You know the media really should report on the defensive uses of firearms

I am thinking of Fox here specifically. But, stories like these just get buried

Police said a homeowner shot and killed a man Wednesday morning who tried to break into his Arlington home about dawn on Friday.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the man, 21-year-old Marquise Trevel Yates, broke into a home on Seabrook Cove Road, off Arlington Expressway, about 6:30 a.m. and threatened the homeowner, 50-year-old Foster Coker, at gunpoint.

Police said there was a struggle between Yates (pictured below) and Coker, but Coker was able to get away.

“The homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and the suspect of the robbery was deceased at the scene,” said Sgt. Michael Paul.

 According to the police report, Coker retrieved his personal firearm and exchanged gunfire with Yates. Coker’s wife, Pam, also fired her personal handgun at Yates, who died at the scene.

Think about this. This would make a tremendous story, yet, it will likely never be covered by the big 24-hour news outlets, who prefer to beat the same stories over and again.

Thanks Governor Douche Bag! More jobs leaving New York

One truth about all Statist laws, they always hurt the working man the worst

File this one under breaking news, as we have nothing more than this information at this point :

At least 105 jobs are lost at Remington Arms in Ilion, the union’s president confirmed to NewsChannel 2 on Monday afternoon.

The union is meeting with employees. We are working to bring you more information as it becomes available.

The new gun control laws in Maryland and New York, and other places are having a devastating impact on not only civil liberty, but on jobs as well. Bob Owens sums it up nicely

The Remington factory in Ilion has been manufacturing the same kind of products at the same location longer than any other American manufacturer. We’re not just seeing gun rights and gun jobs lost as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spiteful NY SAFE Act. We’re seeing the destruction of American history, and the slow death of a small town, all in the drunken pursuit of political power

It is almost unbelievable that anyone still votes for Liberal Democrats,


Good Guy With a Gun…………..

Liberals never seem to ask what if their dream of gun confiscation comes true when they read stories like this

A 21-year-old police cadet went on a deadly shooting rampage Friday night after an argument at his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Cadet Michael William Little gunned down a family friend of his former girlfriend Ashley Womack, 18, before Womack’s brother pulled a rifle out and shot him dead.

Ashley and her mother Rhonda, 47, were also injured in the shoot out.

The incident happened around 11:28pm Friday night at Womack’s house in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Police say Little and Ashley had been broken up for about two weeks when he showed up at her house that night.

When he came over, Little proceeded to have an argument with Ashley and members of her family on the back patio of the house.

Little was leaving the house, and walking down the driveway to his car, when he pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and shot Ashley’s mother Rhonda and ‘family friend’ Travis Wegener, 28.

He then proceeded to go back to the patio where he shot at Ashley.

Again, if this family had NOT had a gun what would that headline read?

No, Michael Brown was not shot in the back

The NY Times has the report

FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

For some reason, these busineses were not looted


There are a lot of pro-gun stories that the mainstream media would rather not tell, like the tale of two businesses just minutes down the road from the epi-center of the Ferguson, Missouri riots that stood their ground with guns in hand  against the possible appearance of a raging mob:

Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter.

The two north-county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of last night’s riots in Ferguson. After nightfall, what began as a community’s peaceful demonstration against the Ferguson Police Department’s shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown  turned increasingly violent. Crowds plundered a QuikTrip and burned it to the ground, and local news began reporting brazen raids on other stores in the area.

After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.

Remember the LA riots in the early 90’s? Remember the businesses that shows they looters they were armed were left intact? HMMMMMM

Elderly Woman Wiseliy Ignored 911 Dispatcher Who Told Her To Put Her Gun Down During A Home Invasion (Video)

911 Tells 80-Year-Old Woman To Put Gun Down During Home Invasion – EAGnews

An 80-year-old Florida woman grabbed her gun and called 911 during a home invasion. While the burglars were breaking a window to her residence, the police dispatcher told her to “put the gun down.” Huh?

N.J. Logan was upstairs resting from recent hip replacement surgery in her Holmes Beach, Fla. home, she heard a racket coming from the main level, according to MyFoxTampaBay:

I kept hearing a commotion, like there were people walking around down there. It is a little frightening. You know that you don’t have the security that you thought you had.

Logan was all alone – her husband was playing bridge at a friend’s house. That’s when she took matters into her own hands. She grabbed her gun and dialed the police emergency number as she headed downstairs.

“Once I realized it wasn’t my husband, you have no idea how fast you can go,” she said.

That’s when the dispatcher gave her the bum advice.

“When I called 911 she kept saying put the gun down, put the gun down, and I said I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,” Logan told the station.

“I believe in guns inside your house,” she added. “I don’t think anybody has the right to break into your private domain.”

Watch the news report via MyFoxTampaBay.




The Anti-Gun Left Cares More About Disarming than Protecting Innocents

Katie Pavlich has the story. This young lady, Taylor Woolich had the misfortune to cross paths with a lunatic it seems, one that has plans to kidnap and rape her apparently. Yet, Dartmouth refuses to respect her right to carry a firearm

Today Woolrich’s stalker is still in jail and there is a trial this month. In order to protect herself on campus at Dartmouth, Woolrich contacted campus security. She was told that she couldn’t carry a concealed weapon on campus and needed to use security escorts when she felt unsafe. It wasn’t long until Dartmouth’s campus security saw Woolrich as a burden and annoyance.

“When I contacted Safety and Security at Dartmouth I explained the situation, they’ve known about the restraining order, they’ve known about everything and they were sympathetic and then whenever I asked them to obtain authorization on campus to carry a concealed weapon they told me no way,” Woolich said. “No appeals process, no supervisor. The operator at Safety and Security at Dartmouth College told me that I could call for a security escort if I felt unsafe. I’ve done this and I got responses such as, ‘You can’t keep calling us all the time,’ or ‘You can only call after 9 p.m.’ I’d like to say that my stalker doesn’t really care what time of day it is. He doesn’t care if it’s light or dark or if I’m on the east coast or the west coast or out of the country. I have an out of control situation and I’m asking for my control back.”

“Dartmouth thinks banning weapons will keep students safe, but a gun ban isn’t going to stop him from attacking,” she added. “At Dartmouth if a restraining order and law enforcement can’t guarantee my safety, then I’m asking for the right to do so.”

So much for empowering women, or protecting them I guess. The Left cares more about control and their own Collectivist ideals. Maybe Dartmouth should hire a new head of security, this sheriff for example would do well I think. He seems to grasp the principle that individuals have a God-given right to defend themselves, and a firearm is the most effective way to do that

As a resident of southern Wake County, North Carolina, I’m aware of the recent spate of violence in Harnett County, just to our south.

What I wasn’t quite prepared for was how the local sheriff decided to respond to the recent threat rash of violent crime:

More than 100 people packed the sanctuary of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church Monday night for a community meeting on crime. There has been an explosion of violence and crime in the area, especially in the last few weeks.

Sheriff Larry Rollins told the crowd that the violence is fueled by gangs and drugs. He urged everyone to protect themselves, saying he doesn’t go anywhere without a gun.

“When I am out with my family, even though I am a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun,” Rollins told the crowd. “I mean it’s sad we have to have that attitude, but I am going to protect myself and my family. I want my deputies at your house just as fast as they can when you got a problem, but you better be able to take care of business until we get there if you have to protect your family.”

This part of the county’s landscape of rural life is quickly giving way to a population boom, and residents are worried. Several residents said they are afraid to leave their homes — afraid of the growing violence.

It’s good to hear a local (to me) Sheriff who understands that an armed citizenry is a key component of crime deterrence. Rollins understands that his deputies are stretched wide across a sizable area, and that if someone places a call when the closest deputies are on the other end of their patrol areas or are dealing with multiple calls, deputies will not arrive for ten or more minutes… a lifetime, if it is your life is on the line against a violent criminal.

Watch the full video of Taylor Woolich’s story here. This nut job has made her life Hell

Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight? Not too Swift!

Thugs are not too bright

A man was shot in Wellington Saturday night after pulling a knife and threatening another man. 

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says three men came to the home on Galleria Street seeking the homeowner’s son.

The homeowner came out and got into a verbal dispute with them.

One of the men threatened him with a knife.

The homeowner pulled out his gun and shot that individual, according to PBSO.

The three fled to Palms West Hospital, one of them with a non-life-threatening injury.

Another violent crime stopped by an armed citizen

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It is amazing what you can learn by simply shopping for a new gun

So, yesterday, I took a few hours and went shopping, for a new shotgun, and while I did not end up buying one, I noted a few very pleasing trends. I started at my local gun range, and came close to buying a shotgun, I was stuck between a Mossberg/Maverick 88 Special Purpose and a Savage 320 Pump with a pistol grip. I next went to Academy Sports, and again was stuck between those two guns. Then I went to Gander Mountain, and the combination of the massive selections and the fact that the gun counter was absolutely packed made choosing impossible. So, I hit Steak and Shake for a burger, and MAN are they good burgers! I will go back to Gander Monday, when there will be fewer people there.

I did note though, that there were a LOT, I mean a LOT of folks that were buying guns, mainly pistols. And, I noted that these folks had something in common, none of them fit the “gun person” profile. The fact is more women, and younger people are buying guns. And, as I have noted before, more and more people I see at the range are female, and younger, which is, again, positive. Bob Owens has more on this trend

We’ve noted before that the fastest growing demographics amount gun owners are young, urban, and female. That nation trend is now being noticed by the media:

The sports aspect of shooting guns may not be restricted to country boy stereotype anymore, as new statistics show the emerging face of today’s shooter is vastly different.

Almost half of today’s first time gun buyers in the country are female (48 percent of gun owners), usually purchasing a gun for self-defense and self-sufficiency. Also, most people buying guns today for the first time include people ages 22-30 living in suburban areas, according to a survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which keeps a tally on all things related on firearms retail trends.

“The gun retailers themselves don’t keep track of the data,” says Bill Brassard, senior director of communications for the NSSF. “We tally them by what we see in background checks.”

An online survey of U.S. consumers was also conducted by the NSSF.

The organization, based in Newtown, Connecticut, releases annual reports, which in recent years show that first time gun buyers today are “active, using their gun on average once per month or more and are already participating in one or more shooting activities.”

Of these first time gun purchases, 87 percent are for home defense, 76 percent are for self defense and 63 percent of this demographic say they always wanted to own a gun. First time buyers are spending an average of $500 on their first gun.

Owens is pleased by this, and so am I. The Bloomberg Idiots? Not so much

It’s About Freakin’ Time! Federal Court Orders Obama Regime To Release Fast And Furious Information

Federal Court Orders Obama Administration To Release Fast And Furious Information – Judicial Watch


Judicial Watch announced today that on July 18, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) must turn over to the organization a “Vaughn index” of all requested Operation Fast and Furious materials from the June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). Judicial Watch sought all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from the House of Representatives under executive privilege claims.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates lifted a lengthy 16-month delay of this open records lawsuit. This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time and by October 1, 2014, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for years about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The ruling can be found here.

The DOJ opposed the Judicial Watch action, claiming it would interfere with the department’s continuing litigation with the House Oversight Committee concerning these Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed in October 2011. In September 2012, Obama asserted executive privilege over the documents. In the July 2014 opinion overruling the Obama Justice Department’s request for an almost indefinite hold on Judicial Watch’s legal right obtains this information under the Freedom of Information Act Bates said:

In the [February 15, 2013] order granting the stay, this court explicitly noted that the DOJ ‘does not seek, and the court will not award, an indefinite stay pending ultimate resolution of the House Committee litigation,’ and that ‘the benefits of delaying this case might well [become] too attenuated to justify any further delay”…

Because many of the issues to be resolved in this case do not overlap with the House committee, and because resolving those issues will not risk upsetting the delicate balance of powers in subpoena disputes between the political branches, the Court will require DOJ to produce a Vaughn index here.

In fact, the court suggested that disclosing information to Judicial Watch might actually resolve the legal dispute now before Judge Amy Berman Jackson between the Obama administration and Congress:

True, nothing in the subpoena enforcement context of House Committee would require DOJ to produce a particularized description of the withheld documents… But this is a FOIA case, and since 1973, when Vaughn was decided, courts in this circuit have required agencies to justify their FOIA withholdings on a particularized basis. And doing so here will not prematurely expose or resolve the executive privilege issues ahead of Judge Jackson and the political branches; it will merely permit the parties and this Court to cull from the dispute any documents as to which a valid, non-executive privilege reason for withholding exists, thereby narrowing or perhaps even resolving the case. To the extent DOJ argues that the mere production of the Vaughn index – not involving the release of any documents in dispute – would alter the historical balance of powers between the branches, any unbalancing would result from FOIA itself, a law passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, and which this Court cannot ignore forever.

Judge Bates also noted no court has ever “expressly recognized” President Obama’s executive privilege claims that his administration is using to keep these documents secret from Congress and the American people.

The DOJ claims, in addition to other Exemption 5 rationales, at least two distinct forms of executive privilege to justify withholding documents: a “deliberative process” privilege of constitutional dimensions and a “congressional response work-product” privilege. See: Supp. of Def.’s Mot. for Summ. J., House Committee, No. 12-1332 [ECF No. 63] (“House Committee Def.’s Mot.”) at 21-27, 27-30. It appears that neither form has been expressly recognized by any court Id (citing Senate Select Comm. on Pres. Campaign Activities v. Nixon, 498 F.2d 725 (D.C. Cir. 1974)).

A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.” In ordering the DOJ to provide Judicial Watch the Vaughn index, the Court ruled, “In this circuit, when an agency is withholding documents under exemption claims, courts require that the agency provide a Vaughn index so that the FOIA requester – at a distinct informational disadvantage – may test the agency’s claims.”

Fast and Furious was a DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running” operation in which the Obama administration reportedly allowed guns to go to Mexican drug cartels in hopes that they would end up at crime scenes, thereby advancing gun-control policies. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico.

On June 20, 2012, President Obama asserted executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents the House Oversight Committee had subpoenaed eight months earlier. Judicial Watch filed its FOIA request two days later. When the DOJ denied that request, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit on September 12, 2012. On February 15, 2013, Judge Bates stayed the case, in part to allow ongoing settlement discussions between the DOJ and the House Committee to continue. Judge Bates’ order lifted the stay after a lengthy July 18 hearing. Generally speaking, the documents at issue are about how and if the Obama administration misled Congress about the Fast and Furious matter.

“Once again, Judicial Watch has beat Congress to the punch in getting key information about another Obama scandal – this time, the Fast and Furious outrage,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “A federal court has ordered the Obama administration to produce information that could, for the first time, provide specific details who in the administration is responsible for Fast and Furious lies to Congress and the American people. This is a battle that put Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saw Nixonian assertions of executive privilege by Barack Obama, and a hapless Congress in face of all this lawlessness. Finally, we may get some accountability for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the countless others murdered as a result of the insanely reckless Obama administration program.”

The Judicial Watch lawsuit for Oversight Committee documents is one of several FOIA lawsuits Judicial Watch has filed in its effort to obtain information concerning the Fast and Furious scandal:

* On October 11, 2011, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ and the ATF to obtain all Fast and Furious records submitted to the House Committee on Oversight.

* On June 6, 2012, Judicial Watch sued the ATF seeking access to records detailing communications between ATF officials and Kevin O’Reilly, former Obama White House Director of North American Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council.

* On September 5, 2013, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ seeking access to all records of communications between DOJ and the Oversight Committee relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against Holder. The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.

* On May 28, 2014, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ on behalf of ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious and was then subjected to an alleged smear campaign designed to destroy his reputation.



Bringing a hammer to a gunfight?


An Indiana burglar is lucky to have escaped with his life after attempting to break into a home in Leesburg.

Michael Samuel Stokes allegedly shattered a window in the home, alerting the homeowner, who walked into the room to encounter shattered glass. The homeowner alerted her son, who grabbed his .45 ACP pistol and went outside to confront an approaching Stokes, who had gone to his car to collect a hammer.

Stokes then ran back to the car he was driving, and attempted to run over the armed son in his escape, prompting the son to fire several times in self-defense.

Everytown makes anti-gun video, with hilarious results

Or, as Bob Owens notes. Bloomberg’s group has even lost The View!

You don’t typically find a more left-leaning group than the cast of The View, but even this group of ladies saw the most recent Everytown For Gun Safety ad spot as a strong argument for woman to be armed.

Geoffrey Dickens at Newbusters has the transcript of the segment, which shows three of the four ladies (Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and guest-host Juliet Huddy) coming out strongly in favor of women learning how to use firearms, and having safely stored firearms in the home to defend their families.

Even more remarkably, Shepherd and McCarthy attempted to convert Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer to the side of gun ownership, after she revealed herself as the one lady on the panel who was didn’t want to have a firearm in her home.

Everytown tried to ]make a video further demonizing guns and ended up making an incredibly powerful video that illustrates how a woman is far better to defend herself if she is armed and prepared

LARA SPENCER: I have two kids. I would never want a gun in the house.


JENNY MCCARTHY: I’ve been in circumstances like Sherri where, you know people tried to break in and I’m with my son going, “I wish I had something to protect myself with.”

SHERRI SHEPHERD: I think that’s the thing when you’re standing there and if you’ve ever been in that situation where you have children and you go what do I have?

MCCARTHY to SPENCER: I used to think like you.

SHEPHERD to SPENCER: I used to think like you too. When you’re sitting there going-

SPENCER to MCCARTHY: What changed you?

MCCARTHY: That happened to me. They were trying to get in and I felt out of control and I had a child, and I was thinking to myself I wish I had a gun and I wish, you know, I have it very well protected now. There’s no way. Locked up.

SHEPHERD: Locked up, go to the gun range, know how to use it. There was a man who broke into a woman’s house. She was up in the attic. She had her two twins. He, as soon as he put his face in the attic she shot him. I betcha he’ll never try to break into that woman’s house again.

Keep up the good work, there Everytown

What the gun grabbers on the Left do not grasp about prevention

GREAT, GREAT piece at Bearing Arms by Tom McHale

Some gun control mantras make my head explode – and they don’t even use the phrase “for the children!” I’ll venture a guess they will cause you equal frustration. So go find a roll of duct tape. Then wrap your head with it. Done? Good. Now wrap an extra couple of layers, because I’m going to repeat the argument here loved by gun control groups like Moms Demand Alimony From Tyrannical Little Elitist Socialist Mayors with Napoleon Complexes (MDAFTLESMNC).

Concealed carry doesn’t stop mass shootings! There aren’t any examples of mass shootings where a concealed permit holder citizen stopped a mass shooting!

If you read this one slowly while moving your lips and concentrating really hard, you’ll detect some broken logic. The logic flaw boils down to this:

If someone is there to stop (or even disrupt) a mass shooting, the event never has a chance to become a mass shooting in the first place. The whole point is about the benefits of prevention, like blocking Anthony Weiner’s texting plan.

Buying into the exact same logic construct would mean that the Cold War failed. The whole point of the Cold War strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction is to prevent either side from throwing a pre-emptive nuclear missile haymaker. If you decided to evaluate the success of the mutually assured destruction strategy by counting the number of nuclear wars, then you would be well qualified to calculate unemployment numbers for the government.

“Hey! Our Cold War strategy sucked! You can’t name a single example of a nuclear war that was ended by the cold war strategy! Nyah, nyah, nyah! Now go get me a copy of the New York Times.”

Tom does a great job of laying bare the idiocies of the Bloomberg’s Blooming Idiots. Go read the rest

“I am glad you shot him”

Your quote of the day. It comes from the story the news media SHOULD BE covering

The ex-wife of the psychiatric patient who murdered a case worker before being shot three times by his psychiatrist has words of thanks for pistol-packing Dr. Lee Silverman:

‘I just want to meet the doctor and thank him,’ Kimberly said at her tidy red-brick house in a Philadelphia suburb.

‘I am not saying I wish he had killed him, I would never feel that way about anyone, but a world where my ex is not around will be a much safer world.

‘He has been in and out of trouble for 20 years and if he hasn’t been rehabbed by now he never will be. I hope he never gets out of prison — we will all be in trouble if he does.

‘He has never been stable. He is very unpredictable. He can be the nicest person in the world, talking with you and then suddenly he would get the look of evil in his eye and he would put a knife to your throat.’

Richard Plotts pulled a .32 revolver and executed case worker Theresa Hunt after arguing about the Mercy Healthcare System’s “no guns” policy, and then opened fire on his doctor, Lee Silverman. Dr. Silverman ducked for cover behind his own desk and pulled a .32 semi-automatic, firing it over the desk until it ran dry, hitting Plotts three times. Other hospital employees then tackled the wounded Plotts and disarmed him.

Police have credited Dr. Silverman with stopping a mass shooting. Plotts had 39 additional rounds of ammunition in his pockets, and authorities suspect that he intended to murder both Hunt and Silverman as part of a rampage through the hospital.

Imagine if the doctor had not acted, and the madman would have committed a mass shooting.You wanna bet the media would still be yapping about it, doing their usual “we need more gun laws” act? But, when a gun is used to STOP such an atrocity, well, the media is silent

Federal Court Rules D.C. Ban On Handguns Outside The Home Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Rules DC Ban On Gun Carry Rights Unconstitutional – Fox News

A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowed to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.


Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”

“We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview. “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right.”

Gura said he expects the District to appeal this decision but added, “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.”

The decision leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.

Judge Scullin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.

Judge Scullin wrote that the court “enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of [D.C. firearms laws] unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

The defendants are the city government and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

This case has dragged in the courts for five years. Gura has twice asked the federal appeals court to force Judge Scullin to issue a decision. The five plaintiffs filed in 2009, and the case was argued twice, most recently in Oct. 2012.

George Lyon, a D.C. resident and registered gun owner is one of the plaintiffs in Palmer.

“I am gratified that after a long wait our right to protect ourselves and our families has been vindicated,” Lyon, a lawyer, said Saturday.

He urged Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, and the Democrat-controlled City Council to “swiftly enact a concealed carry law that protects the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves.”

Gray did not respond to request for comment.

City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Sunday that he just learned of the ruling and had yet to read the opinion.

However, he said because of the District’s unique national security concerns, the right to carry a firearm in public “must be more heavily restricted than any place else in the nation.”

“Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated by gunfire, and at least five others have been shot at, including Ronald Regan who was seriously wounded in 1981,” he said. “Neither the Secret Service nor the Capitol Police will disclose all incidents where they have recovered firearms, but we do know that just two years ago someone hit the White House with gunfire, and there are frequent threats on the foreign diplomatic corps.”



Man tries home invasion, his end results

He really should have stopped at getting his ass beat on his first try, but noooooo

Benjamin Beaudoin’s friends say that they are also puzzled by his actions Saturday morning, in which he was injured in one home invasion, and then killed in another:

Sheriff Brian Jespersen says 34-year-old Benjamin Beaudoin, of Mendota Heights, died from the injuries after committing two separate home invasions Saturday morning in Ray, Minnesota.

The sheriff says Beaudoin first broke into a home around 5 a.m. about 15 miles south of International Falls. The homeowner retrieved a shotgun and struck Beaudoin over the head several times, breaking the stock off the shotgun according to the sheriff.

The sheriff says Beaudoin then fled the scene to another home a few miles away where a 72-year-old woman let Beaudoin into her home. Jespersen says Beaudoin threw the woman to the ground and began beating and choking her.

Jespersen says the woman’s 48-year-old son went to get a gun from his bedroom where Beaudoin lunged at him and was shot.

It is a strange story, and not just for the obvious reasons. Read the rest at Bearing Arms where Bob Owens has an exit question that will make you think

Federal District Court strikes down Handgun Carry Ban

William Jacobson, who is feeling under the weather, celebrates

Well, well, well–I guess the big guy upstairs knew I could do with a pick-me-up while I struggle through this respiratory infection.  And boy, did he deliver big (with a h/t to Ace of Spades HQ).

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.

Palmer v. District of Columbia (1:09-CV-1482 , filed July 26, 2014; full decision at the end of this post).

This should, of course, be the common fate of virtually every gun law currently on the books, particularly when (as is the only proper legal course) strict scrutiny is applied to the thousands of state and Federal laws that continue to irrationally infringe our rights to keep and bear arms.

Kudos to Attorney Alan Gura, for his continuing masterful efforts in defense and promotion of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.  As Alan noted in his own blog, Reality-Based Litigation:

In 2012, I won Moore v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012), which struck down Illinois total ban on the carrying of defensive handguns outside the home. With this decision in Palmer, the nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust. Obviously, the carrying of handguns for self-defense can be regulated. Exactly how is a topic of severe and serious debate, and courts should enforce constitutional limitations on such regulation should the government opt to regulate. But totally banning a right literally spelled out in the Bill of Rights isn’t going to fly. My deepest thanks to the Second Amendment Foundation for making this victory possible and to my clients for hanging in there. Congratulations Americans, your capital is not a constitution-free zone.


Armed citizen 2 armed thugs 0

Good job young man, good job!

These are the type of headlines we should be seeing more of, instead of the tragedies that happen when someone’s house gets broken into. Check it out…

On July 22, a 19-year-old Carrick, Pennsylvania, tenant grabbed a shotgun and fired three shots at two home invaders to save his girlfriend’s life. One home invader was killed, and one was critically injured.

According to TribLive.News, 31-year-old David Calhoun and 27-year-old Christopher A. Thomas allegedly broke into a Carrick apartment. Once inside, the intruders “shoved [the] 19-year-old [resident], who lives there with his 17-year-old girlfriend, into a bedroom and asked for ‘his stuff.’”