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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Former Corrections Officers Sue For Right To Carry Guns

When is an officer not an officer? That’s the question four former federal corrections officers with decades of experience are asking. Harold Bennette, Ron DuBerry, Maurice Curtis and Robert Smith are all retired from the D.C. Department of Corrections and all have sought—and been denied—permits to carry guns. 

The officers filed a lawsuit contending that they should qualify for a permit under federal statutes that allow retired law enforcement officers to carry guns without obtaining state licenses. In court last week, the District’s attorney argued otherwise, claiming they weren’t actually law enforcement officers.   

“The only thing police officers do that we don’t do is write tickets,” stated Curtis. “Everything else, we do.” Lead plaintiff DuBerry added, “Every time the FBI agents who’ve retired get a raise, we get a raise. If that’s not federal law enforcement, then what is it?” 

We’ll continue to follow this ongoing litigation.


McConnell: Senate Will Not Hold Confirmation Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that the Senate would not confirm Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court slot left open by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. 

“I can’t imagine that a Republican-majority Congress, in a lame duck session after the American people have spoken, would want to confirm a nominee opposed by the NRA, the NFIB, and The New York Times says would move the court dramatically to the left,” McConnell told CNN’s Dana Bash. “This nomination ought to be made by the next president.” 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada tried to insult Republicans into holding confirmation hearings, saying they should “man up and do it now.” However, Democrats ignore their own filibuster of the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito, which President Obama now says he “regrets.” 

In 2007, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said that George W. Bush shouldn’t get to pick any more justices, even though 19 months remained in his term. Obama has 10 months left.


Anti-Gun Group Joins Clinton’s “Ban Guns But Bail Out Criminals” Campaign

The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV) is now joining forces with Hillary Clinton in her campaign of attacking police, seeking to reduce prison sentences, portraying criminals as victims and blaming the Second Amendment for crime. 

A new document from LCPGV lays out its agenda, which dovetails perfectly with Clinton’s as she calls for “transformational reform” of police departments, “reducing mandatory penalties” and a wide variety of new anti-gun laws that will disarm lawful people who need firearms more than ever to defend themselves against the criminals Clinton vows to shield from enforcement of the laws on the books. 

If this gives you déjà vu, it should. Because it’s just a rehash of a debate we saw decades ago, when years of liberal soft-on-crime policies drove violent crime to record heights. Tough laws and enforcement got us out of that mess—but now Clinton wants to go back.


Idaho Permitless Carry Tramples Bloomberg On The Way To The Governor’s Desk

Despite heavy spending by gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg, on Friday the Idaho House overwhelmingly passed SB 1389, voting 54-15 to allow citizens over 21 to carry concealed without a permit. Those 18-21 may carry concealed with a permit at the discretion of the local county sheriff.

On March 13, Everytown for Gun Safety, Bloomberg’s New York-based gun-control advocacy group, ran a full-page ad in the Idaho Statesman, the state’s largest paper, urging legislators to reject the bill. Everytown also ran TV advertising spots opposing the measure. In addition, Everytown offshoot Moms Demand Action lobbied legislators heavily. 

The next morning, the Senate State Affairs committee approved the measure by a wide margin. The full Senate passed it 27-8 on Tuesday, and the House State Affairs committee approved it on Thursday. 

SB 1389 now goes to Gov. “Butch” Otter for his signature.


Baltimore Man Shoots Home Invader

“I’m in your house, I’m coming to get you.” 

Those were the words a Parkville County, Md., homeowner heard in the middle of the night, as an intruder broke into his residence. The Baltimore Sun quotes police Cpl. John Wachter on what happened next: “The man armed himself with a gun and closed the door to the room he was in. The suspect kicks in that door. The man, fearing for his life, shoots the suspect several times.”

The victim ran from the house to seek help, then waited for the police to arrive. Officers entered the home and found the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The police still have no reason why the intruder kicked in the door and started yelling. “There’s no indication that they knew each other,” Wachter added.


Felon Out On Bond Breaks Into Home, Gets Shot

It was a little before noon in Nashville, Tenn., when JoShanda Odems heard repeated knocking on her door. She looked through the peephole, but didn’t recognize the man. That’s when she knew something was wrong. 

Odems went to her bedroom, grabbed her .357 revolver, hid in a closet and dialed 911. But Trenton Hartman was not to be denied. The 24-year-old broke into Odems’ apartment and made his way from from room to room. She heard him enter her bedroom and, finally, he opened the closet door where she was hiding. 

Face-to-face with Hartman, Odems didn’t hesitate—she shot the intruder, who then turned and fled. Hartman went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Upon release, he was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary. Hartman had been arrested earlier in March on a felony theft charge.


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