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Monday, March 28, 2016

SCOTUS Action Doesn’t Prove Second Amendment Is Safe

When the U.S. Supreme Court recently challenged the ruling in Caetano v. Massachusetts that stun guns are not covered by the Second Amendment, it was widely seen as a pro-gun victory. But an enlightening article posted on the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) website explains that this outcome does not indicate much about the Court’s stance on gun rights. 

A number of pundits have already pointed toward Caetano as evidence that even without Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court remains dedicated to its recognition in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This confidence is not only misplaced; it also plays into the hands of those who support the appointment of Merrick Garland. NRA-ILA warns against a false sense of security: “Unless Justice Scalia is replaced by someone who shares his philosophy and worldview when it comes to our right to keep and bear arms, we may not have that right much longer.”


“Permitless” Carry Bill Becomes Law In Idaho

Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho signed Senate Bill 1389, which recognizes the right of persons 21 and older to carry concealed firearms without a permit within city limits. Concealed carry without a permit is already legal in rural areas for individuals who are at least 18 years old, as is open carry within city limits. The new law will go into effect on July 1, according to KTVB.

The governor, who describes himself as a Lifetime NRA member, also wrote a letter encouraging everyone who intends to carry a concealed firearm “… to take advantage of gun-safety training opportunities available from many reputable sources throughout Idaho.”


Armed Neighbor Detains Burglary Suspect In South Carolina

A man in Cowpens, S.C., heard his neighbor’s dog barking loudly and went to investigate, finding that a door to the house was damaged. After calling the homeowner, he encountered a man trying to leave the property and detained him at gunpoint while calling sheriff’s deputies. 

FOX Carolina reports that the suspect was handcuffed when deputies arrived, finding a screwdriver on his person that appeared to have been used to access the back door. The phone line to the house had been cut, and a bedroom had been ransacked. The suspect is currently facing multiple charges.


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