Grab Bag: January 2017

More from Trump, PA sets a background check record, and an update to Midnight Run: Debt.

1.) Trump. A ton of activity from the Trump administraion, largely in the form of a torrent of executive orders. Perhaps chief among them were two orders set on restarting two pipeline projects that have been dormant due to being caught up in political posturing and protests. Of course, the Dakota Pipeine became famous for the Standing Rock protests, which ended with the line being rerouted around the territory in what was called a pyrric victory by the Economist (who predicted it would be overturned).

Sure enough, that is precisely what has happened, and it is clear that both Trump and the pipeline’s opeator are eager to get the project moving again.

2.) Debt. A man in Arizona was hailed as a hero this week for shooting a suspect who was beating a state trooper.

While that in and of itself is newsworthy (as DGUs tend to be), there is another part of this story that is definitely worth paying attention to. Namely, the man is a former felon who had his gun rights restored.

There is a post by a man named Greg Ellifritz on this subject that makes a number of excellent points on the story. Both the restoration of rights and that a lot of people would look down on the guy for his past and his appearance.

A story with many lessons.

3.) PICS. Pennsylvania deserves special mention this week. A report from Leigh Valley Live states that the Commonwealth’s background check system set records firearm checks in 2016. For the uninitiated, generally PA residents must file two background check forums. One for the NICS system we all know, and a second for the State Police system (the PA Instant Check System or PICS).

With the growth of the overall liberty movement, a pro-gun Congress, a pro-gun President, and the possibility of supressors becoming more easily available, the number is almost certainly going to stay high.

Continue to follow the National Reciprocity and Hearing Protection acts. Expect critics to resort to “nationwide bloodshed” with the former, and “James Bond” fantasy with the latter.

Because, at this point, it is ignorance and fear really are all they have left.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.


Suddenly, we have a ton of extremely solid news for the liberty movement as a whole. This week, manufacturing on suppressors ramps up as the Hearing Protection Act appears almost certain, major reforms on the docket during the Trump administration, and some news from Inauguration Day that will set the stage for weeks to come.

1.) Suppressors. Controversial Times has a report out stating that the manufacturing of suppressors has been accelerated at major companies as the passage of the Hearing Protection Act starts looking like a near certainty. This is obviously in preparation for the surge of sales that is expected upon passage of the bill, which looks to take what are essentially hearing safety items (that cannot silence an explosion, let us be absolutely clear) off of the National Firearms Act. While this is happening, at least right now, there does not appear to be much appetite for taking the rest of the NFA down with the suppressor restriction.

2.) Gun reform. Bearing Arms adds to CT’s work by noting the Hearing Protection Act, as well as four other reforms that look certain to pass under a Trump presidency, that would never pass under now-former President Barack Obama. Among them, of course, is the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity bill (which has seen some resistance from within the pro-gun community), and the reform of the NICS background check system.

3.) The road ahead. It is worth noting that, regardless of the wild-card/almost-constant backtracking that we saw during the campaign, his present Cabinet choices are appearing to be both incredibly competent and, for the most part, intent on shrinking the power of their respective departments. Of course, one department that is aiming for incredible growth (and a general reorientation) is the Department of Defense under Marine Corps General/Legend James Mattis (who penned a memo to DoD noting ““it’s good to be back.”) Outside of that, we have an Education secretary who endorses school choice and vouchers, an EPA head that is an EPA skeptic, an Energy Secretary who once suggested dismantling the agency, and a host of other very solid choices.

In addition to all of that, of course, we have the idea of the Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions pay far too much for absurd deductibles being replaced with a program more focused on choice and competition, including not providing a bizarre framework where all programs must carry certain things that the person may not use. (Like requiring a male to carry maternity coverage in the off chance he manages to break science.)

The next four years are going to be one of significant, if not very fast, change. The end result remains to be seen, of course, but the rough sketch looks promising in terms of gun rights, the liberty movement as a whole, and the dismantling of a disastrous healthcare law.

And talk of “resistance” appears to be going absolutely nowhere at present. It could be a very solid four years.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Ignition 2017

Campus carry reloads in Georgia, the Hearing Protection Act is introduced, and Marines choose Magpul.
All that and a LOT more. Welcome back.

1.) Texas and Georgia. A carbon copy of last years Campus Carry bill has been introduced for this session. Governor Deal vetoed it last session, along with the religious freedom bill. It is widely believed that both decisions led to the Opportunity School District’s demise at the polls in November.

Texas is going a step further. Introducing a Constitutional Carry bill.

2.) Suppressors. The only safety tool the government makes you go through hell to get may finally have the process streamlined. The Hearing Protection Act, which aims to remove suppressors from the NFA, was introduced to the new Congress. The anti-gun angle is that it’s about making it easier to sell suppressors and not about making sure that people don’t have to blow out their eardrums to defend themselves.

Expect them to play up the Hollywood version of suppressors. The version physics ensures can’t happen in the real world.

If, however, the bill passes both chambers, it will almost certainly be signed by President Trump, as he has tapped the head of SilencerCo to advise him on firearms issues.

3.) National Reciprocity. Whether you support it or not, national right-to-carry reciprocity is happening. A bill has been introduced, as fairly solid support, and will see a fair amount of attention over the next few months. It is clear that many in Congress are seizing the initiative and introducing a number of pro-gun reforms…..

4.) Abolishing the ATF. ….like abolishing the ATF altogether. According to a new bill aims to completely dismantle the organization, transferring most of its responsibilities over the FBI and the DEA. The bill is being supported not only on the basis of the ATF’s history for botching schemes like Fast and Furious, but also on the idea that the ATF is redundant. Essentially, if the other organizations can do the ATF’s job, there’s no reason for the ATF.

5.) Bottom line. The era that anti-gun groups hoped would not come almost certainly has. Trump has made his pro-gun plans clear and many Republicans in Congress are clearly eager to get into it. Consider that all of the above have happened simply in the time we have been away. These reforms will almost certainly be seen as “radical” by gun control advocates.

Because they are. National reciprocity (criticism of which is a bit ironic considering we always hear how guns need to be treated like cars), the abolition of the ATF, and finally making suppressors less of a crap-shoot are truly radical ideas in the context of the last eight years.

None of which would even be possible had Democrats taken control in the election. Which is odd, since guns were seen as a winning issue according to the Washington Post.

Regardless, we are looking at a remarkable time in the liberty movement. We’re back to our weekly schedule here, but also monitor This Is The Line and the Facebook page for Individual Sovereignty Network as events unfold.

And as always….
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.