New data reveals that the number of legally owned guns in England and Wales is at its highest level in 20 years. And we’re already seeing some of the expected outcry, in the form of warnings that additional licensing policy overhauls are needed to prevent mass shootings.
As it stands, “Before issuing a certificate, police must be satisfied the applicant is fit to be entrusted with a firearm, will not present a danger to public safety and has a good reason for needing a firearm,” said Policing Minister Mike Penning. Licenses can be revoked on the same grounds, as 1,700 were in the first three months of 2015.
“The UK has some of the toughest gun laws in the world, and we are determined to keep it that way,” Penning said. Nothing seems to be changing on this front, but it is encouraging to see legal gun ownership becoming a more widespread phenomenon.
72-Year-Old Man Turns Tables On Home Invader With Gun
Two women allegedly accosted a Golden Beach, Ore., senior citizen in his home, tying him up and stealing his money. The older of the two suspects then left the area in the victim’s vehicle while her accomplice stayed behind to guard him. While the first suspect was gone, the victim managed to free himself and retrieve his firearm.
When he confronted the home invader with his gun, she immediately fled the scene. Police are searching the area for her, while the other suspect was apprehended at a nearby store and arrested. The armed citizen is fortunate to have had a gun available to him, as there is no way of knowing what fate the suspects had in mind for him.
Florida Follows Through With Arming Troops
A successful follow-up on a (good) promise constitutes a rare pleasure for Second Amendment watchers, but today there is a “twofer” to report. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to streamline the concealed-carry application process for military members in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., recruiting station attacks, and Florida’s Agriculture Department (who oversees those apps) has complied in stellar fashion: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has verified the approval of 7,549 licenses in a mere 60 days.
Grea Bevis, director of the Licensing Division, said in a radio interview that “our average time right now is … six days on turnaround,” for military and veteran applicants.
Very well done, governor, commissioner and director. Thank you for protecting our service members.
What Pre-Emption Law? Background Checks Advance In Missoula
On Wednesday, the Missoula, Mont., City Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee advanced a measure that would make nearly all firearm sales/transfers subject to the same process currently mandated for retail sales. The ordinance, which received a single dissenting vote, will go before the full City Council next month—and supporters believe it could receive enough votes to become law.
The measure has drawn support from Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group—a perfect barometer of bad legislation if there ever was one—and also from Missoula Mayor John Engen, who claims the city has a responsibility to “take a small action … that could make a difference in our community.”
With even some councilors admitting criminals likely won’t follow the new protocols, it’s hard to see what difference it could make, outside of impacting Missoula’s bottom line: Opponents claim the measure violates state pre-emption laws, and will almost certainly take the city to court.
Gun-Toting Robbers Take Advantage Of Fair Gun Ban
Multiple armed robberies occurred at the fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., as criminals used an event-wide gun ban to their advantage. What is assumed to be the same group of robbers took money from workers at gunpoint in three separate incidents over a 20-minute time period. Fortunately, none of the victims were hurt.
Police are still looking for the robbers, thought to be a group of four. As to why they chose to target the Washington State Fair, it is likely that the event’s ban on firearms played a big part. This is just another example of “gun-free zones” making life easy for criminals—whether they are after some easy money or something much worse.
“My Story” On Freedom’s Safest Place
In a brand-new Freedom’s Safest Place television commercial titled “My Story,” a Greek immigrant tells how he avoided Nazi bombs and troops during World War II and finally made his way to America—the greatest, freest country on earth.
“I've been blessed by the freedom and opportunity only America can offer,” he says. “Today, I feel a duty to speak out.
“There will always be evil in this world. But the one thing that separates America from every other country … is our freedom. And the one freedom that protects all the others … is our Second Amendment. Never give it up. Never.”