Thursday, 24 April

19:14

Action Target Online Store Announces Free Shipping During NRA Show Dates [Gun News]

Action Target will be offering free shipping on any order made through its online store during the three days of the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits ( "We've always offered free shipping to customers who buy targets at the show, and every year people ask us why we don't extend that deal to our online customers who can't be there in person," ... (more)

15:10

NRA Seeks Universal Gun Law at National Meeting [Gun News]

The National Rifle Association's annual meeting is bringing a renewed push for a law requiring all 50 states to recognize concealed carry gun permits from other states.

14:45

40 Okla. sheriffs refuse to disarm, walk out of meeting [The Liberty Sphere]

As more citizens in the populace become convinced that they must openly resist intimidation tactics by reckless law enforcement agents who wish to seize their guns, it seems that more law enforcement agents are catching on, breaking ranks, and following suit as well. Forty sheriffs in Oklahoma refused to disarm when asked to do so by a senator, which prompted them to walk out of the meeting.
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12:15

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/24/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


Nicki posts a news item that she says is so outrageous that if she said what she was really thinking about it, it would shatter the screen on her computer. Read it carefully folks. This is what's coming to all of America through Obamacare.

Irons in the Fire says, "Someone please tell me why I should trust ANY of the various agencies of the federal government!"

The Armed Lutheran publishes a guest-post by his son, Reagan, who is in the 8th grade. It's titled, "Guns and Tyranny." Good stuff!

A Day in the Life of a Talk Radio Blogger reports that DHS is buying more ammo again, this time 25 million shotgun shells.

Misfires and Light Strikes has a thought-provoking read on gun stores and such.

3 Boxes of BS notes that the mainstream media is finally catching on to the fact that there is a boom of interest and sales of guns and ammo among the women of America.

The Clue Meter provides some rather provoking thoughts on free speech and such...

The Art of Manliness wants to know why we are so conflicted about manhood in the modern age? Good question. Of course, one reason is that the progressives want to complete their "wussification" of America.

From Kent's Hooligan Libertarian Blog: "Fellating enforcers at gunpoint."

CrusaderRabbit says it all about "global warming." Don't miss this one!

Cemetery's Gun Blob discovered some very interesting info on Dingy Harry's family history.

Page Nine blows the whistle on anti-gun politicians, reporters, and citizens who claim 92 percent of the American people support universal gun registration. Hint -- not a word of it is true. This blogger tells us how and why.

Never Yet Melted says that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to have a second chance on Obamacare with regard to religious freedom. Interesting background info provided.

The Daily Smug asks, "Why is Obama decimating our military while arming federal agencies?"

Free North Carolina reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has issued a strongly worded warning to the federal government, particularly the Bureau of Land Management.

Team Gun Blogger offers the top 10 reasons to shoot the "practical pistol."

WRSA notes that a reader passed along an interesting way to conduct nonviolent sabotage. A must-read.

The War on Guns highlights a news story about police using unreasonable restraint  against a 75-year old woman in her own home after they raided the place!

Tam posts some thoughts on things to think about when contemplating what you would do if confronted by armed thugs at a place such as a shopping mall.

Mike Vanderboegh says he is now in Indiana to attend the NRA convention, where he hopes to stir up the pot a little on the organization's tendency to throw gun rights under the bus in order to "cut a deal" with anti-gun bigots.


11:00

Nevada rancher Bundy condemned for racist remarks [Gun News]

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.

09:36

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill Last Night as Legislature Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Early this morning, the Arizona Legislature adjourned its 2014 Second Regular Session.  As reported yesterday, House Bill 2535, sponsored by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), and Senate Bill 1366, sponsored by state Senator Rick Murphy (R-21), were sent to Governor Jan Brewer (R) for her signature.

08:55

What Will Help on Guns? [Gun News]

A troubling new play at Manhattan's Public Theater begins with an eerie scene of a girl laid out on a table as if in a mortuary, and ends with an enigmatic question.

07:30

In northern Indiana safe and sound. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Will head to NRA convention first thing in the morning.

04:50

A woman at a shooting range in Connecticut April 2, 2013. REUTERS/ Michelle McLoughlin [Gun News]

The Holland City Council discussed in last night's work-study session a proposed ordinance amendment that would allow indoor shooting ranges to be built and operated within the city limits.

02:46

Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars [Gun News]

Critics are calling it "the guns everywhere" law and depending on how you see it, it's either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

00:46

New Georgia law allows guns in bars, churches, schools [Gun News]

Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

00:30

Air Venturi Samyang Dragon Claw Big Bore 50 Caliber Air Rifle Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

This interesting big bore air rifle sure isn't anything like my old BB gun! It's a well-made, heavy-duty rifle that slings big fat half-inch (.50 caliber) projectiles downrange - sometimes with impressive accuracy. I first got interested in big bore air rifles when I started hearing about hunting hogs with air guns, and really wanted to give that a try. Read the review to learn how that turned out, and to find out whether this airgun is for you.

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00:14

Georgia governor signs good bill to eliminate gun free zones, but it is hardly "unprecedented" [John Lott's Website]

CNN makes the bill seem pretty controversial:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.  House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 -- which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" -- specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports. . . .
Fox News' headline uses the word "unprecedented," but it includes a quote that puts the new law in a better perspective.
Jerry Henry of GeorgiaCarry.org told GPB News he doesn’t expect to see a surge in gun sales or an increase in gun-related businesses in the state. He noted that other states have far less restrictive gun laws than Georgia. 
The point is that other states already allow concealed carry in all those other places and they are no problems with that occurring.

Wednesday, 23 April

21:41

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills [Gun News]

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed two pro-gun bills this week for concealed-carry permit holders.

19:02

Kent County, Michigan Jewelers fend off four robbers who try to rob their store [John Lott's Website]

This seems like an obvious case when you have four robbers where it would be useful to have a sizable magazine in your gun.  From MLive:
For the second time in four years, Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry has thwarted a robbery attempt – this time, apparently leaving at least one of the robbers with gunshot wounds. . . .
Police said two people inside Medawar shot at the robbers, who fled after breaking into a jewelry case. Police believed that at least one suspect had been shot, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Witnesses reported the unnamed victims of the robbery had fired shots at the robbers, injuring at least one of them.  . . . .
During a robbery on Oct. 5, 2010, Paul Medawar secretly called police when robbers came in the store.
That day, he dialed 911 on his office phone, triggering a police response that left robbers rushing out of his store. He spoke briefly to a dispatcher before a robber found him and told him to hang up.
He and his son, David, and a store manager, were told to lie on the floor after he opened a safe containing diamonds. . . .
The robbers fled quickly from that 2010 robbery, then crashed a stolen Jeep into a nearby condominium.
"The police got my (911) call. When the robbers left, the police were outside in the parking lot," Medawar said. . . .

17:27

Cash denouncing Cuomo spreads across N.Y. [Gun News]

Currency stamped with a??Cuomo Must Go!a? is circulating throughout the state. The stamps are the brainchild of retailer and gun-rights advocate Jim Arendt.

17:27

Guns Everywhere -- GA Just Went There, So You Shouldn't [Gun News]

Today Georgia's Republican governor Nathan Deal signed the bill opponents have dubbed the "Guns Everywhere" bill, allowing guns in schools, churches, government buildings, certain areas of airports, bars, etc.

17:00

Clerk fights off armed criminal, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas 04/22/14 [NRA-ILA News]

An armed robber entered Lisa’s Beer and Wine convenience store in Dallas, Texas and ordered the clerk to hand over some money. The clerk complied by giving roughly $300 to the criminal. The robber then ordered the clerk to get on his knees, as the thief took a pack of cigarettes. The clerk responded to this command by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, striking him once in the hand and causing him to flee.

Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws [NRA-ILA News]

More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them.

Kansas: Gov. Brownback approves bill nullifying local gun regulations [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it is legal across the state to openly carry firearms.

Florida: House clears bill to ban insurers from gun-based premiums [NRA-ILA News]

With supporters pointing to Second Amendment rights, the Florida House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to prevent insurers from denying coverage or increasing rates based on customers owning guns or ammunition.

Female gun instructors in hot demand [NRA-ILA News]

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot -- both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.

N.Y. School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt [NRA-ILA News]

It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.

16:25

Production delays & "The Virgins." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I was persuaded by readers that I trust that I needed to ditch the old Dell laptop after the TSA played with it.  Hard drive was ground up to prevent being set up on whatever BS charge they thought they could manufacture.  Had to spend $400 on a cheap replacement at local store chosen randomly.  It will get me through the next little bit until I get home and can do better, hopefully, in the near future.  Thanks for your patience in dealing with the delays on my emails, etc.  Hopefully I can get the new one up and running tomorrow after I make it to Indiana.  Will be at the NRA convention, coming in Friday morning, staying a ways out on Friday night, then leaving Saturday night to return to Ohio and thence on Sunday back to Alabama.  Can't guarantee I'll be able to post in the morning but I will try.  You'll like the replacement ball cap I procured for the convention.  The prags won't.  ;-)

It is desert tan, with a III in the center.  Above that is: "Bundy Ranch Siege."  Below is "It ain't about cows."  On the back is: "Virgin River Volunteers."  Since it will be immediately in commerce, no one else can steal the trademark.  after I post the pictures (hopefully tomorrow) I'll tell you where you can get them.  I am told that some Three Percenters out in NV on the line are already calling themselves "the Virgins," with one telling me they ought to adopt the name, "Vanderboegh's Virgins."  Anybody with the stones to wear a hat or a patch like that deserves kudos for his bravery. or lack of sense.

15:53

Andrew Cuomo refuses to debate Rick Perry on whether New York or Texas is better to do business: You can understand his reticence [John Lott's Website]

This is the second time that Cuomo has turned down the chance to debate Rick Perry.  For Cuomo this would give Cuomo the national platform that he desires, but you can understand why he wouldn't want to do this debate.  From the New York Observer:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders he hopes to lure to the Lone Star State, and took the opportunity to reissue his debate challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo–who today declined the request. 
“Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” said Mr. Perry, speaking to reporters after a lunch with business owners at Hill Country BBQ. 
Earlier this week, Mr. Perry said he wanted to sit down with Mr. Cuomo face-to-face to debate the two states’ approaches to economic policy, which Mr. Cuomo–whose office did not respond to requests for comment–today dismissed as  “unlikely,” according to reports. 
“I hope he’ll seriously consider doing it. I think it would be good for the people of New York and it’d be good for the country,” said Mr. Perry. “I’ll leave that to you all to probe him on.” . . .

15:41

Virginia: Senate Rejects Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Virginia Senate rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) NRA-opposed amendment to Senate Bill 377 by a 15 to 23 vote.

15:00

Louisiana: Gun Control Bill Defeated in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee voted 8 to 4 to involuntarily defer House Bill 1189, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by anti-gun state Representative Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport).  As previously reported, HB 1189 would have made it a crime to intentionally expose children, age ten and under, to firearms that were not locked in a container or equipped with a locking device.

Arizona: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes in Senate, Goes to Governor for Signature [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2535 by an 18 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), HB 2535 requires that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within sixty days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.

13:20

Old Commies never die, they just change their names [The Liberty Sphere]

Gen. Douglas MacArthur once stated as he ended his career, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

As a takeoff on MacArthur's famous quip, I have coined the adage, "Old Commies never die, they just change their names."

We are seeing this played out right before our very eyes as the old KGB Communist himself, Vladimir Putin, takes over territory that does not belong to him.

But today we witnessed an act that should be enough to greatly concern all Americans, not just those in the political ruling class. The British Air Force scrambled its fighter jets today to chase off some airborne intruders -- from Russia.

You read that right. Old Commie Vlad and his Russian army sent spy aircraft to the U.K. for the purpose of gathering information. Folks, I remember the Cold War very well, from the late 1950s until Ronald Reagan almost single-handedly defeated the "evil empire" in the late 1980s. This incident today is as big a throwback to the days of the Cold War than anything we've seen in 30 years.

Thus, not only is the U.S. under attack from the "progressives" (regressives) within -- people who at heart are Marxist -- or from Middle Eastern styled terrorism, but from our old nemesis, Russia. Vlad wants back what Russia lost in the Cold War -- Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and a host other former satellite states of the Soviet Union.

The Old Commie wants it all, and he showed today that he is willing to be brazen about it. This is anything but a good sign.

In 2008 when Russia invaded another former satellite, Georgia, I stated that it appeared that we were headed for another Cold War. John McCain's operatives must have gotten hold of my prediction and took to the airwaves to say, "We are not interested in another Cold War."

Well, Senator, you may not be interested in it, but it is interested in YOU. We may have no choice in the matter if Old Vlad decides he is a direct threat to Eastern Europe, Great Britain, and yes, the United States. One can hardly remain uninterested in a threat when the perpetrators bring that threat right to your own doorstep. This is where we are headed, and the world sees Barack Obama as too weak to do anything about it.

Nobody I know wants another protracted conflict with Russia. But we may have no other choice if we want the world to remain stable, and if we want to remain a free society.

13:12

Despite Gun Sales Being Banned in Chicago, Police Superintendent... [Gun News]

Last night on The Kelly File, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul discussed the recent and ongoing rash of violence in the Windy City.

12:07

Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns [Gun News]

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms.

12:07

'Guns Everywhere Bill' signed [Gun News]

Critics are calling it the "Guns Everywhere Bill," but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the focus on new legislation that significantly expand s where guns are allowed in the state should be on its "significant positive changes."

12:07

Ga. governor signs 'guns everywhere' into law [Gun News]

Georgia's governor signed a bill Wednesday that significantly expands where residents can carry firearms in the state.

10:31

Georgia: Governor Signs Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Nathan Deal (R) signed into law House Bill 60, the most comprehensive pro-gun legislation in state history.  HB 60 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 37-18 vote on March 18 and in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote on March 20.  HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.

10:05

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2578 into law.  As previously reported here, HB 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives on March 25, language from Senate Bill 447 was incorporated into HB 2578 and passed in the state Senate by a 37-2 vote on April 4, and HB 2578 was concurred by the state House of Representatives by a 102-19 vote on April 5.  HB 2578 takes effect on July 1, 2014.

10:00

Oklahoma: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass and Head to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

It has been a busy week for pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma City and your NRA is happy to report that three important bills have passed and will now be sent to Governor Mary Fallin (R) for her signature.

09:07

4. Retired justice proposes changes to ... [Gun News]

In his new book, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, two of which are directly related to guns.

08:50

The Siege of Bundy Ranch goes on, and so does the need for volunteers, money and supplies, especially -- at the moment -- camo netting. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As I wrote here, The Siege of Bundy Ranch goes on. So does the need for volunteers, money and supplies. I have dubbed the Three Percenters in the desert the "Virgin River Volunteers." "The Virgins" and the Oath Keepers have a particular need at the moment for camouflage netting to provide shade for the troop and operations areas as well as fighting positions. I have a feeling that there's a lot of that sort of thing out there in barns and garages left over from the 90s that is surplus to us aging old fart's needs. You might have netting but no poles and spreaders or poles and spreaders but ne netting. That's all right. If you will drop me an email if you have anything you wish to donate, I will see that it gets matched up with needs on the ground, transportation assets to move it there, etc. The Oath Keepers intends to use such assets and equipment after the Bundy operation is concluded for other such needs as they arise. No one is going to profit from your generosity except the prospective victims of federal violence and the volunteers who desperately need the shade.
In addition, we need experienced logistical veterans -- personnel, food service, communications, S-4 planners, heck, even clerks and drivers. If you will drop me an email, I will hook you up with the right Oath Keeper contacts at the Bundy Ranch Siege so you can schedule your next vacation in sunny south Nevada, a short hop from the R&R mecca of Lost Wages. (Did I make it sound artificially cheery enough? -- The important operative word in the above is "scheduled". There have been appeals to rush out with all assets, without much thought to the mundane necessities of working out vacation time from your job, permission of wives and sweethearts, and the needs of the operation for a consistent, flowing turnover of volunteers.)
There is history being made out in the Nevada desert, folks. You may recall these lines from the Bard:

 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

08:02

After Sandy Hook: why the US gun lobby wants weapon controls relaxed [Gun News]

The shootings at Sandy Hook killed 20 children and shocked the world. So why do a growing number of Americans not only want to own guns but carry them too? Alex Hannaford reports.

05:58

Gabby Giffords' gun control push gets high-profile speaker: Bill Clinton [Gun News]

Gabby Giffords, the former lawmaker who was shot and then started a nationwide legislative campaign to crack down on Second Amendment freedoms, has a new gun control fundraising friend: Bill Clinton.

05:51

State Department can't name a single "tangible achievement" from the “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review" under Hillary Clinton [John Lott's Website]

I have to thank Erik Wemple at the Washington Post for identifying this gem.  Those who like no nonsense reporters will love this.



Erik provides this transcript:


LEE: I have one very brief one on the QDDR.
MS. PSAKI: Sure.
LEE: Off the top of your head, can you identify one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?
MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, obviously it’s an extensive, expansive process.
LEE: So, no.
MS. PSAKI: We’re looking at how it was done last time.
LEE: Just one.
MS. PSAKI: I know. I’m making an important point here.
LEE: Okay.
MS. PSAKI: The Secretary wants it to be focused. It’s going to focus on a more narrow range of issues. It’s always to look at how we can improve things, and we’ll see where we come out on the end.
LEE: So can you, off the top of your head, identify one tangible achievement that was – that resulted from the last QDDR?
MS. PSAKI: I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could –
LEE: One that – since you’ve–
MS. PSAKI: — point out one.
LEE: — that since you’ve come on board that you’ve noticed, that someone has said – that you noticed, that you can point back saying, “Wow, the first QDDR identified this as a problem and dealt with it.”
MS. PSAKI: Well, as you know, I’ve only been here since it was concluded.
LEE: Okay.
MS. PSAKI: So I’m sure there are a range of things that were put into place that I’m not even aware of were a result.
LEE: I won’t hold my breath.
MS. PSAKI: Okay.

01:43

The High Cost of Liberalism: Part II [Gun News]

Unfortunately, the people who are the easiest to disarm are the ones who are the most peaceful - and disarming them makes them vulnerable to those who are the least peaceful.

00:01

Timney Drop-in Replacement Single-Stage Trigger for Ruger 10/22 Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

Ruger has done some good stuff when it comes to guns, but most of the time, their triggers don't qualify. With the overwhelming popularity of certain Ruger firearms, such as the 10/22 rifle, there's certainly a place in the market for a good, reliable, crisp 10/22 trigger. Turns out, the folks at Timney have come up with a drop-in 10/22 trigger that is easy to install and can do a lot to improve your gun's shootability. Check it out.

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Tuesday, 22 April

22:35

Concealed carry holder in Chicago successfully defends himself against two armed attackers [John Lott's Website]

Police have determined that the person acted in self-defense.  From the Chicago Tribune:
A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning. 
The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan. 
The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor's home, Sullivan said. 
One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.
The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said. . . . .

21:38

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes two Arizona gun bills [Gun News]

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed two major pro-gun bills that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings and would have punished cities and towns that enact gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.

17:34

'Don't Let 'em Take Your Gun': The Most Pro-Second Amendment Song Ever [Gun News]

With the song title of Don't Let'em Take Your Gun and lyrics like: "So, if you want your freedom son, don't want your country to be overrun, you got to keep America number one, my daddy told me son, don't let'em take your gun," "They're takin' your Bill of Rights away from you," "We're willing to die for freedom," and "Won't be nobody takin' over ... (more)

17:00

Arizona: Senate approves another gun bill [NRA-ILA News]

Under the bill, officers would be required to certify or deny a weapon within 60 days. Kavanagh says some agencies take too long or don't process the application at all. His original bill called for a 15-day deadline for applications at the local level, but an amendment extended that.

Georgia: Governor to sign Right-to-Carry legislation [NRA-ILA News]

At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.

14:32

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Protection Bill Signed into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed Legislative Bill 390 into law.  LB 390 passed unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature during its Final Reading on April 17, in the last hour of the 2014 legislative session.

12:24

On the ground, back in Ohio (of course the airline "lost" my luggage for a time courtesy of the TSA). [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Back in central Ohio. Got into Port Columbus around midnight Eastern, only to be informed that the airline "lost" my luggage. Not to worry, they said, because they knew where it was, they would just have to deliver it to where I was staying today. Right. Of all the passengers, mine were the only two bags (both of them, including the computer) "misplaced." Got them back early this afternoon with a nice "TSA inspected" ticket inside them. Searched them for dope, kiddie porn and explosives -- nothing obvious, not even the doughnut crumbs from the TSA inspector's lips. (However I haven't had time to look at the computer files.) I'll have to get me a new laptop when I can, I think, and I've already thrown away the medicines. Same with the tea bags. If they ever do decide they've had enough of me they'll try to make it look like natural causes.
I'll take the rest of the day to decompress and try to internalize and evaluate the incredible experiences of the past days. I've met some wonderful folks, not the least of whom were the Bundys. It will take me a while to go through my emails and release comments to the blog and I've only got an hour on the library computer. More later, if possible.

10:28

Humorous report of Lexington/Concord [Of Arms and the Law]

"Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston".

"Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement."

10:21

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/22/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


David Codrea reports that a little-known lawsuit concerning the SAFE Act raises unique points and risks for gun rights.

Kurt Hofmann posts the latest alert from JPFO concerning the Bundy standoff.

WRSA has an appropriate message for former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Way Up North depicts everything wrong with American politics in three pictures. Take a look.

Tam comments on something she discovered our Navy is doing that made her do a double-take.

John Jacob H posts a visual primer on the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy. Worth a look.

Brigid provides good reading on swords and shields.

Golden Geese News takes apart in short order one of the brainwashed blathering idiots of the collectivist state.

Every Blade of Grass says that he and his wife went down to the Battleship Iowa for Sunday brunch. Interesting history there.

Days of our Trailers wonders if Facebook is the victim of a hoax or are they engaging in damage control...I admit I have not been following this story, so I am totally out of the loop on it.

CLO declares it should be illegal for Democrats to own guns. Look at his reasons why.

Christian Mercenary has an excellent piece on focusing on the Bureau of Land Management in upcoming disputes. And believe me, they are coming.

Pamela Geller posts a must-read special report on Sharia in America and how Democrats and Muslim legislators are seeking to silence free speech. These are perilous times, folks. Not only does our own government attack our free speech rights, but so do schools, universities, the military, and now, of course, Muslims.

Alphecca says that sales for gun silencers are booming across America. And what does this mean? It means the ordinary citizen continues to get prepared for doing what is necessary to preserve liberty and restore the Constitution in the face of great tyranny.

Roberta X gives us an update on her Mother who has been having many health problems of late.

Stand Up America provides a report that charges a massive conspiracy between the IRS, the DOJ, Senators, and Congressmen. Remember, some conspiracies are true. They are not mere "theories."

Mike McCarville has a report from an Oklahoma official who details how the delay of the Keystone Pipeline is hurting the economy.

Mike Vanderboegh is returning from his trip to Nevada to deliver a speech at the Bundy ranch. This is his latest offering before signing off for the trip.

The Wandering Minstrel informs us of "the heartbleed bug" that is the latest of the viruses to attack the Internet.

Traction Control lists and shows all of this latest additions to his inventory at his gun and knife shop.

10:00

Louisiana: House Committee Removes Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law from Tomorrow's Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule.  However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!

09:30

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Bans Widespread [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs Division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response has been overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office received hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.

08:31

Vanderboegh speech at Bundy ranch warns Feds [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

Vanderboegh founded the 3 Percent movement several years ago as a testament to the iron will of the first Patriots who fought for independence against England. They were called 3 percenters due to the fact that they adhered to "the doctrine of the 3 percent" -- that our brave patriots who fought for and obtained liberty from England never numbered over 3 percent of the population. Yet they defeated the largest and the most advanced and powerful army on earth -- that of the British Empire.
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03:20

Georgia: Governor to Sign Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill on Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, April 23, Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign House Bill 60 into law, the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.  Once signed into law, HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.

00:32

Using a Rifle Sling [About Hunting / Shooting]

A sling can make it much easier to carry a rifle or shotgun... but did you know that using a sling can help your shooting? Proper sling use can make it a lot faster and easier for you to shoulder your gun and get on target quickly, and allow you to make very steady and accurate shots without resting the gun. From which side of your body to carry the gun, to when it's a good idea to remove the sling and set it aside, this article (and its companion piece How to Use a Rifle Sling) takes a good look at slings and what they can do to help your shooting as well as your hunting.

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Using a Rifle Sling originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 07:32:28.

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Monday, 21 April

17:00

Husband defends wife and home from intruder, KPRC, Houston, Texas, 04/21/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A husband and wife were asleep at home in Houston, Texas when they were awakened by someone attempting to break in through their front door. The husband responded by retrieving a gun, as his wife called the authorities. When the home invader managed to get into the home through a back door, the husband shot the criminal. The wounded home invader then moved in a way that made the husband believe he was reaching for something, prompting the husband to shoot the intruder again. The home invader later died at a nearby hospital.

Florida Report: Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 424 to Stop Discrimination by Insurance Companies Against Gun Owners has PASSED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE!!!!!  The bill was sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz(R) in the House and Senator Tom Lee (R) in the Senate.

Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25 [NRA-ILA News]

The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed its consideration of a case challenging New Jersey’s mandate that citizens show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection to April 25.

The NRA still true to its calling [NRA-ILA News]

Certain things remain constant in America, despite the best efforts of, say, Hollywood, the mainstream news media, liberal culture and progressive politics. Old Glory and Old Faithful come to mind, along with the National Rifle Association — which will show just how constant it is in about 48 hours, when the organization’s annual membership meeting begins in Indianapolis. The theme this year is “Stand and Fight.” Though the group has mastered contemporary public outreach and commands the most forward-thinking communication platforms, the NRA is still the NRA, without apology or compromise. The massive three-day event is on message. It has not lost its heartland flavor, or overlooked the core interests of the 80,000 attendees who begin arriving Thursday.

Kopel: The First Amendment guide to the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.

Illinois: Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit [NRA-ILA News]

A 69-year-old Skokie man filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court claiming the state unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun.John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date.

Florida: House to vote on insurance rules [NRA-ILA News]

The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.

Gun silencer sales are booming [NRA-ILA News]

Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.

14:57

SCOTUS takes no action on Drake [Of Arms and the Law]

Drake v. Jerejian, the challenge to New Jersey's "may issue" system for licensing to carry, was set for the conference (where votes are taken) of last Friday. Today the Court issued its orders from that conference, and said nothing about the case. It's now up for consideration on April 25.

Conferences are entirely private, so we can't know what went on. I can think of several possibilities. Most obviously, perhaps some Justices wanted longer to think it over. A good sign. Or perhaps they wanted to see what would happen in the Ninth Circuit -- will California be allowed to intervene, which might mean a petition for cert.? There really is no way to say, although either of these possibilities mean the Court is giving it serious consideration.

11:12

Missouri: House Could Consider NRA-Supported Bill at Anytime [NRA-ILA News]

At anytime, the Missouri House of Representatives could bring up for consideration Senate Joint Resolution 36.

11:08

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, April 23, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826.  Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public.  Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.

11:00

Michigan: Senate Committee to Consider Multiple Pro-Second Amendment Bills Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.

10:50

Virginia: General Assembly to Consider Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment on Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, April 23, the Virginia General Assembly is meeting for its reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator and Delegate and urge them to vote to REJECT the Governor’s anti-gun amendment to Senate Bill 377.

08:32

Note that at its height 115,000 Americans are said to have had pre-existing health issues that made it difficult for them to get "affordable" insurance [John Lott's Website]

Note that this 115,000 number likely seems to be an over estimate because after the Obama administration had a hard time getting people to enter the program it cut the insurance premiums so much that it was actually cheaper for people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance than for healthy individuals.

Still the issue is question is if you want to help out 115,000 people, why not provide those individuals with a subsidy rather than changing health insurance for everyone?

pre-existing

07:40

Soros group Media Matters helped CBS News produce left-leaning reports [The Liberty Sphere]

In a stunning revelation that is not so stunning to most conservatives, the George Soros funded Media Matters helped CBS News produce left-leaning reports, many of which were intended to disparage conservative news outlets. The allegations were made by longtime former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
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07:15

Gunfire at Easter in the desert. It ain't over until it's over. The tripwire in the Virgin River Valley. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

From Ephesians Chapter Six:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Yesterday, I spent a blessed Easter in the desert of Nevada on the banks of the Virgin River. At ten in the morning, Ryan Bundy led a service of prayer, reflection and testimony at the gooseneck trailer/stage that had served as my speaker's platform the day before. It was a simple service, exquisitely beautiful in its simplicity and sincerity. Folks got up and shared what was on their hearts as God chose to move them, and I did so as well. It is my firm belief that it is impossible not to see the hand of God in the events of the past weeks. As I was speaking, semi-automatic rifle fire echoed from the hills above the river. The volunteers were going through a morning training exercise. It seemed to profane the day and the moment, yet it was a poignant reminder of the situation that the Bundys find themselves thrust into in the name of principle, a reminder of the evil that prowls right outside their door, and of the necessity of good men and women from all over the country to stand between them. God, I observed to the small gathering, might forgive us for the seemingly disrespectful interruption, knowing of that necessity.
Jerry DeLemus
After the service, I hitched a ride up the road to the volunteer base camp, where Jerry, the tactical commander of the Oath Keeper-supported security force led another service for the troops from Chapter Six of Ephesians. Somehow, hearing Paul's words about pulling on the full armor of God there, in that setting, as I looked from one face to the other of these volunteers -- who have come so far and risked so much already and who still risk all in a confrontation of right and wrong with the militarized police forces of the most powerful government on the planet -- I shuddered with the power of the image, the emotion of that moment, unchanging since the Founding, immortal in its moral force.
There is a feeling among those who merely pay attention to the news cycle that this is somehow over, that the potential for disaster has been averted. It has not. The men and women dug in on the banks of the Virgin River understand that and are in it for the long haul. It ain't over until it's over. The defensive operation, almost despairingly comic in its early days of confusion, is coming together now. Volunteers come in, others leave, but will be back. The logistics, fueled by the generous donations of money and material from all over the country, are coming together, as are the various "shops" of planning, operations, communications and support. The inevitable snitches, most of them painfully obvious, have nothing to report to their masters for no laws are being broken. The paid provocateurs are gradually tipping their hands as well. Jerry, his hardy band of mission-focused veterans, and the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters who form the teeth of the teams in overwatch and the muscle of the logistics tail are doing pretty well, thank you very much, despite all the psy-war games played by the Feds, including a regular but invisible bombardment of all of the various forms of our communications by the Feds. (Notice that we still haven't been able to get the videos of Saturday's speeches on YouTube? Your tax dollars at work.)
Today I must fly out of here, having helped, I hope, in my own small way. Left behind will be that determined minority of increasingly confident and competent volunteers. I wish I didn't have to leave. My instincts cry out to stay. But I have other duties that must be seen to. Yet, I know I will be back. These men and women are where God placed them at this precise moment and place in history, carrying out the function of that "well-regulated militia" that the Founders intended to defend the people in times such as these. They represent the shield, the armor, of a free people. They are also a tripwire. The Feds must go through them -- they must kill them -- to get to the Bundys. The Feds know this, and they are hesitant about what will happen if they try. That is called strategic uncertainty. And in the present context, that is a very good thing. They need to be cautious.
So I fly out today. But the volunteers are digging in along the Virgin River for the long haul. I have a feeling that they will still be there when I get back, keeping the Bundys safe from the evil intentions of armed bureaucrats. And as the sun rose over the desert on Easter Sunday, it was brought home to me by those twin services that here is a cause worth living for and returning to -- it is a cause worth fighting and dying for as well. Jerry and his volunteers of indomitable spirit know this. They have taken the measure of the situation, the weight of their duty, and they have acted.
They are digging in along the Virgin River -- a fragile human tripwire arrayed against an out-of-control imperial federal government that ought to know better. They are digging in, and they need your support, in whatever way you can give it.

06:11

Whitetail Deer Body Language [About Hunting / Shooting]

When a deer is hit with rifle or bow, it may drop right where it stood. Often, though, it will react physically to the hit, and leave the scene. The way the animal reacts - and even the way it moves when it leaves - can tell you a lot about where that deer was hit. That information can be crucial when it comes to following up on your shot - should you wait, or follow immediately? Did the reaction give you confidence in a good solid hit, or was it marginal? I also take a look at the (false) myth that a deer that runs with its tail up has not been hit...

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Whitetail Deer Body Language originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 13:11:47.

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00:13

More Media Matters mistakes on gun-free zones [John Lott's Website]




On April 16, 2014, Media Matters has a new post entitled: "Fox's Bolling Inadvertently Advocates For Gun-Free Zones."

1) "Bolling has been a vocal critic of gun-free zones, frequently promoting the right-wing misnomer that mass shooters target places like schools where guns are banned. According to Bolling's logic, gun-free zones are 'easy targets for whackos,' so 'it's time to take those gun-free zones signs down.' He's argued that mass shootings 'would happen with far less frequency' if no such gun bans existed."
Media Matters' link go back to previous posts that they have put up on the topic.  I have put up some notes on their incorrect statements available here

The point of this discussion was that Michael Bloomberg has 24 hour/7 day a week armed body guards.  He understands the benefits from guns for protection, but he opposes others being able to have the same protection.  That he supports a gun-free zone for everyone but himself.  

Of course, Media Matters doesn't directly deal with this point.

Instead, Media Matters points out that gun shows ask patrons not to have guns loaded.  They also make it sound as if there are attacks involving multiple victim public shootings that occur at gun shows.  
2) When shootings do occasionally occur at gun shows, it's been because people don't follow these rules and bring in loaded weapons. As CNN reported in the case of an accidental shooting at a gun show last year, "The original owner of the Taurus semi-automatic 9 mm handgun used in the shooting brought the firearm into the show fully loaded. This is despite the policy of searches to make sure all guns are not loaded and rendered safe before others can handle them."
Gun shows are hardly gun-free zones.  Even in shows where guns are unloaded, both guns and ammunition are easily accessible.  If an attack were to occur, in seconds the guns could be loaded.  There are so many guns that could quickly be loaded at a gun show, it would make only a small difference in being able to respond quickly to an attack.  With lots of people handling guns at a show, the sponsors want to make sure that there are no accidental discharges.  With no real chance of a successful mass shooting or a robbery, it seems reasonable to limit risks of accidental shootings.  The one case that Media Matters points to is an accidental shooting. 
3) "Studies show that most mass shootings in recent years have occurred in places where guns were allowed, and experts say that gun-free zones do not encourage mass shootings. It seems Bolling has finally agreed, albeit inadvertently."
In order, the responses to the links that Media Matters makes are "studies show" available here.  The discussion in the link to "occurred" attacks research that Ann Coulter cites by myself and William Landes, but the problem is that their attack has nothing to do with the research.  In the final link ("experts say"), Media Matters relies on a report by Mother Jones.  The problems with that article are available here.

It was nice of Greg Gutfeld to mention me in his discussion.

Sunday, 20 April

21:28

Top Hillary fund raiser from 2008 presidential campaign pleads guilty to illegal contribution (comparison to Dinesh D'Souza's case) [John Lott's Website]

This is the same type of crime that Dinesh D'Souza is accused of, though his amount is much smaller ($20,000 versus $180,000).  It will be interesting to see how the penalties compare.  Hillary's donor faces a maximum of 25 years, but agreed to a plea deal that looks like he will face 5.25 years in prison and forfeit $1 million.  From Politico:
A prominent New York hotel magnate who was a top bundler for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign pled guilty in federal court Thursday to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions and to witness tampering. 
Sant Chatwal, 70, admitted using employees and vendors for his hotels as straw donors to avoid limits dictated by campaign finance law. Investigators also recorded Chatwal telling an associate not to admit that donations were reimbursed, court papers say. 
"Without [donations] nobody will even talk to you," Chatwal said in a recorded conversation, according to a criminal information filed in lieu of an indictment in the case (and posted here). "When they are in need of money [unintelligible] the money you give then they are always for you.That's the only way to buy them, get into the system." . . .
In Dinesh's case, the maximum penalty is seven years if the prison terms were to run consecutively.
D’Souza was charged Thursday with one count of making illegal campaign contributions, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He also is charged with one count of causing false statements to be made to the FEC, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. . . . 
A copy of the indictment against Dinesh is available here.  I don't put it past the Obama administration to punish a political opponent, but the evidence seems pretty strong.  This is from Gawker (note that Denise Odie Joseph was Dinesh's mistress at this time and Tyler Vawser was his personal assistant).
On August 30, 2012, according to a quarterly report filed two months later, the Long campaign received a $10,000 donation under the name of Joseph’s husband. On the same day, the campaign received another $10,000 donation, under Vawser’s name. Campaign finance law caps individual contributions at $5,000, so both donations were flagged by Long’s treasurer for “reattribution/redesignation.” (By then D’Souza and his wife Dixie had both contributed the maximum amount to Long’s campaign.)
Vawser’s $10,000 donation was never split up or refunded, according to subsequent FEC filings. But on October 22, 2012—a week after D’Souza’s affair with Joseph scandalized the evangelical community and D’Souza resigned his presidency at The King’s College—Long’s treasurer “reattributed” $5,000 of Louis Joseph’s original donation to Denise Joseph, leaving Louis with an identical $5,000 contribution. (It's not clear from the filings why Joseph received a post-election refund for $5,000—a perfectly legal amount of money.)
If Joseph’s refund triggered the U.S. Attorney’s investigation (and Bharara’s timeline suggests it may have done so), it would have been quick work finding her husband’s original $10,000 donation, Vawser’s donation for the same amount (on the same day!), and finally the trio’s lowest common denominator: Dinesh D’Souza.
D’Souza’s lawyer has denied the charges, claiming they arose from “an act of misguided friendship.”
The problem that I see with Dinesh's defense is that he will have to explain why both donations occurred at the same time.  If it was due to a misunderstanding, he will have to explain why two people had the exact same misunderstanding at the same time.

17:00

NRA won’t let Michael Bloomberg step on citizens’ rights [NRA-ILA News]

In coming days, approximately 80,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts from across the country will congregate in Indianapolis at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. Last year’s annual meeting came on the heels of a huge victory for Americans and a humiliating loss for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to ban guns. On the eve of this year’s meeting, America’s least liked billionaire once again opened his wallet and declared war on the Constitution.

Gun classes drawing more women [NRA-ILA News]

Bob White tells the women in his beginning firearms classes that choosing a gun is like choosing a good pair of shoes.“It might look pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you,” he says. “You need to test it out, hold it and make sure it’s what’s comfortable for you, not what your husband, boyfriend or guy at the gun shop thinks you need.”White is a Tuscaloosa Police officer who started his business, HAVOC Shooting Solutions, earlier this year. From its inception, he knew he wanted offer classes for women only to accommodate the growing number who are buying guns and learning to use them.

Illinois: State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban [NRA-ILA News]

In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from $150.The proposed new rules would also eliminate an earlier provision banning medical marijuana patients from owning firearms.

Judge: Out-of-state pot rap can’t stop gun ownership [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Bay State men — previously convicted of marijuana possession in other states — could not be denied the right to have guns in their homes for self-defense purposes based on their prior drug crimes.

12:01

Need some help finding an article in the NYT. Also, still need a copy of one of the many photos of Harry's Jenny award. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney and a photographer were covering the Bundy press conference yesterday at 1:00 PM. I'm certain that they were on a deadline so there should be an article in Sunday's NYT. As the NYT is a pay site only now, if a reader has a copy of the article would you please forward it to my email? GeorgeMason1776@aol.com. Also, I still need a copy of one of the many photos of Harry's Jenny award and links to any YouTube videos of yesterday's event.

10:33

Happy Easter! [The Liberty Sphere]

Hoping that all of my readers will have a happy and blessed Easter. "He is risen!"

Click here for a special brief devotional just for today.

It's over at the ministry site. Thank you, and God bless you.

07:44

He is risen. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

If I can get a ride from the hotel, I'll be spending Easter in the desert. The Bundys are having a service at 10:00. I'd like to be there and then go cast my lot once more with the hardy band of defenders at the river. I think God will be understanding about necessary breaches of the Sabbath in the service of liberty.

06:47

"They know we're coming." With piss-poor operational security, Feds flood the zone at Las Vegas hotels in massive display of gambling prowess. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"They know, Chuck, they know. They know we're coming." -- ATF undercover agent Robert Rodriguez to raid commander Chuck Sarabyn, 28 February 1993, one hour before the raid on the Branch Davidians.
"It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed."
Looking like nothing so much as the evil-eaten Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars saga, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised local media that "this isn't over." And, in truth, reports on the Internet of Fed cops of various agencies' jack-booted thug teams flooding into Las Vegas hotels are certainly correct. They are there by the hundreds, taking over entire floors, playing the slot machines and trying to look inconspicuous, which is working out about as well as you might expect. This is known to just about everybody who's paying attention to the situation in Bunkerville, including the local media who are not reporting it, for now. Just who this demonstration of stark naked so-called "operational security" and impotent puffery is supposed to impress is another matter. Harry Reid, perhaps. Bob Wright has observed that Harry seems to believe he's in a "biggest dick" contest with Cliven Bundy. Like the juvenile high school hall monitor who can't get the other kids to stop running, Harry is throwing a hissy fit. Personally, I'm happy for him. Every time Harry opens his mouth, we get another hundred thousand converts to our cause nationwide. Indeed, if the mumbling, bumbling Harry did not exist, we might have to invent him. Of course, your average high school hall monitor doesn't have the power and might of the militarized federal police establishment at his beck and call. Still, what this is supposed to accomplish, beyond a ratcheting up of the attempted psy-war campaign against the Bundys and the volunteers who guard them, is a mystery to the analysts I talk to.
I know that the Bundys are not going away, and neither are the volunteers. Unless the federal government has decided to kill them all and initiate the next American civil war, this is all just your tax dollars at work in a massive display of gambling prowess.
That potential conflict, as I have explained many times would be suicidal, both personally for Harry Reid and and for his mandarin class. And as long as even one closet Oath Keeper or Three Percenter in the federal ranks remains -- and there are many -- the feds know that there is no military option that cannot be compromised. So Emperor Harry can go on muttering about how "soon the rebellion will be crushed," and the storm troopers can continue to dip their wicks in the soft envelopments of Vegas hookers, but it is all hat and no cattle, as they say out here. They may be fooling themselves, but they do not fool the hardy band of determined patriots dug in along the banks of the Virgin River.

05:17

Photos and video from the Patriot's Day event. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Other then the image below I have as yet received none of the photos and video from folks at yesterday's event.  I was counting on at least one photo of the Jenny Award but so far haven't received any.  When I get them, or the links to the speech video, I will pass them along.  Folks who were there say that I did a good job with the speech, but I am always my own worst critic.  I will prepare you for one shock, though.  I'm wearing a cowboy hat.  I misplaced my "Arms Smuggler" ballcap in a friend's car, it drove off to Utah without me, and it wasn't an event that my boonie hat seemed appropriate for, so I borrowed a cowboy hat to keep the setting sun out of my eyes.

05:08

The troublemaker, the sheriff and the oath keeper. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Mike Vanderboegh, Elkhart County Indiana Sheriff Bradley Rodgers and Stewart Rhodes at the Patriot's Day celebration, Bunkerville, NV, 19 April 2014.

Saturday, 19 April

23:02

"You mess with such people at your own deadly peril." My Patriot's Day Speech in Bunkerville Nevada Upon the Occasion of Harry Reid Winning the 2014 "Incitement to Civil War Trophy." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]



My name is Mike Vanderboegh and I'm here representing the estimated 3 million Three Percenters around the country.  I don't represent the Bundys nor the Oath Keepers but we are here to stand with them.  I first would like to say what an honor it is for me to be here in Nevada on this Patriots' Day.  Although I hale these days from the great free state of Alabama, I was born in Michigan and have always considered myself a Wolverine.

You know when I was ten or so, I visited my Grandpa and Grandma Vanderboegh's farm near Lake Michigan one summer for several weeks as we did every summer when I was growing up.  That particular
summer, I witnessed a short but acrimonious argument between my grandparents that ended with my grandpa's ignominious retreat out of the house into the safety of the barnyard.  I can't remember what the argument was about, but I followed along,  convinced in my ten-year-old sense of justice that he was right and grandma was wrong.  I tried to persuade him to go back in and restate his case.  He turned on me, leaned down into my face and said these words of wisdom that I never forgot: "Son, you don't poke a wolverine with a sharp stick unless you want your balls ripped off."

Now I was just ten but I knew that Grandpa was somewhat of an expert about wolverines and testicles because when he was young, he'd run into a momma wolverine in her den when he was out hunting and she had darn near got his.  His shotgun was knocked out of his hands and he had to kill that wolverine with his hunting knife but almost bled to death from the wound on his inner thigh before he could stagger home.  My father used to delight in telling the story about how he almost got prevented from existence by the inch or so that that momma wolverine had missed the family jewels.  I also knew that Grandpa wasn't talking about vicious animals but that people could act just as bad if you provoked them.  People can be wolverines when they need to.  I think y'all know a little about that.  I'm sure that the BLM rangers were grateful they got out of Clark County with their testicles intact -- even if their manhood was somewhat shamed in the process.

"History is written not by the historians but by the people who lived it." 

So says William Hallahan, in his book The Day the American Revolution Began about the 19th of April, 1775.  And as I stand here today in the Nevada desert, I see a whole host of historians who lived it --and wrote it.

Now what Hallahan says is true, but I would refine it further.  History is written not by the historians BUT BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IT AND WHO MADE IT HAPPEN.

This is nothing new.  Throughout our own history, these self-made historians are most often just  simple, ordinary people, people who are nothing special  - not rich, not powerful in and of themselves, not influential, not even respected by those who claim to be their betters -- but people who know who they are; people who know who God is; people who know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, tyranny and liberty and cannot be persuaded otherwise by all the seductive lies that others tell to hide their evil intentions behind. 

In ordinary times it takes very bad behavior on the part of a government to provoke such people into action for they are first and foremost pragmatic realists.Knowing who they are, and how the world works, and of the chronic follies and corruptions of man, they don't expect much from governments, content to live their lives, raise their families, enjoy life and love and friendship, to worship God, to work hard and make a living around and despite those follies and corruptions, because they understand that THAT is what makes life important and worth living. 

When a father sees his kids at play, learning with breathless excitement the everyday miracles that make up God's world -- when he sees his wife's love and care for them in a million ways despite all the aggravations and distractions of daily life -- when at the end of a long day he sees her exhausted and distracted -- no longer the young girl he married but with this inner core of steel wrapped in boundless love  -- when the light hits her mussed-up hair and her careworn face just right -- well, a man will do anything to protect those moments, to shield those people he loves from the evil that he knows always lurks right outside the door.   He will do anything -- ANYTHING -- to protect their future and the time-tested principles that secure that future.

And I tell you now -- and I proclaim to the world -- to all the would-be tyrants in this country who would victimize such honest, simple people with their evil corruptions, their follies, their schemes of power and their insatiable appetites for other people's liberty, property and lives -- 

YOU MESS WITH SUCH PEOPLE AT YOUR OWN DEADLY PERIL.

Yes, history is written by the people who lived it and made it happen, but it is also true that such people , at any time in our history, never have been more than a determined minority.  In the war of independence that we celebrate here today, there were never more than three percent of the American colonists who actively
took the field against the forces of the King.  Although this was long before opinion polls, they probably represented no more than a third of the total population.  Another third supported the King of England and a further third blew with the wind and took what came.  When I founded the modern Three Percent movement it was this determined minority that I had in mind.

Today's Three Percent have drawn a line, just as you here drew a line, that we will not cross.  We Three Percenters state very plainly to would-be tyrants that we will not disarm.  They cannot convince us.  They cannot intimidate us. They can kill us, if they think they can, but they should remember that we'll shoot back.  That is the calculation that you presented the federal government the other day.  They came to force you with state-sponsored violence. They came to bend you to their will.  But they discovered that you would not be bent.  On that day, they didn't like the odds.  But the odds would have meant nothing without your determination.  And you WERE determined.

As I said, in ordinary times it takes very bad behavior on the part of a government to provoke such people into action -- BUT THESE ARE NO ORDINARY TIMES.  You know that -- in your head and in your gut -- or you would not be here today.  You would not have accomplished what many thought was flatly impossible a few days and weeks ago.  You know why you came here and stood in the gap, interposing with your own bodies, at the risk of your lives, that dangerous ground between liberty and tyranny.

You know in your inner hearts why each of you came here, I need not explain it to you.  Nor am I going to waste your time running down the particulars of the general indictment of the very bad behavior of the federal government and their lackeys at the state and local level over the past two decades by the corrupt leaders of both political parties.  Others have done so, as I have done myself in other places and times.  It is not necessary here, today, to bore you with the litany of evil actions and malign intent of the self-appointed Mandarin class of collectivists who have been quietly and slowly overthrowing the rule of law and the Founders' Republic for generations now.

What IS necessary is to state the obvious conclusion of that indictment very plainly -- that our present-day so-called leaders have demonstrated themselves to be the domestic enemies of the same Constitution that they swore an oath to uphold -- they are, in fact, the same domestic enemies that the Founders warned us about, that they knew in their wisdom -- from their study of history and their knowledge of fallible men -- who would one day come to try to wreck the enterprise of liberty that the Founders fought and bled and died to secure.  And one further point -- being domestic enemies of the Constitution and the rule of law these evil men and women have declared thereby that they are the enemies of ALL the futures, of ALL the lives, and of ALL the families of those simple, decent people -- of you and me and all who have until now tolerated their increasingly bad behavior.

Indeed, it is because we never effectively pushed them back when we could do so without violence that we find ourselves here, today, with the Founders' original choice on that 19th of April so long ago: are we going to submit and be slaves or shall we fight?  And you, you self-made historians, answered that question here, in the desert, in direct confrontation with the paid lackeys of the most powerful government on the planet.  You were ready to fight, and to die, in answer to that question.  For you are free Americans, all of you.  And as you stood, the other side blinked, and hesitated, and then ran.

You know, we ourselves are as responsible for the present sorry state of affairs as the collectivist revolutionaries who now hold the reins of power and who sent the BLM thugs against the Bundys.  For  decades we never punched them in the nose when we had the chance so they kept pushing us back from the traditional exercise of our God-given, natural and inalienable rights to liberty and property that the Constitution doesn't create but merely codifies.  We never punched them in the nose, politically or otherwise, we just backed up, grumbling. 

Now our backs are to the wall, and it is going to take more than a punch in the nose to recover our lost rights and to dispel this clear and present danger to ourselves, our children and all of our futures.  The collectivists -- who respect and obey NO law that they disagree with --have skillfully used our "law-abidingness" against us.  But now they  have mistaken our previous inaction for a license to further oppress us.  Now, it will take more than a punch in the nose to discourage them.

From Nevada to Colorado to New York and various places in between, they have decided to declare us "law breakers" thinking that once again we will knuckle under.  They discovered here in the Nevada desert -- and they will contiue to discover it elsewhere -- that the law protects them from us far more than it protects us from them.  The only question is, what will be the cost of their education now compared to what it would have been had we come together and acted earlier?

They blinked and retreated here, for now.  They will try again, if not here then in some other place for some other flimsy tyrannical excuse, some other evil wrapped in an allegedly benevolent lie.  Rest assured, they will try again.  And we must be ready. We must remain vigilant. 

But however we arrived at this place, we ARE here, now, and there is no changing it.  When you stood beneath the bridges we -- all of us, all across the country -- in those long moments we were staring civil war in the face. All over this country at this moment WE ARE STILL STARING CIVIL WAR IN IT'S BLOODY FACE.  To believe otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history.  We have, to use the blunt words of my Michigan farmer Grandpa Vanderboegh, arrived at "nut cuttin' time."


John Locke said it first and best in his Second Treatise on Government:

“Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.”

Now Locke wrote that in the 18th Century, but is there a better description of what the federal government is trying to do here in the west in  the 21st Century than that?  Is there a more accurate description of what  the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and New York are attempting to do to their own people with firearm registration and confiscation?   They have "put themselves into a state of war with the people" and we, the people, are absolved by their tyrannical actions from any further obedience. 

This is not about tortoises and cattle.  It is not about who controls the vast lands claimed by the federal government.  It is not about "the children" or "common-sense gun safety" or any of the many lies that are spun to conceal the iron fist of arbitrary power.

It is about control.  It is about who serves whom.  We are divided now, as they were in 1775, by the answer to the most fundamental of questions: Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?  Who serves whom?  What do you think?


Right.  Now we believe, as did the Founders, that government should serve the people.  It is evident that many others believe differently.  But this is not a question whose differing answers can be compromised, or negotiated or finessed.  It is one or the other -- that of individual liberty codified by the Constitution and the rule of law under the Founders' republic, or the rule of man as represented by the law of the jungle backed up by the iron fist of tyrannical government.

Harry Reid understands this.  You all saw what he said the other day: "This isn't over," he threatened.  And you know what? He's right.  It can never be over until one side or the other wins.  And don't think he's just talking about the Bundys.  He is promising us all civil war  on a vast scale because state-sponsored violence is the only way they can win the argument with free people, especially free people who are armed and willing to use those arms in defense of liberty.   Ole Dirty Harry understands that.  But he mistakes the character of the people he wishes to victimize and subjugate.  He mistakes you.  He mistakes the true nature of all free Americans who intend to remain free.  And history has shown that mistake to be a terminal one for many tyrants.  For there are laws higher and older than any of Harry Reid's unconstitutional "laws," one of which is the Law of Unintended Consequences. 

You know back in Alabama we understand a thing or two about civil wars. We not only fought IN the War Between the States, but we fought a war WITHIN our state, between former friends and neighbors, and there is no conflict more ghastly.  When the perfumed princes of the Mandarin Class that seeks to rule you propose to make to you knuckle under to their unconstitutional will, they forget these things.  They forget that wars once started, especially civil wars, have a way of spinning out of control of the war makers, a way of eating up the guilty and the innocent alike and they engender hatreds that never go away.

Were Harry Reid right here in front of me -- assuming I could keep y'all from tar and feathering him for a moment -- I'd tell him a story from Alabama's civil war, a story of Jenny Brooks' soap dish,  a story that has particular relevance for him today.  Like all the best stories it has the advantage of being true.

When the United States government determined to remove the Indian tribes from our state in what became the Trail of Tears, the woman who became  known as Jenny Brooks, and later after her remarriage as Aunt Jenny Johnson, was a just slip of a girl, a full-blooded Cherokee whose family declined the honor of obeying the "lawful orders" of the the federal government and hid themselves up in the mountains of north Alabama.  In this, they were assisted by a family friend, a white man named Henry Brooks.  As might be expected, the young girl fell in love with her family's saviour, and later, at the age of 14, she married Henry, a man 20 years her senior.  But the marriage "took", as they say in the hills, and by the time this story really begins in 1863, Jenny was herself in her thirties and she had given Henry eight children, four of whom were boys.

Now Henry Brooks was a unionist like most of his neighbors and they had sent an anti-secession delegate to the convention down in Montgomery in 1861, a young school teacher named Chris Sheats.  When Sheats refused to vote for the Confederacy, he was beaten and jailed by his fellow delegates, and was released after the so-called "unanimous vote" to go back to the hills with the planters' warning that there was plenty more where that came from.  Sheats and the mountain folk of north Alabama tried to be left alone, just as today we want to be left alone, but the government, with its draft laws and tax-in-kind laws that stole food out of the mouths of their children, wouldn't let them alone.

Those of you who have seen the movie Cold Mountain will recognize a fragment of this story which was borrowed from the Brooks' saga, but that was fiction shoe-horned into a love story.  This is a love story, all right, but of a different sort.

One day in 1863, a Confederate Home Guard party of eight men, duly sworn and heavily armed "law officers" of the Confederate state and national governments came riding down the Byler Road to the Brooks' home place.They surprised Henry Brooks, disarmed him, and began to torture the old man for the whereabouts of his 17 year old son so they could carry the boy off to the war as an unwilling conscript.  Brooks refused to tell them, so they threw a rope around his neck and alternately raised and lowered him from a tree in his front yard, torturing him to tell.  The boy, who was hiding in the barn, couldn't stand it and ran out only to be shot to death by the Home Guard. They then turned their weapons on Henry Brooks still hanging in the tree and "shot him all to pieces."  Jenny and the other seven children were forced to stand and watch as her husband and son, their father and brother, were murdered. When the Home Guard left, they were laughing.

 They were laughing because they mistook the character of the people they victimized.  They mistook the character of Jenny Brooks.

After Jenny had lowered her husband's body out of the tree and laid it out beside that of her oldest son, she gathered her three remaining sons (the youngest one was still suckling at her breast), and had them swear a Cherokee blood oath -- or swore it for them -- that they would not rest until all eight of those murderers -- those duly-appointed law enforcement officers carrying out the will of their government -- were dead.  This began a forty year feud, the last shots of which were fired in McCurtain County Oklahoma in 1904.  In the end, Jenny Brooks had her reckoning -- she kept track of it on a hickory stick.

On that stick were 7 big notches (the eighth man disappeared, abandoned his family and property, changed his name, and was never seen in north Alabama again).  Interspersed between the big notches were 24 little notches, men, friends, family and neighbors of the Home Guardsmen, who had the misfortune to get in the way of the Brooks' clan and their prey.  So that stick represented 31 dead men. Along the way, Jenny lost all her sons but one and several sons-in-law, to the feud, but she counted herself as satisfied.

Jenny got the first one herself, the leader of the bunch, when she ambushed him a few months later as he rode out from his house, shooting him from his horse.  She dragged him off into the woods, took out her kitchen knife, cut the man's head off and put in a tote sack.  She carried that grisly trophy home, threw it in the lye boiling pot that she used to make soap, cooked it all away until she had nothing left but the man's brain pan, minus even the jawbone.  She then turned it upside down and used it as a soap dish for the rest of her life.

True story.

Jenny lived on into her nineties, outliving all her sons, and in later years converted to Christianity and became known by the honorific of Aunt Jenny.  She did many good works for the poor in Winston County, and when she was dying hundreds of her church friends and extended family gathered around her cabin to pay homage to the woman who had become the patron saint of the mountain Unionists.  When the moment of her passing was near, her pastor asked Jenny if there was anything else they could do for her, anything else she wanted, fishing, probably, for a confession of her sins.

"Yes," she said weakly, "I'd like to wash my hands."  And so they brought Jenny a pan of water and her soap dish and she washed her hands one last time in that murderer's brain pan before she crossed over to meet God.

That's Winston County Alabama, where Aunt Jenny's descendants still live in considerable numbers and still tell that story today with awe and with pride.  That's what happens in a civil war, I would counsel Harry Reid.  And I would caution him that civil wars haven't gotten any more civilized in the centuries since Jenny made her soap dish.  So Harry and his federal friends -- the war makers and decision takers who think that the rest of us serve them and their power -- those who in Locke's words would put themselves into a state of war against their own people, should be careful  what they wish for.  For like the Home Guard who rode away laughing from the Brooks cabin in 1863, they might just unexpectedly get what they deserve.

And like the bully boys of the BLM, whose violent conduct earned themselves an armed response from an aroused people, they will be astonished when it happens.  But that is only because they forgot the words of that most under-appreciated American poet and philosopher, Frank Zappa, who said in 1965:

Do you love it?
Do you hate it?
There it is,
The way you made it.

Hell, it is said, is the truth perceived too late to do anything about it. 

Harry Reid calls us "domestic terrorists" and promises us "This isn't over."  Based on the warning y'all gave him and his bully boys last week, he should fervently pray that it is.  As for me, I will send him this soap dish, the "Jenny Brooks Trophy for Incitement to Civil War," as a reminder with this message:

Don't poke the wolverine with a sharp stick, Harry, unless you want your balls ripped off.

Thank you.

"Wolverines!"


19:04

Common sense and straight talk sorely needed [The Liberty Sphere]

Something is terribly wrong with our government and the citizens who vote year after year to keep them in office. Common sense is desperately needed, and straight talk needs to ensue as a result.

In southern Nevada a rancher who merely wants to earn a living and be left alone is called a "domestic terrorist" by the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid further called all who support this rancher "domestic terrorists."

Now for the common sense and straight talk. It is Sen. Reid and all of his cronies who think like him who are the domestic terrorists, and here's why.
Click here to continue.

18:45

Chicago "reduces crime" by cooking the books... [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Under pressure from the mayor and high level administrators, police reports are changed to reclassify murders as non-criminal deaths, and aggravated assaults are understated by nearly 25%.

Friday, 18 April

13:07

Three armed suspects break into home, stopped by armed homeowner, Seventh home invader killed in Detroit this year [John Lott's Website]

From WJBK in Detroit (Posted: Apr 17, 2014 7:23 AM EDT):
Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home.
Sgt. Michael Woody says two people tried to break into the home . . . early Thursday through a window and a third was sitting in the vehicle.
Woody says the homeowner shot at the suspects, who returned fire. He says the person in the vehicle was hit and the two other suspects fled on foot.
FOX 2's Roop Raj reports a woman in the home that was crashed into was injured. Police didn't immediately say whether the gunfire or crash killed the suspect. . . .
Raj confirms this is the seventh home invader shot in 2014 and the fourth in the last six weeks. . . .

12:21

One measure of how cold this past winter was: Historical Ice Coverage for the week of April 16th 1981 to 2014 [John Lott's Website]


Click on figures to enlarge.  Data available here.  Of course, having this much ice means for a cool spring and summer.

11:33

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills, Other Bills Await Consideration and Signature [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed House Bill 2103 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  HB 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote on Wednesday and in the House by a 39 to 18 vote on March 10.

10:26

Unarmed man goes on shooting rampage [Of Arms and the Law]

It's the title of this piece, by Mark Stein. NYC police open fire on an unarmed mentally ill person. They miss him but hit two bystanders. So the DA charges the person they tried to shoot with aggravated assault, on the theory that his conduct caused the officers to shoot the bystanders. As Stein concludes, "If this flies in New York, then there is no law." Which probably means it will fly.

10:07

Media Matters resisting effort by staff to form union [John Lott's Website]

To say that Media Matters vocally supports unions and union causes would be a bit of an understatement.  
Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff. 
Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA's staff through a Card Check election. . . . .
For some reason I suspect that if a conservative organization rejected such an effort at unionization, it would be something that they would put up more than a few scathing posts on. 

09:40

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees Stall Multiple Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

More than a dozen gun control bills were scheduled for a hearing this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The good news is that those anti-gun bills which were scheduled to be heard, as previously reported, were held for further study in both committees

06:42

Good Friday, 2014 [The Liberty Sphere]

A special Good Friday remembrance can be found today over at the ministry site.

Click here to read it.

God bless you all on this most holy and solemn day.

04:50

Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.

Thursday, 17 April

18:14

Reid: People who support Bundy are 'domestic terrorists' [The Liberty Sphere]

As the Examiner has already noted previously, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Majority Leader, referred to rancher Cliven Bundy as a "domestic terrorist." But Reid has now included anyone who supports Bundy in that wide swath of malicious and deadly character assassination.
Click here to continue.

17:00

Man fells vicious dog, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona, Fla. 04/15/14 [NRA-ILA News]

Robert Powell was out walking his dog in DeBary, Fla. when a pit bull leashed outside a home broke free and began to attack his pet. Powell, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew a .40 caliber pistol and shot the pit bull, killing it. A report by local law enforcement documented the bite marks on Powell’s dog.

Sen. Cornyn Sends Letter to Holder Demanding Answers on DOJ's Proposal to Push "Smart Guns" [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported last week, Attorney General Eric Holder recently testified on Capitol Hill that the country needs to spend $2 million to study "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."

N.J. man’s handgun case before U.S. Supreme Court on Friday [NRA-ILA News]

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether it will hear a Sussex County man’s challenge to New Jersey’s handgun carry laws.The lawsuit, brought by John Drake, challenges the “justifiable need” requirement the state asks for carrying a handgun. It has drawn the support of the National Rifle Association and 19 other states, who see the case as a possible watershed moment for reevaluating how the Second Amendment and state regulations interact.

Lott: What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising.

Bloomberg Rebrands Gun Control Apparatus, Pledges $50 Million to Fight NRA, Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article outlining Michael Bloomberg's latest attempt to buy your rights. This time, Bloomberg is dumping $50 million into the gun control cause and consolidating his anti-gun groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action under a single organization, Everytown for Gun Safety. According to the article, Bloomberg's goal with the new money and group is to "outmuscle the National Rifle Association."

Outrage of the Week: One Yellow Squirt Gun, Plus Zero Common Sense Enforcement, Equals 10-Day Suspension [NRA-ILA News]

It seems that seldom a week goes by that there is not a new, outrageous case of over-zealous school officials abusing "zero-tolerance" rules.  This week is no exception, as our "outrage" comes to us from Lewiston High School, in Maine, where administrators suspended a 10th grade student--for 10 days--after a bright yellow squirt gun fell out of his backpack.

No Negotiation, Only Victory Over Anti-Gun Fanaticism [NRA-ILA News]

An  article by the Denver Post reports that the number of background checks conducted on private firearm transfers in Colorado under that state's new law is only about half of what was first reported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The revelation shines a new light on the debate over repealing the law, which gun control supporters had previously heralded as a success.

16:22

What a week [The Liberty Sphere]

Evening, folks. This has been quite a week. I haven't been able to keep my promises about the Roundup, but circumstances have made it impossible. A lot -- and I emphasize A LOT -- has been going on here, not to mention the struggle with allergies. This year has been one of the worst with regard to allergens due to the prolonged cold weather and the quickness with which flowers and vegetation bloomed when temps warmed up. This put a lot of stuff in the air.

But the main thing is the investigative work I've been doing on several fronts. There are things I wanted to check out myself so that I would have the information first hand. The Bundy situation is one of those. But more importantly, I wanted to try to find out what government insiders who share the same concerns as the patriot resistance are saying. This enables us to know what's going on behind the scenes.

This evening I will do an Examiner article, but I need the full support of readership. These are not peripheral matters but they go to the very heart of a free society, which is now being attacked with the full force of the leviathan government apparatus. They have not started shooting yet. But this is far from over. I hope and pray that they will reconsider what they've been thinking and back off.

Much more about this is in the Examiner article I will post in a bit.

14:14

New York pizza delivery man uses permitted concealed handgun to stop "a gang of robbers" [John Lott's Website]

There might not be many permitted concealed handguns in New York state, but fortunately this pizza delivery man was able to protect himself.
A gang of robbers attacked a pizza deliveryman just before 10:30 p.m. Monday as he brought food to a house in the 400 block of Cornwall Avenue, near Erie County Medical Center. 
In the front hallway of the house, one of the robbers, who wore a mask and had a brown hoodie pulled over his face, hit the deliveryman on the head with a hammer, according to police. 
The masked man also displayed what appeared to be a gun, police said. 
But then, the deliveryman told investigators, he pulled out his own handgun and fired a shot, striking the masked man. The rest of the gang scattered. . . .
Note that even the Buffalo News notes: "They messed with the wrong pizza guy.

14:00

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Awaits Action in House [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the House General Laws Committee voted “Do Pass” on Senate Joint Resolution 36 and this measure is currently waiting to be added to the House floor calendar.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and being handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.

13:45

Louisiana: Mandatory Training Bill Fails to Advance from Committee [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, House Bill 13 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), after the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee failed to advance it on a 6-to-6 tie vote.  This NRA-opposed bill would have made it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser had completed a gun safety training course.  This was not about requiring training to obtain a permit to carry firearms for self-defense -- this would have required training to simply purchase a firearm to own in your home.

12:15

Bloomberg canonizes himself [Of Arms and the Law]

I can't say that I'm surprised. The College of Cardinals takes forever on things like this, and they appoint a Devil's Advocate, who would surely have raised the point that a living person is ineligible for sainthood.

10:55

West Virginia: Attorney General Seeks to Right a Legal Wrong [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) filed a motion to intervene and dismiss a frivolous lawsuit filed by rabid anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns member, Mayor Danny Jones, and the city of Charleston.

08:28

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill -- Update on Legislative Activity in Phoenix [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, House Bill 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.

07:00

Bloomberg's New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households [NRA-ILA News]

For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense.

04:00

A Pro-Gun Group Stole Bloomberg’s "Gun Safety" Group’s Name On Facebook [NRA-ILA News]

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $50 million gun-control campaign called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” But a pro-gun group took the name for its Facebook page.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talks to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg's $50 million pledge for anti-gun awareness plan [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joins Megyn Kelly to talk about former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's $50 million anti-gun pledge.

00:27

Bushnell Powersync SolarWrap 400 Portable Solar Battery/Charger Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

This portable battery/charger boasts the most durable solar panel I've ever seen, and it's compact as well. It has helped me extend hunts by allowing me to top off my phone while in the woods, and I've even managed to successfully charge my phone to 100% via solar power. But it's not all fun and games with this product, which seems somewhat less robust than I hoped... and takes longer to charge than advertised. Read the review to learn more.

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Bushnell Powersync SolarWrap 400 Portable Solar Battery/Charger Review originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 07:27:44.

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Wednesday, 16 April

17:00

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg? [NRA-ILA News]

Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). “I have earned my place in heaven,” the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he’s buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law [NRA-ILA News]

A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act [NRA-ILA News]

Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.

11:09

"Worst murder - mass murder - in Calgary's history" committed with a knife [John Lott's Website]

Of course, mass stabbings aren't just limited to China and the US.  Here is a case were five people were killed in Canada, none wounded.   From CBS News:
A University of Calgary student was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party Tuesday that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. 
Matthew Douglas de Grood, the son of a 33-year veteran of the Calgary police force, picked up a large knife shortly after arriving at the party and stabbed the victims one by one, said police Chief Rick Hanson.  
De Grood, 22, was charged with five counts of murder late Tuesday. 
"This is the worst murder - mass murder - in Calgary's history," Hanson said at a news conference Tuesday. "We have never seen five people killed by an individual at one scene. The scene was horrific." . . .

08:07

Michael Bloomberg spending $50 million in 2014 pushing for gun control, 2.5 times more than the NRA spends annually [John Lott's Website]

Bloomberg is really spending much more than $50 million this year because it doesn't include the millions that he is spending to fund gun control research.  Gun control groups already massively outspent gun owner groups by 7.4 to 1 in 2013.  Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action are going to have more money than they know what to do with.  From the New York Times:
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. 
Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own. 
“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ” . . . 

The $50 million could be significant: In recent years, the N.R.A. has spent only $20 million annually on political activities. The political groups affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are seeking to help Republicans take over the Senate, have spent about $30 million in the last six months. 
The group will zero in on 15 target states, from places like Colorado and Washington State, where gun control initiatives have advanced recently, to territory that is likely to be more hostile like Texas, Montana and Indiana. They have set a goal of signing up one million new supporters this year on top of the 1.5 million they already have. . . .
Democrats say that they are upset with Bloomberg's push on gun control, 
Previous efforts by Mr. Bloomberg to push gun control have touched off tensions with national Democratic leaders, because he has run negative ads against incumbent Democrats whom he views as insufficiently supportive of gun control. The Democratic leaders argue that Mr. Bloomberg threatens to hand control of the Senate to Republicans, which they say would doom any hope of passing gun control legislation. 
Mr. Bloomberg dismissed those fears, saying he was concerned only with the long term.“You can tell me all you want that the Republicans would be worse in the Senate than the Democrats,” he said. “Maybe they would. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.”
But the New York Times ignores that Bloomberg is also giving millions to help support these very same Democrats.

00:43

Montana X-Treme Gun Oil and Bore Solvent Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

I had this stuff for a while before I wrote this review. I used it with some success, and with some failure. I think the chemicals are pretty good, which is the only reason I gave them four stars... but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. And be sure to never use the solvent unless the area is VERY well-ventilated... it's powerful stuff. But it's made in USA, and I always like that. Read the review for more info on these made-in-USA gun care products.

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Montana X-Treme Gun Oil and Bore Solvent Review originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 07:43:12.

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Tuesday, 15 April

19:04

Article on the Dred Scott case [Of Arms and the Law]

My article on the Dred Scott case is out at Northern Kentucky Law Review. It was a set-up, I tell you! And the greatest legal example of the law of unintended consequences. CJ Taney meant to insulate slavery in every way possible (Federal courts have no jurisdiction over allegedly free blacks, Congress cannot limit slavery in the territories, and territorial legislatures cannot, either), and instead his ruling made Lincoln president, and led directly to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

18:16

Patriots form human shield around Bundy family [The Liberty Sphere]

Federal agents made a spectacle out of their retreat from the scene of the standoff between government forces and Nev. rancher Clivan Bundy, family members and friends, and supporters who went to Nevada to support him. But immediately reports began circulating that the Feds were merely regrouping to conduct another assault, this time on the Bundy home itself. Word then came that Patriot groups planned to form a human shield around the Bundy family in order to protect them from any attempt by the Feds to use lethal force against them.
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18:08

Yes, I'm here [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm here but just distracted. Things should get better once the Easter music is done this coming Sunday, and I get a bit of rest.

I will still be here writing away, but my schedule is way off. I should have a Roundup ready for tomorrow, or Thursday. But if not, then just know I tried.

Things will be back to normal soon.

Now, wait a minute or two and I will have today's Examiner article posted. As always, thanks for reading.

17:00

Homeowner shoots burglar, KSBW, Santa Cruz, Calif. 04/14/14, KION, Monterey, Calif. 04/14/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner was asleep at home in Salinas, Calif. when he was awakened to a noise coming from outside the home. The homeowner then spotted someone near his garage. After arming himself, the homeowner went to the garage to investigate and found a burglar. The homeowner shot the burglar, who was then transported to a local hospital. According to news outlet KSBW, police told reporters that “it appears the homeowner was protecting life and property and was in his legal right to use deadly force.”

Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the NRA [NRA-ILA News]

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

New York gun owners face ‘SAFE Act’ registration deadline [NRA-ILA News]

New York gun owners who possess firearms classified as assault weapons under a new state law have until the end of Tuesday to register their guns — or face potential criminal charges.The requirement is part of a provision of New York’s so-called SAFE Act, the package of tighter gun restrictions signed into law in Albany months after the Sandy Hook school massacre. The law broadened the state’s “assault weapons” ban to cover more kinds of semiautomatic weapons.

4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

Mexico sets date for vigilantes to register guns [NRA-ILA News]

The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army's "rural defense corps."

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2014: Stand and Fight [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits sponsored by MidwayUSA will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 25-27, 2014.

10:33

Origin of "zero tolerance" in schools [Of Arms and the Law]

In the Clinton Presidential Library I found this memo, listing the administration's claimed successes in the gun control area.

On page two, under "Enforcing Zero Tolerance for Guns and Other Weapons in Schools," is a notation that Clinton signed the gun-free schools act, requring schools to expel anyone bringing a firearm to school, and issued a Presidential Directive to enforce that.

09:44

Tennessee: House Subcommittee Chairman Removes Park Carry Bill from Schedule [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, House Bill 1407, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), was removed from the hearing notice in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.  Please contact Chairman Mike Harrison immediately and urge him to return HB 1407 on his subcommittee calendar.

02:14

Sunday's Shooter in Kansas City who killed three people references book by leftist The Nation and kills two people in gun-free zone [John Lott's Website]

Remember when the media has tried to blame the Tea Party for the Aurora movie theater shooting and Sarah Palin for the Tuscon shooting of Congresswoman Giffords?  Now in this shooting in Kansas City we apparently have a liberal Democrat who reads anti-Semitic books put out by the leftist The Nation.  While the killer was motivated by his hatred of Jews, it turns out that none of his victims were actually Jewish.  From PJ Media:
What will our good friends at The Nation say now, when his very first sentence notes how inspired he is by the words of none other than Max Blumenthal, whose antisemitic and anti-Zionist book was released by the magazine’s own publishing house, Nation Books?  I can look back to find scores of examples of how various racist rants are attributed by the Left to conservatives, Tea Party members and especially to  Rush Limbaugh. Some years ago, one man tried to enter a left-wing group’s offices with a gun, and many leftists immediately attributed his actions to the hate spread by right-wing radio talk show hosts. 
Now, Mr. Miller himself, a proud Ku Klux Klan leader and avowed antisemite, has found inspiring words from the one Jew he likes–Max Blumenthal. Look again at his words: “Jew journalist Max Blumenthal exposes and explains this attempt by a foreign government Israel, to buy the presidential election for the neo-con, war-mongering republican establishment.” Except for the first two words,“Jew journalist,” Miller’s rant is similar to the arguments of Walt and Mearsheimer, John B. Judis and other realists and leftists, whose writings are filled with the same disdain for “neo-conservatives” who are always described as “warmongering.” When someone like Pat Buchanan makes that same argument, he never uses the word “Jews,” preferring to let his readers know by intuition just who is talking about. . . .
Note that in Kansas, temples are gun-free zones.  Given that The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City holds religious services, it seems very likely that the area where two of the three people were murdered was a gun-free zone.

00:48

UC Berkeley police officer hailed as a hero is denied the ability to carry a concealed handgun [John Lott's Website]

I am still surprised the extent to which people are willing to go to stop off-duty or retired police officers from carrying guns.  From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The UC Berkeley police officer hailed as a hero for helping to rescue kidnap victim Jaycee Dugardis now suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully denied approval to carry a concealed weapon after she retired on medical disability. 
Allison "Ally" Jacobs' instincts helped lead to the 2009 capture of Phillip Garrido, the man who kept Dugard captive for 18 years at his home near Antioch. A year later, Jacobs suffered an on-duty injury and, in April 2013, she accepted a disability retirement. 
Under state law, retired cops are entitled to a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But Jacobs was told she was ineligible for a retired officer card with an endorsement to carry a concealed weapon because UC, in a policy shift, no longer considered her and others receiving disability income to be "retired." 
Jacobs' attorney, Michael Morguess, said UC officials were "playing semantics" with officers who "put their lives on the line at UC and got injured in the course of performing their duties." . . . 

00:35

How Ammunition and Firearms Cartridges are Named - What Makes a 30-06 a 30-06? [About Hunting / Shooting]

When it comes to naming cartridges, there are no rules. Sometimes they don't even make sense. This often stems from the fact that the folks who develop new rounds are mavericks who don't easily conform. Other factors include changing standards... at one time in the 1800s, caliber plus black powder charge was the norm (45-70, 32-20, 44-40, etc). Along came smokeless powder, and that trend was of course upset. Here are some examples of cartridge names, what they mean, and how they vary.

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Monday, 14 April

19:08

Arrest at airport for gun law violation; NYC officials ask for reasonableness [Of Arms and the Law]

Of course, it's one of their employees, and the arrest took place in India. Still, it's amusing to see Chuck Schumer asking for a gun law violation to be excused because it was so technical.

18:44

Sources on Nev. land grab: 'This is far from over' [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

When federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to stand down in their confrontation between rancher Cliven Bundy, his family, and over a thousand supporters, it was assumed that the Bundys had won and the Feds were withdrawing in defeat.

While the stand down was indeed a victory for those who support Cliven Bundy in his bid to continue using land his family has used for over a century, from the start there were developments that did not add up or make sense.
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17:00

Jewelry store owner fells robber, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif. 04/12/14, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 04/11/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A group of masked and armed men entered Hardy Nix Jewelers in Antioch, Calif. and attempted to rob the store. The store’s owner responded by obtaining a gun and exchanging gunfire with the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the others to flee. One customer was wounded during the incident, but her injuries are described as non-life-threatening.

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Still Stalled in House, Your Immediate Help Needed [NRA-ILA News]

Another week has gone by and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has still not acted on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation needed to provide consistency of Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  Your immediate help is needed to ensure this bill gets a vote on the House floor.

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law [NRA-ILA News]

More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.

Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year [NRA-ILA News]

Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.

15:25

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Signed into Law Last Week [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed into law a comprehensive pro-gun bill, House Bill 128. As initially introduced by state Representative Robert Damron (D-39), HB 128 allows retired peace officers with a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), to carry at all times in Kentucky, with an exception for detention facilities.

11:20

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees to Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills this Week [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun state lawmakers continue their assault on the constitutional rights of Rhode Island gun owners this week in Providence.  Tomorrow, April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a full slate of anti-gun bills starting at 6:00 p.m. in room 313 of the State House.  The anti-gun bills scheduled to be considered tomorrow only attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address violent crime or public safety.

11:15

New York: “SAFE Act” Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, April 15 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon.  The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings.

10:25

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot? [NRA-ILA News]

Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.

10:23

This was definitely the wrong house to break into: Three of four family members in home had guns [John Lott's Website]


More from WFLA News Channel 8:

A family in Winter Haven shot and killed a burglary suspect, according to the Winter Haven Police report. 
Officers responded to the burglary call around 6:50 a.m. Monday. When they arrived to 4219 Lake Marianna Drive they found the burglary suspect, identified as 40-year-old Mitchell Large, dead in the residence. 
According to WHPD,  the suspect was a complete stranger to the family who lived in the house. Police said, the homeowner Luis F. Pena, 54, his wife Bacenbina A. Pena, 53, and their son Luis A. Pena, 27, were all home when they heard a noise early Monday morning. A forth person, Lilliana E. Pena, 20, was also inside of the home, but did not witness the incident. 
Luis A. Pena went to check on that and found somebody rattling the french doors leading off a back porch area. He pulled out a gun and fired a shot trying to scare off the intruder but the burglar didn't stop.  
The young man went back to the kitchen where his mother and father were, both armed. Police say Large continued to charge at the residents and   the three of them all shot at the intruder when they saw him.  . . .
From a later report from WTSP television:
Investigators say Mitchell Large, who appeared to be unarmed, has a criminal history of assault and domestic violence. 
There appears, they say, to be no link between Large and the Pena family, making charges that much less likely.  
"Whether he was armed or not armed, when he failed to retreat they certainly had a right, if it turns out to be this way, would have a right - to defend themselves" said Chief Hester. . . . 

07:20

Tennessee: General Assembly Expected to Adjourn This Week – Your Action Still Needed [NRA-ILA News]

The 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is expected to come to a close this week, but action on pro-Second Amendment related issues is still needed.

05:17

Should You Always Hunt With a Fouled Bore? [About Hunting / Shooting]

I've hunted for a long time and have made a few great shots along with a bunch of good ones, and I've never babied my rifle's bore. In general, I believe you should always hunt with a fouled rifle bore. How fouled is too fouled? Well, if you eyeball down your bore and see hunks and chunks, you need to swamp it out. Knock out the big pieces and give it a light coat of oil (I like to do the same after toting a rifle in the rain). Read on to learn more...

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00:19

Justice Stevens' op-ed in the Washington Post unintentionally shows the 2nd Amendment wasn't aimed at protecting only government rights [John Lott's Website]

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has a new book out where he suggests what was originally meant by the 2nd Amendment.  From his op-ed in the Washington Post:
As a result of the rulings in Heller and McDonald, the Second Amendment, which was adopted to protect the states from federal interference with their power to ensure that their militias were “well regulated,” has given federal judges the ultimate power to determine the validity of state regulations of both civilian and militia-related uses of arms. That anomalous result can be avoided by adding five words to the text of the Second Amendment to make it unambiguously conform to the original intent of its draftsmen. As so amended, it would read: 
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.” . . .
Stevens would like to add five words and also a comma after the word "Militia."  But Stevens unintentionally shows what those who drafted the amendment would have to have written to make it clear that they wanted it only to apply to those in the militia.  There is a huge difference between "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed" and "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed."  Both statements are quite clear, but while Stevens would like everyone to believe that the 2nd Amendment was written as only a militia right.


Sunday, 13 April

19:07

Newest piece at Investor's Business Daily: "Michael Bloomberg, Gun Control And Fabricated Numbers" [John Lott's Website]

Here is John Lott's newest piece at Investor's Business Daily:
No doubt, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately believes in gun control. To his credit, he puts his own money — tens of millions of dollars, and possibly much more — into pushing the issue politically. 
But Bloomberg's push hasn't been just political advertising, lobbying and media appearances. He also funds studies that have gone overboard in backing up his anti-gun beliefs. 
To put it plainly, they have not only exaggerated their conclusions but have fabricated numbers. And these incorrect numbers have then been used to push for more regulations. 
The connections to Bloomberg are not always obvious, as he has funded several organizations, making it look like there is more widespread support. There are Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health and two organizations of which he is the primary financial supporter though they are not directly connected to his name: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action. 
Over the last couple of years, studies from these organizations have received massive, uncritical news coverage, without even the slightest questioning of the numbers presented. 
Take the recent report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action on school shootings, which was covered in more than 2,000 news stories. . . . .
The piece is continued here

17:00

SAFE Act gun showdown [NRA-ILA News]

Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.

As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law [NRA-ILA News]

This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

12:39

White House YET AGAIN warns Russia "Against Seizing More Ukrainian Territory," How many times can Obama threaten "consequences" and be taken seriously? [John Lott's Website]

Well, these threats from the Obama administration seem to be working well.  From the Wall Street Journal today:
The White House said Saturday it was concerned by what it called a "concerted campaign" by pro-Russian separatists to stoke tensions in eastern Ukraine, warning Russian President Vladimir Putin against using the events there as a pretext for seizing more Ukrainian territory. 
In a phone call Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his concern with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the State Department said. Mr. Kerry made clear that if Russia doesn't take action to de-escalate and move its troops back from Ukraine's border, there would be consequences, the department said. 
"We are very concerned by the concerted campaign we see under way in eastern Ukraine today by pro-Russian separatists, apparently with support from Russia, who are inciting violence and sabotage and seeking to undermine and destabilize the Ukrainian state," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson said. 
The White House said it saw similar "so-called protest activities" in Crimea before Russia's takeover of the Ukrainian territory last month. "We call on President Putin and his government to cease all efforts to destabilize Ukraine, and we caution against further military intervention," the White House spokeswoman said. . . . .
Have we heard this before?
From CNN on March 20th:
In a briefing to reporters, senior U.S. administration officials sounded further warnings against any Russian provocations in Ukraine."We believe that it is very important to signal that if Russia further escalates this situation they will be met with severe consequences," one official said. . . .
From BBC:
18 March: Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses parliament, defending Moscow's actions on Crimea, then signs a bill to absorb the peninsula into the Russian Federation. Later, Ukraine says an officer has been killed as a military base is stormed in Simferopol, Crimea, the first such death in the region since pro-Russian forces took over in late February. 
From a transcript at the White House on March 14th:
President Obama: "Obviously on our minds right now is the situation in Ukraine. Ireland has been a strong voice in the European Council for the need to send a clear message of support for Ukrainian democracy and self-determination, and a strong message to Russia that it should not violate the integrity and the sovereignty of its neighbor.  We continue to hope that there’s a diplomatic solution to be found, but the United States and Europe stand united not only in its message about Ukrainian sovereignty but also that there will be consequences if, in fact, that sovereignty continues to be violated." . . .
From BBC:
12 March: Barack Obama pledges to stand with Ukraine during a meeting with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House.
10 March: Armed men seize a military hospital in Simferopol.
8 March: The US and France warn of "new measures" against Russia if it does not withdraw its forces from Ukraine. Warning shots are fired at international monitors trying to enter Crimea. . . .
From Politico on February 28th:
President Barack Obama on Friday issued a blunt and direct warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin: stay out of Ukraine. 
If not, he said, there will be consequences — though he didn’t say what those might be. 
“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing.” . . .  
In language that’s about as tough as it gets within diplomacy, Obama warned Russia against a “profound interference” and what would be a “clear violation” of international laws. . . .
From USA Today:
Feb. 28: Armed men in Russian military uniforms take control of key airports in Crimea. Russian marines surround a Ukraine coast guard base in Sevastopol. Obama warns "there will be costs" for Russian military intervention in Ukraine. 

12:09

Interesting... [Of Arms and the Law]

With regard that stand-off in Nevada, it appears the FAA declared a no-fly zone around the property. A rather small one (3 miles radius, and 3000 feet and below altitude above ground). with an exemption: "ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF BLM ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE"

UPDATE: I suspected they'd delete the page, so here's a screen pull.

Saturday, 12 April

13:56

Remington 700 recall [Of Arms and the Law]

You can check your serial number against their list here. The affected rifles are 700s and Model 7s made between May 2006 and now, using the XMP trigger. They've found that under some conditions it can accidentally discharge.

13:30

Missouri: House Passes Self-Defense Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote.  HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral.

Friday, 11 April

17:45

Reid's shady secret land deal behind Nev. dispute? [The Liberty Sphere]

A familiar name in Washington politics that is emerging as a potential central figure in the Nevada cattle dispute is none other than U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Majority Leader. Reid figures into the scandal in at least two ways.
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11:25

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/11/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


WRSA presents a thorough comparative analysis of the gun rights rally in Connecticut last week and the current goings on in Nevada over property rights. Good reading.

David Codrea writes about "flower-shell" products. It seems a guy wants to distribute a product that allows shooters to fill shotgun shells with flower seeds.

Mike Vanderboegh provides the latest from former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on what is really going on behind the scenes in the mainstream media.

Traction Control shows us all of the latest products he has added to his gun store inventory as of today.

Tam discusses the fact that many shooters lament the cost of current-production Smith & Wesson revolvers.

Oleg Volk blogs on a very important consideration in these economic hard times -- less expensive shooting practice.

Way Up North has the must-read quote of the day.

Brigid posts some important thoughts to ponder in a piece titled, "Never Forget."

Gateway Pundit displays some more unintelligible gibberish from the wicked witch of the west.

Days of our Trailers wants to know what LAPD officers have to hide, given their actions of late.

CLO calls our attention to the interesting topic of engagement distances on the part of citizens in self-defense situations.

Christian Mercenary discusses "into the whirlwind' as the tension mounts in the Nevada cattle case.

Pamela Geller warns that a group of Islamic academics and reporters has launched an initiative called "Islam for Journalists" which shows reporters how to write news stories that involve the Jihad.

Alphecca reports that the Albuquerque, NM police have been cited for using excessive force.

Roberta X has a comment or two on the new Beretta Smart Gun -- the A400 Xcel.

Stand Up America warns that Americans apparently are going to have to beware how they donate. Your employer might fire you if you give to the "wrong" cause!

Irons in the Fire supplies a pretty good break down of the mega-scandal involving the IRS.

Blue's Blog provides "the liberal media gun guide."

90 Miles from Tyranny asks, "How about a little common sense?"

The Firearms Blog gives us a complete report on ammo prices. Take a look.

10:09

Illinois: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 4860, with House Amendment 1, by an 88 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Brad Halbrook (R-110), HB 4860, as amended, provides law enforcement agencies with the option to sell confiscated firearms at public auction rather than destroying or keeping them for agency use.

09:56

So the beat goes on [The Liberty Sphere]

Afternoon, patriots.

Today I will do a "make-up" post of the Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup since I was not able to do so earlier in the week. This will give you two good Roundups to enjoy and explore.

You will note that as I have expanded the coverage of gun blogs over the past few months, I take a least one day per week to highlight some lesser-known blogs that get little recognition but that are actually very good.

I still highlight my regular favorites though, since these tend to be the movers and the shakers. I hope you like the balance.

I rummage through 60 - 80 gun blogs per week in order to find suitable posts for the Roundup. That is no easy task but one which I am happy to do. Although I have cut back to twice per week for the Roundup, you still get around 40 blogs from which to choose.

In addition to The Liberty Sphere, I still do the column at The Examiner, of course. I am into my seventh year doing that. As always my pay is based upon the number of people who click on the link and read the articles.

This time of year is further complicated by the fact that I am always preparing to conduct special Easter music for my church. Twice per year things get very busy -- the weeks prior to Christmas and the weeks prior to Easter. Those are the two special days during which we present new Christmas and Easter musicals.

Although these things are time-consuming and fraught with snags and snafus, I thoroughly enjoy doing them. I have often said that secretly in my mind I have held to a lifelong desire to be an orchestra conductor -- something that I never got to do but that I to this day still relish. So, although I am but a lowly church choral conductor, this ministry gives me the opportunity to live vicariously through my favorite maestros, such as Eugene Ormandy.

So, today I thought I would give you a brief update on my activities of late. Stay tuned for the Roundup and the Examiner column that I will post this afternoon.

09:41

James O’Keefe video gets Republican Senate President to Drop out of Re-election race [John Lott's Website]

Despite a very closely divided state Senate in WisconsinProject Veritas did an undercover video that caused Republican Senate President Mike Ellis to not seek re-election this fall.   From Fox 6 in Milwaukee:
In the video, recorded two weeks ago, Ellis talks about creating a super PAC to spend money attacking his Democratic opponent state Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.Ellis said he did not pursue the idea after realizing it was illegal. . . .
I have two thoughts on this: 1) this shows James O’Keefe is willing to go after what he considers bad behavior even when it targets Republicans (which is something that he deserves points for) and 2) whether this is bad behavior depends on the timeline here: the amount of time between the discussion and the release of the video.  If it is clear that Ellis wasn't going to follow through on the discussion, I don't see the problem.  There are so many complicated laws even legislators can't be expected to understand all the implications of them.

09:28

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Having awaited passage of the state Budget, House Bill 1407 is expected to be considered in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee as early as Monday, April 14.  It is imperative that you contact subcommittee members TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on HB 1407.

08:45

Ohio: 2014 Hunting Regulations Approved by Wildlife Council [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting with certain straight walled rifle cartridges (pistol caliber rifles or PCR) during any season that shotguns are legal to use.

07:14

Louisiana: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Measure Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, April 16, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on House Bill 13.  Sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), this NRA-opposed bill would make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course.

04:15

Oklahoma: Three Important Pro-Gun Bills Still Awaiting Consideration [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported here and here, three important pro-gun bills passed in Senate committees last week and have since been awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  Your help is needed to ensure that these bills get a vote!  Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to vote for House Bill 2461, House Bill 2539, and House Joint Resolution 1026, Oklahoma’s constitutional Right to Bear Arms provision.

00:37

Holder is quite rude to Congressman Gohmert [John Lott's Website]

Just some background on Holder.  He has refused to provide documents for years (just one example here), lied to the House, mislead the Senate, held in contempt by Congress, refuses to investigate Lois Lerner, and a long list of other problems. I wish that I had a longer clip because it would illustrate Holder's unwillingness to directly answer questions.



Then on Thursday at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Attorney General Holder implied that the concerns about him and the Obama administration were motivated by racism.


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Holder claims that there were “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive” attacks on him and the Obama administration.  

Holder: "What attorney general has ever had to deal with that type of treatment?"

How about Alberto Gonzalez in Attorney Probe?

Thursday, 10 April

17:00

Knife-wielding robber targets the wrong store, Fox2now, St. Louis, Mo. 04/08/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A 24-year-old man drove a stolen truck to Cobb’s Grocery in Richwoods, Mo., entered the store, drew a canister of mace and knife, and demanded money. Kenny Cobb was inside the store at the time, and responded to the situation by drawing a gun and firing at the criminal, striking him in the abdomen. The robber fled the scene in the stolen truck, but was captured by police a short time later. The armed robber should have known not to attempt to rob Cobb’s Grocery, as the store proudly displays signs about the Second Amendment and armed self-defense in a front window. A neighbor shared a similar sentiment while speaking with a local news outlet about Ron Cobb, Kenny’s father and owner of the store, stating, “Everybody knows he’s got weapons and that… You don’t rob that man. No one around here, they know better for years, He’s been a retired police officer and firefighter.”

Holder Floats Taxpayer-Funded "Smart" Gun Research [NRA-ILA News]

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill that what America needs at this pivotal moment in its history is to spend $2 million for "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."

Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban [NRA-ILA News]

We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies [NRA-ILA News]

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration's Ammunition Import Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, BATFE issued a "special advisory" indicating the agency's official position on 5.45x39 7N6 ammunition.  The advisory states that "the ammunition is 'armor piercing' under [federal law] and is therefore not importable."  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE's official position on this issue.

With Congress in Recess, Please Contact Your Lawmakers and Tell Them to Oppose Import Bans [NRA-ILA News]

For the next two weeks, Congress will be out on a District Work Period.  During this time, your U.S. senators and House members will be back home in their respective states and districts.  This is a great opportunity for you, as a constituent, to contact your lawmaker to personally voice your strong opposition to proposed bans on importing certain semi-automatic firearms and on the domestic sale of ivory and importation of elephant trophies.

Nervous About November: 82 Anti-Gun House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Import Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, 82 members of the United States House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter asking him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms and parts for such firearms.

Another Reason to be Concerned about Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the anti-gun American College of Physicians (ACP) came out for the entire gun control agenda being pushed at the national level, adding to the suspicion that Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, would do the same if confirmed to the post.  To the many newspaper editors who have suggested medicine has nothing to do with gun control, and NRA has no place opining on who gets named as America's "Top Doc," we say: "We told you so."

Florida: REPORT on Legislative Committee/Floor Action Monday 4/7/14 through Friday 4/11/14 [NRA-ILA News]

The sixth week of the Legislative Session was another exceptionally busy and successful week.  The blue underlined bill numbers are the most current versions of the bills. You can simply click on those links to read the bills.  A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.  If there is no blue link that means the newest amended version is not yet available.

California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7 [NRA-ILA News]

This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.

Connecticut mayor quits MAIG [NRA-ILA News]

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.

New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's Payroll [NRA-ILA News]

Some of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations.

NRA Opposes Administration's Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution."  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.

Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies [NRA-ILA News]

There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.

11:00

Virginia: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377.  Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.

09:00

Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote.  This NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.

08:52

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/10/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


The Broken Patriot has a news story that provides yet another example of, if this is what law enforcement is doing now, then Martial law should be a real barrel of laughs.

Irons in the Fire provides us with another reason that successful, intelligent people ought to be leaving New York in droves.

Instapundit says that even Democrats are revolting against the equal pay demagoguery of the Party leadership and Obama.

MArooned points to a group of pics that make a mockery out of the militant feminazi mentality that is constantly being displayed in our faces.

Mike Vanderboegh reports the latest on the growing scandal at the IRS, and this time it threatens to consume none other than U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Ga.

The Armed Lutheran informs us that Diamondback has announced a new full size pistol that looks promising.

The Miller says that his church voted last night to become a gun-free zone, and notes that this is an entirely bad idea. I agree.

In the Middle of the Right responds to a LEO's asinine comment with, "But the cops do it all the time." Point made.

WRSA points to an excellent read on the incoherent idiocy of Jeb Bush.

Karl Denninger has all the latest on the government's pack of lies.

Way Up North comments on a small arms survey that shows biased reporting and anti-freedom goals.

Tam could hardly believe her eyes when she read what this numbskull actually said about arms on military bases.

David Codrea shares a piece that asks some excellent questions. Problem is they are only excellent if you are a nutty as a fruitcake moron with an IQ that pushes the limits of the scale--downward.

Golden Geese News notes something that is even more dangerous than ====GASP====global warming!!!

From the Christian Mercenary: "Same Pig, Different Lipstick."

Pamela Geller reports what the mainstream media won't. For example, did you know an Islamist was arrested in Connecticut yesterday in a bomb plot using a drone to attempt to fly into a school? And did you know he was not charged with terrorism?

A Geek with Guns shares his thoughts on the new generation of shooters.

pdb started a new series on the types and models of guns he hates. His first entry on the subject is now posted. Take a look.

The Gun Divas declare that quality matters when it comes to guns. Here they enumerate some defects.

Nicki points us in the direction of Claire Wolfe's "Women and Guns, Women and Freedom."

06:32

Breaking: Feds in Nevada cattle dispute taze citizens [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

This video on YouTube shows federal agents tasering protesters and turning K9 police dogs loose on the citizens.

If the video is an example of the manner in which federal law enforcement is handling this volatile situation, then it is clear that there has been a marked escalation of tensions since yesterday.
Click here to read it all.

00:44

Wheeler Engineering Magnetic Laser Bore Sighter Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

This is a rare find... a new product that easily earned five stars from me. It's simple, really: a device that sticks to a rifle or shotgun muzzle magnetically and projects a laser parallel with the barrel's bore - so you can get your scope or sights close before you start burning ammo to sight it in. Nothing to go into the barrel, no way it can harm the rifling, and no chance of ruining your barrel's crown. Better yet, the green laser version is easily visible at quite a distance - and a reflective surface is included, in case you want to go ape and boresight at long range. Check out this review for more info.

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Wheeler Engineering Magnetic Laser Bore Sighter Review originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 07:44:30.

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Wednesday, 09 April

22:37

Not a bad idea, actually [Of Arms and the Law]

Let the NRA run America. Its Board of Directors has had no sex or economic scandals, works for no pay, does its job in nine days out of the year, and has numbered plenty of Medal of Honor winners among its ranks. Of course to be fair, Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership should also get seats. And we could turn over California to CalGuns, and New York to NYSRPA for an equally beneficial effect. The shortest route to honest and efficient government! Which is of course why it will never be done.

18:25

Treacherous Nev. dispute evolving into the next Waco or Ruby Ridge? [The Liberty Sphere]

The federal government is sitting on a powder keg in Nevada that could explode at any moment into another Waco, Texas or Ruby Ridge incident during which innocent civilians are murdered in cold blood by overzealous government law enforcement agents.
Click here to continue reading.

17:00

Californians: Register and Vote for Your Freedom [NRA-ILA News]

Many Californians who believe in the right to keep and bear arms mistakenly believe that their vote won’t make a difference.  They are wrong!  Becoming a permanent vote by mail voter helps increase voter turnout significantly enough to swing elections!  If every single gun owner and believer in the right to keep and bear arms registered to vote and always voted by mail, we could turn back the onslaught of gun bans coming from state and local politicians in California.

Smart guns are dumb [NRA-ILA News]

Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall.

14:27

Drake v. Jerejihan cert reply filed. [Of Arms and the Law]

This the NJ appeal involving gun permits issued upon a finding of "justifiable need," whatever that means. Scotusblog has pdfs of all the filings. The reply points out that now the Third Circuit, involved in this case, and the Ninth Circuit, which handed down Peruta, are in clear conflict.

The Court will vote on April 18 whether to take it.

11:49

Growth of Federal LE [Of Arms and the Law]

Egad. No wonder there are ammo shortages. Federal LEOs number about 25,000, and almost every agency has them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (which I'd never heard of) has 9. HUD has 264. DHS has 686. EPA has 265.

04:51

Cerama-Coat Spray and Bake Gun Finish Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

When I overhauled a ratty old Mauser, I used this to refinish the metal. While the gun turned out to be very nice-looking, the finish isn't exactly professional-quality. Then again, I was able to do it at home, by myself, without sending the gun away and dropping a big wad of cash. It's supposed to be super-tough; read the review to learn about that...

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Cerama-Coat Spray and Bake Gun Finish Review originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:51:50.

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Tuesday, 08 April

17:55

Stuff [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, I didn't get around to the Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup today as I had planned. "Stuff" going on.

Now, you may want to know what "stuff" is in this case. Well, nothing in particular that's earth-shattering. Just stuff...you know, things that everyday life throws at you that you have to take care of. You have your stuff, and I have my stuff.

What I hate, though, is that stuff sometimes gets in the way of what I want to do, and what I had planned to do. I get right perturbed by it. No, I'm wrong right there. I get damn mad.

So, stuff happens, and we live with it and do the best we can. Maybe tomorrow? At this point, who knows. I plan to do the Roundup tomorrow. But you know what they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men..."  

16:56

Holder blows stack at congressman [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

...As an aside Gohmert further stated that Holder had been held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to turn over documents related to the infamous Fast and Furious scheme in which Obama administration officials took American guns across the southern border to Mexican drug cartels in order to bolster their false claim that "most of the guns used by the drug cartels come from the United States."

Holder's response to Gohmert was to lose his cool and blast him for bringing up the subject.
Click here to read the whole thing.

11:15

Services for Otis McDonald [Of Arms and the Law]

They're set for Friday.

According to the linked article,

"BELLEVUE, WA - Funeral services for gun rights champion Otis McDonald will be held this Friday at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, Ill., the Second Amendment Foundation has learned, with interment to follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

A pre-pass celebration of Mr. McDonald's life will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and the service begins at 11 o'clock. Mr. McDonald passed away April 4 following a long illness, leaving behind his wife, Laura and five children. His nephew, the Rev. Dr. Fred Jones, will officiate, and host pastor is the Rev. Dr. J.C. Smith."

Monday, 07 April

14:18

Reports from the ground at Conn. gun rights rally [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

Saturday's rally was entirely peaceful without a single incident reported to police. And law enforcement assigned to the event were friendly, even helpful, to the protesters in spite of the fact that at least half of the participants were engaging in open carry of firearms.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Saturday, 05 April

17:08

Conn. gun rights rally a major success [The Liberty Sphere]


Early reports indicate that the gun rights rally that was held on the state capitol grounds in Connecticut today was a major success. The Examiner's own David Codrea was the guest speaker for the event.
Click here to continue reading.

Friday, 04 April

16:08

Calif. drought much worse than expected [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

However, an expert in the field, Patrick Ruckert, contacted the Examiner to explain that the causes of the drought go much deeper than reported and that the drought itself is much worse than expected.

Ruckert agrees with part of the assessment of the Examiner in the first report issued.
Click here to read it all.

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