A new bill on the floor of the U.S. Senate plays on the nationwide horror caused by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev.—yet the measure proposed would have done nothing to stop the carnage.
Introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and supported by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada, the legislation addresses expanding background checks at gun shows. Of course, the Vegas shooter passed background checks to purchase all of his firearms, so this looks rather like an unrelated piece of gun control cynically cashing in on the outrage.
“It’s about saving lives in the future,” Cortez Masto explained. And the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Titus read off the names of all of the Vegas victims—after delivering a speech in support of gun control that would have done nothing to save them.
Illinois Ban On Trigger Modification Dies In House
The Illinois House of Representatives has defeated a measure that would place a ban on popular “trigger modification devices.”
The measure, House Bill 4117, mirrors federal legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and could have potentially banned firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes popular with law-abiding gun owners that make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting or even overcoming disability.
According to a report from NRA-ILA, the Illinois legislature is currently convened for a veto session, and several gun control bills, including gun and magazine bans, are scheduled for consideration. Illinois gun owners are encouraged to contact their state representative and urge him or her to oppose Senate Bill 1657 and House Bills 4107 and 4112.
Iowa Apartment Resident Shoots Intruder
In the dark, at 4 a.m., the last sound you want to hear is someone rummaging through your apartment. But that’s exactly what Miguel Alcantara heard. And it sent him running for his 9 mm pistol.
Sac City, Iowa, police say that early Wednesday morning, Bendji Joseph broke into the apartment with the “intention of hurting the residents.” Fearing for his safety, and the safety of everyone in the residence, Alcantara fired at the suspect, striking him twice.
Joseph was treated for trauma locally, then life-flighted to a hospital in Sioux City, where he remains in stable condition. The charges against Joseph range from felony first- and third-degree burglary to aggravated assault.