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postheadericon New Jersey Lawmaker Wants To Stop Punishing Otherwise Law-Abiding Gun Owners

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — Senator Ray Lesniak, of the New Jersey state legislature, is seeking to put an end to mandatory minimum sentencing for the possession of a handgun without a permit. As any law-abiding gun owner knows, New Jersey has some of the most draconian gun laws in the country. One specifically hurts out-of-state travelers harder than the rest: mandatory minimum sentencing.

As we covered a few years ago, one unfortunate gun owner was busted in New Jersey on his way to provide help for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. This otherwise law-abiding gun owner was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper and he voluntarily told the officer he had a gun in the truck with him. He was facing a three-to-five year mandatory minimum and the prosecutor wanted to push it up to ten years in jail.

Thankfully, that man was pardoned by Governor Chris Christie. Many out-of-state travelers haven’t been so lucky.

Now, Senator Ray Lesniak wants to put an end to imprisoning otherwise good, law-abiding people who just happen to get caught in the one state in the union it’s a huge criminal offense.

via News Works

What we have here are innocent folks who either don’t know the law or just made a mistake. These are bad cases, and these folks should not be in prison for making innocent mistakes. I’m a gun control advocate, an unabashed gun control advocate, and these cases make us look bad because they’re unfair. We want to control the massive influx of guns into New Jersey, but we want to do it in a fair way.”

A couple driving through New Jersey from New England to Pennsylvania aren’t looking to bring guns into the state. Chances are good, if they’re armed with a handgun, they’re just under the impression that their concealed carry permits cover them…

Or, sadly, worse — that the Second Amendment should cover them.

New Jersey isn’t hitting gun smugglers when troopers pull over out-of-state travelers and arrest them for possession of a handgun without a New Jersey license. New Jersey recognizes NO STATE’S authority to issue concealed carry licenses. So everyone not physically in possession of a license to carry from the state of New Jersey is breaking the law if he or she is in possession of a handgun.

That’s ridiculous. And it puts a lot of otherwise good people into legal hot water. There’s likely a few otherwise honest gun owners who are sitting in New Jersey prisons right now because they accidentally drove over the line into New Jersey.

The law has yet to be voted on but we hope to report back that it’s reached a certain degree of success. If your state’s legal precedent is to make criminals out of good people, maybe it’s time to change the precedent.

If Sen. Lesniak’s proposed bill becomes law, out-of-state gun owners could STILL be charged under New Jersey law but the judge would have some amount of discretion as to sentencing. It will still be illegal to enter the state while in possession of a handgun without a license, but the judge doesn’t have to send every person to jail for a minimum of three-to-five years.

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postheadericon Baltimore Wants To Ban Replica Guns… Are Plastic Sporks And Bars Of Soap Next?

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Following the shooting death of a teen in Ohio who brandished a replica pistol and a similar case in Baltimore where another teen pointed a replica pistol at a police officer, Baltimore lawmakers want to ban possession of these toys to save their youth from a similar fate.

via the Baltimore Sun

“The sentiment behind it is pretty clear,”Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. “This gives the police another tool to make sure we protect kids.”

How this will actually save kids is completely unknown. For instance, if a teenager points a replica pistol at police, the police officer will still interpret that gun as a real one and defend his life… Because people want to go home after their shift is over. Criminals don’t discriminate with age. You can have a 16-year-old defending your turf, roaming the streets with a loaded handgun or a replica or a BB gun. It’s all the same illegal, criminal enterprise.

The only person that’s going to know is him and whatever police investigator is inspecting the crime scene.

Previous state efforts to ban the manufacture and sale of replica firearms have failed multiple times at General Assembly. The hold-up? Not every part of Maryland is like Baltimore. There are plenty of places that aren’t experiencing a great number of issues with teenagers committing violent crimes or impersonating the use of actual handguns to commit violent crimes. That’s a Baltimore problem.

In the vast majority of the country, people can be depended upon to be mostly law-abiding and their children mostly non-criminally violent.

Somehow, though, we keep running into the same types of incidents in Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington: dumb kids waving fake or real guns around and getting shot because they’re seen as threats.

As we can’t outlaw stupid, we’re left with outlawing every single article or device that they could potentially get their hands on. Ostensibly this is to “protect the kids”.

The kids don’t need protecting. They need to be educated on reality. It doesn’t matter what TV show they watch or how much their parents don’t pay attention to them, if they threaten the life of another human being, that person is not obligated to make the distinction between a BB gun or real gun.

Age is no longer a factor the second a physical life is unlawfully threatened.

Concealed carriers and gun owners have largely figured this out. Unfortunately, it seems like until Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, and other major crime-riddled cities do, they’re just going to ban everything that can even remotely resemble a weapon — likely penalizing plenty of people who had no intent of misusing those devices in the first place.

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postheadericon Chicago Facing Police Shortage, Pension Collapse, Rep. Wants To Serialize Ammo… Priorities, Right?

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Labor Day is widely anticipated to be one of the bloodiest weekends in the Windy City. With homicide rates skyrocketing, police unions are warning they won’t be able to cover an expected 2,000 man-hours with voluntary overtime. It’s okay, though. One lawmaker is brave enough to come up with a solution: force manufacturers to serialize ammunition.

State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago believes that if manufacturers are forced to serialize ammunition, investigators will have an easier time tracing the origin of all the rounds fired by illegally obtained firearms.

via ABC News 7

“We’re not trying to get rid of responsible gun owners guns, we just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder,” Harper said.

This proposed bill is expected to be filed later on next week.

Not only would this add a burdensome cost to manufacturers, it would only potentially affect Illinois purchasers.

In Illinois, a resident has to obtain a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOIC) and then pass another, stringent examination and course work to obtain a concealed carry permit. And now, a concealed carrier in Illinois may potentially have to use serialized ammunition.

This is all in the hopes of better understanding how criminals get their hands on guns.

According to ABC News, Chicago had its deadliest August in nearly two decades. Ninety people were killed in the Windy City and police have confirmed 384 shooting incidents and 472 shooting victims.

This isn’t a gun problem. This is a war zone.

And to make matters worse: Chicago’s infrastructure is running out of money.

When the money stops, the police stop.

Chicago is facing a $ 426 million budget shortfall next year. With a $ 20 billion dollar pension bubble threatening to explode the public sector’s retirement security, Chicago can’t even promise their police officers that they’ll retire in peace and safety.

The Fraternal Order of Police has picked up on this dark new reality and has asked its officers to not volunteer for overtime hours in areas where police are traditionally put in the most violent, hardest hit areas of this war zone.

via Chicago Tribune

“In order to show unity and protest the continued disrespect of Chicago police officers and the killings of law enforcement officers across our country, we are requesting FOP members to refrain from volunteering to work (overtime),” the flier reads. “You’ve earned time to be with your families.”

The police in Chicago are not going to be a phone call away this Labor Day weekend. Do you really want to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to have access to the only means they have to defend their lives, family, and home?

Stay safe, everyone. Carry everyday, everywhere you legally can. Your life is worth it.

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postheadericon Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Wants Your Guns And Ammo — CA Prop 63 This November, You Decide

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — As a Presidential election looms in November, Californians are gearing up to face 18 proposals which will alter the very fabric of the state. Amongst these 18 proposals is Prop 63, proposed by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom who wants to run for Governor of California in 2018.

According to the Washington Times, here’s how Newsom frames his proposition.

“Enough massacres, death, tears, and hate – it’s time to take action and save lives,” Mr. Newsom said in the Sacramento Bee. “The Safety for All initiative gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo out of the hands of violent, dangerous, hateful people.”

That statement means nothing. However, Newsom has some creative ways he thinks Prop 63 will make it harder for criminals to have access to firearms and ammunition. Before we go into those, here’s some definitions for us to remember:

  • Newsom defines “large-capacity ammunition magazines” as magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
  • Background checks are required to purchase ammunition.
  • Ammunition sales can only be done through licensed vendors.
  • Ammunition purchases have to be reported to the Justice Department.
  • In the event a firearm is lost or stolen, it must be reported.

If you’re in possession of these “large capacity” magazines, Newsom wants you to destroy them, return them to dealers, or move them out of state. If you’re caught with them, expect them to be confiscated. There may even be criminal charges associated with possession of these types of magazines.

This measure adds to the 17 other proposals on the ballot this November for Californians.

Here’s the rub: Democrats oppose this proposition while still trying to pass legislation that accomplishes the exact same thing.

Democrats don’t want gun-owners showing up to the polls. They see it as stirring the pot that will inevitably lead to more votes for the Republican Presidential nominee and put them all in political “hot water”.

Even the California Sheriffs Association has opposed this measure stating that it will create a “new class of criminals”. We’ve seen in Los Angeles, where they enacted a magazine ban last year, that people don’t just hand in their magazines. To date, none have been turned in.

A lot of law-abiding gun owners in California presumably own magazines which Newsom would define as “large capacity”. How many do you expect to turn them in if Prop 63 passes?

Here’s a guess: extremely few.

If anything, this proposal would do more to push law-abiding gun owners out of the state. For those who can’t afford to pack up and move, they would then be classified as criminals if the police caught them with even one magazine that met Newsom’s definition.

Defending your home and you shoot a home intruder?

“Well, sir, let’s see your gun… Oh, I see this gun holds more than 10 rounds. Come with us to the station.”

California has the choice to block this type of infringement on basic liberties at the ballot box. It is our sincere hope for concealed carriers and gun owners in that state that they are able to do so.

Otherwise, enjoy waiting 45 minutes for a background check to clear before purchasing ammunition to go practice at the range.

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postheadericon Homeowner Tries Reason But Intruder Wants Violence — Careful What You Wish For

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA — One homeowner was forced to defend himself when a young man charged at him from the bushes. Thankfully, he was armed.

According to WESH 2 News, the homeowner detected an intruder trying to break into his home late at night. He armed himself and went out to confront the suspect. The intruder retreated to a thick bush on his front lawn. Not wanting to take chances, the homeowner fired once and warned the intruder to come out.

The intruder thought this must be his opportunity to act. Fight or flight. He chose fight. He chose wrong.

“I heard a couple big booms and didn’t know what it was, and my dogs started barking,” said Hamrick. “I came out on the porch and saw a young man in the road. An old gentleman I know who lives across the street said, ‘Please call the cops. Call the cops.’”

The homeowner says that the intruder tried to charge him from beneath the concealment of the bushes. He shot him repeatedly in the legs, neutralizing the threat. When a neighbor came out, he saw the homeowner standing over the suspect, holding him at gunpoint.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrived and took the suspect to a hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

The suspect has not been identified.

In the neighbor’s account to WESH 2 News, he says he has lived in that neighborhood for thirty years and this is the first time he’s run into this type of activity. As someone who covers a lot of these stories, let me tell you that’s a very common sentiment.

For those who have lived in an area for a long time, this fresh wave of new crime may come as a surprise. The best way to solve it is by making your community a hard target to hit. If a neighborhood gets a reputation for being tough on crime, you can expect criminals to be less than enthusiastic about planning their next heist there.

Defend your neighborhood from thugs. Carry at home, carry everywhere.

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postheadericon George Zimmerman Really Wants To Sell His Gun, Relists It After Previous Auction Sees Bogus Bids Over $60M

This guy just won’t go away.

Love or hate him, GZ is really getting under my skin. He’s like a bad rash that won’t go away, and you’re not quite sure where it came from.

Last week, we reported on his first listing at GunBroker.com, which was quickly removed from the site, followed by an official statement from the website as to why they removed it. Plain and simple, they didn’t want to be a part of the circus.

If you’re in the dark, GZ is attempting to sell his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm which he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.

After getting the boot from GunBroker.com, he listed over at another auction site called UnitedGunGroup.com, which has apparently welcomed the listing.

This is the 2nd time it’s been up there. The first started with a bid of $ 5,000. Pretty expensive for a Kel-Tec. Shortly after, bogus bids started pouring in until the price hit $ 66,000,000. Yes, that’s $ 66 Million. One notable bidder’s username was Racist McShootface, an obvious bogus bidder.

Now, we’re back at it again. This time, the price has changed. Starting bid: $ 100,000. Or if you’d like, you can walk away with it for a cool half million using Buy It Now.

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While it’s his property and he is free to do as he pleases, it’s pretty strange and tasteless to attempt what he’s doing. And kinda creepy.

Congrats to UnitedGunGroup.com for driving up traffic to their site, but this is just too weird for us. After the dust settles, it’ll be like any old day again.

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postheadericon Missouri Wants To Expand Concealed Carry And Castle Doctrine

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI — A new bill in the Missouri House, sponsored by Representative Eric Burlison, looks to allow state residents to carry concealed in locations where open carry is currently permitted. All without a permit.

“If you, as a law-abiding citizen, are legally allowed to own and carry a firearm for self-defense, then you’re legally allowed to carry that firearm for self-defense with no additional paperwork,” said Burlison. “We will get out of the business of trying to tell people how they are going to choose to carry the firearm that they legally have the right to already carry.”

The bill would also expand the current Castle Doctrine laws in the state by allowing visitor in a home to use deadly force to defend themselves or others, with permission to have a firearm at the home by the homeowner.

The last change that the bill would bring is to force businesses to allow firearms to be kept in vehicles that are on the business’ property.

House members voted 112-37 to advance the bill to the Senate.

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postheadericon State Rep Wants Concealed Carry Fee Discount For Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — Legislation introduced in Illinois would provide a half-off discount for veterans when applying for their state concealed carry permit. The cost for residents, currently $ 150, would be knocked down to $ 75 for veterans.

The bill, HB6111, is currently making its way through the House.

Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is sponsoring legislation. “This bill is a way to give back to those who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” Rep. Bourne explains.

Illinois became the last state in the Country to allow concealed carry, which became law in July of 2013. The process to begin filing applications began a few months later. State police granted 55,486 permits in 2015 statewide, compared to 95,546 in 2014.

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postheadericon FL Legislator Wants Armed Staff In Elementary And Secondary Schools

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Just want you’ve always wanted, Florida: legislators that propose advancing gun rights but for unknown reasons just drop it at the last second.  That’s seemingly what Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, did in late 2015 when he proposed … Continue reading
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postheadericon Message From A Federal Employee Who Wants To Be Armed On The Job. What’s He To Do?

A reader sent us the following message that no doubt goes through the minds of many people that are in similar situations: I am a federal employee at an Air Traffic Control facility. Like most ATC facilities we are located … Continue reading
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