Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

NRA-ILA, Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments of their power to regulate guns. In fact, under established legal principles, localities are subordinate “creatures of state law,” with no inherent rights or powers other than what a state decides to delegate to them through statutes or charters. Although some local governments may be delegated an authority to regulate public safety and welfare (“police power”) as broad as that exercised by the granting state itself, this power retains its essential character as delegated authority and is limited both by the corporate boundaries of the locality and any restrictions on its exercise that may be imposed by the state. 

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Here’s how Gov. Abbott would limit property tax increases

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Anna M. Tinsley, January 17, 2018 


ARLINGTON – Gov. Greg Abbott has a plan to give Texans long-sought property tax relief.

The key, said Abbott, who is seeking a second term in office, is putting a 2.5 percent revenue growth cap on property tax dollars collected by local taxing entities – cities, school districts and counties – unless voters approve a larger amount.

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The Armed Citizen

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January 12, 2018 –

Criminals might consider the elderly a vulnerable segment of society and easy victims to prey upon, but that wasn’t the case in Florida. When a would-be burglar tried breaking into the home of an 81-year-old, the homeowner turned the tables on him with a gun. The incident started when a stranger rang the doorbell of a New Smyrna Beach, Fla., home. The resident, not recognizing the visitor, declined to answer the door. A few minutes later, the citizen noticed the man on the porch was putting on white gloves. At that point, the senior citizen grabbed his personal protection handgun. When the outsider proceeded to break the glass of a first-floor window and reached in to unlock it, the older man fired several rounds, possibly grazing the suspect. Police were searching for the bad guy. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, FL, 10/9/17)

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Alarmists Find New Excuse: Sea Levels Aren’t Rising Because ‘Ocean Bottom Deformation’

From, by James Delingpole, 8 Jan 2018

Scientists in the Netherlands have found a new excuse as to why sea levels are stubbornly refusing to rise in line with Al Gore’s doomsday predictions: “ocean bottom deformation.”

Apparently, they claim in a study by Thomas Frederikse et al, the weight of the extra water caused by all those melting glaciers and icecaps is so great that it is causing the sea bed to sink.

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Fact Check: Did Republicans ‘Essentially’ Repeal Obamacare?

The Daily Caller, by David Sivak / /

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House surrounded by Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Republican members of Congress after Congress passed the Republican-sponsored tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2017. (Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP/Sipa USA/Newscom)

President Donald Trump claimed the GOP tax bill that Congress passed Wednesday “essentially” repeals Obamacare.

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Monica Crowley on Why The Swamp Hates Donald Trump

Fox News’ contributor reveals why the ruling class is petrified at Restoration Weekend. 

Editor’s Note: Below are the video and transcript to remarks given by Monica Crowley at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2017 Restoration Weekend. The event was held Nov. 16th-19th at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

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In a first, the Army’s new handgun will be issued to team leaders

For the first time, team leaders in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division will be issued pistols along with their M4 carbines. Those pistols also happen to be the newest addition to the service’s small arms arsenal, and the division was the first to receive them.

The M17 and its compact version, the M18, arrived at the 101st Airborne’s Fort Campbell, Kentucky, headquarters this week, and a handful of soldiers got to fire the weapon fresh out of the box.

The M17 is the Army’s new handgun and eventual replacement for the M9 Beretta, which was first fielded in 1986.

“That’s pretty dated technology,” Lt. Col. Steven Power, individual weapons product manager for Project Manager Soldier Weapons, said in an Army release.

Army prepares to sell up to 10,000 surplus 1911 pistols. Here’s how you get one.

With the stroke of a pen, as many as 10,000 Army surplus 1911A1 pistols could be available for sale to the public early next year.

D.J. Skelton’s wild night of adventures


Tom note: Army Maj. D.J. Skelton is a friend of mine.


Best Defense is on summer hiatus. During this restful spell we offer re-runs from the past 12 months. This item originally ran on Mar. 21. 

(Tom note: Army Maj. D.J. Skelton is a friend of mine. The “pirate eye” phrase refers to an eye he lost in Fallujah, Iraq, when an rocket-propelled grenade round grazed the side of his head, for which he now wears a fake eye. He posted this account on Facebook. I am running it here with his permission. I like this because of the joy he takes in the evening’s proceedings.)

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VA won’t pay for feeding tube liquid for Army’s ‘most wounded commander in history’

Army Maj. Dennis “DJ” Skelton says the VA won’t pay for his feeding tube liquid.

VA won’t pay for feeding tube liquid for Army’s ‘most wounded commander in history’ Featured Army Capt. D.J. Skelton, commander of Company E, 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, stands in front of his company with his first sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class James O. Bishop. (DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III)

In an open letter to the VA published on Foreign Policy, Army Maj. Dennis “DJ” Skelton, also known by a moniker as the “most wounded commander in U.S. military history,” said he was told by the Department of Veterans Affairs that they wouldn’t be paying for his feeding tube liquid.

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