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NRA rips ‘open-carry’ rallies

Brian Chrusciel holds a pocket version of the Constitution and Bushmaster rifle as members of the Open Carry Tarrant group gathered for a demonstration Thursday in Haltom City, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas – In a blistering criticism of “open-carry” rallies in Texas, the National Rifle Association said gun enthusiasts who bring loaded rifles and tactical long guns into restaurants and public places are putting the pro-gun movement at risk with “downright weird” behavior.

The gun-toting gatherings are scary, thoughtless and counterproductive “hijinx,” causing alarmed bystanders to question the motives of gun advocates and potentially generating support for restricting gun rights, according to a statement on the NRA Institute for Legislative Action website.

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners. That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way,” said the post, titled “Good citizens and good neighbors: The gun owners’ role.” Read more.

Agree or disagree with the NRA that open-carry enthusiasts jeopardize gun rights for others?

Edit: NRA Has GOP Solons Shaking

“… (T)he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” So says the Second Amendment. It doesn't say, except at Brigham Young University-Idaho at Rexburg. ” … The people shall have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged. …” So says the Idaho Constitution. It doesn't say, except at Northwest Nazarene University at Nampa. Yet Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, and the National Rifle Association have self-limited their ambitions. They would allow students to carry a concealed weapon on campus — if that campus is owned by the state of Idaho. University of Idaho? Boise State University? Lewis-Clark State College? Yes. College of Idaho at Caldwell? No. Their bill would apply to students 21 years and older who have undergone a minimal amount of training to qualify for an enhanced concealed weapons permit. Its path to passage is greased by politicians scared witless of the gun lobby/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: The NRA is wrong re: guns on campus. Period. Any questions?

NRA Lobbyist ♥’s Guns On Campus

“It’s a broad infringement on constitutional rights,” Dakota Moore, National Rifle Association lobbyist, told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, of the state’s current policy of allowing public colleges and university to regulate guns on campus; all ban them. He contended that Idaho’s colleges and universities misinterpret current law. “It’s currently legal for you to possess a firearm on a college or university campus – the most a college or university can do is ask you to leave and potentially prosecute you under the criminal trespass standard,” Moore said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Thoughts?

NRA: Lift Handgun Ban For Under 21s

The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down decades-old regulations prohibiting the sales of handguns to adults under the age of 21. The powerful gun lobby is challenging a lower federal court’s October ruling that upheld the ban. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the current regulations are consistent with a long-held view that young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 “tend to be relatively immature and that denying them easy access to handguns would deter violent crime”/Ben Goad, The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you want the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the ban on handgun sales to individuals under 21?

Rusche: NRA MIA On Mental Health

Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, in Huckleberries comments section (re: Obama on gun vote: 'Shameful day'): But in the Legislature and the Governor's budget this year spending for mental health services was decreased over the year before, and millions under pre-recession levels. Health and Welfare has withdrawn MH workers from all except our urban areas due to budget restrictions, county jails and prisons are now the largest provider of mental health services in the State. We stopped funding for behavioral counselors in our schools. I tend to agree that the amendment would not have done much, but in spite of the loud cries from the NRA and pro-gun advocates that better mental health services are needed, we are making no progress. I would like to see the NRA put some effort behind improving mental health services. More below. (StateImpact file photo)

Question: Do you think the NRA should use its considerable grass-roots clout to lobby for more funding for mental health services?

NRA Newtown Response: Arm Schools

The Senate gun control debate on the near horizon, a National Rifle Association-sponsored report on Tuesday proposed a program for schools to train selected staffers as armed security officers. The former Republican congressman who headed the study suggested at least one protector with firearms for every school, saying it would speed responses to attacks. The report’s release served as the gun-rights group’s answer to improving school safety after the gruesome December slayings of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. And it showed the organization giving little ground in its fight with President Barack Obama over curbing firearms/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Gun-rights activist protests legislation in Connecticut today)

Question: Do you like this idea?

Anderson: Do Not Cross

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Romney To Speak To NRA Today

Mitt Romney will make a high-profile pitch to wary gun owners today when he speaks to the National Rifle Association. The likely GOP presidential nominee has said he will protect the Second Amendment but is viewed with some skepticism among gun owners, in part because of his record as Massachusetts governor and some of his previous comments about gun ownership. In 1994, when Romney ran against Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Republican said “I don't line up with the NRA.” During his 2002 gubernatorial bid, Romney proclaimed: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won't chip away at them.” Gun-licensing fees went up during Romney's tenure/USA Today. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Are you a member of the NRA?

Edit: NRA Brings Back Flawed Idea

When it comes to safety on college campuses, whom do you believe?University officials and local law enforcement agencies — the people entrusted to keep the peace? Or the National Rifle Association, a special-interest group seeking to put Idaho into its win column? Earlier this year, 41 House members — 40 Republicans and one Democrat — took the NRA’s side and passed a bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho college campuses. The House-passed bill died in a Senate committee. Considering the NRA’s success in one legislative chamber, it’s only inevitable that the group is coming back to take another run at a weapons-on-campus bill. On Thursday, an NRA lobbyist took the group’s case to Idaho State University’s student union building/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Are you a member of the National Rifle Association?

George: Aide Lied About Minnick Grade

In a Coeur d’Alene Press op-ed piece, local Democratic leader Thom George writes: “On Sept. 28, 2010, the Coeur d’Alene Press printed an opinion piece by Jeff Ward in which he complained about “a lot of untruths, half truths, and bald-faced lies” that are told during a political campaign. And then mere sentences later he told a “bald-faced lie” about Congressman Walt Minnick’s NRA rating, knowingly and falsely claiming the Congressman had a rating of D+ instead of the factual rating of B+. According to a report on the Idaho Reporter website, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said Minnick voted with the NRA 100 percent of the time in the U.S. House and scored well on its questionnaire for candidates. Jeff, there you go again.” More here.

Question: At this point, when Congressman Walt Minnick’s grade from the NRA should be well known to all, is there any excuse for Republicans to purposely misrepresent it?

NRA Endorses Otter For Governor

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Butch Otter for re-election as Governor of Idaho. “Butch Otter has earned the NRA-PVF endorsement for his solid pro-gun record,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. “His commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage makes Butch Otter the clear choice for Idaho gun owners and hunters”/National Rifle Association. More here.

Question: Surprised?

Signe: NRA’s Loophole

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

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