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Friday, April 29, 2016

Australian Lawmaker Says Gun Ban Hasn’t Saved Lives

In a pointed op-ed published Thursday in The Daily Telegraph, an Australian lawmaker said the sweeping gun ban instituted back in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre hasn’t saved lives. 

David Leyonhjelm, a Senator for the Liberal Democrats, said serious debate about gun laws has been all but silenced since 650,000 firearms were confiscated and destroyed, hiding the fact that the law hasn’t been effective in curbing murders. 

“… not a single study has found any change in the rate of firearm homicides as a result of the changed gun laws,” Leyonhjelm wrote. “The simple fact is that zero firearm homicides were decreasing well before the laws were implemented, and the decline simply continued at the same rate after the legislative changes. Moreover, this decline in firearm homicides in Australia is not unusual. At least two other Commonwealth countries (Canada and New Zealand) have had similar or greater declines even though these countries have far less restrictive gun laws than Australia.”


Obama Administration Redefines Convicted Criminals As “Justice-Involved Individuals”

On Monday, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $1.75 million in grants to help younger convicted criminals find work and housing upon their release. In that announcement, the DOJ’s spinmeisters coined a new term for these ex-cons: 

The grants are being extended to “address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.” 

Prior to the DOJ letter, we would have assumed the term “justice-involved individuals” referred to law-enforcement personnel, or attorneys and judges in the criminal justice system. This confusing nomenclature is part of an overall effort to mask criminal records of those under 24 from potential employers and public housing providers. Continued use of such tortured language by government bureaucrats is one reason why a Pew Research poll shows only 19 percent of Americans trust the government to do what is right.


California Legislation To Expand Secret Gun Confiscations Moving Forward In Sacramento

Legislation advanced to the California Assembly floor Wednesday that would expand secret “Gun Violence Restraining Order” confiscations by allowing not just family members and police—but also employers, co-workers, teachers and others—to petition courts to impose confiscation. 

Under a law that took effect this year, family members and peace officers in California can petition courts to restrain individuals from possessing firearms—without evidence of wrongdoing or even the knowledge of the person affected, thus depriving that person of due process—if they say the person poses a threat. Assembly Bill 2607, introduced by San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting, would expand the list of those eligible to petition courts to include employers, co-workers, teachers and school employees.

Use Your Power!

California residents should contact their Assembly member in Sacramento and urge them to defend due process—and reject the denial of rights based on hearsay—by voting NO on AB2607. To find your Assembly member, click here.

Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Gun Owners

A measure introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives is designed to ensure that eligible gun purchasers are not arbitrarily denied their right to obtain firearms.

H.R. 4980, the Firearm Due Process Protection Act introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., would afford those who are denied a firearm purchase by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) an effective and expeditious means of correcting any misinformation that would erroneously cause such a result. In January it was reported that the FBI had “temporarily” suspended work on processing appeals of denials issued by NICS. The backlog of pending appeals at the time stood at 7,100. 

Among other things, Rep. Emmer’s bill would address this issue by requiring the government to make a final determination on an appeal within 60 days after it received information in support of a claim. Learn more here.


A Capitol Idea: Shooting Range/Gun Store May Be Coming To D.C.

Citing a “constitutional need,” concealed-carry firearms trainer Leon Spears has announced plans to open a gun store and shooting range in Washington, D.C. The facility, planned for the 2000 block of Queens Chapel Rd. NE, would be the only range in the District open to the public. 

In a show of support for the proposed shooting facility, conservative author and media personality Armstrong Williams has said he is considering investing in Spears’ business. “I know it’s going to scare some daylights out of some people when they read about this in the City Paper,” Williams said, “but I gotta tell you something—it has made my day and many others’.” 

Spears faces an uphill battle—in November, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, “I don’t like guns—I don’t think more guns should be the answer,” and she’s expected to fight the proposal. But as D.C. residents continue to battle crime far above the national average, we hope for their sake as well as Spears’ that he ultimately prevails.


Georgia Woman Fights Off Home Intruders

A Savannah, Ga., woman, fearing for the safety of herself and her teenage daughter, shot at two men who broke into her home early Tuesday. 

According to local press reports, the woman was asleep when she heard someone coming into her house. Thinking it was her firefighter husband returning home from work, she found two intruders, one of whom punched her in the face and pushed her back into her bedroom. 

As the two headed down the hall toward where her teenage daughter was sleeping, the woman grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun, stepped back out into the hall and fired a shot at the intruders, sending them fleeing.

“The only thing I can remember is the guy at the door hollering ‘oh ...’ and running,” the woman told local ABC affiliate WTVM. “And I just fired, like I said, all I could think was it was him or me. And I had to protect my daughter.”

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