Palm Springs council votes 3-2 in favor of gun control ordinance – “Palm Springs City Council discussed a controversial firearms ordinance Wednesday night that has polarized residents and, if approved in its final form, could result in a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. The council voted 3-2 in favor of the measure, which will now come up for a second reading and final decision at the next council meeting.” Mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns, mandatory use of locks in the home, and CCW holders required to keep guns in their cars. Does any of that even pass as “controversial” in California any more?
Alan Gura marches on: Can some people who have finished their felony sentences recover their Second Amendment rights? – “In D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and bear arms. But it described the right as belonging to ‘law-abiding’ citizens and mentioned that some restrictions were ‘presumptively lawful,’ including bans on gun possession by ‘felons.’ Federal law indeed bans gun possession by felons — people who have been convicted of any ‘crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year’ (with some exceptions for things such as antitrust violations), except for state crimes that the state calls ‘misdemeanor[s]’ that are ‘punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less.’ And this is so even when the actual sentence imposed on the person is very short, likely reflecting the court’s judgment that the actual circumstances of the crime made it not very serious.”
Does this gun make me look fat? Firearms spur fashion niche – “For decades, women have had few choices when it comes to the clothing they can wear to hide that they’re carrying a firearm. They could wear baggy T-shirts or coats, or put it in a purse and hope it didn’t get swiped or that they didn’t have trouble getting it out in an emergency. Enter holsters, corsets, camisoles and other clothing designed to be flattering, feminine – and functional – for the pistol-packin’ mama crowd.” CBS News…keeping you up to date on the latest trends from the turn of the century.
Washington state is one step closer to banning guns – “It always seemed disingenuous to me when politicians claim they’re not trying to take away your guns. They’re just trying to pass “common sense” gun legislation, they say, though what they think is common sense is subjective. We get another example of that as Washington Attorney General Bill Ferguson announced Wednesday that he’s going to do what liberal politicians say they’re not trying to do: ban guns. Only, Ferguson is not saying guns, he’s saying ‘assault weapons,’ which has become a near-meaningless term that actually now means ‘guns that we personally find to be scary and don’t think you should have because, well, we know better.'”
Report: Foot pursuits factor in many Chicago police shootings – “A newspaper’s analysis of Chicago police shootings from 2010 through 2015 found that foot chases played a role in more than a third of the 235 cases that ended with someone wounded or killed. About half of the pursuits began as police attempted to stop or question people for curfew violations, public drinking, thefts, disturbance calls or other minor offenses, the Chicago Tribune reported. According to the analysis, nearly a quarter of those killed by police during foot chases were struck only in the back, a factor that is often cited later in civil rights lawsuits that question the threat actually posed to officers.” Another reason to avoid Chicago altogether.
5 Reasons Gun Control In The United States Is A Lost Cause – “Gun control is a polarizing topic in the United States, and for damn good reason. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of injuries caused by firearms. That coupled with the litany of mass shootings that have dominated headlines in recent years makes curbing gun violence a national priority. At the same time, an also sizable portion of the country seemingly fears nothing more than a tyrannical government swooping in and taking all the guns. As a result, the steps we take in the name of curbing gun violence often come off as ceremonial gestures at best.” Pro tip: don’t look to Cracked for penetrating insight or analysis of, well, anything.