More than 1 million Texans now have handgun licenses, making the state one of the nation’s largest population of certified-to-carry gun owners. While that’s less than 4 percent of the 27 million residents, the total number with permits to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms now outnumber the entire population of the city of Fort Worth.
Only one state has more licensed holders: Florida. The Sunshine State has nearly 1.75 million, which is nearly 12,000 permits per 100,000 Floridians 21 and over. The number in Texas is about 5,600 per 100,000.
In 1995, the concealed-handgun law was passed by the Texas Legislature, and by December of the following year 113,640 licenses had been issued. Now, after two decades, nearly 904,000 have been added to the list. Jerry Patterson, the former state senator who authored the law, told The New York Times, “I’d say those who predicted shootouts at four-way stops need to apologize to the rest of us.”
Federal Appeals Court Considers Challenge To Maryland Gun Ban
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard a challenge to Maryland’s 2013 “Firearm Safety Act,” which banned millions of conventional semi-automatic firearms and magazines with capacities over 10 rounds. As we’ve reported, a three-judge panel of that court in February directed a lower court to reconsider the case using “strict scrutiny”—the highest level of judicial review—to ensure the ban doesn’t violate the Second Amendment. Now the case is being considered by the full 4th Circuit Court.
Although it’s too close to guess how the case will go, it’s clear that one of the Maryland government’s justifications for the ban—that it outlaws firearms that are “dangerous” or “unusual”—doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
The firearms banned are neither particularly “dangerous”—most deer rifles are more powerful—nor unusual, since more AR-15s are sold in this country than Ford F-150s. Watch this space for updates.
New NRA Website Aims To Prevent The “Californication Of Nevada”
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action has taken taken to the Web to protect the gun rights of Nevadans, and prevent the state from going the way of California. NRA-ILA is launching an informational website, VoteNoQuestion1, which exposes the truth about how a so-called “universal” background check would make criminals out of Nevada gun owners.
“The law-abiding gun owners of Nevada need to know that Question 1 would cost them their money and their freedom,” said NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen. “It could even criminalize many of their commonplace activities.” Mortensen added, “This ballot initiative was bought and paid for by outside gun-control groups bent on the Californication of Nevada. Armed with the facts, we believe the freedom-loving people of Nevada will reject Question 1.”
As well as detailing the proposal's new costs and mandates that would be forced on Nevadans, the website offers information on how to get involved and help defeat the initiative.
Everytown Rolls Out Misinformation Campaign In Missouri
The St. Louis mayor, also an Everytown for Gun Safety member, calls Senate Bill 656 “embarrassing and dangerous.” Francis Slay opposes the legislation that would legalize “permitless” carry of firearms and laments that “the Missouri Legislature has abandoned this state.”
The NRA, on the other hand, supports the measure while opposing the misleading tactics being used by gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s out-of-state gun-control group to scare citizens. “The facts are not on their side, so they must use fear tactics and outlandish claims to further their gun-control agenda,” said NRA spokesman Lars Dalseide.
Case in point: Everytown is running a TV ad in Missouri that is so full of false claims that NRA-ILA was compelled to provide a fact-check of the spot. Despite Bloomberg regime rhetoric to the contrary, “SB 656 will make Missouri safer as every law-abiding gun owner will be free to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense,” assures Dalseide.
Oklahoma: Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Stalled In Committee
Two bills that would substantially strengthen Second Amendment rights in the Sooner State—HJR 1009 and HB 3098—are currently on hold in conference committees.
HJR 1009 would add to the November ballot a state constitutional amendment that would ensure state regulations to residents’ firearm freedoms are subject to strict scrutiny, and prevent passage of laws requiring gun registration or firearms taxation. The measure—which passed the House with a 66-7 vote—is now in the House Conference Committee on Rules, and committee members are under heavy pressure from gun-control groups to reject this legislation.
HB 3098—which passed the House 73-15—is sitting in a Senate Conference committee. It would allow law-abiding citizens to openly carry a firearm without the fees associated with obtaining a carry permit, but would leave unchanged the process for obtaining a concealed-carry permit.
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Restraining Order - 0; Armed Citizen - 1
A Lexington, Ky., woman on Tuesday proved that while restraining orders often won’t save your life, rights protected by the Second Amendment will.
According to local police, the woman was being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, who was under a restraining order to not get near her. She shot her attacker multiple times in self-defense, putting an end to the assault.
The attacker, 40-year-old William J. Reed, has been charged with fourth-degree assault, domestic violence and violating a domestic violence order.