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  1. On Monday, May 11 at 11am, the Michigan Capitol Commission will meet to discuss the possession of firearms in the Capitol and on Capitol Square. While the meeting notice does not state the Commission will consider banning firearms specifically, this will likely drive the discussion. Please contact the members of the Commission and respectfully urge them not to prohibit the exercise of a constitutionally protected right by law-abiding citizens on property open to the public. Michigan law on this matter is clear. Local units of government are prohibited from restricting firearm possession in public. Michigan’s firearm preemption law states in full: “[a] local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or a law of this state.” Again, please contact members of the Michigan Capitol Commission before the Monday meeting and respectfully urge them recognize the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a firearm for self-defense and to oppose any restriction on the carrying of firearms in the Capitol or on Capitol Square. May 11 meeting agenda: http://capitol.michigan.gov/Content/Files/AgendaMay112020.pdf Capitol Commission Contact information listed below and can be found here: http://capitol.michigan.gov/ContactCommission Gary Randall (Chair) Clerk of the House State Capitol, Room H-70 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 373-0135 John Truscott (Vice-Chair) President, Truscott Rossman 124 W. Allegan, Suite 800 Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 487-9320 Joan Bauer jeb1211@sbcglobal.net Kerry Chartkoff Capitol Historian Emeritus joekerrychartkoff@gmail.com William C. Kandler kandlerw@krkm.com Margaret O’Brien Secretary of the Senate State Capitol, Room S-5 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 373-2400
  2. DATE: May 9, 2020 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President Gun group fires lawsuit at Nikki Fried over concealed permits Agriculture Commissioner called Young Americans for Liberty ‘obscure right-wing fringe’ By Jacob Ogles Florida Politics May 8, 2020 The gun rights group Young Americans for Liberty sued Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried claiming she’s depriving Floridians’ rights. The suit aims to lift a suspension of online concealed weapons permit applications. “Nikki Fried thinks that your right to self-defense is negotiable. She’s wrong,” said Cliff Maloney, YAL President. “This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law, and I will not idly sit by while Nikki Fried uses this crisis to enact her gun-grabbing agenda. I encourage all Americans to join this fight for our rights. We either believe in liberty in times of crisis or we do not believe in liberty at all.” Fried has defended her move vigorously, repeatedly noting permits continue to be processed but the online mechanism cannot be used right now because of issues such as fingerprint collection during a pandemic. “Commissioner Fried has not restricted processing of concealed weapons license applications; on the contrary, our department has processed more than 54,000 concealed weapons license applications since March 1, with an average review time of just 1 to 2 days,” said Franco Ripple, Fried’s Communications Director... READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/331615-gun-group-fires-lawsuit-at-nikki-fried-over-concealed-permits ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Florida slapped with lawsuit over cancellation of online gun permit applications By Ryan Lovelace Washington Times May 8, 2020 Young Americans for Liberty president Cliff Maloney has sued a Florida official for stymying his attempt to obtain a firearm amid social distancing restrictions in response to coronavirus. Mr. Maloney filed a lawsuit on Friday against Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried stemming from her decision to suspend online applications for concealed weapons licenses amid the coronavirus outbreak. Open carry of firearms in the Sunshine State is only permissible in specific instances, such as for hunting and target shooting. “Nikki Fried thinks that your right to self-defense is negotiable. She’s wrong,” said Mr. Maloney in a statement. “This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law, and I will not idly sit by while Nikki Fried uses this crisis to enact her gun-grabbing agenda. I encourage all Americans to join this fight for our rights. We either believe in liberty in times of crisis or we do not believe in liberty at all.” Ms. Fried did not respond to request for comment and her office was closed on Friday amid coronavirus restrictions on her workplace. Florida Consumers First, a political committee registered in Florida, distributed an email in Ms. Fried’s name to supporters this week claiming gun rights supporters were coming after her. Ms. Fried appears to reference Mr. Maloney’s earlier threat of a lawsuit against her in the mailer, which Mr. Maloney included in his lawsuit... READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/8/florida-slapped-lawsuit-over-cancellation-online-g/ READ THE LAWSUIT COMPLAINT HERE: https://yaliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Cliff-Maloney-vs.Nikki-Fried.pdf
  3. Next Wednesday at 1:00pm, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear four pro-gun bills that will benefit law-abiding gun owners in the Sportsman’s Paradise. Please contact members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and ask them to support these pro-2A bills: House Bill 746 allows those who lawfully possess a firearm to carry concealed for self-defense during a mandatory evacuation under a declared state of emergency or disaster. House Bill 781 establishes that firearms and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are “Essential Businesses” that shall not be prohibited from conducting business during a declared disaster or emergency. HB 781 further prevents law-abiding gun owners’ rights from being infringed during proclaimed curfews. House Bill 140 prevents local authorities and municipalities from imposing restrictions to prohibit the possession of a firearm. Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line. House Bill 334 authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place of worship. Again, please contact members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and ask them to support the above pro-2A bills.
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