Statistics

Research suggests the sky is not falling, more women are arming themselves, and target shooting is surging in popularity. Also, more States work to expand gun laws, and a few stories from the Armed Citizen files.

1.) World not over. Back-to-back studied from Northeaster University and Texas State University suggest both that there is no “epidemic” of gun crime AND that the use of so-called “assault rifles” is extremely rare. Also of note is the Northwestern U study’s look at violence in media:

Tackling the subject of violent video games being linked to mass murders in recent years, the study brings into question the fact of whether these individuals were drawn to the game or abandoned to it by an ever-weaker fabric in today’s family structure. “To the extent that youngsters spend endless hours being entertained by violence says more about the lack of parental supervision and control. It isn’t that the entertainment media are so powerful; it is that our other institutions—family, school, religion, and neighborhood—have grown weaker with respect to

In other words, it may be a societal issue, and not the boogeyman of violent media. Both FOX News and the NRA could learn that….and at least FOX seems to, however reluctantly.

2.) Women. Perhaps the second biggest (if not the biggest) driving force behind the recent surge in firearms is the surge in women buying firearms for self defense. In addition, recent poll data suggests that women make up about 37% of new target shooters.

It is making the concept of the gun owner strictly being a muscleheaded redneck about as dated as that of the basement-dwelling gamer. It’s always good to see stereotypes collapse.

Meanwhile in India, the Indian Ordnance Factory has announced the first firearm made in India designed for women. The Nirbheek is a .32 revolver. The weapon costs the equivalent of $2,000.

3.) Legal Landscape. According to Georgia Carry, there is a bill going through the Senate here to end the Stand Your Ground law. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, GCO writes the following:

The General Assembly has reconvened and is beginning to hear bills. One gun control (SB208 – which would repeal Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law) bill has been introduced and it is expected that a new gun bill will be introduced soon.
The new bill is not finalized yet there are those spreading rumors as to the dire consequences of passing the new legislation. There is no bill. There is no finalized language and your rights are not on the table for anyone to negotiate away. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and wait until the bill is dropped and see what is in it before people start opposing it or any language in the bill. As soon as the information is available, we will publish a link to the bill so that you may view it and understand what is in the bill.
Obviously, SB101 and HB512 are, at least for the time being off the table. We don’t expect them to move anywhere due to the new bill that is being offered. The new bill will start the process over with committee hearings. We have been told that it will move quickly with little to no delay.
Please wait until the language is complete and you are informed of the language before calling about specifics on a gun bill. It is fine to keep in contact with your elected officials and ask that the support gun rights but it is totally unnecessary for you to bombard them will calls that are without merit.
As we have stated in the past and continue to state, please show your elected officials respect when contacting them in any manner. Threats of never voting for them, etc. get you nowhere very quickly and hurt, rather than help our cause. In some of the items below, you will find information to help you fight all our opponents. That includes those claiming to be 2A supporters to those whom we know to be gun prohibitionists.

Meanwhile, another GA Legislator is introducing a bill that would dramatically impact FEDERAL regulations in terms of how the State handles them. According to Creative Loafing (odd name, solid news source), the bill would prohibit public officials and FFLs from following Federal laws “relating to a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is sold, owned, or manufactured commercially or privately in Georgia.”

It should be noted that the Daniel Defense line of rifles is manufactured here.

Nationally, it is looking more likely that guns will be a central issue in the midterms. Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns has said that Bloomberg is prepared to use his personal wealth to push for stronger gun laws. This is an interesting change, as recent documents from MAIG suggest that he used public funds instead. Those documents also suggest that MAIG and the Brady Camp have been going at each other.

4.) By The Numbers. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is out with a new infographic that looks at the progress target shooting has made in 2013, and it’s overall impact on the American economy. Lots of ammo, lots of new shooters, so by nature there is a lot of money being spend on all of it.

5.) Armed Citizen. A man was critically injured at a Portland strip club after bursting into the building and shooting three. However, another patron was armed, and returned fire, critically injuring the suspect. All three victims were injured, but not killed. The clubs owners said that the suspect had been denied entry because of “belligerent behavior and racist comments.”

6.) CT Update. Finally tonight, this via Armed Novelist. The Truth About Guns is noting that, despite the mandatory registration, almost nobody actually registered. As TTAG notes, the confiscation is likely to happen regardless. If nothing else, it is cool to see a LOT of people completely ignore the required registration. This will definitely be remembered come the midterms, and I think everyone is looking forward to it.

Backfire

A bill for treating CCW permits like drivers licenses, Colorado Dems feel the heat from Magpul’s departure, and gun sales smash all previous records in 2013. Great week in firearms. Many thanks to The Armed Novelist for helping gather some of this week’s news.

1.) Chicago. Turns out the city not only banned carrying handguns, but also selling them in the first place. A recent US District Court ruling, however, struck the ban down as unconstitutional. This is, of course, a follow-up to the defeat of anti-gun efforts to prevent the State as a whole from allowing concealed carry.

Slowly but surely, fellow gunners.

2.) Candor. Moms Demand Action reacted to the ruling and, in the process, accidentally laid out their real agenda to go after both legal guns and ilegal ones over time. In a statement, the group said that they were “shocked that in a densely populated city struggling to keep children safe from gunfire, the court has dealt a serious blow to public safety by essentially encouraging more citizens to arm themselves.” The idea of defending yourself in an urban hellhole is, apparently, a bad thing. MDA stated that they agree with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who stated that “we need stronger gun safety laws, not increased access to firearms within the city.”

3.) Magpul Aftermath. Democrats in Colorado are taking heat for forcing Magpul out of the State. Republican state Rep. Lori Saine said “the magazine ban did not garner one Republican vote in the House or Senate, and now as a result of this one-sided, Democrat-sponsored law, more than 200 people will lose their jobs and their ability to provide for their families.

Magpul moved their operations to Texas and Wyoming after Colorado passed the magazine limits among other things in a large gun control package.

4.) 2014. Under the impression that he still has credibility, Mark Kelly, the husband of former AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, said that his PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is looking at countering the efforts of the so-called “gun lobby” in 2014, and that they have raised $11 million in this effort. He says the PAC has become a “significant force” in the debate. Also of note is the almost expected statement of We’re gun owners. Gabby’s from Arizona, I was in the military. We feel strongly that people should have the right to own a gun. Those rights should not extend to criminals, abusers or the seriously mentally ill.”

5.) CCW in Georiga. On Monday, Georgia’s State Legislature begins the 2014 session. CCW on Campus, a holdover from last year, is expected to get another look this year and stands a fairly good chance of passing. (The previous effort failed not due to a lack of support, but a lack of time.) Despite anti-gun propaganda, it is worth noting that this would extend the right to those who have permits to start with.

I look forward to providing the best coverage I can of the issue. Keeping my ear to the ground for rallies, hearings, and eventual votes.

6.) CCW Everywhere, A pro-gun bill introduced by a Texas (naturally) Senator would allow CCW permits to be treated like drivers licenses, allowing permit holders to carry in any state that also has a permit system in place. The bill is slated to be formally introduced on Monday.

7.) Record breakers. Finally this week, as predicted, 2013 was a banner year for gun sales, smashing previous records in terms of the sheer number of background checks performed. Of course, background checks alone are a miserable indicator of gun sales, as more than one gun can be attached to the same check. Nonetheless, it is an indicator of where the country is going, and flies in the face of virtually every narrative about the collapse in gun ownership, which is itself experiencing a bit of a resurgence.

National CCW Reciprocity, CCW on Campus, and gun control lobby efforts to make gun control a central issue of the 2014 elections. We just got started and it is already looking to be an awesome year.

Pre-game

New year, but there’s a ton of stuff to cover. As an aside, the Georgia Legislature kicks off January 13th, so the fight over guns on campus will start soon as well.

Anyway, on this week’s Midnight Run, Citizens in a county in Oregon pick up where a gutted sheriff’s office left off, gun registration begins in Connecticut (and builds in other States), and Magpul confirms new HQ and manufacturing hubs. As always, we’ll close with the latest from the Armed Citizen file.

1.) Citizen Law Enforcement. Josephine County, Oregon reduced its sheriff’s department to what has been described as a “bare-bones” force. Residents have responded by creating their own armed patrol groups. The county government had relied on timber subsidies from the Federal government, which owns about 70% of the land there. When that was cut, officials tried to pass a tax levy to cover for it. That levy was killed by voters, and the sheriff’s office was promptly cut down. The sherrif’s office announced that it would be limited to “life-threatening situations” and urged those in “volatile situtions” to move out of the county.

2.) Connecticut. Gun owners in Connecticut lined up to register certain guns and magazines this week. A new law, passed in the wake of the Newtown shooting, requires the registration of what the state deems “assault weapons” and magazines holding more than ten rounds. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which says the law is unconsitutional, still reminded gun owners of the law so they didn’t become felons on New Year’s Day.

Reaction on the Internet was pretty diverse. Ranging from the idea that Connecticut citizens who did register their guns were a “craven few [who] seem eager to give away their liberty” to more sympathetic views asking if the people calling them cowards would follow through on their beliefs and refuse to register their guns at the risk of becoming felons. The former group points to New York gun owners, many of whom completely ignored the requirement in the State’s controversial SAFE Act.

3.) DC. Gun re-registration came online in the Nation’s Capital this week. Everyone who has purchased a firearm since 1976 must re-register it for $48 and be photographed and fingerprinted like the criminals they are. The penalty for not doing so is a revoked registration, which makes the Citizen a felon for possessing an unregistered firearm. That “crime” carries a max penalty of a $10,000 fine and a year in jail. As the Washington Times notes:

The city has not made clear how it will enforce the law, but the police are in possession of all registrants’ home addresses so confiscation and arrests would be simple.

4.) SAFE Act. A Federal Court upheld a majority of the NY SAFE Act this week, save for the limit it placed on how many bullets can be in a magazine at one time. The 7-round limit, and three other provisions deemed “too vague” for residents to understand (involving “references to muzzle ‘breaks’” and pistols deemed “versions of automatic weapons”) were struck down in a ruling by US District Court Judge William Skretny.

5.) Detroit. The Armed Novelist brings this out-of-nowhere news. The head of Detroit’s police force suggested that armed Citizens may deter crime. In a remarkably candid press conference, Chief James Craig said “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.” He continued, “coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs , and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation. I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

Robert Steveonson, director of the Michigan Associate of Chiefs of Police, noted that “a lot of police officers have no problem at all with law-abiding citizens having guns.”

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said that his stance was purely an “emotional one.”

6.) Magpul. Ending months of speculation and complete silence, weapons accessory manufacturer Magpul announced that it is reloactaing its headquarters to Texas, and all other parts of its business to Wyoming. The company made headlines for announcing plans to move out of Colorado after sweeping gun control legislation was passed, including mag limits and an Assault Weapons Ban. The company is still looking at sites in Texas for its headquarters. In a related story, the company’s online store was quietly changed to show the release of its AK PMAG to be some time early this year.

7.) Armed Citizen. And finally the latest from the Armed Citizen file, this week taking place exclusively in Texas.

A homeowner in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill fatally shot an intruder who climed through a window on Christmas Eve. The intruder was identified as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven, the stepson of Cedar Hill mayor Rob Franke.

Another homeowner in the Fort Worth area shot an intruder in early December. After being shot, the suspect fled the home, but was eventually caught by police following the suspect’s blood trail. The suspect did survive his injuries.

Finally man in Amarillo, Texas attempting to steal a pickup truck was shot by the truck’s owner.. The truck’s owner found the suspect, 31-year-old Terry Lee Richardson, looking through the contents of his pickup and confronted him. Richardson reportedly tried to take the man’s gun but was shot in the process. Richardson was hospitalized and later arrested.