In response to rising crime rates in Panama, its national government is ending a ban on firearm imports. Under the import ban, which went into effect in 2012, only state security officials are allowed to import firearms.
However, Panama, which shares a border with the illegal drug-producing nation of Colombia, is currently experiencing an increase in crime and gang activity. Panama’s murder rate is four times that of the United States, whereas its gun ownership rate is one-fourth that of the United States.
In announcing the lifting of the firearm import ban, Public Safety Minister Rodolfo Aguilera said, “We will follow in the footsteps of the United States and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms is believed to lead to fewer homicides.”
L.A. Turns Lawful Gun Owners Into Criminals
The Los Angeles City Council turned thousands of the city’s gun owners into criminals by banning possession of legally acquired magazines that come standard with millions of firearms—possession that had previously been grandfathered.
The council eliminated the protection for detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Owners have 60 days in which to remove them from the city, sell them or give them to the police.
Is there any precedent for arresting citizens for possession of an item acquired legally? We don’t ban possession of antique cars because they don’t have seat belts, nor jail long-time owners of classic pianos with ivory keys. But now, L.A. has given itself the power to arrest thousands of law-abiding gun owners who have no criminal record or intent.
Ominously, mayor Eric Garcetti promised more such action, saying, “We will not wait for Washington to act; we are ready to act now.”
Zimbabwe Lifts Ban On Hunting Lions, Leopards And Elephants
Following a ban that lasted less than two weeks, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Environment has lifted a temporary suspension on lion, leopard and elephant hunting.
According to a news release sent to Safari Club International by the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association, the goal of the suspension—to gain clarity and understand the position of stakeholders following the possibly illegal killing of a collared lion—has been met.
The news release included a few new conditions to be met at this time: Some additional regulations and paperwork have been introduced to reinforce accountability of operators to the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority; lion, leopard and elephant hunts will be compulsorily attended by a member of the Authority at the expense of the landowner; no further hunting of collared iconic animals will be allowed; and individuals involved in illegal hunting activities will be banned from hunting in Zimbabwe for life.
Senators Stand Up For First And Second Amendment Rights
Back in June we covered a threatening move from the Obama administration with the potential to muzzle gun-related information—ranging from blueprints to basic modification tips—by revising the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). (For a good summary of what NRA and others are doing to stop this, see this NRA-ILA feature.) While the mainstream media largely ignores the danger, First and Second Amendment activists are rising to the occasion—and they’re getting some support from lovers of freedom within the U.S. Senate.
A group of 28 senators, led by Steve Daines, R-Mont., submitted a letter to John Kerry demanding that the proposed ITAR revision be dropped. The senators said that they “urge the State Department to modify or delay these misguided changes to the ITAR in order to ensure they do not violate the First and Second Amendments, or until commonly owned firearms and ammunition are not adversely impacted.”
Former Marine Fires Through Door To Thwart Home Invasion
Former U.S. Marine and SpaceX employee Eric Walters was asleep in his Hewitt, Texas, home around 1:45 a.m. Friday when he heard a knock at the door. Immediately suspicious, he grabbed a weapon, but when he saw only one man through the peephole, he decided to crack the door to ask what he wanted.
A second man then ran around the corner toward him with his gun drawn. At that point, Walters’ training kicked in: Knowing he wouldn’t have time to aim and fire, he slammed the door, then fired six rounds through it toward the suspects. The two ran away and remain at large, but Walters—who says he was trying to protect his wife and children, one of whom is only seven weeks old—believes they got the message.
“If you’re going to try to harm me by force, you’re going to have to deal with force as well,” he said.
Burglar Undeterred By Alarm But Rationally Scared Of Guns
A 79-year-old man in Bremerton, Wash., was able to successfully deploy a handgun and prevent harm to his 80-year-old wife and himself when a very determined burglar entered their home at 3:30 a.m. Five shots were fired at the fleeing burglar.
The bad news is that the burglar was not dissuaded from entering the home by an alarm system. The alarm response wasn’t sufficiently rapid to allow the criminal to be captured.
The crucial upshot is this: While most Americans benefit from the protection of the world’s best cops, those dedicated LE men and women cannot be everywhere. For meaningful, timely personal defense, you are on your own whether you admit it to yourself or not.