In our national news this week, Maine could become the 7th state to pass a bill for constitutional carry on a firearm, joining Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, and Wyoming as a state that doesn’t require a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Both Democrats and Republicans are cosponsoring a bill, which is promising. Earlier this week, Kansas signed constitutional carry into law, which will go into effect July 1st. It seems the national momentum is swinging in favor of constitutional carry.
The Iowa House passed an omnibus firearms bill last month that would have legalized silencers, created data privacy for gun owners, and streamlined permitting and purchasing regulations. Democrats in the Senate, however, have whittled the bill down to just the silencer legalization. Clearly, more needs to be done, and this is a step forward, but not ideal for Iowans seeking to protect themselves. Nonetheless, this was a big swing by pro gunners, and we should see more like it in the future.
Rev. Samuel Mosteller of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was recently suspended for saying that “all African-Americans advocate their 2nd Amendment rights.” He will have to go through an internal investigation and “re-education” because of these comments; comments made in the wake of several unarmed black men being killed by authorities in the last year. Where the SCLC and Rev. Mosteller differ are that the SCLC does not believe that blacks should defend themselves, as is their right, whereas Mosteller thinks that self-defense is a critical unalienable right. This narrative must change.
Shaneen Allen has had a news spot on this show several times. First, she was pulled over and arrested for carrying a firearm that was legal in Pennsylvania into the state of New Jersey. She was convicted for a minimum 3 year prison sentence, even though she was forthright with the police officer about having a firearm. The NRA then took up her case and the result has been that Governor Chris Christie has issued her a pardon. She will serve no jail time and pay no fine.
A Georgia man with a concealed-carry license is being hailed as a hero after preventing an attempted carjacking and possibly saving a woman’s life.
The harrowing incident was caught on surveillance camera at Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, on Friday afternoon.
When a teenager tried to steal a woman’s car, she jumped on the hood to try and stop him from driving away. Witnesses say that prompted the alleged thief to speed up.
A gun-toting bystander saw the chaos unfolding and drew his weapon, shooting the thief in the shoulder.
“The guy that got shot, he was falling out of the car and he was holding his chest. And he started shivering and shaking, and then he kind of flopped on the ground,” witness Chris Roberts said.
The armed bystander, a Smyrna city employee, held the alleged carjacker at gunpoint until police arrived.
The suspect was transported to the hospital. He will be charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor theft by taking of a motor vehicle.