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Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation


Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.

Man fells vicious dog, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona, Fla. 04/15/14


Robert Powell was out walking his dog in DeBary, Fla. when a pit bull leashed outside a home broke free and began to attack his pet. Powell, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew a .40 caliber pistol and shot the pit bull, killing it. A report by local law enforcement documented the bite marks on Powell’s dog. 

N.J. man’s handgun case before U.S. Supreme Court on Friday


The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether it will hear a Sussex County man’s challenge to New Jersey’s handgun carry laws.The lawsuit, brought by John Drake, challenges the “justifiable need” requirement the state asks for carrying a handgun. It has drawn the support of the National Rifle Association and 19 other states, who see the case as a possible watershed moment for reevaluating how the Second Amendment and state regulations interact.

Lott: What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push


Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising.

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Awaits Action in House


Last week, the House General Laws Committee voted “Do Pass” on Senate Joint Resolution 36 and this measure is currently waiting to be added to the House floor calendar.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and being handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.

Louisiana: Mandatory Training Bill Fails to Advance from Committee


This Wednesday, House Bill 13 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), after the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee failed to advance it on a 6-to-6 tie vote.  This NRA-opposed bill would have made it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser had completed a gun safety training course.  This was not about requiring training to obtain a permit to carry firearms for self-defense -- this would have required training to simply purchase a firearm to own in your home.

Why Mark Warner is Still Popular

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Yesterday was the annual Wakefield Shad Planking. For those not familiar with the event, The Wakefield Ruritan Club has hosted The Planking since 1949 on the wooded property of the Wakefield Sportsmen's club near Route 460 in Sussex County, Virginia, about an hour southeast of Richmond and an hour west of Virginia Beach. It is held on the third Wednesday in April each year.  Originally an all Democrat, all male, all white event, today it is overwhelmingly Republican and open to all interested in drinking free adult beverages and eating shad -- the oily, bony fish smoked for the occasion on wood planks over an open flame.  It's a place for candidates to see and be seen and for the politically active to renew old friendships and talk about the likely winners and losers of the year's coming campaign season. 

U.S. Senator Mark Warner was yesterday's featured speaker and Bearing Drift notes that even though Warner has become uncomfortable talking about his support for Obamacare, he at least should be given credit for doing something that the last two statewide Democrat candidates decided not to do, show up.  Warner hasn't abandoned what go him elected in 2001 - going to rural Virginia.

And Warner played his usual "bipartisan" self in his remarks to the assembled crowd:
“Today, we’re not Democrats or Republicans; we’re Virginians and Americans, first and foremost,” Warner said, thanking the Wakefield Ruritans for raising money for rescue squads, Little Leagues and scholarships.

“Of course, looking at this crowd, I realize I’m here as an endangered species, a Virginia Democrat,” he added, pausing a bit for the laughter to subside.

“Looking around the crowd, that’s kind of like Republican women here as well — not many of either one of us,” Warner said, smiling to a burst of energetic female screams meant to prove him wrong. “I knew I’d get ’em,” he said.Shows why even with Ed Gillespie raising over $2 million over the last 75 days, why he has an uphill battle unseating Warner this year.

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill -- Update on Legislative Activity in Phoenix


On Tuesday, House Bill 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology


U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?


Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). “I have earned my place in heaven,” the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he’s buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law


A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act


Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.

Bloomberg Plans to Spend $50 Million to Create "Grassroots" Support for Gun Control

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The New York Times has this story on how Michael Bloomberg is going to spend $50 million creating an "umbrella group" to create grassroots support for gun control:
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.Looking to model his approach after Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Times reports that Bloomberg is going to get away from the usual TV advertising campaigns that have long been a staple of the gun ban groups and plans to:
...put a large portion of his resources into the often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups like the N.R.A. in driving single-issue, like-minded voters to the polls.

He's basically personally taking over Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Shannon Watts' Moms Demand Action, putting them into a new group called Everytown for Gun Safety.  Never mind that none of these groups have anything to do with teaching gun safety, and everything to do with banning firearms they don't like.

Democrats who want to retain control of the U.S. Senate have been less than thrilled with Bloomberg's efforts of late since he has targeted "Red State" Democrats as well as Republicans who did not support his positions.  Trying to put forth a bipartisan persona, he is also creating an advisory board that include individuals associated with both parties.
Underscoring his desire to work with both parties, Mr. Bloomberg is bringing on a new advisory board with prominent Republican and Democratic figures. Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush; Eli Broad, the philanthropist; Warren Buffett, the investor; and Michael G. Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both Mr. Bush and President Obama, will all be board members.

The difference between the NRA and gun ban groups is the NRA has actual members who have some skin in the game - protecting their rights.  They own firearms and want to continue to be able to do so.  That's why even though the paid membership of the NRA is only about 5 million out of an estimated 110 million gun owners, a lot more than 5 million people associate their views with that of the NRA.  I'm not really sure there is this groundswell in a segment of the public to do for the gun ban lobby what gun owners are willing to do to protect their rights like volunteering to help like minded politicians and get out an vote for that issue, sometimes at the expense of other issues they support.

Homeowner shoots burglar, KSBW, Santa Cruz, Calif. 04/14/14, KION, Monterey, Calif. 04/14/14


A homeowner was asleep at home in Salinas, Calif. when he was awakened to a noise coming from outside the home. The homeowner then spotted someone near his garage. After arming himself, the homeowner went to the garage to investigate and found a burglar. The homeowner shot the burglar, who was then transported to a local hospital. According to news outlet KSBW, police told reporters that “it appears the homeowner was protecting life and property and was in his legal right to use deadly force.” 

Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the NRA


Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.


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