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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Critical Self-Defense Legislation Heads To Ohio Governor

In an extremely important and positive turn of events for Buckeye State gun owners, early Friday morning Ohio Sub. Senate Bill 199, which now includes original language from Sub. House Bill 48, overwhelmingly passed the House and final concurrence in the Senate.

The measure now goes to Ohio Gov. John Kasich for final consideration. Kasich has 10 days to consider the legislation. 

Sub. SB 199 exempts active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces from the concealed-carry permit licensing requirements, and also allows an employee to store a firearm in his or her locked vehicle without fear of employer retribution. The amended language from Sub. HB 48 would also enhance law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense by expanding the list of places where citizens can legally carry concealed.

Use Your Power!

NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is encouraging Ohio gun owners to contact Gov. Kasich and urge him to sign this important self-defense legislation into law. To contact the governor, click here.

Does A New Sandy Hook PSA Plagiarize Another Short Film?

On Dec. 2, gun-control group Sandy Hook Promise released a shocking PSA titled “Evan,” created by ad agency BBDO. It tells a heartwarming story of young love—until a deranged murderer enters the school building. Clever framing and editing shows how the warning signs of impending disaster were missed, but there is another problem: 

“Evan” appears to be the result of plagiarism. 

Filmmaker Albert Gonzalez says “Evan” steals its charm from his 2011 short film, “The Desk.” The claim certainly has merit; His portrayal of young students exchanging messages by writing on a mysterious school desk is shamelessly mimicked in “Evan.” In addition, certain scenes, sequences and camera angles are copied nearly frame-by-frame. Claiming coincidence will be difficult; to date, “The Desk” has nearly 2 million views. 

In evidence, Gonzalez has posted a side-by-side comparison video on YouTube and on his Facebook page. As of this writing, the many media outlets who trumpeted the release of “Evan” had not commented on the possible thievery.


Sales Surge In Wake Of California Bullet Button Ban

New Year’s Day will ring in some strict new gun-control laws in California, including one that bans the sale of bullet button-equipped guns. In advance of that deadline, sales are unsurprisingly surging. 

According to the FBI, background checks of long guns in the state hit an 18-year high. More than 82,000 applications were processed last month in California, a jump of 57 percent over November of last year.

“Folks are rightfully concerned because as of Jan. 1, 2017, sales of those guns will be banned,” said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. And most buyers are aware of the state’s 10-day waiting period, meaning the guns would need to be purchased by Dec. 21. 

The bullet button ban effectively reclassifies hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons.” NRA-ILA slammed the package of gun-control bills and said that instead of making people safer, they will simply turn California’s law-abiding gun owners into second-class citizens.

While Some Colleges Try To Ban Guns, This One Plans To Build A Shooting Complex

Liberty University, a private Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., has always been at the forefront of promoting and preserving the Second Amendment rights of its students. The school has a liberal campus carry policy, and recently made news for offering firearm storage options in its residence halls. 

Continuing that legacy, on Dec. 5 the university announced plans to construct a new state-of-the-art outdoor shooting complex on its campus. Preliminary schematics indicate the range will include 100-, 200- and 300-yard rifle ranges; a number of shotgun ranges; stands for skeet, trap, five-stand and sporting clays; a pistol range; a tactical shooting area; an archery range; and even an area for 3-gun competition. 

“Liberty will be the first university to have nationally recognized ranges that meet NRA and NCAA guideline standards and be able to host all Olympic shooting sports on its central campus property,” said Brad Butler, planning and construction coordinator.

The facility, which will also be open to the public, is expected to offer training and host competitions, in addition to offering a great place to shoot.

Armed Texas Man Stops Home Invader

An Anderson County, Texas, homeowner on Wednesday used his firearm to stop a man who was breaking into his home. 

According to local media reports, at about 2:15 in the afternoon, the homeowner heard someone trying to break in the door of his home. He fired several shots at the intruder, who fled and was picked up by an accomplice waiting outside in a vehicle.

Apparently the driver was in a big hurry to leave the scene, which didn’t bode well for his vehicle. “While fleeing the property, the driver of the car in question wrecked the car, causing extensive damage to the front grill, the headlight, hood, the passenger door and back fender,” Sheriff Greg Taylor told palestineherald.com. Police are searching for the banged-up car, possibly an Impala, with one or two black males traveling in it.


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