“The Second Amendment has most recently been interpreted to grant the right of gun ownership to individuals for purposes that include self-defense.”—Cornell Law School webpage
Whoever wrote the preceding may need to hit the books a bit harder if they believe an individual right to bear arms is a “recent interpretation.” They could start with U.S. v. Emerson (2001): “We have found no historical evidence that the Second Amendment … applies only to members of a select militia … the Second Amendment applies to and protects individual Americans.” The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005), the Firearm Owners Protection Act (1986), the Property Requisition Act (1941) and the Freedmen’s Bureau Act (1866) likewise recognize individual Second Amendment rights.
In fact, the individual right to self-defense being enumerated as law pre-dates our Bill of Rights by at least 100 years—meaning Cornell missed the mark by only about three centuries.
Will CeaseFire Ever Cease Lying?
A gun-control group filmed a fake clerk in a fake NYC gun store informing “first-time gun buyers” their guns were all involved in mass shootings or accidental deaths. The spot claims, “Hidden cameras captured the gun buyers’ reactions.”
Now we’ve learned the buyers were fake, too: The filming permit, obtained from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media through a Freedom of Information request, reveals, “Actors are interviewed on camera in a fake gun store.” The claim that they opened a “gun store” in NYC “as a hidden camera social experiment” was no more true than an episode of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
This stunningly unethical “social experiment” comes from CeasefireUSA.org, whose website includes links to articles like “Reporters’ ethical responsibilities when covering mass shootings.”
Message to CeasefireUSA: You can’t lie to us and then lecture us … especially on ethics.
Nevada Bill Awaits Governor’s Action
A measure that would make sweeping changes to Nevada’s gun laws has passed both the Assembly and Senate and is now awaiting action on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, key provisions of SB 175 include ending Clark County’s “blue card” law, which mandates that owners of handguns register them with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department; honoring more out-of-state concealed-weapons permits for those visiting Nevada; and extending the “Castle Doctrine,” which currently allows residents to use lethal force to protect themselves in their homes, to include occupied vehicles. A proposal to remove restrictions for licensed concealed-carry permit holders to carry firearms on Nevada school campuses has stalled.
Gov. Sandoval has eight days to sign SB 175 into law.
Speaking Out On New Hampshire Carry
Democrat New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan insists that the majority of Granite Staters support the current law allowing the decision of who gets a concealed-carry permit and who doesn’t to be left to the discretion of the police chief.
She has already said she would veto permitless carry legislation, and points to an April poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling that purports more than 70 percent of residents want to keep the law as is.
The Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire begs to differ. In a poll of their own, that organization queried 833 registered voters on topics relating to the right to self-defense, permitless carry and out-of-state money being used to fund efforts to defeat carry laws in the state. That organization’s tally showed starkly different results—not only did 71 percent oppose the current concealed-carry law, but across the board the voters were solidly pro-Second Amendment.
Tulsa Store Owner Deters Robber
The proprietor of a convenience store in midtown Tulsa, Okla., was working the register when a man came into the business wearing all black clothing and black face paint. Not surprisingly, the man’s next point of order was to demand money.
The store owner drew a pistol and commanded the suspect to exit the premises, which he did. The armed citizen was happy that no one was hurt in the exchange: “I was just hoping I’m not going to kill him and he would be wise enough to just leave.”