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Ralph Northam Holds Press Conference with LGBT, Gun Control PAC

Ralph Northam Holds Press Conference with LGBT, Gun Control PAC

Ralph Northam Holds Press Conference with LGBT, Gun Control PAC
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) –Guns continue to be a hot button issue in this year’s elections in Virginia.

Monday, Democratic candidate for governor Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam held a press call with the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC. It’s a political group inspired by the mass shooting in Orlando that backs candidates in state and federal elections based on their support for gun control and LGBT rights.

Northam has been picking up backing from groups that favor more limits on firearms access.

“We have a problem with people buying numerous guns in Virginia and not only dispersing them throughout Virginia but also to other states, and we have a pipeline now from Virginia to New York of weapons, and that needs to stop,” Northam said.

Northam is in a close race with former congressman Tom Perriello for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The primaries are taking place June 13..

Sen. Warner to oppose concealed carry push

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“With the tragic rate of gun violence today, I simply cannot support efforts to further weaken our nation’s gun laws,” Sen. Mark Warner said. | AP Photo

Sen. Warner to oppose concealed carry push

Sen. Mark Warner announced Wednesday he intends to oppose a congressional effort to expand gun owner rights through what’s known as “concealed carry reciprocity.”

The bill, introduced to the House of Representatives in January by GOP Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina, would allow individuals to be held under the existing concealed carry measures of their home states, even when traveling beyond their borders, effectively loosening laws for out-of-state gun owners nationwide.

Warner (D-Va.), who supported a similar measure in 2013 and whose support for gun control initiatives has fluctuated over the past several years, said in a statement Wednesday he’d been moved to oppose the bill in light of the numerous mass shootings occurring in recent years in the U.S.

“With the tragic rate of gun violence today, I simply cannot support efforts to further weaken our nation’s gun laws,” Warner said. “That includes renewed efforts this Congress to relax the standards for issuing concealed carry permits or to establish a national system that would further erode state-level concealed carry standards.”

The Virginia Democrat, who maintained that he was “a proud supporter of Second Amendment rights,” called for action further action to prevent gun violence in a series of tweets Wednesday.

“I’ve listened to Virginians whose families have been torn apart by gun violence. Enough is enough,” he said. “This tragic violence has to end.”

The bill, strongly supported by the National Rifle Association, has faced heavy opposition from gun control advocacy groups including Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which has threatened to pour $25 million into the 2018 elections to oppose the measure.

In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren

In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren

The president on Friday resurfaced his ‘Pocahontas’ nickname for the Massachusetts senator while taking a victory lap ahead of his 100th day in office.

In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren
President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

President Donald Trump floated the prospect of a potential 2020 challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Friday.

 President Donald Trump on Friday floated the prospect of a potential 2020 challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, resurrecting his “Pocahontas” nickname for one of his staunchest critics during a speech to a National Rifle Association convention.

“It may be Pocahontas, remember that. And she’s not big for the NRA, that I can tell you,” the president said of the progressive Democrat to thousands of NRA members gathered in Atlanta.

Trump’s speech before the NRA – in which he became the first sitting president to make such an address since Ronald Reagan – amounted to a bid of thanks for its efforts to help elect him in November, combined with a victory lap as a self-proclaimed “true friend and champion” of gun rights.

 “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” he said, referring to gun-restricting efforts by former President Barack Obama.

Trump has waffled in the past on gun restrictions, but fashioned himself as a fierce advocate of gun rights during the 2016 campaign. On Friday, he cited his key accomplishments as including the rollback of a ban on lead ammunition used in wildlife refuges. The Obama administration said the order was intended to protect birds from lead poisoning.


Texas Campus Concealed Carry Student Stops Slaughter at UT Austin!

Texas Campus Concealed Carry Student Stops Slaughter at UT Austin!

Multiple people sustained potentially serious injuries, and one person died after the stabbing attack that seemed to target fraternity members at the Texas school.

Eyewitnesses reported that a student pulled out a concealed handgun on the suspect and made him back down, stopping what was heading towards a slaughter!

The local media is working real hard on not covering that little fact. Imagine that!

Texas Campus Concealed Carry Student Stops Slaughter at UT Austin

The Tab Austin Texas reports:

Multiple people have sustained potentially serious injuries, and one has died after a stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

At least three people have been attacked, and images of students being treated are circulating online.

UT Austin has sent out an alert to say: “Criminal Activity with Injury occurred on campus. Suspect in custody no additional immediate threat to campus. Please avoid the area of 21st and Speedway until further notice.”

EMS tweeted a report of three people injured on campus, and one dead:

 Eyewitnesses have reported seeing a student pull out a concealed handgun on the suspect, and made him back down.

UT Austin Student Body Kim President Binna reportedly also sent out through social media that a concealed carry holder had stopped the attack before it got worse.

A Prescription for Gun Safety

A Prescription for Gun Safety

Here’s what doctors and mental health professionals recommend parents can do to protect kids.

A father showing his wife and daughters gun safety.

Avoiding the topic of gun safety could do more harm than good.

Increasingly, medical and mental health organizations are treating gun violence and firearm safety as a matter of public health – just as public health agencies advise on everything from alcohol consumption to safe storage of hazardous chemicals in the home.

As part of that focus, there’s an effort to open conversation between doctors, patients and parents about gun safety and firearms in the home. “We think its way overdue to have these discussions,” says Dr. James Gessner, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Experts say it’s important to talk about the topic on a societal and individual level. Gessner stresses that it’s not about gun ownership – but gun safety. “We’re not talking about whether or not you should own the gun. We’re talking about where do you store it? How do you make sure that someone with a behavioral health problem can’t get a hold of it? And keeping it away from children.”

Talking to the Doctor About Guns

The Massachusetts Medical Society recently partnered with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to provide guidance to health providers in the state regarding how to discuss firearm safety with patients, and created a brochure for patients about gun safety as well.

The move reflects a national push by organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association to view gun violence and safety through the lens of public health. “We moved on this issue because of a ban in Florida,” says Gessner, referring to a law in that state that prevented doctors from talking with patients about gun ownership – such as whether there was a gun in the home and if it was stored securely. In February, a federal appeals court overturned that ban on free speech grounds noting that doctors routinely discuss everything from household chemicals to drugs, swimming pools as well as firearms – and that discussing guns didn’t infringe on the Second Amendment guarantee that individuals have the “right to possess and carry weapons.”

 Recognizing the heated politics surrounding gun control, experts say it’s imperative that providers and patients are able to discuss gun safety in a manner that’s open-ended, so that as with alcohol, for example, parents can make decisions that suit their families. About one-third of Americans own a gun, and while there’s no hard figure, by various estimates, there are between 270 million and 310 million guns in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center.

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Despite the ubiquitous nature of guns in modern society, clinicians note that research on risks of firearms finds the most proven way to keep kids safe is not to have guns where kids live. Keeping guns out of the homes where children live is still the safest option, says Dr. Judy Schaechter, who serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “The best preventive measure against firearm injuries and deaths among children is not to have a gun in households where there are children,” echoes Clinton Anderson, who is interim executive director of public interest at the American Psychological Association.

One option for gun owners who decide to remove a gun from their home but wish to keep the firearm – such as a gun primarily used for hunting – is to store it in a remote location. That could include keeping it at the home of another person who’s licensed to own a gun, in a secure storage unit or a bonded warehouse for gun storage, notes the patient brochure provided by MMS and the Massachusetts AG’s Office. But for those who prefer to have a firearm in the home for protection, health experts emphasize the importance of safe storage.

“We try to encourage families – if they feel like they have to have the gun at the ready – to have a gun safe,” says Dr. Michael Hirsh, a pediatric trauma surgeon and a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and medical director of the division of public health for City of Worcester. The gun should be unloaded and ammunition should be kept in a separate locked container. This could be accessed quickly, such as with a push pass code, Hirsh says, while reducing the likelihood a young child could happen upon it accidentally.

Keeping Kids Safe

Counseling young kids about being safe around guns – not picking them up, never pointing them at others, always assuming any firearm is loaded and telling an adult – is still recommended. But experts say there’s no data to show that this will reduce the likelihood of injuries or even fatal accidents. “High quality research investigating the effects of training kids to stay away from and not handle guns has found that such training does not work,” Anderson says. “Parents should be aware that guns are like Christmas presents – kids will find them no matter how well hidden they are.”


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Also, 36 percent of parents say they have firearms at home.


That makes safe storage all the more critical, experts say, as well as assessing risks within a home. “Sometimes parents may not understand the particular risks for a kid – that a 2- or 3-year-old is strong enough to pull the trigger, and it’s not hard to figure out where your finger goes,” says Schaechter, who is chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “An older child even who grows up with firearms may still have moments where they’re impulsive,” and may perhaps use the firearm when a parent’s not around to show off to a peer, she says. Adds Anderson: “If there are children or adolescents with mood disorders, substance abuse (including alcohol) or history of suicide attempts in the household, it would be very important to consult a psychologist and/or pediatrician about the removal of firearms or the restriction of access,” Anderson says. Hirsh points out that suicide attempts with a firearm are almost always lethal.

 Schaechter also encourages parents to ask other parents of the children their kids will be playing with whether they have firearms in the home. “What you do with the answer depends on your level of comfort. [If the answers is yes] I know parents who will then say, ‘OK, can your kids play at my house?’ But there are other parents who will go further and say, ‘Well, how is it stored?’” She likens this to asking about any number of potential health or safety issues, from whether there’s a dog in the home, if a kid has a fear of dogs, to discussing a child’s allergies.

The point is not to make a blanket recommendation, experts say, but to allow the conversation to happen. “This should not be a taboo subject,” Schaechter says. She adds that most parents would do anything for their kids. “Almost every parent would sacrifice their life for their child. So why do we think that this is so off limits to talk about?” Experts say given the stakes involved with firearm safety – from risk of injuries to death – it shouldn’t be. “Because the consequence after the fact – none of us could live with that,” Schaechter says.

LIVE Video: President Trump Speaks at The NRA Leadership Forum on Facebook

LIVE Video: President Trump Speaks at The NRA Leadership Forum on Facebook Live

The NRA is counting down to President Trump’s appearance and are currently broadcasting the forum on Facebook Live. You can view it right here in the video player below:

High School Trap Shooting Team Photo Rejected From Yearbook Because of Guns

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High School Trap Shooting Team Photo Rejected From Yearbook Because of Guns

The photo shows 60 team members lined up wearing their uniform and resting a shotgun on their shoulder.

The school’s superintendent, Steve Westerberg, apparently told 5 Eyewitness News in an email that the student handbook “doesn’t allow firearms or weapons to be displayed.” He also noted that parents have been urging for several years now for the team to be included in the yearbook.

“This rule has been in affect since the school started sponsoring a Trap Shooting Team a couple years ago,” Westerberg wrote.

Clayton Birsall, one of the team members and also part of the school’s baseball team, thinks that his gun is really no different than his baseball bat.

“That’s what you use in the sport,” Birdsall said. “It’s just natural.”

This whole yearbook thing has created quite the stir for Big Lake, and it will promptly become a topic discussed at the school board meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gun control is one thing, but what about bullets?

Gun control is one thing, but what about bullets?

Under federal and many state laws, the same people prohibited from buying guns are prohibited from buying bullets. But virtually no systems are in place to enforce that. In 46 states, anyone can walk into a store — or click on a website — and buy bullets, no questions asked.

Earlier this week President Obama announced a series of executive actions on gun control — a frank acknowledgment of the political impossibility of getting even the most modest gun background check bills through Congress. The idea that states could enforce background checks for those buying bullets seems far-fetched.

 Not so in California. “If someone isn’t allowed to possess ammunition, we should probably make sure they can’t buy it,” says Yashar Hedayat, a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, who is spearheading a new effort on ammunition purchases.

That effort, the Safety for All Act, would require a background check for anyone seeking to buy bullets, using the same system as the existing one for guns. The proposed new law includes several other gun control provisions, including new regulations for ammunition dealers. The state — plus 44 others and the federal government — currently has no licensing or regulation for those who sell bullets.

“We’re not being hyperbolic when we say that a daycare center could sell ammunition,” Hedayat says.

The ballot initiative is currently being reviewed by the state’s Attorney General. In the next few months the campaign will begin gathering the requisite signatures to put the initiative before voters in the fall.

Tightening gun restrictions through traditional legislative channels has been a frustrating dead end for gun-control proponents. In the years since the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., far more laws have been passed to loosen gun regulations than to strengthen them. But the Safety for All Act bypasses the state legislature by going directly to voters. A similar tack worked in Washington state in 2014, when a ballot initiative to close that state’s gun show loophole passed with almost 60 percent of the vote.

Gun rights supporters essentially conceded that contest, contributing only $500,000 to fight the initiative in the face of at least $6 million in spending by Everytown for Gun Safety and other gun control groups. Proponents of the Safety for All Act say they are gearing up to spend more than that this time around.

The opposition is also planning a sizable, and expensive, fight in California. “Gavin Newsom seriously underestimated the fervor of opposition,” says Mark Selmi, a spokesman for Michel & Associates, the law firm that represents the National Rifle Association in California. “There will be a consolidated opposition, including a large number of county sheriffs and a record voter turnout.” Fundraising has already begun on Second Amendment social media accounts.

What the law says about buying guns online
What the law says about buying guns online

California has some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws, and the state is something of a bellwether for how far gun-control advocates can push before they are beaten back, in the courts or elsewhere. On the issue of regulating ammunition, gun-control proponents point to ordinances in Sacramento and Los Angeles that require ammunition sellers to maintain records of people who buy bullets and to make those records available to police. (Law enforcement has since begun to use the logs in investigations and prosecutions of those prohibited from owning bullets who bought them anyway.)

Gun rights advocates, meanwhile, point to a successful court challenge of a law that would have applied these provisions statewide.

A small group of gun-control advocates have, for years, been making the case that bullets are as good, if not better, a target for regulation than guns. Without bullets, they point out, a gun is a useless piece of metal. And unlike guns, bullets must continually be replaced. “If I buy a firearm, I take good care of it, it can last a lifetime,” says Garen Wintemute, an emergency physician and Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. “The larger share of the market is in the consumables, like ammunition.”

But this is a fledgling idea in a landscape where 37 states don’t require background checks to purchase a handgun — let alone a box of ammo. “In most states, we’re actually starting from even further behind,” says Ari Freilich of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a think tank that worked with Newsom to formulate the policy ideas in the Safety for All Act. “Before they can impose ammunition background checks, they also have to talk about firearms background checks as well.”

Four states and the District of Columbia require a license to buy ammunition, and getting that license requires passing a background check. But once you have the license, “you have it until it expires,” Freilich says. “There are processes to revoke the license, but generally speaking, it’s hard to do that.”

The proposed new system in California would require a background check at every purchase, and would draw on the database of prohibited purchasers, updated in real time, that the state already uses for gun sales.

In 2013, New York state passed the SAFE Act, a similar law that would have required ammunition buyers to pass a background check at the point of purchase. But unlike California, which has stricter rules than the federal government’s and maintains its own prohibited gun buyers database, New York relies on the federal background check system, known as NICS. Federal officials said the Brady Act — which established the system of firearm background checks — does not allow NICS to be used for bullets. The SAFE Act is now in limbo until the state police can develop its own statewide database. “New York does face administrative hurdles in putting a new, comprehensive background check database together,” Freilich says — “though I do believe political opposition has hindered the process.”

Trump abruptly asks pro-gun control surgeon general to resign

Trump abruptly asks pro-gun control surgeon general to resign

His views may have clashed with Trump’s extreme gun rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in August 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The Trump administration asked U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration appointee, to resign his role on Friday and quickly moved his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, into the role.

The resignation is somewhat unusual. A White House spokesperson told the New York Times that Murthy was asked to leave “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration.”

But employees at the Department of Health and Human Services told the Times they were surprised by the unusually abrupt departure. While it’s not unprecedented, Murthy’s four-year term would have normally ended at the end of this year.

The full reasons for the Trump administration’s request that he step down aren’t clear. But one clue may lie in Murthy’s views on gun control.

These views were immediately apparent after President Obama nominated him to the post and the National Rifle Association circulated a letteropposing his confirmation. The NRA was incensed by a 2013 letter from health professionals that Murthy signed that called “for Congress to pass stronger gun legislation immediately and for us to develop a comprehensive national plan to stop gun violence.” The letter proposed a goal of cutting gun deaths in half by 2020 and laid out some policy proposals to get there. The Senate blocked his nomination for more than a year, which meant the country had no surgeon general during the Ebola crisis.

More recently, in an interview with STAT during the presidential campaign, Murthy reiterated the view that gun violence is a public health issue and said “far too many people die from gun violence,” adding, “And in my book, every single death from gun violence is a tragedy because it was preventable.”

“Whoever the next president is will be my boss, so to speak, and my hope is to be able to work with the next president to address these issues because I think they’re incredibly important,” he added.

Murthy also formed an organization of doctors during debate over the Affordable Care Act to act as a force in favor of the legislation.

Murthy’s views on gun control likely conflicted with Trump’s. On the campaign trail, Trump called for getting rid of gun-free zones and released a position paper that called for easier sales of automatic weapons, a federal concealed carry law, the removal of expanded background checks on gun sales, and “empowering” citizens to defend themselves with guns.

In March, Trump signed a bill that loosened restrictions on the sale of guns to people with mental illness.

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Urges Opposition to Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Vets

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Urges Opposition to Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Vets

 

 

Gabby Giffords’ gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) is urging opposition to a repeal of the gun ban for military veterans.

On March 16 Breitbart News reported that the House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans and ARS is asking gun controllers to convince their Senators not to follow suit.

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ARS posted a link that helps gun controllers write a letter to their Senators. The text of the link says, “Write a letter to your Senators saying that you OPPOSE legislation that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from submitting mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System,”

This is nearly identical to the tactics gun controllers used in trying to preserve the Social Security gun ban, which was structured almost identically to the gun ban for military veterans. In both bans, beneficiaries with a mental health moniker whose benefits are sent to a third party for financial management can be stripped of their Second Amendment rights without due process. The key is the mental health label, although such a label is so broad it encompasses everything from severe mental illness–bi-polar disease and schizophrenia–to moderate, treatable issues that may only be temporary. These latter mental health conditions could be anxiety or depression.

Under such a framework, an 85-year-old Social Security beneficiary who needed help with finances and was suffering from depression over the recent death of a spouse would be in danger of losing his or her gun rights based on a Social Security Administration judgement. The House recognized this and voted to repeal the Social Security gun ban on February 2 and the Senate voted for repeal on February 15. President Trump signed the repeal on February 28.

The focus is now on repealing the gun ban for military vets; another ban that can put veterans with moderate, treatable mental health issues at risk of losing their Second Amendment rights.

Gabby Giffords’ gun control group is fighting the repeal, and Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched smaller, satellite gun control groups which are opposing the repeal as well.

Our veterans deserve better, and the NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox  explained exactly why the gun ban needs to be repealed: “Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm. Our brave men and women in the military should not be stripped of their constitutional rights without due process of law.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

World’s Lamest Gun Control Group To “Disrupt” NRA Convention

World’s Lamest Gun Control Group To “Disrupt” NRA Convention

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President Trump’s decision to be the first president in three decades to speak at the annual National Rifle Association convention is drawing heat from two anti-gun groups that now plan to travel to Atlanta to disrupt the massive event.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety — funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — on Monday decried Trump’s plans and warned:

“Our volunteers will be in Atlanta during the NRA’s annual meeting, just as we have been showing up at town halls and in statehouses across the country to stand up for the safety of our families and communities. We will not be silenced.”

The 146th Annual NRA convention will be held April 27-30. It is a combined trade show and public affairs convention where supporters of the Second Amendment typically speak. Last year, for example, several GOP presidential candidates including Trump spoke.

The promises of Bloomberg’s bought-and-paid-for anti-gun vanity project is more than a little amusing. The tiny coffee klatchs Moms Demand/Everytown have been able to pull together “in opposition” to the NRA Annual meetings have been dismal failures, each and every one.

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This was the Moms Demand Action rally in 2014 in Indianapolis. Including journalists and Shannon Watts’ armed personal security detail, they drew precisely 156 people (myself included).

The 2015 attempt to counter-protest the NRA Annual Meeting  in Nashville was even more lame, numbering just 100-150 people (and I was being very generous with my crowd estimate). Many of the area restaurants had longer wait lists.

Last year in Louisville, Moms Demand/Everytown couldn’t be found… and I looked. They managed just three dozen pathetic souls that even the local news media couldn’t fluff up into a respectable counter-protest.

This year, Moms Demand/Everytown claims that they’re going to hold their counter-protest on Saturday, seven-tenths of a mile away from the NRA Annual Meetings.

I have to wonder if anyone outside the local media they intend to invite will even notice if they bus in another anemic crowd of speakers and staffers in an approximation of “protest.”

Shannon-Watts

It’s not that anyone wants to “silence” you, Shannon Watts.

It’s just that the nation has heard you busted in one lie after another for years now, and no one cares what you have to say.

Moms Demand Action Founder: ‘Caring Americans’ Support Gun Control

Moms Demand Action Founder: ‘Caring Americans’ Support Gun Control

 

During an April 16 appearance on MSNBC, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts suggested “caring Americans” support gun control, while others support or at least tolerate “the gun lobby.”

She was speaking on the 10th anniversary of the April 16, 2007, attack on Virginia Tech University, an attack in which one individual used guns acquired through background checks to kill 32 people in a gun-free zone.

Watts said:

Make no mistake, there is a life or death battle for gun safety going on in this country. It is caring Americans versus the gun lobby and the gun lobby has a 30-year head start.

You know, that horrific day at Virginia Tech, there were so many heroes. And we’re not asking everyone to be a hero in this country, we’re just asking them not to be silent. There are 90 percent of us who actually support things like stronger gun laws, and we have something we didn’t have 30 years ago–we have an army of caring Americans fighting for stronger gun laws in state houses and board rooms. And we need everyone watching right now to join that fight, because it is a battle in state houses across the country.

A few points need to be made. First, Watts began using the phrase “gun safety” instead of gun control in 2014 after gun control candidates got shellacked during the midterm elections. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and other gun control advocates have followed her lead, but the new phrase still means the same thing as the old phrase, gun control is gun control.

Secondly, Watts refers to “the gun lobby” and, in later comments to MSBNC, she talked about how much money the NRA used in supporting Donald Trump for president. What she does not mention is that her group is funded by billionaire gun controller Michael Bloomberg. The same is true for Everytown for Gun Safety. Both groups are funded by Bloomberg’s deep wallet and insatiable hunger for more gun control.

These groups are part of the gun control lobby that the media never mentions. The big money behind the gun control lobby allows them to fail time and again yet remain in the fight because the checks keep coming.

Lastly, Watts talks about Americans as if those who support the Second Amendment are less caring than those who war against it. But in reality, the complete opposite is the truth.

Think about it — Bloomberg’s Everytown has committed $25 million to fight national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. In other words, they have committed $25 million to ensure law-abiding citizens who carry guns for self-defense in their home states are not allowed to carry that same gun for self-defense in other states.

If Bloomberg’s group succeeds, what happens to the single mom with an Indiana carry permit who has car trouble while traveling through Chicago en route to Wisconsin? What terrible things could happen to her as she sits unarmed on the side of the road in Chicago in the middle of the night, hoping the next car is a friend rather than a foe?

Does death await? Does assault? Do both? None of these scenarios seem very “caring.” Rather, they seem like the outworking of a smug indifference to innocent life — an indifference born in the minds of ideologues who put their political, anti-Second Amendment agendas before everything else, including that single mother’s life and well-being.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

A Prescription for Gun Safety

A Prescription for Gun Safety

Here’s what doctors and mental health professionals recommend parents can do to protect kids.

A Prescription for Gun Safety
A father showing his wife and daughters gun safety.

Avoiding the topic of gun safety could do more harm than good.

 Increasingly, medical and mental health organizations are treating gun violence and firearm safety as a matter of public health – just as public health agencies advise on everything from alcohol consumption to safe storage of hazardous chemicals in the home.

As part of that focus, there’s an effort to open conversation between doctors, patients and parents about gun safety and firearms in the home. “We think its way overdue to have these discussions,” says Dr. James Gessner, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Experts say it’s important to talk about the topic on a societal and individual level. Gessner stresses that it’s not about gun ownership – but gun safety. “We’re not talking about whether or not you should own the gun. We’re talking about where do you store it? How do you make sure that someone with a behavioral health problem can’t get a hold of it? And keeping it away from children.”

Talking to the Doctor About Guns

The Massachusetts Medical Society recently partnered with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to provide guidance to health providers in the state regarding how to discuss firearm safety with patients, and created a brochure for patients about gun safety as well.

 The move reflects a national push by organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association to view gun violence and safety through the lens of public health. “We moved on this issue because of a ban in Florida,” says Gessner, referring to a law in that state that prevented doctors from talking with patients about gun ownership – such as whether there was a gun in the home and if it was stored securely. In February, a federal appeals court overturned that ban on free speech grounds noting that doctors routinely discuss everything from household chemicals to drugs, swimming pools as well as firearms – and that discussing guns didn’t infringe on the Second Amendment guarantee that individuals have the “right to possess and carry weapons.”
Recognizing the heated politics surrounding gun control, experts say it’s imperative that providers and patients are able to discuss gun safety in a manner that’s open-ended, so that as with alcohol, for example, parents can make decisions that suit their families. About one-third of Americans own a gun, and while there’s no hard figure, by various estimates, there are between 270 million and 310 million guns in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center.

Accidental Shootings May Be Twice As Common As Official Statistics Suggest

Accidental Shootings May Be Twice As Common As Official Statistics Suggest

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According to the CDC, in 2014 slightly less than 16,000 Americans accidentally shot themselves or someone else and survived their wound.  Back in 2009, the number was 18,610.  Which means, according to the gun industry, that guns are getting safer all the time.  And of course when it comes to accidental shootings which result in death, the number has not only been declining year after year, it’s so paltry now that the whole gun safety issue is not even worthy of concern.

After all, how can anyone get worked up over a few hundred deaths when we all know that folks walking around with guns prevent millions of serious crimes from being committed every year? And if you doubt that figure, just take a look at the NRA’s Armed Citizen website, which shows that 38 armed Americans used their guns to protect themselves and others from criminals in the month of March alone! Now if you read the fine print you’ll discover that eight of those armed citizens turned out to be off-duty cops who are supposed to have their guns handy even when they aren’t on the job, which gets us down to around 30 times when someone exercised their 2nd-Amendment ‘right’ to defend themselves with a gun. And a little bit of math that even I can do gets us up to a whopping 360 armed-citizen protective incidents a year. Wow! How could you even begin to doubt the value of civilian gun ownership when all we lose to gun accidents is less than five hundred folks each year?

Of course leave it to those troublemakers at Harvard’s School of Public Health to point out that official counts on fatal gun accidents may, in fact, be undercounted by at least half.  And this is because coroners are often reluctant to rule a gun death as an accident since many such events end up being reviewed in court. As one coroner told the researchers, “If one person kills another person, we usually call it homicide and let the courts decide whether there was any wrongdoing” So that’s the end of that.

In any case, there may be a chance, although I doubt it, that Gun-nut Nation will take a somewhat less benign view of gun accidents given what happened at the gun range in NRA headquarters this past week. Evidently an employee of the NRA was in the process of holstering his gun after banging a few; the gun went off, the bullet hit the guy in the ‘lower part of his body,’ he was taken to a nearby hospital at Fairfax, treated and released – no harm done.

What I found interesting in this report was that the accident evidently occurred during a training session at NRA headquarters; it wasn’t just a case of someone going down to the range on their own time to fiddle around with their gun. And the NRA training manuals repeat ad nauseum the idea that you must keep your finger off the trigger at all times unless the gun is pointed at the target that you intend to shoot.

Which brings up the whole issue of gun safety that Gun-nut Nation tries mightily to avoid, namely, that when it comes to making a mistake with a gun, there’s no oops. And the problem is that we are human, and as humans we are all careless and we will sooner or later forget. That’s the reason we mandate seat belts but we can’t put a harness around a gun.

But I have an idea for how my friends at the NRA can prevent such accidents from happening again. Why don’t they just declare NRA headquarters to be a gun-free zone? I’m not talking about the old guns in the museum – those guns are all sitting behind glass. I’m talking about the guns that folks wear in the building because, of course, there’s always a chance that a criminal might try to assault or rob you at 11250 Waples Mill Road.

President Trump ‘Carries High-Powered Rifles with His Clubs’ when Playing Golf

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President Trump ‘Carries High-Powered Rifles with His Clubs’ when Playing Golf

It’s been reported by multiple sources, that when President Trump tees off for a round of golf, he typically carries a little extra firepower along with his golf clubs – and that’s not some kind of golf joke suggesting he keeps a driver blessed by the likes of long-hitter Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy either.

According to the Palm Beach Daily, Mr. Trump recently played a round of golf at Trump International Golf Course in Florida, and he was accompanied by several Secret Service agents who rode in golf carts in front, beside and behind the President.

“Hey Dan, see anything strange about those clubs in the back?” one lunch guest inside the club room asked another, gesturing through the window to a golf bag in the trailing cart.”

The guest responded: “Sure do. They have triggers.”

“Yep, high-powered rifles nestled in there – just in case, heaven forbid, they are needed – with the woods and the irons and probably one of those little stubby pencils,” the local Florida paper reported.

Breaking News: North Dakota Becomes 14th State to Allow Constitutional Carry

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Breaking News: North Dakota Becomes 14th State to Allow Constitutional Carry

The state of North Dakota has passed a law favoring Second Amendment rights and making it the 14th state to allow constitutional carry.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation Thursday allowing law abiding citizens 18 and older to forgo background checks and classes that are now required. The new law only requires anyone carrying a concealed weapon to have a valid ID and notify law enforcement of the weapon during instances such as a traffic stop.

The National Rifle Association was excited to tweet the news:

Below is the press release from the North Dakota Governor’s office:
BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum today signed legislation allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun if they have possessed a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The “constitutional carry” authority provided under House Bill 1169 applies only within North Dakota’s borders. Those wanting concealed carry reciprocity with other states must apply for a Class 1 or Class 2 North Dakota concealed weapon license, for which the requirements remain unchanged.

Current law only requires an applicant for a Class 2 license to complete an open-book test, at a cost of up to $50, and undergo a criminal history records check. Class 1 licenses require firearms training and additional requirements. Both licenses carry a $60 application fee.

Under HB 1169, anyone who is eligible to possess a Class 2 firearm license and has had a valid driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm. Law enforcement officials recommended the state ID language, as well as the bill’s requirement that anyone carrying a concealed weapon inform law enforcement of the weapon during a traffic stop or other contact.

Someone who has been convicted of a felony or crime of violence will still be precluded from carrying a handgun under this new law. Individuals who initiate the purchase of a handgun from a federally licensed dealer are still required to undergo a federal background check, which runs their name and descriptive information through three national databases.

“North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and a culture of deep respect for firearm safety. As a hunter and gun owner myself, I strongly support gun rights for law-abiding citizens,” Burgum said. “House Bill 1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution. It also is consistent with the North Dakota Constitution, which declares in Article I that all individuals have the inalienable right ‘to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.’ ”

At the same time, Burgum – who has a Class 1 concealed weapons license that requires applicants to demonstrate firearms proficiency – noted that neither the existing Class 2 requirements nor HB 1169 have a firearms training component. He encouraged anyone considering carrying a concealed weapon to enroll in one of North Dakota’s many certified gun safety courses.

“Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility, and that responsibility begins with individuals and families,” Burgum said.

No law enforcement agencies or groups testified against HB 1169. A representative of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association testified the bill is more enforceable because of the provision restricting it only to North Dakota residents and the requirement that those carrying a concealed weapon must inform a peace officer upon contact.

“I ask legislators and law enforcement officials to closely monitor this new law with a continual focus on public safety,” Burgum said.

The bill does not change the places designated in law as off-limits to conceal carry, including schools and publicly owned or operated buildings.

House Bill 1169, which passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support, takes effect Aug. 1, 2017.

More information about concealed weapon licenses is available on the North Dakota Attorney General’s website at https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/concealed-weapons-licenses/obtaining-north-dakota-concealed-weapon

Red State Republicans Ready to Take Aim at Gun Control

Gun control groups: 5 things we hate about silencers

In the end, the gun control groups argue, "The sole purpose to deregulate silencers is to increase the profits of the gun industry at the expense of public safety." (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

In the end, the gun control groups argue, “The sole purpose to deregulate silencers is to increase the profits of the gun industry at the expense of public safety.” (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A pair of national gun control organizations this week released a set of fact sheets addressing concerns they have with potential suppressor deregulation via the Hearing Protection Act.

Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Tuesday posted “Five Things to Know about the Danger of Silencers” voicing their contention that removing firearm suppressors from the control of the 1934 National Firearms Act and treating them as Title I firearms– which still involve a background check to transfer from a licenced dealer to an eligible possessor– is a pandora’s box of problems.

First on the list is the contention that “Gun silencers are weapons– and when they fall into the wrong hands, they are inherently dangerous devices,” going on to explain they reduce the sound of gunfire and mask muzzle flash making it harder for police to locate an active shooter. However, the group contradicts this statement in a separate fact sheet slamming the use of suppressors as hearing protection by arguing the devices only reduce the sound of gunfire by up to 28 decibels, to the 112-142dB range, which is still well above the 85dB threshold where hearing loss can occur.

Next, the groups argue removing suppressors from the NFA would put “more than 900,000 silencers up for grabs” as the current owners could sell them without a background check which could allow “felons, domestic abusers, and people experiencing a mental health crisis” to obtain them. It should be pointed out that the suppressors currently listed on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record would likely still be listed on the record even if the HPA passed into law, and the private sale of any legal suppressor would still have to comply with established federal laws for firearm transfers as well as state mandates– with eight states including New York and California currently prohibiting civilian possession of the devices.

Third on the list of talking points by the advocacy groups is that increased use of suppressors would compromise efforts by 100 cities to use ShotSpotter gunfire detection systems. This was recently noted by The Washington Post to be false with Ralph Clark, the chief executive of ShotSpotter saying, “We have successfully if not inadvertently detected confirmed suppressed gunfire within our existing deployments.”

The group continues by asserting that more suppressors in circulation would translate to a public safety risk, painting a portrait of increased police deaths.

“It’s easy to imagine how suppressed gunfire and muzzle flashes could help criminals elude law enforcement and would raise the risk of ambush attacks targeting cops,” reads the paper, before delivering their fifth point of “If silencers are available to criminals, they’ll use them,” without acknowledging that the instructions to produce improvised suppressors are freely available in the information age.

An 11-page “white paper” drafted by the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk leaked in February noted that the use of suppressors by the criminal underworld is more Hollywood than reality with an average of 44 defendants recommended a year for prosecution on silencer-related violations.

“Moreover, consistent with this low number of prosecution referrals, silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” wrote Turk.

In the end, the gun control groups argue, “The sole purpose to deregulate silencers is to increase the profits of the gun industry at the expense of public safety.”

Gun Control Group Views 2nd Amendment Restrictions as Child’s Play

Gun Control Group Views 2nd Amendment Restrictions as Child’s Play

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Just when you think the gun control agenda couldn’t stoop any lower, they outdo themselves yet again.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence’s newest ploy to shove unnecessary and excessive restrictions on law-abiding gun owners involves a little child’s play. In a video introducing a new gun control mascot Teddy Gun, ICAHV claims teddy bears are held to strict safety regulations… more strict than firearms.

That’s why we’ve launched the Teddy GunTM. A highly provocative product that aims to expose the discrepancies in relaxed gun regulations, and create constructive conversation, and ultimately political pressure, for common sense gun laws.

Oooooh, “common sense gun laws”, you know what that’s code for: more restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. Not teddy bear arms, just to be clear.

“Teddy bears need to follow strict safety manufacturing guidelines,” the video claims. “Scores of safety regulations. Ninety pages of requirements. Numerous rules. Across federal and state regulatory bodies. Unless that teddy bear is a gun.”

Although the Teddy Gun may be an expensive and creative marketing idea, it is a grossly inaccurate accusation against the firearms industry.

“The truth is the gun industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries,” reports the NSSF, reminding everyone of the more than 20,000 state, federal and local laws currently regulating firearms. “Firearms and ammunition, while exempt from the CPSA, are subject to the same product-liability laws as other products.”

Introducing Teddy Gun. An Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence product that aims to shine a light on the nonsensical lack of gun regulations, and ultimately put pressure on Congress for common sense gun laws.

But showing their true colors, the campaign doesn’t actually advocate for more gun manufacturing regulation. Their ultimate goal is actually a push for universal background checks on all gun sales, requiring Illinois state licensing of FFLs and increasing the overreach of the CDC research on gun deaths at the federal level.

Constitutional rights and the firearms industry aren’t child’s play. Perhaps the gun control agenda should leave it to the adults.

 

Texas Gun Control Laws

Texas Gun Control Laws

Texas gun control laws are among the least-restrictive among U.S. states. While machine guns, saw-off shotguns, silencers, armor-piercing bullets, zip guns, and explosive weapons are illegal, Texas does not have a waiting period for gun purchases. Additionally, Texas allows all qualified applicants to carry a concealed firearm with a permit.

Learn more about Texas gun control laws in the table below, and additional background on the subject can be found below. See Details on State Gun Control Laws for more general information.

Code Section Penal §§46.05, et seq.
Illegal Arms Machine gun; short-barreled firearm; silencer; armor-piercing ammunition; zip gun; explosive weapon
Waiting Period None
Who May Not Own 1. Convicted felon within 5 yrs. of release or parole; 2. Sale, rental, lease, or gift to minor under 18 without parental consent; 3. Confined in penal institution.
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Felony. Penal 46.03, 46.11

Second Amendment Basics

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution controls all gun regulation in the United States. The Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. If a state law violates the “right to bear arms” the law is unconstitutional and invalid.

People in favor of a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment, and looser gun regulations, argue that the Second Amendment guarantees all people the right to own firearms for personal protection, and protection against a tyrannical government. A common belief is that any form of firearm registration gives the government knowledge of the location of firearms, knowledge that an oppressive government can use to confiscate firearms. Another argument is that restricting the purchase of firearms restricts the individual right to self defense.

Those in favor of a narrower interpretation of the Second Amendment argue that the phrase “well regulated Militia” narrows the scope of gun ownership to those participating in a local military. They may also argue that the Second Amendment must be interpreted in light of the high incidence of gun violence throughout the country.

Illegal Firearms in Texas

The Second Amendment does not allow citizens to own every type of firearm. Some commonly known, and prohibited, firearms include machine guns, short-barreled firearms, silencers and silenced firearms, armor piercing ammunition, zip guns, and explosive weapons.

Who May Not Own Firearms

There are certain people who have lost their right to own and possess firearms. Those include convicted felons within five years of release or parole, minors owning firearms without parental permission, and those confined to a penal institution.

School Grounds

Texas prohibits firearms on or near school grounds. However, there may be exceptions for law enforcement officials, and those with permits to carry concealed firearms. Local restrictions may be in effect as well. It is best to consult an attorney with up to date knowledge in these matters.

Waiting Period

There is no waiting period to purchase a firearm in Texas.

If you would like to know more about Texas firearm laws, there are many attorneys throughout the state with criminal defense experience who may be able to help. In addition to helping you with criminal charges, an attorney that is especially knowledgeable about Texas firearm regulations may be able to help you reclaim unlawfully confiscated firearms and restore an improperly revoked concealed carry license.