Add pepper spray to the long list of things you “don’t bring to a gun fight.” And you really shouldn’t start that fight in a gun store, either.
Police tell New York’s Daily News that Wednesday morning the thief walked into DF Brothers Sports Center—one of the city’s last firearms dealers. The suspect was dressed like a construction worker, and asked the owner, Frank Taormina, to “see the guns.” Taormina asked to see the man’s gun permit, and that’s when the robber blasted the owner with pepper spray, pulled out a sledgehammer and shattered a display case.
The thief snatched two pistols while Taormina managed to grab his own gun, firing off two rounds and hitting the crook at least once. The suspect fled the scene, and while investigators followed a trail of blood, it’s believed the suspect escaped in a waiting car. The shop owner was treated for pepper spray exposure, but was not seriously injured.
California—Federal Judge Blocks “High-Capacity” Mag Ban
A federal judge on Thursday blocked California’s ban on so-called “high-capacity” magazines, which was set to take effect on July 1.
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez blocked the law from taking effect in order to prevent what he called “otherwise law-abiding” citizens from being criminalized—exactly what we’ve said would happen since the law was first proposed.
As reported by breitbart.com, Benitez ruled, “If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property.” Benitez also wrote in the decision that gun owners' constitutional rights "are not eliminated simply because they possess 'unpopular' magazines holding more than 10 rounds."
The law would have criminalized ownership of any firearm magazine that would hold more than 10 rounds—which would have outlawed standard capacity magazines for many popular firearms.
New Jersey Plans To “Buy Back” Guns It Never Owned
When your gun-hating state plans yet another ineffective program to stop criminal violence, the best way to promote it is to lie about it.
Enter New Jersey, where State Attorney General Christopher Porrino has announced a two-day statewide gun “buyback” program this summer in Trenton, Camden and Newark. In truth, no gun turn-in program anywhere has ever proven effective at curbing crime, and it’s likely Porrino knows that. But the public relations value must seem too appealing to him.
Disregarding the fact that turn-ins are not effective, supporters calling the program a “buyback" is equally maddening. The state never owned the guns that it hopes citizens—mostly law-abiding, at most such events—will turn in, so “buying them back” is just more smoke and mirrors to try to make the uninformed believe government officials are really doing something about violent crime.
Czech Republic May Amend Constitution In Favor Of Gun Owners
The Czech Parliament’s lower house approved by a landslide vote of 139-9 a constitutional amendment recognizing the right of law-abiding gun owners to defend the nation. This move is intended to circumvent the European Union’s recent ban on certain types of semi-automatic firearms—Czech citizens could be considered exempt if their guns serve a state purpose.
The amendment, which was introduced by a multi-party group of legislators, still needs to be approved by the upper house. The Czech government has also announced its intention to file a complaint against the EU semi-auto ban, which it views as an overreaction to terrorist attacks that unfairly targets the nation’s more than 300,000 licensed gun owners.
Anti-Gun Bills Linger As Oregon Legislature Winds Down
The Oregon Legislature is in the final days of session with adjournment scheduled for July 10. This means committees are operating under shortened notice requirements—24 hours for the House, one hour for the Senate—and legislation can move very quickly with limited opportunity for public input. Two anti-gun bills are currently awaiting a hearing that could be scheduled at any time.
Senate Bill 719 is based on a 2014 California law that would create something known as an “Extreme Risk Protection Order.” This ERPO could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member or household member who thinks a person presents a potential risk—they would then be stripped of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law.
Senate Bill 1065 would enable firearm transfers to be delayed by 14 days if the Oregon State Police are unable to determine a buyer’s qualification. The bill would also change the process for obtaining a concealed handgun license by making the requirements much more stringent.
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action strongly opposes both of these anti-gun measures. To stay abreast of the latest, keep an eye on NRAILA.org over the next few days.