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Charlie T Waite

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  1. Last night, the House State Affairs Committee approved pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 100 and Senate Bill 111. The measures were sent to the House Floor for final approval and could be considered soon. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 100 and Senate Bill 111. Senate Bill 100 provides protections for gun stores, ranges, or any other entity that engages in the lawful selling or servicing of firearms, components, or accessories. SB 100 also prevents the prohibition, regulation, or seizure of citizens’ Second Amendment rights during a decla
  2. Yesterday, The House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee passed House Bill 1106 by a 7 to 4 vote. The measure now heads to the House Floor for further consideration. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 1106. House Bill 1106 imposes government-mandated standards for storing firearms, rendering a person’s firearm useless when needed for self-defense. This should be a matter of personal responsibility, as everyone’s situation is different. Again, please contact your State Representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bil
  3. Today, the Montana House passed Emergency Powers Legislation, House Bill 504, by a 67 to 32 vote. Having now passed out of House, HB 504 will now go to the Senate for further consideration. Please contact your State Senator and ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 504. House Bill 504 provides protections for gun stores, ranges, or any other entity that engages in the lawful selling or servicing of firearms, components, or accessories. HB 504 also prevents the prohibition, regulation, or seizure of citizens’ Second Amendment rights during a declared State of Emergency. Again, please
  4. These NRA-backed proposals would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC). The existing LTC law would not be repealed. Criminals who are prohibited from possessing firearms (i.e., felons, fugitives from justice, individuals committed by the courts for mental illness, domestic abusers) would still be barred from carrying guns. It would not prevent the enforcement of any laws broken by criminals who misuse firearms. Please contact your State Representatives and urge them to co-author HB 1238, HB 1927 and HB 1587. Please also con
  5. Today, the House Judiciary Committee issued a favorable report to House Bill 3094, to legalize the open carry of handguns. It will now go to the House floor for further consideration. Please contact your state representative and ask them to SUPPORT HB 3094. House Bill 3094 allows citizens who hold a concealed weapons permit, to carry a handgun in the manner they choose. Currently, South Carolina is one of just five states that do not explicitly allow open carry, among them Illinois, New York, and California. Self-defense situations are difficult to predict and everyone has different
  6. Tomorrow, the House State and Local Government Committee is hearing House Bill 89 to amend Ohio’s “duty to inform” law. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT HB 89. House Bill 89 removes the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, like a routine traffic stop. Under current law, when a concealed handgun licensee comes into contact with a law enforcement officer, the individual must immediately inform the law enforcement officer that the
  7. As President Joe Biden (D) has never seen a gun-control bill he doesn’t like, the mainstream media has been salivating over the prospects; though, to name one outlet, Politico’s recent reporting on the topic makes them sound so very disappointed that the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate will make passing gun-control bills difficult, as they would need to achieve a 60-vote majority to end a filibuster. Still, the pressure is growing. So much so that when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who has said he is not for ending the filibuster rule, was asked again whether he could alter his position,
  8. According to reports from Capitol Hill, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on two gun control bills as early as next week. The first bill, so-called “universal” background check legislation, would criminalize the private transfer of firearms. The second bill, sometimes inaccurately described as legislation to close the “Charleston loophole,” would undermine the Second Amendment right by permitting the federal government to delay a firearm transfer indefinitely without proof that the transferee is prohibited from possessing firearms.
  9. Since the Giffords Law Center has their own ranking for “states with the worst gun laws,” which, naturally enough, gives the lowest grades to the states which prize the Second Amendment — and with it, liberty; I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the best states for firearms freedoms. Obviously this list is going to be subjective, and it’s far from the only one out there. Guns & Ammo has their own rankings, which are pretty solid, and for the most part, track with other score-cards across the industry — a few move around, but the top five or ten are remarkably c
  10. Since the Giffords Law Center has their own ranking for “states with the worst gun laws,” which, naturally enough, gives the lowest grades to the states which prize the Second Amendment — and with it, liberty; I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the best states for firearms freedoms. Obviously this list is going to be subjective, and it’s far from the only one out there. Guns & Ammo has their own rankings, which are pretty solid, and for the most part, track with other score-cards across the industry — a few move around, but the top five or ten are remarkably c
  11. Until the Great Gun Run of 2020, which was prompted by COVID stay-at-home orders, an increase in violent crime, and civil unrest after the death of George Floyd sparked riots in many American cities, I would have said that nothing creates a spike in gun sales like a sustained push for new gun control laws. When anti-gun politicians try to crack down on the supply of firearms, it typically ends up creating even more demand for them. That’s why Barack Obama was widely credited as being the gun salesman of the year in 2013, when his post-Sandy Hook push for new gun controls helped create what was
  12. A frustrating aspect of the modern gun control movement is its seeming abandonment of reason. The same anti-gun politicians that attack the rights of law-abiding gun owners will advocate for more lenient treatment of those who misuse firearms to commit violent crime. Consider California’s Assembly Bill 1509, which would alter the state’s scheme of sentence enhancements for serious crimes committed with firearms. The legislative counsel’s digest summarized the changes as follows: Existing law imposes a sentence enhancement in the state prison of 10 years for personally using a firearm
  13. While several other states are passing permitless carry, Alabama seems to be once again refusing to allow it to have a floor vote. Alabama hasn’t had meaningful pro-gun legislation passed in over 6 years, but wants you to believe they are staunchly on your side. They do not believe citizens are entitled to their constitutional rights without paying for government permission. Please contact House leadership and House Public Safety Committee chair Rep. Treadaway and insist that they hear House Bill 405 in committee. Please contact Senate leadership and Senate Judiciary Committee
  14. The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session today. As a result of strong lobbying efforts by NRA and its members, along with other Second Amendment supporters, no legislation was even filed to ban commonly-owned firearms or magazines this session, despite that having been the centerpiece of the 2020 gun ban agenda. In addition, persistent lobbying by NRA all the way through today ensured that House Bill 2276 and Senate Bill 1250 did not leave the General Assembly, and are dead for the session. House Bill 2276 would have ended the centuries-old practi
  15. Today, the House Public Safety Subcommittee voted 2-1 to advance House Study Bill 254, which greatly improves self-defense in Iowa. The full House Public Safety Committee will hear HSB 254 tomorrow. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT HSB 254. House Study Bill 254 allows a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm, without first needing to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. In addition, it also adds the option for law-abiding citizens to pass a federal background c
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