July 2007

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

In Washington, D.C., CCRBKA announced its support for H.R. 2424, the proposed Citizens Protection Act of 2007, by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and Amendments to that Act. The Gun Free School Zones Act makes it unlawful for any individual to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone, but does not include possession of a firearm on private property that is not part of school grounds. H.R. 2424 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Congressman Paul, a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, is a CCRKBA Congressional Advisor who has received several CCRKBA awards and has been a speaker at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, cosponsored by CCRKBA and the Second Amendment Foundation.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the District of Columbia’s motion for an injunction to prevent implementation of the Appellate Court’s holding that the D.C. anti-gun law is unconstitutional pending an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. “Although the District’s motion to stay only indicates it ‘may’ petition for certiorari,” Senior Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman wrote, “I assume it is understood that the District intends to petition for review in the Supreme Court. If it did not so intend, in my view, it would be inappropriate for it to have sought the stay.”
“The indictment of Jacob Nickels, son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, on charges relating to a conspiracy to cheat casinos is enough to suggest that the anti-gun mayor – who supports laws that would treat all gun owners like criminals – perhaps should look closer to home to find someone who really needs his character scrutinized,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. “While Mayor Nickles, a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun mayors’ coalition, has been devoting so much energy looking for, or trying to create, criminals in the firearms community, he may have had one living right under his nose. But what can you expect from a man who looks the other way when Bloomberg mounts an illegal sting operation against gun dealers that has drawn the scorn of the United States Justice Department and the attorneys general in Virginia and Georgia? Evidently, Nickles looks the other way on a lot of criminal activity.”
Movie
star Kevin Costner is urging lawmakers to come up with a series of strict new gun control laws even if it limits his own shooting time, reports the World Entertainment News Network. Costner says he loves to hunt and often heads out with a shotgun passed down through generations of his family, but then also says America’s gun laws are too weak. He says legislators should get tough with firearm owners who he also says refuse to accept that their practices could harm others. “I’m a hunter,” he says. “I hunt but I think there should be gun laws. I think there should be a lot of gun laws. I don’t want to lose my shotgun but there’s a real good reason why I use my shotgun. It came from my grandpa. His cheek was on it. My dad’s cheek was on it and I go out and hunt with my dogs.” Stick to acting, Kevin.
The British government wants more young people to take up competitive shooting, but gun control activists in the United Kingdom fear that it could lead to an easing of Britain’s strict gun laws, reports the Cybercast News Service. Sports Minister Richard Caborn said in late May that more young adults should take up competitive shooting, noting that it teaches discipline and responsibility. The announcement drew a furious response from Gill Marshall-Andrews, chairwoman of the Gun Control Network, who said Caborn is “very stupid to be taking this view. We have good gun laws in this country, and we’re going to be making them better.”
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