Evergreen State gun prohibitionists eager to build on their gun control victory with the passage of Initiative 594 last November never saw this one coming: Genuine grassroots gun rights activists derailed a nasty piece of legislation in Olympia that would have opened the door wide for abuse of someone’s Second Amendment rights.
House Bill 1857 was all-but-a-sure-thing until angry Second Amendment activists decided to fight back by flooding Olympia with phone calls and e-mails. Testimony during hearings on the measure was devastating.
Sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, HB 1857 was dubbed the “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” bill. It was aimed at allowing firearms seizures from people who allegedly posed a danger to themselves or others, based on what critics worried could be the flimsiest of information. Continue reading
Austin, Texas – The Open Carry/Constitutional Carry issue in Texas has been a hot-button issue for a long time. When we received word of a new GoFundMe account for a defense fund for an arrest in February, we did some checking. On February 12, a member of Texas Open Carry, Travis Kuenstler, 34, was arrested for Criminal Trespass just prior to a hearing on the issue, after he attempted to bring a toy gun into the hearing. Travis is a US Marine veteran (1999-2002).
Travis Kuenstler is arrested by Texas DPS
Mr. Kuenstler was told that he could not take the plastic gun into the hearing room. When he questioned the legality of the statement, he was arrested for Criminal Trespass.
“The DPS troopers told him he couldn’t have that in here. He questioned what the legality of that is and when he asked for the law, the DPS trooper arrested him just for asking him what law he’s breaking… We’re now afraid of cap guns? What kind of society [have] we become?” Open Carry Texas founder, C.J. Grisham
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Supporters of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure in Washington State that was passed by voters last fall – and is now subject of a federal lawsuit spearheaded by the Second Amendment Foundation – have filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in the case…as defendants.
The federal lawsuit was filed Dec. 30 by the SAF and several other groups and private individuals, including Joe Waldron, legislative director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Participants in the motion are Cheryl Stumbo of Seattle, the primary individual sponsor of the initiative, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. They cite as their reason for intervention to “ensure that the interests of the voters who approved I-594 are fully represented.”
Cumberland County, New Jersey: Gordon Van Gilder,72, is a retired teacher who lives on a pension. He likes to collect 18th century memorabilia. But not only his pension is in jeopardy, his future is in doubt- all because of a flintlock that New Jersey police found in his glove box.
Mr. Van Gilder had the Queen Anne flintlock unloaded (they’re not easy to load in the first place) and wrapped in a cloth in his glove box. Police stopped him for a “minor traffic violation” and asked if they could search his car. He readily admitted it was in there. New Jersey’s laws do not exempt antique firearms…”Draconian” laws… a reference that is an understatement for a gun that likely hasn’t been fired in 3 centuries.
And the violation for this ancient weapon? It’s a felony. At minimum the sentence is mandatory for 3.5 years to a maximum of 10.
It’s become standard operating procedure among the left to blame the NRA anytime someone commits a crime with a gun. Saturday’s shooting of two NYPD officers is no different.
Shannon Watts, founder of the rabidly anti-gun Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is no different, issuing several tweets blaming the NRA for the murders that took place Saturday.
Should the First Amendment be treated like the Second? What would happen?
Should the First Amendment be regulated like the Second, and if that happened, would there be a resulting public outcry about liberty?
That seems to be the question among Second Amendment advocates reacting to stories that appeared in the Seattle Times regarding concerns from protesters demonstrating against the Ferguson grand jury decision, and allegations that police may have photographed people in the crowd.
One article noted that the Downtown Seattle Association and other Seattle business groups complained to Mayor Ed Murray and the city council about the protests. Protesters took to the streets without permits and “caused significant disruption and impacts to transportation, commerce, jobs, retailers, residents, employees and tax revenues,” the Times reported. Continue reading
This bumper sticker says it all for gun owners in Washington State.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review is reporting that the overwhelming majority of financial support for Initiative 594, Washington state’s controversial 18-page gun control measure backed by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), comes from just ten zip codes in and around the Seattle area.
Evergreen State gun owners are raising alarms about this, and calling on their friends and fellow gun owners to step up to the plate and support alternative Initiative 591. That’s the simple one-page measure that prohibits government gun confiscation without due process, and requires background checks done in Washington to comply with a uniform national standard. Continue reading
The very thought of requiring every American to own a firearm would undoubtedly make anti-gunners cringe. Those desiring gun control laws to be stricter continue to ignore the fact that criminals use gun-free zones as a killing ground because no firearms are allowed. Anti-gunners believe their gun-control agenda will keep Americans safe.
The debate between gun-control advocates and gun rights advocates, when it concerns the Second Amendment, is often a divisive one. Some anti-gunners continue to believe the only way to protect Americans is to ban the ownership of firearms. Would the complete banning of firearms keep Americans safe? Perhaps we can find the answer to that question by examining other countries that have taken away their citizen’s rights to own firearms.
New polling shows dissatisfaction with President Obama.
Two new polls, one from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, and the other a daily Rasmussen Reports presidential tracking poll, spell bad news for Barack Obama and Congress.
People in general are dissatisfied, and that puts more Americans in line with the nation’s firearms owners, who have been critical of the president since he took office.
Both NBC and the WSJ quoted Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research, who noted, “The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of ‘feel our pain’ to the more angry pronouncement of ‘you are causing our pain’.” Continue reading
Guns save lives and stop crime
Yet again, a Good Samaritan with a gun stops the commission of a crime by a bad guy with a weapon. Florida gun owner Edwin Sullivan, taking advantage of rights recognized under a new law enacted in that state, witnessed an attempt by a knife-wielding thug to commit a violent crime, and fired a warning shot to stop the crime. The attacker froze and this saved the life of the would-be victim, and stopped a violent crime from happening. Once again, a citizen with a gun stops a crime.
Sullivan’s actions are legal under a new state law passed in Florida called the “Threatened Use of Force” law. The Herald-Tribute, reporting this story, describes that law as one that , “allows an armed citizen to display, or point, their defensive firearm at an assailant without criminal charges, assuming the threatened use of force is justifiable.” The law also allows the citizen to fire a warning shot, as Sullivan did, if needed to stop the commission of a crime.