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INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Surprise! New Zealand Gun Confiscation Yields More Gun Crime

NEW DATA OUT OF NEW ZEALAND REVEALS THAT PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN’S ACTION HAS HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT ON CRIME AND MURDER RATES. ACCORDING TO RADIO NEW ZEALAND, “RATES OF GUN CRIMES AND KILLINGS USING GUNS [ARE] AT [THE] HIGHEST LEVELS IN A DECADE IN 2019,” AND “THERE WERE 3540 OCCASIONS WHERE AN OFFENDER WAS FOUND WITH A GUN.” FURTHERMORE, “IN BOTH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE RATE OF DEADLY INCIDENTS INVOLVING A FIREARM WAS THE HIGHEST IT HAD BEEN SINCE 2009 … [AND] THE NUMBER OF GUNS SEIZED BY POLICE IS ALSO ON THE RISE, UP ALMOST 50 PERCENT ON FIVE YEARS EARLIER AT 1263.” IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE ATTACK WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THESE INCREASING CRIME FIGURES. ONCE AGAIN, GUN-RIGHTS ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN PROVEN RIGHT: TAKING FIREARMS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS DOES NOTHING TO STOP CRIME, AND IN FACT MOST OFTEN HAS THE OPPOSITE EFFECT, AS IT STRIPS THE ABILITY OF THE LAW-ABIDING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. 

CA – GUN CONTROL – California Exploits Ammunition Background Checks to Confiscate Guns

SINCE LAST JULY 1, CALIFORNIA HAS REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR THOSE PURCHASING FIREARM AMMUNITION. AS WE NOTED, BY DECEMBER 2019 THE STATE HAD RUN 345,000 BACKGROUND CHECKS AND REJECTED 62,000 CALIFORNIANS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION, INCLUDING OFF-DUTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES PURCHASING SHOTGUN SHELLS TO HUNT DUCKS. OFFICIALS BLAMED GLITCHES IN THE SYSTEM, BUT FOR ARI FREILICH OF THE GIFFORDS LAW CENTER TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE, THE SYSTEM WAS WORKING AS INTENDED, AS A “RED FLAG” LAW ALLOWING SEIZURE OF WEAPONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED NO CRIME.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Sask. considers taking federal government to court over firearms ban

ON MAY 1, THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED A BAN ON A WIDE RANGE OF ‘MILITARY-GRADE’ FIREARMS, SAYING THE GUNS WERE DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD, NOT HUNTING OR SPORT SHOOTING. ON MONDAY, SASKATCHEWAN JUSTICE MINISTER DON MORGAN TOLD GORMLEY THE PROVINCE IS PREPARED TO CHALLENGE OTTAWA ON THE BAN IN COURT. “IF IT’S APPROPRIATE TO DO A COURT CHALLENGE, WE CERTAINLY WILL,” MORGAN SAID. MORGAN SAYS SASKATCHEWAN HAS AN OUTFITTING INDUSTRY THAT DRAWS PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DO SPORT SHOOTING IN THE PROVINCE. “WE’VE URGED OUR PEOPLE IN THE MINISTRY TO LOOK CAREFULLY AT ANY FLAWS, ANY PROBLEMS THAT WERE THERE, ANY ISSUES WE CAN RAISE (IN A POSSIBLE COURT CASE),” SAID MORGAN.

CA – GUN CONTROL – CA AG Announces Recent Firearms Operations, Seizure of Ghost Guns, Assault Weapons, Drugs, and Tens of Thousands of Rounds of Ammo

GOLDRUSHCAM.COM May 24, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced 12 operations throughout the state where special agents with the California Department of Justice seized dozens of firearms, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition, ghost guns, assault weapons, and drugs over the last month.

In all of the operations, investigators obtained critical information as a result of ammunition background checks.

Ammunition background checks…

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Firearm lobby group draws hunters, wildlife clubs into fight against federal rifle ban

A GUN ADVOCACY BODY THAT HAS EMERGED AS THE DOMINANT VOICE AMONG CANADIAN FIREARM ACTIVISTS SINCE IT SET UP SHOP ONLY SIX YEARS AGO HAS RECRUITED MORE THAN 50 HUNTING, FISHING AND WILDLIFE GROUPS TO JOIN SPORT SHOOTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THE LIBERAL BAN OF THOUSANDS OF SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND OTHER WEAPONS IN CANADA. THE CANADIAN COALITION FOR FIREARM RIGHTS (CCFR), SUPPORTED BY THREE OTHER MAJOR SHOOTING SPORTS AND FIREARM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS, HAS POSTED A STATEMENT CALLING ON THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT TO REPEAL ITS MAY 1 CABINET ORDER PROHIBITING MORE THAN 1,050 TYPES OF SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES, AMONG OTHER FIREARMS.

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Fact check: Democrat’s bill would increase taxes on firearms and ammunition

THE CLAIM: H.R. 5717 WOULD IMPLEMENT A 30% TAX ON ALL GUN SALES AND 50% TAX ON ALL AMMUNITION SALES IN GEORGIA. REP. HANK JOHNSON, D-GA., INTRODUCED IN JANUARY H.R. 5717, A BILL THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN MEASURES TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. IT HAS EVOKED MIXED REACTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND MOVED TO THE FOREFRONT OF CONVERSATION SURROUNDING LEGISLATION NOT RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. A FACEBOOK USER MADE A POST IN LATE APRIL CALLING THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT OF 2020, “TYRANNY.” THE USER SAID THE BILL “WILL ADD 30% TAX ON ALL GUNS AND 50% TAX ON ALL AMMO.”

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Gun advocates’ changing definition of ‘assault rifles’ is meant to sow confusion

The decision of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to carry out his 2019 campaign promise to prohibit many semi-automatic rifles has sparked another round in the gun-control debate. Gun lobby groups allege that advocates of stronger firearm laws unfairly label firearms such as the AR-15 “assault rifles.” Historical evidence, however, suggests that members of the firearms community have themselves played word games with guns, changing how they describe some weapons…

VA – GUN CONTROL – Trump quips to Virginia farmer: ‘You’ll have nobody guarding your potatoes’ because of gun control measures

President Trump said Virginia farmers wouldn’t be able to protect their crops if their Democratic governor continues to chip away at Second Amendment rights. After being invited by a Virginia potato farmer to come visit, Trump joked Tuesday that his administration was “going after Virginia” in response to Gov. Ralph Northam signing a slate of gun control measures in April during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re going after Virginia with your crazy governor….

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Optional buyback program could see assault-style gun ban unravel, group warns (VIDEOS)

A LEADING PROPONENT OF STRICTER GUN CONTROL SAYS ALLOWING OWNERS OF RECENTLY BANNED FIREARMS TO KEEP THEM WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR A DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE THE BAN IN FUTURE. IN A LETTER TO PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER BILL BLAIR, THE GROUP POLYSESOUVIENT URGES THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT A MANDATORY BUYBACK PROGRAM FOR ALL ASSAULT-STYLE GUNS. THE LIBERALS OUTLAWED A WIDE RANGE OF FIREARMS EARLY THIS MONTH, SAYING THE GUNS WERE DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD, NOT HUNTING OR SPORT SHOOTING.

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Ignites Fight to Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

Nearly three months after 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while jogging in Georgia, the men alleged to have ended his life now face murder charges. As the case sparks outrage and protests, a cadre of gun violence prevention activists are gearing up to take on what they call an overlooked culprit: the “stand your ground” laws that critics have decried as a “low-cost license to kill.”  The original prosecutor on…

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – A New Lawsuit Shows Some are After All of Your Semi-Automatic Rifles

They aren’t just coming for your AR-15s and AK-47s, to paraphrase Beto O’Rourke. They are preparing to try and stop all semi-automatic manufacturing. After the terrible attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, some relatives naturally went looking for someone to blame; the murderer, after all, had killed himself. So, in July 2019, a few bereaved relatives sued a long list of gun makers. This type of…

DC – GUN CONTROL – Trump Justice Department asks for more resources to enforce gun laws

IN RECENT WEEKS, SEVERAL INSTANCES INVOLVING THE RECKLESS USE OF FIREARMS DOMINATED NATIONAL HEADLINES. IN ONE CASE, A GEORGIA MAN TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE WHEN ARMED CIVILIANS CROSSED THE LINE BETWEEN DEFENSIVE NECESSITY AND VIGILANTISM. BUT SUCH HEADLINES TELL ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE STORY. EVERY DAY, MANY LAW-ABIDING AND RESPONSIBLE AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS LAWFULLY TO DEFEND THEIR LIVES, LIBERTY, AND PROPERTY. IN FACT, AS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CONCLUDED IN 2013, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR STUDY ON THE ISSUE HAS FOUND THAT AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS IN LAWFUL SELF-DEFENSE BETWEEN 500,000 AND 3 MILLION TIMES A YEAR. THESE INSTANCES OF PROPER DEFENSIVE GUN USE PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT BUT OFTEN UNREPORTED COUNTERBALANCE TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Assault Rifle Ban All About Safety Says Liberal, Conservative MP Says It Will Target Wrong People

THE FEDERAL LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO BAN MILITARY-TYPE ASSAULT RIFLES ISN'T GETTING ANY SUPPORT FROM THE OPPOSITION CONSERVATIVES. THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT OUTLAWED A WIDE RANGE OF RIFLES THIS MONTH, SAYING THE GUNS WERE DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD, NOT HUNTING OR SPORT SHOOTING. PORTAGE-LISGAR CONSERVATIVE MP CANDICE BERGEN SAYS THE GUN BAN IS USELESS SINCE CANADA HAS BANNED MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT RIFLES SINCE THE EARLY 1970S. SHE SAYS THE BAN IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND IS GOING TO TARGET THE WRONG PEOPLE.

MA – GUN CONTROL – Judge Orders Massachusetts Gun Shops to Reopen, But Imposes Unfair Restrictions

Gun shops in Massachusetts are officially open after a federal judge found that state officials overstepped their bounds by ordering their businesses closed and deemed non-essential. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ordered gun shops to be opened and said Governor Charlie Baker’s order to close gun shops without an explanation of the reason created an “improper burden,” according to The Boston Globe. The order comes with limitations, however, that some…

AZ – GUN CONTROL – Bloomberg’s gun control group plans $5 million effort in Arizona

Michael Bloomberg’s affiliated gun control group announced Tuesday it plans to spend at least $5 million in Arizona in an effort to aid Democratic wins from the presidency down to the state Legislature. The move is part of a $60 million nationwide effort by the political arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization co-founded by the former New York City mayor, and underscores Arizona’s more competitive political climate. Dubbed…

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Ban on gun, ammo sales to go, shooting allowed ‘if you really need to’

A TEMPORARY BAN ON THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IN VICTORIA WILL BE LIFTED AT THE SAME TIME CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS ARE EASED ACROSS THE STATE. FROM 11.59PM ON TUESDAY, RESTRICTIONS ON THE SELLING, LOANING AND HIRING OF GUNS WILL BE LIFTED, WITH SPORT AND TARGET SHOOTING AND RECREATIONAL HUNTING ALLOWED TO RESUME.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Mexico president says US may need to apologize over gun sting, President Obrador

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the U.S. may have to apologize if it’s confirmed that American agents carried out the botched “Fast and Furious” gun running sting in the country a decade ago without the knowledge of the Mexican government. Lopez Obrador on Friday said he will ask the U.S. government if it had alerted Mexican officials that agents were carrying out the undercover operation where U.S….

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – NEW ZEALAND: How effective was the $120m firearms buyback scheme? We don’t yet know (VIDEO)

STUFF.CO.NZ May 8, 2020 – The Government’s firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme looks set to pay out $120 million in compensation.

The figures were released in a report from the office of Controller and Auditor-General John Ryan, which examined how effectively and efficiently the police implemented the scheme.

The Auditor-General ordered the probe in September saying the…

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