This week, in an eagerly anticipated move, the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 48, which removes sweeping restrictions on concealed-carry permit holders in many public buildings.
HB 48 had already passed overwhelmingly in the House. The measure removes barriers in state and local government buildings; childcare centers and in-home daycares without signs posting carry prohibitions; college and university campuses (with the assent of their boards of trustees); in vehicles in school safety zones; and public areas of airports. Carry in police stations and sheriff’s offices remains prohibited.
The Ohio House was expected to vote on another bill on Thursday, this time extending protections against employment discrimination to concealed-carry permit holders under the Ohio Civil Rights Act.
Pro-gun rights legislation in Ohio was put in the national spotlight after an attacker used his car and a knife to ram and stab 11 students on the Ohio State University campus on Nov. 28. HB 48 now goes to Gov. John Kasich for his consideration.
Obama’s Biggest Frustration—Failure On Gun Control
President Barack Obama continues to lament his inability to pass gun control. In a CNN special that aired Wednesday, Obama talked to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about his two terms in office. His biggest regret seemed to be the fact that the Second Amendment is still intact.
In “The Legacy of Barack Obama,” the president remarked, “If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun safety laws.”
As Americans showed at the polls just last month, the only “common-sense” gun law needed is the Second Amendment. In trying to take it away, Obama unwittingly became America’s best gun salesman. And thanks to his failed presidency, we now have a president-elect who is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our right to keep and bear arms.
Virginia Senator Wants Statewide Gun Registration
A Democratic Virginia state senator is proposing that the commonwealth implement a gun registration system—the longtime “holy grail” of gun-ban advocates.
Sen. Barbara Favola—who, incidentally, says she doesn’t want to take anyone’s firearms—says she believes creating a database of gun owners and the guns they own could help police in solving crimes, so she wants to see a feasibility study for the plan. We are sure, however, that deep down she is aware of the fact that gun registration always leads to confiscation wherever it is implemented.
Of course, Republicans in Virginia are also aware of that fact. “My guess is that there will not be a single Republican who will vote for this bill,” state Sen. Richard Black told WMAL. “The whole purpose of [the study] is to pave the way for the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens.”
We’ll keep you posted.
Florida Streamlines CCW System; Permits Can Now Be Renewed Online
Florida’s 1.6 million concealed-carry license holders can now renew their licenses online, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Wednesday, making Second Amendment protection much more accessible to the more than 200,000 Floridians whose licenses will expire next year, WUFT.org reports.
“We felt strongly that something needed to happen,” said Marion Hammer, executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida and former president of the NRA. “We are delighted to hear [Putnam’s] announcement today.”
Sean Caranna, executive director of Florida Carry Inc., said “one of the major problems with licenses” was that “people would have to take a day off from work to renew, just because the offices usually aren’t open on weekends.” Floridians may now renew their licenses at 41 tax collector offices, eight regional Department of Agriculture offices, through the mail or online.
Attacker Not “Lovin’ It” As Driver Shoots In Self-Defense At McDonald’s
Evidently road rage can extend to the drive-thru lane, as a man learned when he was forced to shoot an attacker at a Florida McDonald’s.
Investigators told Miami News 7 that the incident started on Monday when Victor Hugo Saavedra honked his horn at 21-year-old Sergio Hernandez and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Vanessa Puente, as the couple were talking to an employee at the drive-thru window. Puente charged the car and began striking the driver’s window.
When Saavedra got out, Puente began punching him and was joined by Hernandez, who began hitting him in the back of the head. Saavedra then drew his concealed 9 mm and fired one round, hitting Hernandez in the pelvis and halting the attack.
Saavedra, who has a concealed-carry permit, was not charged because the shooting was ruled an act of self-defense. Hernandez, who suffered a minor injury from the gunshot wound, was charged with battery, as was Puente. Puente received an additional charge of witness tampering for knocking Saavedra’s cell phone away as he called 911.