Pasco County, Fla., Sheriff Chris Nocco was describing the actions of a customer and employee at a Marathon gas station, as an armed robber entered a store demanding money. The customer, a patron of over 15 years, was at the counter getting his morning cup of coffee when Christopher Lilly burst through the door and pointed his gun at the pair.
As Lilly tried to move both men to the cooler, the customer pulled his gun and aimed at the intruder. A struggle ensued and Lilly was tackled, dropping his gun. Then, as the robber reached for his revolver, the customer shot him in the hip.
“This is two citizens who were in fear for their lives,” Sheriff Nocco continued, adding, “I’d rather fight for my life than be a victim.” When officers arrived, they found Lilly at the front door, restrained with the help of other customers.
PA: Record-Breaking Gun Sales In 2017
2016 was a record-breaking year for firearm background checks in Pennsylvania, according to statistics recently released by state police.
Last year, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) processed almost 1.14 million requests to purchase a firearm, privately transfer a firearm or obtain a carry license. This represented a 15 percent increase over 2015, itself a banner year for PICS checks, ranking below only 2013 and 2012.
However, the bump in sales isn’t the only positive trend apparent from the data. At first glance, the fact that PICS denials dropped roughly 13.4 percent from 2015 may seem worrisome. However, these failed checks led to nearly 6,500 referrals to law enforcement agencies—a 38.9 percent increase over the number of law enforcement referrals in 2015. This means that not only are sales rising in Pennsylvania, the state is also getting more serious about investigating those attempting to make illegal purchases.
Montana AG Says City Background Check Ordinance Is Illegal
An ordinance in Missoula, Mont., calling for “universal” background checks has been declared in violation of state law. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued an opinion Thursday and spoke to NBC Montana, where he stated that “Missoula’s ordinance is outside of its authority.”
The ordinance in question was passed in September following pressure from groups like Moms Demand Action. It requires gun owners to complete background checks on private transaction—meaning they would need to run checks on everyone including family members, friends and co-workers before they could legally sell them a gun.
Missoula City Council member Bryan von Lossberg, who sponsored the legislation, believes universal registration is effective and necessary. For the moment, though, he has no current plan to appeal the attorney general’s decision. Fox’s position is the law unless it is overturned by a court.
Pot, Meet Kettle: Media Matters Teams With Facebook To Silence “Fake News”
The anti-gun leftist group Media Matters told donors last weekend that it has been working behind the scenes with Facebook to silence so-called “fake news”—read: stories it doesn’t agree with—both on the social media network and on Google, the Washington Free Beaconreports.
Google has banned 200 publishers from its AdSense network, after orchestrating a digital “book burning” last year in which it quashed some 1.7 billion ads for “violations.” And Facebook announced Wednesday that it was changing the algorithm of its “trending topics” section to force-feed viewers content based not on its popularity, but on what “Facebook-designated publishers” deem worthy.
Bill To Protect Veterans’ 2A Rights Gains NRA Support
A measure introduced in Congress by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from restricting veterans’ Second Amendment rights without due process.
H.R. 629 would require that a veteran be adjudicated mentally deficient before losing his or her right to keep and bear arms. Currently, the VA reports any veteran using a fiduciary as “mentally defective”—a disqualifying factor for firearm ownership—with no judicial finding of dangerousness.
“No veteran should have their fundamental right to self-defense arbitrarily revoked by a government bureaucrat,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm. Our brave men and women in the military should not be stripped of their constitutional rights without due process of law."
In addition to Conaway introducing the bill, the measure is co-sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.