Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan M. Gottlieb was rejoicing Friday after a federal appeals court ruled the Constitution does not give authority to officials in the District of Columbia to decide whether a gun owner has a “good” reason to obtain a concealed-carry permit.
One man was killed and another arrested Sunday night during a home invasion in Hattiesburg.
Hattiesburg police responded to the home invasion around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Orange Street.
The homeowners said two men rushed into their home, displayed a hand gun and demanded money, Hattiesburg police spokeswoman Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell said.
One of the suspects, Justin Woodland, 17, of Hattiesburg was shot by the homeowner. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
The second suspect, Anton Smith, 29, of Hattiesburg was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and leaving the scene an accident. He was booked into Forrest County Jail.
No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to call Hattiesburg police at (601) 544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.
A man in a mask opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee on Sunday morning, injuring seven people and killing a woman who was walking to her car. Police say the gunman, whom they suspect is 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and “began indiscriminately shooting” people inside the main sanctuary. Luckily, a brave church usher stopped the gunman in his tracks.
When 22-year-old Caleb Engle first confronted the gunman, the shooter pistol-whipped him, authorities say. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle — a licensed gun owner — time to get his gun from his car. Police say Engle used his gun to make sure the suspect didn’t try to make a move before help arrived.
“He’s the hero,” said Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, according to NBC News. “He’s the person who stopped this madness.”
Engle says police are the ones who deserve the credit for saving the day.
“The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected,” Engle said.
Samson, who is believed to have come to the United States from Sudan in 1996, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond and police say he will be charged with additional crimes. Churchgoers said Samson used to attend Burnette Chapel Church of Christ more than a year ago, but officials are still piecing together what motivated the suspect to carry out this deadly rampage.
Three employees from a Taco Bell store in Cleveland reportedly shot and killed an armed robber when he and a partner tried to rob the store on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Reports claimed that the three male workers from the fast food chain whose names were unrevealed were also armed when the two masked robbers entered the restaurant at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday to get cash from the register.
The Taco Bell employees were reported to have opened fire and shot one of the robbers in the ribs while the other one managed to escape.
The local police officers arrived at the restaurant after the incident, where they discovered the attempted robber lying unconscious on the ground while holding a loaded gun in his hand. According to reports, the suspected robber has received a total of six shots. He was later on pronounced dead when he was brought to the MetroHealth Medical Center.
The medical examiner reportedly identified the suspected robber as a 24-year-old Cleveland resident named DeCarlo Jackson.
Police say that a 79-year-old Stanton man thwarted a would-be robber after pulling out his concealed firearm.
Andrew Yanez, 24, has been charged and arrested for Attempted Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
According to the Stanton Police Department, the elderly man was leaving a convenience store Friday afternoon when he was approached by a suspect.
The suspect then demanded keys to his vehicle, stating “It would be best for you to give me the keys, I want your car” and implied violence would be used, according to police.
It was then that the victim who was licensed to carry a handgun drew his concealed firearm and pointed it towards the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.
A description of the suspect was provided to police, and he was located two blocks away from the scene and was identified as Yanez.
According to police, Yanez was found to have a semi-automatic handgun in his possession. He was then arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail.
Another layer has been added to the gun control controversy due to a new bill from Congress. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will allow people with conceal and carry rights to keep those rights when traveling across state lines. They would be allowed to enter school zones and public federal land, but they would have to meet certain qualifications. This means they must be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law, carry a valid photo identification document, and carry a valid concealed carry permit (send your opinion to your rep here.)
Those who support the bill argue it is too difficult for law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to travel out of state and keep their rights. They have to negotiate a confusing maze of laws, reciprocity agreements, and recognition statutes to keep a right they already have. They also argue that recent gun violence in public places shows the need for more gun carrying citizens.
Those in opposition to the law argue that the state-by-state conceal-carry gun laws differ too much for this bill to work. States with tougher requirements would have to allow people from other states with fewer requirements to carry their firearms. Each state knows what is best for its own residents, so forcing another state’s laws onto them would put people in danger.
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Panama City that the state has expedited concealed weapons permits for more than 80,000 active military and veterans.
With this in effect, members of the military automatically get taken care of first. This shortens the process of getting a concealed carry permit from a couple months to just a few days.
The change came after a shooting at a military reserve in Chattanooga, Tennessee two years ago where members of the military were killed.
Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis mentioned ISIS posted the names and addresses of men and women in the military on the internet. They say members of the military have become targets inside the United States.
“If they mail in their application, if they come to a regional office, they are processed first,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The use of that DD-214 [form] is a flag to move them to the top of the stack and make sure that active duty military and veterans are getting the protection they need.”
Introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC, on the first day of session in the new House, the bill now enjoys the support of Hudson and 199 co-sponsors from 42 states. The bill is largely Republican, with three Democrats crossing the aisle, and is currently one of the top 10 most-viewed bills in Congress.
“Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit?” says a backgrounder on the bill circulated by Hudson’s office. “Just like your privilege to drive, your Second Amendment right does not disappear when you cross state lines. However, conflicting state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed carry permit holders.”
Hudson’s bill would amend federal law to allow those eligible to possess a firearm to have a concealed handgun in any state that allows individuals to carry a pistol or revolver. Those who do so would have to carry a valid permit with them as well as a photo ID. The bill also applies to nonresident permit holders.
A companion measure, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s S.446, has 37 co-sponsors, all Republican.
While Second Amendment groups large and small support the legislation, gun control advocates have drawn a line in the sand to stop the bill, with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown organization pledging as much as $25 million to derail the campaign.
Astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, co-founder with his wife– former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — of Americans for Responsible Solutions, has often argued that national reciprocity violates states’ rights and constitutes a public safety threat, going on to describe it simply as “bad legislation” when speaking recently in the aftermath of an attack on House Republicans at a charity baseball practice.
The measure has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, but is not scheduled for a hearing.
It would no longer be necessary to have a concealed handgun permit to bring a gun anywhere that firearms can already be carried openly, under a bill a divided state House tentatively approved on Wednesday.
The change would eliminate the need for concealed-carry permits for adults who are at least 18 and are not otherwise prohibited from owning firearms, except where open-carry is barred. That would change current law that requires concealed-carry applicants be at least 21 and complete firearm safety training to obtain a permit.
The debate on House Bill 746 was preceded by days of intense pressure from national and statewide gun-control and gun-rights advocates. It resulted in an 11-vote margin; eight Republicans broke from the majority and voted with all Democrats against the bill. The vote was 65-54.
Rep. Susan Fisher, a Democrat from Asheville, set the tone for the afternoon when she delivered the daily prayer peppered with references to the victims of gun violence.
Republican leaders used procedural maneuvers to bat down a series of amendments offered by Democrats, and eventually shut down the debate with six amendments pending. A final vote in the House is expected on Thursday, which would send the bill to the Senate.
“It will expand opportunities for law-abiding citizens to better protect themselves and their loved ones from harm,” Rep. Chris Millis, a Republican from Hampstead who is the main sponsor of the bill.
Arlington, Texas, Police Department officials (APD) confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the now deceased shooter in Wednesday night’s attack on a sports bar/restaurant was prevented from doing “significant harm causing significant loss of life” by a man with a license to carry a concealed handgun. The gunman entered the restaurant with two “fully loaded handguns” and two knives, according to police.
The gunman, 48-year-old James Jones, entered the Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington Thursday evening and began shouting what witnesses described as “strange and incoherent things,” APD Spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook told Breitbart Texas in a phone interview Thursday. Upon hearing the commotion, restaurant manager Cesar Perez, 37, approached Jones to attempt to calm him down. Cook said at that point, restaurant video revealed that Jones pulled one of his guns and shot Perez, killing him.
Hearing the argument escalating at the other end of the bar, a man having dinner with his wife became concerned that the situation was growing dangerous. He instructed his wife to get on the ground before the shooting began, Cook explained.
When Jones opened fire on Perez, the customer pulled his own handgun from concealment and “engaged the bad guy,” APD said.
“When the suspect was struck the first time,” Lt. Cook explained, “the video shows he appears unaware of where the gunfire is coming from. He turns towards the door, perhaps thinking police have entered, and begins firing multiple shots in that direction.” He said the concealed handgun license holder continued firing until the suspect was no longer a threat.
“The suspect died at the scene,” Cook told Breitbart Texas.
Cook verified the civilian was properly licensed to carry the handgun and the restaurant is one that it is legal for a License to Carry holder to enter (a “blue sign” establishment). He said the shooting will be referred to the Tarrant County grand jury, per normal procedure, but he expects the intervenor will not face any charges.
What happened next has local cops calling him a hero.
“I quickly pulled out my concealed weapon, drew it on him and I said, ‘Stop what your doing, get down on the ground or I’m going to shoot you,’” Teel recalled to KATV-TV.
“Lt. Teel is a perfect example of a responsible concealed carry permit holder,” said Chief Bill Duerson. “He acted heroically in the face of extreme danger and avoided a tragedy.”
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The state House approved a bill Monday night that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon at certain churches, citing concerns among some church leaders about security.
The lawmaker backing the bill says leaders of a church near her came to her about the issue and were concerned about safety.
But, some pastors say this goes too far and goes against what they preach at church.
It’s typically a tranquil scene at United Church of Chapel Hill, letting people know they are welcome.
But, one thing Reverend Richard Edens says is not welcome: guns.
“Having guns in a Sunday School. What value is that?” Edens said.
The State House voted Monday night 82-34 in support of a bill that could lead to more people carrying a concealed weapon at churches.
Republican Representative Rena Turner says a local church’s leaders approached her after the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston.
They said their security team would like to be able to carry a handgun.
“And, after that shooting in Charleston, they were just very concerned about their safety and feeling vulnerable,” Turner said.
Legislation filed Thursday would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their handguns on UNC system and North Carolina community college campuses.
Rep. Kyle Hall, a Republican from King just north of Winston-Salem, said House Bill 251 would make campuses safer by allowing trained firearms holders to carry their weapons. But the legislation is likely to draw complaints from gun control groups and from higher education officials.
“This is just another safeguard to make sure our campuses are safe,” said Hall, a 2012 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and one of four bill sponsors. “Our students and faculty should feel safe when they go on campus.”
RALEIGH, N.C. – A Cabarrus County lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow North Carolinians to carry a concealed handgun without the need of a concealed carry permit.
House Bill 69, otherwise known as the Constitutional Carry Act, was presented by Republican Representative Larry Pittman. The bill was also sponsored by three additional Republican representatives.
The current concealed carry law in North Carolina requires an applicant to take and pass a safety and training course that involves the actual firing of handguns and understanding of North Carolina gun laws.
Dan Starks, a longtime gun safety instructor in Charlotte, isn’t worried that the new law will give criminals an easier path to weapons. He says they’ll get them regardless of the laws in place.
“The guns law only affect law abiding citizens,” Starks said.
Starks is concerned, however, that a lack of training and gun safety knowledge could have a negative impact on public safety.
“I think it makes good sense but the question is what kind of training do people have?”
“People carrying a gun without a permit would be like allowing people to drive without having to have a license,” Starks explained. “You get a license because it requires you to learn how to drive, (as well as) the laws. It’s the same thing with a handgun.
“If you’re going to carry a deadly weapon in public, it’s absolutely mandatory that you understand the laws as far as you using it.”
While dozens of people dined on fried chicken and Southern vegetables, Billy Harrell was staring down the barrel of a gun.
The 66-year-old manager of the Ole Times Country Buffet in Dublin had noticed two men walking down the sidewalk as he went to his SUV in the parking lot at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.
One of them walked up with a gun and demanded Harrell’s money.
When the Telfair County resident said he didn’t have any, the gunman made him sit in the vehicle as the robber rifled through the console and glove compartment.
The robber grabbed a pistol and some other items from the vehicle and started to leave.
When he turned back around with his gun pointed, Harrell fired a shot from another weapon he had concealed in the car, hitting 21-year-old Devin Wilbert.
“He’s done a good thing,” Harrell’s hometown sheriff, Chris Steverson said.
Down the road, Dublin police quickly arrested Wilbert’s alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Quantavis Jones, who was wearing clothes that matched surveillance images.
Investigators had to take both of Harrell’s guns as evidence, which prompted the sheriff to post Harrell’s plight on Facebook.
EDWARDSVILLE —Two would-be robbers had the tables turned on them Thursday, resulting in charges of first-degree murder for one of the attempted robbers.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced first-degree murder charges Friday against Perry A. Richardson, 23, in connection with a shooting that took place on Thursday morning in Venice.
Venice police were dispatched to the 200 block of Abbott Street around 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 in response to reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of Billy D. Dickerson, 19, inside his car. Dickerson, a resident of St. Louis, was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the course of the investigation, investigators with the Illinois State Police determined that Dickerson and Richardson approached and attempted to rob at gunpoint two individuals sitting in a vehicle in front of a residence on Abbott Street. One of the victims, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran from St. Louis, pulled his gun and fired on the would-be robbers, striking both Dickerson and Richardson. Dickerson, the driver, was struck in the head; Richardson, the passenger, was struck in the arm and chest. The victim is authorized to possess a concealed firearm in his home state of Missouri.
“Self-defense is an inalienable right in a free society and the right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment. The courts have consistently recognized the right of a law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense. This incident yesterday morning is the exact situation where the necessity for this right becomes crystal clear,” said Gibbons, who also participates in concealed carry. “I have said it before and I will not waver from this position – I say to all criminals thinking about committing violent crimes in Madison County – if you come here to commit your crimes, do not be surprised if you end up on the wrong side of the concealed weapon of a law-abiding citizen. We will not tolerate violent crime and we will defend ourselves, our loved ones and our community from the harm you intend to bring.”
Gibbons also commended the work of the officers with the Illinois State Police and the Venice Police Department for their investigation that led to Friday’s charges.
Richardson was transported to SLU Hospital for medical treatment. Upon release, he will be brought to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville where he will be held without bond. Maximum penalty for first-degree murder is 20-60 years in prison. If convicted, Richardson will be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence.
An armed citizen, who was in Detroit’s E&S Carry Out Shrimp Shack during an alleged robbery, says he threw his wallet on the floor, and when the robbery suspect looked away to retrieve it, the citizen shot him.
The incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. on January 21.
According to ClickonDetroit.com, the armed citizen is a concealed carry permit holder going only by “Dennis” to protect his privacy. He was in the Shrimp Shack with his girlfriend, Latanya, when an alleged armed robbery suspect came in and ordered everyone to hand over their “cash.” Dennis and his girlfriend “and another customer started throwing their money and wallets on the floor.”
The suspect allegedly pointed his gun at Latanya’s face but was distracted by the wallets on the floor and looked away to pick them up. Dennis used the brief distraction as an opportunity to draw his own gun and shoot the suspect in the stomach.
Dennis said, “When I saw he had the gun in her face, and I threw my wallet down and keys, he turned to look and get the money, that’s when I lit him up.” He then “kicked the robber’s gun away” and tended to the wounded suspect until first responders arrived.
Following the incident, Dennis made clear that he did not have a specific plan to distract the suspect, but he took advantage of the situation when the distraction occurred. He added, “Even though you give them everything, they’ll still shoot you, and I wasn’t going out like that.”
WWJ reports that Detroit police said Dennis will face no charges for his actions; he “acted in self-defense.”
An armed robbery suspect was airlifted to a local hospital after deputies say the suspect was shot by a customer during a robbery attempt at a Wesley Chapel convenience store on Thursday morning. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said that around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, a regular customer was getting his morning cup of coffee at the Marathon Convenience Store located at 26556 Wesley Chapel Blvd. The customer was at the counter with the clerk when Christopher Lilly, 31, entered the store wearing a mask and pointed a gun at the clerk and customer and demanded money. Lilly made the pair go into a cooler. “They made a decision, ‘We’re going to fight’,” said Nocco about the customer and clerk. The customer had his gun pointed at Lilly as the customer and the clerk walked out of the cooler. However, Lilly pointed his gun at the pair. Lilly and the pair wrestled and Lilly wound up on the ground, the gun was no longer in his hand. Lilly reached for his gun and the customer shot him in the thigh to prevent him from grabbing the gun. “This is two citizens who were in fear for their lives,” said Nocco, who added that the pair made the conscious decision, “I’d rather fight for my life than be a victim.” A PCSO deputy arrived at the store and subdued Lilly at the front door, with the help of citizens. Lilly was flown to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “It was scary,” said Julie Beyer, a customer at the store. “It’s just awful, yeah, awful.” The man who shot the would-be robber was too traumatized to go on camera, but deputies say he stepped in at exactly the right time They say the customer was in fear for his life but many want to know if he was in the right. “That’s a personal decision that you have to make up your own accord,” said Kevin Doll of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. “If the victim, if the shooter, thought he was threatened or saw a crime in progress, he does have that right to defend himself.” While the investigation is well underway, the sheriff tells News Channel 8 the customer simply stood his ground. “If you’re in a life and death situation and you’re in fear of your life, you absolutely have your God-given right in Pasco County to defend yourself,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said. Some customers agree with Sheriff Nocco, saying the customer did the right thing. “I have a concealed weapons permit myself,” said customer Humerto Cobos. “I feel that they were justified in what they did.” PCSO spokesperson Kevin Doll said that the customer who shot Lilly removed the bullets from the handgun that Lilly was using when he tried to rob the store. Doll said that the customer who shot Lilly knows him. The customer also shops at the convenience store every day and has been a customer at the store for 15 years. WFLA News Channel 8 has learned that Lilly worked for the customer who shot him many years ago, but the customer didn’t realize that because Lilly was wearing a mask. The customer told the sheriff’s office he feels really badly for shooting someone he knows. The customer’s identity will be released later on Thursday. Doll said that detectives are interviewing the customer and witnesses.
NEWTOWN, Conn.—U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced the NSSF-supported Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38)
On the first day of the 115th Congress. The proposed legislation, with 63 co-sponsors, would compel states to recognize concealed carry permits issued from other states that have concealed carry laws within their own borders – much in the same way a driver’s license is recognized. The bill aims to eliminate the confusion of varying state-by-state laws and provide protection for Second Amendment rights for permit holders.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”
In addition to interstate recognition of concealed carry permits, the bill would also allow concealed carry in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as provide greater legal protections in both civil and criminal cases for permit holders.
“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.”
In 2015, Rep. Hudson sponsored similar legislation with 216 co-sponsors.
Coweta County, Georgia – Waffle House restaurant fired one of their waitress, Heather Stanley after retrieving a gun during a robbery for self-defense.
The incident happened on Thursday about 2:30 AM
Ben McCoy, a customer at Waffle House said, “She made it known she was ready to defend herself.”
However, the restaurant fired Stanley after the incident.
In a statement, Stanley said, “I didn’t know if they had guns. I didn’t know if they were going to their vehicle to get another one and could come back and try to get to the safe, so my instinct was to go to my car and get the gun.”
“For trying to protect their Waffle House and trying to protect their money and to get their money back, they let me go.” The waitress added.
In the past, the same incident happened at Waffle House. On October 10, 2015, Breitbart News reported that a holder of a concealed carry permit shot and killed a robber.
Police authorities admired the permit holder’s courage, and employees of Waffle House said that the intervention was life-saving. However, the restaurant management circulated a statement which asserted their gun free policy.
Waffle House Gun Free Policy:
“We are very fortunate that no associate or customer were harmed in this tragic incident. It is Waffle House, Inc., policy not to allow firearms with the exception of law enforcement officers, including security guards. It is our understanding that the customer involved was an off-duty security guard who was carrying his firearm and the incident occurred outside the restaurant.”
They also pointed out that, “We are well aware that different people and businesses have varying opinions regarding this issue, and we respect the right of all to have different opinions. However, we continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates.”
Nevertheless, Waffle House showed their gratefulness that no one was hurt during the incident. And “will continue to work with local law enforcement as they investigate this matter”.
Georgia authorities are looking for two robbery suspects who threatened to shoot everyone inside a Waffle House.
The robbery happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant on U.S. Highway 29 in Newnan, Georgia.
Deputies said the suspects gave a waitress a note in which they threatened to shoot everyone unless she gave them money.
A different waitress went to her car to get a gun and fired one shot into the air while the suspects ran to their cars, authorities said.
“She made it known she was ready to defend herself,” customer Ben McCoy said.
A man with a concealed-carry license fatally shot a would-be robber in Chatham Friday afternoon, sources said.
The 23-year-old man was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside about 1:54 p.m. when another male pulled out a gun and tried to rob him, according to police.
A fight broke out and the 23-year-old, who was licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and shot the would-be robber in the head, killing him, sources said.
A man walking his dog Tuesday night near his home shot two people who tried to rob him, killing one and wounding the other.
The new Congress is still weeks away from being sworn in, but one Republican congressman has already written a national concealed carry reciprocity bill to submit to it.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson on Monday released the details of the bill he plans to introduce in the next session. The bill would allow anybody with a valid concealed carry permit from the state they live in to carry a gun in any other state.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that,” Hudson told the Daily Caller. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide. In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a “total failure.”
“Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own,” Trump wrote.
It’s not a departure from what he’s said on the trail this year, though it does mark a shift from a position he took in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve,” where Trump stated that he generally opposes gun control but that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to get a gun.
“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people,” Trump wrote Friday. “What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”