By a 30-to-21 vote on Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal year 2018 budget that attempts to undo some of the Obama administration’s firearms regulations. As reported by Breitbart, the Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill would require the reversal of certain gun restrictions before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would receive funding.
“The bill disallows the use of federal funds for the Obama-era multiple long sales reporting regulation, implemented in the wake of the Obama DOJ’s Fast & Furious gun-running scheme,” Breitbart notes. “The reporting requirement for multiple long sales was the only gun control the Obama administration was able to put in place as a result of Fast and Furious, and it is defunded in the Appropriations bill.”
The bill also blocks funding for the NRA-opposed Arms Trade Treaty. In 2013, Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to ratify it. Now, this bill would deny any funding for that treaty.
Melted L.A. Guns Can’t Be Used For Self-Defense
While the Los Angeles sheriff seems extremely proud that his office recently destroyed nearly 5,000 perfectly good firearms, he completely ignores the fact that such an action could cost lives instead of saving them.
“These weapons will never be on our streets unlawfully in the hands of criminals,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. “They will not be used to commit a crime or used to harm our residents.”
We feel compelled to point out, Sheriff, that those guns weren’t evil, even if they had previously been used for such purposes. By destroying them, you’ve insured that none of them will ever be used by law-abiding men or women to save their own lives or the lives of others.
That makes your precious gun destruction agenda destructive in itself.
Court Rules For Due Process Over Seized Firearms
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling this week that a woman whose firearms were seized by law enforcement was entitled to a hearing to have them returned.
Guns.com reports that Christine Panzella of New York had two rifles and three shotguns, along with her pistol license, confiscated by the local sheriff’s office five years ago in response to a temporary protective order filed by her ex-husband. The order expired and the filing was withdrawn, which led to the return of Panzella’s license—but not her firearms. They remain in the armory of the Nassau County Correctional Center.
Panzella filed suit against the sheriff’s office in 2013. The county appealed a district court’s 2015 ruling in favor of Panzella to the 2nd Circuit Court, claiming that she had not been deprived of her right to petition the New York Supreme Court under Article 78 of state law. Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi wrote that an appeal at the county level was preferable: “Such a hearing would provide Panzella with a timely and inexpensive forum to challenge the County’s retention of her long arms and would avoid placing on Panzella the burdens that inhere in an Article 78 proceeding.”
Armed Pizza Hut Employee Thwarts Robbery
An employee at a Florida pizza parlor used his legally carried firearm to stop an armed robbery at the shop on Tuesday night.
According to local media reports, two masked men walked into the Sarasota, Fla., Pizza Hut at about 11:30 p.m. When one of the robbers pointed his gun at an employee who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, the employee drew his own gun and shot the robber.
21-year-old Shawnathan Young was later treated for a gunshot wound and then charged with armed robbery. The three men who were in the car that brought Young to the hospital were also arrested.