Thursday, July 11, 2013

Immigration Bill - #4532 - House GOP May Not Act on Immigration Reform Until Fall, Washington Examiner (2) Controversial New APP Encourages People to Flag Gun Owners, Businesses as 'Dangerous' and Unsafe' - The Blaze (3) Second Amendment Revoked: The Unbelievable Reason Why This Army Vet Can't Own a Gun - The Blaze (4) Virginia Tech Student Fights for Rights of Small Family Farmers in Virginia, Fauquier Free Citizen

House GOP May Not Act on Immigration Reform Until Fall - Washington Examiner - House Republicans are unlikely to move on immigration reform legislation before they depart Washington at the end of July for a month-long summer recess, members said Wednesday as they emerged from a private meeting on the issue. The House could vote before the August recess on legislation limited to border security, a Republican priority, but there is no specific timeline for legislative action on broader immigration-reform measures. In all likelihood, legislative action will be reserved for the relevant committees, with House Republicans hoping to use July to develop a coherent and politically cogent message on immigration that they can take home to their constituents. Voter feedback from their districts could influence their path in the fall. "I don't think there's going to be any movement in July, I think it's going to be after the recess, because we want to make sure that when we do it, we do everything together," Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said. "Today was a listening session, so that we can then come up with a strategy." Read more.........

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House GOP Introduces Farm Bill Without Food Stamps, Washington Examiner .........


(2) Controversial New App Encourages People to Flag Gun Owners, Businesses as 'Dangerous and Unsafe.' The Blaze - A new Android app reportedly developed by University of San Diego lecturer Brett Stallbaum apparently allows people to “Geolocate Dangerous Guns and Owners.” The app, titled “Gun Geo Marker,” literally pinpoints the locations of homes, businesses and other sites where “dangerous” guns might be located. The controversial app was released on July 4, 2013.The app’s description states: The Gun Geo Marker operates very simply, letting parents and community members mark, or geolocate, sites associated with potentially unsafe guns and gun owners. These locations are typically the homes or businesses of suspected unsafe gun owners, but might also be public lands or other locations where guns are not handled safely, or situations where proper rights to own or use any particular type of firearm may not exist. Electronically marking these locations can help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence. No matter what your safety concern with firearms might be, you should feel free to use this tool to provide the most accurate information you can such that others can make their own safety decisions. “The general guideline is that you should mark any location about which you have a gun related concern, while trying to provide enough extra information for others to make their own determination about safety,” the app’s website states. Read more.......


(3) Second Amendment Revoked: The Unbelievable Reason Why This Army Veteran Can't Own a Gun - The Blaze - An Army veteran in Texas is fighting for his Second Amendment rights after learning that a misdemeanor pot conviction from 1971 has disqualified him from ever owning a gun. Ron Kelly, who retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service, was recently turned away when he tried to buy a .22-cal rifle at a Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas, after a computerized background check flagged the 42-year-old arrest. The story was on the front page of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. Kelly said he had forgotten about his minor pot violation from high school — the federal government, on the other hand, has not. The Army vet spent one night in jail and was given one year of probation. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, he was also apparently stripped of his Second Amendment rights for a lifetime.  Read more.........

4) Virginia Tech Student Fights for Rights of Small Family Farmers in Virginia, Fauquier Free Citizen - Inspired by the struggles of small family farm owners to survive on their farms, Virginia Tech senior student Jonathan Branch acquires more than 2,000 signatures on his petition to save small family farms. The petition urges legislators to adopt the Virginia Farm & Food Freedom Act, a bill designed to give liberty back to owners of small family farms that are being over-regulated, driving them off of their farm land. “It is great to see a young man like Jonathan Branch become active in food politics,” said Pete Kennedy, Esq., president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. “Young people hold the future in their hands. I know Jonathan’s petition will inspire young and old to stand up for rural prosperity and family scale farms.” Branch has received 1,000 handwritten signatures and more than 1,100 signatures for the online petition. Both sets of signatures were acquired within a one week period. The written signatures were collected by college students from a door-to-door campaign, and this process took place several weeks before the online petition was posted. Read more......

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