A homeowner was awakened at 4 a.m. last Friday by strange noises. That’s when he spied a couple of thieves rifling through his car, so he called the police—and grabbed his gun.
Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo told KSTU-Fox 13 the homeowner, identified only as Ryan, “Walked out and saw two guys burglarizing his vehicle, confronted them with his weapon, and held them at bay. The bad guys threatened to call the police on him, and he said, ‘That’s great, I already called them’ and … they take off running.”
One of the thieves was tackled by police and arrested. The accomplice escaped, but police plan to make a second arrest soon. The thieves were responsible for several burglaries in the area, and the suspects’ car was loaded with stolen items. Ryan, a concealed-carry permit holder said, “I’m happy to help, I’ll do it again: I don’t like liars or thieves.”
Connecticut Gun Permits Jumped Sharply Last Year
Connecticut is a state with strict gun laws and a notoriously anti-gun leader. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s latest proposal calls for raising the handgun permit fee from $140—already twice the national average—to $370. If you want to renew in five years, be prepared to cough up another wad of cash—$300 to be specific.
With proposals like these on the table, perhaps it’s no surprise that the number of firearm permit applications jumped sharply over the past year. According to statistics provided by the state police and reported by the The Norwich Bulletin, the number of applications processed nearly doubled from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, permits issued totaled 17,327. That number spiked to 29,941 last year, an increase of 72 percent.
"With Malloy potentially raising the cost of the pistol permits, people are trying to get it done before that passes," surmised firearms instructor Nicholas Brisson. For new permit holders like Lauren Rugh, 25, self-defense is the driver. “I won't go down as a helpless victim,” she declared.
S.D. Governor Vetoes “Permitless” Carry Measure
Despite passage by both the state House and Senate, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed legislation that would have deregulated concealed carry in the state, according to a report at Reuters.com.
The House had passed the “permitless” carry measure by a 37-30 vote, and the Senate had approved it by an overwhelming 23-11 margin.
In South Dakota, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a CCHL. This legislation would have given South Dakotans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes.
The legislation would also have kept in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that South Dakota has with other states.
Trooper Ed Andersson would likely have been beaten to death had concealed-carry permit holder Thomas Yoxall not shot Andersson’s attacker, and the trooper will be forever grateful. According to a recent feature at Azfamily.com, despite having his arm in a sling, Andersson still finds a way to embrace Yoxall each time they meet. In fact, the two have forged a bond.
“And not just [a bond] between me and him,” Andersson said. “But between my family and him, too.”
Andersson credits Yoxall’s quick, decisive action with giving him a future. “I get to see my grandkids grow up, my daughters get married eventually,” he said. “He did a fabulous thing.”
Washington Post Gives Giffords/Gillibrand Silencer Claims 3 Pinocchios
Gabby Giffords’ Americans For Responsible Solutions (ARS) isn’t handling the truth responsibly, according to the Washington Post. And neither is U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Both earned three Pinocchios (one short of the maximum) from the Post for their claims in opposition to the deregulation of firearm suppressors. On March 13, ARS tweeted, “You know what protects your hearing better than a silencer? Ear plugs.” On the same day, Gillibrand tweeted, “When someone gets shot by a gun with a silencer, it’s quiet. Witnesses might not hear. Police will be less likely to track down the shooter.”
The Post examiner remarked upon the rare use of suppressors in crime and debunked the argument that they would defeat such gunshot-locating technologies like ShotSpotter. The article also included a link to comparative studies on decibel levels that ranked suppressed gunshots far louder than the front row of a rock concert. They concluded, “There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer, unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.”