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  1. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Chilhowee Park hosts several gun shows a year, but after this year, they will no longer be allowed.
  2. Written by Michael Boldin, Mises Wire Published: 25 November 2019
  3. Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for signing Sunday hunting expansion into law. Senate Bill 147, which had overwhelming bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, expands opportunities for Pennsylvania hunters by providing for three additional days of hunting on Sundays during the season. “Today is a huge win for sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Hunters have waited far too long for the freedom to hunt on Sunday, the same freedom they enjoy any other day of the week that works for them and their families. I thank the Pennsylvania House and Senate for passing this historic legislation.” Many hunters are prevented from introducing their children or friends to hunting because it is difficult to find time and opportunities outside of the work or school week. Countless hunters stop hunting because of this reality in their hectic lives. Senate Bill 147 seeks to increase Pennsylvania hunters’ ability to enjoy America's hunting heritage and will improve hunter recruitment and retention efforts. Hunters are responsible for millions of acres of habitat restoration and conservation dollars through Pittman-Robertson taxes paid on firearms and other hunting equipment and should have access to the public lands made possible by these funds.
  4. On Friday, the National Rifle Association announced the filing of a joint legal challenge with the Oregon Hunters Association to contest Oregon Initiative Petition 40, which seeks to impose sweeping restrictions on the storage of legally owned firearms. "Denying law-abiding gun owners the ability to choose a storage solution that best meets their individual needs puts their lives and their families at risk," said NRA Oregon State Director Keely Hopkins. "Our challenge will help ensure the rights recognized in DC v. Heller, to have an operable firearm available for self-defense, remain intact." If passed, Initiative Petition 40 would require all firearms to be locked with a trigger-locking device or kept in a locked container, unless physically carried on the person while at home. Anyone whose firearm is lost or stolen would be liable for any injury to persons or property committed using the firearm within four years if the firearms were not stored in compliance with the law. Firearm owners would also be liable for any injury occurring within four years of transferring a firearm if it was not transferred in a locked container or with a locking device. "This poorly conceived initiative imposes a one-size-fits-all solution to an incredibly complex issue. We thank the Oregon Hunters Association for joining us in this fight to protect the rights of Oregon’s law-abiding gun owners," concluded Hopkins. The initiative must receive more than 110,000 valid signatures by July in order to appear on the November ballot. They cannot begin signature gathering, however, until the legal challenge is resolved.
  5. Washington, D.C. has never been a particularly safe city, at least not in my lifetime. There are parts, of course, where you can go about your business unmolested and without a care in the world and probably never have an issue. Other parts of the city, though, are like any other large urban center. It’s just not pretty. However, it seems that one particular brand of “gun violence” has been declining in the District of Columbia. Of course, there’s no mention of just what they mean by “robberies without a gun,” which is kind of an important thing. For example, if they’re talking about property crimes, then things are really looking up in D.C. More likely, though, they’re using something akin to the legal definition of robbery which means there needs to be either a threat, force, or intimidation. That means the problem is actually getting worse, but the crooks aren’t using firearms. I have a theory for that, though. You see, not that long ago, the city was forced to become a “shall issue” jurisdiction after a court ruled against them in a lawsuit. The suit took issue with the “may issue” law in effect. The city opted not to go to the Supreme Court with it because they figured they’d lose and there would be ramifications throughout the nation in that case. The result of that, though, is more people having concealed carry permits than ever before. Criminals can be dumb, but they’re not universally stupid. Some are bound to figure out there are more armed people and thus more of their potential victims are armed. Using a gun to rob someone might be a hell of a way to get your butt shot. On the other hand, their reasoning might well go, using your fists or just intimidation may well give them pause. After all, D.C. isn’t exactly a Stand Your Ground jurisdiction. Folks carrying firearms have to pause for a minute to make absolutely sure they’re clear to engage. The bad guys may be playing on that fact. They’re also hopeful that if they do get shot at, they’ll be able to spin it as they were just asking for a few dollars for the bus or something and this person just went nuts. That’s easier to do if you don’t have a gun on your person. Either way, the use of a gun is down in a city that’s known to have a crime problem. This is good news, right? It should be all over the media. It’s not, though, because there isn’t some new gun control law they can point to. That’s why the Washington Post is quick to note that non-firearm robberies are up. Heaven forbid that anyone get the idea that guns save lives or anything, right? Except, they do.
  6. States that are waging war against the right to keep and bear arms are finding out that the battle is costing them good manufacturing jobs. As Stag Arms LLC pulls up stakes for a move to Wyoming, Connecticut has joined the list of anti-gun states that are losing good-wage, skilled-labor jobs. “We needed to solve for three things: visionary customer-centric leadership, a business-friendly, pro-growth economic environment and a cultural climate that reflects Stag’s brand image of independence and free spiritedness,” Elie Azar, founder and chief executive officer of White Wolf Capital LLC, which owns a controlling interest in Stag Arms, said in a statement Nov. 18 about the move to Cheyenne, Wyo. Consider some of the moves in recent years: Weatherby Inc. bade farewell to California for Wyoming. Kimber Manufacturing Inc. picked Alabama, instead of its long-time home of New York, for its expansion. Check-Mate Industries fled New York for the welcoming arms of Georgia. Magpul Industries left Colorado for Wyoming (production) and Texas (administrative offices). While it’s not yet on the scale of the migration of textile jobs from New England to the South in the second half of the 1900s, the similarities are striking. Material manufacturers in the 1950s and 1960s were fleeing the high cost of doing business; today, the gun industry is likewise looking for more politically hospitable climes. Wyoming has been particularly adept at attracting firearm companies with a magnetic pull not only because of its political embrace of the Second Amendment, but also because the Equality State has laid out the welcome mat in terms of training people to work in the industry. “Cheyenne came out on top on most of the individual criteria,” said Elie Azar, founder and CEO of White Wolf Capital, LLC, which owns a controlling interest in Stag Arms, “and considering our requirements as a whole, it was by far the superior site. Not only is Wyoming an incredibly hospitable place to do business, it is also a top destination for outdoor recreation, including hunting and shooting sports, which reflects its citizens’ unwavering support for the Second Amendment.” In commenting about Stag Arms, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon stated: “We have a deep-seated commitment to the Second Amendment that I will continue to uphold. Ultimately, Stag Arms had to make a business decision and I believe this announcement is an affirmation that Wyoming is continuing to cultivate a culture that allows private enterprise to flourish. My administration will work collaboratively with the Wyoming Business Council and Cheyenne LEADS to ensure Stag's move goes smoothly. I thank Stag’s Board of Directors and Chad Larsen for selecting Wyoming.” That sentiment echoes one that Adam Weatherby voiced when he announced his company’s plans to move to Sheridan, Wyo. Besides its staunch defense of the right to bear arms, Wyoming attracts big-game hunters and, in Weatherby’s case, committed to a training program in machine tooling, a key skill for arms making, at a nearby college. Stag Arms is noted for making AR-15-style rifles—one of the most popular rifle platforms in the country, but one that today’s anti-gunners criticize as serving no valid purpose. The company currently has a staff of about 20, is looking to grow with the move, targeting a payroll of 60 or more once the move is complete.
  7. In early October, economist John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center released “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2019,” his annual report on the number of concealed-carry permit holders in the United States. We’ll let Lott’s summary deliver the key finding: “In 2019, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to now over 18.66 million—a 304 percent increase since 2007. About an 8 percent growth over the number of permits since 2018.” Let that sink in. More than 18.66 million Americans hold a permit to lawfully carry a concealed firearm to protect themselves and their loved ones. That number does not include the increasing number of states that do not require a permit to legally carry a firearm. While 7.3 percent of American adults hold a concealed-carry permit, it is by no means a homogenous group. Some states provide permit-holder data by gender and race. “Among those states, women averaged 26.5 percent of permit holders—a half of one percentage point increase over 2018.” The increase in female permit holders outpaced the increase in male permit holders across the same time period—and the number of African American permit holders increased faster than the number of white permit holders. Lott reports that, in Texas, the number of black permit holders has grown more than twice as quickly as the number of white permit holders. Within states that provide data by both gender and race, black female permit holders were the fastest growing population. In fact, as Lott reports, “The rates of permit holding among American Indian, Asian, black and white females all grew much faster than the rates for males in those racial groups.” Besides being an increasingly diverse group, permit holders continue to prove they are law-abiding citizens. Lott presents permit revocation rates to demonstrate. The highest-revocation rate listed is 0.72 percent in Connecticut; only one other state (Maryland) is even above 0.5 percent. To be clear, that is less than 1 percent of permit holders and, as Lott notes, “Most of these rates include revocations for any reason, including people moving out of the state, and for the states where the revocation rates are higher than hundredths of a percentage point are due to residency revocations.” These findings should reinforce the fact that law-abiding gun owners are not criminals and should not be the targets of efforts to reduce crime. As we have seen time and again, focusing on the actual criminals yields results. Efforts to demonize law-abiding gun owners will only increase as politicians get desperate for attention from a fawning media. They will ignore that crime rates have fallen, that the number of permit holders has increased and that criminals don’t follow laws. Sounds like common sense. Don’t anti-gun politicians all believe in common sense?
  8. As part of an effort to keep individuals from buying guns illegally, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has created a website to make it easier for Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to verify in some cases that someone who wants to buy a gun can, indeed, own one. Under Texas law, a Texas License to Carry (LTC) card allows gun owners to avoid going through a National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) check when they want to purchase a firearm. Basically, since the person has already submitted fingerprints and passed an investigation, the state allows LTC holders to use their card as an alternative permit. Now Texas is cracking down on people who have had their right to own firearms stripped from using this shortcut to slip through the cracks and purchase more guns. Past trends indicate that fewer than 35% of LTCs are surrendered upon state request. The new website allows FFLs to enter the carry license number to make sure it’s still valid. Texas DPS officials note that they are unaware of anyone trying to use a revoked LTC during the purchase of a firearm, but they view the new system as a way to reduce the possibility of that happening in the future. And it’s not intended as a blanket stopping of the gun purchase. Rather, if a person presents a carry license that registers as invalid, it simply means that a NICS check must be performed before the sale proceeds. Although the DPS has been sending out notices about the website and the program, not all FFLs have heard about it yet. An employee at Patriot Firearms in Desoto, Texas, hadn’t yet heard about the effort when contacted by a reporter, but welcomes the idea. The gun store already checks and takes pictures of everyone’s LTC during firearm purchases and, if anything seems out of order, they won’t sell without a NICS check. An easy way for FFLs to check the validity of a license could be helpful, the employee said. An Amarillo FFL at Texas Panhandle Firearms said he knew the program was in the works, but he didn’t know it was up and running yet. He views it as another hoop for dealers to jump through if it becomes a mandatory step in the gun-buying process, though it is currently being advertised as an optional step that is designed to help them. And in Fort Worth, another FFL said the DPS apparently hasn’t done a very good job of getting the word out yet, though he expects that to change soon enough. Typically, about half of his handgun buyers use a carry license as a way to avoid the NICS check, he said, so it might not be much of a convenience for dealers, but if it helps keep people honest, he said it might be worthwhile.
  9. Correct in part - additionally Once the immediate task of winning the war had passed, states began to look to their own interests rather than those of the whole country. By the mid-1780s, states were refusing to provide Congress with funding, which meant the Confederation government could not pay the interest on its foreign debt, pay soldiers stationed along the Ohio River or defend American navigation rights on the Mississippi River against Spanish interference. In 1782, Rhode Island vetoed an amendment that would have allowed Congress to levy taxes on imports in order to pay off federal debts. A second attempt was made to approve a federal impost in 1785; however, this time it was New York which disapproved. The Confederation Congress also lacked the power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce. Britain, France and Spain imposed various restrictions on American ships and products, while the US was unable to coordinate retaliatory trade policies. (essentially they couldn't govern under Articles of Confederation. The first thing the Convention did was choose a presiding officer, unanimously electing George Washington president of the Convention. The Convention then adopted rules to govern its proceedings. The rules gave each state delegation a single vote either for or against a proposal in accordance with the majority opinion of the state's delegates. This rule increased the power of the smaller states. When a state's delegates divided evenly on a motion, the state did not cast a vote. Throughout the Convention, delegates would regularly come and go, with only 30–40 being present on a typical day, and each state had its own quorum requirements. Maryland and Connecticut allowed a single delegate to cast its vote. New York required all three of its delegates to be present. If too few of a state's delegates were in attendance, the state did not cast a vote. After two of New York's three delegates abandoned the Convention in mid July with no intention of returning, New York was left unable to vote on any further proposals at the Convention, although Alexander Hamilton would continue to periodically attend and occasionally to speak during the debates. The rules allowed delegates to demand reconsideration of any decision previously voted on. This allowed the delegates to take straw votes in order to measure the strength of controversial proposals and to change their minds as they worked for consensus. It was also agreed that the discussions and votes would be kept secret until the conclusion of the meeting. Despite the sweltering summer heat, the windows of the meeting hall were nailed shut to keep the proceedings a secret from the public. Although William Jackson was elected as secretary, his records were brief and included very little detail. Madison's Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, supplemented by the notes of Robert Yates, remain the most complete record of the Convention.[30] Due to the pledge to secrecy, Madison's account was not published until after his death in 1836. Just a bit of history here....Love It!
  10. I almost forgot to add that as stated, It would take the votes of 34 state legislatures to call a constitutional convention to order. A majority of legislatures already have voted to do so. Bear this in mind while you contemplate the gravity of this: "Such calls remain valid indefinitely" — until 34 states have joined in a particular cause or the states rescind their appeals. To date only Maryland’s House of Delegates and Nevada’s Senate, rescinded their calls for a federal constitutional convention decades after approving them. Currently, the claims are that 28, of the minimum required 34 state legislatures, have called for an Article V Convention, (which prior to Maryland’s and Nevada’s rescinding we were at 30) so we are closer than most people think. Again, JMHO Charlie
  11. Many of us can point to one constitutional provision or another that we believe we could improve upon if given a chance. But a convention could do great damage to a charter that, on balance, has worked pretty well for a pretty long time. To take such a risk on behalf of a stupendously unworthy causes especially in a country so divided would be foolhardy in the extreme. Nearly everything about this powerful process would be uncertain. Convention rules, which would be written ad hoc, could be manipulated to favor one party, region or interest group over another. It is not even certain that three-fourths of the states would have to approve the convention’s work for it to become the law of the land, as the Constitution currently prescribes. The 1787 constitutional convention ditched preexisting ratification rules; who is to say a 2019 or 2020 convention could not? , so again I fell that nearly everything about this powerful process would be uncertain and foolhardy in the extreme. JMHO Charlie
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