The Pennsylvania legislature earlier this week passed an important measure that would eliminate the prohibition on semi-automatic rifles for hunting, and allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to regulate these sporting rifles for all game species in accordance with season and bag limits.
The measure, HB 263, passed the House of Representatives by a 160-to-25 vote and now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for his consideration.
According to NRA-ILA, the use of semi-automatic shotguns for hunting has been legal for decades in the Keystone State; however, the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting is prohibited in Pennsylvania as well as the neighboring state of Delaware.
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Gallup: Support For Hillary’s “Assault Weapon” Ban At All-Time Low
On Wednesday, Gallup released a poll showing that support for a ban on “assault weapons”—one of the cornerstones of Hillary Clinton’s anti-gun agenda—is at the lowest point since 1996, the first year Gallup posed the question.
Only 36 percent of those polled support such a ban, down from 44 percent just four years ago. Opposition to a ban now exceeds support by 25 percentage points. Interestingly, the decline in support is bipartisan: Only 50 percent of Democrats support a ban, down from 63 percent in 1996. And 25 percent of Republicans support a ban, down from 50 percent.
Perhaps most fascinating is the lack of support among households without guns, with only 45 percent favoring a ban.
Support for stricter gun laws governing sales remained at 55 percent, with no clear increase or decrease. However, support has declined dramatically from a high of 78 percent in 1990.
Nevada: Yet Another Elected Official Speaks Out Against Question 1
Calling the measure “poorly written,” Hutchison cited studies showing that 80 percent of crime guns come from illegal sources. “There is no evidence that Question 1 would stop criminals from continuing to break the law to acquire a firearm,” he said. “That’s what criminals do.”
But, he explained, by criminalizing the “safe, innocent transfer of guns, which happens hundreds or thousands of times a week in Nevada,” the law would impose unnecessary red tape on law-abiding Nevadans, costing them “time, money and freedom.”
Hutchison concluded with a clear message to his constituents: “I stand with Nevada’s law-enforcement community. I know—as they know—that this law will not make Nevadans safer. That’s why I am urging all Nevadans to oppose Question 1 this November.”
“We should be some of the most ardent supporters of the Second Amendment,” Clarke continued, “because our history was not being able to possess arms to be able to defend ourselves from mobs, kidnappings and lynching.”
Clarke’s counsel is especially relevant today, as politicians like Hillary Clinton and Democrats across the country seek to impose gun bans and restrictions that not only fail to reduce crime, but also disproportionately disarm those who most need firearms to defend themselves—minorities and the urban poor who have been abandoned to uncontrolled criminal violence in cities like Chicago. For politicians to disarm those victims on the pretense of “protecting” them is dishonest and despicable.
Kansans: Vote “Yes” On Right To Hunt And Fish Amendment
Kansas hunters and anglers need to remember that their very way of life is on the ballot in less than two weeks in the form of a statewide ballot initiative.
The proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution will affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and trap as such:
The people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights or water resources.
“If it's not in our state now, it's coming,” NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortenson told kwch.com. “These extremist animal rights groups have an agenda, and that agenda is to outlaw hunting and fishing altogether.”
Nevada Poll: Voter Opposition To Question 1 Growing
This week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal released poll results showing that the number of Nevada voters who oppose Question 1—a Michael Bloomberg-funded ballot initiative that would mandate so-called “universal” background checks—is growing.
In early October, the publication surveyed 800 likely voters and found that 58 percent supported Question 1, while 32 percent were opposed. However, in the most recent poll, support for the measure has fallen to 54 percent, while opposition rose 6 points to 38 percent.
In an interview with the Review-Journal, Question 1 opposition group Nevadans for Freedom’s campaign manager, Robert Uithoven, said the poll results show awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of passing such an onerous and unnecessary law are working.
Police Chief Association Chairman Argues Against Prop 63
In a Sacramento Bee op-ed, California Police Chiefs Association Chairman Rudy Escalante outlines why the state’s divisive Proposition 63 should be rejected by voters. He argues the legislation would add complexity to myriad existing laws while making it harder for police to do their job.
Escalante points out that “Proposition 63 would create a system that requires individuals to purchase a separate license just to buy ammunition. … It also does not include exemptions that the Legislature provided to allow police departments to continue purchasing ammunition freely for on-duty purposes, a mistake that will cost taxpayers.”
Escalante also warned, “While CPCA supports efforts to remove firearms from people who clearly should not have them, this new process creates multiple safety risks for the officers trying to seize them.”
Would-Be Burglar Shot, Wounded While Breaking Into Houston Home
A homeowner shot a would-be robber who was attempting to break into his north Houston home on Wednesday night. According to Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department, the homeowner was with his wife in their guest house when they heard a commotion outside. The couple discovered that a man had climbed over a fence into their yard and was trying to break into the guest house.
The homeowner grabbed his gun and fired two shots, wounding the intruder in the arm and leg. The suspect then crawled beneath the homeowner's parked pick-up truck. When officers arrived, he was arrested and taken into custody without incident.
The suspect, identified by police as 39-year-old Kenneth Wayne Shepherd, has been charged with attempted burglary. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive. The homeowner and his wife were not injured.