What Jeff Sessions Confirmation Means For The 2nd Amendment ~ VIDEO


H/T AmmoLand.

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be a strong advocate for gun owners and the Second Amendment.

USA –  -(  With the recent confirmation of Jeff Sessions to Attorney General, gun owners and pro second amendment supporters could be heard breathing an audible sigh of relief.

The 52-47 vote confirmed the Senator from Alabama as The United State’s 84th Attorney General. Jeff Sessions is a long time supporter of the second amendment, and this support has even earned him an A+ rating from the NRA. When you take a look at President Trump’s cabinet, Sessions was on of the first politicians to support Trump’s fun for President.

In fact, shortly after his confirmation Executive Director of the NRA Chris W. Cox stated, “The NRA and our five million members would like to congratulate Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as attorney general. He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

Jeff Sessions support for gun owners and the second amendment does not stop with empty promises.

A constitutional lawyer with great respect for the law, his record that shows that he is not afraid to act on his beliefs. Sessions has repeatedly stated that the people who should be refused the right to bear arms are criminals breaking current laws. He believes that enforcing these laws, not imposing new laws that only restrict those who are not criminals is the way to move forward.

Some of Session’s notable contributions toward maintaining the sanctity of the Second Amendment are:

  • In 2005, he fought for the Protection of Lawful Commerce of Arms Act, which would protect gun manufacturers from the threat of being implicated in crimes committed using guns they had produced.
  • Sessions actively worked to try to prevent the nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, both of whom are actively against second amendment rights.
  • He is also opposed to and voted against the government being able to perform firearm confiscation in a state of emergency.
  • His belief in removing restraints on legal gun carriers by allowing national carry permits led him to vote for the National Right to Carry Amendment, which ultimately did not receive enough votes to pass.
  • He is also a strong supporter of Project Exile, which made violent gun crimes punishable with sentences to federal prisons. This project is credited with lowering crime rates in Virginia dramatically.

Possibly the most refreshing thing about Jeff Sessions is his understanding that making it harder for law abiding citizens to legally obtain firearms, no matter the type, does nothing to prevent criminals acquisition of firearms. According to Sessions, the only way an American Citizen should lose their Second Amendment rights to a firearm is through voluntary choice.

In his words, “People can forfeit their right to have a gun, and it can be a factor in receiving sentences and being prosecuted if you carry a gun, for example, during the commission of a crime. That can add penalty and convictions to you. I think that’s a legitimate and responsible restraint on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms”.

Those who do not support the second amendment should use this confirmation, and the upcoming confirmations for Solicitor General and the eagerly anticipated Supreme Court vacancy as a wake up call. The American people are tired of having their constitutional rights threatened, and they are appointing leadership that has already made moves to ensure the second amendment is safe.

The NRA is surely taking notes on those who voted against the confirmation of Sessions, and with only Democrat Joe Manchin III breaking party lines, there are many Democrats who will be receiving updated ratings.

It is exciting to think about a future in which criminals will be prosecuted in ways that do not also slander and criminalize those who are legal, law abiding gun owners.

Jeff Sessions’ strong record and his stated intentions are a breath of fresh air in a country where law abiding citizens have been criminalized for far too long.

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Crime Prevention Research Center: Most Mass Shootings Occur Outside the U.S.

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H/T Bearing Arms.

This study shoots the narrative by the anti gun crowd that more mass shootings happen in America than any other place in the world. 

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) has periodically conducted research on mass shootings to see where the United States falls in terms of these massacres. In a newly-released report, CPRC has concluded that:

  • All but one of the 20 worst mass public shootings took place outside of the United States
  • 45 of the 50 worst mass public shooting took place outside of the United States

Although the CPRC has fairly comprehensive data, it is still possible that smaller-scale attacks have occurred in Africa or Southern Asia where it is reported far less than the United States and Europe.

Our list of the worst mass public shootings collected cases where at least 15 were killed has been updated through January 15, 2017.  Since 1970, all of the 20 worst mass public shootings occurred outside the US.  Muslims also committed 18 of the worst 20 mass public shootings in the world.  All 20 of the worst mass public shootings occurred outside the US, and that was also true for 40 of the worst 44.  It is possible that we are still missing even some of these large mass public shootings prior to 2000, but any of the ones being missed are outside of the US, Canada, the Commonwealth countries, and Europe.


Source: Crime Prevention Research Center

The top five worst mass shootings, in order, are as follows:

1) Gamboru and Ngala in Borno State, Nigeria, May 5 and 6, 2014: Boko Haram Islamic militants killed more than 300 residents.

2) Borno massacre, in Konduga, Borno State, on May 7, 2014: Boko Haram Islamic militants killed at least 200 Christian villagers. Several others were injured.

3) Peshawar, Pakistan, December 16, 2014: A public school attack by seven gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP or the “Pakistani Taliban”), an Islamic group, killing 148 and wounding 114 more.

4) University College Campus of Garissa, in northeastern Kenya, April 2, 2015:  Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, took responsibility for the attack where 147 people were killed.

5) Paris, France, November 14, 2015Three teams of extremists carried out the coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead and 352 injured, a French prosecutor said Saturday.  ISIS attack.

The American mass shootings that took place in America were:

  • 16) The Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting: 49 were killed and 53 were injured.
  • 28) Virginia Tech shooting: 32 were killed and 17 were injured.
  • 34) Sandy Hook Elementary shooting: 27 were killed and 2 were injured.
  • 35) Luby’s shooting: 23 were killed and 27 were injured.
  • 37) San Ysidro McDonald’s shooting: 21 were killed and 19 were injured.

Although gun control advocates love to run the narrative that America is plagued with the worst mass shooting in the world, studies like this one by the CPRC prove otherwise. If anything, studies like this prove that law-abiding gun owners can make a difference.

This story was updated to consistently reflect the numbers provided by the CRPC report. Any assailant who was killed or injured are not reflected in the numbers above.

Hawaii Did Not Issue Any Gun-Carry Permits to Private Citizens in 2016


H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This should not shock anyone as the state of Hawaii is controlled by DemocRats.

The state of Hawaii did not issue any gun-carry permits to private citizens in 2016, documents released to the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday show.

Documents submitted by county police to the state’s Department of the Attorney General show that every application by a private citizen for a concealed-carry permit was denied in 2016. That makes Hawaii the only state in the country not to issue even a single concealed-carry permit last year.

“All other states have issued permits,” said Dr. John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which tracks the number of gun-carry permits across the country. “The next lowest state is New Jersey with about 1,200 permits, but half of those are issued to judges and retired police officers. Even D.C. last year had 74 permits for civilians being able to carry.”

Since the Hawaii concealed-carry permit is only valid for one year, Hawaii was also the only state in the country not to have any active concealed-carry permits issued to private citizens. Hawaii’s concealed-carry law requires that only in “an exceptional case” where somebody can show “reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property” may a county police chief issue a permit. Unlike in most of the country, however, the county police chiefs have the ultimate authority over who does and does not get a permit.

According to the Department of the Attorney General’s 2015 Firearms Registration report, Hawaii County did not issue a single concealed-carry permit to a private citizen from 2000 through at least 2014—a not unusual practice in Hawaii. “Statewide, there have been a couple/few over the years,” Paul Perrone, Hawaii’s chief of research and statistics, told the Free Beacon.

George Pace, a local gun-rights activist, said the system is impossible to navigate. “They do not issue licenses (by the last chief’s own admission, as far as he knew there has never been a license issued in this county), so a person is wasting their time and money going through the ‘process,'” he said. “People have reportedly even been told as they turn in their paperwork to the clerks ‘You will not get a license’ without them even reading the application (i.e., there is no such thing as ‘an exceptional case’, no matter what you write on there), and of course the official records bear that out.”

“It’s preposterous.”

Hawaii has long had some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Beyond their concealed-carry law, the state requires permits to buy firearms, requires them to be registered, and submits gun owners to a federal database. Gun rights activists are preparing to target the state in federal court because they believe that’s what will be necessary to change their laws.

“Hawaii keeps defying the United States Supreme Court rulings in Heller and McDonald,” Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation said. “It will take getting a Supreme Court ruling to get Hawaii to issue permits. As soon as President Trump gets his nominee seated on the Court, the Hawaii de facto ban will be in the crosshairs of the gun rights movement.”

South Carolina Woman Killed When Shot Hits Her at Gun Range & Nobody Knows How It Happened


H/T Independent Journal Review.

Accidents happen because people get careless.

Was this a freak accident or was it intentional?

Is there more to the story than what we have been told?

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Sarah Bonner’s best friend Mattie Smith says she has no idea where the bullet came from that killed her friend at a South Carolina shooting range over the Christmas holiday.

The two were standing next to each other at the Skip J Gun Range in Anderson, taking shooting practice.

And then, a bullet hit the 24-year-old in the eye.

Smith told WSB-TV that the next thing she knew, Sarah was down:

“I don’t think we need to point fingers or anything of that sort. I was standing right there and I can’t even explain it.”

WSB-TV reports that Sarah Bonner spent three days on life support at a local hospital.

Her mother, who’s battling cancer and called Sarah her “life saver,” made the decision to take her off.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by Smith to help Sarah’s family pay for medical and funeral expenses.

Anderson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lieutenant Sheila Cole told Independent Journal Review that investigators don’t know what happened yet. She said investigators confiscated an undisclosed number of guns from people who were shooting at the range to run comparison tests:

“We took a round from the individual for examination and sent it to the ballistics lab to determine whose gun was responsible.”

Lieutenant Cole told Independent Journal Review that there can be no determination of charges until they find out whose gun shot the young woman. WSB-TV reports that the coroner’s office ruled the death an accident.

The tragic case brings up the question of how safe shooting ranges are.

There have been several cases of shooting range accidents recently:

  • A father killed his 14-year-old son accidentally last July at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota, Florida.
  • Two men and four children were hurt when buckshot ricocheted at an Ocala, Florida, range last March.
  • A nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her shooting instructor when the forceful recoil caused her to lose control of the weapon in Arizona.
  • A 21-year-old man died last August when he struck himself in the chest while reportedly trying to clear a jam.
  • A pellets from a gun struck a 10-year-old boy in the head at a range, killing him, in Iowa last summer.
  • A 14-year-old Bismarck girl was struck and killed at a rifle range last summer.
  • A man accidentally shot himself in the hand when he was unloading his gun at a range in West Virginia.
  • A Baltimore County, Maryland police officer grazed himself while drawing his weapon at a range in August.
  • In February, a 61-year-old man was killed during rifle practice on a private shooting range in Utah.
  • But as shocking as those incidents are, compared to other high risk pursuits, such as working on a farm for example, gun range accidents are “exceedingly rare,” according to firearms researcher and author John Lott:

    “Fortunately, accidental gun deaths in general are low, both for adults and for children. There were 591 deaths in 2011, the last year the Centers for Disease Control data are available. With over 300 million guns in the U.S. and around 45 percent of American households owning a gun, the accidental death rate is extremely low. Deaths at gun ranges, particularly when being supervised by an instructor, are close to zero.

    When an adult supervises a minor, there are generally no laws barring them from shooting firearms. Federal law that bans the possession of handguns for those under 18 years of age exempts shooting ranges

    Just about everything that we do is risky. In 2011, over 27,000 people died from falling and 3,556 died from drowning. Another 6,242 died from suffocation. If these types of deaths got the same news coverage that freakishly rare firearm deaths do, Americans would be afraid of leaving their homes.”

    Indeed, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that gun deaths have gone down in a big way:

    During the last decade, the number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities involving children 14 years of age and under has decreased by 28 percent and by 74 percent over the last 20 years. [emphasis added]


    Firearms are involved in fewer than 1 percent (0.5 percent) of all unintentional fatalities in the United States.

    So how dangerous are shooting ranges? The left-leaning website Think Progress calls ranges “safety-free zones,” mocking the way gun rights enthusiasts depict schools and other soft targets as “gun-free zones”:

    [A] lack of age restrictions isn’t the only way gun ranges are safety-free zones, and potentially the sites of preventable deaths. Inside gun ranges, individuals can also “rent” a gun without any of the precautions that happen before an individual buys a gun. They don’t have to pass a criminal background check.

    Kevin Starrett, the president of Oregon Firearms Federation and a shooting instructor, told Independent Journal Review that all risk is relative:

    “I certainly would prefer my kids to be at a range than to be getting their heads smashed playing football.

    As with anything there is the potential for accidents. I am pretty confident that there are far more skiing and boating accidents.”

    But he told Independent Journal Review that, like most gun enthusiasts, he never, never tolerates unsafe behavior anywhere near a gun:

    “I was in a Cabelas a few months ago and there was a salesman showing a customer a gun. The customer swept me and my son about 5 times in 10 seconds.

    I just walked over and told them they were behaving unsafely and to stop it. They both apologized and we walked away, Cabela’s Corporate heard about it too and also apologized. I think you find far less of that on ranges though. Of course it happens, but people get chewed out pretty quick when it does.”

    His gun club requires a safety orientation before anyone can shoot there.

    But, of course, there are rules for ranges. The National Rifle Association has range rules it requires its affiliates to adhere to:


    Note: While the actual range you select may not be the NRA Range in Fairfax, VA, its safety rules and regulations are a standard nationwide. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these rules, especially if you will be taking the NRA Range test.

    1. All Federal, state, and local firearm laws must be obeyed.

    2. All firearms not on the firing line must be holstered, or unloaded with their action open and the magazine removed, or unloaded and encased.

    3. All shooters must pass the NRA RANGE TEST, and complete and sign the NRA RANGE RELEASE, WAIVER, HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFICATION AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT before using the NRA Range.

    4. Owners of Class III firearms must be in possession of any special permits or paperwork required by law.

    5. Food, beverages, and smoking are prohibited on the range. (Smoking is prohibited throughout the building.)

    6. No muzzleloading firearms may be fired on the NRA Range.

    7. All calibers of pistols may be fired.

    8. Rifles up to and including .460 Weatherby Magnum caliber may be fired.

    9. Shotgun slugs may be fired. No buckshot or birdshot may be fired unless authorized by the Range Officer for a specific course.

    10. Tracer, armor piercing, and steel core ammunition are prohibited.

    11. Commands issued by Range Officers and Range Personnel must be obeyed immediately and without question.

    12. When the command “Cease Fire” is given:

    Stop shooting IMMEDIATELY

    Remove your finger from the trigger

    Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

    Wait for further instructions from the Range Officer

    13. No one other than NRA Range personnel may go forward of the firing line unless authorized or instructed to do so by the Range Officer.

    14. When the line is declared “CLEAR”:

    All firearms must be holstered; or unloaded and benched or grounded, with the muzzle pointed down range, with the action open, ejection port or cylinder up, and magazine removed.

    Everyone must step back from the firing line.

    No firearms may be handled while the line is “CLEAR”

    15. Only NRA approved paper targets may be used.

    16. Use the appropriate size target, placed at eye level, to ensure that your shots strike the backstop and not the floor, ceiling or target holder. Firing a shot on the NRA Range that results in the bullet striking anything other than the target and/or backstop, may result in a damage or repair fine and/or your removal from the range.

    17. Cross firing of targets is prohibited.

    18. All firing from the 50 yard line (i.e. from within the shooting booths) must be aimed fire.

    19. If you are going to draw from a holster and fire (unless authorized to do otherwise by the Range Officer), you MUST:

    Remove the shooting table from the shooting booth

    Stay within the shooting booth

    Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

    20. Only belt holsters, placed on the same hip as the shooting hand, may be used on the NRA Range. Shoulder holsters and cross-draw holsters may not be used unless authorized by the Range Officer during designated training courses.

    21. You may collect your own brass that is on or behind the firing line. Brass from other shooters and all brass that falls in front of the firing line may not be collected unless authorized by the Range Officer.

    22. Competitions held on the NRA Range will be conducted in accordance with official NRA rules or by the rules of the sanctioning body of the match.

    23. Always wash your hands and face immediately after shooting and/or cleaning your firearm. Sinks are located directly opposite the range exit door.

    24. NRA Range Officers reserve the right to inspect any firearms or ammunition for safety considerations.


    Jason Brown of the National Rifle Association told Independent Journal Review that accidents on gun ranges always boil down to breaking one of the three basic rules of handling a firearm. They are sacrosanct when handling a gun anywhere:


    The rules are:

    ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction

    This is the primary rule of gun safety. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

    ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot

    When holding a gun, rest your finger alongside the frame and outside the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

    ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use

    If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

    Brown tells Independent Journal Review that incidents like the tragedy in South Carolina are rare and infrequent but it probably happened due to fundamentally unsafe behavior:

    “If you follow those three rules of gun safety it creates a safer environment. When people neglect the rules of gun safety is makes everyone else nearby unsafe. When you hear about problems it’s because someone neglected the rules of gun safety.”

    He told IJR that shooting ranges are where newbies get their practical experience, so it is important to note how ranges and instructors oversee them. He urges gun owners to get instruction from an NRA certified instructor.

    I asked long time shooter and instructor Kevin Starrett if he’d ever been hurt at a gun range:

    “Yes. I was helping to build a cement pad on our pistol range and I smashed my thumb with a hammer. No medical attention was required. Seriously, [it’s] about as easy as it is to get hurt anywhere else. But I would rather be on a firing range than a golf course any time.”

    Despite his levity, he knows handling guns is serious business.

    Starrett told Independent Journal Review that while it is not yet known what happened to Sarah Bonner at that South Carolina shooting range he said, sadly, “I do think that it is rare enough to be a big news story when it happens.”


Minnesota’s Gun Laws Could Become Every Gun Activist’s Dream

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H/T Town Hall.

It sounds like Minnesota is becoming gun owner friendly.

Minnesota’s House of Representatives is reviewing several new bills that could mean major victories for gun rights supporters in the state.

Three major bills were introduced last week and a fourth is currently being worked on to loosen restrictions and support citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Each bill was authored by House Republicans, according to Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

One bill looks to clarify and extend Minnesota law on the “use of force in defense of home and person.” Currently in Minnesota, people are required by law to “retreat in cases of self-defense outside the home,” meaning that unless someone is being threatened with great bodily harm in their home they are not allowed to exercise their constitutional right to defend themselves.

Another bill will make constitutional carry, or the right to carry a handgun without a permit based on the fact that it is a constitutional right, legal in Minnesota. The purpose of the third bill is to loosen the restrictions for handgun permits, including reducing the fee by half and no longer requiring a permit renewal.

Although in previous years limited support for similar bills have shut down gun law reform in Minnesota, with current events and the political climate, authors of the bill think that the support in the state government is finally strong enough to pass these into laws.

“I think nationally, maybe because of fear or terrorism or crime, there’s more interest than ever,” Rep. Tony Cornish said, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

Marit Brock, a volunteer chapter leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said “These same bills (are) being introduced all over the country,” according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. States like Texas recently passed a constitutional carry bill and New Hampshire is currently in the process of doing the same.

The fourth bill, not yet introduced, will allow permits from all other states to be recognized in Minnesota, or at least give some clear reason why they would not be. Currently, Minnesota law states that some permits are not valid in the state because they are “not similar” to Minnesota, but no criteria for what is similar or not is stated.

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Sen. Chris Murphy Wants ‘No Screening’ for Immigrants, More Gun Control


H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

Little Pissy Murphy wants Americans unarmed do his Muslim buddies could take over America.

I want more screening and no gun control.

During a January 30 appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) criticized President Trump’s immigration suspension and said he would rather see a move toward “no screening” and the passage of more gun control.

Murphy claimed that the U.S. has ISIS “on its heels,” and the suspension of immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia will “[hand ISIS] a path to rebirth.”

Random House executive editor Jon Meacham was also on the program and asked Murphy, “Do you see any merit in the President’s action? What do you believe should be the security screening? What should be the vetting for immigrants coming in?”

Murphy responded by saying, “The four countries that were of origin for the 9/11 attackers, none of them are on this list,” and then quickly shifted to push “a discussion about a pathway in which there is absolutely no screening” for immigrants. He cited U.S./Europe agreements on the VISA waiver program as an example of U.S. entrance “without almost any security vet.”

He expounded:

So, I would go towards a sort of European bent in looking at screening. And then maybe let’s just make sure that if folks get to this country, and we suspect them of having connections to terrorism, that they shouldn’t be able to get an assault weapon. That’s a huge liability in our law today.

Also on the morning of January 30, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman appeared on CNN and suggested more gun control would keep the U.S. safer than President Trump’s immigration suspension. Like Murphy, Friedman focused on “assault weapons,” claiming the focus should be on barring persons on the terror watch list from buying such guns.

Both Murphy and Friedman overlooked the fact that neither of the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015) nor the Orlando Pulse attacker (June 12, 2016) were on a terror watch list, so the passage of such gun control would have been impotent to stop them. The key to stopping attacks is keeping attackers out of the country or sending them out via deportation, once we realize they are here.

CHICAGO: Enraged Chick Gets BB Gun Pulled from Shelves of Dollar Store, Claims it Could be Used for ‘Harm’ [VIDEO]

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H/T Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

This woman comes unhinged at the site of a BB gun in a store but I bet she never speaks out about drug dealer in her neighborhood or the gang bangers pushing the drugs.

Living in Chicago the gun violence is very high–though they’re supposed to be the safest city because of all that gun-control–and she claimed this BB gun could be used for harm. Though the gun itself can’t inflict any serious damage, to the untrained eye it could very well look like a real firearm. Was this woman’s rage justified or an overreaction?

A Chicago woman walked into a Bronzeville Dollar General store and could not believe what she saw: a handgun, or what looked like one, for sale behind the counter.

So, she called the company. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports what happened next surprised her.

“It was extremely inappropriate. It made me uncomfortable,” says Cydni Polk.

She says she stopped and stared at the new item for sale behind the Dollar General store counter on Tuesday: an authentic-looking BB gun in a box, for $15.

“I asked them how long they’d been carrying it. They didn’t know, but the cashiers were kind of shocked, too.”

The Dollar General is at 39th and Vincennes, right across the street from Polk’s job at Oakwood Shores Apartments. Polk, mother of two, goes there every day.

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