The sound of breaking glass at 4:30 a.m. never leads to anything good. And when a Tanglewood, Texas, homeowner heard that sound last Tuesday, his first instinct was his best: He grabbed his gun.
Mike Colgin—a retiree who never expected to be walking down the hallway to encounter a home invader—told Houston KTRK-13, “It’s really surreal. I come up to the corner, and I look through the glass in the grandfather clock. That's how I can make out who it was.” Colgin said the intruder, Julio Socoy-Velasquez, was already halfway through a broken window in the living room, so he acted immediately.
“I took two steps out, aimed, and boom! He went straight out the window,” Colgin said. The suspect bolted down the street, but didn’t make it far before he was arrested by police and taken to the hospital. Socoy-Velasquez has superficial wounds to his head and ear and is now in jail.
Committee Hearing Set For N.H. “Permitless” Carry Measure
As New Hampshire lawmakers try for a third straight year to pass a “permitless” carry law, Senate Bill 12 has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley, the measure would repeal the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver for anyone not otherwise prohibited. For those who choose to obtain licenses, Senate Bill 12 also would increase the length of time in which a license is valid.
Last year marked the second year in a row that former Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed similar legislation after it passed the New Hampshire General Court.
Use Your Power!
New Hampshire gun owners are urged to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to support Senate Bill 12 byclicking here.
The AMA claims murder is an “epidemic,” pointing to some 30,000 annual “gun violence” deaths a year as proof. What they don’t tell you is that two-thirds of those deaths are suicides—no doubt tragedies, but not what most would consider to be “gun violence.”
They also don’t tell you that medical malpractice results in 20 to 40 times more deaths each year than the 10,000 “gun violence” deaths remaining after suicides are subtracted. According to many studies, medical malpractice results in the deaths of between 200,000 and 400,000 people every single year, and that number isn’t going down. Perhaps a healthy dose of, “Physician, heal thyself,” is in order before the AMA tries to twist criminal violence into a “medical” problem.
N.D. Lawmaker Proposes “Permitless” Carry
If Republican state Rep. Rick Becker has his way, North Dakota residents will soon be able to carry firearms without a permit. Becker is planning to introduce a bill this session that would make the Peace Garden State the 12th state to allow constitutional carry.
Becker sees the law as bringing his sate back in line with the original intent of the framers of the U.S. Constitution. "Having this bill into play, if it becomes law, brings us a little bit closer to the original intent of the Second Amendment, and so I think it's kind of an easy one,” said Becker.
Currently, residents must apply, go through training and pay for a Class 1 or Class 2 license in order to carry in the state. Should permitless carry pass, gun owners would still be able to get concealed-carry permits for use when traveling to other states.
Pre-emption Measure Introduced In Nebraska Legislature
On Thursday, Sen. Mike Hilgers introduced a bill into the Nebraska legislature that would ensure that any firearm or ammunition laws passed would be consistent statewide. Legislative Bill 68 is good news for gun owners since, should it pass, it will serve to protect their gun rights.
Without this law on the books, local jurisdictions can adopt restrictions independently that they’re unable to convince state legislators to adopt. As a result, they can not only infringe your Second Amendment rights, but can leave you at risk of violating an ordinance you may not have been aware existed as you travel within the state.
Use Your Power!
Take action now. To sign a petition telling your legislators, “I want pre-emption in Nebraska,”click here.