Entries in Second Amendment (154)

Sunday
Mar112012

Latest Addition to the Wolf Handgun Collection

As I posted recently, Im waiting for a Sig 1911 Traditional TacOps to be made in New Hampshire and sent to Texas for me to buy under the Individual Officers Program (IOP).

On Friday I pulled the trigger on a Beretta Px4 Storm (17/20 Round Magazine capacity). This will be my first Beretta purchase ($500 out the door) and Im really looking forward to picking it up on Wednesday. Ive heard really good things about the Storm.  One way to describe it, is unique ; a Sig/Glock hybrid perhaps?

We will see.  Ill review it and tell you more about it after I take it to the range.  If youre not familiar with the Storm, heres a video that applies to both the .40 and the 9mm Type F.  Im getting the 9mm full size.

Friday
Mar092012

Iowa Constitutional Carry Stalled in Senate by Retiring Democrat

Four states currently have “Constitutional Carry” laws on the books   Alaska, Arizona and Vermont and Wyoming. Gun owners in those states no longer have to ask government for permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  Iowa is one of just six states that currently does not have constitutional protection at the state level for the right to bear arms.

March 1 was an eventful day in Des Moines for pro-gun advocates that began with the House Democratic caucus’ mass exodus from the state capitol in protest of the scheduled consideration of two NRA priority pro-gun bills. 

Despite the fact the Republican majority had a quorum and could have passed legislation without the Democratic caucus, action was delayed until the caucus returned late in the afternoon.  Once normal order was restored, gun owners in the Hawkeye State saw the Right to Keep and Bear Arms state constitutional amendment amended to the original NRA-supported language and passed.  Gun owners then saw the passage of Stand Your Ground legislation.  Both of these bills will now be sent to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration. 

House Joint Resolution 2009, sponsored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-56), fortifies Iowa gun rights through a strong constitutional amendment and was passed by a vote of 61 to 37.  After HJR 2009 was weakened in committee, Representatives Matt Windschitl and Lance Horbach (R-40) offered an amendment to restore the original language, guaranteeing that:

“The right of individuals to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be denied or infringed.  Mandatory licensing, registration, or special taxation as a condition of the exercise of this right is prohibited, and any other restriction shall be subject to strict scrutiny.

After an impassioned closing speech by Representative Horbach, this bill passed because of the unified efforts of the House Republican caucus, with pro-gun state Representative Brian Quirk (D-15) being the only Democrat to support the bill.

House File 2215, also sponsored by Representative Windschitl, passed by a 60 to 38 vote and would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground and protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present.  It would create a presumption that an individual who unlawfully or forcefully enters your dwelling, place of business or employment, or occupied vehicle is there to cause serious bodily injury or death, so the occupant may use force, including deadly force, against that person.  HF 2215 also would expressly enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.  Representative Brian Quirk was the only Democrat to support this bill.

The strong efforts in support of these bills by the NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition, along with the efforts of their members, was instrumental in passing this important civil rights legislation in the House.

A key state Senate committee leader said Monday he does not expect two gun-related measures approved by the House to get consideration this session.  Sen. Eugene Fraise, D-Fort Madison, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was not inclined to move separate pieces of legislation one a resolution for a constitutional amendment to protect gun rights and a second bill dealing with the justifiable use of reasonable force to defend oneself through his committee before the March 16 deadline for measures to clear one chamber and a committee of the other to remain eligible for debate this year.  The bottom line is, these bills are going to have a tough time meeting muster around here, said Fraise, a veteran senator who has indicated he does not plan to seek re-election in 2012. I dont think Im ready to jump right on them and do anything with them right now.
Wednesday
Mar072012

Gun Owners of America (GOA) Issue Mitt Romney Warning

Mitt Romney was the big winner on Super Tuesday, taking six states to Santorums three.  Like the Democrats, the GOP does not make the Second Amendment a priority.  For the record, Im a member of the Libertarian Party and believe that both the Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the decline of our Republic and the rise of socialism and statism.

Im a proud member of Gun Owners of America (GOA).  Gun owners do not support candidates who talk out of both sides of their mouths concerning Second Amendment rights.

When the Gun Owners of America’s Board of Directors looked at the Republican candidates running to unseat radical anti-gun President Obama, they found several who have strong pro-gun backgrounds. Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman all have solid pro-gun records and deserve a hard look from pro-gunners.

But the front runner candidate stands in contrast with a decidedly mixed record on the gun issue. While Mitt Romney likes to “talk the pro-gun talk,” he has not always walked the walk.

“The Second Amendment protects the individual right of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms. I strongly support this essential freedom,” Romney assures gun owners these days.

But this is the same Mitt Romney who, as governor, promised not to do anything to “chip away” at Massachusetts’ extremely restrictive gun laws.

“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,” he said during a gubernatorial debate. “I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

Romney signed a law to permanently ban many semi-automatic firearms. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said in 2004. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Romney also spoke in favor of the Brady law’s five day waiting period on handguns. The Boston Herald quotes Romney saying, “I don’t think (the waiting period) will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect.”

Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

And that makes it all the more troubling that Romney refuses to answer GOA’s simple candidate questionnaire. In their more than 36 years of experience, a candidate is usually hiding anti-gun views if he or she refuses to come clean in writing with specific commitments to the Second Amendment.

Today, Romney may be a favorite “Republican Establishment” candidate of the national press corps. But that is exactly what gun owners DON’T need in a new President. We need someone who will stand by true constitutional principles and protect the Second Amendment.

Denial of Second Amendment rights is the most violated right civil right in U.S. history. 

Tuesday
Mar062012

Another Victory For the Second Amendment Foundation

A federal court ruling in Maryland, that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home and that citizens may not be required to offer a good and substantial reason for obtaining a concealed carry permit, is a huge victory, the  Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said yesterday.

Ruling in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan - a case brought by SAF in July 2010 on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, who was denied his carry permit renewal - the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that The Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home.

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg noted, In addition to self-defense, the (Second Amendment) right was also understood to allow for militia membership and hunting. To secure these rights, the Second Amendments protections must extend beyond the home: neither hunting nor militia training is a household activity, and self-defense has to take place wherever [a] person happens to be.

This is a monumentally important decision, said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. The federal district court has carefully spelled out the obvious, that the Second Amendment does not stop at ones doorstep, but protects us wherever we have a right to be. Once again, SAFs attorney in this case, Alan Gura, has won an important legal victory. He was the attorney who argued the landmark Heller case, and he represented SAF in our Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Equally important in Judge Leggs ruling, he added, is that concealed carry statutes that are so discretionary in nature as to be arbitrary do not pass constitutional muster.

A citizen may not be required to offer a good and substantial reason why he should be permitted to exercise his rights, Judge Legg wrote. The rights existence is all the reason he needs.

Judge Leggs ruling takes a substantial step toward restoring the Second Amendment to its rightful place in the Bill of Rights, and provides gun owners with another significant victory, Gottlieb concluded. SAF will continue winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.

The Second Amendment Foundation ( www.saf.org ) is the nations 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. SAF won the landmark Supreme Court case in McDonald v. City of Chicago that incorporated the Second Amendment to the states.

I urge readers to join and support the Second Amendment Foundation . Contributions to SAF are tax deductible.  No organization in the United States does more to defend our inalienable Second Amendment rights than SAF.    For a comprehensive list of current and past litigation, please go to 2ndAmendmentCourtCases.com.

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