Americans throughout the nation have been preparing to take advantage of their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves. The result is that last year alone, two states set a record for the number of concealed carry permits issued to their residents.
In Minnesota, more licenses were issued than in any year since they began issuing permits in 2003. Representing a 60 percent increase over 2015, a total of 71,156 permits were granted.
The story is the same in Ohio. The state attorney general’s office reported the highest number of permits granted since that state began issuing them in 2004. Nearly 118,000 new permits were issued along with 41,000 renewals.
In Fear For His Life, Florida Homeowner Shoots Intruder
When checking on your empty rental property, you don’t want to hear a television playing inside.
So a Florida homeowner entered his property cautiously Tuesday afternoon, finding it vandalized as he walked toward the sound in the back bedroom. According to Jacksonville police, that’s where he found 19-year-old Anthony Deshawn Burnem.
The property owner told News4Jax, “I took out my gun and I said, ‘Just don't move.’ I was trying to call 911 with the one hand with my phone, it wouldn’t do it.” At that point, fearing for his life because he didn’t know if there was an accomplice in the house, he shot the intruder. The owner held the suspect until police arrived and Burnem was transported to the hospital. A neighbor had noticed the intruder earlier, saying, “He had been walking around and knocking on different doors, and my daughter had been here. It's scary.” Investigators say Burnem has similar trespassing arrests on his record.
The Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday passed a measure creating a provisional concealed-carry license by a 4-1 vote.
HB 198 is sponsored by state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, and would create a provisional concealed-carry license for law-abiding individuals 18 to 20 years old. This important self-defense bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.
This provisional license would allow those individuals to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense. Currently, individuals 18 years of age or older are legally allowed to openly carry an unloaded firearm for self-defense in Utah, and House Bill 198 would provide them the ability to conceal and carry a loaded firearm without being in jeopardy of breaking the law.
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Utah gun owners should urge their state senators to support HB 198 byclicking here.
“Permitless” Carry Measure Passes Out Of Committee In Alabama
On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee approve Senate Bill 24, sending the measure to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate.
SB 24, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Gerald Allen, would enable a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without first obtaining a government-issued permit.
As NRA-ILA has stated, such legislation recognizes an individual’s unconditional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.
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Alabama gun owners should contact their state senators and urge them to support Senate Bill 24 when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. Contact them byhere.
LA Times Op-Ed Blames Mexican Drug Cartel Violence On U.S.
A Los Angeles Times op-ed on Thursday ran with an old Obama-era myth to blame the United States for violent gang-related gun crime in Mexico.
“Most of the weapons used by criminal groups in Mexico originate in the United States,” it claims. However, the authors twist U.S. trace data the same way the Obama administration used to do: Mexico only submits a small percentage of guns deemed traceable and recovered at crime scenes to U.S. officials for tracing. Dave Kopel detailed false claims of the origins of illegal Mexican arms in the December 2010 issue of America’s First Freedom.
The original headline, “Maybe Mexico should build a wall to keep out our guns,” (the Times later changed it to “We’re sending guns, crime to Mexico”) implies the U.S. is as much to blame for Mexico’s drug-fueled homicide as Mexico is for drug crime committed by illegal immigrant gangs in the U.S. The authors conveniently ignore the fact that Mexican drug cartels are 100 percent responsible for both.