With five separate anti-gun initiatives nationwide—bolstered by millions of Michael Bloomberg’s dollars—the people of Maine had the Second Amendment on their mind. In a state carried by Democrats in every presidential election since 1992, more voters cast ballots in the gun referendum than for chief executive.
In a campaign to expand background checks to include gun transfers, gun control groups paid around $14 for each vote and still lost. By contrast, the National Rifle Association paid only 20 cents for each dollar spent by background check supporters.
Andy Torbett, who worked with the NRA in Maine, told Guns.com, “What the nation witnessed here in Maine was everyday, law-abiding Maine gun owners rejecting the overreach of a New York City billionaire, who sadly must feel that his accumulated wealth and stature grants him license to trample the natural born right to self-defense of American citizens, which the Second Amendment protects.”
Question 1 Passage Sows Confusion For Some Gun Shops
With Nevada’s recent passage of Question 1—the ill-advised, Michael Bloomberg-funded background check initiative that only affects law-abiding gun owners—some firearm retailers are already confused and worrying about staying on the right side of the law.
Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store in Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there is already confusion about how things will work since private sales will go through the federal NICS system, while retail gun purchases in Nevada are conducted through a state-run background check system. He said his shop is going to refuse to do the new background checks.
“We’re just going to tell them no,” he told the Review Journal. “We’re not going to do it until I get clarification.”
Of course, that’s one of the things Bloomberg and other promoters of the initiative, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, wanted to do—create enough confusion that individuals don’t feel comfortable selling or loaning their guns to others, background check or not.
Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO Sees Bright Future For Gun Sales
While the so-called “mainstream” media has attempted to make a Donald Trump presidential win seem like doom and gloom for firearm sales, many in the industry, such as Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO John Schaefer, don’t see it that way.
Despite dire predictions to the contrary, Schaefer sees nothing but the upside to the Trump victory, since the Second Amendment has dodged a full-frontal assault from Hillary Clinton. In fact, absent the onerous regulations on firearms that would have marked a Hillary Clinton presidency, Schaefer believes the deluge of new participants in the shooting sports over the past few years will boost future sales.
“All those people that joined became first-time purchasers in 2012 and into 2013 … it is clear that those people are really now buying their second, third and fourth firearm, as they get comfortable with techniques of shooting both a handgun and a long rifle, and become interested in the different types of calibers of rifles, the different types of make-ups of rifles, whether it be a bolt-action rifle or a modern sporting rifle,” Schaefer told SGBonline.com. “So they’re starting to act like longer-term buyers in the shooting sports. And I think that bodes really well for the industry on a go-forward basis, just from an organic growth standpoint.”
Trump AG Pick Jeff Sessions Is A Project Exile Backer
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump reiterated the importance of the Second Amendment. Protecting that freedom is imperative, he said. And to do so, Trump emphasized, we must get serious about prosecuting violent criminals.
Project Exile, a program created in Virginia in 1997, was specifically cited as a successful model to follow. Project Exile stipulated that a violent felon who used a gun to commit a crime would be prosecuted in federal court and go to prison for five years without the possibility of parole or early release.
Trump’s choice for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is also an advocate of Project Exile. “We have the right approach,” Sessions said in a 2005 Senate speech. “If we stay on it, we are going to continue to see the murder rate in this country go down.”
But President Barack Obama didn’t “stay on it”—he defunded the project. But with murder rates on the rise, Trump and Sessions are calling for an expansion of Project Exile.
Armed Citizen Stops Robbery At Tennessee Hotel
A career criminal in the process of robbing two people at a Chattanooga Days Inn suddenly discovered one of his targets was armed—and ready to act in self-defense.
Last Friday evening, Delane C. Price and an accomplice approached a couple in a breezeway just outside a hotel room, demanding cash and valuables. That’s when one of the victims, 59-year old Stan Lindsey, drew his concealed firearm and shot the would-be robber and his partner in crime.
Investigators say Price, who has a long criminal record including multiple theft charges and public intoxication, was struck and sustained fatal injuries. Lindsey detained Price’s accomplice until law enforcement could arrive. Police Sgt. Victor Miller said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the armed citizen or the attackers were staying on the premises, telling WRCB-TV, “We are currently investigating the possibility that one of the persons involved was a renter of a hotel room here, but we have not confirmed that information.”