American skeet shooter Kim Rhode made Olympic history this month in Rio when she became the only woman, and the first Summer Olympian, to ever win a medal in six consecutive Olympics.
Now she’s pointing out how some gun-control schemes endanger the shooting sports, while not affecting criminals at all. In an interview with Dana Loesch on The Blaze earlier this week, Rhode said new California gun laws are making it increasingly difficult—and more expensive—to train.
Referring to California’s new laws on ammunition purchases and gun transfers, Rhode said: "One of the big ones is the ammunition law that was just passed in California, having to do a background check each and every time. I mean, I average between 500 and 1,000 rounds a day every day in training. One of the big things is my sponsor being able to ship me ammo, I'm not sure how that's going to work.” Rhode added: "How do you teach somebody about shooting or, you know, educate them about safety and responsibility if you can’t loan them a gun to even try the sport?”
Off-Duty NYPD Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect
If you’re a criminal planning a nighttime mugging in Brooklyn, and you decide to confront a man leaving a restaurant, best make sure it’s not an off-duty NYPD officer.
Investigators are reporting that an officer and his cousin were leaving an eatery a little after midnight on Tuesday when a man tried to rob them. The officer began struggling with the man over a gun when several shots were fired, leaving shell casings all over Sixth Avenue in Park Slope.
The suspected robber raced off, but soon after a 32-year-old man was admitted to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. He is the prime suspect in the attempted robbery. Local residents told CBS2 that it’s an unsettling and unusual occurrence in their quiet quarter. “It’s still scary. It’s supposed to be a safe neighborhood,” one woman added. The officer involved in the shooting has been with the NYPD for five years.
Gun-Rights Group Files Suit Challenging California’s Carry Laws
The California Rifle & Pistol Association filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday after the Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals refused to reconsider its ruling in Peruta v. County of San Diego declaring that residents do not have a right to carry a concealed firearm outside their home. CRPA’s lawsuit is supported by the NRA.
In Peruta, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled the “good cause” policy of denying concealed carry licenses to law-abiding citizens was unconstitutional. The case was then reheard by an en banc panel—they ruled in June that it is not a Second Amendment violation to deny these licenses. On Monday, the Ninth Circuit declined to have the case reheard.
The new lawsuit, Flanagan v. Harris, challenges California’s open carry laws and will likely force the court to finally address whether the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm for self-defense.
Former NRA Prez Speaks Out On Clinton, Trump
After serving the National Rifle Association well during his two-year term as president, Birmingham, Ala., attorney Jim Porter is proving he’s not content to sit idly by and let important political matters take care of themselves.
At a recent gathering of the Hoover, Ala., Chamber of Commerce, Porter addressed the importance of this November’s election to law-abiding gun owners. Contrasting candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Porter said: “It's a pure choice you have between whether you believe you have a Second Amendment right or you don't. It's that clear.”
Porter also told those in attendance that law-abiding gun owners and other members of the NRA aren’t responsible for violent crime. “There's not one NRA member who has ever been guilty of perpetrating any of these recent heinous crimes,” he said. “And in fact, most of the ones who are perpetrating, if they're registered anything, they're registered Democrats who do that. Go look it up.”
Students Robbed At Gunpoint On Florida College Campus “Gun-Free Zone”
Two Florida State University students were robbed by a man armed with a handgun early Tuesday morning, WXTL reports. The incident happened less than a mile away from where a Florida Senate committee killed a campus-carry bill this spring. (Apparently, the armed robber didn’t get the memo.)
As Breitbart has reported, when a gunman opened fire at Florida State University’s Strozier Library less than two years ago, a man was present who might have stopped it—a student who was a trained Army combat veteran and a concealed-carry permit holder—but Florida’s ban on campus carry left him disarmed and unable to defend the three who were shot in that incident.
How much longer will the American people accept the hypocrisy of politicians who, like Hillary Clinton, demand taxpayer-financed armed security for themselves, yet plot to deny that same God-given, constitutionally-guaranteed protection to those who might actually need it?