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World War II veteran stops armed robber, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach, Fla. 08/25/14

89-Year-old Arthur Lewis was working at his store, the Jewelry Exchange, in Palm Beach County, Fla. when a man entered the shop and pretended to need his watch fixed. The man then drew a gun and attempted to rob Lewis. Lewis responded to the threat by grasping the criminal’s firearm and drawing a pistol. After a physical altercation, Lewis shot the robber, which prompted the thief to flee. Police caught up with the robber when his getaway driver sought police assistance for the wounded criminal. The armed robber targeted the wrong person. Lewis is a veteran of World War II, and previously defended himself against an attempted armed robbery in 2010. 

California: Bright-colored air gun bill passes state Assembly

SB199 advanced on a 41-34 vote, the minimum needed to pass, after Republican lawmakers and an influential Democrat blasted it as ineffective. It now returns to the Senate.

The Second Amendment's defining moment

In March 2008 I chatted with a silver-haired law school professor under the marble pillars of the U.S. Supreme Court building. He was very excited. The court was to about hear Heller v. D.C. The case would decide whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to own and carry guns. He had 20 law students with him. He said anxiously, “When I put in the paperwork to get seats months ago I didn’t know we’d get to see one of the last unresolved constitutional questions debated.” He said this while looking at a line of people hoping to get seats that went down the block, around a corner and out of sight.

New Hampshire: Concealed controversy

The state Department of Safety created a controversy this summer by changing some language on the state’s concealed carry license application. The language seemed to imply that the department has wide discretion when deciding who gets concealed carry permits. The controversy raised a very important question about the state’s concealed carry license: Why do we have one?

Bloomberg Funded Gun Control Group 'Bankrolling' Nevada Gun Control Initiative

Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety is "bankrolling" a gun control initiative in Nevada that seeks to expand background checks for private firearm transfers, guns sold at gun shows, "or among friends and family."

Armed citizen halts pair of armed robbers, The Times Leader, Wilkes Barre, Pa. 08/24/14

A man was walking down a street late at night in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. when a pair of armed criminals attempted to rob him. The man responded to the threat by drawing a gun and grabbing the firearm one of the robbers was holding, prompting the thieves to flee. 

Setting up potential appeal, D.C. asks federal judge to reinstate handgun ban

Attorneys for the District formally asked U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin on Monday to reconsider his July opinion striking down as unconstitutional the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public.

California waiting period nixed for existing gun owners

First-time gun buyers are still subject to the 10-day waiting period, but Judge Anthony W. Ishii ruled that those who have already been judged competent to own a gun should not be forced to wait an additional period for every new gun they seek to purchase.

The devious designs of Operation Choke Point

President Obama wasn’t kidding about acting on his own if Congress won’t go along with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the country that elected him president. Sometimes he tries his phone, then if Congress blocks his agenda, his pen, but more and more often he’s simply acted without consulting or even informing Congress. In some cases, he’s even actively sought to keep Congress in the dark about new programs he’s started without even submitting them to Congress for approval.

Baton Rouge ordinance banning guns in bars violates Second Amendment, federal judge rules

A Baton Rouge ordinance banning the possession of guns at bars or any other place that sells alcohol was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on Monday. The ordinance also applied to parking lots of places that sell alcohol, including those at restaurants and grocery stores.

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge

An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.

Women with guns

She shoots guns for vacation. “If you ask me where I’m going on vacation, I’m going to tell you I’m packing my bags to go shooting somewhere,” said Katerina Prozer, 42.

More women are gun buyers, sellers, and activists

More women than ever own guns.Nearly 79 percent of firearms retailers reported an increase in female customers between 2011 and 2012, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. From this surge in popularity come classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships, and conferences for women.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 33 08/22/2014

Fight to Stop SB53, the Ammunition Sales Purchase Permits and Registration bill, Heats Up in Sacramento

The war over SB 53 is heating up in Sacramento and now anti-gun advocates are attempting to split gun owners by trying to buy the support of hunters.  The newest amended version of SB 53 will continue to BAN the mail and internet sales of ammunition to firearms owners in California, unless you have a hunting license.  Supporters of SB 53 think that they can pretend to be "pro- hunting" while they are still violating the rights of firearms owners statewide.

Mendelson says he will appeal D.C. gun carry ruling

D.C. is in the cross hairs of a Second Amendment fight. The city is the only place in the country that has a complete ban on carrying guns outside the home. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin ruled in the Palmer case that the law was unconstitutional and D.C. had to allow people to carry guns. In an exclusive interview, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told FOX 5 on Thursday that he will appeal the gun carry ruling, making the information public for the first time.

'Campus-carry' laws are a growing trend

Derek Sommer carries a concealed handgun almost everywhere he goes these days, including onto the campus of Idaho State University - an illegal act until recently.

NRA launches ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg

The National Rifle Association this week is launching an ad campaign targeting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged to spend up to $50 million to boost candidates who back gun control initiatives this year.

Mississippi Yawning: One Year Later, Dire Open Carry Predictions Prove False

It’s long been a predictable pattern. A state or locality relaxes its restrictions on carrying firearms and doesn’t devolve into the anarchy gun opponents predicted. The latest example comes from Mississippi, where last year a change in the law, and a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling, ensured that law-abiding residents could exercise their right to carry openly without a permit. According to a report in Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger, after a year of lawful open carry, not much has changed.

NICS Data Suggest Gun Sales Still Strong in 2014

Guns are durable goods, and Americans have bought more than 100 million brand new guns during the last 15 years, on top of the 200 million they already had. Thus, when assessing the strength of gun ownership in the United States, it probably doesn’t matter very much whether Americans bought slightly more or fewer guns this year than they did last year or the year before. To paraphrase a quote often attributed to the late U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, “100 million here and 100 million there, and by and by you’re talking about a lot of guns.”

Leaked Documents Reveal Danger of Watchlist Legislation, Attacks on Due Process

For over a decade, anti-gun activists have attempted to exploit the country’s fear of terrorism in order to expand the categories of persons prohibited by federal law from owning firearms. Dubbed the effort to close the “Terror Gap” by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), gun controllers, including Michael Bloomberg, have championed legislation that would empower the federal government to deny firearms to those on the Terrorist Watchlist. 

Ignorant Writers Issue Dire Pistol Prediction

The Army is talking about adopting a new pistol and, according to Maureen Mackey of the Fiscal Times, “when that happens, America’s emergency rooms better be prepared for the carnage that’s likely to follow.” Previously, freelance anti-gun writer Matt Valentine made a similar prediction in The Atlantic.

Resident fights off three home invaders, KRQE, Albuquerque, N.M. 08/20/14

A man was asleep at home in Albuquerque, N.M. when a trio of armed robbers attempted to gain entry to the residence by claiming that they were police. The criminals ultimately broke down the door and got inside the home. The resident responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the home invaders, striking and killing one, and wounding another. The surviving intruders fled the home, but were later captured by police. The surviving home invaders have been charged with the murder of their accomplice. Albequerque Police Department Public Information Officer Tanner Tixier shared some advice for would be intruders with local media outlet KRQE, stating, “What people need to understand is if you join your buddy to go commit a felony and your buddy dies you can be the one who gets charged with murder.” 

'Joe Biden defense' no longer needed in Washington state gun case

When a Washington state man was charged last year with unlawfully firing a shotgun, he had a simple explanation: Joe Biden told me to do it.It appears, however, he no longer needs that defense.

Remington shifts jobs from N.Y. to Alabama

Remington is reducing its work force in New York, where the gun maker has operated a factory for nearly 200 years, and where new gun laws are in the spotlight.

Gun rights group fights Ohio State suit dismissal

A judge is giving a gun rights group more time to argue why its lawsuit challenging Ohio State University over its weapons ban shouldn’t be dismissed.

UK: Pro-gun lobby hits back in row over number of people injured by firearms

Is 27 injury accidents involving guns in the South West last year a reason to tighten the gun laws? Anti-gun campaigners who think so have been firmly re-butted, as Philip Bowern reports.

Why millions of women are target shooting

Shooting sports are in the middle of a renaissance thanks to a previously untapped block of Americans who haven’t yet discovered the joy and skill of target shooting.CBS reported today that just in the last decade alone, the number of women target shooters have rocketed up to 70 percent. Now more than 6 million women have taken up the sport. Hunting has also grown in that time; there are now 3 million women patrolling the wilderness.

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s Epic Fail in Milwaukee

Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up againstGoliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe. Using just a sling and a stone, David brought Goliath down to his knees and destroyed him.

Neighbors foil carjacker, KTVK, Phoenix, Ariz. 08/15/14

A man approached a woman in her vehicle in Phoenix, Ariz. and asked if he could use her phone. When the woman refused, the man dragged her from the vehicle. A woman who lives nearby noticed the situation and went to investigate. While the neighbor was near the car, the carjacker accelerated, injuring her. The neighbor’s husband responded by firing at the carjacker, striking him. The wounded carjacker fled the scene, but was captured a short time later, after he crashed the stolen vehicle. The carjacker died after being taken to a hospital. 

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe. Using just a sling and a stone, David brought Goliath down to his knees and destroyed him.

When a psychiatrist shoots to kill

‘More might have died if doctor had not shot gunman” — so read the headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 27. On the previous Thursday, a patient, Richard Plotts, entered the office of his psychiatrist, Lee Silverman, M.D., with his caseworker, Theresa Hunt. Plotts then became very upset and killed Hunt with two shots to her head. While this was happening, Dr. Silverman tried to take cover, drew his handgun, and shot the attacker three times. The doctor suffered slight wounds from bullets that grazed his head and hit his thumb. Staffers then succeeded in subduing the wounded Plotts. He was hospitalized in critical condition and now faces murder charges.

National Rifle Association Launches National "Meet the Real Michael Bloomberg" Campaign

Releases TV Ad Highlighting Bloomberg's Hypocrisy and Arrogance   Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association today launched a national campaign aimed at exposing Michael Bloomberg’s anti-freedom agenda. The "Meet the Real Michael Bloomberg" campaign kicks off with a national television advertisement titled "Insult".  “Insult" is the first in a series of ads that will expose Bloomberg's hypocrisy, arrogance and desire to tell the American people how to live their lives. "Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and our five million members. We will not sit back and let him use his billions of dollars to impose his radical anti-freedom agenda on the American people. Our effort will expose Bloomberg as an arrogant hypocrite who thinks he knows best how people should live their lives," said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.  

District asks for more time as it ponders ruling throwing out handgun carry ban

The Second Amendment does not include an “unalloyed right” to carry guns in public, District officials argued in a court pleading filed Monday that seeks more time before a judge’s ruling takes effect and overturns the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public.

Connecticut: Bar association heads for showdown over gun control support

The Connecticut Bar Association, the state's biggest — and normally staid — organization of lawyers has been split by a post-Newtown disagreement over applying its considerable clout to defending Connecticut's new, toughest-in-the-nation gun control law.

Detroit police chief: ‘No question in my mind’ legal gun ownership deters crime

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies than it did last year, and Police Chief James Craig is crediting armed citizens for the drop.

Louisiana: Update on Issues Affecting Concealed Carry Permit Holders

According to a recent Nevada Department of Public Safety memo, Louisiana concealed carry permits will no longer be recognized by Nevada because of a 2013 law change that provided for the issuance of lifetime permits in the Sportsman’s Paradise.  It is unknown why Nevada will no longer honor Louisiana’s standard five-year permit, as holders had previously been granted reciprocity and it remains separate and distinct from the lifetime permit created by the 2013 statute.

How Michael Bloomberg Is Twisting The Gun Control Debate In The Evergreen State Washing-con

Right now in the state of Washington, Bloomberg is pushing a November ballot measure that is promoted as being about background checks for private sales. But it is really a law to criminalize most gun owners, including those who never sell guns. If passed, the deceptive Bloomberg ban for Washington state is then going to become the national model, to gradually be imposed on gun owners nationwide. 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mayor Charged with Bribery

Monticello, New York, Democratic Mayor Gordon Jenkins—a member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns—was arrested Thursday on bribery charges, the latest in a long string of legal and ethical foibles by Jenkins.

Store employee shoots armed robber, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisc. 08/15/2014

An armed man entered Innovative Optique in Bayside, Wisc. and attempted to rob the store. An employee responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, striking and killing him. An investigation revealed that the deceased was convicted of a 2010 armed robbery in which he targeted two people travelling in a car. Innovative Optique experienced another attempted robbery in 2009.

California 2014 Legislative Session Expected to Adjourn in Two Weeks

The 2014 California legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on Sunday, August 31, but it is expected that they will probably try to finish up next Friday, August 29.  Accordingly, it is CRITICAL that you call AND e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman every day urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.  Also, please forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California urging them to contact their state legislators to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.  

Idaho: Residents challenge Nampa gun rules

Signs posted at Nampa City Hall and Nampa Civic Center prohibit guns on those properties, but a pair of Nampa residents’ concerns may initiate a change in the city’s gun policies.

Washington: Money starts to flow in for gun initiatives

While Washington state voters won’t weigh in on two competing gun-related ballot measures for months, money is already pouring into the campaigns in advance of the November election.

Mississippi: Gun carry right hasn't brought 'wild West'

About this time last year, there was furor about state House Bill 2, the "open carry" bill.HB 2 allows someone to openly carry a firearm. It caused an uproar, and litigation to block it, even though the state constitution already had given Mississippians such a right since 1890.

UK: Seventeen years after Dunblane, it's still impossible to discuss the effectiveness of the handgun ban

The aftermath of such an enormity ought to be the one time that we don’t rush to legislate; but, of course, that’s not how we’re designed. People want to do something – anything – to vent their feelings. Politicians, whose job is to represent the country, have to take account of public sentiment.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 32 08/15/2014

Nevada: UPDATE on Concealed Handgun License Permit Recognition

Earlier this week, your NRA-ILA reported on alterations to Nevada’s Concealed Handgun License Permit recognition agreements.  In addition to removing West Virginia from its list of recognized out-of-state permits, Nevada will no longer honor permits from Louisiana.  However, the Silver State will now begin honoring permits from Illinois.

Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.

Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.

Clinton-Appointed Judge Upholds Maryland’s “Assault Weapon” and “Large” Magazine Bans in Ultra-Biased Opinion

This week’s ruling by the judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland reminds us why it is important to elect U.S. senators who will reject an anti-gun president’s anti-gun nominees to the federal courts, and to elect presidents who will not nominate anti-gunners in the first place.

More New Mexico residents are arming themselves with guns

Gun background checks and permits are on the rise in Dona Ana County. Nearly 3,000 concealed carry weapon permits were issued to county residents in June, and more than 30,000 were issued in 2013.

Pro-gun rights Milwaukee sheriff: 'Bloomberg made a huge miscalculation'

Fresh off his victory in Wednesday's primary, pro-gun rights incumbent sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, Jr. appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" to fire back at former New York City mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Defeated by Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

In recent weeks, Michael Bloomberg’s campaign against gun rights have continued without abatement, as the New York City billionaire aimed his checkbook at Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a strong supporter of the right of people to keep and bear arms for their defense.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bloomberg, through his political action committee, Independence USA, spent $150,000 on advertisements to unseat Sheriff Clarke in this week’s Democratic primary.

Chuck Norris' Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

In July, the NRA’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) announced its 2014 Trigger the Vote voter registration campaign by unveiling its new website and premiering its first ad, “Father & Son."

Background Checks? Gun Turn-in Organizer Doesn’t Want Guns Sold at All!

Gun control advocate Niki Watson received an unwelcome surprise when she learned that firearms she collected at a gun turn-in in Augusta, Ga. would be resold to law-abiding gun owners.  According to the Augusta Chronicle, Watson said that the plan to sell the guns is a “slap to the face” and that “My whole objective was to get them off the streets.”

No Surprise Here: ABA Opposes Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground Laws

The American Bar Association (ABA), which supports handgun registration and handgun owner licensing, supports a ban on general-purpose semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, thinks the Consumer Products Safety Commission should dictate what kind of firearms are “safe” enough to manufacture, supports legislation to ban the manufacture of pistols that don’t micro-stamp ammunition, thinks that anti-gun groups should be able to file frivolous lawsuits against the firearm industry, and opposes “shall issue” carry permit laws and federal “Right-to-Carry” reciprocity legislation has come out against Stand Your Ground laws.

Brady Campaign Loses Lawsuit Against Armslist. Again.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of the firearms classified website Armslist on Tuesday when it held that, as a matter of law, Armslist could not be liable for the criminal acts of a person who illegally acquired a firearm using the Armslist website.  Alex Vesely, with the support of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, sued Armslist on behalf of his sister Jitka, who was killed by Demetry Smirnov using a handgun that had been advertised on Armslist.

BATFE Proposes New “Lost or Stolen” Reporting Requirement for Federal Firearm Licensees

On August 12, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice proposing an amendment to current Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) regulations requiring Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to report firearms that are lost or stolen in transit.  Under current regulations, FFLs must report theft or loss of firearms within 48 hours of discovery.  However, these new regulations would require that the transferor/sender of a firearm now bear the responsibility for reporting the theft or loss of that firearm within 48 hours.

Resident fights off crew of armed robbers, KDFW, Dallas, Texas, 08/08/14

Four men, at least some of whom were armed with guns, broke into an apartment in Garland, Texas. The resident responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the rest to flee. Police suspect the deceased intruder also recently robbed a nearby convenience store. 

Michael Bloomberg made a big bet in Milwaukee — and lost

Gun control advocates seeking to assert their political power suffered a big loss Tuesday in Wisconsin when Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) narrowly bested a fellow Democrat to win his party’s nomination for a second term.

Victory by pro-gun sheriff underscores the limits of Bloomberg’s clout

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have wanted him out of a job, but Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. still managed to pull off a primary victory Tuesday.

Massachusetts: Gov. Patrick signs bill updating state gun laws

The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office of Public Safety to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and calls for the creation of a firearms trafficking unit within the state police.It also gives local police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to people they feel are unsuitable to have access to the weapons.

Michigan: State Senate Acts on Pro-Gun Bills Today

Today, two NRA-backed bills, Senate Bill 977 and Senate Bill 979, received action in the Michigan Senate.

West Virginia: Nevada Drops Reciprocity for Concealed Handgun License Permit Holders

Last week, the state of Nevada announced that they had dropped their reciprocal concealed handgun license agreement with West Virginia and will no longer honor concealed carry licenses from the Mountain State.

40-year study of Maine bear population continues

In 1975, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began a 40-year study to examine Maine’s bear population. The information provided by the study is used to adjust bear hunting rules and regulations to ensure the number of bears is kept in balance with available habitat.

California: Anti-Gun Bills Expected to be Heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees This Week

Three anti-gun bills are expected to be heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees this Thursday, August 14 or Friday, August 15.  It is CRITICAL that EVERY gun owner, sportsman and Second Amendment supporter in California call AND e-mail members of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees urging them to OPPOSE SB 580, SB 808 and AB 1014.  Tell state legislators that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners.

Can a gun owner get justice in New Jersey?

Shaneen Allen faces three and a half years in prison because she made an honest mistake, followed by a mistake of honesty. Allen, a 27-year-old phlebotomist who lives in Philadelphia, drove to Atlantic City with a gun in her purse, erroneously thinking her Pennsylvania carry permit would be respected in New Jersey. Then she told a state trooper about the gun when he pulled her over for a traffic violation.

The facts about Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich and her stalker

It is often very hard for women who have been victims of sexual type crimes to publicly discuss what has happened to them. Last week in Washington, five women came forward to discuss how gun free zones at colleges have prevented them from defending themselves. From rape and sexual assault, to stalkers, to one woman whose stalker killed her husband, to death threats,these women bravely came forward and talked of the traumas -- all but one telling their story publicly for the first time.

Pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff defeats challenge from Bloomberg

Yesterday incumbent Sheriff David Clarke, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, won the Democratic primary, 52-48%. There being no Republican on the November ballot, Sheriff Clarke is almost certain to win re-election. The race attracted national attention last week when Michael Bloomberg put $150,000 into the campaign against Sheriff Clarke–more than the total combined campaign spending by Sheriff Clarke and his primary opponent Chris Moews. While 100% of precincts have reported, Moews has not conceded. There are 6,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, but since Clarke has a lead of about 4,700 votes, it seems virtually impossible for Moews to prevail. Sheriff Clarke has served since 2002, and his law enforcement career began in 1978. He is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Sheriffs Association, and also belongs to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Maryland ban upheld in federal court

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

Concealed weapons permits quadrupled in West Virginia

The number of concealed weapons permits issued annually in the state has more than quadrupled in the past five years.In 2009, county sheriffs’ departments issued 11,160 permits allowing residents to carry concealed handguns in most public places. In 2013, that number had jumped to 44,981.

Gun dealers have 48 hours to report firearms lost in transit, ATF proposes in new rule

Firearms dealers will soon have more regulatory reporting requirements hoisted on them with a new rule proposed by the nation’s top gun-enforcement agency Tuesday.

Online gun exchange not liable for murder victim’s death, appeals court says

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a trial judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the brother of a woman killed with a handgun purchased through Armslist.com, an online marketplace for privately owned guns. The three-judge panel ruled that Armslist did not owe a “duty of care” to the plaintiff or his sister, and therefore the plaintiff could not prove negligence.

Woman defends herself from burglar, WTVD, Raleigh, N.C. 08/07/14

Paige Ham was inside her home in Goldsboro, N.C. when she noticed that the lock had been taken off a storage shed in her back yard. Ham retrieved a gun and went to investigate. While she was investigating, a man came out of the shed and moved towards her. Ham responded by shooting the burglar. According to news reports, the thief’s condition is not life-threatening. Additionally, Wayne County Sheriff’s officials have made clear that Ham will not be charged. 

Massachusetts' gun control law to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick

Lawmakers in late July agreed on final details of the bill, which received support from both gun control advocacy groups and the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League. The National Rifle Association opposed the bill prior to its passage, telling lawmakers “it isn't difficult to imagine” ways for government officials to abuse discretionary licensing powers granted under the legislation.

Colorado: Hickenlooper wrote ‘fawning’ letter to Michael Bloomberg

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper seems to have something of a man-crush on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Hickenlooper admitted in a tape-recorded conversation that that he penned a “long, fawning” handwritten letter to Bloomberg in which he enumerated his favorite Bloomberg achievements.

Texas: Alcoholic Beverage Commission Proposes New Rules that Negatively Impact Friends of NRA Events, Shooting Clubs and Gun Shows

The state agency charged with regulating the sale, distribution and possession of alcoholic beverages in Texas is proposing new regulations that could drastically affect fundraising events held by charitable organizations as well as the operation of certain shooting clubs and gun shows.

Time is Running Out in Sacramento

Several anti-gun bills last week have made it to the state Senate and Assembly floor.  It is CRITICAL that EVERY gun owner, sportsman and Second Amendment supporter in California keep up the pressure on their state Senator and Assemblyman OPPOSING ALL of the anti-gun bills listed below.  Tell your state legislators that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners by opposing the listed bills below.  

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Workshop on Implementation of Lead Ammunition Ban to be Held this Tuesday

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop this Tuesday, August 12, to discuss implementation of the newly expanded ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting throughout California.  This CDFW public workshop will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Department of General Services Building located at 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno.  Following the CDFW presentation, hunters and other interested parties will be able to make public comment.

NRA Supports the Use of Suppressors for Hunting in Florida

On Friday, August 8, the following letter was sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

More women applying for handgun permits in Maryland

It is easier for a business owner who conducts primarily cash transactions in Maryland to obtain a permit to wear and carry a gun, than a woman who fears she may be attacked by an ex-lover.

Concealed carry permits on the rise in New Mexico, Doña Ana County

More and more people across the state and county are seeking concealed carry permits, a rise gun safety instructors attribute partly to national politics and diversification of gun ownership in recent years.

Locked and Loaded Ladies: More women carrying guns for protection

With her cropped silver hair, white orthopedic slip-on shoes and a silver cross and a Virgin Mary pendant around her neck, you'd never suspect that Pat Bagley is packing heat.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 31 08/08/2014

80-year-old woman with revolver defends home, WTVT, Tampa Bay, Fla. 08/01/14

80-year-old NJ Logan was recovering from hip surgery at home in Holmes Beach, Fla. when she became aware of an intrusion. Logan responded by retrieving a revolver, calling 9-1-1, and warning the intruder. According to Logan, while on the phone with police, she was told to “put the gun down,” to which she replied, “I’ll put the gun down when I see the police.” The intruder left the home without a direct confrontation. Following the incident, Logan told a local media outlet, “I believe in guns inside your house, because I don't think anybody has the right to break into your private domain. I'll definitely have the gun up there that is for sure.” 

The Show-Me State Shows the Way to Safeguard Fundamental Rights

Missouri’s primary election on Tuesday included a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to strengthen Missouri’s right to arms provision.  Voters approved the amendment by a 61% to 39% margin.

Gun battles in states rely on ballots, not bullets

Gun-control advocates insist public sentiment is on their side, but ballot initiatives in the states paint a much muddier picture.

Prosecution of Shaneen Allen moves forward

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Philadelphia who was arrested for driving through New Jersey with a handgun. Allen had a permit for her gun in Pennsylvania, but New Jersey doesn’t recognize Pennsylvania gun permits. Despite the fact that Allen volunteered that she was in possession of the gun during her traffic stop, she was still arrested and charged with a felony. According to her attorney, she is eligible for a diversion program for first-time offenders that would avoid a felony conviction and mandatory 42 months in prison. But for reasons he has yet to articulate, New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain has refused to allow her to take advantage of that program.

Traveling with guns can turn into a nightmare

If I lived in New Jersey, I’d be committing more than 100 felonies, 24 hours a day.The Garden State’s stringent regulations on the types of firearms, magazines and ammunition it allows would criminalize most of my collection, especially the modern sporting rifles, standard-capacity magazines and controlled-expansion ammunition.

Dartmouth student lobbies to carry gun after encounters with alleged stalker

Fearing a man who she says has stalked her for four years, a Dartmouth College student is pushing for legislation that would allow her to carry a concealed weapon.San Diego native Taylor Woolrich shared her story at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the Students for Concealed Carry’s national conference.

911 dispatcher tells grandmother to ‘put the gun down’ during break-in

A Florida grandmother whose home was broken into says a 911 dispatcher ordered her to put her gun down in the middle of the invasion.

Straight Shooters: Meet the gay gun-rights activists

Four years ago, Chris Cheng—a Chinese-Japanese-Cuban-American Google employee—started watching Top Shot, a History Channel reality show where contestants shoot their way through a series of complex competitions. Cheng, who as a kid had sometimes gone shooting with his Navy veteran father, started getting into the show.

Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio declined to dismiss a case for unlawful possession of a firearm against Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen.  Allen was arrested during a traffic stop last October after she volunteered to the officer that she had a firearm in her car.  She mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania license to carry firearms was valid in New Jersey.  This was hardly an unreasonable assumption, considering that Pennsylvania concealed carry licensees can lawfully carry in over 30 other states.

Friends Indeed: 22 State Attorneys General Join Pro-Second Amendment Brief in SAFE Act Appeal

Amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs have been filed in Nojay v. Cuomo, the appeal from the decision of Judge William Skretny last year that largely upheld New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (“SAFE”) Act.  The plaintiffs challenged bans on large-capacity magazines and “assault weapons” (as redefined), the requirement that magazines contain no more than seven rounds, and new rules on ammunition sales, as unconstitutional.  After Judge Skretnty denied most of these claims, the case (decided as New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Cuomo) was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Gun Control Strategists Mind Their Tongues, Look To NRA for Tactics

Facts are stubborn things. So when the facts are not in your favor, it’s not surprising that your message and strategy will need to continually change.  For gun controllers – while that message may be incorrect on important facets of history, constitutional principles, Supreme Court doctrine, or even the will of the American people – $50 million dollars is quite an incentive to stay on script.

Clerk halts robber armed with rifle, WFSB, Connecticut, 08/06/14

A man armed with a rifle entered Congress Mini Mart in New Haven, Conn. and attempted to rob the store. At some point the thief left, then traveled to the nearby Nino’s Market convenience store and attempted to rob it. The clerk at Nino’s responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and shooting the criminal in the chest, killing him. Police have confirmed that the clerk was in compliance with Connecticut’s gun laws. Bizarrely, the clerks at Congress Mini Mart and Nini’s Market are brothers. 

Philly mom will stand trial for bringing gun to N.J.

The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court.Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program.

Florida may allow hunters to use silencers

Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers.

Dear Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun to protect myself

Over the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order.

Illinois: Upcoming Committee Meeting to Discuss Firearms Rules

On Tuesday, August 12, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) will meet to consider two firearm-related rules.  After failing to adopt rules for more than a year and creating a mess of the Law Enforcement objection process, the Concealed Carry Review Board has finally submitted “emergency” rules for their operation.  No emergency currently exists that isn’t entirely of their own making.  They now want to limit any applicant’s due process and ability to respond to objections filed by a law enforcement agency.  JCAR will consider these rules at its next meeting on August 12.
 
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