After NRA-backed reforms to Missouri’s Right-to-Carry law resulted in so many additional applicants that Jackson County alone faced a backlog of 21,000 applications—forcing the sheriff's department to recommend that applicants schedule an appointment at least 90 days in advance—county officials have now approved the hiring of two additional part-time staffers to help the five other employees who process permit applications.
Paperwork first started piling up three years ago, when the first generation of permits—issued in 2005—came up for renewal. Since then, the backlog, along with the resulting wait times, have only increased, causing frustration among many gun owners.
WA Judge: Come Back When You’ve Been Arrested
A federal judge has dismissed a suit against Washington’s Initiative 594, which imposes background checks on every gun transfer, because plaintiffs hadn’t yet been prosecuted for violating the law. I-594 supporters cited the ruling as proof that gun owners should give up and go home.
U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle wrote, “Plaintiffs explicitly concede that they have no intention of violating I-594, plaintiffs have failed to allege any specific warning or threat to initiate a prosecution, and plaintiffs have failed to allege any history of past prosecution or enforcement of I-594. Therefore … the court concludes that plaintiffs have failed to show a genuine or imminent threat of prosecution …”
Because those lawful gun owners won’t even break a bad law, they will have to wait until arrested for an unwitting violation—and their lives devastatingly impacted—before they can assert their rights.
An appeal is expected.
2 Ways To Celebrate Moms
It’s always interesting to see how different organizations celebrate holidays. Mother’s Day, set for tomorrow, is an example in contrast.
For its part, the 5-million-member-strong National Rifle Association is hosting a sweepstakes, where one lucky mom can win not only flowers, but also a compact Smith & Wesson pistol and eight hours of training. In contrast, the astroturf group Moms Demand Action is encouraging its followers to make special cards for mothers, encouraging them to become supporters of restrictive gun-control legislation.
Most moms we know would much rather win the flowers, gun and training than be pushed by Michael Bloomberg’s phonies into supporting every conceivable restriction on the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.
Everytown Foists More Bogus Stats On American Public
Everytown for Gun Safety has released a recent “study” on children who have caused injuries or deaths with “unsecured” guns. The idea here was to make an impression, both with staggering numbers and by putting a human story behind each incident. But they shot themselves in the foot here—no word on whether the metaphorical firearm involved was properly secured—by making it so simple to recognize that their stats were bogus.
A Breitbart article by AWR Hawkins breaks down some of the bizarre inclusions in the list, many of which simply depict hunting or target-shooting accidents that did not produce life-threatening injuries. The guns in this category could in no way be said to be “unsecured.” It’s the infamous school shooting list all over again: When Everytown “researchers” don’t like the real numbers, they seem to have no qualms about inventing their own.
Rhode Island Joins The Rest Of U.S.
Campus police at the University of Rhode Island are carrying firearms in the line of duty. We state what sounds obvious because as of last Thursday, that wasn’t the case. URI was the only public university in the nation whose police officers were unarmed—no guns, just a shiny light on their car and badge on their chest to protect themselves and students from all the world’s evils.
If you’re wondering about the delay, perhaps we can glean some insight from Frank Annunziato, executive director of the URI chapter of the American Association of University Professors: “The worst crime that's ever done here is people smoke marijuana. This is a happy place. It’s not a place where guns are necessary.” The kicker: “We just hope the worst does not happen.”
Smoke Shop Employee Outguns Armed Robber
A DeKalb County, Ga., smoke shop employee turned the tables on two would-be robbers Thursday afternoon. Police say that around 1 p.m. two men entered the Paradise Island Smoke Shop near Lithonia, where one of them asked the lone employee to see an item on a wall shelf behind the counter. When the employee turned to retrieve it, the other man put a shotgun to the back of his head.
The employee then slowly turned around and grabbed the gun barrel, and during the ensuing struggle, pulled out his own firearm. He fired several shots, killing the armed suspect. The second suspect fled, but was arrested a few hours later. According to police, descriptions of the suspects and getaway car match those from an attempted robbery at a nearby check-cashing establishment, where two suspects were foiled by a bulletproof glass barrier.