Convention

The NRA convenes in Indy, Everytown loses a high-profile advisor, and HB 60 is signed at a barbecue. Realistically, the NRA and HB 60 are the major stories this week.

1.) NRA Convention. The annual meeting of the NRA took place this week in Indianapolis. Among the topics was Georgia’s HB 60 bill, a call for more female firearms instructors (females are the driving force behind the recent surge in firearms sales/permit applications), and treating CCW permits as drivers licenses (what is being called a universal CCW law) which would require all states to honor every other state’s CCW permit. The event, which was attended by around 70,000 people, comes off what the Washington Times called a “year of victories“; including the failure of Federal gun legislation, the surge in gun sales/permits, Colorado recall, and the tanking support for new gun laws.

In other words, an NRA that is finally on offense, not defense.

2.) Protests. On the flipside, Everytown is not doing quite as well. After an embarrassing poster showing ignorance of firearms, the Daily Caller reported that former governor Tom Ridge, who was brought on by Mike Bloomberg in an effort to add Republicans, has decided to leave the organization

Meanwhile, a protest involving about 100 “gun reform” advocates (“gun reform” being a much softer term for “gun control,” apparently they need to rebrand their message….again) happened somewhere near the convention. The big kickoff to a new anti-gun organization (made out of two previous ones) was such a ground breaking sucess that people had to be paid to go there.

In short, a miserable poster and a tiny protest of people paid to be there is supposed to bring the pro-gun movement to its knees.

Moving on.

3.) HB 60. At a barbecue in Ellijay, Governor Nathan Deal signed the Safe Carry Protection Act, also known as HB 60, into law Wednesday. The bill takes effect July 1st. On Twitter, the usual promises of bloodshed flooded in shortly after the bill was signed. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Jeanne Bonner, who covers the State Capitol for the network, noted that the bill’s signing was not the end of pro-gun efforts. Georgia Carry, the major gun rights group in Georgia, looks to get campus carry passed in the next legislative session.

Gun control advocates protested in Atlanta, saying the bill was a “terrible experiment“, adding that “just because somebody has a permit doesn’t mean their responsible.” (Essentially the same “fear everybody” line of thought used when the Yee case broke.)

4.) Still ahead. Two stories from the states as we close out tonight. In Missouri, Republicans are restarting efforts to nullify federal gun laws. What is dividing Republicans is how to deal with people who violate that law when….if it actually passes.

Louisiana is looking at three major gun bills this session. The bills, as a whole, would allow for the use of suppressors in hunting, as well as allowing for guns to be carried in restaraunts that serve alcohol, and a GA-style provision which “could qualify Louisiana permit holders for a waiver from the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a federal firearm licensed dealer.”

This coming from a state that recently introduced a lifetime CCW permit.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Desperation

Two large anti-gun groups rebrand as “grassroots”, a revival of the “domestic terrorist” talking point, and the ATF claims data seized from Ares is “safe.” The cracks are starting to show in several narratives this week. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist for helping out here.

1.) Everytown. While it sounds like a spin-off of Richard Scarry’s Busytown children’s books, Everytown is actually a merging of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. The fun part about the merging of two “large” (relatively) anti-gun groups backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is that they are trying to sell the merged group as “grassroots.”

Best of all, for us gun guys, is they kicked off the “movement” in, of all places, Colorado.

2.) “Domestic terrorism.” Senator Harry Reid has shifted gears from calling everyone who disagrees with him “anarchists” to calling those who support Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” instead. Domestic terrorism was popular around 2010 during the surge of the Tea Party, when the Gadsden Flag was starting to become much more popular. As InfoWars (who led the coverage of that narrative, so get off my back) reported, the DHS later suggested that anyone with a pro-liberty mindset was also a domestic terrorist.

In a semi-related story, Glenn Beck recently blasted many of the supporters of Bundy, specifically those he thinks are looking for a fight.

3.) Ares. Perhaps sensing that raiding a store in defiance of a restraining order might have brought them some negative attention, the ATF is attempting to assure people that the data seized in the initial raid is “safe” from outside intrusion. The ATF further stated that it did not use the info for anything not related to the investigation.

On the off chance anyone still believes them.

4.) Connecticut. Local media in CT is reporting what may be the first arrest to occur under the state’s new registration laws. A 65 year-old was arrested for possessing an unregistered “assault weapon” and “large-capacity magazines.” Nobody is sure which weapon or what, exactly, defines “large-capacity.”

Just to make the point, a 65-year-old was arrested not because he committed an actual crime but because a rifle wasn’t registered. He’s not really a criminal, but can look forward to being treated as one “for the greater good” regardless.

5.) Georgia. Georgia Carry has confirmed that HB 60 will be signed into law next week. As has been previously reported, the gun rights expansion restoration bill would, among other things:
– Remove fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
– Prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
– Create an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
– Remove the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners (churches must “opt-in” to allow carry).
– Lower the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
– Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
– Repeal the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
– Prohibit a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
– Codify the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
– Include a provision that would have the state report those persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or have been adjudicated mentally deficient to the NICS system while also providing an ability for relief through an application process to the court system for the purpose of restoration of rights.
– State that under a declared state of emergency, all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through Emergency Powers protection.
– Strengthen current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.

While I am, unfortunately, not sure I’ll be able to make it to the ceremony, I’m pretty sure every gun owner in the state is now looking forward to when the bill takes effect July 1st. (A few days before Independence Day…and expect a rather large Midnight Run on July 4th, too.)

6.) Bundy. The Truth About Guns has an article out asking a very simple question; is the action at Bundy Ranch (by which I mean the citizen militias facing off with Federal agents), a sign of things to come? Not much beyond that, but it is definitely something to consider.

In the event that the idea of citizen militias taking on Federal agents sounds ludicrous, I’d like to note that Bearing Arms posted an article in February about how, though assymetric warfare taking on a tank with a few rifles isn’t that hard.

Which is not to say that it wouldn’t be incredibly brutal regardless.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Signal

Eric Holder wants smart gun tech, Leland Yee’s arrest leads to calls for more gun control, and the Feds bring MRAPS and snipers to a cow fight.

Thanks to Armed Novelist for helping gather some of the stories, let’s get to business.

1.) Smart guns. Remember that smart gun in California that had enough of a backlash as to be pulled almost immediately after it was announced? Well, Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking grants for gun tracking bracelets. This is, of course, to track the guns of American citizens, Mexican drug cartels can continue being ignored as normal.

Anyway, according to the Washington Free Beacon, the DoJ has requested about $300 million to look into “gun safety”, part of which goes into “Gun Safety Technology” grants, the terminology in no way sounding creepy or intrusive.

Just think about that for a second, $300 million for the anti-gun definition of “gun safety.”

Holder points to Congress’ inability to pass “common sense” gun control measures last year as the reason for the DoJ and the administration as a whole taking on the project themselves.

2.) Yee. Democrats have found a way to convert the Leland Yee case into calls for more gun control. In blunt terms, they say more gun control is needed because “even the most trusted appearing among us are ready to do real harm.” (In other words, fear everybody.) While conveniently washing her hands of the controversy over her colleague, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (who represents the district Yee is originally from) called for a ban on assault weapons to prevent future incidents of under-the-radar weapons trafficking. She even went so far as to say President Obama should “use his pen to slow the import of these weapons, which have no place in our homes.” In other words, he should use executive orders and go around Congress.

Congresstypes apparently have nothing against being made irrelevant.

3.) Tennessee. A handful of quick bits now. The Tennesse State Senate gave open carry a boost this week, passing a bill that would allow for OC without a license. The vote passed 25-2.

4.) Florida. The rules change during riots/disasters. A bill in the Florida House would allow people with no criminal record to conceal firearms during emergencies without a permit.

HB 209’s progress is available direct from the House website myfloridahouse.gov.

5.) Georgia. GPB, our state-wide public broadcaster has a fairly balanced look at HB 60. The bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Deal (he has until roughly the end of the month) would among other things allow for church carry, as well as remove the requirement to get fingerprinted to renew your license.

6.) Virginia. Finally on this breakneck tour across the country, musings from a Virginia Democrat looking to replace Eric Cantor. Mike Dickinson, who has made no secret of his disdain for gun owners and the NRA in the past, took to Twitter to state that gun owners are “like little kids right now. They want all the rights but none of the responsibility (sic). With rights comes responsibility.” He also noted that anyone who sells a firearm that is later used in a crime is responsible for that crime.

In case he’s not scoring points with the base, he has also asked the FCC to regulate FOX News and ONLY FOX News.

7.) Nevada. While Youtuber TheRealTripppleB has a far better recap on this, let’s discuss the action in Nevada which, as of tonight, has at least calmed down.

After several decades of court battles over “public” land in Clark County, Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management decided to surround the ranch of Cliven Bundy with armed officers, helicopters, and 4WD vehicles. The reason for this was not because Bundy was a terrorist or violent criminal, but rather because he has had cows grazing on public land “without a permit.” The idea of sending snipers to fight over cows was slammed by Nevada officials, half of Twitter, and virtually everybody who saw the whole thing as overkill.

It was only in the last few days where this got real tense real fast. With the addition of snipers and MRAPS on one end, came the introduction of militia groups supporting Bundy on the other. The introduction of armed resistance, plus having the embarrassment of having such firepower brought to bear over cows lighting up social media/side-stream news, led the BLM to eventually pull back and continue fighting in court over it. (Keeping in mind that the BLM has virtually no Congressional oversight, and can basically write its own rules at will.) The Bang Switch celebrated the event, saying that today should be a “national holiday that celebrates the 2nd Amendment and liberty,” emphasizing the role armed citizens played in forcing a retreat. TBS adds

Before large numbers of militia responded to the scene, groups of protesters were being roughed up by government thugs. Women were thrown to the ground and unarmed men were tazed as the government struggled to assert its control. Once armed citizens started to arrive in force, these thugs were forced to back-off and stop using their Gestapo tactics.

Again, it was a mix of armed resistance on the ground, and side-stream news that brought this about.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

McDonald

Protests at the CT Capitol building, Gun Control still a non-starter in the Senate, and Colorado’s gun laws go on trial. Solid week in firearms news, all told. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist for helping gather some of the stories.

1.) McDonald. Before we get into the noise, the aggression, and the ever increasing resistance to gun control, let’s start with a tip of the hat to Otis McDonald. Mr. McDonald was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago. He died Friday, after battling a lengthy illness, at the age of 80. McDonald was largely seen as a follow-up to the Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. Whereas Heller affirmed the right to own guns regardless of whether one served in a militia, McDonald struck down Chicago’s ban AND held that the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection under the law) was applicable to the states as a whole.

The man only brought the case because he was looking to protect his family, but was barred from getting a handgun by virtue of living in Chicago. That he delivered a solid victory for gun rights in the process is incidental. His story later became the subject of a book, “An Act of Bravery”, released in 2012.

2.) Chicago. In July of 2013, Illinois installed (by court order, not a by-product of a change of heart) a CCW licensing system. Chicago police announced that the first quarter of 2014 saw “the lowest murder rate since 1958.” As IJR notes, it’s too early to tell if there is a DIRECT connection….but the evidence is there that either the introduction of CCW either DID have an impact, or it didn’t have the end-of-days impact it was “supposed” to, but didn’t impact murder rates much.

I’m sure CNN will get right on this story….after they are done theorizing about that damn plane, perhaps.

There have already been Armed Citizen stories coming out of the area as well.

3.) SAFE Act. Thousands of people protested the SAFE Act this week at the Capitol in Albany, New York this week. The SAFE Act continues to face massive opposition, including deliberate refusal to register (the deadline is April 15 without a trace of irony), regular protests, and some fairly passionate speeches in front of various city/county councils. (To say nothing of the fact that, as discussed last week, a lot of the mechanisms in the law simply aren’t ready.)

This fight isn’t fading away any time soon.

4.) Colorado. The Colorado Legislature has passed a bill repealing restrictions on rifle and shotgun purchases. The bill essentially allows residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in states that aren’t bordering Colorado.

Not much to mention, but worth noting an extremely slow movement in the positive direction from Colorado after all the hell we’ve been seeing there.

4.) Kansas. The Kansas legislature has passed a bill giving the state legislature sole authority over gun regulation. In other words, any law by a city that runs counter to the state law is void and is itself illegal.


[Image source: GRAA Twitter]

5.) Connecticut. The above image is from Saturday’s protest outside of the Connecticut Capitol building in Hartford. This is the culmination of near-constant resistance since Connecticut passed its own SAFE Act-style law, including the registration of “assault weapons.”

This protest didn’t get much play in the major media networks….which is exactly the role the alternative media is expected to fill.

It turns out that forcing people to register their guns is a lot like forcing them to buy something they don’t want. Some will, most won’t.

6.) Nationally. Bloomberg News closes out this week with a note from Senate Dems. It turns out that, despite “90% of Americans” supporting it, they still do not have the votes for gun control on the Federal level. Everyone from Harry Reid to Joe Manchin, one of the men behind the last effort at a federal gun control “compromise.”

Considering the falling support for gun control, don’t expect that to change any time soon.

If anything, the odds are only going to get worse for anti-gunners. The movement is collapsing at both the state and Federal level, and it is important that we make damn sure it stays that way.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.