Blog 7/11/24

Weekly Spotlight 7/11/24 – 7/18/24

Political Conventions Offer the Opportunity for Americans to Make Their Voices Heard on the Second Amendment

USCCA to Host Policy Symposium Headlined by Trump Campaign Senior Advisor and Influential Lawmakers

With more than 50,000 people expected to descend on the greater Milwaukee area for the Republican National Convention, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners will be on the ground throughout the week-long convention. The USCCA will provide education, training and enhanced self-defense training resources to help support the tens of thousands of government officials, media, and guests in attendance.

The USCCA will also host an official policy symposium with the MKE Host Committee, highlighting the importance of protecting law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms and issues impacting their Second Amendment rights before the November election.

The event entitled, “Defend and Protect: The Critical Role of Safety, Self-Defense & Standing Up for Our Constitutional Rights in the 2024 Election,” will feature a fireside discussion with President Trump’s Presidential campaign senior advisor Chris LaCivita and a panel of influential U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) and Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL). These elected officials have championed efforts to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.

Katie Pointer Baney, Managing Director of Government Affairs for the USCCA and the Executive Director of the USCCA For Saving Lives Action Fund, recently spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel to preview the event and encourage attendees to be proactive in their own self-defense.

“The biggest thing we talk about at the USCCA is that you are your own first responder,” said Pointer Baney. “We try to equip Americans to protect themselves and their family,” she said. 

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Newsweek: Supreme Court Justice’s Security Shooting Raises Eyebrows

Reports of a Supreme Court justice’s security detail shooting an armed man near her home have raised eyebrows due to the liberal jurist’s views on gun rights. … Several conservatives highlighted Sotomayor’s perspective on the Second Amendment in light of the arrest. The justice, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama, has drawn scowls from gun rights activists in the past over her interpretation of the right to bear arms.

The Reload: Analysis: SCOTUS Passes Up Gun Ban Case… For Now

Gun-rights advocates hoping the Supreme Court would finally weigh in on the question of so-called assault weapon bans were once again left disappointed this week. However, Justice Clarence Thomas offered them a lifeline. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court cleared its plate of eight pending gun case petitions by ordering them back down to the lower courts to be reheard in light of its Rahimi decision. A separate collection of gun cases—six lawsuits collectively challenging municipal and state-level AR-15 and magazine bans in Illinois—got a different treatment. The Court flatly denied their appeals.

PBS News: New Laws On Tracking Gun Sales Highlight Divide Between Blue And Red States

Conflicting laws around the purchase of firearms are taking effect across different states. In California, credit card companies must provide banks with retail codes for gun stores in order to help track their sales. But the opposite is happening in four states where it is now illegal for banks and credit card companies to track that information. Stephanie Sy discussed more with David Leib. California’s 11 Percent Tax On Guns & Ammo Catches Lawsuit

The day after California’s move to add yet more taxes to the retail price of firearms, ammunition, and “precursor parts” went into effect, it was challenged by local residents and gun rights groups. Assembly Bill 28 – penned by California Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D- Encino), chair of the Legislature’s “Gun Violence Prevention Working Group” – passed the legislature largely on party lines and was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The measure, backed from the start by national anti-gun groups such as Everytown and Giffords, adds a mandatory 11 percent excise tax to the sale of guns, ammunition, and some related components with the estimated $150 million annual revenue garnered from it set aside to fund a variety of anti-gun programs.