At a public hearing over a proposed city ordinance that would require gun owners to keep firearms locked away—and thus useless for self-defense in the home—when a resident tried to speak up in opposition to the ordinance, Democrat Poughkeepsie Councilman Joe Rich became abusive, petulantly protesting “You’re not recognized!” and shouting at the resident to “Shut up!”
“I felt it was abusive for them to come there in large numbers, wearing their shirts,” Rich told the Poughkeepsie Journal. “They were accusing us of taking their Second Amendment rights. I got upset, so I stood up—I don’t have to be intimidated by outside organizations like that.”
Interestingly, the person Rich tried to silence through his temper tantrum was not only a resident of Poughkeepsie but also a constituent who lived in Rich’s own district. So much for representing the views of the people you supposedly represent!
N.C. Legislature Approves Sunday Hunting (Mostly)
North Carolina may soon join 39 other states that allow hunting with firearms on Sundays. House Bill 640, the “Outdoor Heritage Act,” passed the General Assembly Wednesday after a compromise was reached between those favoring unrestricted Sunday hunting and those opposing it for religious reasons, and is now headed to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.
The revised bill, which forbids firearm hunting between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., also includes Sunday-only prohibitions on migratory bird hunting and the use of dogs to hunt deer. The two most populous counties, Wake and Mecklenburg, are excluded, and the measure would permit other counties to pass local ordinances opting out of Sunday hunting.
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox noted that, despite the final wording, the measure represents a “positive step” that will allow more Old North State hunters to enjoy our outdoor traditions, adding that the “misguided restriction[s]” could be addressed in a future legislative session.
Illegal Drug Sales Thrive In Baltimore
Residents of Baltimore, Md., are starting to see something new: Open-air markets for controlled substances, sold largely without worry of police intervention. This phenomenon is the result of widespread looting of drugstores that put prescription medications into the hands of dealers, combined with a police force that has taken a less proactive role in the face of national scrutiny and criticism.
According to the head of the Philadelphia office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, a spike in supply has driven down prices for hard drugs such as heroin, and dealers have in many cases moved out of secluded alleys to conduct their business on city streets. The surge in sales is also driving turf wars between gangs, thought to be a major cause of the city’s climbing homicide rate. While many in the nation continue to attack our police, Baltimore residents are increasingly trapped in an environment where crime is the new norm.
Just Another “Good Guy With A Gun”
A Hollywood, Fla., pizza delivery driver may well have saved several lives this week with his weapon and quick thinking. It’s certain he thwarted an armed robbery.
Adalberto Hernandez, 24, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at the Domino’s franchise, while a masked, unnamed accomplice escaped. Miguel Nieves—who told local news that his girlfriend’s daughter works at the location—said he was glad the driver was armed: “I’m glad he was able to protect them. If not, it could have been worse.”
It remains to be seen if the driver will be fired for his actions. Domino’s has a strict no-weapons policy despite a worrisome track record for driver safety: Three drivers have been violently killed since 2012, several more have been very seriously injured, and in one particularly hideous incident in February, a 22-year old female driver in Antioch, Calif., was raped and beaten.
Man Holds Napping Burglar At Gunpoint
It wasn’t a typical Tuesday morning in the Terrell household in Manchester, N.H. When John Terrell went downstairs to make coffee, he returned with a warning to his wife: Call the police.
John had discovered an intruder sleeping in one of the upstairs guest rooms. Not only did the burglar take a nap on the job, he left a pretty big clue for the homeowners as to his presence—his shoes were sitting in the hallway outside the room he was sleeping in.
While Elinor Terrell called the police, John held the intruder at gunpoint until they arrived. Renaud “Junior” Plaisir, 28, was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. To Elinor, the most troubling item that he stole was her husband’s wallet. “He walked in on us asleep,” she said in amazement. “I can't believe we slept through it.”