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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Important Self-Defense Measure Headed To House Committee In Tennessee

A bill designed to help those who have filed protective orders better defend themselves against their antagonists is on the move in Tennessee.

House Bill 752, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow a person who is granted an order of protection, and who is not otherwise a prohibited person according to state or federal law, to carry a firearm for 60 days after the initial order of protection is issued. It passed out of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee this week and will now move to the full House Civil Justice Committee for consideration.

This measure would allow a person under an order of protection to exercise his or her right to self-defense while allowing time to complete the Tennessee handgun carry permit process—a law that could have saved the life of New Jersey resident Carol Bowne if that state had such a law on the books at the time.


Armed Idaho Woman Scares Off Carjacker Without Firing A Shot

“I couldn't believe it, it was shock and fear.”

It happened on a quiet street in Boise, Idaho, after a woman had dropped off her daughter at 7:30 a.m. Suddenly a man jumped in front of her car, and after slamming on the brakes the car stalled. “He came to the driver's side door and opened it and demanded my keys and my purse, and when I refused to give it to him, he started hitting me in the head,” the woman told KBOI 2News. “He grabbed my hair and began pulling me out of my car, and I finally said ‘OK, that's enough, stop! I'll give you my purse.”

That’s when the she took control. “When I turned to give him my purse, I reached in my center console and I grabbed my gun and I pointed it at him, and it scared him off.” The suspect fled on foot and is still on the loose.


Sunday Hunting Legislation On The Move In West Virginia

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary on Thursday passed a measure that would expand Sunday hunting opportunities in the state.

Currently, West Virginia allows hunting on Sundays in some counties on some private land. Senate Bill 345, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Mark Maynard, would remove the confusing patchwork of counties where hunting on Sundays on private land is not allowed.

Sunday hunting laws only remain in a few states, and are largely opposed by American hunters who work full-time during the week and are currently only able to utilize half of their weekend for their favorite pastime. Additionally, such bans discourage hunting at a time when hunter recruitment and participation must be encouraged in order to save our hunting heritage.

Use Your Power!

West Virginia hunters and gun owners are urged to contact their state senator and ask him or her to support SB 345. Contact your senator directly by clicking here.

Chicago Murders Up From Last Year

With criminals still walking out of jails far earlier than their crimes would dictate, and with arrest rates falling, it’s no wonder we keep reporting on Chicago crime. And unfortunately, the Windy City is already on track to outpace 2016—their deadliest year in decades—in terms of homicides. It includes the seven people who were shot to death on Wednesday, one of whom was a pregnant woman.

That figure represents the highest daily death total since Christmas Day 2016, when eight people were killed. The seven people killed this week bring the 2017 total to 99 deaths. While Wednesday represented the highest single-day toll of victims, four other days this year have seen five fatal shootings. 

It’s become a tragic case of “same old, same old” in Chicago. And until city leaders decide to make some changes, we’ll likely be reporting on more record-breaking figures as the year goes on.


President Trump Declares He Will “Protect Our Second Amendment”

Speaking at his triumphant return to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Donald Trump received a rousing welcome from the estimated 10,000 attendees. However, brought the crowd to its feet for a standing ovation like no other:

“By the way, we are going to protect our Second Amendment.”

When the cheers subsided, he continued, “You know, Wayne [LaPierre] and Chris [Cox] are here from the NRA … they’re great people. They love our country. The NRA has been a great supporter. They love our country.”

NRA has a substantial presence at CPAC. NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox introduced Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday evening. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre followed President Trump on Friday, preceded by The Blaze host (and NRA special assistant to the EVP for public communication) Dana Loesch on Thursday. On Friday, Katie Pavlich moderated the Armed and Fabulous panel, which included NRA contributors Kimberly Corban, Antonia Okafor and Kristi McMains, as well as 2013 Ms. Wheelchair USA, Ashlee Lundvall. Frequent NRA Annual Meetings speaker Sheriff David Clarke is scheduled to close the conference on Saturday.


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