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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

House Lawmakers Request An End To Obama’s Operation Choke Point

A group of GOP leaders is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end “Operation Choke Point,” an Obama administration program that unfairly targeted legal businesses related to firearms.

In their Aug. 10 letter, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and four other House members said the program resulted in “abuses” by financial regulators, who “intimidat[ed] financial institutions into denying banking services” to legitimate businesses that the administration “ideologically opposed.”

The letter comes after a June 22 House Judiciary Committee meeting with firearms-related businesses and other legal businesses that were unfairly targeted. “They all had similar stories of longstanding banking relationships suddenly terminated without any evidence of heightened risk or wrongdoing,” the letter reported, saying the inability to borrow money “destroyed legitimate businesses,” the letter read.

The lawmakers requested the Committee “take immediate corrective action,” including giving financial institutions “explicit assurance” that they can serve those unfairly targeted, and asked for a formal repudiation of Operation Choke Point.

California: Resources Available On New “Assault Weapons” Law

Are you a California resident who’s not sure whether or not you own an “assault weapon” as defined by the new law? Do you have questions regarding the button ban? Or are you just wondering how NRA is working on your behalf?

A series of resources is available to answer all of your questions. The NRA and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) recently held an informational webinar discussing new regulations as they relate to “assault weapons” and bullet buttons, and this webinar is available free to any user. The webinar makes mention of a quick reference guide—this useful tool highlights key definitions and walks you through whether your gun is considered legal or not under current law.

Stay up to speed on the latest NRA actions in the Golden State through the California Stand and Fight website. Also, be sure to check out the California Legal Update for August—you’ll get an overview of the efforts underway to protect gun owners’ rights.

USFWS Seeks Hunting Expansion In Several Federal Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to expand hunting opportunities on 10 national wildlife refuges in several states.

According to a report at guns.com, the change would open two refuges in North Dakota to moose hunting, as well as increase hunting opportunities at refuges in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

New Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, himself an avid hunter, is propelling the expansion. “As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said in an announcement. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These 10 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”

Jamaica’s Strict Gun Control Doesn’t Prevent Widespread Violence

The laws of the Caribbean nation of Jamaica don’t just strictly regulate firearm ownership—they also permit the police and military to work together to confiscate illegally owned guns through warrantless searches. The result? A homicide rate that ranks with the worst U.S. cities, and it’s on the rise.

A documentary available on YouTube details the current situation in Jamaica, where criminal gangs use readily available illegal guns to cause mayhem. Citizens who want to own a firearm for protection are required to navigate plenty of red tape in order to secure a license; the many restrictions mean that few law-abiding gun owners exist in the country. Insight Crime reports a nearly 20 percent increase in the homicide rate over last year, which saw roughly 50 homicides per 100,000 people.

As pointed out in a blog post at The Truth About Guns, Jamaica is an island, so the excuses raised by Chicago politicians for that city’s high homicide rate—particularly that “loose gun laws” in surrounding jurisdictions lead to an influx of firearms—hold no sway here. By anti-gunners’ logic, Jamaica should be paradise. Instead, gangs are making it hell on earth for law-abiding Jamaicans.

Domestic Assault Suspect Shot By Woman In Self-Defense

Anthony Evans showed up again. Pounding on the door where his ex-girlfriend lived with their three children and another women, a place he had terrorized several times in early August. So his former girlfriend hid the children and went to talk. That’s when Evans threw her to the ground and attacked.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the ex-girlfriend managed to struggle away, but Evans followed, hitting her in the back with a pipe and claiming he would kill everyone. However, another woman grabbed a firearm, and when Evans said, “Go ahead and shoot me,” the woman obliged—firing and striking him in the lower abdomen.

Police found the suspect lying in the back yard and transported him to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he was treated and released into custody. Evans, who already has felony convictions, was charged with domestic violence assault and terroristic threats. Evans’ ex-girlfriend suffered a broken arm, but no one else was harmed.

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