In a Wednesday op-ed at rollcall.com, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox made the case for the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Interior.
“As a native Montanan, Zinke has a deep appreciation for wildlife and conservation,” Cox wrote. “In addition, he understands the importance of public land access for all hunters and outdoorsmen.”
Just as important, Cox said, is the fact that Zinke understands the important role played by hunters.
“The fact is that hunters are America’s true conservationists,” Cox wrote. “We know that sound wildlife management is critical in the protection of our natural resources. As a sportsman, Ryan Zinke holds this view. All Americans can trust Rep. Zinke to manage our lands and wildlife through sound science, not emotion or political agendas.”
Cox added: “Having an interior secretary intent on preserving America’s longstanding hunting heritage for current and future generations will be a welcome change.”
Use Your Power!
Hunters and shooters throughout the country are encouraged to contact their U.S. senators and ask them to support Ryan Zinke for secretary of the interior. Contact them directly byclicking here.
Knife Fight Stopped By Concealed-Carry Holder With Gun
They say never bring a knife to a gunfight. But it turns out that a gun can also put a quick ending to a knife fight.
Topeka Police tell WIBW-TV that two men got into an argument in a Wal-Mart parking lot late Saturday afternoon, then one of the men pulled a knife and stabbed the other. The stabbed man then ran after the knife-wielding suspect with a baseball bat.
Seeing the commotion, another individual—who had a concealed-carry permit—quickly drew his gun and approached the scene.
TPD Sergeant Joshua Klamm said, “He intervened, drew his firearm, and held the people to the ground basically at gunpoint.” When police and EMTs arrived, the wounded man was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say the two men evidently knew each other and both were taken into custody for aggravated battery. The CCP holder was questioned by police, but was released a short time later.
South Carolina Student Group Pushing Campus Carry
In South Carolina, where current law prohibits anyone from possessing a firearm on university or college premises, there’s one group pushing to get that changed. Coastal Carolina Conservatives (CCC) is a student activism coalition that’s fighting for campus carry to become legal in the Palmetto State.
Bill H 3248, supporting the right of law-abiding citizens with concealed-carry licenses to bring their gun onto campus, was submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly in January and is currently under review. To garner support for the bill, CCC members have been creating petitions, hosting educational events on campus and utilizing social media.
"It's a safe thing, it's nothing different than you walking and going to the grocery store every day—there's a conceal weapons carry permit holder every day and you don't know it,” explains CCC Chairman Cody Fongemie. "Concealed-carry weapon holders are the most law-abiding citizens when it comes to gun ownership, and they go through all this training.”
Gun Control Bills Up For Vote In Washington State
The Washington House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote this morning on two anti-gun measures that would unnecessarily restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
House Bill 1387 would impose an annual registration and licensing system on the most popular and commonly owned semi-automatic firearms sold today by classifying them as “assault weapons.” In addition, it would prohibit the sale and transfer of standard capacity ammunition magazines labeling them as “large-capacity magazines.”
HB 1122 would mandate that firearm owners lock up their firearms at all times when not in use. According to NRA-ILA, this legislation is vaguely written and could potentially subject law-abiding gun owners to gross misdemeanor penalties, including huge fees and potential imprisonment, if they don’t lock their firearms up and render them useless for any self-defense scenario.
Use Your Power!
Washington state gun owners are urged to immediately contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to oppose House Bill 1387 and House Bill 1122. Contact them byclicking here.