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Friday, April 21, 2017

Pennsylvania Pre-Emption Bill Moves Forward

Keystone State lawmakers passed House Bill 671 on Wednesday, sending it to the full House for consideration. Sponsored by state Rep. Mark Keller, HB 671 would ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state by preventing municipalities from enacting local ordinances that are stricter than the state law. 

Similar legislation was signed by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014, but was struck down by the state Supreme Court last year for a violation of the “single subject” rule for legislative process. In short, the measure addressed too many issues that were all unrelated. 

Keller remained optimistic about the chances for HB 671. “Hopefully, the third time is the charm,” he said during the committee meeting.

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NRA’s Cox On Alabama “Permitless” Carry Measure

On Wednesday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox urged members in Alabama to support the “permitless” carry legislation currently on the move in the state.

Senate Bill 24 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to lawfully carry a firearm. At the same time, the measure would leave in place the state’s permitting system for gun owners who wish to obtain permits to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.

“Alabama’s Constitutional Carry bill recognizes that law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves in the manner that is most convenient for them,” Cox said. “Under this bill, law-abiding citizens would no longer face government-mandated time delays and taxes to exercise their right to self-defense.”

According to an NRA-ILA alert, before the measure can become law, it must clear three more hurdles—pass out of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee; pass out of the full House; and be signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey.


MET Police Give Out Gun Owner Data To Marketing Firm

We’ve explained before how firearm confiscation is always preceded by registration. Now we learn that gun registration can have yet another pitfall.

According to a report in theregister.co.uk, London gun owners are concerned after the Metropolitan Police allegedly gave their addresses to a marketing agency for a direct mail campaign. The gun owners subsequently received a pamphlet encouraging them to buy a “firearms protection pack” that used invisible ink to mark firearms so police can use a UV light reader to see who owns stolen items.

A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner's Office told The Register: “Businesses and organizations are required under the Data Protection Act to keep people's personal data safe and secure. If people have concerns about the way an organization is handling their personal data, they can report them to us.”


Daisy Working With Boy Scouts To Promote Gun Safety

Daisy Outdoor Products has announced a new partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to support shooting safety and education.

Through the partnership, Daisy will become the official air gun of the BSA. The partnership also makes Daisy’s iconic inflatable ranges available to the BSA’s 274 local councils, which will enhance the shooting sports programs at campsites across the country.

“There is no doubt that more people have learned how to shoot with a Daisy BB gun than with any other,” said Daisy President Keith Higginbotham. “Teaching the basics of marksmanship and shooting safety, through one-on-one mentoring as well as structured programs, continues to be at the core of our mission.

“To be recognized as the Official BB Gun of the Boy Scouts of America and to be involved in this far-reaching youth shooting sports initiative is a huge source of pride.”


Florida Worker Mowing Lawn Shoots Charging Dog

A maintenance worker, mowing the backyard of a home in Northwest Jacksonville, Fla., saw danger coming. A pit bull from a neighboring yard had jumped the fence, and was charging straight at him. 

WJXT-Channel 4 reports the worker, David Hardy, had never experienced trouble with dogs before, but was recently warned. “The owner just told me to start watching out for those dogs,” he said.

Fortunately, Hardy was carrying a gun. “When he charged at me, he was looking like he was going to attack, so I had to pull out my gun and shoot him. I didn't want to shoot.” Originally Hardy thought he had missed, as the dog jumped back over the fence, but the canine later died. The dog’s owner told Hardy he should have fought off the animal, but Hardy disagreed. “Now, that's stupid. I'm not going to try to fight off a pit bull when he's trying to attack me.”


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