We’ve been reading how more and more women and minorities are taking up arms for protection. We’ve seen the monthly FBI reports on the number of background checks remaining at high levels. And one glance at the nightly news reminds us of the potential dangers we may face.
So when John Lott reported that the number of concealed-carry permits has topped 15 million, the figure didn’t seem too surprising. Lott’s group, Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), notes that as of May 2017, the number of permits issued stands at 15.7 million, a substantial increase over 2016’s 14.5 million permits. In fact, it’s the largest one-year increase ever, Fox News reports.
CPRC releases an annual report on firearms every July, but Lott is already citing a significant spike in permits for states including Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Texas. “You’re seeing states making it easier for people to go and get arms,” he explained.
Wisconsin Carry Bill Needs Your Support
A Wisconsin bill that would largely deregulate the right to carry a firearm for self-defense needs all the help it can get from Wisconsin NRA members and other gun owners.
The measure would allow concealed carry without a concealed-carry license anywhere in the state where an individual is legally allowed to carry a firearm. Additionally, SB 169 would expand the list of places where firearm owners can legally carry. And according to NRA-ILA, SB 169 would also make the current concealed-carry licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
The next likely step for this critical self-defense legislation is a May 31 hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Use Your Power!
It is critical that there is a strong showing of support at the hearing, and NRA-ILA hopes many NRA members and supporters will attend. We’ll relay further details as they become available. In the meantime, to sign NRA-ILA’s Wisconsin Right-to-Carry petition,click here.
Regents Say KU Must Revise Gun Policy Clause
According to an Associated Press report, the Kansas Board of Regents has ruled that the University of Kansas must change a clause from its concealed weapons policy.
The University had attempted to require anyone carrying a firearm in a handbag, purse or backpack to keep those items physically with them at all times. The revised university policy will read: “Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun on any of the University campuses shall at all times have that handgun in the person’s custody and control."
Removal of the original clause unreasonably limiting firearms for law-abiding citizens was another win for concealed-carry advocates in the Sunflower State.
Home Invader Wearing Only Underwear Is Shot While Attacking Family
Harris County, Texas, investigators told ABC 13 that, at around 2 a.m., a man parked his Lincoln sedan half a mile from a pastor’s home, broke in wearing only his underwear, and attacked.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Felipe Rivera said, “The door is kicked in and that’s how the family wakes up to discover the intruder in the residence.” Pastor Lorenzo Martinez and his wife, Gloria, were asleep, along with members of their family. “[He] just started hitting my dad, then he hit my mom, then my brother woke up and my brother started hitting him. He just kept attacking,” said Naarai Olver, Pastor Martinez’s daughter.
Eventually, the intruder kicked in the door where Olver’s brother-in-law was sleeping with his wife and children. The brother-in-law then retrieved his firearm and fatally shot the suspect. Olver added, “We are a Christian family, we don’t believe in killing anybody. But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”