Executive Hypocrisy

President Obama wants to bring back smart guns, Dana Loesch on Obama’s hypocritical stance on gun control, a 30-time felon with a gun is shot dead by a man with a concealed carry permit, and California sees a surge in gun sales.

1.) Executive Orders. President Obama, as expected, followed up on his recent executive orders. Part of which involves trying to push smart guns into the real world, possibly starting with having law enforcement try them out. Obviously, this has not gone over well with major law enforcement organizations. Particularly the Fraternal Order of Police. FOP’s executive director James Pasco told Politico “Police officers in general, federal officers in particular, shouldn’t be asked to be the guinea pigs in evaluating a firearm that nobody’s even seen yet,” and that they have some “very, very serious questions” about the push.

2.) Loesch. TheBlazeTV and radio talk host Dana Loesch let loose a fantastic commentary over on NRANews this week. The subject, which segways nicely with the above, is about how anti-gun politicans like Obama talk up gun control while utterly refusing to hold the American justice system to account in keeping dangerous people off the streets. It is an incredible hypocrisy which Loesch describes beautifully and passionately in this 4:22 video.

3.) Gun control failure. We have discussed before that, if a person cannot be trusted with a gun (i.e. if the person is too dangerous to be in public) they shouldn’t be on the streets. One such person, a convicted felon, a man who has been arrested 30 times for everything from drug possession to domestic violence, to assault, was killed this week when he was arguing with someone at a gas station. He then drew a gun on the person, and was subsequently shot by that person.

Yes, he had been arrested thirty times previously, for everything from drug possession, domestic violence, to assault, to aggravated assault with a firearm, to battery….and he was released every time.

It’s not a gun problem. It is, as Loesch notes, a judicial problem.
If they can’t be trusted with a gun, they shouldn’t be on the streets. He wasn’t able to legally possess one, and that clearly didn’t stop him.

4.) California. Let’s close on a high note. KPCC, the NPR affiliate serving southern California, recently pulled some stats from the California Department of Justice on gun sales. Gun sales in the state are tracked by the CA DoJ through the Dealer’s Record of Sale system FFLs must report to when a gun is sold. Additionally, private sellers must also use an FFL as an intermediary (with few exceptions), which also reports those sales to the CA DoJ as well.

It turns out that gun sales are easily outpacing last year’s sales. Yes, in a state as restrictive as California, gun sales have been no different than the rest of the country. It is perhaps ironic that one of the most anti-gun states in the country has a surge in sales that is easier to track because of those laws.

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma makes progress on constitutional carry, an update on Midnight Run: Debt (as it relates to voting rights), and a military installation allows (some) carrying of firearms.

1.) A bill allowing for the open carrying of firearms without a permit passed the Oklahoma Senate this week. While not a complete constitutional carry bill, it is some form of progress as constitutional carry slowly becomes the law in many states. This is, of course, being met with the now-requisite promises of doom and bloodshed. I would remind you that they said the same about Georgia’s HB60, which turns 2 this July.

The State Senate also passed a resolution forcing any infringements on the Second Amendment to be subject to strict scrutiny, which almost no gun control law can survive.

2.) Debt. Many states are looking to give felons voting rights. Most recently we have a fairly controversial move in Virginia, with the Governor doing so by executive order. Some Republicans call that merely an attempt to boost Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s numbers in the general election coming up in November.

3.) Citadel. The Citadel, the famous military school in South Carolina, will now allow for storing guns in cars. This is essentially the institution putting its own rules aside and yielding to State law.

Now if only we could get guns on military bases.

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Pendulum

Colorado aims to repeal 2013’s magazine limit, Nevadans get to vote on UBCs, and SWATting finally results in criminal charges.
1.) Colorado. The mag limits that were put in 2013 as part of a sweeping gun control bill are now looking at being repealed after a bill to do so passed the state Senate this week. This is the second attempt by the state Senate to pass this bill, which was killed in a House committee that was controlled by Senate Democrats.

2.) UBCs. Everytown’s treasured Universal Background Checks are headed to the voters in Nevada this November. The Governor had previously vetoed a similar measure in 2013, so now the goal seems to be to hope that the voters will pass it instead.

At this point, Everytown needs a victory. Anything would be an improvement.

3.) SWATting. We know this because anti-gun groups have openly embraced the idea of harrassing people openly carrying firearms (real or otherwise) by calling a SWAT team on them via providing false information to law enforcement. (A crime in its own right, ironically.) The case of John Crawford III highlighted this. Mr. Crawford was SWATted by a gun control extremist named Ronald Ritchie.

Ritchie is now slated to face charges for his role in the incident. Which is long overdue.

We can only hope that other SWATters meet a similar fate. This trend needs to be throttled.

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Backlash

A Tweet referencing Sandy Hook by Hillary Clinton faces a ton of criticism, Chicago’s homicide problem isn’t going away, and New York criminalizes machetes for some reason.

1.) Sandy Hook. By now, it is well-known that the almost mechanical reaction of anti-gun advocates after a high profile shooting is to call for more gun control. But a Tweet by 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is looking to be something of an anomaly. Clinton attempted to attack rival Bernie Sanders by saying he put gun manufacturers over the “parents of Sandy Hook.” many, including a HuffPo editor took her to task for using Sandy Hook for political gain.

2.) Chicago. Chicago closed the first quarter of 2016 with the most homicides in that timeframe in years. There’s not much else to say there.

3.) Machetes. New York is now going after machetes, with a bill passed by the state Senate this week. Under the bill, the possession of machetes would be a misdemeanor. Apparently it is because of the “serious injury” machetes can cause, which is odd because by that logic we should ban everything potentially dangerous.

4.) Mississippi. In what is becoming an almost monthly feature, we have a new state looking at allowing permitless carry. This time we have Mississippi’s legislature sending such a bill to the Governor’s desk.

It’s honestly only a matter of time before people start calling for the federal laws to start coming in line with permitless carry.

Grab Bag: April 2016

Not much to cover this week. Campus Carry in Tennessee, supressors in Iowa, and suicide prevention in Washington state.

1.) Campus Carry. Campus carry is still on the Governor’s desk in Georgia. Meanwhile, other states are looking at legalizing campus carry. This week, a bill for campus carry in Tennessee is headed to the state Senate. The bill passed a House Committee with a 7-2 vote, and the Senate vote is slated for next week.

2.) Constitutional Carry. While constitutional carry is becoming real on a state-by-state basis, the same is not true for current federal law. In a must-read article, John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center notes that federal law, namely the Gun Free School Zone Act still makes possession of a firearm without a permit and within 1,000 feet of a school illegal.

The last effort I’m aware of to repeal the GFSZ Act was back in 2015, but it doesn’t appear to have gone anywhere.

3.) Suppressors. The only safety instrument that requires government permission was legalized in Iowa this week, making the state the 42nd to have some form of suppressor legalization on the books.

4.) Suicide prevention. Gun control groups and gun rights groups are celebrating the passage of a suicide prevention bill in Washington state. The bill would form a partnership between gun dealers and pharmacies. Gun dealers will distribute pamphlets on the subject and free gun locks, while pharmacists are trained on suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

It is worth noting that the vast majority of gun-related deaths are suicides. This law has broad support from the aforementioned groups, as well as mental health experts. Second Amendment Foundation EVP Alan Gottlieb released a statement that said in part:

“The process that went into creating this legislation clearly demonstrates that the firearms community is not only approachable, but is willing to participate in any serious discussions about a problem that affects us all. It is firearms groups and professionals that are the real gun safety experts, so it is only proper and prudent for us to be involved.”

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