State’s Fights

Nullification fails in Missouri, Louisiana allows guns in restaraunts, and Michigan looks at a gun registry. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist for his assistance. Keeping it brief this week.

1.) Missouri. While a bill looking to nullify Federal gun laws failed, Missouri lawmakers instead approved a bill that allows teachers to carry firearms. The bill, which leaves the decision in the hands of individual districts, was approved near the close of Missouri’s annual session and is waiting for the Governor to either veto or sign it.

2.) Louisiana. Meanwhile, Louisiana is allowing firearms to be brought into restaurants. The office of Governor Bobby Jindal confirmed that he intends to sign the bill into law, which would also allow off-duty officers to carry as well.

3.) Illinois/Michigan. Illinois, as expected, seems to be pushing in the opposite direction. Guns Save Lives has a story out about a bill that has just about everything anti-gunners could want; from semi-auto registration, to “universal” background checks, to magazine restrictions. It is what the NRA-ILA referred to as “the anti-gunner ‘wish list’ in Illinois.”

So as not to be redundant, GSL also notes that Michigan is going in a similar direction.

4.) Irony. Dave Workman of has an interesting story out regarding the Brady Campaign. At an even in Seattle, the head of the Brady Campaign and Washington Ceasefire were spotted behind armed security in a building that had a “no guns allowed” sign out front.

Anti-gun….for you not them.

5.) Ammo. As readers probably almost too vividly remember, ammo prices went entirely in the wrong direction last year while supplies for ammo (especially .22LR) were depleted. Reports are coming in of that shortage showing signs of easing in some parts of the country, though others still seem to believe the shortage is not over just yet.

None of which would happen if guns weren’t popular. In a way, it’s a problem that is nice to have.

6.) Brilliance. Armed Novelist brought this one up. The ATF, in passing additional regulations, may have ended up accidentally rendered other regulations completely irrelevant. Kurt Hoffman of writes:

The current situation involves the Hughes Amendment–the pernicious poison pill (the actual passage of which is quite dubious) that attached itself, leech-like, to the otherwise much needed Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) of 1986. Under former Congressman William Hughes’ (D-NJ) amendment, no fully-automatic firearm that was not already registered by May 19, 1986 can ever be registered, and thus can never be legally owned by private citizens. This, of course, has vastly and artificially inflated the price of the legal pool of pre-1986 machine guns, because their number has been capped.

Now, though, the Prince Law Offices, P. C. blog, reports that the BATFE, in trying to impose more regulatory hoops (they simply cannot help themselves), may instead have inadvertently opened up a detour around the Hughes Amendment. It’s a bit complicated, but the gist is that a person picking up an NFA-regulated item (a suppressor, in this particular case) on behalf of a trust (trusts are one way of easing the regulatory hoops of NFA item ownership–although the BATFE is trying to make that more difficult, as well) will have to undergo a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check, even though the item would belong to the trust, and not to the person.

Just not a good year for ATF.

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