Legislation that would have made Virginia the eighth state to not require a permit or license for citizens to carry concealed firearms was defeated in the Virginia Senate Monday with a tiebreaking vote by Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
All 19 Democrats in the Senate voted against Senate Bill 48, and all but one Republican senator voted for it, creating a 20-to-20 deadlock that was broken by Northam’s vote. The Constitutional Carry bill would have allowed any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within Virginia.
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Bloomberg Repeats Vermont Sham Study In Nevada
Everytown for Gun Safety has released a “study” claiming that one in 11 online gun shoppers in Nevada has a criminal record. The Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Everytown’s “Research Director,” Ted Alcorn, as saying, “We wanted to ensure that we’re using the gun sale ads as a proxy for gun commerce. You can infer a lot by looking at the ads.”
In truth, Alcorn can do nothing of the sort. After boasting of the man-hours and technology the group used to monitor ads on four websites, Alcorn could only conclude that high volumes from a small number of sellers “might mean they are unlicensed dealers.”
Everytown then posted 19 sham ads and found less than 9 percent of respondents had a criminal record. In a similar incident in Vermont, Everytown was forced to admit massive flaws in methodology. Neither “study” confirmed even one illegal gun sale.
These tactics remind us that Everytown is a political advocacy organization funded by a gun-ban billionaire, not an independent, unbiased research firm.
President Lauds Facebook’s Slap At Gun Owners
President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday decided to expand its war on law-abiding gun owners to a war on friends advertising guns to friends.
Speaking on Facebook’s recent decision to prohibit groups that allow people to advertise firearms for sale, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters: “Obviously, we welcome steps from private entities like Facebook.”
We should take a deeper look at that statement, however. Like other Internet entities, guns are not bought and sold on Facebook—they are simply advertised. Under federal law, anyone “buying a firearm” over the Internet must pass an FBI background check and have the gun delivered to a federally licensed dealer. Federal law does not bar law-abiding Americans from privately selling firearms to one another, or from discussing what guns they might wish to sell. In effect, Obama is cheering the fact that Facebook is making life a little more inconvenient for law-abiding gun owners who are following federal law.
Man Arrested On Gun Charges Third Time In 15 Months
In one of his recent commentaries, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre had a simple message for President Obama on how to stop violent crime: “If you want to stop violent crime, and I know you do, take violent criminals off the street. Prosecute them under the current federal gun laws, and make sure they don’t get to their next crime scene. That’s the way to save lives.”
Case in point: Patrick Brandao, 24, of Brockton, Mass. Last Friday, Brandao was arrested for the third time in 15 months on gun charges. In the latest incident, he was driving with a suspended license, and when officers attempted to pull the car over, Brandao sped off and led them on a car chase through the city. He was charged with multiple offenses, including possession of a firearm without an FID card. These follow earlier arrests on gun charges in April 2015 and October 2014.
2016’s Great American Outdoor Show Promises To Be The Biggest And Best One Yet
When people think of NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show, Feb. 6-14 in Harrisburg, Pa., most picture the show’s massive exhibit hall—this year, GAOS will fill 650,000 square feet with all the latest shooting and outdoor gear from more than 1,100 exhibitors.
It’s truly an amazing sight. But if you don’t venture beyond the exhibit hall, you’ll be missing out. On Friday night, the “Duck Dynasty” star will talk God, guns and country in Phil Robertson: UnMuzzled, and Saturday night’s NRA Country Concert will feature great music from country artists Justin Moore, LOCASH and Ben Gallaher.
During the day, you can catch Dock Dogs canine water sports demonstration and the Birds of Prey: Ultimate Hunter program, featuring live raptors, in the arenas. While the kids visit the Family Fun Zone, live Trout Pond and Pyramid Airgun Range, up your fishing game at Bass University or try your luck at the Wall of Guns. Admission is free with purchase of an NRA membership—so don’t miss it!
Senior Citizen Fights Off Armed Robber
When an armed robber entered a Buckhead, Ga., convenience store owned by a 71-year-old woman, he likely thought it would be an easy score. Moments later, his thinking had changed.
A man 50 years her junior entered Janet Willis’ convenience store last Thursday morning and demanded her car keys. When Willis pressed a panic button under the counter, the man saw her. “He said, ‘I have killed my mother,’ then he mumbled something and said he had stolen a van and he was going to kill me if I didn’t give him the keys,” the 5-foot, 1-inch Willis told police.
But when the armed robber turned to look at another customer, Willis grabbed her 9 mm pistol and pointed it at the robber. “When he turned around I said ‘I’ll blow your guts all over this store,’” the feisty senior said. The man then ran out of the store as fast as he could.