On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch’s nomination was heavily backed by the NRA, both because of the pro-Second Amendment views expressed in his judicial writings and his originalist approach to jurisprudence. Justice Antonin Scalia exemplified originalism in his landmark Heller opinion in 2008 that recognized the Second Amendment protects an individual right grounded in the principle of self-defense.
Police in Acworth, GA received a call reporting an attempted robbery and self defense shooting from the Subway located at 3305 Acworth Oaks Drive, near Baker Road.
An employee performing maintenance at the restaurant shot the would-be robber in the chest. The injured robber ran out of the restaurant and, minutes later, Kennesaw police received another call about a man having been shot.
The robber was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and underwent surgery. He is expected to survive and will be taken into custody upon discharge from the hospital. He will then be charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
On Monday, January 9th, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), joined by co-sponsors Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) – introduced S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA). Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) – along with 42 co-sponsors – as H.R. 367.
The HPA would remove sound suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA) and treat them as ordinary firearms under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). As with other firearms, commercial manufacturers, dealers, and importers would still have to be licensed, and the items’ retail sales would be subject to the GCA’s background check and transfer form requirements.
Currently, suppressors (misleadingly referred to as “silencers” in federal law) are subject to the NFA’s cumbersome and lengthy application process (about 6 to 12 months) and a $200 tax stamp. This is so, even though the devices themselves are completely harmless and very rarely used in crime.
Like a muffler on an automobile, suppressors reduce the muzzle report of the firearm to which they are attached, protecting the hearing of the firearm’s operator and reducing noise and disturbance to those nearby. Recoil is also dampened.
Suppressors have soared in popularity in recent years, as more and more hunters and firearm owners have discovered their benefits. Private ownership is legal in 42 states, and they are lawful for hunting in 40 of those states.
Contact your U.S. senators and congressional representative now. Let them hear from you on this legislation to protect your Second Amendment right via the NRA Write Your Reps tool or use the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
On December 30th 2016, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) filed new regulations for “assault weapons” as a result of AB 1135 and SB 880 which were signed into law last July. The NRA and CRPA’s legal team is currently preparing legal challenges to these regulations and will be bringing challenges to the other bills in the near future.
In the meantime, we have put together a free webinar that will allow you to better understand the impact of the regulations.
Join NRA and CPRA on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm (PT) for a live webinar that will cover the new “assault weapon” regulations and help gun owners better understand what they are and how they will be impacted. In this webinar we will discuss and explain:
C.D. Michel | Senior Counsel; Michel & Associates
Joseph Silvoso | Attorney; Michel & Associates
Online pre-registration is required to participate in the live webinar. Space is limited. After the live presentation, the webinar will be visible at www.crpa.org/webinars.
The number of persons in the United States with concealed carry permits has reached an all-time high of close to 15 million.
This year is also on track as record-setting for firearm sales. National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures from the FBI show that to date, the figures for each month this year have eclipsed monthly totals of a year ago, often by significant margins. This November has been no exception, with an increase of over 14 percent compared to the previous November, and November 25, “Black Friday,” is now the highest ranking day for NICS checks since the NICS system was established.
Although NICS checks data doesn’t correlate exactly with the number of firearms acquired in a given timeframe (there are other reasons why NICS checks may be performed, and the same person may buy several guns in a single transaction subject to one background check), NICS checks are required before a firearm may be acquired legally from a licensed firearm dealer and are a fairly reliable indicator of sales.
Yet, contrary to the apprehension and alarm expressed by gun-control groups, this expansion in gun ownership, permit-holders and permitless carry laws doesn’t correlate with an increase in violent crime. Permit holders, as a class, tend to be substantially more law-abiding than the general population. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that the crime rate for the general population is 37 time higher than the rate for police officers, yet concealed carry permit holders “are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.” Another source indicates that “more people were murdered by fists and kicks in 2015 alone than were murdered by firearm-wielding concealed-carry permit holders in the last ten years.” Overall, gun crime victimization is lower than it was 20 years ago.
This may explain why gun-control efforts keep failing – most Americans understand that criminals are unlikely to bother obtaining a carry permit or indeed, to follow any other law. An August poll found that 58 percent of Americans believe gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime than it puts people’s safety at risk.
The next milestone? Legislation that would respect the rights of individuals who possess concealed carry permits in their home state, or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state, to exercise those rights in any other state. The concept of national reciprocity of carry permits has been formally endorsed by President-Elect Trump, and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, has already announced plans to push forward a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 when the new Congress meets next year.
No matter the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Senate and House races, Hillary Clinton, if victorious, intends to attack our gun rights.
Recently leaked emails of Clinton campaign staffers published by WikiLeaks show that the candidate plans to simply bypass Congress to enact gun control by executive order.
That Clinton is intent on pursuing gun control by executive order shows her contempt for gun owners and the rule of law.
Aside from the matter of executive gun controls, the Clinton campaign emails published by WikiLeaks include a number of other items of interest to gun rights supporters. Several emails detail the Clinton campaign’s orchestrated attacks on Sanders’ gun control record. An email titled “Sanders Hits,” contains a “Guns” “hit” to be “deployed” against Sanders. Other emails chronicle the campaign’s development of a Clinton anti-gun op-ed for the New York Daily News, including a debate over how hard to “hit Sanders.”
Throughout her career Clinton has supported gun controls that exceed the SAFE Act’s onerous restrictions. Illustrating Clinton’s dual nature, while at the Brady event Clinton was careful to navigate around the controversial SAFE Act, but less than two months earlier Clinton contended that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right to bear arms when she told the attendees of a private Manhattan fundraiser, “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment…” In District of Columbia v. Heller the court ruled that the federal government could not restrict an individual from keeping an operable handgun in their home for self-defense.
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