While many in the so-called “mainstream” media love to talk about the fictional “gun show loophole,” the editorial board at the Richmond Times-Dispatch recently told the truth about this anti-gun myth.
“Federally licensed firearm dealers must conduct a background check on prospective purchasers, but private sellers don’t have to,” they wrote. “That’s true regardless of whether the transaction takes place at a gun show or not. Yet to hear advocates and some legislators talk, you’d think gun shows provide hardened criminals with a steady stream of easy weapons.”
The editorial continued: “In fact, the claim has never held up well. Most criminals get their guns through other means, such as ‘sharing arrangements with fellow gang members,’ according to a recent item in Newsweek. A survey of prison inmates by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun shows accounted for less than 1 percent of the firearms used by felons.”
Well said. If only others in the media would try telling the truth about this subject, even now and then.
Rep. Collins Discusses New Pro-Gun Measure
Since the recent introduction of his “Second Amendment Guarantee Act,” U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has made it a point to explain the legislation at every opportunity.
The measure, which would limit a state's authority to regulate the design, manufacture, sale or possession of a rifle or shotgun, would make gun bans currently in effect in some states—including New York’s so-called SAFE Act—illegal.
“If our governor (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) had his way, there would be no guns in the state of New York. Well, the Second Amendment says otherwise,” Collins told those gathered at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club, according to a report at Newsmax.com. “I have a lot of confidence we'll get this over the finish line, and I know it's going to drive the governor absolutely crazy because we're calling him out for another unconstitutional move.”
California DOJ Approves New Regulations On “Assault Weapons”
California gun owners in possession of certain firearms now classified as “assault weapons” will need to register their guns with the state Department of Justice or modify them so that they no longer meet this definition, if new regulations approved by the Office of Administrative Law hold up in court.
A previous round of proposed regulations was rejected by the OAL after attorneys representing the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) issued a joint opposition letter debunking the DOJ’s claims about the effects of such measures.
NRA-ILA reports that NRA and CRPA attorneys are already preparing a lawsuit to challenge the regulations. For further updates, visit the Stand and Fight California website.
NRA Backs Sen. Strange In Alabama Special Election
On Aug. 15, Alabama residents will head to the polls to select the replacement for Jeff Sessions, who resigned his Senate post to serve as U.S. Attorney General under President Donald Trump. Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange to fill Session’s Senate seat in February.
In a crowded field of candidates—at this writing, nine Republicans and seven Democrats—one stands head and shoulders above the rest, says the National Rifle Association. The group’s Political Victory Fund (PVF) is running a series of radio ads in Huntsville and Florence-Muscle Shoals endorsing incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.
Only Strange, says the NRA, is working hard to guarantee that Alabama concealed-carry permits are recognized in all other states. They also point out that Strange has sponsored legislation to eliminate Barack Obama’s de facto gun registration scheme.
If a runoff is necessary following the primary, it would take place on Sept. 26. The general election will be Dec. 12.
Customer Fatally Shoots Armed Robber In Drug Store Robbery
When officers responded to an emergency call from a Walgreens store in Phoenix, Ariz., Sgt. Jonathan Howard arrived to find “a scene that was full of chaos.”
Police found a dozen employees and customers hiding from an armed robber who was still in the store—but who was critically injured. Investigators discovered the suspect had pulled a gun, jumped the pharmacy counter and began demanding oxycodone. But a customer quickly pulled his own firearm and shot the suspect, ending the robbery but starting the standoff.
Once officers removed everyone from the store, they found the suspect still clutching his gun, but obviously wounded. Minutes later, a police dog pulled the man from his gun and he was apprehended. Officers then administered emergency CPR, but the man died at the scene.
Janice Gordon-Caddy, a customer also in the store, told reporters, “It probably would have been much worse if there hadn’t been a customer in there armed.”