In an attempt to stop national concealed-carry reciprocity, billionaire gun-ban advocate Michael Bloomberg is threatening to spend $25 million in order to sway legislators up for re-election in 2018.
According to Politico, Everytown president John Feinblatt said, “The NRA wants to normalize carrying guns in public. It’s not where the American public is. We’re putting people on notice today that we’re watching … and that we expect to hold people accountable.”
Despite Feinblatt’s bluster and Bloomberg’s billions, they have a losing record in elections. Voters elected enough pro-gun candidates in 2016 to control the presidency and both houses of Congress; they also control more than twice as many state legislatures as anti-gun forces. Pro-gun rights governors also outnumber anti-gunners by a similar margin.
Still, Bloomberg’s wealth has swayed some elections: He spent $20 million to get Nevada’s “universal” background check proposal passed by 0.8 percent margin—an astounding $35.30 per vote.
Four Pro-Gun Measures Sent To W.V. Governor
Four pro-gun and pro-hunting measures have been sent to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and are currently awaiting his signature.
House Bill 2679 would allow a law-abiding person to carry a firearm in any state, county, or municipal park or other recreation area. The measure would also seek to expand Sunday hunting opportunities on private land with written permission, as would Senate Bill 345.
Senate Bill 388 would allow law-abiding citizens in possession of a concealed firearm to transport the firearm onto school property while dropping off or picking up students, as long as the firearm does not leave the motor vehicle. And Senate Bill 575 would protect sport shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits and noise complaints.
Use Your Power!
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is encouraging West Virginians to contact Gov. Jim Justice and urge him to sign HB 2679, SB 345, SB 388 and SB 575 into law. Contact him byclicking here.
Norway Putting Good Guys With Guns In Oslo Airport
When the chips are down and the attacks come, more and more people begin realizing how right NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was when he said the best way to stop evildoers is with “a good guy with a gun.”
According to a report at Fox News, following a devastating truck attack last Friday in Sweden’s capital, police at Norway’s Oslo airport have been ordered to begin carrying weapons. Norway police officers typically don’t carry firearms when on patrol, but the Stockholm attack last week has changed that.
A 39-year-old Uzbekistan man has been arrested in the attack and is being held on suspicion of "terrorist crimes through murder." According to Swedish police, five other people are being held in connection with the attack and 500 have been questioned.
Connecticut Committee Kills Carry Restriction Bill
“This bill was not only an unnecessary intrusion, it was advertised as something that it was not.”
That was the summation of a Connecticut gun control bill by Scott Wilson, as reported in the Connecticut Post. Wilson is president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and his group—some 27,000 members strong—was instrumental in denying the bill a committee vote.
The legislation would have required residents who openly carry handguns to show a permit if asked by police. The measure stemmed from a 2016 incident when a man legally exercising his right to open carry was asked to produce a permit. He refused, stating that the law didn’t require him to. So now anti-gun lawmakers have been trying to change the law.
“The usual gun control proponents have for two years now failed to convince two different committees that there really is a need for what they’ve sought,” Wilson said. “Hopefully as time passes, our legislators will understand more about the issues that plague society, and start addressing the root causes of violence with real solutions.”
Armed Georgia Homeowner Defends Family From Home Invaders
At daybreak last Tuesday morning, two armed, masked men broke into a Canton, Ga., home and began terrorizing a couple and their tiny daughter. Fortunately, the homeowner also had a firearm.
Cherokee County police tell WSB-TV 2 the two intruders demanded the husband put his hands behind his back, but the homeowner pushed a dresser onto the suspects and grabbed his gun. Police say that after “a brief altercation and at least one shot fired by the suspects, the suspects fled the home.”
Deputies are unclear if either invader was hit by gunfire, but they are searching for Justin Pruitt in relation to the break-in. The wife, Mindy Lingerfelt, told reporters, “They knew my little girl was here … There’s actually a bullet hole through her window, and when I saw that, I hit my knees.” Multiple items were stolen, but one suspect dropped his gun, a duffel bag and duct tape while fleeing.