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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

California Assembly Passes Bill To Restrict Guns In Schools

The California Assembly earlier this week passed a bill that would revoke superintendents' ability to allow people to carry guns in school zones, prompting one lawmaker to spout off about something he apparently knows little about.

“Research shows allowing more guns in schools makes them less safe,” bill author Kevin McCarty bragged to the Associated Press.

In fact, research shows no such thing. According to John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, McCarty’s bill is a solution looking for a problem.

“The simple fact is that there haven’t been any problems,” Lott wrote in an op-ed at ocregister.com. “Prior to the early 1990s, there were no state laws specifically restricting concealed carry on K-12 property. In 2015, when California became the first state in at least 40 years to pass a law restricting concealed carry on school grounds, no one could point to a single incident in California. That hasn’t changed in the last two years.”


Webinar Scheduled For California’s Draft “Assault Weapon” Regulation

If there’s one tried-and-true method to confound law-abiding gun owners, it’s to make regulations so confusing that they throw up their hands in disgust and wonder whether it’s even worth it. Enter California.

Last week, a draft copy of the state’s new “Assault Weapon” regulations was made available and can be viewed here. Draft regulations were submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on May 15 as “file and print only,” and DOJ refused to release the text.  

The NRA's legal team has begun reviewing these draft regulations, and will prepare an analysis and discuss the findings in a webinar set for Thursday at noon Pacific. For more information, check the California Stand and Fight website for updates.

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California gun owners are encouraged to join in Thursday’s webinar. To pre-register, click here.

Hundreds Of Detroit Women Get Free Shooting Lessons

Six years ago, Rick Ector—a firearm trainer in Detroit—started an event called Legally Armed. Participants receive free training, including one-on-one instruction with an expert plus time at the shooting range.

“This is an event to see if owning a gun for personal protection is right for you,” Ector told the Detroit Free Press. “If it's not right for you, find some other means of protecting yourself.”

Ector said that 700 women had registered for the most recent event, although the rainy weather likely took a toll. He estimates that roughly 600 showed up, including many first-time shooters, this past Sunday at Top Gun Shooting Sports.

“I live in a safe area, but you just never know,” attendee Claudia Gutierrez told the newspaper. She showed up at the urging of her husband. Others concurred with Gutierrez. “The world is getting so bad I have to defend myself,” stated Jackie Plascencia. Added Charlene Ybarra, “It’s rough out there.”


Florida Jogger Fatally Shoots Charging Dog

Lucky, a pit-bull mix, must have been feeling just that way when she escaped her home around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Unluckily for Lucky, she charged a neighborhood jogger who happened to be a concealed-carry permit holder—and who had his firearm.

Authorities in Deltona, Fla., say the man felt threatened when the dog charged him as he jogged past, so he drew his gun and fired at the dog, fatally striking it. The owner of the dog, Nancy Harmon, is outraged and wants the jogger “held accountable.” Harmon told WKMG News 6, “All my neighbors that have dogs. I want to tell them, be very careful because if your poor dog happens to get out and run outside, this man's going to come and shoot it down.”

However, police say no charges will be filed because the man was threatened and he has a license to carry his firearm.


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