Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino is a Mexican national who had been deported from the United States back to Mexico in 2004. At some point, he re-entered the U.S. illegally. Yet despite the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had flagged him for detainment where he was held at Overland Park Municipal Court in Kansas, he was released from custody without ICE being notified.
This week, the illegal alien was arrested after a massive manhunt following a killing spree that left five people dead across two states. Serrano-Vitorino is accused of murdering four men in Kansas City, Kan.—he lived next door to the victims—and is wanted for questioning in the death of a fifth man near New Florence, Mo.
U.S. immigration officials say a paperwork error—ICE issued the detainer to the wrong sheriff’s office—prevented the detention of Serrano-Vitorino. That error resulted in five innocent lives being lost.
In D.C., The Battle Over “Good Cause” Rages On
A preliminary injunction that had been granted in May 2015 to opponents of Washington, D.C.’s concealed-carry law has been overturned. On Monday, a federal judge sided with the D.C. ruling that while the constitutionality of the law is debated in the courts, anyone wishing to carry a concealed handgun in public would still be subject to the so-called “good cause” requirement—in other words, they would need to show that they have “good reason to fear injury to [their] person or property.”
In her 31-page ruling, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said opponents hadn’t provided ample evidence that their lawsuit was likely to be successful, generally a requirement for a preliminary injunction.
While opponents had hoped the injunction would stand, Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s quick ruling means challenges can now go forward—in a court filing, opponents said they are appealing the ruling to the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals. Unfortunately, D.C. residents will continue to remain defenseless in the meantime.
Everytown’s Anti-Campus Carry Push In Georgia
Everytown for Gun Safety, the Michael Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group, is running a TV commercial in Georgia urging residents to contact their state legislators in opposition of HB 859, the campus carry bill. “College students, guns and alcohol don’t mix,” the ad ominously concludes.
As always, Everytown badly misses the mark. In Georgia, an individual must be 21 to obtain a carry permit. This is also true in all other campus carry states: Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin; as well as in Texas and Kansas, where campus carry becomes effective in Aug. 2016 and July 2017 respectively. So why should a 21-year-old adult lose their right of self-defense the second he or she steps onto a college campus?
The real danger attached to this bill—not the manufactured danger that Everytown is trying to fabricate—is if it doesn’t pass. More gun-free zones are never the answer to reducing crime.
Australia: Lever-Action Shotgun Ban Might Lapse
A ridiculous Australian ban on a shotgun that utilizes 165-year-old technology might be off the books by this summer.
State and federal governments are considering whether to extend a temporary ban on the seven-round Adler lever-action shotgun, and it could be considered as soon as April 8.
But Liberal Democrat Sen. David Leyonhjelm recently told AAP that extending the ban is unlikely. “It will probably be overtaken by election events and the ban is likely to lapse,” he said. “My feeling is that the state police ministers realize that there is no problem to be solved; that the availability of lever-action shotguns for the last 20 years has not presented a problem, so there’s no need to alter their categorization.”
N.J. “Buyback” Bill Moves Forward
Despite the fact that so-called gun “buybacks” have been proven to be ineffective in reducing violent crime, legislators in New Jersey seem intent on wasting taxpayers' money on just such a scheme.
A measure that would create a statewide gun “buyback” program was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday, with sponsors claiming the law would curb “gun violence.”
In reality, voluntary gun turn-ins are a classic case of gun-control symbolism. While advocates claim they are “taking guns off our streets,” in many cases the guns collected are so ancient or decrepit as to be nearly, if not completely, nonfunctional. In other cases, the guns are not coming off “the street” but from law-abiding owners where such firearms pose no risk to public safety whatsoever. Even an advisor to the Obama administration at the National Institute of Justice said such efforts “cannot be effective” unless “massive” in scope “and coupled with a ban” on the same sort of arms as are being collected.
Armed Citizen Stops Jewelry Store Robbery
A jewelry store owner in Torrance, Calif., shot and killed an armed robber on Tuesday.
Just before noon, a man barged into Leilani’s Jewelers with a gun, but the owner was also armed and opened fire, said Sgt. Paul Kranke of the Torrance Police Department. The owner called 911 to report the incident, and when police arrived, they found a deceased individual with a gun by his side.
Police said that the suspect brandished a handgun before he was shot, but there is no evidence he fired. “The owner has a right to protect himself, and that’s what seemed to have transpired here today,” Kranke said. Police are calling the suspect’s actions a “crime of opportunity,” and the owner was uninjured. A friend of the owner told KTLA that the victim is “a really nice guy, a nice, soft-spoken guy. But when push comes to shove, he’ll take care of himself.”