Washington state has issued more than 25,000 concealed-carry licenses since the beginning of the year, according to the state Department of Licensing. This influx of new licensees, which averages more than 6,300 per month, has brought the state’s total number of active concealed-carry permits to nearly 535,000. The largest increase has been in Pierce County, where 1,897 new permits were issued in April alone.
According to the Kitsap Sun, the state has seen a sharp increase in female gun owners: In King County, with both the largest population and largest number of licensees, the number of female permit-holders has jumped roughly 39 percent since 2013. But King County Sheriff John Urquhart suspects the ever-increasing terrorism threat has also fueled the increase.
“I think there are likely several reasons for the increase in CPLs,” Urquhart told the Washington Examiner. “[I]t feels to me like the San Bernardino and Paris shootings have left a sense of general ‘unease’ and people might be reacting by getting a concealed-carry permit …”
Bill To “Shut Down Most Gun Shops” Headed To Illinois House
The Illinois State Rifle Association is warning gun owners about a bill that is expected to come up for a vote in the state House this week. In the group’s urgent alert, leaders note that it would “shut down most gun shops” in the state.
While final details of the legislation have yet to be released, it’s expected to require gun dealers—already FFL holders—to acquire a license from the state to operate. Mandated within that license would be the requirement that every gun and ammunition purchase be videotaped, and the video would be turned over to police.
In addition, licensed dealers would be forced to install state-of-the-art vaults and alarms. The $2 million tab for these high-end security systems would serve to drive most smaller shops out of business.
Use Your Power!
A similar piece of legislation was recently rejected in California, so let’s make sure it’s rejected in Illinois, too. Contact your state senator or state representative and tell them you oppose any legislation that would license firearm retailers.
Sheriff Arpaio Sells Seized Guns To Buy Ammo And Radios For Volunteer Armed Posse
In a video released on Facebook, Maricopa, Ariz., Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his department will use the proceeds from the sale of seized weapons to fund the purchase of ammunition for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Armed Posse.
On April 29, the Facebook page for the Posse announced that $140,000 would go to purchase 500 cases of 9 mm, .45 and .223 caliber ammo, and that $102,656 would be used to purchase portable radios for the Posse.
Expressing concern for the safety of his county’s 4 million residents and his officers in the face of recent terror attacks and mass shootings, Arpaio called on “veterans and ex-cops” to join him to increase that number to 1,000. He also reiterated his call to the state’s 250,000 concealed weapons permit holders to take action in such cases: “We’re not going to surrender.”
By Tuesday morning, Arpaio’s video had more than 6,000 shares.
Tennessee Campus Carry Becomes Law
Faculty and staff workers at Tennessee public colleges and universities can now legally carry on campus grounds with a permit, despite the governor not signing the measure.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he allowed the unsigned bill to become law because he has “a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus.” He added, “I hope that as a state we will monitor the impact of this new law and listen to the feedback of higher education leaders responsible for operationalizing it.”
Student Zac Nelson told Fox 17, “As long as they're trained and know what to do I don't think it will be a big issue.”
Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Can Fire The “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” Gun
Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg in Tidewater, Va., now have an opportunity to fire replicas of 18th-century muskets on a new range offered as part of the Revolutionary City’s immersive experience, the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports.
At a cost of $119 for an hour of shooting, visitors can fire a replica of the “Brown Bess”—the British Army’s Land Pattern Musket, which was used at Lexington and Concord—or a fowling piece akin to a modern shotgun, with the help and supervision of instructors certified by the NRA and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.
Here’s hoping this new attraction introduces new groups of Americans not only to the joys of the shooting sports, but also the historical importance and modern relevance of firearms ownership in the American experience.
Armed Florida Man Stops Son’s Sword Attack
The old saying, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” apparently holds true even if you are a troubled young man trying to kill your father with a sword.
According to local media, a Navarre, Fla., man was confronted by his son, described in reports as “suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.” When the son brandished an antique sword and threatened to kill him with it, the father shot him once in the shoulder with the intention of “winging” him to stop the attack.
Hit in the right shoulder, the son dropped the sword and ran to a nearby neighbor’s house for help. He was treated at a local hospital and was later booked into Santa Rosa County Jail, where he is being held without bond.