While Sacramento lawmakers worked to pass seven new anti-gun laws last year, firearm sales in California nearly tripled over 2015, to 1,331,322 firearms sold—making 2016 the first year to pass the one-million mark in terms of firearms sold in the state, the Sacramento Beereports.
Considering that California again expanded its so-called “assault weapon” ban last year, long guns predictably led the surge, with double the number sold last year as were sold in 2015. Notably, many of those 760,000 long guns sold were to those buying guns before the expanded ban took effect Jan. 1.
Also not surprisingly, sales doubled during the last half of last year, during the period after the passage of California’s new gun control laws in July, but before they took effect. How many will register their grandfathered firearms is now anyone’s guess: It’s a sticky question, given California’s history of promising to leave grandfathered guns alone, but then expanding its bans retroactively and using those registrations to dispossess owners of those guns.
Texas Carry Permit Holder Stops Daylight Robbery In Mall
“A robbery gone really bad.”
That was the description given by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus as two men attempted a daring robbery of a Kay Jewelers at Rolling Oaks Mall on Sunday afternoon. But they were confronted by two good Samaritans—one armed—who happened to be shopping at the same time.
McManus continued, “There was a fatality. One of the citizens who tried to intervene and stop the robbery was shot by one of the suspects.” However, the other citizen, who was carrying a handgun and his carry permit, shot one of robbers. After a brief exchange of gunfire, the second suspect escaped through the mall, firing as he ran. This first robber is in critical condition at a nearby hospital, while the second suspect—35-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto—was arrested later in the evening. Both face charges of aggravated robbery and capital murder in the death of the man who tried to stop the crime.
N.H. Bill Would Ban Carry While Voting
A measure recently introduced in New Hampshire would squelch one constitutional right for citizens trying to practice another.
This anti-self-defense legislation, House Bill 350, would prohibit the carry of a firearm for self-defense while voting. If enacted, carry of a firearm to a voting location will become a Class B felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The measure is scheduled to be considered this morning at 10 a.m. in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
Use Your Power!
New Hampshire gun owners and other state citizens who care about freedom are encouraged to contact members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and urge them to oppose HB 350. To contact them,click here.
Illinois Senate Committee Will Consider Suppressor Measure Wednesday
A bill that would lift the ban on suppressors in Illinois is scheduled to be heard by a Senate committee tomorrow. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by state Sen. William Haine, would legalize suppressors and their use while hunting.
Suppressors provide numerous benefits to hunters and sportsmen and women, chief among them reducing the risk of hearing damage. They can also increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.” Additionally, suppressors can help reduce noise complaints from surrounding neighbors, who oftentimes use the loud sounds as an excuse to close hunting lands across the nation.
If passed, Illinois would join the 42 states that currently allow gun owners to have suppressors, and the 40 states that allow suppressors when hunting.
Contact your state senators TODAY and urge them to support Senate Bill 50 byclicking here.
The Ludicrous Claim That Being Loud Makes Guns Safer
On Sunday, The Washington Post published a column opposing efforts to remove federal barriers to suppressor ownership. The author based his argument on the ridiculous claim that the ear-damaging level of noise created by gunfire is actually an important safety feature.
Political science professor Robert Spitzer wrote, “From potential victims who seek to escape a mass shooting to a hiker being alerted to the presence of a hunter in the woods, the sound warns bystanders of potentially lethal danger.” He fantasized about walking “straight into the line of fire” of a mass shooter using a suppressor.
There’s so much wrong here. First, the 130db noise level of a suppressed handgun falls somewhere between that of a jackhammer and an airplane taking off—loud enough to be heard at distance. Second, Spitzer fails to explain how current excessive regulation has ever kept citizens safer. Third, only the ignorant would call protecting our hearing “an extremely small benefit to gun owners …”