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  • Is the Supreme Court Going to Chip Away at Heller?

    05/30/2015 5:57:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court has been doing a very peculiar dance around an appeal from the Ninth Circuit.   The appeal is about a preliminary injunction in the case Jackson v.  San Francisco, on two regulations.   One requires that  (1) "the handgun is stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved by the California Department of Justice," or (2) "[t]he handgun is carried on the person of an individual over the age of 18. The second regulation bans the sale of expanding ammunition.  As Heller explicitly noted, as explained in the opinion: In Heller,...
  • D.C. Police Chief Orders Full Reciprocity for Open, Concealed Carry State Gun Permits

    07/27/2014 6:55:25 PM PDT · by kristinn · 150 replies
    Fox5DC via Twitter ^ | Sunday, July 27, 2014 | Emily Miller
    STUNNING DEVELOPMENT: DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state.More -- DC police chief using guidance from AG -- grants full reciprocity for all open and concealed carry from others states.
  • Will Dick Heller Carry in D.C.?

    07/27/2014 5:59:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Dick Heller (yes the famous Heller of the Supreme Court case) is celebrating the resounding victory in the Palmer v. D.C. carry outside the home case that was released yesterday.    From Dick: Within minutes of getting home and sitting down at my kitchen table, I received a phone call. It was George Lyon, a plaintiff in the case as well as an attorney. He shared the good news that Judge Scullin, who was appointed by Justice Roberts, had issued a decision striking down the ridiculous and useless restrictions on self-defense with a firearm outside my home. With George on the...
  • Second Amendment under siege: Judge upholds restrictive D.C. gun ban

    05/16/2014 1:48:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2014 | Andrea Noble
    A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a D.C. law requiring guns to be registered, mandating safety training and limiting the number of pistol purchases per month do not violate Second Amendment protections of the right to bear arms. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg dismissed with prejudice a sweeping challenge to the District’s handgun laws brought by a group of plaintiffs led by Dick Anthony Heller in a ruling that opens with a recounting of some of the city’s most notorious recent shootings. “The District of Columbia knows gun violence. Notorious for a time as the ‘murder capital’...
  • Kansas City hopes to show it's got what it takes to host 2016 RNC convention

    04/26/2014 7:56:10 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    GOP ^ | Brendaliss Gonzalez
    Kansas City had its chance on Friday to show members of the Republican National Convention committee that it has what it takes to host the 2016 convention. Members of the mayor's task force for the Republican National Convention met with members of the RNC Committee during their first visit as they narrow down the list of contenders to host the 2016 convention.
  • [The other Nevada Senator] Heller sees Bundy, allies as ‘patriots’

    04/21/2014 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Steve Benen
    Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) responded to the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in very forceful terms. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not,” Reid said. “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” A day later, Reid appeared alongside his fellow Nevada senator, Republican Dean Heller, for a joint appearance on Las Vegas’ NBC affiliate. They apparently don’t see eye to eye. “What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,” GOP Sen. Dean Heller said during the rare joint appearance on KSNV-TV. “We have a very different view on this.” […]...

    04/20/2014 12:55:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    BUNKERVILLE, Nevada—Cliven Bundy’s ranch, recently the site of a tense stand-off that started over two weeks ago between the federal government and the Bundy family, had morphed into a good old-fashioned family picnic complete with live country music, hamburgers, and hotdogs Friday. A week after the Bureau of Land Management’s armed force left Bunkerville, Bundy and his supporters continue to make the family’s case relating to Bundy’s right to graze his cattle on public land his family has been on for many years. :snip: D’Souza, who is coming under fire from the Holder Justice Department himself, added, “I think what...
  • 60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senators Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages

    04/17/2014 5:55:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2014 | PR Newswire
    The 60 Plus Association today released TV and radio advertisements in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring recently introduced legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare. 60 Plus targeted three Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators supporting this government take-over, including Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
  • In Gun Rights Win Chicago Gun Sales Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

    01/13/2014 5:06:24 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: A federal judge rules that the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to buy them — and that while government is obligated to protect its citizens, it must protect their constitutional rights as well. Chicago's long-standing attempt to deny its citizens their full Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution was met with yet another court defeat. This time, it came via a ruling by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang that the city ban on retail gun shops owned by licensed dealers went too far to count as a "sensible restriction" on gun ownership to...
  • Miller: Dick Heller challenges D.C.’s gun registration scheme, files for quick ruling in Heller II

    12/12/2013 3:05:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law-abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves. The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington’s city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country. So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as “Heller II.” --snip-- Meanwhile, the police recovered 12,000 unregistered firearms from 2007 to 2013. Officers only found 36 registered guns in that same six-year period. Even then, only 17 of...
  • If you care about gun rights, you must act on Heller

    08/14/2013 6:50:01 PM PDT · by forty_years · 3 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 8/14/2013 | netWMD Staff
    If you are a gun rights supporter and already know about the court case of the District of Columbia v. Heller, then go to this link and take "ACTION: Urge your Senators to oppose the anti-gun 'nuclear option' to blow up the Senate rules. Tell them that any vote in favor of weakening the filibuster rules for judicial confirmations will ultimately result in a reversal of the Heller case and [be] a body-blow to the Second Amendment."If you're unfamiliar with the Heller case, read on. From the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in 2008: ... the District...
  • IL:Cook County Bans More Guns

    07/21/2013 9:03:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    This ban and restrictions appear blatantly unconstitutional under Heller and McDonald.  I am sure there will be court challenges.  Too bad the commissioners will not be held personally accountable for their lack of responsibility.   From the Daily Herald: The Cook County Board Wednesday voted to ban the sale of guns to people under 21, restrict how people with children at home store their ammunition and add firearms to its list of banned so-called assault weapons. The votes come as suburbs have until midnight Friday to approve their own assault weapons bans, though few have expressed much interest in doing so....
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Nevadans To Protest Senator Dean Heller For Voting Against Background Checks On Saturday

    04/19/2013 9:53:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | 19 April, 2013 | NA
    LAS VEGAS, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced today that concerned Nevadans will gather with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, ProgressNow Nevada, and veteran and gun owner Johnathan L. Abbinett on Saturday for a "Shame on You" protest against Senator Dean Heller, who voted with the Washington gun lobby and against the 90 percent of Nevadans who support commonsense, life-saving background checks for all gun sales. This week Senator Heller was among those who voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for...
  • Concealed Carry Coming To Illinois, Gang Capital Chicago

    03/04/2013 8:43:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 4, 2013` | IBD EDITORIALS
    Guns: An Illinois court has ruled that the Second Amendment means what it says and has ordered the state legislature to adopt a law by June that lets citizens bear arms in self-defense, not just keep them. On Feb. 22, a 5-4 majority of the 10-member U.S. Seventh Court of Appeals upheld the Dec. 11 decision, which had been rendered by a three-member panel, to address absurdity and inconsistency of Illinois gun laws that allowed ownership of a firearm, but not the right to carry it outside the home. In other words, the "right to keep but not to bear...
  • Sleight Of Arms: Liberals' anti-gun pincer movement

    12/31/2012 8:15:52 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 21 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    Sleight Of Arms: Liberals’ anti-gun pincer movement by Daniel Clark In the aftermath of the mass murder (not “the tragedy”) in Newtown, Connecticut, we’re hearing the predictable calls for “commonsense” gun legislation. President Obama is pushing for a reinstatement of the “assault weapons ban” that expired in 2004, in contradiction of the “I believe in the Second Amendment” sweet nothings he’d been whispering through much of his first term. The argument behind such a ban is that there’s no reason for a private citizen to own military-style weapons, or in the president’s words, “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers,...
  • The Second Amendment Is Not Negotiable

    12/17/2012 8:24:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 73 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Ron Resnick
    Cries for more “gun control” have flooded opinion and editorial pages in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut. The opinion that Americans do not have a right to own firearms, and the assertion that the Constitution does not protect the right of individuals to own firearms, is absolutely false — and also incorrect in the context of law. In 2008, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for private use within the...
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holds that the Second Amendment applies outside the home

    12/11/2012 10:59:31 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 45 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | December 11, 2012 | John Pierce
    --EMBEDDED PDF HERE-- In an opinion issued today in the Illinois case of Moore v. Madigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense … implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.” --IMAGE HERE-- The opinion is a joy to read as Judge Posner proceeds to shred the historical and public policy arguments against carry put forward by Illinois. Here are some examples to warm your heart on this cold December afternoon: Both Heller and McDonald do say that “the need for...
  • Rasmussen Nevada Sen : Heller 50% Berkley 43%

    10/18/2012 5:57:58 AM PDT · by sunmars · 21 replies
    Incumbent Republican Dean Heller has opened a seven-point lead over Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race following their second debate and a visit by Bill Clinton to the state on Berkley's behalf. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters shows Heller earning 50% support to Berkley’s 43%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This race moves from a Toss-Up to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings. The presidential race in Nevada is still a Toss-Up...
  • Nevada Senate: Heller (R) 42%, Berkley (D) 41% (Rasmussen)

    09/20/2012 6:06:46 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 15 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Nevada’s U.S. Senate race is now a virtual tie. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters finds incumbent Republican Dean Heller with 42% support, while his challenger, Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, gets 41% support. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and a sizable 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This is a marked change from July when Heller posted a 51% to 42% lead over Berkley. The Republican has generally had the lead throughout the year. Nevada now moves from Safe Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports...
  • DSCC adds half-mil in Nevada TV (NV Senate Race)

    09/13/2012 4:39:47 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/12/12 5:55 PM EDT | ALEXANDER BURNS
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is upping its investment in the Nevada Senate race, adding a new round of ads starting Friday, according to a source tracking the race there. The DSCC has added $508,000 in statewide broadcast and cable ads, for the period spanning Sept. 14 and Sept. 24, the source said. That comes on top of the $2.3 million in DSCC ad reservations Emily reported in July. The race is a competitive contest between Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley. Both Heller and outside GOP groups have pummeled Berkley over a House Ethics Committee investigation...
  • PPP: Heller hanging on over Berkley (NV Senate: Heller +2)

    09/02/2012 3:12:55 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 8 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 28, 2012 | Dustin Ingalls
    Raleigh, N.C. – Dean Heller has retained a razor-thin lead over his Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley in his fight for a full term in the Senate.  The appointed senator has 47% to Berkley’s 45% with likely voters in this fall’s election, not much different than the 44-43 edge he had in PPP’s last poll of the state in early June. Both candidates have consolidated support from their respective parties and cut down on attrition to the opposite party’s candidate.  Berkley has an 81-11 advantage with Democrats, up from 73-18, while Heller has an 86-11 lock on the GOP (71-16).  Heller...
  • Young people protest for gun rights in front of D.C. city hall

    08/17/2012 5:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    About 40 young people waved signs and voiced loud support for Second Amendment rights in the front of D.C. city hall on Friday, an unusual sight in a heavily Democratic city that is known for its strict gun-control laws. For about two hours, they captured the attention of passing motorists and tourists with their argument that increased gun ownership equals increased public safety. Their rally comes two days after an unarmed building manager was shot in the arm at the Family Research Council, a conservative organization in the District’s busy downtown. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has pledged to preserve the...

    08/14/2012 11:18:50 PM PDT · by sf4dubya · 2 replies
    DEAN HELLER FOR SENATE ^ | 8/142012 | Senator Dean Heller
    Meet US Senators Marco Rubio & Dean Heller at a rally this Thursday, Aug 16 at 3PM in Reno, NV Mambo’s 3652 S. Virginia St Reno, NV Click Here For Flyer A vocal advocate for a smaller, more responsible government, Dean introduced No Budget, No Pay legislation that requires Congress to pass a budget in order to get paid. He has co-authored proposals that would reduce government waste, and he was the only Republican to vote for both the Democratic and Republican proposals for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Getting Washington’s fiscal house in order and allowing small businesses and families...
  • Illinois Supreme Court Remands Second Amendment Challenge in Wilson v. County of Cook

    04/05/2012 11:00:22 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 1 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | April 5, 2012 | John Pierce
    The Illinois Supreme Court has just now released its opinion in Wilson v. County of Cook and it contains ‘slightly’ good news for Second Amendment advocates.
  • The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

    04/25/2012 4:10:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    The New American ^ | May 2012 Issue | James O. E. Norell
    DID YOU KNOW SOUTH AFRICA HAS A CONSTITUTION THAT'S FAR SUPERIOR TO OUR OWN? THAT'S WHAT ONE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AS WELL AS SHADOWY ACTIVITIST GROUPS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO EFFECT CHANGE, BELIEVE. “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa … a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights …” -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jan. 30, 2012. That stunning disavowal—by an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court—of the Constitution she has sworn...
  • Nevada Senate : Heller 47%, Berkley 40%

    03/20/2012 7:46:34 AM PDT · by sunmars · 21 replies
    Incumbent Republican Dean Heller holds a seven-point lead over his likeliest Democratic challenger, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the U.S. Senate race in Nevada. A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada shows Heller with 47% support to Berkley’s 40%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This Nevada survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted on March 19, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for...
  • Current Status of Right-to-Carry in 2012

    03/15/2012 7:22:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 14 March, 2012 | NRA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --(Ammoland.com)- Self-defense is a fundamental right. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. RTC laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection. The Supreme Court, striking down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), ruled that “the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right,” and that the amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is...
  • U.S. Supreme Court justice: 'Constitution is a static being'

    02/14/2012 9:08:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 13 February, 2012 | Alexandra Chachkevitch
    <p>U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday touted his approach to interpreting the federal Constitution that focuses on the original intent of the Founding Fathers.</p> <p>Scalia, a former University of Chicago law professor, called the “originalism” method “the lesser evil.”</p>
  • Heller speaks to G&P about guns, fame(Constitution)

    02/14/2012 8:48:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    The successful plaintiff in “Heller 1,” the most important gun case in the last seven decades was interviewed Feb. 11 at the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va. “When I go to the Nation’s Gun Show, I usually focus on the antique guns,” said Dick Heller, who in 2003 sued the District of Columbia, when the municipal government of the federal city denied his request to register a gun. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment’s preamble, which discussed the value of a well-equipped militia, did not restrict the right to keep and bear arms. The court...
  • Heller Attorneys Awarded $1.1M in Fees, One-Third of Their Request

    12/30/2011 8:13:06 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    A federal judge in Washington has awarded attorneys who represented Dick Heller in the landmark Supreme Court case that recognized an individual right to posses arms just over $1.1 million in fees — about one-third of what they had requested.
  • Is Heller Hollow?

    10/23/2011 4:59:09 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 38 replies
    Second Amendment Project ^ | November 2011 | David Kopel
    Does the Second Amendment protect anything other than a handgun in the home? When anti-gun laws are challenged in court, should judges uphold repressive ordinances like the District of Columbia’s gun licensing scheme, which forces applicants to spend hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours just to buy an ordinary rifle? These are the questions being fought in the courts right now, in cases backed by the NRA. What answers the courts will provide are far from certain. The ultimate answers will depend on whether or not the next generation of federal judges is appointed by a President who values...
  • Appeals Court Rules Against D.C. Gun Owners in Heller II

    10/22/2011 7:58:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 October, 2011 | NRA-ILA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --(Ammoland.com)- In a split ruling in an ongoing NRA-supported case challenging the restrictive gun laws established by the Washington D.C. government in defiance of the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld a number of highly restrictive gun laws. Unfortunately, the court ruled that the District’s general handgun registration requirement is constitutional. However, the court reached that conclusion by misreading the Supreme Court’s Heller decision as presuming that any type of “longstanding” restriction is constitutional, so it only upheld the more traditional aspects of the registration system,...
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    09/30/2011 2:24:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.  Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would "go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets . . . ."  The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court's "unwise" decision that...
  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • Sandoval Names Heller to US Senate

    04/27/2011 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    AP via WNCT ^ | 4/27/2011 | SANDRA CHEREB, AP
    CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Republican Rep. Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the U.S. Senate. The appointment announced Wednesday sets in motion a political scramble on how Heller's seat in the House will be filled. State law says a special election must be held within 180 days of a vacancy.
  • Aides: John Ensign to resign Friday

    04/21/2011 3:59:24 PM PDT · by Danae · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-21-2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) plans to announce Friday he will resign his Senate seat, aides said Thursday. Ensign has been under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee over whether he violated Senate rules during his affair with Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide. Hampton’s husband, Doug Hampton, was Ensign’s deputy chief of staff during most of the extramarital relationship. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53557.html#ixzz1KCVouaTc
  • Dean Heller Announces Run for U.S. Senate (NV)

    03/15/2011 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    KLAS Channel 8 News ^ | March 15, 2011
    Three-term Congressman Dean Heller says he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Nevada Republican John Ensign. Heller's announcement after months of alluding to a run comes a week after Ensign announced he won't seek a third term. Ensign says he wants to shield his family from campaign attacks stemming from his extramarital affair. Heller sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday morning announcing his Senate run. He says he wants to curb government spending and heal Nevada's troubled economy. The Silver State has the highest unemployment in the nation at 14.2 percent. Heller's staff has said he would...
  • Gun control: It's not a political impossibility (WashCompost Masthead Editorial)

    01/10/2011 9:47:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/10/2011 | Washington Post Masthead Editorial
    As a candidate for president, Sen. Barack Obama nonetheless pledged to revive the assault-weapons ban. These weapons serve no conceivable lawful purpose. Mayors and police chiefs, whose constituencies pay the bloodiest price for traffic in such guns, have pleaded for sensible laws. In Mexico, where assault weapons purchased in the United States have been responsible for tens of thousands of murders, Mr. Obama's counterpart, Felipé Calderon, has lodged similar requests. But President Obama has taken only minor steps toward redeeming Candidate Obama's promise. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control, noted that...
  • EDITORIAL: Another setback for gun grabbers

    01/08/2011 4:55:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Washingtion Times ^ | 7 Janurary, 2011 | NA
    Fourteen years after being forced to plead guilty to the "crime" of owning a gun in Washington, the blot against the record of Dave Magnus may be cleared. On Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recognized that one should not bear a stigma for the past possession of a firearm in the nation's capital for the purpose of self-defense. "A conviction for conduct that is not criminal, but is instead constitutionally-protected, is the ultimate miscarriage of justice," Judge Stephen H. Glickman wrote in the 12-page decision. Other officials failed to see matters with such clarity. The U.S. Attorney's...
  • Md. Court of Appeals upholds state's handgun laws

    01/06/2011 12:51:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | January 5, 2011
    BALTIMORE - Maryland's highest court has ruled the state's handgun laws are still constitutional despite a 2008 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that gutted gun statutes in D.C. In an opinion issued Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed a gun possession charge levied in Prince George's County against Charles F. Williams, Jr. Williams said the state's gun regulations violated his right to "keep and carry arms" under the Second Amendment, and based his argument in part on the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. The high court in that case said barring a person from...
  • D.C.’s Decline - more guns didn't cause more crime

    01/03/2011 6:05:59 PM PST · by guyshomenet · 8 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/3/2011 | Guy Smith
    It didn’t happen … again. Seems whenever proponents of gun control – the perpetually confused and fearful critters that they be – watch law and society move against them, they predict Armageddon. When America had only ten states allowing people to carry concealed firearms, and Florida had the Audacity to Hope to Change that, every anti-freedom politician and two-bit flack hollered that Thermopylae levels of blood would flow through the streets. Three decades and 31 states later, it didn’t happen. In fact, crime has fallen, especially the violent variety. Even in bloody Washington D.C. ... In 2008 when the Supreme...
  • D.C. homicides at lowest level since 1963

    01/02/2011 11:43:37 AM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/1/2011 | Matthew Cella
    The District finished 2010 with 131 homicides — a 9 percent reduction from 2009 and the lowest number of killings in the nation's capital since 1963. ... Montgomery County saw an increase from 13 homicides in 2009 to 17 last year. ... Fairfax County also recorded a modest increase, from 14 killings in 2009 to 16 last year, while Arlington County recorded one killing last year compared with two in 2009. For the District, the continued declines in homicides during this decade to nearly half-century lows are impressive. The city less than 20 years ago recorded 482 killings, when turf...
  • Attorney General's office: 'decades of scholarly literature' support RKBA(DC)

    12/23/2010 5:07:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    St Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 December, 2009 | Kurt Hofmann
    Gun owners in St. Louis and elsewhere doubtless recall the rabid opposition among the District of Columbia's political class, to private gun ownership by American citizens. From the outright handgun ban implemented in 1976, to the stubborn defense of that ban, ending with the Heller case, to the ultra-restrictive everything-short-of-an-outright-ban laws which replaced that ban, to the District's willingness to sacrifice its bid for "voting rights," because they would only come packaged with a repeal of those ultra-restrictive gun laws; D.C. has for decades restricted gun ownership to the absolute maximum degree it could get away with. Meanwhile, D.C. is...
  • Washington Gun Owners' Appeal Seeks to Weaken Limits(DC)

    11/17/2010 3:57:41 AM PST · by marktwain
    Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Washington, D.C., gun owners told a federal appeals court that the city's firearm registration process and a ban on certain types of weapons violate their constitutional rights. The lawyer for Dick Heller, the plaintiff in a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2008 that set a national standard for Second Amendment rights, and three other plaintiffs said Washington's regulations are the most stringent in the U.S. and inconsistent with Supreme Court rulings. The case, known as Heller II, is seeking to overturn restrictions on firearms possession the District of Columbia imposed after Heller won his previous case....
  • Md. high court hears state gun law arguments

    10/08/2010 9:56:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    AP ^ | October 7, 2010 | NA
    Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told members of the state's top court Thursday that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings prove state laws restricting people's right to carry guns in public are constitutional, despite the arguments of a man seeking to overturn the law. An attorney representing Charles F. Williams Jr., who was arrested in 2007 for carrying a handgun in public in Prince George's County, argued the same two recent rulings protect his client's right to bear arms. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a D.C. ban on handguns and a trigger lock requirement...
  • You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: The Second Amendment finally applies to the states. Now the fight...

    09/13/2010 12:38:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | October 2010 | Brian Doherty
    The Second Amendment finally applies to the states. Now the fight over gun rights really begins. It was the morning of June 26, 2008, and Alan Gura had just won the first case he’d ever argued in front of the Supreme Court. Before taking a media victory lap to celebrate his historic vindication of the Second Amendment in D.C. v. Heller, Gura headed to the Court’s public information office for a moment of privacy. He called an old buddy from law school, the Chicago attorney David Sigale. “File it,” Gura said. “It” became, almost exactly two years later, Gura’s second...
  • The Persecution of Gilbert Arenas: How gun prohibitionists and an image-conscious NBA scapegoated...

    08/04/2010 2:06:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | August-September 2010 issue | Daniel Wattenberg
    How gun prohibitionists and an image-conscious NBA scapegoated a basketball star On December 19, 2009, NBA star Gilbert Arenas and fellow Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton got into a heated argument over a card game, exchanging violent threats. (Arenas maintains that his were made in jest.) After Crittenton challenged him to a fistfight, Arenas told his younger teammate he was too old to fight him, but he’d burn his SUV or shoot him in the face instead. Crittenton answered that he’d shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee. Two days later, before practice at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center, Arenas...
  • Op-Ed: Throwing the book at gun laws(NJ)

    08/02/2010 4:47:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 3+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 1 August, 2008 | DANIEL SCHMUTTER
    Some gun control advocates have declared that the McDonald case (and the Heller case before it) will not affect most laws currently in place because they simply constitute “reasonable regulation” of the purchase and possession of guns. However, nowhere in either Heller or McDonald did the Supreme Court rule that so-called “reasonable” laws are valid under the Second Amendment. Accordingly, anyone who defends a law claiming that it is “reasonable” is not stating any legal standard or offering any basis upon which to judge whether such a law would survive a legal challenge. As it turns out, New Jersey gun...
  • Clutching frantically to 'Heller,' 3rd Circuit OKs Ban on Unnumbered Guns

    07/30/2010 8:50:32 PM PDT · by Rabin · 61 replies · 2+ views
    LAW.COM ^ | Shannon P. Duffy
    "In an important Second Amendment decision that charts a course for evaluating the validity of gun laws now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared the right to be an individual one, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to strike down a federal law that bans possession of guns with obliterated serial numbers… McLaughlin held that the Second Amendment does not protect a right to own handguns with obliterated serial numbers and that 922(k) does not meaningfully burden the "core" right recognized in Heller -- the right to possess firearms for defense of hearth and home." See...