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Mayor Scott Dudley
Raymond Woollard of Baltimore, County Maryland is the January recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month award.
Raymond Woollard is a Maryland citizen who, when denied his permit renewal, undertook to file a lawsuit against Maryland.
Jonathan M. Rose
David G. Sigale
Congressman Lamar Smith
Congressman Lamar Smith (RTX) is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for December.
In nominating the Lone Star State lawmaker for the award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, extolled Rep. Smith. He said “the Congressman, throughout his years here in the Nation’s Capital, consistently has demonstrated his determined, judicious and articulate commitment to the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. Although he has done this at different times and in different ways, he most recently demonstrated this in heading the House Judiciary Committee, which he leads as Chairman, to report out to the full floor of the House, a bill providing for national concealed carry reciprocity. He is most deserving of this award.”
When Chairman Smith brought up the reciprocity bill for a full committee mark-up, he noted that the bill is H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and that it had 245 cosponsors “from both sides of the aisle.
“The bill allows law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry. This legislation does not preempt a state’s ability to set concealed carry requirements for its own residents. It requires states that currently permit people to carry concealed firearms to recognize other states’ valid concealed carry permits – much like the states recognize drivers’ licenses issued by other states.”
Rep. Smith said, “H.R. 822 also does not affect state laws governing how firearms are carried or used within the various states. A person visiting another state must comply with all laws and regulations governing the carrying and use of a concealed firearm within that state.”
Studies show, noted Congressman Smith, “that carrying concealed weapons reduces violent crime rates by deterring would-be assailants and by allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.
“A 1997 study published by John Lott and David Mustard regarding the effect of concealed carry laws on crime rates estimated that ‘when state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county, murders fell by more than seven percent, and rapes and aggravated assaults fell by similar percentages.’”
Rep. Smith pointed out that, “The study has been replicated and confirmed by other scholars – some of whom found that the Lott and Mustard study underestimated the effect of concealed carry laws on violent crime rates. This bill simply allows Americans who travel in interstate commerce to bring their Second Amendment rights with them.
“Congress has previously passed laws to permit certain active-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons in other states. H.R. 822 extends the same ability to all law-abiding citizens.”
On another matter, Chairman Smith said he wants an independent lawyer to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress in the fall when he found out about the scandalous behavior involved in Operation Fast and Furious.
Documents the Justice Department gave to the Judiciary Committee appear to contradict statements Holder made to the committee in the spring about when he found out about the operation, Rep. Smith alleged in a letter to President Obama.
They “raise significant questions about the truthfulness of Attorney General Holder’s testimony,” Rep. Smith wrote.
Congressman Smith was born November 19, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas, Yale University and Southern Methodist University Law School. He briefly practiced law before entering politics. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1980. He served as Bexar County, Texas commissioner from 1982 to 1985. He has been a U.S. Representative since 1987 and chairman of the Judiciary Committee since January of this year.
He is married to Elizabeth Lynn Schaefer and has two children, Nell Seeligson and Tobin Wells.
Rep. Mike Rogers
CCRKBA for October is naming Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.
In nominating this United States Representative from the Great Lakes State, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, noted that, “In his public life, Congressman Mike Rogers has been a solid defender of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms. When a mad gunman tried to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) last winter and did in fact murder innocent people and wounded others, for instance, Rep. Rogers forthrightly resisted attempts to place the blame on firearms and defended in a straightforward manner the gun rights of law-abiding American citizens. He truly deserves this recognition.”
After the Rep. Giffords shooting, Rep. Rogers appeared on MSNBC-TV to discuss it and reaction to it. “If you want to solve this kind of thing from happening,” he stated, “we have to intervene with somebody who has expressed tendencies toward violence, who has a pretty strong history of mental illness. And right now, we’re not talking about that at all. Everybody is talking about, ‘oh, this is about people having guns, this is about political speech.’ None of that had a factor here. When you look at the evidence that has been collected up, this wasn’t about politics…If we want to solve this from happening in the future, you can talk about all the gun laws you want – that’s not going to do it. What we have to do is intervene earlier in that cycle of violence when they have this kind of disability.”
Rep. Rogers then was asked: “Why would a civilian need an oversized ammunition clip like the one Jared Loughner (the alleged culprit) used?”
“Well,” responded Rep. Rogers, “you’re getting right back to the point of the Second Amendment, and the Second Amendment has been clearly defined not only, I argue, in the Constitution, but by case law. And so why we would want to rehash this whole event when that was not the problem on that particular day – again, that, to me we’re talking about the wrong thing.”
Congressman Rogers is one of over 240 cosponsors of H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.
The bill would amend the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, and who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping or receiving a firearm under federal law, to carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.
Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan is Chairman of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been a U.S. Representative since 2001.
He was born in Livingston County, Michigan June 2, 1963 and graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989. He graduated from the FBI Academy and worked as a Special Agent with the FBI in its Chicago office, specializing in organized crime and public corruption cases from 1989 through 1994.
A consistent congressional supporter of Americans’ Second Amendment rights, Rep. Rogers voted in 2005 for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This prohibits civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.
He and his wife Diane live in Brighton, Michigan and have two children.