Backgrounds

Oregon Dems want “universal” background checks, Colorado wants to can some background checks, and Kroger reaffirms their policy on firearms. Not much going on worth covering, especially since we finally have desertion charges against Bergdahl.

Anyway.

1.) Oregon/Colorado. Democrats in Oregon are looking to follow the lead of their northern neighbor. They want to extend background checks to all sales except for family members, law enforcement, and inherited guns.

Because if there is one thing two criminals will do, it’s background check each other.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s Senate approved a repeal of the state’s “expanded” BGC law. Only problem is that it was in a Republican-controlled Senate headed to a Democrat-controlled House.

2.) New Jersey. Would you ever expect a class on actual gun safety (I.E. The Four Rules) to be taught in schools across the state of New Jersey?

Well, the mayor of one small town wants to do just that. Whether it would spread is anyone’s guess, but it would be interesting to see such an idea take hold in such an anti-gun state. It would also be fun to watch “gun safety” organizations oppose it.

3.) Kroger. Let’s be honest, Moms Demand Action has had a pretty horrid six months. From losses at multiple legislatures (including Texas, where Shannon Watts moved the goalposts for the sake of saving PR, to a long series of futile efforts to get guns banned at various places.

One such place that MDA refuses to leave alone is supermarket giant Kroger. For the last half-year, they have been trying to get the company to change a policy that has been in place for years. Because research and critical thinking are taboo in “modern” America, a lot of their supporters are acting as though the company’s policy of adhering to the laws of the places their stores operate in is new. (It has also led an amusing people announcing their intention to boycott Kroger while living in a place that doesn’t have a Kroger within 100 miles.)

Speaking with CNBC, Kroger’s CFO reaffirmed the company’s policy of following the law saying they think such fights are best waged in the legislature.

Kroger’s CFO certainly isn’t in any danger of losing his job, as the company’s stock price has been rising on the heels of both a “boycott” and four straight quarters of stunning growth.

That being said, Kroger has said for months that Moms Demand should go to the legislature, which would mean go to the voters since voters determine the legislature. For such a strong grassroots group, they have shown no interest in actually changing the laws, preferring to go for bullying tactics.

Hopefully they keep that up, though. It seems to be working great for everyone else.

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Astroturf

A three-part biography on Shannon Watts, HuffPo admits gun control losing at the state level, and open carry gets within inches in Texas. Anti-gun groups are clinging to last year’s “victory” in Washington state because there really isn’t much else.

1.) Shannon Watts. The group 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control has written a three-part essay detailing the background of Shannon Watts, the head of Moms Demand Action. The essay basically demolishes the “stay at home mom/accidental activist” narrative MDA has tried to keep up and reveals that Watts is anything but a middle-class mother who just happened to get into gun control activism. In reality, PR is and has been her trade for years, including being the director of Public Affairs…..for Monsanto.

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

2.) Ferguson. Some news from the Daily Mail suggests that a lot of the “protests” in Ferguson were bankrolled by unrelated third-parties in order to create an “echo chamber” reinforcing the protests. It would sound conspiratorial if the protests kept going despite their own cause of “hands up, don’t shoot” being repeatedly proven to be a lie.

3.) Losses. It’s obvious by now that gun control has not had the best of times lately. Now, Brietbart News says there is even a Huffington Post article to that effect.

4.) Texas. While we’re on the subject of MDA and anti-gun groups getting wrecked, let us move to Texas. SB17, the Open Carry bill in Texas, passed the state Senate this week. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released a statement congratulating the bill’s author, Senator Craig Estes, and supporters on the passage. Gun control groups have been fighting the legislation, saying the open carry of weapons will make the state more dangerous.

Of course, all it ultimately does is allow Texas to live up to its reputation.

All this is happening while Illinois streamlines the process for getting a Firearms Owner’s ID Card.

In short, from having narratives trashed to multiple losses over the last few weeks at legislatures across the country, there’s never been a worse time to be a disarmament advocate.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag – February 2015

Occasionally, I just need to throw a lot at the wall. I’m trying to keep it to once-monthly, however.
This week, an urgently-needed update on Georgia legislation, the 5.56 ban is dead (for the moment) and a note on campus carry in Florida.

1.) Georgia. I need to correct a few things. Let us discuss Georgia gun bills.
First off, I was wrong. There IS a Georgia Campus Carry bill. It’s HB544. Turns out it was introduced on March 3rd. The bill has six sponsors, excluding some major names from HB60. Georgia Carry supports this legislation, and to my knowledge the much louder Georgia Gun Owners has not said anything about it.
Elsewhere, Georgia Carry has posted a position on the GA Constitutional Carry Act of 2015, HB 543. They oppose it as introduced.
Their summary is as follows:

– Do away with license requirement for carrying a handgun in GA
– Makes GWL optional for GA residents in order to obtain reciprocity for states that require such
– Criminalize carrying of a firearm for everyone under 21
– Adds a burden of proving oneself to be a “law-abiding citizen”
– Does not expand places for anyone to carry firearms.

Both bills are still locked in committee. Quite frankly, both bills have miserable odds. Day 30 AKA “Crossover Day” is this Friday. It’s the last day any given bill has a realistic chance of getting out of its chamber, let alone passing both.
However, there is one bill that already has passed committee, and has strong support from Georgia Carry. That is HB 492, which seeks to refine a lot of the rough edges of HB 60. GA Carry’s summary is as follows:

– Clarifies that carrying in a government building is off limits as a nonlicense holder.
– Clarifies that carrying within 150′ of a polling place is off limits only during an election and when being used as a polling place.
– Clarifies that a renewal for a GWL is a renewal no matter what county issued the license.
– Adds definition of Armed Forces as used in Code Section 16-11-129
– Clarifies the type of proof required by a current or discharged member of the armed forces under 21 who applies for a GWL.
– Adds a provision for the courts to notify the Probate Court of a license holder who is convicted of a crime which would make the license holder ineligible for a license in order for the license to be revoked.
– Allows for the Probate Judge to verify the validity of a license via subpoena or court order.
– Changes the definition of weapon in 16-11-129 from that of 16-11-127.1

THAT is the one to watch this session. And out of the three, the only one with a reasonable shot at becoming law. 

 2.) AR Ban. The ATF, under huge heat from pro-gun organizations and everyone else who saw through the attempt at backdoor gun control, has pulled back on banning the M855 “green tip” 5.56 round.

It has gone away for now…..but democrats desperately want it back.

As many have suspected, the ATF director recently confirmed that the M855 round would be the first of many bans targeting the 5.56 caliber. 

 3.) Gun control. President Obama says that his commitment to gun regulations is as strong as ever. Apparently constant defeat is addictive. Not much more to say there.
 

4.) Ferguson. Yes, we’re back here. After the resignation of the Ferguson police chief, we saw the almost-requisite-at-this-point riots. Riots which, like the ones based on the “hands up don’t shoot” stuff (that was found to be a complete lie), are leading to an uptick in weapons sales around the area.

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Penetrator

Deceptive language over the ATF ban, West Virgina hands Moms Demand yet another loss, and Arkansas gets its own HB60 of sorts.

1.) ATF. By now, you know that the ATF is looking to ban a popular type of 5.56 ammo; the so-called “green tip” M855 round. Anti-gun advocates have jumped on the bandwagon, describing the gun as armor-piercing. The White House has framed the issue (of course) as protecting the lives of law enforcement.

Couple of issues here. First off, if that’s the case, why is a particular (and coincidentally popular) round being targeted for the ban? Secondly, by the ATF’s own definition, the round is not armor piercing. The “ban” seeks, out of nowhere, to classify the round as armor piercing and then ban it.

Anti-gunners are quick to point out that the round can defeat soft police armor, but leave out that soft police armor is designed for handguns and will be defeated by any rifle round.

Putting all that aside, the executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police has come out against the ban saying that the round has not been an issue for police historically, and isn’t needed generally.

2.) West Virginia. If there’s one thing anti-gun groups don’t need right now, it’s another defeat. West Virginia’s Senate did not get this memo, passing a bill this week that would allow for permitless concealed carry.

3.) Michigan. Michigan revamped their CCW permit systems this week, essentially going from “may-issue” to “shall-issue.” Not much more to say there.

4.) Arkansas. A bill looking to allow guns at bars, polling places, and even the Capitol building was introduced in Arkansas this week, as if to complement the campus carry legislation already in play. The campus carry bill is limited to staff members of universities, not students however.

Of course, opponents of the campus legislation claim that the bill would make campuses more dangerous. Like they have for years.

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