A federal judge has denied Chicago’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the owner of an area gun store.
After the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s gun control laws in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010, Joseph Franzese was granted a license to open a Second Amendment Arms location downtown. However, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the City Council weren’t content to live in a city without harsh gun control. They redrafted their old laws into a new set of equally draconian and unconstitutional regulations and, based on these regulations, rescinded the permission they’d granted Franzese.
Consequently, Franzese sued. His initial complaint listed all the ways in which the new laws—such as “one-handgun-a-month” regulations, new registration requirements, the “assault weapons” ban and, of course, banning gun shops—prevented him from doing business. He further claimed the laws were meant to circumvent McDonald and deliberately deny Chicagoans their Second Amendment freedoms.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow sided with the plaintiff, scheduling a Sept. 28 discussion of the amount of damages Chicago owes Franzese.
Ammo In High Demand As Houston Residents Fear Looters
A natural disaster can be all it takes for the social order to collapse and for there to be no one available to protect you but yourself. Many Houston residents are demonstrating their awareness of this reality, as ammunition is reportedly in high demand at local gun stores.
“Our phones are blowing off the hook,” Full Armor Firearms owner James Hillin told thetrace.com. “What people want is ammo. People want to arm up and protect themselves from the looters.” He also said that some suspicious people had begun checking out his gun store but had been scared off by employees. “The looters got the hint pretty quickly,” he said.
In reporting this, the website’s writers tried to show their anti-gun bona fides with an angle about the risk of looters stealing firearms. Yet it sounds like the store in question is quite secure. The real story, as we understand it, is that Houstonians are being proactive about preventing the brand of lawlessness that prevailed in much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina—and they know that being armed is the number-one way to secure their safety.
Eagle Scouts Named NRA Youth Ambassadors
Two Eagle Scouts have been named the 2017-2018 NRA Youth Ambassadors, representing the NRA/BSA Brownell Youth Ambassador program—one of the many ways scouting strengthens the shooting sports community.
James Frasier Jr. from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Kaleb Rulon from Arcadia, Ind., were recently selected to represent the program, according to a feature at scoutingmagazine.org. The two will attend the SHOT Show and the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, and will write articles and blog posts for the NRA.
“My goal is to help as many youth as possible to put down their phones, computers and video games and go outside and see and experience the world,” Frazier said. Rulon has similar aspirations: “I know that I am the best person to bridge the gap between the NRA and the BSA because of my ability to relate to both groups and make connections between them,” he said.
KU Student Discusses Carrying Gun To Class Under New Law
We told you yesterday about how one hand-wringing Kansas University professor is wearing body armor to class and calling the KU campus a “war zone” now that campus carry is the law. Today we hear from the other side.
A 21-year-old senior named Tom, who preferred not to give his last name, told kansascity.com that he now carries his concealed firearm with him to class every day. “I mean, I’m just a normal student who cares about their safety and the safety of people around them,” he told the news website. “You see all this stuff on the news about people getting killed and having no way to protect themselves. That is why I choose to carry.”
To Tom, it’s simply a matter of being prepared. “I mean, you never know what is going to happen with all the violent incidents that have been happening over the past few years at colleges and other schools,” he concluded.
Wisconsin Man Drives Off Rock-Wielding Attacker With Gun
The robber used a rock as a weapon. The victim used a gun.
A 51-year-old man had just made a cash withdrawal from an ATM, and began walking home with his son on a quiet Milwaukee street. That’s when he was suddenly hit in the head with a rock, knocking him to the ground. However, the victim immediately turned and fired a shot from his handgun. And as the attacker fled, he left several witnesses in his wake.
Sierra McFatridge told WISN-TV, “I was just outside getting my dog and then you just hear this shot, and I see (the victim) falling right in front of me. He was obviously following him from the bank because he knew he had money.” The robber escaped in a getaway car driven by a woman, however an alert neighbor gave police the license plate number. The victim was treated at a hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.