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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Washington AG Submits AWB Legislation

On Monday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposed a pair of bills that would ban the sale or limit possession of so-called “assault weapons.” Modeled after similar legislation in Connecticut and New York, the first bill would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles and wrongly named “high-capacity” magazines. The second bill, Ferguson’s back-up plan, would still allow for the sale of these guns, but would require a special license to do so and would raise the age limit to 21. 

“Military-style weapons are designed for killing people,” chided Ferguson. “These weapons have no place in civilian use.”

Except, of course, they do. AR-15s are the most popular rifle in America, with many gun owners choosing ARs for home defense. They are also used for competition and hunting. In fact, the only group who shies away from AR-15s are the non-law-abiding—criminals far prefer handguns over so-called “assault weapons.”

Sen. Sessions Voices 2A Support, Vows To Prosecute Violent Criminals

During his confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., voiced his support for the Second Amendment. 

“I do believe the Second Amendment is a personal right, it’s a historic right of the American people …” Session said. “It’s just as much a part of the Constitution as any of the other great rights and liberties that we value.”

During the hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas: “Can you assure us that you will make prosecuting those people who cannot legally possess or use firearms a priority again in the Department of Justice and help break the back of this crime wave that’s affecting so many people in our local communities like Chicago or Baltimore, and particularly minority communities?”

“I can, Sen. Cornyn,” Sessions responded. “I’m familiar with how that plays out in the real world. My best judgment, colleagues, is that properly enforced, the federal gun laws can reduce crime and violence in our cities and communities.”

N.H. “Permitless” Carry Measure Passes Out Of Senate Committee

New Hampshire’s Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday successfully voted the proposed “permitless” carry bill out of committee. Senate Bill 12 will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

SB 12, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley, would repeal the license requirement to carry a concealed handgun, unless a person is otherwise prohibited. For those who choose to obtain carry licenses, which will still be available, SB 12 would also increase the length of time in which a license is valid.

New Hampshire lawmakers passed similar “permitless” carry bills each of the last two years, but both were vetoed by then-Gov. Maggie Hassan. With Hassan gone, this might be the year to get the law on the books.

Use Your Power!

NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action encourages all New Hampshire gun owners to contact their state Senator and urge him or her to vote in favor of Senate Bill 12 by clicking here.

Gun Haters Go Into Hysterics Over Hearing Protection Legislation

With more and more states legalizing the private ownership of firearm suppressors, a Los Angeles Times columnist Tuesday took a page from The Washington Post to launch his own little campaign of FUD—fear, uncertainty and doubt—demonizing the devices. 

Although he didn’t stoop quite to the stupidity of the Washington Post reporter—who went so far as to refer to the .22 Long Rifle rimfire as a “high-powered rifle”—he did his best to link suppressors to everything from “machine guns and other instruments of mobster violence” to “hand grenades and land mines.” He pointed out that eight states ban ownership of suppressors—without mentioning that 40 states allow them—and he shrieked that legalizing suppressors “increases the dangers of firearm violence.” 

Hogwash. Suppressors reduce noise complaints. They preserve hearing. They offer a variety of benefits to shooters and the public. And their use ought to be encouraged—as the Hearing Protection Act in Congress would do.

Kentucky Homeowner Shoots Two Burglars Who Burst Through Door

Two would-be burglars singled out the wrong McCracken County home to stage their robbery. They picked one with an armed homeowner, unafraid to defend himself.

Sheriff’s deputies told WSIL-TV 3 that around 11 p.m., the homeowner heard someone kicking in the front door of the residence, so he grabbed his gun and fired at two intruders. Responding officers found one man, 34-year-old Christopher Ingram, seriously wounded and lying in the driveway. They found the second suspect, 39-year-old Toby William Reed, inside the home and already deceased from his gunshot wounds.

Ingram was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a Nashville with life-threatening injuries. The homeowner was unharmed.

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