Alarmed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s announcement he would seek a ban on common semi-automatic rifles that he erroneously calls “assault weapons,” a Spokane Valley councilman is trying to head off that assault on the right to keep and bear arms.
“These weapons have no place in civilian use,” Ferguson claimed in making the announcement earlier this month. As a result, Councilman Caleb Collier is now proposing to make Spokane Valley a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City.”
While the sanctuary city proclamation wouldn’t give Spokane Valley the authority to cease state and federal gun law enforcement, it could be used as a lobbying tool and to send a message to state legislators, Councilman Ed Pace told The Spokesman-Review.
California Police Chiefs Against Anti-Gun Ballot Initiative
California’s restrictive gun-control ballot initiative—Proposition 63—would not effectively reduce violent crime, but would unfairly burden law-abiding gun owners, according to state’s police chiefs.
The California Police Chiefs Association has announced its opposition to Proposition 63, saying it “fails to meet the appropriate balance between public safety and individual gun rights.”
“Essentially, Proposition 63 complicates current law with one that is costlier and seriously flawed,” wrote Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the association.
Corney believes that the provision that makes failure to report a firearm theft a crime is particularly onerous and counterproductive. “Penalizing the failure to report lost and stolen firearms actually can deter individuals to report for fear of penalty, which has already been proven to be the case in many areas where local governments have enacted similar ordinances,” he wrote.
Armed Ohio Homeowner Fends Off Intruder
Police in Columbus, Ohio, have arrested a man whose home invasion plans came to an end at the hands of an armed homeowner.
According to local media, 27-year-old Fredrick Eisnaugle kicked in the back door of a Franklinton, Ohio, home early Friday morning. The homeowner confronted Eisnaugle and shot him, sending the invader fleeing. Police found Eisnaugle nearby, arrested him and transported him to a nearby medical facility. He is expected to survive his wounds and has been charged with aggravated burglary.