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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Not Too Late For S.D. “Permitless” Carry

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a “permitless” concealed-carry measure last week doesn’t mean that it is time to give up.

As NRA-ILA notes, the South Dakota Legislature will hold a veto session on March 27, and HB 1072 could be brought up for consideration. If the veto is overridden in both chambers, HB 1072 would become law.

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.  

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.

USE YOUR POWER!

South Dakota residents are urged to contact their state senator and representative and tell them to bring HB 1072 up for consideration during next week’s veto session. You can contact them by clicking here.

No Matter How Many Times She Says It, Sen. Feinstein Is Still Wrong

In her opening statement at the onset of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s senate confirmation hearings, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., repeated tired liberal labels that have been rejected by both polls and elections.

“It is the Supreme Court that will have final word … [on] whether the NRA, and other extreme organizations, will be able to block common-sense gun regulations, including those that keep military-style assault weapons off our streets.” 

Could the senator be any more wrong? To wit:

  • NRA enjoys support from a majority of American citizens; how can the majority be “extreme”?
  • Feinstein’s “common-sense” gun regulations are being soundly rejected, both at the federal level and state levels, as firearm freedoms such as open carry, concealed carry, campus carry and reciprocity spread.
  • “Military-style assault weapons” are strictly regulated, fully automatic firearms, not the semi-automatic rifles that Americans have made the most popular rifle in America.

 
Feinstein may repeat her talking points at every opportunity, but Americans are fact-checking her at the ballot box and rejecting those ideas.


Accidental Shootings At All-Time Low While Gun Sales At All-Time High

It will likely come as a surprise to gun-ban groups who love to use accidental shootings to push their schemes, but a new report shows that accidental shootings continued to fall even as gun purchases were at an all-time high.

A Washington Examiner report quotes a National Safety Council finding that there were 489 accidental gun deaths in 2015—the lowest since 1903 when record keeping began. It was also a 17 percent drop from the previous year.

Interestingly, a representative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation put the number in context. The 489 number represents about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 accidental deaths from all other listed causes that year. 

At the same time, about 23 million guns were sold that year, an all-time high. With far more guns and far fewer accidents, it seems that most gun owners are being quite careful with their firearms.

Book Details Charlton Heston’s Shunning Over NRA Advocacy

He was a larger-than-life screen legend who appeared in blockbusters like “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben Hur,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Touch of Evil” and “El Cid.” But it was another role that Charlton Heston took—one outside of Hollywood—that ultimately cost him jobs and accolades. 

Fraser Heston talks about his father in a new biography by Marc Eliot titled Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. As HeatStreet reports, Heston was rejected by liberal elites over his conservative views and role as five-term president of the NRA. 

“It was the Hollywood press and the glitterati that shunned him,” said Fraser. “It was almost as if he was backing something like child molestation rather than the Second Amendment.” Heston’s adopted daughter Holly Ann Heston concurred, noting, “Dad lost jobs because of his politics, there was no question, and he was okay about it.”

Off-Duty New Jersey Policeman Shoots Home Invader

When you’re robbing a home, best make sure it’s not owned by any armed citizens, especially an off-duty cop.

According to a report at NJ.com, shortly after midnight Monday, 19-year-old Tyreek Cook was burglarizing a Manville, N.J., home when he encountered the owner—a policeman who was off duty. After a struggle, Cook was shot in the chest and is now under a police guard at a local trauma center in critical condition.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said after a preliminary investigation, Cook is now the chief suspect in several other area burglaries. However, currently he is only charged with the third-degree burglary that ended with his shooting. The officer was also transported to a hospital and treated for injuries received during the scuffle, as well as traumatic stress. Michael Herrera, a neighbor who heard the shooting, told reporters, “It’s a little scary. So you’ve got to wonder how you are going to protect your wife and kids.”


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