A majority of Americans believe owning a gun makes people safer by protecting them from being a victim of crime, according to a new Associated Press (AP) poll released on Saturday. In answering the questions, “Do you think that owning a gun does more to protect a person from being a victim of a crime or more to put their safety at risk?” Sixty-two percent of respondents chose “protect them from becoming a victim.”
Other interesting results of the survey indicate 59 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of gun laws. And more than half of Americans—53 percent—support national Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which would make carry permits issued in one state valid in every other state in the nation.
A strong majority of respondents also said a “high priority” for law enforcement should be “cracking down on people who own guns illegally” (73 percent) and “cracking down on people who sell guns illegally” (81 percent).
California Governor Signs Yet Another Anti-Gun Measure
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed yet another anti-gun measure into law, following the six severely restrictive bills he signed earlier this month that unfairly target law-abiding gun owners.
Assembly Bill 857 would require an individual to request a serial number from DOJ for home-built firearms. Ironically, Gov. Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2014.
As NRA-ILA noted in a recent election alert, “Anti-gun advocates are under the impression that criminals who are already ignoring the law will apply for a serial number issued from DOJ prior to use. This bill would do nothing but entrap law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
A concealed-carry permit holder used his firearm to fight off a carjacker Thursday night on Detroit’s northwest side.
According to local media reports, a white van followed the victim’s car to a liquor store. The driver of the van waited for the victim to exit the store and approached him with a gun.
The victim saw the gun, grabbed the barrel and fired several times at the armed robber with his own gun, sending him fleeing the scene. “He pulled out his own weapon and started shooting at the attempted carjacker,” Sgt. Robert Wellman of the Detroit Police Department told ClickOnDetroit.com.