Kentucky Democratic state Reps. Hubert Collins and Jody Richards have introduced House Bill 531, which would deregulate the state’s concealed-carry permitting system so law-abiding gun owners could legally carry concealed handguns without first obtaining a government-issued permit. While Kentucky grants open carry of a firearm, this bipartisan legislation expands that right by allowing citizens the ability to carry a firearm as each sees fit, such as under a jacket or in a purse. The legislation will still recognize reciprocity agreements in other states for all permit holders.
The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee, and a Senate version of HB 531 is expected soon.
Use Your Power!
Kentucky gun owners are encouraged to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee today and urge them to support HB 531. Contact committee membershere.
Republicans Rally For Supreme Court Fight
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has triggered a Supreme Court battle that will have far-reaching consequences. With President Barack Obama already declaring that he plans to appoint a new nominee, Republicans are rallying to refuse his appointment.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, met with conservative groups to urge them to stay vigilant in the months ahead. Included in the meeting were representatives from NRA, Heritage Action, Judicial Crisis Network, National Right to Life and more.
Grassley implored the organizations to “do what is right” in denying an Obama nominee the opportunity to move forward. A left-wing judge replacing the conservative stalwart would unfavorably tilt the court in a more liberal direction for years, or decades, to come.
Virginia Democrats Join War Against Proposed Arlington Gun Store
All seven state legislators representing Virginia’s Arlington County—all Democrats—have joined residents trying to block Nova Armory from opening a gun store adjacent to Fort Myer, home of the U.S. Army’s “Old Guard,” by writing a letter urging the landlord not to rent space for the store. Last week, the Arlington County Board sniffily signaled its official disapproval of the plan, as well.
Opponents of the store created a change.org petition against it, which at press time had 3,103 signatures, and supporters started another, which had 519. According to the Washington Post, the store plans to specialize in high-dollar, engraved European skeet, trap and hunting shotguns—“fine works of art that become family heirlooms.”
This, apparently, led the legislators to fret about “potentially nefarious and illegal activities such as ... illegally paying Virginia residents to buy guns, creating a ‘black market’ to sell firearms for cash or drugs.” Oh, how scary!
Ohio School Empowers Faculty To Fight Back
After a 14-year-old Madison Township, Ohio, student shot two classmates Monday, anti-gunners once again called for more gun-control measures. But for those in charge of preventing such tragedies, such as Russ Fussnecker, superintendent of nearby Edgewood City Schools, soundbite “solutions” are just not enough.
Following a unanimous vote by the school board in 2013, “Any administrator in the district who has a valid [concealed-carry permit] and also goes through the Ohio Peace Officer training can carry a firearm anywhere in our district,” Fussnecker explained.
Arming faculty is only one facet of Edgewood’s security plan, but Fussnecker considers it essential and is speaking out. Unlike other strategies, which encourage students to fight back by throwing books and other items at violent assailants, an armed administrator can neutralize potential threats immediately without requiring children to put themselves at risk.
For the veteran administrator, school security far outweighs the need to appear politically correct. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure students are safe,” he said.
Georgia Campus Carry Act Hits Delay
After easily passing the Georgia state House of Representatives Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to delay a scheduled vote on the proposed “Campus Carry Act” to next week after a full hearing Wednesday. Over three hours of testimony was taken from 39 supporters and opponents of the bill that would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry anywhere on public college campuses except dorms, fraternity and sorority houses, and athletic stadiums.
Members of the committee delayed the vote due to questions about the bill, such as how colleges would handle campus disciplinary hearings for violations and whether weapons would still be allowed at music concerts held on campus. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to meet and vote on House Bill 859 next week.
Texas Homeowner Shoots Intruder
A southwest Houston homeowner used his firearm to stop an intruder who was attempting to break into his home early Tuesday morning.
According to local police, the homeowner was awakened by the sound of breaking glass at his front door. Alarmed, he grabbed his gun and went to investigate. When he saw a man breaking through the glass and entering his home, the homeowner confronted him and fired several gunshots.
The suspect ran away, but collapsed nearby and later died at the scene. The homeowner was uninjured in the incident.