“Gun Owners, Unite!” – Video Clip

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.

Dana Loesch: “Obama: Commander in Deceit” – Video Clip

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.

The Terrorism Watch List and Guns

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.

The Charleston Church Mass Shooting

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

Iowa: Omnibus Firearms Bill Tied To State Budget – Your Action Needed!

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

Your Action Urgently Needed to Prevent BATFE from Banning Common Rifle Ammunition!

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

NRA Alert: Senate to Vote on Anti-Gun Measures Next Week–Your Activism More Critical Than Ever!

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

Lets All Do Our Part to Support Gun Rights

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:

Update: New Location for Anti-Gun Rally in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago this Sunday

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’s Misguided Push for Gun Control Laws

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:

Take 1 Minute to Tell All of Your Representatives to Support Gun Rights – Thanks to Ruger

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.

Gun Control Fact Sheet from Gun Owners of America

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

Urgent – Take Action to Protect Our Gun Rights NOW

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

Bob Costas and Jovan Belcher

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

Gun Rights for Convicted Felons? – Part 2

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

A Self Defense Gun Case from my Law Practice

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

(Almost) the Right Response to a Tragedy

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:

ACLU of South Dakota Stands Up for Gun Rights

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:

Attend Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2011!

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:

NRA Response to Justice Bryer’s Anti Gun Statements – Video Clip

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

IL Supreme Court Tells Appellate Court to Reconsider “Assault Weapon” Ban Lawsuit

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

President Obama’s Latest Anti-Gun Nominee: Andrew Traver for the BATFE

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

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Responds to Mexican Ambassador’s Anti-Gun and Anti-NRA Remarks

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:

A Word from Otis McDonald

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:

Misleading News Headlines Portray Armed Crime Victim in Unfair Light

In previous articles, I’ve discussed the bias against guns and armed self defense that is prevalent in the news media.  A recent case from Chicago, in which an elderly woman used her handgun in self defense and was then smeared by the local media, highlights this problem: