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  1. The Norfolk City Council has removed Item R-11 from the agenda for tonight’s 6:00PM hearing. This is following many questions from citizens over confusion caused by the poor wording. The City Attorney announced that they will revise the proposed ordinance.
  2. BELLEVUE, WA – Nationally-recognized gun rights leader Alan Gottlieb is among several Second Amendment advocates named to the Trump campaign’s “Gun Owners for Trump” advisory panel, the Bellevue, Washington-based activist confirmed. Gottlieb is chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a grassroots Second Amendment advocacy organization with some 650,000 members and supporters across the country. He also founded the Second Amendment Foundation and serves as its executive vice president. SAF is a non-profit organization specializing in Second Amendment education and litigation. The Gun Owners for Trump advisory board includes several well-known names in the firearms community including Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode, plus Ronnie Barrett, CEO of Barrett Firearms; Rick Ector, CEO at the Firearms Academy of Detroit; Amy Robbins, CEO at Alexo Athletica and TV host; Lanny Barnes, American biathlete; retired Army Sgt. Major Kyle Lamb; Shooting competitor and instructor Gabby Franco; Eye on the Target radio host Amanda Suffecool; author and motivational speaker Marsha Petrie Sue; Neil Hogue, with Hogue Knives and firearms accessories, along with Matthew Gomez, Thibault Bowman, Mia Rhode, Barbara Rumpel, Esther Schneider, Beth Walker and Linda Walker. “I’m delighted to serve on this important panel along with so many other devoted Second Amendment advocates,” Gottlieb said. “We’ve had time to examine Democrat Joe Biden’s extremist gun control plan—which he didn’t even mention during his acceptance speech—and it is truly alarming how his party is willing to turn a constitutional right into a tightly-regulated government controlled privilege. “Donald Trump, on the other hand, has fulfilled one of his most important campaign pledges to America’s 100 million gun owners,” he continued. “The president has been filling federal court vacancies with experienced, constitutional judges who understand the Second Amendment means what it says.” Gun Owners for Trump, according to its website, “will unite gun rights advocates in our mission to protect and defend our Second Amendment rights as enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.” “With the election just over two months away,” Gottlieb said, “we’re going to work vigorously to see President Trump re-elected to a second term so he may finish the job he started, not only making America great again, but making the Second Amendment great again in the process.”
  3. "GUN ISSUING DEPT." TO GET TOTAL CONTROL Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises don't matter The statutes have been written and introduced in both houses of Congress. Despite even shocking statements about gun confiscations made at the Democrat's convention, Democrat "authorities" will be empowered to deny your gun rights post-election if they gain power. Before any American gets firearms under the Democrat'swritten plan, they can ask (quotes from the statute): • Are you of "sound mind and character" (no standards described, to be Board determined later) • Do you have "factors that suggest that the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety" • Do you meet or fail to meet "any other requirements the State determines relevant" (to be set after elections) • And then authorities shall, "make a determination of suitability" for your ownership and possession of arms, including your own • In addition, authorities, "shall establish standards and processes by which licensing authorities can revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance or renewal of a covered license" required to possess firearms. • The new required federal gun license, with mandatory testing and numerous conditions, applies to all guns you own or seek. The bottom line, if Democrats take control, is you can only have a gun if they arbitrarily say you can. Possession of any firearms without the new compulsory licenses is a crime. U.S. "news" media has somehow overlooked these details in their non-stop convention coverage. Convention speeches about gun control, gun safety, protecting children, felonies and crime mislabeled as "gun violence," democrat-run cities in chaos (largely avoided), and "re-imagining" or eliminating police forces will not matter if Democrats get to enact their written plan for guns Americans already own, or want to obtain. The constitutional ban on infringement is illegally disregarded in the Democrat's bill. This plan is not in the planning stages, awaiting elections. It is in writing and awaits enactment in both the House (HR 5717) and the Senate (S 3254). Buried in pages of impressive looking but hollow details, the controlling factors will be arbitrary controls handed to unelected boards, who will sit in judgment of individuals, deciding if you're "qualified" to have Second Amendment rights. When Joe Biden challenged Kamala Harris on the limits of executive power, he told her during televised debate last fall that she wouldn't be able to ban guns or take other draconian anti-gun-rights steps by executive order as she wanted, because of the Constitution. She laughingly replied, "I would just say, 'Hey Joe, instead of saying no we can't, let's say yes we can!'" and received thunderous applause. Harris' other ideas, a familiar litany of decades-old Brady-style arms infringements (more background checks, ban semi-automatic rifles, confiscate AR-15-style long guns, repeal the lawful-commerce-in-arms act, ban normal-capacity magazines, more), came nowhere close to what the Democrat's bills do now. While our brother and sister rights groups and advocates may be distracted, fretting about bans, and limits on certain guns, ammo, accessories, features, purchasing, required tests without details—for a federal license before you can even possess the guns you already own, these "psych" controls and bureaucracy boards for implementation have been overlooked. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, http://www.jpfo.org, understands that anything that disarms Jews, or anyone, even incrementally, advances tyranny, smooths the path toward genocide, and is unacceptable. Never Again! means something, and we stand by that battle cry, as you should. Join with us. You don't have to be Jewish to fight by our side, you just have to love liberty.
  4. BELLEVUE, WA – A Wednesday report in the Seattle Times offers more proof that restrictions placed on law-abiding Washington State gun owners, plus a tax on gun and ammunition sales in Seattle, have dramatically failed to reduce violent crime as promised, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said. In 2014, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a gun prohibition lobbying group largely funded by wealthy Seattle-area elitists pushed through Initiative 594, a so-called “universal background check” measure that was supposed to keep guns out of the wrong hands. In 2015, the Seattle City Council pushed through the gun tax that has never come close to its revenue forecast. In 2018, the gun ban lobby rammed through Initiative 1639, which prohibits young adults from purchasing any kind of semiautomatic rifle and requires an “enhanced” background check and 10-day waiting period, plus proof of training. “All of these restrictive gun control measures have only penalized law-abiding citizens,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “All three have failed miserably, and the time has come for the gun ban lobby to admit it and allow each of these bogus crime fighting tools to be repealed. Indeed, gun prohibitionists should fold their tents and go home in shame, because their anti-violence ‘remedies’ have proven to be nothing more than snake oil.” This week, Seattle reportedly matched its 2019 homicide total. With four months remaining in the year, the body count for the city, and likely the rest of the state, will only go up. Law-abiding gun owners are not the problem, and restrictive gun control laws are not the solution, CCRKBA said. “The gun prohibition lobby should apologize to Washington gun owners,” Gottlieb said. “Not only has the Alliance for Gun Responsibility pushed to disarm honest citizens, it also sides with violent protesters who want to defund police, and whose occupation of a Seattle neighborhood earlier this summer resulted in four non-fatal shootings and two homicides where the victims were both Black teens. “When all of these laws were proposed,” he recalled, “we predicted they wouldn’t work, an we’ve been proven right. Homicides have crept upwards over all of Washington state during the past few years. The billionaire-backed crusade against gun owners and their rights has been an unmitigated disaster. They’ve given people a false sense of security while trampling on their rights. How many more must die before the anti-gun right extremists admit they’ve been wrong?”
  5. Today, August 20th, both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees took up their respective suspense files ahead of the Friday fiscal deadline. The bills are now eligible for floor votes beginning next week. Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact your legislators to oppose these measures! The button will automatically take you through two prompts to contact both chambers about their respective bills, so please be sure to click through both. Eligible for a vote on the Senate floor: AB 2362, sponsored by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-66), authorizes the Department of Justice to levy exorbitant fines on licensed firearms dealers for minor technical violations. This bill is an obvious attempt to drive dealers out of business for inconsequential violations. AB 2362 was passed with amendments by the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 20th. AB 2847, sponsored by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-17), revises the criteria for handgun microstamping and requires the removal of three certified handguns from the roster for each new handgun added. This further reduces the options you have to protect yourself and your family. AB 2847 was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 20th. Eligible for a vote on the Assembly floor: SB 914, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), further denies Second Amendment rights to young adults under the age of 21, narrows the exemptions for loaning long-guns to minors, and raises the fees the California Department of Justice can charge for eligibility checks on certain ammunition purchases and precursor parts. SB 914 was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 20th. SB 1175, sponsored by Senator Henry Stern (D-27), prohibits the possession of certain African species of wildlife. The true goal of the bill is to ensure that individuals are not allowed to bring home lawful hunting trophies—even with the approval of the U.S. Government. SB 1175 was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee with amendments on August 20th. The bright spot for today was that the Senate Appropriations Committee held AB 3030, meaning this bill is dead for the year. AB 3030, sponsored by Ash Kalra (D-27), sought to preserve 30% of California's land areas, waters within the state, and oceans off the coast by 2030. NRA joined a broad coalition of conservation minded groups in opposing this legislation as it failed to clearly protect hunting and angling opportunities. AB 3030 was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  6. Ever notice that all the tell all books are by someone who didn't get their way??
  7. BELLEVUE, WA – The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is “subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts” in a First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed, a Texas-based firm, and the Second Amendment Foundation. The case revolves around plaintiffs’ distribution of materials related to the 3D printing of firearms. Defense Distributed and SAF contend Grewal’s efforts to prevent publication of the information online violates their First Amendment rights. Grewal has been fighting to stay out of Texas federal court in this case. He is one of nine Attorneys General to file suit in the Western District of Washington to enjoin the State Department from authorizing the release of Defense Distributed’s files. The opinion may be read here. However, just before Grewal and his colleagues sued in Washington state, SAF and Defense Distributed filed their own legal action in the Western District of Texas challenging what they say is “select enforcement actions taken by the state Attorneys General.” Grewal, according to court documents, moved to dismiss “for lack of personal jurisdiction.” “No one is above the law or the constitution, not even Attorney General Grewal,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “If you trample on the First Amendment rights of gun owners trying to exercise their Second Amendment rights, you will be headed for trouble.” In its ruling, the 5th Circuit noted, “Grewal’s conduct beyond sending the cease-and-desist letter confirms his intent to crush Defense Distributed’s operations and not simply limit the dissemination of digital files in New Jersey. Grewal’s enforcement actions are selective. He has not targeted the many similarly-situated persons who publish Defense Distributed’s files on the internet…Instead, he has focused solely on Defense Distributed. Perhaps nowhere is this better illustrated than in Grewal’s efforts to enjoin the national distribution of Defense Distributed’s files by suing in Washington, far from his or the plaintiffs’ home state. Grewal has also threatened Defense Distributed’s founder, Cody Wilson, by name, promising to ‘come after’ ‘anyone who is contemplating making a printable gun’ and ‘the next ghost gun company.’ Together, these actions confirm Grewal’s intent to force Defense Distributed to close shop.”
  8. GOA, GOF Challenge Washington State’s I-1639 Gun Control Initiative Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) and plaintiff Kerry Slone are challenging Washington State’s I-1639 gun control initiative. This ballot initiative — which had a very suspect signature gathering process — forces increased background checks, training requirements, age limitations and waiting periods to purchase commonly-owned firearms, among other gun control measures. This law regulates the protected right to keep and bear arms in ways that other rights are not. And GOA’s suit forcefully makes this point by saying: The exercise of no other constitutional right (or even so-called constitutional right) is subject to a similar requirement. Women are not required to watch videos of babies being aborted, and be counseled about the benefits of adoption, before obtaining an abortion on demand. Columnists, Twitter posters, and videographers are not educated by the government as to the maleffects of “fake news,” “swatting,” and child pornography, before being permitted to engage in protected speech. And pastors are not indoctrinated as to the detriments of religious extremism and violence before being permitted to preach sermons to their congregations. Yet the annual cost to human life resulting from the misuse of each of these First Amendment activities far exceeds the death toll from the misuse of firearms.” The suit can be viewed here.
  9. “If you ban guns, there won’t be guns for anyone to buy and criminals won’t be able to get them.” That’s the refrain of the yellow-bellied gun-grabber, of course. Most of us have heard some variation on this at some point in time and most of us just roll our eyes. Some will counter, though. “Yeah, that’s how we got rid of drugs,” they’ll fire back, and in doing so make an excellent point. After all, illegal drugs are still plentiful and based on the fact that we even have an opioid epidemic proves that they’re still an issue, right? However a recently published story might actually quantify it a bit better and, probably by accident, prove that gun control just won’t work. A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine conducted by a physician at MetroHealth Medical Center is calculating the future risk of death from firearms and drug overdoses in the U.S. According to Dr. Ashwini Sehgal, who is also a Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, one out of every 100 American children will die from firearms and one out of every 70 will die from drug overdoses if current trends continue. While the researchers go on to try and make an anti-gun case, I think they fail. After all, let’s look at these numbers for a moment. One out of every 100 children in the U.S. means one percent of all kids die due to a firearm in some way, shape, or form. One in 70 works out to something like 1.43 percent. In other words, children are more likely to die from a drug overdose than from a firearm. This is despite the numerous laws on the books banning many drugs and tightly controlling virtually everything else with a handful of exceptions. Meanwhile, guns are supposedly all but completely uncontrolled in this country. That’s not true, of course, but let me have a little fun with this one. Now, let’s look at the real problem with those killed in both of these statistics. Almost all of these dead children are dead due to illegal activity. With drug overdoses, the very act is typically criminal. While some overdose on lawfully-prescribed medication, most use more illicit drugs. With firearms, though, it’s a bit more complicated. A small handful is the result of an accident, of course, but most are the result of things like gang crossfire or are the victim of a crime in some other way. Some of these are actual gang members themselves–even if they’re not legal adults, gangs recruit early–and many of them are armed themselves. Armed criminals, however, tend to arm themselves through illegal means. They buy guns on the black market or get a straw buyer to obtain their firearms. In other words, the vast majority of all of these deaths are the result of criminal acts. Yet despite guns being arguably less controlled than drugs, they result in fewer deaths. Funny how that shakes out, now doesn’t it? It’s almost like gun control isn’t the problem in the first place. Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia. He's also the host of Unloaded TV on YouTube. https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/ https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/08/19/study-gun-control-not-needed/
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