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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Armed Bystander Shoots Convenience Store Robber

A man who allegedly pulled a 9 mm handgun on a female convenience store clerk in Knoxville, Tenn., is dead—and the employee is unhurt—following the actions of a courageous bystander. The armed citizen, identified as a friend of the clerk, was sitting in his car when he witnessed the robbery occurring. He entered the store and fired one shot, hitting the assailant.

Police officers said that no charges will be pressed, and a country prosecutor confirmed that Tennessee law fully recognizes the right of a third-party individual to defend the safety of someone being threatened by an armed attacker.


Job Offers Pour In For Pardoned Police Hopeful

The ordeal faced by Steffon Josey-Davis galvanized supporters of gun rights, and we celebrated when it was reported that he had received a full pardon. One question remained: After fighting for so long to regain his ability to join a police force, would he make the cut? Would potential employers be reluctant to consider such a high-profile candidate?

The answer turns out to be a very happy one: Josey-Davis reports having received letters of encouragement—and even outright job offers—from law-enforcement organizations across the country. That he fought so long and hard to be eligible for a life of service to the community speaks volumes of his integrity and drive. It appears that police departments got the message.


A Blue Card Bonfire In Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas will no longer stay in Vegas … at least not when it comes to Clark County’s gun registry. The infamous “blue card” ordinance—a law requiring registration of handguns—has come to an end with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s signing of Senate Bill 175. And with it, the 67-year cache of gun owner information will also come to an end, as the Las Vegas Metro Police Department has announced that they will destroy the 1.4 million handgun registrations. 

“The records must be destroyed after one year,” said Officer Jesse Roybal, spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Public Information. “We still have paper, digital and microfiche registrations. We will physically make sure the paper and microfiche are shredded and the digital registrations are deleted.”

That’s welcome news for gun owners in the county, some of whom have already held blue card shredding parties.


A Victory For Transparency In The Keystone State

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has ruled that the city of Lancaster cannot continue withholding the list of donors to a fund set up to defend the city’s gun-control ordinances in court. The fund was established after NRA filed a lawsuit concerning several restrictive municipal firearm ordinances, including a requirement that gun owners alert authorities within 72 hours if they realize their gun has been lost or stolen. 

Lawyer and gun-rights blogger Joshua Prince, of Bechtelsville, originally requested this information under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. The city initially refused, citing an exemption—but the Office of Open Records ruled Friday that “[a]s the donor lists were created by the city, they are presumptively subject to public access.”

This is good news for residents who value transparency from their local government, and for area gun owners who can now ensure the businesses they patronize reflect their values.


Kamala Harris Renews Attack On Self-Defense

If you follow concealed-carry jurisprudence, you’re likely familiar with California’s Peruta v. San Diego County (2014). Three appellate judges reviewed the case and decided (2-1) that San Diego’s “good cause” condition for granting permits violated the Second Amendment, and the county abandoned its defense of the provision.

In a perverse but unsurprising intrusion, state Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the 9th Circuit to rehear the case, but that petition was denied. A judge on the Court then requested a member-by-member vote to rehear the case en banc (by the whole bench, and which did succeed); Peruta was set aside in the interim, and barred from citation. Given the anti-gun majority on the 9th Circuit, it’s unlikely law-abiding Californians will be able to carry outside the home anytime soon. 

All the while, no doubt, AG Kamala Harris and those appellate judges will have their taxpayer-funded bodyguards handy.


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