Monday, February 25, 2013

Good news in Illinois!!!

Second Amendment Foundation
12500 NE Tenth Place • Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-7012 • FAX (425) 451-3959 •


For Immediate Release: 2/22/2013

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home.

The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment…on the carrying of guns in public.” That clock is ticking, noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

“Illinois lawmakers need to create some kind of licensing system or face the prospect of not having any regulations at all when Judge Posner’s deadline arrives,” Gottlieb said. “They need to act. They can no longer run and hide from this mandate.”
“We were delighted with Judge Posner’s ruling in December,” he continued, “and today’s decision by the entire circuit to allow his ruling to stand is a major victory, and not just for gun owners in Illinois. Judge Posner’s ruling affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms, itself, extends beyond the boundary of one’s front door.”

In December, Judge Posner wrote, “The right to ‘bear’ as distinct from the right to ‘keep’ arms is unlikely to refer to the home. To speak of ‘bearing’ arms within one’s home would at all times have been an awkward usage. A right to bear arms thus implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.”

Judge Posner subsequently added, “To confine the right to be armed to the home is to divorce the Second Amendment from the right of self-defense described in Heller and McDonald.”

“It is now up to the legislature,” Gottlieb said, “to craft a statute that recognizes the right of ordinary citizens to carry outside the home, without a sea of red tape or a requirement to prove any kind of need beyond the cause of personal protection.”

The ruling also affects a similar case filed by the National Rifle Association known as Shepard v. Madigan.

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

KC3 takes on John Yarmuth in debate at Louisville Forum Annual Dinner

There are still tickets available for the Louisville Forum Annual Dinner where KC3 co-founder and board member Charles Riggs will be debating the topic of Gun Violence against Rep. John Yarmuth on Thursday Feb. 21st - for more information and to purchase tickets go to their web page at -
It'd be great to have a whole room full of Second Amendment supporters to cheer on our side so make plans to attend, and get your tickets before Feb. 18th.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Califonia cop killer isn't RIGHT-wing nutjob...

Former Los Angeles police officer Chris Dorner allegedly went on a shooting rampage this week, murdering one officer and two civilians, as well as wounding two more officers. As I post this, he is still at large. Dorner, also a Navy veteran, was fired from the department in 2009 for making false statements, and now claims he is seeking to punish corruption within the LAPD. What is often missing from media coverage, however, is the part of his manifesto announcing that he's pro-Obama, pro-Hillary for 2016, pro-gun control, pro-"assault weapons" ban and anti-NRA.

Don’t believe it? Read it for yourself HERE.

Why isn't this in the news? The bias of the major news organizations is the point here. Give us the facts, and let us make up our own minds.

Louisville and Lexington lawmakers attack law-abiding gun owners

Apparently we get our own version of Dianne Feinstein's "commonsense" gun legislation here in the Commonwealth!! Aren't we lucky? Apparently some of our legislators still think that the 2nd Amendment is about hunting.

Read about it here (NRA/ILA), and here (Lexington Herald-Leader), and here (Louisville Courier-Journal).

You can read all the gun related bills introduced so far in the Ky. Legislature on this page.

Folks, I've talked to a lot of you at gun shows, and I don't know how many times I've heard, "It can't happen in Kentucky." Well, here it is. It's time to call/mail/email your State Senators and Representatives, and get this bill beat into the ground. Links to their contact info can be found in the right column of the blog.

Time to get to it!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tell Congressman Yarmuth what you think about the "gun violence" issue.

If you live in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District, Congressman John Yarmuth would like your take on the President's proposed measures to reduce "gun violence". Go to this webpage to tell him what you think. There is a place to leave your ideas about what might work. Keep it civil. Here's what I suggested.
1. Stop playing politics with this and ENFORCE CURRENT LAWS AND PROSECUTE VIOLENT OFFENDERS. Precious little of that going on in the Federal courts.

2. Incarcerate violent offenders for certain, long-term sentences. Recidivism is too high in this group to leave them on the streets.

3. Increase the penalties for all violent offenders.

4. Leave the 99.999% of legal, law-abiding gun owners alone and go after criminals. And if the mentally ill are a problem, get them in front of a judge so they can be adjudicated mentally ill and therefore ineligible for a legal gun purchase.

5. Realize that none of the proposed items, even those with which I agree, make anyone safe, or even arguably safer. The heart of man is desperately wicked. No one can understand it. As long as we participate in society, we are at the mercy of the sociopath, the psychotic, and the evil persons around us.

Want to set up a policy for concealed carry at your school?

KC3 has received inquiries from some schools asking what needs to be done to allow teachers and administrators to carry under current Kentucky law. If you are in a position to implement a concealed carry policy at your school, we strongly recommend you seek advice from an attorney.

The applicable Kentucky statute is KRS 527.070, particularly section 3f. KC3 supports arming teachers and school administrators. The only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good guy/gal with a gun. As history has shown us, designating an area as a "gun-free zone" only paints targets on the backs of everyone who finds themselves in one.

KC3 is represented by Friend and Hunt LLC. They successfully defended Mitchell v. UK, a significant win for gun-owners' rights in Kentucky's Supreme Court, and are definitely pro-gun owner, pro-Second Amendment folks. Friend and Hunt contact information is below.

Lexington Office
465 East High Street
Suite 103
Lexington, KY 40507

Office: (859) 455-9482
Fax: (502) 716-6158

Pikeville Office
P.O. Box 610
Pikeville, KY 41502

Office: (606) 369-7030
Fax: (502) 716-6158