Now, the measure could soon be heard in the Illinois House of Representatives.
In a nutshell, SB 1657 would create onerous mandatory regulations; institute a combination of fees potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers; and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones.
“While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance ‘responsible business practices,’ this proposed legislation only proves that the intention is to close as many federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible,” stated an ILA legislative update.
Use Your Power!
Illinois gun owners are encouraged to immediately contact their state representative and encourage him or her to strongly oppose SB 1657 when it comes up for a vote. Contact your representative byclicking here.
Did A Researcher Just Conclude That More Gun Safes Will Reduce Gang Violence?
A headline from the American Association for the Advancement of Science claims, “Study finds 16 children hospitalized for firearms injuries each day.” The study, presented to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is only an abstract; no backup data was available for review. Which, of course, keeps anyone from investigating their findings.
The abstract does say that "57 percent of firearm-related injuries in children under 15 years old were unintentional.” However, she also admits, “While the majority of injuries in children under age 15 were unintentional, most among 15- to 19-year-olds were the result of assault.”
This is an old trick: Including those up to 19 years old as "children" also snares thousands of victims of gang violence, yet nowhere does the article mention “drugs” or “gangs.”
Yet the abstract’s author concludes their research “highlights the need for improved gun safety and storage practices.” Finally, she’s found a cure for urban gang violence: more gun safes.
CNN Asks One Of The Dumbest Questions Of All Time
Talk about clueless! CNN.com producer and writer Michael Nedelman might have just asked the dumbest question ever posed in a headline: “Why do people buy guns after mass shootings?”
Yet after reading paragraph after paragraph of Nedelman’s blathering, it becomes painfully apparent that he really doesn’t know the answer. You see, Nedelman and many other gun-haters in the so-called “mainstream” media actually believe the anti-gun talking points repeated by the Shannon Watts of the world—that having a gun makes Americans less safe, not more safe.
Nedelman should try that argument with the dozens of Texas restaurant visitors who were saved from a mass shooting just last week by a “good guy with a gun.” Truth is, armed self-defense occurs many, many times each day—whether or not most in the media choose to believe it. And that, Mr. Nedelman, is the answer to your question.
Georgia Governor Signs Campus Carry Into Law
The Peach State has joined seven other states—Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin—in choosing to offer students at institutions of higher learning, who are licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense, the ability to protect themselves. On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 280, a critical piece of campus-carry legislation, into law.
A statement released by the governor reads in part: “Unfortunately, in parts of the state, the path to higher education travels through dangerous territory. At the present time, assailants can, and do, target these students knowing full well that their victims are not permitted to carry protection, even those who are weapons carry license holders, because they are either going to or coming from a campus where no weapons are allowed.”
Although HB 280 exempts areas including dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and faculty and administrative space, the bill’s passage represents a hard-earned victory for gun-rights activists. Campus carry legislation will take effect on July 1.
Massachusetts Measures Target AG’s Gun Ban
Two bills have been introduced in the Massachusetts legislature to counter new regulations mandated by state Attorney General Maura Healey last year. In July, Healey issued an “enforcement notice” regarding what she referred to as “copycat assault weapons.” The notice stated that “If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon,” then that gun, too, is banned.
The bills now under consideration seek to counter the new regulations, which retroactively criminalize decades of legal behavior and transactions. S.1316 would eliminate the term “copy” from the statute, while S.1322 would remove the Attorney General’s authority to regulate firearms altogether.
Use Your Power
Both bills are currently pending in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Massachusetts gun owners are urged to contact their state senators and representatives and ask them to support these important measures. Contact them directly byclicking here.
Customer Shoots Man Who Killed Restaurant Manager
Wednesday night at a little past 6 p.m., James Jones walked into the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and approached the manager, Cesar Perez. Police say Perez began talking to, then arguing with, Jones. That’s when Jones pulled a gun and shot the manager. Fortunately, there was a customer in the restaurant with his concealed handgun license—and his firearm.
Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook tells WFAA-TV that when the suspect walked in and approached Perez, “There was some type of altercation, things being said, and this man pulled out a gun and shot and killed the employee.” After Perez was shot, a customer at the other end of the bar drew his gun and fired, fatally striking Jones. Cook continued, “He made the decision to engage the shooter, fearing there would be other loss of life.”
A motive for the shooting was unclear, but investigators are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage.
College Offers Anti-Trump Class
Last week, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre spoke about how the three most dangerous voices in America are academic elites, political elites and the media elites. This week, his point is proven yet again.
Butler University in Indiana has announced that it will be offering a class titled “Trumpism & U.S. Democracy.” The new course, reports The Heartland Institute, will be offered this fall and plans to look at “how Trump’s rhetoric is contrary to the foundation of the U.S. democracy, and what his win means for the future." The course "will also discuss, and potentially engage in, strategies for resistance.”
A private university teaching our brightest minds the best ways to serve up resistance to the president of the United States—they may as well call it Anarchy 101. Can you imagine the outrage had an anti-Obama class been offered?
As LaPierre pointed out, “The radical Left in this country have hijacked too many of our schools and colleges, and now they’re trying to hijack our youth.” The Heartland Institute also noted that Butler does not have any class offerings that would provide a counterbalance to this anti-Trump course.
Conservative Columnist Quits Post-Dispatch Over Second Amendment Support
Now, Washington has resigned her columnist position with the newspaper.
“It’s absolutely ludicrous to me that being openly supportive of the Second Amendment calls into question what I wrote on Friday,” Washington told the Riverfront Times. “It just doesn’t comport. This is just not a thing. I just don’t understand it.”
In truth, Washington’s assertion that it was out of line for The Missourian author to compare NRA to ISIS was a reasonable one. The fact that the Post-Dispatch editors don’t understand that says more about them than about her.
Stay tuned for Stacy Washington’s full report on the situation, which will appear here at A1F Daily on Monday morning.