Here’s the skinny on this week’s news headlines that matter most to gun owners and 2A supporters.
Presidential Candidate Contender O’Malley Calls for Strict Gun Control
Contender for presidential candidate and Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley declared his platform on gun control this week. He wants universal background checks and raise the minimum age for buying a gun to 21. As Governor, he has signed some of the strictest gun controls laws in the country. He signed bills requiring licensing, fingerprinting and training requirements for firearm buyers, as well as banning “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. He said, “What we need in order to save lives is not words, but actions…These tragedies aren’t isolated incidents; they are part of a full-blown—and entirely preventable—epidemic.”
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Petitions Against Helping Project SafeChild
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has started a petition to stop the Justice Department from giving the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) a two-year, $2.4 million grant toward NSSF’s Project SafeChild. The money is going to help fund firearms safety and free gun locks. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s petition reads, “While few would oppose the use of gun locks to secure firearms or the dissemination of information on gun safety, the partnership between DOJ and NSSF is nonetheless deeply troubling. The NSSF has actively lobbied for policies that put children at direct risk of obtaining unsecured firearms. Whatever good might be done by Project ChildSafe is vastly outweighed by the harm NSSF does in lobbying for reckless gun laws. No taxpayer in America should have to foot the bill for a profit-focused lobby looking to improve its public image.”
Read more about Project SafeChild here.
Bill Introduced to Protect Social Security Recipients’ Rights
Texas Representative and chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, Sam Johnson introduced H.R. 3516—a bill that protects social security recipients who receive benefits managed by “representative payees.” The bill will prevent the Social Security Administration from adding millions of names to the NICS.
“It’s no secret President Obama isn’t a fan of our Second Amendment. Because he failed to push his gun control agenda through Congress, his administration is now seeking to deny millions of law-abiding Americans their right to bear arms by going through Social Security. Old age or a disability does not make someone a threat to society. These folks should be able to defend themselves just like everyone else, and Social Security has no business stripping them of that right. This bill puts a stop to yet another overreach by the Obama administration. I am committed to ensuring the rights of all Americans are protected.”
Read more about the story here.
Houston Zoo Removes Illegal 30.06 Signs
Texas Law Shield attorney Edwin Walker recently pointed out the Houston Zoo’s illegal gun ban. Because the zoo sits on 55 acres of public land, it is illegal to ban handguns on the premises. The zoo immediately removed the signs and complied with the law. The zoo said, “Effective immediately, the Houston Zoo will not ask anyone who is lawfully permitted to carry a concealed legal handgun to stow their weapon in their vehicle wile visiting the zoo.” A new law that went in effect September 1, 2015 authorizes fines up to $10,000 to local governments that wrongly ban concealed carry. Moms Demand Action made a statement about the zoo’s announcement—“After pressure for the gun lobby, the Houston zoo was forced to remove signs prohibiting guns from the premises. The center of family recreation in the city is being forced—against their will—to allow guns into a space previously reserved for family fun, education and preservation.”
Jeb Bush “Encourages” California Gun Confiscation
When asked if a state should be allowed to take a gun away from someone because of a family’s concern for the person’s mental state during September’s Republican debates, Jeb Bush responded, “I think there needs to be a hearing, but the fact is, I think we need to encourage that kind of involvement.”
CNN Finds Americans think that Gun Buying Laws are “About Right”
A recent poll performed by CNN and ORC found that 49% of Americans polled find that our current laws to buy guns are “about right.” Seventy-Five percent find that stricter background checks will do nothing or have a very little affect stopping people with mental illness from getting a gun.
Funny how the mainstream media tries to make us think otherwise.
Gottlieb Says Seattle Should Tax Pot Like They Are Doing Guns and Ammo
The Second Amendment Foundation’s founder, Alan Gottlieb says that Seattle should tax pot sales like the city’s recent vote to tax firearms and ammunition sales. Gottlieb said, “If that’s the way the economics works in Pete’s alternative universe, then he should support a tax of $25 on the sale of every ounce of marijuana, and a five-cent tax on every joint. Think of the money that could be raised for drug treatment and gang violence prevention programs. It would force drug gangs and pot smokers to pay for those efforts.” The Pete that Gottlieb is referring to is Pete Holmes, Seattle’s City Attorney. Holmes was one of the first people in line to purchase recreational marijuana when it became legal in Washington.
Everytown for Gun Safety Sets Its Sights on Maine
The Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety has started a petition in Maine to get a universal background check and firearms registration bill on the ballot. They need 61,123 signatures. The anti-gun group has in the past paid up to $5 a signature to people who gathered signatures.
Universal Background Checks on Ballot in Nevada
The NRA has called for volunteers in Nevada to fight for the Background Check Imitative that made its way onto the ballot due to Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group. Three meetings for those willing to volunteer will be held next week. Register now and get free NRA swag.
For more information, contact Keely Hopkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 939-0824.
SetterArms Denied Permit in Daly City, CA
Todd Settergren submitted an application to the Planning Commission of Daly City, California to open a gun repair store. The City Council voted unanimously to allow the permit to SetterArms. However, the Brady Campaign found out and immediately started attacking the Council’s decision. Because of the stink the anti-gun group organization made, a Council member voted on a further discussion of Settergren’s application. One Daly City resident wrote, “Why would a gun need ‘repairing?’ unless it will be used to modify rifles and guns into automatic assault weapons.” On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Daly City City Council voted 3-2 to deny SetterArms permit to open. The California Rifle & Pistol Association encourages citizens of San Mateo County to write the City Council.
Find out how you can help here.
Open Carry Bill Introduced in Florida
Matt Gaetz, a state representative in Florida has introduced an open carry bill in Florida. H.B. 163 would give Florida residents who have a concealed carry permit the decision to open carry. Gaetz wrote on his Facebook page, “Texas recently made the change and it’s time we change too.”
Florida Committees Push Forward With Guns on Campus Bill
The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed bills (HB 4001 and SB 68), allowing concealed carry on Florida college campuses ahead of the 2016 legislation session. The NRA backs the bill. A lobbyist for the NRA, Marion Hammer said college campuses “…are gun-free zones where murderers, rapists and shooters can commit crimes without fear of being harmed by their victims.”
New Hampshire Senate Kills Constitutional Carry Bill
Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill passed by the legislation earlier this year, which instituted Constitutional Carry in New Hampshire. The Legislature debated overriding the veto on Wednesday and with a final vote of 13-10 kept Gov. Hassan’s veto. Gov. Hassan said about the veto, “I support the Second Amendment and I believe that Americans have a right to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting, and recreation. However, I also recognize the need to balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of all New Hampshire citizens to be safe in their communities. With this consideration, I believe that New Hampshire’s current law is appropriate and responsible.”
Wilson Oklahoma Public Schools Trains and Arms Teachers
A Southern Oklahoma school district is training teachers how to use a firearm. The Wilson school district announced that six teachers will be trained and armed in the classroom. Eric Smith, who is superintendent of Wilson Public Schools, said, “In today’s world with things that are happening, you have to do whatever you can to protect your school district and the children who come to school here…and that’s what we’re doing.”
SilencerCo Announces the First Ever Integrally Suppressed 9mm
At a very exclusive invite-only event in Key West, Florida, SilencerCo announced four new products. At the top of the anticipated list is the world’s first integrally suppressed 9mm pistol. Built on the Smith & Wesson M&P, the gun, named Maxim 9 was fired in international waters off the coast of Key West, Florida. Details of the pistol are secret because SilencerCo is still making the final designs on the Maxim 9.
A SilencerCo’s press release reads: “We’re keeping exact product details under wraps since it is still in the final design stages, but one thing is certain—the Maxim 9 will forever change the way people think about firearms when they realize that there is no longer any reason guns have to be loud.”
The company also announced the rail-mounted Radius rangefinder, a new rimfire suppressor and a suppressor called the Hybrid, which will be compatible with pistols, rifles and machine guns in calibers up to .458 SOCOM.
A very lucky Chris Cheng got a special look at the Maxim 9.
Federal American Eagle’s Suppressor Ammo
Federal American Eagle has released its American Eagle Suppressor ammunition. The rounds are made specifically for suppressed firearms in .22 Long Rifle, 9mm, .45 ACP and .300 AAC. The subsonic loads are available in CPRN in .22 LR, FMJ in 9mm and .45 ACP and OTM in .300 Blackout.
Daniel Defense Announces Kryptek Typhon Camo Pattern on DDM4 MK12 and V11 Rifles
Daniel Defense has added a Kryptek Typhon camo pattern to its DDM4 MK12 and V11 AR-15s. Marty Daniel, Daniel Defense CEO and President says, “We are excited to offer these new intricate and highly durable patterns on these best-selling rifles. The new Typhon finish will enhance both the look and performance of two weapon systems already renowned for durability, reliability and performance.”
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