A New Jersey appeals court ruled Wednesday that a man does not need to be convicted of domestic violence to be denied the right to own a handgun—the mere accusation is sufficient to deny his civil rights.
The three-judge panel ruled that a local police chief and Superior Court judge both acted within their authority when they rejected the application of a man seeking a permit to purchase a handgun. A background check showed that the applicant, identified only as Z.L., had been arrested for domestic violence in 1998. Although he wasn’t convicted, the appeals court held that, “The presence of a firearm in such a household enhances the potential for such a reaction to become lethal.”
What that means is that not only is the non-felony of domestic violence sufficient to deny a person’s civil rights in New Jersey—a non-conviction of that non-felony is sufficient, as well.
Congressman Pushes To Revive Ammo Ban
Now that ATF Director B. Todd Jones has left the agency, a Democrat congressman is pushing the acting ATF director to restart efforts to ban M855 ammo.
According to The Hill, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., sent a letter to acting ATF Director Thomas Brandon urging him to “act swiftly” on reviving the ban. “In 2014 alone, 50 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, a fact that underscores the necessity of the ATF to act swiftly to keep armor-piercing bullets that can be used in pistols off the streets,” Israel wrote in the letter earlier this week.
As we have reported in the past, there is no record of any law enforcement officer ever being killed with M855 ammo shot from an AR-15 “pistol.” If we didn’t know of Rep. Israel’s gun-ban history, we might wonder why he really wants to ban the ammo.
Brady’s Lawyers Booted From Badger Case
Two attorneys from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence have been forced to withdraw from a Milwaukee court case after the group posted information on its website that the judge in the case had ruled inadmissible.
Brady staff attorneys Jonathan Lowy and Alla Lefkowitz sue gun stores for legally selling guns later used in crimes, lawsuits specifically prohibited by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act (which NRA helped pass). Their zeal to drive lawful gun stores out of business led them to act not only against the judge’s direction, but also in clear violation of the legal ethics of Wisconsin, New York and D.C., their states of licensure.
Perhaps for those who think it’s right to hold lawful citizens responsible for the unlawful acts of others, and to drive them out of business with massive legal fees, that seemed a good idea at the time.
Newtown Families Back Away From Sandy Hook Promise
Tim McGraw has the right to fundraise for Sandy Hook Promise, but he might wisely take a cue from 11 Sandy Hook families who have “distanced themselves” from the group. As NBC Connecticut reports, SHP “is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims’ families.”
Indications abound that SHP is a gun-control group. Their website states “... None of these actions affect constitutional rights, though … there are sensible things that we need to do to improve gun safety.” Sensible to whom, we wonder? Then, there are “stats” from rabid anti-gunner Dr. Arthur Kellermann of flawed gun-violence study fame, and the urging to educate children about firearms safety, but no nod to the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.
Then there is the continued, disingenuous conflation of “gun violence” statistics where homicides are added to suicides. You can bet the professional “antis” are in the game, and real solutions further away.
Austin Police Chief Fear-Mongering Over Open Carry
With open carry poised to become the law of the land in Texas, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has delivered a bizarre doomsday scenario that he says will be the state’s future. He likens open carry to “open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motorcycle gangs …” to sport sidearms in public. He worries about “Klan with their hoods on, [Black] Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers …” converging on the state capitol with guns at their sides.
Leaving aside Acevedo’s strange vision of Austin—consistently rated one of the safest major cities in the U.S.—it is a fact that the people who will be allowed to carry openly are the same ones who could legally carry concealed. Perhaps the police chief ought to focus his attention on rooting out criminals and ISIS sympathizers rather than worrying about legally carried firearms being a bit more noticeable.
‘Nosy Neighbor’ Notches Citizen’s Arrest
“If somebody is not where they are supposed to be, I’m gonna check them out.” That warning comes from Alvin Cleere, a resident of rural Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. He did just that recently after spotting a truck where it didn’t belong. “Being nosy, I turned around and went back.” What Cleere found was a pickup packed with stolen property, so he grabbed his .45 and held the alleged thief until deputies arrived.
This story wouldn’t have made the local media if not for the county sheriff—he asked Cleere to do an interview as a crime-fighting measure. Seems this is the second citizen’s arrest on the part of Cleere, who previously stopped a home invasion earlier and captured a wanted felon. Cleere’s message for criminals? “Just go somewhere else. Don’t come out east of Shawnee and everything will be good.” Wise advice, it seems.