FBI pressuring people to put themselves on the NICS list

PJMediaAccording to a wealth of internal documents and communications obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by the gun rights organization Gun Owners of America (GOA), the FBI secretly coerced Americans into signing documents that waive their rights to own, buy, or even use firearms — a blatant assault on their Second Amendment rights.

“The forms were presented by the FBI to people at their homes and in other undisclosed locations, according to bureau documents,” the Daily Caller reports. “At least 15 people between 2016 and 2019 signed the secret forms, which ask signatories to declare themselves as either a ‘danger’ to themselves or others or lacking ‘mental capacity adequately to contract or manage’ their lives.”

The form states that signatories woud be permanently registered with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which would bar them from purchasing, possessing, or using firearms. It’s unclear how the FBI targeted signatories but according to investigation notes on some of the forms, many signatories allegedly made violent threats online, in person, and on social media.

If they made real violent threats, convict them in court and they will go on the NICS list. If you can't do that, probably they should keep their 2nd Amendment rights. Worse, this form originated with an Obama-era program to get people who were NOT dangerous to sign away their rights -- people on social security who needed help managing their finances, for example. That program was shut down by Congress.

Tue Sep 20 22:53:39 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuits filed to overturn multiple magazine and gun bans

National Foundation for Gun RightsOn September 7, 2022, the National Foundation for Gun Rights filed five new lawsuits in four federal court circuits to eliminate unconstitutional magazine and gun bans everywhere! Combined with our lawsuits in Colorado these represent nearly half of the country. This nationwide legal blitz aims to take out every single ban on semi-automatic weapons and standard capacity magazines for good.

Ambitious for a small organization. I recognize some of the names involved for some previous involvement in gun rights advocacy that struck me as more fundraising than effective action.

I hope they don't screw this up.

Fri Sep 16 23:09:36 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Good guys with guns stop active shooters

Daily SignalThe FBI announced Monday that citizens stopped six active shooters in 2021, according to a report on active shooting incidents.

Citizens stopped six active shooters, whom the FBI defines as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” in 2021, killing four of them, according to the report “Active Shooter Incidents In The United States In 2021.” There were 61 active shooter incidents in 2021, 12 of which met the FBI’s criteria for a “mass killing,” up from 40 the previous year.

The police prefer to spend an hour putting together a tactical stack while kids die.

Sun Jun 26 23:45:07 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun rights protest in Raleigh

Only guns and moneyGiven Sen. Thom Tillis’ (R-NC) role in the GOP capitulation on gun control, Grass Roots North Carolina is holding a peaceful protest outside his Raleigh office on Friday, June 24th. They were able to get Stephen Willeford, the hero of the Sutherland Springs, Texas attack, to attend as the featured speaker. Mr. Willeford is now the National Spokesman for Gun Owners of America.

The event will be from 10am until 1pm outside the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh.

If you live in the Piedmont or can get to Raleigh on the 24th, please be there. Remember, it is politicians like Tillis who are the reason the GOP is known as “the stupid party”.

It's too late to stop the legislation. They moved fast on this one. Really fast.

Fri Jun 24 08:24:13 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats want federal gun licensing and registration

Daily WireDemocratic Senators have introduced new gun control legislation that would, among other things, institute a federal license requirement to buy a gun.

Democratic New Jersey Senators Bod Menendez and Cory Booker, and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the “Federal Firearm Licensing Act” Thursday. The bill would institute a requirement for gun purchasers to obtain a firearms license through the Department of Justice before buying or receiving a gun.

It's not too early to start telling your Senators to vote no.

Fri Jun 10 23:30:14 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dave Kopel's speech at the NRA

Dave KopelThis morning I spoke at the NRA Foundation's annual National Firearms Law Seminar, a continuing legal education program. Below are my introductory remarks. In a future column, I will describe how mass murders at schools could be halted immediately, through multistate programs like FASTER—Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response. On Tuesday, the executive director of FASTER Colorado explained the program on the Jesse Watters show...

Read the whole thing.

The NRA is a troubled organization presently led by a corrupt cabal. But it once was a strong force for gun safety and the civil rights of gun owners. Perhaps one day it can be again, with appropriate leadership changes. Or, perhaps, it's time for the torch to pass to other organizations.

Either way, the heart of the NRA is its membership, and that heart is in the right place.

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Mon May 30 10:09:50 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

22 states challenge ATF bump-stock rule

Just The NewsTwenty-two state attorneys general, led by Montana and West Virginia, have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court over a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule they argue would immediately transform hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners into criminals.

Through its rulemaking, the ATF is attempting to regulate bump-stock accessories by claiming that they transform the firearms they attach to into machine guns as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934.

The main problem here is that the ATF is basically reversing its own prior decisions and turning anyone who owns one of these devices into something like an instant criminal even when they bought a legal device and did nothing wrong. Even if you accept the constitutionality of the machine gun ban (which I do not), this brings in 5th amendment seizures and due process considerations.

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Mon May 02 23:34:25 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

WA state prepares to try a magazine ban

Just The NewsThe Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is celebrating the passage of a bill by the state Senate that limits magazine sizes of firearms.

The bill, Senate Bill 5078, passed Wednesday, 28-20, with all of the Republican senators present and one Democrat voting against it. If enacted, it would limit the size of most magazines sold to 10 rounds, grandfather in current magazines of higher capacity and limit their use.

Gun owners in WA, it's time to start paying attention and contacting your legislators.

Tue Mar 15 22:13:41 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

LA DA trying back door gun control

The Truth About GunsFirearms Policy Coalition (FPC) issued the following statement in response to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s letters sent to credit card companies asking them to stop processing payments for select firearm parts, which are legal to purchase under federal law

What they can't get through legislation, they will enforce through political pressure.

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Mon Mar 14 22:18:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

San Jose begging for a 2nd Amendment lawsuit

The Truth About GunsSan Jose refers to the new fee imposed on gun owners as a “Gun Harm Reduction Fee,” but it’s nothing less than an unconstitutional tax on the exercise of an enumerated right.

The Supreme Court has struck down similar laws, reasoning that “a state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal Constitution.”

This is precisely what San Jose’s fee does—require gun owners to pay an annual sum of money to exercise their Second Amendment rights inside the city.

Well, if they want it so badly, someone should give it to them.

Sun Feb 20 23:58:23 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden admin building a firearms database

Free BeaconThe Biden administration is in possession of nearly one billion records detailing American citizens’ firearm purchases, far more than Congress and the public has been aware of, according to new information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The ATF disclosed to lawmakers that it manages a database of 920,664,765 firearm purchase records, including both digital and hard copy versions of these transactions. When a licensed gun store goes out of business, its private records detailing gun transactions become ATF property and are stored at a federal site in West Virginia. The practice has contributed to the fears of gun advocacy groups and Second Amendment champions in Congress that the federal government is creating a national database of gun owners, which violates longstanding federal statutes.

Rep. Michael Cloud (R., Texas), who led an investigation into the ATF database following a November Free Beacon report that the Biden administration had stockpiled records of more than 54 million gun transactions in 2021, expressed shock at the number of gun records being kept by the federal government. Cloud maintains that the ATF’s database could be exploited by the Biden administration to surveil American gun owners as it pursues new restrictions on firearms.

I don't think this database was started under the Biden administration, but firearms businesses shutting down during COVID may well have added a lot of records.

There are laws against keeping a federal firearms database of gun owners, and this would seem to violate it, even conceding that collecting the records from gun stores going out of business is legal.

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Thu Feb 17 23:33:59 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2nd Amendment case being appealed to SCOTUS

Just The NewsTwenty-five states, led by Arizona and West Virginia, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Bianchi v. Frosh, which challenges Maryland's restrictive Firearms Safety Act of 2013.

The state of Maryland "has essentially enumerated large specific lists of firearms that are not to be permitted as lawful to posses," Schmidt said. "We don't think that approach is permissible under the Second Amendment. We don't think that political actors, legislatures, get to pick and choose which weapons in common use are available to Americans, and we've asked the Supreme Court to take the case and give us greater definition. I'm hopeful that they will."

The Supreme Court's recent order indicates that at least one justice on the bench wants a response and "likely means that the court will hold this petition pending a decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen," argues Maryland Shall Issue, an all-volunteer, nonpartisan organization committed to defending the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of New York's "good cause" requirement for carry permits in a case it agreed to hear last year.

Good luck.

Tue Feb 08 23:28:37 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Newsom threatens to go after gun businesses

Just The NewsCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom is threatening to create new anti-gun legislation in his state modeled after a Texas abortion law that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to stay in place during a legal challenge.

“If states can shield their laws from review by federal courts, then CA will use that authority to help protect lives,” Newsom’s office tweeted Saturday.

“We will work to create the ability for private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in CA,” the tweet added.

I'd be more worried about this if we hadn't already faced and defeated this threat. The protection of lawful commerce in arms act is still law.

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Tue Dec 21 22:45:38 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats want to track guns through financial regulations

The Truth About GunsU.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), and Jennifer Wexton, (D-Va.) havet introduced the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, H.R. 5764, in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate as S. 3117.

The legislation is being pitched by the politicians who authored it as a means to detect and prevent those who might be planning to commit an atrocity or terror attack. But the bill is fraught with civil liberty violations and not just those freedoms protected by the Second Amendment. Privacy rights — specifically those related to finances — would go by the wayside.

The bill would require the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) to give guidance to banks so they can report “suspicious financial activity.” According to Sen. Markey, this undefined suspicious financial activity could be a warning sign an individual is planning a horrific crime or terror event.“We cannot allow banks and financial institutions to turn a blind eye as shooters bank a pile of guns and ammunition in a lead up to an attack,” Sen. Markey said in a press statement. “The Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act will give us the guidance on how these institutions can help pinpoint and prevent gun violence across the country.”

The proposed legislation, of course, doesn’t define what level of financial activity is suspicious or how many firearms and accessories is “too many” or how much ammunition is “too much.” Instead, it leaves that to be determined by Treasury Department officials.

Not mentioned: you only need one firearm if your intent is to do evil.

Tue Nov 16 23:37:57 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden withdraws anti-gun BATFE nominee

Just The NewsThe White House will withdraw its nomination of David Chipman to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The nominee, a former special agent at ATF and current gun control lobbyist, was scrutinized immediately upon his nomination for his publicly anti-firearm positions.

I suspect that the anti-gun crusaders just learned a painful lesson about how important the NRA is to gun rights. That is, not very, anymore. Our political power comes from our millions of motivated individuals, and the NRA ultimately does little more than point out problems. And frankly not very much of that, under Wayne lately.

Millions of gun owners have learned that large organizations and their leadership are susceptible to corruption. We've also learned to compensate for the failure by finding other sources of the information we need to make a difference.

Don't get me wrong, the NRA is an important organization, and it's currently threatened status is a shrewd political move by opponents. But the organization has been troubled for some time. We need to hope for the best -- a renewed, reinvigorated NRA -- while planning for the worst.

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Thu Sep 16 23:12:14 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Heller sues DC over homemade firearms

The Truth About GunsDick Heller, of Heller v. DC fame has filed suit today in US District court in the District of Columbia challenging the city’s ban on “ghost guns” and individuals making their own firearms.

I think this case is headed to a win at the Supreme Court.

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Sun Sep 12 23:43:41 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Last day for comments on new pistol brace rules

Only Guns and MoneyThe comment period on the BATFE’s proposed rule that would make virtually all firearms with a pistol brace a NFA item requiring both registration and a $200 tax closes tonight at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time.

If you have not submitted a comment, do it. The numbers are important and you know that Giffords, Brady, and the rest are pushing their useful idiots to submit comments. The latest reported number of comments was over 180,000. It needs to be more.

Instructions at the link. Deadline is midnight EDT.

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Wed Sep 08 20:01:58 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCloskeys plead guilty

Gateway PunditMark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who sought to protect their property and lives from the rabid BLM mob marching down their private street pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to forfeit the firearms they used in the showdown last year.

Mark McCloskey spoke to reporters from the courthouse steps on Thursday and said he’d “do it again” to protect his family.

This result is not justice, but that's the nature of plea bargains. But the requirement to forfeit the specific firearms involved in the case stinks of anti-gun politics, especially as he can legally replace the weapons immediately.

This situation was clearly self defense.

Mon Jul 26 23:08:43 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cornyn negotiating on gun control?

BattleswarmWhile preparing to fight back against the ATF’s unconstitutional regulation of pistol braces, we learned some disturbing news…

Senator John Cornyn — a Republican who should be pro-2A — is quietly making a deal with the rabid anti-gunner, Chris Murphy, to pass universal background checks.

We need EVERY gun owner in America to take action right now to prevent what would be Armageddon for the Second Amendment.

Cornyn is a creature of the establishment despite his Texas senate seat. He needs to hear from Texans that negotiating for gun control is not acceptable.

Sat Jul 17 23:35:03 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9th Circuit court strikes down CA assault weapons ban

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation has won a significant court ruling in the case of Miller v. Bonta, which challenged the constitutionality of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” with U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez declaring the state’s statutes regarding such firearms to be unconstitutional.

In his opening paragraph, Judge Benitez observes, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle, the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and United States v Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939). Yet, the State of California makes it a crime to have an AR- 15 type rifle. Therefore, this Court declares the California statutes to be unconstitutional.”

Later in the ruling, Judge Benitez observes, “The Second Amendment protects modern weapons.” A few pages later, he adds, “Modern rifles are popular. Modern rifles are legal to build, buy, and own under federal law and the laws of 45 states.” Perhaps most importantly, the judge notes that California’s ban on such firearms “has had no effect” on shootings in the state. “California’s experiment is a failure,” Judge Benitez says.

Predictably, the 9th Circus has already overruled this. The Supreme Court has yet to speak.

Wed Jul 14 23:21:50 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Jersey AG abusing powers to target gun owners

Second Amendment FoundationNew Jersey Attorney General misusing his office to shut down out-of-state firearm businesses

He is abusing his position of power to harass citizens in other states.

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Fri Jul 09 23:26:23 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oppose the BATFE's proposed rule

InstapunditThe ATF has unleashed their proposed rule to change the “Definition of ‘Frame or Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms” and it’s as ugly as it sounds.

If enacted, 2021R-05 would drastically change the Federal definition of a firearm receiver. For starters, this proposed rule would outlaw 3D printing, parts kits, 80% lowers, and other home-built firearms and would apply FFL rules to individuals.

There's a link to leave a comment opposing the proposed rule.

If you need convincing, the Second Amendment Foundation

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Sun Jun 13 23:54:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Horrible reporting on guns

The ReloadThe [ghost] gun might look similar to any regular weapon; however, it’s missing one major piece: registration to make it legally owned,” KSBY reporter Melissa Newman said. “Today, I got a first-hand look at the only K9 in the county trained to detect them.”

Let's deal with the obvious first. A dog cannot smell the lack of a serial number.

Further, lack of a serial number doesn't make the gun illegal either. You just can't engage in commerce with it.

And guns don't have to be registered in most states, with or without a serial number, not even in California -- with an exception for so-called "assault weapons" which means basically anything with a reasonably sized magazine.

A dog can probably smell gun oil or fresh rubber or plastic. But a dog who alerts on anything with oil or plastic is useless to anyone who cares about accuracy. (What is your car made out of again?) To the sort of police who think "ghost guns" are actually a threat, though, such a dog would be quite useful. "Probable cause on four legs", as the saying goes, because such a dog will alert at every single traffic stop, 100% of the time, and that's only a problem when a savvy defense attorney requests the dog's scent records.

But hey, the police departments gets to show off their very expensive new pet who can smell gun oil. (Note: the police officer can probably smell it too; stuff is pretty pungent).

I just wish I could be there to watch the dog alert to his handler's own firearm.

Bottom line: Biden and his handlers have a hard-on for gun control and the BATFE plans to deliver whatever they can without going through Congress. The media and police in at least some areas are ready to get out their kneepads like it was the Clinton administration again.

Sat Jun 05 22:28:55 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden's nominee for BATFE wants to ban your AR-15

Just The News"With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president. The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF's SWAT team. And it's a particularly lethal weapon and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons I have advocated for," he said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Chipman noted that if confirmed to lead the ATF he will enforce the law, and presently, "there is no such ban on those guns."

He expressed his opinion that such weapons already owned by Americans should be regulated under the National Firearms Act: "Senator, what I've said publicly is that as an advocate I prefer a system where the AR-15 and other assault weapons are regulated under the National Firearms Act," Chipman said to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Putting AR-15s (and inevitably all other magazine-fed, semiautomatic rifles, and probably most magazine-fed handguns) under the National Firearms Act would mean they would be registered and subject to draconian regulations. Arguably, it could even mean banning the manufacture of new AR-15s, and allowing individual states to ban ownership and possession retroactively.

As AR-15s are undeniably in common use, such a policy would be in direct contravention of the Heller case. And it's not just AR-15s.

PJMediaThe ATF, in one program, “defined an assault rifle as any semiautomatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, which would include a .223, which is largely the AR-15 round,” Chipman explained.

Write your Senators to point this out and demand they refuse to confirm him. You might mention that twenty different state Attorneys General oppose his confirmation, and that he worked for the anti-gun lobby. You can also write Mitch McConnell even if you are out of his state.

Fri May 28 05:26:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Courts still willing to uphold the law

Washington ExaminerIn a little-noticed decision with a major impact on the firearms industry, a federal judge in Arizona has ruled in favor of pistol manufacturer Glock and dismissed a suit brought by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence on behalf of a man who was accidentally shot and paralyzed.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich upheld liability immunity granted in the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed in 2005 to block gun-makers from a potential wave of industry-killing lawsuits.

Brnovich, nominated by former President Donald Trump and the wife of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, dismissed multiple claims in the suit that the act’s protections were illegal, writing, “The statute is constitutional.”

This really shouldn't be news. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is not new. But with Democrats eager to win victories on gun control and in control of Congress and the White House, the law might become one of their targets.

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Sat May 22 23:43:35 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas Senate passes 2nd Amendment Carry -- now back to the House

Just The NewsThe Texas Senate has approve a bill that would allow people in the state to carry handguns without a license, which if enacted would make the state the largest the country to have a so-called permit-less carry law.

The legislation passed the GOP-controlled chamberWednesday in an 18-13 vote, along party lines, according to The Hill. The bill now heads to the Republican-majority House. Should it pass the House, it will go to GOP Gov. Greg Abbott.

The bill will allow adults 21 and older to carry a handgun in public, so long as it is in its holster.

It's going back to the House because both sides have passed slightly different legislation, but similar 2nd Amendment Carry legislation did pass the House recently. I would expect the House to pass this, and the governor to sign it.

Mon May 17 23:11:54 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CA's handgun "safety" list violates 2nd Amendment

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation is applauding a ruling by a federal judge in Southern California that a provision in the state’s new handgun roster law, requiring the removal of three handguns already on the roster that can be sold, to make room for each new handgun added to the list may violate the Second Amendment.

The ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Dana Sabraw, is a slap at California’s law, which took effect Jan. 1 of this year. The lawsuit was brought by SAF, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, Firearms Policy Coalition and a private citizen, Lana Rae Renna, for whom the case Renna v. Becerra is named. They sued California in November. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Raymond DiGuiseppe of Southport, N.C. and Michael Sousa of San Diego.

In his 15-page ruling, Judge Sabraw, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that plaintiffs “have sufficiently pled the UHA (“Unsafe Handgun Act”) substantially impacts their Second Amendment rights and thus burdens conduct protected by the Amendment.”

It feels like the Supremes finally taking a gun case has opened the floodgates.

And obviously this is unconstitutional. If you have to remove three guns on the list in order to add one, eventually your list will have just one or two guns on it and no other models -- ever -- will be allowed.

Fri May 07 23:07:30 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court agrees to take up major Second Amendment case

Just The NewsThe Supreme Court said Monday that next term it will consider a Second Amendment case concerning a New York law that restricts a person from carrying a concealed handgun in public, marking roughly a decade since justices have ruled on a significant case about gun rights.

Josh Blackman reads the tea leaves, and David Hardy has some possible ideas.

My take is that the court wants to strike down may-issue concealed carry licensing, while leaving shall-issue licensing in place. They may even want to be specific about what may issue regimes are allowed.

This will be the first 2nd Amendment case the Supreme Court has taken up in some time, and how the justices vote will be closely scrutinized.

Sun May 02 22:27:32 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas House passes constitutional carry

Just The NewsA piece of legislation that would allow Lone Star State handgun owners to carry their weapons in public without a permit was preliminarily passed in the Texas House on Thursday in an 84-56 vote, though it is anticipated that final passage out of the chamber will occur on Friday.

The legislation would also need to clear the state Senate before it would be heading to the governor's desk.

“This bill should be called common sense carry because this bill is about common law-abiding citizens being able to carry commonly owned handguns in common public places for the common reason of personal and family protection. Under this bill, people who are prohibited from possessing a handgun will still be prohibited of possessing a handgun. Sensitive places where the unlicensed carry of a handgun is prohibited will still be prohibited. But if you are a law-abiding citizen age 21 or older that can legally possess a handgun you will be able to carry that handgun in a holster in public places where it is not otherwise prohibited,” Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer said, reported.

Hey, progress.

Might want to mention this to your Senator, if you're in Texas.

Mon Apr 26 22:59:02 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin announces gun control agenda

Conservative Treehouse(1) The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
(2) The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
(3) The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.
(4) The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration.
(5) The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.
(6) The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

David Chipman was involved in Waco and Ruby Ridge, which should be disqualifying in and of itself. He also served as a lobbyist for gun control firms after leaving government, which should also be disqualifying for different reasons. Together, they send a rather threatening message.

Thu Apr 15 23:15:03 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida legislation to preserve the 2nd Amendment

Silicon GreybeardI learned today that this week a new bill has been submitted to the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives. HB1205 is a "2nd Amendment Preservation Act" much like the laws passed in other states. The full text of the bill (pdf) is online. The bill was introduced by Kaylee Tuck, a young representative from south central Florida; district 55 which covers parts of Okeechobee County just north of the Lake.

As position statements, these are great. As actual obstacles to federally imposed gun control they are unproven.

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Tue Apr 06 22:59:07 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boulder mass murderer passed background check shortly before shooting

The FederalistAccording to a police affidavit, six days before Alissa shot 10 people to death, he purchased a pistol. That would have required him to pass a federal background check also run by the FBI. It seems the FBI is not very good at this “stopping mass shooters” thing.

Remember this when the Democrats try to pass laws banning private gun sales. Their "background checks" don't work.

Mon Apr 05 22:51:02 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden admin to bring executive orders on gun control

Just The NewsWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the public can expect upcoming executive actions from President Joe Biden on gun control following two mass shootings that claimed the lives of nearly 20 people.

Asked at a White House press conference whether such orders would be forthcoming soon, Psaki responded: "Yes."

Normally, I'd say the White House's ability to make trouble with executive orders is somewhat limited, but those limitations come from political pressure. The current left has decided to go for broke and do All The Things. And while courts may restrain those excesses eventually, it's by no means certain.

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Wed Mar 31 23:16:16 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House passes gun control legislation banning private gun sales

Just The NewsThe Background Checks Act prohibits firearm transfers between private individuals without first having a background check. Eight House Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Democrat voted against the bill, according to an unofficial tally.

Just The NewsThe Background Checks Act prohibits firearm transfers between private individuals without first having a background check. Eight House Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Democrat voted against the bill, according to an unofficial tally.

The Democrats have passed two gun control bills through the House, with a third likely on the way. Getting them through the Senate will take either 10 Republicans or breaking the filibuster.

Schumer has already scheduled votes. It's time to start calling your Senators.

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Sun Mar 14 21:29:34 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rubio introduces gun control legislation

Bill Quick quoting Unz ReportRepublican lawmaker Marco Rubio has reintroduced legislation that seeks to suspend the Second Amendment rights of any person who has been investigated for “terrorism” related offenses within 10 years of attempting a gun purchase.

The GOPe, which Rubio has always been the personification of, has now crossed the rubicon by introducing gun control legislation that would deny the second amendment rights of anyone who has even been investigated for "terrorism" without due process. Note that Democrats are now calling participating in peaceful protests or believing Biden stolen the election "terrorism".

Mon Feb 22 21:01:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supremes take a gun case?

Of Arms and the LawCaniglia v. Strom, docket here. Police, summoned after a non-violent domestic argument, searched the house without a warrant and seized two legally-owned handguns, then refused to return them. The question is whether the "community care taking" exception to the warrant and probable cause requirement extends to the home. There's a big split in the Circuits, and the Court granted cert.

It seems to be moving quickly: respondents' briefs are not due until Feb. 11, but argument is set for March 24.

Looks like we'll find out of the court has found the stomach to stand up for gun rights. From the description, this case should really be a slam dunk. No violence, no crime, unwarranted search of a home, confiscation of property that was never returned. If "but it was a gun!" can legally justify all that, the Constitution is a dead letter.

Mon Feb 08 22:47:47 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF sues over arm-brace rulings

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Department of Justice, alleging violations of the Administrative Procedures Act relating to its flip-flop regulation of arm braces on semiautomatic pistols.

The only problem I see here is that ATF has never been forced to comply with the APA before. Hopefully the courts will be willing to do that here.

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Sun Jan 17 22:57:03 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ATF jumping the gun on gun control

Reno Gazette-JournalThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided a Dayton-based gun manufacturing company, Polymer80, on Dec. 10.

Polymer80 is suspected of manufacturing and selling illegal firearms, failing to properly pay taxes, shipping firearms to customers in different states and failing to conduct background checks on customers who want to purchase a firearm, according to an affidavit filed in U.S District Court by ATF Special Agent Tolliver Hart on Dec. 9.

Polymer80 sells a product called the "Buy Build Shoot" kit which includes all the necessary parts to build a functioning firearm. ATF agents purchased several kits and had them delivered to California, according to the affidavit.

Don't bother with the rest of the article, it's all fear-mongering. Basically, these are kits that include a roughly 80% complete block of material which requires some labor with machine tools to turn into a frame, after which you use more tools and the rest of the parts in the kit to manufacture a firearm which is legal only for personal use and not for sale to others. The legality of this has always been on thin ice with the ATF, and it appears they have decided to crack down under a Biden administration.

Free BeaconNew guidance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) could put millions of Americans in legal jeopardy.

The ATF published a notice Thursday that could require millions of AR-15 pistols and similar firearms—which are designed with braces that strap on to a shooter's forearm—to be either registered, turned in, destroyed, or dismantled. But the standards laid out for determining the devices' legality, such as caliber or weight, provide no objective measures, and the agency said it may also use undisclosed factors to judge the legality of the devices.

So two significant new gun control initiatives already in motion even before Trump leaves office.

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Sun Dec 20 12:15:11 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden planning to act quickly on gun control

Washington ExaminerJoe Biden plans to move quickly against guns, adding the issue to his list of first executive orders, according to his top policy aide.

Stef Feldman, the national policy director of Biden's presidential campaign, included the Democrat’s gun plan in a list of initial executive actions set to be unleashed after Inauguration Day.

Speaking in a Zoom briefing hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, she said that Biden is planning to “make big, bold changes through executive action, not just on policing and climate like we talked about previously, but in healthcare and education on gun violence, on a range of issues.”

During the campaign, Biden won the endorsement of former candidate Beto O'Rourke, who famously promised to grab everyone's AR-15.

While he calls his plan one aimed at ending “gun violence,” most of Biden’s ideas amount to limiting what people can buy or have. For example, he wants to end the sale of AR-15-style firearms (the most popular in the nation), regulate those that people already have, and limit the size of magazines those guns use.

They think that the New York lawsuit has the NRA sidelined, and they are probably right. The BATFE and other agencies will be eager to help. Court challenges take time and money. Legislation is hard and can have political costs. So, Biden will issue executive orders and do as much damage as he can.

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Mon Dec 14 08:47:03 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An attempt to repeal castle doctrine in Texas

ZPatriotIn Texas, State Representative Terry Meza (D-Irving) has introduced HB196. Her bill would repeal the state’s “castle doctrine.” This doctrine allows a homeowner to use deadly force against an armed intruder who breaks into his home.

Now listen to what she has to say…”I’m not saying that stealing is okay,” Meza explained. “All I’m saying is that it doesn’t warrant a death penalty. Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate. They just want to get their loot and get away. When the resident tries to resist is when people get hurt. If only one side is armed fewer people will be killed.”

Meza was quick to reassure that her bill “would not totally prevent homeowners from defending themselves. Under the new law the homeowner’s obligation is to flee the home at the first sign of intrusion. If fleeing is not possible he must cooperate with the intruder. But if violence breaks out it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure no one gets hurt. The best way to achieve this is to use the minimum non-lethal force possible because intruders will be able to sue for any injuries they receive at the hands of the homeowner.”

“”In most instances the thief needs the money more than the homeowner does,” Meza reasoned. “The homeowner’s insurance we reimburse his losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help make this transfer a peaceful one so much the better.”

This is ... I have no words.

Thu Dec 10 11:09:45 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF challenges Maryland rifle ban

Second Amendment Foundation The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and its sister organization, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state of Maryland’s ban on common semiautomatic rifles.

The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and captioned Bianchi, et al. v. Frosh, et al. Partnering with SAF and CCRKBA in the case are the

If Biden wins, we may have a narrow window with a favorable Supreme Court. Let's use it.

Thu Dec 03 08:44:36 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2nd Amendment case may allow non-violent felons to own guns

Jonathan TurleyThe Third Circuit has issued an opinion that has received little attention over the right to bear arms, but it should. The decision in Folajtar v. The Attorney General of the United States may be one of the most perfectly tailored case for major Supreme Court decision. Indeed, the only thing lacking from the 2-1 decision is a mailing label directly to Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In ruling that a non-violent tax conviction can result in the denial of gun ownership, the panel presents a clean case to further define the contours of the individual rights recognized in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

The Third Circuit case concerns Lisa Folajtar who was denied the right to own a firearm. The reason was her pleading guilty in 2011 to willfully making a materially false statement on her tax returns. The plea led to a sentence of three-years’ probation, including three months of home confinement, a $10,000 fine, and a $100 assessment. She also paid the IRS over $250,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest.

I think this is generally a good idea, so long as it is clear who can and who can't. Vagueness would be another constitutional problem and Congress is unlikely to try to fix it.

And we finally have 5 justices we can, fingers crossed, rely on...

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Mon Nov 30 08:07:28 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuit filed to block Philadelphia's shutdown of carry permits

Free BeaconPhiladelphia is facing a new lawsuit over its decision to completely shutter its gun-carry permit process over COVID-19 concerns.

The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a case in federal court accusing Philadelphia of infringing on residents' Second Amendment rights on Friday after the city closed its permit process for at least three weeks. The gun-rights group requested a temporary restraining order Monday that would require the city to open its process back up and provide remote application options to residents, but it was denied. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 30.

"We're hoping to have the court rule that the shutdown of the Gun Permit Unit amounts to a total destruction of individuals' right to bear arms outside of the home," Adam Kraut, director of legal strategy for FPC, told the Washington Free Beacon.

This is why I cannot support any government mandates for training, certification, safety education, or anything that requires government permission to purchase a gun.

No matter what the ostensible reason for the requirement, it will be abused, sooner or later, under one excuse or another, to shut down the ability for people to buy or carry guns.

Sun Nov 29 12:40:20 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another example of Fox News turning to the left

Fox NewsJones made the remark online after retweeting a reporter from The Washington Post who shared a story by the Miami Herald about DeSantis backing “anti-mob” legislation that would bolster Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. Unique to self-defense laws in other states, the statute does not require a person to retreat before using deadly force to prevent bodily harm to themselves or others or to prevent a felony.

The bolded portion above is a lie.

National Conference of State LegislaturesLaws in at least 25 states allow that there is no duty to retreat an attacker in any place in which one is lawfully present. (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.) At least ten of those states include language stating one may “stand his or her ground.” (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.)

So why the blatantly false editorializing in your news article, Fox?

Sat Nov 21 16:12:57 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden's coming gun taxes

Free BeaconAmerican gun owners could face tens of billions of dollars in new taxes to keep the guns they already own under Democrat Joe Biden's gun ban and tax plan.

At least 20 million rifles and 150 million ammunition magazines would be caught up in the sales ban and registration scheme Biden touted on the campaign trail, according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report. The new taxes would cost Americans more than $34 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

If Biden obtains the White House, he'll be looking for gun control options. New taxes would require new laws, but ATF can attempt to "reclassify" things so existing firearms fall under different categories. And with the Dems in control of the House and the White House, the Senate will be squeezed. The upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia could give the Democrats control of that body too, and their base has been pushing to eliminate the filibuster.

We're going into a very risky period.

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Fri Nov 20 16:44:54 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF sues over Maryland's restrictive carry laws

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation was joined by several other gun rights organizations today in a federal challenge of Maryland’s prohibitive concealed carry regulations that essentially ban average state residents from exercising their right to bear arms for personal protection under the Second Amendment.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. and three private citizens. Named as defendants are State Police Secretary Woodrow Jones III and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, in their official capacities. The case is known as Call, v. Jones et. al. SAF and CCRKBA are represented by the Washington, DC law firm Cooper & Kirk.

We're getting these lawsuits because Trump put the justices on the court to hear them.

Wed Nov 18 10:42:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF files lawsuit over 3d printable gun designs

Second Amendment Foundation The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed, the Texas firm made famous for publishing digital firearms information, have sued the U.S. Department of State and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in federal court, alleging violations of the First Amendment and administrative law.

Free speech will hopefully win out in the end.

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Tue Nov 17 11:39:59 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF sues over California "allowed guns" list, alleging common use

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California in a challenge of its recently-expanded ban via its so-called “Roster” laws.

Joining SAF and CCRKBA are the Firearms Policy Coalition and San Diego County Gun Owners along with two private businesses and nearly a dozen individuals. Named as defendants are California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Luis Lopez, director of the state Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, in their official capacities. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Raymond M. DiGuiseppe of Southport, NC and Michael P. Sousa of San Diego. The case is known as Renna, v. Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra,

Why does common use matter? That's one of the important clauses in the Heller case. Guns "in common use" are protected by the 2nd Amendment and cannot be banned.

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Mon Nov 16 17:04:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mexican President demands answers on Fast and Furious

Wed May 20 01:30:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia-style gun control blitz coming

Peter GrantI have friends who are in a position to follow developments there "behind the scenes". They informed me this week that Michael Bloomberg (who bankrolled the Democrat electoral victory in Virginia) and his anti-gun organizations have taken their victory in that state to heart. They told me that, according to their sources, anti-gun lawyers are drafting national legislation that's intended to be rushed through Congress and the Senate as soon as Democrats have (they hope) taken control of both houses early next year. Basically, they'll reshape US federal law concerning firearms in the image and likeness of what's already been done in Virginia - and just as quickly, if not faster.

If Biden wins, he won't exactly stop gun control. Given Bloomberg's financial push and the legal troubles of the NRA, we're likely to see a lot of activity on the gun control front this election cycle in any areas where Democrats have significant power. Eventually this may backfire if our slimly pro-gun Supreme Court majority holds.

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Tue May 05 02:59:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More gun control passed in Virginia

They are passing their whole agenda knowing that they likely won't have total control for a long time afterwards.

Their real goal is to drive gun owners out of the state, enabling them to keep control moving forward.

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Mon May 04 01:15:01 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

My God

There are so many wrong lessons here I hardly know where to start. There's a kid who checks that his mom is peacefully reading a book, then goes upstairs to (presumably) her room and opens her chest of drawers to find a gun (very much not safely stored). Without checking whether it is loaded or if a round is in the chamber or the condition of the safety if the gun has one, he puts it into his backpack without a holster or other protective covering and takes it to school with him before pulling it out of his backpack and putting it on the teacher's desk and asking the teacher to get rid of it because "he doesn't want to have a gun in the house."

Leaving aside the many insanely unsafe gun handling practices in this propaganda video, he's stealing a gun from his parents and taking it to school in order to turn it in to someone who (just based on profession!) likely has no idea how to handle it safely or dispose of it legally. Not to mention the school itself is a gun free zone. So. How many laws did this kid violate?

1) Felony theft of a firearm. Most gun felonies are 10 year federal crimes.
2) Gun-Free School Zone laws. $10,000 fine and 5 years.
3) Carrying concealed without a license, depending on state laws.
4) Illegal transfer of a firearm without a background check, depending on state laws.
5) The teacher may be liable for receiving stolen property.
6) Arguably reckless endangerment of the students and teacher, brandishing, etc.
7) Aside from the above, the student will undoubtedly be immediately expelled.

In addition his mom (and/or dad, who is never shown) will be vulnerable to criminal attack and may get in trouble for their unsafe storage. If either of the parents are police officers, military, or security, the gun may not even be theirs -- meaning they are in trouble with their jobs, and may be legally charged or fired.

This video is stupid propaganda encouraging kids to do things that will get them in serious legal trouble even if they do not accidentally hurt themselves or those around them.

Hat to to the Captain for the video.

Mon Dec 23 10:38:47 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Detroit requires background checks... on ammunition?

The legislation requires a mental health check and limits the quantities that can be bought at one time. It will, obviously, be completely ineffective.

Mon Dec 03 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Retired Justice Stevens suggests Supreme Court may advance gun rights

Think ProgressAccording to Liptak, Stevens “helped persuade Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was in the majority, to ask for ‘some important changes’ to Justice Scalia’s opinion.”

The result was a passage providing that Heller should not “be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

First the factual aspect. Assuming it's accurate, it confirms something the gun rights community has long suspected. (I don't particularly doubt the accuracy of the claim, although Stevens may be overstating his own role as as persuasive force...)

Think ProgressThe upshot of Stevens’ highly unusual revelation — justices, even retired justices, rarely disclose internal Court deliberations — is that there are probably no longer five votes on the Supreme Court who support this language in Heller. A wide range of firearm restrictions intended to keep firearms out of the hands of especially dangerous individuals or to keep them out of “sensitive places such as schools” could soon fall.

Now the facts.

We don't know where the current court sits on gun rights. Roberts has demonstrated squishy behavior before. Kennedy was replaced with Kavanaugh, presumably a solid 2nd Amendment vote, but Trump's first pick Gorsuch replaced Scalia (solid pro-gun vote) with a presumably solid pro-gun vote. Neither Kavanaugh nor Gorsuch have really been tested yet and Roberts is untrustworthy. We're probably better off with Kennedy replaced. But we need to win one more to feel secure, and even then, we can't count on the new Justices until we see how they vote.

Since Stevens is clearly trying to stoke panic here, let me rebut.

Gun free zone laws around schools have stopped precisely zero school shootings. As with other places declared gun free, criminals view them as soft targets. The only people deterred from carrying in such zones are the honest, law-abiding people who you would want to have a gun in case of such an attack.

"Laws intended to keep firearms out of the hands of especially dangerous individuals" has a couple possible meanings. Do they mean felons? Most felons will be able to get a gun as easily as they can get drugs, ie, illegally. Challenges to the core of felon-in-possession laws seem unlikely in the near future, though we will likely see nibbles around the edges for people acting in self-defense, whose crimes were not violent in nature, and who have been rehabilitated into society. Do they mean people like the Parkland shooter, who should have been on the naughty list but was not due to law enforcement failures? Law enforcement will have failures no matter what laws you pass. Do they mean people like the man who died at the hands of police in Maryland recently? How many innocent people need to die because one of their in-laws didn't like them owning a gun?

Thu Nov 29 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi considers gun control a high priority

She will have control of the House for the next two years, so this should be a matter of significant concern for us. She's specifically talking about gun registration in the form of so-called "universal background checks". In practice that means that every time anyone buys or sells a gun, they have to be background checked, and that check creates a government record of the sale. Transferring a firearm without a background check would immediately become a felony, and any firearm in your possession without a matching record with a manufacture date after the legislation took effect would be a presumption of guilt.

Now, the good news...

Pelosi's comments came immediately after a mass murder in California, which already is practically a gun control paradise. That won't help her argument and passion is likely to cool before the new Congress is seated.

Furthermore, gun control has passed the House before. The Senate is the more difficult hurdle. Republicans still hold the Senate, and even increased the margin a little. However, many of our Senators are a bit wobbly on this, and Trump is a bit of an unknown. He's already backed a bump-stock ban and he has New York attitudes about guns. We don't want this to get to Trump's desk.

Schumer probably can't count to 60 on this, but "universal background checks" are a recognized point of political weakness. We know they don't work but politicians find it hard to vote against them.

It seems likely Pelosi's real goal is to excite her base and force a vote on the record, then use it to fundraise and go after vulnerable 2020 senators.

Worse, this is a declaration of war from the Democrats. They no longer believe that gun control loses elections.

UPDATE: Vote counters say Pelosi can't win. I wonder which direction the causal arrow points?

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Mon Nov 19 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats propose semiauto confiscation backed by nuclear weapons

Does anyone remember the Democrats, as a party, seriously campaigning on gun control this cycle? Sure, a few folks mentioned it. But apparently the real program is mandatory buybacks backed by nuclear arms. That seems extrema and not what voters were promised.

The population is Texas is approximately 30 million people and the state is solidly Republican. When, not if, Texas says no to confiscating their semiautomatic firearms (note: rifles and pistols both), will the Democrats nuke Texas? According to the CDC (not exactly a gun-friendly source), there are 12,979 firearm homicides per year in the United States. If the goal of firearms confiscation is to save lives, and the cost is nuking Texas, it would take two thousand, three hundred, and 11 years to save a single life... and that's assuming none of those 12,979 firearm homicides was justified or replaced by an alternative weapon.

Luckily the nuclear button is in Trump's hands. Bet you never thought those words would be written here.

Trump may be unpredictable, but he's not crazy.

What the Democrats are proposing would lead immediately to civil war, if passed and implemented. Luckily the chances such a confiscation bill would pass the Senate are low. Luckily, Trump is in a position to veto it for now. But losing 2020 could have dire consequences, and we'll have to watch the Senate like a hawk to make sure nothing gets to Trump, who just might be unconventional and New York enough to sign it.

So here's my answer to Dem Rep Eric Swalwell's call to confiscate firearms by force in violation of the 2nd Amendment:

We will fight you on our soapboxes, our microphones, our websites. We will fight you in the House. We will fight you in the Senate. We will fight you in the White House. We will fight you on the streets in protests and petitions. We will fight you at the ballot boxes. We will fight you in the courts. If necessary, we will fight you from our rooftops, in the back alleys of your cities, in the tanks and aircraft and naval vessels based on those states which remain free, and in every place you don't expect us to be. We will pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to this cause. Should your nuclear fire rain down upon our nation, burning friend and foe alike, from our backyard bunkers our answer shall resound throughout history, soaked in the blood of your abbatoir altar: NO.

Now what?

Sun Nov 18 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bump stock ban ready

SayUncleIt appears that the Department of Justice is about to ban bump stocks. I say about to because the Final Action is slated for the imaginary date of 12/00/2018.

The imaginary date suggests December, ie, next month. BATFE is going to do this without legislation, and it will have a significant economic impact (hundreds of millions) even ignoring the fact that the law will take probably thousands of people who bought legal products for their firearms and turn them until felons unless they destroy their property for basically no reason, all sparked by a shooting that the government continues to hide details about -- and can't even prove the shooter actually used bump stocks, because they did not examine any of his firearms.

Trump should step in and smack this down hard. But he probably won't, because it's not really his issue.

Maybe the NRA can wake him up... except they are kinda-sorta-agreeing.

Fri Nov 16 06:03:26 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Project Veritas exposes Dem Senator McCaskill

Project VeritasSenator McCaskill on Tape: “Of course!” She Would Vote Yes on Gun Bans”
Campaign Staff Says: McCaskill supports “a semi-automatic rifle ban“
McCaskill is Quiet on Gun Views “because she has a bunch of Republican voters,” Secretly Supports Gun Control Group
Staff: Wait Until After Election to Bring up Trump Impeachment; to Voters: “Get over it”
“People just can’t know” McCaskill and Obama “essentially have the same views on everything.”

Democrats lie to get elected. This is not news.

But pointing to a specific candidate who is lying specifically to get elected when the election is in two weeks? Yeah, that's not going to work out well for Ms. McCaskill.

Thu Oct 18 05:24:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-gun politicians abusing the Parkland murders for their own purposes

Washington TimesAndrew Pollack, the father of a student killed in the Parkland school mass shooting, tore into Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a series of tweets Wednesday, accusing the Democrat of pushing a “radical” anti-gun agenda during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“Senator Feinstein, Please stop weaponizing the death of my daughter to push your radical agenda. Sincerely, Andrew Pollack #FixIt,” tweetedMr. Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“A percentage of every dollar raised by a whacky politician using ‘Parkland’ as a fundraising tool, should go to the families of the victims,” he wrote in another tweet. “Stop using our heartbreak to raise money and push a dangerous agenda! It’s disgusting & pathetic. No wonder the country hates you people.”

Not everyone who lost someone to the Parkland murder is for gun control. And the people who are using that crime to push for policy changes they favored, and that have nothing to do with the murders, are vile. The ones using it to fundraise are worse.

Fri Sep 07 10:16:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Levis goes for gun control

Free BeaconLevi Strauss announced on Tuesday it would be creating a new gun-control group with billionaire Michael Bloomberg and donating millions of dollars to a collection of established gun-control groups.

What is it with corporations spending millions on idiotic political virtue signaling? Nike made the face of their brand the anti-patriot kneeler, and now a jeans manufacturer decides that going against the Constitution is a good public image and worth millions of dollars to convey to the public.

Free BeaconChip Bergh, Levi Strauss president and CEO, justified the decision to become more deeply involved with the gun-control groups by saying it may be unpopular but he felt compelled to do it.

So, the CEO even admits it is unpopular, but he felt compelled to do it anyway.

Free BeaconBergh then compared those who oppose the company's gun-control stance to segregationists and those opposed to other moves the company has made.

"As a company, we have never been afraid to take an unpopular stand to support a greater good," Bergh said. "We integrated our factories in the American South years before the Civil Rights Act was passed. We offered benefits to same-sex partners in the 1990s, long before most companies did. We pulled our financial support for the Boy Scouts of America when it banned gay troop leaders. While each one of these stands may have been controversial at the time, history proved the company right in the long run. And I'm convinced that while some will disagree with our stand to end gun violence, history will prove this position right too."

He could have saved himself a little unpopularity if he had stuck to the platitudes about wanting to stop the violence, but he had to go and compare American gun owners to racists. That makes it clear where he stands, and that this is far more about virtue signaling and looking down on ordinary Americans than it is about safety.

UPDATE: Country singer Will Hoge headlines event for Karl Dean after calling NRA members whores and pimps. I can't imagine that being tone-deaf will help either career.

Wed Sep 05 10:39:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No more compromise

Victory GirlsBut you know what? I’ve had just about enough of compromises and other rights-abridging nonsense! Gun owners have been compromising for decades, and there’s STILL no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, and they’ve gotten nothing back for their willingness to give up just a few of their rights – for the children, or whatever.

I feel that way myself, and I am seeing more and more gun owners who feel the same way. We've tried the compromise route and it never sticks; they are always back again for more.

The new standard position is nothing for free.

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Fri Jun 15 14:31:22 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Houston police chief urges voters to vote for gun control

But he's only the chief. He's appointed by politicians. Has anyone asked the Indians?

Wed May 23 11:02:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boulder, CO passes assault weapons ban

CBSNewsOn Tuesday, Boulder's City Council unanimously passed a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump-stock devices -- even while attorneys from a pro-gun rights group threatened legal action.

In accordance with the new ordinance, owners of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks will have until July 15 to dispose of the firearm accessories or sell them. After that point, they will not be permitted in the city of Boulder.

They are already being sued for violating the state preemption law.

Sun May 20 09:12:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confiscation of semiautomatic rifles in Chicago area town

Daily CallerA city in Illinois is making a gun control activists’ dreams come true.

The Village Board of Trustees in Deerfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, approved an ordinance to ban “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines, Cleveland 19 News reports.

Violators will face a hefty fine. If the owner of an assault weapon lives in the town does not voluntarily turn over their banned weapon, he will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is confiscated.

So, once they figure out you own an assault weapon in this town, they want you to give it up to their police force. Not remove it from their jurisdiction, sell it to someone else, or destroy it -- the daily fines continue until they have it in their hands and you do not. That's a definite escalation from other attempts at gun bans that have focused on banning new manufacture or sale while grandfathering existing firearms.

Daily CallerAccording to Cleveland 19 News, the term “assault rifle” applies to “Semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition are banned. Shotguns that have revolving chambers are also outlawed.”

The actual ordinance is more precise. It's a one-feature test. Semiautomatic, capacity to accept a detachable magazine, plus one feature (including a pistol grip, forward grip, thumbhole stock or other scary stock types, shroud, or anything scary on the muzzle).

In practice, that means almost any semiautomatic firearm with the capacity to accept a magazine regardless of size (since you can always find a standard-capacity magazine).

Original report Press Release Ordinance

[UPDATE: Second Amendment Foundation has already filed a lawsuit challenging the law.]

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Thu Apr 05 16:33:39 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boomershoot 2009: Media Day

So, as you may have guessed, the "Wizard of ID" is in fact Joe Huffman of Boomershoot. I am attending his shooting event for the second time.. and this time around I am much better prepared. I am using the same rifle I used last year (no last minute panics!) and know more about what I'm doing. I also have better blogging equipment, which will enable me to bring a lot more of the event to the web for my readership.
My one regret: I started the day with the wrong type of media for recording video. I was at least able to dispatch a minion to retrieve the correct media, so I will have video tomorrow. I hope, anyway.

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Fri Apr 24 03:19:23 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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