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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Texas Campus Concealed Carry Advances

Senate Bill 11 was passed by the Texas House just minutes before it was due to expire. Despite intentional delays by opponents, the measure was approved by more than a 2-to-1 margin, and adds dorms, classrooms and cafeterias to the areas where licensed adults can carry their concealed defensive weapons. Gov. Greg Abbott has committed to sign it.

It’s interesting to note that campus carry is already legal and has not, as the likes of Representative Ramon Romero predicted, been “a horrible idea.” Adding a few building types seems unlikely to foment new disaster: Relatively few students can carry due to age limitations, and other persons who wish to (like staff and faculty) must still be adults and pass the rigorous NICS background check. Thirty-plus years of CCW data prove the vast majority of these folks can be trusted.


Rahm-Rodding Gun Rights

Memorial Day weekend in Chicago was appallingly violent: 43 citizens were shot, and nine of them killed. Chicago’s shootings are up a staggering 40 percent over this time last year, and homicides are up 29 percent.

How will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel respond to this murderous surge? At a luncheon honoring police, Emanuel pronounced, “It is not just about how many police you have, it is about the quantity of guns that are on the street so we actually have gun laws that back up the men and women we just recognized.”

Emanuel knows that, despite losing in the U.S. Supreme Court, Chicago still severely restricts gun ownership. He also knows that his police are so overwhelmed that the FBI, DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service had to send agents in 2012.

Blaming gun laws can’t hide the fact that, sometimes, it is about how many police you have.


Anti-Gun D.C. Officials Hope To Win Battle Before Losing War

Last week, U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin granted a preliminary injunction stopping the District of Columbia from requiring concealed-carry permit applicants to prove they have “good reason” for wanting to carry. But it seems anti-gun officials aren’t willing to give up.

In a motion filed on Tuesday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine requested Scullin to stay the ruling while the District pursues an appeal. “Granting an administrative stay would minimize unnecessary disruption and confusion,” he wrote, adding that if the injunction were overturned, any carry permits granted in the interim may be subject to revocation.

Why Racine believes that transitioning to a shall-issue system would result in more “disruption and confusion” than continuing with the current system is a mystery to us. Fortunately, precedent set in Heller, McDonald and other Second Amendment cases is crystal clear, and we have “good reason” to believe the courts will ultimately favor freedom.


Amendment Targets Choke Point

An amendment introduced late last week in the U.S. Senate to the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act would prohibit federal banking and credit union regulators from implementing or participating in the Obama administration's Department of Justice-originated “Operation Choke Point.”

The amendment, by Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, targets the Obama administration program that pressures banks to sever or avoid business relationships with legitimate industries that are considered politically objectionable, including firearms and ammunition sales. The amendment passed the Senate Banking Committee on a 13-9 vote with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., joining the Republicans in voting in favor.

The legislation containing the amendment next moves to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate.


“Earnestly” On The Wrong Track

With 29 people shot in Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend, you’d think those in authority would realize that Maryland’s extremely restrictive gun laws aren’t working. And you’d be wrong.

Rather than address the problem of runaway crime, violent armed youth and police with all-time low morale, even the president is focusing on the wrong answer. “Obviously there’s some common sense things we could do—certainly passage of some gun safety laws in Congress that could keep guns out of the hands of criminals would be one thing that we could do to try to limit the violence,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Earth to Earnest and his boss: Gunning down people in the streets is already illegal—even in Baltimore. Focusing on getting violent predators off the streets without further restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens would do more for Baltimore residents than all the press conference rhetoric Earnest can muster.


Cuomo Pledges Millions In Grants For Anti-Gun Projects

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the state will be issuing $13 million in grants “to combat gun violence” under the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. While it’s likely that a significant amount of this funding will go toward actually getting firearms away from those who legally can’t own them, it’s unclear how smart the methods will be: Some recipient cities like Buffalo are fans of gun buybacks, despite their lack of effectiveness.

This also looks like an area where legitimate crime prevention will shade effortlessly into gun control, as other funding recipients have been criticized for confiscating firearms—even from former first responders—on extremely dubious grounds. The entire tone of the initiative seems tailored to supporting overzealous tactics. Perhaps Gov. Cuomo is jealous of another New York politicians’ anti-gun credentials and limitless coffers.


Texas Right-To-Carry Permit Holder Stops Vehicular Attack

A Texas concealed handgun licensee used his firearm in a Bellmead, Texas, Wal-Mart parking lot to stop a man from running him down with a vehicle Saturday.

After witnessing a man stealing tools from a truck, the man called police and approached the thief, who then started putting tools back into the truck where he had stolen them. Upon learning that police were on their way, the burglar got into his own vehicle and threatened to back up over the witness, who fired a single shot through the vehicle's back window, stopping the attack.

Neither the burglar nor the witness was injured in the event. The burglar now faces charges of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, as well as Assault With a Deadly Weapon for his attempt to hit the witness.


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