The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that would block funding for Operation Choke Point, a scheme whereby the Justice Department and FDIC pressured financial institutions to cut off credit and banking services to lawful firearms dealers and other so-called "high-risk" industries blacklisted by the Obama administration.
“While I had hoped that the unprecedented Operation Choke Point would have been far behind us by now, it was once again necessary to offer an amendment to the annual Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations legislation to prohibit funding for it,” said Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., who sponsored the amendment.
Next the appropriations bill—along with the amendment barring funding for Operation Choke Point—must clear the U.S. Senate.
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Business Owner Shoots Robber
James Avant, the owner of a Kwik Kash in Odessa, Texas, must have looked like an easy mark as he sat in his vehicle in the parking lot, preparing to take a money bag inside the store. When he got out, a man allegedly sprayed him with pepper spray and punched him repeatedly before taking the bag and attempting to escape on a bicycle. Avant pursued on foot, at which point the suspect pulled out a gun and shot at him. Avant drew his own pistol and returned fire, killing his attacker.
Police have not filed charges against Avant, and the district attorney commented that charges were unlikely. Everyone appears to recognize that Avant acted within his rights, and perhaps the message will get out that the Odessa Kwik Kash is no soft target.
Bloomberg Fooled Mets, Just Like He Fooled Mayors
On Tuesday, the New York Mets posed in orange shirts as part of Michael Bloomberg’s Gun Violence Awareness Day. Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety declared the “national” day (apparently anyone can do so now) and enlisted figures such as deposed CNN gun-hating host Piers Morgan and Chicago’s anti-gun mayor Rahm Emanuel to wear orange for this latest mutation of their national gun-banning crusade.
However, they apparently hid their true intentions from the team: On Wednesday, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee tweeted, “This is not why I put on that shirt this day. I in no way support Bloomberg/Morgan or gun control.”
Gee can be forgiven for being duped: He joins a slew of American mayors who left Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns after discovering that his real purpose was to ban all guns, not just the illegal ones.
House Votes On Gun Restoration For Non-Violent Felons
Congress is one step closer to resolving an unjust state of affairs that would have let one mistake bar many Americans from gun ownership indefinitely. While non-violent felons have historically been able to petition BATFE to regain their gun ownership rights, the agency has lacked the capacity to process these applications since Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote a provision 23 years ago blocking appropriations. This meant that felons who had paid their debt to society and posed no risk were left without the ability to defend themselves.
An amendment approved by the House last week would allow the processing of petitions to resume, meaning that many deserving Americans might soon be able to buy firearms again.
Maine House Approves “Permitless” Concealed Carry Bill
Another state has joined in the growing movement to deregulate concealed carry, giving residents 21 and over the freedom to exercise their Second Amendment right without having to apply for a state permit. The Maine House approved LD 652 in a vote of 87-60 on Thursday; Maine already does not require a permit for open carry.
Gov. Paul LePage stated his intention to veto any permitless carry—often called “constitutional” carry—measure that did not apply to all adult members of the military, so an amendment was added specifying that service men and women only needed to be 18 or older to carry unlicensed. While Maine residents still have the incentive to acquire a permit in order to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states, this bill stands to further deregulate legal self-defense and empower the vulnerable.
N.J. Anti-Gun Laws Enable Murderer
The case of a New Jersey woman who was murdered this week because New Jersey authorities dragged their feet on her application for a handgun permit proves yet again that the state’s draconian gun laws are incredibly dangerous to law-abiding citizens, even though criminals are happy to ignore them.
According to press reports, hairdresser Carol Bowne believed her ex—a convicted felon—might kill her, so she applied for a restraining order and, on April 21, applied for the license. The restraining order was granted, but the gun license was still under consideration when the ex, Michael Eitel, stabbed Browne to death Wednesday night in the driveway of her home.
The sad episode is further proof that a piece of paper, like a restraining order, won’t stop an armed criminal from hurting anyone they please. As Bowne’s fellow hairdresser Denise Lovallo said, “She did absolutely everything she was supposed to do.”