The 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits opened Friday in Louisville, Ky. Tens of thousands of NRA members will attend, generating a boon of more than $50 million to the regional economy. Louisville can also expect another benefit: Previous NRA conventions in Indianapolis and Nashville precipitated a drop in violent crime rates for that weekend.
However, that’s not enough for Kentucky state Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who urged followers to disrupt the event:
“I hope that, during (Trump’s) appearance in Louisville, there will be an enormous outpouring of opposition, both to the NRA and to his brand of politics,” he said. “The NRA is totally out of touch with the attitudes of the vast majority of American people about common-sense approaches to gun violence, including universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole, among others."
Organizers expect nearly 80,000 members to attend this year’s NRA convention, the bulk of whom seemed quite in sync with their NRA on Friday.
Copycat Anti-Gun Measures Pass The CA Senate
While California’s gun owners have followed the progression of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s onerous gun-control ballot measure with trepidation, they could at least count on the possibility of the proposals being defeated at the polls in November. But now that a new set of anti-gun bills bearing a remarkable resemblance to Newsom’s has passed the California Senate, the odds are even higher that punishing anti-Second Amendment laws may be coming to the Golden State.
Citing concerns that Newsom’s bills might fail, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon explained that the goal is to get the bills onto Gov. Brown’s desk as soon as next week in a bid to persuade Newsom to remove his measures from the ballot. As of now, however, Newsom seems resistant to that plan, meaning that these measures may now have two opportunities to become law.
Use Your Power
Californians, it’s important that you contact your assembly member now and urge them to oppose these measures. To make your voice heard,click here.
Jury Rejects Liability For Movie Theater In Aurora, Colo., Shooting
A Colorado state court jury found Thursday that the movie theater chain Cinemark was not liable for the 2012 shooting at a multiplex in Aurora, Colo., the Los Angeles Times reported.
Attorneys representing the 27 plaintiffs had argued that Cinemark failed to take sufficient security precautions—such as having armed security, closed-circuit TV and roving patrols at the theatre—to prevent the attack in which a deranged madman murdered 12 victims. However, the jury agreed with Cinemark that the crime could not have been precluded, in part because the killer was "unpredictable, unforeseeable, unpreventable and unstoppable."
A more interesting question for a jury to resolve would be whether Cinemark's "no guns" policy—which disarmed victims, thereby leaving them defenseless against the Aurora killer—could leave the theatre chain liable for the disarmed victims' deaths.
Armed Pennsylvanian Stops Robber
An armed Pennsylvania homeowner used his firearm to stop a robbery at his home on Tuesday afternoon.
According to local radio WPVI, the man broke into the home in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia about 12:30 p.m. The homeowner shot the robber in the head, killing him.
Police say another person with gunshot wounds turned up at the hospital shortly afterward, and they are trying to determine whether that person was also connected to the incident.