On July 25, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion on two cases that had opposite opinions from lower courts. The other case was Matthew Grace, et all v. DC, et all. It was combined with Brian Wrenn v. DC for the U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit. The majority decision and dissenting opinions are both are listed on the http://www.CADC.uscourts.gov web site. 16-7025 for Wrenn and 16-7067 for Grace. I’m pretty sure it’s the same document for both opinions. Continue reading
While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling. What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests. A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading
The Florida House of Representatives Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee passed HB 4001 by a 10 to 3 margin on November 4. The Senate Higher Education Committee had already favored the identical SB 68 on October 20 by a 5 to 3 vote. Next up is the Judiciary Committee of each chamber.
IN related news HB 163 and SB 300 are still under consideration. These bills would allow open carry by Florida concealed weapons and firearms license holders.
Reply to Joe Henderson’s October 16, 2015 column: Let gun ban on campuses stand. Reply submitted to the Tampa Tribune on October 20, 2015.
As a supporter of HB 4001 and SB 68 I will tell you that there are no assurances that a well-armed student would have dealt with either dangerous situations Mr. Henderson used in his column. The incident on the USF Tampa campus where Benjamin Knox is accused of firing shots at 4 a.m. shows no indication that the shots were fired at an individual. Benjamin Knox’s actions were irresponsible and potentially deadly. The difference between Benjamin Knox and Oregon’s Chris Harper-Mercer is one of intent. Harper-Mercer intended to murder and he chose a time and location where he would be able to carry that out.
The Tampa Tribune, October 12, 2015 – Keeping students, faculty safe at college.
While recognizing Mr. Hanbury’s success with a system of private universities I do not defer to his opinion on an individual right to self-defense on campus.
The pivotal statement in his Other Views column is this “Thus, we believe our campuses are safe.” This statement is preceded by what he believes to be his responsibility and due diligence to provide a safe environment for the facility, staff, students, and visitors.
Gun control advocates will be energized by the latest tragedy. Expect proposals from State and Federal legislations to: ban magazines over 10 rounds, impose additional taxes on ammunition, ban Modern Sporting Rifles (they will be referred to by the misnomer assault rifles), ban handguns, allow the EPA to regulate gun ranges, make firearm gifts to family members illegal, make firearm inheritance illegal, ban gun shows, declare business that sell firearms nuisances and subject them to more restrictions, register all gun owners in a Federal database, confiscate all registered firearms into the National Amory, make firearm possession (except for law enforcement and professional security) illegal. Oh and repeal that annoying Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Continue reading
Paul P. Carlucci of Valrico expressed the opinion in the March 24, 2015 Tampa Tribune that guns on college campuses is an insane idea. His arguments mirror the earlier comments of Chryl Anderson of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in which she describes college life as “toxic”. Like Chryl Anderson, Paul Carlucci ignores the concept that the legislation is designed to restore the Second Amendment rights of adults who have met the requirements of the State of Florida to carry a concealed firearm. There is a distinction between a person who has a firearm on their person and a person who carries a concealed firearm with a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License (CWFL). I will agree that there are immature college students, just as there are immature people in the general population.
Legislation to restore the rights of CWFL holders who are on a campus has nothing to do with immature drunks (unless they violently threaten a CWFL holder who is armed). Continue reading