The Great American Outdoor Show kicked off Saturday in Pennsylvania. What promises to be a fun-filled nine days for attendees in Harrisburg has turned into anything but for the city.
Last month, Democrat Mayor Eric Papenfuse, an outspoken NRA critic, forbade police officers from working the NRA-sponsored show. This order came despite the fact that officers have worked security at the show for more than 20 years.
Now, the police officers are fighting back—they’ve filed a grievance for the lost wages, which in 2015 totaled around $95,000. “Utterly unmerited,” groused Papenfuse. For 2016, the NRA has hired officers from nearby townships and the county sheriff’s office.
Demanding Self-Defense Rights Against Terror, Europeans Resist Further Gun Controls
Faced with mounting terrorist attacks and waves of refugee immigration and violence, European citizens from Austria and Germany to Finland and England are fueling a boom in sales of firearms and other self-defense products, overwhelming authorities with requests for new licenses and gun registrations, and resisting moves by the European Union to impose ever-more-restrictive gun controls on law-abiding people.
As NRA-ILA details in this excellent retrospective, Austrians are clearing store shelves of shotguns, while demanding a fivefold increase in pistol registration courses. In Germany, sales of defensive sprays are up sevenfold, and Google searches for gun licenses are up 1,000 percent.
Meanwhile, as the European Union contemplates stronger gun controls including civilian bans on semi-automatic firearms, resistance is hardening: Shooters’ groups in England and Germany are opposing the proposals, and confidential reports indicate the German, Austrian, Czech and Finnish governments are “keen to put the brakes on the EU’s plans.” These are encouraging developments, indeed.
Oregon Politicians Target Non-Existent “Loophole”
Anti-gun legislators in Oregon are trying to further infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens by pushing a measure to “close” another non-existent “loophole.”
House Bill 4147 would require full completion of a background check before a gun sale can be finalized. “We passed a bill that said all gun sales have to go through a background check. And it’s not true because of this loophole,” House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson told theStatesmen Journal.
In fact, no such “loophole” exists. The federal law was intentionally written to stipulate that if an investigation into a sale by the FBI has not been definitively concluded within three days, the dealer may proceed with the transfer. This provision was not some kind of “error” leading to a “loophole”: Congress inserted the safeguard to ensure that an anti-gun Department of Justice could not indefinitely deny Americans the ability to exercise their fundamental right to arms by simply never concluding a background check.
FBI Arrests Man Planning ISIS-Inspired Attack On Detroit Church
The FBI has stopped another planned lone-wolf terror attack on U.S. soil, this time in Detroit.
According to the complaint, 21-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan targeted an unnamed church because, “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”
The FBI had been watching Abu-Rayyan online since May, and arrested him when his father “found the gun and the bullets and the mask I was going to wear.” Abu-Rayyan tweeted support for ISIS and told an undercover FBI agent in an online conversation that he had chosen a 6,000-member church only a half mile from his work.
By the time the next president is sworn in, four Supreme Court justices—two liberals and two conservatives—will be 77 or older. If all four retire, the effects could go far beyond future gun-rights cases: 123 Supreme Court rulings have been explicitly overruled by subsequent court decisions; 13 percent of those since 2000. Heller and McDonald were decided by one vote, and it isn’t at all unreasonable to think a Supreme Court seeded with anti-gun nominees could reverse those decisions, along with two decades of progress.
“All the chips are on the table in this election because the impact is who gets the Supreme Court,” NRA President Allan Cors said.
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Armed Georgia Woman Stops Ongoing Threat
An Atlanta woman, weary of harassment by a male acquaintance and fearing for her safety, finally resorted to shooting the man Saturday afternoon.
According to Atlanta police, the man had harassed the woman by forcing his presence on her, striking her, damaging property of her friends, and repeatedly knocking on her doors and windows in the middle of the night. Two separate police reports were made over the past two days before the shooting.
But on Saturday afternoon, police say the man “approached [her] in a manner that reportedly caused [her] to fear for her safety.” She then pulled her handgun and shot the assailant once in the chest, killing him and ending the ongoing threat.