A Maine legislator who favors a proposal to lift the ban on permitted concealed handguns on school or university property called gun-free zones “magnets for murderers” in a Thursday op-ed on the Portland Press Herald website.
“Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone?” Republican State Rep. Richard Cebra asked in his lead sentence. “Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, these signs actually attract criminals. To criminals, places where their victims are disarmed look like easy targets.”
Cebra pointed out that 12 other states already have laws mandating that public college campuses allow permitted concealed handguns, and gun-banners can’t point to any problems with the law in these states. “Gun-free zones are magnets for murderers,” he concluded. “Even the most ardent gun control advocate would never put ‘Gun-Free Zone’ signs on their home. Let’s finally stop putting them elsewhere.”
NRA Sues California Over Magazine Ban
On Thursday, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action announced that it, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association, is supporting an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s ban on the possession of standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
“Legislators in California routinely enact laws that only affect the law-abiding and do nothing to enhance public safety,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “This lawsuit, and others that will follow, is an effort to ensure the rights of law-abiding gun owners are respected in California.”
The lawsuit, Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ban on possession of standard capacity magazines as it violates the Second Amendment and the due process clause of the United States Constitution.Duncan is the second in a series of carefully planned lawsuits challenging the anti-gun laws passed last year, which have collectively become known as “gunmageddon” among gun owners.
Texas Carry Permit Fee Reduction Bill Goes To Governor
A measure that would drop the fee for acquiring a Texas concealed-carry permit from among the highest in the nation to near the lowest has been sent to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for consideration.
If Abbott signs the NRA-backed measure into law, the cost of an original license would be reduced from $140 to just $40, and the renewal license fee would drop from $70 to $40. In other words, the annual cost of a five-year permit would be just $8 per year.
Interestingly, researcher John Lott recently pointed out that only 32 percent of House Democrats voted both times to lower the fee, while Republicans overwhelmingly supported it. “Democrats want votes from poor, urban minorities, but they aren't really looking out for them,” Lott said. “These are the most likely victims of violent crime—so why not let them defend themselves and their families?”
New NRA President Aims For Higher Hunter Numbers
NRA President Pete Brownell, the chief executive officer of Brownells, is hoping to help rejuvenate hunting. During a meeting of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports in Yankton, S.D., Brownell talked about why the number of hunters has declined—from 14.1 million in 1991 (per U.S. Census Bureau) to 13.7 million today.
"There’s a generation that isn’t going out and hunting. They’re occupied by so many other activities that they forget that there’s a big, open space to enjoy and have fun in," Brownell told the Press and Dakotan. "A lot of people have moved away from the field into the cities, and I think now they’re reawakening to the fact that the food’s better out here, and the hunt."
Brownell was elected NRA president at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings, held in April. The NRA has recently initiated a campaign to save hunting and has created several TV spots and NRAHunting.com in support of those efforts.
Homeowner Shoots Burglar Who Charged Him
Tuesday evening, a burglar was rummaging through a car in a quiet Memphis neighborhood when he was surprised by the car’s owner. Seeing the homeowner approaching, the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and charged at the man. What the suspect didn’t know was the homeowner also owned a gun—which he was carrying.
Police tell WREG-TV that the victim of the burglary pulled his gun and opened fire, striking the suspect. The owner of the car then immediately called 911 to report the theft and subsequent shooting.
Investigators say the suspect is expected to recover, and that no charges will be filed against the homeowner as the shooting was declared self-defense.