Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League is leading a statewide effort to "out" local mayors who have become New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lackeys in a big bucks bulldozing of their constitutional rights.
Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Chronicle is all for legislation that requires firearms retailers to check a purchaser's identification and take a thumbprint when selling handgun ammunition. In an Oct. 5 editorial, it said the new law "would close this gaping loophole in efforts to keep our streets safe from gun violence.
A study published in New Science, a British magazine, says, "People who carry guns are far likelier to get shot – and killed – than those who are unarmed, a study of shooting victims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has found."
The University of Pennsylvania analyzed 677 shootings over two-and-a-half years to discover whether victims were carrying at the time, and compared them to other Philly residents of similar age, sex and ethnicity. The team also accounted for other potentially confounding differences, such as the socioeconomic status of their neighborhood.
Weapons sellers say gun enthusiasts won’t have to bite the bullet much longer, as a nearly yearlong nationwide ammunition shortage may be winding down. "We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a Fort Worth store and online retailer.
Pennsylvania State Representative Sam Rohrer has introduced the "Firearms Freedom Act" (HB1988) for consideration in the state legislature. The bill is "An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation.":
Bob McNitt, outdoors columnist for the Evening Sun in central New York state, offers a good reason why the media generally blows it when it comes to covering Second Amendment issues -- not only do so few "reporters" understand the U.S. Constitution, even fewer have a clue when it comes to firearms.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, applauded the introduction of legislation, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (HR 3749), to greatly enhance the ability of federal land managers to provide, promote and plan for recreational uses that balance the needs and interests of all outdoor enthusiasts.
The Second Amendment Foundation on Oct. 9 warned Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to heed the public rejection of a proposed gun ban at city parks facilities or face the consequences in court. SAF obtained information from the mayor's office that the overwhelming majority of citizens living both inside and outside the city turned thumbs down on the mayor's plan to ban even legally-carried firearms in city parks facilities. Nickels has already been advised by Attorney General Rob McKenna that the city has no authority to enact such a ban, which would be illegal under the state's preemption law.