Flamethrower

A bill to ban flamethrowers also bans WD-40, gun control groups in GA continue to introduce doomed legislation, and Virginia backtracks on reciprocity. Plus, the latest on campus carry.

1.) Vague legislation. When a bill to ostensibly ban flamethrowers is so bad that possessing WD-40 is criminalized in the process, you either have someone good at writing bad legislation or someone trying to ban virtually everything that could possibly spit fire “just in case.” Anyway, the legislation is actually called the “Flamethrowers? Really? Act” and is right now referred to a subcommittee in the House.

2.) Georgia. Fresh off their most recent failure that also unintentionally showed that confiscation is the endgame of gun control, gun control forces in Georgia have introduced legislation to require training for getting Georgia Weapons Licenses. (This is on top of getting fingerprinted, by the way.) GeorgiaCarry, the major gun rights lobbyists in Georgia, oppose the bill, writing on their website “we believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government. Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.”

3.) Campus Carry. In other Georgia news, campus carry is back for another round there is also a bill allowing for the carriage of “less-lethal” gear like TASERs and pepper spray, which this bill will likely be merged with.

Missouri is also considering such legislation.

4.) Stand Your Ground. A major bill in Florida that places the burden of proof in self-defense cases

Rationalizing

So here’s an entertaining thought, the man behind three “successful” gun control organizations wants to run for President.

Because it isn’t like he’s vulnerable on any particular topic, is it?

Anyway, tonight on the Run, we have the latest on Obama’s executive orders, yet more gun control in New York, and a brilliant stunt of a bill in the South Carolina Legislature.

There isn’t really too much to cover since everyone and their mother is at SHOT.

1.) Defense. Attorney General Lorreta Lynch is defending President Obama’s executive orders on gun control. She told the Senate Appropriations Committee that “I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the president are lawful.” She went on to call them “well-reasoned measures.”

Republicans, of course, were not impressed, with the subcommittee’s chairman, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, stating that “The department is on notice,” and that “this subcommittee will have no part in undermining the Constitution and the rights that it protects.”

With a GOP-dominated Legislature, any action on gun control is basically a non-starter for this term.

2.) No-Fly-List. As if New York could get any more gun control, a lawmaker is looking to basically wreck due process and ban anyone on the No-Fly-List from being able to purchase a firearm in the state. We have discussed before that there isn’t really much of a criteria on how one ends up on a government watchlist, and there is very little recourse for those on it. (Because the whole premise is on what someone “might” do. You can’t prove a negative.)

The bill is part of a trend of “guilty until proven innocent” attempts to ban people on watchlists from owning firearms. Because, as we discussed last week, confiscation by any means is the endgame of the gun control movement. Regardless of what they claim.

3.) South Carolina. Aiming squarely at a press that is remarkably ignorant towards guns, a lawmaker in South Carolina has introduced a bill intending to create a licensing system for journalists. While this is obviously unconstitutional, the bill’s author, Michael Pitts, states that the bill’s unconstitutionality is the point.

“It strikes me as ironic that the first question is constitutionality from a press that has no problem demonizing firearms,” Pitts said. “With this statement I’m talking primarily about printed press and TV. The TV stations, the six o’clock news and the printed press [have] no qualms demonizing gun owners and gun ownership.”

Of course, he doesn’t expect the bill to pass, or survive Constitutional scrutiny. Nonetheless, the point it illustrates is incredible. If government can license gun owners, why can’t it license journalists?

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Confiscation and Candor

If you have been watching the Georgia news feeds, pro-gunners finally got what they wanted this week. Pure, unedited proof that confiscation was the end goal. It is that story, and that story alone, that I wish to focus on tonight.

1.) Backstory. Two years ago, the Georgia Legislature passed HB60, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014. The bill had a number of changes and is widely regarded as one of the most sweeping adjustments to any state’s gun laws. Among other things, it allowed for the carry of weapons in churches and bars if the owners allowed (versus the blanket ban), and left no questions that guns were allowed on the landside terminal at Hartsfield.

The bill was, of course,met with the same promises of the end-times CJ Grisham and Open Carry Texas were faced with last year for Open Carry. We are still waiting on the apocalypse.

2.) The ban. Our legislature is part time. It has only just gotten back in session. One of those bills is HB 731, a bill that is essentially a ban on numerous weapons with a broad definition of the term “assault weapon.” In particular, I wish to draw your attention to the following excerpt (line 86)

(F) Any semiautomatic firearm which is:
87 (i) A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable
88 magazine and has at least one of the following:
89 (I) A folding or telescoping stock;

90 (II) Any grip of the weapon, including, but not limited to, a pistol grip, a forward
91 pistol grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other stock, the use of which would allow a
92 person to grip the weapon, resulting in any finger on the trigger hand in addition to
93 the trigger finger being directly below any portion of the action of the weapon when
94 firing;
95 (III) A flash suppressor; or
96 (IV) A grenade launcher or flare launcher;
97 (ii) A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the ability to
98 accept more than ten rounds;
99 (iii) A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches;
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H. B. 731
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100 (iv) A semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and
101 has at least one of the following:
102 (I) An ability to accept a detachable ammunition magazine that attaches at some
103 location outside of the pistol grip;
104 (II) A threaded barrel capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward pistol grip,
105 or silencer;

106 (III) A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and
107 that permits the shooter to fire the firearm without being burned, not including a
108 slide that encloses the barrel; or
109 (IV) A second hand grip;

Name me an AR that doesn’t have a telescopic or folding stock, or a pistol that doesn’t accept detachable magazines. The bill made (or, as we’ll see, WOULD have made) the sale, possession, manufacture, transport, and distribution of any of it a felony with up to ten years imprisonment as the punishment. Yes, ten years for possessing a pistol with a detachable magazine.

3.) Upshot. The bill’s dead. On Friday, House Speaker David Ralston said he has no intention of bringing the bill to the floor. “As long as I am speaker of this House, I will not use any of our valuable time taking away the constitutional rights of our citizens,” he said at a presser. Interestingly, the bill’s author, Mary Oliver, said he hoped the bill would start an “intellectual,” as the AJC puts it discussion on “gun violence.”

Trouble is, anyone who zeroes in on the intellectually dishonest route of only caring about violence with a particular weapon, by definition, can’t be interested in an intellectual debate.

Ralston continued, “In the wake of [the mass shootings in] Paris and San Bernadino, [I can’t see] how someone believes that the solutions to some of these problems are to disarm law-abiding Georgians and Americans. Its not something we’re going to deal with in the House.”

Granted, the bill was never going to survive in the first place, but the bill’s text, and the coverage of it (or rather, lack of coverage) is telling for numerous reasons.

4.) Take-home lessons. How many times have we heard “nobody wants to take your guns”? Georgia Democrats have made it clear that gun control’s end game is, in fact, confiscation. The relative lack of coverage this bill got versus the end-times prophecies HB60 ended up enduring is telling. Coverage of a pro-gun bill was everywhere, coverage of a gun confiscation bill was limited to the pro-gun press. Additionally, the press conference used to announce HB 731 is telling of what tactics will be used elsewhere should a similar bill arise in your state, namely various “religious and community leaders” throwing their support behind a bill everyone knows won’t actually impact crime.

The impulsiveness of one Georgia legislator may have helped galvanize the case opponents of gun control possess, and the lack of attention the bill is getting from other anti-gun outlets shows the real intent behind gun control.

It isn’t about the guns, it is now provably about control. And we now have the legislation to prove it.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag: January 2016

Still waiting for the end times, SWATting apparently went nowhere in Dallas, and Loretta Lynch “warns” gun owners after President Obama’s executive orders. It’s only January and we already have a ton of stuff on our plate.

1.) Texas. It has been just over a week since Open Carry went live in Texas. As you can plainly see the promises of bloodshed everywhere have yet to com to fruition. To be quite frank, this is similar to the warnings we saw here in Georgia leading up to HB60’s passage and eventual signature. We were promised Atlanta would become an absolute hellhole; that Hartsfield would become violent (Moms Demand Action, you’ll recall, famously said the bill would allow for the carriage of guns in the secure side of the airport….which is Federal territory.

While discussions with Open Carry Texas’ CJ Grisham have led me to believe that he eventually wants to see a similar bill in Texas (in addition to having Texas finally live up to its reputation in terms of firearms), it is worth noting that HB60 went live on July 1 of 2014.

Which means that, come this summer, it will have been two years of waiting for the end-of-days.

A long overdue congratulations to any Texas-based readers and, of course, to Open Carry Texas.

2.) Obama Town Hall. CNN hosted a “town hall” with the President on guns. The NRA refused to participate, calling it a “spectacle.” However, there were some pro-gun voices, including one woman who is a survivor of being raped.

“So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe?” she asked.

Obama maintained that “there is nothing that we have proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm.”

But what is drawing attention was the response.

The president went on the downplay the notion that guns make people safer.

“There are always questions as to whether or not having a firearm in the home protects you from that kind of violence,” the president said. “And I’m not sure we can resolve that — people argue it both sides. What is true is that you have to be pretty well-trained in order to fire a weapon against someone who is assaulting you and catches you by surprise. What is also true is always that possibility that firearm in the home leads to a tragic accident.”

3.) SWATting. Police in Texas are saying that there were no 911 calls on people open carrying firearms thus far. This indicates one of two things. Either not many people are open carrying, or even the most insane anti-gun activist didn’t want “providing false information to law enforcement” on their permanent record. Houston’s PD has already said that if such a call were placed, the caller would be investigated.

4.) Big Brother. We all figured the odds on this were pretty good, but US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is warning gun owners that the Feds will be watching them and looking for compliance with the executive orders. Specifically, the order that basically states anyone “in the business of selling firearms” get licensed and begin running background checks.

Not that there is anything creepy about that, given this administration’s feelings toward gun owners, right?

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Checkpoint

The big story this week, of course, is Texas joining the ranks of states that allow open carry. We have that, plus Obama announces the only way he can pass gun control is by executive order.

1.) Texas. CJ Grisham and Open Carry Texas had an excellent New Year’s Eve, with (licensed) open carry officially being legalized at midnight last night. There are now 45 states that offer some form of open carry, a handful of which are even constitutional carry states that don’t require a permit.

Despite (or, more likely, because of) the nationwide restoration of gun rights, the latest FBI UCR continues to suggest a drop in violent crime.

Open Carry Texas referenced Kroger’s policy today, which is relevant because Kroger yields to state law instead of trying to force gun policy on their own. Kroger has long held that gun policy is best handled in the legislatures, not in the boardroom.

2.) Executive orders. For a movement that supposedly has so much support, gun control has been reduced to being handled through executive order instead of through the legislatures of any state or Congress. We do not know the specifics of the planned EOs, but we should have them some time next week.

3.) Recap. I was planning on recapping the year in gun rights, however Guns.com has a far more comprehensive rewind and anything I wrote would be based on that almost to the degree of plagiarism. For the most part, gun rights expanded, while states that were already anti-gun expanded their futile attempts to make gun control look like a successful venture.

4.) Looking ahead. A handful of states are looking to continue the march towards gun control. The Daily Caller has a look at some legislation that gun control advocates are slated to push this year. Among them is an attempt to reheat the anti-due process efforts at preventing people added to the No-Fly List from purchasing firearms in Nevada (nevermind that it is generally those on the left who derided government watchlists not too long ago), and even an attempt to criminalize private gun sales. (Which, ostensibly, is an effort to get gang bangers to report when they sell illegal guns. It’s just as ludicrous as it sounds.)

Campus carry and constitutional carry will continue to be at the forefront for gun rights, as the discussion shifts both to a constitutional and tactical point of view (for once) as opposed to the emotional one gun control advocates depend on. The mixture of San Bernardino and Paris both led to a surge in CCW licenses and gun sales, largely because people started taking security into their own hands.

5.) Elections. Then, of course, we have the 2016 elections to think about. On The Issues has a great rundown of every candidate’s recent discussions on gun control and numerous other topics. Additionally, I recommend monitoring Open Secrets‘ database of political donors, as we all know money talks in this business.

2015 was a year of expanding gun rights, surging gun sales, and an increasingly irrelevant gun control lobby. (When you are reduced to executive orders and bullying companies because you can’t get votes, you are running out of fuel.) 2016 will see this trend continue, and the focus on the tactics of self-defense is exactly where gun rights shines, and where the conversation must remain. Both because it is the center of the entire reason for armed self-defense and because it is far better to discuss hard tactics than it is to discuss flimsy emotional arguments with no basis in reason.

The trend has continued for almost five years now. To slow it down at this point is almost impossible.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.