This is the make-or-break week in the quest to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, according to Republican leaders, it’s make-or-break for Senate Democrats—not Gorsuch.
“We’re going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed this week,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, implying that Republicans will vote to change the rules of the Senate in order to break an anticipated Democratic filibuster—just as Democrats did under Obama to get their appointments to the lower federal courts confirmed. “It’s in the hands of the Democrats.”
As of this writing, Democrats Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly have declared support for Gorsuch, while Montana’s Jon Tester and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill declared support for the filibuster. However, there being no doubt that Gorsuch is well-qualified, it’s clear that Democrats are not voting for or against Gorsuch; they’re voting on whether it will take another change in Senate rules to confirm him.
Do We Need A One-Editorial-A-Month Law?
In an uninformed rant about a one-gun-a-month law proposed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the dailypress.com completely ignored the fact that it is already illegal for straw purchasers to buy handguns in Virginia and then sell them on the streets in New York.
The editorial, headlined “How Many Guns Do You Need?” concludes, “An ordinary citizen shouldn't need to buy more than 12 guns in a year, and a dangerous one shouldn't be able to.”
Limiting the number of guns law-abiding people can buy doesn’t actually have anything to do with straw sales, which already break federal laws. In truth, one-gun-a-month laws set a bad and unconstitutional precedent, namely, that government can limit the frequency with which a law-abiding citizen may exercise a constitutionally protected right. The delay between purchases that the laws impose has been arbitrarily set at 30 days, implying that the limit on the exercise of that right could, in an equally arbitrary fashion, be changed to “one per year,” “one per lifetime” or “none ever”; and/or extended to rifles and shotguns. By the same logic, similar limits could be imposed upon the exercise of other constitutionally protected rights, such as attending organized religious services and publishing political commentaries.
Perhaps the Daily Press would advocate just as strongly for a one-editorial-a-month law?
Delta Airlines Makes New Rule For Guns In Checked Bags
Passengers who fly with firearms on Delta Airlines will now find themselves undergoing a new procedure upon landing. The nation’s second-largest carrier has quietly changed its policy about traveling with guns.
According to the NBC affiliate in Miami, the airline is now tagging bags with guns and, upon arrival, are not putting these tagged bags on the luggage carousel with other bags. Instead, the passenger is required to get with a service agent and show their ID before being given their bag. Prior to turning over the bag, the agent adds zip ties to the luggage.
The airline also mandates that a police officer be present at the pick-up location. “Now, there's a police presence there when there's a weapon that's checked and the police officer can monitor the weapon leave the building satisfactorily,” aviation consultant Scott Patterson told NBC 6.
Delta has yet to issue any announcement about the shift in policy, nor has any other airline followed suit.
Shall-Issue Carry Measure To Be Considered Today In California Committee
This morning, Assembly Bill 757, which would effectively transform California into a “shall-issue” concealed-carry state, will be heard before the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The measure, sponsored by Melissa Melendez, would resolve vague and confusing passages in California’s carry statute. The state’s current “may-issue” carry permit system outlines several requirements for application approval, including the existence of “good cause.” But the fact that “good cause” isn’t defined creates a loophole, allowing biased issuing authorities to discriminate against certain applicants as well as creating justification for anti-gun officials to issue as few permits as possible. If passed, AB-757 would clearly define the criteria for “good cause” and mandate that a license must be issued if those criteria are met.
Use Your Power!
Golden State gun owners who support making California a “shall-issue” state should consider making their voices heard by attending today’s hearing, which will take place in State Capitol Room 126 at 9 a.m. If you cannot attend, contact your committee members byclicking here.
Maryland Homeowner Uses Gun To Stop Two Home Invaders
When a Montgomery County, Md., man heard strange sounds coming from his basement at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, he suspected he was not alone. So, when he went to the basement to check it out, he also took his firearm.
According to a police report obtained by WBFF Fox 45, “He encountered two unknown suspects in the basement of his home. One of the suspects threatened to kill the homeowner. The homeowner discharged a firearm twice at that suspect, and apparently struck him with one of the rounds.”
When officers arrived, they discovered the wounded 19-year-old home intruder in the back yard. He was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. The second suspect remains at large, and investigators say his description “remains unconfirmed.”