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Monday, April 17, 2017

Maine Campus-Carry Bill Introduced

Maine has become the latest state to join the fight for campus-carry rights. A new bill, titled “An Act to Enhance Safety on College and University Campuses by Allowing Firearms to be Carried on the Campuses of Public Colleges and Universities,” was introduced this week in the state legislature, where it is awaiting assignment. 

HP 949/LD 1370 would enable gun owners with a valid concealed-carry permit to bring their guns onto campus, instead of losing their rights when they cross campus boundaries. Current law allows for schools to determine campus policy regarding guns. 

Republican state Rep. Richard Cebra has expressed his support of the bill. Cebra is quoted in the University of Maine student newspaper as saying, “Gun-free zones, also known as Disarmed Victim Zones, have been shown time and time again to be magnets for bad people to do bad things to good people.”


Illinois: Senate To Consider Anti-Gun Dealer Measure

We told you recently about a measure introduced in Illinois that could run many law-abiding gun owners out of business. The bill has now been scheduled to be considered in the state Senate on April 25, and state senators need to hear from you.

Senate Bill 1657 creates a complicated and dangerous gun dealer licensing scheme in the state. As NRA-ILA stated in a recent legislative update: “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.”

Additionally, the legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun five-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would likely be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business. 

Use Your Power!

Illinois gun owners are encouraged to contact their state senator before April 25 and encourage him or her to strongly oppose SB 1657 when it comes up for a vote. Contact your senator by clicking here.

Vegas Man Shoots Intruder Who Stormed His Apartment

Last Thursday, shortly after midnight, a Las Vegas man called 911 to report an intruder had broken into his apartment—and that he had been forced to shoot. 

Lt. Dan McGrath of the Metro Police Department told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the apartment dweller had heard a loud “bang, bang, bang” before a man burst through the front door holding a gun. At that point, the resident shot and killed the charging intruder. The apartment resident was outside with his gun and a friend when police arrived and asked him to surrender the gun, which he placed on the ground.

The preliminary investigation revealed forced entry on the front door, and police quickly labeled it a robbery/home invasion. However, McGrath said it was not clear whether there was a connection between the intruder and the resident.


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