The financial system’s attack on gun makers and equipment companies started earlier than we knew . . .
The inventor and manufacturer of the bump stock is suing the bank that once processed its online sales, claiming the financial institution is holding a sizable sum of its money “hostage” as a result of the Las Vegas massacre. Experts say the dispute could have implications for the way financial firms deal with clients from the firearms industry.
In a federal lawsuit filed in May, Slide Fire Solutions alleges that Utah-based Merrick Bank improperly withheld more than $1.6 million in a reserve fund following the mass shooting. Merrick Bank retained the money after the two companies dissolved their business relationship in December 2017.
In the suit, Slide Fire accuses Merrick Bank of attempting to “shield themselves from tangential, hypothetical, unviable, and currently non-existent liability in personal injury lawsuits.”
The bank argues that threats to Slide Fire’s business arising from the Las Vegas shooting justifies its decision to withhold the funds.
Because there’s no better way to commemorate a massacre than with a lavish dinner celebrating Hillary Clinton . . .
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence marked the 25th Anniversary of San Francisco’s worst mass shooting, with an awards dinner Thursday night that remembered the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the keynote address and received a Courageous Leadership award from the Center. Students from Parkland and Chicago also were honored and gave speeches, talking about how gun violence had changed their lives. Former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford, herself a victim of gun violence, addressed the crowd and called for action.
More than 800 people gathered to remember lives lost to gun violence.
Gun rights and personal defense are for everyone . . .
One of the turning points for many in the LGBT community, Abboud found, is the horrific mass shooting by a radical Islamist at the Pulse gay club in Orlando that resulted in 52 people dead. Pink Pistols’ San Diego chapter president Piper Smith told Abboud that her decision to embrace her Second Amendment right to arm herself was directly inspired by the massacre.
“She decided to take up arms two days after Orlando because she said it was the 9/11 of [the] gay community,” Abboud said of Smith. “She couldn’t comprehend it and she genuinely didn’t want to go outside because she felt threatened just because of who she was. There is a looming fear that if it can happen in Orlando, it can happen anywhere.”
Maybe it’s a good idea not to steal a car in the first place. But if he wasn’t a threat, that’s a reasonable question . . .
Janique Walker knows the cost of a split second.
Her younger brother, 17-year-old Charles Macklin, was killed while trying to steal a Jeep from a Chicago fire lieutenant on the West Side last August. The lieutenant had left the Jeep running, and Macklin jumped behind the wheel.
The lieutenant ran in front of the Jeep and shouted, “Get out,” according to a police report. When Macklin began pulling away, the lieutenant drew his gun and fired through the open driver’s side window, hitting the teen in the chest.
Macklin’s last words were, “Sorry, bro,” according to the police report. The teen died on the pavement. He did not have a gun on him.
The state of New Jersey wants to grab your standard capacity magazines . . .
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The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday that it will be supporting a lawsuit filed by a local gun-rights organization against New Jersey’s law requiring the destruction or surrender of certain ammunition magazines.
The NRA said it is backing the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in their lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, claims the new law could affect as many as one million New Jersey gun owners and is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. The NRA described the law as an undue restriction on law-abiding New Jerseyans and ineffective at fighting crime.
“Magazine bans do not deter criminals or improve public safety,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “Instead, they irrationally burden the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The National Rifle Association is proud to assist the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs in this legal challenge.”