Lone Star

Two carry bills advance in Texas, New York City manages to go 11 days without someone being murdered, and law enforcement on background checks.

I kind of miss the larger Runs, but I don’t feel there is all that much worth covering as of late.

1.) Texas. While not the Constitutional Carry many were hoping for, bills supporting open carry and campus carry easily passed their committee hearings to go to the full Texas Senate. Of course, the other big story out of Texas is the head of Open Carry Texas being assaulted by an armed Moms Demand Actionbodyguard. Why an anti-gun group would still go with armed security is either ironic or a sign of what their actual goals are.

2.) New York City. Apparently, the fact that NYC has gone without murder for eleven days is major news worthy of an article. Of course, New York City isn’t exactly gun friendly, so that it also is dangerous enough that this warrants an article doesn’t speak highly of that either.

3.) Background checks. Police in North Carolina are pointing out that background checks can’t stop first-time criminals. After investigating the murder of 38-year-old Russell Allen Mitchell, it was discovered that the suspect, 62-year-old Richard Nielson, had no criminal record and was able to buy a handgun about an hour before his murder-suicide.

He had “nothing in his background that would have issued any red flags.”

Basically, think of it this way. The Walter White at the start of Breaking Bad could have bought any weapon he wanted.

There is a whole discussion on background checks, their ineffectiveness, and their unconstitutionality we could go on here. Lucky for me, Linoge over at Walls of the City has already done that and has a lot more credibility on that topic than I do).

4.) Handguns. A Federal Court has ruled that the ban on interstate handgun transfers is unconstitutional. Most interestingly, however, is the standard by which the law was ruled unconstitutional. The law did not survive even moderate scrutiny standards, let alone the strict standard that anything involving a Constitutional right should be subjected to.

This is the first time that part of the 1968 Gun Control Act has been struck down in court. Whether the rest of it will follow remains to be seen.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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