Gun-Rights Groups Sue North Carolina, Los Angeles Sheriffs Over Coronavirus Shut Downs

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Hopefully, these lawsuits will be successful.

A collection of Second Amendment activists filed a pair of federal lawsuits on Friday targeting sheriffs in California and North Carolina over mandatory coronavirus-related shutdowns of gun stores and permit-purchase systems, respectively.

The suits come in the wake of California governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to allow local authorities to close gun stores under his emergency lockdown order. Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva, acting on Newsom’s guidance, mandated gun-store closures. A separate suit was filed in North Carolina after Wake County sheriff Gerald Baker (D.) refused to process new pistol-purchase and gun-carry permits starting on Tuesday.

The outcome of the cases will shape how local officials can restrict Americans’ access to constitutionally protected gun rights during the emergency response to the novel coronavirus. Gun stores and manufacturers are facing potential shutdowns in a dozen states even as Americans flood stores during the crisis. Gun store and permitting process shutdowns have thwarted buyers in parts of the country, leading gun-rights groups to take legal action.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), National Rifle Association, California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit against Villanueva and Newsom in an effort to keep gun stores in one the country’s most populous counties open to the public. SAF founder Alan Gottlieb called the shutdowns in Los Angeles County an “attack on fundamental rights.” The NRA said California officials were denying people guns at a time they need them most.

“Municipalities and states that target lawful gun stores for closure aren’t promoting safety—by weaponizing their politics to disarm you and your loved ones, these shameless partisans are wantonly promoting a gun-control agenda that suffocates your Second Amendment rights when you need them most,” Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the Washington Free Beacon it “has not been served with this lawsuit and has no comment at this time.”

Villanueva said in a statement on Thursday that gun stores will be able to continue selling firearms to security companies, adding that civilians who had already completed a purchase would be allowed to pick up their firearms. The stores, however, would be closed to the general public. Local officials have argued that gun stores are not “essential” and are thus subject to a statewide lockdown.

“There’s nothing essential about being able to purchase a new handgun,” Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer told the Associated Press. Feuer did not respond to a request for comment.

Adam Kraut, FPC director of legal strategy, said the decision to shutter gun stores makes it effectively impossible to legally purchase guns or ammunition in the county.

“Especially due to the restrictive nature of California’s byzantine gun laws that require the use of licensed dealers to buy and transfer both firearms and ammunition, the defendants’ orders and actions challenged individually and collectively violate the Constitution and individuals’ fundamental rights to keep and bear arms and due process of law,” he said. “These irrational and outrageous fiat restrictions cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny and must be enjoined from enforcement.”

Kraut said the case against Wake County, N.C., sheriff Baker was equally urgentarguing that the sheriff’s refusal to process new permits to purchase or carry a pistol also makes it impossible for residents to exercise their gun rights.

“Sheriff Baker’s unconstitutional actions have and will deprive law-abiding, peaceable individuals the opportunity to obtain handguns, the ‘quintessential self-defense weapon’ according to the U.S. Supreme Court, in a time where the arms are most needed,” he said.

A spokesman for Wake County’s Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Baker said in a statement that his decision “does not limit anyone’s right to purchase a handgun,” but is necessary because of the overwhelming number of people who have applied to purchase pistols as coronavirus has spread.

“Over the past several weeks, our staff has been inundated with high volumes of permit applications that have made it impossible to process by law,” he said. “This decision is not a violation of anyone’s Second Amendment Rights. Most importantly, this action will limit persons encountering one another during this time of State of Emergency, consistent with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders and that of Wake County Commissioner Greg Ford.”

The gun-rights groups accused Baker of misinterpreting the law, comparing his actions to the Washington, D.C., handgun ban that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the landmark 2008 Heller ruling.

“Sheriff Baker is implementing by fiat what the Supreme Court struck down in Heller—a ban on a citizen’s right to purchase a handgun for the defense of hearth and home,” Ed Green, Grass Roots North Carolina director of legal affairs, said in a statement. “This action cannot be allowed to stand.”

Hearings for each case have not yet been set.

GA Sheriff: Armed Homeowner Defends Family Against Career “Hoodlum”

H/T Bearing Arms.

This scumbag should have never been out of jail.

It is a shame the gunshot he got was not fatal.

The sheriff in Putnam County, Georgia says he’s “sick” over a career criminal with a “20-page rap sheet” attempting to break into a home and terrorize the family inside.

Sheriff Howard Sills says 28-year old Hunter Layne Harrison, who was already on probation for three different crimes dating back to 2014, used a concrete block and a dumbbell to break a glass door at the rear of the home, gaining entrance before the armed homeowner fired a shot in self-defense. The shot hit Harrison in the arm, and he dropped to the floor where the homeowner held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The deputies then attempted to detain Harrison and place him in cuffs, but Sills says the suspect battled with the deputies, splattering blood across the kitchen, breaking free, cussing at the officers, and running towards a door that he believed was an exit.

But Sills says Harrison didn’t realize the home was currently under construction and that the door no longer led to a back deck, causing Harrison to fall nine feet to the ground where deputies arrested him.

The officers had to use pepper spray to subdue Harrison and keep his feet in shackles to keep him from running.

While Harrison was en route to an ambulance that had arrived on scene, Sills says he continued to fight deputies. Once inside the ambulance, Harrison was sent to The Medical Center, Navicent Health to be treated for his injuries, including undergoing surgery to remove a bullet from his arm.

Sills exasperatedly told reporters that Harrison is now taking up a bed that could be used for a coronavirus patient, though it sounds like he’ll soon be moved over to the Putnam County jail. Given the fact that Harrison is now charged with home invasion, he’ll likely be facing a relatively high bond, which could keep him behind bars even as other jails around the state are starting to release non-violent offenders. The Fulton County jail released 30 offenders on Wednesday after an inmate tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but there’s been no sign or indication that sheriffs around the state have plans to release any violent offenders to mitigate the spread of the disease.

As for the homeowners, it sounds like they’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do, but thankfully no one in the household was harmed and they can continue to ride out the pandemic at their place. I suspect, however, that any unarmed neighbors they might have are going to be heading down to the Bass and Antler or Weaver Bros. Discount Mattresses and Guns (yep, it’s a real business) in nearby Milledgeville in the hopes that they can pick up a firearm and ammunition to protect themselves. After all, it’s clear that criminals aren’t sheltering in place, and it’s reasonable for the law-abiding to want their own shelter to be as secure as possible.

Do Foreign Governments Threaten Your Right to Arms?

H/T JPFO.

1st AMENDMENT RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE IS
“ERASED” BY CHINESE CORONAVIRUS

“The 1st Amendment protects the 2nd Amendment”
Forced to “shelter-in-place,” Americans can’t assemble, plan, talk
Chinese communists deny it, blame us, First and Second Amendments at dire risk

Armed Americans like to say, “The Second Amendment protects the rest,” but now we’re learning the First Amendment equally protects our right to arms. Without the right to assemble, the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting has been cancelled. Just shy of 100,000 gun activists are denied the right to assemble, talk politics, livestream, plan for elections, and work to preserve the right to arms.

The Chinese Wuhan coronavirus shuts down gun shows completely. That’s fine–from a gun-averse hoplophobic or government perspective. The BATFE’s much vaunted NICS gun-control system can only stop gun show sales, like a switch, as JPFO’s founder Aaron Zelman strenuously warned. Now, even gathering stops dead, cutting the talk and activism that was a main gun-show concern of government czars and left-wing politicos. Fortunately, ironic fairness leaves everyone equally burdened by the Wuhan-originated virus. Communists’ measured failure to act has shorted-circuited our Bill of Rights.

‘By delaying release of information they had, and letting Wuhan residents circulate, the communist dictators ruling China did put the entire planet at risk. No outsider can assert it was deliberate, or that they could see it would give them tremendous power and an upper hand with this terrible disease, which we all now experience,” according to Alan Korwin, a widely published columnist, author and consultant to JPFO. “Under Mao’s reign, that nation thought nothing of sacrificing tens of millions of their own people to advance a cause. His face still adorns their money and walls. The deaths they suffered in this debacle are not part of their big picture. You could argue this isn’t so, hurl epithets at JPFO or insist the great communist monolith is not what it is, or you can get woke at last. Either way, now we’re simply in dire medical, financial, civil rights, manufacturing and supply-chain trouble from a single source, in serious need of brainwashing detergent. At least we still make guns here, and those remain a substantial bulwark against civil unrest if deprivation turns to panic and violence.”

After Cuomo Attacks, Trump Exposes How NY’s Ventilator Shortage Is Traced Straight to Cuomo Himself

H/T Western Journal.

Little Andy Cuomo had the chance in 2015 to buy 16,000 ventilators but chose not to buy them.

New York state is being slammed by coronavirus. The New York Times published the staggering statistics on Tuesday that reveal 25,665 infections and 210 deaths so far in the state.

While the Trump administration is directing resources to the state, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predictably using the crisis for his own political posturing by complaining about the state’s lack of ventilators.

The problem is, Cuomo didn’t prepare his state when he had the chance — but he’s blaming the Trump administration’s supposed lack of response.

To aid Cuomo and his constituents, the federal government is going to build four emergency hospitals, station one navy hospital ship offshore to help, and has already mobilized the National Guard and sent necessary equipment to the state, the New York Post confirmed Sunday.

Despite the Trump administration’s swift and thorough response, Cuomo complained in a news conference Tuesday about his state’s lack of ventilators, which are vital to patients with acute respiratory distress caused by coronavirus infection.

Cuomo decried the government’s reluctance to enact the federal Defense Production Act, which would compel companies to adapt their manufacturing processes to fit the government’s needs, in this case by producing ventilators.

Of course, that is unnecessary since companies such as Ford are already innovating ways to use their existing equipment and parts to manufacture ventilators and masks.

President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday that it simply is not necessary to use the power of the federal government to compel companies to do what they’re already doing.

“The Defense Production Act is in full force, but haven’t had to use it because no one has said NO!” Trump said on Twitter Tuesday. “Millions of masks coming as back up to States.”

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The dirty little secret is that Cuomo knows this, yet still complained that ventilators can’t be made fast enough to meet the coming need for his state for one important reason: it is his fault that the state has a shortfall in the first place.

Trump was eager to rebut Cuomo’s charge with the cold, hard facts about the governor’s failure to prepare when he had the chance.

The president explained during Fox News’ virtual town hall with Bill Hemmer that Cuomo “rejected buying recommended 16,000 ventilators in 2015 for [a] pandemic,” but “established death panels and lotteries instead.”

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While Trump’s source for the number of ventilators is unclear, Fox News reported that in 2015, health officials in New York established a task force to look into the state’s lack of ventilators.

The task force discovered there were 8,991 ventilators in the state including a stockpile of 1,750, with most already in use, leaving just over 2,800 of them available. The report explained that in the case of a severe health pandemic, “many more patients will require the use of ventilators than can be accommodated with current supplies,” with a peak of over 18,600 potential ventilators needed in a case like the 1918 flu pandemic.

If an influenza pandemic on the scale of the 1918 pandemic were to occur, it is possible that New York would face a significant shortage of ventilators,” the task force report continued.

“Because influenza pandemics are unpredictable and their impact unknown in advance of the pandemic, officials must consider and plan for a worst-case scenario.”

Instead of buying additional ventilators with the potential to not have trained staff available to operate them, the report explained that keeping only a limited stockpile would balance the state’s need to prepare for a pandemic against its need “to maintain adequate funding for current and ongoing healthcare expenses.”

According to Fox News, instead of purchasing the additional ventilators, the task force created a system to determine who would be put on a ventilator based on priority.

Trump is not to be trifled with in matters regarding his team’s COVID-19 response, which the American people heartily support.

Cuomo is a coward who refuses to take responsibility, and since the governor failed to act in 2015, the people of New York are at greater risk.

Democratic politicians such as Cuomo love to empty the coffers for pet projects, but suddenly become penny pinchers when a useful expenditure comes their way. Now that his chance has come and gone, Cuomo has nothing left to do but point his finger at someone else.

UPDATE, March 25, 2020: This article has been updated to include additional information regarding the number of ventilators in the state of New York and warnings from health officials in 2015 about the lack of ventilators available in the case of a severe pandemic.

Hospitality Union Demands Dues From Members Left Unemployed By Coronavirus

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

These union thugs do not give a Damn about the workers they just want money to funnel to DemocRats,.

Workers would be better off if every union in the United States was smashed to bits and the bits scattered to the four winds.

A hospitality union is still demanding dues payments from workers left unemployed by the coronavirus, threatening to cut off health insurance benefits for those who fall behind on payments.

UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 30,000 hotel employees in Southern California and Arizona, has continued to request dues from laid off workers as the pandemic halts travel across the country. The union on Tuesday sent payment reminders to members via text message, telling many unemployed workers, “It is critical for you to keep paying your dues so that we can keep fighting.”

One current member, who recently lost his job at a hotel as California launched a statewide lockdown, called the union’s practices “pathetic.”

“It’s kind of pathetic the way they’re doing things.… It sounds to me like all they want is the money, and that’s it. They don’t care about their employees,” the member told the Washington Free Beacon. “My phone company told my wife a couple days ago, ‘If you’re not able to pay, we can always make arrangements. We can wait.’ If other companies are doing this, why can’t the union do the same thing?”

UNITE HERE Local 11 did not respond to a request for comment.

Although the member was laid off, the hotel extended health insurance coverage for workers through September. He was told by a union representative that those benefits are linked to maintaining dues payments, which ranged from $28 to $71 each month, according to its 2019 federal labor filings.

“I said, ‘Medical insurance, how is that gonna work?’ [The representative] goes, ‘Oh well, you’ll be covered until September. Well, as long as you keep paying your union dues,'” the member said.

The text messages arrived as many American companies work to ease constraints on workers displaced by the virus. The Los Angeles-based STAPLES Center announced in March it would continue to pay hourly employees scheduled to work during canceled sporting events, a decision UNITE HERE Local 11 recognized on Twitter.

Members have also complained that union leaders have been difficult to reach during the crisis. Though the union’s payment reminder message listed its Los Angeles office phone number for questions, the offices are closed due to the virus.

“Coworkers have sent me text messages saying that they couldn’t talk to anybody at the union, that the phone was always busy and nobody was answering. But someone sent them a text message saying they need to pay the union, regardless how,” the member said. “I’m kind of losing hope. Nobody’s doing anything about it.”

Labor watchdogs criticized the union’s callous approach to struggling members. Charlyce Bozzello, spokeswoman for the Center for Union Facts, said UNITE HERE owes members an apology.

“For Local 11 to expect struggling, out-of-work employees to continue paying dues is just disgraceful,” she said. “Local 11 seems unwilling to see a drop in its dues revenue, regardless of whether or not its members can afford it.”

Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation, said that threatening to withhold insurance benefits during a deadly pandemic demonstrated a “total lack of compassion” from local labor leaders.

“Sadly this is yet another example of the seemingly endless greed union bosses have for extracting dues from rank-and-file workers,” he said. “As example after example demonstrates, union officials will lie, threaten and act with a total lack of compassion towards the very workers they claim to represent in order to line their own pockets.”

UNITE HERE’s national organization maintains close ties to Democrats. The union has given nearly $7.5 million to Democrats since 2000, and just $256,900 to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The national union recently praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who has received more than $38,000 from the union since 1998, following the passage of the Coronavirus Response Agreement in March. The group also accused congressional Republicans of “shafting” workers.

UNITE HERE national representatives did not respond to a request for comment on Local 11’s decision to pursue dues from recently unemployed members.

UNITE HERE Local 11 spent more than $800,000 on political activities and lobbying in 2019, according to its federal labor filings. It has also touted its involvement in national politics, saying it played a role “not just in local Democratic politics, but in the incalculably larger transformation of the American labor movement and the broader movement for economic justice.” The union endorsed both Sens. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) in January.

Ceylon and the SOE

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SOE resistance museum

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) resulted from bringing together the UK’s three secret services for the duration of the War in order to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance. Ceylon was initially a base for SOE personnel operating in South East Asia with headquarters in Kandy and a training facility at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Operatives were inserted into Japanese occupied South East Asia via submarine.

When SEAC moved from Delhi to Kandy so did SOE Force 136 under Head of Mission Colin Mackenzie CMG. According to Ashley Jackson, writing in The British Empire and the Second World War, “Ceylon had been transformed strategically from a relative backwater, a mere operations sub-branch of the India Mission, into Force 136’s main base.”

Capt Freddie Chapman had trained Australian and New Zealand troops in guerrilla warfare at the Special Training School 101 in Singapore. They would remain in Malaya during…

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West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill

H/T AmmoLand.

Bravo to Governor  Jim Justice(R-WV)for singing this very important Preemption Bill.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- While the news is filled with gloom and doom over Coronavirus scares, some good news came out of the West Virginia earlier today. WV Governor Jim Justice signed a bill that reinforces the state’s preemption law. Senate Bill 96 is part of a concerted effort by pro-gun politicians in WV to prevent anti-gun municipalities from passing anti-gun local ordinances that could restrict the rights of WV citizens.

The wording of Senate Bill 96 is very encompassing and deliberate. This is ideal for any legislation dealing with fundamental human rights as it helps prevent future politicians from restricting those rights by playing on the ambiguity them. See below.

Senate Bill 96

(a) Neither a municipality nor the governing body of any municipality may, by ordinance or otherwise, limit the right of any person to purchase, possess, transfer, own, carry, transport, sell, or store any deadly weapon, firearm, or pepper spray, or any ammunition or ammunition components to be used therewith nor to so regulate the keeping of gunpowder so as to directly or indirectly prohibit the ownership of the ammunition in any manner inconsistent with or in conflict with state law.

The NRA’s take is pretty similar, below is their full press release.

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.

Senate Bill 96 prevents municipalities from restricting a number of tools that law-abiding citizens carry with them every day. It also repeals the concealed carry permit requirement to carry at fairs and festivals from the current preemption law. Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line.

The NRA would like to thank the West Virginia Citizens Defense league for their extensive efforts, KnifeRights for their support, andGov. Justice for signing this important bill into law.