For the first time since the 1950s, when officials first started keeping records on the issue, the New York state hunting season in 2015 saw not a single accidental shooting fatality, state officials reported. Overall, there were 23 hunting incidents in New York state in 2015—down from 40 incidents in 2010—giving 2015 the third-lowest annual number on record, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday.
Fish and game authorities everywhere report the same story, with hunting accidents dropping dramatically in Pennsylvania, Texas and across the country, not just among hunters but among all gun owners. Accidental firearm fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels ever recorded, even as the number of privately owned firearms in the U.S. continues to skyrocket.
Even more encouraging, accident rates aren’t only falling among adults: NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has reached more than 28 million kids since it was introduced in 1988, helping reduce accidental firearm fatalities among children by 75 percent.
WaPo Headline Mistakes Liberal Law Profs For “Second Amendment Experts”
A Washington Post headline declared Thursday that “Second Amendment Experts” say that NRA is distorting the gun record of President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, investigation reveals the Post is the one guilty of distortion.
The Post’s Second Amendment “experts” are actually “a group of 10 law professors organized by the liberal American Constitution Society (ACS),” who claim NRA’s opposition to judge Merrick Garland is “based on an extraordinary misrepresentation of his record.” However, the ACS’ website reveals the group is dedicated to “countering the activist conservative legal movement,” saying, “One of the American Constitution Society’s principal missions is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics.”
ACS “is also debunking conservative buzzwords such as ‘originalism …,’” one of the principles Scalia espoused in District of Columbia v. Heller recognizing an individual right to be armed. Perhaps a more honest headline would have referred to “Second Amendment Opponents.”
NRA Honors 2015 Instructor Of The Year
The National Rifle Association has named Michigan Deputy Milt Williams as the 2015 NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor of the Year. After nearly three decades with the Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Williams has earned multiple NRA training and firearm instruction certifications. As part of his responsibilities, Williams trains all Oakland County Deputies, to certify the high standards required to carry duty weapons throughout the year.
Speaking to MI Headlines Media, Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said, “I cannot overstate how valuable Deputy Williams is to the sheriff’s office. His talents and knowledge of firearms ensures each deputy is receiving the best training available to them.”
In addition to his duties with the Sheriff’s Training Unit, he is also a range master and is currently part of the Emergency Response and Preparedness Division. What’s more, as an NRA instructor Williams has instructed more than 3,000 citizens in Concealed Pistol License (CPL) training.
Missouri Bill Would Restore Carry Rights To Public Transportation Passengers
Citing concerns about his inability to protect himself in crime-ridden areas of St. Louis, Republican Missouri state Rep. Ron Hicks has introduced a bill that would allow concealed carry on Missouri’s public transportation. While House Bill 1938 would not apply to school buses or interstate railways, it would apply to city buses, taxicabs, metro systems and other modes of public transportation—preventing passengers who had already received a concealed-carry permit from having to leave their self-defense firearm at home.
“Quit disarming me when I’m down there trying to protect myself and my family,” Hicks said when he presented the bill before the House Committee on Emerging Issues on Wednesday.
While Hicks acknowledges the NRA-supported bill is unlikely to pass this session, he says it’s important to start a discussion on these matters in hopes of educating both lawmakers and constituents about the safety implications of continuing to prohibit the carry rights of those utilizing public transportation.
Hawaii Bill: Confiscate Guns After Hospitalization
In the gun-banners’ race to “do something” about so-called gun violence, a key component has been conspicuously absent in some of the proposals they’ve been offering up: due process. The latest example comes in Hawaii, a state with already-strict gun laws.
Lawmakers there have introduced a bill that would force gun owners to surrender firearms following an emergency hospitalization for mental health issues. The measure would require police to give gun owners written notice to immediately surrender all firearms. If gun owners fail to turn them in, police could then seize all firearms and ammunition until the person is medically cleared or until the guns were sold by the owner.
Unsurprisingly, the proposal has been opposed by gun owners. Daniel Reid, NRA state liaison, said the bill ignores due process because it doesn’t require a judicial order, and instead takes away a constitutional right simply for receiving medical treatment.
Disabled Veteran Uses Gun To Save His Life
A disabled veteran near Savannah, Ga., recently used his privately owned firearm to fight off two home invaders, possibly saving his own life.
According to local media reports, the home invasion occurred early Wednesday morning at a mobile home community, where the veteran woke up to two people breaking into his home saying they were police. But when he saw on his surveillance camera that the two suspects were not police, he grabbed his gun.
Police reports indicate that when the two suspects made it into the trailer, they allegedly fired at the homeowner first, prompting him to fire back. Although no one was hit, the assault was ended because the homeowner had a gun to protect himself. “My gun saved my life, yes it did,” the homeowner told WTOC.