Trump, Clinton supporters overwhelmingly support background checks
According to a national survey by the Pew Research Center released Aug. 26, when it comes to requiring background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows, there isn’t much difference between Trump and Clinton supporters.
Eighty-three percent of all the Pew poll respondents said they favor mandatory background checks on all sales while 90 percent of those who identified themselves as Clinton supporters back background checks and 75 percent of those identified themselves as Trump supporters want the same.
And, according to the poll, 82 percent of Trump supporters said they also favor barring people on federal no-fly or watch lists from buying guns.
While the mainstream media — aka, TV “news” — continues to recite the contrived narrative that Congressional Republicans blocked both of these proposed policies from becoming law this June, the true is it was Senate Democrats who did so by submitting four purposely flawed bills they knew would never pass muster, a fact that gets lost in the wake of House Democrats’ dead dog and dead pony show that garnered the glare of TV cameras in a blatant example of sustaining an issue for campaign fodder in November’s elections.
Overall, according to Pew, 58 percent of survey respondents said they believe owning a gun does more to protect gun owners from crime than put them at risk. Only 32 percent of Clinton supporters agreed with the statement with 65 percent believing that gun ownership does more to “put people’s safety at risk” than it does to protect them.
Other survey findings revealed at least one dramatic partisan split: 90 percent of Trump supporters said protecting gun rights was more important than controlling gun ownership while only 9 percent said they “controlling gun ownership” was a priority. Seventy-nine percent of Clinton supporters, meanwhile, identified “controlling gun ownership” as a priority compared with 19 percent who said “protecting gun rights” was more important.
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Despite vagaries in defining ‘manufacturing,’ gun-related industry grows in Florida, elsewhere
It may be surprising to some, but Florida now has the second-most number of gun manufacturers in the country with 691 businesses issued firearm-manufacturing licenses by the state, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).
Texas tops BATFE’s list with 1,103 licensed gun-makers, a 404-percent increase from the 219 reported in 2009. Florida has seen a similar surge of 346 percent in licenses for gun-makers since 2009.
The problem with this, according to a Florida Today article by Wayne T. Pierce and Dave Berman, is that while there are classic firearms-makers operating under a state-issued manufacturing licenses in Florida — such as Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Knight’s Armament in Titusville or I.O. Inc. in Palm Bay — the way the license requirements are written, many small businesses that don’t actually make guns are classified as firearms-manufacturers.
“It’s 1/100th of a percent of our business,” Doug Torpy, one of the founders of the 17-month-old FrogBones, a shooting range in Brevard County, told Florida Today. “It’s basically nothing. It just leaves me the option to manufacture if I want to.”
The vagaries, according to Pierce and Berman, have “created some concerns about the regulatory oversight” of these businesses by the state and BATFE because “manufacturing” — particularly in reference to firearms — “can be a bit of misnomer.”
FrogBones must get the state-issued manufacturing license because they put pieces of weaponry together and sell the finished product as a gun if they chose to. Others, such as Merritt Island-based Twisted Industries Inc., must get the license because they make components for gun manufacturers.
“This is a firearm,” Frogbones’ Torpy told Florida Today, holding up a black, palm-sized piece of metal that’s actually the lower receiver of a AR-15 rifle. “If I decide I want to turn this into a gun, attach the barrel and some other parts and sell it as a complete gun, that’s manufacturing.”
Regardless how it is defined, personal firearms manufacturing is big business in the United States. According to BATFE, in 2013 American industry produced 10.8 million guns and i9 million guns in 2014 Those numbers are expected to go even higher once the 2015 and 2016 statistics are available.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), nearly 300,000 Americans are employed in the nation’s firearms manufacturing industry, earning $14.4 billion a year in salaries. That calculates into a $50 billion annual impact on the nation’s economy.
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Christie wants New Jersey to be a ‘Shall Issue’ state
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a slate of gun-control bills passed by the State Legislature and, as he nears the end of his term, has expressed his desire to push a bill making New Jersey a “shall issue” rather than a “may issue” state for state residents applying for concealed weapons permits.
“The right to own a gun is a fundamental one enumerated in the Constitution,” Christie said in a statement published by NJ.com. “I continue to oppose the relentless campaign by the Democratic legislature to make New Jersey as inhospitable as possible to lawful gun ownership and sales.”
One of the bills Christie vetoed was a companion piece to a resolution lawmakers passed in June to derail a bill Christie introduced to make it easier for residents to get concealed carry permits in the state The bill sought to more strictly define the “justifiable need” residents must show to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in New Jersey.
Under the vetoed bill, state residents applying for a permit would have to demonstrate “the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry.”
While vetoing that bill, Christie also sent back another bill to the Legislature that its sponsors claimed would have spurred development of personalized handguns. That bill — A1426 — would have done away with an existing New Jersey law that critics claim stifled what it was allegedly designed to encourage development and manufacture of “smart guns.”
Right now, New Jersey’s law requires that only personalized handguns be offered for sale three years after they are properly vetted and on the market. Unfortunately, no one understands what that means and how to implement it, obstacles that have never dissuaded New Jersey legislators from adopting a law before — at least, one can only hope, until now.
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Judge strikes down some Cleveland gun-control laws, upholds gun registry
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold on Aug. 22 ruled four components of the City of Cleveland’s gun-control laws violate state and federal Constitutional guarantees while, quixotically, upholding the city’s gun registry ordinance.
The challenge, filed in April by Ohioans For Concealed Carry and supported by many Second Amendment groups and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), sought to block implementation of gun control laws that included, among other things, mandates for gun owners to report private gun sales as well as guns lost or stolen to local authorities and compelled firearms offenders living within the Ohio city’s limits to register their place of residence and other personal information.
According to the Associated Press, Ohioans For Concealed Carry filed suit against the City of Cleveland arguing violations of state preemption laws, citing a 2010 case decided in the Ohio Supreme Court that cities could not pass gun laws in excess of those maintained by the state.
Strickland-Saffold agreed, disagreed and wavered between agreeing and disagreeing in her rulings. In these four, she agreed, finding:
— The city’s definition of “automatic firearm” that include semi-autos “capable” of firing more than 31 rounds without reloading to be unconstitutional.
— The city’s law that no person could fire a gun within 500 feet of any park, playground or recreation center owned by the city was invalid as exceeding state law.
— The city’s law requiring police to collect weapons from those suspected of drinking or threatening a disturbance violated state carry laws.
— The city’s ordinance changing the penalty for defacing a firearm from what the state allows was unconstitutional.
According to the AP, however, Strickland-Saffold upheld the city’s gun lock law, requirements that all firearms found on school property be reported to the police, the reporting of private gun sales, a mandate to report lost or stolen guns, and the controversial gun offender registry.
The registry, which the AP claims had “little to no compliance,” is even criticized by Cleve;and Police as being “impossible to navigate.”
Ohioans for Concealed Carry vows to keep fighting to get the gun registry overturned.
“We warned Cleveland when they first considered these ordinances that we’d be challenging them in court and that some of these were blatantly unconstitutional,” Ohioans For Concealed Carry said a statement published by the AP. “Still, the anti-gun city administration got cover from the court on several of their ridiculous anti-freedom planks. OFCC is meeting with its legal team to consider the possibility of elevating these issues to the 8th District Court of Appeals.”
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