While many legislators throughout the country push for more restrictive laws because they don’t see the difference between criminals and law-abiding armed citizens, one Michigan state representative certainly hasn’t fallen into that trap.
As anti-gunners call for legislators to kill Michigan’s permitless carry legislation, Republican Rep. Lee Chatfield is telling it like it is about criminals and armed citizens.
“Criminals do not obey the law. Criminals don’t obey the gun laws we have now. And criminals won’t obey the new gun laws we pass,” Chatfield was quoted as saying in The Detroit News. “That is why they’re called criminals.
“I wholeheartedly believe allowing law-abiding citizens to have the same freedoms that criminals already do in this state will make our communities safer.”
Urge Kansas Governor To Veto Gun Control Measure
As the current session nears its end, Kansans have one more chance to help ensure that anti-gun House Bill 2278 does not become law. This measure would prohibit the carry of self-defense firearms in state- or municipal-owned adult care homes and healthcare facilities, including the Kansas University Hospital, and in community health centers.
Earlier this month, the Kansas Senate showed its disdain for lawful self-defense when it passed an “emergency final action” regarding HB 2278, bypassing the usual debate and scrutiny. Then, the House approved it a mere two hours after receiving it.
Now Kansas gun owners are looking to Gov. Sam Brownback to ensure their gun rights are preserved.
Use Your Power!
Gov. Sam Brownback must make a decision regarding HB 2278 before the end of the week. Consequently, it is imperative that Kansas gun owners contact Brownback now and urge him to veto HB 2278. The governor can be contacted via phone at (785) 296-3232, or via email byclicking here.
Florida Sheriff Calls For Armed Citizenry To Battle Terrorism
We’ve told you before how Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff Wayne Ivey has in the past called for armed citizens to be a first line of defense against attackers. “If you’re a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time more than ever to realize that you, and you alone, may very well be the first line of defense for you and your family,” Ivey said following the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Now, following the recent attacks in Europe, Ivey is again calling law-abiding citizens to arms, according to a feature at clickorlando.com. “No matter who you are or what's your position on guns, there's no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife, is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey recently posted on his Facebook page.
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense,” he added. “Doing nothing, or just hoping that nothing is going to happen to you, is not going to save your life."
Vermont Range Protection Law Upheld By State Supreme Court
Earlier this month, gun owners in Vermont were handed down a victory when the state Supreme Court upheld Vermont’s range protection statutes. The court reversed the trial court’s ruling in North Country Sportsman’s Club v. Town of Williston and overturned an ordinance prohibiting any “excessive, unnecessary, unreasonably loud noise or disturbance, which disturbs, destroys, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of others within the immediate vicinity of the noise or disturbance.”
The town of Williston adopted the ordinance in 2004 after demanding that the North Country Sportsman’s Club limit their monthly Saturday shooting competitions to just a handful each year. When the club refused, town officials repeatedly sent police to the range, where they began issuing noise citations. The Sportsman’s Club then filed suit and, in 2015, the trial court ruled in favor of the town of Williston.
The Vermont Supreme Court's June 2 ruling in favor of the North Country Sportsman's Club overturned the lower court’s ruling. Visit the NRA-ILA site for more on this case.
North Carolina Man Carrying Concealed Weapon Stops Armed Robbers
Demarcus Delaneo Styles and an accomplice approached Michael Lee Sturdivant on a quiet Winston-Salem, N.C., neighborhood street Monday afternoon, and pulled a gun to rob him. But Styles had no idea that his chosen victim also happened to be armed.
Police tell WFMY News 2 that when officers responded to a reported shooting, they found Styles dead at the scene. The investigation revealed there was an exchange of gunfire between Styles and Sturdivant, while the accomplice ran from the skirmish. Sturdivant was found a short time later at a nearby home, and was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are still searching for the other would-be robber.