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Gun Law That May Really Save Lives

I came across a new Gun Law that has passed the Mississippi Legislature and has been signed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, that may actually save lives. One of the things that I am always complaining about is that of the more than 22,000 gun laws on the books now, none of them has ever saved a life. But alas, we may now have one, and it goes into effect immediately.

Baptist ChurchOf course, this law would not even be necessary if they hadn’t previously passed a Gun Control law that made it illegal in the first place, but this new law now makes it legal for a     Continue reading

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Peruta v. San Diego Loses En Banc

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Shoots Down Suit to Outlaw California Concealed Carry Law

The Gun Grabbing Libs Had to Lie, Cheat and Steal to Get This One

“There is no truth in the law. Everybody lies. Stop searching for it.” — Al Pacino, “Misconduct”

I was watching Fox News last night when they Constitution & Gavelsuddenly broke from the story they had going, to discuss the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that had just been handed down.  They broke to get opinions from two panelists they had set up in front of a camera.  In keeping with the Fox motto of “Fair and Balanced” they had one who is pro guns and a gun grabber type.  After explaining the decision had finally been released after about a year and describing how the Court held that the ‘Good Cause’ requirement in California’s Law was ruled to be Constitutional, they broke to get opinions from their two panelists.

I have to admit that I probably didn’t hear a word that either one of them said. My mind was fixated on how under handed, deceitful and dishonest the cheating liberals are.  And this is no exception.  We gun carriers had finally won one last year when the first ruling had opined that the California Law that requires one to have a “good cause” was unconstitutional.  It made sense to us. After all, what part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand. Requiring someone to show     Continue reading

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Gun Free Zones Kill, Again – This Time 4 Marines in Chattanooga

This keeps happening and yet it is predictable, and to some degree preventable. Our lawmakers and politicians continue to believe that our society needs what they call “gun free zones”, ostensibly to keep guns out of the building, arena, or gathering place. But gun free zones are becoming known as “killing zones”.

A few weeks ago, we reported about a senseless shooting in Charleston, S.C. This time the location is in Chattanooga, TN where a Muslim man shot through the windows of a military recruiting station located in a strip mall. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen, born in Kuwait, with citizenship in Jordan, woke up in the morning and decided that this form of terrorism, shooting up two military centers with an AK-47, would be appropriate for his unknown cause. He paid for it with his life.

According to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge,     Continue reading

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Maryland Restrictive Concealed Carry Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Maryland’s Concealed Carry Law that requires applicants to submit a “good and substantial reason” along with their application has been ruled Unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court.  According to U.S. District Judge Benson Everette Legg, Maryland’s goal to control the amount of firearms carried by residents is therfore unconstitutional.

Maryland’s law is similar to the California CCW law in that California requires applicants to provide a reason of “good cause” as to why they should be granted a permit to carry a weapon concealed.  With this ruling in Maryland, California may soon be ordered to change their law.

The U.S. District Court upheld that the Second Amendment “right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”   Therefore citizens should not be required to submit a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.

Attorney Alan Gura made a statement to the AP for the plaintiff Raymond Woollard saying, “People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don’t have to prove that there’s a special reason for them to seek the permit.”

The case of Woollard vs. Sheridan was brought against the state police superintendent and members of the Handgun Permit Review Board for putting the burden of proof on a citizen and wrongly denying Woollard’s application in 2010.  Raymond Woollard had previously obtained a concealed carry permit after a struggle with a thief at his home in 2002.  However, his license renewal application was denied by the state of Maryland because he could not prove he was subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote.  “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

We applaud Judge Legg and his decision that upholds the Second Amendment right for law abiding citizens of Maryland, or of any state for that matter, to own and use a handgun in defense of themselves and their family.  Unfortunately, this decision currently only covers Maryland residents, but we stand ready to persevere in our liberal state of California when this comes before justices for ruling here.  This ruling is precedence and can only help to overturn the oppressive laws established by liberals who are only interested in control and who are currently running amuck in our state capitol with almost no opposition.  

California’s AB144 which passed last September went into law this past January, virtually disarmed all of us who cannot obtain a CCW permit, by making it illegal to carry a weapon openly.  Open carry had previously been legal since before the State was a State.  And as we know CCW permits are nearly impossible to obtain, except for a few friends of the local sheriffs and politicians.   

By making it illegal to open carry a weapon coupled with the restrictive CCW law of the land, California gun law is ripe to be declared “unconstitutional” as the Second Amendment cannot be satisfied.  Therefore, the court can only rule one way and still uphold the Constitution.

Maryland is showing us the way and we are sure to follow.

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Sheriff Encourages Women to Carry Concealed Weapons

In a press conference Monday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright suggested that women should obtain concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) and be prepared to defend themselves, because “our form of justice is not making it.”  He made this statement as he described and an attack on a South Carolina woman by a man who had repeatedly been arrested more than twenty times for numerous crimes and subsequently released back onto the street.  Said Sheriff Chuck Wright to “liberals”, “your form of justice isn’t workin’.  This ‘animal’ should not be allowed to walk among us,” speaking of the perpetrator of the attempted rape.

After describing the “horrific act” upon the victim, he went on to say that “it’s too bad that someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by and hear the cries.  That would have fixed this,” he said.

The Sheriff further went on to say, “Ladies, walk in groups.  Get a concealed weapons permit.  I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace.  I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit.”  “I am tired,” he said, “of looking at victims and saying were sorry, we’ve done the best we can to get them in jail.”  He later urged women to carry a .45 caliber handgun in a fanny pack while jogging.

Naturally, the sheriff is an opponent of gun control laws.  And, apparently he is also tired of the restrictions that liberal legislators have placed on citizens to provide for their own self defense.  “Gun control to me is being able to get your (gun) barrel back on target quick.  That’s gun control.  Gun Control for government purposes has never worked,” Wright said.  And he’s right.  Not one gun control law has ever reduced crime, or stopped a criminal from committing a gun crime.

Frankly, Sheriff Wright makes a lot of sense.  His words make sense for all citizens – not just women.  He is the type of sheriff we need more of, especially in California where the liberals are running amuck, unchecked and unopposed.  We need a national reciprocal concealed carry law and we need to make it less difficult for law abiding citizens to be able to obtain a carry concealed weapons permit.  We should follow the lead of Wyoming earlier this year that lifted most restrictions to obtaining a CCW becoming what is called a “Constitutional Carry” state.

GE

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Governor ‘Moon Beam’ Signed AB 144 Into Law

Yes, over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that removes Californian’s right to openly carry a firearm.  AB 144, the confusing bill authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada), will now become the law of land in California in January, unless it is struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ before then.

Make no mistake, this bill will eventually be struck down by the Court as it is a blatant “infringement” of our Constitutional right guaran-teed by the Second Amendment.  We just don’t know how quickly that will come about. It’s probably not going to happen before January 1st when the bill will actually become law.  Californians will then have no means by which they can legally “bear arms” short of a carry concealed weapon permit, and it is nearly impossible to obtain a CCW permit in California as the law is now.

The only way that the Court may leave this new law in place is if the State changes its CCW law from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” methodology.  Currently, concealed carry permits are issued by the Sheriff of each county at his discretion.  They are rarely granted except in extreme need cases, or as the law states, where a “determination of good cause” is made.  The Sheriffs of more rural counties are usually a little more liberal in the grants than are those of high population counties with major urban cities where they are the strictest in their standards for granting a permit.  Funny thing is, politicians are usually granted a CCW permit without question – the same people who are telling us that they don’t want us to be able to carry a firearm.

If the State does change their stance on concealed carry permits, then the Court may leave the new law banning open carry of unloaded firearms in place, as the ability to carry a firearm will be satisfied if we simply obtain a permit.  Only thing is, the liberals are never going to change their oppressive CCW law either.  As arrogant as they area, they’ll just wait until the court tells them just how wrong they are.

GE

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Update on California AB144

Note:   There is further information on this bill in our article Further Update on AB144

Earlier today AB 144, the bill that would make it illegal to openly carry firearms in California has passed the next hurdle on its way to the senate. In a vote of 4-2 it passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill which is authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) will now be on its way to the Senate Appropriations Committee for fiscal consideration.

Open carry has always been legal in California without a permit. The primary consideration is that the gun must be unloaded. Other conditions are that you may not carry in school zones, post offices, state parks and government buildings. If this bill passes it will make it a misdemeanor to carry a weapon openly anywhere in California, that is punishable with 1 year in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

As we stated in our earlier post California’s AB 144 To Ban Open Carry, this bill will do nothing to take guns from criminals as they don’t care what laws are in place as they don’t follow them. Law abiding citizens will be the ones to take the brunt of this one though and they will now have no way to legally carry protection without a concealed carry permit. And CCW permits are almost impossible to obtain.

Please contact members of the California Senate and voice your opinion on this blatant attack on our Second Amendment rights.  For a complete list of California Senators click here.

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California’s AB144 to Ban Open Carry

For more recent news on this legislation see: Update on California AB144

Gun Enthusiasts who live in California are about to lose some more of their freedom if the Legislature is successful with their latest bill to further control guns in the State.  California is currently a ‘may issue’ state that will allow concealed carry of a weapon if the gun owner obtains a concealed carry weapon permit (CCW).  Without a permit, it is against is the law to carry a concealed weapon in public.  However, it is perfectly legal to openly carry a weapon in a holster, not concealed, on one’s person so long as the weapon is not loaded.

State legislators are now attempting to make it illegal to carry a weapon openly, which has always been legal in California.  AB 144, which is unbelievably confusing to try and read, has been authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) is designed to strip us of our second amendment right to bear our arms.  On May 4, 2011, the bill successfully passed in the Democrat controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee.  And now, this morning, I hear that it also passed a vote in the assembly.  This liberal controlled legislature on the ‘left’ coast in California is bent on imposing their liberal agenda on the good citizens of the great state in yet another attempt to ultimately make guns illegal.

Open carrying of firearms has always been legal in California, just like walking down the street.  Carrying a firearm in California does not imply anything criminal.  Firearms are carried for self defense because the police cannot and do not defend you.  They will not be there when you are attacked, but will show up only after you have become a victim. Your safety is your own responsibility.  There is a saying that, “When seconds count; the police are only minutes away”.

At a time when many states are passing less restrictive gun laws, and in some cases legalizing open carry of side arms, California is going the other way and introducing more gun control laws.  Creating a law that criminals do not follow is not stopping gun violence, it is just making more innocent people susceptible to gun violence by those who don’t care about the law in the first place.  Florida is currently in the process of legalizing open carry.  Not California.  Wyoming just became a constitutional carry state.  Not California.

The Brady Bunch is also in on this abdication of personal responsibility and is lobbying to get it passed, or rather, ram it through. This bill seems to be traveling at break neck speed.  Just 12 days after it was passed out of committee, it goes up for a vote in the Assembly and passes.  The same legislature that can’t seem to find the time to put together a reasonable budget for the State, is able to find plenty of time to restrict our rights.

When the author of this bill, Anthony Portantino, learned of the South Bay Open Carry organization meeting at a restaurant in Pasadena (his home base) for dinner (all of whom were openly carrying) he was incensed and said, “I think most people on Main Street California want to go out with their families at dinner and to a movie and not have to worry about a group of folks who are armed at the restaurant or on the street next to them.”  I for one don’t necessarily think it is wise to poke the dog that is attacking you, but the SBOC does this sort of public display to make a statement, and to try to educate people.

Portantino, as most gun control activists, can’t seem to realize that these guns actually make an environment safer.  Perhaps if there had been a few gun toting people at the rally for Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner would not have gone through with his murderous plan.

Gun Enthusiasts are encouraged to contact as many members of the State Senate, individually, as they can to oppose this legislation.

GE

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Wyoming Is Now a “Constitutional Carry” State

The Governor of the State of Wyoming recently signed a law effectively making the State of Wyoming the fourth state to adopt what is called a “Constitutional Carry” law, which means that citizens are not required to obtain a special, government issued permit or license to carry a concealed weapon.  Governor Matt Mead signed the legislation into law after the state’s House of Representatives passed the bill in a 48-8 vote several weeks ago.

While there have been no significant developments in concealed gun carry laws in most other states, Wyoming now has joined the ranks of three other states who already have constitutional carry laws including, Arizona, Alaska and Vermont.  A few other states, such as California, are actually looking to make their carry laws more restrictive in the wake of the horrific Arizona shooting that killed a Federal Judge and five other people. Gun law extremists miss no opportunity to exploit a terrible tragedy such as that to ramp up and advance their liberal agendas.

However, Colorado and Montana are currently considering similar proposals to Wyoming’s in their state legislatures.  House Bill 1205, currently in Colorado’s legislature has passed the House of Representative in a 40-25 vote.  It has now gone on to the Senate where it has been endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee by an 8-3 margin. Colorado’s bill will make it legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

In Oklahoma, voters have an opportunity to approve an “open carry” law that would allow citizens to carry a weapon whether it is concealed or unconcealed, if they go through an approved state sponsored concealed weapons program.  This bill was unanimously approved by the House Public Safety Committee which put it on a statewide ballot where its future will be decided by the citizenry.

The push to expand permit free gun carry laws is coming from a increasing number of people who are concerned about being able to defend themselves in the face of a growing armed criminal element that would otherwise have an extreme advantage over unarmed citizens. It is driven by law abiding citizens who want the government to stay out of their face as they exercise their fundamental and civil right to own and carry property.  Arms, by the way, are the only enumerated property in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that you are guaranteed the right to possess.

The recent rise of the Tea Party and other constitutional conservatives has fortified a movement to bring “constitutional carry” to other states, giving push back to the sense that many Americans have allowed gun control activists to steadily erode their liberties for many years.  Legislators are recognizing that restrictive gun laws so far enacted have been unsuccessful at reducing violent gun crimes and more often exacerbate the problem.  When faced with statistics that show violent crime rates fell in less restrictive gun law jurisdictions, they realize that taking the guns away from law abiding citizens is not the answer.

In a recent interview, Florida State Senator, Greg Evers (R-Dist.2) stated, “I’ll feel safer around a law-abiding person openly carrying a firearm because criminals will stay away.  Criminals do commit crimes”, he said, “but they’re not all stupid: most criminals will avoid armed citizens because they don’t want to be shot.”

People who neglect the exercise of their constitutional rights, may soon find those rights have been usurped by the State.  First Arizona and now in Wyoming, the people are pushing back.

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