Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NRA loses two federal court battles

The GVP Report - June 4, 2013

In The News

► The NRA lost two court battles this week.  A federal appeals court unanimously upheld an Obama administration requirement that gun dealers in Southwestern border states report when customers buy multiple assault rifles. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a Texas state law that forbids most people between 18 and 20 from obtaining permits to carry concealed handguns. The court held that the goal of "curbing gun violence by keeping handguns out of the hands of immature individuals" serves a public safety interest. 

Ricin letters sent Three letters that contained poisonous ricin were sent to Mayor Bloomberg, the office of Mayors Against Illegal Gun and President Obama. The three letters read in part: "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. the right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die"    

A petition drive to overturn Maryland's new, tough gun laws has failed. Opponents of the law did not turn in an initial batch of signatures by the deadline at midnight on Friday.

► The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will launch an investigation into whether Stand Your Ground/Shoot First laws have a racial bias. The Commission will look to see if there is a bias in the assertion or the denial depending on the race of the victim and the race of the defendant. Recently two shooters in Alabama escaped liability because of the Shoot First law.

► A Governing Index survey has found strong support for universal background checks among state and local government officials.  But support of other measures tracks closely based on gun ownership among public officials.

► Newly obtained testimony from executives at firearms manufacturers show that gun makers saw no role in curbing improper sales.  An executive for Taurus International testified that "I don't even know what a gun trafficker is."

AK-47 Build Party Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, attends a "build party" where anyone can make an AK-47 with untraceable parts. And it's all perfectly legal.   Although US customs laws ban importing the weapons, parts kits, which include original components, are legal.

Community Support

Frank Cerabina, Cox Newspapers, There are reasons no guns are allowed at Disney World - they're called kids. Recently, a man's licensed handgun fell out of his pants during a ride. Not knowing it was gone, he left it behind, where another patron found it.

Mary Plouffe, Bangor, Maine, Bangor Daily News, If we changed the smoking culture, we can change the gun culture. In 50 years we have changed a cultural norm around smoking, the way we did it may offer lessons for changing the gun culture we now face.

Claudette Konola, Citizen Telegram, Grand Junction, Colorado, Our national will survive gun regulation. We have a bunch of paranoid, treasonous men running around "open carrying" guns, and the NRA wants the response to gun violence to be focused on mental health. Am I the only one who sees the irony in that?

Alec MacGillis, New Republic, This is How the NRA Ends: A bigger, richer, meaner gun control movement has arrived. The narrow defeat of the background-check bill, it turns out, was not the end of hopes for gun reform, but the beginning.

Aaron Blake, Washington Post, Democrats still aren't being ruthless about gun control. Joe Baca, D-California, has an 'A' rating from the NRA, was unseated in November by another Democrat, is seeking a return to Congress in a neighboring district and is being supported by some Democratic members of the House who are also strong supporters of gun control.

Matthew Parkete, The Daily Beast, The NRA is Wrong: The Myth of Illegal Guns. What if Jared Loughner had to go out into the streets and risk his life to obtain his weapon? It would have been an ordeal for him to buy illegal weapons simply because he was not immersed in lawlessness.

Oprah and panelists Oprah and her panelists discuss What America's gun violence problem really says about fear. Underneath all of this in our society is an epidemic of fear and self-centeredness. And rather than dealing with the fear we get a gun.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Some of the U.S. Senators who voted to kill a background check bill are now trying to tell their constituents they actually support background checks.  Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) touted his co-sponsorship of an NRA-backed bill and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) put out a misleading pro-gun ad.

► Adam Kokesh has cancelled an armed march on Washington, D.C. Instead he is urging his supporters to bring down the entire federal government and called for gun activists to form a secessionist "army".

► In December, the NRA blamed mass shootings, in part, on Hollywood movies saying "Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?" But now the NRA has published a list of the 10 "coolest gun movies" ever praising, among other things, a movie hero who's an "almost unstoppable" "killing machine."

Gun activists in Colorado turned in petition signatures to set up the first recall in state history. The effort is against Democratic Senate President John Morse in response to his support of a series of strong gun laws signed into law this year.


  1. Yay, a victory for freedom! Those who serve in the armed forces; carrying and firing automatic weapons daily losing their lives for us, and we have succeeded in making sure they cannot so much as carry a handgun to protect themselves from those criminals whom have enabled through our foolishness. It's truly a great day. gObama.

    1. Unknown - I assume you are talking about the decision regarding the Texas law. If you had bothered to click the link and read the article you would find that the law does not apply to those who have military training.