FDIC Reverses Course on “Operation Choke Point”

In a major development concerning NSSF’s leadership to halt discrimination in the provision of financial services and products to firearms related businesses due to “Operation Choke Point”, the top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Wednesday admitted wrongdoing and said they would cease practices that had the effect of encouraging such disparate treatment.

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) released a statement after a meeting with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Vice Chairman Tom Hoenig discussing the agency’s involvement in Operation Choke Point.

Yesterday, the Congressman told NSSF, “After a year of mounting pressure from Congress and outside organization like the National Shooting Sports Foundation, top officials from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation finally acknowledged their involvement and wrongdoing in Operation Choke Point. While I am very pleased the FDIC will put in place new polices and change the culture at the agency, there is still work to be done, specifically with the Department of Justice. I am pleased the National Shooting Sports Foundation supports my legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, and I have no doubt the foundation will remain steadfast in educating its members and continuing the fight in ending Operation Choke Point once and for all.”

The FDIC’s important admission immediately received the attention of the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, which filed a comprehensive news story by news producer Kelsey Harkness (read it at: http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/28/exclusive-fdic-changes-tactics-response-operation-choke-point/).

Earlier this week, the firearms industry’s outspoken opposition to discriminatory financial services practices was the subject of major print and video coverage by the Daily Signal’s Harkness, who traveled to the SHOT Show to gauge industry response, including an exclusive interview with NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. (http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/26/ready-aim-fire-choke-point-draws-heat-from-gun-industry/)

NSSF will continue to keep you informed of developments in our ongoing initiative to identify and end willful and unfair discrimination in the provision of financial services and products against businesses involved in the lawful commerce in firearms, related products and services.
Source: http://www.shootingwire.com/story/338255

Robber’s Famous Last Words: ‘I Thought You Couldn’t Own A Gun In New Jersey’

A Newark, New Jersey deli owner who shot and killed an armed man will not face charges, police and prosecutors say.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray as well as Newark Police Director Eugene Venable say that the owner of the deli had a permit for the gun that he used to defend himself.

New Jersey is notorious for having some of the strictest gun regulations in the nation. The robber apparently thought that meant there was no legal way for his would-be victims to arm themselves.

According to Guns.buzz, Mark Robinson’s last words inside the New Neighborhood Deli Supermarket were “I thought you couldn’t own a gun in New Jersey.”

Robinson, 46, had walked into the deli around 8:30 p.m. and immediately pointed a gun at the owner, who didn’t hesitate to pull his own weapon and fire. Robinson was pronounced dead at around 10 pm.

Source: http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2015/01/19/robbers-famous-last-words-i-thought-you-couldnt-own-a-gun-in-new-jersey/

Gun Company Calls For Industry Boycott of Neeson After Star’s Anti-Gun Comments

Irish movie star Liam Neeson has made a movie career out of killing people with guns, including his most recent film, the third movie in the Taken series.

Unfortunately, Neeson is also a raging hypocrite, and though he’s happy to appear in violent films in which he shoots one bad guy after another, he’s made it abundantly clear that he thinks that Americans shouldn’t have the right to bear the arms that have made him rich and famous.

Read the rest of the article: http://bearingarms.com/gun-company-calls-industry-boycott-neeson-stars-anti-gun-comments/

U.S. Representative Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

esterday, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 86, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”

Representative Massie concluded: “A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”

As John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime writes, “Ask yourself: Would you feel safer with a sign on your house saying ‘this house is a gun-free zone’? But if you wouldn’t put these signs on your home, why put them elsewhere?”

Original Cosponsors include: Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

Congressman Massie is Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus in the 114th Congress.

Source: http://massieforms.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx?ID=JDX53AOIHXXN42TG7IBGLGHLPE