#105 — March 16, 2018 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman
The NRA filed a lawsuit against Florida in federal court last week the same day that Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation raising the minimum age to buy long guns from 18 to 21. The NRA seeks declaratory and injunctive relief: a declaration that the 18-20 age restriction is unconstitutional under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. We also note that all 17-20 year-old male citizens are by federal law members of the militia, as are all National Guard members.
Black Lives Matter immediately and repeatedly called the NRA a terrorist organization for filing the lawsuit.
The NRA is a terrorist organization.— Black Lives Matter (@usblm) March 9, 2018
The NRA is a terrorist organization.
The NRA is a terrorist organization.
The NRA is a terrorist organization.
The NRA is a terrorist organization.
The NRA is a terrorist organization. https://t.co/l7EYubVBJ6
The East St. Louis (IL) Housing Authority is being sued in the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois by the Second Amendment Foundation and Illinois State Rifle Association, who say the public housing authority is violating residents’ civil rights by barring them from owning firearms through their lease restrictions. Look for a civil rights win on this one.
Open and Concealed Carry are Protected by the Second Amendment
The US Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation last Saturday to ban “bump stocks,” a modification to semiautomatic rifles that allows a user to repeatedly pull the trigger of the rifle faster. My understanding is that the proposed reg. would define bump stocks as machine guns. (Machine guns made since 1986 are not legal for citizens to possess.)
But Title 26 of the U.S. Code (National Firearms Act) reads, “The term ‘machinegun’ means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” Bump stocks function by allowing faster individual trigger pulls, with one shot per pull, and are most definitely NOT machine guns.
ATF Acting Director Thomas Brandon told senators that he was initially advised by his agency experts and lawyers in the aftermath of last fall’s Las Vegas shooting that banning bump stocks was outside the law…
We hear a rumor that SCOTUS Senior Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, is about ready to retire. Also, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg turned 85 this week. One can hope.
- Tragedies force churches to prepare for unimaginable – an active shooter [The Buffalo News]
- Competence, from Farnam
Hunting the Bad Guys
- Attack the Active Shooter — But Smartly! [The Gabe Suarez Blog]
Should Have Been A DGU
Mass killing. 4 dead. Wasn’t in the lamestream media. No evil black rifles were involved. But they should have been.
Guns In Schools
So where are all the disasters predicted when this happens?
- Framing The Debate [Gunmart]
We note that apparently there was a widespread school “walkout” this week — a marionette show in which the kids walked out of their classes in protest of other kids getting killed at school. But here and in other states it’s spring break week, so there were no classes they could walk out of. Also, many schools in the northeast are already closed due to a blizzard. Just children being childish I suppose.
And then there were the little criminals who used the free walkout as an opportunity to do their rioting and looting.
Speaking of spring break, Mexico is still off limits. The murder rate in Cancun has doubled in the last year, and other resort hotspots aren’t better. It appears that nothing is being done to prevent or even respond to the crime wave, largely driven by drug cartels.
The NYPD has removed all of its cops from city schools, and parents are really upset, because apparently they want guns in schools.
“You fear taking responsibility, both financially and personally. You fear being sued, and you fear being blamed. You fear this more than you fear a school full of dead children, and this makes you a coward.” [Black Man With A Gun]
A California high school teacher is learning the hard way that consequences of anti-gun actions (walkouts) are largely nonexistent because they enjoy special protections not afforded to the same actions protesting other social/political issues after pointing out the clear double standard to her students.
A student in Minnesota learned the same thing by being kicked off school property by the principal and threatened with illegal detention in a police car for holding a pro-gun sign at the anti-gun demonstration.
Pew Research has shown that illegal aliens in this country vote at a rate of 8:1 for Democrat candidates who are invariably anti-gun. Apparently it didn’t show why illegal aliens are allowed to vote in the first place (rhetorical question).
Woman allegedly fired by the City of Roanoke, VA, just for having a CCW permit (not for carrying a gun). But the city says she was fired for performance problems, unprofessional behavior, missed work, dress code violations, and “workplace safety concerns,” but has not elaborated on any of these.
Oprah Winfrey, the undereducated TV diva with a trainwreck of a personal life and lots of opinions to go with her dearth of facts, says the current push by students and young people to have gun bans enacted reminds her of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. We’re not sure how advocating the violation of Constitutionally-protected civil rights is akin to fighting FOR civil rights. We are also completely in the dark as to why this person is apparently famous. Heck, anyone could be born in Kosciusko, MS and never shut up.
The US military canned 11+ round magazines at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service PXs. Maybe soldiers can get them at Bass Pro Shops instead. A later report indicated that the ban was reversed, apparently due to negative feedback.
Kroger is removing 57 publications that might contain pictures or articles about AR type rifles from its newsstands. Grocery stores are among the last remaining local magazine vendors. Kroger can do that, and you can shop elsewhere.
Lacey Township High School (NJ) allegedly suspended two students for posting pictures of a private, non-school-related, supervised trip to the local WMA range on Facebook. The school’s “zero tolerance” policy states that “any student who is reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose whether on or off school grounds during the academic year shall be disciplined…”
LACEY STUDENTS SUSPENDED FOR BEING AT RANGE!FACEBOOK PIX OF NORMAL FAMILY ACTIVITY BLAMED!by Black Wire Media…Posted by CNJFO on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
I’m no lawyer but anyone with an IQ above 50 can see that such a policy is highly unconstitutional. Which brings us to the school board members’ IQs…
Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO and Chairman Edward Stack told financial analysts Tuesday that he expects Dick’s to lose customers over his new gun sales restrictions (and support of government gun bans). Well, duh.
Under Heavily-Armed Police Guard, Bernie Sanders Addresses Anti-Gun Rally
The Only Ones
Isabella County, MI, Sheriff Michael Main left his backup gun in a middle school locker room bathroom after changing clothes there, where it was found by a student who reported it to an adult. No injuries. To his credit, Sheriff Main says he has no excuse and is “devastated” by his “lack of accountability.”
California teacher Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer for the Sand City Police Department and a Seaside councilman, was teaching a gun safety course as part of his administration of justice class at Seaside High School when he fired a shot from his semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling. Three students reportedly suffered minor injuries. A student stated that Alexander had just told the class he wanted to make sure the firearm was not loaded when it “went off” and that Alexander was planning to use the gun for a demonstration for how to disarm someone. You NEVER use a real, functional gun for that. This is why.
An unidentified school resource officer accidentally fired his gun while sitting in his office at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA, during school hours on Tuesday. No injuries.
Tom Gresham has received the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2018 Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to the industry. Tom also received the Dr. Vito Genco Ambassador Award from the World Forum on Shooting Activities at the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany this month, again for his lifetime contributions to the industry and the shooting sports.
Congrats x 2, Tom. I would suggest it’s really nice to be recognized for lifetime achievements long before your lifetime or achievements are over.
The Colt Python Story
If you’ve never experienced a Python, I recommend you don’t. It might cost you a lot of money.
Federal Ammo Contract
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has chosen Federal Premium to deliver 180 million rounds of .40 S&W Tactical HST to multiple arms of Homeland Security effective immediately. The 5 year contract includes duty and training ammo.
AR-15 Affirmation Shoot, Forest, MS
Precision Shooting Center in Forest, MS is planning a shoot on a not-yet-determined weekend in May, to show your appreciation of your AR-15. We will post the date here when we know it.
We are going to affirm:
1. Our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, including AR-15s;
2. That we will defend our schools and churches;
3. That we will defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
There will be three rifle ranges with paper or metal targets at 100, 150, and 320 yards set aside for your use.
Also, please inform the media of this planned event. PSC welcomes their attendance and offers them an opportunity to really get to know the AR-15.
Cost will be $15 per person for one whole day of shooting fun!
Contact Precision Shooting Center
Daniel Defense firearms containing a single-stage fire control group, manufactured between April 1, 2016 and March 3, 2017, MAY have an issue with the disconnector causing an unsafe condition.
Remington’s new line of WheelGun target ammo uses Kleanbore primers and lead round nose bullets (except for a lead SWC in the .357 Magnum). Available in the following configurations:
- .32 S&W 88 grains, lead RN
- .32 S&W Long 98 grains, lead RN
- .357 Magnum 158 grains, lead SWC
- .38 S&W 146 grains, lead RN
- .38 Special 158 grains, lead RN
- .38 Short Colt 125 grains, lead RN
- .44 S&W Special 246 grains, lead RN
- .45 Colt 250 grains, lead RN
Swarovski’s new light, compact (I know, that doesn’t sound like Swarovski) Z8I 0.75-6×20 L scope actually shrinks the image size when set to less than 1x. Why? 30% more field of view. Might be useful for close, fast targets or when hunting in thickets.
Outdoor Shooter Supply has started making .50 Krater ammunition as well as barrels and bolts for the AR10 platform. The .50 Krater utilizes the .300 RUM as the parent case and .500 S&W or .50AE bullets. The 2.2″ case has a capacity of 91.0 gr of water and is loaded with about 68 gr. of RL7 powder. Hornady 300gr FTX bullets achieve about 2650 fps.
Bighorn Arms has the 12 Point Barrel Nut designed for rifles that use Savage barrel threads. It is easily installed or removed with a standard 1-1/8″ 12-point box-end mechanic’s wrench.
MEC’s entry into the metallic reloading field starts with the Marksman ductile iron single stage reloading press, to handle cartridges from the .22 Hornet to the .416 Rigby.
Ed Brown Products‘ new Trade-up Program allows an Ed Brown owner the option to trade his gun toward a factory certified model, or a new gun, whether it be from current inventory, one of the 2018 models, or use the custom build page to configure a custom 1911. All EB pistols are covered by a written lifetime warranty. EB is also offering their seven round, single stack 1911 magazine for only $19.95. It features a heat treated stainless steel body with steel follower and a heavy duty spring for flawless feeding and outstanding reliability with all types of ammo, and an EB removable base pad. Lifetime warranty.
Quotes of the Week
“The one thing to bear in mind right now is that no politician is your friend.” — John Richardson
“Socialism is basically making the whole country a prison. In a prison, everyone is equal. They get the same cell, same food; they get the same health care, and only the government employees have guns.” — Justin Moon
“The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it.” — Felix Morley