Kane

PA’s anti-gun Attorney General is sentenced to prison for perjury, the NRA reheats the “coming for your guns” narrative, and Clinton revives talk of an “Assault Weapon Ban” despite the complete lack of support for it.

1.) Kane. PA’s first woman AG and first Democrat AG is now the first woman Democrat AG in Pennsylvania to be convicted of a felony. After being convicted of leaking grand jury files (and then lying about leaking those files), PA AG Kathleen Kane was sentenced to 10-23 months in prison. One of the people with the best possible recaps is CNN’s Jake Tapper, who noted that “we have a proud history of sleaze in my home state of Pennsylvania. It’s as good a recap as you are likely to find for a case so convoluted.

2.) NRA. Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s Executive VP, has a video out about Clinton “coming for your guns.” I’m a bit dubious as to whether this work, as this was also the line the NRA used during the OBama administration. The great irony is that gun laws have, if anything, expanded under Obama (although in fairness, that is largely at the state level). Having said that, we do know that Clinton will try to do a lot of her anti-gun stuff by executive order….

3.) Assault Weapons Bans ….and that she already has plans regardless. A report in Ammoland has her restarting talks about a semi-auto-ban even though polls have consistently shown that nobody wants it.

So while it is a bit strange to consider the NRA using the exact same tact with Clinton that they did with Obama, there may be considerably more evidence to justify the move.

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Election Warm-up

An ammo background check in California gets slammed by a left-wing publication, Clinton’s “Five-Point Plan” on guns, and Mexico decides to mull expanding gun rights as cartels continue to fight.

1.) California. Basically calling out a competition between California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and state Senator Kevin de Leon to be the “king of gun control (yes, de Leon of “ghost gun” fame), Mother Jones has recommended its readers in the state vote against an initiative calling for background checks on ammo.

2.) Clinton. Gun Owners of America has an article out basically laying down Hillary Clinton’s plans for the Second Amendment should she win in November. It’s basically a hard-left dream list, including expanded background checks, “closing the gun show loophole” (which doesn’t exist), and essentially trying to end the firearms industry.

It’s likely enough to make at least a few people take a risk on Donald Trump. Though polls suggest “a few” isn’t going to be enough.

3.) Washington. Two years after Washington State anti-gun groups (and also national anti-gun groups) got universal background checks hammered through, we now have a single prosecution coming down the pipe. Which means two things. 1.) Opponents made the “problem” look considerably worse than it actually was. 2.) If we’ve only had a single prosecution, and the situation is as bad as the initiative’s supporter’s claim, then the initiative is toothless and was oversold.

Two years. One prosecution. Regardless of the reason, the optics are terrible.

4.) Mexico. All you really need to know is this; Mexico is starting to think that the best solution to the surge in crime in the country is giving people the ability to fight back.

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Brezler

First off, it must be said. Congrats to my InSov colleague over at This Is The Line on his new job as a columnist for Thunder Roads Louisiana. That’s just awesome.

Tonight on the Run, Clinton’s gun tax, the Sandy Hook case against Remmington is dismissed, and progress in the case of Marine Major Jason Brezler.

1.) Major Brezler. The case of Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler is, in the present context, ridiculous. Maj. Brezler’s career has been in jeopardy after he sent an urgent email through a personal account, warning other Marines of an insider attack (which, sure enough happened not much later). Because of that one email, the Corps has gone after him, and now a judge is ordering the Corps to prove that they aren’t looking to simply retaliate against him after the Major asked for help from his Congressman.

Supporters of Major Brezler note an interesting dichotomy. It is well known (even by the FBI) that Hillary Clinton had an entire server of classified information on it that was mishandled, and she is in the running for President (i.e. yet more classified information), whereas the Major warned other Marines of an attack that happened as he said it would, and he is facing everything from retaliation to having his career ruined. The Clinton case was even cited by the Major’s defense team.

Follow this story if you haven’t been already.

2.) Clinton. We’re finally starting to see a bit of contrast in policy from the Presidential candidates. Wikileaks is helping in this regard with their regular release of hacked emails, including one which has Clinton supporting a twenty-five percent tax on firearms back in 1993. Interestingly, as Ammoland notes, Clinton has never taken her support of such a tax back. She positioned herself as more anti-gun than her former rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

3.) Sandy Hook. There has been a lawsuit essentially blaming firearms manufacturer Remmington for the Sandy Hook shooting in litigation for a while now. This week, that suit was dismissed under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Judge Barbara Bellis stated that the deaths at Sandy Hook were caused “solely by the criminal misuse of a weapon by Adam Lanza” and that Remmington could not be held responsible for his actions. (It’s the same logic that prevents Ford from being sued because a drunk driver killed somebody.)

The suit said Remmington was responsible because they sold “military-style” weapons to untrained civilians. The suit was also filed on the two-year anniversary of the shooting.

So it was almost entirely built on symbolism and an agenda.

4.) Muskets. The NRA has decided to put the “the Second Amendment only covers muskets” talking point under the microscope in a new blog entry. It is a long and extremely detailed read, although if you are looking for more I continue to recommend The Founders’ Second Amendment by Stephen Halbrook.

Regardless, and particularly with the election approaching fast….
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Scale

Expansion of background checks at the next debate, and an Officer is paralyzed by fear of public scrutiny and is severely injured as a result. Plus, in the lead-up to Hurricane Matthew, a new gun law allowed people to carry without a permit. CJ Grisham’s “A Soldier’s Perspective” also makes a guest appearance tonight as the Open Carry Texas founder returns to blogging full-time in place of Facebook.

1.) UBCs. The gun debate is going to be center-stage (alongside the recent controversies) at the upcoming Presidential debate. Apparently the questions for the second debate are being crowdsourced, and whether or not the candidates support expanded (i.e. “universal”) background checks has gotten a LOT of social media energy as of late.

The Brady Campaign’s Dan Gross said in a statement that “as the number one question on voters’ minds, each candidate must be held to an answer on expanding Brady background checks. If Donald Trump and Mike Pence still disagree with 90 percent of Americans and still support arming domestic abusers, felons, and dangerously mentally ill people, they’ll have to explain why in front of the entire country.”

On the subject of felons and guns, CJ Grisham has a great piece out on felons and gun rights. We had discussed the topic here on the Run in 2014’s Debt update, and this one goes into considerably more detail as to why felons should have their rights restored after they have served their sentences.

The debate airs Sunday night.

2.) Florida. Hurricane Matthew dropped by the southeastern US this week. A bill signed last year kicked in when a State of Emergency was issued for the entire state. The law allows firearms to be carried without a permit during SoEs. Additionally, existing state law already prohibited the seizure or confiscation of weapons during an emergency.

Very forward thinking crew down in Florida.

3.) Officers. Headline: Report: Officer Didn’t Shoot Attacker Over Fear of National Scrutiny.

Well done, outrage brigade.

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Grab Bag: Oct 2016

The Libertarian Party ticket just can’t keep their foots out of their mouths, a new report on LEOs abusing access to databases, and a gun group in North Carolina holds a raffle for an AR and a picture of Clinton.

1.) Johnson/Weld. At this point, the Libertarian Ticket is, like the other two parties, their own worst enemy. Whether it’s Johnson blanking on foreign leaders, or Weld saying Clinton is most qualified.

2.) Police databases. A new report by the AP suggests law enforcement across the country are using their access to databases for activities other than investigations. Some for revenge, some out of curiosity, some basically becoming stalkers.

It’s both an interesting read and more than a little unnerving.

3.) Raffle. Grass Roots North Carolina is hosting a raffle involving an AR-15, ammo….and a picture of Hillary Clinton. They don’t explicitly say what to do with the photo, but note that “when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.”

So far, I haven’t seen much about it being interpreted as anything other than a political stunt. But it is a fairly passive-aggressive hint at what they want you to do with it.

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