With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida, legislation passed last year will ensure Floridians aren’t left defenseless in the face of tragedy as many were in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
When Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday, the new law kicked in that allows Floridians to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense, even without a permit.
The law states: “A person who carries a concealed weapon, or a person who may lawfully possess a firearm and who carries a concealed firearm, on or about his or her person while in the act of evacuating during a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to chapter 252 or declared by a local authority pursuant to chapter 870. As used in this subsection, the term 'in the act of evacuating' means the immediate and urgent movement of a person away from the evacuation zone within 48 hours after a mandatory evacuation is ordered. The 48 hours may be extended by an order issued by the Governor.”
Chicago Neighborhoods Increasingly Turning To Private Security
This summer, one resident hired security to patrol his Gold Coast neighborhood; in a month, the off-duty police had swept drug dealers off his block. Marquette Park residents petitioned the City Council to become a “Special Service Area” tax district, with the additional revenue directed toward armed security. Southport hired security patrols in July, as well.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s less affluent are left on their own. Although Illinois became the 50th state to restore concealed carry in 2014, licenses aren’t easy to get—leaving residents with little more than plastic sporks to defend themselves. Is it any wonder Chicago’s lawless are so brazen?
Maine Sheriffs Oppose Bloomberg's Background Check Ballot Initiative
Twelve of Maine’s 16 sheriffs have signed an open letter opposing Question 3, a Bloomberg-supported ballot initiative that would drastically expand background checks for virtually all private sales, loans or transfers of firearms.
Released by Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane, the letter warned, “This measure will do nothing to stop evil people from getting their hands on guns. In fact, all relevant data indicates that criminals acquire firearms through theft and the black market.” The letter went on to call Question 3 “unenforceable,” “confusing” and “poorly written,” and warn that it “threatens to make law-abiding gun owners into criminals for simply loaning a firearm to a friend.”
Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety is by far the largest contributor in support of Question 3. Filings with the Maine Ethics Commission show Bloomberg has given $3.5 million to the state’s gun-control lobby since 2015—funding nearly all of the effort to impose restrictions on lawful gun owners in one of America’s safest states.
Maine Governor Takes Strong Stand Against Question 3
Maine Gov. Paul LePage is joining with 12 of the state’s 16 sheriffs in speaking out against Question 3—a punitive ballot initiative that would only affect law-abiding gun owners.
“The name of this proposal is misleading,” LePage said in his weekly message to constituents. “Universal Background Checks are not ‘universal’ because criminals will never follow this law. Criminals get guns by breaking existing laws. They steal them, buy them on the black market or use straw purchasers. Less than one percent of criminals get firearms from dealers at gun shows.”
LePage added that the Michael Bloomberg-backed proposal would only affect the law-abiding.
“So don’t be fooled. Bloomberg’s proposal is not enforceable,” he said. “It’s not going to prevent criminals from having guns. And it’s not really about lawful transfers of firearms. It’s all about creating a gun registration so Michael Bloomberg and the government will know if you own a gun.”
With Concealed-Carry Deadline Looming, K-State Drafts New Gun Policy
Kansas State University’s current weapons policy reads, “…the campus of each state university shall be weapons free.” After legislators voted in 2012 to allow concealed-carry in most public buildings, however, that policy’s days were numbered. With the four-year exemption granted to universities ending in July 2017, K-State has drafted a new policy that will give law-abiding gun owners the same rights on campus that they have elsewhere.
While the new draft won’t be reviewed by the Board of Regents until later this month, some ivory-tower academics are already predicting doom and gloom. English professor Elizabeth Dodd called the policy a “dangerous experiment” and a “gamble,” and has decided to take her displeasure with the law out on her students: “I have an open-door policy. I am available to the university community,” Dodd said. “This will stop.”
But many students support the law, including chemistry sophomore Rose Micke, who believes it will make K-State safer. “If there was an on-campus shooter, there’s more people that can bring them down as opposed to just campus security,” Micke said.
Alaska Hunter Kills Bear That Was Attacking Friend
Anthony Lindoff of Juneau, Alaska, and Josh Dybdahl of Hoonah were enjoying an afternoon of deer hunting Saturday on Alaska’s Chichagof Island when the tables turned and they became the hunted. With a massive ‘whoof’ sound, a brown bear burst through the woods and charged the men.
The bear had Dybdahl pinned to the ground and was attacking him when Lindoff sprang into action. He grabbed his rifle from his pack and fatally shot the bear. Dybdahl was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Alaska state troopers called to the scene said the attack was likely caused by the bear being startled. The troopers also notified the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.