Law Enforcement Coalition Joins Gun Control Group to Lobby Against Reciprocity, Hearing Protection Bills
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were joined by a coalition of active and retired law enforcement officers police chiefs, sheriffs and federal agents, calling themselves the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense, in Washington, D.C., to lobby against proposed bills that would legalize suppressors and nationalize concealed carry during National Police Week.
The bills — HR 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and HR 367 Hearing Protection Act of 2017—are widely supported by gun owners nationwide, the Trump Administration and, supposedly, by a majority of Congressional lawmakers but remain stalled in committee.
In a memo to the White House, Giffords’ gun control group, Americans For Responsible Solutions, and the law enforcement coalition renewed calls to close “loopholes” in the federal background check system.
Congress “needs to reject irresponsible calls to mandate the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms and allow free access to dangerous suppressors, which present a new menacing threat to our communities and law enforcement professionals,” the memo said. “It is clear that guns in dangerous hands make law enforcement officers more vulnerable.”
The memo noted 21 of 64 officers killed nationwide in 2016 gunfire were victims of “ambush style” attacks, a statistic that President Donald Trump also cited in speech delivered May 15 in an address at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
The memo claimed the proposed “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” would undermine or make ineffective state laws with different or stricter guidelines for permits, leading to more “ambush-style” attacks on law enforcement.
The groups also requested in the memo that Trump withdraw his support for the “Hearing Protection Act,” which would roll back federal regulation of suppressors, which have been regulated since 1934 under the National Firearms Act.
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NUMBERS DON’T LIE, PEOPLE DO
Lott Cites Media ‘Injustice’ In Lazily Reporting Lies As Fact
Economist John R. Lott, Jr., has been using objective data and actual, certifiable facts to refute the emotional hysterics that the gun control lobby manipulates to curry public paroxysm for years now.
In a May 16 column in Newsweek, he does so again — only he blames, to some extent, the so-called mainstream media for not doing its homework in confirming statistics and other material presented by gun-control activists before repeating them as if they were facts.
For instance, Lott writes, “Time-after-time, the New York Times and other publications have repeated the same false claims that concealed handgun permit holders are dangerous.”
The claims are made by The Violence Policy Center (VPC) — a font of dubious assertions. Among the claims that any research would have easily verified as baloney is it claim that 26 permit holders committed 29 homicides nationwide in 2016, making them “dangerous.”
“With over 15 million permit holders nationwide last year, those deaths amount to 0.2 homicides per 100,000 permit holders,” he notes which, statistically, means concealed handgun permit holders are hardly “dangerous.”
“The media is doing an injustice by inaccurately reporting about an issue with such immediate relevance to public safety,” Lott writes.
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Another Constitutional Carry Bill Stymied In Committee
It has been a mixed bag for Constitutional carry proposals in state legislatures across the nation in 2017. In March, North Dakota became the 12th state that doesn’t require a permit to carry concealed weapons, but similar bills have either stalled or failed elsewhere.
Constitutional carry proposals have failed to advance in Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico and South Dakota. Law enforcement officials in Indiana, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin have issued statements opposing permitless open carry.
On May 17, a Louisiana House panel struck down a Constitutional carry measure in an 8-5 vote, meaning it will not be formally presented to legislators. It was Rep. Barry Ivey’s (R-Baton Rouge) third attempt in recent years to adopt Concealed carry in Louisiana.
Louisiana, which is a “shall issue” state, allows residents to openly carry a gun without a permit but to carry concealed weapons, gun owners must be trained and complete a background check.
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IN THE COURTS
Connecticut Attorney General Asks To Reopen Sandy Hook lawsuit
When the state attorney general recently asked Connecticut’s highest court to revive it might have appeared that he was taking sides.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has asked the state’s supreme court to reconsider the lawsuit brought by Sandy Hook families against Remington Arms, maintaining a lower-court judge dismissed suit in 2016 because the families didn’t have a direct business relationship with Remington.
According to Rob Ryser of newstimes.com, Jepsen maintains the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUPTA) does not require a direct relationship in order to seek relief, and that suit’s dismissal could discourage others from seeking justice in product liability cases.
“CUTPA should be construed liberally to effectuate its public policy goals,” Jepsen wrote in a nine-page friend-of-the-court brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
The 10 families sued Remington, the distributor and the retailer of the AR-15-type rifle bought by Nancy Lanza and used by her son Adam to massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook School in December 2014.
Although the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act shields firearms manufacturers from most liability if their products are misused, the families argued that Remington negligently entrusted the rifle through reckless marketing to civilians.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis threw out the families’ lawsuit last October.
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