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Friday, July 3, 2015

LA Sheriff To Melt 3,400 Guns

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has announced it will melt 3,400 guns next Monday. An LASD press release announcing the 22nd Annual Gun Melt claimed the firearms “… will never be used again to commit a crime, or to threaten, intimidate or harm an innocent victim.”

But were any of these guns actually used in a crime? It’s unclear how many of the guns were collected from criminals versus through “gun buyback” efforts, but what is clear is that criminologists have proven such programs to be horribly ineffective. The vast majority of guns collected are old hunting rifles and rusty revolvers, and the LASD doesn’t even bother to trace them for possible criminal involvement.

That still doesn’t stop the LASD from making its spurious claim. The truth is that on July 6, the Los Angeles sheriff will be staging a political event—not fighting crime.


Ex-Anchor’s Husband Kills Robber At Motel

CNN television personalities aren’t usually known for their affinity for firearms, but former anchor Lynne Russell is an exception: She and her husband, Chuck de Caro, are both concealed-carry permit holders. A would-be robber in Albuquerque, N.M., found that out the hard way when he tried to take advantage of the vacationing couple.

De Caro was reportedly emerging from the shower when a man produced a gun and pushed Russell into their motel room. After an initial exchange of words—during which Russell apparently slipped her husband a gun in her purse—the suspect opened fire. De Caro shot back, fatally injuring the assailant; de Caro was also shot, but not badly injured. While de Caro’s law-enforcement background might be a factor, it’s nice to see a media figure who understands the real value of self-defense.


Minnesota Pro-Gun Laws Take Effect

Several important pro-gun provisions of Senate File 878 went into effect on Wednesday, further bolstering gun rights in Minnesota. Most notably, gun owners in the state are now legally allowed to own and possess suppressors, and the use of suppressors for hunting will become legal on Aug. 1.

Several other pro-gun provisions also went into effect on Tuesday:

  • Minnesotans, like residents of 40 other states, can now purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states.
  • Current statute allows permit holders to carry on the capitol complex as long as permit holders “notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate.” This law updates and clarifies the statute to provide that application for a permit constitutes “notification,” as required.
  • Language was changed to help resolve carry permit reciprocity issues.

The Second Reigns Supreme In Missouri

Last August, Missouri voters went to the polls and made a stand for their Second Amendment freedoms. They overwhelmingly passed Constitutional Amendment 5, which enables Missourians to own, carry and use a firearm for self-defense or sporting purposes without fear of political overreach. The voters made their voice heard. 

But Michael Bloomberg went tone-deaf and tuned out the defeat. He then responded in the only way he knows how—with cold cash. He funded a lawsuit that challenged the ballot as “insufficient.” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Moms Demand Action organizer Rebecca Morgan tried to convince the court that the voters who supported the amendment last August were misled by a ballot summary that failed to properly explain the amendment. 

But this week the Missouri Supreme Court disagreed, upholding the election results as valid. We can only presume that Bloomberg had his hands over his ears for the verdict.


To Be An American

“I now know what it means to be an American.” Scot Spooner chokes up as he says those words. “It’s a good deal being a civilian in this country.” 

Scot and his brother Tom joined the Army and ascended through the elite ranks and service of Army Special Forces and Special Operations. Their story is one of achievement and success, both in and out of uniform. However, success comes amidst the trials and tribulations of their personal affliction with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

NRA Life of Duty introduced us to the Spooners through one of their Patriot Profiles. In this poignant excerpt, Scot talks about the sacrifices made and freedom earned. “It’s pretty damn amazing to be an American in this country.” Watch the video here.


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