“Here in Missouri, responsible gun ownership and support for the Second Amendment are strongly held values,” Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon said on Monday. Nixon’s lip service to the Second Amendment, however, was just that as the governor vetoed Senate Bill 656 on Sunday—legislation that would have permitted anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm to carry a firearm for self-defense without a permit.
“With this veto, Gov. Nixon proves he is more concerned about scoring political points with out-of-state gun-control groups than securing the safety of law-abiding Missourians,” said Lacey Biles, director of NRA State and Local Affairs.
Leaders of the Missouri General Assembly predict an override. “This issue was a priority with our caucus and passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe. “I fully expect that we will override the governor’s veto in September when we reconvene for our annual veto session.”
Armed Citizen Stops Mass Shooting In South Carolina
An armed citizen in Lyman, S.C., used his concealed handgun to stop a mass shooting outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.
Deputies with Spartanburg County told local media that around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, a man got into an argument with another man outside the club, pulled a gun and began firing into the crowd that had gathered there. Three people were hit, but before more damage could be done, a concealed-carry permit holder drew his handgun and shot the attacker, saving the crowd from further injury.
Of course, you probably won’t hear about this story in most of the so-called “mainstream” media since it goes against their chosen anti-gun narrative. Yet despite gun-haters ignoring the story, the fact remains that, once again, a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun—in this case, a bad guy who could easily have killed many clubgoers had he not been stopped quickly.
Pennsylvania Pre-emption Measure Moves Forward
A Pennsylvania state Senate committee has approved legislation that would strengthen the state’s firearm pre-emption law to help ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
Senate Bill 1330 passed the Senate Local Government Committee by an 8-3 vote, and will now go to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber. Last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down ACT 192—Firearm Pre-emption Legislation—for violation of the “single subject rule” for legislative process. In response, Republican state Sen. Richard Alloway quickly reintroduced legislation, SB 1330, to replace the intent of the original measure.
State firearm pre-emption was enacted by the state legislature to avoid the possibility of 2,639 separate firearm laws across the Commonwealth. However, over recent years, numerous local governments have enacted gun-control ordinances in violation of the current state firearm pre-emption law.
USE YOUR POWER!
Pennsylvania gun owners are encouraged to act today and contact their state senator in support of SB 1330. To contact your state senator,click here.
New Jersey: “Smart Gun” And “Justifiable Need” Bills Headed To Governor’s Desk
On Monday, the New Jersey Legislature moved on three onerous anti-gun laws. S.2165/A.3689, which passed 22-17, requires concealed-carry permit applicants to submit a certification of “justifiable need.” Under the language in this bill, a person must already be in danger before he or she meets the criteria for “needing” a carry permit.
A.1426/S.816, the so-called “Smart Gun” bill, passed 44-30 and replaces the 2002 legislation with a requirement that all gun shops stock at least one “smart” gun. Gov. Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2015.
Gun owners did win one small victory: A veto override attempt on S.805/A.1211, the so-called “Domestic Violence” legislation, was postponed. This bill would create a sweeping gun prohibition that could ensnare falsely accused and exonerated individuals, with little due process and rights restoration protections.
USE YOUR POWER!
Right now, anti-gun N.J. lawmakers are trying to gather enough votes to override Gov. Christie’s veto of S.805/A.1211. During this critical period, it is imperative that all N.J. gun owners contact their senator and Assembly member andurge them to oppose this override.
West Virginia Flood Victims Form Armed Patrols To Repel Looters
Responding to reports of looting—and of lawful citizens forming armed patrols to drive off looters—the Fayette County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Office issued a stark warning to criminals seeking to capitalize on the area’s recent floods: Looters and thieves “WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!”
As WCHS-TV reported, Sheriff Steve Kessler warned on Facebook that his office would run additional patrols to catch looters, and, “If the residents of this area catch you first, you may not make it to jail. If you are not a resident of this area and don’t have family members in the area you are trying to help, you need to stay out of this area.”
Although damage assessments are sketchy, some are comparing this year’s floods to the 1985 deluge that devastated West Virginia. “This is the worst I've ever seen,” Fayette County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Mooney told Fox News. “Nobody expected seven inches of rain in three hours.”
Oregon Mom Shoots Intruder In Child’s Bedroom
When a mom in Portland came home to find an intruder in the bedroom of one of her children, she reached for her gun.
Police responding to the call say the homeowner was returning home early Sunday morning with her two children, ages 5 and 10, when they encountered the man. The woman then used her own handgun to shoot the 59-year-old invader, who later died.
A neighbor told KOIN 6 News that before the mother and daughters moved into the house, there had been “a lot of mischief” and “a few squatters in and out of there.” Police have not released the name of the mother, but report she has been cooperating with investigators.