A Swatara Township, Pa., woman used her legally carried handgun to save herself and a friend from a thief and carjacker over the weekend.
According to local police, Michael Ortiz fled a Wal-Mart store after a shoplifting attempt. He jumped in a woman’s car and demanded she drive him away from the store, threatening her and her passenger with death if they didn’t comply. However, when the car reached a red light, the passenger jumped out, pulled her handgun on Ortiz and demanded he get out of the car. Ortiz tried to take the gun from the woman, who then fired at least one shot, causing him to run away.
Neither woman was harmed in the incident, and authorities continue to search for the suspect.
Legislation Would Roll Back Dangerous Gunsmith Ruling
Republicans in Congress last week introduced a measure to counter the State Department’s recent move to redefine thousands of ordinary gunsmiths as “firearm manufacturers” subject to its oversight and liable for annual fees of $2,250, as well as mandatory recordkeeping and other bureaucratic red tape.
“On behalf of our 5 million members, the NRA would like to thank Congressman Steve Scalise for introducing H.R. 6176, the Export Control Reform Act of 2016,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This bill would effectively rescind the State Department’s reckless ‘guidance’ that seeks to treat law-abiding gun owners and gunsmiths as if they were international commercial firearms exporters. This bill would also remove gunsmiths altogether from State Department’s control so they are not wrongly caught up in bureaucratic red tape and required to pay exorbitant annual fees meant for commercial exporters. Congressman Scalise’s leadership is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing to work with him on this important issue.”
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Another S.C. Hearing On ‘Gun Issues’ Set For Tonight
Tonight yields another opportunity for law-abiding South Carolina gun owners to make their voices heard concerning possible anti-gun legislation in the works for next legislative session.
A special committee of state senators will be holding its second public hearing to discuss “gun issues” in South Carolina. The hearing, held by the Senate Gun Issues Special Committee, chaired by Democrat state Sen. Gerald Malloy, is set for 6 p.m. at the College of Charleston, Stern Center Ballroom, 71 George St. in Charleston.
With anti-gun attendance nearly guaranteed, it is critical that NRA members and others who support our rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment show up to this hearing and express their opposition to any new gun laws that will do nothing to thwart violent criminals and will only affect law-abiding citizens.