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Monday, March 7, 2016

Scotland Sets Date For Air Gun Registration Law

In yet another example of anti-gun politicians further piling on gun owners, Scottish leaders have announced the country’s law requiring licensing and registration of air rifles will go into effect on July 1. 

The legislation requires air gun owners to acquire a certificate or permit to continue to possess the devices. Specifically, the law makes it “an offence for a person to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate.” If convicted, a violator faces up to two years in prison. 

According to an NRA-ILA alert, an applicant for an air weapon certificate must be at least 14 years of age and have a “verifier,” who “in the opinion of the chief constable, [is] of good standing in the community,” attest to the veracity of the application. Law enforcement has significant discretion in issuing an air weapon certificate, requiring that the chief constable be “satisfied” that the applicant “is fit to be entrusted with an air weapon,” and “has good reason for using, possessing, purchasing or acquiring an air weapon.”

CA Politicians Continue Assault On Law-Abiding Gun Owners

Apparently not content with the plethora of ineffective gun-control laws already on the book in the Golden State, California legislators continue to promote measures dictating more—and more restrictive—firearm legislation.

Democrat Assembly member Miguel Santiago has introduced legislation to cap gun sales in the state. California law already limits the purchase of handguns to one per month. Santiago’s measure—AB1674—would “create parity” in state law and apply the same restriction to all gun categories, including handguns, rifles, shotguns and “the semi-automatic versions” of those firearms. 

Since there is no proof such a restriction on handgun purchases has done anything to curb violent crime, and since criminals don’t follow gun laws anyway, extending the restriction to long guns is simply another way to inconvenience and deter law-abiding gun owners. Santiago’s measure was approved by the Committee on Public Safety on a 5-2 vote, and referred to the Committee on Appropriations last week.


Armed Citizen Stops Hotel Robbery

An Indiana man used his legally owned firearm to fight off a pair of armed robbers at an Evansville hotel on Thursday morning.

Police believe two men armed with guns came to the hotel and attempted to rob several occupants in one of the rooms. Unbeknownst to them, one of the occupants was also armed and drew his handgun in self-defense. 

Police report that all three men opened fire. One of the assailants was killed, and the armed citizen was wounded. The second robber was later arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery with serious bodily injury, burglary and four counts of criminal confinement. The armed citizen remains hospitalized, and his condition has not been released.


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