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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

St. Louis Zoo Gun Ban Extended

A St. Louis Circuit Court judge has extended a temporary order barring visitors to the St. Louis Zoo from bringing firearms onto the premises. According to reporting by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an order banning a Cincinnati man or anyone acting with him from concealing or openly carrying guns inside the zoo “until further order of the court” was filed Friday by Judge Joan Moriarty. 

This latest order is a continuation of a temporary ban issued last June after Ohio gun rights activist Jeffry Smith announced plans to lead a group of armed protesters into the zoo to challenge its policy prohibiting guns. The zoo wants to the gun ban to be made permanent and released a statement Monday stating that it was pleased with the judge’s order and “will continue its current policy of prohibiting weapons from being carried by visitors onto its premises.”


Atlanta Business Requires Employees To Get Concealed Weapons License

An Atlanta business with offices in other Georgia cities is requiring all employees to obtain a valid concealed-carry permit. Upon presentation of their license, they all received a new Taurus Judge .410 pistol. 

According to PalmBeachPost.com, business owner Lance Toland became concerned for his employees’ safety after hearing about recent home invasions and violent crime in the metro Atlanta area. After instituting the new policy, “They all had their concealed-carry permit within three to four weeks,” he said. 

Lance Toland Associates insures aircraft worldwide. “I have a number of offices, and most of my employees are women,” said Toland. “A lot of my clients are high-fiving when they hear this. They think it’s the best things for a company to mandate gun ownership and be responsible.”


Nearly 90,000 Illegal Aliens Considered “Criminal Threats” Freed By Obama Policies

Almost six in 10 illegal immigrants identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as criminal threats are not deported, and often go on to commit crimes after release, according to the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan. 

Internal agency statistics show that in fiscal year 2015, ICE identified 152,393 illegal immigrants considered to be criminal threats—most held in local jails—but of those, ICE charged only 42 percent. Another 88,000, nearly 58 percent, were not processed for deportation.

Under Obama’s so-called Priority Enforcement Program, local authorities work with federal immigration officials to arrest and deport criminal aliens, but the program is less effective in real life than in Obama’s speeches, chiefly because local authorities are barred by law from doing what ICE claims it wants them to do. As Dane County, Wis., Sheriff David J. Mahoney explained, “ICE says, ‘Hold ’em, but we won’t defend you if you get sued.’”


The Pro-Gun Rally That No One Reported

Last Saturday afternoon in Boise, Idaho, more than 1,000 people showed up at the state capitol to show their support for Second Amendment rights and to urge lawmakers to hear legislation that would enable residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. A gathering of this size doesn’t occur that often in Boise, but you wouldn’t know it by the press the event garnered. 

A quick flip through the two daily papers turned up nary a mention of the rally. The only local station to report on it downplayed it to “dozens” of supporters. And while Boise Weekly upped the estimate to “hundreds” in their write-up, they also warned that House Bill 422 would allow Idahoans to carry “deadly weapons.” 

This lack of coverage and accurate reporting underscores the challenge facing gun-rights supporters in the Gem State. You can help by urging your legislators to take action today.


700,000 UK Gun Owners Want Less Legislation, More Understanding

Gun debate in Britain usually concerns the United States and the Second Amendment. But more gun owners are bringing the discussion inside the UK borders.

While mass shootings aren’t common in Britain, the government further restricts law-abiding gun owners with each incident. After the Hungerford shooting in 1987, semi-automatic rifles were banned. Handguns were added after Dunblane. And since the 2010 Cumbria shooting some want even stricter laws, while others simply want back semi-automatic rifles and handguns for self-defense. “Criminals are laughing at us,” a British gun shop owner explained to BBC News. “They know a lot of people are scared to do anything offensive in their home because of the repercussions.”

A misunderstanding of law-abiding gun ownership could be a “city/countryside” divide. Farmers need shotguns for work, but many Londoners find gun ownership unimaginable. “It’s frustrating that when you tell someone you own a gun, you’re instantly labeled a weirdo,” added the shop owner.


Clerk Stops Armed Robbery

A Florida liquor store clerk is alive today because he owned a firearm and knew how to use it when the chips were down.

According to local media reports, 57-year-old William Morris was working the counter at a liquor store in Tampa, Fla., when two men wearing ski masks and hoodies entered the store and pointed guns at him. Morris pulled out his own gun and exchanged gunfire with one of the armed robbers, Cody Bolesta, killing him on the spot.

Morris was uninjured in the gunfight. Police are still working to locate the second armed robber, who fled the scene when the shooting started.


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