In a grossly ill-advised ruling, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Maryland’s 2013 Firearms Safety Act, which bans 45 types of semi-automatic rifles and imposes a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
"Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war," Judge Robert B. King wrote for the majority in a 10-4 en banc ruling. Judge William Byrd Traxler Jr. wrote a dissenting opinion.
"It is absurd to hold that the most popular rifle in America is not a protected ‘arm’ under the Second Amendment,” said NRA spokesman Jennifer Baker in blasting the ruling. The court’s decision, she noted, “clearly ignores the Supreme Court's guidance from District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects arms that are ‘in common use at the time for lawful purposes like self-defense.’
Son Shoots Invaders, Saves Mother
Two men broke into a southern California home early Tuesday and placed a gun to the homeowner’s head. Her son made a quick decision— which left one intruder dead and one in critical condition.
Jane Watrel, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, told WFTV-9 that the two men broke into the woman’s home just before 11 a.m., and “[o]ne of them held a gun to her head and made demands.” Watrel said the homeowner’s son then escaped to a bedroom to retrieve a gun, which he used to shoot both intruders in self-defense.
Detectives said 24-year-old Racheed Briggs was found lying in the front yard, fatally shot, while the other intruder made it to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition. Investigators have not determined if the suspects and victims knew each other. Terrified neighbors told reporters the invasion made no sense. “I’m shocked at what’s going on because (these) people don’t bother nobody,” said neighbor Victoria Escontris.
Washington Senator Pushes For “Gun Liability Insurance”
Washington state legislators are considering several gun control measures, from an assault weapon ban to a gun lock safety bill—even legislation requiring gun liability insurance.
While Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase argues that her insurance legislation isn’t about gun control, in reality, it is.
In fact, such proposals do nothing but make it more difficult and more expensive for law-abiding Americans to practice their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, with no proof they would curb violent crime or reduce accidents. Additionally, laws like that proposed by Chase unfairly target the poor, who might not be able to afford such coverage and be left defenseless by Chase and her anti-gun cohorts.
Massachusetts Lawmaker Wants To Raise Taxes On Guns
A Massachusetts state lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would, in a nutshell, unjustly make law-abiding gun owners foot the bill for the acts of violent criminals.
Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Creem’s measure would increase taxes on all firearms by 4.75 percent, with the additional revenue put into a Firearms Violence Prevention Trust Fund. Introducing such legislation, in complete disregard to the fact that the vast majority of gun owners are not criminals, shows Creem’s complete misunderstanding of both law-abiding gun owners and violent crime.
Not willing to stop at that travesty, Creem's bill would also ban the sale of .50-caliber firearms and ammo, with punishments ranging from a $1,000 to $10,000 fine or possible jail time.
“Permitless” Carry Is Now The Law Of The Land In New Hampshire
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday signed “permitless” carry legislation that deregulates the lawful carry of firearms for self-defense in the state.
The law, which takes effect immediately, makes New Hampshire the 12th state to allow what many gun-rights proponents call constitutional carry.
“Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg-funded groups to distort the truth, the New Hampshire legislature and governor stood strong for freedom," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “It’s encouraging to see a governor stand up for the rights of his constituents, instead of caving to the demands of an anti-gun billionaire from New York City.
“On behalf of the NRA's 5 million members, we would like to give a special thanks to Gov. Sununu, Sen. Jeb Bradley and all the statewide gun organizations and NRA members for their commitment in pushing this legislation through.”