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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
Dec272013

Amazon Will Donate Extra $5 to Charity of Your Choice via Smile Program

Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and December 31, 2013, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated to eligible charities as a result of this promotion.

  1. Visit http://smile.amazon.com
  2. Search for: Second Amendment Foundation
  3. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases
Saturday
Dec072013

FREE Giving to the Cause Through Amazon

Jeff Pittman reminds us in his Second Amendment news update this week, that if you have an Amazon account, you can go to http://smile.amazon.com/ sign in and select the charity of your choice (including the NRA Foundation, the NRA Civil Defense Fund, and the Second Amendment Foundation).  Amazon will donate 0.5% of all your annual purchases to that organization.

You must make your purchases from http://smile.amazon.com/ , not the more familiar amazon.com website.

Prices are exactly the same as on amazon.com but ½ percent of your purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice.  

Sign up for Jeffs weekly Second Amendment news update by emailing him:  jeffpittman@juno.com

Friday
Dec062013

Concealed Handgun Permit Holders - Good People with the Best of Intentions

While the gun haters/controllers try to paint those who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms as vigilantes, cowboys and wannabe cops in order to try and marginalize the more than 80 million gun owners in America, there are others who actually like to promote little things like, you know, the truth.

But the truth of the matter is that gun owners, by and large, are just regular folks going about their business and understanding that when the moment comes, they are on their own to protect themselves.  Sure, the police can come later and file a report or make a chalk outline but the chances of an officer being present to protect an individual personally are slim at best.

Think about it.  How many rapes are stopped by police intervention?  How many home invasions are PREVENTED due to an officer being there by happenstance?  How many mass shootings are PREVENTED due to police?

Sure, the police can arrive and stop its continuation, or take a report and investigate and search for the culprit, but as far as STOPPING crime, that is not what the police do.

That IS what regular citizens can and have done.  And they don’t have to be former military special forces or retired cops in order to protect themselves with a gun.

Read more here 

Tuesday
Nov262013

If You Can't Legally Arm Yourself, It's Time to Move!

The Knockout Game is a game in which teens walk up to a stranger on a sidewalk or in an alley and try to knock the stranger out with one punch. CBS aired videos of gangs of black New Jersey teens punching random victimsblack and white, male and femaleall of whom were knocked out cold and left lying on the ground while their attacker fled.  

 The attacker scores if he successfully knocks the victim out with one punch.  Attackers are choosing victims in cities where both the victim and bystanders lack the ability to be armed in self defense. 

This game has spread from from NYC and New Jersey to other cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C. Fox News reports that some of the attacks have left their victims dead. 

Of course they main stream media is not reported one very important fact.  The game thrives in cities that have disarmed their citizens.  The game began in GUN FREE New York City and in New Jersey, which claims they are exempt from the Second Amendment.  And the GOP is actually considers Chris Christie a serious candidate for POTUS?  

WAKE UP AMERICA