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PA Bill Number: HB2440

Title: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firearms ...

Description: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firear ...

Last Action: Presented to the Governor

Last Action Date: Nov 19, 2020

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FOAC's June 14th Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 06/13/2020

The June FOAC Membership Meeting (June 14th-FLAG Day) will be held once again online for all members and interested Second Amendment advocates. As we noted last month, because of the Pennsylvania Covid-19 Statewide Response to the Corona Virus, and in consideration of everyone’s health, we have found it necessary to cancel the in-person meeting (normally held at the South Fayette Twp. Municipal Bldg.) and will be holding June’s meeting totally online. The details for connection to this meeting are available at the link for the meeting and at the end of this newsletter. You can view or download a copy of the Meeting Agenda at this Link: Meeting Agenda!

PA Primary Developments Overview: Primary Overview Click Here!

When you look at the public debate regarding the Second Amendment it is impossible to escape how deftly the media manipulates (professional wordsmiths) the rhetoric in common usage by anti-gun groups, the media, and even gunowners surrounding the Second Amendment debate!

So, the question is will careless rhetoric doom the second amendment?

The rhetoric we use to discuss and debate a given subject is powerful, perhaps more so than any other aspect of a political battle. In the fight to win back our liberties from over a century of misguided and unconstitutional legislation, written to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms, we are losing. The question that must be asked is why? Most Americans do not even support stricter gun control, yet we are quickly losing in the context of legislation and in the culture war. The real engine behind the attack on our rights is the language used, not only by anti-gun activists and politicians but also by those of us who support gun rights.

Anyone who has listened to the news or read an article regarding gun control has undoubtedly heard the term “assault weapon.” The actual meaning of the term is debated, but most claims about its origin place it in the early 1980s as a construct of the Violence Policy Center.  For the purposes of this article, let us consider one of its first uses to be the first “assault weapons” ban: the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989. The Roberti-Roos AWCA banned a list of about 60 firearms by name and imposed a features-based ban. However, this article is not about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of such laws, but rather the language surrounding them. In the text of the Roberti-Roos AWCA, the legislature claimed that the law was justified because:

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the proliferation and use of assault weapons poses a threat to the health, safety, and security of all citizens of this state. The Legislature has restricted the assault weapons specified in Section 30510 based upon finding that each firearm has such a high rate of fire and capacity for firepower that its function as a legitimate sports or recreational firearm is substantially outweighed by the danger that it can be used to kill and injure human beings. It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to place restrictions on the use of assault weapons and to establish a registration and permit procedure for their lawful sale and possession. It is not, however, the intent of the Legislature by this chapter to place restrictions on the use of those weapons which are primarily designed and intended for hunting, target practice, or other legitimate sports or recreational activities.

In this text is the basis for the most commonly used argument by gun control activists to indoctrinate the unconvinced: gun control is about safety and it will not be used to take away “sporting” guns. This is a dichotomy that those seeking to infringe on rights have created, and that gun rights supporters have failed to rebuke in any effective way.

As anyone familiar with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (FBI-UCR) knows, rifles, of any kind, make up a tiny fraction of all murders committed each year. In 2018 (the most recent year for which data is available), there were 297 murders committed with rifles out of 14,123 murders committed with firearms of any kind. Despite this, rifles, especially those descended from the AR-15 and AK-47/AKM patterns, have become synonymous with the term “assault weapon” and with calls for gun control (although every AWB since the Roberti-Roos AWCA has also banned certain handguns and shotguns). We know that these firearms are even less of a threat than blunt objects, which were used in 443 murders in 2018, despite being some of the most common models in the United States. As I mentioned, “assault weapon” is a legal and political term without a singular definition, as opposed to “assault rifle,” defined by the US Army’s Small Arms Identification Guide – Eurasian Communist Countries (November 1970) as:

…short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachinegun and rifle cartridges. Assault rifles have mild recoil characteristics and, because of this, are capable of delivering effective full-automatic fire at ranges up to 300 meters. (pg 67)

This definition does not match the definition used by any AWB, even the Roberti-Roos AWCA expressly categorizes “assault weapons” as being semi-automatic, and yet they have become used so interchangeably that even the Associated Press categorizes them under the same entry:

assault rifle, assault weapon Terms for military or police-style weapons that are shorter than a conventional rifle and technically known as carbines. The precise definitions may vary from one law or jurisdiction to another. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, some make the distinction that assault rifle is a military weapon with a selector switch for firing in either fully automatic or semi-automatic mode from a detachable, 10- to 30-round magazine. Comparatively lightweight and easy to aim, this carbine was designed for tactical operations and is used by some law enforcement agencies. The form: an M16 assault rifle, an AK-47 assault rifle, a Kalashnikov assault rifle. An assault weapon is the civilian version of the military carbine with a similar appearance. This gun is semi-automatic, meaning one shot per trigger pull (just like a revolver). Ammunition magazines ranging from 10 to 30 rounds or more allow rapid-fire capability. Other common characteristics include folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor, bayonet mount and pistol grip. Assault weapon sales were largely banned under federal law from 1994 to 2004 to curb gun crimes. The form: AR-15 carbine with military-style appearance.

This categorization even goes so far as to effectively deny whether there truly is a difference by saying that “some make the distinction” as opposed to “there is a distinction”. Media apathy (or intentional obfuscation) towards accurate terminology is just one of the means by which we are losing the battle for our rights, but it is a crucial one, as it is through the left-biased mainstream (and even alternative) media that most people learn about firearms.

The gun rights movement has tried to rebrand these semi-automatic firearms as “modern sporting rifles”, the term even being adopted by Savage arms for their MSR-15 line of rifles (the name AR-15 is still owned by Colt, although the patents for the design expired decades ago). This rebranding of the guns that get caught in the myriad of AWBs (each state’s AWB is different, just as the 1994 AWB was different from frequently proposed legislation to introduce a new AWB) has been largely unsuccessful and misses the point altogether. While I agree that these firearms are amongst the most useful and practical designs– for a wide variety of purposes– to frame their ownership as such means that we have already lost the argument. Returning to the quote from the Roberti-Roos AWCA, the justification of the ban was that it was permissible and necessary to ban “non-sporting” arms. The sporting capability of an AR-15, AK-47, AKM, or other pattern firearm is irrelevant to the discussion. In 1939, the Supreme Court ruled in US v Miller that a sawed-off shotgun was not constitutionally protected because “Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense.” The shotgun in question’s “sporting purpose” was never mentioned in the decision, nor should we allow the issue of gun rights to be framed in this way. While it may make uneasy the more timid amongst us – those who don’t like to acknowledge the utility of a firearm outside of shooting clays or hunting deer – we cannot forget that the right to defense of life, liberty, and property is the purpose of the Second Amendment.. It is for this reason that we must continue our efforts in defense of the right to keep and bear arms.

Between 500,000 to 3,000,000 Americans use firearms in a defensive capacity each year according to the CDC. By adopting the rhetorical lies that allow for gun control to proliferate virtually uncontested, we are paving the way for thousands, if not millions, of our fellow Americans to be victimized by murderers, thieves, and rapists. Furthermore, we will be enabling our subjugation, sacrificing our place as the militia of this nation, and allowing for tyranny to infest our government.

Important Criminal Justice Reform Report Overshadowed by Pandemic And Riots

Despite record numbers of firearm purchases over the past three months, a global pandemic, and civil unrest, news reports suggest that violent crime is down.

Naturally, gun control advocates are taking advantage of the ongoing pandemic and the current protests to call for more of their pet priorities with wild speculative “sky is falling” rhetoric. We know that none of these will help prevent crime, the facts are clear they never have in the past either. The prescriptions needed for real reform to address the underlying social problems aren’t found in public health journals. They are found in criminal justice research.

For the past year, following President Donald Trump’s signing of the FIRST STEP Act, a criminal justice reform law, a diverse task force, led by former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, has been hard at work examining evidence-based actions the federal government can take to advance reform.

The Council on Criminal Justice has just released an Independent Task Force Report called, “Next Steps: An Agenda for Federal Action on Safety and Justice.” This report includes 15 top recommendations for federal action on criminal justice. A far cry from the ineffective wish list of gun control activists, the bold recommendations span everything from streamlining the criminal code to expanding education in prison and targeting high-violence cities with evidence-based strategies.

Real Solutions

As supporters of the Second Amendment and responsible public policy advocates, we aren’t experts in reforming the criminal justice system. But we should all consider throwing our support behind the efforts of this task force and other groups that put forward evidence-based recommendations, not politically motivated proposals that would do nothing to address the deep-rooted problems in our society.

Anti-Gun Attitudes Permeate Cartoons, Warner Bros. Taking Away Elmer Fudd’s Gun

The world will be safer place (?) now that Warner Bros. is stripping characters Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam of their evil guns, CNN and other major news outlets are reporting.

We're not doing guns,” executive producer Peter Browngardt reportedly told The New York Times. “But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”

But guns will not be? As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroon!”

“No mention is made of whether or not that the guns being removed was a response to gun violence and school shootings in the US,” CNN claims.

“In response to US gun violence, the showrunners will not include firearms in Fudd’s arsenal,” The Telegraph counters.

Per a promotional clip, it appears scythes and dynamite will be the new weapons of choice.

Those are curious substitutes considering scythes have been used in particularly brutal and bloody murders. It only took a few seconds to find a story from the (practically) gun-free U.K. where a teen’s “body was found in a ditch with a 5ft scythe embedded in his skull and more than 60 wounds across his body.” There was another bloody murder in this country, where “An Ohio teenager is in jail … after he confessed to brutally killing his 5-year-old niece with a scythe.”

As for dynamite, showrunners must not have considered the Bath School Massacre of the century past, when explosives were used in a series of attacks that “killed 38 elementary school children and 6 adults and injured at least 58 other people.”

This is a two-fold strategy, the first part being to keep children ignorant, to maintain that through adulthood, and to render personal ownership of guns culturally irrelevant. What the antis mean by “commonsense gun safety” is total avoidance, with no development-appropriate introduction and training in real gun safety. We’ve seen from their own PSAs where their oblivious, sheltered little urchins sword-fight with Mommy's sex toys.

“Progressives”…

The second part of the tactic is one of erasing disapproved ideas from cultural memory. Stalin used falsification and censorship to rewrite history. The Taliban going after Buddhist statues and “progressive” useful idiots being manipulated to tear down Confederate monuments are more recent and current examples.

So now we have Fudd with no Fudd gun, and hunters and sport shooters should take note. That term is reserved for those who throw fellow gun owners under the bus as long as their particular niche is preserved.  It won’t work that way. They want to eradicate you, too, and besides, guess where the term “sporting purpose” originated?

The great animation pioneers upon whose shoulders this new crop of politically correct ingrates are standing can now be reviled as haters. Then again, going after and then burying the memory of founding fathers of all stripes seems to be part of the overall plan.

**A Little Satire: In response to a growing anti-police sentiment, McGruff the Crime Dog has been taken to the vet and put down.

https://babylonbee.com/news/mcgruff-the-crime-dog-put-down

Anti-Gun Groups and The Political Left ‘Feed Off of Societal Violence’ in Their Quest to Control and Eliminate the Second Amendment and Guns

In the past when I have said “gun violence” doesn’t exist, some people have initially looked at me cross-eyed because the term, or talking point, has become so common in the media and left-wing talking points. The truth is, there’s no such thing as “gun-violence.”

“Gun-violence” doesn’t exist. It is a made-up and emotion driven gut punch, created as a tool to demonize guns in the pursuit of more gun restrictions on lawful Americans. It’s impossible for a gun to be violent. Violence can only come from people-not inanimate objects. What the gun grabbers are really talking about is “human-violence.” But if the discussion were focused on “human violence,” we would all be forced to work on solving the problems that cause people to act violently.

The gun-grabbing left does not want to do that for three reasons.

  • Number one, it doesn’t help their pursuit to demonize guns and implement more gun-restrictions.
  • Number two, focusing on “human-violence” would expose their culpability in its perpetuation.
  • Number three, the true aim here is to undermine the independence of Americans and the rights which form the foundation of that independence.

If we were to talk about human-violence, we would be forced to talk about gang and mob violence, terrorist groups like Antifa, open borders, sanctuary cities, welfare dependency, fatherless homes, abortion, foreign terrorism and drugs (both legal and illegal.) These are all things the left directly or indirectly supports. So anytime violence occurs and a gun is used, the left will call it “gun-violence” to keep the spotlight off of them and get the latest gun-restriction passed in Congress. Gun restrictions cause more good people to be unarmed and helpless, resulting in more gun-related deaths because we know, the bad guys pay no attention to the restrictions.

Then, they use the numbers of gun-related deaths to push for even more gun restrictions. If they really wanted to solve the problem of death and violence in America, wouldn’t they join us in abolishing the Gun-Free School Zone for instance?

Ever since the Gun-Free School Zones Act and it was signed into law, school killings have nearly doubled.

The anti-gun left capitalizes on those preventable attacks to push for even more gun restrictions. Some would argue, they don’t really want the problem of “human-violence” to go away.

The left’s lust for human-violence is real. This is why you see them doing nothing to stop the rioters in the streets of Democrat-run cities across the country. During a time of massive riots, violence, looting, and the burning down of buildings across the country, the political left doesn’t try to stop it. They actually call for the defunding of police departments while walking the streets themselves in protest of the very problem they perpetuate.

They use a false narrative, dishonest media and vague terms to keep the problem alive while pretending to fight against it. You’ve heard them say things like, “we need to tear down the system and rebuild it from the ground up.” How exactly do they propose to do this? They’ll never tell you because they have no idea, but they do need to be perceived as the righteous, justice warriors in the eyes of those who don’t know any better. How about when they say we need to “re-imagine the police department?” What exactly does that mean? The answer is, nothing. The term “re-imagine the police department” means absolutely nothing and they know it. They know YOU will never be able to define it and they know THEY will never be called out on it out of the fear people have of being labeled a racist. These are vague terms that they create so they can continue to perpetuate the problem of “human-violence” without the possibility of a solution. It would seem that the political left doesn’t want human-violence to go away.

They do want to take away your guns and make the police departments weak and ineffective.

So, when they talk about “systemic racism,” “institutional racism,” “gun violence” and “re-imagining the police departments,” what they’re really saying is:

“We don’t really want to fix the problem of human-violence, so we’re giving you meaningless terms to distract you so that you will never be able to define, so the problem will never be solved. Human-violence in America serves us well politically and we don’t really want it to stop nor implement real measures that will address the root causal factors of racism.”

These are the people our Founders warned us about. They are why the 2nd Amendment was written.

CT Governor’s Exec. Order Suspending Issuance of Licenses to Carry Concealed Firearms Violates the Second Amendment According to Federal Court

Federal District Court Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer issued the order Monday that within one-week Governor Lamont must modifying the portions of his March 17, 2020 Executive Order 7E that suspended the law requiring state and local law enforcement accept applications – including taking the requisite fingerprints – from Connecticut residents seeking new firearm permits. As a result of Executive Order 7E, law enforcement throughout the state refused to accept new firearms permit applications, thereby unconstitutionally suspending the process to obtain a permit to purchase and possess firearms for self-defense.

In his 26-page decision, Judge Meyer ruled that Executive Order 7E, and law enforcement’s implementation of it, “plainly burdens conduct protected by the Second Amendment.” Further, that “they categorically foreclose a person who does not already have a permit or certification from acquiring a handgun if the person’s fingerprints are not already on file. One cannot exercise the right to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense if one is prevented from acquiring a handgun in the first place.”

The state argued Lamont and Rovella did not violate the Plaintiffs’ 2nd Amendment rights because the “temporary” suspension was necessitated by the current pandemic, and the federal court should not intervene. Judge Meyer dispelled that argument, writing, “If the Governor and the Commissioner were to issue a gag order barring plaintiffs from exercising their First Amendment free speech rights for the balance of the COVID-19 crisis, plaintiffs would surely suffer injury despite the ‘temporary’ nature of the crisis.”

Judge Meyer imposed a preliminary injunction against the Governor and Commissioner Rovella, ordering by June 15, 2020 that the Governor modify Executive Order 7E restoring the fingerprinting and firearm permit application process, and that Commissioner Rovella resume fingerprinting “for applicants seeking permits to acquire, carry, or possess firearms that are subject to protection under the Second Amendment.”

Important Pro-Gun Legislation at the Pennsylvania & Federal Levels:

PA Pro-Gun Legislation:

HB 102 (Act 27) law promoting Hunter education in PA schools signed by Gov.: From Rep. David Maloney: This is quite a story you probably won’t see printed but my 10-year quest and going back to my Dad being born in Phila. left fatherless on the street at 3 raised in an orphanage and Someone planted a seed with a day trip to a camp to later becoming an adult hunter with 3 avid sportsman sons. The stories like this that get blocked by the media and their destruction of the greatest country on earth!!!

Federal Pro-Gun Legislation:

Firearm Due Process Protection Act – by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), HR 1817, known as the Firearm Due Process Protection Act. According to a release by Representative Emmer in 2016, when he introduced the legislation in a previous Congress, the legislation will do several things, all of which are benefits to law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their rights.

First, the bill also provides for people to sue in court to rectify erroneous information used in NICs denials if the FBI fails to do so, and for the case to be heard in 30 days. Most importantly, in those proceedings, the text of the legislation states that the government “shall bear the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the individual is ineligible to receive or possess a firearm.”

The bill also provides for an award of attorney’s fees should someone appealing prevail in court, and it requires the FBI to report on the disposition of appeals as well.

Further, it places the burden of proof on the government to deny a constitutional right. This is in marked contrast to the “needs-based” licensing schemes that Sarah Brady once wanted, which forces people to prove they’d need a given firearm. Second, it also holds the government responsible for when its mistakes cause law-abiding citizens to be delayed or denied in exercising their rights.

Second Amendment supporters should contact their Senators and Congressional representative and politely urge passage of HR 1817. In addition, they should also ask for other improvements, like overriding the licensing regimes and waiting periods in states where such schemes exist.

Overall Status of 2nd Amendment Legislation Filed to Date:

2019-2020 Session PA State Bills

  • Pro-Gun Bills: 56
  • Anti-Gun Bills: 80

2019-2020 Session Federal Bills

  • Pro-Gun Bills: 57
  • Anti-Gun Bills: 132

1st Point to Ponder: "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right." -- George Orwell, 1984

Law Enforcement on Gun Control:

“Florida sheriff says he’s encouraging gun-toting residents to shoot looters who break into homes,” ClickOrlando.com reported Tuesday.

“The message is clear: If you come here to peaceably assemble and protest, we’re gonna make sure we protect your constitutional right to do that and we encourage it,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a video statement. He followed that with a sober warning:

“I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”

The very same, speaking of cognitive dissonance, Sheriff Judd showed everyone his big “but” (as I believe in the Second Amendment but…) a while back when he called on “Congress to outlaw devices designed and manufactured, imported, or possessed, for making any firearm simulate or function as or in the manner of an automatic firearm,” and used his bully pulpit to speak out against open carryYou can't have it both ways, Sheriff: It's either “shall not be infringed” or “infringed.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQF2SFz0A0I&feature=emb_logo

Gun Control Group’s Lies to Remember:

Moms Demand Action and their Everytown bankroller have endorsed Joe Biden for president, a man who urged followers to:

“[J]ust walk out on the balcony, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house…”

Or alternatively to:

“[J]ust fire the shotgun through the door…”

Apparently firing a gun when you don’t know who is on the receiving end, aside from opening one up to felony endangering and homicide charges, qualifies as “commonsense gun safety” with those who demand you and I be disarmed. That and shoot assailants in the legs.

Founding Father’s Statement on Freedom: “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People.”

Tench Coxe, 1788.

Yours in Freedom!

Kim Stolfer, President

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General News

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  • Breonna's Law Could Be A Live Saver For Gun Owners And Police

The Louisville City Council has unanimously approved banning the use of “no-knock” warrants by the city police department, and with Mayor Greg Fischer vowing to sign the bill, the practice will soon be forbidden in the city. The bill is named “Breonna’s Law” after Breonna Taylor, who was shot by police in March as they were serving a no-knock warrant on her apartment. While police say that they actually did knock before breaching the front door, eyewitnesses say they never heard police announce themselves. more

  • Liberal Writer Thinks Defense Of Liberty Is A Myth – Bearing Arms – First Amendment

Many of us in the Second Amendment crowd see the right to keep and bear arms as something of a linchpin. It’s the right that is necessary in order to protect each and every other right. more

  • No, Mother Jones, We Gun Owners Won't Come To Save You

There’s been a lot going on over the last couple of weeks, to put it mildly. From protests to riots to even a segment of Seattle supposedly not being part of the United States anymore, let’s just say it’s been eventful. In fact, it’s been so eventful that it’s difficult to keep up. more

  • Academic Rewrites History To Portray The 2A As Tool Of The Oppressors

While we all debate whether protesters are “rewriting history” when they tear down statues of Confederate leaders, or if they’re merely adding a new chapter to American history with their actions, there is no doubt that some anti-gun advocates are doing everything they can to present a false and misleading portrayal of the reasons for the Second Amendment, as well as erasing the experience of black Americans who’ve used firearms in self-defense out of our nation’s history. more

  • Teaching New Gun Owners to Cheat and Survive

2020 is unusual. We added millions of new gun owners each month. Gun ownership has been increasing, but this year is remarkable. We bought firearms when government failed. We saw the police withdraw because of an epidemic. We saw courts put criminals back on the streets. We saw government officials overwhelmed by protests, riots, looting, and arson. We realized that we are on our own to defend ourself and the people under our care. more

  • The Racial Disparity Of Police And Armed Citizens

The Second Amendment reads, ‘A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” more

Legal Issues

  • Federal Court Rules Governor's Executive Order Violates 2nd Amendment

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) announced today that the U.S. District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Governor Ned Lamont and DESPP Commissioner James Rovella, finding that they are violating the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. more

  • 20 State AG's File Brief In Support Of The Right To Carry

A group of attorneys general from across the country have come together to back a challenge to Hawaii’s restrictive carry laws that’s currently before judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court has already ruled that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect a right to carry a concealed firearm, but Hawaii resident George Young is challenging a state law that requires a permit to open carry. more

  • FL Supreme Court Rejects Gun Ban Ballot Initiative

A proposed ban on so-called assault weapons will not appear on the 2022 ballot in Florida, after the state supreme court issued a 4-1 decision stating that the language of the ballot initiative doesn’t meet the legal requirements to appear before voters. Organizers for the ban originally hoped to get the ballot before voters this fall, but failed to get enough signatures from Florida residents to qualify this year. more

  • Justice Kavanaugh: Friend or Foe to the Second Amendment?

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail; often miscited in abbreviated form as: “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Various renditions of the quotation have come down through the ages, recited by many learned and famous men. The origin of the quotation likely came from William Penn (1644 to 1718), who asserted,To delay Justice is injustice.” more

  • What Will Become Of U.S. Supreme Court Heller And McDonald Precedent?

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Commentators and readers—pro, con, or ostensibly neutral toward the Second Amendment—presume the U.S. Supreme Court will soon take up, on review, one or more of the several pending Second Amendment cases awaiting a vote by the Court. But will they? more

Self-Defense Issues

  • Pennsylvania Self-Defense: JPD: Local man shot last month was attempting to assault woman, now faces charges

JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WJAC) — Johnstown police say a man who was shot in Oakhurst Homes last month was attempting to assault the woman who shot him in self-defense, and that he has now been charged, according to a criminal complaint. more

  • Missouri Self-Defense: Columbia homeowner shoots two burglary suspects, killing one

Columbia police have revealed the names of the two burglary suspects shot at by a homeowner Wednesday night. more

  • Texas Self-Defense: Boyfriend shoots woman's ex who kicked down apartment door in SE Houston

An apparently jilted ex-lover was shot after he kicked down an apartment door belonging to his ex-girlfriend early Wednesday, police say. more

  • Georgia Self-Defense: Armed Citizen Defends Family From Dog

When the topic of guns being used for self-defense comes up, many anti-gunners like to cite how many people are killed in self-defense as evidence that such claims are bogus. However, that metric is a poor statistic to use because “self-defense” doesn’t necessarily mean killing someone. Simply presenting a gun against an attacker can scare many of them off. Still others run after the first shot is fired, regardless of whether they’re hit or not. Meanwhile, some are shot and don’t die from the wound. more

  • Pennsylvania Self-Defense: Woman shoots and kills intruder in Scalp Level home

A man who forced his way into a Scalp Level home late Sunday was shot and killed after he ignored warnings to leave the residence, investigators said. more

  • Pennsylvania Self-Defense: Intruder shot, killed after confrontation with homeowner in Allegheny Co. neighborhood

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — Police are investigating after a home invasion ended in a deadly shooting in an Allegheny County neighborhood. more

  • Pennsylvania Self-Defense: Man shot, killed during burglary attempt at South Philadelphia gun store, police say

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police said one person is dead following a shooting during a burglary attempt inside a South Philadelphia gun store early Tuesday. more