The disagreement over a judge’s controversial courtroom gun ban nearly came to a head Monday after two Omaha police officers refused to surrender their weapons in order to testify in court. Instead of forcing the issue, Douglas County prosecutors did not call the officers to testify in a convenience store robbery case because they knew the officers would violate Judge James Gleason’s courtroom gun ban—risking jail time in the process.
According to Omaha Police Sgt. John Wells, head of the Omaha police union, the judge’s order puts officers at risk and was completely unnecessary. “Both of the officers were not going to disarm under any circumstances,” he said. To resolve the issue, Douglas County’s district judges voted Tuesday to pass a proposed amendment to court rules to leave all security decisions throughout the courthouse up to the Douglas County sheriff. Nebraska’s high court is expected to review the proposed new rule.
Hillary Ignores Armed Self-Defense
Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has never mentioned armed self-defense as a legitimate reason to own a firearm. And if you’re expecting her to do so anytime soon—well, don’t hold your breath.
At Monday’s town hall meeting in Iowa, Clinton said that gun ownership was a right and an opportunity. But her subsequent list of acceptable uses falls far short of the constitutional guarantee of our right to keep and bear arms.
“But here’s what I want you as a gun owner to understand,” Clinton said. “We’ve got to keep guns out of the hands of people who don’t use them for hunting or shooting practice or collecting.” While it’s encouraging that Clinton has finally admitted there are certain appropriate reasons for private firearms ownership, her short list is highly inadequate—especially where defense of self and family is concerned.
N.J. Bears Down On Actor Bearing BB Gun
WPIX-TV in New York reported Wednesday that a stand-up comedian and actor in Woodbridge, N.J., is facing jail time for using a BB gun in a scene for a movie.
Carlo Bellario responded to a Facebook post looking for someone to play a gangster in a budget movie called Vendetta Games, for no pay. Bellario was cast in a chase sequence that involved pretending to fire a prop gun out a truck passenger window. Alarmed neighbors called police.
“The producer didn’t have a permit to film,” Bellario told WPIX. “Didn’t have a permit for the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun.” He spent four days in jail, and now faces five to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession.
New Jersey’s anti-gun regime has also snared a Pennsylvania mother driving to her son’s birthday party; a North Carolina utility worker performing storm relief; and a father moving his possessions in the process of divorce. N.J. officials also delayed Carol Bowne’s gun permit; she was stabbed to death by her estranged boyfriend in her driveway.
Americans’ Satisfaction With U.S. Government Falls
Americans are less satisfied in their dealings with federal agencies than they have been in eight years, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has found, and their satisfaction level has fallen for the third year in a row, CBS News reports.
The findings, based on surveys conducted with more than 2,000 people late last year, are linked to a decline in Americans’ “confidence and trust” in the government, said Forrest Morgeson, ACSI’s research director. “It’s much more difficult to govern if the entire population dislikes you,” Morgeson said.
ACSI’s findings mirror those of Gallup, which has documented a long-term downward trend in Americans’ trust in government. They also track with polls by Gallup and Rasmussen, which reported this week, respectively, that only four in 10 Americans view the nation’s current situation as positive, and that nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction.
Permitless Carry On The Move In West Virginia
The West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee held a meeting yesterday to gauge public opinion on instituting constitutional, sometimes called “permitless,” carry. The state currently allows permitless open carry with some restrictions, but the new proposal would do away with the requirement of a permit for most residents to carry concealed.
This proposal represents the second attempt by West Virginia lawmakers to implement permitless carry—the previous measure was ultimately vetoed. To address previous concerns, the current proposal includes three new provisions—penalties for gun felonies may be increased, people between the ages of 18 and 20 would still need to obtain a permit and complete a training course, and the law would only apply to state residents.
While Gov. Tomblin has threatened to veto this bill as well, enough support is expected from Republicans and pro-gun Democrats to override the possible veto.
Armed OKC Man Stops Home Invasion
An Oklahoma City home invasion turned deadly for one of two men who broke into a second-floor apartment on the city’s southwest side Monday afternoon.
When the suspects knocked on the door, the occupant of the apartment didn’t recognize them and refused to let them in. Not to be deterred, the men kicked in the door and barged in.
Luckily for the apartment’s occupant, he was armed and ready, firing several shots at the two intruders. One of the intruders died at the scene, while the other fled on foot and is still being sought by police.