• Florida Expands Legal Protections for Those Who Fire a Gun in Self-Defense

    NRA says law ‘restores the right of the presumption of innocence and the right of self-defense’

    On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law new legal protections for individuals who defend themselves with firearms.

    Senate Bill 128 shifts the burden of proof requirement from the accused to state prosecutors during certain legal proceedings when someone claims he fired a gun in self-defense. The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires that state prosecutors present evidence to overcome a defendant’s claim that they employed a justifiable use of force. If the prosecutors can’t show “clear and convincing evidence” that the accused did not shoot in self-defense, the case will not go to trial.

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  • Libtard vs. Libtard: Black Lives Matter SHUTS DOWN Toronto Gay Pride Parade

    This is part of the self-created problem that Leftists don’t seem to really grasp an answer for at this point: how to unite when you believe in a hierarchy of oppression. Their belief in intersectionality means some supposedly marginalized groups have it worse than others, meaning a group considered higher on the scale will be treated as just another oppressor.

    Black Lives Matter has made it abundantly clear that it only views itself as important. The linked article contains other examples of BLM’s petulance regarding gay pride parades — including one group refusing to take part because there would be police there.

    At some point, the Left will need to figure this kind of thing out. Are blacks more oppressed than gays? What about women? Would Black Lives Matter stop a women’s march until they complied with their demands?

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  • Ponnuru: The Democrats’ Leftward March

    Both victory and defeat have been radicalizing experiences for the Democratic party during this century. Democrats moved left after losing to George W. Bush; they moved farther left after winning with Barack Obama; and now they seem to be moving farther left still under President Donald Trump.

    The cumulative effect of all this movement has been to put the party well to the left of where it was during Bill Clinton’s administration. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign felt it necessary to disavow many of her husband’s old stances, and some of her own. President Clinton signed a tough-on-crime bill; Hillary Clinton said it had gone too far. Bill Clinton appointed a commission that recommended a reduction in legal immigration, and briefly endorsed that recommendation. Hillary Clinton campaigned against “large-scale raids and roundups” of illegal immigrants and vowed to bring back some of those who had been deported.

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  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Effort Gains Steam in Congress

    In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors.

    Sen. John Cornyn’s Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act now boasts 37 co-sponsors. And 194 of his House colleagues have signed onto Rep. Richard Hudson’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

    Concealed carry reciprocity legislation recognizes that Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms doesn’t end at their states’ borders. While most states already recognize this and have provisions allowing for reciprocity for concealed carry permits from other jurisdiction, a minority of antigun states have made a point of arresting out-of-state residents who carry or transport otherwise lawfully owned firearms in their jurisdictions.

    This sort of “zero tolerance” enforcement has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with punishing people who believe in the Second Amendment. There is nothing legitimate about a state using its police powers to suppress the constitutional rights of fellow Americans.

    That’s why your NRA has for years supported legislation to ensure that people who are federally eligible to possess firearms and who have state-sanctioned ability to carry concealed don’t lose their eligibility to do so simply because they cross state lines. This legislation would ensure that states would have to treat lawful concealed carriers from other states the same as lawful in-state concealed carriers. States would maintain their prerogatives over their own licensing regimes and the rules of behavior that govern concealed carry within their borders.

    Gun control proponents have weakly argued that this legislation makes the most lenient concealed carry standards the de facto national standard. What that argument fails to account for, however, is that criminals who carry unlawfully with evil intent have no standards whatsoever. These bills are not for them. They are for law-abiding and self-regulating Americans who take pains to carry lawfully. And lawful concealed carriers have proven themselves to behave responsibly year after year in every U.S. jurisdiction.

    Every expansion of concealed carry rights over the last 30 years has been met with the same tired rhetoric from gun control proponents about how it will result in a return to the Wild West and “blood in the streets.” But with some 15 million concealed carry permittees in the U.S. and untold thousands more lawfully carrying in the 12 states that no longer require a permit for concealed carry, those predictions simply have not materialized. And the handful of cases gun control proponents desperately point to simply prove the rule.

    If your senators or representative have not co-sponsored the bills introduced by Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Hudson, please contact them today and respectfully ask that they do so.

    We are closer than ever to making national reciprocity a reality, but the effort needs your help to succeed!

    Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of S.446— the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the Senate, and H.R.38 — the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the House. You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121, or click here to Take Action.


  • The Loophole in Background Check Thinking: Criminals Obey the Law

    Gun control groups expend an awful lot of ink, time and money advocating for “common-sense public safety laws” like “universal” background checks because such restrictions, they claim, will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.

    It’s peculiar, then, that many of these entities don’t do a better job of background-checking their own adherents and associates. Not too long ago, then-California state senator Leland Yee (D), whose staunch support of gun control measures earned him a spot on the Brady Campaign’s “Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll,” was accused of committing various felonies, including illegal firearms trafficking and money laundering offenses. Following a plea agreement in which he acknowledged his participation in a firearms trafficking conspiracy, among other offenses, Yee was sentenced to five years in jail.

    Members of the Michael Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), now reconfigured as Everytown for Gun Safety, popped up in the news with such embarrassing regularity due to arrests and convictions for crimes, including gun crimes, that the New York Post ran an editorial in 2013 titled “Illegal mayors against guns.”

    And last month, a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Illinois alleges that a certain Francisco Sanchez violated a federal gun law that prohibits possession of a firearm by a felon. The snag is that at the time, Mr. Sanchez (a.k.a. “Smokey”) was apparently working as a supervisor at CeaseFire Illinois, as highlighted in a February feature by the Everytown-funded website, The Trace.

    The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint states that Mr. Sanchez was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in 1986, and adds the more disturbing allegation that he is the “national leader of the Gangster Two-Six Nation,” a street gang “prevalent throughout Chicago” and in other states. Mr. Sanchez’s arrest occurred as part of a larger federal investigation of gang-related gun and drug trafficking in which other suspected gang members or associates were apprehended and over 100 firearms were seized.

    Of course, the complaint contains only allegations, not evidence, and Mr. Sanchez and his fellow defendants remain innocent until proven guilty. However, the arrests – which took place shortly before the Memorial Day weekend – coincided with a drop in gun homicides as compared to last year’s holiday weekend.

    We’ve written before about how criminals get guns, including this study at Chicago’s Cook County Jail that concluded criminals bypass legal sources in favor of guns obtained from “family, gang members, or other social connections.”

    Expanded background check laws won’t stop criminals because criminals ignore the law. Nonetheless, Everytown and others of its ilk will continue to call for ever-increasing restrictions and laws affecting law-abiding gun owners in the name of prohibiting felons, violent criminals, and gang members from obtaining guns. Honest gun owners will continue to do what they’ve always done: obey the law.


  • Embattled Lawyer John Chambers gets bail modified to allow travel for competitive dog shows

    Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn had originally required Chambers to remain in the New York City area pending trial after his April 4 arrest.

    But she greenlighted on May 3 Chambers’ travel to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia “to participate in competitive dog shows,” court documents show.

    “Mr. Chambers’ dog has been competing for four years,” Chambers’ lawyer, Stuart Slotnick, wrote in his request to the court.

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  • We Stand With You: An Open Letter to President Donald J. Trump

    Long ago conservative Americans accepted that most of the U.S. general electorate were unaware of political corruption (on this scale) on both sides of the political continuum. So, we, thousands of us, set about working around a corrupt and deceitful media.

    A vast network of patriotic Americans communicate in various platforms and discussions, each bringing increased sunlight to the reality of our situation. The knowledge therein has grown exponentially.

    Over the course of the past several years, as your own frustration with the body politic has grown, you were/are not alone in this understanding. There are millions of us who have vested our own time, interests and insight into discovering the true root of the corrupting forces within our body politic. The resulting network is significant, massive even.

    However, we are not liberal or conservative, republican, democrat or independent. We are not black or white, Latino or non-Hispanic, or any other form of hyphenated categorization. We are not preachy ‘in-your-face‘ religious, nor are we absent of accepting a moral and guiding God. We are, quite simply, Americans.

    Perhaps awakened Americans – in various stages and forms, but clear-eyed to the situation that surrounds us. We are what you seem to reference as: “the no-longer-silent majority”.

    Labels or categories of personage, they matter not. What matters is our fundamental belief that we are Americans first and foremost. Many of us have served our nation; even more of us carry a respect for, and cherish the efforts of, those who have and do.

    Yes, you are profoundly correct, “either we have a country or we don’t“. We get that.

    Here’s the kicker. We are with you.

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  • *New* Fast and Furious secrets from government emails

    Six years late, we have new insight into the government’s secretive Fast and Furious operation in which federal agents purposely let thousands of assault rifles and other weapons be trafficked from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels, where they were used in many murders and other crimes.

    A new House Oversight Committee report contains Department of Justice emails that the government improperly withheld from Congress and reporters. The report was released Wednesday as the Oversight Committee held a little publicized hearing on still unanswered questions six years after the investigations began.

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  • ABC, NBC Disparage Intelligence Chiefs as Anonymous Reports Collapse (Libtard Meltdown!)

    In the days and hours leading up to a hearing of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBC, and NBC) were giddy at the prospect of two heads of U.S. intelligence agencies fingering President Trump in a plot to shut down the Russian investigation. But after the two and a half hour long hearing, they weren’t kicking themselves for getting their hopes up, they were kicking Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers for not giving them what they wanted.

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  • Mark Ruskin: My 12 different identities as an undercover FBI agent

    My 12 different identities as an undercover FBI agentMy 12 different identities as an undercover FBI agentMy 12 different identities as an undercover FBI agentMy 12 different identities as an undercover FBI agent

    Marc Ruskin trafficked in heroin, pedaled stolen jewels, laundered money — and he worked for the good guys.

    As an FBI undercover agent, Ruskin maintained about 12 different identities, routinely juggling three at a time. Double- and triple- lives unfold in his memoir “The Pretender” (St. Martin’s Press, out Tuesday).

    Currently practicing criminal law, the wiry Ruskin, now 63, retains at least one trapping from his FBI past: On a recent afternoon in Manhattan, he had a gun discreetly holstered beneath the waistband of his pants.

    But who can blame him? During his 27 years as a fed, Ruskin was often concerned for his life. As he recalled, “I hung out with made guys who kill undercovers.”

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  • ‘CNN Is ISIS’ Trends On Twitter As Trump Supporters Heckle Network

    The phrase “CNN is ISIS” started trending on Twitter Saturday afternoon as Trump supporters had fun heckling the network.

    Pro-Trump conspiracy theory website InfoWars got the trend started by offering $1,000 to “anyone who is seen on TV with a ‘œCNN is ISIS’ t-shirt or sign,” apparently in reference to comedienne Kathy Griffin’s ISIS-like photo shoot pretending to behead President Trump. CNN fired Griffin from her role as the co-host of the network’s annual New Year’s Eve program in response to the controversial photo.

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  • ‘Eco-friendly’ de Blasio won’t give up SUV rides to gym

    “Everyone in our own life needs to change our habits to start protecting the Earth,” he said in his weekly appearance on WNYC radio.

    But when asked to explain why he needs a motorcade of gas-guzzling SUVs to take him from Gracie Mansion to Park Slope, Brooklyn, just to exercise at a YMCA, he didn’t have an answer — and declined to give up the habit.

    “The issue is not cheap symbolism,” he said testily.

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