An article published in the Washington Post evokes the moment that Michael Baryla, owner of Tracy Rifle and Pistol in northern California, was told by an inspector that he would have to remove vinyl decals depicting handguns from the front of his store. The reason is a 90-year-old state law prohibiting owners of gun stores from advertising handguns on their premises. Now Baryla is leading the charge to challenge this obsolete and harmful restriction.
Tracy Rifle and Pistol v. Harris is expected to come to trial early next year. Law professor Eugene Volokh, who represents the plaintiffs, noted, “There’s pretty solid First Amendment case law protecting the right to advertise in this context. And that’s both from U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.” Firearms retailers are prohibited from putting handgun ads outside their stores in the meantime, but they are optimistic that they will soon be able to market their goods like other business owners.
Hillary Plots Anti-Gun Crusade In America’s Most Anti-Gun Tabloid
Hillary Clinton penned an op-ed in the New York Daily News on Easter Sunday that signaled her intention to once again expose gun owners and manufacturers to the draconian government abuses of her husband’s administration.
Clinton misrepresented laws protecting gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits designed to drive them into bankruptcy (lawsuits once supported by federal agencies under Bill Clinton); that end-run constitutional guarantees by banning gun purchases by Americans on the secret government “no-fly” list; and that prevent the NICS system from delaying gun purchases indefinitely before approval—effectively giving government power to ban sales without explanation.
As always, Clinton exploited the grief of victims in order to swindle readers with her deception. Such blatant dishonesty justifies polls that show even Democrats find her dishonest and untrustworthy—and explains why she chose such a tabloid as the NYDN to publish her fraud.
Indiana Representative Brings Two Pro-Gun Bills To U.S. House
U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., introduced two measures aimed at protecting Second Amendment rights. The first resolution relates to the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, stating, “… the Senate should not confirm a nominee to the United States Supreme Court whose professional record or statements display opposition to the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners, including the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms …”
President Barack Obama’s current nominee to the nation’s highest court, Judge Merrick Garland, sided with D.C. in cases challenging the District’s handgun ban—which was struck down with the Court’s landmark Heller decision. Garland also voted to uphold the Clinton “assault weapon” ban, among other anti-gun opinions.
Young’s other bill would ensure those in federally-subsidized benefit programs would not lose the right to lawfully carry as a condition of participation, affirming that the Second Amendment safeguards a right for all law-abiding Americans regardless of income or circumstances.
Mass. Town Proposes Firearms Registration And Ban
One resident of Massachusetts apparently doesn’t think the state’s already stringent gun-control laws go far enough. Alex Grant, a member of the Longmeadow Select Board—the chief executive body of the town—has proposed three new bylaws:
A ban on “assault weapons” with a $300-per-day fine imposed on any resident who owns one;
Registration for every gun owned by residents;
And a $300 fine for anyone who possesses a gun on town-owned buildings or on recreation property.
In order to have his proposal bypass Select Board approval and go straight onto the docket for town meeting consideration, Grant tellingly submitted his petitions as a town resident rather than as a board member. “I’m looking forward to a nice debate on these issues,” he said.
Rest assured, the town’s law-abiding gun owners will be more than happy to engage in his debate and provide a dissenting opinion or two.
Tennessee Bill Protecting Gun Owners On Campus Parking Lots Nears Passage
The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation protecting Right-to-Carry permit holders who wish to transport or store firearms in their vehicles on campus parking lots.
Senate Bill 1991 would extend the parking lot protection law passed two years ago to public colleges and universities in Tennessee by allowing employees and students to store firearms and ammunition in their locked vehicles on campus without fear of legal or disciplinary action. A nearly identical companion bill, House Bill 2131, has already been passed by the Tennessee House.
Use Your Power!
If the Senate in Nashville accepts the House version of this bill, it will go to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature. Tennessee residents, urge your state senator to protect the rights of lawful Tennessee Right-to-Carry permit holders who wish to store firearms in their vehicles at Tennessee colleges by passing this important legislation! To locate your senator, clickhere.
Taco Stand Worker Defends Self During Attempted Robbery
Despite efforts from state and local politicians to make Los Angeles hell for law-abiding gun owners, one victim of a crime was able to defend himself successfully on Friday. According to ABC 7, three men who attempted to rob a taco stand on the city’s south side were met with armed resistance. An employee ended up drawing his firearm and shooting one of the suspects, while the other two fled the scene.
The wounded suspect was transported to a local hospital and later succumbed to his injuries. Few details were available on the armed citizen, who was described as cooperating with investigators.