Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are bringing their national gun-control campaign to Virginia. Tuesday, the founders of so-called Americans for Responsible Solutions announced the formation of the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense—a state-level effort designed to push anti-gun measures that, ironically, lack any hint of common sense.
Giffords and Kelly have launched similar coalitions in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Oregon and Delaware. These groups are comprised of gun-control advocates from law enforcement and the faith, domestic violence prevention and mental health communities.
In Virginia, Giffords and Kelly are pushing a bill mandating “universal” background checks, one that former prosecutor Del. C. Todd Gilbert says won’t deter crime. “People who don’t follow the law anyway find a way to break new ones,” he noted.
But that type of common-sense rationale is apparently lost on Giffords. Instead, she’s busy trying to drum up support for bills that will do nothing but infringe upon freedoms of the law-abiding.
San Bernardino Sheriff Condemns Gun-Control Initiative
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safety For All” Act is a ballot initiative that would further beef up the state’s already harsh gun-control laws by calling for the confiscation of magazines holding over 10 rounds and requiring background checks for ammunition purchases. While the anti-gun politician has touted his proposals as a response to the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, he is facing opposition from the California State Sheriffs’ Association—including the vocal condemnation of the sheriff of San Bernardino County.
Sheriff John McMahon sat down for an exclusive interview with investigative reporter Ginny Simone to explain why this legislation will only hurt well-intentioned gun owners without hindering criminals or terrorists. He concluded with a call to action: “My true belief is, you’re not involved in the process, you really don’t have any right to complain. Voice your opinion, and vote.” Watch the video on NRA News here.
Mississippi Bill Protecting Churches, Expanding Carry Advances
On Tuesday House Bill 786, known as the Mississippi Church Protection Act, was passed in the state Senate 36-14. The bill would allow churches to designate members who had undergone enhanced concealed-carry training or had police or military backgrounds to carry a firearm in defense of their congregation, and shield them from civil and criminal liability if they are forced to use their firearm to stop a violent crime.
The law will also allow all law-abiding individuals to carry holstered firearms without a concealed-carry permit, expanding on last year’s law allowing “permitless” carry in purses and briefcases.
State lawmakers ultimately decided expanding carry by qualified residents while enhancing the ability of houses of worship to defend themselves would help make all Mississippians safer. “This important piece of pro-gun legislation clarifies existing law in Mississippi and ensures that each Mississippian has the right to carry their firearm in the manner that best suits them,” said NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox.
Indiana Voters Will Consider Right To Hunt And Fish
Hoosier State voters will have an opportunity this November to make Indiana the 20th state with constitutional protection of the right to hunt and fish. Republican Gov. Mike Pence has approved language that will appear as Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot. If passed, it would amend the Indiana Constitution to guarantee an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, ensuring that wildlife management issues are settled through sound science rather than the emotional appeals of anti-hunting groups.
“Voting for ‘Question 1’ on the November ballot will protect those cherished traditions in the Hoosier State from efforts by well-funded national extremist groups to ban hunting,” said NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox.
In other good news for Indiana hunters, Gov. Pence also signed legislation expanding deer hunting opportunities in the state by directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a rifle season for deer hunting in the state.
A Bill Allowing Guns On Tennessee Campus Grounds Moves Forward
Law-abiding citizens are “almost sitting ducks” in gun-free zones.
That was the opinion of National Rifle Association Spokesman Erin Luper when addressing the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee, as both the House and Senate consider a measure allowing employees at state colleges and universities to carry guns on campus. The bill’s sponsors, Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Andy Holt, argue that employees who are permit holders should be able to carry on school grounds with limited exceptions—which include sporting events, disciplinary hearings and hospitals. The bill also contains a stipulation making colleges and universities immune from legal action in case of an accidental shooting.
Armed Woman Stops Home Intruders
A 61-year-old Terrell, Texas, woman used her gun to stop a pair of home invaders, sending one to the hospital.
According to local media reports, the woman was awakened in the the middle of the night by two home intruders. She retrieved her gun and shot one of the intruders, but ran out of bullets before she could get the second one, who then severely beat her up before leaving the home.
Police were able to apprehend the two when one showed up at a nearby medical center seeking treatment for the gunshot wounds. “I hope other women will take note,” the victim told CBS DFW. “I am glad I was able to defend myself.”