Like every other precision manufacturer in Connecticut, Colt is
constantly approached by other states to relocate, but our roots here
are deep. Colt is and always has been an integral part of a state
characterized by hard work, perseverance and ingenuity.
however, that someday soon, I will again be asked why we fight to keep
well-paying manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. I will be asked why we
should continue to manufacture in a state where the governor would make
ownership of our product a felony.
I will be asked these questions and, unlike in the past, there will be few good answers.
When your home state doesn't want you selling your products there, it's time to move.
Tue Mar 26 00:47:34 CDT 2013
Gee, it's like all the out of state lobbyists in Colorado have moved on to other states now:
Next week, Governor Dannel Malloy (D) and anti-gun legislators are
aggressively trying to push through an Emergency Certification Bill
(E-Cert), a procedure by which the House Speaker and Senate President
Pro Tempore jointly propose legislation and send it directly to the
House or Senate floor for a vote. An E-Cert would bypass the committee
process and public hearings, eliminating your opportunity for input.
As of today, the overwhelming majority of gun-related legislation
that has been introduced in Connecticut is an affront to your
constitutional rights as a law-abiding citizen. Some of the most
egregious proposals are expected to be rolled into this comprehensive
gun control package, including a gun and ammunition rationing scheme, a
ban on standard capacity magazines, the registration of all firearms and
a ban on nearly all commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used for
self-defense, recreational and competitive target shooting, and hunting.
This arbitrary and unconstitutional legislation will only burden and punish law-abiding citizens in Connecticut. Please
contact your state legislators and urge them to stand up for freedom by
voting against any bill that would infringe upon your Right to Keep and
Bear Arms. Click here to view contact information for your state legislators.
Tue Mar 26 00:47:07 CDT 2013
He says Feinstein's "assault weapons ban" doesn't have even 40 votes. That's a big deal, and major egg on Obama's face. But it doesn't mean the fight is over: Reid is still pushing a ban on private sales, Feinstein is planning to offer her ban as an amendment to other legislation, Bloomberg is there to fund lobbyists and political action committees, and Obama is vowing to keep pushing for a ban in addition to Reid's favored legislation.
It's not over until the gun banners are out of office.
Tue Mar 26 00:46:40 CDT 2013
They noticed that her answers to Ted Cruz on whether an assault weapons ban would be constitutional were... somewhat lacking.
Tue Mar 26 00:46:05 CDT 2013
I'm all in favor of homeschooling, because the public schools aren't exactly doing a stellar job. But I suppose some parents could possibly do worse
Tue Mar 26 00:45:20 CDT 2013
The case is Woollard v Gallagher. Volokh has some analysis
Losing this case is not a disaster; there are still appeals and we have been winning the shall-issue fight in the legislature. Maryland is one of the few holdouts.
Tue Mar 26 00:44:50 CDT 2013
Gun control will be the first order of business in the Senate when lawmakers return in April from their two-week holiday break.
Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) formally moved a package of
gun-related bills onto the legislative calendar Thursday night, setting
up the most serious debate on gun control in Congress in more than a
"After the break" may well mean that your Senator will be coming back to their home state to
listen to their constituents. Make sure you fill their ears with the words "Vote NO on gun control" and especially "Vote NO on any ban on private transfers". We have time to make our message clear, and we need to use it. The assault weapons ban is bad law, but it's short of even 40 votes according to Reid. We can stop the ban on private transfers too, but we have to make it clear that we oppose that legislation too.
Tue Mar 26 00:44:24 CDT 2013
Milwaukee County prosecutors Thursday filed voter fraud charges against
10 people, including two accused of double voting in 2012 elections and
two felons ineligible to vote.
Tue Mar 26 00:43:50 CDT 2013
It's instructive, because the same thing is happening here, just on time-delay.
Tue Mar 26 00:43:17 CDT 2013
I think this amendment is unlikely to actually pass, but it is nonetheless useful. If it gets a vote before the actual gun control bills do, it will give us an idea of where the Senate stands on the issue. That will be useful to know. It's also possible it will pass outright if it only needs a majority vote and enough Democrats want to send a signal that they don't want to have to actually vote on gun control directly.
It'll be interesting to watch.
Tue Mar 26 00:42:35 CDT 2013
Read the whole thing
Take how they measure gun ownership. Believe it or not, this study
measures gun ownership by looking at the share of suicides committed
Then the authors go on to commit an egregious and basic statistical
error. They claim that states with higher gun ownership have higher gun
death rates. But wait a second -- most gun deaths are gun suicides. And
what they call "gun ownership" in their study is also measured by gun
In other words, all the study proves is that more gun suicides leads
to, well -- more gun suicides. Any serious statistical journal would not
have published such nonsense.
to find out about the other problems with the study, but the problem above is enough to discredit it completely. It's a basic mistake that anyone with a few college courses in statistics should be able to catch.
Most medical doctors (the study was published in a medical journal) are well outside their realm of competence when trying to do things related to guns. Unfortunately, most doctors seem to think that being an expert in one thing makes them an expert in everything.
Mon Mar 25 09:22:27 CDT 2013
At the urging of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF), officials with ICE?s Homeland Security Investigations unit did
not pursue leads on potential weapons smugglers, according to the
Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general report
released on Friday.
The 84-page report also found that senior leaders in ICE's investigative
Arizona division failed to read the reports from agents in the field
that identified the "flawed methodology" in the "Fast and Furious"
operation, according to the report.
So... how do rogue agents at BATFE engaged in an unauthorized operation without the knowledge of their agency's leadership convince officials at ICE to ignore weapons smuggling leads?
For that matter, how does convincing ICE to ignore those leads help the investigation in any way?
It's almost like the whole goal of the operation was to get a lot of American semiautomatic rifles to Mexican drug cartels so the weapons would turn up at murder scenes where they could be blamed on US gun dealers and used as an excuse to pass gun control laws.
Operation Fast and Furious was run by the ATF and the U.S. Attorney's
office with assistance from other agencies, such as ICE, Customs and
Border Patrol (CBP) and the Drug Enforcement Agency. It oversaw the sale
of about 2,000 guns in the Southwest region to known and suspected
criminals who were acting as straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels.
2000 guns for a criminal investigation into gun smuggling? Wouldn't you expect to see some arrests well before the 2000th gun? For that matter, isn't this rather a lot of agencies involved for something run by a few rogue agents without the knowledge or permission of their supervisors?
Mon Mar 25 09:20:07 CDT 2013
It seems he's spending $12 million dollars on advertising to support "comprehensive background checks". Of course, he's being deceptive while he does it. I'll give you the straight scoop.
In one of the spots,
a man holding a shotgun says, "I believe in the Second Amendment and
I'll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That's
why I support comprehensive background checks so criminals and the
dangerously mentally ill can't buy guns."
A second spot shows the same man saying, "Background checks have nothing to do with taking guns away from anyone."
The implication of these ads is that, today, criminals can get guns without passing a background check. That's true; they can buy a gun from another criminal without a background check. That will not change no matter what laws Congress passes. No matter what Congress does, no matter how harshly Congress punishes the law-abiding gun owner who sells -- or loans -- his gun to his friend, or his wife, or his girlfriend, or his daughter... criminals will still be able to get guns from other criminals without a background check.
It is already illegal for anyone to knowingly sell a gun to a criminal. It is already illegal for a criminal to possess a gun, no matter how he got it. It is already illegal for a dealer to sell a gun to anyone without that comprehensive background check.
But criminals don't care about the law and will buy, sell, trade, and even manufacture as many firearms as they want, as often as they want, and if history is any guide, the Obama administration will be right there to help them do it. (See the Fast and Furious operation).
The only people who will get caught and punished for buying, selling, or trading firearms will be honest men who didn't think they had to ask for government permission to loan their daughter a revolver when she gets her first apartment.
Hat tip to Bitter on this one.
Mon Mar 25 05:00:11 CDT 2013
Financial institutions that operate in the United
States are required by law to file reports of "suspicious customer
activity," such as large money transfers or unusually structured bank
accounts, to Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
For the record, "suspicious activity" is defined as any single transfer equal to or greater than $10,000. Which means there are a LOT of reports about perfectly legal activity like buying cars, buying houses, rolling over 401k accounts while changing jobs, paying medical bills, renovating houses, paying for kid's college tuition...
Note the complete lack of warrants or probable cause involved here, plus the "suspicious activity reports" that don't actually involve any suspicious activity.
The truth is, this has been the law for a while. I believe the provision first showed up in the USA PATRIOT act after 9-11, along with all sorts of other bad ideas that the government promised to only use against terrorists until they ran out of terrorists or something. The change here is allowing intelligence agencies to have access to the financial information, which previously had been available to the Treasury.
Remember how our spies were supposed to avoid spying on US citizens and concentrate on other countries? Yeah, we've always been at war with Eurasia.
Mon Mar 25 00:40:35 CDT 2013
The NRA opposed her nomination because she had supported the lawsuits against the firearms industry later blocked by the Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act. We can count this as a victory, but should not be surprised if Obama tries a recess appointment.
Mon Mar 25 00:35:32 CDT 2013
The vote was 53-46. I don't think it's binding, but it may serve as a hint to Obama not to sign the treaty -- not that the Senate can stop him, but they can refuse to ratify the thing.
Mon Mar 25 00:33:50 CDT 2013
In the so-called Gunshine State [Florida], home to the most gun permits in the
country, firearm violence has fallen to the lowest point on record.
state and national legislators consider gun control laws in the wake of
last month's Connecticut school shooting, Florida finds itself in a gun
violence depression. The firearm-involved violent crime rate has
dropped 33 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the number of issued
concealed weapons permits rose nearly 90 percent during that time, state
Don't assume the whole article is pro-gun though. They express concerns that murders are using more firearms -- as if it matters what tool the murderer used to kill someone. They note that we can't attribute the decline in firearm violence to having more guns around, failing to note that having more guns around while crime declines pretty much proves the gun control proposition invalid.
In general, they are right that increasing the number of guns doesn't necessarily reduce crime. There are many factors in crime rates that make a difference, and it's extremely hard to separate out which ones matter. But when crime and gun crime are both strongly down, and gun carry and ownership are both strongly up, the idea that reducing gun ownership and carry will reduce crime is falsified. In other words, it's clear that guns don't drive the crime rate in either direction.
What firearms do do for honest citizens is give them a better chance to survive being a crime victim. That doesn't show up in the statistics because the crime still happened -- though it may show up in the difference between "burglary" and "burglary, rape, and murder." I'm all for that difference.
Mon Mar 25 00:32:53 CDT 2013
John at No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money
notes an interesting coincidence. The head of the Denver field office, Andrew Traver, previously got national attention for being Obama's nominee for director of the whole agency. As you might suspect from one of Obama's nominees, the man is very much pro gun-control. And now there are all sorts of gun control laws in Colorado.
It's speculation, but you have to wonder if Traver had something to do with that.
Mon Mar 25 00:30:54 CDT 2013
The National Rifle Association today filed a federal lawsuit against
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other
officials, seeking injunctive relief from the state's Secure Ammunition
and Firearms (SAFE) Act.
There are a number of other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, both organizations and individuals.
I noted earlier that Cuomo was considering trying to make changes to this law
after being informed that 7-round magazines are... well, they do exist for some firearms, notable early mil-spec 1911s, but they aren't exactly common, especially in AR-15 type rifles. Just looking at the timing, I suspect that Cuomo realized he was going to have to defend the law in court, and it would look really, really bad
to claim his law passed 2nd Amendment muster while banning almost all currently manufactured magazines
for most semiautomatic rifles.
Mon Mar 25 00:28:59 CDT 2013
Fri Mar 22 01:00:02 CDT 2013
Louisiana recently changed it's state Constitution right to keep and bear arms provision:
The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall
not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to
The decision is obviously correct, but it's going to make a lot of people uncomfortable. The truth is there are far too many crimes treated as felonies, many of which are entirely non-violent or technical in nature. A lot of those have to do with firearms, not surprisingly. Some of the surprising ways to become a felon:
- Say something a federal agent thinks might be misleading during an investigation into securities trading activities which turn out to be legal. (The Martha Stewart conviction)
- Load 8 rounds into a magazine that holds 10 rounds in New York.
- Drive through Massachusetts with an expended .22 caliber ammunition casing stuck in your boot tread.
- Leave your wife at home with your firearms in Colorado while you go on a trip longer than 72 hours.
- Legally check a firearm with your luggage on an airplane flight that lands in New York City.
- Ask a police officer if there is a place to safely store your firearm while driving through Washington, DC, and stopping for a necessary medical appointment.
- Ship a lobster in the wrong type of packaging.
The right to self-defense is important, and it doesn't become less so just because someone has made mistakes in the past. We can make a value judgment that someone who has committed violent felonies in the past is likely to commit more in the future, and that this justifies a prohibition on possession of firearms by that individual. Extending that same prohibition to all felonies, including non-violent crimes, does not and should not pass strict scrutiny.
It's the right decision, I'm just worried it will scare people who aren't clued in to the details of the issue.
There are at least two reasons not to panic. First, this appears to be a decision based on state law. It won't strike down federal felon-in-possession laws. Second, the obvious response for the Louisiana legislature is to pass a more selective felon-in-possession law that focuses on violent criminals. Third, there probably will be appeals.
The firearms issue certainly is heating up lately.
UPDATE: Dave Hardy comments here with a similar take. The central point is that judges do this to express their hostility to the right to arms. If gun control laws receive intermediate scrutiny, courts treat it like rational basis and uphold almost anything that the state can provide some evidence for. If gun control laws receive strict scrutiny (as the Louisiana constitution now requires) we get rulings like this one that go way past the public's comfort zone.
I think strict scrutiny is the right standard, I just don't think this is the right time to have the discussion about felon-in-possession laws.
Fri Mar 22 00:59:36 CDT 2013
Any fool knows that Lanza couldn't possibly have killed as many
children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an
assault weapon in his hands. So how does the President and any other
big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle
Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that
make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy:
Maybe fools know that, but a well-informed commentator would know that the Virginia Tech murderer killed 32 college students and wounded 17 with two handguns, while the Newton murderer killed only 26 children -- I hate to use the word "only", but it's significantly less than the Virginia Tech total -- despite having two handguns, some type of AR-15 "assault weapon", and a shotgun.
Fri Mar 22 00:59:04 CDT 2013
A woman was home alone when two suspects, heavily armed with guns
and thousands of rounds of ammunition, reportedly attempted to enter
her home... When [her] husband arrived home there was an exchange of gunfire. The two suspects were found dead.
Politicians want to limit us to no more than 7 rounds. Criminals will ignore those limits.
UPDATE: The link appears to be down. I should have quoted more from the story, it appears, but it was pretty short. To summarize what I recall, two people allegedly committed several burglaries and, I think, at least one alleged murder in the space of a day or two. Some, but not necessarily all, of their weapons were what they had stolen in the burglaries. The woman mentioned in the story lived in a very rural area with lengthy police response times. When she noticed people breaking in, she hid and called her husband, who got home before police arrived, retrieved one of his firearms (it's unclear whether he brought one with him or retrieved it from the house), and engaged the criminals. The results were as quoted above.
Fri Mar 22 00:56:43 CDT 2013
Lesson: If you are chasing a roadrunner and run off the edge of a cliff, don't look down
Cuomo downplayed the revision, saying it merely addresses a few "ambiguities" and "grammatical errors." The law passed in January
includes an exemption for the use of 10-round magazines at firing
ranges and in competitions, but buying the magazines is banned. The
new language will allow 10-round magazines to continue to be sold in
New York, but it will be illegal to load more than seven rounds into
And if you forget to pretend your 10 round magazine only holds 7 rounds
, it's a felony for which you can go to jail for a year, lose your right to own a firearm for life, and probably never work again in a job that doesn't involve washing dishes.
Fri Mar 22 00:55:41 CDT 2013
But Richard M. Aborn, the president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, described the concerns from gun owners about a scarcity of seven-round magazines as "a manufactured crisis."
"I think the governor and the Legislature got it right the first time,"
Mr. Aborn said, adding, "We don't want to have to tell the mother of a
young man who's just been shot and killed that he was killed with the
... I don't think the mother of a murder victim will care which bullet he was killed with.
Fri Mar 22 00:54:50 CDT 2013
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