Arkansas and the firearm manufacturing industry are both benefitting from the pro-gun environment in the state, with more than 130 new jobs to be added by Remington Outdoor Co. and SIG Sauer. The two companies announced the added jobs from the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas on Thursday, to which Gov. Asa Hutchinson responded on a video announcement on social media, “We have a gun-friendly state that loves the industry.”
According to a report by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Forbes magazine ranks Arkansas as America’s third most gun-friendly state. The National Shooting Sports Foundation “Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report 2014” calculated 2,650 firearms industry jobs in Arkansas in 2014, with total wages of $145 million—up from 2,398 jobs in 2013.
Rhode Island Bill Calls For Confiscation Of “High-Capacity” Mags
A new bill introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives would prohibit the manufacture and sale of what it calls “high-capacity” magazines—that is, “… any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten (10) rounds …” But the ban of such magazines doesn’t just cover future sales: All magazines holding more than 10 rounds would have to be sold or transported outside the state within 120 days of the law coming into effect.
Failure to comply with the law would bring a severe penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Setting arbitrary limits to magazine size won’t do anything to prevent crime, but it certainly would expose well-meaning gun owners to search and confiscation of their private property, and even serious jail time.
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Iowa Panel Affirms Gun Rights During Emergencies
An Iowa House panel advanced a proposal Thursday declaring that state officials would lose their legal authority to restrict gun owners’ lawful use of firearms during emergencies. Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, sponsored the bill and said it would protect Second Amendment rights.
“I don’t want Iowans’ constitutional rights to be arbitrarily undermined by this administration or any future administration,” Windschitl said. “I’m not saying that it would happen, but sometimes we have to protect against the ‘what-ifs’ out there.”
We’ve all seen a “what if” unfold in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When residents most needed to protect themselves amid wide-scale looting, city officials instead confiscated their firearms.
Windschitl’s legislation is designed to prevent a scenario like that from occurring. It’s unclear, though, what kind of support the bill will get in the Democratic-controlled Senate. They failed to pass Windschitl’s comprehensive gun bill last session.
2A Supporters React, Comcast Backtracks On Great American Outdoor Show Ads
To promote NRA’s upcoming Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., the Association created two 30-second TV ads promoting the upcoming nine-day celebration of the outdoors and sent them to Comcast, America’s largest cable company.
NRA received an email in response requesting that all “images of rifles, shooting ranges and handguns” be removed. After hearing about this request—a ridiculous one, considering Comcast regularly airs depictions of guns via TV shows and movies—the Washington Examiner and many conservatives took to Twitter to blast the cable giant.
According to NRA spokesperson Kyle Jillson, after the Examiner broke the story, Comcast contacted NRA, saying the move was not politically motivated and that the ad executive responsible for the email was “new to the job.” They indicated the first ad—complete with rifles, shooting ranges and handguns—was approved, and the second could run once footage of children at the show’s (supervised, airgun) range was removed.
Common Core Textbook Executive: “Damn The Second Amendment”
In an undercover video produced by Project Veritas, an executive who develops teaching materials for the Common Core curriculum expressed her disdain for the U.S. Constitution in general and its right to keep and bear arms in particular, exclaiming, “Damn the Second Amendment.”
With uncommon candor, Kim Koerber, a former executive with textbook publisher Pearson Education and now National Geographic Education, voices her seething contempt for a wide variety of mainstream American values, from the Judeo-Christian tradition to respect for the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
A convenience store clerk in Athens, Ga., was confronted by the sight of a masked man entering the establishment. “When he came in, I said to him, ‘That’s not a good look to be walking into a store,’” clerk Waymon Fields told the Athens Banner-Herald. “That’s when he throwed the note up on the counter, then put his hands down in the front of his pants, making like he had a gun. I always have a pistol at work, so I took it out of my pocket and shoved it in his face.”
The suspect reportedly picked his note back up and fled the store after a brief struggle with Fields. Two customers attempted to tail the suspect but eventually lost sight of him. Fields says that he held off shooting because he was unsure whether the suspect was actually armed. “If I saw a weapon I would’ve shot him,” he stated.