In a party-line vote, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a resolution last week urging the U.S. Congress to “reject and revoke” President Obama’s recent anti-gun executive orders because they constitute “executive overreach” that “will unquestionably infringe upon American citizens’ constitutionally protected right to firearm ownership.”
Republican state Rep. Jered Taylor, author of HCR 63, said, “We need to send a message to Congress and to the president ... that as Missourians we will fight for the Second Amendment.” Even Missouri Democrats who support Obama’s anti-gun orders gave them a lukewarm response, with Rep. Stacey Newman of St. Louis telling the News Leader, “What these executive actions do [is] very little.”
“If the president wants to exert kingship and ... control those outside the executive branch by this edict that he’s trying to force down our throats, we need to take second thought,” said Republican Rep. Mike Moon during floor debate.
Maryland Democrats Push More Gun Control
Democratic lawmakers in the “Free State” last week proposed a slate of new gun-control laws, including one banning firearm possession at public college and university campuses, and another barring Maryland state police from issuing gun permits to anyone on the so-called terrorist watch list, regardless of whether or not they have been convicted or even accused of any crime.
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, all Democrats, staged a news conference to proclaim their support for the proposals, promising they would make communities safer.
Unfortunately, these bills are not only redundant (and therefore pointless)—they would also block law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights while doing nothing to improve public safety.
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W.V. House Passes “Permitless” Carry Measure
Lawmakers in West Virginia have again approved a “permitless” concealed-carry measure that would deregulate the right to carry in the state.
HB 4145 passed the House on a 68-32 vote. If the bill is passed and signed into law, West Virginia would become the seventh state to not require permits for law-abiding adults to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. “None of the states with permitless concealed-carry laws has descended into chaos,” said Republican Delegate Eric Householder.
While W.V. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year and has indicated he would likely veto this measure, supporters hope they can get enough votes to override a veto.
Band Leader Onstage During Paris Terror Attacks Touts 2A
American rock band Eagles of Death Metal is back on its European tour after surviving the deadly November terror attacks in Paris. And at least one member is speaking out for Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.
In an interview published over the weekend, lead singer and National Rifle Association member Jesse Hughes told AFP his habits have changed since the attack.
“I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore,” Hughes said. “That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy … but I wanna be prepared.”
Hughes and the rest of the band will be returning to Paris Feb. 16 for their first show there since the terrorist massacre.
Ohio Legislature Seeks To End Gun-Free Zones
Ohio state Rep. Ron Maag, who introduced legislation that would eliminate so-called “victim zones” outlined in the state’s concealed-carry gun law, recently testified before members of the Senate’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee.
According to Maag, current law infringes on the the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens because, as the law is written now, a permit holder would be charged with a felony upon entering a zone deemed gun free, even if it was done unintentionally.
Substitute House Bill 48 would eliminate “victim zones” where citizens may be vulnerable to crime, such as daycare centers, private aircraft and certain government buildings. It would also restrict these zones to secure areas in airports and police stations, and clarify the existing provision regarding schools’ right to allow concealed carry on college campuses if they so choose.
“This bill essentially cleans up issues with the original concealed-carry legislation,” Maag told committee members. “It is my aim to facilitate responsible gun ownership and enable Ohioans to protect themselves.”
California Homeowner Shoots Intruder
A little after 5 a.m. Sunday morning, a husband and wife were at their Ontario, Calif., home when they heard someone trying to force open their front door. The husband got his gun and went to check it out—a short struggle ensued and the homeowner fatally shot the suspected burglar. The wife then called the Ontario Police Department to report the incident.
Law enforcement responding to the scene found a 26-year-old Los Angeles man in the entryway of the home. His identity has not yet been released.
Police said the shooting appeared to be an act of self-defense, so no charges have been brought against the homeowner. However, the investigation is ongoing.