BREAKING News! First State To Implement Gun Ban Just Passes Bill

It has been almost a month since deranged gunman Nikolas Cruz walked into a Parkland, Florida high school, opened fire and killed 17 innocent people. Since that horrific day, the left has jumped on their soapbox demanding more gun control, blaming President Trump and the NRA for Cruz’s actions. As the gun debate continues to rage on social media platforms now, one state has just passed a controversial gun ban that has many people wondering if this is just the start of more infringement on our rights, while others applaud the stricter stance.

For years, the second amendment has been under fire by far-left extremists who are hell-bent on disarming the American people. Every time there is shooting in our country, the gun-grabbers latch onto the tragedy to push for more gun control by tugging at the heartstrings of the American people by using arguments that play on emotions rather than logic. Now, the state of Oregon has passed new legislation that would close the loop for unmarried men convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a new bill that would prohibit domestic violence misdemeanor offenders to own a firearm.

Now, in the past, as we all know it is typically felons that are barred from owning weapons, which makes this bill all that much more concerning. A misdemeanor is a crime, but it is not a felony and restricting someone’s God-given right to arm themselves appears to be a slippery slope. The question that many people could ask is what other crimes could be deemed dangerous enough to strip a person of their gun rights, and where does this all end?

Here is more from Yahoo:

“Despite two attempts from Republican lawmakers to send the bill back to committee, Oregon Democrats on Thursday passed the first gun control measure since the deadly shooting at a Florida High School—and advocates say the measure is a huge step forward for single women.

The legislation, which passed 16-13, is designed to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” a gap in the law that women’s advocacy groups have been trying to close for more than two decades. The legal blind spot, created by lax wording, allows unmarried men who live alone to slip through a federal law preventing convicted domestic abusers from purchasing guns.

“What the boyfriend loophole means is that someone who is convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence who only dated their victim, never lived with or had a child together, is legally able to continue to purchase and possess guns,” April Zeoli, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University, told Newsweek.

The loophole stems from the 1996 federal law referred to as the Lautenberg Amendment, which prohibits people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from owning a firearm. The law also makes it illegal to knowingly sell or give a gun to a person who meets that criteria, but limitations abound.

“Practically speaking, if you have two people who committed the same act of violence against their intimate partners and were both convicted, but one was married to their victim and the other had been dating their victim, only the one who was married would be prohibited from having access to guns,” Zeoli said.

As written, Oregon’s bill expands the prohibitions to include stalkers and people under a restraining order. Although it was on the agenda prior to the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school, Governor Kate Brown credited the groundswell of recent activism with helping it pass through the legislative chambers.

The bill seeks to protect victims of all genders but advocacy groups said its passage is an especially important step to protect single women living in the U.S. A nationwide study from the University of Pennsylvania analyzed more than 31,000 police reports and found that about 82 percent of intimate partner violence incidents included current or former dating partners, while less than 15 percent involved spouses. A majority of the victims in those cases were women, a statistical trend that is consistent across the U.S.”

Now, do not get me wrong I fully believe that if someone commits a violent crime, they should not be allowed to own a firearm, but a misdemeanor is whole other issue, and where will this slippery slope end.

It is possible that other states could see this as an opening to impose more restrictions on those that they deem a potential threat. So, in the end, while this bill seems to be shrouded in good intentions, it could lead to a mess that our founding fathers would wholly disapprove of, and for a good reason.

Source:The Hill,

New Bill Heading to Trump Gives Military Pay Raise, Increases Ships and Aircraft

The National Defense Authorization Act bill for 2018 will include a pay raise for our men and women in uniform as well as new ships and aircraft to build up the American military after years of overstretched neglect under President Barack Obama.

According to Stars and Stripes, the compromise bill hammered out between the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on Wednesday will include $626 billion in base budget spending. Another $66 billion is added for wartime contingency operations and $8 billion for other activities undertaken by the Pentagon.

That comes out to $26 billion more than the $668 billion requested by the Trump administration, itself a 5 percent increase over last year.

Those will be welcome numbers for a military that endured painful budget cuts by the previous administraion while still performing global missions.

Among the highlights of the NDAA is a 2.4 percent pay raise for the troops.

There was also $26.2 billion in funds for 14 battle force ships — “$6.3 billion and five ships more than the Trump administration request,” as the private, non-profit United States Naval Institute noted. There was another $4.3 billion and $1.9 billion to purchase variants of the F-35 and F/A-18 fighter jets, respectively.

“We are tremendously proud of this NDAA, which will strengthen our military, provide our troops a pay raise, bolster missile defense, drive innovation in military technology to secure our global advantage, and build on the defense reforms Congress has passed in recent years,” read a joint statement issued Wednesday by Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Democrat Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking minority member; and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican.

“Most importantly, this legislation will help reverse the dangerous readiness crisis that is endangering the lives of our men and women in uniform.

“The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes funds for base budget requirements of $626 billion,” the statement continued.

“Together with $66 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) warfighting account and $8 billion for other defense activities, the legislation supports a national defense topline of nearly $700 billion—a $26 billion increase above the president’s combined initial and amended budget requests.

“We are also proud of the bipartisan process that led to this conference report, which took hard work and thoughtful collaboration from members on both sides of the aisle.”

The bill needs final approval in the House and Senate, but given Wednesday’s agreement, that’s a virtual certainty.

“As this legislation moves toward final passage and to the president’s desk,” the statement continued, “we are confident it will continue the bipartisan tradition of supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and enable them to rise to the challenges of our increasingly dangerous world.”

The bill passed on the idea of a Space Corps, a new arm of the Air Force that would deal with militarizing space.

While the House supported its creation, the Senate and Defense Secretary James Mattis were opposed.

Given the president’s history of hawkishness on defense, an NDAA giving him even more in terms of rebuilding the military seems like a slam dunk for a quick signature.

However, in addition to a military hawk, President Trump has proved himself a budget hawk as well. Will the NDAA run into opposition from the White House over its cost?

All we can say is: Stay tuned.

H/T Flight Global

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Senate Dems introduce bill to ban assault weapons, bump stocks!!

Senate Democrats are moving to ban assault weapons and a device that allows semi-automatic weapons to simulate automatic fire in the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas.

Roughly two dozen Democrats, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), introduced legislation on Wednesday that would ban assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks, devices that can be used to make semi-automatic rifles fire faster.

We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Congress previously enacted an assault weapons ban in 1994, but that legislation expired in 2004.

The Democratic legislation would ban the sale, production and transfer of military-style assault weapons, with some exceptions, though owners would be able to keep existing weapons. It would also ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The bill would require a background check on any future trade or sale of an assault weapon covered by the legislation, require any guns grandfathered under the bill to be securely stored and prohibit transferring high-capacity magazines.

Lawmakers have homed in on bump stocks after a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas last month, where nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured.

Authorities have said a dozen of the rifles used by the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had been modified with bump stocks.