Should you have to pay to exercise your constitutional rights? Some lawmakers in Texas say “no,” and are sponsoring legislation to reduce or eliminate the cost of a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Currently, Texas is considered to have the country’s highest set of CCW fees: A five-hour class costs $75 to $100, the state license fee totals $140 plus $10 for fingerprinting, and permit holders are subject to a $70 renewal fee every five years. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is on record supporting the lower fees, while the National Rifle Association is prepared to put its full weight behind the bill. Kimberly Black, a firearms instructor, told FOX-4 she believes the $200 in fees keeps some Texans from getting their license. “I don’t think it should be something where they are prohibited because of the fact they can't afford to pay for it,” Black explained.
The bill is set to be reviewed in January’s legislative session.
Democrats Vow To Kill National RTC Reciprocity
A Second Amendment advocate from the start, President-elect Donald Trump has been working closely with NRA to help create pro-gun legislation that will make life easier for America’s millions of gun owners. The top priority has been the creation of a national Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreement, but unfortunately Senate Democrats have vowed to fight such legislation tooth-and-nail.
With the wide variation between laws governing the carry of firearms—laws that can change radically between state lines, or even between municipalities—law-abiding gun owners risk becoming ensnared in red tape. “People are turned into criminals because of the confusing patchwork of laws around the country,” Jennifer Baker,” NRA spokeswoman, said. “Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their constitutional right regardless of what state they’re sitting in.”
But while NRA, Trump and GOP lawmakers are already hard at work trying to make this a reality, it will have to jump some tall hurdles on its way to becoming law: While a bill has been introduced that would allow individuals carrying firearms anywhere in the nation to abide by the laws of their home state, Democrats have already promised to filibuster should such a bill make it to the floor of the Senate.
New Jersey Measures Would Shut Down Ranges, Clubs And New Shooters
New Jersey legislators are promoting a sweeping new scheme that would prevent citizens from shooting at ranges without a state-issued firearms ID card. This would not only prohibit prospective gun owners from even trying the sport, but would also likely force the closing of the majority of N.J. ranges and gun clubs.
This overreaching attack on shooting ranges and clubs is thinly disguised as “suicide prevention.” How it will prevent suicides at gun ranges is murky, but the widespread negative impact on N.J. citizens is covered in this comprehensive post on Ammoland.com.
USE YOUR POWER!
The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), the official NRA State Association, is calling on residents to contact the members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee NOW to urge them to oppose A4179 and A4180. They should also plan to attend the Committee’s hearing on the bills at the New Jersey State House Annex on Monday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. To find contact information for the members of the Law and Public Safety Committee,click here.
2016: A Historical Year For Guns
With Barack Obama as commander-in-chief, and the possibility of another Clinton winning the Oval Office, record numbers of Americans responded in defense of their freedoms. The result: More FBI background checks for gun purchases were conducted in 2016 than in any other year in history.
Additionally, the monthly record-setting pace continued, as November’s 2.5 million checks bested last year’s total by nearly 320,000. For 19 straight months now, we’ve seen new records set in gun sales.
But Philip Van Cleave believes this spike is due only in part to Obama’s disdain for gun rights and threats of more gun control. “Part of that sales record is also the threat of terrorism, actual acts of terrorism on American soil, rising racial violence, riots and violence because of political hatred, and even attacks on police,” says the Virginia Defense League president. “Those issues have not yet changed because Trump has been elected.”
California Appeals Court Allows Lawsuit Against “Microstamping” Law
California’s 5th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that firearm manufacturers have the right to present evidence arguing that the technology doesn’t currently exist to comply with a California law requiring “microstamping” technology in new models of semi-automatic handguns, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Sending the case back to the lower court—which had earlier dismissed the suit—for further consideration, the appeals court in effect sided with firearm manufacturers.
In their lawsuit, manufacturers argued that California’s law—which requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to incorporate technology that marks every cartridge case in two places with the firearm’s make, model and serial number—is impossible to comply with.
The appeals court seemed to agree. As Justice Herbert Levy wrote for the court, “It would be illogical to uphold a requirement [of the California law] that is currently impossible to accomplish.”
Confronted With Three Home Invaders, Florida Homeowner Kills One, Sends Two Fleeing
When three unknown men piled out of a car and approached his home Monday morning, a Sunrise, Fla., man armed himself with a shotgun and called 911 because he feared they might break in, ABC News reports. He was right: While he was on the phone with the dispatcher, the three smashed a glass door.
“They’re in my house right now,” homeowner Warren Darlow, 31, whispered to the dispatcher. Fearing that the men might arm themselves with one of the handguns he keeps in plain sight around his home and come after him, Darlow fired his shotgun, killing one intruder and sending the other two fleeing.
Police later arrested two men, both in their 20s, and charged them with murder. At their arraignment, the judge said, “You’re young men ... I don’t know what you did. I don’t know what you didn’t do ... But here’s what I know: You don’t want to wind up dead.”