In June, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez issued a preliminary injunction blocking California’s ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. In a strongly worded opinion, Judge Benitez made clear that the Second Amendment is not a second-class Amendment and that the ban on standard capacity magazines would take away private property without compensation—and it would turn law-abiding citizens into what he calls “outlaws.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has since appealed the ruling.
NRA News investigative reporter Ginny Simone talked to one of the plaintiffs in the case, Virginia Duncan, who stated that the right to self-defense was at stake. “Who are you to tell me that I can’t have that?” she asked. Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County, Calif., concurred. “The Constitution is our roadmap. And when we start writing our own roadmap, we’re in trouble.”
The House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday approved H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The measure now goes to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill secures access to federal public lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting, and includes the Hearing Protection Act. Other key provisions include securing the future of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting by increasing access to federal public lands; reforming of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, which protects the lawful, legal transport of unloaded firearms; strengthening protections for carrying firearms on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers; and removing the undefined and antiquated “sporting purposes test,” which opens the door to arbitrary ammunition bans.
“Today marks an important step in protecting the Second Amendment freedoms of America’s hunters and sportsmen and strengthening our outdoor heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The SHARE Act will cut burdensome red tape that restricts millions of hunters and sportsmen.”
Bloomberg Pumping Big Bucks Into Virginia Elections
The Washington Post reports that the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has announced that it will spend at least $1 million campaigning to elect Ralph Northam as governor of Virginia and to re-elect Attorney General Mark Herring. “We are making this initial investment because Ralph Northam and Mark Herring have been forceful champions for gun violence prevention in Virginia, while their opponents subscribe to a dangerous ‘guns everywhere’ agenda,” said Everytown strategist Brynne Craig.
Virginia in 2015 wasn’t the only one of Bloomberg’s recent efforts to buy election results in other states to have backfired spectacularly. We’ll keep an eye on this, but we have faith in the Old Dominion’s ability to send this meddling billionaire packing.
Over and over, Brandon Endicott beat his ex-girlfriend, Krystal Shepard. Then he used his knee to strike her in the face repeatedly, resulting in broken bones and multiple stitches. Shepard notified authorities, who placed a warrant for assault on Endicott—but she also made sure she was prepared should he come back.
Kentucky State Police say she was absolutely ready when he burst into her home early Tuesday morning. She grabbed her firearm and fired twice, driving Endicott out the door. Responding police found the suspect dead in an adjoining yard of an Auxier trailer park.
Jackie Sammons, a neighbor who has lived in the peaceful community of around 700 most of her life, was taken aback. “You never hear of nothing like that around here, you know what I'm saying. It's definitely a quiet little town.”