Annual Picnic

Our next general meeting will be held at our Annual Picnic in September, 2015. We’re still hammering out the details but we have landed our guest speaker. Becky Bieker, of She’s a Pistol, will be that guest speaker.

We’ll post more details as they are hammered out. Watch this page!

 

Permitless carry now legal in Kansas

For those WMSA members who live near or in Kansas.

Kansas: Permitless Carry Law Takes Effect Today

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Today (July 1, 2015), NRA-backed permitless carry legislation,Senate Bill 45, goes into effect.  SB 45 was signed into law on April 7, 2015 by Governor Sam Brownback (R).

Authored by Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce (R-34) and carried in the House of Representatives by Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-110), SB 45 recognizes Kansans’ freedom to legally carry a concealed firearm without the requirement of acquiring a Kansas concealed carry handgun license (CCHL).  SB 45 is a necessary update to concealed carry in Kansas, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their loved ones.  In Kansas, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under past law, if a firearm became covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would have needed to possess a CCHL.

You can read the entire article here.

 

Breaking news: Missouri’s Amendment 5 survives another challenge.

In a news release a few hours ago, the Missouri Times reports the Missouri Supreme Court has upheld Amendment 5 that was passed in 2014. Out-of-states liberals and St. Louis PD Chief Sam Dotson are furious at their loss before the Court.

Court backs Schaefer on gun amendment

June 30, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court knocked down a legal challenge to Amendment 5, a 2014 measure that expanded Missouri gun rights and that opponents said would endanger citizens.

In August of 2014, primary voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 5, which read: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?”

Republicans across Missouri largely rallied behind the measure as an expansion of Second Amendment rights. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and a 2016 candidate for Attorney General, has vehemently defended the legislation, which he championed in the Senate. Schaefer argued the case before the court himself, along with briefs submitted on behalf of Missourians Protecting the Second Amendment, and separate briefs filed by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, and former House Speaker Tim Jones.

Senator Kurt SchaeferThe law’s challengers, which included St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, argued to the court that the ballot language was insufficient and unfair and failed to place the question before voters impartially.

In a summary, the court said the ballot language was clear and ultimately upheld Schaefer’s argument: “It was not insufficient or unfair for the ballot title not to include reference to the amendment’s three provisions regarding strict scrutiny, concealed weapons, or ammunition and accessories.”

 

 

New Rasmussen poll: People like guns

Here’s an interesting bit of information from Rasmussen. Follow the link and read the column. It may surprise some folks.

Rasmussen Friday: Americans like living where guns are allowed

Dave Workman, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner, June 12, 2015,  11:08 AM MST

Rasmussen Reports today revealed that an overwhelming majority of American voters “prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.”

Follow the link, here, and read the entire column.
 

Our next battleground?

I doubt it, at least here in Missouri. Our supporters in Jeff City outnumber the gungrabbers in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City. Still, it’s a reminder that we must always be vigilant. The title of the article below is a bit of misnomer. It’s not what SCOTUS did, it’s what SCOTUS didn’t do.

SCOTUS decision will open door to ‘safe storage’ initiatives

Dave Workman, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner

Yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to turn down an appeal of restrictive gun laws in San Francisco throws the door open to more billionaire-funded initiatives to require so-called “safe storage” of firearms, and push for bans on some of the most common ammunition available for hunting, self-defense and competition.

You can read the entire column here.