Ohio state senators added language to the state’s biennial budget bill this week that would block journalists from viewing records on Concealed Handgun License holders, including documents detailing the issuance, renewal, suspension or revocation of those licenses.
Although current law forbids journalists from copying or otherwise recording information on license holders in Ohio, Jessica Heffner, a staff writer for The Middletown Journal, was able to compile and publish a list of Ohio elected officials holding licenses by viewing the database and “committing to memory” the names of those licensees.
The new language added to the budget bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Joe Uecker, would prevent the media from viewing and thereby publishing these records, as they have done in other states, exposing gun owners to targeting by burglars and other criminals.
Woman Attempts To Rob Armed Pharmacist With Fake Gun
In another example of the principle that real is better than fake, a woman walked into a pharmacy in Kansas City, Mo., and demanded cash. She reportedly told the pharmacist and owner, Pete Spalitto, that she had a gun. “I’ve got a gun, too,” he replied, and aimed a .45-caliber pistol at her. She immediately fled the scene; Spalitto chased her down the street but was unable to catch her.
Police did manage to recover the bag that the would-be robber brought into the store, only to find that the “gun” inside was a plastic replica. Regarding his real firearm, Spalitto commented, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if you’re selling drugs in this day and age, you should have a gun on you.”
Common Sense Prevails In Louisiana
Louisiana House Bill 446, which will allow public school districts to allocate funding for gun safety training for elementary school students, has soared through the state legislature. The House approved it by a vote of 93-3, while the Senate agreed by 38-1. It was then unanimously concurred by the House and sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal.
HB 446 designates NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program as its primary inspiration, although the final form of the bill allows schools to use alternative curricula. While guns are the subject of a highly polarized debate in America, it is comforting to see that gun safety—particularly for our children—is something that can inspire overwhelming bipartisan support.
Sheriff Keeps Guns Accessible For Sacramento Residents
Getting a concealed-carry permit in California is, on average, no easy task. This is a “may-issue” state, meaning that any permit application may be denied by law-enforcement agencies at their discretion. But looking at the averages doesn’t give you a great sense of the outliers: The sheriff of San Francisco County hasn’t issued a single permit in years.
Contrast this state of affairs to Sacramento County, where Sheriff Scott Jones has issued thousands of concealed-carry permits since taking office. “It was very early on that I realized this was something on the minds of a lot of people,” Jones said. “My personal feelings were that I would be more permissive. If an applicant is concerned and wants to protect their personal safety, that’s enough …” Sheriff Jones is doing a great thing for Sacramento residents; however, their rights should be enshrined in law, not dependent on the benevolence of one man.
Did They Even Read It?
In this recent article, Huffington Post Canada proves it’s not above ignoring facts in favor of pushing gun-control ideals.
Writing against Bill C-42, HuffPoC attempts to build the case that C-42 and other recent gun laws could increase violence. Yet actually, while gun-control laws have been “whittled down,” crime in Canada has steadily dropped. Between 2012, when the long-gun registry expired, to 2013, homicide fell 8 percent to the lowest since 1966; firearm-related homicides fell to the lowest ever recorded.
From 2012 to 2013, only 131 Canadians were killed by firearms of any kind. While even one homicide is too many, Canadians are more likely to be stabbed than shot—40 percent of homicides in that time period were stabbings.
Not that any of this isn’t a completely moot point—Bill C-42’s purpose is to streamline paperwork and will in no way loosen restrictions on who can own guns.
Legislators Take License With Our Liberties
Anti-gun politicians continue to try to put up obstacles on the path to owning a firearm. The latest came on Thursday in the form of the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015, legislation that would require that prospective handgun buyers provide police with photographs and fingerprints and submit to a background check in order to receive a permit to purchase. It would be required for all purchases—in stores, at shows, and even private sales between family and friends.
The bill is led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. It’s modeled after a similar law in place in Connecticut, one of the strictest gun-control states in the nation.
“The fact is, gun control doesn’t make us safe,” said Jennifer Baker, NRA spokeswoman. “It creates more victims.” But then, anti-gunners have never let facts stand in the way of their agenda.
Use Your Power!
Tell your representatives that you don’t want to see the federal government making radical inroads on your rights. Call (202)224-3121, or write online using NRA-ILA’s helpful “Write Your Lawmakers” featurehere.