When authorities arrested Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, they found a .50-caliber rifle in his hideout that U.S. officials confirm was supplied through the ATF’s Fast and Furious debacle, Fox News reports. According to federal law enforcement officials, “El Chapo” would station snipers on hilltops armed with such rifles to shoot down Mexican police helicopters.
The rifle recovered from El Chapo’s hideout was just one of roughly 2,000 firearms—including 34 of the .50-caliber rifles—that were supplied, many to the drug cartels, through the government’s disastrous Fast and Furious scheme. After being ordered to stand down when they sought to follow those firearms into Mexico, federal agents lost track of 1,400 of them.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Exercises Pocket Veto Over “Smart Gun” Bill
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, who has expressed doubts in the past about the viability of “smart gun” technology, has declined to sign a bill that would revise that state’s smart gun mandate. He has offered no comment on this “pocket veto,” which cannot be overridden by the state legislature. The revision was intended to make the mandate less stringent, which many Second Amendment supporters saw as an effort to save an otherwise doomed law.
The current law mandates that only so-called “smart guns” be offered for sale in the state three years after they are for sale anywhere in the U.S. The new law would have replaced that mandate, which gun-control supporters claim is stifling innovation, with a requirement that every gun store in the state carry at least one smart-gun model in their stores. Sen. Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, who sponsored both the vetoed legislation and the original 2002 bill, has said she plans to reintroduce the bill later this year.
Concealed-Carry Permit Applications Spike Near San Bernardino
Requests for concealed-carry permits have significantly increased in the San Bernardino, Calif., area since the December 2 terrorist attack that left 14 people dead. In the month that followed that attack, San Bernardino County reported a nine-fold increase in applications. In nearby Riverside County, the surge in requests has a created a backlog so extensive that those applying will have to wait a year and a half just to meet with an official to submit an application.
The rush for new permits began directly after a radicalized Islamic couple attacked a county government holiday party held at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino last month. The weekend following the attack, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department received 75 applications—65 more than their normal average of ten. Cindy Bachman, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman, told USA Today that by the end of the month, deputies had received 750 applications, compared to a monthly average of 80.
The gun-control proposals keep adding up in California. The latest comes courtesy of Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, who wants the same limits put in place for long guns as are in place for handguns. His measure, AB 1674, would limit residents to buying a maximum of one rifle or shotgun per month.
Santiago finds it “mind-boggling” that a citizen can exercise their Second Amendment rights at will. He argues, “This is a common-sense solution to gun violence in California.”
The NRA, however, rightly noted that the bill will do nothing to prevent violence. “Criminals do, always have and will continue to acquire their firearms through illegal means, so they can stockpile as many as they like regardless of what laws are in effect,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said. “If policymakers were serious about reducing violence, they would focus on prosecuting gun crimes and keeping criminals off the streets.”
Hillary Clinton Ads Target Iowa And New Hampshire Voters
A new television ad originating with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign tries to get in the last word with voters in Iowa, summing up her career and implausibly portraying her as a hyper-competent stateswoman. Among the claims put forward here are that Hillary “… helped get health care for eight million kids … helped a city rise again (New York after 9/11) …” and “… stared down hostile leaders (Vladimir Putin, evidently) around the world.” Sure, and don’t forget the time she dramatically dodged sniper fire in Bosnia.
A nearly identical ad will reportedly also air in New Hampshire ahead of the upcoming primary election. Of course, the spot also promises that Hillary will “… take on the gun lobby …” if elected president. That means you, me and every other law-abiding gun owner in this country—so let’s make sure she never gets the chance!
Good Samaritan Helps Detain Robbery Suspect In Alaska
When employees of a mall clothing store in Anchorage, Alaska, noticed that a customer seemed to be concealing stolen goods in a bag, they alerted mall security. A guard confronted the suspect on his way out of the store, leading to a struggle in which the suspect drew a firearm. Fortunately, an armed bystander happened to be on the scene.
Police spokeswoman Anita Shell wrote in a statement reported in the Alaska Dispatch News that “… a good Samaritan, also armed with a gun, stepped in and assisted security in taking the man into custody.” The suspect was charged with robbery, theft and multiple counts of assault.