In an April 3 radio interview, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier seemed to have a tolerant stance on the opening of a retail firearms establishment in the District, despite her running battle to keep D.C. residents from owning firearms. When asked by Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU radio’s “The Politics Hour,” whether she would be OK with the city opening a gun store, Lanier replied, “If there was a regulated way for people to purchase in the District, I wouldn’t have an issue with it.”
D.C. residents wishing to purchase handguns currently must go through a single FFL dealer, who charges $125 to facilitate the transfer of handguns from outside the District, so the opening of a gun store could be a boon for residents wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights. However, opposition from D.C. lawmakers and restrictive laws regarding where such a business could be located mean that any such business will likely still face substantial hurdles.
A Hero Fights Back
“Suddenly, he reappeared, running at me and others near me, at full speed with the knife still in hand, blood on his arm and on the knife. I yelled a couple times for him to stop and he did not. Just at about 12 to 15 feet from me, I fired three rounds and he collapsed to the floor, the knife still in his hand. I stopped the threat.”
That chilling quotation from Mark Vaughan, CEO of Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla., is central to NRA News investigative reporter Ginny Simone’s brand-new report, “Terror in the Heartland: A Hero Fights Back.” In this exclusive report, Vaughan discusses the horrific attacks in Moore, and how he was able to bring down a crazed attacker with the only thing that could have stopped him—his firearm. Watch the entire report here.
Political Banking: Is Your Business Next?
A late-March letter to Florida pawnshop owner Steve Champion from his bank requires him to “immediately begin closing all of [his] SunTrust deposit accounts, safe deposit boxes and credit cards.” The letter also notes the bank’s decision cannot be reversed. The shop is a federally licensed firearms dealer as well.
A spokesman for SunTrust claims that the bank has been severing relationships with pawnshops—not gun shops—since last year, in line with federal guidelines that are embodied in Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice program aimed at ending bank fraud. Yet a SunTrust employee told Champion what he’d received was indeed a “gun letter,” adding that firearms sellers across the nation were receiving like missives.
Several other cases like this involving other banks have been reported around the country. We’ll cut to the chase: Will your politically unapproved business soon find its way on to a similar list?
What Does Steve Israel Really Want?
Congressman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is once again trying to suppress innovation in firearms design.
Israel, who has an “F” rating from NRA, told Wired magazine he intends to reintroduce legislation that would ban 3-D printed, or any fully plastic firearm, capable of slipping through a metal detector. Claiming he wants “laws in place to ensure that criminals and terrorists can’t produce guns that can easily be made undetectable,” Israel revealed his true intentions when he said: “What we’re trying to do is make it clear that if you choose to construct a weapon or weapon component using a 3-D printer, and it’s homemade, you’ll be subject to penalties.”
Since BATFE does not consider plastic guns a threat, and no criminal or terrorist has used one, we wonder which is more likely. Does Israel really want to make our nation safe from the terror of nonexistent guns, or does he just want to see his name in print?
Car Wash Carjacker Stopped In Tracks
A routine Saturday afternoon car wash in Smyrna, Ga., turned into anything but that when a teen attempted to take off with someone else’s car. The suspect jumped into a minivan that Tasha Oar was vacuuming and tried to drive off. Oar pounced onto the hood in an effort to stop him, but he only sped up.
Fortunately, an armed citizen was alerted by the commotion, quickly came over and put an end to the carjacking attempt—by shooting the suspect in the shoulder and holding him at gunpoint until the police arrived. The wannabe car thief has been charged with aggravated assault and theft by taking a motor vehicle, and police are still searching for three other suspects who were in a van that took off when the shot was fired.
Economist Misses Its Target On Gun Control
A recent attack piece on the NRA and American gun culture in the Economist goofed by attempting to bolster its argument with debunked statistics manufactured by the anti-gun Everytown group. The number of “school shootings” cited in the Economist piece actually included everything from accidental discharges to crimes that took place entirely off of school grounds. The story also targeted opposition to BATFE’s M855 ammo ban, recycling old arguments about a “cop-killer” round—without, of course, noting the Fraternal Order of Police’s opposition to the ban.