DAILY ALERT FOR Wednesday, June 10, 2015 LEGAL & LEGISLATION New Hampshire: Constitutional Carry Fate Rests With Governor Last week, the New Hampshire state Senate voted concurrence on “Constitutional/Permitless Carry” reform legislation, Senate Bill 116. It is now up to Governor Maggie Hassan as to whether or not this critical legislation will be signed into law. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Delaware: Bill that Violates Due Process Could be Voted on as Early as Tomorrow! As early as tomorrow, June 11, the Delaware Senate could vote on Senate Bill 83. This legislation would exceed current Delaware and federal law and cause persons subject to an ex parte abuse order, which can be issued absent any evidence that a criminal act was committed, to immediately lose their Second Amendment rights. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Representative Rob Bishop Introduces Bill to Curb BATFE Abuse On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015.” This bill would remove BATFE’s authority to interpret or reinterpret the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law, which only serve to undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop’s legislation, all lawful purposes – including self-defense – would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal law. NEWS NRA Backs Federal Bill to Limit Arbitrary Federal Gun and Ammo Classifications The National Rifle Association today announced support for H.R. 2710, federal legislation aimed at limiting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) from using executive overreach to undermine the Second Amendment. H.R. 2710 was introduced by United States Representative Rob Bishop (UT-1). WALL STREET JOURNAL Obama's Gun-Control Misfire Last September the Obama administration produced an FBI report that said mass shooting attacks and deaths were up sharply—by an average annual rate of about 16% between 2000 and 2013. Moreover, the problem was worsening. “The findings establish an increasing frequency of incidents,” said the authors. “During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last 7 years of the study, that average increased to 16.4 incidents annually.” The White House could not possibly have been more pleased with the media reaction to these findings, which were prominently featured by the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Washington Post and other major outlets. The FBI report landed six weeks before the midterm elections, and the administration was hoping that the gun-control issue would help drive Democratic turnout. But late last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that “our data is imperfect.” They said that the news media “got it wrong” last year when they “mistakenly reported mass shootings were on the rise.” LEGAL & LEGISLATION Nevada: Sheriff Lombardo Issues Administrative Notice Ending Handgun Registration in Clark County Yesterday afternoon, Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo released Administrative Directive No. AN-011-15 Administrative Notice to all personnel. USA TODAY Campus carry offers protection: Opposing view Spearheaded by Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Allen Fletcher, Texas Senate Bill 11 marks another step in the steady march of states choosing to legalize the carry of concealed firearms on college campuses. Despite legislative stalling and last-minute amendments, the efforts of gun rights organizations from across the state and country paid off in the removal of the statewide ban on campus carry. Contrary to the fear-heavy rhetoric from the bill's opponents, Texas is far from the first state to allow firearms on college campuses. Campus-carry laws are already on the books for universities in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. Other states have proposed campus-carry bills this year — including Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming — gaining various levels of traction in their legislatures. The recurring nature and ever-increasing support for these bills signals growing acceptance across the country. As semesters pass without incidents in states where concealed carry is allowed in campus buildings, the apocalyptic predictions of carry opponents lose credibility. LEGAL & LEGISLATION NEWS SECOND AMENDMENT U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Second Amendment Case, Draws Strong Dissent From Thomas, Scalia On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a petition to either summarily reverse or hear an appeal of the decision in Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on March 25, 2014. The Ninth Circuit decision upheld San Francisco ordinances requiring any firearm within the home not actually carried on the person to be in a locked container or disabled by a state-approved trigger lock and banning the sale of hollow point ammunition. In each case, the Ninth Circuit wrongly determined that while the ordinance "burdens" the "core" Second Amendment right of self-defense within the home, it does not entirely "destroy" it. The court then wrongly applied a deferential form of "intermediate" scrutiny to the regulations and found they satisfied that test. Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia (who wrote the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller opinion) penned a sharply critical dissent (see p. 11 at link) of the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the appeal. GUN LAWS Woman frightens off knife-wielding robber, The Portland Press-Herald, Portland, Maine 06/08/15 A woman was walking to her car in Portland, Maine, when a man armed with a knife approached her and demanded money. The woman refused and got inside her vehicle, where she retrieved a gun. The woman then pointed the firearm at the criminal, prompting the thief to flee the scene. THE HILL Lawmakers move to stifle firearms technology The Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, backed by Israel and several other Democrats, would prohibit the manufacture of entirely plastic guns. The legislation would require a major component of every gun to contain enough traces of metal to be detected.