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Friday, January 20, 2017

Federal Appeals Court Rules Chicago Range Restrictions Unconstitutional

In the latest defeat for gun-hating politicians in Chicago, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that city ordinances restricting shooting ranges to manufacturing areas of Chicago are unconstitutional, the Chicago Tribune reports

Responding to the city’s claim that its restrictions serve important public health and safety interests—it argued that shooting ranges attract gun thieves, produce airborne lead pollution and increase the risk of fire—the three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, “The city has provided no evidentiary support for these claims, nor has it established that limiting shooting ranges to manufacturing districts ... has any connection to reducing these risks.”

The court also said there was no rationale to ban anyone under age 18 from visiting supervised gun ranges, although it did say Chicago can impose “a more closely tailored age restriction.” It’s anyone’s guess what restrictions, blackouts and roadblocks Chicago will erect next.


North Carolina Man Fights Off Attackers

Durham, N.C., police say officers were sent to investigate after a man reported he’d sustained multiple gunshot wounds during a home invasion.

According to authorities, just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, two men burst into to a house in north Durham and immediately opened fire on the unidentified 28-year-old resident. He was able to retrieve his own gun and return fire, striking both men and prompting them to flee before they wounded him any further.

Police say they found the men, later identified as Kenneth Atwater, 24, and Saquawn Williams, 24, at a nearby convenience store, where they had stopped to call for help. Both men were hospitalized for their injuries, and have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony breaking and entering, and felony conspiracy. The resident was also hospitalized, but is expected to survive. No motive has yet been established for the shooting.


AZ Supreme Court Sets Hearing On Tucson Gun Destruction Case

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear a case based on a complaint filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the city of Tucson’s practice of destroying guns seized by police rather than selling them is illegal. 

Brnovich has claimed that by destroying the guns, the city is violating a 2013 state law that requires the sale of otherwise legal guns obtained by law enforcement. Since 2013, nearly 5,000 guns—more than 85 percent of the guns turned in by citizens or seized from criminal investigations—have been destroyed at the hands of the Tucson Police Department. The city has countered by saying it is free to destroy the guns it owns and that the law unconstitutionally infringes on local rights.

Written legal arguments are due by Feb. 15, and the high court will hear oral arguments on Feb. 28. At that time, justices will also determine if a 2016 Arizona law that allows the state to withhold state funds from cities if they enact laws conflicting from state laws is constitutional.


FL: Important Self-Defense Bill Set For Tuesday Senate Hearing

Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee will hear a critical self-defense bill on Tuesday morning, and Florida gun owners should let their voices be heard. 

SB-128 Burden of Proof by state Sen. Rob Bradley restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs.

Contrary to what some of the media and anti-gun legislators have tried to claim, this bill is not an expansion of the Stand Your Ground law. This bill only puts the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs, and where it was before some anti-gun prosecutors and judges reversed it. For a better understanding of what SB-128 will accomplish, check out this video in which Senate President Joe Negron explains why this bill is so important.  

Use Your Power!

Five members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to hear from you before this measure is heard next Tuesday between 2 and 4 p.m. For a complete list and contact info, click here.

California Releases Personal Information On Thousands Of Firearms Instructors

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) “inadvertently” released highly sensitive personal information—names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers and more—about some 3,424 Certified California Firearm Safety Instructors late last year after a National Public Radio reporter filed a Freedom of Information request, Fox News reports

Since many instructors are active or retired law enforcement officers who wish to protect their privacy—and since this breach opens the door to identity theft—the California DOJ sent letters urging instructors to place fraud alerts on their credit reports. Although the DOJ supposedly discovered the foul-up on October 27, it waited over two months to alert those affected.

Adding insult to injury, California’s DOJ also recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations containing a “non-liability” clause, forcing gun owners to hold the DOJ harmless in case of a similar “inadvertent” data breach. In other words: If you want to exercise your gun rights, you’ve got to surrender your privacy rights. Outrageous.


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