Hunters and those owning firearms for defense of their country could be exempt from the European Union’s plans for tighter gun control, which were drawn up following last year’s terror attacks on Paris. Concerns have been raised about the impact that a revised EU firearms directive could have on legal gun owners.
EU interior ministers and officials accepted an array of objections Thursday and agreed to review draft plans that could restrict online firearms sales, private use of most semi-automatic weapons and prevent minors from owning guns.
Belgium, Britain and France have been the biggest supporters of the draft plan. Eastern European and Nordic countries that utilize and have strong hunting traditions have been vocal critics of the measures. Some governments argued that animal populations could multiply out of control with fewer hunters and restrictions on militia members could disrupt security. Despite pushback from some EU officials, diplomats said the review should secure exemptions for special interests such as hunting associations and militias.
Hillary Challenges NRA In North Carolina
The Wall Street Journal has reported that, at a campaign stop in North Carolina, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton once again made it clear who she thinks is America’s biggest problem—the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association.
“I will take on the gun lobby,” Clinton promised attendees gathered in the Durham Hillside High School gym. She listed Wall Street and pharmaceutical companies among the special interests she would take on if elected, but saved a special place for the NRA: “But you know what the strongest lobby is? It’s the gun lobby, which intimidates people, threatens elected officials.”
Contrary to her 2008 campaign, Clinton is demonizing gun-rights supporters this time. When asked in an October 2015 CNN debate which of her enemies she was most proud of, she named NRA first, along with “Iranians.” In last week’s debate, she said, “We talk about corporate greed; the gun manufacturers sell guns to make as much money as they can make!”
Missouri “Permitless” Carry Legislation Needs Support
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is calling on Missouri gun owners to voice their support for the “permitless” concealed-carry legislation currently under consideration in the state legislature.
Earlier this week, the NRA-backed carry legislation, House Bill 1468, received a “Do Pass” vote from the House Committee on Emerging Issues. The bill will now go to the House Select Committee on General Laws for further consideration.
Sponsored by Republican state Rep. Eric Burlison, the measure would allow all law-abiding individuals to carry a concealed firearm anywhere that isn’t expressly prohibited by law. HB 1468 would also recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without having to obtain a permit, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their loved ones.
Use Your Power!
Missouri gun owners can contact members of the House Select Committee and ask for their support on this important legislationhere.
Open Carry Without A Permit Passes Oklahoma House
Meanwhile in Oklahoma, the state capitol was the scene of impassioned debate this week over a bill that would do away with a permit requirement for open carry by law-abiding gun owners. Currently, if Oklahomans carry a weapon under clothes or in a purse, they need a concealed-carry license. Under this bill, no permit would be necessary to carry a gun openly.
The bill passed the House overwhelmingly. Rep. Jeff Coody authored the legislation, and told NewsOK, “If we give people some freedom, people tend to use that responsibly. We have a government that wants to take our constitutional rights away from us. This is pushback.”
Opponents of the bill say no changes are required in existing gun licensing laws, but Coody disagrees. “I don’t want anyone who can legally own a weapon, who can legally purchase a weapon to have to ask the government permission to carry that weapon off their property, in the open.”
The bill now heads to the Senate.
Opposition Grows To Quebec’s Proposed Gun Registry
It was just three years ago that Canada scrapped its federal long-gun registry. But last December, Quebec decided to give it a go and announced plans to create its own registry for non-restricted firearms. “We will be able to know where is the gun and who owns the gun,” said Public Security Minister Pierre Moreau.
It’s estimated that it will cost roughly $17 million to start the registry and another $5 million annually to operate. Gun owners who fail to register would receive penalties ranging from $500 to $5,000.
But the measure, which was once considered a given, has seen opposition steadily climb. Canada’s National Firearms Association, hunters, sport shooters and collectors have all lent their support. There has been growing division among political parties. And a petition calling for the bill to be scrapped has garnered more than 41,000 signatures and is expected to present in mid-March.
Armed Family Stops Escaped Murder Suspect
Members of a Vicksburg, Miss., family found themselves in a grave situation last week, but the father owning a firearm and knowing how to use it likely saved all of their lives.
According to police, Rafael McCloud escaped from a jail in Warren County, Miss., last week, where he was being held on charges of rape and capital murder. On Thursday, he approached a man starting his car and forced the man into the house. Inside, McCloud tied up the homeowner and his wife, then stabbed the man.
At some time during the hostage situation, the homeowner managed to free himself, retrieve his gun and shoot McCloud, killing him on the spot. Local media reports indicate that the homeowner was taken to the hospital, and his wife and two children were unharmed.