When the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits kicks off in Nashville next week, visitors may arrive just in time to see Tennessee ushering in a new gun-rights law. The GOP-controlled House has passed a measure allowing people with handgun permits to take their firearms into parks. While Gov. Bill Haslam has opposed the bill, the overwhelming Republican support makes it unlikely he would veto the measure. If passed, the bill would take effect April 6.
Detroit Armed Citizen
A man alleged to be an armed intruder was recently shot by a 29-year-old woman in a home on Detroit’s east side. The resident said that she was upstairs when she heard what sounded like gunshots and a voice asking her brother if anyone else was in the home. She retrieved a firearm and shot the intruder as he walked up the stairs toward her. The assailant fled and later checked into a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Campus Carry Momentum
Nearly half the states have considered allowing on-campus concealed carry in the last few years, and a minimum of 11 more will consider it in 2015. Seven states currently allow it, 23 leave it up to individual institutions and 20 actively ban it even for those with existing permits. Texas and Florida are shaping up as the big attention-getters with legislators still at work, while bills have already failed in South Dakota, West Virginia, Virginia and Wyoming.
Most of the objections seem overwrought, given almost 30 years of CCW track record across the nation. Also, few students meet the 21-year-old age requirement, and rigorous background checks would still apply. The angst also seems curiously anti-intellectual, given the increasing evidence that permit holders are among the most law-abiding demographics in the nation.
Renewed Push For D.C. Carry
Discontent with the Washington, D.C., city council’s continued stonewalling when it comes to issuing right-to-carry permits, two federal lawmakers are doing something about it. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have introduced “The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015” in the U.S. Senate and House.
These measures would restore the fundamental individual right for law-abiding D.C. residents to keep and bear arms to defend themselves in accordance with the law. The D.C. permitting system would also become streamlined, allowing for more law-abiding D.C. residents to legally obtain a permit and carry concealed firearms for self-defense.
On Friday, anti-gun Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his veto of three key pro-gun bills. Senate Bill 948 would prohibit the sharing of information on concealed-carry permit holders with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia. Senate Bill 1137 would prohibit local ordinances banning concealed carry permit holders from transporting a loaded rifle or shotgun. House Bill 2009 would limit to 60 days the amount of time a non-prohibited person has to wait for the certification of a chief law enforcement officer in order to transfer a firearm under the National Firearms Act.
Virginia residents should contact their delegates and state senators soon, as they will be deciding whether to attempt to override the vetoes.
Even The Washington Post understands the difference between Republican presidential contenders and those vying for the Democratic party nomination (for example, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden). The Post recently reported that the 15 noteworthy contenders for the GOP presidential nomination own a total of 40 guns between them, and most are A-rated by NRA-PVF.
After six years of President Barack Obama’s anti-gun influence, electing a pro-gun rights president next year should be at the top of every gun owner’s priority list. Those interested can hear 11 of the Republican hopefuls speak next Friday morning at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, Tenn.