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Gavin Newsom Angers Gay 2A Group for Attacking Their Pro-Gun Stance

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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Civil rights groups are firing back at California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom after he attacked the NRA for “using” transgender people to push its pro-gun agenda.

Mr. Newsom posted a meme by the Coalition for Civil Liberties featuring a woman named Nicki Stallard, asking, “If Gavin Newsom gets this passed, how will transgender women like me be able to protect ourselves?”

The meme is in reference to Ms. Newsom’s “Safety for All” initiative to require background checks for ammunition.

“The NRA group in California is using the Trans community to fight our common sense gun safety initiative,” Mr. Newsom wrote Friday in response to meme. “Using the Trans community to fight their battle of lies is arguably one of the most disgusting things they’ve ever done.”

The Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights group boasting chapters in 33 states, is demanding the lieutenant governor apologize for what they called “ignorant and unfounded statements.”

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Obumbler White House waves white flag on gun control

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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The White House waved the white flag Tuesday on federal gun control efforts for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency, even as 14 state attorneys general called on Congress to fund research on gun violence, despite opposition from gun rights advocates.

Speaking at a forum on preventing gun violence, Vice President Joseph R. Biden urged state and local officials to pursue gun regulations in their own jurisdictions because “we’re probably not going to get much more done in the next nine months” on gun control.

He blamed inaction at the federal level on Congress, saying dysfunction on Capitol Hill has reached unprecedented levels “in modern history, short of the Civil War.”

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Patriot Ordinance Factory offers free rifles for guard towers on Trump border wall

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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A Phoenix-based firearms manufacturer recently made an offer Donald Trump can’t refuse. Patriot Ordnance Factory founder Frank DeSomma sent a message through Guns.com psychic medium and videographer Ben Philippi to the likely Republican presidential nominee offering firepower for one of the campaign promises the real estate tycoon has made.

“Patriot Ordinance Factory will put a free rifle in every guard tower along the border of the wall you build. Remember, go Donald Trump, vote for gun rights. Do not take away our rights,” DeSomma told Guns.com during this weekend’s NRA convention in Louisville.

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80,000-Plus Attend NRA Convention, While Moms Demand Rally Draws ‘Around 40’

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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More than 80,000 people attended the NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky, over the weekend, while “around 40” marched in a Moms Demand Action rally timed to coincide with the NRA event.

A similar scenario occurred in April 2015 as Moms Demand held a rally to counter the NRA Annual Meetings, that one held in Nashville, Tennessee. Breitbart News attended the Moms Demand Rally in Nashville and took photographs to show the group was only able to garner about 150 attendees to counter the approximately 70,000 who attended the NRA meetings.

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Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene. The moment can be watched here:

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

https://soundcloud.com/washington-free-beacon/raw-audio-of-katie-couric-interview-with-vcdl-members

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Lib Court says 2nd Amendment doesn’t trump NJ’s strict gun laws (Democrats at Play!)

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Published on: May 25, 2016

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A Bergen County man has lost his bid to fight the confiscation of his guns and ammunition following a domestic violence arrest and charges that he had high-capacity magazines and hollow-point ammunition.

An appellate decision on Tuesday upheld a Superior Court judge’s earlier ruling that Arthur Vinogradsky was no longer qualified to be a gun owner even though the charges against him were eventually dropped.

It’s the latest example of New Jersey’s gun-control laws, which are among the strictest in the nation.

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thumbAlex Jones: Glenn Beck Is New American Psycho (Video)

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Published on: May 24, 2016

Glenn Beck continues to deceive Americans. This time he claims there are progressives in the conservative movement and that facebook censorship doesn’t exist. Alex Jones points out the overwhelming evidence that censorship does exist and how Beck’s behavior closely resembles that of any psychopath.

NYCG Radio Episode #170 – 5/24/16 “Trump is NRA”

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Published on: May 24, 2016

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De Blasio is like a turd circling the bowl as Preet Bharara and the Feds close in on him. Meanwhile, the NRA endorses Donald Trump and the 5 million members cheer!


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FBI seizes computer evidence linked to NYPD corruption scandal

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Published on: May 24, 2016

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The Brooklyn neighborhood patrol leader charged with bribing cops kept records of his transactions with officers as he got expedited gun permits for members of the Orthodox Jewish community, The Post has learned.

Investigators found the “incriminating evidence” after arresting Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein on bribery and conspiracy charges in April, sources said.

Since then, authorities have questioned several cops whose names showed up in his files, according to sources.

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CuBlomo is taking control of New York’s Democratic Party

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Published on: May 24, 2016

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Gov. Cuomo, hobbled by US Attorney Preet Bharara’s probe of longtime political operative Joseph Percoco, will take personal control of the state Democratic Party on Monday — even as he names Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as its new “figurehead” chairman, sources told The Post.

Brown’s selection — to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the state Democratic Committee — is worrying many city and suburban Democrats, who say the Buffalo mayor, unlike Percoco, won’t have direct access to the governor when important decisions have to be made.

“Joe was also Andrew’s eyes and ears, letting him know how party people were feeling, but Byron’s a six-hour drive from [Albany] and he can’t do that,’’ a senior Democrat said.

A second prominent Democrat called Percoco “the ‘go to’ person,’’ and asked, “Who will we go to now?”

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Scandal-plagued de Blasio begs City Council for public support

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Published on: May 24, 2016

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With its back to the wall, the de Blasio administration is soliciting City Council members to issue public statements of support for the mayor.

“I’ve heard from a couple of council members that [mayoral aides] reached out and asked them to amplify positive policy successes,” said a City Hall source.

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Ninth Circuit Holds that Second Amendment Protects the Right to Acquire Firearms

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Published on: May 23, 2016

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to acquire them. The case, Teixeira v. County of Alameda, involves a challenge to an Alameda County zoning ordinance that prohibits gun stores from operating within 500 feet of a residentially zoned district.

The plaintiffs in the case wished to open a gun store that was 446 feet away from the nearest residential property and was also separated from the residences by a major interstate highway. Because of the intervening highway, the county zoning board initially awarded a variance to the 500-foot rule, but the variance was revoked after a successful appeal by a local homeowners’ association that included members who “are opposed to guns and their ready availability and therefore believe that gun shops should not be located within [their] community . . . “

While basic logic seems to demand that the right to keep and bear arms would be hollow without the right to acquire them, the county nonetheless argued against the existence of a right to acquire arms by defending its ordinance. In making this argument, the county relied on a single line from the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. That line provides that “nothing in [the] opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding . . . laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” Again, it shouldn’t take a law degree to understand that an ordinance that prohibits any new gun store from opening within a county is neither a “condition” nor a “qualification” on the commercial sale of arms because a “condition” or “qualification” would require that commercial sales were actually taking place. Unfortunately, the lower court accepted this illogical argument with little explanation for how its decision complied with the Second Amendment.

The Ninth Circuit overruled the lower court on Second Amendment grounds after conducting a thorough historical analysis and finding no evidence to support the county ordinance as the type of “longstanding” law mentioned in Heller. The court even cautioned the lower court that if the ordinance truly has the effect of prohibiting new gun stores within the county, that the lower court must apply something akin to the highest level of judicial scrutiny, which the ordinance would almost certainly fail.

While the case is far from over for the plaintiffs, as they must now go back to have their case heard in the lower court, the decision currently stands as one of the few opinions to expressly recognize the right to acquire firearms and the corresponding right to sell them. This case also serves as just one more example of the seemingly endless lengths that anti-gun advocates will stretch the law to defend their overbroad and ineffective gun-control laws.

Federal Judge (Again) Suspends Enforcement of D.C.’s Prohibitive Concealed Carry Regulation

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Published on: May 23, 2016

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights in the Nation’s Capital gained an important victory on Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ordered D.C. officials to begin issuing concealed carry licenses without regard to the “good reason” requirement under which most applications are denied. Applicants must still fulfill the District’s other licensing requirements, including proof of firearms training and a thorough background check. What the District cannot do under the court’s preliminary order, however, is to force applicants to show an extraordinary need to carry that distinguishes them from the population at large.

“[T]he requirement’s intended effect,” the court noted, “is to prohibit the typical citizen from carrying a firearm outside his or her home for … legitimate and constitutionally protected purposes … notwithstanding the fact that he or she can successfully clear a multitude of qualifying hurdles.” It then held that because the District’s requirement does not focus on dangerous or irresponsible people but simply seeks to “reduc[e] the number of people exercising the right,” it is likely an illegitimate infringement on a “core” Second Amendment liberty, the bearing of arms for self-defense.

The order came in the case of Grace v. District of Columbia, which was brought last December after plaintiff Matthew Grace was denied a concealed carry license in the District for the sole reason that he could not articulate any specific safety threat that differentiates him from a typical D.C. resident. Grace’s case is the latest in a long line of litigation that dates back to the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008. Heller, of course, held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, irrespective of a person’s membership or service in an organized militia, and that D.C. could not ban handguns, as they are popularly chosen to exercise this right.

The District, however, has defied the Supreme Court’s ruling with a series of overreaching regulations. First, it enacted an expensive and burdensome “registration” regime for gun ownership. Then it banned the carrying of firearms outside the home altogether. When the carry ban was declared unconstitutional, D.C. responded by enacting a “licensing” regime that required applicants to demonstrate an extraordinary need to carry a firearm. This system allowed Police Chief Cathy Lanier to deny almost all applications – even by law-abiding people who were trained in using firearms and wanted to carry one for self-defense – prompting criticism that it was tantamount to a rationing system, if not a de facto ban.

A lawsuit was filed to challenge the “good reason” requirement, and after years of litigation, a decision prohibiting enforcement of the requirement was thrown out on a technicality by a federal appellate court. That case was then transferred to another judge who issued a contrary ruling earlier this year allowing continued enforcement of the requirement. In the meantime, Grace filed his case and asked the court to suspend enforcement of the “good reason” regulation while the case was litigated, claiming that failure to grant immediate relief would result in irreparable harm to his Second Amendment rights. The court agreed and issued the order. While the court’s preliminary order does not resolve the case completely, it is a strong indication that Judge Leon is highly skeptical of the District’s claimed justification for the regulation.

Indeed, Judge’s Leon opinion contains some unusually blunt language in dismissing the District’s more outrageous legal theories. In response to D.C.’s argument that a “longstanding” tradition of completely banning carry in urban areas means that lesser regulations don’t even implicate the Second Amendment, Judge Leon wrote, “Please. Put simply, this argument strains credulity ….” His analysis of D.C.’s argument that the Second Amendment is distinguishable from all other constitutional rights in that it has “no intrinsic value” begins, “What poppycock!” He also accuses the District of “irresponsible” hyperbole for painting a sinister and unsubstantiated picture of the supposed harms that would come from making concealed carry licenses available to any qualified applicant who negotiated the still significant hurdles required to get one. “One can only wonder what evidence, if any, the District could muster to demonstrate that the type of people who would be willing and able to successfully complete this regulatory gauntlet would nevertheless be likely to pose a safety risk to the greater community,” he wrote.

While a welcome development for the civil rights of D.C.’s residents, Judge Leon’s order is only one phase of what promises to be a long process of resolving the contours of lawful concealed carry in Washington, D.C. The divergent views D.C. judges have shown toward carrying in the District underscore the importance of Congressional efforts like the Second Amendment Enforcement Act and the election of a president who will appoint jurists who take seriously their oath to defend and protect the Constitution.

Outrage of the Week: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Efforts to Restore Rights to Veterans

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Published on: May 23, 2016

We have long reported on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) scandalous practice of reporting to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) any VA beneficiary who has had a “fiduciary” appointed to help the individual manage his or her benefits. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has shown strong leadership in opposing this unjustified practice and tried to offer an amendment this week to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that would prevent such reporting without an adjudication of dangerousness. Incredibly, anti-gun Democrats, lead by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, blocked consideration of the amendment, arguing it was better to over-report those who pose no danger rather than risk not reporting someone who was mentally ill.

According to an account in Congressional Quarterly, Durbin acknowledged that the current VA system likely leads to over-reporting. But Durbin called Grassley’s amendment “dangerous,” the article noted, because of his own estimate that some 8% of the 177,000 people VA has reported had been diagnosed with “serious mental illness.” This prompted Sen. Grassley to retort, “Shame on you,” before yielding the floor.

Shame, indeed. Even according to Durbin’s own figures, nearly 92% of the individuals reported by VA have not even been found seriously mentally ill, must less proven dangerous. Sen. Grassley’s amendment, moreover, would not prevent the reporting of individuals whose mental conditions rendered them a danger to self or others. It would simply require that fact to have been established by an adjudicative authority in a formal proceeding. Under the current VA reporting regime, the only threshold required for a veteran or a member of a veteran’s family to lose his or her Second Amendment rights, presumptively for life, is a bureaucratic decision that the individual is incompetent to manage his or her finances.

A fundamental pillar of America’s constitutional system is due process, the idea that government cannot take away life, liberty, or property without sufficient justification established in a formal proceeding in which the accused has a right to present his or her own case. The VA proceeding that is causing veterans and their families to lose the right to keep and bear arms not only lacks important elements of due process, it doesn’t even consider the person’s ability to safely and responsibly possess firearms. Financial acumen or wherewithal is not a sufficient, or even rational, basis for the government to deprive someone of the right to arms, certainly not someone who has served under arms in defense of his or her country!

Durbin’s move shows very clearly that he and likeminded anti-gunners aren’t concerned about public safety. They are simply concerned with reducing the private ownership of firearms by any means necessary. That they would deliberately target America’s veterans through the very agency that is supposed to support them for service-related illnesses and disabilities is perhaps the lowest expression of anti-gun bigotry.

Sen. Grassley has not given up on correcting this rank injustice, and he may try to offer his amendment again at an opportune time. Meanwhile, we can only repeat what Sen. Grassley said on the Senate Floor. Shame on you, Dick Durbin. Shame on you!

Chuck the Schmuck Shumer Introduces Gun Control Bill After Brady Campaign Tantrum

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Published on: May 23, 2016

For the past several months, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross has been repeatedly telling anyone who will listen that support for gun control is at a “tipping point.” Gross’ theory suffered a blow this week as the Brady Campaign resorted to begging their ally, gun control stalwart Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to introduce a new version of his Fix Gun Checks Act.

According to an account by CBS News, frustrated with what they perceived as Schumer’s recent lack of effort on gun control, Monday Brady Campaign issued a statement complaining, “Last fall, Senator Schumer promised … he would bring a bill to expand Brady background checks.” Gross went on to whine to reporters that “Senator Schumer has not yet delivered on that promise.” Shortly after Brady Campaign’s tantrum, Schumer introduced S.2934, or the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016. Reports indicate that Schumer had been saving the legislation for the “right strategic moment.”

Brady Campaign’s decision to target Schumer, who has continuously proved himself a dedicated enemy of gun owners, drew rebukes from others in the anti-gun community. A Washington Post article, titled, “Why did a leading gun-control group just go after one of its own?,” noted, “calling out an ally in such a public fashion struck many in the gun-control world as awkward, at best, and harmful to their cause, at worst.” The gun control groups who rushed to Schumer’s defense included Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and Americans for Responsible Solutions. Everytown Chief Communications Officer Erika Soto-Lamb reportedly told Guns.com, “Senator Schumer has been one of the foremost champions for gun violence prevention during his entire career in public service… We have no doubt that he will continue to be a passionate and strategic leader for the cause of saving American lives from gun violence.”

As for Schumer’s legislation, the bill is a rehash of previous versions of his Fix Gun Checks Act. S.2934 would criminalize nearly all private transfers of guns by requiring that individuals seek government permission, in the form of a National Instant Criminal Background Check System background check, in order to buy, sell, or trade a firearm. Even gun sales between longtime friends and family members are forbidden. Whereas the Manchin-Toomey amendment pertained to firearms transferred at gun shows or pursuant to print publication or online communication, this legislation covers transfers regardless of where they occur or the medium used to organize the transaction.

Another of the bill’s provisions would significantly broaden the number of individuals disqualified from purchasing and possessing firearms for mental health reasons. The legislation would expand the term “adjudicated as a mental defective” to cover those that have been compelled by a “court, board, commission, or other lawful authority” to receive counseling or medication. During a 2012 hearing on an earlier version of the bill, Attorney and Second Amendment scholar David Kopel pointed out the problems with Schumer’s “lawful authority” language. Kopel noted that this could be used to strip the firearms rights of an individual whose school administrator or employer merely ordered them to receive counseling as a condition of further enrollment or employment. This would be a severe violation of such an individual’s due process rights. Further, the legislation does not require that a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority make a finding that an individual is actually a danger to himself or others before stripping them of their rights.

Schumer’s bill also makes it a crime for a gun owner “to fail to report the theft or loss of a firearm, within 48 hours after the person discovers the theft or loss, to the Attorney General and to the appropriate local authorities.” Here Schumer further victimizes the targets of crime by exposing them to federal penalties. Further, this scheme violates the privacy of crime victims by forcing them to reveal their status as gun owners to local authorities and the federal government.

If the past behavior of gun control advocates is any indication, the “right strategic moment” to unleash this wide-ranging attack on gun rights would have likely come following the high-profile misuse of a firearm. Therefore, the Brady Campaign’s efforts to have Schumer introduce the bill now should be embraced by their fellow anti-gun groups. The Brady Campaign has perhaps spared gun control supporters a small amount of the embarrassing indignity with which they pursue their goals in the immediate aftermath of tragedy.

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