District of Columbia citizens earned a rare gun-rights victory when U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. struck down the ban on public carrying as unconstitutional in July 2014. Alan Gura, of Gura & Possessky, represented the plaintiffs who challenged that ban in Palmer v. District of Columbia.
In the aftermath of Scullin’s decision, the D.C. government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Gura. Notice of the settlement was filed with the court late Thursday.
In a touch of irony, residents who long fought against the District’s anti-gun policies now find themselves footing the bill for city council’s failed legal efforts to keep those strict gun regulations in place. We can only take heart in knowing that anti-gun residents help make up the taxpayer base, too, and will also be giving their fair share.
Armed Residents End Man’s Bizarre Spree Of Violence
Detectives were called out to a house in Mesa, Ariz. on Friday morning, arriving on the scene to find Daniel Kresowaty, 25, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Kresowaty, who had broken into the home, was reported to be acting irrationally and yelling at the residents when he was shot.
The authorities are also linking Kresowaty to two other scenes after Department of Public Safety officers found a car on fire just down the street from where the home invasion occurred. The car was registered to a home in Gilbert belonging to Kresowaty. When police went to the home, they found the garage door open and a disturbance inside the house.
The investigation is ongoing and many questions still remain. “It really is, in this case, about as confusing and complicated as it sounds,” said Mesa Detective Steve Berry. Fortunately, the residents who defended themselves were not hurt in this streak of violent behavior.
Local Libertarian Party Sues N.Y. Over Pistol Permitting Law
The Erie County Libertarian Party has filed a lawsuit against N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo challenging the state’s pistol permit law. Called the Sullivan Act after the Tammany Hall politician who sponsored it in 1911, the law requires residents to obtain a permit to own any firearm small enough to be concealed.
The group claims the law is “overly burdensome” for several reasons. One is cost: In NYC, fees total nearly $430—and since they’re non-refundable, you may be paying through the nose just to be told, “No.” Wait times are also at issue: NYC’s application states waits of up to eight months aren’t uncommon, and Rochester’s county clerk requests applicants not even bother asking about application status until after nine months. Furthermore, differences in policies and procedures—and who’s in charge of permitting—mean the odds of approval vary greatly between counties.
The suit is currently before U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr.
Iowa Activists Gather Signatures For “Stand Your Ground” Law
Self-defense advocates collected petition signatures over the weekend calling for Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa, where state Sen. Rick Bertrand has proposed legislation to protect those forced to use a firearm in self-defense.
Although most states currently have some form of Stand Your Ground laws, similar legislation died in the Iowa state senate last year. Under current Iowa law, a person who feels endangered must attempt to retreat before resorting to force, according to Sioux City’s ABC9 News.
But as advocates of Stand Your Ground point out, those targeted by criminals are too easily victimized by the current law—as illustrated by a recent case in which a former policeman, attacked while in his car, was forced to use a firearm in self-defense and spent 112 days in jail for doing so.
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Murders Up Sharply In Nation’s Gun-Ban Paradise
Washington, D.C.—gun-control mecca and home of the nearly-impossible-to-obtain handgun carry permit—is experiencing a sharp jump in murders this year, leaving city officials scratching their heads and wondering how to battle the increased violence.
A weekend Washington Poststory reported that the District has experienced 93 homicides this year, a 23-percent increase over the 72 reported at the same time last year. Also according to the Post, violence is spilling over into parts of the city that have largely been unaffected in the past.
Here’s a suggestion for D.C. officials: Do what the courts have twice ordered you to do, and begin issuing carry permits to law-abiding citizens who wish to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. Nothing else you have tried has worked, and past evidence shows that expanding the Right to Carry corresponds with lower violent crime rates wherever it has been tried.