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Wednesday
Feb192014

Georgia and South Carolina: Pride of the Original 13 Colonies

Both my home state of Georgia and my grandfathers home state of South Carolina, continue to impress me by at least attempting to follow the United States Constitution.  Maryland and most of the other original thirteen colonies continue to illegally usurp the Constitution.  

States like Maryland, New York and New Jersey are more like Provinces of Canada than States. 

HB 875, a pro-Second Amendment bill that greatly expands and clarifies carry rights in Georgia has passed the Georgia State House of Representatives today. The bill passed the House 119-56.

In its current form, the bill (HB 875, also called the “Safe Carry Protection Act”) would allow carry permit holders to carry into places of worship, bars, some government buildings, and removes the requirement to pay for fingerprints again when renewing a permit.

The bill also includes provisions for allowing designated persons to be armed on school campuses.

Further, the bill also clarified that the government has no power to regulate or confiscate firearms during times of emergency.

The bill also clarifies and improves several other items that were inconsistent and/or vague under the current carry laws.

Now the bill must pass the State Senate. Last year, the Senate did not take a vote on any gun bills and all the Second Amendment civil rights legislation passed by the House died there.

Governor Nathan Deal has indicated that he will sign any bills that expand or protect Second Amendment civil rights.

Of course, the anti-gun crowd are preaching their usual “blood in the streets” and “wild west” BS mantras in the media. In particular the libeal fascists seem to be upset about the bar carry and church carry components. I know the lefties spend a lot of time in bars and Starbucks, but churches?  

However, currently licensed carriers can already carry into restaurants that serve alcohol and into bars with the owner’s permission. The new law would allow churches, the same as all other private property in Georgia to prohibit concealed carry by permit holders from carrying guns on their property. 

Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states, including Georgia, who are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to submit a brief supporting a New Jersey man challenging that states concealed weapons law.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last summer ruled against the challenge from John M. Drake and others. Drake objected to a provision in New Jersey law that says people seeking permits to carry a concealed firearm must prove to police that they have a justifiable need.

The Wyoming attorney generals friend of the court brief says Wyoming and other states are concerned that if the appeals court ruling stands, it could threaten their less-restrictive concealed carry laws.

The other states joining in the effort are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Tuesday
Feb182014

Georgia Legislature Debates Concealed Carry Expansion

Legislation that opens up much of the state for licensed gun owners to carry weapons will be debated on the House floor today.

House Bill 875, by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, would allow Georgians with a license to carry firearms to legally bring guns into churches and bars, into non-secured parts of airports and into government buildings that do not have security screening.

The legislation would allow people licensed to carry a gun to avoid being arrested if they are caught at a security checkpoint carrying a firearm and obey instructions to leave. Offenders without a license to carry a gun could still be arrested.

I would tell you that a lot of people carry a weapon, said state Rep. Alan Powell, a Republican who supports the bill. Its almost like its just a second nature to them. And sometimes they forget where they have, you know, they basically forget theyve got it in a briefcase or a suitcase.

A local prosecutor, Tasha Mosley, said those caught at Atlantas main airport checkpoint with guns have included politicians, clergy members, even one woman who was carrying two guns in her bag. Many defendants claim they forgot the weapons were there.

Currently those convicted of a misdemeanor for carrying a gun into the secured areas of Georgias airports face a $1,000 fine and up to a year of probation or prison time. However, charges are usually dismissed against most first-time offenders if they attend gun safety classes, surrender the firearm they illegally brought to the checkpoint and stay out of further trouble. They do not lose their license to carry a weapon in Georgia.

TSA officials can separately fine offenders up to $11,000.

The law would also decriminalize guns on college campuses if the person carrying has a license. Instead of being charged with a crime, the license holder would have to pay a $100 fine if caught with a gun on campus.

The Republican majority in the House Rules Committee, which sets the daily floor agenda, voted to limit debate Tuesday to no more than two hours. No amendments will be allowed on the floor.

Saturday
Feb152014

Keep Putting Pressure on SCOTUS to Decide Right to Carry Outside of Home

Thirty-four members of Congress including Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran have signed onto an amicus curiae brief in the Second Amendment Foundation’s case of Drake v. Jerejian, which asks the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the Second Amendment secures the right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense.

The case, which is joined by the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, also asks the high court to clarify the standard of review governing Second Amendment claims involving restrictions on the right of law-abiding adults to carry handguns outside the home. This case challenges New Jersey’s arbitrary requirement that carry permit applicants demonstrate a “justifiable need” to carry a handgun outside the home.

In addition to Sen. Cochran, 33 members of the U.S. House of Representatives including Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, signed the brief.

“We’re gratified that so many elected officials on Capitol Hill took time to study this issue and add their names to our brief,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “The Supreme Court has already affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms applies to individual citizens, so it simply makes sense that this right extends beyond someone’s doorstep. A right limited to someone’s home unless a citizen can demonstrate some nebulous ‘justifiable need’ is not a right at all, but a heavily-regulated privilege.”

Representatives from several other states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Florida and Wyoming also signed.

“Many members of Congress are alarmed at the lower courts’ refusal to recognize citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” noted Sacramento, Calif., attorney Bradley Benbrook who wrote the brief. “Here the Third Circuit upheld a law banning citizens from carrying handguns unless they have already suffered attacks or had their life threatened, which means almost no one can qualify. We hope the Supreme Court responds to these members’ concerns.”

The full list of members who signed on to the brief: Senator Thad Cochran (MS-R), Representative Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11, R), Representative Paul Broun (GA-10, R), Representative Michael C. Burgess (TX-26, R), Representative John Campbell (CA-45, R), Representative Steve Chabot (OH-1, R), Representative Howard Coble (NC-6, R), Representative Tom Cole (OK-4, R), Representative Chris Collins (NY-27, R), Representative Doug Collins (GA-9, R), Representative Kevin Cramer (ND-AL, R), Representative Jeff Duncan (SC-3, R), Representative Blake Farenthold (TX-27, R), Representative John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4, R), Representative Trent Franks (AZ-8, R), Representative George Holding (NC-13, R), Representative Richard Hudson (NC-8, R), Representative Bill Johnson (OH-6, R), Representative Walter B. Jones (NC-3, R), Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16, R), Representative Doug LaMalfa (CA-1, R), Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-7, R), Representative James Lankford (OK-5, R), Representative Billy Long (MO-7, R), Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL), Representative Steve Pearce (NM-2, R), Representative Todd Rokita (IN-4, R), Representative Adrian Smith (NE-3, R), Representative Lamar S. Smith (TX-21, R), Representative Marlin Stutzman (IN-3, R), Representative Lee Terry (NE-2, R), Representative Joe Wilson (SC-2, R), Representative Don Young (AK-AL, R), Representative Jeff Miller (FL-1, R).

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Friday
Feb142014

MILLER: Court gives NRA a big win for concealed carry gun rights in California

 

 

 

Read the entire Appeals Court Decision here
This is a major win for Second Amendment civil rights and for those who want to protect themselves from becoming victims of a crime.

This is a major defeat for liberal fascist hoplophobes.  See Bloomberg et al for details.

Thursday
Feb132014

Defensive Gun Use Saves Lives Every Day in USA

Gun Free Zones kill.  Guns in the hands of responsible, law abiding citizens save lives. When seconds count, on duty police officers are minutes away.

Police say Houston off-duty officer J. Johnson was taking his girlfriend to the movies. They were walking near the intersection of Weslayan and Portsmouth when Ruben Anthony Zelaya, 17, Macedonio Rivera, 18, and Luis Angel Aquino, 17, pulled up in a silver sedan. Police say Johnson, who was wearing plainclothes at the time, thought they were stopping to ask for directions.

“Instead the front passenger (Zelaya) produced a pistol, pointed it at the couple and demanded their belongings,” said HPD spokesman Kese Smith. “At that point Officer Johnson, fearing for his girlfriend’s safety as well as his own, drew his duty weapon firing more than once hitting the vehicle.”

The sedan sped off, and police recovered a handgun a short distance away.

“Shortly after the incident, the sedan arrived at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where three individuals went inside, two of them seeking treatment for gunshot wounds,” Smith said.

Zelaya and Rivera were treated for non life-threatening gunshot wounds. Aquino was not struck.

All three were taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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A grand jury took no action in the case of Dan Caballero, the homeowner who shot and killed an intruder who attempted to break into his home in December.

In this case, the facts backed up Mr. Caballeros position, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said.

Skurka said the case was thoroughly investigated by the Corpus Christi Police Departments homicide detectives. The lead investigator also testified before the grand jury that Caballero was well within his rights when it came to shooting 29-year old Dustin Tate.

It was Dec. 2 when Tate was shot during an invasion of Caballeros home on Greenbriar and St. Andrews in Country Club Estates. Caballero confronted Tate inside of his home.

To put aside any rumors or hearsay that he was shot outside the house while being chased down, thats not correct. What happened was he was shot in Mr. Caballeros bedroom by Mr. Caballeros own personal gun, which was a registered gun to him.

Tate had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2005, including a burglary conviction in 2011.

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A 76-year-old Lincolnville S.C. man, who shot and killed a robbery suspect outside of his home this past weekend, said this incident was not the first time he was victimized.

The Charleston County Sheriffs office says the victim told them that another man tried to rob and stun him with a possible taser outside of his house along Dunmeyer Hill Road in Lincolnville just after 6 am Sunday. The suspect has since been identified as 25-year-old Robert Deziel of Summerville.

I just shot somebody who was trying to rob me, the victim told a 911 dispatcher.

Once the deputies arrived on the scene, an incident report states they were met by the homeowner who told them he was leaving his home and walking towards his car when he was approached by the suspect who attempted to stun him with a stun gun or a taser.

I shot about three times before I hit him because he had me on the ground trying to tase me. And I finally got one in him, the victim told a 911 dispatcher.

Deziel was found lying in front of the carport, and pronounced dead by EMS on scene. According to a sheriffs office spokesman, a stun gun was found at the scene.

The homeowner was taken to Trident Medical Hospital to be treated for injuries that he sustained during the incident. According to the incident report, it appeared that he was struck in the face. The homeowner also had abrasions on his hands.

In the 911 call, the homeowner had said this was the second time that he had been victim of a robbery attempt at his home.

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I cant say it enough: Law abiding, responsible citizens should seriously consider getting defensive handgun training.  If you live in one of the 40+ shall issue states, apply for your concealed carry permit/license.