In Washington, D.C., CCRKBA Public Affairs Director John M. Snyder stated that “we’re 100 percent in support of H.R. 1096, the proposed Second Amendment Protection Act of 2007 introduced recently by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, a CCRKBA Congressional Advisor.” H.R. 1096 would repeal provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the federal criminal code distinguishing firearms used or sold for “sporting purposes” from rifles, shotguns and handguns generally. By eliminating the “sporting purpose” criteria, the bill would restore self-defense criteria as sufficient reason for use and sale of the affected firearms. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and in addition to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
A Florida man in North Miami-Dade stopped a would-be robber with a bullet that proved fatal early last month, reported the Miami Herald. Two men were trying to rob a third in front of a certain location, Miami-Dade police said. One of the robbers escaped and was being hunted by police. It was not clear whether charges would be filed against the shooter. Florida’s new “Stand Your Ground” law allows anyone who feels threatened to shoot even if he or she does not see a gun. There have been three high profile self-defense killings in recent months and none of the men involved was charged. In January, liquor store owner Pedro Agudelo shot and killed an armed man who tried robbing the West Gables business. Five years earlier, Agudelo wounded a man in a similar robbery. In November, a Miami man tried robbing another man with a nickel-plated lighter made to look like a handgun. With an actual gun, his victim shot and mortally wounded him. In October, a security guard at a strip club in Miami Gardens shot into a car that was headed toward him. One man died, another was wounded.
CCRKBA announced its support for H.R. 1399, the proposed District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. Introduced by Reps. Mike Ross of Florida and Mark Souder of Indiana, the measure would junk the draconian anti-gun laws in the District of Columbia and restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding District residents. It was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. CCRKBA Public Affairs Director John M. Snyder said, “even though a court case challenging the constitutionality of the D.C. ban on handguns is wending its way through the judicial system, we’re supporting H.R. 1399 because we think that, given the severity of the situation in D.C. for gun owners and would-be gun owners, it’s good policy to pursue a two track mode of attack on the ridiculous D.C. anti-gun ordinance.”
Last month, Kennesaw, Georgia marked the 25th anniversary of its ordinance requiring every head of household to own a firearm and have the appropriate ammunition. City officials say they intend to keep the law. The population has increased from 5,000 to over 30,000. Mayor Leonard Church says he thinks the ordinance helps deter crime, reports Since the law was passed, police say there have been few accidental shootings in Kennesaw and none involving children in 20 years. Conscientious objectors to firearms, felons and people with physical or mental disabilities are exempt from the law.
ATTENTION: Now’s the time to start thinking about participating in the national 2007 Gun Rights Policy Conference. This will be the 22nd Annual GRPC, cosponsored by CCRKBA and the Second Amendment Foundation. Freedom’s Future? is the theme for this year’s gathering of hundreds of gun rights activists from around the country. It is scheduled this year for October 5, 6 and 7 at the Drawbridge Inn & Convention Center in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Registration is free. This is a once a year opportunity to network and get an insider look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year. For further information, please call 425-454-7012.
VISIT CCRKBA.ORG to register for GRPC and get information to contact your U.S. Senators, and Represntatives