Using last week’s Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting as his “news hook,” Democrat Florida state Sen. Gary Farmer said Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation banning firearm sales at gun shows without a background check, the Orlando Sentinelreports, while other Democrats prepare additional anti-gun bills, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and a bill allowing Florida cities to pass anti-gun ordinances of their own. (The alleged Ft. Lauderdale shooter reportedly had passed a background check and psych evaluation.)
Republican alternatives proposed in Tallahassee include one that would end so-called “gun-free zones” in Florida and another that would honor Right-to-Carry permits in places like airport terminals.
Farmer has also co-sponsored two bills imposing “safe storage” mandates on firearm owners. “If Sen. Farmer really wanted to do something to make Florida safe, he would focus on abolishing gun-free zones where law-abiding citizens are defenseless targets of terrorists and people with mental illness,” said Marion Hammer, executive director of United Sportsmen of Florida and former NRA president.
President-Elect Trump Vows Quick Action On Supreme Court
In his first press conference since the November election, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to quickly name his nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump said he plans to nominate a justice within a few weeks of his inauguration, set for Jan. 20.
“I think it’s one of the reasons I got elected,” Trump said. “I think the people of this country did not want to see what was happening with the Supreme Court, so I think it was a very, very big decision as to why I was elected.”
In fact, the Supreme Court was one important key to the 2016 presidential election results. For NRA members and other gun owners, the thought of Hillary Clinton naming two, three or even more Supreme Court nominees over the next four to eight years was simply unthinkable.
Police Favor Gun Rights Over Gun Control
America’s police officers strongly support protecting citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, according to brand-new research.
A Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday revealed that police officers support protecting rights over passing more gun control by a three-to-one margin. In addition, two out of three officers also oppose banning so-called “assault weapons.”
Results from the study revealed that 74 percent of officers believe it’s most important to “protect the right of Americans to own guns,” while 25 percent want greater efforts to “control gun ownership.”
The Pew survey was drawn from “the attitudes and experiences of nearly 8,000 policemen and women from departments with at least 100 officers.”
Tombstone Proclaimed “America’s Second Amendment City”
The United States now boasts a town that has proclaimed itself “America’s Second Amendment City.” Tombstone, Ariz., made the announcement official on Tuesday.
“Tombstone as America’s Second Amendment City is making a statement that the citizens of Tombstone understand the importance of the Second Amendment,” said Mayor Dusty Escapule. “I think all the communities along the border should recognize how the right to bear arms plays an important part in our day-to-day lives.”
Tombstone embodies the pioneer spirit of the West and is a tourist town bustling with activities, including historic gunfight reenactments, a national fast-draw contest, SASS events and more. Each October, on the anniversary of the shootout at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone celebrates its heritage with a three-day, fun-filled festival.
“This represents a great day in our history,” said Gordon Anderson, business owner and originator of the proclamation. “It fits into our past, present and future.”
Phoenix Woman Drives Away Home Invader With Her Firearm
When a woman woke to the sound of breaking glass at 2 a.m., she had two immediate thoughts—to protect her child and to grab her gun.
Police told ABC15 Arizona that the woman discovered a man trying to break into her home through a rear window, so she fired her gun at him. Investigators said it did not appear the suspect was hit by the gunfire, but he quickly retreated from the scene—leaving behind a shaken, but unharmed, mother and child.
It was not immediately known if the invader fled the South Phoenix neighborhood on foot or in a car, but an investigation is ongoing.