A group of Maryland citizens, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that stripped some of America’s most popular rifles of Second Amendment protection.
According to NRA-ILA, the 4th Circuit ruling in the case Kolbe v. Hogan is a direct contradiction of the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, which re-affirmed American citizens’ right to self-defense.
“Lower courts have been making up their own rules when it comes to the Second Amendment for too long, and the Kolbe decision crossed yet another line,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “The Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The popular rifles and standard magazines banned in Maryland are some of the best tools for self-defense. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will reverse this egregious decision.”
Blacks, Women Leading Concealed Carry Growth
Last week, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPPC) issued a new study on concealed carry that showed the number of permit holders has risen for the fourth consecutive year. CRPC puts the total number of concealed-carry permit holders at 16.3 million.
Leading the way in these rising rates are women and blacks. While few states track permits by gender or race, John R. Lott Jr., founder of CPRC and a renowned expert on guns and crime, showed that permits for these two groups are outpacing those for men and whites.
In 2016, women comprised 36 percent of permit holders in the 14 states that provide that data. From 2012 to 2016, eight of those states reported a 326 percent faster increase in permits among women than among men. In that same time period, for the five states reporting the data, the number of blacks with concealed-carry permits increased 30 percent faster than the number of whites with permits.
Mexican Developers Look To Armed Security As Cartel Violence Reaches Tourist Destinations
A day at the beach is supposed to be a relaxing good time. But with cartel members killing indiscriminately—often with the collusion of local government leaders—while law-abiding citizens are disarmed, some of Mexico’s popular beaches are feeling the threat of violence.
An article published in Bloomberg reports that tourist hubs like Los Cabos and Cancun are seeing an increase in homicides. Local community and business leaders fear a loss in revenue as potential travelers learn that these pristine locations are no longer safe.
Real-estate developer Carlos Mimenza has responded by hiring a 200-man team—he coyly refuses to say whether they carry guns—to protect himself and his investments. Wealthy entrepreneurs are learning the lesson that they have to look to their own safety and cannot trust the government for help—but where does this leave the average citizen, for whom the luxury of hiring armed security is out of reach?
California DOJ Unveils Latest Round Of Proposed “Assault Weapon” Regulations
NRA-ILA reports that the California Department of Justice has publicly posted a new set of proposed rules pertaining to so-called “assault weapons” to the Office of Administrative Law. These regulations are classified as “file and print only,” meaning that none of them will be subject to public comment.
The latest round of proposals along these lines that the California DOJ advanced were denied after attorneys representing the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) released a comprehensive opposition letter debunking the DOJ’s arguments in favor of stricter regulations.
The proposed regulations can be found here. For more updates on this and other battles over gun rights in the Golden State, visit Stand and Fight California.
Ohio Man Shoots Two Home Invaders To Protect His Family
“They picked the wrong day to do something like that, I don't want to kill anybody, so hopefully they'll be okay and they'll learn a lesson.”
Gary Gross told WKRC-TV that when two men broke into his Columbia Township, Ohio, home at 3 a.m. on Saturday, he acted to protect his family. The 24-year-old homeowner grabbed a hammer and briefly struggled with the two invaders—giving him time to retrieve a gun from his car. Returning with the gun, Gross shot both men, who then fled the house. The intruders were apprehended a short time later, with one suspect now in critical condition and the other stable.
Gross said his girlfriend and son were in the house at the time and his only thoughts were of their safety. “You have to make sure that these guys do not make it to that back room,” he said. “Your son is back there. If anything happens to you, he's defenseless, she's defenseless.”