A program underway in Baltimore, Md., gives residents the opportunity to turn in an unwanted firearm—and receive a Google Chromebook laptop in return. The initiative was described as “an effort to remove guns from homes while highlighting computer-related careers for Baltimore’s youth.” Of course, this seems like an inadvisable time to be removing guns from the homes of law-abiding citizens, as the city is experiencing a spike in violent crime.
One of the demonstrated problems with gun buyback programs is that they typically net firearms from people with no criminal inclinations. Another is that the guns that are turned in are often not worth whatever is offered in compensation, which is at best a waste of resources, and at worst a means of funding criminal gangs. The latter seems not to have been an issue here, though: 70 laptops were made available for trading, but in the end only 17 guns were turned in.
Permit Holder Stops Attack On Mother And Child
FOX 32 Chicago reports that a Cincinnati man with a gun in each hand fired upon a woman and her 1-year-old son, among others, until he was stopped by a concealed-carry permit holder.
The permit holder, Patrick Ewing, approached 62-year-old Thomas McCary as he was arguing with Ewing’s sister, Jeaneta Walker. McCary pulled a .38-caliber handgun and fired three shots at Ewing; Ewing returned fire with his own legal weapon, hitting McCary in the leg.
McCary retreated into his home, but quickly returned with a gun in each hand, firing several more rounds at Walker, her son and a third man. Ewing again engaged McCary to distract him as the intended victims fled indoors, and McCary was forced back into his apartment.
McCary was later arrested at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and booked on felony assault charges.
North Carolina: Pro-Gun Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk
The North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 562 late Monday in a bipartisan vote of 40-9. The omnibus legislation now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for signing.
While the bill was stripped of some of its original provisions, it still provides some important and much-needed pro-gun reforms. These include:
More standardization in approving concealed handgun and pistol purchase permits;
Expanded campus carry that allows guns in school parking lots;
15-day window for Chief Law Enforcement Officer approvals on National Firearms Act items;
Shooting range protections;
Strengthened state preemption laws; and
Removal of restrictions against short-barreled rifles for hunting.
The NRA supported this final measure and is urging Gov. McCrory to sign it into law. The governor has already signed other pro-gun legislation this session.
Use Your Power!
If you live in North Carolina, please contact the governor and express your support for HB 562. Consult NRA-ILA’s “Write Your Lawmakers” online toolhere.
Los Angeles Considers Standard-Capacity Mag Ban, Ignores Other Gun Laws
Under the proposed new ban on possession, pushed by Democrat Councilman Paul Krekorian, current owners of these standard-capacity magazines would have 60 days to either remove them from the city, surrender them to the Los Angeles Police Department to be destroyed, or sell or transfer them in accordance with state law.
Instead of passing new gun bans that criminals ignore and prosecutors neglect—while leaving good, law-abiding citizens disarmed—maybe Los Angeles should improve its shameful record as one of the worst cities in the U.S. when it comes to enforcing existing federal gun laws against criminals.
Proponents For Ending Military Gun-Free Zones Hit Roadblocks
Those calling for an end to gun-free zones for military personnel serving within the United States are running into roadblocks, according to recent reports in the Washington Times.
According to the newspaper, federal law gives the secretaries of the various armed forces the power to arm military employees if there’s a threat to a particular military base. But since most recruitment centers are located in malls or in public places, it’s unclear whether the law applies to recruiters or reservists.
Joe Kasper, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the variety of state and local laws is the problem. “As much as we would like to say you have to arm all these guys, it’s too problematic through the huge patchwork of state and local laws, and that creates a huge patchwork of complications,” Kasper told the Times. “You’d run into problems, and it would be in their interest to have their authorization from Congress.”
Pastor Shoots Intruder At Church
A pistol-packing Texas pastor has once again intervened in a criminal act, shooting a burglar inside his church early Tuesday morning. According to police, Pastor Benny Holmes was asleep in his church office around 6 a.m. when he heard an intruder bust down a door.
Holmes grabbed his 9 mm pistol and confronted the man, shooting him in the shoulder. Described by police as a transient with an extensive criminal record, the suspect, Marvin Lee Blue, 27, is expected to survive.
This is the second time in less than a year that Pastor Holmes’ proactive defense of his home and property has made national headlines. Last fall he held a woman stealing packages from his front porch at gunpoint until police arrived, and he reportedly preached a sermon telling congregants that God wants them to arm themselves following this incident.