On Thursday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe proved he considers domestic violence victims a greater danger than violent criminal abusers when he vetoed HB 766. The measure would have given temporary carry permits to any law-abiding citizen over 21 granted a protective order. If they wished to continue carrying past the original 45-day period, their application for a standard concealed-carry permit would add an additional 45 days to cover permit processing time.
McAuliffe’s veto stems from his belief that victims should have to undergo training courses before being allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense. But what if the courses are all full, or only offered during times the victim is unavailable? If a person leaves an abuser with only the clothes on their back, will they be able to pay for a training course—or afford to take time off work to attend one?
For the sake of the most vulnerable among us, we hope the House and Senate will override this dangerous and wrongheaded veto.
Hillary Clinton’s Use Of Sandy Hook Victims As Cynical Stage Props Backfires
After losing her sixth presidential primary to Bernie Sanders this week in Wisconsin—by a hefty 13 percentage points—Hillary Clinton angrily lashed out at Sanders, trying to smear him with the tears and tragedy of Newtown, Conn., and claiming Sanders “would place gun manufacturers’ rights ... against the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook.”
But if social media is to be believed, Clinton’s Twitter game “is as disastrous as her foreign policy,” and her cynical ploy has even turned supporters against her. In a storm of tweets, current and former supporters called on Clinton for her insensitivity, her cynicism and her hypocrisy in calling to ban guns for lawful U.S. citizens even while cutting multi-billion-dollar arms deals with Middle Eastern regimes.
As one Twitter user quipped, “Bernie fairly takes you to task on your record, you condemn his ‘tone,’ then blame him for Sandy Hook. Class.”
Trying To Outdo Hillary, Bernie Sanders Brags About D- Rating, Desire To Ban Assault Weapons
Bernie Sanders, in a desperate bid to one-up Hillary Clinton, has now taken to bragging about his D- rating from the NRA. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, Mike Barnicle asked the presidential candidate, “What other industry from this country receives immunity from litigation?” His question was erroneous, of course, as the gun industry isn’t treated differently than any other type of business. NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox wrote about that in our latest issue.
Before answering the question, Sanders took a moment to vent. Lamenting that “the Clinton campaign has been on this gun business” from day one, Sanders wanted to make sure America knew how proud he too was of his NRA rating (from 2012) and reminded viewers that he’s been on the “assault weapons” ban bandwagon since 1988.
Be careful, Bernie—latching onto anti-gun coattails is a proven recipe for disaster. Former President Bill Clinton can attest to that.
Maryland Senate Rejects Review Board Nominee For Supporting Constitution
The Maryland Senate rejected a nominee for the board that reviews applications for concealed-carry permits because he questions the constitutionality of Maryland law that requires a “good and substantial reason” to carry a firearm.
Businessman Richard Jurgena has served on the Handgun Permit Review Board since being appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan in 2015. However, Senate Democrats turned against Jurgena after he commented to The Baltimore Sun that U.S. Supreme Court rulings led him to believe the Maryland requirement was unconstitutional. Jurgena also told the Sun that, despite his personal views, he must follow state law and has rejected applicants who failed to meet the requirement.
The Senate voted 23-22 to approve him, but Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said since it was one vote shy of a 24-vote majority in the 47-member chamber, it was sufficient to remove him. Republican senators objected and said they’ll request a written opinion from the attorney general.
Use Your Power!
Maryland gun owners are rightfully outraged that a serving member of the Handgun Review Board can be removed not for his performance, but for having personal views of the Bill of Rights that differ from Maryland state law. Contact your Senator today and express your support for Richard Jurgena—and the Constitution—by clickinghere.
University Of Alaska Concealed-Carry Bill Passes Senate
This week a bill was approved by the Alaska Senate allowing the right to carry on University of Alaska campuses. Republican Sen. Pete Kelly, the sponsor of the bill, told a local CBS affiliate, “The policy of the University of Alaska is to say, OK, concealed carry is available to the rest of the state, but not on our campus. But of course we have seen that declaring an area a gun-free zone and achieving safety are not connected in any way.”
Of course, a University of Alaska student body president appeared frustrated by the vote, stating she would feel less safe on campus. Should the bill pass, it would make Alaska the tenth state to allow concealed carry on campus, joining Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Armed Texas Man Stops Drunken Attacker
A Harris County, Texas, man shot a “heavily intoxicated” attacker who mistook the man’s apartment for that of his ex-girlfriend and was trying to break down the front door.
According to investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the drunk man went to the door of what he thought was his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and began banging on the door. He then began trying to kick the door down.
The person living in the apartment opened the door and asked the drunk man to quiet down and leave. The man then attempted to attack the resident, who shot him in self-defense.