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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Maryland Bill To Ban Guns On Campus Passes House

Maryland already has some of the strictest gun-control laws on the books, but that’s seemingly not enough for some of the state’s lawmakers. Democratic Del. Ben Barnes’ proposed legislation to ban guns on college campuses passed through the House on Tuesday. 

If approved by the Senate, it will head to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk where, a spokesman says, the governor has “no intention of altering existing gun laws.” Maryland law allows for each campus to establish its own firearm policies as long as they don’t violate state law. No campus currently allows concealed firearms.

State Democrats, meanwhile, continue to plead ignorance: “I can’t conceive of a school system with this in place,” said Del. William C. Smith. He is apparently unaware that, in addition to Maryland, 22 other states leave campus carry up to each university, and in six states—soon to be eight—campus carry is fully legal.


“Just Shoot Them All,” Says Anti-Gun Zealots About Texas 2A Activists

Going berserk that Open Carry Texas, a pro-gun group, would hand out literature to attendees of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, where President Barack Obama spoke on March 11, members of Michael Bloomberg’s gun-ban group Moms Demand Action tried to incite violence against Second Amendment activists through inflammatory social media posts, Breitbart reports

Among Facebook and Twitter posts from the Moms Demand mob were gems of civility including: “Time to use an assault weapon on this trash,” “I hope the Secret Service mows them down” and “Just shoot them all.” They also falsely claimed that “Texas open-carry extremists are making threats against President Obama.”

The founder of Open Carry Texas opined that “the reason the Moms Demand Action crowd are so opposed to guns in the hands of the public is because they obviously can’t be trusted with guns in public.” They apparently can’t be trusted to tell the truth, either.


New Proposal Would Ban Import Of Many Rifles

New federal legislation proposed by a Democrat California congresswoman would ban the importation of some semi-automatic rifles that are owned and enjoyed by many Americans.

The measure, by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., would require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to publish a list of the so-called “assault weapons” that would be prohibited from importation into the country, including the popular AK-47. Speier says the AK and other rifles on her list “are not suitable or readily adaptable for sporting purposes”—a clear lie given how many people shoot them at ranges throughout the country on a regular basis.

Obviously Speier’s proposal has nothing to do with crime, as the FBI reports that less than 2.4 percent of murders are committed with rifles of any kind. Given that, the number of murders committed with imported semi-autos must be in fractions of 1 percent. So could it be that this measure is just a first step to banning all semi-auto rifles—imported or not?

Author Of Lexington Gun Ban Backpedals

Facing a backlash from gun owners and constitutional advocates, Robert Rotberg, who had proposed a sweeping new gun ban in Lexington, Mass., is now backtracking. The measure would not only ban the sale of semi-autos capable of accepting 10-plus round magazines, but would force the sale, destruction or surrender of currently owned rifles. 

After dozens of individuals went before the Board of Selectmen to voice their disapproval, Rotberg decided to seek the opinion of his fellow Town Meeting members before moving forward. The letter he penned presented three options: “Defy the gun lobby” and ban so-called “assault weapons,” pass a (nonbinding) “modest resolution to the legislature that could accomplish less than an outright ban,” or “indefinitely postpone” the measure in favor of a town-wide conversation on guns.

History shows that the ban would result in a costly legal challenge while leaving crime rates unaffected. Let’s hope Rotberg gets all the discouragement he needs for moving forward.


Giffords Announces Merger Of Anti-Gun Groups

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Washington-based gun-ban group Americans for Responsible Solutions is joining forces with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which works out of California. Giffords’ group backs more restrictive gun laws, while the organization in San Francisco engages legal issues on gun control. 

Neither group has been successful in pushing anti-gun legislation through Congress over the past few years, but together they hope to be a formidable force against the law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association. The merger is yet another attack on the Second Amendment rights of lawful Americans—and yet another reason we all should support the NRA in fighting proposed gun bans this year and into the future.


Armed Woman Stops Home Invaders

Two home intruders were stopped dead in their tracks by an armed woman inside the home they were attempting to rob in West Forest Township, Mich. 

According to police, the suspects rang the doorbell of the woman’s home last Wednesday, but the resident decided not to answer. Likely assuming no one was home, the men went around to the side of the house, entered the screened in porch and kicked in the door. 

To the home invaders’ surprise, they were met by a woman pointing a pistol straight at them, said Bay County Undersheriff Troy Cunningham. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown getaway car and the resident never had to fire a shot.

Within just a few days of this crime, at least two other home invasions have been reported, and the investigations are ongoing.


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