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Wyoming Gun Control Bill

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 13 hours ago

Casper Star Tribune:

CHEYENNE — A new bill would bar anyone on federal terrorism watch lists from buying guns in Wyoming.

“We need to do something about people who are going to attack us getting weapons to do it,” said co-sponsor Sen. James Anderson, R-Casper.

Anderson said he heard a presentation on the issue at a legislative committee meeting last year and asked for a bill to be drafted.

Seventy-one percent of Americans believe that banning gun sales to people on the federal no-fly watch list would be at least somewhat effective at preventing terrorism, according to a June poll by Gallup.

Senate File 75 would add people on the FBI’s Terror Screening Database — which includes the “no-fly list” — to the list of people who are not eligible to possess guns in Wyoming.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have unsuccessfully pushed several times to pass federal legislation barring people on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms. The efforts, which were repeatedly defeated, were intended to pressure Republican senators who oppose any form of gun control.

But if the measure placed conservatives in a difficult political position, it included a further wrinkle.

Because there is little judicial oversight of the various terror watch lists included in the FBI database, several liberal and civil liberties groups — who are already often opposed to the lists — were concerned about taking away the constitutional right to bear arms from American citizens without due process.

Anderson indicated he was ambivalent about that issue.

“I don’t happen to believe that the military and the police state would make those many mistakes,” Anderson said of who ends up on the terror watch list.

So somebody in Wyoming should ask Anderson why there are “terrorists” here to begin with?  What kind of open border policy does he support that lends itself to having terrorists come into America unimpeded?

And that could lead to the next point, which is that the “watch list” is comprised no only of cross border terrorists who should be deported but haven’t been under the Obama administration, but America patriots as well who happen to believe that the second amendment is the final remedy against a tyrannical state.  Or in other words, peaceable American citizens who haven’t been tried in any court or found guilty of any crime whatsoever.

He should be forced to admit that in front of people, and then to admit that he is a gun controlling communist.  Do I have good readers in Wyoming who can press this issue with Anderson?  It looks like y’all have your fair share of trash to take out just like the rest of us do.

Letting Movies Dictate Your Gun Control Policy

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 13 hours ago

Law Newz:

The GOP has just risen to a whole new level of crazy. Last week, it introduced the Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Rep. John Carter (R-TX). The bill removes gun silencers from the scope of the National Firearms Act of 1934, and refunds the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchased them after October 22, 2015.

Yes, we’re talking about gun silencers, or “suppressors” as they are euphemistically known in the industry. You know – those things that assassins snap on the ends of their pistols in action movies to look all slick and cold-blooded. Apparently, the logic is that the world would be a much safer place if silencers were more readily available to the average consumer. Sure.

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The people who should be most outraged by the Hearing Protection Act aren’t gun-hating liberals who knee-jerk at any mention of firearms. They are conservatives and libertarians who value their own credibility in the nationwide debate over Second Amendment rights. It is the responsibility of supporters of Heller to call bullshit on legislation that is nothing more than a marketing plan dressed up as “hearing protection.” Gun owners of integrity have an obligation to remind Congress that earplugs and earmuffs are readily available, and that claims of the necessity of silencers are as stupid as any that big tobacco should manufacture self-lighting cigarettes to prevent kids from burning themselves with lighters.

So I guess suppressors can give you cancer and cause you to become professional assassins.  Since suppressors actually do no good protecting your hearing from noise, I guess there must be another reason for them.  I’m sure they don’t allow hunters to be aware of their surroundings, like whether they’re near other hunters when they shoot.  I’m sure all of those ear muffs don’t interfere with your cheek weld.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when people who know absolutely nothing about guns try to make policy and law about guns.  They have nothing to which they can turn except shoot-‘em-up movies and assassins.  And suppressors are the same thing as tobacco and can give you cancer.

Obama’s Parting Shot On Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

Harvard Law Review:

Criminal justice reform has been a focus of my entire career — even since before my time at the Harvard Law Review. As a community organizer, I saw firsthand how our criminal justice system exacerbates inequality. It takes young people who made mistakes no worse than my own and traps them in an endless cycle of marginalization and punishment. More than twenty years ago, I wrote about my experience in neighborhoods where “prison records had been passed down from father to son for more than a generation.”

Well, this is a mouthful, and he’s said too much, enough to indict his own argument.  First of all, I agree that we have criminalized far too many thing, with petty drug offenders sent to prison to be hardened by real criminals, turned into real killers and street thugs, and maybe converted to Islam in the prisons.  I have advocated against such things, and in fact I don’t believe in prisons at all because they are unbiblical.  The Scriptural prescription for wrongdoing is retribution and restitution.

Retribution is the death penalty for high crimes such as rape, kidnapping and murder, and restitution means that the perpetrator becomes the slave of the wronged until the debt is paid.  There is no biblical concept of a “debt to society.”  No one has a debt to society.  There is no biblical notion of the collective.

But by invoking fatherhood he has damned his own argument.  The absence of fathers, undergirded by the absence of true religion and public giveaway programs to hold the inner city black man in slavery, has led to the situation Obama laments.  He won’t admit it because he is of those who enslave.  He believes in the enslavement he laments.

We have a responsibility to act. And like the vast majority of Americans — including the vast majority of gun owners — I believe we can take commonsense steps to reduce gun violence that are consistent with the Second Amendment.

As an Administration, we’ve made some meaningful progress on keeping guns out of the wrong hands through background checks — whether it’s making clear that anyone in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks, or dedicating more resources to ensuring those background checks are conducted on time.  We’ve also jumpstarted the development of smart gun technology.  As long as we’ve got technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person — including kids — from pulling the trigger on a gun.

But there’s a great deal of work left to be done. Congress should pass the kinds of commonsense reforms supported by most of the American people — from investing in access to mental health care, to expanding background checks, to making it possible to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. The actions we take won’t prevent every act of violence — but if even one life is spared, they will have been well worth it.

He’s lying and he knows it.  The vast majority of gun owners do not in fact believe in his proposals.  His inability to enact further gun control is all the proof you need.

We’ve dealt with smart guns before, and it’s an idea that will never obtain for reasons Obama himself understands.  His “investment” in mental health care is the same thing as his notion of keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists.  It’s all a red herring.

It’s a way to prevent people from having access to means of self defense by circumventing the constitution with so-called “health care professionals” and secret lists made by government employees who are accountable to no one and unreviewable even by courts.  It’s all a method to avoid due process.  He should be asked “why are there known terrorists in America at all?”  To which he can only answer that he’s referring to Americans who haven’t been convicted of any crime at all.

But even deeper than that, this is a great kabuki dance.  The constitution says “shall not be infringed.”  There is no point in having this conversation.  We will not submit by having our rights removed by statists.  On too many issues to catalog, Obama and his ilk broke covenant with the American people, from confiscating huge swaths of land (under the purview of the federal government) that wasn’t his, to taxing people for failing to purchase a product on the open market (Obamacare), to sending weapons South of the border to arm the drug cartels.

We can only hope and pray that the awful man’s legacy turns to dust and disappears from the earth.  He is a usurper and deceiver of the highest order.  Good riddance to the ass clown.  I wish I had never known him.

New York Sheriff Takes Issue With New Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

6News:

BALLSTON SPA, NY (WRGB)–“I don’t have the capability, manpower to enforce it. I’m not going to enforce it.”

Sheriff Michael Zurlo stuck to his guns about a new mandate taking affect statewide.

State Police want anyone with a pistol permit issued more than four years ago to re-certify, a SAFE Act requirement that could lead to authorities seizing your guns if you don’t comply.

Zurlo, says his deputies won’t be taking part.

“I’m pro 2nd Amendment, against the Safe Act, and I’ll continue to fight for the rights of residents of Saratoga County. ”

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The governor’s office referred us to state police..who argued, “through re-certification, state records on active pistol/revolver licenses will be accurate and up to date.”

Some gun owners actually agree.

“I could see where it could be not a bad thing to re-certify, to keep pistol permits up to date for a lot of people,” said Joe Welch, Jr.

Say, what’s in the water up there is New York anyway?  You have a Sheriff who says he’s not going to enforce collectivism on his gun owners, and the press is actually able to find a gun owner who differs with the Sheriff.

I guess that some dogs … er, peasants, are just happy to feed from the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.

NICS Gun Purchase Block Screwup

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

David Codrea:

Lessons learned from one man’s struggle to challenge a gun purchase denial from the National Instant Check System give insights into how difficult it can be for a citizen to clear his name once the government has decided he’s a “prohibited person.” Fortunately, an Anchorage medical professional and “avid gun collector” [name withheld at his request] had the savvy, the wherewithal and the persistence to successfully fight a bureaucratic denial of his right to arms.

David later observes that “He did not submit prints until after the rejection and he got them for his CCW. He wanted additional evidence to challenge the denial. That means the original rejection looks like it was based on confusing him with someone else who was prohibited and whose prints were thus in one of the system they had checked — and when the dr. sent his in, they realized they did not match with the source they had used to reject him.”

Whatever.  There is no excuse for this.  First of all, the perfect solution is to get rid of the entire 4473 and NICS process, along with the ATF.  That way, there is no chance that rights will be denied by the federal government.

But since this is the mess in which we currently live, imagine the worst, most bureaucratic, most intransigent, and least concerned that a government body can be, and that’s what you have here.  I’m frankly amazed that he ever got his rights back.  His persistence served him well.

See folks, this is why we can’t have nice things.

The Need To Respond To A Threat With A Firearm Is Diminished When Firearms Are Prohibited In The Area

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 2 days ago

Delaware Online:

A Delaware Superior Court judge upheld a ban on carrying firearms in state parks and forests for purposes other than hunting.

The challenge to the rule was brought by multiple plaintiffs, including the Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club – a 1,200 member organization in southern Delaware. In a civil complaint, they argued the administrative codes are “inconsistent with and pre-empted by” both state law and the state constitution.

The rifle club noted its members often like to camp at Trap Pond State Park or rent a cottage at Seashore State Park during nearby shooting competitions yet they are unable to do so because of the ban. Plaintiffs also argued a need exists to carry firearms for protection.

“A deprivation of constitutional rights can constitute irreparable harm,” the civil complaint stated.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves said in his Dec. 23 ruling the regulations do not run “afoul” of the Delaware Constitution, nor did they contradict state law passed by the General Assembly.

“As for plaintiffs’ concerns for self-defense, the Court observes the need to respond to a threat with a firearm is diminished when firearms are prohibited in the area,” Graves said in the ruling.

The rules in question state it is “unlawful to display, possess or discharge firearms of any description, air rifles, B.B. guns, sling shots, or archery equipment upon lands or waters administered by the Division, except with prior written approval of the Director.”

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DNREC Secretary David Small told the Associated Press he was pleased with the ruling.

“We do not believe that the unrestricted ability to carry weapons is consistent with our mission to provide every visitor with safe, enjoyable recreational experiences,” Small said in a prepared statement.

As Thomas Sowell recently observed, “The fatal fallacy of gun-control laws in general is the assumption that such laws actually control guns. Criminals who disobey other laws are not likely to be stopped by gun-control laws. What such laws actually do is increase the number of disarmed and defenseless victims.”

So the assumption on the part of the judge is that black bears won’t attack any camper or hiker in the park (or perhaps see this report if you want something closer to Delaware).  After all, it’s not as if Delaware has an issue with black bears.  And I’m also certain that Coyotes aren’t ensconced in Delaware now.

People are always peaceful, criminals check the laws before putting that weapon in the car, and laws actually control the decisions people make.  And judges always write decisions that come right out of the land of fairy tales.  Good Lord.  What do these eggheads learn in their “schools?”  I seriously wonder if this guy has ever been more than 100 yards from a coffee and pastry shop.

Here is what I recommend that Judge T. Henley Graves do about this issue.  Get yourself a tent, backpack and some camping gear and go hiking and camping in the state parks in the area.  You know, overnight.  Multiple nights.  With no weapon, and no protection from anyone or anything.  No cabin walls, no cell phone.  And take your wife and children with you too.

Report back to me on whether you trust the laws to keep bears, Coyotes and criminals away from you overnight.  If not, you’re a liar and hypocrite.

The Trace: Fewer Fewer Americans Are Acquiring Guns Without A Background Check Than Long Believed

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago

The Trace:

Just 22 percent of current gun owners who acquired a firearm within the past two years did so without a background check, according to a new national survey by public health researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities shared in advance with The Trace and The Guardian.

For years, politicians and researchers have estimated that as many as 40 percent of gun sales are conducted without a background check — a statistic based on an extrapolation from a 1994 survey. The new survey, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the current proportion of gun sales conducted without a background check is about half of the oft-cited figure.

It’s amazing, yes, that the Annals of Internal Medicine can waste time on things like this when there are heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding problems with anti-coagulants, cancer, and so on.  Good Lord.  There are real medical problems to be solved.  You’d think that aspiring doctors would be at least moderately interesting in practicing medicine rather than being political shills.

Okay, we’ve discussed The Trace before.  They are professional purveyors of fake news, and Google loves them and puts them near the top of their Google news search.  I’m sure you’re as surprised about that as I am.

Note to The Trace.  Your data is worthless.  Those who have purchased a gun without going through a background check – which is perfectly legal in most states – will not tell you they have done so.  I know.  I’m a gun owner, and I know they we think.

The second problem is that criminals have never gone through a background check to purchase weapons, and they never will.  The Trace misses two huge categories of people who constitute a large enough fraction of gun purchases that it casts doubt on the study.  The Trace doesn’t even know how to estimate the size of those two categories because gun owners will never … never … be honest with pollsters.

By the way, not that there would be anything wrong with purchasing guns from an FFL and going through the necessary Form 4473.  So I don’t think it would prove anything one way or the other even if accidentally The Trace is correct.

And I said I was a gun owner above.  I lied.  I lost all of my guns in a boating accident to the bottom of lake Keowee.  I cried a river of tears over that incident.

Insulting Veterans, The Elderly And The Mentally Infirmed Over Guns

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks ago

Victoria Advocate:

January 2016, people learned about a quirk in the Lone Star state’s gun laws.

People are allowed to openly carry a gun into the state’s 10 mental hospitals and 39 local mental health authorities.

State Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, wants to prohibit openly carrying guns into those facilities, so he filed SB 220.

It’s not clear what the criminal penalty will be for doing so, though.

Menendez said he’s a gun owner and when he has time to spare, he enjoys hunting doves and quail.

“But I think we have to realize that even in the days where everybody wore a gun on their hip, there were certain rules,” he said.

Menendez tried to amend the open carry law last session to require people to wear holsters that would make it more difficult for someone to get a gun off another person. But his amendment failed.

“We don’t know what triggers the need for mental health and many of our veterans at times have issues that happen through no fault of their own, and I want to not put a stigma on this. I want to treat it, and I think this bill provides them a safe environment,” Menendez said.

Ah, there’s the obligatory “I’m a gun owner and hunt myself.”  But … there’s always a but.  And in this case Menendez manages to insult both the mentally infirmed and veterans.  How does that feel to you, those of you who are veterans?  You’re a danger if you see someone with a gun on their hip.  So says Menendez.

But it’s all a lie.  Those with mental health maladies have no greater propensity for violence than anyone else, and it’s pure bigotry to assert that they do, with words or with laws.  As for his stupid proposal on retention holsters, leave that to the gun owner.  Otherwise, we might just have to make laws concerning how well Menendez maintains his home so that there isn’t moisture and mold spores in the crawl space.

But if Menendez is small potatoes, Obama is a big time putz.

Last week, the Obama administration put the finishing touches on a new policy that would deprive recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of their Second Amendment rights. The administration will now characterize those citizens as “mental defectives,” thereby having their ability to own a firearm subject to the federal Gun Control Act.

Forget about being elderly and the need for an equalizer such as a firearm.  Also, forget about Leviticus 19:32.  Obama hates everybody except himself, and he may hate himself too.  Why doesn’t Obama forego all of that secret service protection, forego firearms himself, and instead of living right down the road from that other putz John Podesta, live in the place that catapulted him to stardom – Chicago?

Universal Background Checks Blocked In Nevada

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 1 day ago

Reno Gazette-Journal:

The expansion of gun background checks approved by Nevada voters last month will not happen as expected, based on an opinion released Wednesday by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.

Ballot Question 1 requires that private party gun transfers – with a few exceptions – be subject to a federal background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System administered by the FBI.

The FBI sent a letter Dec. 14 to the state of Nevada’s Department of Public Safety saying it would not conduct these checks. The department asked for a legal opinion on the letter’s ramifications.

Because the text of the new Background Check Act says private-party transfers and sales must be done through the FBI background check system, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office opinion states, “citizens may not be prosecuted for their inability to comply with the Act unless and until the FBI changes its public position and agrees to conduct the background checks consistent with the Act.”

In a statement, the attorney general’s office said, “without this central feature (the FBI background check), the Background Check Act cannot commence.”

The main reason given by the FBI for why it would not conduct the check is that “the recent passage of the Nevada legislation regarding background checks for private sales cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”

In other words, it would require additional staffing or resources at the FBI to handle the work arising from Nevada’s expansion of background checks.

This is a surprising response from the FBI.  I would have bet good money against this answer, but I suppose we should be thankful for small victories.

The whole thing was absurd anyway.  Laws are not made at the ballot box by referendum.  They are made in Congress and Senate, signed by the chief executive.  George Soros and Gabby Giffords just didn’t want to try to do it that way.  It’s way too complex, and stands a good chance of failing.  It’s much easier to flood the state with dollars stolen from the smaller governments of the world as Soros and The Clinton Foundation topple them for oil.

Note to Soros and Clinton.  Suck it.  You’ll have to wait and try again another way.

AstroTurf Harassment Campaign Against Gun Owners

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 2 days ago

David Codrea:

They evidently want the taxpayers to foot the bill for Democrat apparatchiks “to advocate or promote gun control” after Congress took funding away from their unmasked propaganda designed to render guns “dirty, deadly and banned.” They’ll “also seek ways to challenge state lawmakers who have invited millions of citizens to pack guns in public buildings and businesses,” go after “a crazy quilt of state and national gun laws … drawing upon public safety, antitrust and property laws,” and seek ways around the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Read the rest here.  Well, this points to a number of things we’ve discussed here.  First of all, we gun owners have no right to complain if we’re not involved at the local and state level.  Liberty, just like it’s infringement, begins at home.

But if the cases ever get to the federal level, remember that Donald Trump will fill some 100 court vacancies, all of them very important, and at least one Supreme Court vacancy (and hopefully several more), which for certain things are even more important.

You have to be involved not only at the state level, but remember to conduct your activism at the federal level.  It beat George Soros once, and it can do it again.  And who knows?  Perhaps Soros will be in hell soon.  Perhaps it’s time for group imprecatory prayers against the old wicked man.

Who would like to lead off?


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