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gun rightsJeff Soyer on 28 Jul 2013 07:11 am

The NRA sent out a tweet asking, “Why are you a gun owner?”

Talk show host Tammy Bruce tweeted back, “I think the attached pic says it all for me.”

Now, how many of the mutants in that picture can you identify?

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 24 Jul 2013 03:26 am

Well, it’s about to — after the Governor signs a bill just passed by the legislature. CCW permit holders will be able to carry into bars and restaurants unless the owners of such establishments expressly (by a sign or something, I guess) prohibit it.


The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.

Your right to protect yourself shouldn’t be compromised by your location.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 12 Jun 2013 09:05 am

From Bizpac Review:

The owner of two small Arkansas sandwich shops has put out a welcome sign for those who are licensed to carry a gun, and they appreciate it. For those who don’t carry, they’re not so sure.

“This is simply an accommodation for people that are legally licensed to carry,” Jim Magers, owner of Schlotzsky’s Deli told KATV 7 in Little Rock.

While a few anti-gunners are complaining, I’m willing to bet that it will be good for business.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 10 Jun 2013 10:22 am

A look at him and the issues he faces in this article.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 07 Jun 2013 08:35 am

From the Colorado Statesman:

A proposed 2014 ballot initiative, which is currently being reviewed by the Colorado Supreme Court, would amend the state constitution to establish a right to purchase and possess high-capacity ammunition magazines.

[ . . . ]

The current ballot title would read, “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution prohibiting any capacity-based restriction on the purchase or possession of ammunition storage and feeding devices other than a restriction imposed by a voter-approved law?”

I’d rather see a more broad-based amendment stating that the right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed in any way for law-abiding citizens.

By the way, if such an initiative does wind up on the 2014 ballot, watch NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard spend millions trying to defeat it.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 21 May 2013 06:08 am

The Alabama State House of Representatives has approved a measure that clarifies (and increases) where CCW permit holders can legally carry. In addition, from the Montgomery Advertiser:

The legislation changes language relating to issuing gun permits from “may issue” to “shall issue.” However, sheriffs can deny permits if they believe the firearms will be used unlawfully, or if the applicants have mental illness or have falsified gun permit information before.

I suppose there’s still some wiggle-room for sheriffs to deny a permit, but I don’t think they can use “moral character” as an excuse anymore. Or race.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 17 May 2013 06:32 am

Actually, it’s just a senate committee that passed the bill, which still has to be approved by the entire legislature. It’s a very restrictive “May Issue” type law. It allows the issuing of CCW permits after a series of hurdles are passed by applicants. But, it allows an additional hurdle if you live in Chicago. From ABC News:

[Opponents of the proposed bill] say requiring a local police “endorsement” to carry in Chicago is an impermissible double standard and objected to larger cities being able to designate additional local spots as off-limits to guns.

Republicans also decried provisions in the legislation that require applicants for conceal-and-carry permits to have a “proper reason” and be “of good moral character.”

The “moral character” line is particularly galling to gun advocates. It’s vague and a magnet for lawsuits, said Sen. Dale Righter, a Mattoon Republican, arguing that it must be more clearly defined.

And since Chicago (and most of Illinois) is controlled by liberal Democrats, they get to decide what a “proper reason” and “good moral character” are. As if they would know!

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 13 May 2013 09:06 am

From KQED:

California has some of the toughest gun laws in the United States. They don’t appear to be stopping people from purchasing firearms.

Despite 10-day waiting periods, expansive background checks, a limit on one handgun purchase every 30 days and a broad “assault weapons” ban, California experienced a 180 percent increase in attempted gun purchases over the last decade.

Yes, but maybe not the purchase of the guns Californians really want. Like those “assault weapons” that only the oppressive cops are allowed to own.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 08 May 2013 11:27 am

Some veterans have been prevented from buying firearms because of things that have nothing to do with their ability to handle one responsibly. Now, some of them will be shielded from the NICS (instant background check) database. From KCTV:

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs automatically submits the names to the FBI’s database of those veterans who are deemed unable to handle their own financial affairs and have a fiduciary appointed to administer their benefits.

But the House Committee on Veterans Affairs approved legislation requiring a judge’s order before a veteran’s name is submitted to the database. Lawmakers said veterans who are not a threat to harm themselves or others should not be denied a constitutional right to buy and possess guns.

Unless they’re just stark crazy, veterans should be the last ones to lose their natural and constitutional rights.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 13 Apr 2013 04:53 am

From the Times-Argus:

Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with the state law requiring permits to carry concealed weapons.

Rep. Aaron Libby’s bill drew a large crowd to Thursday’s hearing before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Many of those attending were gun rights activists.

According to the report, a whole bunch of citizens spoke in favor of the bill. None spoke against it.

Here I am, day-dreaming again. In my dream, Maine goes permitless and then, so does New Hampshire. That makes my entire stomping grounds a beacon of liberty and freedom for the right to protect myself.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 12 Apr 2013 06:01 am

Do law abiding citizens have the right to carry firearms outside of the home, as most states think (and therefore their CCW permit system is a “Shall issue” one)? Or, do states (such as NY, NJ, CA, MD) have the right to make a person “prove” they have a need to conceal-carry (”May issue”)?

This weekend, in private meetings, the justices of the Supreme Court will decide what cases to take up next fall and one of them under consideration is a NY court’s ruling regarding that very question. From the AP:

. . . Among them is an appeal of a federal court ruling that upheld New York’s strict licensing scheme for carrying concealed weapons in public.

The National Rifle Association and 20 states are backing an appeal by five New York residents who claim that the state law violates their constitutional gun rights.

[ . . . ]

Legal scholars say the issue of whether people have a right to be armed in public is likely to win high court review at some point.

You shouldn’t have to prove a need to exercise a natural (and constitutional) right.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 21 Mar 2013 07:20 am

It’s got a long way to go but inched a bit closer to reality yesterday:

South Carolina gun owners would be allowed to openly carry their weapons in public without a permit under a bill that a legislative panel approved Wednesday.

Now it heads to another committee (the judiciary one) and we shall see . . .

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 20 Mar 2013 06:17 am

Remember how, during Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans confiscated firearms from law abiding citizens? They’re trying to prevent such actions in Arkansas:

The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to remove the governor’s emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster.

The House approved the bill on a 78-9 vote Tuesday. The governor currently has the authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 18 Mar 2013 04:09 am

In Tennessee, your natural right to protect yourself has expanded:

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee because the measure would allow workers to store guns in their cars while parked in their employers’ parking lots.

Good for him. Not everyone works at a job located in a safe area. You should be able to defend yourself from attack on your way to or returning home from work.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 16 Mar 2013 04:56 am

The Brady Bunch loves to release their yearly survey which “grades” states on the amount of infringement they impose upon the Second Amendment. It generates lots of headlines in newspapers across the country.

I suspect that will not be the case with this Guns and Ammo survey of gun friendly states:

States can score a maximum 10 points per category, with a perfect score of 50. Full disclosure, though: No state attained that perfect score, though two states came awfully close. As was expected, Washington, D.C., kicked off our list with a whopping zero points, and other anti-gun Meccas such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California weren’t far behind. Topping our list of pro-gun states were Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Utah and Kentucky. Click through the gallery below to see where your state ranked.

Some in Vermont would like to change that, though — fortunately — it appears that the legislature isn’t planning to act on any gun control measures this year.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 12 Mar 2013 04:39 am

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful of municipal gun control ordinances, affirming the Legislature’s supremacy over that area of law.

The bill targeted four towns that had more restrictive gun ordinances than that of the state. I’m guessing the Governor will sign it.

What this means is that you won’t become a criminal in one city where you weren’t in most of the state.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2013 07:09 pm

And, that would be open carry without a permit. If you can buy a gun, you can carry it openly:

South Carolinians who can legally buy a gun would be able to carry that gun openly, without having to get a concealed weapons permit, under a bill in the state Senate.

Spartanburg Sen. Lee Bright is the main sponsor of the bill. “We believe it’s a Second Amendment right that shall not be infringed, and when we require people to have permits to a certain right I believe that’s an infringement,” he says.

That’s all well and good but shouldn’t the Second Amendment right apply to concealed-carry as well? Oops; sorry, I was in a rational, alternate universe a moment ago.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 05 Mar 2013 07:26 am

Article here.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 21 Feb 2013 10:00 am

As in other states, Vermonters will be showing their support for an unfettered Second Amendment on Saturday, February 23rd.

Here are some details from the Addison Eagle:

A bipartisan Vermonters for the Second Amendment Public Rally, a pro-gun, no-gun event, will take place on the same day as the national “Day of Resistance” against gun control; it will be held on the Vermont State House grounds in Montpelier, Saturday, Feb. 23, noon-2 p.m.

Both Democratic and Republican elected state officials will speak at the rally.

Organizers announced that attendees may wear hunting-style camouflage clothing, but the wearing of military-style camouflage clothing is not being encouraged.

Schedule of speakers is at the link. Please note that firearms are not allowed on the state house grounds so bring a sign and your enthusiasm instead.

gun rightsJeff Soyer on 20 Feb 2013 05:04 am


A Missouri lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to introduce legislation that restricts gun ownership.

Representative Mike Leara from south St. Louis County is leading the charge in the capitol against the bill democrats introduced last week call for confiscating assault rifles.

Leara admits it’s designed to push back at this AW confiscation bill.

Leara’s bill would make the introduction of any bill calling for firearm confiscation a Class D felony punishable with jail time.

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