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What cops really think about gun control

Survey finds the overwhelming majority of cops think gun control won’t do diddly-squat against crime.

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Jim Kouri writes for Conservative Action Alerts that PoliceOne.coma leading Internet web site exclusively for federal state and local law enforcement, conducted a survey in early March of 400,000 police professionals from across the U.S. The survey probed the opinions of American law enforcement regarding gun control policies and the root causes of, and potential solutions, to gun crime in the U.S.

The research team received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals in agencies and departments throughout America. The respondents comprised a variety of ranks from departments of all sizes, with the majority representing departments of greater than 500 officers. Of those who took the survey, 80% were current law enforcement officers and 20% were former/retired law enforcement.

On April 8, 2013, PoliceOne.com released the results of the survey. The survey answers revealed that the overall attitude of law enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights, with the belief that an armed citizenry is effective in stopping crime. Among the results:

  • 86% believe the currently proposed gun-control legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety.
  • 92% believe that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime.
  • The respondents overwhelmingly believe that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment. 91% said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59% believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime.
  • Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31% agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45% disagreed.
  • 71% support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions.
  • 82% believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence.
  • 91% support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable.
  • 80% believe that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents.
  • 38% believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the “decline in parenting and family values”. This was trailed by “overly lax parole and short sentencing standards” at 15% and “pop culture influence” (e.g. violent movies and video games) at 14%.

Conservative Action Alerts suggests seven ways you can take action:

  1. Sign the petition and send letters to your state government demanding that they draft legislation declaring federal gun-control null and void. Select here.
  2. Send faxes to 50 state governors demanding that they refuse to sign into law any gun-control bill be they state or federal. Blast faxes.
  3. Sign the petition and send letters to your U.S. Lawmakers demanding that they oppose any and all gun-control bills. Select here.
  4. Sign the petition and send letters to your U.S. Senators demanding that they stand with Sens. Cruz, Lee, and Paul and filibuster the motion to proceed on gun-control legislation. Select here.
  5. Send faxes to U.S. Senators demanding that they stand with Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul and filibuster the motion to proceed on gun-control legislation. Blast Faxes.
  6. Call Senators and Representatives (start-off with calling your own) and demand that they oppose federal gun-control legislation in any way that they can. Find your lawmakers here.
  7. Donate a Facebook post to spread the message. See our pro-gun Facebook banners and then click “SHARE” to share them on your wall or a friend’s wall. Select Here.
~Eowyn

4 gun control bills passed by Colorado’s State Assembly!

Update:

Colorado’s State Assembly just passed all 4 bills. [Source]

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At least four pieces of gun control bills have been introduced in Colorado’s state legislature. All are violations of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. All are sponsored by  – SURPRISE! – Democrats. They are:

1. HB 13-1224Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines:

Mary Hodge (l); Rhonda Fields (r)

Mary Hodge (l); Rhonda Fields (r)

Sponsored by Senator Mary Hodge (D) and House Sponsor Rhonda Fields (D). The bill is summarized as follows:

The bill prohibits the sale, transfer, or possession of an ammunition feeding device that is capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition or more than 5 shotgun shells (large capacity magazine). A person may possess a large-capacity magazine if he or she owns the large-capacity magazine on the effective date of the bill and maintains continuous possession of the large-capacity magazine.

A person who sells, transfers, or possesses a large-capacity magazine in violation of the new provision commits a class 2 misdemeanor.

A large-capacity magazine that is manufactured in Colorado on or after the effective date of the bill must include a serial number and the date upon which the large-capacity magazine was manufactured or assembled. The serial number and date must be legibly and conspicuously engraved or cast upon the outer surface of the large-capacity magazine. The Colorado bureau of investigation may promulgate rules that may require a large-capacity magazine that is manufactured on or after the effective date of the bill to bear identifying information in addition to the serial number and date of assembly.

A person who manufactures a large-capacity magazine in Colorado in violation of the new provision commits a class 2 misdemeanor.

Please note that, although existent owners of “large capacity” magazines are not required to surrender them (confiscation), you must maintain continuous possession of those magazines, which may not sold or transferred to anyone in the State of Colorado. Upon your death, those magazines cannot be willed or given to an heir or friend.

2. HB 13-1226 - “No Concealed Carry At Colleges”:

Rollie Heath (l); Levy (r)

Rollie Heath (l); Claire Levy (r)

Sponsored by Senator Rollie Heath (D) and House Sponsor Claire Levy (D). HB13-1226 says:

Under current law, a person who possesses a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun (permit) may do so in all areas of the state, with certain exceptions. The bill creates a new exception stating that a permit does not authorize a permit holder to possess a concealed handgun:

  • In any building or structure, or any portion thereof, that is used by a public institution of higher education for any purpose;
  • In any stadium or arena that is used by a public institution of higher education to host events, including but not limited to athletic and extracurricular events and graduation ceremonies; or
  • At an outdoor, institution-sponsored event on the campus of the institution at which the chief administrator of the institution’s campus, in consultation with the chief officer of the institution’s campus safety agency, has elected to prohibit the carrying of firearms.

A permit holder who is employed or retained by contract by a public institution of higher education as a security officer may carry a concealed handgun onto the real property, or into any improvement erected thereon, of the public institution of higher education while the permittee is on duty.

In effect, this bill seeks to create “Gun Free Zones,” thereby rendering law-abiding citizens helpless in the event that a gun-carrying criminal steps into their midst.

3. HB13-1228 - Payment For Background Checks For Gun Transfers:

Rollie Heath (l); Lois Court (r)

Rollie Heath (l); Lois Court (r)

Sponsored by Senator Rollie Heath (D) and House Sponsor Lois Court (D). This bill imposes a fee tax for background checks before transfer of firearms:

The Colorado bureau of investigation (CBI) shall impose a fee for performing an instant criminal background check pursuant to the transfer of a firearm. The amount of the fee shall not exceed the total amount of direct and indirect costs incurred by CBI in performing the background check.

The amount collected as fees shall be transferred to the state treasurer for credit to the instant criminal background check cash fund (fund), which fund is created in the bill.

4. HB13-1229 – Background Checks For Gun Transfers:

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l to r: Morgan Carroll, Rhonda Fields, Elizabeth McCann

Sponsored by Senator Morgan Carroll (D) and House Sponsors Rhonda Fields (D) and Elizabeth McCann (D), this bill requires that before a gun owner (X) transfer any firearm to another (Y), X must first:

  • Obtain the services of a licensed gun dealer to conduct a background check on Y.
  • Obtain approval of the transfer from the Colorado bureau of investigation.

Violation of HB 13-1229 is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

In response to the above gun-control bills, the The County Sheriffs of Colorado has issued a “Position Paper on Possible Gun Control Legislation.” Below are excerpts:

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Colorado citizens, contact your representatives and make your voice known here.

H/t Tim Brown of FreedomOutpost and FOTM’s CSM.

~Eowyn

Texas Bank’s New Sign

 

A WORD TO THE WISE PERHAPS?

Chappell Hill is a small town between Houston and Brenham on Hwy 290.

CHAPPELL HILL Any would-be robbers looking to walk into the bank here had best think twice.There is a new sign in town.

About a month ago, Chappell Hill Bank president Edward Smith looked at a sign on the front door prohibiting concealed weapons from his business and decided to make a policy change. Licensed to carry a handgun? Come on in, and bring your weapon.

The sign, now prominently displayed on the bank’s front door, says: “Lawful concealed carry permitted on these premises. Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as an inalienable right of all citizens. We therefore support and encourage the carrying of licensed concealed weapons.” Smith said he made the policy change to send a warning to potential robbers, and also to express support to Americans right to bear arms.

“We had the sign on the window, the red circle with the pistol inside and a line through it.And I started thinking, We’ve got this no gun sign up and the guy (robber) can come in and do what he wants. But if you’ve got a policy allowing handguns, he won’t know how many people are going to be in here carrying a concealed weapon. There may be some little old lady who’s mad at the government, and she’d love to use it” he said.

The bank has been robbed twice in the last three years, including last March when a Western-attired man walked in, ordered bank employees to fill a canvas bag with money and then fled in a pickup truck. The man, who did not brandish a weapon, has not been caught.

The sign has made Chappell Hill Bank and Smith somewhat of an Internet sensation. A photo of the sign has made its way around the world, and Smith has even been interviewed for the National Rifle Association‘s radio networkhttp://

www.nranews.com/#/nranews ;. He’s also been contacted by other media outlets wanting to do stories.

“It’s kind of gotten a life of its own” he said.

Expressions of support have far outnumbered criticism.
Smith has been contacted by officials from larger banks considering taking similar action, and has received e-mails in support from across the United States and even from England, Canada,and Germany ..

“I haven’t gotten any from Chicago or California , which doesn’t surprise me”, Smith said with a laugh. “We did get a real nice e-mail from an 88-year-old World War II veteran who said it’s about time somebody stood up in this country.”

The NRA has even invited him to speak at an upcoming convention, but Smith said, “I’m still deciding on that.”

Smith said he’s only received one negative e-mail, from an anonymous sender.

~Steve~                     H/T   May