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News | Monday, May 4, 2015

Rodgers Wins 2015 Cornhusker Cup

Dean Rodgers of Papillion-LaVista, Nebraska won the Cornhusker Cup at the 46th Cornhusker Trapshoot on Saturday.


Team SureFire's Maggie Reese Takes 1st at MultiGun Nationals

SureFire LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products congratulates Maggie Reese on on her third first place finish in the Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun National Championship.


Tennessee Enacts Trio of Pro-Gun Laws

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed three pro-gun bills into law. As a result, a lifetime carry permit has been established, schools are prohibited from requiring information from students or parents regarding firearms ownership and chief law enforcement officers have been given a time limit on the approval process for applicants for NFA restricted devices.


Ruger Will Report Q1 Earnings This Afternoon

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q today (Monday, May 4, 2015), after the close of the stock market. The company's annual meeting of stockholders will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 5 beginning at 9 a.m. EST.


Alien Gear Holsters Announce Galactic Green Handgun Giveaway

Alien Gear Holsters has announced its Galactic Green Handgun Giveaway. Contestants can enter for a chance to win by uploading a fun video featuring their Alien Gear Holster to Youtube. The top video submissions will be selected, then voted on by Alien Gear fans at the beginning of June.


Living Ready Presents Survival Savvy Family

The latest publication from Living Ready, an imprint of F+W Media, Survival Savvy Family provides the answers to several questions that helping families plan for unexpected events without being overwhelmed.


Modern Shooter Ends First Season With a Bang

From high-end gunsmithing tips to instruction from master firearms instructor Massad Ayoob, the first season of Modern Shooter on the Sportsman Channel was a wild ride. And viewers get one more shot to enjoy the best of this riveting TV show.


Dead Air Armament Announces Post A Selfie, Win A Silencer Contest

Dead Air Armament, distributed through BPI Outdoors, announces its first monthly post a selfie and win a silencer contest called #TurnUpTheSelfie.


Florida's Babcock-Webb Shooting Range Closed for Maintenance

The Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Shooting Range in Charlotte County, managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), will close from May 4-8 for regularly scheduled maintenance of its impact berms.


NRA Names MidwayUSA Title Sponsor of 2015 Bianchi Cup

The National Rifle Association announces MidwayUSA as title sponsor of its 2015 National Action Pistol Championship, May 20-23, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri.


Team Safariland's Reese & Voigt Excel at the MultiGun National Championship

Safariland® congratulates team member Maggie Reese on her recent overall Ladies Open Division win and applauds Michael Voigt with his fifth place overall in the Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun Nationals.


Beretta Gallery Opens in Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid

Beretta's third United States Gallery location opened this past week inside the Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid, in Memphis, Tennessee.


Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio Daily Defense Welcome New Affiliates

Armed American Radio, with Mark Walters, now heard in hundreds of cities across America on over 150 stations has recently added Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Markel Releases Event Security: Getting Ready for the Big Day

Paul G. Markel puts two decades of professional bodyguard and executive security experience into this essential strategy manual for providing Event Security. Special events require you to assess the mission, tour the facility, create a mission statement, determine the staffing needs and fill those needs, set the security plan, train everyone to the standard, and then supervise - all in a very short timeframe.


New Junior World Record Set

Danish compound archer and Carbon Express Pro Staffer Stephan Hansen sets a new Junior World Record.


Knife Rights: Freddie Gray Arrested on Illegal Knife Charge

In the case of the arrest on a knife charge and subsequent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged that Freddie Gray was falsely arrested and that the knife in his pocket was not an illegal switchblade. Subsequently, Mosby filed murder charges against one officer while five others are being charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.


Scratch-Building This Week on The AR-15 Podcast

This week, the guys cover a topic that many listeners find to be one of the core of the entire show--how to build an Ar-15 from scratch.


Wisconsin's Walker Presented With Henry Big Boy at Governor's Fishing Opener

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was presented with a Henry Big Boy Steel .44 Magnum rifle at the Fiftieth Annual Governor's Fishing Opener on May 1, 2015. The rifle was manufactured at Henry Repeating Arms' plant in Rice Lake, WI. It features custom serial number WGF50 in honor of the event.


FEATURE

Appeals Court Places Feelings over Constitution

Editor's Note: Today's feature first appeared in the firearms coalition website (http://www.firearmscoalition.org)


A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago, has upheld a lower court ruling that an Illinois community's ordinance banning possession of "assault weapons," and "high-capacity" magazines is not a violation of the Second Amendment rights of their citizens. In the two to one decision, the prevailing judges concluded that "If a ban on semi‐automatic guns and large‐capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that's a substantial benefit."

They stated this outrageous conclusion right after admitting that the "perception" of risk was exaggerated and that the actual risk is extremely low. (After all, so-called "assault weapons" are involved in something less than 2% of violent assaults and murders.) In order to reach their conclusion, the judges had to completely dismiss the perceived risks and concerns of the plaintiffs, who choose to have the capability to defend themselves and their families in the event of criminal assault by multiple assailants. While this too is a low-probability scenario, many people in Baltimore might say it is much more likely than the stated rationale for banning the guns and magazines which was concerns about a Sandy Hook-style mass murder.

Under the prevailing judges' rationale of "perceived risk" and making the public "feel safer," would it be acceptable for a city to ban African-Americans from their community if doing so would make the public "feel safer?" Could they ban Mosques based on a "perceived risk" of Islamist terrorism? Could the city mandate filtering of all Internet services in the community based on a "perceived risk" that availability of pornography could incite the libidos of male residents, leading to increases in rape, if that made female citizens "feel safer?"

The case was brought by a group of residents of the City of Highland Park, Illinois after the city adopted an ordinance banning the manufacture, sale, purchase, or possession of any semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a "high-capacity" magazine, and including any one of the now-familiar "evil features:"

1. A pistol grip with no shoulder stock (and for pistols, a magazine well not located within the pistol grip).

2. A folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock.

3. A grip for the non-trigger hand (we assume this to mean a vertical or angled grip, as opposed to the normal, horizontal grip surface of the forend of a traditional stock).

4. A "barrel shroud." (The notorious "shoulder thingy…")

5. A muzzle break or compensator. (Effectively banning expensive competition pistols.)

The ordinance also specifically prohibits AR and AK-style firearms and any ammunition feeding device capable of carrying more than 10 rounds.

The lead plaintiff, Arie Friedman, owns an AR15-style rifle and a number of standard, 30-round magazines. Mr. Friedman wishes to keep the rifle and magazines in his home for protection of himself and his family, and to take to the range to maintain proficiency in their use, but under the ordinance, he would be required to remove those items from the city or forfeit them to the local police. Mr. Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association, filed suit in Federal Court contending that the ordinance violates Second Amendment protections of their right to keep and bear arms.

In the initial suit, Judge John Darrah, a Chicago native who was appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 2000, ruled that the Highland Park ordinance did not violate the petitioners' constitutional rights. Friedman and ISRA appealed the decision to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals where the case was heard this past January. On April 27, the court released its ruling, affirming the decision of the lower court and upholding the city's gun and magazine ban.

In the Court of Appeals the case was heard by Judges Frank Easterbrook, Ann Williams, and Daniel Manion. Easterbrook, who penned the decision, has a reputation for clear writing and a legalist approach to the law, but he clearly demonstrated in this opinion that, either his reputation is distorted, or he had a seriously off day. In the opinion, Easterbrook frequently made reference to the Second Amendment "conferring" rights, and several times constructed logical arguments which he then resolved with illogical conclusions. His final conclusion, that laws making the public "feel safer" constitute a "substantial benefit" – outweighing any real or perceived benefit of the constitutionally protected right to arms – should go down in history as one of the most wrong-headed conclusions ever reached by an appellate court judge.

In his dissent, Judge Manion eviscerated Easterbrooks arguments, pointing out that the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that the Second Amendment does not "confer" rights, but rather protects the preexisting, fundamental right to arms as an extension of the natural rights of self-defense and self-determination. He logically steps through the applicable precedents and holdings, and the appropriate process for evaluating a case of this nature.

Now the case could be appealed to the Supreme Court, where the Justices have the discretion to either hear it, or let the ruling stand. Before that, it could go to an en banc hearing of the full Seventh Circuit, which could reverse the panel. The Seventh Circuit has a reputation for being "conservative," but with the rampant elitism and nanny mentality of many judges, a case like this could always go either way.

Since their decision in McDonald, the Supreme Court has returned to their tradition of avoiding Second Amendment cases, so it's impossible to guess whether they would take up this one or not.

Meanwhile, law-abiding residents of Highland Park, Illinois have fewer rights than the people of the rest of the country. That's just not right.

— Jeff Knox, Director, The Firearms Coalition


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