Report: NRA memberships have skyrocketed since Biden was inaugurated as threats against Second Amendment grow

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A recent report coming from Breitbart News claims that NRA memberships have been on the rise since President Joe Biden assumed office in January.

This increase in memberships for the organizations has some believing that it’s partially inspired by the current administration’s stance on firearm ownership.

According to Breitbart News, the NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam told the publication on March 28th that the civil rights group has been “gaining 1,000 new members a day since January, from online signups alone.”

When asked whether there was anything in particular that was leading to the rise in membership, he cited the Democrats’ never-ending drive for gun control as being a likely factor in the equation:

“Gun owners realize the threat our Second Amendment and our self-defense laws are facing with a hostile President and Congress.”

According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, 51% of likely voters agree that tighter gun control would likely not have stopped the March 22nd shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

The overwhelming majority of likely voters, 64%, stated unequivocally that there is no way to “completely prevent” attacks like the one in Boulder earlier in March or the one in the Atlanta area that occurred prior to it.

Law Enforcement Today recently reported  that in light of the tragedy that occurred in Boulder earlier in March, President Biden made an address where he urged his colleagues in Washington to enact legislation regarding firearms: 

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”

President Biden also used the same press conference to discuss the need to close the “Charleston loophole.”

In an unlikely twist in the investigation into the March 22nd mass shooting in Boulder, it was later discovered that the suspected perpetrator’s weapon was classified as a pistol rather than a rifle.

However, that discovery hasn’t calmed the discussions regarding getting new iterations gun control implemented via the current administration. 

Reportedly, President Biden plans to sign executive orders strengthening gun control, according to comments coming from White House press secretary Jen Psaki on March 26th.

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Law Enforcement Today recently shared news regarding a decision coming from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California that has set a benchmark damaging the right’s of Americans along the west coast to exercise their Second Amendment. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently made a ruling that essentially establishes that the Second Amendment does not afford Americans the right to carry firearms in public, after a case was presented that challenged a Hawaii law pertaining to open carry restrictions and licensures.

In a 7-4 ruling that rejected a challenge to Hawaii’s law that requires residents to submit an application in order to be approved to carry a firearm in public, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made one of the most significant modern interpretations of the Second Amendment on March 24th.

For those unaware, Hawaii requires that residents who desire to carry a firearm outside of their home must submit an application that demonstrates they’re of good moral character and showcase some sort of need to carry their firearm in public.

One such Hawaii resident by the name of George Young had applied twice to get his open-carry license in the state, but wound up getting denied both times. So, Young decided to sue the state of Hawaii, thinking that the requirement to apply for open carrying in any facet infringes on the Second Amendment.

And, apparently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently interpreted the Second Amendment as not affording any right for Americans to carry a firearm in public.

Within the court’s ruling, the following was noted:

“There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment.

“We can find no general right to carry arms into the public square for self-defense.”

Instead, the court’s decision proclaimed that the Second Amendment only afforded Americans the right to utilize firearms for “the defense of hearth and home.”

With the court interpreting the Second Amendment as merely a proclamation that Americans can use firearms for home defense purposes, the court concluded that state and local restrictions on open-carry is perfectly constitutional:

“The power of the government to regulate carrying arms in the public square does not infringe in any way on the right of an individual to defend his home or business.”

This is a legal interpretation that the 9th Circuit proclaimed to have done before, noting in the decision that:

“we have previously held that individuals do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public.”

What this means is that residents within the court’s jurisdiction, which is a healthy portion of west coast states, are barren of any right to carry a firearm outside of their home for the purpose of self-defense.  

Obviously, with this being a 7-4 decision ruling, four of the judges on the panel found that the majority of the 9th Circuit got this interpretation of the Second Amendment wrong.

Reagan appointee Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain found that “this holding is as unprecedented as it is extreme.”

In a tweet shared by the NRA following the ruling, while they noted that this wasn’t their case specifically, they’re going to work to see what can be done about this ruling.

They said:

“The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit just ruled that THERE IS NO RIGHT TO CARRY – either openly or concealed in public. This ruling impacts RTC laws in AK, HI, CA, AZ, OR, WA, & MT. This was not an NRA case but we are exploring all options to rectify this.”

Of course, there are those that find the 9th Circuit’s ruling as something to be enamored, with New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal writing the following on Twitter:

“Today the Ninth Circuit agreed that laws that limit carrying guns in public are constitutional. Proud that NJ led a brief for 10 states in that case, & proud to support firearm safety laws that protect both the public & law enforcement officers.”

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