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NRA fighting for your rights: Sues Seattle over new gun storage law

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Back in May I told you how the Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed new gun control legislation to tighten regulations around safe storage of firearms. The legislation would also penalize gun owners who fail to report lost or stolen guns, or if their firearms are misused by an “unauthorized user.”

The mayor said at the time, “We – and especially our children – should not have to live like this. With Congress in the grip of the D.C. gun lobby and too many state legislatures failing to act, our cities must lead the way – and we must all continue to demand action that saves lives.”

Now the NRA and several other groups are suing the city and mayor. My NRA dues at work.

From Seattle Times: The National Rifle Association, Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents are suing Seattle over the city’s new gun-safety law.

Earlier this month, Seattle’s City Council passed an ordinance that requires gun owners to lock up their guns. Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the legislation Wednesday, with the law to take effect 180 days later. The legislation came at a time of heightened national concern around gun safety and mass shootings.

Under the legislation, a gun owner could be fined up to $500 if a firearm isn’t locked up, up to $1,000 if a minor, “at-risk person” or unauthorized user accesses the weapon and up to $10,000 if someone uses the weapon to hurt someone or commit a crime.

The lawsuit filed Friday in King County Superior Court alleges that the “safe storage” requirement violates Washington state law, which prevents cities from regulating guns.

(Washington State Law: RCW 9.41.290 State preemption.

The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.)

“Seattle simply can’t break the law to adopt an ordinance as a political statement,” Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) founder Alan Gottlieb said in a statement.

Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best are also named as defendants in the lawsuit. “If they think we are intimidated, they are mistaken. I will continue to fight for our kids,” Durkan said in a tweet. (The same way you and your police fought for a four-year-old assaulted at local community center, mayor?)

This isn’t the first time Seattle has tried to regulate guns. In 2010, the city introduced a ban on firearms in Seattle parks. The NRA and SAF sued the city, and the law was ultimately ruled unconstitutional.

In August 2017, however, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Seattle’s tax on guns. The city’s ordinance, passed in 2015, imposed a tax of $25 per firearm and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition. The tax raised $93,000 last year.

The new lawsuit was expected by many. The nonprofit group Everytown for Gun Safety and the law firm Orrick LLP said they would represent Seattle without charge, the same week the city passed the ordinance.

“Frankly, this is no surprise,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement. “The Mayor and Council are trying to prevent children from accessing guns with this Safe Storage legislation. If the NRA and SAF want to be on record fighting responsible gun ownership, that’s their choice.”

Omar Abdul Alim and Michael Thyng, both Seattle residents, are plaintiffs in the case and cite a fear of home invasions as their motivation to keep their firearms unlocked.

Steven Fogg, an attorney for the plaintiffs, asserts that the ordinance breaks the law by overreaching into state authority on possession of firearms. Fogg said he expects a ruling within three or four months, and that their challenge will be successful.

“The law clearly violates pre-emptions,” Fogg said. “The city seems not to learn its lesson.”

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This is Chiraq: 14-year-old boy killed; 12 others shot on Wednesday

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From MyFoxChicago: A 14-year-old boy was killed and 12 people were wounded by gunfire between 1:30 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. across the city.

The boy was shot to death just after midnight in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Tobias Robinson, 14, was standing on the street when a white car drove by and someone inside fired shots about 12:05 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Winchester, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Robinson, who lived in the same neighborhood, was shot in the head and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 9:15 p.m. in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood.

A 26-year-old man was walking when someone got out of a black SUV and shot him in the foot in the 2100 block of North St. Louis, according to police. His condition stabilized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About an hour earlier, a man was shot multiple times in the head in the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood. The 27-year-old was in a vehicle about 8:05 p.m. when someone walked up to him and opened fire in the 800 block of East 78th Street. He was shot several times in the head and taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

Two men were also critically wounded in a West Lawn neighborhood drive-by shooting on the Southwest Side. The men were driving west at 6:53 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up next to them in the 3700 block of West 59th Place and opened fire. The 21-year-old driver was grazed in the head and struck in the arm, police said. A 23-year-old passenger was shot in the shoulder, police said. Both men were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were in critical condition.

Twenty minutes earlier, a man was shot while sitting on a porch in a Far South Side Jeffery Manor neighborhood shooting. A car pulled up and opened fire about 6:35 p.m. on the 25-year-old man in the 9600 block of South Merrion Avenue. He was shot the thigh and one of his fingers, police said. He was in good condition at University of Chicago Medical Center.

Throughout the day, six more men were wounded by gunfire, including two men who were shot while standing on a sidewalk in Homan Square, a 19-year-old who was shot while walking in East Garfield Park on the West Side, and a 22-year-old who was found critically wounded on a sidewalk in the Far South Side Morgan Park neighborhood, according to police.

A 29-year-old man was shot multiple times in the left leg, right leg and right foot in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side and two more men were grazed by bullets in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

The first non-fatal shooting of the day left another teenage boy wounded. The 16-year-old was shot in the head in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was walking on the sidewalk when a group of several males fired shots from an alley about 1:30 a.m. in the 11800 block of South Eggleston. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where his condition had stabilized, police said.

On Tuesday, two people were killed and two others were wounded in city shootings.

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Academy Sports manager fired weeks after intercepting gun thief in Florida store

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UPDATE: Dean has been rehired by Academy after the company faced public backlash for firing him.

Bad move, Academy. We were thinking of purchasing a firearm from one of your stores. We’ll now make that purchase somewhere else.

From Fox News: A sporting goods store employee, who last month helped catch a suspect allegedly trying to swipe a weapon, was suspended and later lost his job at the Florida business following the incident, his lawyer said.

Dean Crouch, 32, was working at the Academy Sports store in Tallahassee on June 29 when robbery suspect Jason White allegedly tried to steal a gun, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

After White reportedly tried to flee with the stolen firearm he’d requested to see, Crouch stepped in and ultimately detained him.

Crouch, an assistant manager at the store, was nearby when the incident occurred and heard employees yelling “stop that guy,” his attorney, Ryan Hobbs, told Fox News. While police made their way to the scene, the suspect was relocated to an office at the business, he said.

Hobbs said the suspect had attempted to make off with a .40 caliber handgun and matching ammunition.

The Tallahassee Police Department, who arrested the suspect, wrote on Facebook that “employees detained a man who tried to run out of the store with a firearm, ammunition, and a backpack, which were stolen from the business.”

The suspect also allegedly stole two weapons from a pawn shop earlier the same day, police said.

Hobbs claimed his client was placed on suspension in the days after the incident amid a policy that prohibits employees from placing their hands on customers (how does this thief qualify as a customer?) while they’re in the store. Crouch lost his job on Tuesday, he said, adding that his client had been “suspended and terminated for preventing this thief from stealing this weapon.”

“Academy has decided to, instead of treating him like a hero he is, they terminated his employment effective immediately because he put his hands on Mr. White,” Hobbs told the Tallahassee Democrat.

Left without a job, Hobbs told Fox News that Crouch – who has a wife and two small children – put their home up for sale as “a direct result of him losing his job at Academy Sports.”

“They’re just scared,” he said.

A representative for Academy Sports did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. But company spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook told the Democrat that Academy’s treatment of the former employee’s conduct, as well as his eventual firing, complied with company policy.

“While the incident ended without injury, actions inconsistent with corporate policies were taken,” she told the outlet. “We addressed the matter with the local store and individuals involved.”

Hobbs told Fox News that they are “exploring” their “options” but at this point, no lawsuit has been filed. At the moment, he said they’re more concerned with “trying to protect his rights” and finding him a new job.

Hobbs also told the Democrat that Academy’s policy might warrant a reexamination.

“My instincts tell me they are concerned more about people like Mr. White suing them for being stopped in the course of a theft than they are about rewarding or acknowledging in a positive manner that Mr. Crouch may have saved lives,” he told the outlet.

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Where’s the #GunControlNow crowd? Four killed, 25 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Monday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were standing on a sidewalk in the 5500 block of West Haddon when someone wearing all black clothing fired shots from an alley, according to Chicago Police.

Marquell Hicks, 23, suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He lived in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The other man, 19, was shot in the torso and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said. Area North detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

Earlier in the morning, a 32-year-old man was killed and another was wounded in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

About 3:30 a.m., the men were driving in the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard when a vehicle that was following them pulled up beside them and someone inside opened fire, police said.

The 32-year-old was shot in his neck and back of the head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died. The 33-year-old was shot in his arm, and was in good condition at the same hospital, according to authorities.

A 22-year-old was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. in the South Side Roseland neighborhood.

Daniel Carter, 22, was arguing with someone he knew in the 11000 block of South State Street when someone pulled out a gun and fired shots, according to authorities. Carter was struck in his neck, chest and leg, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died about 8 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Fernwood neighborhood.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Titus Daily, 40, was shot dead after several people approached him and shot him in the 9300 block of South Luella, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 2:50 a.m. Monday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Officers responded to reports of a person shot and found the 20-year-old with gunshot wounds to the face and groin about 2:50 a.m. in the 10700 block of South Avenue O, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, a man was shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 35-year-old was walking when a black minivan drove by and someone inside fired shots at 2:36 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 39th Place, according to police. He was shot in the leg and was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital where his condition stabilized.

A third man was wounded Monday morning in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 19-year-old was driving southbound when he heard shots and felt pain at 12:02 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Laramie. He was shot in the right shoulder and suffered a graze wound to the head. He was taken to West Suburban hospital where his condition stabilized, police said.

On Sunday, 13 men were wounded in shootings across Chicago during a 24-hour period, including a 63-year-old man, a man who was sitting in a wheelchair, and a man shot during an attempted carjacking.

A 55-year-old man was shot as he drove off from an attempted carjacking near the border of the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

About 10:30 p.m., the man was stopped at a red light in the 8700 block of South King Drive when two people walked up to him and demanded his vehicle, according to police. As the man sped off, the people opened fire and struck him in the leg, police said. He drove himself to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

The 63-year-old was shot in an abandoned house in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was inside the house about 8:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of West 70th Place when someone pulled out a gun and shot him in his leg and groin area, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Last weekend, 39 people were wounded and 4 were killed in city gun violence.

Read the whole story here.

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Trump-hating feminist confused over black man driving a BMW w/pro-NRA and Tea Party bumper stickers

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Doesn’t take much to confuse libtards.

From Daily Mail: A white feminist activist has been dubbed a ‘racist’ after tweeting that she was ‘confused’ to see a black man driving a BMW which had pro-NRA and Tea Party bumper stickers on it. 

Kimberly Johnson, a Washington DC-based author and activist, published the offending tweet on Thursday. It said: ‘Out on the road the other day I saw an affluent black man driving a BMW with two bumper-stickers. ‘One was pro-NRA and the other one was a Tea Party sticker that read, “Don’t tread on me.” This left me very confused.’

She was immediately bombarded with complaints from followers who accused her of racism. 

‘It’s your kind that do not have a mind of their own and are followers.Blacks and Hispanics do have a mind of their own.’

‘You are a RACIST. Your actions and words confirm that,’ fumed one critic.

‘Kimberly Johnson: “Stop explaining how women should behave or feel.” Also Kimberly Johnson: “An affluent black man should not support this or that.”

‘That should tell you how much energy you should waste trying to convey logic to this person,’ another said.

Johnson deleted the tweet after being inundated with complaints. 

In a follow-up post, she sought to explain herself and said she was confused over an African American person supporting the Republican party when President Trump was in office.

She said it was because the president is racist and has supported white supremacists in the past.

‘Okay. I deleted a tweet that questioned why African Americans would support the Tea Party, and people saw that as racist.

I do not see the GOP working in the best interests of people of color or women.  ‘I never said anyone should vote any particular way. I said it confused me.

‘I deleted it because people were putting words in my mouth and changing my original intent. 

‘FOR THE RECORD: I do not believe everyone should vote the way I do. However, I am free to wonder what motivates people to vote,’ she said.

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Texas mom shot man who tried to take off with her car & kids

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From NY Post: Don’t mess with Texas.

A Dallas woman shot a suspected carjacker in the head after he tried swiping her SUV at a gas station — while her two small children were inside.

“I’m not a killer, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” explained Michelle Booker-Hicks.

Speaking to FOX 4, the mother-of-two recounted what happened Wednesday night at the local Shell station near Interstate 35 — where she nearly lost both her car and children in one fell swoop.

Booker-Hicks had been paying for gas when she saw the male suspect climbing inside her SUV and attempting to drive away, according to police. Her 2- and 4-year-old sons were in the backseat.

“I proceeded to jump in…and asked the gentleman to stop, to get out the car,” Booker-Hicks said. “He would not get out of the car.”

The suspect turned around and looked at the frantic mother — “with his eyes bugged” — but kept going, she said.

“I reached into the middle of my armrest, to get to my glove compartment,” Booker-Hicks told FOX, noting how she had a gun inside. “That’s when I fired at him.”

According to police, Booker-Hicks shot the man once in the face and caused him to crash into a nearby telephone pole. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to face kidnapping and carjacking charges.

“I hope that woke him up,” Booker-Hicks said.

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Democrat senator Ben Cardin wants to ban private gun ownership

Yesterday, June 28, 2018, at around 2:34 p.m., a lone gunman began shooting at Capital Gazette Communications in western Annapolis, Maryland, which primarily publishes The Capital and the Maryland Gazette. Five were shot dead.

Less than an hour after shooting began, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) called for not just gun control, but banning private gun ownership altogether.

Cardin is quoted by CBS News in a tweet at 3:23 PM:

“Clearly we need universal background checks and need to get rid of the military style assault weapons and private ownership,”@SenatorCardin

Benjamin Cardin is the quintessential exemplar of that parasitic species — a lifelong politician. Born in October 1943, Cardin has been a politician for 51 of his 75 years, since he was 24 years old.

His lifelong career as a parasite began in 1967 when he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, where he “served” for 20 years until 1987. He then “graduated” to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he squatted for another 20 years until 2007. From there, he catapulted to the U.S. Senate, where he’s a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

This POS has never lost an election in his life.

Cardin was the fifth most supportive Senator for Barack Obama’s legislative agenda in 2009, according to Congressional Quarterly. He was rated the 5th most liberal Senator by National Journal in 2013.

Cardin has an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.

Source: Wikipedia

Update (June 30)

Surprise! (Not):

Benjamin Louis Cardin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dora (née Green) and Meyer M. Cardin (1907–2005). The family name was originally “Kardonsky”, before it was changed to “Cardin”. Cardin’s grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants…. His father, Meyer Cardin, served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1935–1937) and later sat on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (1961–1977). Cardin and his family attend the Modern Orthodox Beth Tfiloh Congregation near their home, with which the family has been affiliated for three generations.

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