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About those red flag laws...

Clayton CramerThe man charged with killing seven people at a Chicago-area July Fourth parade slipped past the safeguards of an Illinois "red flag" law designed to prevent people deemed to have violent tendencies from getting guns, officials revealed on Tuesday....

Sergeant Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said earlier in the day that Crimo had legally purchased a total of five guns, including the suspected murder weapon, despite having come to law enforcement's attention twice for behavior suggesting he might harm himself or others.

The first instance was an April 2019 emergency-911 call reporting Crimo had attempted suicide, followed in September of that year by a police visit regarding alleged threats "to kill everyone" that he had directed at family members, Covelli said....

A suicide attempt probably shouldn't be a permanent bar on firearms ownership, but threatening to kill your whole family probably should be -- at least if the family takes it seriously enough to have the police confiscate his knives.

Did the killer's juvenile record get cleared, or was it that he was never actually convicted, just arrested?

Either way, the red flag laws were in place and did not help.

I sort of wonder if that part of the recent legislation was just an excuse to funnel money to blue states.

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Fri Aug 12 22:58:59 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The 11 Republicans who negotiated to cave on gun control

Gateway PunditA group of bipartisan senators on Sunday reached an agreement on principle for gun legislation which includes ‘red flag’ laws.

10 Republicans joined the Democrats and bowed to their demands.

“The group on the release includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.” – CNN reported.

The actual legislation has not been written yet.

McConnell has said he will vote for it, making it 11.

Notably, most of the ten are either retiring or not up for re-election this year.

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Sun Jul 17 23:33:53 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No compromises

Kurt SchlichterThere are several Republicans who are apparently eager to come to a compromise on guns with the Democrats, whose ultimate goal is to rule unchallenged over a nation of disarmed, supine Canadian serfs. Some are lawyers, which explains why they are in Congress and not raking in bucks lawyering. If I went to one of my clients and suggested, "Okay, I propose we resolve this matter by giving the other side a lot of money and getting nothing in return," I would have to find an alternate income stream too.

The idea of a compromise involves getting something you want but giving away something to get it. So far, so good – that's how negotiating works. But the key point is to get something you want. Here, what we get is that we lose less than they want us to ultimately lose. Instead of banning "assault rifles" completely – every healthy, law-abiding adult citizen should have a real military assault rifle, but that's a tangent – the proposed "compromise" seems to be just to ban them completely for some younger adult citizens. See, I'm missing the part where we get something in return instead of merely losing less. But the durwoods of the softcon wing of the GOP seem pretty eager to fail less spectacularly than they might otherwise and call it a victory.

Of course, this effectively buys into the premise that there is something wrong with guns. There is not.

Have you written your Senators and Representatives to tell them to vote against ANY gun control?

The GOP is currently negotiating, so if you want to stop it, speak up.

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Sat Jul 16 22:50:08 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Naomi Wolf wakes up

Naomi WolfBut the fact remains that when the unidentifiable police or mercenary forces, as in Canada, are violent, and the protesters have nothing but the moral high ground with which to deter their violence, then even the bravest of resistances is fleeting.

In Australia, citizens are now arrested when they seek to escape forcible quarantine. This happened so easily. Australians yielded 650,000 privately owned guns in 1996-7 [https://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9212725/australia-buyback]. Australians can now offer little deterrence to this kidnapping by the state.

The unarmed people of Shanghai have nothing which which to deter their mass incarceration. Neither can the unarmed citizens of China as a whole deter the transportation of ethnic minorities into detention camps, or organ harvesting or forced abortions.

You can hate guns. I have hated guns most of my life. I hate violence. I hate gun violence. I hate the slaughter of innocents. I am a peaceful person.

But it is becoming obvious even to us pacifists, vegans, and tree huggers, that formerly free people who are unarmed are defenseless against the criminal tyrannies exerting massive violence and control upon them.

And it is becoming obvious that similar tyrannical moves against the people of the United States have been thwarted in advance or deterred - and only state by state — pretty much only because the people of the United States have the right to own and carry weapons, and because many do so.

Read the whole thing.

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Tue Jul 12 22:07:08 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

4th circuit rules against 2nd Amendment protection on semiautomatic firearms

NBC NewsMaryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.

In a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the guns banned under Maryland's law aren't protected by the Second Amendment.

Of course these semiautomatic rifles in common use are protected by the 2nd Amendment. They are no different, and no more militarily-useful, than any other semiautomatic rifle. And the 2nd Amendment absolutely does protect weapons of war; that's what it was written to do, to allow a militia to be raised to fight a war from the body of the people, bearing their own arms, to fight a war if necessary.

NBC News"Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war," Judge Robert King wrote for the court, adding that the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller explicitly excluded such coverage.

No doubt we will see this issue before the Supreme Court again soon. Hopefully, we have a better court now than we did then. In any event, while Heller has some language that goes both ways, these are semiautomatic rifles in common use and thus should fall squarely under the 2nd Amendment protections outlined in Heller.

Mon Jul 11 22:15:56 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control legislation passes the House

Gateway PunditThe House of Representatives on Wednesday evening approved sweeping gun control legislation that bans high-capacity magazines and raises the age to purchase an ‘assault rifle’ to 21.

The House passed the gun legislation 223-204 – 5 Republicans voted “yea” – 2 Democrats voted “nay.”

Have you written your Senators to say NO to gun control yet?

Sun Jul 10 23:15:56 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dems: "Spare me the bullshit about constitutional rights"

Twitter Democrat Representative David Cicilline explains his party’s position on Second Amendment rights: “Spare me the bullshit about constitutional rights.” pic.twitter.com/u6tzPLsyAz
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 3, 2022

Very courageous to make that sort of statement before the midterms.

Wed Jul 06 23:11:05 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden needs to reckon with his son before taking on guns

The FederaiistDetails aside, President Biden doesn’t have room to speak on gun control until his son faces, at minimum, a substantive criminal investigation into his answers on a background check when purchasing a firearm in 2018.

When asked by the Firearms Transaction Record (Form 4473) whether he is an “unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance,” Hunter Biden answered, “no.”

Lying on a Form 4473 to purchase a firearm is a felony offense that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Before Biden goes on lecturing Americans about responsible gun ownership and threatening to regulate ownership out of existence, some self-reflection is warranted.

Spoiler: he won't.

There are pictures and video allegedly of Hunter Biden waving a gun around on the laptop from hell. In order to purchase that firearm, Hunter likely lied on his 4473 form by claiming not to be a user of illegal drugs. Lying on that form is a felony.

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Wed Jul 06 22:11:05 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SAF sues to challenge WA magazine ban

Just The NewsThe Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and several other officials challenging the state’s ban on large-capacity magazines for handguns and rifles.

Senate Bill 5078 prohibits the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, along with the manufacturing, distribution, or import of such magazines in Washington.

I'd say the Second Amendment Foundation was stepping in while the NRA was down, but the NRA has never been terribly effective at court challenges. The Second Amendment Foundation has had a leadership role here for at least a decade if not substantially more.

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Tue Jul 05 22:44:45 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden demands gun control

Conservative TreehouseWith barely more than a third of the country supporting the installed occupant of the White House, Joe Biden took to the podium tonight to demand a litany of new gun restrictions. Biden called for the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines through reinstating the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, noting that if that can’t happen, the government should raise the legal age to purchase such weapons from 18 to 21.

Biden also called on congress to construct new federal background checks, which sounded a lot like a federal registration of gun ownership. Also, he is demanding “red flag” laws that will allow schools, counsellors, doctors and others to flag an individual as a threat to themselves or others, thereby removing their right to gun ownership. Biden also said he want’s congress to ban large capacity magazines limiting all firearms to five bullets.

Biden basically wants whatever gun control he can get, regardless of the fact that none of it would do a damn thing to stop any of the recent mas shootings, or really, any mass shootings at all. What he really wants is a political victory for his base before the midterms. And McConnell, by ordering Cornyn to negotiate, seems prepared to give Biden that victory.

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Mon Jul 04 23:07:49 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Beto calls for confiscating AR-15s

Gateway Pundit“And I just took the position that may not be politically popular or maybe too honest that only should no one be able to purchase an AR-15 or an AK-47, because they’re designed to kill humans and that high-impact, high-velocity round will just tear up everything inside you. You’ll bleed out before we can get you back to life,” Beto said on May 21 at a town hall with veterans.

“But I don’t think that the people who have them right now in civilian use should be able to keep them,” he added.

No.

Molon Labe.

Now what, you fascist prick?

Thu Jun 30 23:42:23 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Contradictions

Michael TracyFew figures on the punditry scene are more adept at getting themselves into comical face-plant scenarios than McFaul — or more useful at highlighting unexamined contradictions of the yammering liberal commentariat. In this instance, McFaul demonstrates why he and likeminded commentators are so steadfastly determined to compartmentalize their positions on foreign policy versus domestic policy. Because it would apparently never even occur to McFaul that there might be some tension between his passionate calls to aggressively curtail gun circulation in the US, and his similarly passionate calls to circulate a giant number of guns in Ukraine.

Read the whole thing...

This happens because the left, at least at the level of the talking head or column byline, has ceased to think or reason at all. This has been pretty obvious for some time; consider the inherent contradictions in the left's pro-abortion choice and anti-vaccine choice policies as another example, or the inability to tell men from women. The key is that thinking is not required; unquestioning distribution of the approved opinion is.

How that opinion actually gets to the approved status is an entirely political calculus that happens in back rooms filled with smoke, billionaires, and German accents.

Once it gets approved, though, everyone must toe the lie and heaven help the hindmost. Instead of rational arguments -- of whcih they are now incapable -- the foot soldiers of the left deploy fact-checkers, disinformation nannies, and twitter cancellation mobs. And these agents are surprisingly successful, forcing even a sitting president off of his chosen social media soapbox during his reelection campaign.

Thu Jun 30 22:42:23 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

To everyone who says we need new red flag laws...

New York PostDisturbing new video obtained by The Post shows demented Robb Elementary School shooter Salvador Ramos grinning as he holds up a bag of blood-soaked dead cats.

The deranged 18-year-old gunman is seen smiling in the undated footage while sitting in the passenger seat of a pal’s car — holding up a clear plastic bag with at least two bloodied cats visible inside.

The Uvale murderer carried around dead cats in a plastic bag and liked to show them off to get a reaction from people. And somehow, he was able to legally buy two rifles he had no business being able to afford. Does anyone really think adding more laws would help when the multitude of actual crimes committed by this murderer were blatantly ignored?

If the police -- local, state, federal, even Interpol -- had wanted to stop this killer, they had every reason and legal justification they could possibly want to do so.

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Tue Jun 28 23:07:28 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Good guys with guns stop active shooters

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

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

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

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

Gun rights protest in Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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

Senate passes gun control bill

Just The NewsThe Senate on Thursday passed the first significant firearms legislation in decades in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this year.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was passed by a 65-33 vote just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an historic ruling that states and communities can't infringe the right of Americans to carry firearms in public.

All 50 Democrats supported the legislation, as well as Republican Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelly Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, and Todd Young.

Sens. Blunt, Burr, Toomey and Portman, are retiring at the end of this year, while only Indiana Sen. Young and Alaska Sen. Murkowski face reelection this November.

Gun owners have long memories. There will be a political cost, even if a delayed one. The leadership of the Republican party in the Senate has finally made its position clear to the voters.

Furthermore, the recent Supreme Court decision makes it clear that gun control laws are on very thin ground Constitutionally. The part of this law applying special rules to those under 21 seeking to buy guns will likely be struck down. So will any parts of the law that remove gun rights without due process, meaning the red flag components are at serious risk. Still, these corrections from the Supreme Court take time and are never certain.

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Fri Jun 24 08:20:58 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Protest still on in Raleigh at 10AM Friday

Only Guns and MoneyThis is just a reminder. Grass Roots North Carolina will be holding a protest outside the office of Sen. Thom Tillis (D-NC) tomorrow. It starts at 10am and will feature the hero of the Sutherland Springs Stephen Willeford.

If you can be there, be there. Information below is from GRNC

They moved this legislation so quickly there wasn't even time to organize protests. I'm sure that wasn't an accident.

Fri Jun 24 00:09:45 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden pushing for state level gun control

The Truth About GunsThe Biden-Harris administration is telling sympathetic Democratic governors to pass more gun control legislation with the apparent belief that if more states pass restrictive anti-gun bills, it will be easier for the administration to push for similar legislation at the federal level.

The White House has already contacted governors in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, California and Delaware. The bills they have come up with are similar in concept and some even use similar language. The legislation usually includes 21+ age restrictions for firearm purchasers, red flag bills as well as “assault weapon” and standard-capacity magazine bans.

Nowhere have gun owners been hit harder than in Biden’s home state of Delaware, where a bill that would prohibit magazines capable of holding more than 17 rounds and a bill that would outlaw most semi-auto rifles are awaiting Gov. John Carney’s signature, after flying through the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

After Republicans in the Senate caved, they sense weakness and are pushing for everything they can get.

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Thu Jun 23 17:22:34 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court rules in favor of 2nd Amendment in New York case

DivemedicaSCOTUS releases decision in NY pistol case, ruling that New York’s means test is unconstitutional

We'll get a lot of detailed commentary as people read the case, but the bottom line is that ordinary people won. The Supreme Court declared that New York's rules about carrying firearms and specifically their rules about who qualified for a license to do so were unconstitutional. New York pistol permits have a lot of discretion involved, and it was -- until this ruling -- very difficult for an ordinary person to get one. Celebrities, police, armed security, politicians and their donors, sure. Ordinary people not so much.

Decision here.

Thu Jun 23 12:44:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control and slavery

Gateway PunditAsked by host Margaret Brennan about how he will teach his six year old daughter about Juneteeth, Kendi said that he plans to explain the struggle for emancipation is still happening today — in the Democrat push to ban assault rifles.

He's got it right, except backwards.

Slaves aren't allowed to own guns.

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Wed Jun 22 12:19:08 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans blow the midterms by voting for gun control

Gateway PunditRepublican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are so far on board with the gun control legislation.

Just a few hours after the text of the legislation became available, mostly Democrats plus the ten Republicans above voted to advance the bill.

Passing this legislation, which now seems likely, would be a dramatic betrayal of the Republican base, no doubt motivated in part by the idea that the NRA's troubles have neutralized gun owners as a political force.

If any of the Senators on the list belong to you, or happen to be Democrat swing votes, you have at most a few days to write or call to tell them to block this bill.

Gateway PunditThe law would prohibit a misdemeanor domestic violence offender with a "current or recent former dating relationship with the victim" from purchasing or owning a firearm.

The definition of a "dating relationship" will be determined by the court, and offenders will automatically regain their ability to buy and own guns after five years if they do not commit any disqualifying offenses.

What this means in practice is that if you date someone once, they can bar you from owning or possessing guns for 5 years.

How red flag laws actually work. And, you know, they probably work to make squish RINO Republicans lose elections, too.

Oh, and anyone under 21 who tries to buy a gun gets a waiting period during which the FBI can search "confidential databases"... in other words, the NSA's ongoing 1st and 4th amendment violations will be weaponized to target young conservatives who want to own guns.

Wed Jun 22 10:04:38 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Boyfriend Loophole

Just The NewsClosing the "boyfriend loophole" would address the issue that while married partners who perpetrate domestic abuse are barred from purchasing guns unmarried partners are not.

Negotiators are reportedly struggling with how to identify "boyfriend" or partner in an unmarried relationship.

... otherwise known as not losing your civil rights because of a drunken one-night-stand with a crazy bitch.

The "domestic violence" rules are already abused enough without opening them up to anyone who has ever dated you or fantasized about dating you.

Remember, red flag laws are a violation of the right to due process and presume guilt before trial while punishing people who have not committed any crime.

Tue Jun 21 23:07:49 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The 2nd Amendment exists because government cannot be trusted

The FederalistMany Americans have a principled objection to restricting gun rights because they are the guard against tyranny that preserves American freedoms. But even for those who don’t hold principled objections to gun-right restrictions, to voluntarily hand over the right and the security it provides American families would require a profound trust in their government that has been obliterated in recent years through widespread corruption.

The biggest problem facing the country right now is a two-tiered justice system, in which friends of the regime are protected and allowed to commit crimes with impunity, and political opponents of the regime face life imprisonment for lesser crimes.

Who would administer, for example, the background checks and red flag laws that “common sense” gun restricters propose?

Read the whole thing.

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Mon Jun 13 07:51:25 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Enough is enough

The Gun WriterEnough is enough.

I am sick of watching our gun rights being bartered away by RINOs, Quislings and traitors, none of whom speak for me. None of whom understand guns. None of whom have likely even fired a damn gun. And, quite frankly, I don’t care which liberal Hollywood actor they drag in next to buttress their case.

We have nothing to gain by entering into discussions with the gun banners. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Conversely, we have everything to lose. Our team should immediately walk away from the table. It’s not like we’re going to get anything from the talks. The gun banners expect us to willingly give up some constitutional rights. They won’t give up anything. This is not even an actual discussion. It’s a strong-arm robbery. The Dems believe as long as the legacy media keeps pumping out anti-gun stories, our team will have no choice but to compromise. Unfortunately, they may be right.

Whether or not they are right depends a lot on whether your Senators and Representatives hear from you about this.

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Sun Jun 12 14:48:23 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dave Kopel's speech at the NRA

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

Read the whole thing.

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

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

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

Vote NO on gun control

Gateway PunditSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signaled Wednesday that the chamber will not quickly vote on a pair of House-passed background checks bills, giving Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate a possible but improbable bipartisan deal to address a spate of horrific mass shootings that have rocked the nation in recent weeks.

Now would be a good time to tell your Senators to vote no on gun control. Schumer has backed off an immediate vote, but with the NRA effectively sidelined, we need to remind the people who represent us that we don't need the NRA to have a powerful voice. McConnell is already planning to betray us, possibly with red flag laws that do not respect due process rights. The problem with most mass murderers is not that they were able to get guns too easily; it's that the warning signs they exhibited were never used to actually put them on the prohibited persons list (or better yet, lock them up). In the case of the Uvale killer, multiple threats to rape women and commit school shootings near them went without any action despite being reported.

We need to begin stiffening the spines of our Senators to resist this push for gun control right away.

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Sun May 29 12:48:11 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder at Texas elementary school

Just The NewsEighteen children are dead, as well as three adults and a suspected gunman after a Texas elementary school shooting, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to several outlets.

The suspect is 18-year-old Uvalde, Texas, resident Salvador Ramos, Abbott told reporters at a press conference.

Officials said Ramos, a Uvalde High School student, shot his grandmother before the alleged rampage.

The families of the dead, the wounded, and the traumatized have my utmost sympathy.

The Biden Admin is already calling for gun control.

Me, I'm curious about a number of things. Body armor is expensive. AR-pattern rifle(s) are expensive. Where did he get the money? Did he pass a background check to get them? (Did he pass it only because crimes he committed as a juvenile were expunged? Not sure how that works). He's in a border town; does he have cartel ties, ties to drug smugglers or human smugglers? Does he have some connection to the school he attacked or was it essentially (or apparently) random? UPDATE: Is there any significance to the Texas primary runoff today, or the primaries in other states?

Tue May 24 21:35:52 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas House passes constitutional carry

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

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

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

Hey, progress.

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

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

Biden Admin announces gun control agenda

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

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

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

Democrats in Senate planning to make gun control a priority

Free BeaconSen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) plans to make gun control a "top priority" for the Senate Judiciary Committee under his leadership.

After winning control of the committee chairmanship on Wednesday, Durbin said he had met with a group of activists and promised to prioritize action on guns.

We'll see what they actually try to get through, and whether they are willing to dump the filibuster to do it.

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Sat Jan 30 21:49:55 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ATF jumping the gun on gun control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An attempt to repeal castle doctrine in Texas

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

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

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

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

This is ... I have no words.

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

Lawsuit filed to block Philadelphia's shutdown of carry permits

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd Amendment Foundation sues over age limit on handgun purchases

Second Amendment FoundationSAF is joined by the Firearms Policy Coalition and Louisiana Shooting Association and two private citizens, Caleb Reese and Joseph Granich, both in the affected age group. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Raymond M. DiGuiseppe of Southport, NC, Adam Kraut and Joseph Greenlee from Sacramento, CA, and John W. Dillon from Carlsbad, CA, and George J. Armbruster III from Lafayette, LA. Kraut is FPC’s Director of Legal Strategy and Greenlee is the group’s Director of Research. The case is known as Reese v. BATF.

Neither Reese or Granich have criminal records. Both are over age 18, and thus have reached what is generically called the age of majority, which means adulthood. Yet they are denied full rights under the Second Amendment to purchase and own handguns, according to the lawsuit, which states, “The Handgun Ban prevents (them) from purchasing handguns of the makes and models of (their) choice, with full manufacturer warranty and support…in violation of (their) constitutionally enumerated rights.”

With the current composition of the Supreme Court, this seems a promising way of advancing gun ownership rights. The age limit is arbitrary and contravenes a specific enumerated right. While there are other age limits other than 18 in effect (alcohol, 21) that case has so many special factors that it isn't much help.

Wed Nov 11 11:56:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another victim of overly aggressive swat teams...

Mon Mar 16 01:47:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill of Attainder?

Virginia has legislation that would shut down any non-government-owned shooting range with at least 50 employees.

Most gun ranges are operated by much smaller businesses, well under that 50 employee limit. So what's the deal here? Aside from making it hard to run large scale gun ranges (which mostly do not exist anyway), why try to pass a law like this if it would have no effect?

I do have an idea why. The NRA HQ range is located in Virginia and the NRA organization undoubtedly has more than 50 employees. This is likely just a petty way to score some points by making the NRA shut down or spin off their HQ range.

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Tue Jan 07 00:46:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

My God


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

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

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

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

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

Hat to to the Captain for the video.

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

Will the GOP cave on gun control?

PJMediaAfter last weekend's horrible mass shootings, we're hearing the usual cries from the left for stricter gun control -- but this time we're also hearing them from increasing numbers of Republican lawmakers willing to embrace "red flag" legislation.

Time reports that a bipartisan proposal to create a federal grant encouraging the adoption of state-level red flag laws is "gaining momentum" in the Senate. President Trump gave the bill a push on Monday, telling the nation in a prepared address, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process." GOP co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said that red flag laws will allow law enforcement to "do something" about potentially dangerous gun owners or would-be buyers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the Senate the place where Democrat gun control bills from the House go to die, but even he seems at least somewhat open to new legislation. In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said that "serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work."

This is certainly a moment of political danger for gun owners -- followed shortly by intense, personal danger as ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, "triggered" liberals, and potential boyfriends of young daughters all call in to "red flag" anyone they think might own a gun and seems angry. But the fact is, so-called "red flag" laws won't change anything (at least not in a positive way) and are likely to instead make things dramatically worse.

Right now, we have laws against making violent threats, laws in many states enabling involuntary commitment of people who pose a danger to others, and most of those laws come with a prohibition on firearms ownership. They are already of questionable legality in some cases for lack of due process, they are already on the books, and they don't work. Every time this happens we hear about the warning signs, the calls to police, the threats. But no action is taken... and not for lack of legal authority. Sometimes the police don't bother. Sometimes they bother, but don't add the murdered to the NICS list. Sometimes the government sponsors straw purchasers smuggling guns to criminals (see Fast and Furious under Obama's watch).

Bottom line, background checks don't actually stop criminals from getting guns. Hardened criminals can get guns on the black market anyway. The people who commit mass shootings have usually come to the attention of law enforcement in myriad of ways before their mass murder but without being added to the appropriate lists or any serious action being taken. Adding red flag laws into the equation will do nothing but increase the false reporting rates and harass peaceful gun owners during divorces or even just a bad breakup with a girlfriend.

If Trump wants to win re-election in 2020, he absolutely cannot afford to piss off gun owners. He's going to have enough problems with the NRA sidelined, and he's already taken some actions that have pissed off the 2nd Amendment community. All we have to do is stay home, and he's a one-term president.

That said, other presidents -- both Bushes, for a recent example -- have danced around this issue successfully. They publicly supported assault weapons bans which Congress never sent to them to sign. At the moment, though, the Democrats control the House, and the Senate is in Republican hands by a very slim majority. The GOPe -- who hate Trump despite sharing his party -- might well send him a gun control bill hoping he would sign it and destroy his re-election chances. Without the NRA to speak up, Trump might not have the instincts to realize how bad an idea this would be.

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Fri Aug 16 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Parkland shooting commission recommends arming teachers

Fox NewsThe panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it's not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus. Florida law adopted after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians — 13 of the 67 districts do, mostly in rural parts of the state.

The media will ignore this, because it doesn't follow their gun control narrative.

Sun Jan 27 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A full court press on gun control for 2020

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Thu Dec 13 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida ballot measure on assault weapons ban

FoxA Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters.

The proposal, backed by the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, was posted on the state Division of Elections website this month. The committee had raised nearly $410,000 since March, while spending almost $284,000, according to finance information. The expenditures included $75,000 last month to a California-based company for what was described in the finance information as “petitions.”

The antis have had success pushing ballot measures in the past, though they usually try for "background checks" rather than assault weapons bans. This is opening a new front on the ballot measure idea. Will it work? We'll find out, I guess.

Sat Dec 01 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi considers gun control a high priority

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

Now, the good news...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats propose semiauto confiscation backed by nuclear weapons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now what?

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

Washington State's 1639 challenged by NRA, SAF

View from North Central IdahoThe Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging gun control Initiative 1639 in Washington State, on several grounds.

I won't be trying to read the tea leaves here. But it would be nice to see a gun case or two reach SCOTUS soon to see how the justices vote. We may have a solid five votes now, but if not, it would be nice to find out on a case that isn't for all the marbles.

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Sat Nov 17 06:15:13 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bump stock ban ready

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

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

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

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

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

The end goal of gun control

Here is a direct admission of the central gun control strategy:

Captain's Journal“The end impact is you decrease gun ownership overall,” Cassandra Crifasi, a researcher (and gun owner) at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told me. “Lots of folks think, ‘Well, it’s probably not worth going through all these hoops to buy firearms, so I’m not going to buy one.’ And then you have fewer firearms around, and less exposure.”

Make owning a gun so fraught with regulations, permits, licenses, and legal peril should anything go wrong that no one ever buys a gun.

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Wed Nov 14 07:01:25 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Project Veritas exposes Dem Senator McCaskill

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

Democrats lie to get elected. This is not news.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levis goes for gun control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York proposes banning archery in schools

As far as I knew, they already had. It's been a long time since I was in school, and I was never offered archery as an option. This would make it official across the whole state, I suppose. Perhaps some rural districts offered it and they are determined to shut it down?

They explicitly say they are wanting to shut it down because it promotes "gun culture", which aside from being literally nonsense, may open them to First Amendment challenges.

Fri Jun 15 12:31:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dick's Sporting Goods joining the enemy

Sebastian points out they hired three gun control lobbyists. As far as picking sides go, that's a lot worse than just not selling scary guns.

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Mon May 28 11:03:32 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Houston police chief urges voters to vote for gun control

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

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

Boulder, CO passes assault weapons ban

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

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

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

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

Confiscation of semiautomatic rifles in Chicago area town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original report Press Release Ordinance

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

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

Silicon Greybeard has more on the Vegas POI

His take is about the same as my take: some guy reloading ammunition as a hobby and occasionally selling the results of his work. Consensus seems to be so far that the armor piercing element of the charge is somewhere between complete bullshit and a technicality, and we're not going to know which without knowing the details of the ammunition that was found. I don't have any idea what the law on manufacturing and selling tracer rounds is.

In a Democrat administration we'd get some BS gun control laws passed over this. I bet the ATF is salivating over the possibility of eliminating or regulating reloading if the House turns over to Democrat hands, figuring they can pick up enough Republican squishes in the Senate and pressure Trump to sign it.

Folks, we're going to have to keep an eye on this. It's not going away.

Tue Feb 06 09:14:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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