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ID – GUN RIGHTS – Armed protesters make for bad optics

PROTESTING AT STATE CAPITOL BUILDINGS IS EN VOGUE THESE DAYS, AND ONE OF THE HOTTEST FASHION ACCESSORIES IS A HIGH-POWERED, HIGH-CAPACITY ASSAULT RIFLE. GUNS ARE PLAINLY VISIBLE IN NEWS CLIPS FROM MICHIGAN, WASHINGTON, IDAHO AND ELSEWHERE. ANGRY PEOPLE, ALMOST INVARIABLY MALE, ARE RAISING A RUCKUS AND A RIFLE AGAINST STATE LOCKDOWNS INTENDED TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

NYC – GUN RIGHTS – Perpetual Lockdown Batters Remnants of New York City’s Long-Lived Gun Culture

NRA-ILA.ORG May 26, 2020 – Some of America’s most pro-gun people ironically inhabit some of its most anti-gun locales. Like plants that can survive the harshest desert climates, they are among the hardiest of their kind. And for those in the know, they are as much a part of the Second Amendment landscape as cacti are to the desert.

In…

TN – GUN RIGHTS – House committee passes permitless gun carry bill, despite governor saying it is no longer priority

A bill initially backed by Gov. Bill Lee to allow for the carrying of a handgun without a permit advanced in a House committee Tuesday, despite the governor earlier saying it was no longer a priority. While House judiciary committee chairman Rep. Michael Curcio, R-Dickson, announced at the beginning of the meeting that they would not take up the governor’s pair of criminal justice reform bills, the committee still…

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – A Counterbalance to the False Narratives About Gun Ownership

THE DATA IS IN: AMERICANS ARE FLOCKING TO GUN STORES IN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE SPIKE HAS LEFT MANY GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES STRUGGLING TO FIND A MOTIVE OTHER THAN PURE, IRRATIONAL PANIC. AFTER ALL, THE COMMON NARRATIVE GOES, “THE GOOD GUY WITH A GUN” IS A MYTH AND IT’S VERY RARE THAT ANY LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS HAVE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AT GUNPOINT. ENTER THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION’S NEW DEFENSIVE GUN USE DATABASE TO HELP MAKE SENSE OF WHY SO MANY AMERICANS ARE NOW RACING TO EXERCISE THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, OFTEN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

PA – GUN RIGHTS – Erie County sheriff preps for in-person gun permit work

PENNSYLVANIA GOV. TOM WOLF HAS ONCE AGAIN EXTENDED THE EXPIRATION DATE FOR CONCEALED-CARRY GUN PERMITS. THAT SHOULD HELP EASE THE ANTICIPATED RUSH OF VISITORS TO THE ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ONCE THE OFFICE REOPENS FOR IN-PERSON BUSINESS ON JUNE 1, SHERIFF JOHN LOOMIS SAID THURSDAY. STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT WOLF HAS GRANTED AN ADDITIONAL EXTENSION FOR PERMITS THAT EXPIRED ON MARCH 19 OR LATER.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Gun Businesses to Reopen in Massachusetts & California

FREE BEACON.COM May 20, 2020 – Gun stores in Ventura County, California, and gun ranges in the state of Massachusetts are reopening following legal pressure from gun-rights advocates.

Ventura County relented on its closure of gun stores and clarified to a federal judge on May 13 that retailers are included in phase one reopenings. Massachusetts announced gun ranges could also open on Monday, after a federal judge ruled against…

TX – GUN RIGHTS – Now is the time to stand up for your God-given rights (VIDEO)

“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” – Thomas Jefferson

Our freedoms and God-given inalienable rights are under attack, and we are just lying down and taking it. We…

INT’L – GUN RIGHTS – New Zealand gun crimes rise to highest in a decade despite strict gun bans

GUN CRIME RATES AND KILLINGS INVOLVING GUNS IN NEW ZEALAND REACHED THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN A DECADE THIS YEAR DESPITE THE COUNTRY'S STRICT GUN CONTROL MEASURES LAUDED BY LEFT-WING POLITICIANS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE FIGURES, OBTAINED FROM POLICE UNDER THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT BY NEWS OUTLET RNZ, SHOW THAT GUN CRIME HAS INCREASED IN THE COUNTRY IN 2018 AND 2019. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 3540 OCCASIONS WHERE AN OFFENDER WAS FOUND WITH A GUN. AND IN BOTH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE RATE OF DEADLY INCIDENTS INVOLVING A FIREARM WAS THE HIGHEST IT HAD BEEN SINCE 2009

NC – GUN RIGHTS – Marchers with guns return to downtown Raleigh streets, draw counter-protests

ARMED MEN IN MILITARY GARB MARCHED AROUND DOWNTOWN RALEIGH FOR A THIRD WEEK SATURDAY, DRAWING SHARP CONFRONTATION FROM COUNTER-PROTESTERS AND SCRUTINY FROM POLICE. THE GROUP HAS ORGANIZED UNDER THE NAME BLUE IGLOO, LIKELY A PLAY ON THE WORD “BOOGALOO,” WHICH THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE DESCRIBES AS A SLANG TERM FOR A COMING CIVIL WAR. SEVERAL MARCHERS WORE HAWAIIAN SHIRTS, WHICH BOOGALOO GROUPS OFTEN SPORT TO SYMBOLIZE THE “BIG LUAU,”

CA – GUN RIGHTS – 30 Guns, Including Assault Weapons, Seized In Raid Of Thousand Oaks Home; Man Arrested

A THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTER AUTHORITIES RAIDED HIS HOME AND FOUND 30 GUNS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ILLEGAL ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES CAPABLE OF HOLDING OVER 50 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION. JOSHUA JOFFRED, 34, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER A MONTH-LONG MULTI-AGENCY INVESTIGATION THAT BEGAN WHEN HE APPLIED FOR A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT, THE VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTED WEDNESDAY. DETECTIVES DISCOVERED THAT JOFFRED OWNED SEVERAL WEAPONS WHILE HE WAS ALSO ADDICTED TO AN OPIATE-BASED NARCOTIC. AFTER OBTAINING SEARCH WARRANTS, DEPUTIES PULLED JOFFRED OVER NEAR HIS NEWBURY PARK HOME AT AROUND 1:30 P.M. MONDAY, WHERE THEY FOUND A LOADED HANDGUN CONCEALED IN THE CENTER CONSOLE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID. THEY THEN RAIDED HIS HOME, WHERE THEY SEIZED 30 GUNS, INCLUDING SEMIAUTOMATIC CENTERFIRE RIFLES, AK-47 VARIANT ASSAULT RIFLES, SEMIAUTOMATIC PISTOLS, A SEMIAUTOMATIC SHOTGUN AND SEVERAL HANDGUNS.

TX – GUN RIGHTS – Businesses Chafing Under Covid-19 Lockdowns Turn to Armed Defiance

NY TIMES – When Jamie Williams decided to reopen her East Texas tattoo studio last week in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, she asked Philip Archibald for help. He showed up with his dog Zeus, his friends and his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Mr. Archibald established an armed perimeter in the parking lot outside Crash-N-Burn Tattoo, secured by five men…

NY – GUN RIGHTS – Coronavirus crime worries are making New Yorkers want guns

WITH THOUSANDS OF COPS OUT SICK, COCKY CRIMINALS ON THE LOOSE, AND PEOPLE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY FOR FOOD AND RENT BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THE ROSARIO SISTERS OF STATEN ISLAND WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY FEAR COULD BE A COMING CRIME SURGE. NICOLE ROSARIO, 35, A STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER, IS ANGRY THAT SHE CAN’T GET A GUN. “IT’S MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT,” SHE SAID. “BUT THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER. I LIVE IN NEW YORK WHICH MEANS IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. THAT’S CRAZY AND UNFAIR.” THE FBI REPORTED A 300 PERCENT INCREASE IN GUN SALES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN MARCH, COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO. BUT NEW YORKERS ARE SHUT OUT, WITH THE EMPIRE STATE ONE OF ONLY FIVE STATES WHERE GUN STORES HAVE CLOSED, DESPITE RECENT GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAYING THEY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. AND FORGET ABOUT EVEN APPLYING FOR A FIREARM PERMIT IN NYC; THE NYPD HAS CLOSED ITS LICENSING OFFICE.

MD – GUN RIGHTS – Md. Gov. Blocks Ban On Private Sale Of Rifles, Shotguns

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed legislation that would ban the sale, rental and private transfer of long guns in the state. On Thursday, he issued a veto on Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4.

NYC – GUN RIGHTS – From Guns to Church, Emergency Virus Measures Test Core Rights

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, GRAPPLING WITH ITS OWN SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS, ON WEDNESDAY DECLINED TO LIFT DEMOCRATIC PENNSYLVANIA GOV. TOM WOLF’S MARCH ORDER TO CLOSE ALL NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES. BUT, ONLY DAYS EARLIER, THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT BLOCKED KENTUCKY FROM BARRING DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICES AND STILL MORE CASES ARE PENDING INCLUDING SOME WITH PETITIONS ALREADY BEFORE THE HIGH COURT. IN FEARFUL AND UNCERTAIN TIMES, PEOPLE FAR TOO QUICKLY OVERLOOK, AND SOMETIMES EVEN WELCOME, DRAMATIC GOVERNMENT EDICTS IN THE NAME OF SAFETY, SAID UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA LAW PROFESSOR STEPHEN HENDERSON. “SO, IT IS INCONCEIVABLE THAT WE WILL ESCAPE THIS PANDEMIC WITHOUT FURTHER STRAINS UPON OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS,” HE SAID.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Background checks for firearms remain high

THE NUMBER OF APRIL BACKGROUND CHECKS TO PURCHASE A FIREARM SHOWED AMERICANS FLOCKING TO GUN STORES IN HIGH NUMBERS FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW AMID WORRIES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE FBI NUMBERS WERE RELEASED MONDAY WITH ANTICIPATION SINCE MARCH SMASHED PREVIOUS RECORDS WITH 3.7 MILLION CHECKS CONDUCTED. WHILE THE NUMBERS LEVELED OFF A BIT TO ABOUT 2.9 MILLION CHECKS FOR LAST MONTH, ONE WEEK — APRIL 13-19 — IS NOW AMONG THE TOP 10 HIGHEST WEEKS SINCE THE SYSTEM WAS TRACKED IN NOVEMBER 1998. THAT WEEK IN APRIL ALONE, THE FBI CONDUCTED 766,739 CHECKS.

MI – GUN RIGHTS – Fox’s Sean Hannity Blasts Gun-Toting Michigan Protesters (VIDEO)

Fox News commentator Sean Hannity blasted on Monday protesters who openly carried guns during a demonstration last week in Michigan against COVID-19 restrictions. Hannity, a conservative TV and radio host, said a “show of force” is dangerous and people shouldn’t intend to intimidate officials. “God forbid something happens, then they’re going to go after all of us law-abiding Second Amendment people,” said Hannity, who added that he agreed with…

MI – GUN RIGHTS – Guns in Michigan Capitol: Defense of liberty or intimidation?

IT WAS A FIRST FOR MICHIGAN STATE SEN. SYLVIA SANTANA. BEFORE HEADING TO THE STATEHOUSE IN LANSING LAST THURSDAY, SHE SLIPPED INTO A BULLETPROOF VEST. MS. SANTANA’S HUSBAND, A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY, WARNED HER ABOUT POTENTIAL TROUBLE AT A RALLY TO PROTEST THE DECISION TO EXTEND A CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN. A GROUP OF ARMED WHITE MEN ENTERED THE CAPITOL AND SHOUTED AT LAWMAKERS. TO MS. SANTANA, SOME WERE DRESSED LIKE THEY WERE “GOING TO WAR.”

MI – GUN RIGHTS – Michigan militia puts armed protest in the spotlight

FOX SAN ANTONIO.COM April 3, 2020 – Gun-carrying protesters have been a common sight at some demonstrations calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. But an armed militia’s involvement in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse Thursday marked an escalation that drew condemnation and shone a spotlight on the practice of bringing weapons to protest.

The “American Patriot Rally” started on…

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