WND Exclusive – The left’s despicable use of emotion post-Vegas

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, it took only a matter of hours before the left sought to divide us, howling for gun control. But as we’ve seen many times before, they don’t care how it sounds or looks. They don’t care how caustic their rhetoric is. It’s all and only about advancing the agenda.

The overarching agenda of the progressive left, since its rise to prominence in the early 20th century, was/is to chip away at and eventually supplant the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence with their version of America. And they will seize any opportunity do so, regardless of how tasteless. read more

WND Exclusive – Why ‘National Reciprocity’ for Guns is Immaterial

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Over the weekend, I was perusing the online NRA-ILA newsletter. If you are gun enthusiast, own and/or carry a weapon, or merely a supporter of the Second Amendment and gun rights, I would suggest you sign up for the newsletter.

Most articles interest me, but one in particular seemed intriguing. It is entitled, “5 reasons to support National Reciprocity.”

Although every year I feel I’m a bit closer to becoming a self-taught, “so-called” constitutional expert, I’m still far from it. So I thought, why not read what the real experts had to say on the matter of reciprocity, or the extension of rights and privileges from state to state. read more

Texas to Join the Open Carry Club

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week Personal Liberty.com  posted an article about a new law in Texas which would allow persons with concealed carry permits to freely open carry without fear of harassment by law enforcement.

The law specifies that the open carry weapon can be only a holstered handgun. The bill was passed by the Texas State Senate in March, by a 20-11 vote and passed the House on April 17, 96-35. Gov. Abbott is due to sign it any day.

Originally the bill contained two parts – the open carry portion and also a section, an amendment called Campus Carry, allowing for concealed carry permit holders to carry (concealed only) on state school campuses. That amendment was withdrawn and will be offered as a separate bill at a later date.

It seems that the chief of police in the city of Austin is not in agreement with this new statute. By not in agreement, I mean he’s apoplectic in his condemnation of the law. Personal Liberty writes that “Austin police Chief Art Acevedo has spoken out against the passage of open carry legislation in the Texas House. The law man’s frantic condemnations of legislation suggest that he expects his city to resemble a scene from John Carpenter’s ‘Escape from L.A.’ once the bill takes effect,” which should be January 2016. read more

The Supreme Court Disappoints on Guns

By: the Common Constitutionalist

There are a few things in life that I am absolutely uncompromising on.

When I say uncompromising, I mean I will not budge and will no longer vote for anyone who does not also believe what I believe on at least a  few major issues.

One of them is the Second Amendment. If you are a regular reader, this will come as no surprise. A candidate has no chance with me unless he or she can prove that he or she is an ardent protector of my God-given right to own and carry a weapon.

So imagine my surprise and disgust when we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to leave a bogus New Jersey law intact, limiting a U.S. citizens’ Constitutional right to carry a firearm outside the home.

The law in New Jersey states that one must have a “justifiable need” to carry a handgun in public. Last I checked, the Second Amendment  is exactly ONE sentence, separated by 3 commas. The words “justifiable need” are not part of that ONE sentence.

What the heck is wrong with the Supremes? Are we the only ones in this country capable of reading and understanding plain English, which is the language  in which the U.S. Constitution was written? read more

Concealed Carry

By: Giacomo

At a time when many liberals are doing their best to remove all guns from the hands of Americans, I was shocked to see two different court cases that upheld concealed carry permits.

In Colorado, the University of Colorado had banned all weapons from the campus. Three students who belonged to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus filed a suit against the university claiming that the university’s ban violated the Concealed Carry Act and provisions in the Colorado Constitution.

A District Court judge dismissed the student’s case. The dismissal was based upon the understanding that the Board of Regents is a statewide authority with its own legislative powers over distinct geographical areas made up of the state’s university system.

The student’s appealed their case to the Colorado Court of Appeals who overturned the District Court’s dismissal. This court ruled that the Concealed Carry Act applied statewide which would include university campuses.

The university and Board of Regents appealed the Court of Appeals ruling and the case then went before the Colorado State Supreme Court. Just a few days ago, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals ruling. This gives anyone who holds a proper conceal carry permit that right to carry a firearm on the university campus which is a huge victory for pro-gun rights in Colorado.

The second case involved a suit filed by Raymond Woollard who had applied for a conceal carry permit in Maryland and was denied because he couldn’t provide a good and substantial reason to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Woollard’s suit claimed that the superintendent of the state police and Handgun Permit Review Board were violating the Second Amendment right to bear arms when they forced permit applicants to bear the burden of proof for the need to carry a concealed weapon.

In 2002, a thief that had broken into his home accosted Woollard. When his concealed carry permit came up for renewal, he listed the incident as the reason to carry a concealed weapon. The review board denied his renewal application because he did not prove to them that he was subject to any threat outside the home.

The suit went before Maryland’s US District Court where Judge Benson Everette ruled that the state of Maryland’s attempt to restrict gun ownership was unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment. In his ruling, Everette wrote,

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”
At a time it seems that gun ownership is coming under more attacks than ever before, there still seems to be hope for law abiding gun owners.

I’m sure if either of these cases had gone before the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeal that the outcomes would have been different. I applaud these judges for ruling on the Constitution and law and not on the popular liberal agenda as so many other judges have been doing.