An omnibus pro-gun bill has been passed by Iowa lawmakers and now sits on the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad. House File 517 calls for, among other things:
Stand Your Ground— Law-abiding citizens would no longer have a duty to retreat before using force to defend themselves.
Protections in regards to “going armed with intent”— Carrying a concealed gun cannot be used to infer intent to commit a crime.
Capitol Carry — Allows for lawful possession of handguns in capitol buildings.
Restricting State of Emergency Powers— Prevents officials from prohibiting or confiscating guns during a state of emergency.
Youth Shooting and Parental Rights— Gives youth the ability to learn gun safety under supervision of a parent or authorized adult.
Permit Privacy— Keeps firearm permit information confidential.
As Iowa Public Radio has reported, Gov. Branstad backs the legislation. “The people who managed this bill were careful to craft something that is reasonable and something I could support,” the governor is quoted as saying.
CNN Columnist Blames Everything But The Shooter For The San Bernardino Murder-Suicide
Columnist David Perry wrote, “Disabled individuals are … more than twice as likely to experience violence than non-disabled individuals … Domestic violence is the leading correlating factor with mass murder … Black women suffer disproportionately high rates of domestic violence … and, especially guns.”
None of those were a cause of this tragedy: Karen Smith’s students were not targeted for their disabilities. Her murder, and that of a student, fits the definition of domestic violence, but certainly not that of a mass murder; the location was incidental, so it doesn’t even count as a school shooting. Her estranged husband was also black, so how is this race-related? Finally, CNN should require contributors to do more than just provide a link to Everytown when blaming guns.
Doesn’t Perry think the murderer—who has a history of domestic violence, restraining orders, and weapons and drug charges—should bear some responsibility?
NRA Foundation Grant Will Benefit Small Texas Police Department
Further demonstrating its ties to the law enforcement community, The NRA Foundation recently announced a grant award aimed at helping the Jourdanton (Texas) Police Department enhance its training regimen. The $5,385 grant will allow the department to purchase practice ammunition for its Advanced Firearms Training Program.
This is a key area of need, because, as tactics instructor Lt. David Presley explained, some instruction courses require hundreds or even thousands of rounds of ammunition per officer—and many police departments, particularly those in rural areas such as Jourdanton, often cannot absorb such an expense.
“In the law enforcement world, tight budgets often limit the amount of training that a department can allocate to each officer,” Police Chief Eric Kaiser said in an interview with the Pleasanton Express. “We want our officers to be as proficient as we can possibly make them, and we thank the NRA for focusing their charitable efforts on assisting law enforcement agencies in rural areas.”
Illinois Measure Could Force Many Gun Dealers Out Of Business
A gun dealer licensing scheme—set for consideration the week after next in the Illinois state Senate—is so restrictive that it could run many honest Prairie State gun dealers out of business.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Senate Bill 1657 creates an onerous gun dealer licensing scheme within the state. “While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance ‘responsible business practices,’ this proposed legislation only proves that the intention is to close as many federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible,” stated an ILA legislative update.
In fact, SB 1657 goes so far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that it would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new businesses.
The measure is scheduled to be considered in the Illinois Senate on April 25.
Use Your Power!
Illinois gun owners are encouraged to contact their state senator and encourage him or her to strongly oppose SB 1657 when it comes up for a vote. Contact your senator byclicking here.
Iowa Senior Citizen Shoots Woman Who Choked Him During Break-In
Seventy-one-year-old Savu Cirligel hadn’t stayed in his Des Moines, Iowa, home since it was damaged by fire. But he was tired of having possessions stolen and the garage ransacked, so he stayed there late Monday. And he brought his gun.
After hearing a noise, he surprised a female intruder who yelled that her boyfriend was outside and armed. Cirligel then tried to escort her out, assuring the woman he had no intension of shooting. That’s when the woman suddenly started to choke him with her scarf, and he “had no choice but to shoot.”
Stunned, the woman stopped the attack and fled the home. Police quickly found the suspect, who was treated for a superficial gunshot wound. The Romanian-born homeowner told The Des Moines Register he didn’t want to fire, adding, “I feel so sorry for her. But I was so scared, when she choked me so hard.”