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Thursday, December 31, 2015

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.”


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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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.


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.


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.


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