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NRA: Jackson’s Mayor Exploits Crisis, Achieves Nothing

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Jackson Mississippi continues to deal with politicians who see their rights as a nuisance.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Popular wisdom holds that crisis reveals character –nothing brings out the true nature of a person more than having to rise to face the challenges of an unexpected disaster or emergency. Our current pandemic has already revealed a fair share of heroes and fools.
On April 24, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, released a video advising that he had signed an “executive order” suspending “the open carry law during the COVID-19 civil emergency.”(This order followed his earlier “stay home” orders directing city residents to cease all nonessential travel and activities).
In the video, he refers to several violent crimes in Jackson that “could have been avoided if we had a state law that enabled us to better control the presence of firearms on our streets.”He cited, as the authority for his order, a state statute that gave him the discretion, “in the interest of public safety and welfare, to issue such orders that are necessary for the protection of life and property.”A screenshot shows Mississippi Code §45-17-7 (although an earlier version of the video apparently cited Section 45-7-17(7)(e), a law that doesn’t exist).
Strangely, City residents wishing to inform themselves about the order had to rely on an unsigned version that a newspaper posted online –as of late April, there appeared to be no evidence of this order at the City website or the mayor’s webpage.
Mississippi Code §45-17-7 allows a “chief administrative officer” to issue the listed orders or “such other orders as are necessary for the protection of life and property” once a proclamation of a civil emergency has been made.
As is usually the case, this statute doesn’t exist in a legal vacuum.
One clear limitation on the mayor’s authority is Mississippi’s firearm preemption law, Miss. Code §45-9-51, which generally prohibits any municipality from adopting laws that restrict the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, transfer, or ownership of firearms.
On April 26, Mississippi’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Lynn Fitch, advised Mayor Lumumba that she had reviewed his executive order and found it to be invalid and unconstitutional. “Neither Section 45-17-7 nor any other provision of law governing municipal civil emergencies, authorizes a mayor to suspend any valid state statute or constitutional right…Mississippians enjoy the right to lawfully open carry in all of Mississippi’s 82 counties and in every municipality within the State. The City of Jackson is no exception.”
She added that she had “no evidence that the State’s open carry law was implicated in these crimes [cited as justification] or that your order would have changed the outcomes.”Because the mayor (or the city more generally) “lacks statutory authority to suspend a state statute or constitutional provision,” her letter directed the mayor to “rescind the Order immediately.”
Since then, a whole lot of things have happened, but a recall of the executive order hasn’t been one of them.
On April 27, the Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of State Rep. Dana Criswell, challenging Mayor Lumumba’s unconstitutional and illegal “overreaching attempts to ‘suspend the constitutional right to carry a firearm openly in public” as a violation of state law and the Second Amendment.
The mayor’s colleagues on the Jackson City Council seized the opportunity of a council meeting on April 28 to unanimously disavow his action and pass a resolution repudiating the mayor’s unilateral suspension of carry rights. Several council members noted Mayor Lumumba acted without input from the city council, despite it being a matter of importance that merited consideration by the city’s governing body as a whole. “We’ve got to work as one body and under the requirements of the U.S. and Mississippi state constitution and Mississippi state law,” said Councilman Melvin Priester. Another council member disclosed that the city attorney had advised Mayor Lumumba against issuing the open carry executive order, but the mayor went ahead, regardless.
On April 30, Attorney General Fitch filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff in the federal lawsuit, and Mike Hurst of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, the chief federal law enforcement officer for over half the state, published a remarkable op-ed strongly opposing Mayor Lumumba’s illegal curtailment of civil liberties.
In it, he points out the mayor’s purported justifications for the ban were not “substantiated in any way.”“I have not seen a single case where a killing in Jackson could have been prevented if open carry rights had been revoked.”The mayor “also knows full well, as a former criminal defense attorney, that the right to openly carry firearms is not interfering with law enforcement taking criminals off the street.”Our constitutional rights do not become less necessary or lose their character as fundamental rights at the worst of times. “If we are to preserve the character of our nation and ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity,’ we must remain vigilant and collectively act to protect and preserve our constitutional liberties and civil rights of every American, especially in times of crisis.”
On the same day, April 30, the mayor’s executive order expired. Appearing at a press conference that afternoon, Mayor Lumumba defended his order at length without actually pointing to any indication that it made a dent in criminal violence or protected life and property in any way. He dismissed the critics and opponents of his order as “outside agitators” but at the same time, called out and thanked Mike Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups for their support.
Mayor Lumumba is an attorney and (we assume) is knowledgeable about the law. Like the rest of his colleagues on the City Council, he has taken an oath to uphold the law and the Constitution.
The events following the issuance of his order should have been ample indication that his order was unconstitutional, unjustified, and ineffective.
Indeed, the text of the (unsigned) executive order itself acknowledges that since “the issuance of the Stay-at-Home …Orders by the Mayor of the City of Jackson, there have been nearly a dozen shootings in the City of Jackson.”What possible reason is there to believe that anyone who violates a stay-home order (and state and federal law) to commit a crime will obey a similar mayoral direction banning the open carry of a firearm?
Mayor Lumumba’s executive order was utterly useless in addressing the harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or curbing the kinds of senseless homicides he cited as justifying his order. In fact, one council member expressed his concern that selective enforcement of the order in only some neighborhoods would enable “bad policing” that damaged the community’s trust. In responding to the pandemic, Mayor Lumumba demonstrated a blatant disregard for state law and his willingness to sacrifice the civil rights of his constituents. At the very least, the City of Jackson now faces spending taxpayer dollars on outside counsel to defend itself against the consequences of its mayor’s foolish actions.

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FL Threatened with Lawsuit After Nikki Fried Cancels CW Applications

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Fried seems full of great ideas – laws and ruled be damned.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Nikki Fried, Florida’s anti-gun Commissioner of Agriculture clearly violated Florida law and pretended to have authority she is specifically denied by statute [f.s.790.06(15)].  She knew it. She was even formally asked to stop it by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.  Imagine the waste of State tax dollars if Nikki Fried’s conduct results in a lawsuit against the State when the Attorney General is already on record warning Fried against such actions.
Florida threatened with lawsuit over cancellation of online concealed carry applications
By Ryan Lovelace
Washington Times
April 30, 2020
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/30/florida-threatened-lawsuit-over-cancellation-onlin/
Young Americans for Liberty president Cliff Maloney is pursuing litigation against a Florida official for thwarting his ability to obtain a firearm amid social distancing restrictions in response to coronavirus.
Mr. Maloney sent a letter on Wednesday to Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services commissioner Nikki Fried threatening litigation because of the commissioner’s decision to suspend online applications for concealed weapons licenses amid the coronavirus outbreak.
While Ms. Fried, Florida Democrat, closed off online applications for concealed carry licenses, she was scheduled to appear in an online town hall with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday evening.
Ms. Fried was listed as moderator of a discussion with Mr. Biden during the virtual rally on Wednesday, according to Mr. Biden’s campaign website which has since removed the webpage. Mr. Maloney’s letter was sent to Ms. Fried when she was moderating the discussion, according to Mr. Maloney.
“It’s truly sad to see Nikki Fried exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to further her anti-Second Amendment agenda,” said Mr. Maloney. “She can host an online fundraiser for Joe Biden, but she can’t accept online applications for concealed weapons licenses? Commissioner Fried needs to stop infringing on the constitutional right of Floridians to protect themselves and their families.”….READ MORE
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/30/florida-threatened-lawsuit-over-cancellation-onlin/

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NRA on Former VP Biden: On Guns, Joe Biden Is Full Of It

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Biden standing at a podium labeled, “Beat the NRA with Biden” presumably yelling unintelligibly about AR-14 clip-a-zines, firing shotguns in the air,or defending himself against allegations of sexual harassment.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact, or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback in early March when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment autoworker.
The verbal dispute occurred as Biden toured a Fiat Chrysler plant in Michigan as the state was holding its primary. As Biden made his rounds, autoworker Jerry Wayne went up to the presidential candidate and asked him about his position on the Second Amendment. Speaking with Fox News’ Fox & Friends the following day, Wayne explained that he “asked [Biden] how he wanted to get the vote of the working man when a lot of us, we wield arms. We bear arms and we like to do that. And if he wants to give us work and take our guns, I don’t see how he is going to get the same vote.”
Wayne told Biden, “You’re actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take our guns,” to which a visibly agitated Biden responded, “You’re full of **it.” Following Biden’s use of profanity, a female Biden staffer attempted to quell the confrontation. Biden responded by shushing the assistant.
Biden then claimed that he supports the Second Amendment—providing as evidence his ownership of 12- and 20-gauge shotguns. An angry Biden then professed, “I’m not taking your gun away” and denied ever having said he would take guns away. Wayne responded that there was a video of Biden expressing his desire to take guns, to which the candidate responded with a denial.
At that point Biden thought it appropriate to point a finger in Wayne’s face and clarify that he was going to “take your AR-14s away.” The befuddled politician presumably was referring to America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15. When Wayne protested Biden pointing a finger in his face, a now irate Biden challenged the autoworker to a fight, replying, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go outside with your a**.”
Demonstrating a firmer grasp on U.S. civics than the Syracuse Law graduate*, Wayne responded to the unhinged “public servant” by saying, “You’re working for me, man.” Continuing his profanity-laced tirade, Biden responded with, “I’m not working for you. Don’t be such a horse’s a**.”
Confused, Biden then appeared to conflate commonly owned semi-automatic rifles with machine guns. Wayne was then forced to explain to the former vice president the difference between semi-automatic and automatic firearms. An addled Biden then shouted, “Do you need 100 rounds? Do you need 100 rounds?” before wandering off.
Describing the interaction on Fox News, Wayne recalled that Biden “kind of just went off the deep end.”
That is an understatement.
Biden continues to boast about his role as lead sponsor on the Senate crime bill that contained 1994 Clinton ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
At present, Biden’s campaign website touts his plan for a more restrictive ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines. Further, while attending a private $500-per-person fundraiser in November, Biden revealed his intent to ban 9 mm pistols. According to an article from the Seattle Times, while at the soiree, the 77-year-old asked attendees, “Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9 mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds?”
As with so many anti-gun politicians, when Biden claims to support the Second Amendment, he is not being honest.
At a campaign rally in Dallas on the Monday before the Super Tuesday primaries, failed U.S. senate and presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke endorsed Biden for president. Sharing the stage with his former rival, Biden stated,
“I want to make something clear. I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ll see of this guy.” Biden went on say, “You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort. I’m counting on ya.”
By offering Beto a role on guns in a potential future administration, Biden has made clear that he supports Beto’s gun-control position. That position is gun confiscation.
During the Sept. 12, 2019 Democratic debate, Beto O’Rourke was asked about his proposal to confiscate commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Beto responded in part by saying,
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Moreover, Biden himself has stated that he intends to take firearms. Biden had the following exchange with CNN’s Anderson Cooper when asked about firearm confiscation during an Aug. 5, 2019 interview.
Cooper: “So, to gun owners out there who say well a Biden administration means they are going to come for my guns.”
Biden:” Bingo! You’re right if you have an assault weapon.”
Biden must think he can get away with lying to Second Amendment-supporting working people. In the friendly confines of a CNN interview, Biden was more than happy to admit his gun-confiscation plans. However, put him in front of a group of workers and he tries to hide his radical anti-gun agenda.
Thanks to autoworker Jerry Wayne, Biden wasn’t able to get away with it this time. Wayne was correct to ask Biden about his history of attacking the Second Amendment and support for firearms confiscation. Biden, on the other hand, was full of it.

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NM Gov’s New Order Allows Partial Operation of Gun Stores & Ranges

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New Mexico’s Gov. Grisham partially reverted his illegal order to close gun shops and ranges.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Recently, facing mounting pressure to re-open New Mexico businesses and litigation filed by NRA-ILA, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, and other pro-Second Amendment organizations, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended her emergency executive stay-at-home order until Friday, May 15.  However, she amended the order to allow gun stores and shooting ranges to operate by appointment-only, effective Friday, May 1.  Language from her order:
“Federally licensed firearm dealers may operate to the extent necessary to conduct background checks and to allow individuals to take possession of firearms that were ordered online or through other remote means. They shall provide these services by appointment only. They shall provide these services by appointment only. [sic] Shooting ranges may open by appointment and shall ensure that appropriate social distancing measures are in place.”
NRA issued the following statement after the governor’s announcement:
“The governor’s announcement today was a first step toward restoring the self-defense and Second Amendment rights of New Mexicans — rights she unlawfully, unilaterally and carelessly stripped away when she ordered the closure of all gun stores last month. The NRA will not stop until the rights of all law-abiding New Mexicans are fully restored.”

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Massachusetts: NRA Joins Amicus Brief on Gun Shop Closures

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The NRA along with GOAL filed an Amicus Brief in response to MA Gov. Baker’s decision to close gun shops in MA
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- This week, NRA joined the Gun Owners’ Action League and filed an Amicus Brief in support of federal court action taken in response to Gov. Baker’s decision to close gun shops in Massachusetts.
Governor Baker’s administration has used the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to brazenly threaten our Second Amendment rights. On March 23rd, Gov.Baker issued COVID-19 Order. No. 13 which failed to designate gun shops as “Essential Businesses.”  On March 31st, Gov. Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 21, which designated gun shops as “Essential Businesses.” This reversal was forced by a decision from the Trump Administration – through the Department of Homeland Security – that firearm and ammunition dealers, shooting ranges, and manufacturers are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and should not be shut down.
However, late afternoon on March 31st, after gun rights advocates praised the decision, the Baker Administration removed firearm retailers and shooting ranges, once again, from the list of essential businesses. Gov. Baker’s closure of firearm retailers effectively bans firearms sales to law-abiding Massachusetts residents.
Gov. Baker’s actions are an unacceptable deprivation of our Second Amendment rights at a time when residents are concerned for the safety of themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
This is breaking and developing news, and as more details become available, we will update NRA members further.  Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org/coronavirus.

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NRA Statement on New Mexico Governor’s Announcement

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New Mexico NRA State Direction, Tara Reilly Mica, released a statement opposing mandated gun store closings in NM.
Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- The New Mexico state director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Tara Reilly Mica, on Thursday released the following statement in response to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lugan Grisham’s announcement regarding mandated gun store closures.
“The governor’s announcement today was a first step toward restoring the self-defense and Second Amendment rights of New Mexicans — rights she unlawfully, unilaterally and carelessly stripped away when she ordered the closure of all gun stores last month. The NRA will not stop until the rights of all law-abiding New Mexicans are fully restored.”​
This was in response to New Mexico Governor Grisham wasting resources closing down gunships during the pandemic against the orders of President Trump. Full info below from the NRA.
In response to the Covid 19 outbreak, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the closure of all businesses she doesn’t consider “Essential.”  The Governor did not designate firearm stores as “essential,” but many remained open because the Governor’s order did not explicitly order them closed.  Your NRA-ILA has now learned that Governor Grisham is making her anti-gun proclivities clear by tasking the State Patrol with driving by gun stores and telling dealers that they are, and will remain, closed to the public.  New Mexico residents are encouraged to contact their local firearms dealers to inquire about the potential to make online purchases while the Governor’s order remains in effect.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of Colorado, gun stores have been listed as critical businesses and are allowed to operate.  The same is true in many states throughout the country.  This action by the Governor is not just anti-gun, but fails to consider the need for safety and security in these uncertain times.  Please contact Governor Grisham at 505-476-2200 and ask her to please respect our right to self-defense and leave gun stores alone.​

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2A Victory in Maine: Portland Reverses Illegal Gun Shop Closings

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Maine reverses illegal decision designating gun stores as, “non-essential”
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In response to COVID-19, on April 14th, the Portland Mayor and City Council adopted Order No. 156-19/20, which replaced the list of essential businesses previously authorized by the city. The order stated that “Gun shops shall not be considered an essential business or service within the City of Portland.”
Last night, freedom-loving Americans scored a victory when the Mayor and City Council adopted an amendment to Order No. 167-19/20 which removed the illegal classification of gun shops as “non-essential.” Thanks to the activism of law-abiding gun owners, our constitutional rights are being protected!
Not only did the original order directly conflict with the new list of essential businesses published on April 3rd by the Mills administration, but it blatantly conflicted with Maine’s preemption law. State preemption prevents local governments from enacting gun control ordinances and creating a confusing patchwork of local laws. Law-abiding citizens should enjoy the same rights, regardless of where they reside or travel. Maine statutes have no exception for local government acting in an emergency – which means the City of Portland would violate state law by classifying gun shops as non-essential businesses and ordering them to close under their original order.
This is breaking and developing news, and as more details become available, we will update NRA members further. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org/coronavirus.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Jackson Mayor’s Illegal Open Carry Gun Ban

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The Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of State Rep. Dana Criswell.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The Mississippi Justice Institute, a non-profit constitutional litigation center, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of pro-Second Amendment State Rep. Dana Criswell (R-Mount Olive) against Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s executive order prohibiting the open carry of firearms in the city.  This legal action, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi, challenges both the constitutionality and legality of the mayor’s open carry ban.  Your NRA-ILA reported earlier this week that the mayor’s actions violate both the Mississippi Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms provision and the state firearms preemption law.  As this goes to press, the judge in the case had called for an emergency hearing to take place today!
Even the Jackson City Council last night voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing the mayor’s executive order, citing concerns that he did not seek input of the Council prior to announcing the ban, that he likely overstepped his legal authority as mayor, and that he unnecessarily and unwisely involved the city in litigation, wasting taxpayer dollars.
Mayor Lumumba’s open carry ban is set to expire on April 30, but it is possible that he could attempt to continue this political charade and extend his order.
NRA-ILA will report to you on how the situation in Jackson evolves.

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Virginia Anti-gun Activist Unveils 2021 Gun Control Agenda

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Vehement anti-gunner and Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam works with Lori Haas who outlined her plans for further anti-gun legislature for 2021.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On April 10, disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed five pieces of anti-gun legislation into law. Those measures criminalize the private sale of firearms, ration handgun sales to one a month, create a “red flag” gun confiscation scheme, punish property crime victims who fail to hastily report a firearm as stolen, and restrict how Virginia parents may store and introduce their children to firearms. Northam sent two pieces of anti-gun legislation back, including legislation that erodes the Right-to-Carry and the state firearms preemption statute, to the general assembly with governor’s amendments. The General Assembly enacted both items of legislation on April 22.
As bad as this session was for Virginia gun owners, it could have been much worse. The General Assembly did not pass the proposed legislation that would have banned, and in some cases confiscated, commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines and accessories that Northam demanded. Moreover, moderate members of the Senate Democratic caucus helped to limit the background check legislation to sales, leaving gun owners free to loan and gift firearms to their friends and family without government intrusion.
The worst-case scenario was avoided thanks to the herculean efforts of NRA members and other gun rights activists across the Commonwealth. Between the sanctuary county movement that now covers the vast majority of the state, NRA members contacting their lawmakers and meeting with them in person, and the massive gun rights rally on January 20 in Richmond, Virginia gun owners have become the model for how a passionate grassroots movement can influence government policy.
That same passion will be needed going forward.
On April 19, podcast Transition Virginia, which describes itself as “an edgy, political news-commentary podcast on the transition of power in Virginia from a red to blue​,” released an episode featuring Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and Lori Haas of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). Virginia gun rights advocates may remember Haas as a vocal cheerleader for Attorney General Mark Herring’s 2015 attempt to remove reciprocity for 25 states Right-to-Carry permits. Haas opposed the compromise legislation with then-Governor Terry McAuliffe that reversed Herring’s maneuver by granting reciprocity to all state Right-to-Carry permits. Longtime gun rights supporters will know that CSGV is the handgun prohibition organization that until 1990 was known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.
On the podcast, Haas laid out gun control activists’ plans for the 2021 legislative session. Haas told the interviewer, “We’ll be back… a couple people joked with me [Secretary Moran] one of them, ‘Lori we’ve got seven bills what are we going to do next year?’ Oh I’ve got a big list for you secretary.” Haas made clear that a renewed push to ban commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines was at the top of gun control advocates’ agenda, claiming that such items “have no place in civil society.” Haas also noted that her group is already working with legislators to pass a ban next year.
For his part, Moran claimed that commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms are not protected under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The secretary also approvingly pointed to Maryland’s ban on commonly-owned firearms.
Banning commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms or their magazines is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that governments cannot ban these firearms as they are “in common use” for lawful purposes.
Taken alone, Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Heller is enough to dispose of Moran’s comments. In the decision, Justice Scalia made clear that the types of firearms protected by the Second Amendment include those “in common use at the time” for “lawful purposes like self-defense.”
The firearms industry has estimated that Americans own more than 17.5 million semi-automatic rifles. The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the U.S. and therefore indisputably “in common use” and protected by the Second Amendment.
All doubt as to whether the Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald preclude bans on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms was settled in 2015. That year, Justice Scalia joined Justice Thomas in a dissent from the denial of certiorari in Friedman v. Highland Park, a case concerning a local ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.
Justice Thomas explained,
Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.
A sweeping gun ban isn’t all Haas and her gun prohibitionist allies are seeking to accomplish in 2021. Haas also told the podcast that gun control advocates are working on measures to restrict both concealed and open carry, so-called “safe storage” legislation, and a bill to enact an onerous firearm permit to purchase regime. In a decidedly regressive move, Haas even shared her interest in attacking Virginia’s restoration of rights procedure, whereby former criminals who have paid their debt to society are able to regain their civil rights.
Moran and Haas’s interview makes clear that the enemies of freedom are not satisfied with the gun controls enacted in Virginia this year. Therefore, the commonwealth’s gun rights activists must remain vigilant in order to combat this perpetual threat to freedom. Virginians should start by informing their friends, loved ones, and other like-minded individuals of the continuing threat gun owners face in the commonwealth. This year gun owners proved that a determined grassroots effort can preserve freedom. Virginian gun rights supporters must continue to exhibit the same tenacity and determination in the years to come.

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Jackson Mayor Uses COVID-19 to Unlawfully Ban Open Carry

Category : Gun Rights News , NRA-ILA

Jackson, MI mayor Lumumba unconstitutionally banned all open carry last Friday.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On Friday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued an executive order suspending “the carrying of an unconcealed loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver or any other firearm, carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster, or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case, with such pistol, revolver, or firearm being wholly or partially visible.”
By blaming law-abiding citizens’ right to carry firearms openly in the Magnolia State for Jackson’s violent crime rate — a problem which existed long before the advent of COVID-19 — and claiming broad civil emergency powers to restrict that right, he joins a long list of anti-gun politicians who have shamelessly used this pandemic to further a gun control agenda.
Mayor Lumumba even used this opportunity to call on the Legislature to repeal Mississippi’s open carry law!
The constitutionality of Lumumba’s order could certainly be called into question.  Article III, Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution states: “The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.”
Further, the mayor’s actions are neither rational or legal.  According to Mississippi Code Section 45-9-51(1): “…no county or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.”  This is known as the state firearms preemption statute, which your NRA-ILA has consistently fought to improve and defend in the Legislature over the years.  Mayor Lumumba’s actions have demonstrated just how important this law is to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners from arbitrary local restrictions, during an emergency or otherwise.
Please email your State Senators and State Representatives to let them know you oppose the Mayor of Jackson’s restrictions on open carry and ask them to protect Mississippi’s open carry law and uphold the Mississippi Constitution when the Legislature reconvenes.
Please click here for the Mayor’s on-camera reading of the order and NRA’s response. While this order is set to expire on April 30, your NRA-ILA is exploring ways to ensure that this and any future such orders do not stand!

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