Last Tuesday, we told you that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock had struck a powerful blow against gun owners in the Treasure State by issuing an amendatory veto to House Bill 494. In its original form, the measure would have allowed law-abiding Montanans to carry a firearm for self-defense in restaurants where alcohol is not the primary item of sale. But Bullock’s amendment effectively gutted the measure: It would have allowed concealed carry only in restaurants where no alcohol is served—a nice sounding but ultimately empty gesture, since this is already permitted under current law.
Fortunately, both chambers of the Montana Legislature held firm and rejected Bullock’s amendments on Monday, sending HB 494 back to the governor in its original form and giving the measure another chance at passage.
Use Your Power
The Montana Legislature sent a clear message to Gov. Bullock in not backing down from the defense of Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Now it’s time for gun owners to do their part. To contact Gov. Bullock and politely urge him to sign HB 494 into law,click here.
Everytown Head Brags About All Bloomberg’s Money He’ll Spend To Deny Your Rights
When your boss is a billionaire buffoon, it’s easy to be a boastful braggart about how much money you’re going to spend to make other people’s lives more difficult.
Such is the case with John Feinblatt, president of so-called Everytown for Gun Safety. Addressing the topic of national concealed-carry reciprocity—designed to eliminate the patchwork of state carry laws that commonly trap law-abiding gun owners when traveling—Feinblatt boasted, “We’re drawing a line on the sand on this one, and we’ll spend what it takes.”
In real life, those who draw lines in sand typically have some skin in the game, but for Feinblatt, that’s simply not true. With unlimited amounts of gun-hater Michael Bloomberg’s money at hand, Feinblatt is happy to spend, spend, spend—all in an effort to curtail the rights of lawful Americans to keep and bear arms.
When Gun-Ban Groups Pay For Polls, What Results Would You Expect?
A poll commissioned by Gabby Giffords’ anti-gun group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is attempting to show that the majority of gun owners across America believe NRA has been “overtaken by lobbyists.” The poll was initially reported in POLITICO. ARS reports its “key findings,” but the link to full results is (conveniently?) missing.
You can rest assured, though, that any poll paid for by anti-gunners will return anti-gun results. Is NRA really “overtaken by lobbyists” … or does the organization simply employ effective lobbyists who have thwarted the mission of ARS and other gun control groups one too many times?
Jennifer Baker, NRA spokeswoman, reminded ARS that gun owners have already spoken—very loudly. “The NRA's strength is derived from our 5 million members and the tens of millions of Second Amendment supporters who vote. The majority of Americans oppose gun control, and they made their voices heard this past November,” she said in a statement to POLITICO. “This was a poll paid for by a gun control group, so it's not surprising that the so-called ‘results’ further their agenda.”
W.V. Governor Signs Sunday Hunting Bill
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed a pro-hunting measure that will greatly expand Sunday hunting opportunities in the state.
Current law allows hunting on Sundays in some counties on some private lands. SB 345 expands Sunday hunting opportunities on private land with written permission.
While hunting is restricted in West Virginia in certain counties on Sundays, other activities such as fishing, hiking and target shooting remain perfectly legal. As NRA-ILA pointed out in a recent legislative alert, between work, school and other obligations, Sunday hunting bans discourage hunting at a time when hunter recruitment and participation must be encouraged in order to save our hunting heritage.
In a nutshell, restrictions on Sunday hunting effectively treat hunters as second-class citizens and tacitly endorse the view of animal rights extremists that there is something wrong with hunting.
San Antonio Woman Shoots At Intruder, Sends Him Running
Last Tuesday morning, a woman living in a San Antonio, Texas, suburb was busy upstairs when she was suddenly disturbed by noises coming from the first floor. After steeling herself, she headed downstairs—and she took her gun.
SAPD Sgt. Michael Oliva told WOAI-TV that upon entering the kitchen, the woman spied a young man attempting to break in through the back door. She screamed at the man as he kicked in the door and made his way inside—then she had no choice but to shoot. Sgt. Oliva continued, “She shot through the window. She was probably trying to scare him. We checked and there’s no evidence that he was shot.”
The suspect did take off running, however, jumping into a white Mercury Grand Marquis and making a getaway with another man and a woman. Investigators confirmed the intruder was probably not hit by gunfire, as no blood was discovered.