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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

More Than 81,000 Attend NRA Gathering In Atlanta

A grand total of 81,836 National Rifle Association members attended the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend—the second-largest attendance in Annual Meetings history.

Highlights of the event included outstanding speeches by President Donald Trump, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, along with a show floor featuring 15 acres of new guns and gear on display. Members were also able to witness the election of Pete Brownell as the new president of the Association, with Richard Childress elected first vice president and Carolyn Meadows elected second vice president.

Only the 2013 NRA meeting in Houston attracted more attendees than this weekend's festivities, with an estimated 86,228 members present. Next year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is scheduled for May 4-6 in Dallas.

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Man Shoots At Five Home Invaders In Self-Defense, Fatally Striking One

A man was relaxing in his Jacksonville, N.C., apartment last Tuesday evening when he suddenly heard a thud. When he went to investigate, he didn’t just find one intruder, but five men forcing their way in. So the apartment dweller opened fire.

Captain Ashley Weaver, supervisor of JPD Investigative Services, picks up the story: “During an attempted robbery and home invasion, the resident defended himself and shot the subject as he tried to make entry into the home.” One suspect, 20-year-old Stacey Ross Jr., was discovered in the parking lot with a fatal gunshot wound. The other four individuals—three 18-year-olds and one 17-year-old—were apprehended overnight and charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

“We appreciate the public in calling in information that assisted police in locating the four subjects who fled the scene,” said Weaver. The county’s district attorney says no charges will be filed against the resident.

Court Victory For Cleveland Gun Owners

A Cleveland, Ohio, gun control package was struck down by the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Thursday. The package of 11 laws, passed by the City Council in 2015 after a spate of criminal violence, contained several onerous provisions, such as a stricter definition of “automatic weapons”; a prohibition against firing a gun within 500 feet of a park, playground or recreation center; the requirement that private individuals report the sale of firearms to the city (thus creating a de facto firearms registry); and more.

The gun control package was challenged almost immediately after its passage by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, who claimed the laws violated state pre-emption. The appellate judges agreed, striking all but two of the laws.

“The city may not enact ordinances that conflict with Ohio’s firearm ownership possession laws, which are intended to provide uniformity throughout the state,” Judge Sean Gallagher wrote in the panel’s opinion. “If individuals on either side of the divide are unhappy with the law as written, the remedy lies with the Ohio legislature.”


Fake News: NYT Blames Record Gun Sales On … Trump

The odor of fake news continued in The New York Times on Saturday, when editors twisted President Donald Trump’s speech at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga.

“You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you,” Trump told NRA members in attendance. “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House.” The president listed accomplishments such as ending Obama’s restrictions on lead ammo, his support for outdoorsmen and his appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. “To the NRA, I can proudly say I will never, ever let you down.”

However, the Times calls such support “pandering.” Under the headline, “Even as President, Donald Trump Panders to the NRA,” the writer even blamed record gun sales on “Mr. Trump’s fear-inducing agenda, which led to greater arms sales among more and more ordinary Americans.”

Question for the Times: Who was repeatedly named “Gun Salesman Of The Year” for the last eight years?


School Relents On Trapshooting Team Yearbook Decision

We told you last week how administrators at Big Lake High School in Minnesota had chosen to leave pictures of the school’s trapshooting team out of the yearbook because team members were holding shotguns.

On Thursday, however, the school district modified its no-guns-in-pictures policy to accommodate the trap team.

Steve Westerberg, the school superintendent, told 5 Eyewitness News that the student handbook “doesn’t allow firearms or weapons to be displayed. This rule has been in effect since the school started sponsoring a Trap Shooting Team.” 

But after the decision was made to allow the photograph, administrators seemed to blame the problem on those who pointed out the injustice. “The intense conversation around this topic on social media and the phone calls and emails we received, only delayed the process,” officials whined in a released statement.

Good for the trap team. And “waaaa!” for the administration that couldn’t simply admit it was wrong from the start.

Missouri Measure Could Create Gun Owner Database

Officials with NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action are warning that new legislation now under consideration in Missouri could lead to a gun owner registry in the Show-Me State.

Senate Bill 73 would require private membership organizations to disclose their members’ names. Consequently, if the measure is passed, the NRA would be required to submit your name and address to Missouri state authorities, who would then compile a database that could allow anti-gun organizations and criminals to have access to your personal information.

By passing the legislation, the Missouri Senate and your state senator could potentially create a de facto gun owner registry from your private information.

Use Your Power!

Missouri gun owners are encouraged to immediately contact their state senator in opposition to SB 73. You can find contact information by clicking here.

 

 





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