A Seattle billionaire has contributed $125,000 to promote an anti-gun initiative on the Maine ballot this year, joining former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has contributed at least $3 million toward the effort. Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist, also teamed up with Microsoft billionaires Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer to win a similar referendum—Initiative 594—in Washington state two years ago.
If approved by voters, the Maine initiative, known as Question 3, would outlaw almost all so-called “transfers” of firearms—including loans, gifts and other perfectly innocent and temporary “transfers”—unless they are approved by the government, in advance, through background checks conducted by federally licensed firearm dealers.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has publicly opposed the initiative, noting that it would violate the Maine Constitution, but it won’t be easy to match the financial firepower of the initiative’s backers.
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The ATF Would Love To Have A National Gun Registry
In a CBS Sunday Morning feature titled “ATF Under The Gun,” Deputy Director Thomas Brandon detailed the ATF’s mission: “It’s to regulate firearms that can be misused. You know, we’re a small agency with a big job.”
Brandon has a gift for understatement, as his mission statement would seem to encompass regulating every firearm in the United States. To accomplish that, Brandon says the ATF needs a national gun registry of all firearms to replace the current system of searching paper records from licensed dealers: “Would it be efficient and effective? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No.”
To its credit, CBS also interviewed Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., who explained why such a registry is banned under federal law: “I think that having a database of gun sales amounts to de facto gun registration. And that is something that Congress would never approve, and which I would never approve of.”
Most Nevada Sheriffs Oppose Question 1
As anti-gun activists and out-of-state billionaires continue to push a restrictive background check initiative in Nevada, the law enforcement community is lining up against the scheme.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that most of the elected sheriffs in the state oppose Michael Bloomberg-backed Question 1, which punitively restricts firearm transfers in a way that will target law-abiding gun owners, not violent criminals.
“It merely places more restrictions on good people, will make it more difficult, and incur unnecessary costs for law-abiding citizens to manage their personal property,” Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly told the AP. Kenny Furlong, sheriff in Carson City, is also speaking out against the initiative. “Any bill that does not address mental health, which I believe to be the core cause of the violence we've had across the country, does not meet my expectations,” he said. “Mental health has to be addressed.”
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Three Teens Robbed At Gunpoint In Gun-Controlled London
Three teens were doing a very teen thing—playing Pokémon Go—when they were robbed at gunpoint in a park. The boys, ages 15, 16 and 18, were approached by three masked youths who demanded their phones and other possessions.
“These were really shocking attacks on young people walking around a much-loved park,” said investigating officer Kevin Yeung. Apparently Yeung was surprised by the use of a gun, as the robbery took place in heavily gun-controlled London. "Robberies where a gun is shown or indicated are very rare," the officer noted, albeit incorrectly.
This latest incident comes amid a rise in violent crime using firearms, with London recording a 10-percent increase over last year in crimes committed with guns. And it means that despite the fact that handguns are basically banned for law-abiding citizens in England, criminals—no matter their age—are still able to easily get their hands on guns.
Texas Campus-Carry Law Takes Effect
Texas’ new campus-carry law, which permits licensed, law-abiding adults to carry concealed firearms on many college campuses in the state, took effect yesterday.
And while many opponents are still trying to fight the law, results from other states—like Colorado—that have instituted similar laws show it won’t cause any danger to students, faculty or others.
It’s easy to understand why: While opponents talk of “drunken teens with guns,” the new law doesn’t arm anyone who wasn’t already licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense or change any laws pertaining to guns and alcohol use. It merely erases the previous invisible boundaries around university property, where the law-abiding were formerly forbidden from practicing their Second Amendment-protected rights, and where criminals could simply ignore the law.
Armed Robber Shot By Clerk At Corner Food Mart
Last Friday night, in a residential suburb northwest of Cincinnati, an intruder attempted an armed robbery at a small convenience store—and came face-to-face with a concealed-carry permit holder behind the counter.
Cheviot, Ohio, police are reporting to WKRC Local 12 that a man in his late 20s entered the Harrison Food Mart wearing a grey hoodie, surgical gloves and a mask. He then showed the clerk his weapon, holding him at gunpoint.
However, the clerk—a licensed Right-to-Carry permit holder—managed to fire his gun first in self-defense. The suspect fled the store, but only after being struck by a bullet from the clerk’s firearm. Police found the aggravated robbery suspect in a matter of minutes, taking him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as well as into custody. His identity has not been released to the public.