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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Additional Officers Help Reduce Minneapolis Gun Violence

Last month, 911 calls in north Minneapolis hit a spike, so the chief of police added more patrols to those troubled neighborhoods with a profound result—a marked decrease in gun violence and shooting victims. 

When 20 additional officers from other city districts were called out to help, north side city councilman Blong Yang noticed an immediate difference. Yang told WCCO, “We hear gunfire maybe once a week, maybe a little bit more than that. (We’re) hearing on the streets folks are liking this. They’re liking officers on the streets, walking around.” 

Since the order for supplementary patrols has helped reduce 911 calls and violence, Yang says it proves a city as large as Minneapolis could use more police on the street. “We’re close to about 870 cops and you know I think in a city over 400,000 I think we should be closer to 900 or 1,000 cops,” he added.

Committee Vote Set Today On Bill Gutting Louisiana Pre-emption Law

The Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing this afternoon on an important measure that would gut the state’s firearm pre-emption law currently in effect.

House Bill 959, sponsored by Democrat state Rep. John Bagneris, would give the City of New Orleans the statutory authority to pass any law city officials wanted to govern the sale, purchase, possession, ownership, transfer, transportation, license, or registration of firearms and ammunition. The only reason city officials haven’t restricted citizens’ rights in these areas already is because Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 40:1796(A) prohibits municipalities and parishes from enacting ordinances and regulations more restrictive than state law. 

Use Your Power!

NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action urges all Louisianans to contact the members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to oppose HB 959. Please also try to attend the hearing and sign up to speak against, or register your opposition to, HB 959 by filling out a red card. You can contact committee members here.

Comedy Central’s Amy Schumer Continues Lying About U.S. Gun Laws

In a recent sketch on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” the so-called comedienne—a cousin of gun-ban zealot U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer—made claims about gun shows that were so deceptive that even Politifact.com choked on them

"You can absolutely get a gun if you have several felonies as long as you buy it on the Internet or at a gun show,” Schumer claimed, which as Politifact pointed out, is “illegal, and far more complicated than her comment suggests.”

Which means Schumer’s “revelation” is about as revealing as the claim that, “You can absolutely commit murder!”—since both are illegal and since apparently laws don’t deter killers from committing murder any more than they prevent criminals from buying guns illegally. As Politifact concluded, Schumer “makes it sound like buying guns with a felony is easy and lawful. That is not the case.” In other words, just more lies from the gun-ban crowd.


Gun Surrender Bill Moving Through Connecticut Assembly

A measure that passed the Connecticut House of Representatives last week is a threat to citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, as well as their Fifth Amendment right of due process.

House Bill 5054 passed the House with a 104-42 vote. The measure would require the recipient of an ex parte temporary restraining order to surrender their firearms to the police or a licensed dealer within 24 hours of being served with an order. This ex parte order strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights and would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief statement of an accuser before the accused can appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations. Often these orders come with no allegations of criminal behavior, so the bill clearly is contrary to an individual’s right to due process and presents a real threat to gun owners throughout the state.

Use Your Power!

Connecticut gun owners and other freedom lovers should contact their state senators and let them know they opposed HB 5054. You can contact your senator by clicking here.

Bill Introduced To Legalize Commercial Export Of Suppressors

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has proposed legislation that would lift the State Department’s ban on the exportation of American-made suppressors to existing commercial markets overseas. The Suppressor Export Act of 2016 was introduced Friday. 

“The United States should be cautious when exporting weapons and accessories, but there is no reason for a blanket ban on the export of suppressors, which are used for hearing protection,” said Rep. Stewart. 

American manufacturers have long been known as producers of the highest quality firearm suppressors on the global market. But in the midst of a thriving foreign commercial marketplace, the current ban is only serving to hinder a major growth opportunity for the suppressor industry. 

Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, hailed the legislation. “Rep. Stewart’s Suppressor Export Act will give American manufacturers the opportunity to compete in established foreign marketplaces for the first time,” Williams said.

Armed Employee Stops Cell Phone Store Robbery

A Texas cell phone store employee shot an armed robber last Thursday night, putting an end to the robbery and protecting other employees and customers in the store.

According to local media reports, a man entered a Dallas Metro PCS store wielding a handgun and ordered customers to lie on the ground. An employee in the back of the store heard the suspect make the demand, armed himself with a handgun, confronted the suspect and shot him, ending the threat.

The injured armed robber was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Police are still investigating the incident.

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