Below is an NRA news release on the passage of HF517 in Iowa. It is a good day for gun owners indeed! The Iowa Firearms Coalition was instrumental in getting this passed.
Below is an action alert from the NRA. I encourage all gun owners to take a moment of their time to contact their elected officials and voice their opposition to new senseless gun bans.
Today’s murder of a British member of parliament is a sad reminder that gun ban laws will not stop a person who is bent upon committing a murder using a firearm.
Iowa gun owners are encouraged to come to Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature, on February 23, 2016.
Colion Noir tackles the fractured gun community and the need for a unified front against the anti-gun agenda. As the season comes to a close, Colion reflects on the conversations he had and the minds he changed, and discusses what it means to identify as a gun owner with Farran, Kandace, Richard Ryan and the town hall participants.
In the last few decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people convicted of felonies and denied various civil rights (including gun rights). That is a problem for society.
On January 5, 2016, the president unveiled his executive order plans to force gun control measures down America’s throat. Dana Loesch strikes back at the president’s extreme overreach by shedding light on his dishonest history of enforcing existing gun control legislation. The “Commander in Deceit” continues to empower and enable gang members, felons and repeat offenders … while the only people he continuously punishes are law-abiding citizens.
Author Dana Loesch speaks with John Stossel about gun control and mass shooting myths.
President Obama and other opponents of gun rights have seized upon the San Bernardino terrorist attack as a basis to justify more misguided gun control laws. In particular, it is being argued that those on the Terrorism Watch List should be denied the ability to purchase a gun. Such a proposal is ineffective as a means of trying to prevent terrorism, and is grossly unconstitutional and un-American.
Although the details are still coming in, it is clear that nine people were killed at the historic African American Emanuel AME church in South Caroline – a church that has deep ties to the civil rights movement. A suspect, reportedly identified as 21 year old white male Dylann Storm Roof, is in police custody. News reports allege that Mr. Roof made racist remarks during the shooting, and that a picture on facebook shows Mr. Roof wearing flags from apartheid-era Rhodesia and … Continued
Below is an action alert from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, concerning the Omnibus Firearms Bill that I certainly hope to see passed his year. Please write to your elected officials using the advocacy campaign provided by the IFC. Week 19 Review Wednesday the Iowa House of Representatives passed its version the 2015 Standings Bill (aka the Appropriations Bill). This bill essentially sets the state budget for the coming fiscal year, without passing it we’d see a state government shutdown. When … Continued
Below is a call to action from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, regarding the Omnibus Gun Bill. I encourage Iowa residents to contact their elected officials today to help get this important pro-gun legislation passed.
From the NRA: President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action. Whatever else can be said of the president’s track record, he is doing his utmost to keep that promise. Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing. BATFE is now … Continued
On April 11, by a vote of 68-31, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with debate and votes on a variety of gun control proposals. The underlying bill that will be considered by the Senate is S. 649, the so-called “Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013.” A number of amendments will be offered to S. 649, including a ban on commonly and lawfully-owned firearms and magazines and language to criminalize the private transfer of firearms and force gun … Continued
Below is an alert from Gun Owners of America:
Below is a video clip from an interview with Laura Carno, who created IAmCreatedEqual.com. She addresses self defense, women’s right to self defense, and related matters.
Those opposed to gun rights are trotting out the idea of gun manufacturer liability again, despite the fact that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 7901-7903 (a Federal law) has made clear such liability does not exist:
Below is an alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association regarding an upcoming anti-gun meeting. Gun owners in the Northern suburbs of Chicago are encouraged to attend:
As is readily apparent, those opposed to gun rights are making full use of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact pointless and wrongful anti-gun laws. Now is the time for supporters of gun rights to take action. That action should be at both the individual and group levels:
Below is the text of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s testimony before the United State Senate at its “What should America do about gun violence?” hearing last week.
The County Sheriffs of Colorado have opposed the introduction of new anti gun laws, calling the anti-gun reaction after Sandy Hook “hasty.”
Below is a video clip in which Cam Edwards interviews Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley about the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about so-called “assault weapons” in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.
As reported, a letter signed by 77 members of Congress and addressed to President Obama points out the flawed approach that is being undertaken by the president in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. A couple of noteworthy paragraphs:
SPECIAL ALERT – NEW LOCATION FOR RALLY: GLENVIEW GUN CONTROLLERS PLAN RECRUITMENT AND ORGANIZATION RALLY The ISRA has been notified that the location of this event has been moved due to “anticipated larger attendance”. The new location is the Glenview Police Station, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026. The gun control movement is on a roll in the northern suburbs. They will be holding a rally to recruit and organize new gun grabbers into their campaign to take your … Continued
Rabbi Jen Feldman of the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, recently spoke out in favor of anti gun laws. Some of the Rabbi’s statements, other statements from related individuals, and my responses, follow:
Below is a news release from the Second Amendment Foundation. It addresses an issue that I have also discussed both in the past as well as more recently, which is the hypocritical manner in which anti-gun politicians try to deny ordinary citizens the right to keep and bear arms for self defense, while still keeping their own armed bodyguards:
Ruger has created a nice webpage that will allow you to inform the President, Vice-President, your Senators, Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State-Level Elected Officials, and State Attorney General that you support gun rights and believe that the passage of anti-gun laws is misguided. I encourage everyone to spend a minute doing so. The web page can be seen here. Then, click here to see other steps that you can take to protect our gun rights.
In an effort to combat anti-gun biases in the mainstream media, Cam Edwards from NRA News breaks down and rebuts media misinformation – NRA News – January 7, 2013:
I would like to point out an excellent article entitled Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy. This article was written by Nicholas J. Johnson, who is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. My thanks to the reader who pointed out this excellent article to me.
Congressman Steve Stockman has introduced H.R. 35, the Safe Schools Act of 2013 — a bill to allow principals, teachers, and staff to possess firearms in order to defend their students:
Below is another urgent alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association. I would encourage all Illinois gun owners to act now:
Below is the Gun Control Fact-Sheet, created by Gun Owners of America. The original can be found here. Mar 2004 Gun Control Fact-Sheet 2004 / From Gun Owners Foundation by Gun Owners Foundation 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 1. Highlights * Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day.(1) This means that each … Continued
Those opposed to gun rights are attempting to take advantage of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact anti-gun laws. While those of use who are knowledgeable about firearms know
Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning concealed carry and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Shepard/Moore v. Madigan:
I was getting ready to write an article about the statements made by Bob Costas about the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, in which Mr. Costas blames guns
The Daily Barometer published an editorial entitled “Guns are Not Toys,” which is little more than anti gun propaganda. Quotes from that editorial and my response can be seen below.
Back in 2008, I wrote a brief article entitled “Gun Rights for Convicted Felons?” In that article, I noted that a US Federal law (and various state laws) prohibit anyone convicted of a felony from possessing firearms*, and stated that
Below is an NRA announcement concerning two important pro-gun bills for Iowa. I would encourage everyone who lives, works, or is otherwise involved with Iowa to take action:
As I’ve mentioned, I am an attorney who practices in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, with a large percentage of my practice comprising criminal defense cases. That practice has prevented me from updating this website for some time, however I remain committed to gun rights in both my personal and professional life. I recently had the honor of representing a woman named Judy, who used her gun to defend herself, her sister, and her sister-in-law after they … Continued
Motivated in part by the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords, the Texas legislator is considering a bill that would grant expanded concealed carry rights to certain state officials. While this is a far better reaction than those that historically follow a high profile gun-related crime, it still leaves much to be desired:
As reported, the manager of a convenience store used his gun to stop an armed robber:
I’ve previously mentioned how the National ACLU is, much to my dismay, anti-gun. However, some state chapters of the ACLU have been known to stand up for gun rights. Recently, the ACLU of South Dakota has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a South Dakota law that unfairly (and unconstitutionally) restricts concealed carry permits:
Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, the annual event sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011. I firmly intend to be there this year, and encourage everyone else to attend as well. IGOLD 2011 details can be seen below:
As reported, a man used his lawfully carried handgun to stop a trio of robbers:
United States Supreme Court Justice Bryer recently stated that he believed that the founders of this county would have allowed gun control. Given that Justice Bryer voted against gun rights in D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, I can’t say I was too surprised to hear that statement. However, I find myself in great disagreement with the idea that the framers of the constitution would have supported gun control. The video clip shown below has an excellent discussion of … Continued
Back in 2006, Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) enacted a ban on s0-called “assault weapons“. This ban is both vague and ambiguous, unreasonably restricting the right to keep and bear arms, while also making it difficult to impossible for gun owners to know what exactly they may lawfully own. The Illinois State Rifle Association sued, and the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that this case needs to be reconsidered, in light of the pro-gun-rights US … Continued
As I’ve discussed before, President Obama is about as anti gun as it gets. He was endorsed by the Brady Campaign, and chose gun rights opponent Joe Biden to be his vice president. Since taking office, he has nominated anti gun individuals such as Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, and State Department official Harold Hongju Koh to key positions within his administration. This trend continues with Obama’s nomination of Andrew Traver to head the … Continued
I’ve previously discussed the ongoing drug cartel violence in Mexico, and the unreasonable attempts to blaming American gun owners for that situation. Recently, the Mexican ambassador has rekindled the debate, blaming the NRA and law abiding gun owners for that country’s internal violence and drug cartels. In the video clip below, Wayne LaPierre discusses the situation:
The results from the November 2, 2010 election were quite favorable towards gun rights. Below is a press release from Gun Owners of America which discusses the victories:
Below is a video clip by Otis McDonald, the plaintiff in the McDonald v. Chicago case which led to the end of the Chicago handgun ban. In this video clip, he discusses gun rights, the upcoming election, the McDonald v. Chicago case, and more. He also endorses Bill Brady for IL Governor: