Danbury, Conn., has seen a hefty spike in gun permits this year. Concerned about potential gun-control legislation and doubting the government’s ability to protect them, citizens have snapped up 16,000 permits so far this year. That compares to 25,000 in all of 2013.
As Bethel Police Chief Jeffrey Finch notes, “People I know who couldn’t be bothered with guns before now want to get an AR-15, because they think their right to buy one is going to be taken away.”
This surge in permits isn’t limited to Danbury only, though—it’s occurring on a national level. “We are seeing all over the country, Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights because they see the government cannot always be there,” said NRA Spokesperson Catherine Mortensen. “From the San Bernardino shooting in December to the Orlando shooting last month, Americans want to protect and defend themselves, and that is part of what you are seeing in Connecticut.”
Chris W. Cox, head of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, addressed the Republican National Convention last night, delivering brief but forceful remarks alerting Americans that their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is very much on the line in this year’s presidential contest.
Eight years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, by one vote, that the Second Amendment is an individual right—a decision Hillary Clinton said is “wrong.” As Cox explained, “a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court means your right to own a firearm is gone.”
Noting that “the right to protect your life is the most precious right you have,” Cox said: “The 5 million men and women of the NRA will fight without apology for your right to protect your life. Because we are on the cusp of losing this great American freedom, and with it, this great nation. The only way we save it is by electing Donald Trump the next president of the United States.”
A Politico.com story posted Tuesday under the headline, “Dems Urged To Retool Their Guns Message,” described how anti-gun politicians and gun-ban groups are attempting to tweak their message to make it seem more palatable to the masses—while not changing their ultimate goal of destroying the Second Amendment.
“… representatives from a broad mix of progressive groups sat around a table last week at the Washington offices of Global Strategy Group, where they received a tutorial on how—and how not to—talk about guns,” the story reported. One of their ideas: Get away from “gun control,” talking instead about “gun violence prevention” and “preventing gun tragedies.”
While some might be fooled, most gun owners in the know will recognize this as simple sleight of hand, since gun-ban groups aren’t actually changing their desire to push more restrictive gun-control laws on law-abiding Americans. The fact that they are meeting together to figure out how next to mislead gun owners says a lot about anti-gun organizations and their attitudes toward law-abiding citizens.
Under New York state’s so-called SAFE Act, pistol permit holders may file opt-out forms with county clerks to ensure their permit information isn’t disclosed through public records requests. In the past, media outlets have used such disclosures to publish the names and addresses of N.Y. pistol permit holders.
Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello recently revealed that some 20,000 opt-out forms—from nearly half the pistol permit holders in his county—are currently unprocessed and simply stored in a filing cabinet, a backlog Bello says is leftover from his predecessor, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.
It’s bad enough that New York gun owners have to file forms simply to exercise a constitutional right in privacy and in peace. Adding insult to that injury, now Bello wants $25,000 more to hire two part-time clerks to help him get those forms filed straight.
Nice work if you can find it.
If you’re a law-abiding gun owner with a concealed-carry license, bring your firearm to work. That’s the message from Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Richard Jones to his staff.
In light of recent attacks on police and a threat to one of his employees who had a Fraternal Order of Police emblem displayed on a license plate, Jones responded with a memo encouraging personnel to carry while within the department’s headquarters and while operating any sheriff’s office vehicles off-premises.
Jones also advised staff to exercise caution concerning their own personal safety. "We encourage our people to really rethink having any markings on their car that states you're a police officer,” said the sheriff. “It could be your spouse, it could be your kids driving the car."
Safety is paramount, he emphasized. “Every day, I fear for their lives,” said Jones. “Every day, every minute, every second.”
An armed Lawton, Okla., homeowner successfully fought off two armed home intruders last Friday afternoon.
According to local police reports, the homeowner said two men—one armed with a shotgun—broke into his home through the front door. He punched one of the intruders, then ran to his bedroom to retrieve his handgun.
The homeowner then fired several shots at the intruders, forcing them to flee the scene. Police said the episode is still an open investigation, and they continue to search for the suspects.
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