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Illinois, Dr. Lott, Litigation, Skills, Aftermath

Illinois, Dr. Lott, Litigation, Skills, Aftermath

February 22, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman

Illinois mass shooting

You’ve heard about the man who opened fire and killed five co-workers at an Aurora, IL, (Chicago) factory. It turns out that the perpetrator was a prohibited person with six reported arrests (but no reported convictions) over the years in Aurora and a 1995 felony conviction for aggravated assault in Mississippi. The employer’s background check didn’t reveal that felony conviction. He was then erroneously issued an Illinois firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card (required for gun possession in Illinois) after passing an initial background check, which also did not find his Mississippi felony. Then when he applied for a CCW permit and underwent a more rigorous background check that uses digital fingerprinting, his Mississippi conviction was found and his FOID card was revoked, meaning he could no longer legally possess a gun under Illinois law. (But my understanding is that under federal law he was already a prohibited person anywhere in the nation, regardless of his Illinois FOID status.) He then took his illegally-possessed gun (a semiauto pistol) to work, where he was scheduled to be terminated, and killed 5 co-workers and wounded a 6th before police showed up, and then he shot and wounded 5 police officers, for whom he was apparently waiting. Police later killed him in a gun battle.

We will only note the obvious:

  1. A homicidal felon was able to get a gun, and even a FOID card, AFTER passing multiple background checks. When he failed the third check, no one confiscated his gun or arrested him for being a felon in possession, or for feloniously attempting the purchase, or for feloniously lying on the form.
  2. Apparently no potential victims were armed and able to defend themselves.
  3. The Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, where the massacre occurred, is a “gun free” zone and reportedly clearly displays a “no guns” sign on its front door.
  4. The event ended after good guys with guns showed up.
  5. Reports indicate the massacrist was armed and on the loose for around 90 minutes after he initiated the shootings.

The left responded by immediately calling for “universal background checks” and a ban on “assault weapons,” neither of which were relevant in this case. Also last week, Democrats in Washington killed a bill requiring reporting to ICE illegal aliens illegally attempting to buy guns.

The massacre didn’t get a lot of high-profile media attention because Illinois already has all the gun laws the left clamors for. Continue Reading

MS Legislation Update, Litigation, Enemies, Obit

MS Legislation Update, Litigation, Enemies, Obit

February 15, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman MS Legislation update. Apologies to list members not in Mississippi. I missed a few bills in my previous reports, probably due to their not being posted on the legislature’s website at the time I compiled my report. Here’s my latest status report. Still not guaranteed to be complete,… Continue Reading

Litigation, Fed Judiciary, CWD Cure

Litigation, Fed Judiciary, CWD Cure

February 8, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman 2019 Tactical Games This month in Meridian, MS Litigation Pro-Second Amendment ruling in US District Court in PA (more details here). Note that one of the litigating attorneys, Adam Krout, is a recommended candidate for NRA Board of Directors in the current election. The US Ninth Circuit Court… Continue Reading

2019 Mississippi Gun Bills Update

2019 Mississippi Gun Bills Update

February 6, 2019 Special Edition Apologies to list members not in Mississippi. Not guaranteed to be complete, or even completely accurate. You can read the bills and keep up with their status here. Go to Legislation. See All Measures (Not Dead). The following 3 bills were passed by their respective committees and move to the… Continue Reading

Nominees, Red Flags, Only Ones, MS Courthouse

Nominees, Red Flags, Only Ones, MS Courthouse

February 1, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman We see the Left’s complaints that the government “shutdown” cost some $11 billion and whining that $3 billion of it cannot be recouped. But when the government’s open it spent $4.11 trillion (2018 annual), which equates to almost $400 billion over a 35 day average. Maybe we should… Continue Reading

2019 Mississippi Gun Bills

2019 Mississippi Gun Bills

January 29, 2019 Special Edition: 2019 MS Gun Bills Apologies to list members not in Mississippi. This list is not guaranteed to be complete, or even completely accurate. I am not a flawless reporter. You can read the bills and keep up with their status here. (Go to Legislation.) The next legislative deadline is Tuesday, Feb.… Continue Reading

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