It was a record-breaking third quarter for Ohio, as 24,474 citizens received concealed-carry permits. That total—a 59 percent increase over the same time last year—puts the yearly total to date at 93,851. In all, the state has more than 574,000 valid concealed-carry license holders.
Jim Irvine, board president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, isn’t surprised. He suggested that gun ownership is becoming mainstream and points out, "Concealed carry used to be mostly hardcore shooters, but it has become increasingly popular with soccer moms and others who just want to be safe in their everyday life."
Irvine also referenced the gun-reform legislation that went into effect last year. “We were widely criticized for supporting a reduction in required training from 12 to eight hours,” Irvine said. “The reason was simple; we wanted more people to get training. The numbers indicate that the change in required training is having the effect we intended.”
California DOJ Wants “Emergency” Regulation On Magazines
California’s Department of Justice gave notice early Friday morning of proposed “emergency” regulations governing magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Proposed revisions include changes to the requirements for obtaining and keeping a “large-capacity magazine permit;” new regulations governing so-called “large capacity” magazine conversion kits; new requirements on how owners must “permanently alter” magazines to accept no more than 10 rounds; and new rules regarding the transfer and possession of multi-tube shotgun designs.
Under California’s emergency rulemaking process, these changes could become effective on Jan. 1, 2017.
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AP Distributes Fake News Story On UPS “Assault Rifle” Delivery
A fake news story from the Associated Press shows just how far those who hate guns—or maybe just know nothing about them—will go to scare people about firearms.
The report began, “A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle.” It went on to state, “Newsday reports that Joel Berman opened the keyboard-sized case in front of his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter … Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend’s son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip, and copies of an Arizona man’s driver’s license and concealed-weapons permit.”
Turns out, the mistakenly delivered gun was a five-shot bolt-action Barrett M95—not even a semi-automatic. But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good story?
S.C. Measure Would Allow Teachers, Faculty To Carry At School
Legislation to allow guns in South Carolina schools is set for debate early next year. The pre-filed measure gives individual principals the authority to decide whether faculty can carry guns on campus.
Robert Battista, the owner of the 707 Gun Shop in Socastee, is in favor of the bill. “Why do you lose your Second Amendment rights just because of your job choice or because you are walking into a particular building? I think that's a much better way to protect our children than to teach them to hide under their desk or to jump out of a school window,” he said.
Pizza Delivery Driver Shoots Robbers Who Were After His Dough
On Saturday evening, two men waited for a pizza delivery driver outside of a dark house in a northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. When he walked up to the residence, the two grabbed the 52-year-old driver from behind, attempting to steal the $100 he was carrying. However, the driver also had a license to carry a gun. He opened fire on the robbers, striking one of them in the leg as they fled.
Officers tracked both suspects to a nearby home, where they were arrested. The robber who was injured was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition. Investigators noted that there have been a rash of robberies involving pizza delivery drivers in the same Philly neighborhood. They say the suspects arrested in this attempt may be linked to the other assaults.