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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NRA And SCI Appeal Zimbabwean Elephant Trophy Ban

The NRA has filed an appeal on an import ban on trophies of African elephants that are hunted for sport in Zimbabwe. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth upheld the ban in September. 

The ban was enacted under the guise of stopping poaching, but it’s founded on limited data and anecdotal evidence—with no actual facts presented on how a ban on the import of legally taken, sport-hunted elephants would help prevent poaching. In contrast, hunting has been hailed as a valuable tool of wildlife conservation in Africa because it contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the economic well-being of local communities. Limiting legally taken trophies from sustainable populations is, in fact, an ill-advised and scientifically unsupportable restriction. 

Safari Club International, which supports hunters' rights and promotes wildlife conservation efforts, joined with the NRA in filing an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals last Wednesday. The appeal challenges U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth's decision.


Australia First Took Guns; Now It Wants To Take Speech, Too

How much freedom are Aussies willing to give up? 

Australia’s forced gun confiscation—under threat of imprisonment—is well-documented. However, an unintended consequence of the law now has Aussie gun banners in an uproar. 

The law allows citizens with a membership in a gun club to claim a “genuine reason” to hold a firearm license, creating a guaranteed income stream for those clubs. They now possess a financial war chest that conservative estimates put at more than $34 million. Fearing that gun owners will use that money to take political action to restore their gun rights, alarmed anti-gun politicians are now proposing drastic restrictions on how that money can be used. 

Greens MP David Shoebridge proposed “a maximum membership fee by regulation with a requirement that member’s money is spent on club facilities.”

He then revealed his true fear: “Unless we fix the flow of money to the gun lobby, we are in danger of creating a local version of the NRA …”


Some Gun Owners Dumping Their Levi's Over CEO’s Gun Letter

In a recent Fortune magazine interview, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh urged customers to bring their wallets, but leave their self-defense handguns behind, when they visit Levi’s stores. “You don’t need a gun to try on a pair of jeans and it’s really out of respect for the safety of our employees and consumers shopping in our stores,” Bergh said.

Ironically, to justify his call for customers to give up their self-defense options, Bergh pointed to supposed “gun-free zones” where terrorists have committed mass murder with no fear of resistance: “With stores in Paris, Nice and Orlando, and the company’s European headquarters in Brussels,” Bergh wrote in an open letter on his LinkedIn page, “I’ve thought more about safety in the past year than in the previous three decades of my career because of how ‘close to home’ so many incidents with guns have come to impacting people working for this company.” 

In response, many American gun owners are dumping Levi's and switching to Wrangler, which they see as a far friendlier company to firearm freedom and the safety it guarantees.


Committee Action Expected Today On Ohio Pro-Gun Measures

The Ohio legislative session is winding down, and two important pro-gun bills are scheduled to be voted on in committee today.

Sponsored by state Sen. Joe Uecker, SB 199, under consideration in the House State Government Committee, would exempt active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces from the concealed-carry permit license requirements. In addition, an amendment to SB 199 has been filed to allow an employee to store a firearm in his or her locked vehicle without fear of employer retribution.  

Additionally, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee is scheduled to hear Sub. House Bill 48.  Sponsored by Rep. Ron Maag, Sub. HB 48 would enhance law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense by expanding the list of places where citizens can legally carry concealed. The goal of the measure is to close current loopholes in the concealed-carry regulations and ensure that law-abiding citizens are able to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

USE YOUR POWER!

NRA’s Institute For Legislative Action is encouraging Ohio gun owners to please urge members of the committees to vote in favor of both bills. To contact your legislators, click here.

Fresno 7-Eleven Becomes An Inconvenience Store For Two Armed Robbers

The attempted armed robbery of a 7-Eleven in California quickly became more of an in-and-out than two would-be criminals anticipated. Fresno police have revealed surveillance footage from last Monday around 2 a.m., showing the exact moment a man burst into the establishment with a rifle pointed at the cashier, followed closely by a female accomplice. However, almost immediately, the employee at the checkout grabbed his own gun, fired a single round at the two suspects and sent them both scampering back through the store entrance. 

Investigators are now searching for the man and woman, who escaped on foot running towards a nearby apartment complex. The male with the rifle is described as Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The woman, also believed to be Hispanic, was wearing a darker sweatshirt and black pants, with a black mask pulled up around her chin and mouth.


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