible? So just the slow people are left to die; those who were poor at “hide and seek” as children? And fight with what? Dry-erase markers? Chalk?

This is one more ugly example of an increasingly common phenomenon: The officially armed or protected get to dictate literal life and death for the rest of us, without an accounting of any sort, ever.


New York Legislator Proposes Liability Insurance Requirement

The idea that gun owners should be required to purchase liability insurance has been making the rounds the past few years, and New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is the latest to try to build legislation around it. Ortiz, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the state legislature to call for a $250,000 liability threshold before it is legal to own a gun. He has crafted similar legislation in the past but has failed to push it through committee.

While proponents act as if insurance would be a financial incentive for gun safety, there is no reason to think that owning a policy would make a household less susceptible to accidents—leaving aside the fact that insurance would not cover criminal use of a gun. This is simply another cynical gun-control ploy meant to make firearm ownership as expensive and burdensome as possible, and we should continue to reject it as such.


NRA Applauds New Mental Health Bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced HR 3722, NRA-supported legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens from bureaucratic abuse by the Obama administration while strengthening America’s failing mental health system.  

McSally’s bill is the House version of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, introduced in August by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as S. 2002. The act requires that significant due process protections must be in place before an individual can be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a prohibited person. This critical change is necessary as the Obama administration sweeps more Americans into NICS, with his agencies working to deny the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding without due process.

Beyond the due process mandate, the bill will also provide incentive funding to the states to forward prohibiting mental health records to NICS, but, importantly, the bill clarifies the scope of mental health records that are to be shared to ensure that only those who pose a danger to themselves or others are included.


Clinton’s Lifetime Achievement: Gun Control

On Nov. 19, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will present Hillary Clinton with the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award at the Brady Bear Awards Gala in New York. The Brady Campaign is “honored to recognize Mrs. Clinton for her leadership on this issue [gun control].”

Clinton’s “leadership” has included an increasingly vocal desire to dismantle the Constitution of the United States. Cocooned by Secret Service protection, she doesn’t believe ordinary Americans like you and me should have the right to firearms for self-defense. She thinks Australian-style gun confiscation is “worth considering.” And she’s declared the highest court of the land to be in error, stating, “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.”

Kudos to Hillary on her win this November. We say enjoy it … because as long as America’s gun owners have anything to say about it, she won’t be enjoying any wins next November.


Armed Citizen Stops Indiana Home Invasion

When two armed men forced their way into an upstairs apartment in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Monday, the occupants of the apartment were ready and willing to fight back. Shots were fired by at least one of the intruders, prompting return fire from one of the three adults in the apartment. While none of the occupants were injured, one intruder was found by officers suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The wounded suspect is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital. 

Officers at the scene recovered a shotgun, which is believed to have been used by one of the men breaking into the apartment. The second suspect fled the scene and has not been found by officers.


Kansas Mom Shoots Home Invader

A woman was home alone with her child shortly after midnight in Overbrook, Kan., when she heard a series of noises. She soon found Bruce Jolly in her house. When the suspect allegedly ignored her demands that he leave and took another step toward her, she fired a single shot and hit him in the abdomen. Police reported receiving a call from the homeowner and, five minutes later, a second call from the wounded suspect seeking medical attention.

The woman will not be charged for shooting the suspect in self-defense. Her neighbor made a statement of support: “I would have taken the exact same action that she would have. I believe she did the right thing in protecting her child from an unknown (man).”


American Public Fears Gun Control Over Mass Shootings

New polling reveals that despite all of the sensationalist media coverage and angling by politicians that mass shootings produce, Americans find much more frightening the prospect of losing their constitutional rights. Chapman University has released its Survey of American Fears, which reveals that only 16.4 percent of the respondents identified mass shootings among their greatest fears; on the other hand, 36.5 percent are “afraid” or “very afraid” of gun control.

Breitbart points out that the survey reveals a consistent trend in which Americans are more afraid of government overreach than of the actions of crazed individuals. This is a bad sign for Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democratic presidential candidates; it appears that guns aren’t the only issue on which they will find themselves out of tune with the majority of the population.


Hillary Reveals Support For Gun Confiscation

During a speaking engagement in New Hampshire, an audience member asked Hillary Clinton whether a large-scale gun confiscation like the one that occurred in Australia would be feasible in the United States. “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged,” was her reply.

Just like that, all of Hillary’s talk of “respecting” the Second Amendment is revealed to be nothing but hot air. “This validates what the NRA has said all along,” commented NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama’s recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”


Robbers Shot At By Intended Victim In Nashville

A man and woman sitting in a car outside their home just north of Nashville, Tenn., were approached by two men who tried to rob them. Before the exchange was over, the man in the car pulled a gun out and fired at the suspects.

News Channel 5 reports that the would-be robbers ran away and are currently being sought by police. Neither of the individuals inside the car were hurt.


Obama’s Common Core: Committed To Indoctrinating Our Children

Common Core has been repeatedly criticized for its politically biased materials. Perhaps the most egregious example is a study guide titled, “The Battle Over Gun Control.” 

Created by northern California NPR affiliate KQED and taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project (NWP), the guide briefly describes the Newtown massacre, then states, “Yet months down the line, the issue remains highly controversial: An attempt to enact moderate new gun-control measures this spring was voted down in the Senate, due in part to the powerful political influence of gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association.”

Follow-up questions include: “Are rules and guidelines that were created over 200 years ago still applicable today?” and “How accurate is this statement: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun?”

NWP and KQED told FoxNews.com it’s important for students to “engage in fact-based conversations about issues that matter”—but if they really believed that, they’d present both sides of the issue.


Wisconsin Lawmakers Want Guns Banned On College Campuses

Under current law in Wisconsin, anyone with a concealed weapons permit may carry a firearm on the grounds of public colleges and universities. However, some institutions, such as UW-Madison, prohibit weapons inside campus buildings. 

Two Republican state legislators in Wisconsin introduced a bill Monday to eliminate that exception. “If there’s a shooting on the campus, I think you want more guns on the campus—because you want more bullets flying to actually stop whoever it is that has started that shooting,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jesse Kremer. 

Two days later, three Democrats introduced legislation to ban weapons on college campuses outright, making carrying a weapon anywhere on campus a Class I felony. If passed, the Democrats’ bill would make Wisconsin the 20th state to ban concealed weapons on college campuses. But in a gun-friendly legislature, it is unlikely to move forward.


Gun Buybacks Don’t Work, So Let’s Expand Them

A recent gun policy meeting at Hunter College in New York City brought forth some, um, interesting proposals. After NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing Susan Herman admitted that gun buybacks don’t work, she suggested that, instead of dropping the program, it be expanded to allow people to turn in anyone’s gun … whether they want you to or not. 

Herman actually encouraged reaching out to mothers, sisters and grandmothers—apparently no woman should want a gun—to have them steal the gun of any young man in their home and turn it in. “Nobody asks who you are, where you got it, anything,” Herman proposed. “You should be able to turn in, get rid of the gun in your house any time you want.” 

More ideas were forthcoming. One philanthropist proposed Guns for Gifts—a holiday buyback that would enable you to exchange your firearm for a brand-new toy.


Who Needs An Executive Order To Enforce Existing Laws?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an executive order targeting gun violence in the state, which in part has the effect of establishing a task force to investigate illegal firearm sales. It would also ban guns in the office buildings of certain executive branch agencies, according to WJLA, and set up a tip line for anonymous reporting of violations.

But strangely, most of the order’s scope seems to overlap with laws that are already in place. Gov. McAuliffe admitted in his statement that enforcement had been lacking in the past. NRA media liaison Lars Dalseide said: “The governor doesn’t need an executive order to enforce laws already on the books. It’s what the NRA has been calling for all along—for officials to enforce existing regulations and prosecute the criminal offenders to the full extent of the law.”


CNN’s Parallel Universe

A piece on CNN.com mangled history in an attempt to prove that the NRA will eventually “lose”; not on any specific piece of policy, but eventually just cease to exist. As evidence, the writer cited the Cuban-American resistance to the Castro regime, the tobacco settlement and Congress’ failure to override the Iran nuclear deal. But the most bizarre comparison was to the Anti-Saloon League (ASL), an organization that CNN credits with singlehandedly bringing us the Prohibition era.

However, Prohibition was repealed in 1933 because it banned a consumer product that had been demonized by a vocal, well-funded minority; it was as unpopular as it was unenforceable. It gave rise to unintended consequences such as organized crime and widespread civil disobedience—which makes ASL sound far more like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and similar anti-gun organizations who wish to ban popular firearms and eliminate constitutionally guaranteed liberties, and not at all like NRA, who represents lawful gun owners opposed to efforts to take them.


Boyfriend Protects Girlfriend From Vengeful Ex

After her ex-boyfriend repeatedly threatened to harm her and her new boyfriend, the woman called 911. She told them her ex said he planned to drag her out of her house, kick her teeth in and kill her new boyfriend. That was at 11:15 p.m. The woman called 911 back a second time, frantic and crying. Then a third call came in—this time from the new boyfriend. His report: He had just shot a man.

Douglas Moody, 31, of New Orleans apparently attempted to make good on his threats to his ex-girlfriend. He went to her house Sunday, stormed the front door and broke in. But the man inside the home had a shotgun ready and shot Moody once in the chest. Moody remains in critical condition at University Medical Center, where he has been charged with home invasion, domestic abuse battery and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.


Uniformed Officer Kicked Out Of Olive Garden For Gun

A police officer trying to enjoy his birthday lunch at an Olive Garden restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., was in for a nasty surprise. While he waited for his family to arrive, a staff member allegedly told him that guns were not allowed inside the restaurant. According to Eater, the officer initially thought that the statement was a joke. Disarming himself was not even an option since he was on duty, and he opted to leave.

A spokesperson for Olive Garden responded to outrage over this incident by saying that there had been a mistake and that the restaurant chain is glad to serve on-duty police. When people commit to the “no guns in public” mentality so zealously that they begin to see law enforcement as part of the “problem,” it’s a sign that gun-haters are losing their grip on reality. 


Brady President Sees Terrorists Everywhere

“This is not a negotiation with the NRA; we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”

If you weren’t sure the mainstream media was fully around the bend, perhaps that unexamined and, as far as we know, unexcoriated remark by Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will clarify their descent into full-throated hysteria.

But it is slightly alarming that his seeming conjunction of nearly 5 million deeply patriotic, law-abiding Americans with, oh, say, ISIS and al-Qaeda, drew no flies when it appeared in The Hill this week. Odder still, Democratic (Socialist) presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was the tandem target of his ire. Sanders, that not-so-well-known champion of firearms freedom (he has a D- NRA rating) is, apparently, insufficiently confiscatory in his gun control aims. 

Get ready: The mainstream media is apparently willing to invoke the Goebbels playbook this election season, and you’re the target.


Carry Permits No Longer Required In Maine

A new law went into effect yesterday in the state of Maine allowing anyone over the age of 21 who isn’t otherwise banned from carrying a firearm to carry concealed handguns without a permit. The statute also covers active-duty military and veterans 18 and over, and allows the possession of a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle or trailer. 

The law was opposed every step of the way by gun control advocates and some urban police chiefs. Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck has tried to feed paranoia about permitless carry, which has certainly never become a problem for nearby Vermont. There will still be an incentive for gun owners to apply for a permit in order to take advantage of reciprocity agreements that Maine holds with other states.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Eric Brakey, posted on social media yesterday, “Today, something very rare has happened. One of our liberties has been restored to us.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  


CA: Lt. Governor Pushes Anti-Gun Ballot Initiative

As if California didn’t already have enough anti-gun laws that only affect law-abiding gun owners, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced he will seek a ballot initiative in 2016 to greatly expand the state’s already restrictive firearm and magazine bans.

Newsom’s proposed measures would ban possession of normal-capacity (called “high-capacity” by gun-banners) ammunition magazines, require licenses for ammunition dealers, mandate background checks for anyone buying ammunition, make it easier to confiscate weapons from people not allowed to have them and require people to report lost or stolen guns.

Some California political observers speculate that the proposed ballot initiative might have as much to do with Newsom’s announced 2018 gubernatorial run as his disdain for guns and gun owners. Regardless of the reason, foisting more and stricter regulations that won’t be adhered to by criminals would, as in the past, do nothing but punish lawful gun owners.


Democrats’ Opening Salvo Against Guns May Be A Shot In The Foot

At Tuesday’s debate, Democratic candidates universally came out in favor of stricter gun control. When asked “Which enemy are you most proud of?” Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley answered “NRA,” and both criticized Bernie Sanders—rated D- by NRA—for being too soft on guns. 

But September’s record-breaking number of NICS checks shows the number of gun owners with a vested interest in preserving freedom is growing. A recent Gallup survey shows almost half of Americans regard the federal government as a threat to freedoms, most commonly citing gun rights. According to Rasmussen, just 34 percent believe the government should be responsible for gun laws. And Independent voters—often essential to winning elections—consistently voice support for the Second Amendment.

In fact, those with the most to gain from the Democrats’ anti-gun stance may wind up being the Republican candidates. 


Elderly Texas Man Defends Himself Against Career Criminal Grandson

81-year-old Norman Holley had been allowing his grandson, 34-year-old Michael Holley, to live in his Mesquite, Texas, home. The two were watching TV around 11 p.m. when they began arguing, and as the conflict escalated, Michael pulled out a knife and attempted to assault his grandfather. Fearing for his life, Norman grabbed his gun and shot the younger man. After being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Michael was released to police, who have charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

This isn’t the first time Michael has attacked Grandpa: In February, he confessed to forcing Norman into a chair and cutting him. Despite his long rap sheet, he was given five years’ deferred probation—but after his most recent attack, he may now face jail time for both incidents.

Police say Norman Holley will not be charged in the shooting. “I think it is a clear-cut case of self-defense,” Mesquite Police Sgt. Joe Smith said.


Mass Shooting Tracking Site Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules

If you’re looking for blatant propaganda posing as statistics, look no further than Mass Shooting Tracker. Spawned from the anti-gun /r/GunsAreCool subreddit, this site pretends to provide an objective look at the extent of gun violence in America. Critics have already pointed out that the site uses a skewed definition of “mass shooting”—four or more people, regardless of circumstances. Now a new post on The Truth About Guns points out that the Mass Shooting Tracker repeatedly violates its own lax guidelines. 

The article provides numerous instances, originally compiled by a Reddit user, where the Mass Shooting Tracker fails to provide citations or includes incidents that do not fit its stated criteria. Of 996 total shootings listed, 100 of them are shown here to be problematic in one or multiple ways. Like many sources of evidence used by anti-gunners, this site is guilty of massively skewing its numbers in the direction its ideology demands.


Princeton To Provide Its Officers With Access To Guns

Princeton University in New Jersey will soon be providing Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers with access to rifles should emergency situations arise on campus. The policy change, which will be enacted in the coming months, was unveiled at a meeting on Monday. 

While certainly a step in the right direction, Princeton’s new policy falls just a bit short. Having officers merely ready to arm themselves instead of armed at all times could be the difference between life and death. As DPS Executive Director Paul Ominsky noted in announcing the policy change: “Response time matters. Even a few minutes can make a difference to save a life.”

All DPS officers undergo 26 weeks of training and possess many of the same credentials as local police officers, including the power to arrest. So why not give them the same opportunity to save lives—one of which may be their own?


Firearms Stocks Rise By 70 Percent In 2015

At a time when the year-to-date value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down by more than 4 percent and the Standard & Poors 500 by nearly 3 percent, the share price of firearms stocks has increased sharply.

Successful gun companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. are some of the best investments in today’s market. S&W stock has jumped more than 80 percent this year—and if it were included in the S&P 500, it would be the second-best performer of the year, CNN Money reports. Meanwhile, Ruger stock is up 70 percent this year. 

One irony of the firearms debate is that the more anti-gun politicians push for “gun control,” and the more they attack the NRA, the more Americans purchase firearms and join the NRA. If those politicians truly wanted fewer Americans to buy guns and join the NRA, they would sit down and shut up about guns.


Two States Look To Expand Campus Carry Rights

Michigan and Wisconsin legislators are proposing bills that would allow licensed carry of concealed firearms in previously off-limits portions of college campuses, such as classroom buildings. Economist and commentator John Lott Jr. spoke in support of the legislation, saying concealed-carry permit holders hold a “strategic advantage” in mass shooting incidents that open carry advocates and uniformed law enforcement officials lack. “If you go to create a gun-free zone, the people who obey these rules are the law-abiding citizens, not the criminals,” he said.

Texas recently passed a campus carry law that will go into effect in August 2016. Private universities can opt out, but the University of Texas is currently considering how to implement the law, which will allow concealed weapon license holders over the age of 21 to bring handguns into buildings on public campuses.


Dem Candidates Show Their Hatred For NRA Members

It’s a sad day for America when most of the Democratic presidential candidates choose nearly 5 million law-abiding Americans as their public enemy number 1.

Yet that’s what happened at the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders all taking potshots at members of the National Rifle Association. Sanders bragged of having a D-minus rating from the NRA, prompting O’Malley to boast, “I have an ‘F’ from the NRA, senator.” For her part, Clinton chided, “This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”

With such hatred toward their fellow citizens just because they treasure the Second Amendment, it’s unlikely any of the Democrat candidates could honestly repeat the “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” part of the oath of office. Fortunately, gun owners are watching and will vote next November.


Suspect Shot In North Carolina Home Invasion

Three men reportedly entered a home in Merritt, N.C., at 3 a.m. on Saturday, wearing masks and wielding a weapon. They were said to have demanded money from the occupants, but a resident in the home opened fire and killed one of the intruders. The deceased suspect, Moses Ellis Tolvert III, had a long criminal history including several gun charges. 

The Sun Journal reports that the other suspects fled in a blue Chrysler and are being sought by police. Given Tolvert’s record, it seems quite plausible that he was ready to do violence against the residents. It is fortunate that one of them was armed and ready.


Oregon Takes Up Ivory Ban Ballot Initiative

Hot on the heels of a ballot initiative in Washington state, an anti-hunting group is pushing a similar ivory trading initiative in Oregon that could turn gun owners into criminals.

Backed by the devoutly anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups, the statute—if put on the ballot and passed—could outlaw the buying and selling of highly collectible pistols with ivory grips in the state. Paul Allen, the billionaire owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, has provided more than $1.7 million to get the initiative on the ballot in Washington, and is expected to back the Washington effort as well.

A measure with similar language was considered before the Oregon Legislature earlier this year. It passed the state Senate, but died in the House without a vote.


Israelis Flock To Gun Ranges As Attacks Increase

Israelis are rushing to gun stores following a wave of Palestinian knife attacks and government requests that permit holders carry their handguns in public. Washington Post reports that attackers began using knives, stones, guns and vehicles against Israeli citizens and security forces a few weeks ago in Jerusalem—and the attacks have since spread across the country.  

According to Yair Yifrach, the owner of a gun shop and shooting range in the West Bank, the increase in demand has been “dramatic.” “In truth, getting a gun permit in Israel is not easy,” he said. 

“This is something Israelis understand, appreciate and feel secure with,” said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. “In America and in Europe, if you see civilians carry guns you get scared. In Israel, it’s exactly the opposite. Given the current escalation in the security situation, those with a licensed firearm who know what to do with it must go out. It’s an imperative.”


Gang Member Does The Crime, But Not The Time

His nickname is Smack, and the Dymes R Us gang member has amassed a long rap sheet in his short life. The 26-year-old Bronx resident was first arrested at 16 for gang assault and has notched 11 arrests since—with charges including robbery, weapons possession and selling drugs. 

On Monday night, Dalone “Smack” Jamison shot and killed a woman and injured two more outside a New York nightclub. He remains at large. The father of the victim is outraged. “I just hope the police catch him before I do,” warns Wally Faussett. “I will search for him myself because he should pay.” Astonishingly, Jamison has paid very little for his crimes to date, serving virtually no jail time.

New York’s strict gun control laws already give criminals the upper hand. Add in a court system that enables these career offenders to remain on the street, and it’s a deadly equation for residents.


Julianne Moore: Gun Safety Expert, Constitutional Scholar

Actress Julianne Moore told People magazine that she was partnering with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety to create the Everytown Creative Council—celebrities joined together to “amplify the movement to end gun violence in our country.”

Moore mentioned background checks and safe storage laws, but Everytown doesn’t stop there. The website states, “While these are just the first steps, we pledge to use our voices wherever and whenever we can,” and “… every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.”

Of course, “ending gun violence” is the code phrase adopted when “enacting gun control” fell out of favor. Unwittingly or not, by signing on, these celebrities are endorsing Bloomberg’s entire gun control agenda. 

Yet, “[a]s actors, we are citizens first, so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment,” Moore said. “I think the Founding Fathers would agree with me.” 


Lectures From On High

From the best-protected human being on the face of the Earth, it’s appalling to hear your own self-defense talked about as if it were a merely private taste: “… their Second Amendment rights as they understood them.” Yet this is precisely what President Obama said on Saturday of his visit to Oregon the preceding day. 

But this bent interpretation of the Constitution was only the beginning: “It’s not just mass shootings, it is the daily shootings that take place in cities across America. It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book,” Obama said, referring—we can only guess—to a lack of Barnes & Noble locations in low-income communities. 

Never mind gang-fueled drug turf wars. Just ignore black markets. Forget about felons on serial catch-and-release. The president and his acolytes apparently believe murderers and other violent criminals are choosing armed mayhem over Little Women. Wow! 

A presidential change of serious import can hardly come too soon.


Another Restaurant Patron Stops Another Armed Robbery

An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by a concealed-carry permit holder at a Waterbury, Conn., restaurant early Saturday morning. Witnesses told police that the would-be robber entered the cafe wielding a handgun and tried to steal from the business and its customers. However, a patron who was legally carrying a handgun confronted the robber and fired his gun at least once, killing the man. 

The shooter remained on scene and is cooperating with police. No charges had been filed against the shooter as of Sunday at 5 p.m. The Waterbury Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide and said they will continue to investigate the shooting in collaboration with the Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office. 

News of the concealed permit holder stopping the Cafe Azzurri robbery comes just one day after a concealed-carry permit holder stopped a robbery at a Waffle House in North Charleston, S.C.

 


Amy Schumer Takes Anti-Gun Crusade To SNL

Comedian (and we use the term lightly) Amy Schumer, who along with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agitates for gun control, used her first time hosting Saturday Night Live as an opportunity to spread her message. The “Guns” sketch lampooned the prevalence of firearms in American society by showing people wielding them during everyday activities. 

Aside from the fact that the routine wasn’t particularly funny or satirically effective, it betrayed something about how a large segment of the anti-gun left feels these days. The slogan employed in the sketch—“Guns: We’re Here To Stay”—betrays the bitterness of anti-gunners in the face of more and more Second Amendment victories. Losing hope of advancing their agenda, they increasingly resort to lashing out against American culture and demonizing gun owners. It’s the psychology of a side that knows it is losing, and just can’t cope with the fact that the rest of the country seems to be moving on without them.


Kamala Harris: By-The-Book Anti-Gunner

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate, pulled a page out of a well-worn playbook when speaking in Los Angeles on Friday. She criticized Congress for failing to pass gun-control legislation after Sandy Hook and suggested that, “They should have closed the chambers of Congress, on the House and the Senate side, and said all you members go in there, only you, and spread out the autopsy photos of those babies and require them to look at those photographs. And then vote your conscience.” 

For those unfamiliar with the anti-gun left’s playbook, Harris’ tactic is key principle No. 1: Always focus on emotions. But Harris is selective in what photos should be viewed. She doesn’t mention Carol Bowne or any of the innocent victims who were unable to get guns for self-defense, thanks to gun-control laws already in place. Apparently, those victims are just another inconvenient truth.


Time To Pull The Plug On Verizon?

If you use Verizon services, it may be time to carefully consider why you’re sending them any of your money. A recent move by the media and telecom giant—the failure to renew existing contracts with the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel—makes this shooting lifestyle content completely unavailable to customers using the Verizon Fios cable service. NRA members and other interested viewers will lose access to Friends of NRA, NRA All Access and NRA Life of Duty content among many others. 

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action put it all in perspective: “By their actions, Verizon is marginalizing a segment of society—130 million strong, loyal and passionate purveyors of the outdoor lifestyle including the millions of NRA members … The message is clear: If you differ in opinion about certain issues and lifestyle choices, Verizon doesn’t want your business.”  

Could it be time to pull the plug on Verizon: Phone, cable, Internet and all?

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Minnesota Dentist Won’t Face Charges For Legal Lion Hunt

Three months after rabid anti-hunters relentlessly persecuted Minnesota big-game hunter Walter Palmer for killing a named lion while on safari in Africa, the Zimbabwean government has announced Palmer did not break any laws and will face no charges.

“We approached the police and then the prosecutor general, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” said Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the environment minister, told reporters. The professional hunter who guided Palmer and a game park manager could still face charges.

After the lion hunt was made public—but before all important information was known—anti-hunters around the world ruthlessly attacked Palmer on social media, and many even hatefully picketed outside his dental office, forcing him to leave his practice for six weeks. It remains to be seen whether those vocal anti-hunters will apologize to Palmer now that it has been learned he broke no laws.


L.A. Councilmen Want Seattle-Style Gun And Ammunition Taxes

Two Los Angeles city councilmen have introduced a proposal to tax firearm and ammunition sales in the city. Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian, who are known for supporting any and every anti-gun proposal imaginable, are now pushing Council File 15-1188, which seeks to impose a tax modeled on one passed in Seattle earlier this year. The measure would add a $25 tax to each firearm sold, as well as between 2 and 5 cents of tax to every round of ammunition sold. 

In urging Seattle’s mayor to reject the ordinance, Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation wrote, “Imposing this tax is akin to taxing licensed pharmacies to combat a heroin epidemic”—and the same could be said of California’s copycat scheme.

Indeed, despite having some of the strictest, most ridiculous and redundant anti-gun laws in the U.S., Los Angeles also has a murder rate about 44 percent higher than the national average.


Legal Challenge Likely Awaits Obama Executive Action

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama is considering using his executive power to bypass Congress and expand the range of firearm sales for which background checks are required. The Hill reports the expert opinion that any such action would face significant legal challenges. The proposed executive action would impose the need for a license and background checks on any private individuals who sell a “significant” number of guns in a year, and the administration may have a hard time selling the courts on what a “significant” number looks like. 

The president is not able to impose the “universal” background checks sought by so many anti-gunners. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker explains the administration’s motivation: “They hate guns. They know they can’t get rid of the Second Amendment, so they want to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.”


Anti-Gun “Navy SEAL” Exposed As Fraud

In the past week, Raw Story and The Nation have both published accounts meant to discredit the idea that armed citizens are capable of stopping mass shootings. (This ignores the fact that they demonstrably do stop them.) But as The Truth About Guns reports, both stories relied heavily on the words of so-called Navy SEAL Stephen Benson—who, if he truly exists, appears to have “exaggerated” his credentials.

The fact that no SEAL can be located by that name was not enough to convince either publication to withdraw the original stories, although both edited out Benson’s essential testimony. It just goes to show that anti-gun journalists love to hear evidence that backs up their beliefs, and they tend not to be too discerning about whether said evidence is true.


Waffle House Customer Stops Armed Robbery

A hold-up at a Waffle House in North Charleston, S.C., was thwarted when a customer shot the would-be robber. The Post and Courier reports that the suspect was transported to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The armed citizen had a concealed-carry permit and is not facing any charges.

An employee at the restaurant said of the shooter, “He saved us, that’s what he did.” An officer on the scene elaborated: “It says something about firearms … for good people with firearms being in the right hands.”


U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether To Hear Challenge To Chicago Semi-Auto Ban

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear an appeal of Friedman vs. City of Highland Park, a case in which the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning semi-automatic firearms that hold more than 10 rounds. 

Every firearm that uses a detachable magazine can be fitted with a larger magazine, which means this arbitrary ban could outlaw virtually all semi-automatics. Moreover, the firearms banned are some of the most common in the U.S., owned by millions of law-abiding Americans for sport, competition, hunting and self-defense. The AR-15 has been the best-selling type of rifle in the U.S. for several years now. 

If the Supreme Court lets the lower court’s decision stand, similar bans—like those in California, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Hawaii—could continue to spread. A decision on whether to hear the appeal could come as early as Tuesday.


Democrats Unveil New Plan To Pass Old Ideas

As promised by former U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid, Democrats unveiled their anti-gun proposals on Thursday.

In the wake of President Obama’s increased pressure on lawmakers and gun owners to take action, and Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her own gun control plans, Senate Democrats called for closing the non-existent “gun show loophole,” restricting online sales, expanded background checks and increased penalties for straw purchases. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed to be riding a crest of voices calling for increased gun control: “We expect there will be a groundswell.” 

Of course, they expect nothing of the sort, having seen the national polls trending in support of gun rights. They even admit they hope to score political points for the November elections.

Ironically, they staged their calls to restrict the rights of gun owners on the steps of the Capitol, protected by about a dozen armed U.S. Capitol Police officers.


Louisiana Woman Defends Herself Against Ex-Boyfriend’s Attacks

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office, a Gonzales, La., woman armed herself in self-defense against her violent ex-boyfriend. This decision may have saved her life. Deputies say that the victim returned home Sept. 27 to find her Gonzales apartment ransacked. She filed a report with police, indicating ongoing domestic turmoil with her ex-boyfriend Jonathan Beaureau, 35, of Sorrento.

After the break-in, the Gonzales Police Department helped the victim apply for a temporary restraining order against Beaureau. Three days later, Beaureau blocked the victim’s car with his truck in the courthouse parking lot and proceeded to threaten her. She then called 911 and pulled out her handgun, warning that she would fire if he came any closer. Police responded and Beaureau was arrested, charged with improper telephone communications, stalking and threatening a police officer. Officials say Beaureau has a lengthy criminal history and has been previously charged with simple battery, domestic abuse battery and possession of marijuana.


Giffords-Backed Group Pours Money Into Virginia Campaigns

The Second Amendment battleground is spreading to Virginia, where the Washington Post reports that Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun-control organization founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, is focusing its efforts. The group is planning to spend $600,000 on three Senate races this year. 

Richard H. Black is one of the senators whom Americans for Responsible Solutions intends to unseat. “I really don’t think the money they’re spending is going to affect any races at all,” he said. “Virginia has a pretty comprehensive set of rules dealing with firearms, and people understand that if you’re going to have a safe community, you’re going to have citizens who have the right to keep and bear arms.”


Thousands Of Prisoners To Be Released Early

How’s this for irony: While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts to take away your guns, the same administration is now set to release a sea of violent criminals back onto the streets.

The mass release was triggered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders last year. That means the Federal Bureau of Prisons will now be releasing some 6,000 inmates from prison later this month. As many as 40,000 more could be eligible for reduced sentences in coming years. Yet these aren’t just small-town drug dealers. Many have a rap sheet that goes well beyond drug charges and includes gun offenses and violent crimes. 

So in essence, our President wants to make it harder for you to protect yourself while adding to the threats against you. At some point, you have to ask yourself which side he’s really on.


Armed Citizen Stops Carjacking In Progress

A man reportedly entered a convenience store in Plymouth, Penn., acting strangely and then attempted to get into a stranger’s car outside. After failing, he reportedly ran across the adjacent highway and tried to pull a woman out of her car while her children were in the back seat. “She was yelling, ‘My kids are in the car, my kids are in the car,’” said the woman whom he first accosted.

According to the Times Leader, the car crossed the highway and approached the store while the suspect struggled with the driver. At this point, customer Rob Ragukus, who had just pulled up, drew his firearm on the attempted carjacker. “I have a license to carry this gun, don’t move!” he said. 

Police had already been called and took the suspect into custody, and the woman driving the car received no major injuries.


Gun Sales Continue To Break Records In September

The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in September, indicating that firearm sales for the month were the highest in recent history.

The actual number of sales is likely higher since multiple firearms can be sold under a single background check and sales between private parties are not taken into account.

The summer of 2015 overall has also shattered gun sales records. A staggering 8.25 million background checks were processed through the FBI between May and September, nearly a million more than the same period of 2014.

The summer has also seen an increase in calls from Democrats for new gun control laws—likely not unrelated to the sales increase.


Tennessee: Where A Park Isn’t Really A Park

In April, Tennessee enacted a law allowing concealed-carry holders to take handguns into parks. For law-abiding gun owners planning to attend the Tennessee Valley Fair in September, that was good news. At least, it was until the city of Knoxville pulled an end-around that resulted in guns being banned. Their tactic: claiming that Chilhowee Park wasn’t in fact a park, but an entertainment venue where the law wouldn’t apply. 

At least one resident wasn’t happy. Pandora Vreeland had planned to attend the fair with her husband, a retired police officer, until they learned guns were banned. Now Vreeland is suing the city, claiming they violated state law by turning Chilhowee Park into a gun-free zone. 

Vreeland’s lawsuit has NRA backing. “The 5 million members of the NRA stand in full support of the plaintiff and look forward to a positive resolution,” said Lacey Biles of NRA State and Local Affairs.


Jerusalem Mayor Urges Citizens To Carry A Gun

TheBlaze reports that on Thursday, the mayor of Jerusalem said it was “imperative” that Israelis with permits carry a weapon … as he does.

In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, Mayor Nir Barkat said, “I think it’s important that gun carriers who are skilled and have experience carry their weapons with them, especially given the (current) tension.” 

Barkat is reacting to the surge in stabbing, shooting and rock-throwing attacks over the past month. There were four such attacks on Wednesday alone; in all of the incidents, all those attacks were stopped either by police, soldiers or citizens. “Many terror attacks in Jerusalem have been prevented or neutralized due to the quick actions of responsible bystanders,” his office said.

Barkat, who is a licensed and trained gun owner, knows whereof he speaks: In February, he personally tackled a knife-wielding Palestinian who had just stabbed a Jewish pedestrian.


Hillary Attacks 5 Million Law-Abiding Americans

Hot on the heels of proposing several restrictive new anti-gun laws that would only affect law-abiding Americans, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has launched a vicious attack on the nearly 5 million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association.

At a campaign stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Clinton compared the NRA to “the Iranians or the communists.” She then, incredibly, lambasted NRA members for believing that the government might be out to ban their guns—shortly after releasing her latest plan that would, wait for it, … ban so-called “assault weapons.” (Duh, aren’t those guns?)

In truth, Clinton’s presidential campaign is on the rocks as a result of a number of scandals she has been involved in, and she’ll say nearly anything right now to cater to her far left-wing base. She should note, however, that millions of NRA members and other gun owners are also listening to her bitter name-calling.


Details Emerge On New Anti-Gun Federal Legislation

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate announced a new campaign for gun control, combining a sweeping call for “universal” background checks with redundant measures. Anti-gun “usual suspect” Ed Markey, D-Mass., announced a plan to require background checks for private transfers, closing what opponents misleadingly call the “gun-show loophole.” Among the other goals are making straw purchasing and arms trafficking federal crimes—which, last we heard, they already are.

Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he and fellow lawmakers “call on Republicans to join us in this effort.” Meanwhile Markey encouraged his peers to “… say NRA stands for Not Relevant Anymore …” on the political scene.


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.


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.


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.


Texas Man Shoots Three Attackers In Home

A Duncanville, Texas, man shot three people who were robbing and assaulting him Monday morning, as reported by CBS DFW. According to police, the victim was in his home with another man when three suspects entered the residence and attacked him. One started assaulting him while two other suspects began loading the man’s property into a vehicle that was parked outside where a fourth suspect was waiting.

Neighbors reported hearing five gunshots after the resident picked up a weapon and shot three of the suspects, police said. The suspects then jumped into a silver Dodge Avenger driven by the fourth man and were quickly stopped at a nearby intersection. The three injured suspects were transported to a local hospital but the fourth suspect fled before officers arrived. Police are still searching for the fourth suspect.


Separatists Without Guns Massacre Chinese Miners

Here’s another one for the “like we needed any more proof” file: Gunless haters killed at least 50 in China’s Xinjiang province in mid-September, yet we find not so much as a peep—much less an outcry—from the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Piers Morgan, Shannon Watts or Hillary Clinton. 

Uyghur Islamist separatists used knives and heavily loaded vehicles to wreak their havoc, with local police reporting some victims “were sleeping” when the attack took place. No heavy truck control? No knife background checks?

The incident makes an important point, though at an ugly cost: The mechanics of murder and mayhem are all but infinitely variable. It’s the willingness to compel others through force, and then violence, that is the age-old problem. As tens of millions of American gun owners prove every single day, the possession of arms does not equate to such violent compulsion any more than their absence guarantees safety.


The Gun-Control Lie That Won't Go Away

One proof of the intellectual vapidity of the anti-gun movement is that some of its most prominent representatives are still trumpeting a claim that has been repeatedly shown to be almost certainly false. Politifact reports that gun-control advocate Mark Kelly referred to 40 percent of guns being sold without a background check during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

As the same publication has made clear in the past, this striking statement is based on an article published in 1997 and based on a 1994 survey. Additionally, questionable experiment design means that this finding seems to have never been accurate in the first place. But that doesn’t stop it from surfacing time and time again when anti-gun pundits are fishing for evidence. Accurate studies have a bothersome tendency to not support their narrative.


Washington Post Disputes Obama Gun Violence Statement

It seems that even some so-called “mainstream” media outlets are beginning to question President Barack Obama’s recent statement concerning gun violence in the United States.

On Oct. 1, Obama said: “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns, is not borne out by the evidence.” Unfortunately for Obama, who typically says whatever he wants without question, the Washington Post decided to fact-check that claim.

In the end, the Post concluded: “This is a classic situation in which a politician bases a statement on a study, but then exaggerated the conclusions to justify a policy. It also lacks context because the results change, sometimes dramatically, when suicides are removed from the gun deaths.” 


Federal-State Partnership Puts NJ Criminal Out Of Commission

Career criminal Kadeem Coleman would likely be back on the streets of Paterson if it were up to New Jersey law. But thanks to a partnership between the Department of Justice and local police, Coleman is now being held without bail after being hit with a federal weapons charge.

Coleman was initially arrested on Sept. 12 on gun charges. He was free on bail 12 days later when he was shot in the leg. It was then that Ceasefire unit detectives discovered that Coleman was under investigation by BATFE and slapped him with the federal charge—one that carries stiffer penalties and potential prison time.

“This federal partnership is the key to stopping the flow of illegal weapons into our city,” Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said of the joint investigation with the federal agents. “If we have to do this one by one, that’s what we’ll do.”


Nassau County DA Drops No-Guns Policy For Prosecutors

After increasing public scrutiny, acting Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorney Madeline Singas rescinded a policy that prohibited prosecutors from having handguns. Earlier this month, UCLA constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh wrote a blog post for the Washington Post, raising questions about the policy’s constitutionality. The policy and its surrounding controversy quickly became the subject of local and national news stories.

For nearly a decade, Nassau County assistant district attorneys on New York’s Long Island were barred from owning handguns. As part of the application process, prospective candidates were required to agree to the policy, forbidding them from having a handgun on the job and at home. The policy was reversed Wednesday after days of pressure from the media and gun rights organizations. Under the new policy, prosecutors are now permitted to own handguns, but are still prohibited from possessing them while they’re on duty in their office or at crime scenes. 


Two Industry Groups Appeal California Microstamping Case

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) are seeking an appeal in their legal fight against California’s 2007 law requiring that new handguns incorporate “microstamping” technology to qualify for sale in the state. 

The original suit, filed last year, was dismissed in July by a California judge who cited sovereign immunity—the idea that “the King can do no wrong”—to wave away the inconvenient fact that microstamping is not only easily defeated by criminals and unworkable on a practical level, but also economically impossible to implement as mandated by the law.

 To qualify for legal sale under California’s “Unsafe Handgun Act,” handguns must have a variety of arbitrary characteristics including, beginning in 2007, “microstamping” technology on new firearms. In part as a result, the number of models that may be legally sold has dropped by 30 percent in less than two years


Alabama Homeowner Detains Intruder With Gun

According to WVTM 13, a 22-year-old man forced his way through the front door of a home in Gadsden, Ala., and accosted the 60-year-old woman inside. She grabbed a firearm and warned him that she would shoot if he moved.

Police came to collect the suspect, who claimed that he entered the house because someone was chasing him. A neighbor expressed shock that the incident occurred, describing the area as “… a very quiet street. Everybody stays to their self.” It’s a good thing for the homeowner that she was ready and able to deal with the unexpected.


Sheriffs Challenge Colorado Gun Bans Before Federal Appeals Court Panel

Dozens of current and former Colorado sheriffs gathered in Denver on Monday as a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments challenging two Colorado laws—one banning ammunition magazines with capacities over 15 rounds, and another requiring background checks for all firearm “transfers,” even temporary loans—that the sheriffs said were unenforceable and unconstitutional. 

Monday’s federal appeals court hearing on Colorado Outfitters v. Hickenlooper is the latest chapter in a dispute that began when 54 Colorado sheriffs filed a civil suit challenging the laws (Gov. Hickenlooper, who signed the laws despite the sheriffs’ opposition, later issued what he called a “half-assed apology” for doing so), and was further complicated by a federal judge dismissing the sheriffs’ case in 2014. 

The panel that heard the case on Monday was composed of two judges appointed by President Obama and one appointed by President George W. Bush. Stay tuned …


Seven Deadly Hours In Chicago

In just seven hours Monday night, gang violence left five Chicagoans shot dead and a dozen more wounded. Horrifically, an 11-month-old child was wounded, his mother and grandmother killed. Police said they were innocent victims of a gang turf war.

U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon had just revealed that Chicago gang murders are up 20 percent over last year. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel again directed the blame toward guns: “It’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the laws for using them reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

But while Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy agreed, he also revealed the root of the problem: “We have to hold criminals responsible … it’s the same pattern over and over again. Until such time that they are held accountable, we could make a billion gun arrests a year, and it’s not going to make a difference.”


Retired Sheriff Sues NY County Over Gun Permit Denial

Victor Patalano served as a deputy sheriff in Nassau County, N.Y., for more than 25 years. In 2010, while serving a summons, he slipped on ice and ended up having a hip replaced. Now retired, Patalano wants to protect his family the best way he knows how—with a firearm. But the former deputy has been denied that right. 

He’s not alone. Three retired Nassau County correction officers have also been denied their right to a firearm due to physical disabilities. Now they’ve filed suit against the county in hopes of changing that. 

“This suit is necessary to change how disabled officers, who served this county well, are being treated by the county when they want the same benefits that other retirees get,” said Frederick Brewington, the Hempstead attorney representing Patalano, Thomas Delle, Alexandros Perros and Nicholas Lenoci. Here’s hoping justice is swiftly served.


BB Guns Not Just Child’s Play In Minnesota

In 2005, David Haywood of Minnesota received a felony drug conviction, and thereby forfeited his Second Amendment rights. During a 2013 traffic stop, police found a firearm in his glove compartment, and Haywood was sent back to prison on a minimum five-year sentence. On Monday, an appellate court upheld the conviction.

What makes this case unusual is that the “firearm” in question was a Walther CP99 Compact BB gun. 

Haywood’s attorneys claimed that, as BB guns do not utilize gunpowder, they shouldn’t be subject to the same rules governing possession by felons. Minnesota statue offered little help—it refers to “firearms” but has never defined them. So the court had only a 1977 state Supreme Court decision, which defined BB guns as firearms using wording from state fish and game laws, as precedent—meaning BB guns are firearms in Minnesota until either the legislature adopts new language or the state Supreme Court changes the definition.


Texas School Asks Invasive Questions About Guns In Homes

Students in a journalism class at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, were given a survey requesting information on their parents’ political views and whether they keep firearms in the home. The questions addressed the number of guns in the household as well as their purpose. 

Local gun store owner and gun-rights activist Michael Cargill broke the news, noting that the topic of guns “… is a great conversation for kids to have in the classroom … but the questions that concern me are the ones that ask …” about number of guns and political affiliation. “That’s private,” he concluded. 

Some parents had harsher words. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a journalistic survey, it crosses the line,” said one. “This wouldn’t be answered in my home, and this is the reason that any poll similar to it is not accurate.”


Armed Vet Stops In-Law’s Burglary

When Army veteran and National Guardsman John Scott of Covert Township, Mich., received a call from his mother–in-law that his brother-in-law’s house had already been burglarized twice that day, Scott knew just what to do. That’s why he was waiting in the living room, .45 pistol in hand, when the thief showed up to haul off even more belongings.

When Scott pointed his gun at the thief and ordered him to stop, the man ran for the nearby woods. Undeterred, Scott chased him down and, with the help of a neighbor, tied the burglar up and held him until authorities arrived and took over.

Police continue to search for two more suspects involved in the break-ins. Scott suffered minor scratches, bruises and a bite mark in the struggle.


More Gross Injustice In New Jersey

“I did my research, and I didn’t do anything wrong. The police knew I wasn’t out to commit a crime with the gun—they knew it. And New Jersey is not any safer for arresting myself or anyone in a similar situation.”

Chiropractor Mia Higginbotham just wanted to take her legally owned firearm from New Jersey, where she previously lived, to her home in Florida. She and her husband researched the Transportation Security Administration rules and were following the instructions to the letter of the law. But in the blink of an eye, she found herself arrested—not charged with a federal crime, but charged with a second-degree New Jersey felony punishable by five years in prison. 

To view Ginny Simone’s exclusive in-depth report, “New Jersey’s Web of Injustice,” click here.


New Poll Shows Independent Voters Continue To Favor Freedom

If the old maxim about Independents winning elections is true—and we strongly suspect it is—the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll show that in at least one prominent issue, GOP candidates have gained an edge.

Conducted between Sept. 17-21, the poll asked, “Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the U.S.?” While the votes of those identifying as Democrats (who favored gun control 76-16) and Republicans (who opposed it 73-23) fell about as you’d expect, the key finding is how everyone else voted. Among Independents, opposition to stricter laws led 49-45.

Freedom supporters have outnumbered gun-control supporters among Independent voters since before the midterm elections. In May 2014, a Washington Post/ABC poll found that 49 percent of Independents sided with the GOP on gun control, while 29 percent sided with Democrats. And in June, when Zogby removed the context of parties, Independents said they favored freedom 45-36.


Gun-Ban Lobbyist Tries (Again) To Blame NRA For Criminal Shootings

Shannon Watts, Michael Bloomberg’s mouthpiece for his “Moms Demand” gun-ban lobby, used a criminal shootout among illegal gamblers to try—desperately and dishonestly—to blame the criminal misuse of firearms on laws that protect people against the criminal misuse of firearms.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, at the Hill Haven Event Center in Greenville, Ga., an illegal gambling operation turned violent with “at least several suspects pulling handguns and firing multiple indiscriminate shots within the building,” Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Five women and five men were shot in the melee.

On cue, Shannon Watts tweeted, “The #NRA still fighting for state laws to allow guns in bars: #Georgia bar shoot-out.” But here’s a clue, Shannon: Blaming NRA in this case makes about as much sense as blaming MADD for drunken driving. It’s absurd, and everyone who has a brain cell or an ounce of honesty knows it.


U.S. Reps Float Proposal For Gun Retailer Code Of Conduct

Four Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed a measure that would establish a code of conduct for federal firearms licensees. The Justice Department would certify businesses that followed this code with a “Good Neighbor” certification. There are four items listed, three of which are more or less what gun retailers should already be doing: Not selling firearms to criminals, detecting theft of guns and cooperating with law enforcement. 

The fourth item is not selling a firearm unless a background check has been completed, and this is the problem. Legislators continue to try to put this responsibility on gun sellers, but what anti-gunners call the “three-day loophole” is there for a reason. No one wants dangerous criminals getting their hands on firearms—and that’s why the pressure needs to be on the FBI to conduct checks in a timely fashion.


DOJ Adds Five Cities To Violence Reduction Network

The Department of Justice is expanding its efforts to reduce violent crime in major U.S. cities. At the Second Annual Violence Reduction Summit, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced that five new cities were selected to join the Violence Reduction Network: Little Rock, Ark.; West Memphis, Ark.; Compton, Calif.; Flint, Mich.; and Newark, N.J. They join the inaugural sites of Oakland, Calif.; Richmond, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; and Camden, N.J.

“The Violence Reduction Network uses every tool in the Justice Department’s toolbox to help communities combat violent crime,” said Yates. “And we deploy these resources in a targeted, strategic, data-driven way to get the most bang for our buck.” 

Unfortunately, we doubt reforms that help get guns in the hands of vulnerable law-abiding citizens are part of the agenda. It may sound strange, but cities currently experiencing spikes in violent crime may profit by looking at the example of Detroit.


Tennessee Senior With Gun Sends Intruders Running

A 74-year-old man entered the Athens, Tenn., police station Friday morning to report a robbery. According to the Decatur Daily, the elderly man told officers that a friend stopped by his residence Thursday accompanied by two women, identified by police as Jodi Strange and Mary Beard. The women asked to borrow $25, but he told them no because he didn’t know them.

The women later returned uninvited with another man, Vantella Malone. Malone grabbed the victim around the neck and told him to “tell them where the rest of the money was or he was going to hurt him bad.” The women allegedly started searching the home for money.

The victim then reached into his pocket, pulled out a pistol and aimed at Malone’s face. The pistol did not fire, but sent the suspects running from the home with $320. Athens police arrested the three suspects Friday afternoon, charging each with second-degree robbery.


Dana Loesch Targeted In Frightening And Unfunny Video

Like we needed any more proof: Gun-haters always, always, always get a pass in the mainstream media, no matter how shabby their grasp of the facts, or how tasteless their assaults on liberties they disapprove of. You know, like that Second Amendment thingy?

Take a look here, and you’ll see what we mean. NRA “Freedom’s Safest Place” personality Dana Loesch is shown shooting herself in the head in a modified version of a spot. The trash merchant (who we don’t name, just as we don’t name fame-seeking murderers) insists it’s merely “SATIRE with a message, DOPE.” (Ad hominem attack—so classy!) A little research reveals a long train of tasteless and even violent innuendo from this source: No surprise—the media pass, applied.

Loesch has wisely contacted law enforcement. We hope they will take seriously the risk of such garbage inciting violence against her or her family.

 


Two Wrights Make A Wrong In New York’s Courtrooms

On Sept. 5, a warrant was served on brothers Eric Johnson, 48, and Lance Johnson, 36. Police seized three guns, a bulletproof vest, three boxes of hollowpoint bullets, 140 rounds of ammunition, and over 30 bags of crack cocaine and marijuana from their New York residence. They were arraigned Sept. 7, and Judge Abena Darkeh gave Lance a typical $60,000 bond. When Eric—who had a longer rap sheet—went before Judge Geoffery Wright, however, bail was set at only $500. 

That same day, Wright assigned a $100 bail to a man with six felony convictions, including child molestation.

Unfortunately, this isn’t new or unusual for New York—Wright’s father, Judge Bruce Wright, was known as “Cut ‘Em Loose Bruce” for setting low bails in criminal cases. If they want lower crime, perhaps N.Y. legislators need to focus less on concocting increasingly stringent gun control, and more on the revolving doors on the state’s courtrooms.


Starting A Gun Store Still An Uphill Battle In Illinois

Concealed carry is law in Illinois, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to buy a gun and get a permit. Anti-gun politicians continue to do everything in their power to block gun sales, as illustrated by events in the city of Evanston. 

The Daily Northwestern reports that while the city council defined five regions of the city in which gun ranges could be established, aldermen have voted for new hoops for potential business owners to jump through, including license conditions and insurance requirements. “We can’t ban them entirely, but we can regulate them. And we should regulate them as much as possible,” said Alderman Brian Miller. 

Their intended outcome is that entrepreneurs become so frustrated with the red tape that they move on to other locales. “If you ask me, we should have the ability to limit what kind of guns people should have,” added Alderman Donald Wilson, “but the Supreme Court doesn’t agree with me.”


When Gun-Banners Feed Off One Another

What’s worse than an anti-gun Canadian whiner writing a book in which he tirelessly spouts off about Americans’ right to keep and bear arms? Perhaps the answer is a gun-hating American newspaper glowingly reviewing said anti-gun tome.

In reviewing Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun by A.J. Somerset, Washington Post writer Michael Rosenwald fawned: “But what makes his book entertaining, often funny and ultimately an important addition to the limited canon on guns is that Somerset is a gun guy.” Rosenwald particularly loves that Somerset blames the NRA “for convincing many gun owners that the Second Amendment is ‘the single most important sentence in the entire Bill of Rights.’”

An anti-gun Post writer insinuating that a gun-control proponent is a gun-lover certainly doesn’t make it true. And the fact that both writers hate the Second Amendment doesn’t change the fact that it is the one freedom that protects all others.


Missoula Background Check Ordinance Faces Opposition, Unpopularity

The Missoula, Mont., City Council’s Health and Safety Committee introduced a draft ordinance last week that would require gun shows and private firearm transactions to include a federal background check. Currently, licensed firearms dealers are required to run a check on gun buyers, but there is no federal or state law that requires the same check for private parties. The ordinance is under consideration by the Missoula City Council, and a hearing will be held Oct. 19. 

Lawyers for the Montana Shooting Sports Association have released a three-page response outlining legal and practical problems with the draft ordinance, arguing that, while the city does have authority to suppress firearm possession for target groups, it has no authority to regulate sales and transfers. An informal poll conducted by NBC Montana also shows roughly two-thirds of respondents opposed to the ordinance.


Houston Man Shoots Three Home Invaders

One suspect is dead and two others injured after a Houston man shot them Friday morning as they attempted to break into his home in northwest Harris County. According to KRPC-TV, police said the men were armed as they approached the victim’s house, where several children were inside, and fired upon the homeowner before fleeing.

In a similar crime just three days earlier, KRPC reported, three armed home invaders forced two women to lie on a bed as they ransacked the room looking for cash, and fired a shot to gain entry to a locked room in the residence before escaping. Police haven’t said yet whether the two crimes are related. 

Last month, in another Houston home invasion, KHOU reported that a man broke into a residence through a window before murdering six children and two adults there.


Armed Citizen Takes On The Same Gang A Second Time

Homeowner Juan Flores of Palm Beach, Fla., was at home when a man approached his door with what looked like a food delivery. Suspecting his intentions, Flores told him to leave, only to see another man get out of the car carrying a rifle. He shouted to his family to call 911, but the suspects fled before they arrived. The man who wielded the gun has since been arrested, according to the Palm Beach Post.

This was on July 28. More recently, on Aug. 13, Flores came home to find two alleged members of the same street gang burglarizing his house. One of the invaders reportedly raised a rifle when Flores confronted them, so the homeowner shot them both with his handgun, killing one and wounding the other. In doing so, Flores proved to these criminals that he would not be an easy target.


Cuomo Doubles Down On Calls For Federal Gun Control

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t done agitating for federal gun control in the wake of the shooting death of Carey Gabay, the top state attorney. According to Huffington Post, Cuomo also made the murdered man’s funeral eulogy a platform for more anti-gun rhetoric. “His death was one of the most tragic, pointless examples of the rampant violence that is spreading like a cancer through our society, especially in our poorer communities and especially in our communities of color,” Cuomo said.

We agree with his characterization of Gabay’s fate as tragic and pointless, but we reject his assertion that legislation targeting law-abiding citizens will do anything to confront the endemic violence that he identifies. Rather than stumping for more pointless laws, Cuomo would have done better to focus on celebrating the life of his friend.


Poll: Americans Worry About Government Taking Guns

A recent Gallup poll reveals that almost half of Americans regard the federal government as a potential threat. As pointed out in this helpful breakdown of the polling results from NRA-ILA, the most commonly cited reason for distrusting the government is the fear that they would violate the Second Amendment.

While fear of the government’s actions is often painted as paranoia, it is fruitful to remember that the nation’s top fear—the prohibition and confiscation of guns—is an outcome that this administration is actively, if covertly, pursuing.


Ohio Armed Citizen Stops Rampaging Ex-Boyfriend

A Cleveland, Ohio, woman was in her apartment with a male guest around 10 p.m. Wednesday when her ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old Cedric Grier, banged on the door. After the resident refused to let him in, Grier reportedly kicked in the door and began destroying the resident’s property before grabbing the woman and strangling her until she lost consciousness. With the woman passed out, Grier turned his anger on the male guest, charging at him and hitting him. At this point, the man was able to retrieve his handgun and fire at Grier, hitting him in the chest. 

When police arrived, they found Grier dead of a single gunshot wound at the top of a stairway. The incident remains under investigation, but police say both victims are cooperating and no arrests have been made.


Armed Citizen Angry To Hear That Suspect Is On The Loose

Robert Hamm is upset, but not surprised. When the 75-year-old resident of Carter County, Ky., held an intruder at gunpoint until police arrived, he had a feeling the suspect would be free soon. “I’ve seen where they’ve turned people loose who’ve done it four or five times,” Hamm told WSAZ.

Still, he was frustrated to hear that the man he helped apprehend never even made it to jail: Larry Lee Thompson was supposed to turn himself in after checking out of the hospital, but he disappeared instead. The local sheriff’s department said that a lack of resources prevented them from keeping a deputy with Thompson at all times.

“I had him here for them, and they still turned him out,” said Hamm. “He could be down sitting at the foot of the hill waiting for me to come out or anything.” At least now he knows that Hamm has a gun.


Government May Be Researching Tech To Track, Destroy Guns

A tech blog post that has been making the rounds calls attention to new developments that could potentially allow tiny devices to be built into new guns—devices that would allow authorities to not only track firearms via GPS but also to disrupt their operations or even cause them to self-destruct. The post claims that the federal government is among the parties showing interest in developing this technology.

Bob Owens points out that if this technology becomes even close to viable, we will likely see anti-gun legislators trying to mandate its inclusion in all new firearms. We will also almost certainly see it hacked by those who would use it for nefarious purposes.


Switzerland Rejects Plan For Universal Firearms Registration

The Swiss Parliament has blocked a government proposal to introduce mandatory registration for all firearms, including those obtained before 2008. Currently, there are an estimated 2 million firearms in Switzerland, but only those acquired by citizens after 2008 must be recorded in cantonal registries. 

Mandatory registration supporters argued for the measure to increase firearm safety. “In Switzerland we register cars. It is odd not to do it for guns whose primary aim is to kill. It would allow us to save lives and avoid family shootings,” said Green Party Sen. Luc Recordon.

The Swiss have rejected sweeping gun restrictions before, such as the 2011 proposal to ban automatic weapons and introduce a licensing system. Universal registration critics maintain that complete safety is impossible, that only law-abiding citizens would register their firearms and that the measure would introduce unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.


N.J. Anti-Gunners Fail In Gun Bill Veto Override

The New Jersey legislature has failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a piece of anti-gun legislation that would have piled even more restrictions onto the state’s already overblown plethora of firearm laws.

In his veto message, Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, said he couldn’t support “a continued path of patchwork proposals and fragmented statutes that add further confusion to an already cumbersome area of law.” He has instead proposed a set of reforms to the state’s mental health laws “to better protect our citizens against mass violence.”

Of course, anti-gunners weren’t happy with the failed override attempt. “I am committing to you right now it is coming back until it gets passed,” said Democrat State Sen. Stephen Sweeney.


Strengthening “Stand Your Ground” In Florida

The Florida House and Senate have identical bills moving through their respective chambers to clarify the Sunshine State’s “Stand Your Ground” law (SYG).

If the measure reaches Gov. Rick Scott’s desk and becomes law, it will shift an important burden of proof onto the prosecution in self-defense cases. At present, a person claiming self-defense can still be brought to trial, with all the risks and expenses that implies, despite SYG’s supposed protections. With the clarification in place, the state would have to prove in a pre-trial hearing that a defendant acted wrongly before proceeding to convict on—presumably—an assault or more severe charge.

Another interesting turn of phrase is also in the bills: “The amendments … made by this act are intended to correct misinterpretations … made by the courts.” A welcome way to bring anti-gun prosecutors to heel, perhaps?


72-Year-Old Man Turns Tables On Home Invader With Gun

Two women allegedly accosted a Golden Beach, Ore., senior citizen in his home, tying him up and stealing his money. The older of the two suspects then left the area in the victim’s vehicle while her accomplice stayed behind to guard him. While the first suspect was gone, the victim managed to free himself and retrieve his firearm. 

When he confronted the home invader with his gun, she immediately fled the scene. Police are searching the area for her, while the other suspect was apprehended at a nearby store and arrested. The armed citizen is fortunate to have had a gun available to him, as there is no way of knowing what fate the suspects had in mind for him.


Legal Gun Ownership On The Rise In England And Wales

New data reveals that the number of legally owned guns in England and Wales is at its highest level in 20 years. And we’re already seeing some of the expected outcry, in the form of warnings that additional licensing policy overhauls are needed to prevent mass shootings. 

As it stands, “Before issuing a certificate, police must be satisfied the applicant is fit to be entrusted with a firearm, will not present a danger to public safety and has a good reason for needing a firearm,” said Policing Minister Mike Penning. Licenses can be revoked on the same grounds, as 1,700 were in the first three months of 2015.

“The UK has some of the toughest gun laws in the world, and we are determined to keep it that way,” Penning said. Nothing seems to be changing on this front, but it is encouraging to see legal gun ownership becoming a more widespread phenomenon.


Florida Follows Through With Arming Troops

A successful follow-up on a (good) promise constitutes a rare pleasure for Second Amendment watchers, but today there is a “twofer” to report. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to streamline the concealed-carry application process for military members in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., recruiting station attacks, and Florida’s Agriculture Department (who oversees those apps) has complied in stellar fashion: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has verified the approval of 7,549 licenses in a mere 60 days. 

Grea Bevis, director of the Licensing Division, said in a radio interview that “our average time right now is … six days on turnaround,” for military and veteran applicants.

Very well done, governor, commissioner and director. Thank you for protecting our service members.


What Pre-Emption Law? Background Checks Advance In Missoula

On Wednesday, the Missoula, Mont., City Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee advanced a measure that would make nearly all firearm sales/transfers subject to the same process currently mandated for retail sales. The ordinance, which received a single dissenting vote, will go before the full City Council next month—and supporters believe it could receive enough votes to become law. 

The measure has drawn support from Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group—a perfect barometer of bad legislation if there ever was one—and also from Missoula Mayor John Engen, who claims the city has a responsibility to “take a small action … that could make a difference in our community.” 

With even some councilors admitting criminals likely won’t follow the new protocols, it’s hard to see what difference it could make, outside of impacting Missoula’s bottom line: Opponents claim the measure violates state pre-emption laws, and will almost certainly take the city to court.


Gun-Toting Robbers Take Advantage Of Fair Gun Ban

Multiple armed robberies occurred at the fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., as criminals used an event-wide gun ban to their advantage. What is assumed to be the same group of robbers took money from workers at gunpoint in three separate incidents over a 20-minute time period. Fortunately, none of the victims were hurt. 

Police are still looking for the robbers, thought to be a group of four. As to why they chose to target the Washington State Fair, it is likely that the event’s ban on firearms played a big part. This is just another example of “gun-free zones” making life easy for criminals—whether they are after some easy money or something much worse.


“My Story” On Freedom’s Safest Place

In a brand-new Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial titled “My Story,” a Greek immigrant tells how he avoided Nazi bombs and troops during World War II and finally made his way to America—the greatest, freest country on earth.

“I've been blessed by the freedom and opportunity only America can offer,” he says. “Today, I feel a duty to speak out.

“There will always be evil in this world. But the one thing that separates America from every other country … is our freedom. And the one freedom that protects all the others … is our Second Amendment. Never give it up. Never.”

To watch this 90-second spot, click here.


Poll: Most Say No To Federal Gun Control

A new Rasmussen poll reports that most voters don’t want the federal government to have the final say on gun ownership, nor do they want a country where only the government is armed. 

A national telephone survey “finds that just 34 percent of likely U.S. voters believe laws regarding the ownership of guns should be the responsibility of government.” Slightly more Americans believe it should be within the purview of state government, and far fewer than one in five would entrust gun regulations to local government. 

Rasmussen’s findings reflect the continuing trend to support gun rights found in every other national poll. A CNN poll found that 59 percent believe current gun laws are either just about right, or too restrictive; Zogby found independent voters side with Republicans in supporting Second Amendment rights; a YouGov poll found 52 percent of Americans feel comfortable seeing someone with a holstered handgun; and an earlier Rasmussen poll found 68 percent of Americans feel safer in a neighborhood with guns.


O’Malley Tries To Out-Clinton Hillary

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, in an apparent attempt to prove that he is more anti-gun than rival Hillary Clinton, has launched an attack on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for voicing his support of the Second Amendment. Among other things, Trump supports national Right-to-Carry reciprocity and doing away with semi-auto rifle bans and magazine limits.

“His proposal is just shameless pandering to the National Rifle Association—one of the most powerful special interest lobbies in the country,” O’Malley wrote in a fundraising email to supporters. “The only thing on which we agree is that our country has a problem with gun violence. But, unlike Donald Trump, I know that the only way to combat gun violence is by standing up to the NRA and implementing comprehensive gun safety laws.”

O’Malley’s continued support for gun-control schemes that only affect law-abiding Americans puts him squarely in step with Clinton—neither of whom must be our next president.


San Francisco Gun Shop Legislated Out Of Business

And then there were none. Come November, not a single gun store will exist in San Francisco after High Bridge Arms announced plans this week to close. The shop was the last holdout in a staunchly anti-gun climate. 

The final straw for High Bridge Arms was looming legislation that would mandate that all firearm and ammunition sales be videotaped and the data transmitted to the San Francisco Police Department. “What we don’t do is voluntarily give private information to the police department,” said High Bridge’s Steve Alcairo.

But with action expected on the proposal this month, that’s exactly what High Bridge would have been facing. Amid City Supervisor Mark Farrell claiming that more gun control equals less crime, he’d be wise to listen to fellow San Francisco resident and past “Top Shot” champion Chris Cheng, who reminds us that criminals will still be able to acquire their firearms.


CNN Champions New Study On Teens And Gun Laws

Anti-gun researcher David Hemenway is at it again. His latest co-authored study looked at a survey in which teenagers were asked, “During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry a gun?” Breaking down answers by state, they established that states with more restrictive gun laws saw fewer youths carrying firearms.

This finding was of great interest to media outlets like CNN, which ran stories implying that strict gun-control laws are successful in terms of teens. But this narrative is based on the assumption that it is always bad for minors to have access to guns, and the researchers made no effort to distinguish law-abiding gun users from criminals.

The results are actually so obvious as to be nearly tautological—of course teens are less apt to engage in hunting, competitive shooting and plinking in the face of tight regulations. If anything, these findings imply that most youth are inclined to use guns for legitimate purposes, not criminal mayhem.


Your Tax Dollars Vs. Your Toys

BATFE is at it again with the announcement that the Can Cannon by X Products falls under NFA rules when it’s used on a rifle or pistol AR lower.

If you’re not familiar with this $400 gizmo, take a look here. The short version is that it launches weird stuff like soda cans and tennis balls. The projectile must be loaded by hand and fired with limited accuracy, and it will actually fall out of the barrel if you tip the muzzle down. It’s a toy

We can’t help wondering why an extremely powerful and sometimes wayward (remember “Fast and Furious”?) federal law enforcement agency is messing with a gadget like this—to what nefarious purpose do they think it can realistically be put? Keep in mind that virtually anything that is rigid, heavy or fast-moving can be transmogrified into a weapon of sorts.


Armed Senior Citizen Thwarts Attempted Robbery

A man shot and critically wounded a suspect who was trying to break into his home Tuesday morning in Phoenix. Phoenix police say that the incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. The homeowner, a man in his 60s, was home alone when he heard someone in his back yard and then glass breaking. He saw the suspect, around 17 to 20 years old, trying to enter through a window. The homeowner reportedly warned the suspect that he was armed and went to get his handgun. When he returned, the suspect was still trying to get in the house. 

“The homeowner reported perceiving a threat and fired at the subject, striking him,” police said in a statement. The suspect then tried to flee down an alley but collapsed several houses down, where emergency personnel found him. Paramedics treated the man and took him to a hospital in extremely critical condition. He is not expected to survive.


Restoring Rights In Delaware

The story of a Delaware woman fighting for her Second Amendment rights while living in government housing is a familiar one to many A1F Daily readers. In the housing complex where she lived, roaming gang members and drug dealers were an everyday sight, but owning a gun was prohibited. After a lengthy battle, she won an NRA-backed court challenge against the housing authority, restoring her and other residents’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Now she is the topic of a new Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial. “If I am not free because of my address today, what makes you think you’ll be free tomorrow?” she asks. “I marched behind Martin Luther King at Selma. I know my rights. Now I have my gun. I am the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.”

Click here to watch the 60-second spot.


Schumer’s Approval Rating Hits 15-Year Low

Less than a month after he teamed up with cousin Amy Schumer to push for stronger gun control, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is already seeing results.

Actually, a better word might be “consequences.” In a press conference, Amy Schumer described their three-part gun-control plan—which includes begging retailers to require completion of background checks (despite the three-day provision in federal law) and penalizing states based on NICS system submissions—as “sensible measures and restrictions.” But a new Quinnipiac University survey suggests New Yorkers might disagree.

According to the study, Schumer’s approval rating has slipped to a 15-year low (54 percent) despite support among New Yorkers for his position on the Iran nuclear deal. A 2000 poll put his approval rating at 52 percent; however, with a 2.7 percent margin of error in this survey, it’s possible he’s polling even lower now than he did then.


Tragedy: Unarmed Good Samaritan Killed While Calling 911

Anti-gunners commonly make the argument that the best thing to do in any emergency scenario is to call 911 and wait for emergency responders to arrive. But aside from the obvious absurdity of telling a woman whose front door has just been kicked down to put her trust in police response time, there is the fact that making the call can put you at risk. The tragic story of Dickie Stewart, who was killed while trying to help his neighbor, illustrates this principle. 

Stewart, a resident of Pickens County, S.C., saw neighbor Bill Isaacs lying unresponsive in the yard of another property. He went to check on Isaacs while calling 911, but by doing so he made himself a target. An operator heard him exclaim, “I’ve been shot … He shot me too!” The sad loss of both men shows that just calling authorities without being armed is not always sufficient to guarantee safety.


New Jersey: We’re Taking Grandpa’s Gun

A textbook case of injustice is unfolding for New Jersey resident Danny Burt. Despite a valid state credential to possess firearms and no criminal record, Burt lost all his firearms to a temporary restraining order that was dismissed a month later. 

Among the confiscated weapons was his grandfather’s M1 carbine, brought home from World War II and passed on to Burt in 2006. He appealed the non-return of the carbine. But without even a determination of the operability of the rifle, the New Jersey Appellate Court is upholding the forfeiture ruling.

Beyond the frightening force of the restraining order process, there is the now decades-old misapplication of the term “assault weapon.” No one contends that Mr. Burt had a fully automatic M2 Carbine, the only version of the heirloom that would fit the actual meaning of the term.


County Prosecutors Barred From Owning Guns

According to the Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorney’s Office application form, prosecutors are barred from possessing a handgun, even at home. The application reads, “Assistant district attorneys are not permitted to apply for a handgun permit nor own or possess a handgun while employed by the Nassau County District Attorney.” 

When asked by the Washington Post about the policy, the office responded, saying, “Our practice of asking prosecutors to not possess handguns is to ensure the safety and comfort of staff, victims and witnesses, and is consistent with other district attorney’s offices in the New York City metropolitan area.” 

Prosecutors spend their days locking up the most dangerous in our society, often threatened by criminals and their associates. Despite their justifications, Nassau County has made its prosecutors less safe and more vulnerable to the criminals who decide to make good on those threats.


Heroic Husband Saves Wife From Robber

A 76-year-old Indianapolis man did what any good husband would do when his wife was in danger—he stopped the threat.

An armed robber had broken into the man’s home just before 5 p.m. on Monday. Anthony Talley was attempting to rob the man’s 75-year-old wife and pointed a gun at her during the altercation. Unbeknownst to Talley, the husband had appeared from the back of the house and, seeing a gun trained on his wife, he pulled his own gun and fired. 

The 27-year-old robber was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition. No stranger to crime, Talley’s rap sheet had multiple open warrants for his arrest, including strangulation, dealing drugs, possession of a firearm without a license and resisting law enforcement. 

With one less bad guy now on the streets, hopefully the elderly couple can rest a bit easier at night.


Guns Up, Suicides Down

While suicides are unspeakable tragedies to victims, families, friends, acquaintances and society in general, a recent Breitbart report explains why blaming America’s high suicide rate on what gun-banners call “easy access to firearms” just doesn’t compute.

According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering the years 1981 through 2013 show that “the firearm suicide rate (the number of suicides per 100,000 population) decreased 5 percent” over the very same period that U.S. citizens purchased nearly 200 million firearms.

As Breitbart reports, this fact is very important since firearm-related suicide is actually the category that drives gun violence numbers used by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the various gun-control groups funded by billionaire gun-banner Michael Bloomberg.


Chicago Reassigns Officers To Confront Rising Crime

With violent crime surging in Chicago, the police department is taking radical new measures to get more cops out on the street. The latest move has involved determining whether administrative positions filled by trained officers could be effectively discharged by civilians; if so, the police were reassigned. According to 89 WLS, 319 officers are now headed away from their desks and out onto the streets. The process will involve hiring replacements for their positions, so the shift may not be complete until next year. 

Police departments in major cities around the country are confronting the need for new measures to combat a spike in crime rates. This phenomenon seems tied to widespread criticism of police and their resulting reluctance to take on criminals proactively. Criminals know that they are currently less likely to get in trouble—and in cities like Chicago, they know that restrictive gun laws hamper the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.


Justin Bieber: I’d Fix America’s Gun Laws

Pop singer Justin Bieber has now officially weighed in on guns. And apparently it’s a pressing concern for him, as his first act as president would be to “fix” some of America’s gun laws. The example he would emulate: Canada, his home country. 

“In Canada, we don’t really have any guns and there’s no gun violence, so that really solves it,” sums up Bieber. “I mean, they think that it’s for protection and stuff, but it always ends up in some bozo’s hand.”

We think the word he’s looking for here is “criminal,” not “bozo.” Criminals are the one common denominator, as they will always be armed regardless of the laws. But the 21-year-old musician, who’s had no shortage of run-ins with the law, joins every other privileged elitist who believes that guns are fine for him and his protection team, but not for law-abiding citizens like you and me. 


Law Professor Challenges University’s Gun Ban

A University of Missouri professor has filed a lawsuit challenging the campus’ policy prohibiting the possession of firearms on university property except in regularly approved programs or by university agents or employees in the line of duty. 

The lawsuit, filed by Royce de R. Barondes, claims the university’s policy is unconstitutional under a 2014 strengthening of its state “second-amendment” provision which provides for so-called “strict scrutiny” of gun restrictions, the strongest level of protection.

Professor Barondes is a concealed-carry permit holder in the state of Missouri. He also teaches a course on firearms law and has received extensive training on the safe handling and tactics of lawfully using a handgun. “The university’s rule is so obviously in violation of our state’s constitution, we see this case as being the best vehicle to protect one of our nation’s very first freedoms—our freedom to self-defense,” said his attorney, Jennifer Bukowsky.


Washington Post Ignores Obama Nominee’s Position In D.C. Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down several provisions of D.C.’s restrictive gun law, including the one-gun-a-month rule and the requirement that gun owners reregister their firearms every three years. When the Washington Post covered the story, they played up the idea of a “divided” panel, with dissent coming from a judge appointed by President George H.W. Bush. 

Although the implication here was that the ruling was such that even a relatively conservative judge opposed it, the article initially failed to note that one of the supporting judges was Patricia Ann Millett, an Obama appointee who clerked in the liberal 9th Circuit and hasn’t looked much like a Second Amendment supporter so far. (The updated article now acknowledges that fact.) It doesn’t appear that this story fits the paper’s standard narrative of gun rights appealing only to the hard right.


Retired NYPD Lieutenant Stops Grocery Store Robbery

At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, two armed suspects entered Washington Sea Food grocery store in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. Unfortunately for them, however, a retired NYPD lieutenant was working as a security guard for the store at the time. 

When the suspects spotted the officer, one turned his gun on him, prompting the officer to fire two shots at the suspects in self-defense. The two fled the scene empty handed, and according to police are still at large. No one was injured during the incident.


Story Of Murdered New Jersey Woman Featured In Freedom’s Safest Place Campaign

Most A1F Daily readers know the story of Carol Bowne, the New Jersey hairdresser murdered in her driveway by her convicted felon ex-boyfriend while she waited for the state of New Jersey to approve her handgun permit. Just two days before her murder, Bowne had called state authorities wanting an update on the permit, which had been “processing” for more than a month. 

Bowne’s story is told in the latest Freedom’s Safest Place video by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. 

“Carol Bowne didn't choose to be utterly defenseless when her predator stabbed her to death in her driveway two days later,” LaPierre says in the 90-second spot. “That choice was made by the state of New Jersey. Government policies that deny us our right to defend our lives are not just ineffective. They are IMMORAL.” 

To watch this video, click here.


D.C. Gun-Control Laws Struck Down By Court

Dick Heller, the lead plaintiff in the historic 2008 Supreme Court case that invalidated Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, prevails again. Heller’s third installment of lawsuits led to the finding that provisions of the 2008 Firearms Registration Amendment Act were unconstitutional. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday in the NRA-supported case of Heller v. District of Columbia that the city cannot require gun owners to reregister a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection, pass a test about firearm laws or be limited to one handgun a month.

Calling the ruling a “substantive win” for the Second Amendment, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox applauded the court’s decision. “For too long, the D.C. government has violated the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” he said. “This opinion makes it a little easier for lawful D.C. residents to own firearms for self-defense.”


Home Invader With Knife Shot By Resident In New Jersey

A man allegedly invaded a home in Florence Township, N.J., through an open garage door and was confronted by one of the residents, leading to a struggle in which the suspect stabbed the resident with a knife. The Courier Post Online reports that another person in the home then fired a gun at the suspect, hitting him in the arm and causing him to flee the premises. 

Aided by a K-9 unit, officers later found the suspect hiding in a closet in an apartment. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, as was his victim, and will be charged with multiple offenses.


Anti-Gun Group Lobbies Against Gun Safety?

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is so blinded by its hatred for gun-rights groups that it is launching a petition to cancel a grant awarded by the Department of Justice to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for its free gun lock program. You read that right—an anti-gun group opposes locking up guns.

“No taxpayer in America should have to foot the bill for a profit-focused lobby looking to improve its public image,” the CSGV decries. They urge supporters to tell DOJ to “find a better partner for gun violence prevention.” 

NSSF’s Larry Keane isn’t surprised that CSGV is politicizing the grant. And he reminds everyone who the leaders are in firearm safety education: “Through efforts like PCS [NSSF’s Project ChildSafe] and other programs like the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, firearm accidents continue to decline to the lowest level since recordkeeping began over a century ago.”


Saying That You’re Winning Doesn’t Make It So

We expect no readers will be surprised by this Townhall.com headline: “Bloomberg’s Everytown Dupes Media Into Believing They’re Winning The Gun Control Fight.” Author Katie Pavlich does a great job debunking optimistic claims by the stridently anti-gun group.

In truth, NRA-backed pro-firearms bills passed at nearly a 5-to-1 rate in 2013, nearly 9-to-1 in 2014 and at a whopping 31-to-1 rate so far this year. The 2014 elections proved similar, as NRA-backed candidates won 90 percent of their races. And just this week, unfriendly CNN released poll results showing a majority of Americans do not believe firearms are too easy to purchase.

Of course, there is still lots of work left to do, as many voters in the middle don’t understand that “universal background checks” are a mechanism that can easily become registries, and subsequently abused (just ask California gun owners). That’s something to think seriously about as we approach the 2016 election.


Soft-On-Crime Stance May Have Contributed To Trooper’s Death

Last Sunday, Kentucky Trooper and Navy veteran Joseph Ponder was shot after a high-speed chase following a routine traffic stop. Ponder was trying to help 25-year-old Joseph Johnson-Shanks and his passengers when Johnson-Shanks murdered him—witnessed by two young children in Johnson-Shanks’ car. Perhaps most outrageous, however, was that Johnson-Shanks had been arrested for serious offenses before, but received a slap on the wrist by prosecutors. 

According to police reports, Johnson-Shanks was pulled over for speeding on Christmas 2014, while his license was revoked. Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hampton spotted several bags of marijuana in the vehicle, and saw the suspect holding a firearm in the glovebox with the grip “positioned … toward the driver, providing instant access.” He pleaded guilty to weapons charges, but despite his record (in 2013, he fled from police while in possession of marijuana) he was given a 30-month “conditional discharge.” Had he been jailed instead, Joseph Ponder might be alive today.


Ahmed Mohamed Is Lucky His Clock Didn’t Look Like A Gun

By now pretty much everyone in the country has heard of Ahmed Mohamed, the high school freshman in Irving, Texas, who was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade digital clock to school that administrators said resembled a “hoax bomb.” While the incident highlights how American children are being brought up in an environment that privileges fear over imagination, at least the aftermath is working out to the young inventor’s advantage, with invitations to visit Facebook and the White House. 

But Ahmed is fortunate that his supposed “hoax bomb” didn’t resemble a “hoax gun.” A Breitbart post by AWR Hawkins reminds us of the stiffer penalties leveled against younger students for drawing a firearm, bringing a Nerf gun to school or even chewing a Pop-Tart into the vague shape of a gun. While Ahmed’s case was met with nearly universal outrage, the so-called “mainstream” media somehow failed to give the others much mileage.


Michigan May Exempt Gun-Safety Devices From Sales Tax

A bill that would temporarily exempt gun safes and trigger locks from Michigan’s 6-percent sales tax was unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate and is now headed to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives for consideration. 

Supporters hope the tax exemption will encourage gun owners to buy the firearm safety devices and decrease accidental shootings and gun theft. "Michigan should be doing everything we can to promote gun safety," said one of the bill’s sponsors, Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.

The proposed tax exemptions would take effect 90 days after becoming law and expire Jan. 1, 2018. An amendment included by Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren will require stores to notify gun buyers, in writing, of the sales tax holiday during transactions and also post a notice on the premises. If passed, Michigan would become the fifth state to exempt firearm safety devices from states sales tax, joining Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington.


Durham Apartment Resident Shoots Intruder

An apparent home invader was killed in an apartment complex near Duke University in Durham, N.C. According to Time Warner Cable News, the suspect entered an apartment around 1:30 a.m. and reportedly hit one of the residents in the head, at which point one of the roommates pulled a gun and pointed it at the intruder. A struggle ensued, during which the suspect was shot and died at the scene. 

Police are investigating and have not charged the resident who shot the suspect. The apartment complex was the site of an incident last month in which a security guard was shot several times and seriously wounded.


LtCol Oliver North Is Freedom’s Safest Place

LtCol Oliver North, well-known warrior and hero, is calling out President Barack Obama for his foreign and military policy, with an eye toward change in the 2016 elections. LtCol North is featured in one of the latest Freedom’s Safest Place videos.    

“The young Americans who raised their hands to fight radical Islamic terror deserve a commander-in-chief as courageous as they are,” North says, directly addressing President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “They volunteered to fight an enemy you won’t name … and many gave their limbs and lives to win ground you surrendered. These are my heroes, willing to fight and die for my freedom. And I demand a commander-in-chief worthy of such sacrifice.”

To watch this video featuring LtCol North, click here.


Stopping Obama’s Social Security Gun Grab

Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, introduced a bill on Wednesday designed to halt the Obama administration’s efforts to deny millions of Social Security recipients their firearm rights. The Social Security Beneficiary 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act prohibits the use of determinations made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from being used as an adjudication of mental defective.

SSA isn’t the first agency to adopt this tactic. The Veterans Administration has already implemented a similar program that’s led to 177,000 veterans being denied their constitutional rights based on their inability to manage financial affairs. 

“The 5 million members of the NRA stand alongside Congressman Johnson in this fight to protect the children, parents and grandparents who would fall victim to this back-door gun control scheme,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights.”


Florida Legislative Panels Clear Campus Carry Bill

Legislation in the Florida House and Senate that would end the state’s moratorium on the Right to Carry on college campuses was approved by criminal justice committees in both chambers Wednesday, clearing the way for consideration by the Tallahassee statehouse. 

Passage of the reform would correct the current situation on college campuses, “where murderers, rapists and shooters can commit crimes without fear of being harmed by their victims,” said former NRA President Marion Hammer, who leads the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, which has strenuously supported the bill.

Use Your Power!

Live in Florida? Urge your senator to support this potentially life-saving legislation, SB 68—named HB 4001 in the House—to end the ban that leaves every Right-to-Carry permit holder defenseless as soon as they set foot on a Florida college campus. Find them here.

Elementary School Trains Students To Throw Books At Gunmen

While many schools are allowing staff with permits to carry a gun to protect themselves and their students, a Heath, Ohio, school has instituted a rather novel approach to dealing with an active shooter—and they’re finding many parents aren’t on the same page. 

Dean Spencer, whose two children attend Stevenson Elementary, told Fox 28 he was shocked when his daughter told him her class was instructed to throw books at an armed gunman. “To give them advice or commands to throw things at someone with a gun, it’s absurd. It’s insane,” he said.

Officials confirmed that 430 third-through-fifth graders at Stevenson were trained to use this tactic, saying “everything is about student safety”—an outlandish claim considering they’re recommending students armed with nothing more than a dog-eared copy of “Superfudge” to approach and engage an armed assailant

The Spencers are reportedly withdrawing both students from Stevenson, and may pursue legal action over the policy. 


New Study Confirms Where Criminals Get Their Guns

We previously reported a study by researchers in the University of Chicago Crime Lab that surveyed inmates at the Cook County Jail about where they acquired firearms. Now the team has corroborated its findings with a second study that examined data provided from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and the Chicago Police Department.

This supplementary study found that “dirty dealers”—sellers who provide guns to individuals they know to be unable to pass a background check—accounted for less than 5 percent of guns winding up in the hands of gang members. Instead, most gang members received guns from friends or through straw purchases. This pair of studies emphasizes how little most gun-control measures would affect the normal channels through which career criminals get their hands on firearms.


Convenience Store Clerk Scares Off Armed Assailant

A Frankfort, Ill., gas station clerk used a handgun to foil an attempted armed robbery in the early morning hours Tuesday. According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call from a Shell gas station around 3 a.m. about the attempted robbery. 

The clerk reported that a man who was about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, wearing a black ski mask and black clothing, walked into the store and pointed a .38-caliber handgun at him. The clerk told the suspect to leave and produced a handgun to defend himself, prompting the would-be robber to flee on foot. 

The incident is still under investigation, and the Will County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing the video surveillance footage. Deputies are actively working with law enforcement from the surrounding areas to identify and capture the suspect.


Justice Department Funds Grant For Child Gun Safety Education

In a surprising but welcome move, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a two-year, $2.4-million grant to provide gun-safety education messaging and free gun locks through the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe program to communities nationwide. 

While we applaud the federal government’s support of these efforts, we can’t help but wonder why they’re Johnny-come-latelies to gun safety. After all, the NRA has been training more Americans in gun safety than any other public or private group—more than a million Americans every year—and for far longer, too: since 1871. 

What’s more, NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program has been in operation more than a decade longer than NSSF’s Project ChildSafe and reached more than 28 million kids with its comprehensive curriculum through schools nationwide. Kids love it, parents praise it, and it’s helped reduce accidental firearm fatalities to the lowest levels ever recorded. So where’s the NRA’s federal grant?


Florida Gun Sales, Carry Permits On The Rise

The number of Right-to-Carry permits issued in Florida is growing by about 20,000 a month, and has recently surpassed the 1.5 million mark. 

Permit applications lagged a little after 200,000 applications were issued in 2012. But record gun sales are again spurring an increase in permit applicants. According to News4Jax.com, in August, the Sunshine State processed more background checks for gun sales than in any August in more than a decade.

“It’s very steady and constant,” Talon Range owner J.D. Johnson told the radio station, describing the classes required to obtain a permit. “We’re running at full capacity, and probably if we offered more classes, we could probably fill more classes. We just don’t have the time to do it.”


New Orleans Citizens Taking Protection Into Own Hands

New Orleans resident Richard Angelico was the victim of a carjacking on Monday night. Now, he’s refusing to be a victim again. Angelico is taking his protection into his own hands and is planning to apply for a concealed-carry permit. 

He’s not alone. With violent crime rising in New Orleans, there’s been a spike in people learning how to shoot and obtaining carry permits. 

The Shooters’ Club in Harahan has seen a significant increase, especially among women and younger shooters. Kiera Carey is one of them—she’s been learning to shoot with her fiance’s gun. Carey plans to get her concealed-carry permit soon as well. “If someone does try to approach me and I don’t feel comfortable, I have no problems pulling it out at all,” she said. Firearms instructor Devvin Burgess agrees: “They realize it can happen to them, and they want to be prepared.”


Woman Shoots Home Invader After Waiting An Hour For Police

This armed citizen story is a perfect wake-up call for the “just wait for the police” contingent. A female homeowner in Dayton, Ohio, called 911 and told the dispatcher that she heard someone trying to break into her house. She was told to wait for an officer to arrive, so she hunkered down—for over an hour.

As Breitbart reports, eventually the suspect did allegedly gain entrance to her home, and she used her firearm to fatally wound him. She called 911 a second time, and shortly afterwards officers did arrive at her house. Police had apparently treated the first call as relatively low priority—proving the point that when it comes to life and death, the only person you can count on for protection is yourself.


Dana Loesch Is Freedom’s Safest Place

Every day millions of women, including moms, are willing to use a firearm to defend their families. Radio personality Dana Loesch, who is featured in the latest Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial, believes it is time for the media to start telling their stories. 

“We’re responsible, we’re law-abiding and we’re everything that makes America strong,” Loesch says in the 60-second spot. “It’s time for moms like me to speak out. We are the majority. We demand the freedom to defend our families. And we challenge the media to tell the truth about our rights.” 

To watch the new advertisement featuring Loesch, click here.

Poll Shows Decrease In Support For Gun Control

You’ll hear a lot of unsubstantiated figures from anti-gun activists about how “90 percent” or thereabouts of Americans support their cause. Don’t believe it. A new poll from CNN reveals that 49 percent of voters feel current gun laws are “about right,” while 10 percent think that “they make it too difficult to buy a gun.” 

A post on Breitbart points out that the polling demonstrates more support for gun control among older respondents, meaning that younger voters are increasingly seeing past anti-gun myths. The shift is also seen dramatically in the evidence that 56 percent of respondents found it to be “too easy for people to buy guns” in Jan. 2013, compared to only 41 percent today.


Houston Zoo Takes Down “No Guns” Signs

Pressured by Second Amendment activists, the Houston Zoo has removed signs from its entrances that barred Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders from carrying firearms there. 

Under current Texas law, the owners of private businesses may post “no guns” signs—commonly called 30.06 signs for the section of Texas Penal Code authorizing them—to prohibit anyone, even CHL holders, from bringing firearms onto the premises. However, even though the Houston Zoo is privately operated, the property on which it’s located is owned by the city of Houston—and Texas law forbids the prohibition of firearms or concealed carry on public land. So the signs, and the unlawful ban, went away. 

“Effective immediately, the Houston Zoo will not ask anyone who is lawfully permitted to carry a concealed legal handgun to stow their weapon in their vehicle while visiting the zoo,” a spokesperson for the zoo told KHOU in a statement.


Anti-Gun Movie Slated For Production

She deftly handled a Colt Commander in “Texas Killing Fields” and was equally adept with a Beretta Model 70 and Blunderbuss in “The Debt” and “Blackbeard,” respectively. Now actress Jessica Chastain is gearing up for a new role—that of a lobbyist who dedicates her life to passing stricter gun-control laws.

Chastain is a Hollywood A-lister who’s appeared in blockbuster films like “Zero Dark Thirty,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Lawless.” She’s now signed on for the lead in “Miss Sloane,” which has been greenlighted and slated for production in 2016. 

Chastain joins the growing ranks of Hollywood hypocrites—as we’ve mentioned before—who are all too happy to star in or produce big-budget violent films, then turn around and push an anti-gun agenda. 


Brits Worry That Law-Abiding Citizens Might Be Insufficiently Disarmed

Led off by a photograph of un-ownable (in Britain) guns, a positively bizarre mish-mash of factoid and innuendo is stirring up concern across the pond. A new “study” asserts that the 1.8 million firearms still in the hands of citizens make “gun massacres … likely in the UK.”

Harkening back to a single 2010 case where the mostly disarmed police futilely chased the perpetrator for more than two hours before he killed himself, the silly extrapolations abound. Consider Stephen Otter of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, for instance: “To have a less consistent way of licensing someone than to drive a bus is simply wrong.” 

That seems preposterously unlikely in a country already well practiced in confiscation, and with virtually no remaining centerfire ownership of rifles or handguns anyway. The “illegality” that seems of such great concern isn’t revealed until the last paragraph—government backlogs or non-renewals. Whose problem is that?


Store Owner Scares Off Armed Robber With Gun

Pierre Phurcien, owner of a grocery store in Lehigh Acres, Fla., says that he initially thought the masked man in his business was a kid playing a prank. “He came right here, and he pulled a gun and said give me the money,” the businessman told NBC-2. “Then I pulled my gun out, and I asked him what kind of money, then he start to run away.”

Phurcien says that he always carries his concealed handgun in public: “All the time. That’s my best friend.” He had never been robbed previously, but he proved to be more than ready to face the threat.


Marcus Luttrell Is Freedom’s Safest Place

Marcus Luttrell is a true American hero. A veteran U.S. Navy SEAL whose story was portrayed in the movie “Lone Survivor,” Luttrell is also the subject of the new Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial.

“I will say what I think, worship according to my beliefs and raise my children how I see fit. And I will defend it all with the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Luttrell says in the 60-second spot. “I cower to no one, because I am the National Rifle Association, and I am Freedom’s Safest Place.”

To watch the new advertisement featuring Luttrell, click here.


O’Malley Doubles Down On Gun Control

With Hillary Clinton still floundering in an email server scandal, former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley seems to be trying to prove he’s anti-gun enough to be the party’s nominee.

O’Malley’s “gun violence prevention” plan reads more like a gun-ban playbook than anything having to do with violent criminals. It includes, among other things, the Holy Grail of gun-banners—instituting a federal registry that could act as the first step toward confiscation. Other items on O’Malley’s wish list include so-called “universal” background checks, banning possession of ownership of handguns by anyone under 21, and repealing the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields gun manufacturers from lawsuits based on criminal use of their legal products.

If there was ever any hint that O’Malley might not be an ardent gun-ban advocate (and there really wasn’t), he’s ruled that out by his litany of proposals that affect only law-abiding gun owners, not violent criminals.


Recruiters To Receive Defensive Desk Partitions

In a disheartening story, the Marine Corps Times reported last week that its recruiters will remain unarmed at recruiting centers around the nation. According to Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, “All the services … said they don’t want to arm their folks.” 

Despite the deaths of five service members in a July attack on two facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., both firearms and bulletproof glass are among the defensive measures that have been rejected, the latter primarily based on cost (reportedly more than $100 million for recruiting centers nationwide). Training, remote-locking doors and ballistic protection in the form of moveable shields or desk partitions are under consideration.

More worrisome still, however, is another remark by Gen. Brilakis: “… recruiters showing up armed is not going to make either educators or parents comfortable.” Seriously? In other words, the aesthetics of a visible weapon—how it looks—will be allowed to trump actual defensive measures for our troops. Wow.


Miss America Contestant Says No To Gun Control

Miss South Carolina 2015 Daja Dial was asked the following loaded question during the Miss America 2016 beauty pageant: “Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?” The phrasing seemed designed to fish for a “yes” answer, but Dial didn’t comply.

“I don’t, but I think it’s because we need to increase education,” Dial responded. “If we teach people the proper way to use guns, then we will reduce the risk of having gun-related accidents. It starts with education.” Dial failed to win the contest despite having been identified as a fan favorite and frontrunner, leading some to question whether her pro-gun stance cost her the top place. Regardless, it looks like she picked up some new liberty-loving fans last night!


Salvadoran Gangsters Flexing Muscles In U.S.

Two major street gangs whose members hail from El Salvador—Mara Salvatrucha (or MS-13) and the 18th Street Gang—have their roots in the city of Los Angeles. Now the Los Angeles Daily News reports that both gangs are not only sending high-ranking members from El Salvador into the United States, but also reaching out to affiliated stateside gangs in order to consolidate their power structure.

An agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that both gangs’ leaders “are trying to put pressure on members to get more violent and more active” on American soil. With California residents highly restricted in their right to bear arms, and law enforcement officers backed into less proactive stances, an increase in gang activity is the last thing that L.A. needs right now.


Confirmed: Spike Lee Movie “Chiraq” Will Push Gun Control

Spike Lee’s upcoming feature film “Chiraq”—which is set in Chicago and focuses on the gang violence, shootings and murders that allegedly make that city more dangerous than wartime Iraq—will reportedly examine the debate on gun laws in the United States. 

In discussing the film, the first movie to be fully funded by Amazon Studios, Lee said, “Guns are out of control here in America. There has to be some gun reform, and that is going to be a fight because you have to go up against the NRA ...”

As we’ve pointed out, however, Chicago has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation (including, until recently, a ban on handguns). Furthermore, federal, state and local prosecutors refuse to enforce existing gun laws against the repeat offenders who’ve turned Chicago into a war zone. So what’s the point of more laws that will only disarm more victims?


Encore Performance Fails Miserably

Dale Harris Jr. had such great success at work the night before that he decided to return to the scene of the crime—literally. Last Thursday night, Harris had broken into a backyard shed in Thibodaux, La., and stolen nearly $1,000 worth of fishing equipment. 

Flushed with success and looking to capitalize further, Harris returned the next night to finish the job. Only this time, the homeowner was prepared. Live surveillance alerted the homeowner to the intruder—who then confronted Harris and shot him in the leg. The homeowner then held Harris at the house until police could arrive.

Harris was charged with burglary and was booked into the Lafourche Parish jail. There, he is likely contemplating the folly of pushing his luck a bit too far.


Sheriff Clarke Is Freedom’s Safest Place

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke is an outspoken advocate of the Second Amendment and a hero to many National Rifle Association members. Now he is being featured in the latest Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial.

“Critics don't define our honor,” Clarke says. “American police officers will never back down from their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. The National Rifle Association fights for those very same rights.”

To watch the new advertisement featuring Sheriff Clarke, click here.


85-Year-Old Tulsan Fights Off Home Invader

An elderly Tulsa homeowner is injured but alive after taking on a younger and stronger home intruder in an apparent break-in Saturday night on the west side of the city.

According to police reports, around 11 p.m. an armed intruder broke into the 85-year-old man’s home. The victim scuffled with the intruder, and when police arrived, they found the intruder shot twice in the abdomen, and the victim suffering from head injuries and a gunshot wound on his pelvis.

Paramedics transported both men to the hospital. The suspect was in critical condition, while the homeowner was listed as stable.


Bus Service Firearms Policy In Limbo

A Virginia bus service, which had a no-firearms policy, has reversed course after an altercation between two men resulted in one pulling a handgun and trying unsuccessfully to shoot the other.

After the incident, media reported that Valley Metro, which services Roanoke, Va., had a policy dictating a total prohibition on firearm carry. Kevin Price, a manager for Valley Metro, then clarified the policy, stating the ban was on the open carry of firearms, not concealed carry with a permit.

Roanoke and bus service officials are weighing their options and considering their next move. In the meantime, the company’s website, which formerly had a “Do’s and Don’ts” section that included the firearms prohibition, has been deleted and replaced with a notice that the site is “currently under reconstruction.”


Everytown Rally Experiences Big Hype, Little Turnout

The “Whatever It Takes” rally held by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun Everytown group in front of the U.S. Capitol received massive coverage this week, and it was attended by representatives of major national and international media outlets. It also featured speeches by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both D-Va., along with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Anyone who attended the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville won’t be surprised at the one missing ingredient—actual protestors. The Washington Free Beacon reports that only a few hundred showed up, despite promises from Everytown to “flood the Capitol grounds with gun sense supporters.” It turns out that while Bloomberg and friends are good at drumming up celebrity support, they’re not very good at this whole grassroots thing.


A Gathering Of Anti-Gun Hypocrites

Like every good gun-control event, the Everytown “Whatever It Takes” rally also featured the presence of armed security for the anti-gun politicians. While Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was preaching that, “This is an issue I talk about every day”—referring to so-called “universal” background checks—his burly bodyguard kept his eyes on the crowd and his trigger finger ready. 

We’ve heard this tale a time or two, haven’t we? Political elites scheming for new ways to disarm America, all the while being protected with the very tool they would like to deny us access to. It’s the same tired old refrain: “Rights for me, but not for thee.”


Seattle Looks For High-Profile Legal Help In Court Battle

Having been sued by the NRA and other gun-rights groups over its new sales tax on guns and ammunition, the city of Seattle, Wash., is slated to receive help from a big name in the legal industry. The firm of Steptoe & Johnson, based out of Washington, D.C., has announced that it will provide representation for the city for free.

While the city claims that the measure falls under its taxing authority, the plaintiffs point to a Washington state law prohibiting unauthorized local ordinances regulating firearms. 


Stephen Colbert Implies NRA Opposes Mental Health Checks

Tuesday night on the season premiere of CBS’s “The Late Show,” comedian and late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert falsely stated that the National Rifle Association is “opposed to mental health checks,” while discussing the issue of gun control with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Colbert phrased his misleading assertion in the form of a question: “And if mental health checks are opposed by the NRA, how do you fight back?” In truth, the NRA has been urging the federal government to address the problem of mental illness and violence since 1966.  

More recently, the NRA has supported legislation to ensure that appropriate records of those who have been judged mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to mental institutions be made available for use in firearms transfer background checks. Any suggestion that the NRA opposes such reform is misinformation at best—and likely intentional disinformation.


American Electorate Focused On Guns In 2016

A CNN poll indicates that 42 percent of registered voters find the subject of firearms policy to be “very important” in the coming election. Jim Geraghty points out that only 22 percent gave the same answer in 2012. Likewise, the percentage of respondents saying that gun issues were “not that important” to them fell from 22 to 8. 

With a presidential election coming up and several high-profile shootings in memory, it is not surprising that gun policy is a hot-button issue right now. But before you start worrying, this public shift in priorities does not appear to signal any corresponding shift in beliefs: Americans are holding strong in favor of the Second Amendment.


Crockett County “Gun Enthusiasts” Thwart Violent Home Invasion

Two Crockett County, Tenn., homeowners were startled when two armed men kicked in their door and began opening fire around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. It was immediately made clear to them, however, that they had chosen the wrong house. According to the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department, the two homeowners are “gun enthusiasts,” and quickly turned the tables on the two, firing back shots of their own. The two armed intruders promptly fled. 

Investigators say the homeowners were unharmed. The condition of the assailants is unknown, as they remain at large.

“At this time we’re unsure if anybody was hit or not. … We got word out to the hospital that if anybody comes in with gunshot wounds, we’re still waiting to hear anything about that,” Captain Jordan Spraggins of the Crockett County Sheriff’s Dept. told WBBJ 7.


D.C. Residents Left Disarmed And Defenseless

All summer long, rising violence has been the leading story in Washington, D.C. On Aug. 3, law-enforcement officials from several cities—including the District—met to discuss the spike in big-city crime and possible solutions. One of the summit’s organizers was D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Among the recommendations: More stringent gun laws, including harsher penalties for gun crimes and use of “high-capacity” magazines. 

Given that agenda, this latest information out of D.C. should come as no surprise—of the 206 concealed-carry applications filed with the Metropolitan Police Department, only 44 have been approved. So despite the nearly daily headlines on D.C.’s violence, the MPD has approved less than one-quarter of applicants seeking protection when they need it the most. Instead of stumping for more gun laws, Lanier would do well to learn a lesson from the story of New Jersey’s Carol Bowne—she, too, was disarmed when she needed protection the most.


Boston Targeting Law-Abiding To Combat Violence

In an attempt to reduce violent crime in the city, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans are doing exactly what criminals probably prefer they do—harass law-abiding gun owners who have nothing to do with criminal violence.

According to a report by CBS Boston, the city will be sending a letter to every licensed gun owner in the city detailing information about reporting a private gun sale, loss or theft, which seems quite reasonable. Then the letter goes too far, suggesting that gun owners can trade their guns in to the city for a $200 gift card. 

We’re not sure what’s more frightening—the fact that Boston city officials have the address of every law-abiding gun owner, or that they think “buying back” guns from the law-abiding is a way of solving the problem of violent crime.


FSU’s New Parking Lot Carry Policy A Turnover, But No Touchdown

Just one day after a lawsuit was filed against Florida State University regarding its firearms policies, the school has decided to revise its stance.

The school announced Wednesday that a section in their 2015 Game Day Guide stating fans “may not store firearms … in their vehicles parked on campus while attending the game” had been removed. The guide now states concealed-carry permit holders can keep firearms in their cars if they are “securely encased in the vehicle.”

Florida Carry, however, said the new policies are “wholly insufficient,” and that they plan to continue with the lawsuit. Currently, only concealed-carry permit holders are allowed parking lot carry rights—but Florida Carry believes any law-abiding gun owner should be able to keep a firearm in his/her locked vehicle in accordance with Florida law. The group also believes parking lot carry should apply not just to football fans, but also visitors and students attending class.


BATFE Keeps Withholding Documents, But Admits To Being An Agency

According to last month’s filing in a New York federal court, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) says documents requested through a Freedom of Information Act request by Everytown for Gun Safety are exempt from disclosure. The gun-control group sued the agency in July for the “time to crime” element of the trace data collected from 1998 to 2005, which they say the agency withheld when it released documents from a previous request. 

BATFE’s answer denies Everytown’s allegations that it failed to respond to requests and says its actions are supported by the FOIA law. BATFE also recently denied allegations in a separate ongoing lawsuit over a FOIA request by pro-gun advocates. Oddly enough, last month the BATFE said that it’s not an “agency” within the context of FOIA law in its answer to a different request. At least this time they have explicitly admitted to being a law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice.


Tucson City Council Draws Up New Gun-Control Package

Focusing largely on a campus shooting that took place in 2002—more than a dozen years ago—City Council leaders in Tucson, Ariz., unanimously passed a memorial resolution asking firearms retailers to follow a set of procedures corresponding to the Brady Bill code of conduct. The articles in this resolution are generally vague, but the more concrete measures include not making a sale until a federal background check is complete and recording transactions on video for the use of police.

Local NRA spokesman Todd Rathner criticized the resolution in a statement reported by Tucson News Now: “We got a city full of potholes, we’re losing cops, we have a Sun Tran strike—and they’re fiddling around with nonsensical memorial resolutions that do absolutely nothing about crime.”


90-Year-Old Scares Off Home Invader With Firearm

An elderly resident of Youngstown, Ohio, heard knocking on his front door, but he ignored it because it was after midnight. Shortly afterward he was alerted by the sound of glass breaking on his enclosed back porch. The 90-year-old resident secured a .357 Magnum and fired one shot in the direction of the home invader.

The suspect fled the premises before police arrived and is currently being sought. The resident—who would likely have been easily overpowered if not for his possession of a firearm—was not injured.


Anti-Gun Groups, AGs Mount Defense Of Bad D.C. Law

The legality of D.C.’s “good reason” clause for concealed-carry permits continues to be at issue, and now a number of state officials—along with the usual anti-gun lobbying organizations—are rushing to its defense. According to WAMU, the attorneys general of Maryland, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York filed an amicus brief in defense of the law to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Also participating were the Brady Campaign and local groups including D.C. Appleseed and D.C. Vote.

The most recent verdict on the issue was from Judge Frederick Scullin, who threw out the clause putting the burden on concealed-carry permit applicants to explain why they need a gun. But his ruling was stayed by the appeals court, which will soon hear arguments for and against the law. NRA has announced that it will file a brief arguing for the “good cause” clause to be dropped.


D.C. Mayor, Police Chief Might Finally Be Onto Something

Speaking of the District of Columbia, in a move that makes much more sense than further restricting gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are calling for heightened attention on repeat violent offenders.

Lanier told the Washington Post that more than half of the suspects arrested in this year’s homicides had prior gun arrests in the District. She also said that 21 homicide suspects and 26 homicide victims were under court supervision, such as probation, at the time of the killings. Additionally, 10 homicide suspects and six homicide victims had faced prior charges in killings.

Consequently, Lanier is calling for heightened attention to how gun offenders with previous convictions or run-ins with the law are handled by police, courts, prosecutors and probation agents. “To take guns off the same person over and over and over again is just unacceptable,” Lanier told the Post.


Cuomo Calls For More Gun Control

An attorney in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was tragically shot in the head on Monday and is in critical condition. The shooting occurred at 3:40 a.m. amid celebrations of West Indian American Day. Reports indicate a dispute broke out between rival gangs, resulting in gunfire, and Carey Gabay was caught in the crossfire.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Gov. Cuomo has since declared that anyone who doesn’t believe federal gun-control laws are needed is “delusional.” He has also renewed his call for an overhaul of national gun laws to stem the flow of firearms to criminals. 

Apparently the proponent of the ironically named SAFE Act believes just a few more gun-control laws would have prevented gang members from getting their guns. Should we be on the lookout for the ULTRA SAFE Act, coming soon?


U.S. Attorney Waffles Over “Fast And Furious” Discussion

The sooner the U.S. government can present a winning case against the last two accomplices in the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the better pleased we’ll be, period. (Five other defendants accepted plea deals.)

The latest hiccup in the proceedings stems from the request by the suspects’ attorneys to discuss Operation Fast and Furious, BATFE’s phenomenally ill-planned gunwalking operation. The Obama Justice Department would love to let this fade from public memory, but the broad strokes are simple: BATFE co-opted dealers to sell to illegal buyers, and then promptly lost track of 1,400 rifles and handguns. The killing of Terry is not the only murder to which the firearms have been linked.

We hope the evidence will be overwhelming and convictions rapidly result. But such angling to avoid more talk of the “Fast and Furious” embarrassment is utterly unconscionable if it puts at risk the already-minimal standard of justice for Brian Terry.


Lawsuit Aims To Protect Parking Lot Carry At FSU

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Florida State University over their “Game Day Plan 2015” guide. The suit, filed by Florida Carry on behalf of FSU graduate student Rebekah Hargrove, concerns a section stating weapons are banned on campus, and fans “may not store firearms … in their vehicles parked on campus while attending the game.”

Florida law permits law-abiding citizens to lock legally owned firearms in vehicles. An exception exists for schools—however, in 2013 the 1st District Court of Appeals overturned a University of North Florida policy prohibiting this practice. The plaintiffs argue the Guide fails to abide by this ruling, and are seeking an injunction before this Saturday’s game.

A news release by the group Florida Carry calls the Guide a “blatant attempt” to “enforce illegal gun control with the threat of throwing good people in jail for the lawful exercise of their right to bear arms.” University administrators have so far declined to comment.


Hartford Homeowner Thwarts Home Invasion

Police in Hartford, Conn., received reports of shots being fired in connection with a home invasion in progress just before 11 p.m. When officers arrived they were told that the two suspects had approached the homeowner and pointed a gun at him.

The homeowner, who is a legal pistol permit holder, was armed at the time and used his firearm to shoot the suspects several times. Both suspects were taken to a local hospital, where they are listed in critical but stable condition. Officers also located a gun and zip-ties on the suspects, indicating a premeditated intention to enter the house while people were present and likely do much harm.

The homeowner, who has not been charged, suffered minor injuries during the incident. A woman and child also at the residence were uninjured. Surveillance cameras at the home were able to capture video of the incident, which is being reviewed as part of the police investigation.


Attorneys General Urge Supreme Court To Hear Gun Case

Nearly half of the nation’s attorneys general have signed on to support a challenge to an Illinois city’s arbitrary ban on certain guns. The amicus brief, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, questions whether a municipal ban on possession of some of the firearms most commonly used for lawful purposes violates the Second Amendment. 

The challenge is based on the case of gun owner Arie Friedman, who contested the city of Highland Park’s 2013 ban on what it defines to be “assault rifles.” Friedman lost his claim to own now-prohibited guns and magazines in violation of the city’s ordinance to a lower court and appealed to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals last year.

Highland Park attorneys now have an opportunity to respond, and then the Supreme Court will consider whether it will hear the case. If it does, we could be looking at the next big ruling on Second Amendment issues.


Clinton All In On Gun Control, Two Decades And Counting

“I’m all for that.” That was Hillary Clinton’s response, back on Sept. 30, 1993, to a question posed by Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. What did Bradley ask that generated such an enthusiastic response? He had inquired whether she supported the imposition of a new 25-percent national sales tax on guns.

Americans for Tax Reform has resurrected that clip as a reminder of just how far Clinton is willing to go to punish gun owners and discourage gun ownership. Bans, restrictions, registration, taxes—you name the form of gun control, she’s all for that. Always has been, always will be. But as sure as we are of her willingness to do anything within her power to disarm America and dismantle the Second Amendment, you can also be sure that voters will have their chance to have their voices heard at the voting booths next November. 

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Kaine Pushing For More Gun Control

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is pushing for more federal gun legislation, this time to hold sellers “criminally liable for a bad sale.” 

The mechanics of how sellers would take “reasonable affirmative steps to determine (if) the customer met federal criteria” and avoid so-called bad sales remains unclear, as Kaine’s office has only provided a summary of the proposed legislation at this point. 

Of greater concern is the senator’s assertion that “ultimately, efforts to reduce gun violence must focus on multiple solutions.” This sounds suspiciously like more intrusive scrutiny of all firearms transactions, even those between close friends and family members. The goal is just better disguised: A list of owners based on transaction monitoring.

Just ignore the fact that such a list is patently barred by the terms of the 1968 Gun Control Act precisely because it can be used to drive confiscation.


HuffPo: Sexual Assault Not Sufficient Justification For Campus Carry

We expect anti-gun nonsense from HuffPo, but Nancy Kaufman’s “Concealed Carry On College Campuses: What Could Possibly Go Wrong”—regarding sexual assault on campus—might’ve hit a new low.

Kaufman claims because acquaintances commit 90 percent of assaults, women might be reluctant to use guns. That’s irrelevant—campus carry allows armed self-defense; it doesn’t mandate it. Giving women the right-to-carry doesn’t rescind their right to run away, call for help, or fight back with fists or feet. Plus, there’s the other 10 percent to contend with. 

She then says a man “truly intending harm” will probably wrest the gun from her. This argument is as sexist as it is tired: How often are men told that criminals “will just get your gun anyway”? Besides, studies of defensive gun uses by women show that guns are actually a great equalizer. 

Fortunately, we don’t have to listen to Kaufman—many campuses have allowed carry for years. Unfortunately, we also know what can happen when women can’t defend themselves.


Study Doesn’t Ask About Defensive Gun Use, Concludes It Rarely Happens

A study appearing in the newest issue of Preventive Medicine concludes that while owning a gun is a good way to cut down on loss of property, it “is not associated with a reduced risk of victim injury.” But as this highly illuminating blog post by Jacob Sullum illustrates, this finding is a product of skewed experiment design. The researchers rely on data gathered by the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is widely regarded as providing misleadingly low numbers for occurrences of defensive gun use. 

Sullum also notes that “the survey includes ‘no specific questions about self-defense gun use.’ That’s a pretty big flaw for a study aimed at measuring self-defense gun use, which the NCVS isn’t.” It may be instructive to note that one of the authors of this study is David Hemenway, who co-authored the recent article on police deaths that John Lott so effectively ripped to shreds.


Mobile Home Resident Fights Off Four Invaders

A 34-year-old man was inside his mobile home in Gresham, Ore., when four armed men allegedly broke in and attacked him. According to KPTV, the resident shot at the intruders, killing one and wounding another. All three of the surviving suspects were apprehended by police.

Investigators say that they believe the armed citizen was specifically targeted by his attackers, and his life was certainly in danger—he was stabbed during the encounter, although he received no life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital after treatment. Had he not been able to access a firearm, it is hard to imagine him surviving the attentions of four men determined to do him harm.


Florida Lawmakers Seek To Lift Campus Carry Ban

Although legislation ending Florida’s ban on the Right to Carry on college campuses was stalled by a senate committee chairman who refused to hear it this year, its Senate and House sponsors—Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota—have refiled the bill for consideration when the statehouse re-convenes in January, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Florida led the nation’s Right to Carry revolution when it restored that freedom in 1987. Since then, dozens of states have restored the Right to Carry, and 1.4 million Florida residents over age 21 have obtained permits to do so. However, Florida law still bans the Right to Carry on college and university campuses. 

As former NRA President Marion Hammer points out, women shouldn’t be forced to surrender their right to defend themselves simply because they want an education.

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Iowa Armed Citizen Stops Robbery, Holds Robber For Police

When two robbers accosted two victims in Marion, Iowa, on Tuesday, an armed citizen intervened and held one of the alleged robbers for police. 

The Linn County district attorney’s office told KCRG that John R. Barnett, 66, of Burlington, Iowa, and one accomplice assaulted two victims as they were walking into their apartment. An armed citizen who had witnessed the attack stepped in and held Barnett at gunpoint until police arrived. The accomplice escaped with one victim’s wallet. Barnett was charged with second-degree robbery. 

Police Sgt. Lance Miller said, “A person has a right to defend themselves, they have a right to defend their property, and if you’re carrying a firearm and you feel threatened and the circumstance dictates, then you certainly have the right to utilize that firearm ... at the end of the day it’s whether or not the person with the firearm feels that their life was threatened.”


Anti-Gun Backlash Again Boosts Sales

In a pattern that is becoming increasingly familiar, the introduction of gun-control legislation and a journalistic backlash against the Second Amendment have brought about increased sales of firearms and ammunition, as consumers worry about what they will be able to buy in the future. According to USA Today, the FBI reported 1.7 million background checks in August—the highest for any August on record since the system began in 1998. 

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, responded to the figures by claiming that during periods of increased sales, “more and more weapons find a set of dangerous hands to call home.” We’ve yet to see any compelling evidence for this—but regardless, what exactly does he think is causing the sales to rise? If anti-gunners want sales to stay low, maybe they should stop supporting new gun-control measures.


Detroit Man Shoots Armed Robbers At ATM

A concealed-carry permit holder in Detroit, Mich., has survived an armed robbery attempt by two young men. According to WXYZ, the suspects approached the 50-year-old resident with a sawed-off rifle and a handgun while he was trying to use an ATM at his local bank branch. The armed citizen was wounded in the ensuing exchange, as were both of the suspects, who will now hopefully face jail time instead of victimizing more neighborhood residents. 

All three men were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and the two suspects are in police custody.


NJ: Brian Fletcher’s Lawyer Continues To Push For Clemency

We told you last month about Brian Fletcher, the North Carolina man arrested in New Jersey for having his legally owned handgun with him while repairing cellular towers after recent storms. Now, Fletcher’s attorney is finalizing a clemency application in hopes that Gov. Chris Christie follows through on public comments made earlier that he would pardon Fletcher.

“We have this gentleman who we’re considering right now for pardon, from North Carolina who was up here, helping New Jersey after the storm to repair cell towers,” Christie said of Fletcher. “This is just not the right way to do these things. This was not a guy who was a threat to anybody.”

According to the recent media reports, Fletcher’s lawyer, Les Hartman, planned to have the clemency application to state parole authorities by yesterday. A1F Daily will keep you updated as this story continues to play out. 


Have Billboard, Will Blather

Just what we need: Another (uninformed) celebritista opining on firearms ownership. But in this case the dim blather is getting at least some of the criticism it deserves. 

Such are the present fortunes of designer Kenneth Cole, who paid for a Manhattan billboard reading, “Over 40M Americans suffer from Mental Illness. Some have access to care … all have access to guns.” The message drew criticism from American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Renee Binder: “It provides the gross misimpression that people with mental illness are violent.” 

Dare we suggest that, while we’re at it, we get a handle on another “gross misimpression”—the concocted connection between law-abiding gun ownership and criminal abuse? 

Fun fact: In case anyone wonders where Cole gets his ignorant anti-Second Amendment notions, his father- and brother-in-law are the former and present gun-grabber governors of New York state—Mario and Andrew Cuomo. 


Virginia Legislators Go After Private Transfers

Democrats in Virginia are determined to close the state’s nonexistent so-called “gun show loophole.” Thursday, a group of legislators presented a 28,000-signature petition demanding expansion of background checks for gun purchasers in the wake of the shootings of two Roanoke journalists and a tourism official on live television.

They join Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe in an effort to change the current law, which does not require background checks for gun purchases from unlicensed dealers or private sellers. The seven Northern Virginia delegates and two Democratic nominees to the House of Delegates unveiled their petition at a news conference in Arlington alongside the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

It hardly needs to be pointed out that the murderer who sparked this debate did not acquire a firearm by means of a private transfer. So what’s the point? Oh, that’s right—using tragedy as leverage to advance an anti-gun agenda.


California Nixes Campus Carry, Shooting And Lawsuit Follow

The California legislature approved a bill that would repeal the provision allowing those with a concealed-carry permit—obviously a small number of people in the Golden State—to have firearms on college campuses. While the bill has yet to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, at least one organization is planning to sue if he does sign it. Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs said his group would file an injunction immediately.

Meanwhile, a shooting on the campus of Sacramento City College, leaving one dead and two injured, proves that campuses aren’t the safe havens many would portray them as. The number of students and faculty currently allowed to carry is already minimal; why does the state think that they should be made even more vulnerable?


2A Tax Holiday Brings Bargains To The Bayou State

If you’re in Louisiana this weekend, you’re in luck: The annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday runs today and tomorrow, giving you the opportunity to save on a number of hunting and shooting-related items that, let’s face it, you were going to buy anyway. 

Whether you’re looking at a new AR, some 5.11 gear, some new eyes and ears, and several boxes of ammo for competitive shooting; camo, shotguns, boots, a treestand, scopes and decoys for your son or daughter’s first hunt; or a concealable handgun, holster and ammo for self-defense, you won’t owe a penny to Uncle Sam. 

Local retailers benefit, too: Lindsey Simmons Roberts of Simmons’ Sporting Goods calls it “a really good thing for our community,” saying shoppers even travel from Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas to find deals.

“Our whole store is hunting and fishing, so our whole store will be on sale,” she told The News Star.


Armed Senior Sends Home Invaders Scurrying

Shawn Mulberry, 34, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to burglarize a home. The Oakland man, along with an accomplice, had broken into an El Cerrito home just before noon. They likely weren’t expecting what they found.

As they broke in through the back door and entered the residence, standing in front of them was an 85-year-old man. An 85-year-old armed man. When he met the intruders face-to-face, the homeowner began firing, hitting Mulberry in the head. Both men immediately fled, and Mulberry was later picked up by police. He was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The second suspect remains at large.


Armed Miami Taxi Driver Targeted In Rush-Hour Robbery

Miami-area taxi driver Jean Louis, 30, was making his rounds Wednesday at about 7 a.m. when a couple flagged him down. Once in the vehicle, Christian Suarez, 23, and Nicole Iacono, 18, asked to be taken to a location about 20 blocks south. Just before arriving, Louis was asked to drive them one more block and make a right.

Becoming suspicious, Louis asked the two to settle their fare. In response Suarez pointed a gun at Louis, reached into the drivers-side door, and grabbed a handful of cash. Suarez and Iacono then exited the vehicle, and when Louis followed, they fired at him. When Louis returned fire with his own gun, the couple fled.

Officers tracked them to the nearby Wishes Motel where, after several hours, Suarez, Iacono and two others in the room surrendered to police. According to an arrest affidavit, Suarez has been charged with felony attempted murder with a firearm.


San Francisco’s Last Gun Store May Be On Its Way Out

Proposed legislation could spell the demise of High Bridge Arms, the last surviving gun store in San Francisco. Supervisor Mark Farrell will formally introduce an ordinance that would require all firearm sales to be recorded on video, with information handed over to San Francisco Police.

Owner Steve Alcairo says that he already has 17 surveillance cameras. He’s currently required to hand over any video the police request, and these further policies will have a significant impact on his business.

“What we don’t do is voluntarily give private information to the police department. Voluntarily, we just don’t do that. People are very private about their information,” said Alcairo.

Farrell says, “The goal here is not to run anybody out of business. But from my perspective, the public safety of San Francisco residents comes first.”

However, one area gun buyer thinks differently, saying, “Seems that they’re just trying to take the guns away from the people.”


Gun-Ban Lobby Resorts To “SWATing” Citizens Who Open Carry

Incited by the gun-control lobby’s reckless suggestions on social media, anti-gun zealots are now “SWATing”—calling police and reporting them as if they were violent criminals—lawful citizens who choose to openly carry firearms, potentially putting their lives in danger.

On its Facebook page, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence urges, “If you see someone carrying a firearm in public and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene.” Worse, their followers are even urging the public to report violent crimes in progress when they see lawfully armed citizens, clearly hoping to see them arrested or shot.

This isn’t just wasteful and reckless, like calling in a false fire alarm. And it’s not merely a disturbing sign of a new intolerance and hatred directed against Second Amendment activists that’s corrosive to our rights. It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. And its perpetrators should be prosecuted.


California’s Concealed-Carry Death Spiral

The 2012 case of Lu v. Baca accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of violating state law by forcing citizens to obtain permission from a local police chief before applying for a concealed-carry permit. In January 2014, a Superior Court judge agreed and ordered LACSD to begin accepting and processing license applications.

Fast forward to today, when a new bill is now making the rounds. AB 1134, proposed by Democrat Assemblyman Mark Stone, would allow county sheriffs to establish agreements with local police chiefs to process concealed-carry applications—the very same practice that was ruled illegal in 2014. The bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

Gun rights advocates are raising the red flag on this end-around. They contend it would not only circumvent the Lu victory, but would force potential concealed-carry licensees to make their way through an ever-growing sea of red tape.


Another Do-Nothing “Safe Storage” Ordinance In New York

Albany joined other New York cities like Buffalo, Rochester and the Big Apple this week by enacting a gun storage law that requires both ammunition and firearms to be locked up when not­—presumably—in actual use. It adds an unfunded government mandate to the silliness, with a requirement that retailers who sell firearms notify buyers of the statute as well.

We have no objection whatsoever to safe storage, but codification is a routinely terrible idea: Such laws simply cannot take into account all eventualities, and compliance essentially guarantees that a firearm needed in a hurry will never be available. Such laws are intended to ensnare and punish otherwise law-abiding citizens.

If the Albany Common Council was truly serious about “cut(ting) down on gun-related deaths,” they might have troubled themselves to be educated about what actually works, but doesn’t leave New Yorkers defenseless.


Chris Murphy: We Need Gun Control, Even Though It Doesn’t Work

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is hard at work cementing his status as the clown prince of anti-gun politics. Whether he’s trying to get NASCAR to drop its NRA sponsorship or making the ludicrous claim that there has been one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook, Murphy is a reliable source of head-scratchers and outright howlers. His latest trick was to stump for gun control on CNN, but he hedged his bets when it came to the results that he anticipated.

Townhall features a good summary of Murphy’s interview, in which he made a quick run-through of typical anti-gun talking points. But when asked about his solution to stopping mass shootings, he backpedaled: “… I don’t think that we should expect that anything that we’re going to enact in Washington is going to stop shootings …”

For once we agree, Sen. Murphy!


Will "Feelings" Fell The Bill Of Rights?

Last Friday, the NRA filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Friedman v. City of Highland Park. In April, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in that case allowing a Chicago-area ordinance banning “assault weapons or large-capacity magazines (10+ rounds)” to stand. You recall that ruling—in the justification for upholding the gun ban, the court did so on the basis that it “may increase the public’s sense of safety.” 

The NRA fears the Bill of Rights will effectively be destroyed if the government is permitted to trample constitutional rights according to perceived public feelings and fears. The Association’s “friend of the court” brief urges the Supreme Court to accept the case to correct the majority decision’s blatant defiance of Supreme Court precedent. Following the filing, Highland Park can now respond before the Supreme Court decides whether it will hear the case.  


We Don't Regulate Guns Like Cars Because Cars Are More Dangerous

It’s a common refrain from “progressives”: “Let’s regulate guns like we do cars!” The problems with this idea are manifold—but as Forbes’ Chris Conover pointed out Tuesday, the entire thing is based on a false equivalency.

In 2013, there were about 350 million guns in the U.S., and about 269 million vehicles. However, the total number of deaths involving guns and involving cars was roughly equal: About 33,000.

Eliminating suicides—as well as firearm homicides and their corollary, non-driver victims of drunk driving—reveals the number of accidental deaths. Here the differences are even more stark: 1.4 per million guns, and 36.2 non-driver accidental deaths per million vehicles. “In short,” Conover explains, “the typical car is 25 times as likely to kill someone accidentally as the typical gun.” 

So if gun-banners really cared about saving lives, they’d ask, “Why don’t we redirect the time and money we spend attempting to regulate and vilify guns, toward making people better drivers?”


California Gun Owners Catch A Break

California firearm owners caught a rare break last week. Eastern District Federal Judge Anthony Ishii ruled in favor of several individual and organizational plaintiffs when he struck down a 10-day waiting period buried in the penal code.

The resulting court order compels the unobstructed, undelayed release of firearms to buyers who pass a background check, and possess a valid CA license to carry a handgun—hardly a worrisome demographic.

“This is one more example of how our judicial branch brings balance to government in order to insure our liberty,” said Donald Kilmer, lead attorney in the suit. “I am elated that we were able to successfully vindicate the (Second Amendment) rights of our clients.” 


Gun Sales Soar Over Time As Violent Crime Drops To Half

On Aug. 28, the National Rifle Association presented ATF and FBI data showing Americans have purchased over 170 million new firearms since 1991, and during that same time violent crimes have declined by 51 percent.

The information corresponds with the findings of a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study covering the slightly shorter period of time from 1994 to 2009. Between those years, CRS found that Americans purchased approximately 118 million firearms, and the 1993 “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate of 6.6 per 100,000 fell to 3.6 per 100,000 by the year 2000. It eventually fell all the way to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011, more than a 50-percent reduction. 

In 2009, the CRS study ended and Obama took office. Gun sales have reached record levels, rising from 118 million in 2009 to 170 million. Combined with decreasing violence, the key takeaway is simple—more guns equal less crime. 


Sharpton Group Demands Task Force For Gun Control

The National Action Network, a lobbying organization founded by the stridently anti-gun Rev. Al Sharpton—and implicated with him in claims of exploiting companies for donations by threatening damaging boycotts—held a press conference this week in front of the State House in Columbia, S.C. The group announced that there have been 51 homicides this year in the tri-county area, constituting a “state of emergency.” 

The group requested that Gov. Nikki Haley form a task force for the specific purpose of “… track[ing] where these guns are coming from.” While the National Action Network largely confined its focus to illegal firearms, we will be watching to see how soon the narrative will shift to comprehensive gun control. Sharpton could use a win after his big push for tighter gun regulations spectacularly backfired in Chicago in December 2013.


Disabled Maine Retiree Buys Gun, Uses It To Stop Burglary That Night

A retiree whose apartment had been robbed five times in six years bought a gun on Monday, and that same night used it to stop a man who’d allegedly broken in and said, “I’m here to rob you like everybody else.”

Harvey Lembo, 67, of Rockland, Maine, is hard of hearing, uses a motorized wheelchair, and is prescribed morphine and oxycodone—all of which make him a target for robbers. So on Monday, he bought a revolver for protection. That night he awoke to find a man had broken into his home—again.

Lembo pulled the revolver, pointed it at the intruder and called the police station, which was just two blocks away. When the intruder made a wrong move, Lembo shot him in the shoulder. Police arrested Christopher Wildhaber, 45—who had served time for drug trafficking and domestic violence—and charged him with burglary and violating probation.


SIG Under Siege For Mexican Cartel Murders

Taking a page from American anti-gunners, a lawsuit in Germany is targeting SIG Sauer for a series of murders committed by a Mexican drug cartel member in Mexico. 

Interestingly, German anti-gunners can’t find information on where the gun was assembled, where it was first sold, how it got to Mexico or why the drug cartel member chose that particular gun to ply his nasty trade. They do admit, however, that the killer likely got the gun illegally.

Still, to German gun control advocate Jürgen Grässlin, the 12 murders are obviously the fault of SIG Sauer, not the hardened criminal who brutally murdered a dozen people with no apparent qualms. Supporting such an unjust lawsuit, which blames a lawful gun company for criminal misuse of its products, might just get Grässlin a job interview with the Brady Campaign, Bloomberg’s Everytown group or any other gun-ban organization here in the U.S. that is quick to blame the gun, not the violent murderer.


Foster Parents Lose Kids Over Gun

Kristi and Rod Beber were asleep at their home in Las Vegas, Nev., when they heard screaming from outside and looked to find their neighbors on their property. Concerned for the safety of their three foster children, Rob retrieved a gun while his wife called police. The incident was resolved, and it never became necessary to point the firearm at anyone. So the Bebers were shocked when the Department of Family Services (DFS) revoked their license to be foster parents and transferred their children to a group home. 

DFS claims that “the incident did not describe an adult exercising sound judgment” and indicates that state law prohibited foster parents from having loaded firearms. But the law in question has since been overturned by new legislation, and no one could seriously argue that defending one’s children with caution and restraint is a sign of bad judgment. The Bebers, who have fostered more than 100 children, are now fighting to have their license reinstated.


Free Educator Gun Training In Colorado

Nearly 400 Colorado educators took part this summer in a concealed-carry class at Centennial Gun Club near Aurora. It was the second time that general manager Dick Abramson has offered the one-day class free of charge to anyone who works in a school system. That means not just teachers and administrators, but secretaries, food service workers, custodians and even bus drivers. 

“We like to get teachers more information on firearms,” said Abramson. “We fear what we don’t understand, and this class helps them to be more comfortable and confident around firearms.” 

Kudos to Abramson for recognizing a need and fulfilling it. When Colorado lawmakers finally recognize that trained educators carrying guns and knowing how to use them is a legitimate defense for their children, 380 of them will already be ready. 


More States Honor Historical Connections With Official Firearms

There are official state seals, birds and flowers—and over the last four years, six states have also adopted state firearms. Utah was the first, naming the Browning M1911 semi-automatic pistol the official firearm in 2011. Arizona followed suit, adopting the Colt Single Action Army revolver later that year. 

Soon after, more state guns were recognized. Indiana adopted the Grouseland Rifle in 2012, and in 2013, West Virginia named the Hall Flintlock Model 1819 as the official firearm. In 2014, two more states followed suit, with Pennsylvania choosing the Long Rifle and Alaska selecting the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70.

Opponents like Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark B. Cohen toe the typical gun-control line, saying that a state gun would be offensive to many Pennsylvanians. However, if historical connection is the usual reasoning for state symbol status, why should that not apply to firearms as well?


Tulsa Woman Uses Gun To Chase Away Would-Be Robbers

Carmen Smith of Tulsa, Okla., has been a victim of burglary before. That’s why she installed burglary bars and upgraded her alarm system; her fiancé also helped her get a gun. So she was ready when a trio of would-be robbers broke into her house on Monday morning.

“I just heard some ‘bamming’ real hard, you know, and they pried my door open and they knocked the window out, and my first instinct [was] just to go run and go get my gun. It was already loaded,” Smith told News on 6. She saw one of the three intruders advancing on her, “… like he was going to do something to me, harm me …” and opened fire. All three suspects fled the premises immediately and are currently being sought by police.


Survey Shows Where Criminals Get Guns—And Where They Don’t

A study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, published Friday in the Preventative Medicine journal, helps shed some light on the relationship between criminals and their guns.

In fall 2013, researchers conducted anonymous, face-to-face interviews with nearly 100 Cook County Jail detainees convicted or suspected of gun crimes. According to the study, few got their guns from the Internet, gun shows or licensed stores, citing fears of being robbed by a stranger or caught in a sting operation. Instead, over two-thirds obtained firearms from family, fellow gang members or associates. Most were handguns; very few had possessed so-called “assault weapons.”

Despite federal law, most owned guns within six months of being jailed, claiming fear of being unable to defend themselves outweighed fear of getting caught. Perhaps because they usually changed guns about once a year—citing potential liability of “dirty” guns—most reportedly didn’t practice with the guns or know much about their operation.


California Legislators Consider Comprehensive Ivory Ban

In the wake of new federal restrictions and a ballot initiative in Washington state, California may be next to jump on the “banned”-wagon. A new bill proposed in the Legislature would prohibit the sale of most ivory products in the state, not only by retailers but even among private collectors. 

The measure is being touted as a way to cut down on elephant poaching worldwide, but the import and sale of ivory has already been illegal in California since 1977. Supporters of the bill say that sellers still secure ivory from poached elephants and sell it under the guise of pre-ban ivory or mammoth tusk. But even if legislation would crack down on that practice, it would also have a devastating impact on legitimate collectors and merchants. For every unethical antique dealer, there are many gun owners who don’t want to see their prized firearms lose their value.

Use Your Power!

Residents of California should tell their representatives not to support the new ivory ban bill, which indiscriminately punishes collectors in an effort to root out a few supporters of poaching. Let your representative know that this bill is a blunt instrument that will do more harm than good. Call the Congressional Hotline at (202) 224-3121, or contact them online here.

Remote Idaho School District Adopts Armed-Staff Security Strategy

In a first for the state of Idaho, the rural Green Valley School District will make firearms available to trained staff in the event of an active shooter targeting its K-12 school. School officials have purchased four rifles and ammunition that will be stored in gun safes and accessible to trained school personnel in an emergency. The school is also posting signs at both entrances warning that “our school is armed.” 

According to Superintendent Greg Alexander, it can take emergency responders 45 minutes or more to reach the 300-student Green Valley School District, which is about an hour north of Boise and surrounded on three sides by Boise National Forest. “That is a long time before you can get to the school to help out,” Alexander said.

People from across the U.S. have called to express their support, according to Alexander, with advocates of the policy outnumbering opponents 75-to-1.


Milwaukee Gang Members Threaten Police In Recruiting Videos

A video that appeared as evidence in the trial of an alleged gang leader shows young men on a street corner in Milwaukee, Wis., displaying guns. Just a few blocks away from a police station, one subject brandishes what resembles a MAC-10 and says, “It’s MAC-aroni time. Police gonna get shot at, too.” 

According to Police Chief Edward Flynn, this is a gang recruiting video—and just one of many. “They jump out of their cars and spend five minutes flashing their guns, gold teeth, money and drugs and off they go,” Flynn explained. “They are trying to send this message, they can operate with impunity.” Police are investigating this video, but it is chilling that criminals not only feel safe threatening police on their doorstep, but expect to gain supporters by such a gesture.


Tacoma May Give Criminals New Way To Dispose Of Evidence

Opponents of gun buyback programs have long pointed out that they offer unintended benefits for criminal organizations: Turning in stolen or unwanted guns can fund future operations. But a new program under consideration in Tacoma, Wash., might go one better. City officials are discussing whether to institute a “drop box” where guns can be deposited anonymously. 

The program is being touted as a way to entice residents who are unwilling to come in contact with police, and supporters are already suggesting that the measure will be a success even if only one or two guns are turned in. Yet proponents are ignoring the potential for criminals to use a drop box as a fail-safe evidence disposal system: Just clean your crime gun and drop it in. Police say that they would investigate any guns that are deposited for connections to crime, but without any way to tie a gun back to an owner, what good would that do?


Robbery Foiled By Armed Citizen

A 19-year-old woman and another individual walked into a liquor store in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday night. She waved a handgun and announced that the store was being robbed. Perhaps tired of the ongoing violence in Charm City—perhaps fearful for the lives of those in the store—one of the Starlight Liquor Store’s employees was having none of it. This individual refused to be a victim.

The employee immediately fired at the woman and shot her several times. She was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition. The other suspect fled the scene and remains at large. But thanks to the quick reaction of this armed citizen, there was one less violent crime to add to Baltimore’s tally over the weekend.


Birmingham Robbery Victim Turns Table On Suspects

Two men reportedly pulled up in a car and asked some individuals walking down the street in Birmingham, Ala., for cash. When one of the pedestrians pulled out a wallet, the men in the car allegedly drew firearms and demanded all of their money. After complying with the demand, one of the would-be victims took out a concealed firearm and shot at the suspects. 

A man was later dropped off at Princeton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police located a car matching the description of the one that he arrived in and found bullet holes and blood on the seats. Charges are expected to be filed against both robbery suspects.


No Known Connection In Murder Of Texas Deputy

If you needed any convincing that there is a war being fought against our nation’s law-enforcement officers—sometimes metaphorical, sometimes not so much—the “execution-style” murder of Darren Goforth in Houston, Texas, should give you pause. The Harris County sheriff’s deputy had finished fueling his patrol car at a gas station when a man approached him from behind and shot him, then continued firing after the deputy was on the ground. 

Shannon Miles was arrested for the killing and has been charged with capital murder. Authorities say Miles does not seem to have known Goforth, and they think he targeted the deputy for no reason other than his law-enforcement status. 

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has ordered that city flags be lowered in memory of Deputy Goforth.


Smith & Wesson Stock Rallies As Wall Street Markets Tumble

Investors holding stock in Smith & Wesson received some welcome good news Friday with reports that shares of the gunmaker are up more than 10 percent after the company’s quarterly earnings report showed net sales increasing, year-over-year, by 12 percent for the quarter.

"Our first-quarter results exceeded our expectations for sales and net income in both our firearms and accessories divisions," Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney said. One likely reason for increasing sales is the threat of gun-control laws making firearms scarce, if not illegal.

Indeed, since Obama took office, Smith & Wesson stock has soared by over 600 percent and the number of background checks conducted through the National Instant Check System (NICS)—a broader measure of likely gun sales—has increased an average of 7 percent annually over the past eight years. Ironically, this latest report comes close on the heels of a HuffPo op-ed claiming that the gun industry is in a slump.


Tennessee Man Defends Home From Armed Trio

Police officers responded to a home in Springfield, Tenn., in response to a possible robbery early Tuesday morning. According to the victims, there was a knock at the door. The resident, identified by police as a Hispanic male in his 50s, armed himself with a gun and opened the door to find three men with firearms. The resident and alleged robbers all began shooting, witnesses told police. 

As the shooting started, the three suspects fled on foot, but one of the suspects later turned up at a local emergency room with a bullet wound. Police said the wound was not life threatening.

“Robberies matching this same pattern targeting Hispanics in our community have been occurring with some frequency in the last two years; we believe this robbery is tied to them,” said Police Chief David Thompson. The incident is still under investigation by police, and further information will be released as it becomes available.


Fort Worth Armed Citizen Saves Friends, Newborn

Six people—including a one-month-old baby—were together in a Fort Worth apartment on Tuesday when two men broke in around 1 p.m. and demanded “everything.” They recognized one of the men as 36-year-old Larry Chism, whom they’d been friends with until the week before, when Chism had pulled a 9 mm pistol on them. 

When the residents demanded the suspects leave, one of them did. Chism, however, refused to back down or leave. Fearing for the safety of his friends and the newbown, Blake Severin, 21, pulled out his gun and shot Chism in the chest and the shoulder, killing him. 

Fort Worth police are calling the incident a robbery-home invasion, and believe Severin acted in self-defense. No one else was hurt during the incident. Resident Brad White, the baby’s father, praised Severin’s actions. “My friend didn’t hesitate—he knew I had a baby in there and he shot (the robber),” White said.


San Jose Woman Sues For Access To Guns

Lori Rodriguez of San Jose, Calif., has filed suit against the city and police department in an effort to expedite the return of 12 firearms that were confiscated from her home. Her husband is prohibited from owning guns for the next two years due to a psychiatric hold, and the city intends to hold onto the collection until he is cleared. But Rodriguez says that she wants them back—after all, the guns are hers, and the law does not prevent her as an individual from owning them. 

Don Kilmer, attorney for Ms. Rodriguez, says that his client will comply with state law by keeping her firearms locked in a gun safe, but City Attorney Rick Doyle insists that this will not prevent access from her husband. Lori Rodriguez disagrees: “Every situation is different, so every situation should be treated differently.”


Accused Ferguson Killer Had Prior Gun Charge

The man accused of shooting and killing a 9-year-old girl in Ferguson, Mo., has a record of lawless behavior. De’eris Brown, who is 21, pleaded guilty in 2014 to second-degree felony robbery charges. He was also charged for a separate incident in which he was said to have illegally displayed a firearm; that case was dropped due to lack of cooperation from the victim, according to the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office.

It is unknown what Brown’s motivation was when he allegedly opened fire on the young girl’s house—wounding her mother as well—but it is clear that a justice system that fails to keep dangerous criminals behind bars is a major contributor to violence in our urban communities.


Vox Gets Their NRAs Mixed Up

The online publication Vox, which frequently runs anti-gun content, tweeted a link to an article meant to discredit the National Rifle Association by citing a statement from the organization’s president in 1934. For the graphic accompanying the tweet, Vox used an appropriately old-timey poster with “NRA” and “1934” prominently emblazoned on it. 

Problem is, the NRA in question was the Depression-era National Recovery Administration. It doesn’t seem like the fine journalists working at the publication can keep their NRAs straight—even when the poster in question features text about “cocoa and chocolate manufacturing.”


UN Arms Treaty Reps Approve Veto-Proof Decision Making

Representatives from 130 countries gathered in Mexico to push forward the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) have unanimously decided that unanimous agreements will not have to be reached on future gun-control decisions, according to a Breitbart report. This gives the body a veto-proof process for making gun control decisions going forward.

In another action, delegates at the meeting also determined that Geneva will be “the seat of the permanent secretariat for the ATT.”

While Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty back in 2013, the U.S. Senate has never ratified the treaty. Instead, following signing, 50 senators signed a letter to President Obama opposing the treaty. A similar bipartisan letter was signed by 181 U.S. House members and sent to the president.


Oklahoma Pastor Shoots At Burglary Suspect

A man allegedly burglarized a church in northeastern Oklahoma City, Okla., but the pastor confronted him and held him at gunpoint, directing him to wait outside on the ground for police. Prior to their arrival, the suspect changed his mind and got up, at which point the pastor fired two shots. The suspect fled and was apprehended a short time later by police. 

Oklahoma City police confirmed that the pastor has a concealed-carry license and that no one was injured in the incident.


Armed Drive-Thru Worker Scares Off Would-Be Robbers

Two armed suspects pulled into a Maggiore’s Drive Thru in Canton, Ohio, with the apparent intention of making some quick cash, but they were in for a surprise. 

Upon pointing a firearm at a clerk on duty, the clerk drew his own gun, causing them to quickly flee. It was yet another example of the many, many times each year that a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun—without ever firing a shot.

Police are currently searching for the suspects, who are wanted for attempted aggravated robbery.


"Gun Violence Conference" Slated In Advance Of NRA Meetings

NRA holds its Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., next spring, but attendees won’t be the only ones visiting that town to talk about guns. A group called the Sowers of Justice Network plans to stage a “conference” on gun violence in the city on Sept. 26. Organizers said that the upcoming NRA event next spring “only heightens the awareness of the need for alternative pathways to gun violence.”

No one is actively calling this a push for gun control, but the event is said to feature shooting survivors and “proponents of common-sense gun regulations …  as well as people active in peacemaking.” While the event appears to be largely sponsored by church groups, a list of “endorsers” turns up the usual suspects: Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign. We seriously doubt attendance rivals that of the anti-gun rally that attempted to overshadow the Annual Meetings in Nashville—but only featured 150 protestors compared to the 70,000-plus NRA attendees.


Protestors Demand Retailer Ban Guns, Which Would Make Stores Less Safe

A half-dozen people protested outside a new Mariano’s grocery store in Northbrook, Ill., on Tuesday, with signs warning customers that the new location was unsafe. It wasn’t the food that the picketers took issue with, though—it was their gun policy. Protesters believe that Mariano’s is endangering shoppers’ lives by not banning guns, as the chain does in its other Chicago-area stores with ‘no guns allowed’ signs. 

In truth, restricting legal carry by law-abiding citizens would make the store less safe, but evidently businesses are now expected to go above and beyond the law in the locations where they operate. A spokesman for Mariano’s responded accordingly, saying, “Our policy is to follow the law wherever we are.”


Billionaire Allen Exempts Buddies, But Leaves Gun Owners Out In The Cold

In November, Initiative 1401, a measure prohibiting the sale, purchase or distribution of products from animals threatened with extinction due to poaching, will appear on Washington state ballots. Gun owners are objecting to this measure because it unfairly targets them while creating exemptions for musical instruments—and recently, NRA lobbyist Brian Judy speculated that this has as much to do with cronyism as it does hatred of guns. 

At an NRA-sponsored event in Federal Way, Judy explained, “In Olympia, the Seattle Symphony was opposing the bill because a lot of their instruments … are made out of ivory.”

Judy said they reached out to Paul Allen, a big financial supporter of the Symphony, to express their displeasure. “So he wrote an exemption for his elitist buddies at the Seattle Symphony,” Judy said. Requests for a similar exemption for gun owners have repeatedly been ignored.

“Why are you singling us out?” Judy asked. “It’s all elitist hypocrisy.”


Texas Pawn Shop Owner Shoots Gunman

When two armed robbers walked into Diamond Pawn Shop in northeast Houston Monday shortly after noon and started shooting, the owner, who holds a concealed handgun license, fired back, killing one of the robbers. Two other robbers were arrested after they fled and struck a utility pole with their vehicle. A fourth suspect is still sought by police.

Investigators believe one of the alleged robbers may have committed a carjacking nearby that took place at about the same time as the attempted robbery. In that crime, a motorist was dragged down Jensen Drive as he tried to hold onto his car while the carjacker sped away.

The same pawn shop was robbed in March 2014, when five armed men stole firearms, jewelry and cash from the store, before firing shots as they fled. The more recent case now heads to a Harris County grand jury.


Rupert Murdoch Leads “Bloomberg For President” Push In Media

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who among other endeavors owns Fox News, has spoken out in favor of a presidential run from Second Amendment arch-nemesis Michael Bloomberg. Murdoch referred to Bloomberg as the “greatest mayor” of New York, while acknowledging that he disagreed with him on some issues.

There have been recent stirrings in the mainstream media about a bid from Bloomberg, and this word from Murdoch is leading to more excitement. “We do think Bloomberg should run,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor James Warren on Poynter MediaWire, “if only to assure that the National Rifle Association goes broke trying to trash him.”


Anti-Gun Advocate Says Women Too Weak To Use Guns In Self-Defense

On the Aug. 23 airing of Al Jazeera’s “Third Rail,” Florida state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Leah Gunn Barrett and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke debated campus safety. During the debate, Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, suggested women are too weak to be allowed to carry guns for self-defense on college campuses.

She made this suggestion even though fellow guest Rehwinkel Vasilinda was the victim of attempted rape while in college, which she thwarted with the gun her father gave her for self-defense.

When the “Third Rail” host asked moments later if there is a right to self-defense with a weapon, she admitted that there is such a right in the home, but only because the Supreme Court has ruled so. Apparently to Leah Gunn Barrett, women are out of luck because even if they have a right to defend themselves, they are so weak that a firearm is likely to be turned against them.


D.C. Officials Cite Non-Existent Stats On “High-Capacity” Mags

As Washington, D.C.’s murder crisis ramps up, the mayor and police chief have been quick to place the blame on guns and, in particular, so-called “high-capacity” magazines. Yet according to a Fox 5 report by Emily Miller, both have made statements that aren’t completely truthful.

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently said: “Guns continue to make their way into the hands of violent criminals. Unfortunately some of those guns have high-capacity magazines that inflict maximum harm.” Police Chief Cathy Lanier doubled down: “Multiple of our cases have high-capacity magazines and multiple rounds fired, making the shots more lethal.”

However, Fox 5’s Miller has learned the department does not track the magazine capacity of seized guns, so neither the mayor nor the chief have any statistics about the matter. In fact, the form police use when they get property in a crime has a section for firearms, but no question for ammunition capacity.


Wal-Mart, Nation’s Largest Gun Retailer, Will No Longer Sell ARs

Those hoping to “Save Money” and “Live Better” through the purchase of a new modern sporting rifle will soon be out of luck. According to Kory Lundberg, senior director for corporate communications at Wal-Mart, the retailer is ceasing sales of AR-15-style rifles and semi-automatic shotguns with magazine capacities of seven or more rounds.

Lundberg claims that the decision was made of the company’s own accord and is “not political,” citing sales that have lagged far behind those of lower-ticket guns. The roughly 1,700 stores that carry firearms are now offering steep discounts on the rifles in order to clear inventory in time for the fall hunting season, when the MSRs will be replaced with economical bolt-action rifles and lever-action and pump-action shotguns.

Interestingly, a quick look at Wal-Mart’s website shows a wide selection of AR grips, rails, buttstocks and handguards offered at full price—suggesting these items may continue to be available.


Police Officer Turned Away From Chuck E. Cheese’s Restaurant For Carrying Firearm

A Bowling Green, Ky., police officer was refused service at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant August 19—even though her police polo shirt made her clearly identifiable as a police officer, and even though Kentucky state law expressly allows officers to carry firearms anywhere in the state except federal buildings, whether or not they’re wearing uniforms. 

Kentucky law allows businesses to post “No Firearms” signs on their premises. However, “Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform,” a spokeswoman for the restaurant chain told WBKO. “We do have a firearms policy for civilians and off-duty, non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms,” she continued, demonstrating her apparent ignorance of state law. 

Kentucky has more than 200,000 Right-to-Carry permit holders who can exercise their constitutional rights—and their freedom of choice in dining options—accordingly.


Crime Rises In The Gun-Control Haven Of Cape Town

Having made a concerted effort to implement gun control since 2000, South Africa now maintains very strict gun laws. To legally obtain a gun, the prospective buyer must first undergo a background check that includes an interview with a spouse or partner, as well as two other people. Next is a competency requirement that includes proper training. The applicant then provides a detailed explanation of why he or she should own a firearm. Finally, police have the ultimate say on whether or not a gun license is awarded. 

Since we know the cause-and-effect of gun control and crime in the U.S., is it any surprise to hear that Cape Town gun crime is on the rise? Last year, 633 homicides were committed with firearms. Not only are the guns in the hands of criminals only, but with far too few convictions, the bad guys are remaining on the streets where citizens are unarmed and defenseless.


Bloomberg-Funded Group Seeks Maine Referendum On Background Checks

The parents of a murdered Portland woman have joined forces with the Maine Secretary of State’s office and state chapter of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action to propose a bill that would allegedly close Maine’s so-called “gun show loophole,” requiring background checks on anyone purchasing firearms at gun shows or from private sellers.

Under the bill, person-to-person transactions would have to be completed with a registered gun dealer who can run a background check through the federal system. However, family members would be exempt and hunters would be allowed to loan firearms as long as the owner is present, or if a gun transfer was necessary “to prevent imminent death or prevent great bodily harm”—a slippery slope indeed.

Sadly, fixing a manufactured “gun show loophole problem” will likely do nothing to prevent future senseless killings. Criminals always find a way to get guns, and universal background checks only infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.


Suppressor Availability Slowly Improving

Ohio residents got the welcome “go-ahead” on suppressor ownership in March, joining 40 other states—the good news. The less-good news is that, like anything that falls under National Firearms Act (and BATFE) control, the wait for approval of paperwork will almost certainly be months. Occasionally, it can be years.

The rationale for expanding suppressor use is that they make all sorts of shooting less disruptive to all manner of bystanders. (A typical one cuts initial report from a literally deafening 145-165 dB to a still-loud 115-130 dB. For comparison, a close-up, very loud shout is 90 dB.) They can also substantially reduce hearing damage: As their growing legion of fans say, using one is “the polite thing to do.”

We hope that BATFE, as promised, will speed up the process allowing purchase of the devices. Considering the $200 fee they receive for every app, surely months or years to approve is unreasonable.


Nashville Robbery And Carjacking Suspect Shot By Victim

Two people had just driven home from a football game and were talking outside a home in north Nashville, Tenn., when a white Jeep Cherokee pulled up near them. 22-year-old Clarence Goins allegedly pointed a firearm at them and demanded that they hand over their valuables, including car keys. A second suspect drove away in the Jeep, and Goins began making his way toward a Chrysler 300 belonging to the victims. 

At this point one of the victims drew a firearm, upon which Goins reportedly opened fire. After an exchange of gunfire, Goins died at the scene; police recovered his gun and are looking for the second suspect. 


Obama Blesses Anti-Gun Biden Run

Hillary Clinton’s inability to gain the public’s trust amidst scandal is keeping the door open for other Democrats to enter the race for president in the 2016 elections.

Now, a “senior Democrat” told CNN that Vice President Joe Biden has received President Obama’s blessing to make a bid for the White House. Biden has been meeting with several Obama fundraisers; it’s conceivable that, there being no love lost between Obama and the Clintons, they’ve kept their powder dry awaiting Obama’s blessing on a successor. 

Gun owners know Biden as a staunch, if careless, opponent of gun rights. He was Obama’s choice to head the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which lost the Senate fight for universal background checks, and he opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. He also supports bans on so-called “assault weapons” and standard-capacity magazines, once infamously advising Americans to just “buy a shotgun” and fire it into the air.


Chicago Man Uses Firearm To Thwart Robbery

A Chicago man with a concealed-carry license foiled the plot of two men trying to rob him and the woman with him in the Englewood neighborhood late Thursday night. At 10:05 p.m., the 24-year-old man and his companion were approached by two men who said they were robbing them and had a gun, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.

Armed with his legally concealed firearm, the man being robbed drew his gun and shot one of the men in the chest, said police. The would-be victim was shot in the leg, and the other attempted robber ran away. Both men were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. The victim was in stable condition, and the man who tried to rob him was in critical but stable condition.


Minnesota Data Shows Why Concealed Carry Works

When Minnesota passed its permit-to-carry law in 2003, anti-gun opponents argued that allowing civilians to have firearms in public spaces would lead to chaos and rampant violence. Now the law has been on the books for over a decade, and a record number of Minnesotans have carry permits: 200,000, or roughly one in 20 residents of the state. Fatalities linked to permit holders are rare—and their numbers are falling at the same time as the total number of active permits goes up.

“Most criminals aren’t trained ninja assassins, they are opportunists,” explained Andrew Rothman, president of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance. “When they find out they don’t have an easy victim, they change their minds about pursuing a crime.” James Franklin, executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association agreed: “Virtually every case has been a person defending themselves.”


Mother Jones Accidentally Runs Good Pro-Gun Argument

The leftist political magazine Mother Jones has worked to establish itself as one of the loudest voices in the anti-gun media machine, but they goofed in a recent article, titled “The United States Has Had More Mass Shootings Than Any Other Country.” While the piece was designed to point out the fact alluded to in the headline—and blaming the availability of guns to law-abiding citizens, naturally—the magazine inadvertently pointed out what works about America’s high rate of firearm ownership.

As AWR Hawkins points out in a Breitbart post, the study also reveals that significantly fewer people die in each “mass public shooting” in America as compared to other countries—an average of 6.9 here versus 8.8 abroad. While the article ascribes the difference to the rapid, armed response typical of American police, Hawkins points out that such shootings are also ended—or prevented entirely—by civilians carrying concealed firearms.


Seattle Gun, Ammo Tax Under Fire

While Seattle Mayor Ed Murray claims the city’s new $25-per-gun and 5-cents-per-round ammunition taxes will somehow address the issue of “gun violence,” in reality the new ordinance will only make life more difficult for gun shops in the city and for law-abiding residents wishing to purchase firearms and ammo in Seattle.

In effect, Seattle’s tax does nothing more than unfairly punish law-abiding gun owners for criminal violence. That fact, along with the state’s pre-emption law forbidding such an ordinance, has prompted the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and other groups to file a lawsuit over the matter.

“Once again, anti-gun activists in Seattle have chosen to violate the Washington state Constitution and trample upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “They tried to enact similar regulations back in 2009 and lost. It’s a shame to see such a waste of public resources on issues the courts have already ruled to be unconstitutional.”


Obama Officials Attend U.N. Small Arms Conference

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in September 2013. A month later, 50 U.S. senators signed a letter opposing the treaty. Although the treaty hasn’t been ratified to date, that hasn’t stopped Obama administration officials from traveling to Mexico City for the U.N. Small Arms conference this week.

The event is intended as a kick-off to the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is intended to ultimately usher in global gun registration. So you can bet this presidential administration will be all-too-happy to set into motion any plans or policies that come from the meetings. The end result would spell doom for the Second Amendment.

“This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American.”


Texas Law Pries “No Guns” Signs Off Government Buildings

Texas’ new open-carry law is causing signs prohibiting firearms to be removed from government buildings. The Dallas Morning News reports that, starting in September, “Texans will have a formal process by which to complain to the state attorney general about government entities that might wrongfully bar concealed guns,” backed by the threat of legal action and penalties.

To comply, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is removing “no-gun” signs from 10 rec centers. However, some government-owned properties that are leased to private entities, such as convention centers and the Sixth Floor Museum, are resisting the new regulations. The Dallas County Zoo is defending its weapons ban, claiming it qualifies for exemptions for “educational institutions” and “amusement parks.”

Texans, like NRA board member Charles Cotton, are eager to test these claims: “The City of Dallas or whoever is going to continue with that kind of stuff, and they are going to get sued.”


Defensive Gun Use Continues To Surge In Detroit

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is doing something phenomenal in Detroit, Mich.: He is leading the charge in creating a robust culture of self-defense. Since December 2013, the chief has been publicly encouraging the city’s residents to arm themselves, and his advice has borne fruit—police issued 1,169 new handgun permits in 2014 and 500 so far in 2015. “When you look at the city of Detroit, we’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns,” commented Craig.

Although high violent and property crime rates, coupled with a lack of resources for the police department, are major factors behind residents’ increasing self-reliance, the police chief’s stance can be credited with furthering this tendency and lending it a positive attitude. “There’s definitely been a ‘Chief Craig’ effect,” said Rick Ector, a firearms instructor and blogger. “His support and endorsement have been helpful.”


Indiana Seeks NRA’s Help In Training National Guard

Multiple states have made the decision to arm members of the National Guard in the wake of the fatal attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., but so far Indiana is the only one to pile on a second good idea: Get NRA involved. While other states have relied on military or law-enforcement trainers, Indiana is receiving instruction free of charge from NRA instructors.

Predictably, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has already complained about Gov. Mike Pence’s choice to involve NRA, claiming that the group is “first and foremost” a “lobbying organization.” Any gun owner knows better: NRA is the nation’s primary provider of firearms training. We applaud Gov. Pence for his decision and are happy to see him calling attention to NRA's vital work in the areas of gun safety and education.


Teenage Boy Scares Off Home Invaders With Rifle

In North Las Vegas, Nev., two young men allegedly broke into Kieawa Mason’s home while he was away—but his three sons were there. 14-year-old Andrew Mason ushered his younger twin brothers into an upstairs closet once he realized that the suspects were going to enter the home; he also called 911 on a cell phone and armed himself with a rifle.

The brothers hid in the closet while the thieves loaded up a car with stolen items, but eventually one of them opened the door and found the boys. He ran at the sight of the rifle, and the suspects fled the scene immediately. Both of them were caught on surveillance video, and the boys’ father posted images of them on social media. He praised his son’s brave actions and expressed confidence that the suspects would be quickly apprehended.


Convenience Store Owner Scares Off Armed Suspects

A Lowell, Mass., convenience store owner protected himself and his property by shooting at a pair of armed robbery suspects who held up his business Wednesday. According to police, the robbery occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m., and the owner fired twice at the suspects with “a legally possessed handgun.”

The alleged robbers were described as two men wearing dark-colored hoodies. About an hour after the incident, police spotted a man matching the description. As they approached him, he fled with police pursuing him on foot and dropped a backpack.

“He was eventually taken into custody,’’ police said in a statement. “Inside the backpack was a loaded Tech 9 firearm.” He is charged with several felonies. At this time, it is unclear if the suspects fired any shots or if they stole any cash or merchandise.


Remington Pokes Fun At Hillarys Server Shrug

Displaying a rather shocking flippancy in the face of very serious accusations, Hillary Clinton responded to a question earlier this week of whether she wiped clean her email server with, “What, like, with a cloth or something?” Needless to say, most Americans aren’t laughing off her record of back-door dealing and dodging accountability.

Remington Arms took a lighthearted shot at Hillary’s attempt to shrug off the question with a tweet promoting the company’s oil wipes: “Works on firearms, not email servers. In stores now.” We’re glad to see a respected firearm manufacturer capitalizing on Hillary’s stumble—while reminding customers how important it is to not have another President Clinton.


“We’re Fighting A War Here”

The “here” that Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is referring to is on U.S. soil. It’s just outside of Phoenix, Ariz., where Mexican drug cartels have seized a 50-mile swath of land. When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu states that “This is literally an unsecured border”—as he’s been saying for years—he is not exaggerating.

With billions of dollars in drugs and thousands of undocumented individuals moving freely into America, Babeu has been begging for help from the Obama administration. He points to the absurdity of a single small county trying to take down a powerful cartel, where one day’s total following a $3 billion drug bust netted 76 arrests and 108 weapons. Yet Babeu has been met with nothing but silence from America’s leader.

One of Obama’s would-be successors clearly understands the urgency. Upon viewing the porous border up close, Carson suggested utilizing drones to help fight the uphill battle.


California Bill Would Expand 10-Year Gun Ban On Misdemeanor Offenders

A bill now moving through the California Assembly would expand the state’s automatic 10-year ban on gun ownership to a much larger pool of individuals convicted of misdemeanors, including offenses that are not even illegal outside California.

The legislation, SB 347, introduced in April by Democrat Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, would lengthen the state’s list of offenses that trigger an automatic, 10-year prohibition on gun ownership to include misdemeanors such as selling or giving ammunition to a minor; transferring a handgun without a license; and possession of an unregistered firearm. It’s possible that some of these prohibitions could entrap innocent, otherwise lawful gun owners who give or lend firearms or ammunition to relatives without knowing California’s requirements.

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The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 24-to-15, and is now moving through the lower house in Sacramento. Help stop this attack on your rights by identifying and contacting your California assembly member today.

Baltimore Mayor Our Gun Control Isnt Working So Lets Make It Federal Law

Despite an increase in arrests—nearly twice as many were recorded from July 15-31 as from May 15-31—crime continues to run rampant in Baltimore. On Wednesday, in a vacant Penn-North-area house, police found the body of the 211th homicide victim. That’s as many homicides as Baltimore saw in all of 2014, and the highest homicide count reached by this point in the year since the 1990s.

At City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lauded recent police efforts and implored residents to work with authorities to bring perpetrators to justice. Not a bad start: But then, predictably, she called for a “national response,” claiming similar upticks in violence in a few other cities indicated that the “state-by-state approach” to gun laws “has not been effective,” and blaming other states’ “lax” gun laws for Baltimore’s ongoing violence.

If that’s the case, Ms. Rawlings-Blake, why aren’t cities in those states seeing a corresponding jump in crime?


Social Security Administration Confirms Gun-Grab Fears

Although the Social Security Administration initially ignored a letter from members of the House Ways and Means Committee expressing concerns about a new plan that could prohibit millions of beneficiaries from purchasing firearms, the agency did finally respond a week after the requested deadline. And while officials there say they don’t plan to bar all retirees who don’t manage their own finances from gun ownership, they certainly are planning to send the names of some to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The intention here seems to be to persuade us that it’s not as bad as we think—but there’s no indication of just how bad it really is. As NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said: “The SSA response does not adequately address our concerns and leaves the door open for abuse … The NRA will continue to employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”


Armed Citizen Captures Carjacker In New Orleans

Larry Pierre’s bad decision #1: Carjacking a tow truck. Bad decision #2: Picking an armed citizen’s yard in which to seek refuge.

It was just two days after Pierre’s 17th birthday when he flagged down a tow truck, threatened the driver with a gun and took off in the vehicle. Later, as officers spotted the stolen truck and gave chase, Pierre and an accomplice ditched the vehicle and fled.

Pierre ended up in a backyard where the homeowner, hearing a suspicious sound, came out to investigate, shotgun in hand. When Pierre saw him, he put his hands in the air and was led out of the backyard and into the hands of police. The accomplice remains at large.

Pierre was charged with carjacking, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle and criminal trespassing. Thanks to an armed citizen, he just might be celebrating his 18th birthday behind bars.

Safety Group Survive A Mass Shooting By Hiding

An organization in Ellicott City, Md., called the National Center for Citizen Safety has been formed for the purpose of educating ordinary people on what they should do in an “active shooter” scenario. Their advice is to “run away from the shooter and get help. If you can’t run, try to hide where the shooter can’t see you, like behind a door or a large object. And if danger is imminent … you should fight with whatever you can get your hands on to stop the shooter.”

Forgive us, but these seem like rather obvious directions to someone who doesn’t have a gun—and they point out just how helpless an unarmed victim would be in such a situation. If the National Center for Citizen Safety really wants to keep people safe, it might consider taking some advice from the National Rifle Association.

Theater Chain Now Searching Bags For Firearms

In the wake of recent theater shootings, you can add Regal Cinemas to the list of places that will search your bags. Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest movie-theater chain, has reactively added the new security warning to its corporate website.

“To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission,” read the website. “We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.”

Depriving patrons of a constitutional right is a “flaw,” to be sure, but this policy really shows off how illogical the chain’s reasoning is. Rather than acknowledging that gun-free zones put people at risk, Regal is doubling down on enforcing them—making extra-sure that their law-abiding customers are helpless if anyone walks into a theater looking to cause harm.

Veteran Sues LAPD For Destroying His 700K Gun Collection

A Vietnam veteran, former police officer and firefighter is suing the Los Angeles Police Department after they seized more than 300 of his firearms and destroyed them. Wayne Wright, 67, of Simi Valley, was arrested in 2004 in what the LAPD trumpeted as an “undercover gun buy operation,” but that Wright and his attorneys allege was entrapment.

After Wright was acquitted of every charge except the misdemeanor of owning a semi-automatic banned in California—for which he received probation, and which did not disqualify him from gun ownership—he should have gotten his guns back. Instead, LAPD destroyed the collection with an estimated worth of over $700,000.

Now Wright is suing the LAPD, alleging they violated his civil rights, as well as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, because they destroyed the guns to show that LAPD’s “Gun Unit” was effective and deserving of federal grant money.

Maine Gun Sales Up As Permitless Carry Date Approaches

With a loosening of restrictions for carrying concealed handguns coming soon, Maine residents are gearing up for the new “permitless” carry law set to go into effect this October.

According to a report on NECN.com, handgun sales are up substantially around the state as the effective date for the law, which no longer requires citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, approaches.

John Reid, owner of JT Reid’s Gun Shop in Auburn, Maine, told NECN that his gun sales are up at least 50 percent compared to last summer, and holster sales are also booming. “It’s all because of the new law,” Reid said. “More people will be carrying.”

Boston Police Renew One Gun Buyback Program

“If we get one gun off the street, this program’s effective,” stated Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans in regard to the city’s gun buyback program. That’s how far he has had to lower the bar in order to justify the program, since it has, in fact, netted only one firearm so far this year. Yet city officials continue to tout the program in hopes it might actually “take guns off the street” rather than pay cash for worn-out antiques from some grandmother’s closet or attic.

We get it: Senseless violence and preventable accidents are terrible to experience, and we all wish we could do something to help. But programs like this are not only a massive waste of taxpayer money—they’re an excuse not to look for real solutions.

3 Criminals, 2 Incidents, 1 Armed Citizen, 0 Shots Fired

Last Saturday night was an eventful one for a Yakima, Wash., homeowner. He and his girlfriend returned home at about 5 p.m. to find that clothing, electronics and cellphones had been stolen from his house. Soon after, the back door opened and two men entered—one of them wearing a necklace, hat and shirt stolen from the residence. The homeowner, a concealed-carry permit holder, held the men at gunpoint and contacted police, who found a stolen vehicle near the residence that they later tied to the suspects.

About two hours later, police were again called to the home when the homeowner returned from dropping his girlfriend off to find someone looking through his windows. The man claimed to be cutting through the yard—but he was behaving erratically, and the homeowner’s yard is completely fenced. The homeowner held the trespasser for police, who arrested him on suspicion of criminal trespass and methamphetamine and paraphernalia possession.


Court Allows NFL Gun Ban To Continue … For Now

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the National Football League’s ban on guns inside stadiums on game days could be applied to off-duty officers under the terms of the state’s Citizens’ Personal Protection Act (PPA). A county judge had previously determined that the officers had a right to carry at all times guaranteed by the PPA.

While this ruling carries a feeling of disappointment, the court was clear that this need not be the final word on whether off-duty law enforcement can carry in stadiums. The ruling pertains only to the PPA, not to any other state or federal law that could override the NFL’s ban.


Fingerprint Problems Prompt Permit Revocations In Utah

Utah is revoking concealed-carry permits at near-record rates, but not because permit holders are breaking the law. Of the 399 pulled this year, 323 have been for the same reason—unreadable fingerprints.

Previously, permits couldn’t be rejected for fingerprint problems — instead, a new set of prints would be required at the time a license came up for renewal. A change to state law, though, now stipulates that when fingerprints are deemed insufficient, an applicant has 30 days to submit a new set. After 30 days, the permit is suspended. After one year, the permit is revoked.

“It’s not necessarily that the person did anything bad if we’re taking their permit away,” said Jason Chapman of the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. “We just couldn’t complete background checks.” 

With its concealed-carry license recognized in 35 states, Utah is a popular state for permit seekers. Almost two-thirds of the 612,000 people with Utah permits are from other states.


Canada To Delay UN Gun-Tracing Measure—Again

Adoption of regulations that would require domestic and imported firearms in Canada to be marked by manufacturer, serial number and “Canada” or “CA” have been delayed for a seventh time. The regs are intended to meet international protocols from both the UN and OAS (Organization of American States). 

To the delay, we say, “Yessssss!”

It makes sense to drop the plan altogether, as Canada’s National Firearms Association suggests. First, neither the UN nor OAS is any friend to civil firearms ownership, nor have they ever been. Second, such marking for the stated purpose of tracing is notoriously ineffective: Of the tiny percentage of firearms used in crimes, only two percent of those are usefully traced. 

Lastly, the one thing such markings and their subsequent lists of owners are good for is confiscation, as oft-repeated history uniformly shows. There’s one good thing to do with the plan: Scrap it!


Louisiana Sheriff Faces Backlash For Encouraging Women To Use Firearms

According to The Times-Picayune, 45-year-old Monica Johnson of Geismar, La., was brutally bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by her estranged husband. Police found her body in her backyard and the back door shattered. 

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley responded to the grisly murder, saying, “Get your concealed weapons permit. Ladies, learn how to safely handle a weapon, learn how to safely store a weapon, and when you’re in a situation like this, shoot him in your back yard before he gets in your house. Drop him.” 

The sheriff admitted it may sound radical, but said that extreme violence requires extraordinary efforts for protection. The Left quickly rallied against Wiley’s advice, claiming that women who wield guns against abusers are more likely to have the gun turned against them.

Can detractors honestly believe that Monica Johnson was better off without a firearm to protect herself? It’s too bad we can’t ask her.


Hillary Clinton Calls For Stand Your Ground Laws To Be “Rewritten”

Surrounded by armed Secret Service agents at a town hall event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton criticized “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow lawful citizens in imminent danger of death or grave bodily harm to meet force with force against criminal attack. 

“I just think a lot of these ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws need to be rewritten,” Clinton said. “If somebody is breaking into your home and you are in imminent danger, or you go to your door and you see something that is deeply concerning, well, first thing you should do is call 911,” Clinton said. 

When you have 24/7/365 taxpayer-funded Secret Service protection for life, like Clinton has, it’s easy to dismiss the security concerns of “ordinary” Americans. But the truth is that less than 5 percent of the 911 calls dispatched to police are made quickly enough for officers to stop a crime or arrest a suspect.


Armed Neighbors Stop Alabama Home Invasion

Talk about Southern hospitality. When Alabama resident Wilma Williams awoke to find an unexpected and unwelcome visitor at her door, the 69-year-old raced to get her pistol. Craig Steven Moore, 44, broke into her home and tussled with Williams until wresting the gun from her. Moore shot at her twice and missed before Williams was able to get away and call 911 and a neighbor. 

The neighbor wasted no time—he met up with his nearby father-in-law and the two headed over to help, firearms in hand. After a scuffle, the two men were able to fight off Moore, eventually shooting him non-fatally and holding him until police arrived.

Moore is now facing eight felony charges including attempted murder, attempted assault, burglary and robbery. “She showed me the holes in the wall,” said one neighbor. “There was a big tuft of her hair in the bullet hole. That’s how close he came to killing her.”


Shooter’s Grill: The Safest Restaurant In America?

Gun signs posted outside restaurants typically include a red circle and slash. But the sign at Shooter’s Grill reads, “Guns Are Welcome on Premises.”

Shooter’s is located in Rifle, Colo., a city on the Colorado River boasting a large number of hunters and outdoorsmen. It began in 2013 as a typical eatery, but when a man was murdered in the restaurant’s alley a month after it opened, owner Lauren Boebert decided to start carrying—and encouraged her employees and customers to follow suit. 

Today, patrons can choose from items like the “Shotgun Burrito” or the “Locked-and-Loaded Nachos,”—all delivered by waitresses with holstered, loaded guns. (All staff complete weapons training courses prior to carrying on the job.) 

The decision to allow guns has proved a popular one: Armed townspeople, visitors and even celebrities are flocking to the restaurant. Of course, those who disagree are free to take their business—and their chances—elsewhere.


North Dakota And Minnesota Reach Reciprocity Agreement

North Dakota and Minnesota have reached an agreement on firearms license reciprocity.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced Wednesday that Minnesota will recognize Class 1 licenses from North Dakota but not Class 2 licenses, which don’t require a shooting proficiency test, effective immediately. 

Stenehjem said that his office had tried for about a decade to gain reciprocity in Minnesota, but Minnesota’s requirement that another state’s laws be “substantially” similar to its own prevented the efforts.

Earlier this year, the Minnesota legislature removed the word  “substantially” from the requirement, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety determined Tuesday that North Dakota’s laws met the new standard. 

The decision also affects Minnesotans who had their North Dakota concealed weapon licenses suspended two years ago after the North Dakota legislature changed the eligibility law for non-residents. Those Minnesotans can now apply to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to have their licenses reinstated.


Ohio Legislator Proposes Firearm “Safe Storage” Mandate ... Again

For the third time in three years, Cleveland State Rep. Bill Patmon has proposed legislation requiring that firearms stored in the home be locked away—and thus inaccessible for immediate self-defense—with criminal penalties for violators.

While storing firearms safely is an obvious concern for any gun owner, there’s no evidence that a “one size fits all” mandate will protect anyone, except possibly violent home invaders emboldened by the knowledge that homeowners have been effectively disarmed. Prosecutors already have the ability to charge gun owners if their reckless behavior results in the death or injury of children.

Moreover, it has been education—not legislation—that has reduced gun accidents among children, and Americans of all ages, to the lowest levels recorded in a century. Efforts like the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program have helped reduce accidental firearm fatalities among children by 89 percent over the past 40 years.


NICS Update Postponed To 2016

A planned update to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is now set for January of 2016.

Originally slated for July 2015, the delay is to prevent interruptions of FFL background checks in the busy fall (hunting) season and holiday firearms sales. These periods are generally “peak season” for NICS use.

The delay will also permit employees to better learn the changes and cut down on errors. There’s also concern about a significant election-year bump in sales: The FBI wants the “New NICS” to be able to handle an anticipated spike in advance of the 2016 presidential election.


South Carolina State Senator Readies Anti-Gun Onslaught

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C., one legislator is trying to leverage public outrage to push through a number of radical anti-gun measures. Democrat State Sen. Marlon Kimpson has summarized the bills that he is preparing to introduce in the state Senate, and they include just about every intrusive or restrictive policy you could think of: Adding a state-level background check (while eliminating the federal three-day “loophole”), banning every firearm defined as an “assault weapon,” requiring a permit to purchase a gun and more.

It is unlikely that Sen. Kimpson’s bills will gain much traction. According to Republican Sen. Larry Martin, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, “There is absolutely no appetite for gun control or gun registration.” Even if there was, it is hard to imagine an agenda as extreme as Kimpson’s gaining the support of the state’s legislators and constituents.


Armed Residents End Man’s Bizarre Spree Of Violence

Detectives were called out to a house in Mesa, Ariz. on Friday morning, arriving on the scene to find Daniel Kresowaty, 25, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Kresowaty, who had broken into the home, was reported to be acting irrationally and yelling at the residents when he was shot. 

The authorities are also linking Kresowaty to two other scenes after Department of Public Safety officers found a car on fire just down the street from where the home invasion occurred. The car was registered to a home in Gilbert belonging to Kresowaty. When police went to the home, they found the garage door open and a disturbance inside the house. 

The investigation is ongoing and many questions still remain. “It really is, in this case, about as confusing and complicated as it sounds,” said Mesa Detective Steve Berry. Fortunately, the residents who defended themselves were not hurt in this streak of violent behavior.


D.C. Forced To Fork Over $75k In Firearms Case

District of Columbia citizens earned a rare gun-rights victory when U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. struck down the ban on public carrying as unconstitutional in July 2014. Alan Gura, of Gura & Possessky, represented the plaintiffs who challenged that ban in Palmer v. District of Columbia

In the aftermath of Scullin’s decision, the D.C. government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Gura. Notice of the settlement was filed with the court late Thursday.

In a touch of irony, residents who long fought against the District’s anti-gun policies now find themselves footing the bill for city council’s failed legal efforts to keep those strict gun regulations in place. We can only take heart in knowing that anti-gun residents help make up the taxpayer base, too, and will also be giving their fair share.


Local Libertarian Party Sues N.Y. Over Pistol Permitting Law

The Erie County Libertarian Party has filed a lawsuit against N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo challenging the state’s pistol permit law. Called the Sullivan Act after the Tammany Hall politician who sponsored it in 1911, the law requires residents to obtain a permit to own any firearm small enough to be concealed. 

The group claims the law is “overly burdensome” for several reasons. One is cost: In NYC, fees total nearly $430—and since they’re non-refundable, you may be paying through the nose just to be told, “No.” Wait times are also at issue: NYC’s application states waits of up to eight months aren’t uncommon, and Rochester’s county clerk requests applicants not even bother asking about application status until after nine months. Furthermore, differences in policies and procedures—and who’s in charge of permitting—mean the odds of approval vary greatly between counties.

The suit is currently before U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr.


Iowa Activists Gather Signatures For “Stand Your Ground” Law

Self-defense advocates collected petition signatures over the weekend calling for Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa, where state Sen. Rick Bertrand has proposed legislation to protect those forced to use a firearm in self-defense.

Although most states currently have some form of Stand Your Ground laws, similar legislation died in the Iowa state senate last year. Under current Iowa law, a person who feels endangered must attempt to retreat before resorting to force, according to Sioux City’s ABC9 News.

But as advocates of Stand Your Ground point out, those targeted by criminals are too easily victimized by the current law—as illustrated by a recent case in which a former policeman, attacked while in his car, was forced to use a firearm in self-defense and spent 112 days in jail for doing so.

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Murders Up Sharply In Nation’s Gun-Ban Paradise

Washington, D.C.—gun-control mecca and home of the nearly-impossible-to-obtain handgun carry permit—is experiencing a sharp jump in murders this year, leaving city officials scratching their heads and wondering how to battle the increased violence.

A weekend Washington Post story reported that the District has experienced 93 homicides this year, a 23-percent increase over the 72 reported at the same time last year. Also according to the Post, violence is spilling over into parts of the city that have largely been unaffected in the past.

Here’s a suggestion for D.C. officials: Do what the courts have twice ordered you to do, and begin issuing carry permits to law-abiding citizens who wish to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. Nothing else you have tried has worked, and past evidence shows that expanding the Right to Carry corresponds with lower violent crime rates wherever it has been tried.


Detroit Right-To-Carry Permit Holder Fights Back

The mean streets of Detroit provide us with more than their fair share of Armed Citizen stories, as many residents there realize they have been left to take care of themselves against armed, violent criminals.

In a recent incident, a Detroit homeowner heard noises outside of his home last Friday around 3:15 a.m. and opened the front door to investigate. Immediately, an unknown assailant outside began shooting at him, hitting him at least once. 

Undeterred by his injury, the homeowner, holder of a concealed-carry permit, grabbed his gun and returned fire, driving off the intruder and saving his own life. According to police reports, the victim’s injuries are considered non-life threatening.


Same Gun-Ban Song, Different Verse

We reported last week how 13 anti-gun U.S. senators are calling on some firearm retailers to not sell guns to their customers after the NICS-required three days have passed. As NRA-ILA points out, this newest ploy is part of a decades-old playbook to limit private firearm ownership.

The effort tracks with the three-part plan outlined by the Brady Campaign in 1976, when it was known as the National Council to Control Handguns, to first “slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country,” and thereafter get handguns registered, then banned. Except now it’s about all firearms.

At issue is the federal law that requires firearm dealers to delay, for three business days, transfers of firearms to customers whose background checks are not quickly approved. But simply stated, if the delay was not necessarily limited to three days, unelected bureaucrats could indefinitely prevent people from acquiring firearms.


CCW-Friendly Sheriff Reports No Incidents With Permit Holders

What would happen, in typically anti-gun California, if a county sheriff decided to actually issue concealed-carry permits to nearly all of those who want them, rather than turning down the vast majority as most sheriffs do?

Gun-banner logic says “road rage shootouts” would prevail, the “Wild, Wild West” would break out and “blood would run in the streets.” Wrong!

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and his staff approve nearly 95 percent of the permit applications they receive. In fact, anyone with a clean record can fill out an application, go through an interview process, and undergo background checks and required training—they no longer need a “justifiable reason.” The result: Sheriff Jones recently told Fox40 that he has never had a gun-related incident with a CCW permit holder.

And the response by anti-gunners: Zzzzzzz.


Boston’s Heralded “Buyback” Yields A Net Total Of ... One Gun

Illustrating the fact that so-called “gun buybacks” don’t accomplish anything, either in Boston or anywhere else, Beantown’s gun buyback—which Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched proclaiming that “removing guns from our neighborhoods is at the heart of our violence prevention”—so far this year has netted a grand total of one gun.

In contrast, similar efforts last year in Boston yielded 410 firearms, suggesting that whatever old, broken, unwanted or worthless firearms that widows and gun collectors had stowed away have already been sold to the city—with significant profits for the sellers and more red ink for Boston—while Boston’s murder rate rises.

Here’s a crazy idea, Boston: Instead of spending money you don’t have ... to buy guns people don’t want ... at higher prices than they’re worth ... to accomplish a lot of nothing, why not spend that money on something that works—like police and prosecutions?


Are Police Able To Effectively Defend Themselves?

We are relieved to point out a report that the Birmingham, Ala., police detective who was pistol-whipped unconscious last Friday during a traffic stop is out of the hospital. It remains to be seen if the officer can remain unnamed to shield his family.

While details are still emerging as to how the suspect got the veteran officer’s weapon, other things are clear. According to Sergeant Heath Boackle of the BPD, “(The police) are walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized by the media.” In this case, the officer didn’t use his gun to stop the attack because he “didn’t want to be in the media”—nearly getting him killed.

BPD Chief A.C. Roper captured the larger context amid online celebration of the attack: “The nobility of policing has been challenged … and we have allowed popular culture to draft a narrative which is contrary to the amazing work that so many officers are doing.”


Praise The Lord, And Pass The Ammunition

An Alabama church has found a unique way to utilize some rough church-owned property behind its buildings, and is helping members and local law enforcement improve their shooting skills in the process.

Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison, Ala., has turned an overgrown gully out back into a shooting range, used both for training and as an outreach ministry. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards,” Phillip Guin, church pastor, told WIAT. “But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here?”

The range is also regularly used by officers with the Jemison Police Department, both for training and offering training courses to the public.


Kim Kardashian Fires Up Twitter Followers Over “Online” Gun Purchase

A recent tweet from noted … well, celebrity Kim Kardashian about a mass murder is sadly typical of that blend of outrage and ignorance so common in Hollywood: “He purchased the gun & ammo ONLINE! How is it so easy to purchase guns online!!! Does this not sicken you? No background checks needed!!!!!” Kardashian boasts 34.4 million Twitter followers, many of whom probably took her at her word.

Of course, anyone who has spent more than five minutes researching guns knows that even while you can set up a gun purchase online, it must legally be conducted through a federal firearms license holder (who will conduct a background check). The idea that someone can have a gun shipped to their house as easily as a book is completely erroneous—but unfortunately, a few more people probably believe it now.


Cuomo Administration Forced To Cough Up More SAFE Act Records

The New York State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of opponents of Gov. Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act for the second time in less than two months. The Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE, has been seeking documents and records pertaining to the law pushed through in 2013.

According to court papers filed in Albany County, SCOPE wanted to know if the governor’s lawyers “concocted a special regulation designed to suppress protestors’ right to use toy guns in exercise of their First Amendment rights.”

The Cuomo administration initially refused to hand over requested documents, citing attorney-client privilege. However, in a ruling last month, acting state Supreme Court Justice Michael Melkonian said the administration should provide correspondence from prior to the April 1, 2014, rally during which police confiscated two protest signs that looked like weapons. The governor’s office is likely to appeal the latest court decision.


Florida “Family Man” Bests Two Armed Home Intruders

Two armed intruders likely didn’t expect to be interrupted when they braved the rain to break into an empty Lantana, Fla., house Thursday night. But when the resident arrived to find them in his home around 8 p.m., he immediately made it clear that he wasn’t going to be made a victim. During the subsequent altercation, the homeowner exchanged gunfire with the suspects, killing one and injuring the other, who was taken to a local hospital. The homeowner was unharmed and has not been charged.

A neighbor who witnessed the incident described the resident as a family man and “good guy” who works several jobs to make ends meet. In an interview with The Palm Beach Post, he defended the homeowner’s actions, saying, “I’m all for the Stand Your Ground law. If I came home and somebody was in my house, I’m sorry to say, but I’m not going to choose your life over mine.”


BATFE Claims It Is Exempt From Freedom Of Information Act Requests

In answer to a civil suit filed in federal court in June, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has issued a three-page “response” that amounts to a non-response.

Plaintiffs filed the civil suit because BATFE did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request—which asked for policies, opinions, rulings, instructions and procedures covering a wide range of BATFE regulatory activities—within the legal time limit. BATFE now claims that it is not an “agency” as defined by the FOIA law, so doesn’t need to obey the Freedom of Information Act’s statutory requirements. 

Although it doesn’t say much else, the agency’s (or should we say “entity’s”?) tersely-worded three-page “response” does claim that “no response is required” a total of five times—a non-response that reminds us of a famous line from “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”


Australia To Allow Import Of “Controversial” Shotgun

Undeterred by outcry over a shotgun that despite utilizing 165-year-old technology that gun-grabbers were calling “rapid-fire” and “too dangerous,” the Australian government has decided to allow importation.

The Adler Lever Action shotgun had been proposed for import, but many Australians wanted the gun banned, claiming the lever-action gun with seven-shot capacity was just “too dangerous.” Sen. Penny Wright decried how “dangerous” the gun was, stating: “If this rapid-fire gun got into the wrong hands, there is a real concern that we could see a repetition of the tragic events we’ve seen in the past.”

On the other side of the issue, Sen. David Leyonhjelm told it like it really is. “These firearms are not dangerous, they aren’t used in crime, there’s nothing about them that warrants any special action,” Leyonhjelm said. “Nonetheless, there are some people who don’t like guns, and they see this as the next area in which they can encroach.”


Kahr Moves Operations To Gun-Friendly Pennsylvania

Firearms manufacturers need not apply when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic initiatives to attract business to stay and grow in New York state. With millions behind New York’s “START-UP NY” and “Open For Business” campaign, the so-called incentives and friendly economic environment apparently does not extend to the gun industry.

Heavy restrictions derived from the NY SAFE Act have driven Kahr Firearms out of New York to Pike County, Pa., where half the county residents are NRA members and local officials offered a five-year tax break. “We had to look for a more gun-friendly state in the Northeast,” said Justin Moon, owner of Kahr Firearms. “Pennsylvania as a large state is the most gun-friendly northeastern state.” 

The new Kahr headquarters will bring about 200 jobs to the area by next year. As Kahr employee Doug Williams put it, “When somebody else is stupid, somebody who’s smart is going to come out on top.”


Courts Weigh Whether Stun Guns Are Covered By Second Amendment

Many people rely on implements like stun guns and Tasers for their daily self-defense needs, either as an alternative or a complement to firearms. It is strange to consider that such tools could be subject to bans when guns are not, but some jurisdictions in the United States have ruled that they are not protected by the Second Amendment.

Law professor Eugene Volokh recently wrote an amicus brief to support a writ of certiorari for the Massachusetts Supreme Court, which ruled in March that stun guns are “dangerous and unusual weapons” and thus not covered.

Frequent A1F contributor Frank Miniter provides a good summary on this issue in a new Forbes piece, but the upshot is that the fight over “non-lethal” or “less-lethal” defenses is heating up nationwide. Volokh posits that the U.S. Supreme Court may hear the Massachusetts case, Commonwealth v. Caetano, this fall.


Charlotte Homeowner Shoots Intruder

A man in Charlotte, N.C., came home to find two unknown men in his house, apparently in the process of burglarizing the property. The homeowner fired his gun at the suspects, who then fled—one on foot and one in a vehicle.

Police were soon notified of a traffic accident in which a driver was found suffering from a gunshot wound. The second suspect was also apprehended after a neighbor’s tip helped police locate him.


U.S. Navy Will Arm Personnel At Reserve Centers

In response to the attacks on recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., the U.S. Navy announced it is authorizing arming personnel at reserve centers, according to a Fox News report.

The Navy becomes the first branch of the military to arm servicemen not on military installations. “The threat posed to military forces in the United States by homegrown violent extremists has increased,” said Cmdr. William Marks.

NRA has long advocated the restoration of Second Amendment rights for U.S. servicemen and women. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., have introduced legislation authorizing those who work at recruiting centers to be armed, and Tennessee lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced legislation to lift the ban on servicemen and women carrying firearms on base.

Meanwhile, the governors of Nebraska, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana have authorized the arming of personnel at their National Guard installations.


More Media Warming To Hunting

As we mentioned last week, after the possibly illegal killing of a collared lion in Zimbabwe, some news outlets are beginning to print the truth about hunting. Now even The New York Times has weighed in on the scientific side of a story that has so far relied way more on emotion.

“Despite the intensifying calls to ban or restrict trophy hunting in Africa, most conservation groups, wildlife management experts and African governments support the practice as a way to maintain wildlife,” Norimitsu Onishi wrote in the Times article.

The story also quotes Rosie Cooney, a zoologist who is the chairwoman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, saying: “There’s only two places on the earth where wildlife at a large scale has actually increased in the 20th century, and those are North America and southern Africa. Both of those models of conservation were built around hunting.”


Colombia Puts Hatred Of Guns Over Citizens’ Safety

The bias against guns in Colombia has prompted a debate on new legislation that could extend the ban on firearms to include restrictions on non-lethal weapons for personal defense—but how effective has the 2012 ban been in controlling the violence?

Despite the gun-control restrictions, the Bogotá homicide rate increased between 2013 and 2014, from 16.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants to 17.4. Regardless of the evidence, however, the Colombian government insists that gun control will decrease the number of murders.

The truth is, a society with armed citizens is not necessarily a violent one. Take New Hampshire, where gun ownership is at 30 percent but the murder rate is only between 1 and 2 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

The government’s agenda is based purely on ideology: Not allowing citizens to defend themselves only makes things easier for criminals.


Ferguson Salon Owner Asks For Help

Business owners in Ferguson, Mo., are taking up arms and standing guard outside their establishments as a fresh wave of violence has swept the community. Dellena Jones, owner of the 911 Salon, has seen the salon repeatedly looted throughout the course of the protests; she is now concerned about her capability to keep it open. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her defray costs, and it has been reported that members of the community have come together to stand watch over the business. While we are pleased to see neighbors coming to Jones’ aid, her predicament underlines how helpless unarmed citizens are in the current atmosphere of lawlessness.


Dallas Homeowner Shoots Intruder

A man in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas, woke up to realize that two men had pried open a side door of his home with a crowbar and had entered the building. “I was kind of scared at first,” said Kendrick Dickson, the armed citizen. “I got my 8-month-old little boy here.” 

Dickson retrieved his rifle and shot one of the two men, while the other escaped. The wounded suspect also fled but sought medical help at a hospital; he is expected to be charged upon release.

Dickson’s mother also arrived home just minutes after the incident. He explained, “I was just thinking, protect my family, protect my property, protect myself, and that’s what I did today.”


Legislation Would Ease Gun Restrictions For Military Spouses

A bill has been introduced that would make it easier for military spouses to purchase a firearm, allowing the husband or wife of a service member to buy a gun in the state where their spouse is stationed.

The legislation, authored by Senators Mike Rounds, Steve Daines, James Inhofe, Mike Enzi and Mike Crapo, would also allow military spouses to buy a gun in a neighboring state if the service member crosses a state’s border to go to their base.

According to Sen. Rounds’ office, military spouses are currently limited to legally buying a gun in the state they permanently reside in. The proposed legislation would remove these restrictions.

“At a time of increased threats on military bases and to members of our Armed Forces, it is as important as ever to give military families the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones,” he said in a statement.


Florida Campus Carry Bill To Return In 2016

The Florida state legislature will once again consider a bill to allow approved students to carry concealed firearms on college grounds. Rep. Greg Steube filed the bill, which is scheduled for the 2016 session. A similar bill was debated last session but ultimately stalled.

While opponents of campus carry have been quick to speculate about its consequences, the record of how implementation looks across the country is increasingly clear. According to NRA lobbyist and past president Marion Hammer, “Those opponents who don’t have the facts on their side resort to that kind of emotional debate. They cannot document that that is a problem in any of the nine states that currently allow guns on campus.”


Elderly California Woman Scares Off Would-Be Rapists

A senior citizen in Big Sur was allegedly attacked by two men who entered her home carrying knives and tried to rape her and take her possessions. She managed to get hold of a firearm, at which point both men fled. The suspects are still on the loose and are being pursued by deputies from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.


Legislators Try To Keep Up The Pressure On Gun Retailers

When anti-gunners fail to accomplish their goals by legislative means, they love to fall back on the old “name and shame” tactic. Since the push to close the so-called “loophole” allowing gun purchases to proceed when a background check takes more than three days is likely going nowhere, some U.S. senators are attempting to bully retailers into making the change internally.

Thirteen senators issued a letter to Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and EZPAWN in July, demanding that the companies not sell any firearms without a complete background check. Having been met with silence, two of those senators are now calling for a boycott of the stores. What many don’t realize is that three days is already more than sufficient for an “instant” check; refusing to enforce any time limit gives the FBI the de facto power of refusing to sell you a gun just because it doesn’t like something about you.


Plea Deal For ‘Fast And Furious’ Killer Of U.S. Border Patrol Agent

The Obama Justice Department made a plea-bargain deal Monday with Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, one of seven men charged in the 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry—whose murder was linked to firearms smuggled to the Mexican drug cartels through the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” scheme—that will allow the alleged killer to avoid the death penalty while allowing the administration to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, or worse.

Under the deal, Burboa-Alvarez agreed to one count of murder, along with a 30-year prison sentence—the same plea deal given to co-defendant Manuel Osorio-Arellanes—in exchange for the government dropping all other charges, including that he killed Terry with “malice aforethought” and interfered with federal investigators.

Through “Fast and Furious,” thousands of guns were smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico that have since been linked to hundreds of murders in both countries.


Seattle City Council Passes Gun-Tax Bill

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve both a mandatory reporting bill and a gun-tax bill. “I’m grateful for my colleagues’ full support for both these measures,” City Council President Tim Burgess said.

Burgess has been criticized for being too conservative for left-wing bastion Seattle, and many believe his introduction of these bills just before his run for re-election is no coincidence. Still, he said, “City government can and must pursue innovative gun safety measures that save lives and save money.”

How many lives will it save? We can look to Chicago for the answer. Cook County enacted a similar measure 2 years ago (so much for innovative …), but shootings are up, with over 1,600 people shot so far in 2015.

As for money, with gun owners paying more to practice a constitutional right, and businesses faced with moving outside city limits, the only people who will save any are criminals.


Panama Lifts Ban On Gun Imports To Protect Citizens

In response to rising crime rates in Panama, its national government is ending a ban on firearm imports. Under the import ban, which went into effect in 2012, only state security officials are allowed to import firearms. 

However, Panama, which shares a border with the illegal drug-producing nation of Colombia, is currently experiencing an increase in crime and gang activity. Panama’s murder rate is four times that of the United States, whereas its gun ownership rate is one-fourth that of the United States.

In announcing the lifting of the firearm import ban, Public Safety Minister Rodolfo Aguilera said, “We will follow in the footsteps of the United States and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms is believed to lead to fewer homicides.”


L.A. Turns Lawful Gun Owners Into Criminals

The Los Angeles City Council turned thousands of the city’s gun owners into criminals by banning possession of legally acquired magazines that come standard with millions of firearms—possession that had previously been grandfathered. 

The council eliminated the protection for detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Owners have 60 days in which to remove them from the city, sell them or give them to the police. 

Is there any precedent for arresting citizens for possession of an item acquired legally? We don’t ban possession of antique cars because they don’t have seat belts, nor jail long-time owners of classic pianos with ivory keys. But now, L.A. has given itself the power to arrest thousands of law-abiding gun owners who have no criminal record or intent. 

Ominously, mayor Eric Garcetti promised more such action, saying, “We will not wait for Washington to act; we are ready to act now.”


Zimbabwe Lifts Ban On Hunting Lions, Leopards And Elephants

Following a ban that lasted less than two weeks, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Environment has lifted a temporary suspension on lion, leopard and elephant hunting.

According to a news release sent to Safari Club International by the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association, the goal of the suspension—to gain clarity and understand the position of stakeholders following the possibly illegal killing of a collared lion—has been met.

The news release included a few new conditions to be met at this time: Some additional regulations and paperwork have been introduced to reinforce accountability of operators to the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority; lion, leopard and elephant hunts will be compulsorily attended by a member of the Authority at the expense of the landowner; no further hunting of collared iconic animals will be allowed; and individuals involved in illegal hunting activities will be banned from hunting in Zimbabwe for life.


Senators Stand Up For First And Second Amendment Rights

Back in June we covered a threatening move from the Obama administration with the potential to muzzle gun-related information—ranging from blueprints to basic modification tips—by revising the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). (For a good summary of what NRA and others are doing to stop this, see this NRA-ILA feature.) While the mainstream media largely ignores the danger, First and Second Amendment activists are rising to the occasion—and they’re getting some support from lovers of freedom within the U.S. Senate.

A group of 28 senators, led by Steve Daines, R-Mont., submitted a letter to John Kerry demanding that the proposed ITAR revision be dropped. The senators said that they “urge the State Department to modify or delay these misguided changes to the ITAR in order to ensure they do not violate the First and Second Amendments, or until commonly owned firearms and ammunition are not adversely impacted.”


Former Marine Fires Through Door To Thwart Home Invasion

Former U.S. Marine and SpaceX employee Eric Walters was asleep in his Hewitt, Texas, home around 1:45 a.m. Friday when he heard a knock at the door. Immediately suspicious, he grabbed a weapon, but when he saw only one man through the peephole, he decided to crack the door to ask what he wanted.

A second man then ran around the corner toward him with his gun drawn. At that point, Walters’ training kicked in: Knowing he wouldn’t have time to aim and fire, he slammed the door, then fired six rounds through it toward the suspects. The two ran away and remain at large, but Walters—who says he was trying to protect his wife and children, one of whom is only seven weeks old—believes they got the message.

“If you’re going to try to harm me by force, you’re going to have to deal with force as well,” he said.


Burglar Undeterred By Alarm But Rationally Scared Of Guns

A 79-year-old man in Bremerton, Wash., was able to successfully deploy a handgun and prevent harm to his 80-year-old wife and himself when a very determined burglar entered their home at 3:30 a.m. Five shots were fired at the fleeing burglar. 

The bad news is that the burglar was not dissuaded from entering the home by an alarm system. The alarm response wasn’t sufficiently rapid to allow the criminal to be captured.

The crucial upshot is this: While most Americans benefit from the protection of the world’s best cops, those dedicated LE men and women cannot be everywhere. For meaningful, timely personal defense, you are on your own whether you admit it to yourself or not.


NRA To Roll Out Bloomberg “Campaign” Ads

Voters in early primary states will soon be seeing TV and digital ads for a “Bloomberg 2016” campaign—although the stridently anti-gun billionaire hasn’t announced that he’s running. The initiative is an NRA effort to spread awareness of Bloomberg’s limitless ambition and pernicious influence on the American political scene. 

“If he doesn’t run himself for president, he wants to pick the president,” said NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen. “He will be part of the next presidential race whether he is a candidate or not.” 

In addition to the digital and TV ads, NRA has created a website for the fictitious campaign. “Michael Bloomberg has disdain for freedoms,” continued Mortensen. “This was to show that what he wants to do with guns is the same thing he wants to do with soda. It’s the same MO.”


Amy Schumer’s Money Misunderstanding

Cynical actress/comedian Amy Schumer, cousin to gun-ban proponent Sen. Charles Schumer, recently told media at the Locarno Film Festival in Italy that the reason more restrictive federal gun-control laws haven’t passed in the United States in the last several years is because of “the money.”

It’s a common refrain from the gun-ban crowd, and it is wrong. Consider that billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged to spend $50 million in the last major election, and the majority of his candidates experienced dismal losses.

The truth is easy to understand, if you take a look at recent public opinion polling. Support for the Second Amendment continues to grow, reaching an all-time high over the past few years. This majority of pro-gun citizens is represented by a majority of legislators at the federal level—men and women elected to represent their constituents. It’s really as simple as that. 


Armed Citizen, Las Vegas Style

Las Vegas is a funny town, providing the rare ability to strike it rich or break the bank, both within minutes of each other. And like many towns, there are those ready to prey on others, whether their money came from the casinos or hard work. 

But there’s one less predator after an armed robbery attempt this weekend. A man and woman were exiting their car at their apartment near Tropicana Avenue when three men—one armed with a gun—attempted to take the woman’s purse. Unbeknownst to the assailants, the victims didn’t intend to go down without a fight.

The driver pulled his own gun, and shot and killed the armed suspect, prompting the other two men to leave the scene. The incident remains under investigation, but according to police, witnesses have confirmed the sequence of events.


Michigan Bill Would Exempt Military From “Gun-Free” Zones

Michigan State Rep. Tom Barrett will introduce a bill that would exempt military personnel in uniform from the state's pistol-free zone restrictions. Currently, carrying handguns in certain locations, such as day care centers and schools, sports stadiums, churches, bars and casinos, is prohibited by state law. 

However, the military recruitment center shootings in Chattanooga have shed light on the ongoing risk faced by our unarmed active-duty military personnel. If passed, Barrett’s bill will provide uniformed military an extra layer of security in public places. 

“They wouldn't have to disarm to go drop their kid off at school or at day care while they're in uniform,” said Barrett, a 13-year veteran of the Army National Guard. “When we're out of uniform and less likely to be targeted, we would have to follow the exact same rules and regulations as every other person in Michigan.”


Social Security Administration Ignores Congressional Deadline

The NRA-backed bill sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with the purpose of defending the rights of veterans and retirees, looks especially necessary now. A letter sent to Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin by members of the House Ways and Means Committee expressed strong concerns over indications that up to 4.2 million beneficiaries might be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and declared “prohibited” persons. The representatives requested a response by July 31.

Unsurprisingly, that deadline has come and gone with no response at all from the Social Security Administration. Any thought that the agents of Obama’s covert gun-grabbing plan would play nice should be dispelled by this disrespectful silence.

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Bandemonium, Canadian Style

Politicians in Hamilton, Ontario, are learning something that many in the American gun-ban movement also have a hard time understanding—when guns have been banned and criminals continue using them, it’s hard to ban them even more.

According to a report in The Hamilton Spectator online version, after a recent mid-day shootout in downtown Hamilton, Mayor Fred Eisenberger said: “I think anything we can do to make guns less accessible is a positive step. We ban a lot of things in the city. My question would be ‘Can we ban guns?’”

City lawyers looked into that request and brought the mayor some negative news. As it turns out, the city has already banned carry of a loaded firearm. And it has already banned firing of guns in the city limits. Perhaps Mayor Eisenberger might have more luck with a law making it illegal for violent criminals to shoot people in the streets. Oh, wait: I guess the criminals shooting up downtown must have missed that memo.


Scene From A Disarmed Society: Teens Terrorize U.K.

The passage of the Firearms Act of 1997 in the United Kingdom served to prohibit the ownership of handguns and made it virtually impossible for citizens to acquire a long gun. The result: By 2009, Britain was declared the most violent country in Europe

With citizens still disarmed to this day, you can imagine the fear that swept through Stoke-on-Trent and Hanley, two cities in Staffordshire, England, when a gang of teenagers brandishing guns rampaged through the streets on Tuesday, terrorizing bystanders. Alerted to the danger, armed police officers, a police helicopter and dog-handling units arrived on the scene. They arrested three teenagers and a 27-year-old man. The firearms were later revealed to be BB guns.

If the likes of Obama, Bloomberg, Schumer and Clinton have their way, the above could well play out in America—armed criminals roaming the streets while the unarmed law-abiding cower and hide inside. 


Homeowner’s Son Halts Home Invasion

Residents in upscale Lakemont say it’s normally a quiet neighborhood, but that wasn’t the case on Thursday, when gunshots broke the silence in the Fayetteville, Ga., subdivision. 

A man in his 20s was at home with a friend just before 3 p.m. when he thought he heard someone trying to break in. From a window, he could see a man with a gun trying to enter the locked garage. The resident ran to get his own gun, but when he came back downstairs, the suspect had moved to a window at the back of the house. He had just made it inside when the resident shot him four times. 

Police who questioned the resident say he was unharmed, but remained quite shaken up. “He’s in shock from the … extremely traumatic incident,” Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow told reporters.

An investigation into the suspect’s motives remains ongoing.


Arizona Man Uses Firearm To Ward Off Car Thief

Antonio Silvas had gone into a Home Depot in the Phoenix, Ariz., area for a brief shopping trip; he returned to find Jose Reyes sitting in his car. “Originally, in my mind, I thought I had the wrong vehicle,” said Silvas. But the car was his, and Reyes had no business there. When Silvas confronted him, Reyes allegedly tried to stab him with the same screwdriver he had used to dismantle the car’s ignition.

Silvas’ firearm was in the car—not yet discovered by Reyes—and he managed to reach it in the course of the struggle. Silvas fired into the air, scaring off the suspect, who was later apprehended by police. Silvas will not be facing any charges for his act of self-defense.


NRA Supports Bill To Protect Rights Of Veterans And Retirees

NRA has announced its support for Sen. John Cornyn’s Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which contains provisions to counteract the president’s efforts to strip Second Amendment rights from millions of veterans and Social Security recipients.

To date, the Veterans Affairs Administration has prohibited more than 100,000 veterans from purchasing a firearm because a “representative payee” helps them manage their benefits. Additionally, the Social Security Administration announced that it is also moving forward with a similar plan for up to 4.2 million Social Security recipients. 

“The NRA is fighting to stop the Obama administration from denying millions of veterans and Social Security recipients their Second Amendment rights for no other reason than they want assistance in managing their financial affairs,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director.

If passed, Cornyn’s bill will prevent agencies from labeling benefit recipients as “prohibited persons” because they have a fiduciary assigned to their account, and will require a full adjudication process.


Seattle Moves Closer To Punitive Tax On Guns And Ammo

A new tax on gun and ammunition sales is one step closer to reality in Seattle, Wash., where the bill passed out of committee and will be heard before the full city council. The tax money collected would be directed toward the vaguely defined area of “gun violence research and prevention.”

Gun retailers are outraged and, in several cases, making plans to relocate outside the city. Sergey Solyanik, owner of Precise Shooter, said the council members “just don’t understand the areas that they are trying to regulate, and they didn’t try to talk to any of us.” The city estimates it could net up to half a million dollars per year with the tax—but the loss of Outdoor Emporium, a dealer looking at moving outside city limits, would by itself cause the city to forfeit twice that amount in tax revenue.


Media Moving Toward Truth On Big-Game Hunting

With the initial media-fueled overreaction to the possibly illegal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe beginning to ebb, some press outlets are beginning to publish the truth about lawful African big-game hunting. 

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story with the headline “Many Big-Game Hunters Are Also Big-Time Conservationists,” which detailed an important point overlooked by nearly everyone—the collaring and study of lions in Hwange National Park where “Cecil” lived is being funded by big-game hunters.

“The University of Oxford study that followed Cecil and other collared lions was funded by hunting organizations to help quantify and prevent illegal hunts,” the Post-Gazette report said. “Lucrative organized poaching for exotic animal parts is responsible for most of the illegal killing of animals.” While poaching is reprehensible, blaming law-abiding hunters for illegal killing of animals is equally wrong. It’s good to see some media outlets are starting to get it.


D.C. Violent Crime Heats Up In June And July

It’s been a more violent summer than usual in Washington, D.C. During June and July, the District recorded 428 crimes committed by armed criminals, as compared to 333 a year ago. And D.C. isn’t alone—some other big cities across the nation have also seen a rise in crime this summer.

Sam Bieler, a research associate at the Urban Institute, says it’s normal to see more violence in summer than other months. He also notes a growing number of homicides related to domestic violence in recent years—it jumped from nine in 2012 to 17 in 2014.

Whatever the cause, it’s just another reason residents need the ability to arm and defend themselves with no questions asked. Far too many citizens have been denied concealed-carry permits in the past because they weren’t able to meet the arbitrary “good reason” requirement. The only “good reason” needed is the Second Amendment. 


Armed Citizen Halts Robbery By Masked, Knife-Wielding Home Invader

A man wearing a mask and a black hoodie held a Sunbury, Pa., man at knifepoint late Monday night, police say, in the third incident involving a weapon in two weeks in the small, Susquehanna River town. 

According to Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare, the armed home invader demanded unspecified items from the resident, but the attempted robbery ended after a neighbor, hearing the disturbance, retrieved his personal firearm and confronted the attacker, who fled. 

“Unfortunately, it is still a busy time of the year and we are running from call to call, but we want these folks [armed criminals] to know we will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Hare said.


Armed Neighbor Stops Theft, Rape And Possibly Murder

A woman asleep in her Jacksonville, Fla., apartment awoke around 2 a.m. Sunday to a terrifyingly familiar face. 57-year-old Zachary Richardson had spent years stalking her before finally attempting to rape her. Unfortunately, her protective order didn’t stop him from breaking in and climbing on top of her. When she screamed, Richardson began punching her in the face, telling her he was going to rape her. 

When he couldn’t remove her pants, he left, taking her TV with him.  He set it near a vehicle, then turned to go back inside.

A neighbor sitting on a nearby porch was concerned, so he grabbed his handgun and followed him. Through the window he saw Richardson attacking the woman and believed he was trying to kill her, so he fired a warning shot. Richardson fled, but was arrested a short time later and faces several felony counts. Though severely beaten, the victim is expected to recover.


Governor Malloy And Mayor Segarra Shift Blame For Hartford Homicides

Hartford, Conn., just recorded its 20th murder of 2015, surpassing the city’s 2014 total with five months to spare. 

Fox News reports that Hartford leads all major New England cities in homicides. Hartford’s 2015 homicide pace threatens to eclipse the city’s totals in 2009 (33), 2011 (27) and 2013 (23).

Mayor Pedro Segarra said, “Cities across the country are experiencing spikes in violence … impacted by factors beyond any one city’s control.” One factor Segarra didn’t mention was the draconian gun control regime he, Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Dannel Malloy rammed through in 2013—measures they promised would make Connecticut safer. 

Segarra appealed to Gov. Malloy: “There’s a long tradition of Connecticut governors working with cities to reduce crime. We hope to continue that relationship with the current governor.” However, when asked about the spike in murder by the Hartford Courant in July, Malloy ducked: “That’s a better question for the Hartford mayor and the Hartford police chief.”


Los Angeles Backs Law To Disarm Citizens

Based on the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics (2013), the firearm accident death rate is 0.2 per 100,000 population. Firearms are involved in 0.5 percent of accidental deaths nationally, compared to motor vehicles (29 percent), poisoning (27 percent), falls (21 percent) and six other causes before you reach firearms.

Despite these facts, guns continue to be singled out as public enemy No. 1. Case in point: Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council unanimously backed new requirements to lock up or disable handguns in homes. Their reasoning: To help prevent deadly accidents. So while they’re busy addressing cause No. 10, in turn, they’re denying the privileged few residents who are actually able to possess a gun in their oppressive gun-control city the right to defend themselves and their loved ones. Because we all know that a gun locked in a safe when you need it most is just a paperweight.


Whoopi: Listen To Me, Just Don’t Talk Back

While “The View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg is quick to call for gun-control supporters to push National Rifle Association to support anti-gun legislation, she doesn’t want to hear from those who disagree. 

In a rambling conversation on Tuesday, Goldberg called for gun registration (“If [they are] responsible owners, have your guns. There’s no reason for us not to know who you are.”), and a ban on AK-47s ("If you’re responsible, why [do] you need an AK-47? …Because [if] you hit someone with an AK-47, all that’s left is dust!”). She also encouraged viewers to harass NRA leaders. (“Perhaps you just want to write to the folks who are in power over at the NRA. Let them know that the people are saying we need a change.”)

As for your viewpoint: She’d rather you keep that to yourself. “It’s my opinion only,” she concluded. “Please don’t email me ugly, nasty stuff.”

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Arizona Gets Pro-Gun Acclaim; Brady Gets Ticked

For the third straight year, Guns and Ammo has named Arizona the best state for gun owners, awarding maximum points in each of five categories. 

Despite Arizona’s overwhelmingly pro-gun climate, not everyone was celebrating. Brady Campaign President Dan Gross derided Arizona’s “lax gun policies,” saying, “‘Best’ should be reserved for those states that promote responsible gun ownership and gun sales practices.” 

To claim that Arizona doesn’t do these things is dubious at best. Arizona has to follow federal laws governing firearms sales—and the presence of nearly 70 NRA-certified firearms instructors and a little place called Gunsite Academy illustrate exactly how seriously Arizonans take their responsibilities as gun owners.

Brady also claims Arizona’s pro-gun laws make it the easiest state for criminals to obtain firearms. That’s an errant conclusion, given that the top gun homicide rate was actually in Washington, D.C., where Brady might as well have written the gun laws themselves. Arizona didn’t even break the top 10.


Florida Leads Again On Military Carry

In some ways it’s hard to believe it was nearly 30 years ago (1987) that the Florida Legislature broke the state-level logjam that was concealed carry. In the interim, Florida has been precisely the laboratory of liberty that the Founders envisioned for “the several states”: All 50 states (40 with “shall issue”/10 with “may issue”) now have some sort of concealed-carry issuance, although complexity remains vexing in a few.

But in the wake of the deadly disarmament of U.S.-based military personnel as recently highlighted in Chattanooga, Tenn., Florida appears ready to take the lead again. While the military still oversees who can carry on its own facilities, Gov. Rick Scott has asked the Department of Agriculture (who oversees permit issuance) to fast-track military applicants. Instead of the usual 90 days, qualified personnel with the proper credentials can receive their permits in just 30 days.

Bravo, Gov. Scott.


Strip Club Employee Defends Self Against Ambush

A worker at the Crazy Horse Showclub in Rock Hill, S.C., is uninjured today because of his quick reflexes—and his possession of a firearm. He walked outside the strip club at 2:15 a.m. and saw a man waiting for him. David “Chilli Bean” Morgan, an ex-con who had been escorted out of the club earlier for sitting on the stage, reportedly fired several shots at the employee, who drew his own gun and shot Morgan in the shoulder.

Morgan, identified as the father of NFL star Jadeveon Clowney, was transported to the hospital and later charged with attempted murder. Of course, his criminal record meant that he was already legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.


Poll: Support For NRA Outpaces That Of Either Party, All Candidates, Supreme Court

Despite a recent uptick in anti-NRA outbursts by the likes of Timothy Simons and Whoopi Goldberg, a survey conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows that support for NRA among the general public continues to grow.

The poll, which asked respondents to assign positive or negative ratings to nearly 20 organizations and individuals, showed NRA was the second-most highly regarded on the list—beating out every presidential candidate, President Obama, the Supreme Court and both the Democratic and Republican parties. Moreover, in a poll in which more than half the subjects had a higher percentage of negative ratings than positive, NRA supporters maintained a strong 11-point lead over detractors (43 percent to 32 percent).

In a similar NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from 2013, supporters outnumbered detractors 41-34. The fact that NRA’s approval continues to rise shows that Americans aren’t looking to Hollywood when forming their views on guns—they’re looking at the facts.


Airlines Announce They’ll Discriminate Against Law-Abiding Hunters

In a politically correct overreaction, three major airlines have launched a full-scale assault on law-abiding hunters by refusing to ship legally taken hunting trophies from Africa to the Unites States.

Delta, American and United airlines, listening to public outcry over the possibly illegal killing of “Cecil” by an American dentist, have announced they will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies, even though it is legal to hunt many of those species in some African countries. Since strict customs laws make shipping of poached trophies extremely difficult, only law-abiding hunters will be affected by the ban. 

In truth, banning transport of legally taken trophies is nothing more than a blatant case of big companies discriminating against a minority group of customers with no just cause. If these airlines truly oppose legal hunting in Africa, they should just say so. That way, millions of American hunters can make other airline transportation arrangements for their future travels. 


Library Of Congress Think-Tank Shatters Myth Of “Mass Shooting Epidemic”

A study of mass shootings released by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service shows that, contrary to the media’s ratings-driven obsession with such events—and despite the public’s misconceptions that result—mass public shootings have increased only marginally in recent years. And in fact, if the outlier year of 2012 were excluded, the number of mass shootings would actually be lower.

The report is titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013” and is based on two very large data sets—the FBI’s series of supplemental homicide reports from 1999 to 2013, and a data set compiled by Grant Duwe, a criminologist and the author of Mass Murder in the United States: A History.

“No matter how you cut it, there’s no epidemic,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor and expert on mass murder. “This report should calm the fears that many people have that these numbers are out of control."


Dutch Soldiers Firing Blanks

“Whoosh, whoosh,” said a fireman with no water in his hose. “Vroom, vroom,” said a cop with the cruiser on E. “Thump, thump,” said an ER medic minus a heart machine. Professionals on the job, imitating children—it sounds like a children’s book, but it’s reality for the Dutch army. 

An acute shortage of ammunition has plagued army personnel for years. It’s become so dire that compulsory shooting drills have been canceled and soldiers haven’t been able to practice their shooting skills for months. “Even if you have no bullets, you have to train with your weapon,” said Jean Debie, chairman of the military union VBM. “That means, as a soldier, you say ‘Bang, Bang!’”

Understandably, this child’s play has led to mounting frustration among soldiers. The Defense Ministry has acknowledged the problem and assures that, once additional funding is made available, stockpiles will be replenished. 


Misdirected Lawsuits And Misinformation In Chicago

There is plenty of heartache to go around in Chicago, and under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, it has become “the country’s murder capital in absolute terms,” according to the Washington Post

It may not be much of a surprise, then, that two Chicago mothers are suing over the deaths of their children. But they’ve peculiarly chosen to sue three suburban Chicago gun stores with no known connection to the tragic deaths of their children—both of which occurred at least eight years ago.

More disheartening still is the continuing head-in-the-sand view of McCarthy. Despite a truly terrible record for gun-crime prosecution, he blathers on: “More guns, more shootings.” For the rest of the country, this isn’t true, and hasn’t been for decades. We get that it’s anti-gun politics and business as usual for McCarthy. But knowing what we know, it’s also something else: A lie.


Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Assailant At Home

Tiffany Oakley, a sheriff’s deputy in Bradley County, Tenn., was returning to her home when she reportedly spotted a man lurking in the shadows. She told the suspect, Allan F. White III, to stop and show his hands, but he continued to advance toward her. Oakley then attempted to subdue him with her Taser, but she says that he continued advancing and began to choke her. 

Only then did Oakley draw her service firearm and shoot White, who died in the hospital. The deputy was also hospitalized, with a department spokesman calling her “bruised up pretty good,” but she is expected to make a full recovery.


Leland Yee Accepts Plea Deal To Avoid Gun Trafficking Charges

California state Senator Leland Yee appears to be headed to federal prison for several years, according to this story in the San Jose Mercury News. In his plea agreement to avoid an August trial, he conceded that he used his bids for San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state) as “racketeering enterprises to extort bribes for his cash-starved campaigns.”

It’s hard to say what makes the story most bizarre, but we’d nominate this component: Once called “California Senate’s Top Gun-Control Advocate,” he has confirmed his involvement in an illegal arms import deal theoretically involving Filipino Islamists. We say theoretically because it’s hard to sort out who were FBI undercover agents, and who weren’t.

Apparently, firearms that generate campaign cash are all well and good with Dr. Yee (doctorate in Child Psychology); firearms—at least in California—for self-defense or recreation, not so much.


The Well Armed Woman: Well On Its Way

Necessity is the mother of invention. That was certainly the case for Carrie Lightfoot who, as a new shooter in 2012, found precious few resources for females. Information for women was sorely lacking and so were firearm accessories.

Lightfoot saw that as a challenge, and soon thereafter founded The Well Armed Woman. The organization aims to educate, equip and empower woman gun owners. Today, there are 222 Well Armed Woman chapters in 49 states.

An even greater sign of success may be Lightfoot’s inclusion on the 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates list. The powerhouse lineup includes heavyweights like Wayne LaPierre, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Oliver North and Chuck Norris. Lightfoot checks in at number 81. “To me it means that people are listening and that women are listening,” Lightfoot said. And thanks to Lightfoot, new female shooters today now have the resources they need at the ready. 


Baltimore Violence Hits New High

Forty-five homicides in July mark Baltimore’s deadliest month in 43 years, and the worst since the city recorded that same number of killings in 1972 according to the Baltimore Sun. At 189 to date, the city is tragically outpacing the 119 recorded this time last year, a 59 percent increase.

Residents accuse police of abandoning their posts after six officers were indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, and believe emboldened criminals have been settling scores with little risk of being caught.

Crime experts blame a perfect storm of factors: Police mistrust, lack of opportunities for young black men and the influx of prescription narcotics looted from pharmacies during the recent riots.

The city’s inability to contain the violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire her police commissioner July 8. "Too many continue to die on our streets," said Rawlings-Blake. "Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I.”


CNN’s Zakaria Says Individual Right To Bear Arms Was “Invented”

Fareed Zakaria has cultivated a reputation as a moderate commentator, but in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, he came out swinging with a radical attack on America’s Second Amendment rights. His tactics weren’t really any different from your typical Piers Morgan rant or Bloomberg-sanctioned screed—parroting biased CDC reports, trashing a few GOP candidates along the way—but one of his claims stands out for the sheer audacity of its ignorance.

According to Zakaria, in 2008 the Supreme Court “broke with 200 years of precedent” and “invented” an individual right to bear arms. This idea is so wrong-headed, so easy to refute by actually examining federal precedent, that not many have dared to make it so far. But there’s no need to take our word on it: Actual experts on Second Amendment law—of whom Zakaria is not one—have covered the topic for us in detail.


Armed Santa Stops TV Thief’s Crime Spree

A Redford Township, Mich., man who wanted a television from Santa decided he wasn’t willing to wait until Christmas. Early Friday morning, 79-year-old retiree Ron Henrick, who plays Santa every year, awoke to find his neighbor, 25-year-old Conrad Monroe, stealing his TV. He grabbed his 12-ga. shotgun, only to find that the 5’10”, 220-lb. man had spotted a weapon of his own—Henrick’s stationary bike. Before Henrick could shoot, Monroe “grabbed [the bike] and threw it at me … I [closed the door] and it tore up everything. Lucky I did that, because it probably would have killed me.” 

Monroe got the TV—but his attempt to get at Henrick’s 1933 Plymouth was what put him on this Santa’s “naughty list.” If the thief returns for the car, Henrick warned, “He’s a dead man.” 

Police believe Monroe—who was charged with home invasion—may also have stolen two TVs from a nearby house in July.


Armed Citizen Rescues Woman From Attempted Murder

She had been stabbed in the abdomen. Now her estranged husband, who was drunk and enraged, had his arm around her neck and was threatening to slit her throat. Fearing it was the end, she uttered her final prayers. Those prayers were quickly answered as an armed citizen came to the rescue.

It happened around 6 p.m. in Boulder, Colo., in a parking lot of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church. A church employee was walking to his car and witnessed the whole confrontation. He also recognized the woman as a regular parishioner. When the legal concealed handgun carrier pulled out his gun and demanded the attempted murderer leave her alone, the suspect fled.

Heriberto Haro-Luna was later captured and arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and felony menacing. The victim, who sustained serious stab wounds, was rushed to the hospital and was doing well post-surgery.


Maine Boy Scouts Train with Donated Suppressors, Rifles and Ammunition

The Boy Scouts of America’s Pine Tree Council, which serves roughly 10,000 Boy Scouts in 10 counties of central Maine, is now the first in the nation to incorporate the use of suppressors to mitigate noise in its firearms training.

The suppressors were donated by two manufacturers—Gemtech donated eight GM-22 rimfire suppressors, and SilencerCo donated two Salvo shotgun suppressors—along with thousands of rounds of subsonic ammunition. Sturm, Ruger & Company donated eight American Rimfire .22 rifles.

Thanks to this equipment, Boy Scouts at Camp William Hinds, in the Sebago Lakes Region, will be able to train for their rifle and shotgun merit badges with less noise than ever before. Indeed, it appears that some scouts have decided to try shooting for the first time with suppressors, because they were intimidated by the noise of un-suppressed gunfire.


Fast & Furious Gun Used in American Terrorist Attack?

Repercussions from the Department of Justice’s failed operation, Fast and Furious, continue to be felt. This time, it potentially put American lives at stake. 

Nadir Soofi was one of two terrorists killed during a May attack on the Mohammad Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas, in which a security guard was wounded. Five years earlier, Soofi purchased a 9mm handgun from the Lone Wolf Trading Co. in Phoenix, Arizona. His litany of past criminal charges should have prevented the purchase, but Lone Wolf was at the center of the federal sting operation at the time and was being encouraged to sell firearms to criminals for subsequent tracking by DOJ.

Whether that 9mm was used in the Garland attack is still to be determined. What we do know is that former Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to face any disciplinary action for his role in the deadly gun-walking travesty. 


Armed Citizen Stops Neighborhood Threat

This isn’t your typical Armed Citizen story. Sure, lives were in danger as a predator roamed the neighborhood. But the suspect in question here wasn’t armed and dangerous—it was large and carnivorous.

It was a terrifying few days in Warren County, Mo., as a nearly 15-foot-long, 160-pound Burmese python was on the loose. These massive snakes kill their prey by constriction and have been known to swallow small animals whole. Town residents had seen dogs go missing, chickens vanish and were frightened for their small children.

So when Pauline Horstdaniel woke up and heard her dog barking in the backyard, she awakened her husband. Sure enough, the Python had slithered into their yard. Thinking his handgun wouldn’t be enough to stop the snake, she called her father-in-law. Two blasts from his shotgun put their fears—and the rest of the neighborhood’s—to rest.


Mother And Daughter Teach Gun Safety To Women

Donna Broome and Candace Ivy of Columbia, S.C., have founded an initiative called Guns ‘N Lipstik to teach women self-defense skills. The mother and daughter share a traumatic history with domestic abuse, and their primary intention is to empower women to avoid such situations when possible—and to extricate themselves when needed. They offer a gun safety course for women, known as Purses and Pistols, which aims to give beginners confidence in handling a firearm.

The safety course uses NRA training materials and in the future may enlist the help of local law enforcement; it culminates in a trip to the gun range, after which participants are encouraged to continue their training. This summer, they will also debut a class for teens, meant to teach warning signs that can stop abuse before it starts.


New Jersey Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition To Gun Charges

We’ve covered a variety of terrible incidents in New Jersey, in which well-meaning gun owners were charged for an accidental infraction of the state’s restrictive gun laws. Now it appears that state residents are just as horrified by these abuses as are Second Amendment supporters from other parts of the country. A reader poll on NJ.com asks the question, “Should people with permits to carry guns in other states face criminal prosecution for carrying them in New Jersey?” The results show an overwhelming preference for “No.”

It is reassuring to see that New Jersey residents feel that the charges leveled against citizens like Steffon Josey-Davis and Brian Fletcher are ludicrous. Yet the politicians at the top continue to hold on to these draconian gun laws. It is time for voters to clean house and elect representatives who support their constituents’ rights. 


iPhone Emoji Means You’re Armed!

This is simply irresistible: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (noted for their faux NYC gun store staffed by an actor best known for his role in a hyper-violent video game) wants Apple CEO Tim Cook to strip the caricatured revolver from the iPhone emoji character set.

Yes, really. In an open letter to Cook, NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett asserts: “We realized many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to them without a background check: The gun emoji.” Translation? Slightly cartoonish pictures of firearms should worry you as much as actual firearms.

Two things come to mind. First, we want your life: If you get paid to worry about drivel like this, you really have it good. Second, if there was ever better proof that gun hatred is largely aesthetic (rather than truly, comprehensively compassionate), we’d like to see it.


Alabama AG Pushing Forward On Gun Owner Rights

Hot on the heels of having gun prohibition signs removed from state highway rest areas, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has now moved to correct other situations where municipalities or other entities were wrongly prohibiting the legal carry of firearms.

After investigation by Luther, the town of Moulton removed signs from the Moulton Recreation Center and H.A. Alexander Park, where carry should not have been prohibited. And when the attorney general questioned a statement on Lawrence County carry permits saying carry was banned in the local courthouse, criminal justice building and any place that served alcohol, the sheriff reprinted the cards.

“Our constitutionally protected right to defend ourselves is under constant threat, in many cases by anti-gun bureaucrats or politicians who have overstepped their authority,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. “Strange is putting all state bureaucrats and localities on notice that Alabama will not tolerate any violation of our right to keep and bear arms.”


Federal Court Upholds Florida Law Barring Anti-Gun Activities By Doctors

In the latest victory for gun owners in a long, back-and-forth battle, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted an injunction that had blocked enforcement of a law protecting gun owners’ rights in Florida.

The Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act barred doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, or keeping records on patients’ gun ownership, unless medically necessary. Although the law was signed in 2011, a federal judge in Miami had blocked its enforcement, claiming it violated doctors’ right to free speech. 

This is the second time federal courts have upheld the law. What’s important are the rights the law protects: the right of gun owners and their families to keep and bear arms, their right to privacy in the exercise of that right, and their right not to be interrogated, lectured and put on record by a socialized medical system that’s increasingly becoming a tool of the state.


President Obama Against Guns From The Beginning

Last week, President Barack Obama told the BBC that his biggest presidential frustration has been his inability to pass major gun control legislation.

However, the President’s gun policies already negatively affect thousands, such as veterans who require a representative payee to manage their VA benefits. By classifying them as mentally incompetent, they are reported to the federal background check system as “prohibited persons”—and as many as 4.2 million Social Security recipients are next. 

In a recent PoliZette piece, John Lott Jr., a former colleague of the president at the University of Chicago Law School, recalled a 1996 conversation with Obama, who stated, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

Obama’s latest statement to the BBC raises the question: How far would he go on gun control? The answer is all the way, and Social Security recipients are just the next target in his plan to annihilate our Second Amendment rights.


Preventable Deaths Show Need For Personal Protection

A deranged man recently went on a crime rampage that left two dead and four injured in Maine. Even more devastating, it could all have been prevented.

It began with the kidnapping and assault of Brittany Irish. Her captor released her, and she went straight to the police—who, citing lack of manpower, refused to send a trooper home with her. The result: The assailant burned down Brittany’s mother’s barn and killed her boyfriend and father of her children. He also killed another person and injured several along the way.

We guarantee that Brittany wishes she had had a gun on that horrific day. It’s a tragic reminder of the realities of today’s world—we must have the ability to be armed if we choose to do so. As Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke so often says, the time to outsource our personal safety to the government is long over.  


Minnesota Mulls Military Carry Reform

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a Chattanooga recruiting office, State Sen. Paul Gazelka has proposed that Minnesota National Guard and other active-duty military should be able to carry concealed without a permit. Gazelka’s district includes the Guard’s Camp Ripley. 

“Men and women in uniform simply being attacked because they represent America and stand for America should have the right and the ability to defend themselves,” Gazelka said. 

Any actual change to Minnesota law could face an uphill battle. Current Gov. Mark Dayton (rated an “F” by NRA-ILA) is certainly no friend to expanding ownership or carry rights, although he has said he’ll defer to National Guard leadership on the issue.

Like most men and women in uniform, Minnesota’s bravest must wait and see who’ll stick up for their self-defense rights.


British Press Publicly Shames Scottish Cop Over Gun Picture

An “armed response” officer from Scotland—that is, the kind of elite cop who actually gets to carry a gun—posted a picture on social media of his children holding firearms and is now being pilloried in the press. The Daily Record screams of “KIDS posing with weapons” in its attention-grabbing headline.

Now politicians are getting in on the action, too. Labour MSP Graeme Pearson was quoted as saying that, “If this officer has allowed children to handle firearms and then put pictures of that on the Internet, he has acted in a thoroughly unprofessional manner.” It must be important to send a strong message that educating your children about firearms will make you a social pariah in the UK.


Suspect Identified In Kentucky Shooting

Two men who were shot in a home in Elizabethtown, Ky.—one fatally, one not—have been identified by police. Richard M. Cromwell, the deceased suspect, was said by police to have been wearing black clothing, black gloves and a bandana over his face. He seems to have planned to take money and drugs contained in a safe inside the home.

The other man has been identified as the homeowner, Raymond Brisko. Brisko opened fire on Cromwell and was wounded in the ensuing exchange. Police have said that they believe other suspects were involved in the planned burglary, and they are investigating the case further.


L.A. Council Votes To Make Criminals Safer

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban possession, by law-abiding citizens, of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. 

“People who are civilians, people who want to defend their homes, people who want to defend their families don’t need a hundred-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who pushed the effort. In truth, the statute does much more than ban these often cited but seldom seen 100-round drum magazines (we won’t even start on the “automatic weapon” lie). It also bans ownership—by law-abiding citizens, only—of many standard-capacity magazines that normally hold 12 rounds, 15 rounds, etc.

Of course, it’s unlikely that you’ll see long lines of violent criminals waiting at the L.A. Police Department to turn in their magazines anytime soon. They’ll simply keep theirs, happy to know they will now be better armed than lawful citizens they intend to prey upon.


Gun Crime Nearly Doubles Over A Decade In UK

So much for the success story of gun banning and confiscation in Great Britain: Crime statistics reveal that the total number of firearm-related offenses in England and Wales has risen from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year. While these numbers combine both violent and “non-violent” crimes—perhaps an odd way to describe armed robbery—they reveal a tendency for criminals to have confidence in the fact that their victims are helpless to defend themselves.

In terms of evaluating the effects of Britain’s radical gun-confiscation policy, it makes sense to focus less on murder statistics—famously unreliable, as we have seen—and more on total instances of gun-related crime. As predicted by those on the pro-gun side of the coin, a culture in which only criminals are armed is one in which they can operate with impunity.


BATFE Rule Changes Flare Up Again

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has changed its minds about another class of legally owned products, this time choosing to regulate flare guns.

A May 5 letter from Valentina Close, acting chief of the Explosives Industry Programs Branch, announced that acquisition of M992 flares will now require a federal explosives license. Close writes that 40 mm flares contain less than 100 grams of explosive material (including primer and propellant/parachute charges) and admits “ATF has historically held that .50 caliber or smaller ammunition” is exempt from regulation—just before redefining flares as regulated explosives. 40 mm is well bigger than .50 cal., so what’s the real motive? Then, there are those many millions of boating/emergency flares in 26 mm/12-gauge. Are they next for a BATFE beat-down?  

BATFE also recently ruled that AR arm braces can be regulated depending upon how the firearm is held. The agency also tried to ban green-tip ammo, but failed when they could not produce a single instance of a police officer being shot with it. 

Just like, say, flare guns.


Alan Dershowitz Finds The Second Amendment “Absurd”

According to Alan Dershowitz, liberal scholar and Harvard law professor emeritus, our Second Amendment rights never should’ve existed. He described the Second Amendment in a recent NewsmaxTV interview as an “absurd thing” in our Constitution that needs to be adjusted “to create a presumption against gun ownership instead of a presumption in favor of gun ownership.”

“If I could write the Bill of Rights over again, I would skip amendment number two,” he continued. “We’re the only country in the world that puts in our Constitution the right to bear arms … We have tried an experiment for the last 250 years and it’s failed miserably … Guns should not be available to people generally, except if they have a significant need.”

Dershowitz fails to recognize that America is a unique experiment individual freedom that has produced the greatest country the world has ever known. And the Second Amendment, rather than being a failure, has protected those freedoms for all of those 250 years.


CNN Anchor Goes Cherry-Picking

It’s an all-too-familiar meme: Cherry-pick (or even fabricate) a few stats, absurdly extrapolate them to a supposed “norm,” and, voila, the stage is set for radical confiscation of Second Amendment rights. Such is the technique of Carol Costello, CNN Anchor, in a recent opinion piece

How she gets there isn’t just shaky journalism, it’s simply rotten science. To make her point, she not only quotes serial fabricator Everytown for Gun Safety, but gets in a lick for the Holy Grail of all other gun banning, too—the licensing gambit a la motor vehicles: “ ... pass a test … before they are issued a license to obtain and shoot a gun?”

What her examples don’t take into account are the same-old, same-old as well: For each statistically rare, emotionalized negative she cites, conveniently forgotten are the literally tens of millions of proper uses and proofs of restraint that occur every single day.


Armed Robbers Taken Down By Armed Citizen

If two people in ski masks were standing outside your car at 3 a.m. and pointing guns at you, what would you do? If you’re Joshua Hamadi, you’d start firing.

Today’s armed citizen was working his night job in DeKalb County, Ga., where his task to find semi-trucks illegally parked on private property often takes him to isolated areas. The 25-year-old was processing a truck he’d just booted when the trouble appeared. Luckily, he was prepared.

“My first reaction is, my life or theirs,” said Hamadi. “I pulled the gun and started shooting.” He struck one of the attackers while the other assailant and a third suspect fled in their stolen car.

The assailant he shot was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition. The other two remain at large. Hamadi, who likely saved his own life as well as that of the trucker, will not face charges.


Permit Holder Stops Attack On Mother And Child

FOX 32 Chicago reports that a Cincinnati man with a gun in each hand fired upon a woman and her 1-year-old son, among others, until he was stopped by a concealed-carry permit holder.

The permit holder, Patrick Ewing, approached 62-year-old Thomas McCary as he was arguing with Ewing’s sister, Jeaneta Walker. McCary pulled a .38-caliber handgun and fired three shots at Ewing; Ewing returned fire with his own legal weapon, hitting McCary in the leg.

McCary retreated into his home, but quickly returned with a gun in each hand, firing several more rounds at Walker, her son and a third man. Ewing again engaged McCary to distract him as the intended victims fled indoors, and McCary was forced back into his apartment. 

McCary was later arrested at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and booked on felony assault charges.


North Carolina: Pro-Gun Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

The North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 562 late Monday in a bipartisan vote of 40-9. The omnibus legislation now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for signing. 

While the bill was stripped of some of its original provisions, it still provides some important and much-needed pro-gun reforms. These include:

  • More standardization in approving concealed handgun and pistol purchase permits;
  • Expanded campus carry that allows guns in school parking lots;
  • 15-day window for Chief Law Enforcement Officer approvals on National Firearms Act items;
  • Shooting range protections;
  • Strengthened state preemption laws; and
  • Removal of restrictions against short-barreled rifles for hunting.

The NRA supported this final measure and is urging Gov. McCrory to sign it into law. The governor has already signed other pro-gun legislation this session.

Use Your Power!

If you live in North Carolina, please contact the governor and express your support for HB 562. Consult NRA-ILA’s “Write Your Lawmakers” online tool here.

Los Angeles Considers Standard-Capacity Mag Ban, Ignores Other Gun Laws

Apparently not satisfied with California’s current ban on the sale, purchase, manufacture, import or transfer of magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, the Los Angeles City Council is now considering an outright ban on their possession—even by owners “grandfathered” by owning them before Jan. 1, 2000.

Under the proposed new ban on possession, pushed by Democrat Councilman Paul Krekorian, current owners of these standard-capacity magazines would have 60 days to either remove them from the city, surrender them to the Los Angeles Police Department to be destroyed, or sell or transfer them in accordance with state law.

Instead of passing new gun bans that criminals ignore and prosecutors neglect—while leaving good, law-abiding citizens disarmed—maybe Los Angeles should improve its shameful record as one of the worst cities in the U.S. when it comes to enforcing existing federal gun laws against criminals.


In Baltimore, Disarm Yourself For A Free Laptop

A program underway in Baltimore, Md., gives residents the opportunity to turn in an unwanted firearm—and receive a Google Chromebook laptop in return. The initiative was described as “an effort to remove guns from homes while highlighting computer-related careers for Baltimore’s youth.” Of course, this seems like an inadvisable time to be removing guns from the homes of law-abiding citizens, as the city is experiencing a spike in violent crime.

One of the demonstrated problems with gun buyback programs is that they typically net firearms from people with no criminal inclinations. Another is that the guns that are turned in are often not worth whatever is offered in compensation, which is at best a waste of resources, and at worst a means of funding criminal gangs. The latter seems not to have been an issue here, though: 70 laptops were made available for trading, but in the end only 17 guns were turned in.


Proponents For Ending Military Gun-Free Zones Hit Roadblocks

Those calling for an end to gun-free zones for military personnel serving within the United States are running into roadblocks, according to recent reports in the Washington Times.

According to the newspaper, federal law gives the secretaries of the various armed forces the power to arm military employees if there’s a threat to a particular military base. But since most recruitment centers are located in malls or in public places, it’s unclear whether the law applies to recruiters or reservists.

Joe Kasper, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the variety of state and local laws is the problem. “As much as we would like to say you have to arm all these guys, it’s too problematic through the huge patchwork of state and local laws, and that creates a huge patchwork of complications,” Kasper told the Times. “You’d run into problems, and it would be in their interest to have their authorization from Congress.”


Pastor Shoots Intruder At Church

A pistol-packing Texas pastor has once again intervened in a criminal act, shooting a burglar inside his church early Tuesday morning. According to police, Pastor Benny Holmes was asleep in his church office around 6 a.m. when he heard an intruder bust down a door. 

Holmes grabbed his 9 mm pistol and confronted the man, shooting him in the shoulder. Described by police as a transient with an extensive criminal record, the suspect, Marvin Lee Blue, 27, is expected to survive.

This is the second time in less than a year that Pastor Holmes’ proactive defense of his home and property has made national headlines. Last fall he held a woman stealing packages from his front porch at gunpoint until police arrived, and he reportedly preached a sermon telling congregants that God wants them to arm themselves following this incident.


No Infringing This Win

A debate in Alabama over the legality of “no guns allowed” signs at rest stops along the state’s highways has been resolved. Gov. Robert Bentley agreed the signs were an infringement on gun owners’ rights and ordered the signs be removed on Friday.

Alabama is an open carry and concealed carry state, yet travelers pulling up to rest stops were still greeted with signs warning “no weapons beyond this point.” The Alabama Department of Transportation cited a state code that gives the agency power to “prescribe any reasonable rules and regulations so as to prevent unnecessary trespassing upon or injury to” state-funded roads as their justification, even though it contradicted state law.

“It seems like more and more, government tends to infringe on our right to bear arms,” said Republican state Rep. Barry Moore. “If anything, I think we need to be getting rid of gun-free zones, not creating more of them.”


New Study: Coloradans Oppose Tougher Gun Control

Just over two years since a legislative package of severely restrictive gun control laws took effect in Colorado, Centennial State residents’ opposition to such infringements continues to grow.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Colorado voters oppose tougher gun control laws by a margin of 56-to-39 percent and key Independent swing voters opposed such laws by a 59-percent margin. The poll queried 1,231 Colorado voters, and had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

Along gender lines, the poll showed men opposed such laws 69-to-27 percent, while women support tougher gun control laws by 51-to-44 percent. The poll queried 1,231 Colorado voters, and had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.


More Celebrity Killers Means More Killers, Period

Possibly showing an unexpected flash of reason, NBC News says that reporting of dreadful events does inspire copycats. And such perverse motivation isn’t trivial: As many as 20 to 30 percent of these events are inspired by reporting, according to a new study from Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University.

Got that? Very nearly a third. Worse, it shouldn’t be news: The Atlantic (2012), The Guardian (2006) and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (2002) support the same conclusions.

Assistant Professor Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina suggests: a) law enforcement should not release details about methods; b) social media presence of perpetrators should be removed; c) the names of the killer(s) should not immediately be released; and d) immediate interviews of survivors and the families of victims should be stopped.

The common thread is a simple one: Stop aggrandizing ghastly behavior, and we’re likely to get less—maybe far less—of it.


Newly Announced Ivory Restrictions Threaten Collectors

In a joint press conference with the Kenyan president, President Obama announced plans Saturday to further restrict the illegal ivory trade within the United States, virtually banning its sale across state lines. While the National Rifle Association strongly supports efforts to curb illegal poaching and the black market ivory trade, the organization warns that the proposed restrictions fail to protect elephants. 

The measures provide only limited exceptions for transactions on legally purchased products containing less than 200g of ivory, effectively criminalizing past legal purchases of firearms, art, furniture, and musical instruments containing ivory and destroying the property value.

Restricting the illegal poaching of any endangered species is an admirable goal, but the effects of this policy will be disastrous for Americans. If the Obama administration really intends to protect elephants, the focus should be on protecting them from poachers as opposed to the lawful owners of collectible firearms and antiques.


Houston Jewelry Store Robber Shot, Killed By Clerk

A jewelry store employee shot and killed a robber in southwest Houston Saturday, police say. When the robber attempted a hold-up at the Jade Jewelers on Westheimer and Wilcrest just after 4 p.m., the clerk shot the robber in the head. He was dead on arrival at the hospital. Police are seeking a woman seen running away from the scene for questioning.

Southwest Houston has seen its share of robberies lately—and honest citizens are fighting back.

Two weeks ago, just five miles away, when three masked gunmen went into the family-owned Super K convenience store on Beechnut Street and Jorine Drive, grabbed a customer to use as a human shield, and began pistol-whipping one of the store clerks, another employee shot and killed two of the three would-be robbers. Two weeks earlier, robbers had beaten a clerk at the same store so viciously that he’s been out of work ever since.


Detroit Homeowner Chases Off Suspects With Gunshot

We continue to be made aware of stories coming out of Detroit, Mich., that indicate a growing number of citizens arming themselves and defending their property and persons. The latest incident occurred when two men reportedly threw a brick through the window of a house on Plainview Avenue, located on the west side of town. The woman living in the house responded by firing a single shot from her firearm, giving the suspects all the incentive they needed to flee.

There were no injuries reported and no arrests made. But the suspects might think twice before assuming that residents of the neighborhood are helpless.


Video Documents Store Owner Fending Off Armed Suspects

The owner of a store in Milwaukee, Wis., will not be facing charges after shooting at three men who committed a violent attack on his property. A security camera caught the suspects ramming the entrance of the store repeatedly with the back of a minivan before attempting to enter on foot; it also captured the owner firing at the men, who are said to have been carrying guns.

One suspect was shot multiple times and apparently driven to a hospital by his accomplices, where he is refusing to cooperate with police. The store has been a target for robbers previously, with an employee shot during an incident last year.


CNN Founder Explains Why Media Doesn’t Get Guns

In a recent Forbes piece penned by A1F contributor Frank Miniter, Jim Shepherd—an original founder of CNN and now editor of The Shooting Wire—provides insight on why the news network is so uniformly anti-gun, and clueless about guns to boot. “Part of what happened to CNN is what happened to Hollywood,” Shepherd said. “The news, like Hollywood, became trapped in creating and fawning over celebrities. Getting Anderson Cooper publicized became more important than breaking the big story.”

Shepherd also says that CNN picks stories based on what is featured in The New York Times and Washington Post, and anything else is likely to be overlooked. It’s not just CNN, he explains: Network news in general has fallen into a blinkered mindset, based on trusting a small stable of tastemakers rather than experts. Consequently, you can watch a story on guns without getting the perspective of someone who has ever fired one.


Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill Ready For NC Senate Floor

As reported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, North Carolina House Bill 562 has been reported out of committee with no changes and could be voted on by the Senate as early as this evening. Among numerous reforms addressed in this bill, HB 562 would require the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to act in a timely fashion when approving a firearm transfer. It would also enact measures to protect gun ranges from anti-gun local ordinances, streamline the Concealed Handgun Permit application process and strengthen the state’s pre-emption statute.

USE YOUR POWER!

If you live in North Carolina, please contact your state senator and express your support for HB 562. This bill offers many useful reforms to strengthen gun rights and shield firearm owners from excessive burdens and punishments. Consult NRA-ILA’s “Write Your Lawmakers” online tool here.








 


Obama: Gun Control Has Made Him More “Frustrated” Than Any Other Issue

In an interview with BBC Thursday, President Obama said his failure to win new anti-gun laws was the biggest frustration of his presidency

“If you ask me where has been the one area that I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws,” he said. He then compared U.S. deaths due to “gun violence” to deaths due to terrorism since 9/11, suggesting that violent crime was increasing—when in reality, it has fallen to the lowest levels in nearly 40 years.

Maybe Obama should concern himself less with his own “frustration” and more about voters’ frustration with him. Multiple national polls show that Americans have less support for gun bans—and less trust in politicians who push such dishonest schemes—than ever before.


Pelosi Blames Gun Laws For Murder By Man Deported Five Times

Never one to miss a chance to call for more restrictive gun control, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is blaming lax gun laws for the murder of a San Francisco woman by a seven-time convicted felon, who had been deported five times and used a gun stolen from a federal agent to commit the murder.

Pelosi denies that San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” status—meaning the city simply ignores federal immigration laws—had anything to do with the murder. “What we also have to look at is, how did this person come into possession of a gun in a state where his having a gun as a convicted felon would raise serious questions,” Pelosi said Thursday. 

Actually, Pelosi knows that possession of a gun by a felon is illegal throughout the nation, and she likely knows the gun used in this case was stolen. She just doesn’t want to let facts muddle up a good photo opportunity.


Gun Production Doubles Under Obama Administration

On Thursday, President Obama lamented his inability to institute more “common-sense gun safety” laws and vowed to use his last 18 months to push for more gun control. Ironically, and more than a little bit coincidentally, the day before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) had issued a report indicating that gun manufacturing in the United States has seen a 140-percent spike during the Obama administration. 

In response to Obama’s rabid desire to disarm America, citizens afraid of losing their Second Amendment rights have been shopping their favorite gun store and buying while they can. With demand skyrocketing, production has increased from 4.5 million in 2008 to more than 10.8 million in 2013. In other words, the number of firearms produced has more than doubled on Obama’s watch. The more he threatens to use his pen and his phone, the more guns will likely be made and sold.


Kansas Permitless Concealed Carry Less “Permitless” Than Predicted

When Kansas’ permitless concealed-carry law passed in April, it brought anti-gun alarmists out in full force. They claimed it would put people in unnecessary danger, adversely affect the business community and endanger law enforcement, among other dire outcomes.

Not only has that proved untrue, Kansans are still obtaining carry permits at a robust pace, even though they are no longer required to do so. According to Attorney General Derek Schmidt, his office received 9,805 applications for concealed-carry permits for the fiscal year ending June 30—making it the fourth-highest year on record, and bringing the number of permits issued in Kansas to nearly 100,000.

Schmidt credits Kansas’ extensive reciprocity agreements for the continued interest in permits. “There are still a number of benefits for Kansans who obtain concealed-carry licenses … Kansas licenses are recognized by 36 other states, most of which still require a permit to carry concealed,” he said.


Armed Man Saves Family In Indianapolis

A woman was at home with her brother and two children in northeast Indianapolis when the father of one of the children kicked in the door. As he attempted to enter the house, the brother shot him once. 

The suspect fled to a nearby home and requested assistance, while the shooter pursued him. The alleged offender was taken to a hospital and is in good condition, while the armed citizen is not facing any charges. 

While authorities haven’t completely explained the background to this incident, it appears that this man successfully used a firearm to guarantee his family’s safety—a common occurrence throughout the country these days.


Women Lead Right-To-Carry Boom

While it’s no secret that gun sales have boomed during President Barack Obama’s two terms and that the number of concealed-carry permit holders has followed suit, newly released information on demographic trends is quite interesting.

According to new statistics from the Crime Prevention Center, since 2007 the number of women who have obtained concealed-carry permits has jumped a whopping 270 percent, far outpacing the increase by men of 156 percent. Also according to the report, carry permits among minorities are increasing about twice as fast as by whites. 

Incidentally, during the same 2007-2014 time period that carry permits rose by a total of 178 percent (about 5.2 percent of U.S. adults now have a permit), both the murder rate and violent crime rate fell by 25 percent.


Richard Dreyfuss Sours On Second Amendment?

Full disclosure: We’ve some unrepentant fans of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” here at A1F, and in consequence have always been grateful that Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss was at least a tepid defender of the Second Amendment. And in some deep water too, as he showed here against elitist loon Piers Morgan in 2013.

That’s why his latest foray is disheartening, and it truly falls apart when he compares cars and their licensing to firearms ownership. This decades-old, tiresome notion is simply insupportable if you trouble yourself to read about the true basis of the right.

So here it is again: Fresh from a successful insurgency, no one knew better than the Founding Fathers that the last organ of society to entrust with exclusive firearms possession or knowledge of where THE OTHER firearms were, is government. As history repeatedly shows, they simply come and take them, whereupon tyranny writ large begins anew.


Washington State Ballot Initiative Could Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals

Buying and selling pistols with ivory grips in Washington state could be outlawed if voters pass I-1401 on Nov. 3. This veiled effort to criminalize firearms owners was funded by longtime anti-gunner and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, most recently in the news for his purchase of a Nazi tank

The implications are troubling. First, there is no “grandfather” clause—meaning that even if the ivory in your grips was harvested legally when elephants were more abundant, you could still be charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Species Threatened with Extinction. An exemption exists for antiques, but the burden of proof is on the owner, and detailed documentation is required. Finally, many musical instruments are exempt, but the language includes no similar allowance for firearms owners. As they’re both already-existing products, they’re equally unlikely to contribute to poaching—but anti-gunners like Allen would be remiss to turn down an opportunity to criminalize legal gun ownership.


Violent Offenders Poised To Hit The Streets This Fall?

As illustrated by NRA News Cam & Co.’s Deal of the Day, much of the gun crime that anti-gunners blame on availability of firearms is actually the product of a broken criminal justice system. And things could get worse in November. Thousands of federal inmates are scheduled for early release under new guidelines for drug offenders issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The stated intention of this reform is to lower penalties for non-violent drug users—but some legislators are worried that violent offenders might be included in the amnesty. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking for details on the records of the inmates slated for early release. They have expressed concerns that by “lowering the baseline” for some offenders, dangerous criminals will be on the streets before their time—and ready to spread more mayhem.


Does HBO Actually Stand For Hypocrite Box Office?

HBO is well known for its programs featuring gratuitous violence and criminal misuse of firearms. So it seems hypocritical that the cable network would make a champion boxer remove an ammunition company logo from his trunks before an upcoming title bout this weekend. 

According to a Guns.com report, HBO is demanding that Sergey Kovalev remove the logo for Tulammo, a longtime sponsor, from the seat of his trunks for this Saturday night’s title fight set to be broadcast live from Las Vegas. This revelation prompted an astute observation by Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

“TV networks are certainly free to decide what they broadcast, but the typical daily HBO fare of murder, mayhem and the glorified misuse of firearms suggests a certain degree of hypocrisy in HBO’s reported decision to ban the simple logo of a company that manufactures ammunition,” Keane said.

 


Convicted Rapist Shot During Arkansas Home Invasion

A violent home invasion in Damascus, Ark., ended when one of the victims in the home shot one of the alleged intruders, according to the sheriff’s office

The homeowner, Donna Salvo, 42, said she was awakened by breaking glass around 5:30 a.m. on July 10, and found a man standing in her bedroom. The suspect, 36-year-old Jonathan Hill, a convicted rapist, then allegedly grabbed a shotgun, pointed it at Salvo and pushed her down on the bed. Hill later held a knife to the throat of a friend of the homeowner’s, Cornenia Dillard, 70, who was sleeping on a couch in another room.

When Hill returned to Salvo’s bedroom, Dillard shot him in the abdomen with a small handgun before being struck in the back by Stacy Wright, 38, an alleged accomplice of Hill’s, who then fled the house with him. The two were later arrested at a nearby hospital.


Fighting Back Against The Latest Obama Gun Grab

According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, President Barack Obama’s latest gun-control effort could strip Second Amendment rights from millions on Social Security, deeming them “prohibited persons” under federal firearms law because their affairs are managed by a representative payee. 

Recognizing that a Veterans Affairs policy already in place has affected around 177,000 veterans, the NRA vows to prevent the measures from being implemented.

“The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”

NRA’s efforts have already prompted Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee to send a formal letter to the Social Security Administration’s acting commissioner, demanding a response by July 31.  


A Call To Arms In Chattanooga

“We’re gun carriers, we’re the South, we’re Tennessee. We tote guns, we carry guns, we carry several guns. You’d never think it would happen here, but it caught us off guard,” said Kristi Manning, co-owner of Carter Shooting Supply in Harrison, Tenn. Her gun shop, along with others in the area, is seeing an increase in activity and sales after the recent attacks on military personnel in Chattanooga. 

Since the attacks, Carter Shooting Supply has sold 15 AR-15 rifles and 40 other guns, and as many as 80 people signed up for a concealed-carry permit class over the weekend. Shooters Depot in Chattanooga experienced a similar spike—they sold nearly 90 guns, and close to 300 people signed up for a class. 

“You’re never going to take the guns out of the bad people’s hands no matter what you do,” said Michael Brown, a Ringgold resident. “So I feel like we need to arm ourselves and be prepared.”


Shannon Watts Of Moms Demand Action: When The Facts Don’t Fit, Fudge The Facts

Within hours of the Chattanooga shooting, Shannon Watts, president of Michael Bloomberg’s “Moms Demand Action” gun-ban group, took to the airwaves and opinion pages to push more anti-gun laws. In one breath, she admitted, “we’re still learning the facts” about how the accused killer had obtained his firearms. Yet in the next breath, Watts twisted the few facts we did know to deceive the public into believing that some nonexistent “loophole” allowed Abdulazeez to get his guns.

To wit, Watts took the FBI’s statement that Abdulazeez had passed NICS background checks for “some” of the guns he possessed during the attack to suggest that some guns were obtained without a background check—when in fact the FBI said no such thing.

Whatever the case, Abdulazeez passed his background checks and was not a prohibited purchaser—meaning none of Watts’ proposed gun-ban “solutions” would have stopped him.


Ben Carson Pleads The Second

With some Second Amendment advocates voicing concern about his support for the right to keep and bear arms, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has come out firing to clarify his position on private firearm ownership.

The soft-spoken neurosurgeon told TheBlaze.com on Tuesday that people’s uncertainty about his stand on the Second Amendment stemmed from his political inexperience when first addressing the issue, and he clarified his earlier statements about guns in inner cities.

“What I was trying to get across is that the place where dangerous weapons are most likely to fall into the hands of crazies are crowded places,” he said. “They are not likely to happen in some remote place. But in no way do I think we should restrict the rights, particularly the rights of law-abiding citizens to have guns.”


Sheriff’s Department Goes Full-time On Concealed Carry

In conjunction with a plan to arm all his certified deputies with backup weapons they can carry concealed, DeKalb County (Ga.) Sheriff Jimmy Harris said, “A deputy sheriff is never off-duty.” An admirable candor, we submit.

Harris told AL.com, “We’re too much of a target, and we need to prepare for anything that happens.” In his statement, Sheriff Harris acknowledged that Chattanooga—the site of an attack that cost four Marines and a sailor their lives—is only 35 miles from the DeKalb County line.

Also interesting to note is that his cautionary remarks were not limited to law enforcement or the military. “I ask each and every one of you to take a look at how you are prepared to protect yourself,” he said. “If you are not prepared, it is time that you get self-defense training or firearms training.”


Bakery Robbery Ends With Suspect Shot

A man allegedly tried to steal the tip jar from Barranquitas Mini Bakery in Hartford, Conn., leading the owner to chase him down the street. Authorities say that the suspect, Marcus Torres, fought with the owner and appears to have motioned at one point as if he were drawing a weapon, at which point the owner shot him in the leg. 

No one else was injured in the scuffle. Torres was treated and is being charged with attempted robbery and assault, while the owner is not facing charges.


Bills Aim To Protect Military Recruiters

Measures will soon be introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to allow military recruiters to carry firearms or provide security at recruitment facilities.

Current Department of Defense policy restricts active-duty military from carrying guns unless they are specifically working in a security or law-enforcement capacity. This ban effectively makes soft military targets like recruitment offices gun-free zones, leaving them defenseless against attacks like Fort Hood or last week’s recruitment center shootings in Chattanooga.

“The U.S. Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’ yet our men and women in uniform are being prevented from exercising this constitutional right when fulfilling their duties on American soil,” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said in a prepared statement.


Illinois: New Rules Clarify And Simplify Right-To-Carry Law

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to remove some of the vagueness, ambiguity and complexity from Illinois’ Right-to-Carry law, which took effect last year. The original Illinois Right-to-Carry law, which was hastily written after a federal court in 2012 struck down the state’s total ban on concealed carry, contained several onerous provisions that Senate Bill 836, which took effect this month, sought to clean up.

Among other changes, the new legislation clarifies the Right-to-Carry permit application process by establishing that the privacy waiver that applicants must sign applies only to personal records—including criminal and psychiatric history—that directly affect an applicant’s qualification to carry. It adds an appeals process for those wrongfully denied. And it simplifies the legal requirement that a permit holder notify police during an investigative detainment by allowing him or her to show their permit.


Bad Immigration Policy Continues To Produce Violent Crime

In case the Kathryn Steinle murder in San Francisco failed to exhaust your fury over absurd Obama administration immigration policies, here’s another: Dominican Republic citizens and murder suspects Wilton Lara-Calmona and Jose Lara-Mejia have been deported at least once each, and hence were both in this country illegally at the time of their latest crime.

The two are now being held while an investigation continues into the July 4 fatal shooting of Lawrence, Mass., nurse Mirta Rivera as she lay in bed in her apartment. So far, it looks as though the two fired a bullet from a bolt-action rifle through the floor of their apartment.

Lara-Calmona and Lara-Mejia also face drug charges for heroin and cocaine trafficking, and this begs a question beyond immigration and deportation enforcement: At what point will Americans start to insist that gun violence be publicly tied to its preponderant source of drug dealers and drug purchasers?


Legal Challenge Converges First And Second Amendments

The Tracy Rifle and Pistol shop in Tracy, Calif., features large vinyl decals of an AR-15 rifle and a .45-caliber in its windows. That’s not surprising by itself. What is surprising is that one of those images is considered illegal, thanks to a 92-year-old state law that prohibits gun stores from advertising handguns. 

When owner Michael Baryla was issued a citation and ordered to remove the photos, he responded by filing a lawsuit against Attorney General Kamala Harris. “What the attorney general is really saying, without expressly saying it, is that the right to free speech is OK except when it’s about guns, because guns are bad,” said Bradley Benbrook, Baryla’s attorney.

While the case winds its way through the legal system, Baryla promises creative solutions if forced to remove the images. Meanwhile, it’s likely that California legislators will continue to enforce antiquated laws that restrict First and Second Amendment rights.  


Home Invader Looking For Woman Finds Armed Citizen Instead

A 55-year-old Corpus Christi man was at home early Monday morning when 40-year-old Robert Smith forced his way inside. Upon finding the homeowner, Smith accused him of assaulting a woman and claimed that the homeowner was holding her unlawfully. He then grabbed the homeowner by the throat and demanded to search the home. 

As the two walked through the residence, the homeowner was able to retrieve his pistol and force Smith out of the house. Once outside, however, Smith choked the homeowner again, prompting the homeowner to fire several warning shots into the air. Smith then attempted to regain access to the home, and the homeowner fired at him, striking him once in the leg. 

Smith was arrested for burglary of habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault and is being treated at a local hospital. According to police, no woman was found in the house, and the shooting is being treated as self-defense.


Restaurant Owner Wins Battle Against Armed Robbers

A restaurant owner in Montebello, Calif., was shot during an early morning robbery attempt on Saturday, but managed to fight back and fatally wound both of his assailants to put an end to the attack.

According to a police statement about the incident: “The preliminary investigation has determined both suspects were armed with handguns (and) attempted to rob the victim. During the robbery, one of the suspects fired multiple shots at the victim, striking the victim once. The victim, a local business owner, returned fire, striking both suspects.”

The business owner is expected to survive his injuries. Officers found one of the wounded suspects at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, while the other suspect was discovered around the corner, suffering from one gunshot wound.


New Obama Plan Could Strip Rights Of Those In Need

A new Obama administration plan could strip away the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans receiving Social Security, the L.A. Times has reported. The changes would require the SSA to, for the first time, submit data on benefit recipients whose monthly benefits are managed by “representative payees” to the NICS system, which would list them as prohibited from purchasing firearms.

An examination of what NICS stands for—National Instant Criminal Background Check System—should make the problem clear. It’s intended to prevent criminals, or those determined to lack the capacity to prevent themselves from potentially doing something criminal, from purchasing firearms. There’s no reason to use NICS to ban people who simply are forgetful or bad with money, as neither are good indicators of overall competence or criminal intentions. The elderly and disabled are in fact disproportionally targeted by criminals—should we deny their right to self-defense simply because they cannot balance a checkbook?


D.C. Metro Shoots Down City’s Excuse

When NRA criticized the District of Columbia’s gun ban in the wake of a fatal stabbing on a train, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson tried to deflect guilt by claiming that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) prohibits firearms regardless of the city’s laws. But according to a spokesman for WMATA, that is simply not true.

“We are governed by the laws of each jurisdiction,” said Mike Tolbert on behalf of WMATA, stating that the organization has no internal policy on allowing carry. In fact, it is fully legal for a permit holder to carry a firearm in WMATA facilities in Virginia. It looks like the ball in back in Mendelson’s court to defend D.C.’s eagerness to disarm its residents.


Everytown Stumps For Background Check Revision

Everytown for Gun Safety’s new ad campaign and congressional lobbying efforts are targeting a provision of federal gun law that allows a sale to be issued if a background check is not completed within three business days.

This latest crusade is a response to the FBI’s recent allegation that accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was allowed to buy a gun, despite previous narcotics possession charges, because his background check was not completed within the mandated 3-day period. 

Everytown neglects to hold the FBI accountable for bureaucratic failures to process background checks within the regulated time frame, a necessary dual safeguard to protect the rights of lawful gun purchases and restrict access to criminals. Instead of misguided attempts to fix laws that aren’t broken, the conversation should be about the FBI’s responsibility to complete the background check process in a timely manner instead of pointing the finger at the NRA.


Armed Citizens Stand Guard Over Military Recruiting Offices In Virginia, Georgia

The day after the murder of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, armed citizens stepped forward to protect military recruiters in Georgia and Virginia.

In Winchester, Va., Friday morning, a man stood guard outside a military recruiter armed with his AR-15 rifle. “I went into each office, the ones that were open, and I was received with handshakes and thank you’s,” he told the Washington Times. In Hiram, Ga., about 30 people showed up Friday morning, many carrying their personal firearms, to protect the local recruiting office.

Meanwhile, the governors of six states have ordered the arming of full-time National Guardsmen to help deter and defend recruiters against similar attacks. So far, however, the Obama administration has refused to allow military recruiting personnel to be armed and even told Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.


Bad Policy Enables Terrorist Attacks

With 35 members of the military killed and more than 50 others wounded during President Obama’s tenure in office, the continued, enforced defenselessness of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines while on duty is simply unconscionable.

How it got to be this way is now immaterial. We know that terrorist organizations are recruiting disaffected American Muslims. We know these so-called “lone wolf” attacks are much harder to predict and stop. And we know that firearms are not the only methods these killers can and will employ. But such incidents can be made manifestly more difficult to carry out without any assault on the Second Amendment: End that mandatory defenselessness, particularly for those already trained to protect themselves and others. The president has already issued something like 221 executive orders, and #222 should be along these lines.

And don’t kid yourselves—this works, as the Israelis have been proving for the best part of 40 years.


Vietnam Vet Steps In To Prevent Armed Robbery

A Vietnam veteran continued to defend American citizens, this time preventing an armed robbery. It happened in Sycamore, Ga., where Don Rogers was inside a convenience store getting change for a $20 when he heard someone say, “Put the money in the bag.” 

Rogers looked up to spot a young male pointing a gun at the clerk. Rogers pulled out his concealed-carry firearm and, when the robber turned his way, he fired before the robber could. He got in two more shots before 18-year-old Devin Burton fled into a car driven by 17-year-old Marleigh Agner.

Both suspects were eventually captured—Burton is in critical condition in a Macon hospital and Agner is in jail charged with party to armed robbery. Rogers is just grateful it all ended well. “I was hoping nothing like this would ever happen, but I was glad I had my weapon with me,” said Rogers.


Another Good Guy With A Rifle

For the second time in three weeks, armed Americans have protected themselves and their families with AK-47 rifles. In the first instance, in late June, a Vegas man shot two armed suspects who had barged into his home. More recently, a Houston man used his AK-47 last Thursday to defend himself in an early morning break-in attempt.

According to police, at about 4 a.m. the homeowner heard his burglar alarm sounding. Checking the alarm, he found that someone had attempted to break his son’s bedroom window and had already broken one lock.  

The homeowner ran out of the house with his AK-47, was shot at by an accomplice near a car parked there, and returned fire. Two men then came running from behind the house where the break-in was taking place, and the homeowner shot one of them before they all fled. At last report, all three remain at large.


Measure Would Create Backdoor Gun Prohibition

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., has introduced a bill that would in effect vastly expand federal prohibited person categories—exploiting a recent tragedy and media misinformation.

The bill seeks to repeal a critical safety valve in federal law that allows for a firearm transfer to proceed three business days after a NICS check is initiated, provided “the system has not notified the [FFL] that the receipt of a firearm by [the buyer or transferee] would [violate federal law.]” This provision ensures that Americans’ rights to acquire firearms are not arbitrarily denied because of bureaucratic delays, inefficiencies or mistakes in identity.

According the most recent FBI report, 9 percent of NICS checks in 2014 were delayed “for additional review,” affecting nearly 750,000 people. In more than 99.6 percent of delayed cases, the delay was less than three days, the FBI could not substantiate the person was prohibited, or the FFL did not transfer the firearm—hardly the sign of a public safety crisis.


More Bad News From “Charm City”

Baltimore, where violent crime is running rampant, is suspending a local anti-crime program after police seized guns and other contraband from one of the program’s offices, according to a Washington Times report.

The “Safe Streets” program employs ex-felons who have "street creds" in an effort to reduce shootings and build rapport with youth. It has apparently enjoyed some success; however, in 2010 the FBI tied one of the program’s sites to a local gang, and in 2013 the city temporarily suspended the program due to allegation of criminal activities by its employees.

Among those arrested this week on gun and narcotics charges is a man previously sentenced to 12 years in prison on narcotics charges, another twice acquitted of murder, and two others arrested on robbery and assault charges in the incident that led police to investigate Safe Streets this time.


Another Shabby Story Makes Big Anti-Gun News

The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Newsweek, US News and World Report and Philadelphia Enquirer—among many others—have all gushed recently with some variation on the story that “Strict Licensing in Connecticut Cut Firearms Homicides by 40 percent,” according to the American Journal of Public Health.

Hold on just one teeny, tiny, itsy-bitsy minute, says Dr. John Lott: Without cherry-picking, omissions and distortions in the data, it simply isn’t true. Perhaps worse, he continues, is, “Why the authors … chose to ignore other violent crimes also becomes clear pretty quickly. Relative to the rest of the United States, Connecticut’s overall violent crime rate, as well as its robbery and aggravated assault rates, were clearly falling prior to the 1995 law and rising afterwards.” 


Houston Convenience Store Clerk Shoots Two Armed Robbers

After a July 1 robbery resulted in a clerk being beaten so badly he still hasn’t returned to work, Super K convenience store owner Alden Tu and his brother, clerk Dien Tu, armed themselves to prevent being victimized again. “Everyone has guns in the store—it’s so dangerous, this kind of job,” Alden Tu told KTRK-13.

Unfortunately, last Monday—less than two weeks later—Tu’s southwest Houston Super K was hit again. While a getaway driver waited outside, three masked men entered the store, pistol-whipped the clerk on duty, then turned their attention to the register. When one of the men pulled a gun on him, Dien Tu, who was on break near the cooler, pulled out his gun and fired at the suspects, striking two. Police say after the suspects fled, they dumped the two injured suspects at a nearby apartment complex. They were taken to a local hospital, but reportedly did not survive.


“A Robber’s Here, Daddy”

Eldorado, Ohio, is a quiet little village in southwestern Ohio with a population of a little more than 500. In a town that size, people can spot trouble quickly, and one toddler did just that last week. The 3-year-old had been outside playing with a sibling around dinnertime when the child went rushing into the house saying, “A robber’s here, daddy.”

Moments later, that robber burst in. The intruder was armed, had his face covered with a bandana and was wearing a hat. He yelled an obscenity, but those would be the last words he ever spoke. The father fired a single shot to his chest, fatally wounding him. The parents and children were unharmed.

The break-in is still under investigation, but it appears to be an isolated incident. Police don’t expect any charges to be filed against the homeowner, who acted in self-defense.


Judge Says Firearms Speech Ban Is Likely Unconstitutional

District Court Judge Troy L. Nunley has denied an injunction on a California law prohibiting firearms-related speech from gun dealers, allowing the ban to remain in effect until the trial progresses further. At issue is Section 26820 of the California Penal Code, which keeps dealers from displaying any “handgun or imitation handgun, or [a] placard advertising the sale or other transfer thereof.” This restriction makes it very hard to attract business.

While Judge Nunley allowed the ban to stand for now, he acknowledged that it is probably unconstitutional. He predicted it was “more likely than not” that the plaintiffs would succeed on the grounds that their First Amendment rights are being violated.


Florida Man Shot By Homeowner During Drug-Addled Rampage

A man was shot and killed by a Tallahassee homeowner Wednesday after charging into a police station, complaining of bad drugs, escaping from an ambulance and attempting to break into homes.

According to reports, Jarod Clemons, 27, fled his girlfriend’s car, ran down the street, pounded on a woman’s door and yelled that police were chasing him, but was refused entry. Police subsequently found a stolen gun he’d left on her stairs. 

Clemons then went to a police station where he started taking off his clothes, sweating profusely and complaining of chest pain that he attributed to taking MDMA. Police put him in an ambulance where he was hooked to an IV, but around midnight he demanded to be freed. A medic struggled with him, but Clemons escaped and began trying to break into homes, police said, before he was shot. No charges have been filed against the homeowner.


New Campaign Caters To Female Shooters

Female participation in the shooting sports has surged recently, increasing by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The selection of apparel and accessories available to women shooters, however, has been slow to represent this growing market.

To equip this expanding demographic, 5.11 Tactical has launched Passion Forward, a new campaign promoting their expanding line of women’s tactical apparel—designed by women, for women.

“Conversations around women-specific products first began as women started to vocalize their frustrations with the fit of their tactical pants and uniforms,” said Tiffany Yerby, 5.11 Tactical director of design. “Product testing on all shapes and sizes, and getting end user feedback, was paramount to the success and expansion of the women’s line …”

In addition to tactical gear, Passion Forward will offer training videos, exclusive ambassador tips, product recommendations and contests with female shooters in mind.


Delaware Looks To Restrict Open Carry

A bill permitting counties and municipalities to ban open carry in their buildings is making its way to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s desk. Newark, Del., Mayor Polly Sierer characterizes the issue as one of inclusion, claiming a few residents have stopped attending council meetings since other attendees started bringing firearms.

That’s a mighty funny notion of “inclusion”: Only her sanctioned aesthetic (that of being disarmed) qualifies as inclusive? Dictionaries say different. More peculiar still is the idea that “feel(ing) comfortable” in those same meetings should trump personal security.

Or is it just one more example of a public servant who is protected by good guys with guns (at tax-payer expense, no less) thinking your life and loved ones don’t deserve the same?


Apology Issued in “NRA Instructor” Cap Voting Flap

A Georgia NRA-certified instructor, who we reported last week had dropped his lawsuit against the Douglas County Election Board after they changed a policy concerning removal of his “NRA Instructor” cap to vote, has received an apology for the mishap.

Last October, Bundy Cobb went to vote wearing the instructor cap. But Douglas County Election officials told Cobb he had to remove the hat.

Last month, the election board approved a new policy that won’t discriminate against Cobb or his hat next election day. Now, Fox News Atlanta reports the election board also issued Cobb an apology: “... I would like to apologize for the incident that occurred when you voted on October 24, 2014, when a poll worker asked you to remove your NRA Instructor hat. You should not have been asked to remove your NRA Instructor hat, and I am sorry you were asked to do so.”


“The Only Equalizer You Have”

Beautiful Hollywood actresses often have many admirers. Unfortunately, a few “fans” can take their obsession to the extreme and turn into deadly stalkers.  

Kelly Carlson of “Nip/Tuck” fame found herself the victim in such a scenario. Fearing for her life after repeated break-ins and stalking, she contacted police. Unable to garner support there, she turned to alternate methods—she purchased a gun (“the only equalizer you have,” she says) and received counter-surveillance training. 

With that frightening chapter in her life now behind her, Carlson is speaking out—recognizing her viewpoint could jeopardize her career. “If this happened to me, it’s happened to millions of women,” she says. “I have the responsibility to educate people about firearms and also share my story.”

Carlson has appeared on Outdoor Channel’s “NRA All Access” and “NRA News Cam & Co.” Additionally, she’ll join the cast of “Defending Our America,” coming to NRA News this fall.


Armed Citizen Stops Home Invasion In Arkansas

An Arkansas man armed with a handgun used it to save himself and a woman during a home invasion in Faulkner County, Ark., last week.

According to police, the 42-year-old female homeowner told police she was sleeping when someone broke out a bedroom window and entered the home. The assailant reportedly shoved her on the bed and picked up a shotgun that was in the corner of the room.

The intruder then went to the living room and put a knife to the throat of a 70-year-old man who was sleeping on the couch before heading back to the bedroom. That’s when the senior citizen grabbed his handgun, went to the bedroom and fired one shot at the suspect, who was arrested later while seeking treatment for a gunshot wound at a nearby emergency room.


British Press Notes Shift In African-American Views On Guns

The British press generally confines itself to one screed after another when discussing Second Amendment issues “across the pond” in America, so we were interested to come across a Reuters nugget in The Daily Mail.

Headlined “African Americans Still Favor Gun Control, But Views Are Shifting,” the story made some thoroughly constructive references. One featured our own Colion Noir: “The image of black gun ownership has been hijacked and vilified by an anti-gun mainstream media.” No kidding and, as usual, well said, though it seems virtually all gun ownership is still being painted with this same broad and patently untrue brush.

More interesting still is the story’s citing of a December Pew poll that showed a 14 percent drop in African-American support for gun control since 1993. Now that’s progress.


An Armed Populace Is A Safer Populace

We’ll say this for President Barack Obama: He’s been a heck of a salesman. With his administration and other anti-gunners continuing to attack our Second Amendment rights, Americans have responded by heading to their local gun stores and by acquiring carry permits. 

Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has jumped from 4.6 million to 11.1 million today—a 146 percent increase. At the same time, violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent. 

That’s no accident, says John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” he points out. Lott also declares that the violent crime drop is directly related to the percentage of the population with permits.

More guns, less crime is not a theory that Obama and his like-minded cronies would ever ascribe to, yet the facts bear it out time and again.


Obama To Steinle Family: [Radio Silence]

According to the family of Kathryn Steinle, who was murdered July 1 by an illegal immigrant and convicted felon in the “sanctuary” city of San Francisco, no one in the Barack Obama administration has been in contact with them about the murder. “We have not heard a word … I wish somebody would reach out to us,” Kathryn’s brother, Brian, told Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

When Rep. Steve Chabot asked Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson why Obama hadn’t reached out to the Steinles, Johnson replied, “To who?” After Chabot clarified, Johnson said, “I don’t know the answer to that question,” but promised to check. However, the Steinles are reportedly still waiting—leading us to wonder whether Obama cares more about convicted drug users than murder victims in “sanctuary” cities.


Cabela’s Targeted By Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety

Bloomberg-funded groups Everytown and Moms Demand Action are targeting Cabela’s, pushing the national retailer to halt the sale of guns in cases where the National Instant Criminal Background Check System delay status is unresolved after the federally mandated three-day period.

In truth, Bloomberg and his minions are simply trying to bully a law-abiding business that is already following federal law. The “Instant” part of NICS was instituted so law-abiding gun purchasers don’t have to wait to make their purchase, and the FBI has the responsibility to turn background checks around in a timely manner. Likewise, law-abiding citizens have the right to buy a gun without undue interference from government. 

Per the FBI website, “The Federal Firearms Licensee is not prohibited from transferring the firearm after three business days have passed.” Since Cabela’s is simply following federal law, the company doesn’t deserve harassment for doing so from the likes of the elitist Michael Bloomberg.


San Francisco Supervisor Pushes For Videotaped Gun Sales

A proposal in San Francisco would require that all firearm and ammunition sales in the city be videotaped. The gun control package, put forward by Supervisor Mark Farrell, also stipulates that all spaces in which firearms are stored or carried must be under video surveillance, and that ammunition retailers should retain records for five years and transmit data to the San Francisco Police Department on a weekly basis.

The National Rifle Association released the following statement in response to Farrell’s onerous proposal: “In California, firearm dealers already fingerprint and ID every person to whom they sell a gun. Forcing gun stores to provide videotapes of all lawful firearm transactions to the local police department will only serve to harass and deter law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional right to self-protection. Additionally, it creates an unnecessary burden on the police department that could detract from real law-enforcement priorities.”


Tulsa Women Fend Off Attempted Abduction

A meeting to return a borrowed vehicle went south when the borrower reportedly attempted to abduct the lender. Roy Lincoln Canterbery had arranged to meet his daughter’s mother in the parking lot of a Tulsa, Okla., children’s hospital at about 10 p.m. Saturday to return the Ford Escape he had borrowed. After the mother got into the SUV with Canterbery, their daughter became alarmed when she saw that Canterbery appeared to be trying to abduct the woman.

The daughter ran to the vehicle and managed to pull her mother out just as Canterbery was driving off. The mother then retrieved a 9 mm handgun from the vehicle she had arrived in and fired two shots at the SUV, but was unsuccessful in stopping the theft.

Police are still looking for Canterbery and the stolen vehicle, but fortunately neither mother nor daughter were hurt during the incident.


Vermont’s Laws Blamed For Gun-Running To New York

An article in the publication In These Times describes a thriving illegal trade in which guns from Vermont are exchanged for heroin from New York state. The thrust of this piece is that although the gun laws in Vermont are frequently lauded and tied to the state’s low crime rates, there are victims of these laws—New York residents who are being flooded by illegal firearms.

There are major problems with this argument, however. First of all, straw purchases are liable to happen anywhere criminals are present—that’s why they’re called criminals. More importantly, why place the blame squarely on Vermont for not heavily regulating guns? Aren’t the restrictive laws in New York actually causing the demand for illegal firearms? With historical hindsight, we can recognize that Prohibition spurred the dangerous liquor bootlegging trade; why not apply that same reasoning to guns?


Baltimore Announces Crime Crackdown

Rampant violent crime in Baltimore has prompted city officials to create a new “war room,” aimed at fighting violence around the clock.

Violent crime has boomed in the city since a man died while in police custody in April and widespread rioting ensued. The 42 homicides in Baltimore in May marked the deadliest month in the city in a quarter of a century.

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told the Baltimore Sun that the new operations center will “ensure there are no gaps in our intelligence sharing, no gaps in our operational capacities, and no gaps in our overall commitment to identify the small number of folks who are harming our communities.” Davis said officials have identified “four different groups of bad guys who are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence in Baltimore City, and we're going to work around the clock until we get to the point of probable cause to start taking those folks off the streets.”


Lever-Action Shotguns Headed For Australia?

Australian gun-banners are in a dither about the Adler Lever Action shotgun. It seems a little overwrought that a 165-year-old design should cause such a ruckus, but that’s gun-grabbers for you. The problem remains the same for Australians who wish for an Adler: They can only hope the new shotty will find its way into a relatively less-restrictive classification of ownership. The jitters are based on the highly subjective notion of the speed at which firing can occur, and the obsession with instrumentality.

Pay attention, folks: Remember that Aussie gun control is well and widely lauded by the likes of President Barack Obama, and it’s hard to believe 2016 Demo front-runner Hillary Clinton is far behind with comments like these. (Listen for the nifty sotto voce lie at ~1:00, too.)


Milwaukee Police Chief Blames Gun Laws For Crime

Milwaukee is one of a number of American cities to experience a dramatic increase in homicides. Now, according to CBS News, Police Chief Edward Flynn is claiming that “absurdly weak” gun laws are to blame. Despite that assertion, cities such as Baltimore and Chicago, which have restrictive gun laws, are also dealing with a surge in homicides and gun-related crime. 

Ironically, Flynn himself voiced a more plausible reason for the escalation, saying that dwindling resources are affecting performance. “A lack of parole and probation officers means that police officers have to conduct parole checks; a lack of mental health services means that officers have to pick up that slack.” 

Last year, in a vote held by Milwaukee’s police union, 99 percent of officers who cast ballots said they had “no confidence” in Chief Flynn. Perhaps he is not the most reliable barometer for the city’s crime problems.


A SAFE Act Rollback?

It’s safe to say New York’s SAFE Act has generated plenty of debate. And now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coveted gun-control bill stands under fire yet again. The latest twist involves an agreement reached late last week between Cuomo and Senate Republicans that suspends implementation of a statewide database for background checks on ammunition.

While this delay of SAFE Act provisions angers Democrats, Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, cautions making too much of the news. “It’s obvious when the facts came to light it wasn’t nearly as much as we were looking for.” 

Of course, the SAFE Act has never been about practicality as much as Cuomo’s political posturing.


Robber Shot And Killed By Intended Victim

Criminals should start asking themselves whether the crime they’re about to commit is worth losing their life. As we continue to see in these Armed Citizen stories, many end up paying the ultimate price—just as Jose Lopez did Saturday in Dallas.

The 27-year-old was shot and killed by his intended victim in the wee morning hours as Lopez and two others were attempting to commit robbery. The victim was armed and fired upon Lopez, sending him to UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he later died.

Police questioned the other two suspects and the victim, as well as witnesses on the scene. All accounts were consistent with evidence, and both the intended victim and other suspects were released. The case is being referred to a Dallas County grand jury.


Boston Might Ban BB Guns

Boston, Mass., is one of several municipalities where legislators are weighing a citywide ban on BB and pellet guns, citing incidents in which imitation firearms were mistaken for the real thing. Local law already prohibits minors from carrying air rifles or BB guns in public without adult supervision or a police-issued license. Now even these exceptions are targeted for elimination.

Youth across America learn the rudiments of marksmanship and gun safety from air rifles and BB guns. The main justification employed for banning them is that they look too similar to real firearms—but many do not, and even realistic models are required by federal law to be distinguished by orange tips. Banning an entire class of low-power guns because of the abuses of a few individuals is just another example of government overreach—and unreasoning fear of firearms and things that look like them.


Trump Speaks Out Against Gun-Free Zones On Military Bases

Starting in February 1992, with the signing of Department of Defense Directive 5210.56, American military bases have been—on paper, at least—“gun-free” zones. In other words, only “DoD personnel regularly engaged in law-enforcement and security duties” are allowed to carry. Since then, nearly a dozen shooting incidents have occurred at U.S. military bases and installations.

But in an interview with Ammoland, presidential hopeful and NRA Life member Donald Trump vowed that, if elected, he would work to reinstate our troops’ rights, saying “America’s armed forces will be armed.” According to Trump, we “never should have passed a ban on soldiers being able to protect themselves on bases.” 

“Our brave soldiers should not be at risk because of policy created by civilian leadership,” he continued.

Trump, who spoke at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings, has also expressed opposition to so-called “universal” background checks, gun magazine limits, and the revival of the “assault-weapons” ban.


Brady Attorneys Still On The Case, For Now

We hope Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John DiMotto will continue his warranted vigilance over the conduct of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence chief attorney Jon Lowy and associate Alla Lefkowitz. Already bounced from one Milwaukee area case against a local gun dealer for posting inadmissible evidence, the scrutiny seems justified. Allowing them to stay on the case, the judge nevertheless warned to the pair: “This is not to say I approve of the [Brady] communication and statements.”

The judge in the earlier trial admonished the pair that the release of information was “contrary to the laws of ethics or the rules of ethics in the state of Wisconsin.” 

Clearly, this tactic could emerge as a worrisome Brady staple: When data and the law are not on your side, involve the (biased, anti-gun) media. Oops, too late: It already has.


N.Y. Senator Revives Failed Federal Gun Trafficking Bill

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced Monday that she will reintroduce legislation to make the sale of two or more guns to a prohibited person a felony. The proposal, co-sponsored by Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is similar to a bill that failed in 2013. 

Details of the bill were not available at the time of this writing, but supporters have long blamed states with less restrictive gun laws for gun crimes in New York City. News reports of Gillibrand’s announcement cite the death of NYPD officer Brian Moore, who was killed with a firearm stolen from a Georgia pawn shop. Gillibrand and others fail to recognize that stealing guns in Georgia (and every other state) is already a crime—one that won’t be addressed by such legislation.

NRA-ILA is watching this development closely; watch this space for authoritative comment when details become available.


Kansas: New Permitless Carry Law Thwarts Gun Store Robbery

Less than two weeks after Kansas’ new law allowing lawful citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit went into effect, a man exercised that right last Friday to thwart the robbery of a sporting goods store.

Joey Tapley, 24, was in the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka when, he said, “I heard some loud bangs. I look up and they are just loading up weapons from the counter and then they run off.” Tapley followed the three suspects out the door, then pulled his gun, which he carries without a permit. “I told him, ‘Drop the gun, man, mine is loaded ...’ He dropped two guns and ran.”

Police arrested three juvenile males, charging them with assault, burglary and robbery, and an unidentified woman charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. “That’s why Kansas made the law,” Tapley said. “So citizens can carry and protect themselves and others.”


New York Suspends SAFE Act’s Ammunition Sales Database

Conceding to Republicans who won control of the New York Senate last year—largely due to voter backlash against the state’s new anti-gun SAFE Act—Democrat N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to suspend development of the central statewide database of ammunition sales mandated by the law. 

Suspension of the system was part of a “memorandum of understanding” sealed between Senate Republicans and the Cuomo administration.

“We applaud the memorandum of understanding that Senate Majority Leader Flanagan signed today,” said James J. Baker, director of state and local affairs for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This is a step in the right direction to restore a degree of sanity after the SAFE Act’s over-the-top demonization of lawful New York gun owners. The Senate Republican Conference did the right thing by ending this unworkable and costly database. Most importantly for gun owners, it removes the prohibition of online ammunition sales.”


Bernie Sanders Silences Gun-Ban Activist At Policy Forum

Democrat presidential candidate and self-proclaimed “socialist” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., shut down a gun-control activist who questioned one of his pro-gun votes at a policy forum in Arlington, Va., on Thursday night.

Honora Laszlo, who volunteers for Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun-control group, asked Sanders why he’d voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, to which Sanders replied, “If somebody has a gun and somebody steals that gun and they shoot somebody with it, do you really think it makes sense to blame the manufacturer of that weapon? If somebody sells you a baseball bat and somebody hits you over the head with it, you’re not going to sue the baseball bat manufacturer.”

“I don’t apologize for that vote,” Sanders said. “I come from a state that has virtually no gun control, and it turns out one of the safest states in the country.”


Idaho Town Plans To Post Gun Warning Signs

A small community near Boise, Idaho, plans to post signs on the five roads leading into town that read, “Welcome to Greenleaf, Idaho—This is not a gun free zone.”

The Greenleaf City Council made national headlines in 2006 when it passed Ordinance 208, which asks residents who do not object because of their religious beliefs to keep firearms in their homes. The town lacks a police force of its own, and the ordinance, along with the signs—which were donated and won’t cost taxpayers a penny—are seen as a strategy to deter or, failing that, defeat violent crime in the community of 875.

“Gun-free zones are targets,” City Councilman Steven Jett told the Idaho Statesman. “The shootings that have happened are at gun-free zones. Schools, malls and recently churches. I want people to know this is not a gun-free zone, and we are not a target.”


Oregon Recall Halted As Hoyle Steps Down

Democratic House Majority Leader Val Hoyle has announced she is leaving her post amid plans to possibly run for secretary of state in 2016. Whether that timing is coincidental or not is up for debate: Hoyle was under fire for her co-sponsorship of SB 941, the legislation signed by Gov. Kate Brown in May that calls for universal background checks.

Gun shop owner Jason Thiesfeld had launched a recall effort against Hoyle and had until July 13 to obtain 3,600 signatures. But her resignation was victory enough.

“Knowing that she will not be in the House leadership for this winter’s short session gives me the confidence to withdraw my petition and not put the citizens of our state, district and county through the expense or turmoil of a recall election,” Thiesfeld said.

Recall campaigns are still underway against three other lawmakers: Sen. Chuck Riley, Sen. Floyd Prozanski and Rep. Susan McLain.


Norway: No Lesson Learned, Apparently

In 2014, police in all of Norway fired their sidearms only twice, and no one was hit in either instance. We see statistics like this from time to time, usually employed with the purpose of convincing us that other countries are happy, gun-free utopias in which criminals merit at worst a stern talking-to. But this particular figure hints at a frightening truth: No lesson has been learned from Anders Breivik.

Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in 2011—the majority of whom were children—without encountering armed opposition. In response, the nation began actually arming police, but this was seen as a temporary measure. It is understandable that Norwegians want to forget such a hideous incident, but ignoring it in terms of policy is irresponsible. The massacre occurred because no one in the area was armed: Now the culture of unarmed citizens and unarmed police likely will be left securely in place, just waiting for the next atrocity.


Antiques Dealers And Musicians Join Gun Owners In Opposing Restrictions

Proposed tighter restrictions on the sale of ivory have prompted some unusual alliances.

While the importation of ivory has been essentially banned for decades, until now the federal policy was to assume most ivory already here is legal, and thus its sale wouldn’t increase poaching. New rules currently proposed would revoke this policy, making it illegal to sell any firearm or other item less than 100 years old containing any amount of ivory—for older items, sellers must prove it’s an antique. 

Antiques dealers have joined gun owners and dealers in opposing the new rules. Even musicians are speaking out, claiming they could make it impossible to move pianos with ivory keys across state lines. 

Stopping poaching is a laudable goal. But onerous restrictions that could potentially turn American owners of pianos, firearms, jewelry and other legal items into criminals overnight—yet do nothing to stop poachers—will almost certainly do more harm than good.


San Francisco Murder Weapon Theft Wasn’t Investigated

Things keep getting worse in the investigation of the murder of San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle by a seven-time felon who had been deported five times before committing the murder in the so-called “sanctuary city.”

Earlier this week we learned that the gun used to kill Steinle had been stolen from the car of a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger on June 27. New reports indicate that the gun theft, which was reported to police, had not yet been assigned to an inspector for investigation when Steinle was killed on July 1.

According to a report in the San Francisco Gate, Police Chief Greg Suhr won’t elaborate on why such a serious case had not been followed up on by an investigator. Suhr later issued a department-wide bulletin reminding officers of the process in place for identifying “cases that require an immediate investigation”—too little, too late for Steinle.


Background Check System Failed In Gun Sale To Charlotte Murderer

New reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concerning the man who killed nine church members in Charlotte, N.C., last month indicate that an FBI error resulted in the firearm sale being approved through the National Instant Check System (NICS).

According to the FBI, Dylann Roof had been arrested for drug possession more than a month before purchasing the gun he used to commit the mass murder, which would disqualify him from purchasing a firearm. However, FBI Director James Comey said the arrest record from the Columbia, S.C., Police Department was not included in materials to be reviewed in the background check.

“Because of an error on our part that allowed the gun to be used to slaughter those people is very painful," said Comey. “We are all sick this happened. We wish we could turn back time.”


Armed Robber Killed At San Antonio Auto Shop

A pair of suspects walked into an auto shop on the southwest side of San Antonio, Texas, and allegedly tried to rob the business at gunpoint. Unfortunately for them, the owner drew his own firearm in return. 

In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, one of the assailants was hit; he died on the way to the hospital. The other suspect fled in a vehicle, and the business owner was not hurt. He is not expected to face charges for defending himself.


Pennsylvania Town Official Chases, Shoots Alleged Bank Robber