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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gov. Christie Pushes Carry Reform In New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced that his administration has formally adopted the police rules introduced in 2016 that more clearly define the state's “justifiable need” standard for issuance of concealed-carry permits. 

Unlike most of the country, New Jersey has a history of unreasonable standards for issuing concealed-carry permits, along with other extremely restrictive laws that affect the state’s law-abiding citizens. Christie’s newly-adopted rules allow New Jersey officials to consider evidence of “serious threats” that are not directed specifically at a person when they consider applications for handgun carry permits.

Not unexpectedly, anti-gun New Jersey lawmakers immediately vowed to fight the new rule. According to a report at USnews.com, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto called Christie's move “an affront to the state constitution, our democratic process and public safety.”

NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is urging New Jersey gun owners to contact Gov. Christie at (609) 292-6000 and thank him for supporting New Jersey citizens’ constitutional right to self-defense.


Kalamazoo Police Chief Uses Ignorance On Guns To Justify Joining Anti-Gun Group

In joining the anti-gun group Americans For Responsible Solutions, the Kalamazoo, Mich., public safety chief revealed how little he knows about guns. 

In a Wednesday michiganlive.com feature, Chief Jeff Hadley said he couldn’t think of the benefit silencers would have to citizens seeking to defend themselves. (Apparently the chief thinks there’s time to put on ear protection during a home invasion.) Hadley also said, “I don’t think we want to give anyone the ability to attach a silencer that can’t be heard by law enforcement,” unaware that a suppressed AR-15 is still far louder than one of his police sirens

Hadley also voiced his opposition to the AR-15 platform, the most popular rifle in America: “I can’t for the life of me think of the practical reason why someone needs that type of weapon.” In contrast, more than 5 million lawful gun owners clearly see the benefits—as well as the 91 percent of his fellow police officers who oppose bans on such rifles.


Hillary VP Candidate’s Son Arrested For Violence At Trump Rally

Months later, the radical Left still refuses to accept the outcome of the November election. And now, even a family member of Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, has been accused of joining in the violence. 

Linwood Michael Kaine was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree riot. The 24-year-old was arrested along with four others while protesting a President Donald Trump rally in St. Paul, Minn. Kaine and the other protestors attempted to disrupt the gathering with fireworks, air horns, whistles, chants and a smoke bomb. 

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, it took three police officers and pepper spray to subdue the senator’s youngest son. While being apprehended, Kaine “squared off with the officer,” St. Paul police spokesman Scott Linders told the newspaper.

On Tuesday, the senator released a statement that seemed to support his son's actions. "We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues,” said Sen. Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton. “They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”


Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Madison Bus Carry Ban

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Madison Transit’s ban on carrying a firearm on Madison County buses is illegal and must be ended.

Since 2005, passengers have been forced to disarm when traveling on Madison buses, despite the fact that state law pre-empts such a prohibition by local municipalities. The 5-2 ruling affirmed the right of law-abiding passengers to carry a firearm for self-defense on those buses.

As NRA-ILA pointed out in a recent update, individuals who choose to use public transportation or are unable to travel in private conveyance should not be prevented from carrying a firearm for self-defense. With the state Supreme Court’s recent decision, this illegal prohibition that unnecessarily disarmed law-abiding individuals is thankfully coming to an end.


Subway Restaurant Employee Shoots Armed Robber

Monday morning, a would-be robber paid a visit to a Georgia Subway restaurant, just trying to score a little bread. What he got instead was a bullet in the chest. 

Acworth, Ga., police officer Mark Cheatham told WSB-TV 5 that 20-year-old Deandre Antonio Yates stormed into the restaurant waving a handgun and demanding cash, but when he jumped behind the counter, the situation turned. 

“An employee of Subway was able to retrieve a personal firearm and use it against the suspect, striking him once in the chest,” Cheatham said. The officer added that after he staggered away, “The suspect was next seen at the urgent care, so getting from the scene to urgent care is still under investigation.” Yates survived surgery, and has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime. The Subway employee was questioned and released, and the store was open again a few hours later.


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