It may be next to impossible for a law-abiding citizen to carry a handgun in San Francisco, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring criminals from carrying them anyway. The freeways of the surrounding Bay Area have experienced a car-to-car shooting roughly once a week since Nov. 1, 2015.
While road rage was a documented cause of some shootings, it does not appear to be the main factor behind the violence. “The vast majority of these are targeted, and many of them are gang-related,” California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen told the Los Angeles Times. Six people have been killed and 36 injured, according to CHP records.
While politicians in New York and Chicago blame their cities’ violence on the “loose gun laws” of surrounding jurisdictions, Bay Area gangs seem to be getting their hands on firearms without any great difficulty. Only now, law-abiding citizens are powerless to do anything about it.
AZ High Court Rules Tucson Can’t Destroy Confiscated Firearms
In what’s being called a victory for gun owners and taxpayers, the Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Tucson city ordinance allowing for the destruction of confiscated firearms in violation of state law.
In 2000, Arizona’s legislature passed a statute asserting exclusive authority over the regulation of guns and ammunition. Despite this, in 2005 Tucson passed an ordinance legalizing the destruction of unclaimed or forfeited firearms. The legislature, in response, enacted two additional statutes in 2013 prohibiting local entities from “facilitating the destruction of a firearm,” instead requiring them to sell the guns to lawful gun dealers.
Since then, Tucson has destroyed nearly 5,000 additional firearms—prompting the 2016 passage of Senate Bill 1487, which states that if the attorney general determines a local ordinance is in conflict with state law, the state may withhold revenue from the local entity.
In response to Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s determination that Tucson may be in violation, the city sued and the matter was referred to the Arizona Supreme Court, which unanimously agreed that Tucson could not continue to flout state firearms law. In addition, the leading opinion validated NRA’s argument that protecting the right to keep and bear arms in particular as enshrined in the state and federal constitutions is a matter of statewide concern, and that the enactments of the legislature on this subject take precedence.
Oregon Governor Signs Anti-Gun Measure
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday signed a bill into law that will allow confiscation of privately owned firearms without due process of the law.
According to NRA-ILA, the so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights.
This ex parte order, which strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights, will be issued by a judge based on the brief statement of the petitioner. The accused will not be afforded the chance to appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations when the ERPO is issued. Worse, these orders may be issued without any allegations of criminal behavior.
DOJ Puts End To Operation Choke Point
The U.S. Department of Justice has halted President Barack Obama’s “Operation Choke Point,” which unfairly targeted those in business the administration didn’t favor, including the firearm industry.
“We share your view that law abiding businesses should not be targeted simply for operating in an industry that a particular administration might disfavor,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen F. Boyd wrote to a congressional committee investigating the affair. “Enforcement decisions should always be made be based on facts and the applicable law.”
Boyd added: “All of the Department’s bank investigations conducted as part of Operation Choke Point are now over. The initiative is no longer in effect, and it will not be undertaken again.”
Operation Choke Point was started in 2013 and involved the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) targeting certain businesses the Obama administration found distasteful.
Illinois Burglary Suspect Caught In The Act, Detained By Gun Owner
The Ogle County, Ill., Sheriff’s Office reports that a man who broke into a house was caught and held by the homeowner—a homeowner and his gun, that is.
Elijah Greer, the 25-year-old suspect, had carefully picked a home in Creston to loot. However, that house happened to be the residence of a man who owned a firearm, a man who was also home in the early afternoon last Tuesday.
After a 911 call reporting a burglary, deputies arrived to find the intruder held at gunpoint by the homeowner. Initially, police thought there might be additional suspects in the case, but it is now believed Greer acted alone. Greer was transported to the Ogle County jail where he is now being held without bond pending an appearance in court.