Gun Laws & Legislation

This Week In Gun News: Ginsburg, Obama’s Gun Jab At Officers Memorial, Grabber Update, Mass Shootings In Gun Free Zones

Harold Hutchison Freelance Writer
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1 – Heller In Ginsburg’s Sights

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been in the news for her comments regarding presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. She has drawn criticism from not only Republicans, but Democrats and even some mainstream media outlets, for what some view as a violation of judicial ethics. What you may not know is that she also revealed that she wants to see the landmark Heller decision overturned. The late Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion in the 2008 case, which tossed out Washington D.C.’s handgun ban by a 5-4 vote.


2- Obama Drags Gun Control Into Dallas Memorial 

During Tuesday’s memorial service for the five police officers killed in Dallas on July 7, 2016, President Obama claimed that it was “easier for a teenager to buy a Glock” than to buy books or a laptop. It should be noted that under 18 USC 922(b), it is illegal for a federally-licensed dealer to sell a handgun to anyone under the age of 21. It is also illegal under 18 USC 922(x) for a juvenile under the age of 18 to possess a handgun – with a few exceptions. Violation of 18 USC 922(b) means up to five years in prison. Those convicted under 18 USC 922(x) face up to a year in prison.


3- “Show Me” A Veto Override 

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has vetoed a comprehensive self-defense bill passed by the state legislature. The legislation included constitutional carry (the ability to carry a firearm concealed or openly without a permit) and an expansion of Missouri’s current Stand your Ground laws and Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into a person’s home, vehicle, business and property. Fifteen states have at least some form of constitutional carry.


4- Honoring A Fallen SEAL 

Marcus Luttrell gained fame as the “Lone Survivor” from Operation Red Wings, while Michael Murphy received a posthumous Medal of Honor and had an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named for him. But the family of one SEAL who made the ultimate sacrifice, posthumous Navy Cross recipient Matthew Axelson, is honoring their loved one’s teammate, Daniel Dietz, who also received the Navy Cross posthumously. The limited-edition Dietz Special Purpose Rifle is being introduced by Axelson Tactical. The production run will be limited to 99 rifles, which will retail for $3,595.


5- Dropping The Hammer On The Gun-Grabbers “Sit-In”

When gun-grabbers carried out a sit-in to demand a vote on restricting Second Amendment rights, they broke a number of House rules. The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), recently told the Daily Caller, “We know the number of rules that were broken, we know that there are a number of members that broke those and had even gone beyond  – the treatment of others on the floor, the intimidation that some have used – so we are working on the appropriate response to all of that, and that will be coming soon.”


6- The Latest Gun-Grab Nonsense

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) is no friend of law-abiding gun owners. His latest proposal, to prohibit children under 16 from using certain firearms, was introduced with Representative Ruben Gallego (D-MA). Markey cited a pair of accidents, one from eight years ago, in his push for the bill. Thankfully, the Associated Press notes that anti-Second Amendment legislation “limiting gun rights likely faces daunting odds in the Republican-controlled Congress this year.”


7- Baton Rouge Break-In

A group of wannabe cop-killers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana broke in and stole eight handguns from a federally-licensed dealer’s place of business to arm themselves. Three of the suspects were quickly captured, and seven of the eight handguns were recovered. The city has been the center of protests since the shooting of Alton Sterling during a scuffle with police officers. Under 18 USC 922(j), it is illegal to “receive, possess, conceal, store, barter, sell, or dispose of any stolen firearm or stolen ammunition.” Theft of firearms is also prohibited by 18 USC 922(u). 18 USC 924(m) prohibits stealing a firearm from “a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector.”  Those convicted of violating any of these statutes face up to ten years in prison.


8- Where Do Mass Shootings Occur?

During coverage of the memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, CNN anchor Don Lemon listed eleven mass shootings, including the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the 2012 shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, and the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando. However, AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News notes that with the exception of the shooting in Dallas, all of the mass shootings Lemon listed took place in “gun-free” zones.


9- There’s An App To Defend The Second Amendment

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has been defending Second Amendment rights since 1975. In the 41 years since, it has scored some impressive victories, and made amazing progress in defending our Second Amendment rights. Times have changed, and now, NRA-ILA has released an app for Apple and Android to help Americans get involved.

Harold Hutchison