On Monday, a judge ruled that several gun restrictions in the Mariana Islands Commonwealth violated the Second Amendment. The Commonwealth, located near the Philippines, is a 179-sq.-mile U.S. territory with a population of about 55,000.
At issue was the Commonwealth’s total ban on possessing or importing handguns and handgun ammunition. Additionally, anyone wishing to own a firearm had to apply for a Weapons Identification Card (WIC), and to obtain this license, applicants had to show they had a good reason—besides self-defense—to own a gun.
After the WIC applications filed by Li-Rong Radich, a woman who was brutally beaten during a home invasion, and her husband David sat for three years without a response, the two filed suit. The ruling, handed down by Chief Justice Ramona Manglona of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, requires officials to immediately stop enforcing the handgun ban and begin issuing WICs on the grounds of self-defense.
Chicago Murder Rate Up, Police Stops Down
The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the shooting of 12-year-old Zarriel Trotter, who was walking home after playing basketball. Trotter was shot in the back by a stray bullet fired in a confrontation by two groups of men on the street, reportedly fighting over a girl.
In a tragic twist of irony, Trotter had earlier appeared in a February 2015 public service announcement decrying the effects of Chicago’s gang violence on its black youth.
The New York Times reported that Chicago’s gun homicide rate has nearly doubled in 2016. The city averages seven shootings and one homicide per day.
While gang violence skyrockets, police interdiction has dropped precipitously. CPD stopped, frisked and questioned suspicious individuals 20,908 times so far this year. That number is down from from the 157,346 instances at this time last year. Gun seizures are also down, from 1,413 last year to 1,316 this year.
Northern Virginia Gun Store Opens ... And Somehow Time Finds Courage To Soldier On
Despite protests and petitions, proclamations from local politicians and predictions of mayhem from fretting anti-gun neighbors feeling their “safe space” threatened by that frightening Constitution, Arlington County, Va.’s, first independent gun store in many years opened Saturday ... and somehow the world didn’t end.
Nova Armory had a busy first day of business, one of its owners, Dennis Pratte, told the Washington Post, with dozens of supporters turning out for its grand opening, along with customers shopping for guns, gun safes, ammunition and cleaning kits.
Nonetheless, a few blocks away in the hidebound liberal enclave of Arlington, protestors—including four state legislators, four of five Arlington County Board members, the county manager and a school board member—ranted, raved and called on the faithful not to give up their opposition to the scourge of Second Amendment freedom being exercised in their midst. Isn’t that special?
New Anti-Gun Proposals In Delaware
The Delaware Coalition for Common Sense said in its first public event Monday that it will push for new gun-control laws in the General Assembly this year. The group brought in former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to help stump for the anti-gun bills.
The first measure—erroneously categorized as a “loophole” by the coalition—would deny licensed firearm dealers the ability to proceed with a sale if no determination is made by the FBI during the three-day waiting period. In other words, Delaware citizens’ Second Amendment rights would be denied due to government’s inability to efficiently process background checks.
A second bill would enable family members to have guns confiscated from someone they believe might have a potential for violence. No due process, no opportunity to defend yourself—just a constitutional right ripped away based on someone else’s judgment.
Where is the “common sense” in either of these proposals?
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled For Committee Vote
Four anti-gun bills are currently under consideration in Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, which has decided not to accept public testimony for consideration before making a decision. However, you can voice your opinion with committee members here. The bills include:
HB 625, which would brand sending unwanted text messages and emails as misdemeanor stalking, potentially leading to the denial of the sender’s individual constitutional rights. Since it could be retroactive, gun owners may discover they are banned only when renewing their permit.
HB 626, which would establish a petty misdemeanor for consuming alcohol while possessing a firearm, although it does not set an alcoholic limit. Without specification, even consuming Nyquil could be a violation.
HB 2629, which would expand existing registration conditions, where law-abiding Hawaii gun owners are continuously monitored in an FBI database.
HB 2632, which could prohibit firearms ownership by those who have undergone or are undergoing emergency hospitalization, even for something as common as diabetic shock.
Houston Store Clerk Stops Robber
A Houston store clerk, who was pistol-whipped after obediently handing over money to an armed robber late last year, shot and killed a robbery suspect Friday morning.
The clerk, who has a concealed-carry permit, was confronted by a masked man in a Family Dollar store, which had been robbed several times in the past. He drew his handgun and shot the robber.
Police told local media that it wasn’t immediately clear if the masked suspect was armed.