When Donald Trump recently said on the campaign trail that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment and take away your guns, FactCheck.org and PolitiFact bent over backwards to claim he was wrong.
But as NRA-ILA pointed out in a recent feature, Trump was actually telling the truth. On Sept. 24, 2015, Clinton said, “[t]he Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” What did the court rule? That the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.
As for wanting to take guns, both of the alleged “fact checkers” try to minimize Clinton’s support for just that. On Oct. 16, 2015, Clinton was asked by an audience member in New Hampshire, “Recently, Australia managed to get away, take away, tens of thousands, millions, of handguns … Can we do that, and why if we can’t, why can’t we?” Her reply: “I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”
Vermont Rejects Slate Of Anti-Gun Bills
Vermont lawmakers rejected a variety of anti-gun bills this year, from so-called “universal” background checks—which did not have the support of the Association of Chiefs of Police—to a ban on lead ammunition, a moratorium on shooting range development, a ban on firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol, mandates requiring citizens to lock up firearms in their homes or report gun ownership to their insurance companies and more, VermontWatchdog.org reports.
Despite pushing about a dozen anti-gun proposals, the gun-ban lobby has shifted its spending this year from legislative to electoral activities in Vermont, according to Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. “They spent some serious money last year, about $300,000,” Hughes said. “That’s big money for lobbying in Vermont. This year they moved their money up to nationwide elections.”
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University Of Texas Regents Postpone Vote On Guns
The University of Texas continues to grapple with campus carry. With state law allowing concealed firearm permit holders to bring guns onto campus and into classrooms scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1, Texas regents are considering rules for all 14 campuses in the system.
On Thursday, the regent postponed until July a vote on the proposals for the Austin campus. Those would allow professors at UT-Austin to ban firearms from their offices, and would prohibit keeping a bullet in the chamber of a semi-auto pistol. In lobbying to keep the proposals in place as written, Greg Fenves, president of the Austin campus, says that “We’re going to side with safety, rather than going with tactical advantage.”
Gun-rights proponents have hailed both of the measures as impractical and dangerous. If the board of regents fail to make any changes to the proposals in July, they would take effect as is.
NRA Names Law Enforcement Officer Of The Year
When a rookie police found himself drawing his gun to save his partners life, he rose to meet a tremendous challenge. This week, Officer Marcus Pesquera of the San Bernardino police has been named the 2015 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
It was Aug. 22, 2014, when Pesquera and his veteran partner, Field Training Officer Gabe Garcia, observed a group drinking around a car. Pesquera told The Sun, “It was a bumpy, unpaved road when we saw a car with its lights on and people just hanging out.” As the officers approached, one in the group opened fire with a rifle. Pesquera recalls, “I went to the ground to gain cover as I was taking fire.” With his partner wounded, Pesquera returned fire, killing their attacker. NRA President Allan D. Cors noted, “His heroic actions ended a deadly assault and allowed first responders to safely and quickly reach Officer Garcia to perform vital life-saving measures.”
Kansas Governor Signs Bill To Expand Carry Rights
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday signed into law a measure that would loosen restrictions on public employees carrying concealed firearms for self-defense.
Under the measure, firefighters, code inspectors, tax auditors and other public employees will no longer be prohibited from carrying concealed handguns while engaged in workplace duties in the community.
The measure, which will stop city, county and state government from making personnel policies restricting the carrying of concealed firearms, will take effect on July 1.
Armed Texas Man Stops Home Invasion
An Odessa, Texas, man used his firearm to stop another man who crashed his way into the homeowner’s house early Sunday morning.
According to local police, the homeowner was awakened by his wife after she heard a banging noise coming from the front door, the release stated. Once awake, he heard someone banging on the door and the door frame began to crack.
When the unknown man got through the door and began to rush him, the homeowner shot him, ending the attack. The intruder was taken to a nearby hospital but did not survive his wounds.