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D.C. Circuit lets stand concealed-carry ruling, cheering gun-rights activists

In a win for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday decided to let stand a ruling that found it is unconstitutional to require firearms owners prove a “good reason” in order to be permitted to carry a concealed handgun in the nation’s capital. The D.C. government had petitioned for the full D.C. Circuit to rehear the case en banc, but the court declined to revisit the 2-1 decision handed down earlier this year, noting that none of the 10 judges who considered the matter requested a vote on it. The decision leaves in place the D.C. Circuit’s prior ruling, which found that the city’s “good reason” requirement was unconstitutional. It also sets up the potential for the Supreme Court to take up the case, as the decision creates a split with other federal circuits that have found discretionary permitting schemes elsewhere are legal. “Sometimes the most important thing a court does is not do anything,” said Adam Winkler, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor who has written extensively on the Second Amendment. “Because of what the D.C. Circuit didn’t do today, the Supreme Court is now far more likely to take a concealed carry case.” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said he was disappointed in Thursday’s decision, but it was not immediately apparent if his office would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. “As we review options for next steps in consultation with the mayor, the council and the Metropolitan Police Department, our primary concern will be ensuring public safety through reasonable gun laws,” Mr. Racine said. But the circuit split created by the D.C. ruling is the type of scenario gun rights activists have salivated over for years, with the hope that the Supreme Court would take up a case on concealed carry rights and rule to expand Second Amendment protections. Four other federal appeals courts have ruled in favor of similar restrictions elsewhere. The city’s law had required gun owners to prove they have a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason,” such as a job that requires carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, in order to get a concealed carry permit. Under the city’s law, living in a high-crime neighborhood was not reason enough to justify approval of a concealed carry permit. Second Amendment advocates who brought the lawsuit said the city’s law was so restrictive that most law-abiding citizens would be unable to obtain permits. As of June, the Metropolitan Police Department reported having granted just 125 concealed carry permits. The city’s strict concealed carry laws have remained in effect while the D.C. Circuit was considering whether to rehear the case, so the ruling marks the first time the “good reason” requirements will be cast aside.

It’s about time!  Glad to see the D.C. Circuit slap the fascist, Democrat, D.C. city government’s unconstitutional “good reason” requirement down.  Outstanding!!    🙂

Armed Texan Intervenes, Stops Alleged Sexual Assault of Female Jogger

Court documents filed this week claim an armed good Samaritan intervened and stopped an alleged sexual assault after hearing a female runner scream. The incident occurred on a running trail near Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. According to the Austin American-Statesman, an affidavit claims the unidentified female was running around 5:46 a.m. when she began to hear loud steps closing in behind her. Suddenly, “the victim was grabbed behind by the suspect with both the suspect’s arms, (bear hug).” The victim said both she and the suspect fell to the ground “and she was on her back and the suspect was on top of her.” The woman said she tried to use a whistle to attract help but the suspect had her pinned down. Moreover, he placed his hand over her mouth to mute her screams. The suspect allegedly told the woman that he was “a virgin” as he assaulted her. At some point, the woman was able to scream and nearby armed jogger heard her. He ran toward the scream with his handgun and flashlight drawn and ordered the suspect to get off the woman. The attacker allegedly stood up “naked from the waist down” and took off running with the woman’s shoes and shorts. The partially naked woman walked toward the jogger who was holding the flashlight in hopes of finding protection. Three days later, police arrested 22-year-old Richard Jordon McEachern and accused him of perpetrating the assault. Police are also investigating whether McEachern may have been involved in a similar assault–carried out by grabbing another female jogger from behind–on August 22. On January 12, 2017, he New York Times editorial board wrote against expanding the opportunities for armed citizens to be armed for self-defense. The paper claimed, “The grim truth is that concealed-carry permit holders are rarely involved in stopping crime.”

Typical liberal factually inaccurate bs from the NY Times..  Whoever this “good Samaritan” was, he was definitely a hero.  And, his actions show the value in arming yourself.  If you don’t have a conceal carry permit yet, then get one.

Gun rights advocates see chance in Congress for concealed carry reciprocity

Gun rights activists, after an early victory getting an Obama-era Social Security rule axed, are now setting more ambitious sights on getting a national concealed carry reciprocity bill to President Trump’s desk. The legislation would allow people who have concealed carry permits in their home states to exercise those rights in other states that allow concealed carry, provided that the permit holder abides by those other state laws as well. Advocates of such a measure say permit holders would not have to worry about inadvertently breaking the law if they pass through a state with different restrictions from those in their home states. All 50 states allow some kind of concealed carry, and most states have some form of out-of-state reciprocity, but the specifics vary. “The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s legislative lobbying arm. But opponents say such a measure would undermine stricter controls in certain states by imposing a one-size-fits-all solution. “One size does not fit all, and this NRA-backed bill would only make the weakest link the law of the land — gutting America’s public safety laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s No. 2-ranking Republican, recently introduced such legislation in the upper chamber after Rep. Richard Hudson, North Carolina Republican, offered a similar bill in the House. “This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Mr. Cornyn said. With Obamacare repeal and tax reform dominating attention on Capitol Hill, it’s unclear where expanding concealed carry reciprocity — a longtime goal of gun rights activists — will fall on the Republican priority list. But many Republicans are at least welcoming the opportunity to play offense on the issue after spending much of the last administration working to beat back Democratic proposals for tougher gun control — particularly in the wake of the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. “With a groundswell of support from Americans across the country and a pro-Second Amendment president, I believe we can make national concealed carry reciprocity a reality,” Mr. Hudson said. Mr. Trump recently signed legislation to reverse an Obama-era rule asking the Social Security administration to scour its records for people deemed mentally deficient to add their information to a national gun purchase background check system. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also has announced the reversal of an Obama-era ban on the use of lead bullets on some federal lands. Gun rights and sportsmen’s groups said the original rule was designed to discourage hunting. Rep. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina Republican, and Rep. John R. Carter, Texas Republican, introduced legislation that would remove sound suppressors from the scope of the National Firearms Act, saying the move would promote safety and help safeguard the hearing of shooters. Mr. Trump’s early willingness to expand gun rights stands in contrast to the approach of President Obama, who tried to take some executive steps to impose more gun controls.

Agreed..  And we’re thrilled to see a more pro-gun administration in the White House.  🙂

Armed Citizen Intervenes, Kills Suspect Beating AZ State Trooper on Roadside

On January 12, an armed citizen stopped and killed a man who was beating an Arizona State Trooper on the side of I-10. The incident occurred early Thursday morning on about “50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.” According to KTAR News,  the trooper had stopped to investigate a rollover accident at about 4:30 a.m., when someone opened fire, shooting him in the shoulder. The alleged shooter then began to beat the officer. An armed citizen and his family were driving by when they spotted the officer under duress. The citizen stopped the car, ran toward the officer and asked if he needed assistance. When the officer said “yes,” the citizen ran back to his car, grabbed his gun, then returned and “demanded the attacker stop.” The attacker refused to stop, so the citizen shot him multiple times, killing him. Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead said, “I don’t know that my trooper would be alive without [the armed citizen’s] assistance.” The name of the armed citizen was not released, but Milstead added, “I would just say thank you.” Also on January 12, the New York Times editorial board wrote against expanding the opportunities for armed citizens to be armed for self-defense. The paper claimed, “The grim truth is that concealed-carry permit holders are rarely involved in stopping crime.”

And it’s no wonder that liberal rag is losing subscriptions left and right.  This AZ state trooper is alive today because a law-abiding gun owner stopped a thug cold.  Kudos to that anonymous good Samaritan.  Outstanding!!    🙂

Passerby shoots, kills motorist assaulting Florida deputy after traffic stop

A driver who attacked a Florida sheriff’s deputy Monday morning was shot and killed by a bystander who warned him to stop beating the officer, according to a report. The incident began at around 9:30 a.m. when the Lee County deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Estero. Instead of complying, witnesses said the driver took off, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The deputy chased the suspect onto an exit ramp, where a witness said the suspect got out of his car and assaulted his pursuer. Shanta Holditch told WZVN that the suspect pulled the deputy out of his car and “just kept beating him and beating him … throwing him to the ground and punching him in all different directions.” At that point, WINK reported, another driver got out of his car and ran to the scene. He told the suspect that he’d shoot him if he didn’t stop beating the deputy. “[He] refused to get off the officer and the officer kept yelling, ‘shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,’ Holditch said. When the suspect didn’t stop his attack, the third man shot him three times. The deputy was not hit. The suspect later died. “I heard like three shots. He fell down on top of the police officer,” said a witness who would only give his last name, Smith. “After a moment, the police officer rolled him back over, got on his mic, then rolled over back on the ground besides the guy.” Authorities have not identified the suspect or the person who shot him and it was unclear if charges would be sought. WINK reported that the suspect was armed and the bystander who shot him possessed a concealed weapons license. WINK identified the deputy as Dean Bardes, a 12-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He was briefly hospitalized with minor injuries, but later released.

A classic example of a law abiding citizen with a conceal carry permit coming to the aid of a law enforcement officer, and doing what had to be done to save the officer’s life.  Excellent!

Concealed carrier receives Citizen’s Award of Valor for saving Ohio police officer

An Ohio man with a concealed carry permit was presented an award this week for saving a Mount Vernon police officer who was being attacked by a suspect. Cpl. Michael Wheeler of Ohio’s Mount Vernon Police Department recounted Wednesday an incident last year when he was attacked by a homeless crystal meth addict. Cpl. Wheeler said the suspect knocked him onto his back and pinned him to the ground, The Federalist reported. “I’ve never been in that situation before,” the 14-year department veteran told Inside Edition. “I’ve always been able to take control of a situation.” Cpl. Wheeler said the man was reaching for his firearm when Dylan DeBoard appeared with a handgun drawn. The officer said Mr. DeBoard announced he had a concealed weapon permit, and the suspect put his hands in the air. That’s when Cpl. Wheeler managed to flip the suspect over and handcuff him. Earlier this week, Cpl. Wheeler awarded Mr. DeBoard with the city’s Citizen’s Award of Valor. He said he often stops by Mr. DeBoard’s home just to thank him. “Every time I see him I let him know how much I appreciate what he did,” the officer said. “I wish a lot more of society would do what he did. There were people standing around, but they were just watching. I kept wondering why people didn’t do anything.”

No kidding..   What a great story!  Kudos to Dylan for stepping up like that!  Excellent!!   🙂

Customer with concealed carry permit fatally shoots ax-wielding attacker at Seattle 7-Eleven

A customer at a 7-Eleven store outside Seattle shot and killed a masked man who attacked a clerk with an ax early Sunday. Investigators said the shooting happened at the store in White Center at approximately 5:45 a.m. local time. Witnesses said the man entered the store and swung a hatchet toward the customer before turning his attention to the clerk. As the assailant attacked, the customer pulled out a pistol and fired, hitting the suspect. The clerk suffered minor injuries to his stomach and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The customer who shot the suspect is described as a 60-year-old Seattle man who visits the store every morning to get coffee. His name was not immediately released. Authorities said the man who shot the attacker had a concealed carry permit and likely would not face charges as a result of his action. “This could have been a lot worse,” King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cindi West told KCPQ. “The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.” The motive for the assault was not clear. Investigators said the ax-wielding man remained silent throughout the assault. The assailant’s identity was not immediately revealed, and authorities described him only as a man in his 40s.

THIS is why we have a Second Amendment!  Had there not been that 60-year old gentleman in that 7-Eleven with his weapon, the clerk would have been dead….and the police would have shown up, after the fact (like they did), to file paperwork and try to find the “suspect.”  The police don’t exist to protect you or me.  They can’t.  We’re in charge of our own personal safety.  So, congratulations to that brave customer who did the right thing in that crisis.  Outstanding!    🙂