The Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of important pro-gun legislation, marking a major victory for the Show Me State’s law-abiding gun owners.
The new law will allow anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm to carry that firearm, while also maintaining the current permit system. In addition, the bill expands Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground protections; adds additional permit options to include extended and lifetime permits; specifies that with the exception of credit card fees, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits; and allows members of the military extra time to renew their permits.
“This is a great day for freedom in Missouri,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. “The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon's misguided veto. Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun-control groups to defeat the override vote, their agenda was rejected."
Demanding Moms Miss The Mark—Again
Michael Bloomberg’s Demanding Moms, who are trying to use a frat house assault to make a point about campus carry, have picked the wrong incident on which to base their rant. An article in UT-based Daily Texan was posted online by the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action, saying, “As if it needed repeating, booze, college kids and guns do NOT mix … Three arrests related to the The University of Texas at Austin Sigma Chi fraternity shooting early Sunday morning were made last night.”
In truth, the incident was in no way related to the new campus-carry law that took effect on Aug. 1, which simply did away with the ban on Texans with concealed-carry permits carrying their firearms on campus properties—just like they can when not on campus.
In this incident, the shooter, who was 18, was not a student at UT and was not a concealed-carry permit holder (he wasn’t even old enough to apply). In fact, the shooting didn’t even occur on campus. According to local police, the shooter was highly intoxicated, despite also being too young to legally drink, and had used Xanax before the incident.
Think Tank Finds Nevada’s Question 1 Lacking
An analysis from nonpartisan think tank Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities on Nevada’s Question 1, the anti-gun so-called “universal” background check ballot initiative, echoes points made by the proposal’s opponents.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the think tank found, among other things:
A claim made by opponents is supported by a Department of Justice survey, which found that less than 1 percent of the criminals obtained a gun through an unlicensed sale at a gun show;
If the FBI takes over the operation currently run by the state, Nevada could lose $2.7 million in revenue per year;
The law would be a challenge to enforce without a firearm registration scheme;
The so-called “reasonable fee” the measure proposes for background checks is not defined.
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Mississippi Homeowner Shoots Man Breaking Into Home
Police say a Jackson, Miss., homeowner shot an attempted home invader who was breaking into his home through a sliding-glass door Wednesday morning, WJTV reports. The would-be home invader was killed by a single shot to the chest from the homeowner’s shotgun.
“I think it was a terrible decision on the part of the deceased, and it cost him his life,” said Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance. When reporters pressed the police chief to comment on Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine, which protects residents’ right to defend their homes with force, Chief Vance came down on the side of the lawful victim.
“It’s a tragedy for him as well,” Vance said. “I don’t think anybody intentionally, no matter what the circumstances, looks forward to taking someone else’s life. But in this particular situation, he had no other choice. All the actions that were taken were dictated on the part of the suspect.”