Representative Issa Continues to Pursue Answers to Fast and Furious

Representative Issa Continues to Pursue Answers to Fast and Furious

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News to discuss next week’s hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. Patrick Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, will plead the fifth amendment during next week’s committee hearing.

Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Not everyone in Iowa agrees with the ‘reasonable force’ legislation. Law enforcement argue against it stating it is too broad and would allow almost anyone to hide behind the law.

A bill bolstering Iowans’ ability to use violent force in response to threats sparked heated debate between law enforcement officials and gun-rights advocates in a House subcommittee meeting Tuesday.

The bill, House File 573, rewrites the law on “reasonable force” so that a person may use force — including deadly force — against someone who they believe threatens to kill or cause serious injury, or who is committing a violent felony. . . .

Read more here.

Homeowner Shoots Self In Foot During Suspected Home Invasion – Natchez MS

Homeowner Shoots Self In Foot During Suspected Home Invasion – Natchez MS

While investigating what he thought was a home invasion, the homeowner shot himself in the foot with his .357.

Another reminder that even gunowners need to be careful with loaded firearms. Gun safety. Of course, we already know that, but this is a reminder, and the article mentions, that the homeowner was nervous. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. OK?

Read more here.

Gun Rights and Drugs – The Government Must Prove the Case that Drugs are Linked to Gun Violence

Gun Rights and Drugs – The Government Must Prove the Case that Drugs are Linked to Gun Violence

Reason magazine discusses the issue of drug use and gun rights. Interesting article, worth a read.

The Federal Criminal Appeals blog reports on a decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding when the government can use drug possession as an excuse to deny weapons-possession rights. In short, it can’t just assert that there is a good reason to bar drug users from guns: it has to try to prove it. But the Court also seems to think such proof won’t be too hard.

Let’s take a walk through the decision to see what happened and why the Fourth Circuit decided as it did:. . . .

Read more here at Reason magazine.

Reason also discussed in a December article the issue of marijuana users and gun rights.

Read it here.

Concealed Carry Without A Permit – Legal In A Few States, But Not in Colorado

Concealed Carry Without A Permit – Legal In A Few States, But Not in Colorado

Colorado Senate committee members who considered this bill have rejected it, 3-2, the second year in a row. The same bill is still being considered in the Republican-controlled House. The article describes the concerns on both sides of the issue. Those who argue for it claim that it takes too long to even get a concealed-carry permit, thus, their Second Amendment rights are denied as they are unable to defend themselves. Others argue against it (some law enforcement officers) stating the concealed carry permit is a safeguard against some people (with mental or drug problems) getting a gun. Interesting to read the concerns on both sides.

. . . The bill would allow anyone legally able to have a gun to carry it concealed in public places, including colleges and private schools. Law enforcement officials testified against the bill, saying that removing the need for a concealed-carry permit would eliminate a safeguard authorities have to prevent some people from having weapons. . . .

Read more here.

Gun Rights Legislative Alert – H. 3292 Anti-Gun Rights in South Carolina

Gun Rights Legislative Alert – H. 3292 Anti-Gun Rights in South Carolina

Anti-gun legislation (gun control) is being considered in South Carolina.

H. 3292 will be on the agenda of the full House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jan 24 at 2:30 pm.

H. 3292 WAS the pro gun constitutional carry bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pitts. BUT, Rep. Thad Viers – the chair of the General Laws subcommittee – gutted the pro gun bill and substituted his Viers amendment. The Viers amendment replaced the Mike Pitts language with unconstitutional gun control. You can read all about the Viers amendment on the GrassRoots web site at www.SCFirearms.org GrassRoots has been prohibited by the court from updating the web site since last April, but the info is still accurate. See our post “What Happened to Grassroots” to the right hand side of our web site. We are acting because Grassroots has been silenced.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing lawsuit and court restraining order against GrassRoots, GrassRoots can NOT appear at the meeting or contact any politicians explaining how the unconstitutional anti gun Viers amendment needs to be voted down and the GrassRoots proposed amendments to the original H. 3292 be adopted and passed instead. All of this can be found on the GrassRoots web site. . . .

Read more here on the anti-gun rights legislation.

If anyone reading this would like to comment and update us as to what did happen on the vote, please do. Thanks so much.

Armed Robber Shot and Killed By Concealed Weapons Permit Holder – Spartanburg SC

Armed Robber Shot and Killed By Concealed Weapons Permit Holder – Spartanburg SC

A 19 yr. old armed robber was shot and killed by a concealed weapons permit holder at a Waffle House. What a shame to think that a young man’s life ended this way, but, how many might have been shot, injured, or killed by this armed young man had there been no one in the restaurant with a concealed carry weapon? Thankfully, we will never know.

And, one discovers after reading the story that the concealed weapons carrier showed great restraint. He attempted to hold the two robbers at gunpoint, and he only shot after the robber pointed his gun at them. It was clearly self-defense.

Read more here.

John McCain’s Research On Mitt Romney From Previous 2008 campaign – Guns

John McCain’s Research On Mitt Romney From Previous 2008 campaign – Guns

During the previous GOP Presidential campaign, John McCain compiled a large document on Mitt Romney’s political views. This is available online, and part of the document includes Mitt’s gun views.

Read the online document here.

Outdoor Women’s Adventure Event – NRA

Outdoor Women’s Adventure Event – NRA

Sounds like a great idea for the ladies who enjoy the outdoors and want to get involved with shooting.

The National Rifle Association’s Women’s Programs Department is pleased to announce the launch of the Women’s Outdoor Adventure, an exciting new event developed by women, for women. Scheduled for April 30-May 7, 2012 at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Ky., the inaugural Women’s Outdoor Adventure is an eight-day shooting and outdoor event.

Aimed at introducing women to a variety of firearms, the Women’s Outdoor Adventure also features exciting outdoor activities as well as fun and relaxing social events.

“The Women’s Outdoor Adventure is an opportunity for ladies to foster their interest in shooting and the outdoors, all while enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded women,” said Bill Poole, Director of NRA’s Education & Training Division. “We want the attendees to leave with a well-rounded knowledge of firearms and the desire to continue participating in the shooting sports.”

Attendees will enjoy the thrill of learning to shoot on the world-class ranges of the Rockcastle Shooting Center while receiving instruction from the country’s top female shooters and firearms instructors. From trying their hand at shooting rifles, pistols, and shotguns during exciting multi-gun competition, to the fun of sporting clays, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of shooting disciplines in a supportive, encouraging setting. . . .

Read more here.