When a man was acting recklessly in the parking lot of an apartment complex, renters got understandably nervous, especially with children playing nearby. At just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police went to investigate reports of a man—later identified as Keith Banks—spinning his car in the parking and acting erratic. But before officers arrived, Banks fled the scene.
However, the suspect returned to the apartments after police departed, and was furious that someone had called police. Banks began to yell at residents, threatening to shoot them. Unfortunately for Banks, he began chasing an apartment owner who had a concealed handgun, and his permit to carry. The man shot Banks, then rushed to a nearby gas station to notify police. Banks was taken to a hospital where he died from gunshot wounds. After the incident was confirmed as self-defense, the resident who fired the shots was released.
Maine Gun Bills Could Be Debated This Week
Two firearm-related measures could be brought up for consideration soon in the Maine House of Representatives.
Legislative Document 351 would allow municipalities to prohibit firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places. The measure would be the first step in eliminating Maine’s current firearms pre-emption law and allowing municipalities to create overbearing and burdensome gun control regulations.
Legislative Document 9 is a pro-gun bill that would prohibit a government agency or political subdivision of Maine from keeping a list or registry of privately owned firearms, or a list or registry of the owners of those firearms. While federal law prohibits a universal national gun registry, there are eight states which prohibit state-level gun registries as well. If enacted, Maine would be the ninth state to prohibit a state-level gun registry.
Use Your Power!
Maine gun owners are encouraged to contact their state representatives and ask them to oppose LD 351 and support LD 9. You can contact them directly byclicking here.
Hillary Jumps Back Into The Gun Control Game
Fresh off her unexpected drubbing by Donald Trump in last fall’s presidential race—a result orchestrated largely by disgruntled gun owners wishing to keep their Second Amendment rights—Hillary Clinton is jumping right back into the gun control game.
On Monday, Clinton sent a blast email to supporters asking them to sign up for, and donate to, her newest venture, Onward Together. Clinton specified Swing Left, Emerge America, Color of Change, Indivisible and Run for Something as the five groups Onward Together will initially support.
While Clinton didn’t mention gun control specifically, it’s likely nobody will be surprised that all the groups she singled out are involved in pushing for more restrictive gun laws. Swing Left is working to remove several staunchly pro-gun members of Congress, Emerge America has Demanding Mom Shannon Watts on its board of directors, Color of Change has advocated for closing various sales “loopholes” and worked against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Indivisible favors more restrictive gun control measures and other liberal causes, and Run For Something lists support for gun control as one of the issues candidates must have for that group's support.
Pennsylvania RTKBA Rally Set For Monday
Since 2006, Pennsylvania gun owners and Second Amendment supporters have been gathering annually at the state capitol in Harrisburg to send a message to legislators that gun control has no place in the commonwealth. The 11th-annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally—hosted by NRA and other pro-gun groups across the state—is scheduled for next Monday, May 22.
The 2A Rally has been credited with improvements and protections such as strengthening state pre-emption laws, getting Castle Doctrine enacted, prohibiting the confiscation of firearms in emergency situations and protecting hunters’ right to carry a self-defense firearm when in the field. Speakers for this year’s event include Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, Rep. Mike Kelly, Dr. John R. Lott Jr., Attorney Josh Prince and gun-rights activist Kim Stolfer.
The rally will begin inside the Capitol at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to visit their legislators following the gathering to discuss Second Amendment-related legislation.
Nevada Military Carry Bill Heads To Governor
A bill that would allow active-duty service members and veterans to obtain a concealed-carry permit at 18 years of age is headed to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for consideration. AB 118—which would apply to active, reserve or honorably released members of the Armed Forces or National Guard—would prevent the disarming of men and women who have volunteered to defend our country and way of life.
In a statement, Assemblyman Skip Daly pointed out the hypocrisy of the state’s current carry policy: “Right now, the law states you must be 21 or over to obtain a permit, and yet the military has already given them the responsibility of carrying a weapon. It does not make sense that our younger members of the military would be trusted to carry a gun in our defense, but not in their everyday lives.”
AB 118 has received widespread bipartisan support: It passed the Assembly 34-4 in April, and was approved unanimously by the Senate last Thursday. Pro-gun Gov. Sandoval is expected to sign the measure, making Nevada the third state to pass this common-sense legislation.