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  1. BELLEVUE, WA – Faced with certain loss in court, defendants in a California lawsuit challenging a gun show moratorium at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County have settled with the plaintiffs, including the Second Amendment Foundation and California Rifle & Pistol Association.

    In addition, plaintiffs included B&L Productions, Inc., Crossroads of the West, South Bay Rod and Gun Club, Maximum Wholesale/Ammo Brothers and five private citizens.

    “This is a victory for the First Amendment as well as the Second,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We’re delighted the 22nd District Agricultural Association and fairgrounds board decided against prolonging a legal action.”

    SAF was represented by attorney Don Kilmer, who observed, “The gun culture belongs on Main Street and that is what this lawsuit was all about.”

    A preliminary injunction against the fairgrounds moratorium was issued in June 2019.

    “Gun shows are considered a First Amendment activity as well as a Second Amendment event,” Gottlieb stated. “Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we haven’t been able to see a show held at the fairgrounds, but we’re looking forward to hearing from the gun show promotor that a date is set for another gathering sometime this year, hopefully.”

    Under the agreement, the defendant will pay SAF’s attorney fees and costs, Kilmer said.


  2. BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today advised residents and especially Minneapolis business people to arm themselves after the City Council voted to disband the police department, yet is spending thousands of dollars providing private security for three council members.

    “What’s happening in Minneapolis is a reprehensible act of hypocrisy,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “While council members are planning a lengthy process of developing what they call a ‘new public safety model,’ what are the citizens supposed to do? They’re not getting private security protection. That’s apparently a perk only for three council members who claim to have received threats since the killing of George Floyd last month.

    “Even more ironic,” he continued, “is that the council members, Andrea Jenkins, Alondra Cano and Phillipe Cunningham, have been outspoken about defunding their city’s police department. One report said this private security has already cost taxpayers $63,000. The police department is reportedly not providing security services because those resources are needed in the community.

    “It’s time for Minneapolis business people and private citizens to arm themselves,” Gottlieb said, “because the city certainly won’t pay for their private security. It’s the common sense response to a city council that appears to have lost perspective, if not their collective minds.

    “The death of George Floyd was a tragedy,” he added, “but working to defund and disband the police department and reinvent it with some sort of new public safety model is overkill. In the meantime, the public has a right to be safe in their homes and businesses, and they don’t have the luxury of hiring private security.

    “People should put their personal safety, and the safety of their families, first,” Gottlieb said. “What they should not do is allow the city council to con them into being guinea pigs for some Utopian social reform effort. Buy a gun, learn to use it safely and competently, seek competent instruction and practice safe storage.

    “Maybe members of the Minneapolis City Council should do likewise,” he concluded. “After all, it would be far less a burden on taxpayers than the $4,500 a day the city is reportedly paying for the security details.”


  3. BELLEVUE, WA – The recent gun-buying surge that began with the COVID-19 pandemic panic and continued through the civil unrest and riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody has created millions of new gun owners who will now eagerly protect their right to protect themselves and their loved ones, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms predicts.

    “Look at all of the new people who suddenly decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change, and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights.”

    March, April and May saw record numbers of background checks, according to FBI data and information from industry sources. June data should be out within days, and CCRKBA expects the trend to continue.

    “As we’ve said before,” Gottlieb recalled, “we welcome all of these new gun owners to the firearms community. We know many of them are minorities, especially Black and female citizens from literally all age groups, and they will find gun owners have a big tent with lots of room for newcomers. They can take advantage of training opportunities, meet new friends who share more interests than they might have suspected, and gain a new understanding of our efforts to protect the one fundamental right that actually protects all of the other rights.

    “We’re not surprised to hear about new first-time gun buyers who have discovered how much enjoyment they get out of shooting,” he added. “We’ve seen this with generations of new gun owners who may never have had any previous experience with firearms. Many of them discover a sense of empowerment that allows them, maybe for the first time, to understand they can take care of themselves, and that they are responsible for their own safety.

    “This new wave of gun owners could become a formidable force during this year’s election,” Gottlieb noted. “From now on, we expect millions of new gun owners to pay closer attention to candidates, and reject those who would trample on their Second Amendment rights. With legions of new gun owners ready to protect these newly-discovered rights, it could be a pretty scrappy election year with lots of surprises.”


  4. Despite making a commitment to working on COVID-19 related legislation and budget issues, anti-gun legislation continues to move forward in the Hawaii legislature. HB 1902 and HB 2744 were passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and are now eligible for floor votes. SB 2635 and SB 3054 passed in a joint meeting of the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committees. SB 3054 will be eligible for a vote on the House floor and SB 2635 has been sent to the Finance Committee for further consideration. Contact members of the Senate to oppose HB 1902 and HB 2744 and members of the House to oppose SB 3054.  

    Eligible for Votes on the Senate Floor:

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    House Bill 1902  prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. Possession of magazines acquired prior to the ban will remain legal, but will be prohibited from any transfer other than inheritance.  HB 1902 was passed with amendments by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 30 and will soon be eligible for a vote on the Senate floor. 

    House Bill 2744 places severe restrictions on certain firearm parts in an effort to ban home built firearms.  The language is vague and overly broad as to what can subject a person to felony penalties. It fails to recognize that prohibited persons cannot lawfully possess any firearm, whether home built or produced by a licensed manufacturer. Additionally, the bill uses your tax dollars to create a commission to research “gun violence.” While the NRA does not oppose objective research, this is likely to produce biased advocacy instead of sound science.  HB 2744 was passed with amendments by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 25 and will soon be eligible for a vote on the Senate floor. 

    Eligible for a Vote on the House Floor:

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    Senate Bill 3054 SD 2 requires individuals to provide notice of permanent removal of a firearm outside the state with the registering county within five days. A penalty of $100 per firearm will be assessed for non-compliance.  SB 3054 was passed with amendments by the House Public Safety and Judiciary Committees on June 24 and will soon be eligible for a vote on the Senate floor. 

    Referred to Finance for further consideration:

    Senate Bill 2635 SD 2 requires anyone wishing to buy ammunition to provide proof of firearm registration for the particular caliber of purchase. The owner of a firearm may also designate an alternate person who, after fingerprinting and a background check, will be issued a permit to purchase ammunition for that firearm. In the case of firearms capable of firing multiple calibers, the bill leaves the decision to include any additional calibers on the permit up to the discretion of the police, with no outlined process for appeal. SB 2744 was passed with amendments by the House Public Safety and Judiciary Committees on June 24 and has been referred to the Finance Committee for further consideration.  

    Continue to check your inbox and NRA-ILA for updates concerning your Second Amendment Rights and hunting heritage. 


  5. 1 hour ago, SouthwestShooter said:

    um, I don't get it; but I'm old.

     

    The picture is a link to the article - Did you click the picture & read the article?

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