The Montana House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 494, which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm for self-defense while in restaurants where alcohol is not the main item of sale. Proponents in the House argued that the right to self-defense shouldn’t be prohibited because of any product the establishment is legally licensed to sell, and approved the measure with a 62-37 vote.
As NRA-ILA points out, an individual should not be prevented from carrying a firearm for self-defense while dining in a restaurant that serves alcohol. The right to self-defense should not be unnecessarily banned due to the presence of a product that is legally sold in an establishment that is licensed to do so.
The legislation is now with the Senate for committee referral.
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Armed Washington State Store Owner Foils Robbery
Hani Salha was working at his In & Out Mini Mart in Yakima, Wash., Sunday evening when he spied something that would give anyone pause. Through parking lot surveillance cameras, he saw two armed men pull bandannas over their faces and head for the door. Fortunately, Salha had an opportunity to steel himself.
The proprietor later told the Yakima Herald, “I would do whatever it takes to protect my business, my family and my customers.” So, when the would-be thieves burst in brandishing guns and demanding money, Salha fired two shots with his own .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. The robbers quickly fled.
Salha noted that he was thankful he could defend himself. “It’s good to see business owners and homeowners fighting back,” he added, referencing a recent Washington home invasion where the homeowner defended himself with a firearm.
Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Dumping Gun Owner ID Requirement
A state legislator from southern Illinois has introduced a plan to scrap the state’s Firearm Owners’ ID (FOID) program, which acts as a registry for gun owners in the state.
State Rep. Jerry Costello II said the FOID program is losing money and creates more bureaucratic hurdles for the state’s law-abiding gun owners.
The FOID card is needed for Illinois residents to purchase and possess firearms and to purchase ammunition. But it is most effective as a way for the state government to register law-abiding gun owners, and that’s why it should be nixed per Costello’s plan.
Amicus Briefs Filed in Peruta Case
Earlier this year, the case of Peruta v. California moved closer to a U.S. Supreme Court review after the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) filed a petition to the high court. The case challenges the Golden State’s ultra-restrictive system for enabling citizens to obtain a concealed-carry permit and the onerous requirement to show “good cause.”
CRPA followed up on its earlier filing and submitted amicus curiae briefs last week in support of the plaintiff’s petition. The briefs come from a variety of diverse and influential sources—the NRA, 26 states, nine governors, six law enforcement associations, sheriffs from 17 California counties, six gun-rights organizations, and the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.
It is expected that the Supreme Court will issue a decision soon on whether it will hear Peruta. This case underscores the need for NRA members and gun owners across America to contact their U.S. senators today and urge them to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch.
The Weekly Standard Credits NRA For Electing Donald Trump
In a lengthy analysis in the upcoming March 6 Weekly Standard, which was released early on the internet, Executive Editor Fred Barnes makes the case that out of all the organizations participating in the 2016 election, the NRA is the one most responsible for defeating Hillary Clinton and putting Donald Trump in the White House.
“The NRA did just about everything right,” Barnes wrote. “It endorsed Trump last May when he was still just the de facto nominee. The goal was to persuade Second Amendment supporters who’d backed other candidates to unify behind him.”
Barnes also wrote that the NRA had done its homework on Clinton’s anti-Second Amendment past. “Once she was the Democratic nominee, they were ready to shred her claim to back the Second Amendment and the right of women to own guns.”
In closing, Barnes wrapped up his election analysis quite succinctly. “Absent the NRA, I think we know how Trump would have fared,” he said. “He'd have lost.”