Illinois lawmakers have seized on the grand old Democratic strategy of not letting a tragedy go to waste. Last week, Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan filed legislation that WVIK called a “gun control advocate’s wish list.”
House Bill 4107 would ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons,” “high-capacity” magazines, .50-caliber rifles and bump stocks. Any resident currently in possession of a semi-automatic rifle could keep the firearm, but would need to have it registered.
NRA-ILA is completing a thorough analysis of the impact of HB 4107—so stay tuned to NRAILA.org for updates. The bill is expected to be heard during Illinois’ special session that begins Oct. 24.
Former Cincinnati Mayor Slams Response To Vegas Shooting
In an editorial published at thehill.com, Ken Blackwell, who previously served as mayor of Cincinnati and both state treasurer and secretary of state for Ohio, condemned the actions of anti-gun activists and celebrities, who have politicized the actions of the madman who opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas.
“Their objective is not just to win votes for Democrats,” Blackwell wrote of those calling for more restrictive gun control laws. “It is to write out of polite society anyone who doesn’t share their views.”
Blackwell explained why gun control would not have stopped the shooter, saying that “… the only way to prevent him from owning a weapon would have been to stop every American from owning a weapon.” Instead of calling for the passage of pointless anti-gun legislation, he said, Americans should focus on stopping crime—and accept that monstrous acts cannot simply be stopped by the law.
Still Time To Speak Out Against California Anti-Gun Legislation
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is reminding California gun owners that there is still time to contact Gov. Jerry Brown and ask him to veto three anti-gun bills currently on his desk.
The measures are Assembly Bill 7, which would further restrict the open carry of an unloaded firearm on public property by including unincorporated areas as prohibited places; Assembly Bill 424, which would remove the authority of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission for a person to possess a firearm within a school zone; and Senate Bill 464, which would further increase the mandatory storage and security requirements for licensed firearms dealers.
Gov. Brown has until Oct. 15 to either veto the bills, sign them into law or let them take effect without his signature.
USE YOUR POWER!
California gun owners are encouraged to contact Gov. Brown and urge him to veto all three of these bills. His office phone number is (916) 445-2841 and fax number is (916) 558-3160. You can also contact the governor directly byclicking here.
Tennessee Homeowner Stops Break-In Attempt
Kevin Lindsey was doing a load of laundry at about 10 a.m. last Thursday when he heard a strange sound coming from the back door of his West Knoxville, Tenn., home. He decided to go investigate and, upon turning a corner, found an unidentified man attempting to break in.
Knowing he had little time, Lindsey dashed up the stairs and retrieved his gun. He pointed it at the intruder, who wisely chose to run rather than take his chances against the armed homeowner. According to Lindsey, the entire incident was over within seconds.
The home reportedly wasn’t equipped with security at the time of the attempted burglary, but Lindsey says he’s considering investing in cameras and an alarm system. For now, though, he’s just thankful he had his gun. “I was homeless for a period and it took many years to get where I am now. I have a wife and a home, and I am not going to let anyone take that from me,” he told WATE-TV.