Not even Mother’s Day could stem the bloodshed in Chicago. It was the city’s most violent weekend on record since the end of September—a situation Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson deemed “totally unacceptable.”
At its current rate, the Windy City is on track to top 500 homicides for the year for only the second time since 2008. It’s also on pace for the fewest drug arrests since the Nixon era. This downturn has been occurring for years—from more than 57,000 arrests in 2004 to less than half that number in 2015.
Yet even when criminals are arrested, they’re back on the streets far too quickly. In discussing the weekend’s tally, Johnson noted of the perpetrators, “Many have previous arrests and convictions.” And while he goes on to assure that “essentially we know who they are,” his words ring hollow to those whose lives have been destroyed by senseless violence.
Californias Largest Police Union Joins Anti-Gun Initiative Opposition
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to further restrict gun rights in California has taken an even bigger setback: Opposition from the state’s largest law enforcement union, as well as eight other police groups. The proposal, dubbed by Newsom as the Safety For All Act, would ban magazines that would hold more than 10 rounds, as well as require background checks for buying ammunition. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) is concerned those measures will, in reality, make the public less safe, leading them to join the resistance.
Currently, the Coalition for Civil Liberties heads up the opposition, with Coalition Co-Chair Chuck Michel summing up their position. “It’s telling that California’s law enforcement experts are overwhelmingly critical of Newsom’s proposal,” Michel said in a prepared statement. “They’re the ones risking their lives every day and have a unique vantage point on what it takes to keep our streets safe. We should be listening to them, not politicians out to promote their own personal interest.”
CA Gun-Banners Hijack Four Bills
Last week, anti-gun legislators in the Golden State hijacked four bills and amended them into anti-gun bills of serious consequence to firearm owners and Second Amendment supporters.
They include Assembly Bill 156, which now requires the attorney general to maintain information about ammunition transactions and vendor licenses; Assembly Bill 857, which now serves as a restriction on curios, relics and home-built firearms; Assembly Bill 1135, which reclassifies certain semi-automatic weapons to assault weapons; and Assembly Bill 1511, which would severely limit the ability of loaning a firearm between two law-abiding citizens; for example, during a hunting trip or for home protection.
We’ll keep you posted on the status of all these measures as they are considered by the California legislature.
Oregon Rep Who Promised To Get Money Out Of Politics Accepts Quarter-Million From Bloomy
In an attempt to ensure his gun-ban ally clenches the Democratic nomination for Oregon Secretary of State, gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg has poured $250,000 into Oregon state Rep. Val Hoyle’s campaign, giving her a larger political war chest than the other two Democratic contenders combined. The April 29 donation brings Hoyle’s fundraising total to $587,000 this calendar year alone.
Hoyle, who ironically lists one of her main platform goals as “getting big money out of politics,” says the donation wasn’t a surprise, as she’s been in contact with Bloomberg’s office for some time. But beyond the hypocrisy of accepting the money, the real issue is why it was given in the first place.
Calling the payout “disturbing,” state Sen. Richard Devlin said, “[T]his $250,000 check is an admitted direct payment for a single piece of legislation,” referring to Hoyle’s role in passing Oregon’s 2015 “universal” background check legislation. A Bloomberg spokesperson concurred, saying “No one in the country has worked harder—or more successfully—to take on the NRA than she has.”
NH Bill Expanding Carry Rights Will Be Considered Today
An important measure that would expand the rights of New Hampshire gun owners is set to be heard on the House floor today.
Over the last few years, an increasing number of law-abiding gun owners in New Hampshire have been denied the right to carry a concealed firearm outside of their home for subjective reasons. SB 336, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Sam Cataldo, makes needed revisions to New Hampshire’s current statute by amending the “suitable person” provision to clarify that any individual who is not prohibited from owning and possessing a firearm under federal or state law shall be issued a concealed-carry license.
If an individual can lawfully own and possess a firearm, they should not be prohibited from exercising their fundamental right to self-defense outside of their home.
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Ohio Concealed-Carry Permit Holder Stops Assault
A Cincinnati man, who was legally carrying a concealed firearm on Saturday, used it to stop three attackers who jumped him on the street.
According to local law-enforcement sources, the man was attacked by another man and two women in the North College Hill area of Cincinnati. As he was being attacked, he drew his concealed handgun and shot the male attacker once, sending all three assailants fleeing.
The attacker was later taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive his wounds.