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Another D.C. gun law declared unconstitutional

By Doug Book, editor

According to District of Columbia, City Council member Phil Mendelson, gun ownership and the carrying of firearms “must be more heavily restricted [in D.C.] than any place else in the nation.”  After all, says Mendelson, “four U.S. presidents have been assassinated by gunfire”  “and there are frequent threats on the foreign diplomatic corps.” (1)

But Mendelson and the rest of D.C.’s gun grabbing, Democrat gentry were finally stripped of their ability to ignore the Constitution when the District’s longstanding ban on carrying a firearm for self-defense was declared illegal.

On July 26th, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin provided gun rights and 2nd Amendment advocates what plaintiff’s attorney Alan Gura called a “significant victory” when he ruled that: “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…” (2)

Judge Scullin sat on the case of Palmer vs D.C. for an incredible 4 years, resulting in the 2nd Amendment Foundation filing a petition in 2013 for a writ of Mandamus which asked the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals to direct Judge Scullin “to produce an appealable order” within 7 days.

But although the petition was apparently ignored and Judge Scullin labored another 8 months on a mere 19 page ruling, at least he got it right, directing that the District of Columbia and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier “…are permanently enjoined from enforcing D.C. Code…to ban registration of handguns to be carried in public for self-defense by law-abiding citizens…” (2)

Not surprisingly, 2 days ago Judge Scullin granted the District a 90 day stay during which time D.C’s attorneys will either file an appeal or draft legislation to bring the District into compliance with the judge’s order.

For decades, residents of the District of Columbia were subjected to the most virulently anti-gun rights legislation in the country. Handgun ownership itself had been illegal prior to the 2008 Supreme Court decision in D.C. vs Heller.

But were D.C. residents actually obeying the unconstitutional restrictions placed on 2nd Amendment rights by their Democrat potentates? From the 2008 Heller decision which found the handgun ban unconstitutional until today, only 3000 firearms have been registered in D.C. Just 3000 registrations in an area with a total population of 600,000. It’s obvious that countless people refused to obey the District’s abusive gun laws in the past just as they continue to refuse to register their firearms today.

It will be interesting to watch the pattern of registrations when D.C. Democrats finally begin to obey the latest court order, probably years in the future.


(1) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/27/emily-miller-federal-judge-rules-dc-ban-on-gun-carry-rights-unconstitutional/?intcmp=obinsite
(2) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2014/07/26/palmer-v-district-columbia-decision/   Judge Scullin’s 19 page decision





NFL decides off-duty police a danger at games; on-duty not so much

by Doug Book,  editor

It’s been just over a year since 26, Gun Free Zone-inspired murders were committed in Newtown, Connecticut. And just over a year since gun control zealots demonstrated the consequences of preventing the law-abiding from defending the defenseless.

And now the National Football League has decided that the left’s scheme of disarming the good guys worked SO well at Sandy Hook, the League will ban off-duty police carrying arms at NFL games. Only official stadium security personnel and ON-duty police officers will be armed during the games. 

“We trust these law-enforcement officers when they are on-duty, but somehow we can’t trust them as soon as they are off-duty,” observed John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Resource Center and author of More Guns, Less Crime.

Though Lott has written extensively on the subjects of gun rights and gun control, it’s possible he doesn’t understand that to the leftist mind, success is determined only by the perpetual implementation of the “cause.” Practicality, common sense, positive results, even the saving of a life make no difference. It was for this reason that, unable to implement new anti-gun legislation months after Newtown, America’s gun control crowd ended by mourning the loss of an opportunity rather than the loss of life.

“The likelihood that there’s a need for the use of force by an off-duty officer is extremely remote,” said NFL Head of Security Jeff Miller. Now that’s a statement to be expected from a representative of the increasing liberal National Football League. Of course, the chances a psychopath would gun down 20 children were also remote; at least until anti-gun forces provided lunatics a safe haven for committing murder by turning the nation’s schools into gun free zones.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officer’s Association has sued the NFL, claiming its decision, “violates state law, and could put the public and officers in danger.” The NYPD is considering doing the same.




Time running out for Illinois’ gun grabbing politicians

by Doug Book,  Editor

If Illinois lawmakers cannot pass a concealed carry law acceptable to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by June 9th, the constitutionally prescribed right to keep and bear arms will immediately take effect in the Prairie State. That is, just as codified in the 2nd Amendment, all Illinois gun owners will have the right to bear a weapon, anywhere they wish in the state. (1)

On December 11th of last year, a 3 judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled Illinois’ near total ban on the carry of firearms unconstitutional. The 47 page decision in Moore v Madigan gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to craft legislation “…consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion…” (2)

Last week the Illinois House voted 85-30 in favor of a new concealed carry statute which would institute both a “shall issue” provision and statewide preemption for the first time. Under the terms of the statute, the state would be required to issue a concealed carry license to any Illinois resident who completes a mandatory training program and pays a $150 tax. In addition, the new law would take precedence over any local regulations. For example, the statute passed by the City of Chicago banning “assault weapons” would bow to  statewide rules. (3)

Though one would hardly realize it from the state’s record of vehemently anti-gun rights legislation, the vast majority of Illinois is very pro-gun! Yet just as Chicago liberals have spent decades forcing their brand of anti-second Amendment lunacy on the rest of the state, on Tuesday the Chicago-dominated, Senate Executive Committee voted down the House bill, demanding all anti-gun regulations of the Windy City and other localities remain part of any new legislation. The Chicago clan also want to incorporate strict mental health review provisions along with a mandatory 16 hour training program in any new law.

Will members of the Illinois House and Senate get together on constitutional, concealed carry legislation which will win the blessing of fiercely, anti-gun Governor Pat Quinn prior to the court imposed, June 9th deadline?  If a new law has not been fashioned, the State of Illinois could be subject to the United States Constitution for the first time in decades!

“Nobody wants us to not do anything and the federal court ruling take effect and thereby allow ‘constitutional carry,” said Democrat State Sen John Sullivan.  (4)  A predictable statement from a typical Democrat. Indeed, what a frightening thought for Illinois’ ruling Democrat Party—constitutional rights in the form of the 2nd Amendment actually being granted residents of a state whose lawmakers have so fervently ignored the document for such a very long time!

Should Democrats fail to resolve their differences it will be very interesting to see just how many folks in Illinois strap on pistols on June 10th —concealed or otherwise—in response to their new-found rights.


(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/illinois-concealed-carry-_8_n_3355208.html

(2) http://www.examiner.com/article/prominent-second-amendment-attorney-foresees-shall-issue-carry-illinois?CID=examiner_alerts_article

(3) http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2013/5/illinois-concealed-carry-bill-with-statewide-preemption-passes-house.aspx

(4) http://www.whig.com/story/22446657/senate-house-debate-competing-gun-bills

Its last appeal turned down, Illinois may no longer legally prevent Concealed Carry

by Doug Book

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has told Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the last time that she MUST honor the Constitution of the United States by doing away with her state’s ban on the concealed carry of firearms.

It was back in December of last year that a 3 judge panel of the Court found the Illinois law banning concealed carry to be unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court has decided that the [2nd] amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside,” wrote 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner, paraphrasing the opinion of S.C. Justice Samuel Alito.  Naturally, the scrupulously liberal Madigan then petitioned the entire 10 member court, hoping that the ruling might be overturned. But the full court refused to reconsider the ruling of the panel. (1)

And now the Illinois legislature has about 4 months to rewrite its unconstitutional ban into something acceptable to groups which strictly preserve the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people. And that is the REAL question: will the ONLY remaining state to disallow concealed carry abide by the ruling of the court by creating an honest and reasonable statute? If so, it will represent a truly staggering break with the leftist-inspired, Illinois tradition of governing as though rights were privileges of which the common classes are rarely if ever deserving.

After the 2010 McDonald v Chicago decision in which the Supreme Court struck down the city’s decades-old, unconstitutional handgun ban, brainless thug Mayor Richard Daley and city officials crafted a new ordinance to “comply” with the ruling. Naturally, this group of self-serving thieves and political prostitutes sought only to defy the Court with an ordinance which limited each person to ONE operable weapon; allowed no gun to be taken outside the home; prohibited the existence of gun stores and firing ranges within the city; mandated “approved” training and marksmanship; charged $100 for a 3 year pistol permit; banned handguns the police superintendent considered “unsafe due to their size” and, of course, required fingerprinting of gun owners and registration of their weapons.  Needless to say, these provisions did NOT apply to law enforcement or certain city officials. (2)

Since that time, constitutional rights groups have been in court with the City of Chicago on a seemingly daily basis, suing to terminate the Daley legacy of wanton abrogation of liberty. On three occasions, the city has lost court decisions to the NRA and twice Rahm Emanuel has decided to amend the Daley ordinance, “…conceding that the city had little chance of successfully defending lawsuits against certain aspects of it.” (3)

Incredibly, Chicago City Corporation Counsel Steve Patton has accused the NRA and others of “…cherry-pick[ing] the things they thought they could marshal a challenge (on).” How does one “cherry-pick” UNCONSTITUTIONAL provisions in a city ordinance? Could anything be more typical of a Chicago official than to whine because the city’s assault on freedom has been found unacceptable by those who prefer liberty to the beneficent dictatorship of nanny-state hoodlums!

Leftist Governor Pat Quinn is not likely to provide Illinois residents with the 2nd Amendment rights to which they are entitled. The 7th Circuit has given lawmakers till mid-year to write a constitutional law.  Don’t be surprised if the state is once again before the bench by year end.

(1) http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/16952071-418/appeals-court-tosses-state-ban-on-carrying-concealed-guns.html

(2) http://www.ammoland.com/2010/07/mayor-daley-says-stick-it-to-the-supreme-court/#axzz2LlaStZru

(3) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-22/news/ct-met-chicago-gun-laws-20120722_1_gun-control-firearms-ordinance-legal-gun


Media celebrates armed killers, ignores armed heroes

by Doug Book,  staff writer

Mass killers are celebrated endlessly by a salivating national media unless their murderous exploits are thwarted by Americans with a privately owned pistol and a concealed carry license.

Nothing stirs “journalistic” juices like the mass extinction of helpless victims by a gun wielding assassin.  Excited by an inevitable spike in public interest generated by tales of massive blood loss, animated reporters begin the familiar agenda of educating their audience on the dangers inherent in assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and lawmakers intimidated by the NRA.

But let the grisly exploits of a psychopathic shooter be interrupted by an armed, private citizen and media interest suddenly disappears while kudos for the heroic deed are bestowed upon anyone but the courageous gun owner actually responsible! It is a story which will immediately disappear from the pages of every newspaper in the country.

In an Oregon mall, the killer of 2 people committed suicide immediately after being confronted by an armed, concealed carry license holder. Both the media and police spokesmen credit County officers with having prevented additional deaths, never mentioning the fact that police arrived AFTER the shooter had died. (1)

In 1997, a Mississippi high school student killed 2 classmates and wounded 7 others. An assistant principle retrieved a .45 from his car and held the killer at bay until police arrived.  (2) CNN made NO mention of Principal Myrick’s weapon, reporting he had stopped the killer with his car! (3)

In 1991, a concealed carry license holder killed 2 criminals who held 20 customers prisoner at an Alabama Shoney’s. (4) Though having potentially saved numerous lives, the sum total of the media’s interest in the story and its hero is contained in one, lone LA Times reference. (5)

Upon being told he was failing, an Appalachian Law School student murdered 3 people at the school. The media reported he was “tackled” by 2 fellow students, preventing additional killings. The media FAILED to mention those students were armed with their own pistols. (6)

According to a study done by FSU criminologist Gary Kleck, there are some 2 million defensive uses of firearms “by law abiding citizens” each year. Yet from the murders of 23 defenseless customers at a Luby’s Restaurant in Texas to the tragedy in Connecticut, our national media celebrates and sensationalizes the actions of cold-blooded killers while ignoring, even deliberately miss-reporting, the countless efforts of armed, private citizens in the protection of their own lives and the lives of total strangers.  (7)

After all, to make known the true value of guns in the saving of lives and property would be to betray the agenda of ending their private ownership!

Besides, everyone knows that police and government officials—that is, the “legally” armed professionals– can do all that’s really necessary when it comes to taking care of the public. Think how efficient they were in taking care of the corpses at Sandy Hook!

(1) http://www.examiner.com/article/media-blackout-oregon-mall-shooter-was-stopped-by-an-armed-citizen

(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_High_School_shooting

(3) http://www.cnn.com/US/9710/02/miss.shooting.folo/

(4) http://www.uexpress.com/printable/print.html?uc_full_date=19990730&uc_comic=ac

(5) http://articles.latimes.com/1992-01-01/local/me-1021_1_public-safety

(6) http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/04/01/13/lang.htm

 (7) http://guncite.com/gun_control_gcdguse.html