It’s a refrain heard again and again after tragedies occurring in gun-free zones: “If only I had had my gun …”
Now one Florida lawmaker has introduced legislation to help ensure no one else is victimized because they heeded a business’s “No Firearms Allowed” sign. SB 610, authored by Sen. Greg Steube and backed by the NRA, would allow concealed-carry permit holders the ability to sue private businesses if someone should commit “any unlawful or reckless act” or should a “vicious or wild animal” attack. If it could be proven that a ban on carry hindered the permit holder’s ability to defend themselves, the business could be liable for damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.
“It’s the premise in Florida that if a private business wants to prohibit guns in their location … that’s fine, they can do that,” Steube said. “But if you’re going to do that, in my opinion, I should have some assumption that I’m going to be protected as a conceal-carry permit holder because you’re taking away my ability to defend myself.”
We will keep you up to date as this legislation progresses.
Two Invaders Shot, Killed By California Homeowner
It was apparently a home invasion gone wrong. Or right, if you’re the prepared homeowner.
On Monday, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told the Oroville Mercury-Register that his department received reports of a man being shot, and then dispatched deputies to investigate. At the scene, they discovered a deceased man in the driveway of the Black Ranch neighborhood, and witnesses said they had also seen two other men race off in a white pickup.
Almost immediately, police received a call saying a man suffering a gunshot wound had entered a nearby gas station and collapsed. The station’s owner said that man, who was later pronounced dead, had arrived in a white pickup with another man, but that the other man had fled on foot. Investigators believe it was all the result of a botched home invasion. Several additional suspects have been detained, and the sheriff’s office believes even more people were involved.
“Enlightened” Berkeley Shouts Down Free Speech
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday. Prior to the event, however, protesters of the right-wing commentator’s appearance gathered and violence soon erupted—rioters threw smoke bombs and flares, broke windows and attacked innocent people.
The school, which ironically originated the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s, was forced to cancel the event. University officials were quick to condemn the violence and blamed it on a group of “150 masked agitators” dressed in black and hooded sweatshirts.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump weighed in. “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” he tweeted.
"I think tonight is odious and a horrible spectacle and very humiliating for American higher education," said Yiannopoulos. “One thing we do know for sure: The Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down."
Two Pro-Gun Measures Advance In Wyoming
The Wyoming House of Representatives on Wednesday approved two important pro-gun measures—House Bill 136 and House Bill 137.
HB 136 would amend the existing statute to allow a person lawfully carrying with a Wyoming state permit to carry a concealed weapon on any public college or university campus, or within any public college or university facility, without having to have the written consent of the security service of the public college or university.
HB 137 would allow an individual with a valid concealed-carry permit to lawfully carry a concealed weapon in any meeting of a government entity, including the state Legislature.
Use Your Power!
NRA-ILA encourages Wyoming gun owners to contact their state senators in favor of HB 136 and HB 137. To contact your senator directly,click here.
Senate Committee Approves AG Nominee Sessions
Despite Senate Democrats’ attempts to stall President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination on Wednesday. The final vote was 11-9.
Sessions is a law-and-order nominee that has been strongly supported by the National Rifle Association for his stance on the right to keep and bear arms, as well as on prosecuting violent criminals to curb crime.
“The NRA and our 5 million members urge all senators to swiftly confirm Sen. Sessions as attorney general,” Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said after the committee vote. “Sen. Sessions will put the priority of the Justice Department back where it belongs—on prosecuting violent criminals and getting them off our streets. He strongly supports proven crime fighting programs like Project Exile. At the same time, he will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”