Now let’s blame the choo-choos . . . Railroad Thefts and Guns: A Deadly Mix in Chicago – “When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington. Instead, the .45-caliber Ruger revolvers and other firearms spread quickly into surrounding high-crime neighborhoods. Along with two other major gun thefts within three years, the robbery helped fuel a wave of violence on Chicago’s streets.”
From the Huffington Post, so you know it’s gotta be good . . . The Invisible Way Guns Are Used To Keep Women In Abusive Relationships – “A new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health by Susan B. Sorenson, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, is now shedding light on the psychological impact of gun use in abusive relationships. Working with the police department in Philadelphia, Sorenson examined 35,000 domestic violence incidents that occurred in the city in 2013, the most recent year in which complete data was available. She studied the role of guns in domestic incidents, and looked at what effect they had on victims.”
Two critical pieces of pro-gun rights legislation are coming up for a hearing in the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:15am:
HF188: Constitutional Carry (also known as Permitless Carry)
HF238: Defense of Person and Dwelling Act (also known in other states as “Stand your Ground”)
These are the two centerpieces of our 2017 legislative agenda — and this year we have the best chance of passing them through the legislature because of the work that supporters like you did during the 2016 elections – by putting a pro-Second Amendment legislature in place in both house of the Minnesota legislature.
The NRA’s way or the highway . . . NRA went too far opposing domestic violence provisions of Utah gun bill – so its sponsors are killing it – “…Gov. Gary Herbert made clear that he would veto that (constitutional carry) bill, as he had before. So (Rep. Lee) Perry came out with a new measure, HB237, aimed at trying to keep guns out of the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence, and the NRA flipped — hard. The group sent email blasts to its members urging them to oppose the bill, testifying against it and, according to Sen. Curt Bramble, the Senate sponsor of the bill, threatening to campaign against anyone who supported the measure. It was so bad that earlier this session Bramble threw the NRA lobbyist out of his office after, the Provo Republican said, the lobbyist threatened to campaign against him.”
Comp-Tac to Start Selling Cardboard IDPA and USPSA Targets- Presale Starts March 3rd – HOUSTON, Texas – Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the top holster choice for IDPA members in competition and concealed carry for the last 5 years, is expanding their product offerings to include cardboard targets. Comp-Tac has been licensed by IDPA and USPSA as an official (licensed) target supplier. Comp-Tac will start pre-selling targets March 3rd – 20th , with shipping to start on March 21st. Comp-Tac is also offering customers the option to pick up their orders to reduce shipping costs.
Keeping kids safe in the Gem State . . . Idaho bill proposes gun safety classes as electives in public high schools – “The idea behind the bill is to teach students about responsible gun ownership and what to do when you see one. Some local gun experts had some questions about the bill. First of all, the guns would be real, but the ammo would be absent. ‘We’re just talking about guns and gun safety, we’re not getting into marksmanship and gun clubs or anything like that,’ Nate said.”
Caleb did well to hold this to only 9:32. You could probably produce a feature-length film de-bunking Hollywood gun nonsense.
Apparently not all Europeans are civilian disarming statists . . . Czechs debate gun rights amendment to ensure EU can’t tighten rules – “Czech lawmakers are weighing a proposal to amend their constitution to guarantee citizens the right to keep and bear arms, according to EURACTIV. Social Democrats, the eastern European nation’s main party, support the right to acquire and carry a gun for the sake of safety. But other political parties, particularly ANO 2011, firmly oppose the amendment. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, who drafted the proposal, is optimistic it will be passed by the Czech Parliament, EURACTIV reported.”
News from the new New Jersey . . . Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislation Passes Committee – “Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee met for a decision making hearing on Senate Bill 898. During the hearing, no oral testimony was permitted; however, many provided written testimony in opposition, pointing out the many flaws and constitutional concerns. Despite this strong opposition, the committee passed the bill with technical amendments. This was the final committee hurdle before heading to the floor. While the bill has not been scheduled for a vote yet, it is imperative that you contact your state Senator and urge them to oppose this misguided gun-control bill.”
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.