Friday, March 17, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety holds public hearings on several gun bills. Contact committee membersnow and urge them to support pro-gun bills and oppose anti-gun bills.
The pro-gun measures up for consideration include legislation that would prohibit gun registries, lower the ages for concealed carry and eliminate some “duty to inform” provisions.
Anti-gun bills include:
Legislative Document 351, which prohibits firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places.
Legislative Document 352, which requires a firearms dealer to sell a gun lock with every firearm the dealer sells at retail.
Legislative Document 443, which allows a municipally funded hospital to restrict the possession or use of firearms on municipally funded hospital property.
Legislative Document 501, which requires a person purchasing a firearm to present proof of having successfully completed military firearms training or an approved firearm safety course.
Click the links for more information, and don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard for gun owners nationwide.
Why Is Seattle Hiding Their Gun Tax Revenue?
In 2015, the city of Seattle levied a whopping $25 tax on every gun sold within city limits. In addition, it piled on another nickel per every round of ammunition sold. At the time, the city claimed the tax would raise $500,000 for “gun violence prevention programs,” but some gun stores moved beyond the city limits to avoid paying it.
Now, KING 5 TV reports that the city is refusing to reveal just how much revenue was raised by the tax. Their excuse? There are too few taxpayers, and releasing the information would violate their confidentiality.
How can the public judge the effectiveness of such punitive tax policies if the city won’t tell them how much money has been raised? At what levels will these supposed efforts to fight “gun violence” be funded?
“They didn’t get any revenue from the tax,” says Sergey Solyanik, who moved his business, Precise Shooter, to Lynnwood. “They’re afraid this will come out and become public.”
Anti-Hunting HSUS Extremist Claims Bond With NRA
A representative of the anti-hunting extremist group Humane Society of the U.S. claimed his organization and the NRA should be on the same side.
Writing after attending CPAC, John Connor Cleveland wrote, “The NRA and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sometimes find themselves on opposite ends of an issue … But, as all humans are, so many rank-and-file supporters of both groups are bound by a common love of animals.”
Cleveland’s article is deliberately misleading. Full of high-minded platitudes about “our collective duty towards animals,” he avoided quoting the CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, who has said, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would”; ”We want to stigmatize hunting, we see it as the next logical target and believe it is vulnerable”; and “(animals) have the right not to be taken, harvested or culled or any other euphemism for murder that wildlife managers use.”
AR: Gov. Hutchinson Poised To Sign Enhanced Carry Measure
On Wednesday, the Arkansas House voted 71-18 to approve a measure establishing an enhanced carry permit, thus greatly expanding where permit holders may carry a concealed firearm. The bill will now advance to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson who, according KTHV-TV, has already confirmed he will sign the measure into law.
The legislation, officially known as H.B. 1249, will eliminate some of the prohibitions enumerated when Arkansas’ original campus carry law was passed in 2013, including language limiting the privilege to faculty and staff, and granting institutions the option to opt out. Another provision present in other versions of enhanced carry permit legislation but stricken from the final language of H.B. 1249 was the requirement that permit-holders be at least 25 years old. Anyone who is currently eligible for a carry permit will be eligible for the enhanced permit, provided they complete the requisite eight hours of training.
In addition to college campuses, the enhanced permit will also allow carry at the State Capitol, in restaurants that serve alcohol, and other places that have previously been off-limits when it comes to carrying a concealed firearm for self-defense.
Launched by anti-gun LGBT group Gays Against Guns, the campaign consists of print, virtual and video components featuring a cloaked figure and an activist holding a sign reading “Not in my ___,” with the locale varying based on the location of the spot.
In a release announcing the campaign, the group noted that it was founded shortly after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. One member said in a statement, “Since then I have been advocating for common-sense gun laws that would stop shooters who have hate in their hearts … HR 38 and S 446 [the House and Senate Right-to-Carry reciprocity measures] are the opposite of common sense.”
While the Pulse Nightclub massacre was a horrible tragedy by any definition, there’s not a law in existence that can legislate hatred out of someone’s heart. If existing laws against murder didn’t stop the murders in Orlando, how is it “common sense” to assume that preventing law-abiding gun owners from exercising their constitutional rights as they cross state lines could have any effect on future hate crimes?
California Assemblywoman Pushes Firearms “Warning Label”
Assemblywoman Catherine Baker is asking California to raise the passing mark “for the issuance of a firearm safety certificate” by 10 percent, and to attach warning labels to all guns sold.
Baker’s legislation would change several firearms laws, and includes a lengthy warning label on gun packaging: “The presence of a firearm in the home can significantly increase the risk of suicide, homicide, and unintentional shootings for household members … California has strict laws pertaining to firearms and you can be fined or imprisoned for failure to comply with them.”
The paragraphs-long label further admonishes: “Children are attracted to and can operate firearms that can cause severe injuries or death … If you keep a loaded firearm where a child obtains and improperly uses it, you may be fined or sent to prison.”
Baker is the only Republican serving the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Firearms Policy Coalition says her proposed legislation forms a coalition with the “Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence” for more control of guns.