In a Tuesday feature article at Thehill.com, longtime America’s 1st Freedom contributor Dave Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute, teamed up with Colorado attorney Joseph Greenlee to detail how gun owners are winning the battle in the states in 2017.
“So far this year, 13 state legislatures have enacted laws to strengthen the right to keep and bear arms, and none have passed new gun control laws,” Kopel and Greenlee wrote. “In every year this century, pro-gun laws have outnumbered anti-gun laws, but this year’s score is particularly lopsided.”
The duo pointed toward the Clinton-Obama strategy of marketing the Democratic Party as the party of gun control, devastating Democratic state legislative candidates in much of the country. “A long-term explanation is the trend that began in the 1980s towards liberalizing gun carrying laws,” they wrote further. “When doomsday predictions about right to carry do not come true, states that have liberalized their laws look at their own experience, and the experience of other states, and decide that further liberalization is in order.”
NRA, CRPA Supporting Lawsuit Against California “Assault Weapons” Law
On Tuesday, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s “Assault Weapon Control Act” (AWCA). NRA-ILA has announced its support for the legal action, which seeks to have the law declared unconstitutional.
The AWCA makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, transport, import or transfer hundreds of popular and commonly owned semi-automatic firearms that the law inappropriately condemns as “assault weapons.” If you already own one of these guns, unless you register it you will be in violation of the law. And it’s illegal for owners to transfer or sell those firearms to anyone in California, including their own family.
While Rupp v. Becerra challenges these restrictions, it is only the first lawsuit of many to come. Multiple challenges are in the works and will soon be filed to take aim at California’s “gunmageddon” suite of gun control bills.
NYT Hates NRA Museum Because Of Concealed-Carry Reciprocity?
Editorial board member Francis X. Clines opens the piece by attacking the NRA National Firearms Museum for including guns and memorabilia in its exhibits. (Duh.) “… it is the gallery devoted to Hollywood and its guns and good-guy shooters that best illustrates the power of fantasy now driving the modern gun rights debate,” Clines pontificates.
You have to read further to learn the purpose of the piece, however, and it’s not related to the museum. “The NRA’s latest priority is rooted in its ultimate fantasy that society will be safer if ordinary Americans are allowed to routinely pack a pistol,” Cline whines. “The organization is pushing Congress to pass a national concealed-carry reciprocity law to make it easier for people with state concealed-gun permits to carry their firearms nationwide.”
Next time, Cline should just title his op-ed, “I hate guns, the NRA and concealed carry.” At least then readers would know what the piece was about before wasting their time on it.
Hearing Set For Alabama “Permitless” Carry Measure
Senate Bill 24 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to carry a firearm for self-defense, enabling law-abiding citizens the right to carry in the manner that they choose without being burdened with government-imposed time delays and taxes. It also keeps the current permitting system in place for those who wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
Use Your Power!
While the bill has momentum after passing the Senate, whether it continues to progress could depend on you. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has scheduled a hearing at 9 a.m. today, and it’s imperative that Alabamans who value their firearm freedoms make their voices heard by emailing their committee members and urging them to support SB 24. To contact your committee members,click here.
St. Louis 7-Eleven Employee Fatally Shoots Attacker
A female worker at a South City 7-Eleven decided to take a smoke break around 4 a.m. Monday morning. That’s when a man approached her, armed with a pistol, and announced a robbery. However, the woman had other plans, and pulled her own gun.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the woman exchanged fire with the robber. The employee was shot twice in the leg, and is in stable condition at a local hospital. The robber wasn’t so fortunate. He was struck in the chest, arm and thigh, and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Shane Mack, a man who lives nearby, walked to the store after hearing the commotion. Though he didn’t know the employee well, Mack said she was a mother who worked hard—adding that the suspect “deserved what he got” after drawing a gun. “It's unfair,” Mack said. “She ain’t done anything wrong. She was just taking a break and he attacked.”