Armed Society = Polite Society

Despite the gun laws in place, cities such as Chicago are still struggling to curb their violent crime epidemic. ‘Black Guns Matter’ Founder Maj Toure has proposed a unique alternative to the conventional reaction of calling for even stricter gun laws. Toure suggests providing more access to guns along with proper training.

“More so than just giving young urban people, of all races, firearms, giving them education about second amendment rights, giving them more education about conflict resolution and de-escalation tactics ‘cause that’s completely missing in urban areas like the city of Chicago,” Toure told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

Toure cited New Hampshire, where a license is no longer required to carry a concealed, loaded gun, as an example.

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http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/02/23/black-guns-matter-founder-armed-society-is-polite-society.html

Interesting Perspective

“Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that individual to carry weapons in follow-on service.”
Terry McAuliffe
VA Governor
February 20, 2017

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=19432

Hearing Protection Act Reaches 100 Cosponsors In House

Thirty-seven days after introduction, the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367) reached a symbolic milestone in the House of Representatives when Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03) signed on as the 100th cosponsor. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31), this historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The Senate companion bill, S. 59, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), currently has 7 cosponsors.

One of the reasons why the Hearing Protection Act is garnering so much support in Congress is because legislators have been hearing from their constituents. Since the HPA was originally introduced in 2015, over 135,000 emails have been sent directly to legislators from the system found at http://www.HearingProtectionAct.com. Although it may seem insignificant, every email that is sent and every call that is made in support of the bill is a step in the right direction. If you have not contacted your legislators in the new Congress, please do so today.

“Reaching 100 cosponsors in the House clearly shows that the HPA has a tremendous amount of support, but there is still a lot of work to be done to get it to the President’s desk,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “We are working very hard with Representatives Duncan and Carter, and Senator Crapo to turn this legislation into law as quickly as possible; however, it’s going to take time. As we continue our push to move this bill through the legislative process, we commend the 109 legislators in the House and Senate who have signed on in support of this common sense legislation to make the recreational shooting and hunting experiences safer for generations to come.”

The Hearing Protection Act will fix the flawed federal treatment of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.

Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same background check process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

Sanctuary Counties For 2A Rights

A measure challenging gun regulations is popping up around the state. Since 2015, four counties have passed a measure known as the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance, and commissioners in Malheur, Union and Lake counties have heard the same measure in the past few weeks.

The ordinance is a reaction to the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, passed by the state Legislature in 2015, which requires background checks for transfers of firearms between private parties. These county ordinances allow sheriffs to ignore this law – which gun advocates see as unconstitutional.

But Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director Penny Okamoto said there’s a fatal flaw in the measure.

“There’s an Oregon firearms pre-emption law that states that counties, municipalities, cities actually can’t make certain laws regarding certain aspects of firearm sales, ownership, storage,” Okamoto said. “So these ordinances or resolutions really are largely very symbolic.”

The legality of this ordinance is still in question.

Rob Taylor of Coos County is one of the chief petitioners for the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance. He said he wants Oregon to have what he called “sanctuary counties” for the Second Amendment.

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http://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-counties-gun-measures-spark-debate/331310705

Rep. Massie Takes Shot at Lead Ammunition Ban

Representative Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s last-minute ban of lead ammunition on national wildlife refuges one day before President Trump assumed office.

“On his last full day in office, President Obama’s administration made one last effort to bypass Congress and ban the use of commonly-used ammunition on public lands,” said Rep. Massie. “This isn’t about conservation. This is about reducing Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. President Obama was unable to strengthen gun control through the appropriate legislative channels, so he deferred to his “pen and phone” at the last minute. The Second Amendment Caucus will work to prevent this overreaching order from ever being implemented.”

On January 19, 2017, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe revived an effort to ban the use of lead ammunition on Service lands. The stated purpose of Director’s Order 219, which went into effect immediately, is “to establish procedures and a timeline for expanding the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on Service lands, waters, and facilities and for certain types of hunting and fishing regulated by the Service outside of Service lands, waters, and facilities.” The order seeks to ban the use of lead ammunition on national wildlife refuges by January 2022.