People currently possessing a hunting, fishing and boating license in the Sunshine State are fair game as far as their personal information is concerned, as any interested party who files an open records request can obtain their name, address, phone number, date of birth and more.
Republican state Sen. Alan Hays is looking to change that. He has sponsored a measure that would create a public records exemption to shield the personal information of those with licenses. Hays said the intent of the proposal is to protect gun owners. “You know good and well most of those homes, where the owner or the occupant has a hunting license, are going to have a weapon," he said.
SB 1364 was backed by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Tuesday. If approved, it would become law on July 1.
Study: Mass Shooters Prefer “Gun-Free” Zones
The Heritage Foundation has released an analysis of U.S. mass shootings that shows mass shooters prefer “gun-free” zones.
Using Stanford University Libraries’ data on mass shootings, researchers identified 153 incidents since 2002 that included three or more victims shot or killed, not including the shooter. Filtering out gang- and drug-related shootings, as well as incidents where relatives or adversaries of the shooter were involved, left a total of 54 shooting incidents targeting random victims.
Thirty-seven of those incidents occurred in gun-free zones (69 percent), while 17 occurred where lawful carry was allowed (31 percent). Five (29 percent) of the shootings in the latter group ended when the gunman was stopped or slowed by the intervention of a carry permit holder.
For those who claim there is no evidence mass shooters prefer gun-free zones, let’s put this in election year terms: Mass shooters prefer gun-free zones in a landslide.
Bloomberg Sees Opening For White House Bid
Aides to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg say the results of the New Hampshire primary show he may have an opening for his presidential candidacy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last week, as the Journalreported, the anti-gun billionaire confirmed that he was considering a run for the White House as an independent and admitted that he would be willing to spend $1 billion of his $30 billion fortune to finance such a campaign.
According to the The New York Times, Bloomberg sponsored polling in December to gauge his odds against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and he has plans to commission additional polling after last Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
A valet at General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., came to the rescue of a fellow employee who was being viciously stabbed in the neck, back and abdomen Wednesday. After hearing the cries of the 52-year-old woman, Darius Sarder, a concealed-carry permit holder, rushed over and drew his firearm, stopping the attack.
After the incident, however, Sarder said he was fired when someone in authority asked him to leave the premises because he violated the company firearms policy.
“That was absolutely the wrong response to this hero,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said in a Facebook statement. “However, that decision was overruled by higher-ups, and he now has his job back. His quick action using a licensed handgun on the attacker undoubtedly saved this woman's life. Had he not legally exercised his Second Amendment rights, this woman would probably not be with us today.”
Alabama Armed Citizen Ends Killing Spree
A Hamilton, Ala., armed citizen is being credited with helping end a killing spree on Wednesday. According to District Attorney Jack Bostick, the suspect, identified as 57-year-old Jimmy Cooper, entered Attorney Scott Hunt’s office and shot 67-year-old Donny Miller, a former business partner. He then walked two blocks to Lawler & Cole CPA and killed 61-year-old Linda Cole.
As bystanders fled, two men went to their cars to retrieve firearms. One of them, an unidentified acquaintance of Cooper’s, borrowed a gun, and when Cooper exited the building, the man confronted him. Seeing he was armed, Cooper fired over 15 shots at the man, who took shelter behind a wall and returned fire, hitting Cooper. Cooper was taken into custody, and may face the death penalty.
According to law enforcement secretary Spencer Collins, “The initial indication is that the deputy, officer and private citizen acted without hesitation and probably prevented the further loss of life.”
Armed Citizen Saves Cop—Again
In an episode that seems to be occurring more and more in recent days, an armed citizen is being credited with saving the life of a police officer—this time in the Philadelphia area.
When an Upper Darby police officer was attempting to break up a fight between two youths after school near Upper Darby High School, he found himself attacked by both and surrounded by about 40 others prepared to join in. Thankfully for him, a man living in a nearby home saw what was happening, grabbed his handgun and held the mob at bay until other officers could arrive.
“He had the gun in his hand, but he didn't point it at the kids, he just told them to back off,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "If this guy didn't come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.
“There were 40 kids. If it wasn't for the Good Samaritan stepping forward, he'd have been dead meat. There's no doubt they would have attacked him.”