Missouri Dems propose making people turn in some guns for cosmetic reasons, a Federal judge upholds Massachusetts’ strict gun laws, and “Responsible Body Armor” bill bans civilian ownership of body armor. (I guess we’re not “responsible” enough.) It’s a lot of news about a lot of people wanting to take a lot of guns and body armor. Plus, Milwaulkee Sheriff David Clarke survives a close primary race. We’ll also check in with frequent Midnight Run contributor Armed Novelist.
1.) Missouri. While many Republicans see it as dead in the water, a new bill in the Missouri legislature would give gun owners 90 days to turn in firearms based largely on the cosmetics of the gun. The characteristics that would apparently qualify for
confiscation mandatory surrender include:
a. A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
b. Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;
c. A folding or telescoping stock; or
d. A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel.
2.) A Federal judge has upheld a series of firearms laws in Maryland. The crux of the judge’s argument appears to be that the AR-15 is “dangerous and unusual”. The AR (the most popular rifle in America) the AK, and similar semi-autos are, due to being “dangerous and unusual” not protected by the Second Amendment for some reason.
Guns Save Lives rightfully notes that, in the aftermath of Heller, the opinion seems fairly vulnerable to future action in the case.
3.) Body Armor. In what probably shows more about the goals of the anti-gun movement than many would like, US Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced the “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act.” The bill essentially bans the civilian ownership of “military-grade” body armor. (Note the use of the term “military.”
) As Examiner’s Kurt Hoffman notes, the language used in promotion of the bill is basically the exact same language used to demonize so-called “assault rifles.”
To make my point, consider a “Responsible Firearm Possession Act.”
4.) Rerun. The government’s “Rise of Rightwing Extremism” narrative is back. You know how this works. Let’s move on.
5.) Clarke. Milwaulkee County Sheriff David Clarke handed Michael Bloomberg yet another loss, winning his Democrat primary earlier this week. Sheriff Clarke told NRANews that the Second Amendment was the difference maker in the primary race.
6.) Armed Novelist. As stated before, Armed Novelist has updated his site with another entry. Slightly bouncing off of the recent action in Ferguson, Missouri (which is probably one of the best arguments for the right to self-defense in months), he takes a look at the anti-gun movement’s attempt to demonize and divide various groups of gun owners. (Collectors, hunters, gun rights people, etc.)
As Clarke’s victory, and countless others show, the attempts to divide people (and buy peoples’ votes) have backfired spectacularly.
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