Once again, San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the nation’s most overturned court—has rendered a decision against gun rights that defies all logic. This time, the court overturned a federal trial court ruling and upheld California’s waiting period to buy a firearm for people who already own a gun and have passed a background check.
The Wall Street Journal reported the court ruled that even current gun owners with a permit to carry were subject to the state’s “cooling off” period. California has had a waiting period since 1923 to prevent impulsive purchases that could translate into violence; the court called the law “a reasonable safety precaution.”
Such governmental nonsense as enforcing a “cooling off” period upon law-abiding citizens who already have a gun can only lead to one conclusion: Ninth Circuit jurists can find a reason to rule in favor of any restriction on Second Amendment rights, no matter how preposterous.
S.C. Legislators Target Non-Existent “Loophole”
Capitalizing on media coverage of the trial of the Charleston church shooter, two South Carolina state senators pre-filed legislation Tuesday that the gun-ban lobby falsely claims could have prevented that murderer from obtaining his firearm.
South Carolina state Senate Democrats Gerald Malloy and Mia McLeod introduced the legislation—SB 159, which would extend the deadline for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to complete checks on purchasers from three days to 28; and SB 143, which would prohibit any firearm transfer indefinitely unless and until the buyer is positively proven to be legally allowed to possess a firearm.
Although the anti-gun lobby blames the fictional “Charleston Loophole” for the accused killer getting his gun, the truth is that the reason the FBI didn’t know he had admitted to felony drug charges, and was thereby prohibited from purchasing a firearm, was because of clerical error—not a lack of sufficient time for a check.
NRA Announces Personal Protection Expo In 2017
The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday the launch of a three-day educational and interactive experience dedicated to increasing knowledge and skills of personal protection, concealed carry and defense tactics. The NRA Personal Protection Expo will be held Aug. 25-27, 2017, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
The exhibit hall will feature a lineup of products ranging from firearms, concealment and storage products, and home defense solutions, to knives, tactical gear and advanced training options. Special events such as evening entertainment, live auctions, raffles and games of chance will also be conducted throughout the weekend. In addition, attendees can catch a broad array of educational seminars and workshops that cover best protection practices.
With self-defense rights set to possibly expand nationally next year, NRA intends to keep leading the way. You can learn more about the expo at NRAPersonalProtectionExpo.org.
Colorado District Approves Arming Teachers, Staff
The board of education representing a small Colorado school district has voted to allow trained faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus to better protect the students there.
The five board members of Hanover School District 28 approved the recommendation on a 3-2 vote. With the vote, volunteer staff will be able to obtain permits to carry concealed handguns on school property, and will be required to obtain post-certification training, attend ongoing courses and remain anonymous.
“It takes 45 minutes to get anyone out here. My son's life is worth it to do this,” district parent Terry Siewiyumptewa, who supported the proposal to arm staff, told The Gazette. “I believe a voluntary staff member could save lives.”
That’s the scenario looming for 36-year-old Michael Kelly, who was wounded in the attempted robbery of a 71-year-old Shreveport shop owner.
Cpl. Marcus Hines told KSLA News 12 that Kelly entered Henley Manufacturing asking to use the bathroom. Just before exiting, he drew a gun, attacked and beat the owner, and stole his wallet. However, the owner of the shop fought back and Kelly retreated, firing shots as he left.
The owner retrieved his own gun and returned fire, hitting Kelly three times and sending him tumbling into the roadway outside. Investigators say an accomplice in an SUV tried to help Kelly, but drove off as police arrived to arrest the suspect. Kelly faces one count each of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest.