About the Import Ban

July 17th, 2014

dont panic

Yesterday, the President signed an executive order that places Concern Kalashnikov (formerly Izhmash) on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. That means the importation of their products has been banned. It's rare for these orders to be rescinded, even by later administrations, so it's probably permanent.

Somebody's going to scream "back door gun control," but that isn't the case. This is a sanction on the Russian government for their actions in Ukraine. While the SDN list blocks assets and generally forbids Americans from dealing with the entity in question, products that have already been imported and paid for are unaffected.

How does …

And Now Target

July 2nd, 2014


Target department stores have been the latest battleground in the public-image war between Moms Demand Action and the Texas open-carry rangers. The tone-deaf actions of the latter have already cost us on several fronts. As of today, it has happened again:

Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.

Moms Demand Action gets to call it a win. More to the point, their campaign to look moderate by making gun owners look like irresponsible and inconsiderate dorks succeeds.

This Won't Be Won in the Courts

June 29th, 2014


Last year, the Colorado legislature hastily passed a package of gun regulations. The new laws include a ban on all magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds, and the requirement that all transfers of firearms between individuals go through a gun dealer and be subject to a background check. To say this was an unpopular decision with the voters would be an understatement.

Two sitting state Senators were recalled from office, and a third resigned in the face of an impending recall. The Governor himself seems to regret signing it.

A large group of plaintiffs brought a lawsuit, but the Colorado District Court has ruled that both laws are constitutional [pdf].

(…) the Court finds that although § 18-12-302 burdens the operation of semiautomatic weapons, the burden is not severe because it does not materially reduce the ability of a person to use a semiautomatic firearm for self-defense, nor does it reduce the effectiveness of self-defensive efforts [p. 32]

Likewise, Judge Krieger found that the background-check requirement does not impose enough of a burden to violate the 2nd Amendment. Dave Kopel and Weld County Sheriff John Cooke have stated that they plan to appeal her ruling in the 10th Circuit.

I think that's a very bad idea.

Hickenlooper Goes on the Defensive

June 20th, 2014


The headline reads, "Colorado governor tries to apologize for gun control measures, blames staff, then curses." That's actually a pretty good summary of the situation. Video of his statement is here.

You may recall that 55 of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado brought a suit to challenge the constitutionality of the gun-control bills Hickenlooper signed last year. You may also recall that state Senators Morse and Giron were ousted in a historic recall election over those bills, and that Senator Hudak resigned just as she was about to be recalled.

Now, when …

Abramski v. United States

June 16th, 2014


While technically a gun case, this one hasn't generated much press. At issue is a purchase of a pistol Bruce Abramski made on behalf of his uncle. Mr. Abramski was prosecuted for making a "false of fictitious" statement in regards to the actual buyer of the firearm.

Under 18 USC §922(a)(6) it is unlawful to mislead a dealer regarding the actual identity of the purchaser of a firearm. Ostensibly, this is to prevent "straw purchases," which are a major source of crime guns. The classic example is this:

Bob is legally disqualified from owning a firearm. Bob gives Steve money, and Steve buys …

Guam Goes Shall-Issue

June 6th, 2014


The governor of Guam has signed Bill No. B296-32 [pdf] into law. As per Section 2, the police "shall issue a license" to carry a firearm if the applicant meets the requirements, which are fairly lenient. Aside from being legally eligible to own a gun, applicants must show some proof of training, which can be satisfied by a hunter safety course, an NRA course, or a DD214.

So, the requirements are basically the same as getting a permit in Florida. Guam falls under the appellate jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit, and they may be feeling the pressure after the …

Irreconcilable Differences

June 3rd, 2014


We all know who the NRA is, right? They've made a statement on the ludicrous practice of carrying rifles into public businesses as a form of "activism."

Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded

Still Not Getting It

May 28th, 2014

Bent Barrel

"I told my daughter it's not safe to be here. We gotta go," says the guy who's got the muzzle of an AK-47 sweeping his daughter.

First Starbucks, then Jack in the Box, then Chipotle. Now it's Sonic. The Texas open carry crowd is practically phoning in content for the anti-gunners to ridicule us.

This isn't activism. It's a fun prank for some reprobates to occupy a lunch hour. The rest of us deal with the consequences forever. They need to knock it off, and we need to start telling them that.


May 24th, 2014


By now, you've likely heard of the Elliot Rodger incident. He stabbed three people to death in his apartment, then when on a shooting rampage that killed three other people. It's big news because he's the son of a Hollywood director, he left a juicy manifesto, and his victims were affluent white people.

Poor children are shot in Chicago on a weekly basis, and we treat them like a grim but acceptable statistic. Yet we obsess over the ravings of a spoiled narcissist who decided to punish the world because he couldn't get laid.

Yes, Rodger was sick, but so are …

We Just Can't Have Nice Things

May 20th, 2014


Last year, Starbucks asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders. Last week, Jack in the Box asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders. This week, Chipotle asked customers to stop carrying guns in their locations because people walked in with rifles slung over their shoulders.

Are we seeing a pattern here, folks? Are we really that obtuse? This isn't civil activism; this is a malicious sort attention whoring that hurts the …

C'mon, Dudley…

May 16th, 2014


Ah, election season. Today's obnoxious mail comes from our friends at the National Association for Gun Rights.

I think they meant Phil Gingrey. The guy doesn't even have red hair, so it's not accurate to refer to him as "gingery."

Or it could be they're too busy slandering real 2nd Amendment advocates to be bothered with trivialities like spell check.

Probably the latter. I really don't expect much competency from an organization whose sole purpose seems to be nipping at the heels of the NRA. Frankly, Dudley Brown has his hands full making a fool of himself in Colorado.

Heller v. DC

May 15th, 2014

US District Court no the Supreme Court of United States of America, see the Pride for LAW

Following the Supreme Court's 2008 decision in DC v. Heller, the District of Columbia was forced to allow handgun ownership. They quickly cobbled together the Firearms Control Emergency Amendment Act of 2008, into which they put as many obstacles as they could. They retained a very intrusive and burdensome registration system that wouldn't pass constitutional muster in most other places.

Dick Heller and the 2nd Amendment Foundation brought another suit challenging several of the District's regulations, and thus far, the courts have been uncooperative. Today's decision in the US District Court [pdf] doesn't leave us with much hope.

Judge Boasberg approached …

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