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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Alan Gottlieb
MILLER: Pressure for Supreme Court to take up Drake case and rule on concealed carry laws for nation
John Drake just wants to legally carry a gun to defend himself in New Jersey since he has been chased by robbers after refilling ATMs with thousands of dollars in cash. His application for a concealed carry permit was denied because the state does not consider self-defense a "justifiable need."
Well, this could be a fitting finale, perhaps. "We're offering a 21-gun salute to Piers Morgan for admitting that his push for gun control killed his ratings and his show," declares Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
It's all a matter of Ann Coulter vs ? The cool blonde with the brilliant mind and unflappable mien seeks a liberal debating partner for an event that is the equivalent of New Year's Eve, Fourth of July and maybe Thanksgiving Day for conservatives. That's the Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC — now just nine days off.
Timed to coincide with Bill of Rights Day, and coming a day after the first anniversary of the Newtown shootings: it's "Guns Save Lives Day," organized by one Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He has made some major national broadcast advertising buys — "hundreds of thousands of dollars" worth, he says — to promote this newly designated day, and its very specific aim.
D.C. gun owners filed a federal lawsuit in 2009 seeking the right to carry guns in public, but with a decision in the case still pending they are now taking the unusual step of seeking intervention by a higher court.
Alan Gura is disappointed the Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would not take up a challenge to Maryland's “may issue” carry laws, but he is determined to get a high court ruling on the right to bear arms.
The Seattle-based company changed its order, but did not go so far as leaving customers sipping frappuccinos in a gun-free zone.
A Rocky Mountain earthquake in the form of Tuesday's successful recall drives targeting two prominent Democrats who advocate gun control has shifted the state and national political landscape going into the 2014 elections.
A prominent gun-rights advocate claims his group's staff was in the room during the drafting of the recently unveiled proposal to expand gun-purchase background checks and said that "we snookered the other side — they haven't figured it out yet."
President Obama said getting a national “assault weapon” ban was one of his major policy goals of the year. He has already failed.
The Department of Homeland Security has an unmanned drone fleet with technology that can root out civilians who are carrying guns, government documents show.
It did not take long for agenda to muscle in on a historical moment.
"Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was half-right when he told NBC's Jimmy Fallon that there is 'scant coverage' of other firearms news, because there is virtually no coverage of self-defense uses," says Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a Washington state-based interest group.
New life is being breathed into the Second Amendment. After it was beaten down by activist courts over the decades, the nation's top justices finally decided two years ago that the founders meant what they wrote. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court majority held it was unconstitutional for the Windy City to forbid residents to keep handguns in their homes. On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided the phrase in the Bill of Rights about "bearing arms" has meaning as well.
The loudest advocates of gun control are well protected. President Obama said he wants more laws restricting firearms ownership because, in his hometown of Chicago, "there's an awful lot of violence, and they're not using AK-47s, they're using cheap handguns."
"I think, no matter what, that now the odds are really in our favor for them to hear Drake," he told me. "The California ruling and the Richards case, which the 9th Circuit will also rule our way any day now, creates a really big split that can't be ignored."
"We're offering a 21-gun salute to Piers Morgan for admitting that his push for gun control killed his ratings and his show," declares Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, based in Washington state.