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Saturday, February 27, 2016

San Bernardino Carry Permit Applications Boom

The ISIS-inspired terrorist shootings at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., last December has led to a ridiculous—and dangerous—backlog for those now applying for concealed weapons applications.

According to ABC10.com, San Bernardino County has reported a nine-fold increase in concealed weapons applications the month following the shooting, and Riverside County’s permitting process is so backlogged that it now takes a year-and-a-half to even meet with an official to submit an application.

“It’s ridiculous,” John R. Lott Jr. of the nonprofit Crime Prevention Research Center told the news station. “Most states in the country will get you a concealed-carry permit within at least 60 days. What if you have a woman who is being stalked or threatened? What is she supposed to do—wait a year and a half just to get an appointment?”


D.C. Loses Appeal To Rehear One-Gun-A-Month Scheme

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the District of Columbia to rehear the case that struck down D.C.’s “one-gun-a-month” scheme.

The District had appealed to have the case reheard by the full U.S. Court of Appeals after losing an earlier 2-1 decision. In rejecting D.C.’s appeal to be heard before the full court, Judge Patricia A. Millett wrote that the city “had a full opportunity to develop a record and come forward … with evidence to substantiate the difficult policy judgments that it presses on rehearing, and to do so to the degree necessary to survive the intermediate scrutiny that our precedent requires.” She concluded that “the District failed that task.” 

Court watchers will note that D.C.’s scheme failed to meet even the lesser standard of “intermediate scrutiny” for government regulation, let alone the more stringent “strict scrutiny” requirement. However, other barriers to firearm freedoms for D.C. residents will remain in effect.


Big Fail For Big Apple Judicial System

As a member of the “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted” gang, his rap sheet looks exactly like you’d expect—nine arrests and charges including robbery, grand larceny and illegal guns. The last two gun busts occurred on Nov. 25, 2015, and 10 days later on Dec. 5, 2015. 

Yet unbelievably, Junior Regis, 23, was still roaming the streets as a free man. We can thank Judge Genine D. Edwards for that—despite a prosecution request to deny bail or set it at $500,000, she set it at a paltry $1,000. 

So it was unsurprising when Regis again ran afoul of the law and was picked up Feb. 17 for armed robbery and possession of illegal guns. This time, Judge Michael Yavinsky denied bail and Regis remains locked up. 

Judge Edwards, meanwhile, was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of the state of New York on Dec. 21, 2015.


Columbine Survivor Introduces School Gun Measure

While the media typically only reports on the anti-gun activism of survivors of mass shootings, one Colorado state legislator is bucking the trend.

According to USA Today, Colorado state Rep. Patrick Neville is a survivor of the mass murder at Columbine High School back in 1999, and he doesn’t believe stricter gun control is the answer. In fact, Neville has introduced a measure that would permit teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry guns at the state’s schools in an attempt to halt future shootings.

“The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children,” Neville said in a statement, according to The Hill. “More of my friends would still be alive today.” A similar bill introduced by Neville last year was killed during the session.


Northern Virginia Residents Up In Arms Again Over Another Proposed Gun Store

After torpedoing NOVA Firearms’ plan to open a new store in the Cherrydale section of their town, Arlington, Va., residents are now coffee-klatching and Change.org-petitioning their way to stopping NOVA Armory from opening a storefront in Arlington’s Lyon Park section. 

“We oppose a gun shop at this location. We are alarmed to hear of these plans,” their petition fusses, then boasts that “similar plans to open a gun shop in Cherrydale were thwarted due to community opposition” and urges the landlord to reject the gun-store tenant, just as the Cherrydale landlord apparently did.

The irony is that these are some of the most garrisoned, guarded, pampered and privileged people on earth. For them to spend their days waging some pretend war on the notion of armed good guys—even as they benefit from that 24/7/365 cocoon of armed protection—takes a special kind of silliness, entitlement or pretense. You go, Arlington!


Indiana Woman Fends Off Intruder

A Brooklyn, Ind., senior citizen used her gun to scare off a home intruder on Wednesday.

According to local police, a man entered the home of the the 66-year-old woman around noon, struggled with her and then restrained her to a piece of furniture. He then started going through her belongings, looking for items to steal.

While he was searching, the woman was able to free herself, get her gun and confront the intruder. After another brief struggle, he fled the scene. According to Fox59.com, authorities described the victim of the home invasion as a “tough lady.”


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