Lone Star Update

Major news out of Texas, expected news out of Brazil, and Baltimore goes south fast.

1.) Disclosure and Debt. So….before we start……Midnight Run: Debt got the endorsement of CJ Grisham this week….

That’s friggin’ awesome. Shortly after Debt was originally written, Modern Arms hosted a discussion on the subject. Now we have that. Truly honored to have been on the Facebook pages of both.

There is progress on a follow-up to Debt, but I’d rather not make any promises on that just yet.

It’s only marginally awkward bringing this up considering that I also have to cover the recent actions of OCT, but I would be remiss not to tip my digital hat in his direction for posting Debt to his FB.

If you’re here from that, welcome to the Run. The Midnight Run drops pretty much every Satuuday night on InSov Network, run by myself, plus the authors of Catty Conservative, and This Is The Line. In June, we’ll be discussing the Run’s big July 4th tradition, Blowback.

Anyway.

2.) Texas. It seems strange to say this, but Texas; a state with a reputation that suggests everyone, their cat, their mother, and their mother’s cat is armed; actually bans open carry of handguns. (Long gun carry had always been legal.)

Or at least, they will for a few more months.

Friday, a bill legalizing open carry of handguns passed both houses, and headed for the Governor’s desk. Governor Abbot promised to sign any pro-gun legislation that crossed his desk pretty much the night he was elected, and Tweeted his intention to follow through on that shortly after the bill passed. (Complete with the replies promising of bloodshed, which I’ll touch on in a moment.)

The bill basically makes Texas’ permit similar to, for example, a Georgia Weapons License in that permits now cover both open and concealed carry. What is perhaps most interesting about this is that, back in Februray, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America (here on Moms Demand) head Shannon Watts attempted to use the permit system to eek out a victory for a bill she had up until that point seemed to oppose entirely.

MDA also made headlines for pretty much lying to Texas lawmakers while also having multiple people working of practically the exact same script. Examiner.com also has an article out on MDA’s scattershot approach to the issue as well.

Also, if someone could please tell Kory Watkins to stop giving her quotes she doesn’t even need to take out context, we’d all be much obliged. This happened in spite of Watkins, certainly not because of him.

It should also be noted that the NRA, who couldn’t be seen in the same room as Open Carry Texas or Lone Star Gun Rights (the people who actually did the work), decided to take the credit anyway in a pretty repulsive act of grandstanding.

Interestingly, they have been supportive of campus carry legislation, which OCT says is going to the House next week. We’ll handle it then.

(Please don’t start, NRA die-hards.)

3.) Promises, Promises. Let me take you back to the 80s. (Assuming that section title didn’t already.) Ronald Reagan is wrapping up his time in office. In Florida, a woman named Marion Hammer is putting a ton of effort into making Florida a Shall Issue state. As NRANews reported years ago Hammer took a ton of criticism for her (and the movement at large’s) efforts. Critics proclaimed that it would never pass and, if it did, would lead to bloodshed in every way imaginable.

And then it passed. 1987, Florida became a Shall Issue state.

Jump ahead to 27 years to last year. While HB60 didn’t really have a “central figure” who ended up taking the majority of the heat from critics, the heat from those critics was virtually identical. The bill would ostensibly lead to shootouts everywhere, guns would flood the state (not that they don’t already), and every hour would be a shootout that would wipe out 1% of the population. There was even an attempt by Moms Demand to claim that HB60 would allow for Georgia residents to pass Federally-controlled TSA checkpoints at Hartsfield Jackson Airport. (For the record, HB60 allowed for carry on the unsecured side of the airport. Having a firearm on the airside terminal is a federal crime with a max prison sentence of a decade.)

And then it passed. It became active law on July 1, 2014. We’re still waiting on the promised bloodshed.

Which brings us to today. CJ Grisham was arguably the “central figure” of the Open Carry movement in Texas. Admittedly, (No it wasn’t Watkins, sit down.) The criticisms were virtually identical to the ones made last year against HB60, as well as the ones made in 1987 in Florida.

Put it this way, when the next president takes office in 2017, those promises of bloodshed will be three decades old. We will have been through the last two years of Reagan plus the entire 8-year terms of 3 other Presidents.

4.) Brazil. There is one place that has gone south, but not because of a lack of gun control. Breitbart.com has a great piece out this week about firearm-related deaths hitting a 35-year high in Brazil. In Brazil, gun owners need to pass a background, mental health, and even and employment check for their right to carry. Registration, Gun Free Zones, and universal background checks are already law there, and none of which seems to have stopped those bent on homicide.

Also seeing a surge in violence? Baltimore.

5.) South Carolina. Democrat attempts to run the clock failed in Texas, but succeeded in South Carolina. An effort to allow for permitless concealed carry is dead for the year.

6.) Nevada. Nevada lawmakers expanded the state’s Castle Doctrine to included occupied vehichles. It also loosened zero-tolerance policies by protecting students who “made a gun” out of a Pop-Tart.

Because only in modern America would we need an un-ban on weaponized Pop-Tarts.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

System Update 2

Massive updates to last year’s Midnight Run: Debt, plus breaking campus carry news from Oklahoma, and the introduction of true gun safety classes to Louisiana schools.

1.) Transfer. This week, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that felons at least have the right to determine what happens to the firearms they own at the time of their conviction. The majority opinion was written by Justice Kagan.

2.) Misdemeanors. Meanwhile, a representative in California wants to mark the anniversary of the Santa Barbara attack by adding a few misdemeanors to the list of crimes barring gun ownership. The misdemeanors include possession of ammo on school grounds, dealing in firearms without a license (presumably private sales, basically) petty theft involving a firearm, and selling ammunition to someone under 21.

I would like to note that my InSov colleague Catty Conservative called this misdemeanor expansion MONTHS ago. Anti-gunners have previously claimed that they only supported bans on VIOLENT misdemeanors. Turns out they just wanted to start there.

This, as Breitbart rightly points out, overlooks the fact that the man behind the attack killed half of his victims with a knife.

3.) Gun safety. A bill to add “firearm safety and accident prevention training” sailed through the Louisiana House this week. The bill, which passed in a 93-3 vote, “allows for public school districts to allocate time and funding to administer gun safety lessons modeled after the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program and fold such instruction into existing curriculum. While the bill allocates no funds, a fiscal note prepared with the legislation outlines that grant monies may be available,” according to guns.com.

Guns.com notes that one of the three voting against the bill, Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport, said “there any many parents who don’t even allow their children to touch a gun or even see a gun.” How this should stop a bill teaching everyone gun safety is beyond anyone’s understanding.

It’s worth noting that none of the supposed “gun safety” groups have either supported the bill, or come up with gun safety classes of their own.

4.) Oklahoma. A new law signed by Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin allows schools to designate employees as “reserve officers” able to carry firearms on campus. The bill passed the House 84-2 and the Senate 40-5.

5.) Texas. While it seems to be held up by a clerical error at the moment, Open Carry Texas’ CJ Grisham has plenty to celebrate this weekend. Licensed open carry has passed in some manner in both houses. Breitbart leans more on the side that it is now being sent back to the House, but considering the support it had from the House it seems to be within inches of passing.

Now, if you are reading this and are from Texas, you should study the text of Georgia’s HB60 (one year old starting July 1st) and copy it almost verbatim.

Stay alert. Stay informed. Stay free.

Persistence

Dems still looking for backdoor gun control, the NRA-ILA on the recent “cars vs. guns” stories, and two major gun control laws are coming to a close for being simply ineffective.

1.) Ammo Ban. They couldn’t ban “green tip” ammo, they couldn’t sue Armslist or LuckyGunner, now Dems are looking at banning online sales altogether among other ideas being floated around by about 31 House Dems. The bill, which is uniquely candid in its name, is called the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.” In addition to banning online sales altogether, it would require ammo vendors to be licensed by the government, and require all ammo sales to be done in person.

The claim, of course, being that banning all gun sales will stop the “epidemic of gun violence” that Dems promise exists, even though homicides (and crime in general) are at record lows while America ranks 11th in overall homicide rate. It is also sold as “common sense legislation” because that’s basically mechanical at this point.

The odds of it getting through the Republican Congress rank up there with the odds of Stand Your Ground being repealed in Georgia.

2.) Cars and Guns. A new craze in the media has been attempting to claim that more are dying by guns than by cars. Here in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tried this only to have their attempt at it disemboweled by WYAY’s Michael Graham.

The NRA-ILA has come out against this, using the CDC’s recent stats (previously discussed here on the Run in this month’s Grab Bag) that America saw 70 times more car accidents than gun accidents. It is not worth re-treading that on the Run, but it is worth checking out the NRA’s take on this bizarre and mathematically-challenged attempt to prop up the “gun violence epidemic” that isn’t there.

3.) Jersey. Guns.com has two big stories for us. The first from New Jersey, where legislators are considering scrapping an archaic and never-enforced law that made smart-guns essentially the only legal form of firearm in the state once smart guns became practical.

Of course, they never did and never can serve their stated purpose, so legislators are considering canning the mandate. This law went largely unmentioned by gun control advocates, despite the obvious vested interest in seeing smart guns come to market under this law.

Additionally, the founder of Armatix, which produced the much-hyped “smart gun” lost its founder and is facing upwards of of $16 million in debt.

Not the best of weeks for the smart gun.

4.) Maryland. Moving to Maryland, now. The State has scrapped a law lauded by gun control supporters….because it never actually worked. Guns.com writes:

Now law, Senate Bill 736 repeals the current mandate adopted in 2000 that requires handgun makers and dealers who sell guns in the state to forward shell casings from each of their pistols or revolvers to the Maryland Department of State Police Crime Laboratory, where they would be placed on file. Further, the law authorizes the DSP in October to dispose of barrels of shell casings currently on hand or waiting to be processed and reassign personnel performing duties related to the cases to other duties inside the Forensic Services Division.

As envisioned 15 years ago, the shell casings were to be a part of an imaging database that would record the unique features on the case and store them for cross-referencing against casings found at crime scenes. The reason for the scrapping of the system, according to an analysis by the Maryland General Assembly presented to lawmakers, was that it just didn’t work.

With luck, just about every other ineffective gun law will meet the same fate.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Georgia

A DGU in Georgia, an attempt to blame a shooting on HB60 way after the fact, and an update on the continuing trend of women buying guns.

1.) Brian Moore. NYPD officer Brian Moore was shot and killed last weekend by a man who, under current law, should not have had a gun. (And, frankly, since he was a repeat violent felon, probably should never have been released to start with.) US Sen. Charles Schumer, a man who never saw an anti-gun measure he didn’t like, is calling for more gun control alongside Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown groups in the wake of the shooting.

The revolver Moore’s killer used was originally from a gun store in Georgia. Everytown has attempted to blame HB60 for the killing, despite the fact that the gun was bought in 2011, three years before HB60 was passed.

“Once again, a police officer has been killed with an illegal gun from Georgia – a state that last year did the NRA’s bidding and weakened its already lax gun laws,” said Everytown Executive Vice President Megan Lewis in a statement. “These are the same laws that the gun lobby is now trying to force on other states nationwide. Americans have to decide what kind of country we want to live in. It’s past time for common-sense solutions to gun violence.”

Leaving aside the now-mechanical resorting to the “appeal to common sense” fallacy, HB60 had nothing to do with the shooting and, in fact, tightened some portions of Georgia’s gun laws.

The solution, according to Everytown, is universal background checks. In Georgia, this has almost no chance of passing.

While we’re on the subject of strange logic, Moms Demand Action is calling for more gun control in the wake of the shooting in Texas. Yes, more gun control after an event where the attackers were the ones who were killed.

2.) DGU. Channel 2 Action News brings us the story of a store employee in Decature who was held at shotgun-point, only to grab the barrel of that gun, pull out his own firearm, and shoot the would-be robber. The robber’s accomplice was arrested three hours later.

3.) HB60: Ohio. One of the main points of HB60 (which will be live for a full year July 1, 2015) was expanding the places in which guns could legally be carried. Ohio is looking at a bill that would, according to WCPO, potentially allow “them in places like churches or daycares and letting certain gun owners carry concealed weapons without a permit.

“Certain” gun owners apparently being anyone over 21 not barred from having a firearm by federal law.

4.) Women. Now, here’s this month’s reminder that the surge of women owning firearms isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag: May 2015

The latest attempt at fear-mongering over campus carry, a look back at the Chicago Uber DGU, and Tennessee gets a lifetime handgun permit.

1.) Campus Carry. Seemingly out of nowhere, anti-campus carry types have started claiming that, if campus carry passes, students will threaten to kill their professors over grades. In other words, the campus carry bill would somehow legalize murder.

It is, as Breitbart states, “just the latest in a series of random, desperate arguments against law-abiding citizens carrying guns on campus for self-defense.”

2.) Nashville. One more note on the horrid Moms Demand Action protest in Nashville.

3.) Tennessee. A new law allowing for a $500 lifetime permit was signed this week by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The permit removes the renewal fees, but a background check will still be performed every five years. It passed the state House 90-3, state Senate 30-2.

4.) Vermont. A new report shows that gun control groups in Vermont outspent the NRA 5 to 1….and still lost on their treasured legislation, namely universal background checks.

5.) “Accidental deaths.” Finally this week, a story breaking over Breitbart. A new CDC study shows that, for 2013, there were 70 times more car accident fatalities than gun accident fatalities. There were, according to the CDC, 35,369 car accidents that resulted in fatalities.

The treasured statistic of anti-gunners is the idea of 30,000 “gun deaths” annually. (Although 2/3s of those are suicides, the rest are either homicides or DGUs.) In other words, more people died by car on accident than by gun on purpose.)

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.