Recently, Moms Demand Illegal Mayors in Everytown paid employee Shannon Watts tweeted that the NRA did not allow attendees to carry firearms at the location of its Annual Meeting, the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
Watts has confused the Music City Center with Bridgestone Arena, a basketball stadium in which a single sponsored concert will be held. As you can see from the graphic, the Arena is not the Music City Center. Four easy inquiries of your search engine of choice will show you that the Music City Center exists at a different address than the Arena; the Center also dwarfs the stadium in size.
I won't even directly address Ms. Watts; she's likely bathing in Bloombergian money right now. I'll address you, "members" of Moms Demand Action.
I, a lowly unpaid volunteer, used a free search engine and free image software to absolutely destroy yet another lie from your leader.
Are you happy about how your donations are being used?
During the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.
(Note: This image is not watermarked because I want you to share it. I only ask that you don't put your own watermark on it. This is from the whole gun community, not from any one group.)
As I write this, I doubt there is one single firearm owner in the country who is not aware of the BATFE’s attempt to ban the most common cartridge in America which is chambered in the most popular rifle in America. This BATFE sleight of hand attempt at back door gun banning was based on the AR pistol and a law written over 30 years ago that bans armor piercing handgun ammunition.
Originally the law was written in response to the KTW round which was developed by active duty police officers looking for a round that would penetrate car doors and moderate cover, as jacketed lead rounds deformed and failed to perform. They were made of hardened steel and brass with a Teflon coating (the Teflon just kept the barrel from wearing out- it has nothing to do with its performance). They were made in 9mm, .357 Magnum as well as other popular handgun calibers. In 1982, NBC ran a story which turned a niche series of cartridges not commonly available to the public into “Cop Killer Bullets” despite no officer having been killed (or even shot) with one. Of course the nascent gun control extremist organizations just had to ban them, and the law was written to address hardened steel, tungsten, hardened copper, and hardened brass bullets.
Then came the increase in popularity of the AR pistol. An AR pistol is nothing more than an AR platform with no buttstock and a short barrel, typically 10” long. These have been around since the late 1980’s and there has not been one instance of an officer being shot with one that I have been able to find. Just like in 1982 though, actual facts have nothing to do with the discussion as far as gun control extremists are concerned, and the M855 round is being called a “Cop Killer”. Keep in mind that any rifle cartridge fired from a pistol platform will defeat the body armor worn by most officers. This is where the latest gun control extremist scheme comes from.
BATFE attempted to redefine the cartridge as “armor piercing” despite the construction of the actual bullet not meeting their own definition of armor piercing based on the AR pistol chambering it. Commonly called “green tip” due to the green paint on the nose of the bullet, it is not in any way, shape or form an AP cartridge. Military rounds that are constructed as AP have a black tip. The current 5.56x45mm AP round is the M995 round which carries a black tip and contains a tungsten penetrator. It is this tungsten penetrator which makes it armor piercing. The M855 cartridge contains a small amount of mild steel and carries no components which meet any definition of armor piercing. Despite a pistol chambering it, it is not a handgun round either- it is a rifle round.
Gun owners obviously pushed back against this nonsensical reclassification. Even the National Fraternal Order of Police opposed this ban, citing the fact that the AR pistol (at 2 feet long and 5.5 pounds) did not present a threat to officers. Every officer I know was laughing at the ridiculousness of the anti-gunner’s claims. Street officers were up in arms nationwide (pun intended) as the ban would drastically increase the price of their practice ammo and actually force a potential criminal to use more effective cartridges. The M855 is a singular failure in terms of terminal ballistics. I have used it in combat and can personally attest to its poor performance. Commercial ammunition, which will also blow through Level IIIA armor like a knife through butter, has vastly improved terminal ballistics over the M855. Gun control extremists just wanted to ban it because it was inexpensive, available and popular. They don’t care about officer safety and will gladly increase risk to the lives of my brothers in blue as long as they can ban something.
Anti-gun and anti-officer safety politicians like Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) are now pushing a bill that would ban ALL rifle cartridges. Not some- ALL. The way he is able to attempt the most sweeping firearm infringement in history is due to a single shot niche handgun called the Thompson Contender which has been chambered in every cartridge under the sun. Every cartridge is now a “handgun” cartridge according to him. Everything from the .22 Magnum to the .458 WinMag would be gone. No cartridge that is capable of penetrating “Minimum Standard” body armor would be allowed to be possessed. The “Minimum Standard” is Level I which is only rated to stop .22 rimfire.
Every single caliber of self contained metallic cartridge designed since 1870 would be banned at the stroke of a pen. Want to hunt deer with your grandfather’s 30-30? Too bad- if you have the ammunition, you’re a felon. Want to shoot the 8mm Mauser your grandpa brought back from WWII? Sorry- possession of the ammunition is a felony. Want to go hunt squirrels with a .22 Magnum? You’re a felon if you do. Want to go varmint hunting with your antique .22 Remington Jet? You’re going to go to prison.
Street cops know this cartridge ban is ridiculous. Firearm owners know this cartridge ban is ridiculous. Even the politicians and gun control extremists pushing this know it is ridiculous- but I guess they can’t resist the lure of free Bloomberg money.
They may not be coming for the actual guns, but making you into a felon for possessing any cartridge larger than a .22 rimfire and ensuring that no firearm you own is capable of being used as anything other than a large expensive club comes pretty darn close!
From Keith Morgan, President, WVCDL (West Virginia Citizens Defense League)
3-22 Carry (SB347) Passes House Judiciary
WVCDL members and supporters, thanks to your efforts, 3-22 (constitutional or permitless) carry has passed a major legislative hurdle. It passed the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a vote of 21-3.
Multiple amendments designed to poison the bill were shot down on 16-8 votes.
The bill is a committee substitute, and there are some changes from the senate version. So I will provide a summary of the bill as it stands now.
If the bill passes in its current form:
- The CHL licensing system remains completely intact so that we may take advantage of reciprocity agreements and carry in other states.
- Anyone over the age of 21 may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License, provided they are not prohibited from owning firearms.
- Anyone over the age of 18 who is a member of the Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserves, or National Guard may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License
- The prohibitions of openly carrying a loaded handgun in a car, or in the woods of the state are removed. This will now be permissible without the "gotchas" in the Natural Resources laws.
- A longarm will be considered unloaded in a vehicle (thus legal) as long as the magazine is removed, and the chamber is clear. Meaning, you can't be charged with poaching for having a detached mag with some rounds in it.
- If a sheriff wrongfully denies your CHL, you may obtain reasonable court costs and fees if you take your appeal to Circuit Court and win your case.
- If you move to another county, the Sheriff must issue you a new CHL with your new license, and your original expiration date for a fee of $5.00
This bill is a HUGE win for West Virginians if we can get it to the governor in its current form. Stay tuned as it heads for a vote on the floor of the House.
Please contact your Delegate and ask them to support SB347!
Please read the Full Text of SB347
If you would like to use a sample email that you can copy paste, Randy Barnhart, WVCDL member, has drafted a simple one up. You may also use this as a transcript when making a call in support of SB347
Dear Delegate :
I am writing you today in support of SB347, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee. I understand you receive numerous emails on this, and other subjects, so I will keep my comments brief.
I am a constituent of your district and after reading the full text of SB347, I have formed an educated and informed opinion regarding the bill. Without going into great detail, I support this bill for numerous reasons. Some of which are:
- This bill removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms in a concealed manner.
- This bill also removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms while in a vehicle conducting their daily business.
- This bill retains our current licensing system, which allows West Virginians who choose to travel out of state the ability to enjoy the reciprocity agreements we have with other states.
The Constitution of West Virginia spells out explicitly that "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use." This legislative session will be remembered as one that affirmed the individual right to bear arms as best fit their circumstance. Over the years, the right to keep and bear arms has been chipped away little by little. This bill takes a big step to restoring and affirming a basic, fundamental right of West Virginians. That being the right to bear arms in a way that best suits the individuals need. I urge you to vote in favor of the bill, and to reject any additional amendments.
YOUR PHONE NUMBER
URGENT ACTION!!! STOP SB347 FROM TURNING INTO AN ANTIGUN BILL!!!
Behind the scenes, there are efforts to turn SB347 into an antigun bill. It would still be "Constitutional Carry" in the strictest sense, but it will also roll back preemption that the WVCDL and NRA have fought so dearly to win. The net result will be that we have our constitutional right to carry recognized, but in ten years, as every city and county passes gun ban after gun ban, no where to carry.
We need your help. We ask you to call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ask them to pass SB347 in its ORIGINAL FORM.
Some of these phone lines have been ringing without answer, coincidental to this action or no. Let them ring if no one answers. Keep those phones ringing until the original bill passes intact.
Share this post far and wide. Let every West Virginian that cares about his Second Amendment rights have his voice heard.
Numbers are provided below:
Charles S. Trump (R - Morgan, 15)
David C. Nohe (R - Wood, 03)
Robert D. Beach (D - Monongalia, 13)
Art Kirkendoll (D - Logan, 07)
Ronald F. Miller (D - Greenbrier, 10)
Corey Palumbo (D - Kanawha, 17)
Mike Romano (D - Harrison, 12)
Herb Snyder (D - Jefferson, 16)
Bob Williams (D - Taylor, 14)
Mike Woelfel (D - Cabell, 05)
Mitch Carmichael (R - Jackson, 04)
Daniel J. Hall (R - Wyoming, 09)
Ryan Ferns (R - Ohio, 01)
Ed Gaunch (R - Kanawha, 08)
Robert L. Karnes (R - Upshur, 11)
Kent Leonhardt (R - Monongalia, 02)
Mark R. Maynard (R - Wayne, 06)
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense (MDA) in America hit the capitol in Washington State last week to try and persuade the legislators to see things their way. They brought stacks of signed petitions from their members to hand over to our lawmakers.
There were moms begging the legislators not to loosen up on I-594. In fact, on the agenda was pressuring our lawmakers to pass bills that require all firearms to be locked up in the home. Are they going to tell us to lock up our kitchen knives? What about the kids’ baseball bats? I’ll have to build a huge shed just to store all of the rocks that we’ll have to lock up here. That’s the insanity of it. Where does it stop? It goes on with wanting stricter penalties for parents whose children find and fire their guns. You’ll want to watch for this one, it’s HB 1747. There is also a companion measure, SB 5789.
Well with the MDA, of course, it won’t stop there. Oh no. Instead, they are also asking to that Washington allow the so called “turn in your neighbor bill” currently a law in California. Meaning that if your family or friends claims you are crazy, they can ask the court to come and “temporarily” take your firearms away.
We need to match and exceed their numbers when it comes to contacting our legislators. We can’t let their voice be the only ones heard, because they don’t speak for us! It’s time to stand up, Women, and let OUR voice be heard!
Next week, pro-gun bills Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347 are expected to receive hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Bill 275, introduced by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15), would ensure the confidentiality of personal information of all current and renewing applicants for a concealed handgun license. Additionally, it would make the personal information of those persons who have earned a concealed handgun license private to everyone other than law enforcement agencies.
Senate Bill 347, introduced by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), would recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of having to obtain a costly and time restrictive Concealed Handgun License (CHL). This is a necessary update to concealed carry statutes in West Virginia, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. In West Virginia, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a concealed pistol permit.
This permitless carry legislation gives you the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for each individual, based on your attire, gender and/or physical attributes. Also critically important, this legislation would keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that West Virginia has with other states across the country.
These bills would greatly benefit law-abiding gun owners in The Mountain State. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 347.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), Chairman
Senator David Nohe (R-Wood, 03), Vice-Chairman
Senator Robert Beach (D- Monongalia, 13)
Senator Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan, 07)
Senator Ronald Miller (D- Greenbreier, 10)
Senator Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha, 17)
Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison, 12)
Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson, 16)
Senator Bob Williams (D-Taylor, 14)
Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell, 05)
Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 04)
Senator Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming, 09)
Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio, 01)
Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha, 08)
Senator Robert Karnes (R-Upshur, 11)
Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia, 02)
Senator Mark Maynard
From: Indiana Moms Against Gun Control
Well the deadline is fast approaching. There are likely only 5, perhaps 6, hearing days remaining for Indiana’s “part-time” legislature. Today the committee approved one of Rep Dermody’s pet bills, a compromise on other legislative measures allowing some Sunday alcohol sales. Tomorrow there is another hearing for 1 bill, but its sole focus is on various gaming matters. This bill is one which does appear to have a fairly strong fiscal impact; negative fiscal impact – costing the state several million dollars. (These are HB1624 and HB1540, respectively – for any who are interested; but as they are NOT part of our cause, so I am not adding links).
Why do we need you to call Dermody (800-382-9841 or 317-232-9850 -- firstname.lastname@example.org )? Why call Bosma 800-382-9841 or 317-232-9677 -- email@example.com )?
Because – in the meantime – Sitting in the House Public Policy Committee are the following bills:
HB 1143 – “Possession of Firearms on State Property” – SUPPORT THIS – removes restriction on state property; including “rules” by state sponsored agencies (universities). This is one of the “PREMIER” bills
HB1144 – “Handgun License Repeal” – SUPPORT THIS – removes conflicts of state law vs. state constitution and provides true “constitutional carry”; amended version retains LTCH as OPTION under current guidelines for sake of reciprocity for Hoosiers. – This is the other “PREMIER” bill.
Other (mostly good, 1 not) bills in this committee are:
HB 1107 – “Handgun training & Reciprocity License” – OPPOSE – While I see the “intended purpose”; this one falls into the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” category. We are GAINING more reciprocity now (34 states with Ohio this year); this could just as easily cause other states where we have existing reciprocity to pull it for those without the ‘endorsement’. NO; this one is opposed.
HB 1244 – “Firearms on Business Premises” – Protects business owners from liability for NOT restricting law abiding carry of firearms. We SUPPORT this one (and a similar bill, SB 107 was in the judiciary committee, where it also appears it will not heard; and it is that committee chairman’s own legislation).
HB 1494 – “Firearm ownership and Medical Records” – SUPPORT – Protects gun owners from intrusive questions by Doctors, as from the ACA and promoted by certain physician groups.
HB 1633 – “Indiana Firearms Freedom Act” – SUPPORT – Firearms made and retained lawfully within the state are not subject to Federal Regulations.
HB 1634 – “Regulation of Knives by Political Subdivisions” – SUPPORT – This is State pre-emption of local knife ordinance, similar to state pre-emption of firearms ordinances.
It is also entirely likely (but I have not seen it yet to confirm) that SB 433 “SHOTGUNS”, will end up in Chairman Dermody’s Committee following the session break. We’ve written about and it has been passed by the State Senate. It does not sit well with me that this could be derailed by the Chairman of this committee.
Still there is time to act. I have called (again!) today to speak to an aid, since I was only able to leave a voice message yesterday. I was hoping to gather some information, to better determine the number of calls and letters he has received. CALL NOW, WRITE NOW to get these bills heard. Do you know who we refer to when we say “MdA” or “Mrs.Watts” – THERE ARE PEOPLE, PRO 2A PEOPLE out there – that do NOT know this. Surprising as it is to the enlightened – it is true. Each of you has the power to help make a difference. It is up to you who are informed. We are a small but potent group.
This is why I do this – because we MUST train ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors. No one else can do it. In a republic, while the rights of the individual are paramount; the individual also has a responsibility to the whole. In this case – to help educate, train and mold the next generation. I do this because when my grandsons ask: “What did you do to protect our freedom” – I want to be sure I can say with a clear answer => “ALL THAT I COULD!” Is it enough? I do not know – I suppose only THEIR grandchildren will be able to answer that, and even then – ONLY IF – we and they – do this right.
Thank you for all your support. Please Write and/or Call.
Links to several related prior posts and legislation
Letter to Dermody and Bosma
Write-up info on HB 1143
Link to House PP Committee (all bills can be found there)
Write-up / Sample Letter on SB 433
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