Saturday, 19 April

01:04

Illinois drops plans to ban medical marijuana patients from owning guns [Gun News]

Officials in Illinois have agreed to shoot down part of a proposed bill that would have prevented medicinal marijuana users from legally owning guns.

Friday, 18 April

23:31

Great day (lousy evening for me) [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The press conference went well (video and photos when I get them). The Bundy BBQ was a great success. Unfortunately I had difficulty eating, puked and continued puking until I was able to get to a reader's car and lay down. I stayed there for four hours so I missed most of the festivities. Looking forward to the speech tomorrow. I intend to grab old Dirty Harry by the teat and twist. Every time he opens his mouth it is good for another 100,000 converts to our side. More tomorrow.

21:00

GOP trolls Malloy over Auriemma mishap [Gun News]

Just because you're in the pantheon of college basketball coaches and the highest-paid employee of the state of Connecticut doesn't mean the governor can pronounce your name.

16:55

Reid domestic terrorism charge would disarm ideological opponents if acted upon [Gun News]

While there can be honest disagreement among Americans of good faith on the appropriateness of citizen actions unfolding at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada -- for instance, a voice followed by many in the Patriot movement has cautioned " this is not a good battle to pick " for reasons echoed by ideological opposites -- a statement by Senate Majority ... (more)

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. . . .

12:51

Blackhawk! Intros Serpa Holsters for Smith & Wesson M&P Shield & Glock 42 at 2014 Nra Show [Gun News]

BLACKHAWK! introduces two SERPA models for the Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD and GLOCK 42. As small, slim-frame handguns become increasingly popular, BLACKHAWK! is dedicated to providing handgun owners with a secure retention holster to meet their personal protection needs.

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.

10:40

Armed and ready in Murder City, USA [Gun News]

Dave Hillmann proudly displays his M16 assault rifle and tells how he was given his first gun when he was 12 years old.

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

07:31

Gun owners fill Roselle meeting, but guns not the focus [Gun News]

State Sen. Dan Kotowski and state Rep. Michelle Mussman respond to questions from residents during a Thursday night town hall meeting in Roselle.

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.

05:53

Don't do us any favors, you treasonous anal sphincter. "McKinney would give ‘deference’ to repeal of gun-control law." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Sen. John P. McKinney, a Republican who helped pass a bipartisan gun-control law after the Newtown school massacre in his district, tells a conservative audience in a video Democrats posted Wednesday that he would not block the law’s hypothetical repeal if elected governor.
McKinney told The Mirror Wednesday that his answer to a hypothetical question about a GOP takeover of the legislature and passage of a repeal bill was not a retreat from his support for the gun-control law.
He said he made clear to the group he would not change his vote, nor would he seek repeal of the law as governor, positions he has staked out at other forums, including a televised debate.

05:23

Attention Indiana Threepers [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Assuming Harry Ried's dirty minions allow me to leave the state of Nevada in one piece after tomorrow, ;-), I will be headed to Indianapolis next Thursday to cover the NRA convention. I would be interested to hear from Threepers in the Indianoplis area regarding some planning for that visit. Please drop me an email at GeorgeMason1776@aol.com.

05:13

Sheriff Mack's assertion about pre-planning of the cynical use of women and kids at the Bundy confrontation is flat wrong. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

There are those who say that, like Ronald Reagan's dictum about members of the GOP, "thou shalt speak no evil about leaders in the patriot movement." I am not one of them, especially when what they do or say is in direct contravention of the truth and the principles that we are supposed to be fighting for.
I first heard about this video on the way out to Nevada.
“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front,” he said. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”
Our enemies immediately jumped on this.
Even the Washington Times reported it, "Former sheriff willing to let wife, daughters die on front lines of Bundy ranch," as did The Blaze. The collectivist ThinkProgress reported gleefully: "Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent."
As did the Huffington Post: Ex-Sheriff Wanted 'Women In Front' In Case Of Shootout With Feds."
And of course Dirty Harry Reid was all over this "evidence" of our side's "terrorism": "Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way. . . According to Reid, some protesters said they had “children and women lined up because if anyone got hurt we wanted to make sure they got hurt first, because we want the federal government hurting women and children. … What if others tried the same thing?”
There's only one problem with Mack's statement. IT WASN'T TRUE. Later Mack tried to walk it back, a bit, in this interview with Ben Swann: Did Bundy Ranch Protesters Put Women Between Themselves and Armed Federal Agents?
“It was a tactical ploy that I was trying to get them to use.” says Mack. Mack goes on to clarify that the ploy was not adopted and that he was not on the scene during the standoff. He continued by saying that he would risk his own life as well in taking a stand.
“I would have been next. I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here, I’m willing to die here. But the best ploy would have been to have had women in front because one, I don’t think they would have shot them. Two, if they had it would have been the best thing to show the rest of the world that these ruthless cowards will do anything they are told. If they are told to shoot they will shoot. Just like when they shot Vicki Weaver when they blew her head off in front of her little girl while she was holding a baby.” says Mack.
Even this "modified, limited hangout" wasn't true. I have spoken with folks who were in that meeting and they flatly deny that anything of the kind happened. One said "we were all blindsided by that when we saw the video later." Another said, "It didn't happen that I heard." Another speculated that the "strategizing" about using women and children as human shields must have occurred inside Mack's own head, saying, "I can tell you that I never heard Mack make such a proposal . . . and if he had it would have been shot down."
The cynical use of women and kids as shields is collectivist's tool of long-standing. For Mack to attribute it to people who were trying to plan for the preservation of innocent life if the BLM thugs used deadly violence is an insult. Why he did what he did and said what he said is mystifying to other participants, although they hesitate to publicly criticize him. The one thing that can be concluded is that he gave the enemies of liberty a big propaganda stick with which to beat the rest of us with. He ought to come clean about what and why he did what did and said what he said. My own conclusion is that he owes the people in that room a big apology.

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.

03:59

Look what an FBI file full of blackmail buys you: Old Yellowstain Boehner Tells Attendees at Fundraiser He's 'Hellbent on Getting This Done' [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix
Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.
Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," according to two people in the room.

03:21

Graphic Bloomberg Gun Control Ad Features a Girl Shooting Her Brother [Gun News]

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new gun control group has launched a new YouTube ad for gun control featuring a girl shooting her brother during a game of hide and seek.

Thursday, 17 April

23:12

Bloomberg's New Campaign: More Gun Control Needed for Gun-Owning Parents [Gun News]

On April 16th 2014 - the same day Michael Bloomberg told NBC's Today show that his gun control push "isn't gun control" - he released a new ad targeting parents who have kids in the home yet own guns.

19:07

What Real Gun Safety Looks Like [Gun News]

With media giving attention to yet another Michael Bloomberg-funded gun-control organization calling itself a gun " safety " group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation feels compelled to point out that credible, effective firearm safety efforts don't involve divisive tactics, sanctimonious rhetoric and videos designed to frighten parents away ... (more)

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.

18:10

From Oath Keepers: Ongoing Support Needed For Bundy Ranch [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The Bundy Family, and the supporters on the ground at their Ranch, including Oath Keepers, have put out the call for continuing support. Needed are: Pop up tents, Sleeping bags, Food, Water, And other basic supplies
This will be a long struggle. The BLM and Harry Reid have stated that it is not over. We Oath Keepers plan on being there as long as it takes. Elias Alias, our Editor and Board member, is on his way to the Bundy Ranch today, for an extended stay. He's 67 years old, and a Vietnam Vet, who still heeds the call of freedom. Men and women, from all corners of the nation, are rotating in and out of the Bundy Ranch. While they are there, they need our support. If you are going there yourself, please consider bringing extra supplies, such as the above. If you want to support our efforts with financial contributions, ($$$$), please click the link below to help.
http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/04/17/ongoing-support-needed-for-bundy-ranch/

18:07

Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language [Gun News]

Illinois regulators finalizing the state's conditions for medical marijuana have removed a proposed rule that would have barred legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients, a person close to the process told The Associated Press.

17:02

Press Release: Harry Reid to be awarded 2014 Incitement to Civil War Trophy by citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

PRESS RELEASE
17 April 2014
Harry Reid to be awarded 2014 Incitement to Civil War Trophy by citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh
Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, will be awarded the 2014 "Incitement to Civil War" Trophy by Alabama citizen journalist and Second Amendment activist Mike Vanderboegh at a ceremony at the Cliven Bundy Ranch on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Vanderboegh, who with fellow writer David Codrea first broke the Fast and Furious scandal story in a series on the Internet in December 2010 and January 2011, is in Nevada to show support for the Bundy family and their struggle with the federal government.
Said Vanderboegh, "When Dirty Harry Reid tells us that 'This isn't over' and calls the Bundys and their supporters "'domestic terrorists' he is using -- literally -- the 'bully pulpit' to solicit the next American civil war. Reid is a corrupt bully and he understands that this struggle is not about tortoises or cows or even the vast spaces of the American west claimed by the federal government, it is about power, federal power to use naked state-sponsored terrorism to compel the American people to do what the perfumed princes of Harry Reid's Mandarin class insist is for their own good, even if it kills them."
"It was the misbehavior and jack-booted thuggery of the Bureau of Land Management run by Reid's toady that motivated people to come to the Bundys' defense. This is about two fundamentally different answers to this question: 'Does the government serve the people as the Founders intended, or will the people be servants of the government?' Harry Reid believes that the people should serve the government -- or else. For inciting the federal government into planning for another Waco, Reid more than deserves this award."
Vanderboegh will have a further statement and will take questions tomorrow at the press venue down the road from the Bundy Ranch at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Mike Vanderboegh may be contacted at email: GeorgeMason1776@aol.com
See also: "Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’"
http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/reid-calls-bundy-supporters-domestic-terrorists

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.

15:39

Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’ [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Note well: "Reid, the Senate majority leader who is in Las Vegas during Congress’ Easter recess, said he understands there’s a federal task force being set up in order to deal with Bundy, and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is involved as well."
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way.
“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said during an appearance at a Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event at the Paris. “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
The BLM shut down its weeklong roundup of Bundy’s cattle Saturday after an armed confrontation with militia members who had traveled to Southern Nevada.
Bundy has not paid federal grazing fees for 20 years and owes about $1 million to the government.
Reid, the Senate majority leader who is in Las Vegas during Congress’ Easter recess, said he understands there’s a federal task force being set up in order to deal with Bundy, and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is involved as well.
“Clive Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid said. “The United States, he says, is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority.”
Reid noted there are two court orders allowing BLM to conduct the roundup of Bundy’s 500 to 900 “trespass cattle.”
“It is an issue we cannot let go, just walk away from,” Reid said.
“There were hundreds, hundreds of people from around the country that came there,” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles in the freeway. They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up. They wanted to make sure they got hurt first … What if others tried the same thing?”

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.

13:58

Truth, lies and guerilla politics over gun control v. 'gun safety' [Gun News]

Following yesterday's launch by Michael Bloomberg of his $50 million "Everytown for Gun Safety " political machine, an enterprising team of gun rights activists struck preemptively by registering that name on Facebook , and today the Seattle P-I.com's Joel Connelly put the dueling initiatives battle in Washington State in its proper perspective, ... (more)

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.

12:13

Pardon the delay, but I am now on the ground at the Bundy Ranch operation. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Didn't get in until I had been up for about 27 hours straight (no sleep on the planes because of screaming babies, sitting in an aisle seat and being mugged by lurching passengers and kamikaze beverage carts driven by insane stewardesses -- Delta, what can I tell you). My first few hours on scene were very instructive. Oath Keepers is doing a great job supporting the security operation with logistics and other support. Plenty of Oath Keepers and Three Percenters in the group. There is also an outer encampment that seems to be inhabited largely by fruits and nuts. The EBGs (evil bad guys) are certainly testing the perimeter and playing all sorts of psywar games -- which is being handled by competent folks in the security detail. The problem is that there are now too few to rotate out for rest -- and it is important that folks be fresh when faced with the various threats, especially those generated by the fruits and nuts. (Stewart Rhodes, who brought me from the airport around 0200HRS, immediately took over a post from a fatigued trooper for the rest of the night.) There is no margin for error, so fresh bodies are needed. Folks who have been holding back because of the uncertainty generated by some of the disinformation and press antics by the fruits and nuts need not worry. There are competent people in charge of the inner ring. My laptop's ability to mesh with wifi has gone by the wayside as I wasn't able to get on the Net at the Columbus and Atlanta airports. Now, having reported in, I'm going to get something to eat and then crash.

11:55

Skip W. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Send me an email. GeorgeMason1776@aol.com

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.

09:49

Second Amendment Showdown - Today at the Massachusetts State House [Gun News]

GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace will stand for the Second Amendment and Massachusetts Gun Owners today when he debates State Treasurer and candidate for Governor Steve Grossman and possibly A.G. Martha Coakley .

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.

05:48

Father Joins Effort To Change Iowa Hangun Laws [Gun News]

A Johnston father of two young daughters is joining with gun-rights advocates in seeking a change to an Iowa law that makes it illegal for children young than 14 to fire handguns.

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.

01:43

Recall helped Sen. George Rivera, but tough general election awaits [Gun News]

Republican Sen. George Rivera, working last week on the Senate floor at the Capitol, has sponsored about a dozen measures.

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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Wednesday, 16 April

22:39

Shooting range to offer bullets, booze [Gun News]

Once you're logged in, at the top of each article, video or slideshow you will see a list of your Facebook friends who recently visited Choose to share stories you'e read with your friends or turn sharing OFF to keep your reading experience anonymous .

19:39

Gun Safety Group Debuts With Rally In Golden [Gun News]

A new national organization focusing on gun safety and decreasing gun violence debuted across the country and in Golden.

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.

15:29

Another day, another newspaper whacks Boughton for political pandering on gun control issue [Gun News]

First the New Haven Register, now the Journal Inquirer had some choice words for Danbury's dishonest mayor's decision to put politics before people when it comes to gun control.

13:25

Judge rejects challenge to SAFE Act [Gun 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.

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." . . .

10:44

Sorry, no posts today. PS: Believe none of the damn disinformation that's been circulating about the "Feds strike back." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Outta time. Barely could get the comments released and I answered no emails either. Have to get to the airport in PS: Believe none of the damn disinformation that's been circulating about the "Feds strike back." time for TSA to fondle me, the perverts. Will take my computer and if they'll let me carry it on, I'll update as I can between flights. It looks like half my email is such crap and as far as I know there's not a bit of truth to it.

09:20

Two Incompatible Gun Ballot Measures Lead In Washington State [Gun News]

Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.

08:20

Fort Hood shooting sparks debate on concealed guns [Gun News]

For decades, soldiers and their families have been able to purchase guns for personal use in retail stores on some bases.

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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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.

09:34

Let me rephrase that. Looks like I'll be spending Easter in the Nevada desert. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Which, if you think about, is as good a place as any. There'll be a get-together of some sort on Saturday the 19th where I will speak along with others. I'll give you more info when I have it. Looking forward to meeting some western Threepers.

08:07

Now that I have a nice hole in my schedule. . [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

.I've been invited to go out to Nevada to speak on 19 April. If I can swing the arrangements, I'll do it.

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.
Click here to read the whole thing.

17:57

Regarding the rumors swirling about a second attempt on the Bundys. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Just talked with Stewart Rhodes and the Oath Keepers and the western politicians are interposing themselves between any threat and the Bundy's ranch, so if this is not some sort of disinformation deliberately planted to elicit a response, the feds will have to kill patriot leaders if they want the Bundys.

17:51

Well, that was interesting. I was just thrown out of an Ohio Carry (Central Chapter) meeting. My speech in Columbus on the 19th now apparently up in the air. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

It's been a long day, folks. It was made longer by the following saga. You may recall that I was invited to speak at the Patriot's Day celebration at the Ohio Statehouse on the 19th. Since I am now up in Ohio and had yet to hear of any details or recent confirmation, I went to the library this afternoon to see if I could get ahold of the event organizers. You will note that the announcement indicates that Central Ohio Carry and Ohioans for Concealed Carry are both listed as being represented at the event. Since I could not find the email address of the fellow I originally talked to, and noting from the Ohio Carry website that the Central Ohio chapter was having a meeting tonight on the southeast side of Columbus, I determined that the easiest way to make contact was to show up at the meeting, find the fellow who had invited me and confirm some arrangements. It was an hour's drive away from where I am staying (which doesn't have Internet access, so I'm using the local library and Panera Bread's wifi) I figured, what the heck.
So down I drove, located the meeting site at a local buffet, and then came back at the appointed time. As the group filtered in there was no sign of the fellow who invited me, but the members indicated that he should be coming so I stuck around. None of them was familiar wuth my name, but that's okay, I get that all the time these days and accept it as a sign of the success of the idea (you may recall my reaction at the same thing happening in CT at last year's rally). There was some side conversation about whether or not this was to be a business meeting and it was decided by the half-dozen or so folks there that, no, "thank God," they would just have some conversation over the meal, so it was all very informal. I introduced myself and handed out some cards and listened as they talked about their plans for open carry events. I was especially interested in one that they were planning after the rally on Saturday, when they intended to march onto the campus of Ohio State and I indicated that I would be happy to come along. Like many such groups I've met across the country, they seemed sincere, intelligent and determined. It was when I went to get a refill on my hot tea (I declined to go the thirteen dollar tab for a meal, although the tea was three bucks) when everything went south.
Coming back to the table, an otherwise intelligent and sincere young man in a wheelchair was explaining to the group that "the Davidians had it coming" because "they were converting hand grenades and automatic weapons." Given that he seemed not to be old enough to even have been born in 1993 and sick of twenty years of that kind of crap from firearm-confiscating collectivists, I instantly saw red and blurted out (with what I admit was an absolute lack of tact), "That's bullshit!" He then went on to claim that the Davidians had also fired first. I said, "No they didn't. The ATF fired first. They shot the dogs as they always do." I also told the young man not to be blaming the victims. Now, I perfectly understand the reaction, but the crowd turned on me with a vengeance and indicated that I could take my objections walking and they threw me out of the meeting, such as it was. One of them (also probably in diapers when the FBI was immolating those innocents that he figured had it coming) said that I was a "crazy old douchebag," or words to that effect. I indicated that when they got ahold of the guy who had invited me to come up from Alabama to speak that he should get in touch with me and let me know if it had been a waste of time. Then I left.
So, having learned nothing that I needed to know and as ignorant as before I drove back to where I am staying. My speech, it would seem, is entirely up in the air. In truth, they had not invited me to their meeting and it was well within their rights to ask me to leave, so I really bear them no rancor. But some of them sure don't know shit from shinola about Waco.

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.
Click here to continue reading.

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?

00:05

Appearance on the Dennis Miller Show to discuss shootings at military bases [John Lott's Website]

Dennis' show is consistently one of my favorite and the interview on Tuesday provided a lot of useful information on the tragedy at Fort Hood.  The interview is available here.

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.

16:12

Soldiers speaking out in favor of carry guns on US military bases [John Lott's Website]

Soldiers who survived the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Staff Sgt. Shawn ManningSgt. Howard Ray and retired Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, warn it is time the 1993 rule be revised.  Now even more are speaking out.  From the Army Times:
In the wake of last week’s shooting on Fort Hood many soldiers and some lawmakers are calling on the military to reconsider allowing troops to carry concealed weapons on post.

On social media and elsewhere, soldiers have been speaking out about their inability to defend themselves at work.   
“It’s the only place that a licensed soldier can’t carry,” said Staff Sgt. Jacob Wiley, who’s assigned to the 708th Contingency Contracting Team at Fort Campbell, Ky. “When you’re deployed,you have your weapon issued to you, and it’s mandatory that you carry it. Then you come back home and you come onto post, and ... the only people who are going to have weapons are military police ... and those who don’t care about the law.” . . . 
A warrant officer, who asked to remain anonymous so he could speak freely, said he believes select soldiers should be allowed to carry weapons on post.   
“If somebody is in a trusted position, someone with a security clearance, somebody who’s in charge of making sure a soldier’s welfare is taken care of, they should be carrying some sort of protection so we don’t have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for the police to show up,” said the warrant officer, who’s been in the Army since 2008 and is training to become a helicopter pilot. . . . .

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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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.

21:56

20 wounded, 4 severely wounded, in multiple victim stabbing at Pennsylvania high school [John Lott's Website]

Let's assume that they can get rid of guns (which I don't concede), China can attest to the multiple victim knife attacks that they have suffered.  Fortunately, the life of one of those wounded in the knife attack in Pennsylvania was spared by some fast thinking "by applying pressure to the person’s wound."  From Fox News:
Twenty people, including 19 students, were wounded — four seriously — during a stabbing spree early Wednesday at a high school near Pittsburgh and a 16-year-old male student is in custody, authorities say. 
As word of the incident spread and children streamed out of the school, parents told FoxNews.com they were shocked by the attack — and one district official expressed relief that it was carried out with a knife rather than a gun. 
“Nobody’s ever prepared for something like that as a parent,” Matt Provenzo, who had dropped his son, Mark, off at Franklin Regional High School moments after the stabbings, told FoxNews.com. "As he got out of the car, you could see students exiting the building and that the fire alarm was pulled … There were a few students who were visibly upset." . . . 
"Everyone was screaming and people were being trampled over," she told FoxNews.com. "It was a very bad scene. I was very scared. I didn’t know what was happening. I thought it was a drill." . . . .
UPDATE:  The number of injuries is now listed as "at least 24."  From the local CBS station in Pittsburgh:
Westmoreland County updated the victim count late Wednesday evening, saying 24-people had been injured. (21-students stabbed, 1-security guard stabbed, and 2-others injured)
At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said. An injured school officer was discharged. . . .
Witnesses said the boy with the knives at first tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly, then got up and ran wildly down the hall, slashing other students. . . .

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.

Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters [NRA-ILA News]

Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.

Nebraska: Bill to prevent Nebraska governors from restricting gun sales in emergency moves to final vote [NRA-ILA News]

The Nebraska Legislature is set to take a final vote on a measure that would prevent governors from restricting gun sales in a state emergency.

Louisiana House advances bill to allow some guns in bars, restaurants [NRA-ILA News]

The Louisiana House on Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill that would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry their guns into bars. The bill would also allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make the majority of their money from food sales.

14:54

Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville [NRA-ILA News]

As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.

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.

13:47

Newest op-ed at Fox News: "After Fort Hood: Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece from Fox News starts this way:
In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different.
Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. But that hasn’t always been the case. 
The ban itself hasn’t been around that long. It was proposed during the George H.W. Bush administration in 1992 as an effort to make the military a more "professional business-like environment." President Clinton rewrote and implemented the ban in 1993
After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no doubt wished they had been carrying a gun. The six minutes before military police arrived at the scene proved much too long for the three people killed and 16 wounded. 
Soldiers who survived the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning,Sgt. Howard Ray and retired Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, warn it is time the 1993 rule be revised. 
Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham points out that there have been “nearly two dozen shootings at U.S. military installations” since the 1993 ban. Yet such attacks have not occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan, where virtually all soldiers have carried a loaded weapon. Nor were they occurring when guns were allowed to be carried on U.S. bases. Gun-free zones in the military have not worked any better than they have in civilian life. . . . .

12:06

Missouri: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the House General Laws Committee heard Senate Bill 745.  While this committee did not vote on this important right to carry legislation, it is expected to send SB 745 to the House floor in the near future.

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.

11:46

Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session at midnight on Monday.  As state legislators leave Annapolis, Maryland gun owners can now rest easy knowing that no anti-gun legislation was passed this year.

09:05

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Nebraska Legislature advanced critical emergency powers legislation from Select File to Final Reading by voice vote.  The amended form of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency.

06:42

Arizona: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week [NRA-ILA News]

Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.

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...

Check out the Review of Cerama-Coat Spray and Bake Gun Finish From Wheeler Engineering

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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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04:43

My Bionic Buck [About Hunting / Shooting]

This hunt was both intense and surreal... I had to think fast to decide whether or not to take him, and he left the scene after my hurried shot. Trailing him in the rain wasn't easy, but I did it - and I never could have predicted what I saw in the woods ahead of me as I slipped through the soggy leaves...

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My Bionic Buck originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:43:29.

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03:55

West Virginia: Martinsburg Making Changes to its Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Martinsburg City Council plans to meet and address two specific changes related to its local gun control ordinances.  Thanks to the passage this year of Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), and it being signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) almost two weeks ago, Martinsburg must now remedy its conflicting municipal codes.

03:35

Rusty's Rags Sheepskin Silicone Gun Cleaning "Cloth" Review [About Hunting / Shooting]

This handy-dandy gun wiper reminds me of the sheep skin gun wiper which Dad had when I was a kid just learning to clean and care for guns. After a hunt, back at the house, I would bring our shotguns in from the truck and clean & wipe them under Dad's supervision. This kind of gun wiper beats the heck out of cloth; read the review to learn why.

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This handy-dandy gun wiper reminds me of the sheep skin gun wiper which Dad had when I was a kid just learning to clean and care for guns. After a hunt, back at the house, I would bring our shotguns in from the truck and clean & wipe them under Dad's supervision. This kind of gun wiper beats the heck out of cloth; read the review to learn why.

Rusty's Rags Sheepskin Silicone Gun Cleaning "Cloth" Review originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 10:35:11.

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Tuesday, 08 April

21:26

Estate tax rate in New York State is as high as 164 percent [John Lott's Website]

I suspect that there are a few more people who will be leaving New York.  From CNBC:
Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert. . . .  
On its face, the new law seems like tax relief. Under the previous law, New Yorkers paid estate taxes of 3.06 percent to 16 percent on the value of estates over $1 million. The new law raises that exclusion to $2.062 million this year and gradually increases it to more than $5 million by 2017. 
But because the law also phases out certain credits related to federal taxes, people who have estates valued just above the $2 million threshold could get massive estate tax bills. An analysis by U.S. Trust found that a New York resident who dies today with a taxable estate of $2,165,625 could have to pay an estate tax of over $112,050. That represents a tax of over 100 percent on the value of the estate over $2,062,000. 
It gets worse in a few years. Matz said that assuming that the exclusion rises to $5,250,000, a New Yorker with a taxable estate of $5,512,500 would have to pay an estate tax of $430,050. That's a marginal tax rate of 164 percent on the value of the estate above the exclusion. . . . .  
Matz, however, said the issue is not just a problem for the so-called rich. When you add up the value of property, pension plans, 401(k) plans and other assets, a New Yorker with just over $2 million in New York "is not exactly super rich. In a state with a high cost of living, that's not that unusual."

20:00

Newest piece at the Chicago Tribune: "Let soldiers carry guns on bases" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at the Chicago Tribune starts this way:
What stops a mass public shooting is a person with a gun. Frequently it isn't even necessary to fire the gun. But the length of time between when an attack starts and when someone is able to arrive on the scene with a gun is crucial in determining how many people get killed or wounded. 
At Fort Hood, Texas, this past week, the six minutes before military police arrived at the scene proved much too long for the three people killed and 16 wounded. 
Military police are important. They guard base entrances and travel around the base like police do in any city, but also like police, they can't be everywhere all the time. 
Most people are surprised to learn that besides the military police, other soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. The ban, first proposed during the George H.W. Bush administration and rewritten and implemented under President Bill Clinton in 1993, was supposed to make the military more of a "professional businesslike environment." . . .
The piece is continued here.

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..."  

17:00

Gun carrying woman halts violent mob, The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WJBK, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 04/07/14 [NRA-ILA News]

Steve Utash was driving in Detroit, Mich. when he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle. Retired nurse Deborah Hughes was inside her nearby home at the time, and once she became aware of the accident, she retrieved a .38-caliber pistol and went to see if she could help. While she was trying to comfort the injured boy, a mob began to attack Utash, who had stopped and gotten out of his vehicle. As the beating was taking place, Hughes rushed over to the crowd and told the mob, “Don’t kick him anymore, don’t hit him anymore, get back,” halting the attack. Hughes later told a local media outlet, “I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to.” Following the incident, Detroit Police Chief James Craig referred to Hughes as a “Detroit hero.” Hughes made clear to a reporter that she is often armed stating, “You have to carry a gun around here… This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.”

Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to carry concealed during evacuations [NRA-ILA News]

The Community Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to pass SB 296, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.

Tennessee: Senate votes to allow more carry options [NRA-ILA News]

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit.

Colorado: Gun control proponent challenged in court [NRA-ILA News]

A gun control expert and proponent of background checks had a tough time defending his case in Colorado's gun control trial.Monday was day six in the federal trial brought by 31 Colorado pro-gun groups and people who claim that three bills regulating gun use in Colorado are unconstitutional.

Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.

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.

14:20

Maryland: Hunter Protection Bill Sent to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 231 by a 120 to 9 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator George Edwards (R-1), SB 231 would allow bowhunters, who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, to carry a handgun for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A.  While afield, bowhunters are vulnerable to outdoor crime and dangerous wildlife, and should be allowed to carry a firearm for protection.

13:00

Wisconsin: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed two NRA-backed bills into law, Assembly Bill 368 and Senate Bill 527.

11:53

Tennessee: Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill; Senate and House to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On April 4, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1777 into law.  Supported by the NRA, SB 1777 would amend Tennessee’s current hunter harassment laws by prohibiting anti-hunting radicals from using drones to interfere with those lawfully hunting or fishing.  Sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) and state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47), SB 1777 protects the rights and safety of hunters while afield.  The use of drones by anti-hunting extremists, with the expressed intention of spooking wildlife or catching a hunter off-guard, is extremely dangerous and could potentially result in injury.  This law will take effect on July 1, 2014.

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."

11:06

Eric Holder says that he wants gun owners to use a special bracelet to use a gun [John Lott's Website]


With the price of so-called "smart guns" running at $1,399 plus $399 for the watch that is required to make it work, this represents a dramatic increase in the price of guns and dramatically reduce gun ownership if mandated.  The people who will be priced out of owning guns are the very people who need protection the most -- poor, law-abiding people, particularly blacks, who live in high crime urban areas.  The bigger problem is the question of reliability.  There is a reason that Holder isn't talking about police having to use these bracelets.

02:55

Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bill Signed into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, April 4, another pro-hunting bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  House Bill 307, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve, at the cost of the participant.

Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bill Signed into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, April 4, another pro-hunting bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  House Bill 307, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve, at the cost of the participant.

Monday, 07 April

17:00

Store employee fights off armed robber, WAFB, Baton Rouge, La. 04/06/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A masked man armed with a gun entered the H & C Food Mart in Lafayette, La., demanded money from an employee, and fired a shot. The employee responded by retrieving a gun and returning fire, which caused the criminal to flee empty-handed.

California: Assembly Appropriations Committee to Hear Gun-Related Bills Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bills, Assembly Bill 1609, Assembly Bill 1964 and Assembly Bill 2310 and pro-hunting bill, Assembly Bill 2105.  Please immediately contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1609, AB 1964 and AB 2310 and SUPPORT AB 2105.

Chicagoans no longer disarmed, defenseless [NRA-ILA News]

A 53-year-old man was confronted by two armed hoodlums outside his Chicago home in the wee hours of Saturday morning.He might have become another name on the annual roll of hundreds of Chicago residents murdered every year. But he had a legal gun of his own, fought back and survived. He can thank one Otis McDonald.

Juan Williams wants a gun-free America [NRA-ILA News]

On April 5th, appearing on Fox Business Network's Cashin' In, Juan Williams reacted to Army Spc. Ivan Lopez's heinous crime at Fort Hood by saying he wants "America to be a gun-free zone."

Eric Holder wants to explore "smart gun" technology [NRA-ILA News]

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.

NRA Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Hero Otis McDonald [NRA-ILA News]

Otis McDonald, gun rights activist and civil rights hero, passed away Friday at the age of 80 in his hometown of Chicago. As many of you will remember, McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – an historic Second Amendment case that liberated Chicago residents from the city’s oppressive gun ban in 2010. The National Rifle Association extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of this courageous man.

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.
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08:00

Attorney General Eric Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.

Sunday, 06 April

20:03

Why Bob Costas' wager for his gun critics is unfair [John Lott's Website]



From Politico:
“Here’s what I would say to anybody who any time they hear the word guns automatically goes off, like, ‘Oh, they’re going to repeal the Second Amendment,’” Costas said. “Let’s make a bet, you and me. Let’s say over the next five years we’ll do a Google search. We’ll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I’ll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let’s see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.” . . .
The problem here is a simple one.  It would be a fair bet if all the defensive gun uses got media attention, but athletes have little incentive to report every time that they use a gun defensively.  We know that people generally don't get news coverage for their defensive gun uses, and given how the leagues feel about athletes possessing guns, athletes have very little incentive to report these cases.

The problem might be that Costas actually believes that he will get an accurate representation of the rate of defensive guns uses from the media coverage.  If you want a good idea of how the media only tends to cover bad news from guns and not their benefits, see this discussion here.

An additional problem arises if Costas is willing to concede that the possibility that athletes have guns serves as a deterrent for criminals.  Put it this way: Would Costas be willing to put up a "Gun-free zone" sign on his home?  He might feel that he can hire enough security protections that he doesn't need it, but I suspect that he still wouldn't put up such a sign.  If so, even he must acknowledge that simply counting newspaper stories, even if they accurately recorded all events, would still not provide an accurate reflection of the benefits of gun ownership.

18:20

New York compliant AR-15? [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Among the comments was "Quit looking for ways to skirt the law," when what they had done was to conform to it. And in the process show how meaningless it is.
Neither they nor any inventors of AW bans realize how the separate pistol grip came about -- it's an artifact of the design. Recoil comes along a line that centers on the barrel -- that's where the action and reaction occur. The standard rifle design had the buttstock and thus the shooter's shoulder several inches below the line of the barrel. This created some muzzle flip, but it was tolerable when firing shots one at a time. In full auto, it was not tolerable.

The solution, starting I believe with the German MP-44, was to move the barrel lower, putting the gas tube on top, and to raise the buttstock up to where it was just below the line of the barrel.

But that if the area where the trigger hand grips is raised that far, the position become ergonomically awkward, if not impossible. Hence the pistol grip, separate from the buttstock.

17:25

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/3/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


The Broken Patriot presents an ode to the American police state.

My Muse Shanked Me noticed a bumpersticker for 2016 recently. A frightening prospect.

The Miller comments on the Fort Hood shooting yesterday.

Massad Ayoob explains why we use expanding bullets. This is Part 5 in his series. You may want to read the others too.

An NC Gun Blog writes on another day in the Durham free fire zone. Durham is one of those places in the South that is anti-gun but is beset with lots of violence by criminals who easily get guns.

PawPaw's House writes an excellent piece on fostering a free society.

The Runt Compound shows us a VERY interesting firearm -- a revolver that holds 10 rounds. Now I could go for something like that!

Give Me Liberty says there is no room for politeness when advocating for gun rights.

Gun Watch has some good news out of Wisconsin about a concealed carry permit holder who shot and killed two.

Down Range TV reports that the firearms industry has doubled its economic impact in America over the past five years.

That Texas Lady provides a holster review.

The Whited Sepulchre posts some interesting stats on shootings in gun free zones.

WRSA issues the perfect flag for the NRA, given their tendency to sell us out when push comes to shove.

Armed and Safe is Kurt Hofmann's blog, and there he provides notices from JPFO and the Examiner concerning his articles. Go take a look.

David Codrea reports the latest breaking update on the Reece family and their ongoing woes with the legal system.

Mike Vanderboegh received info indicating that the entire Bill of Rights appears to be out of favor in Connecticut. This is not looking good, folks.

Tam notes that the attention is now on "blue guns." Not long ago it was "pink guns" that were all the rage. Of course in this case she is talking about fake plastic guns. 

The Smallest Minority has another good example of the complete failure of the public school system in America.

Gateway Pundit reports that Benghazi protesters forced Hillary Clinton to cancel a speech in San Diego. Good! A person who belongs in jail doesn't need to be making speeches.

Days of our Trailers has more on the antics of the politicians in Illinois.

17:00

83-year-old homeowner shoots home invader, WAFF, Huntsville, Ala. 04/05/14 [NRA-ILA News]

An 83-year-old man was at home in Huntsville, Ala. when there was a knock at his backdoor from a man claiming to need help. When the elderly homeowner did not immediately open the door, the man forced his way inside the home by kicking in the door. The homeowner responded to the threat by retrieving a handgun and shooting the home invader in the chest. Upon being struck, the criminal fled.

Florida Urgent Action Needed Now! Sheriffs Trying to Gut Evacuation Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/8/2014, Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee at 3:00 pm.  SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.  SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency.   This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.

California: Pro-Hunting Bill to be Heard Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 1709, a pro-hunting bill.  AB 1709 would revise the eligibility age to purchase a junior hunting license to include minors that are 16 and 17 years of age.  Under current law, minors over the age of 15 are not authorized to purchase the affordable junior hunting licenses.

Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Fought Chicago's gun ban [NRA-ILA News]

Otis McDonald forever will be known as the man who brought down Chicago's gun ban.After a long illness, he died Friday, April 4, at the age of 80.

NRA’s quest to expand gun rights takes it to court [NRA-ILA News]

The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga’s gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a Fresno-area military base.

New York: Gun advocates expect few registrations for April 15 SAFE deadline [NRA-ILA News]

Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored.“People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law.

00:46

Obama focuses on mental health but doesn't ask what we do when the screening fails [John Lott's Website]

The Obama administration's push is for further mental health screening.  But many of these mass shooters were seeing psychiatric care and still not identified as showing a "sign of any likely violence either to himself or others."  That was again the case with Ivan Lopez.  The Washington Post reports:
But the Army psychiatrist who last saw Lopez found no “sign of likely violence, either to himself or to others,” McHugh told a Senate panel. . . .
Monday morning quarterbacking is so easy.  What may have been relatively trivial events gain so much more meaning after an attack has occurred. 

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.
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17:00

Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento [NRA-ILA News]

This Tuesday, April 8, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.  AB 2305 improperly seeks to bypass a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals.  Also, it fails to advance any legitimate public safety interests and will result in inadvertent criminal liability for law-abiding citizens.  More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

15:40

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes State Legislature, Sent to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) by a 102-19 vote.  It passed in the state Senate yesterday by a 37-2 vote.  HB 2578 will now be sent to Governor Sam Brownback (R) for his expected signature.

08:00

Texas: Senate Committee to Hold Interim Hearing on Open Carry and Loosening Restrictions on your Gun Rights Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R) has charged the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security with studying and making recommendations on removing barriers in Texas to the exercise of your Second Amendment rights.

Friday, 04 April

18:19

Rest in peace, Otis McDonald... [Of Arms and the Law]

Otis McDonald, petitioner in McDonald v. Chicago, has gone to his rest. Here he is, with his wife, on the steps of the US Supreme Court after the oral argument, four years ago.
Otis

Here's his memorial Facebook page. A good man, and a moment in human history. As I recall, about half of Americans own guns; isn't often that an individual can pass on and have 150,000,000 people, and the generations who succeed those, in their debt.

18:10

Problem fixed [Of Arms and the Law]

My thanks to the reader who suggested that the "hit counter" was for some reason locking up the system when viewers tried to load a page.

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.
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Thursday, 03 April

15:09

The scariest words known to Conn. law enforcement [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

And all it will take for an all-out civil war to break out in Connecticut is for one lone cop to make one wrong move, such as the nation witnessed in horror at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and at Ruby Ridge.
Click here to read it all.

00:24

Run and Gun Gobbler - My First Longbeard Wasn't Looking for a Hen [About Hunting / Shooting]

Although turkey hunting isn't my first passion - and I find it far more frustrating than most other types of hunting - I have learned that when you finally get it right, it can be very fulfilling. My first bird was an adventure unto itself, and I had to win a foot race and feed it a second load of shot before it quit trying to get away. My next hunt gave my buddy and I our first longbeards - but neither one came in the conventional way. Heck, my bird was looking for a fight rather than love...

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Wednesday, 02 April

17:35

Gun rights activists to hold major rally in Hartford, Conn. [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

As the Examiner has reported repeatedly, the citizens of Connecticut who value and cherish all of their God-given rights, including the right to self-defense with firearms and ammunition, are not going to be left to their own devices in the wake of the assault on those rights by the state's governor and legislature, and apparently a majority of the citizens who elected these persons to office. Citizens across the country stand in solidarity with those under assault in Connecticut, who have been turned into felons with one stroke of the governor's pen as he signed the legislature's anti-gun bill into law.
Click here to read the whole thing.

13:49

This loony-bird chirps off again...how can otherwise intelligent people in San Francisco keep electing this insane asylum inmate? [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, Pelosi has popped off again, and again she has unleashed a mouthful of gibberish, completely unintelligible gibberish. She is a loony-bird, a chirping inmate of California's most intense insane asylum.

With a pasted on smile, Pelosi delivered her usual bilge concerning Obamacare, although the numbers Obama is using to tout its success are fake, made up, false. She said that the 7.1 figure proves that Obamacare is working, that millions of Americans who never had healthcare now have it.

Nope. The figures actually show, according to my sources, that barely 2 million of the 7.1 who supposedly signed up were previously uninsured.  And most of them believe that even that is too generous a figure. A more accurate number, most say, is around 800,000.

So who are the rest of these 7.1 million Americans? They are those who were kicked off of their healthcare plans due to the Obamacare law, which said that unless their plans cover birth control, abortion, etc, etc, then the insurers will no longer be allowed to offer those plans. This number also includes those who were in Medicaid, 4 million of whom were already enrolled prior to the passage of the Obamacare law.

So, why would Obama, Pelosi, and the other asylum inmates conveniently count those who are already covered by Medicaid? Well, they had to sign up again in order to get subsidies. But they are NOT "4 million uninsured" as Pelosi claims.

Thus, out of the 7.1 million being celebrated by the lobotomized Obamanoids, only 2 million citizens at best (800,000 say most) of the target group came into Obamacare by April 1.

This number is so dismal that the administration did not want to release it. It is too embarrassing for the Obama minions.

Yet Obama claims the "debate about repealing" the Obamacare law is over. Then he asserted, "It is here to stay."

What a bumbling fool.

2 million out of the 40 million who are uninsured is no indication that the debate is over. Even if it were 7.1 million, that still is no victory and no end of the debate.

We are being fleeced and lied to yet again by an administration that knows no limits to its power to deceive and engage in propaganda that would put the Third Reicht and the Soviet Union to shame.

And yet, come November, I will guarantee you that San Fransisco will once again vote overwhelmingly to put its chirping loony bird right back into office.

This has gone on so long that the only conclusion to which one can come is that if the voters in that Congressional district keep doing this over and over as they have for many years, then THEY must be babbling loony birds as well.  

05:29

My First Wild Turkey [About Hunting / Shooting]

Although I've been hunting for almost my entire life, I didn't take turkey hunting seriously until recently. My passion for it increased considerably when I finally managed to take a wild turkey home with me. Best of all, I did it with a good friend and with my late father's old favorite shotgun, and some of his old ammo. What could be better than that?

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My First Wild Turkey originally appeared on About.com Hunting / Shooting on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 12:29:02.

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Tuesday, 01 April

16:31

Connecticut gun control now in full effect [The Liberty Sphere]

As of today the new gun control laws that liberty and gun rights watchdog groups say are unconstitutional are now in full effect in Connecticut. April 1 was the official date that the laws were to go into full effect.

With the approval of the Conn. state legislature and the swish of the pen of the governor, Connecticut has turned hundreds of thousands of gun owning citizens into criminals, just like that.
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14:58

The Gun Rights and Liberty News Roundup for 4/1/2014 [The Liberty Sphere]


David Codrea is back after a serious illness and hospitalization. Glad to have him back. At the link above you will find his latest at the Examiner. Always an informative read.

Mike Vanderboegh comments on an NRA board member who seems to be out of touch with the feelings of many of the citizens at pro-gun rallies.

Kurt Hofmann wants to know why the fact that "guns are everywhere in Georgia" is such a big problem for some people.

WRSA provides some links to news stories that dig into the violence that has been breaking out on the streets of Albuquerque, NM.

Karl Denninger tells a tale of two government stupids. Read it all.

Tam blogs on the SIG SP2022 and its performance at the range.

Traction Control shows off some great new products he has added to his gun store inventory.

The Wandering Minstrel provides info about a firearm that is now out of production -- the Remington "Bullpup" rifle.

Nicki shares her latest entry for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

Brigid says that her new work, "The Book of Barkley," is now complete. She will have information very soon on how and where to get it.

Golden Geese News posts a worthwhile read on the decision by a judge that allows student athletes to unionize.

Stand Up America wonders why Obama departed from Saudi Arabia so abruptly during a visit to the ruling family.

Pamela Geller has been keeping an eye on Great Britain, which apparently has a growing problem with the public schools. Some of the schools have been caught serving as recruitment centers for radical Islam (Jihadis).

Alphecca says that Kentucky has a bill in the legislature that would allow victims of domestic violence to carry concealed deadly weapons without having to go through the usual permit procedure.

T.L. Davis provides some good reading on the subject of "the game of politics."

Days of our Trailers has more in his series on media bias against guns and gunowners.

The Smallest Minority presents his latest entry on runaway government.

The great Oleg Volk, photographer extraordinaire, shows off one of his masterpieces, this time on firearms training.

Monday, 31 March

17:55

Crisis at GM shows folly of gov't bailouts [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

This leads to several obvious questions. During the years the Obama administration owned GM, why did Obama's hand-picked CEO fail to disclose the blatant problems within GM involving quality control? It would be foolish to think that no one was around in GM who knew exactly what had been swept under the rug for 10 years, and a good CEO would have discovered it, particularly when it involved multibillions of taxpayer dollars.
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Sunday, 30 March

15:35

Breaking: Connecticut politicians warned over guns [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

Liberty watchdogs all across the country are watching Connecticut by the thousands. If the current trend continues in the state to treat these protected citizen rights as disposable at will, then human rights activists from all over the country will be ready to take a trip to Connecticut to fight for their fellow citizens who have been placed under the heavy hand of government tyranny.
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