Florida gun owners who are forced to flee from a hurricane will soon be free to take their firearms with them. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 290 into law—which allows evacuees to carry concealed firearms on their body or in their car during states of emergency without a permit to do so.
NRA Past President Marion Hammer was instrumental in getting this bill passed as she urged NRA members to email their legislators. “When you’re ordered under a mandatory evacuation to take your family, pets and important documents and leave your home and other belongings behind, you should not be deprived of the ability to protect yourself and your family,” Hammer wrote.
Thanks to Hammer, Gov. Scott and everyone involved in getting this important legislation passed. The new law goes into effect July 1.
Texas: PETA Blasts Proposed Right To Hunt As "Bloody Pastime"
The Virginia-based radical "animal rights" group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) this week attacked Texas' plan to offer voters, on this November's ballot, a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish.
Calling hunting a "bloody pastime," PETA's senior vice president, Lisa Lange, told the San Antonio Current that the proposed amendment is "bizarre and frivolous"—maybe because such constitutional protections, now in force in 18 other states, would block PETA's goal of outlawing all hunting and fishing.
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Indeed, as NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris W. Cox noted, "Adoption of the Right to Hunt and Fish amendment will safeguard the hunters and anglers of Texas from extreme animal rights groups dedicated to abolishing America’s outdoor tradition." If you’re in Texas, please let your representatives know about your support for the amendmenthere.
Bill Names Texas Highway After Chris Kyle
The Texas Senate has approved House Bill 1187, which will name a section of U.S. Highway 287 after U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Kyle, the legendary sniper featured in the popular American Sniper book and film, was killed in 2013 by a disturbed veteran he was trying to counsel.
Once Gov. Greg Abbott signs the bill, the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway will be established in Midlothian, Texas, where Kyle attended high school.
Louisiana Measure Targets Gun Safety
A measure that just passed the Louisiana State House by a 93-to-3 vote would provide for firearm safety training for elementary students in the state.
Rep. Blake Miguez, a competitive shooter and former “Top Shot” contestant, sponsored the bill, saying, “The goal is to save children’s lives and protect our youth.”
The measure allows for public school districts to allocate time and funding to administer gun safety lessons modeled after the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. Since it’s introduction in 1988, the Eddie Eagle Program has taught 28 million children what to do if they find a gun: “STOP! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up.”
The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
Atlanta Man Turns Tables On Carjacker
Hashim Fannin of East Point, Ga., had just pulled into a grocery store parking lot in northwest Atlanta and put his car in park. When his car doors automatically unlocked, a man allegedly slipped into his back seat and announced, “You know what this is.”
Fannin says that he pulled out his gun and, “… asked him to get out of the car, probably not in those exact words …. I told him no, there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car.” He held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived. This was not Fannin’s first time to fight back: In 2011 he thwarted a robbery with a firearm.