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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Legislation Would Ease Gun Restrictions For Military Spouses

A bill has been introduced that would make it easier for military spouses to purchase a firearm, allowing the husband or wife of a service member to buy a gun in the state where their spouse is stationed.

The legislation, authored by Senators Mike Rounds, Steve Daines, James Inhofe, Mike Enzi and Mike Crapo, would also allow military spouses to buy a gun in a neighboring state if the service member crosses a state’s border to go to their base.

According to Sen. Rounds’ office, military spouses are currently limited to legally buying a gun in the state they permanently reside in. The proposed legislation would remove these restrictions.

“At a time of increased threats on military bases and to members of our Armed Forces, it is as important as ever to give military families the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones,” he said in a statement.


Florida Campus Carry Bill To Return In 2016

The Florida state legislature will once again consider a bill to allow approved students to carry concealed firearms on college grounds. Rep. Greg Steube filed the bill, which is scheduled for the 2016 session. A similar bill was debated last session but ultimately stalled.

While opponents of campus carry have been quick to speculate about its consequences, the record of how implementation looks across the country is increasingly clear. According to NRA lobbyist and past president Marion Hammer, “Those opponents who don’t have the facts on their side resort to that kind of emotional debate. They cannot document that that is a problem in any of the nine states that currently allow guns on campus.”


Elderly California Woman Scares Off Would-Be Rapists

A senior citizen in Big Sur was allegedly attacked by two men who entered her home carrying knives and tried to rape her and take her possessions. She managed to get hold of a firearm, at which point both men fled. The suspects are still on the loose and are being pursued by deputies from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.


Legislators Try To Keep Up The Pressure On Gun Retailers

When anti-gunners fail to accomplish their goals by legislative means, they love to fall back on the old “name and shame” tactic. Since the push to close the so-called “loophole” allowing gun purchases to proceed when a background check takes more than three days is likely going nowhere, some U.S. senators are attempting to bully retailers into making the change internally.

Thirteen senators issued a letter to Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and EZPAWN in July, demanding that the companies not sell any firearms without a complete background check. Having been met with silence, two of those senators are now calling for a boycott of the stores. What many don’t realize is that three days is already more than sufficient for an “instant” check; refusing to enforce any time limit gives the FBI the de facto power of refusing to sell you a gun just because it doesn’t like something about you.


Plea Deal For ‘Fast And Furious’ Killer Of U.S. Border Patrol Agent

The Obama Justice Department made a plea-bargain deal Monday with Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, one of seven men charged in the 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry—whose murder was linked to firearms smuggled to the Mexican drug cartels through the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” scheme—that will allow the alleged killer to avoid the death penalty while allowing the administration to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, or worse.

Under the deal, Burboa-Alvarez agreed to one count of murder, along with a 30-year prison sentence—the same plea deal given to co-defendant Manuel Osorio-Arellanes—in exchange for the government dropping all other charges, including that he killed Terry with “malice aforethought” and interfered with federal investigators.

Through “Fast and Furious,” thousands of guns were smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico that have since been linked to hundreds of murders in both countries.


Seattle City Council Passes Gun-Tax Bill

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve both a mandatory reporting bill and a gun-tax bill. “I’m grateful for my colleagues’ full support for both these measures,” City Council President Tim Burgess said.

Burgess has been criticized for being too conservative for left-wing bastion Seattle, and many believe his introduction of these bills just before his run for re-election is no coincidence. Still, he said, “City government can and must pursue innovative gun safety measures that save lives and save money.”

How many lives will it save? We can look to Chicago for the answer. Cook County enacted a similar measure 2 years ago (so much for innovative …), but shootings are up, with over 1,600 people shot so far in 2015.

As for money, with gun owners paying more to practice a constitutional right, and businesses faced with moving outside city limits, the only people who will save any are criminals.


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