In a move that will appease Windy City gun-banners while doing nothing to improve public safety, the Illinois Senate voted 30-21 Thursday to pass SB 1657.
While proponents of the measure claim it’s about enhancing “responsible business practices” among the state’s federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs), the fact is that these businesses are already under strict federal oversight. The gun dealer licensing scheme and accompanying licensing boards, fees and red tape proposed in SB 1657 go so far beyond current federal regulation that the legislation’s most likely effect will be the drowning of law-abiding FFLs in a sea of unnecessary red tape.
To add insult to injury, an amendment has been added that would further endanger mom-and-pop or independent FFLs: Big-box retailers will be exempt from the regulations, which will further hinder smaller retailers’ ability to compete.
The measure now heads to the Illinois House for consideration. We will keep you updated as this legislation progresses.
CNN Finally Gets It (Kinda) Right
In an unexpected turn of events, CNN on Friday got it right when describing the National Rifle Association, even though it was clearly meant as a slander.
In a ridiculous rant under the headline “Trump, Reagan and the NRA's radical agenda,” Dominic Erdozain wrote, “For the past several years, the NRA has advanced a radical agenda of unlimited freedom as the birthright of every American, and the vision is passing into law.”
Of course, to Erdozain, “unlimited freedom” is a bad thing. Yet to 5 million NRA members, including nearly 80,000 meeting this weekend in Atlanta at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, freedom isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Please, Mr. Erdozain, tell us more about this “unlimited freedom” you seem to disdain. Why shouldn’t we wear such an accusation from you as a badge of honor? After all, what’s so “radical” about freedom?
West Virginia Governor Turns Pro-Gun Bills Into Law
Late Thursday afternoon, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed two critical pro-gun bills into law.
The first, House Bill 2679, allows law-abiding citizens to carry a gun in any state, county or municipal park, and expands the list of other recreational areas in which carry is allowed. In addition to removing the park commission’s ability to ban carry, the measure also expands Sunday hunting opportunities on private land.
Senate Bill 388 permits the CCP holders to bring a firearm onto school property while dropping off or picking up students, as long as the gun remains in the car. Previous law had prevented concealed carry on school campuses. In addition to these two bills, Justice also recently signed a crucial piece of pro-hunting legislation, as well as another bill that protected sport shooting ranges from trivial lawsuits and noise complaints.
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action was quick to thank the sponsors of the bills, Senate and House leaders, and Gov. Justice for their work on advancing these pro-gun laws.
California Dr. Shoots And Kills Attacker In Self-Defense
A Bakersfield doctor was forced to take the life of a man who unexpectedly attacked and beat him. BPD investigators said that Dr. Edwin Zong, owner of Garden Oasis Medical, was talking with a man who appeared to be in his forties, and was interested in becoming a new patient.
Police said the discussion between the two then turned into an argument, just before the suspect tried to rob the doctor. Zong retreated to his office and took a gun from his desk, firing three rounds at the suspect and fatally striking him in the torso. The doctor sustained injuries to his head and face and was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Another man in bandages was handcuffed at the scene and also taken to the hospital. During the investigation, officers located the gun and determined it was legally registered to Dr. Zong.