Republicans voted to allow confirmation with a simple majority vote of 51 votes, as opposed to 60, after Democrats in the Senate began an unprecedented filibuster of Gorsuch’s nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called the Democrats’ opposition to Gorsuch—a highly qualified jurist—“extreme escalation in the Left’s never-ending drive to politicize the courts and the confirmation process.”
In the meantime, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues to whine, “It doesn’t have to be this way. The answer is not to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee.” By now, however, nearly everyone paying attention to the process knows that it was the Democrats who used exactly the same procedure under President Barack Obama to get their appointments to the lower federal courts confirmed.
As we’ve said before: “Elections matter, Sen. Schumer.”
Dems Want To Spend $60 Million On Bogus Gun Studies
When you’ve run through every trick in the playbook, what do you do? For Democrats, they simply circle back around and try, try again. Their latest unsurprising gesture has them returning to the old saw of restoring funding to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for “firearm research.”
On Tuesday, 30 Senate and House Democrats introduced Senate Bill 834 that would provide funding for the CDC to the tune of $10 million per year for at least six years. The measure is backed by Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who supported similar bills in 2014 and 2015. If the bill is approved, Guns.com notes that it would be the largest amount of funding allocated for federal gun-use research since 1996.
As we’ve reported here at A1F, the CDC’s research in the 1990s was nothing more than a well-coordinated effort to discredit and disarm America’s gun owners. And there’s no reason to believe new research would be any less biased or bogus.
Idaho Eases Carry Restrictions For Military Members
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed legislation that would ease restrictions for out-of-state military personnel wishing to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.
HB 93, which passed the state House of Representatives 65-2 and state Senate 35-0, was introduced by Republican state Rep. Don Cheatham and sponsored on the Senate floor by Republican state Sen. Marv Hagedorn. The measure amends current law by exempting active military members from the requirement that they be Idaho residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit inside city limits.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, HB 93 simply allows those who have been trained to defend our country to defend themselves in Idaho by exercising the same rights as residents.
Montana Restaurant Carry Bill Goes To Governor
A bill that would allow Montanans to carry concealed firearms for self-defense in restaurants has been sent to Gov. Steve Bullock. The NRA-backed measure, officially known as HB 494, would apply to establishments where alcohol is not the primary item of sale.
Sen. Keith Regier, who spoke before the Senate regarding the bill, said, “I’ve received several messages about this bill saying that alcohol and guns don’t mix. Apparently, with Montana’s open-carry laws, alcohol and guns have been mixing for a long time,” he said, referring to the fact that Montanans can already carry openly in such establishments. “For me, this bill is about discretion.”
Use Your Power!
While HB 494 would simply allow those who would rather purse carry—or who find open carry incompatible with the warm-weather attire required by Montana’s long winters—the option of carrying concealed, its passage is far from assured. Because Bullock is being pressured by groups like Everytown and Moms Demand Action to veto this measure, it’s very important that you contact him today and politely urge him to protect your right of self-defense. To contact Gov. Bullock,click here.
Alabama Homeowner Fatally Shoots Invader, Second Man On The Run
Tuesday morning, a Baileyton, Ala., homeowner stood his ground when encountering an armed intruder. Now, the invader is dead and Cullman County Sheriff’s investigators are on the hunt for his accomplice.
The Cullman Times is reporting the homeowner awoke to the sound of someone breaking in. As he investigated, the resident encountered 34-year-old Johnathan Andrew Smith—who was carrying a gun. According to Sheriff Matt Gentry, “An altercation ensued between that individual and the resident, who was also armed. Shots were fired, and the man who had entered the house was shot.” At that point, Smith fled to a getaway vehicle driven by a second man.
Police found the car a short time later, abandoned on the side of the highway. Smith was found dead inside the car, and an extensive search has been launched for the second suspect, who remains at large. Investigators believe the incident is not random and that the homeowner was specifically targeted for assault or robbery.