Moms Demand Action NRA mockery backfires, exposes groups’ ignorance
Mockery can be an insightful tool –- especially when it reveals more about the source than the target. Take, for instance, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America mocking the NRA for following state and local laws at its 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibitions in Nashville this past weekend.
Display guns at vendor’s booths are required to have firing pins removed, not by the NRA, but Nashville and Tennessee law. The convention’s two different venues each have their own concealed carry policies. The Bridgestone Arena does not allow it, the Music City Center does. Therefore, concealed carry permit holders can carry at the Music City Center should they opt to do so.
These are not NRA policies but state and local laws and policies.
Yet, on April 6, Moms attacked the NRA for following the law, claiming the group is “ok with loaded guns on playgrounds and in bars and school, but not at their convention.” Moms’ statements were immediately repeated and recycled as ironic, until people actually thought about it.
“The NRA is not a legislative body but a civil rights organization that has to follow federal, state, and local laws just like everybody else,” writes AWR Hawkins on Briebart.com on April 10. “Because of that, guns sitting at vendors’ booths — guns that could be commandeered by unknown persons and used for ill intent—will have their firing pins removed, thus rendering them inoperable. But handguns in the possession of concealed carry permit holders will be permitted where state and local law allows.”
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GUN SALES SURGE
American firearms industry enjoys record year in 2013
The American firearms industry is seeing an unprecedented surge with more than 10.8 million guns manufactured in 2013, doubling annual production since 2010.
According to an April 8 Washington Times article by Stephen Dinan, the 2013 surge during the first year after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting signaled momentum for stricter gun controls may have spurred rather than cool firearms sales.
In California, where state legislators did impose tighter gun regulations in 2014, firearm sales hit an all-time high in March 2015, with nearly 200,000 processed, suggesting a vibrant firearms market in the country’s most populous state.
“The surge in firearms sales in 2013 reflects both a long-term upward trend in shooting sports participation and [a] particular concern that year that law-abiding gun owners, and those interested in purchasing a firearm for the first time, could face tougher restrictions affecting access to and selection of firearms,” National Shooting Sports Foundation spokesman Mike Bazinet told Dinan.
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‘Constitutional Carry’ gun bill introduced in Ohio
The proposed House Bill 147 submitted to the Ohio General Assembly on April 7 would allow any law-abiding citizen the ability to carry a concealed firearm, bypassing the currently required class, background check and licensing fees.
Five states currently have no restrictions on concealed carry, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Vermont. Wyoming allows unrestricted carry, but only for state residents. Similar measures recently passed the legislatures of Montana and West Virginia, but were vetoed by those states’ governors.
Ohio is a “Shall Issue” state, meaning authorities must issue a concealed carry license to any applicant who meets all legal requirements and goes through established licensing procedures. Ohio is an “Open Carry” state, meaning there is no restriction on openly carrying firearms in public as long as they display no intent to cause harm.
Introduced by Rep. Ron Hood, HB 147 is among a number of proposed and adopted changes to the state’s gun laws. On March 23, the amount of class time needed to obtain a concealed carry license was reduced from 12 hours to eight hours, magazine size restrictions were lifted and the use of suppressors by hunters approved.
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LAMENTS & PROMISES
Obama vows to revive failed gun control agenda
President Barack Obama told ABC News in a recent interview that, with less than two years left in his presidency, he will renew his failed anti-gun campaign even though he has absolutely no chance of achieving anything more than exposing the NRA as a successful lobby group.
Obama told ABC News that his administration will “try to do as much administratively to tighten up how background checks are run, to go after illegal drug runners.”
Then he admits: “But I tell you that trying to get something through Congress has proven to be very difficult. And it’s heart-breaking.”
The villain? Of course: The NRA.
“The power of NRA and the gun lobby in Congress is formidable,” Obama said. “And you know, we’re going to keep chipping away at this, but until you get intense public demands for this, it’s probably not going to happen because some special interests and lobbyists in Washington are really, really strong and their membership feels very intensely about the issue. Whereas the general public is concerned about it, but doesn’t make it their top priority.”
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