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Charlie T Waite

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  1. The former vice president said police should be trained to shoot protesters "in the leg"
  2. Four pro-gun bills have been passed by the Louisiana Legislature and will now be sent to the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards for his signature. These bills protect our freedom in times of uncertainty and emergency, including during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact Governor Edwards and ask him to sign these important measures. House Bill 746, sponsored by Rep. Ray Garofalo, 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, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, 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, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, 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, sponsored by Reps. Bryan Fontenot, Blake Miguez and Charles Owen, authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place of worship, with permission from church leadership. Again, please contact Governor John Bel Edwards and ask him to sign the above pro-2A bills into law.
  3. BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation teamed up the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance to file a lawsuit against the City of Sandpoint, Idaho challenging a ban on the legal carrying of firearms at a public park during an event sponsored by the Festival at Sandpoint, Inc. SAF is joined by the ISAA, and two private citizens as plaintiffs. They are represented by attorneys Alexandria C. Kincaid of Emmett, Idaho and Donald E. Kilmer of Caldwell, Idaho. The complaint was filed in the District Court of the First Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in Bonner County. Both the City Sandpoint and the Festival at Sandpoint, Inc. are named as defendants. The case is known as Herndon v. City of Sandpoint. The lawsuit alleges a “faulty delegation of police power from the City of Sandpoint to a non-profit corporation” in violation of both the Idaho Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, both of which recognize and protect the right to keep and bear arms. Because the city leases War Memorial Field Park to the Festival at Sandpoint, Inc., every August, the lawsuit contends this is a “delegation of power” the city doesn’t really have. The Festival group bans the possession and carrying of firearms at the annual event, either openly or concealed. The park is public property, and during previous events, visitors have carried firearms in accordance with state law. Last year, however, plaintiffs Scott Herndon and Jeff Avery were denied entrance to the park. When they asked what authority allowed the festival to impose a ban, they were threatened with a criminal trespass violation. “No municipal government should ever turn over regulatory authority to a private group, no matter what the issue, especially when the government’s authority doesn’t exist in the first place,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This sort of abuse of power needs to be nipped in the bud. Herndon and Avery have the law, and the constitution, on their side regardless what these festival organizers might believe.” The lawsuit contends the rights of gun owners are violated under Idaho Preemption, the Second, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments. SAF and its fellow plaintiffs are seeking an injunction against the defendants.
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