By Dave Workman
Throw a case of crying towels to rabid gun prohibition organizations.
There are now federal bills in both the U.S. House and Senate that would make national concealed carry reciprocity the law of the land. Insider Online reported earlier about the legislation introduced in January by Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), and now there is a companion piece unveiled in late February by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
Both measures have plenty of support from the firearms community, and Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation offered the best explanation why. The bills also have growing numbers of co-sponsors.
“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry permits,” Keane said, “particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn. It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Senator Cornyn for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.”
Alas, some people look at this effort through tinfoil glasses, apparently not having read either proposal. There is nothing in either version that suggests or creates a federal standard. The bills simply require states to recognize carry licenses and permits from other states. They also make it clear that if you’re packing iron in another state under your state’s license, you must abide by the laws of the state you’re visiting.
What’s wrong with this? According to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, national reciprocity legislation “would undermine federalism, override the laws of almost every state, and eviscerate states’ rights by severely restricting their ability to prevent dangerous people from carrying hidden, loaded guns in public.”
Congress, even when Democrats were in charge, and an anti-gun president sat in the Oval Office.
What’s more, Everytown whines on its website, “It would allow domestic abusers, violent criminals, and people untrained in even basic firearms safety to carry loaded weapons in densely populated cities, playgrounds, parks, and supermarkets across the country.”
Cornyn’s bill is S. 446. Hudson’s legislation is H.R. 38.
Judge: You Can Publish Private Info About Anti-Gun Politicians
A federal judge in California recently issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from going after bloggers who published private contact information about public officials who support gun control in the Golden State.
The case involves a blogger who writes under the pen name of “Doe Publius” at the website “The Real Write Winger.” He published the information last year and was quickly the target of those politicians who used a state statute that lets them demand the removal of such information from Internet websites “if they believe it’s tied to threats of violence,” according to published reports. It’s a story that got the attention of Fox News and the San Francisco Chronicle because of the First Amendment overtones.
U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill wrote in a 38-page decision that publishing personal information about anti-gun politicians — including people who think background checks and other invasive gun control laws are just fine — is “a form of political protest.”
The Real Write Winger published information on 40 anti-gun lawmakers, noting not so subtly, “Tyrants to be registered with California gun owners.”
his probably isn’t over. Politicians who push restrictive laws on other people frequently think they are above the same laws. There is no information about whether any of these exposed pols have armed themselves against the perceived danger of being held accountable.
Plaintiffs in the case were supported by the Firearms Policy Coalition.
Flying The ‘Friendly Skies’
The Transportation Safety Administration recently reported a new record: 21 firearms were found in carry-on bags at airports around the country, according to the TSA Blog..
This was back on Feb. 23 and it eclipsed the previous record of 18 guns in one day, set back in 2014.
What is it with people that they forget a firearm in their carry-on bag? During that week of Feb. 23, TSA reported that 79 guns were found in carry-ons, and 68 of them were loaded. Twenty-one had chambered rounds.
But, Is America Really Dangerous?
Anyone who believes the United States is the most dangerous country on the planet due to all of the guns in circulation needs to log onto the Index Mundi website (indexmundi.com) to check out the facts.
Using information from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, published under the heading of International Homicide Statistics, this country doesn’t even come close. The good old U.S. of A. is 99th on the list, putting it behind such garden spots as Jamaica, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Panama, Grenada, Guatemala, South Africa, Ecuador, Honduras, Venezuela, and a whole bunch of other places in terms of homicides
per 100,000 people.
Well, Maybe Some Parts Of America…
Police were investigating a case in Scottsdale, Arizona that — according to one gun rights activist there — adds a new meaning to the term “ball” ammunition.
The local ABC affiliate reported that police arrested a 53-year-old woman who had allegedly shot her boyfriend, apparently believing him to have been unfaithful. Since Hell hath no fury like a woman who thinks she’s been cheated on, while the victim was snoozing in chair, she pulled a .32-caliber pistol and plugged him, several times.
The report noted wounds in the man’s neck and back, and also to his plumbing and family jewels. He took a couple of rounds in the gonads.
With all of those holes in him, the injured man insisted he hadn’t been fooling around.
As if this caper wasn’t already strange, cops discovered a box for the handgun and ammunition tucked in a “Victoria’s Secret” bag in her closet. There was also a sales slip dated about a week prior to the shooting, made out to the suspect.
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