A bill that would temporarily exempt gun safes and trigger locks from Michigan’s 6-percent sales tax was unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate and is now headed to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives for consideration.
Supporters hope the tax exemption will encourage gun owners to buy the firearm safety devices and decrease accidental shootings and gun theft. "Michigan should be doing everything we can to promote gun safety," said one of the bill’s sponsors, Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.
The proposed tax exemptions would take effect 90 days after becoming law and expire Jan. 1, 2018. An amendment included by Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren will require stores to notify gun buyers, in writing, of the sales tax holiday during transactions and also post a notice on the premises. If passed, Michigan would become the fifth state to exempt firearm safety devices from states sales tax, joining Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington.
Anti-Gun Group Lobbies Against Gun Safety?
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is so blinded by its hatred for gun-rights groups that it is launching a petition to cancel a grant awarded by the Department of Justice to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for its free gun lock program. You read that right—an anti-gun group opposes locking up guns.
“No taxpayer in America should have to foot the bill for a profit-focused lobby looking to improve its public image,” the CSGV decries. They urge supporters to tell DOJ to “find a better partner for gun violence prevention.”
NSSF’s Larry Keane isn’t surprised that CSGV is politicizing the grant. And he reminds everyone who the leaders are in firearm safety education: “Through efforts like PCS [NSSF’s Project ChildSafe] and other programs like the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, firearm accidents continue to decline to the lowest level since recordkeeping began over a century ago.”
Saying That You’re Winning Doesn’t Make It So
We expect no readers will be surprised by this Townhall.com headline: “Bloomberg’s Everytown Dupes Media Into Believing They’re Winning The Gun Control Fight.” Author Katie Pavlich does a great job debunking optimistic claims by the stridently anti-gun group.
In truth, NRA-backed pro-firearms bills passed at nearly a 5-to-1 rate in 2013, nearly 9-to-1 in 2014 and at a whopping 31-to-1 rate so far this year. The 2014 elections proved similar, as NRA-backed candidates won 90 percent of their races. And just this week, unfriendly CNN released poll results showing a majority of Americans do not believe firearms are too easy to purchase.
Of course, there is still lots of work left to do, as many voters in the middle don’t understand that “universal background checks” are a mechanism that can easily become registries, and subsequently abused (just ask California gun owners). That’s something to think seriously about as we approach the 2016 election.
Soft-On-Crime Stance May Have Contributed To Trooper’s Death
Last Sunday, Kentucky Trooper and Navy veteran Joseph Ponder was shot after a high-speed chase following a routine traffic stop. Ponder was trying to help 25-year-old Joseph Johnson-Shanks and his passengers when Johnson-Shanks murdered him—witnessed by two young children in Johnson-Shanks’ car. Perhaps most outrageous, however, was that Johnson-Shanks had been arrested for serious offenses before, but received a slap on the wrist by prosecutors.
According to police reports, Johnson-Shanks was pulled over for speeding on Christmas 2014, while his license was revoked. Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hampton spotted several bags of marijuana in the vehicle, and saw the suspect holding a firearm in the glovebox with the grip “positioned … toward the driver, providing instant access.” He pleaded guilty to weapons charges, but despite his record (in 2013, he fled from police while in possession of marijuana) he was given a 30-month “conditional discharge.” Had he been jailed instead, Joseph Ponder might be alive today.
Ahmed Mohamed Is Lucky His Clock Didn’t Look Like A Gun
By now pretty much everyone in the country has heard of Ahmed Mohamed, the high school freshman in Irving, Texas, who was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade digital clock to school that administrators said resembled a “hoax bomb.” While the incident highlights how American children are being brought up in an environment that privileges fear over imagination, at least the aftermath is working out to the young inventor’s advantage, with invitations to visit Facebook and the White House.
But Ahmed is fortunate that his supposed “hoax bomb” didn’t resemble a “hoax gun.” A Breitbartpost by AWR Hawkins reminds us of the stiffer penalties leveled against younger students for drawing a firearm, bringing a Nerf gun to school or even chewing a Pop-Tart into the vague shape of a gun. While Ahmed’s case was met with nearly universal outrage, the so-called “mainstream” media somehow failed to give the others much mileage.
Durham Apartment Resident Shoots Intruder
An apparent home invader was killed in an apartment complex near Duke University in Durham, N.C. According to Time Warner Cable News, the suspect entered an apartment around 1:30 a.m. and reportedly hit one of the residents in the head, at which point one of the roommates pulled a gun and pointed it at the intruder. A struggle ensued, during which the suspect was shot and died at the scene.
Police are investigating and have not charged the resident who shot the suspect. The apartment complex was the site of an incident last month in which a security guard was shot several times and seriously wounded.