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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Northern Mariana Islands: Five Onerous Anti-Gun Laws Struck Down In Court

Second Amendment advocates are celebrating a Sept. 28 ruling by Ramona Manglona, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which struck down five oppressive anti-gun laws. 

Based on established legal precedent, Manglona concluded that the ban on carrying handguns in public was unconstitutional because “the Second Amendment, based on its plain language, the history described in Heller and common sense, must protect a right to armed self-defense in public.” 

CNMI’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” outlawed several common rifle features. However, Manglona concluded that because the “evidence suggests that the banned attachments actually tend to make rifles easier to control and more accurate,” and thus safer, the ban fails intermediate scrutiny and was struck down. The intermediate scrutiny argument was also used in overturning CNMI’s ban on long-gun calibers larger than .223. 

Regarding CNMI’s gun registration system, which required a separate application for each weapon, Manglona determined the burden imposed was unjustified by public safety concerns. Likewise, an egregious $1,000 tax on handguns was thrown out for coming close to “destroying the Second Amendment right to acquire ‘the quintessential self-defense weapon.’”


Trump Set For Big Boost From Significant NRA Ad Buy

“Donald Trump supports my right to own a gun.” 

That’s what Kristi McMains tells the camera in a national television spot this week—part of the largest advertising push to date for the National Rifle Association’s support of the Trump campaign. Against a stark black backdrop, McMains says her right to carry a firearm saved her from a knife-wielding attacker in a Louisville parking garage, adding, “Every woman has a right to own a gun if she chooses. Hillary Clinton disagrees.” 

The 26-year-old lawyer shared more of her story with Fox News: A man followed her off a garage elevator, then began chasing her, stabbing at her with a serrated knife. She fought back, finally managing to grab her gun from her purse and shooting her attacker multiple times, saving her life. The ad follows an earlier NRA spot featuring Kimberly Corban, a woman raped in her apartment who now speaks out for the Second Amendment rights of all women.


Indiana: Support Your Right To Hunt And Fish

Indiana hunters and anglers should start spreading the word now about the importance of voting “Yes” on NRA-supported Question 1 on Election Day, Nov. 8.

Question 1 is an amendment to the Indiana Constitution guaranteeing the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife as an individual right. Ballot language for Question 1 was created by Senate Bill 57, which passed the House of Representatives with a 47-to-7 vote and the Senate with a 95-to-1 vote. Gov. Mike Pence signed the measure on March 21.

Hunting and fishing are integral parts of the culture and economy of Indiana, which has more than 450 natural lakes and 21,000 miles of fishable streams and is one of the top 10 deer hunting states in the country. Hunting and fishing in the state bring in $923 million annually in revenue and support 14,058 jobs.

Those who care about this legacy should tell everyone they know about the importance of the initiative between now and Election Day.


Roanoke, Va., City Council Seeks Right To Ban Weapons From City Buildings

At the request of a local gun-control group, the Roanoke, Va., City Council voted Monday to allow the city to ban the open carry of firearms in public buildings, following earlier efforts to ban the open carry of firearms throughout the city, the Roanoke Times reports

The effort is largely symbolic: Virginia has state firearms pre-emption—authority that the legislature is unlikely to relinquish—and Right-to-Carry permit holders are exempt from the ban. Nonetheless, those supporting the ban reportedly “felt they had to take a stand.” As Grover Price, a local gun-control activist said, “We ask you to make us feel safe.” 

If these anti-gun advocates want to “feel safe,” they should consider that armed, law-abiding citizens—whether they carry openly or concealed—prevent crimes and save lives, and Virginia is far safer today than it was before the commonwealth restored that freedom.


Gun-Free Waffle House Draws Armed Criminals

A Georgia restaurant seems to be learning what most of us have known all along—violent criminals not only don’t obey gun laws; they also don’t abide by “No Guns Allowed” signs.

Waffle House has a “no guns” policy, and it is costing one Coweta County, Ga., location dearly. According to local media reports, armed criminals have robbed the Newnan, Ga., Waffle House twice in the last three weeks.

To add insult to injury, two other nearby locations were also targeted by armed robbers just last weekend.

“One has to wonder if it was the big Waffle House sign that drew the crooks to the location or the little sign on the side of the building that told them it was ‘easy pickings’—the no firearms allowed sign,” Jerry Henry, executive director for GeorgiaCarry.org, told Guns.com.


Atlanta Homeowner Shoots Intruder

A homeowner in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta shot and critically injured a man who had broken into his home Monday night. 

According to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones, officers responded to the scene around 11:30 p.m. The homeowner reported to officers that he grabbed his shotgun after hearing the sound of someone breaking into his home through a rear window. “In fear for his life, [the homeowner] fired one round at him,” Jones said. “The suspect then ran back to the room he entered in.” 

Investigators say that the homeowner then fired a second round at the suspect, who has been identified by police as Spencer Bohannon. Bohannon was struck at least once and transported to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police say that no charges will be filed against the homeowner, but Bohannon is being charged with burglary.


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