Financial Burden

In Florida, the cost of a license to carry is roughly $102.

In New York City (if you can get it approved at all), the cost is $87.

In Texas, it’s $140.

All of which ignores any required training or other external cost. Numerous arguments have been made in the past that the fees are little more than end-arounds; where owning a gun is not banned per se but is essentially too expensive to be reasonable.

As that logic starts taking hold, the costs of permits have started coming under scruitiny. This is in paralell with the growing Consitutional Carry movement, as well. (And, interestingly, we have also seen increased opposition from people with a financial interest in keeping the scheme running.)

This week, we look at one state looking to lower the cost, and one looking to eliminate the license requirement.

1.) Ohio. First, however, it is worth noting some major progress out of Ohio. A new law went into effect this week greatly expanding where CCW holders may carry. Campus carry is still banned, but colleges may now authorize groups of people to carry.

2.) Texas. The Lone Star State is looking to reduce the cost of applying for the license, although many in the state still want to go to a Constitutional Carry system. The bill headed for the Senate would drop the cost down to $40, a full $100 cheaper than where it is now.

Interestingly, some looked to exempt only law enforcement from the fee altogether. This raises the idea of why a fee is needed at all, of course.

3.) North Dakota. North Dakota has gone permitless. The state is the latest in the ever growing list of states supporting some form of permitless carry. With luck, Georgia and Texas will eventually join those ranks.

It’s important to note that, for now, permits are still required in many states for the purposes of reciprocity. However with the advent of Constitutional Carry, and its seemingly unstoppable spread, it’s only a matter of time before that is no longer an issue, either.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Fake News

Silencers bounce between being worse than earplugs and capable of breaking science depending on the narrative, a new LGBT gun control group uses old gun control promises, and the EU manages to toughen its gun laws. Lots of propaganda to sift through today, so let’s get to it.

1.) Suppressors. Last week, the angle against the Hearing Protection Act was that suppressors made a gun perfectly silent. Despite that no reality exists where 120 decibels is silent, the angle was reliant on ignorance and a belief that James Bond was real.

Now, Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control group headed up by Gabrielle Giffords, says that silencers aren’t nearly as good at protecting your hearing as earplugs are. Suppressors have gone from being physics-defying wonders to basically useless versus a thumb-sized piece of foam.

This bizarre shift in narrative has not gone unnoticed by pro-gun groups like Open Carry Texas, of course. It now finds opponents in a strange position where they have to land on one or the other, explain why the narrative they didn’t choose was held onto regardless, and how the new narrative makes any sense logically.

The kind of gymnastics that endeavor is going to take will be good enough for the Olympics.

2.) LGBT. Last week, we discussed a video from Dana Loesch about LGBT Americans arming up after the Orlando shooting. Now we have the opposite. A group calling themselves “Gays Against Guns” is opposing national reciprocity legislation on the basis that the ” Guns Everywhere bill will mean more gun violence and more gun deaths,” according to an activist with the group.

“Guns Everywhere” was the name gun controllers gave to HB60 here in Georgia. Like that bill, the opposition is predicated on apocalyptic imagery.

HB60 went live back in 2014. The apocalypse is incredibly late at this point.

3.) EU. The European Union has managed to find parts of the firearms world it hasn’t outlawed completely yet, introducing a new series of gun laws including strict controls on handguns. The justification, naturally, is that terrorists exploited loopholes in the law and carried out the Paris attacks as a result. The new package even includes new restrictions on so-called “acoustic” firearms. (That is, guns that fire blanks.)

Admittedly, Brexit does not necessarily mean that the UK will become suddenly pro-gun. Handguns there have effectively been banned since the Dunblane school shooting back in 1996.

Still, though, with the surge in populism we have seen across the globe, and the rise of people like Nigel Farage over in the UK, it is not entirely out of the question that the laws would be relaxed somewhat in the UK after Brexit.

Besides which, nobody said the UK would leave the EU either.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Volume

This week, we deal with a fundamental misunderstanding on suppressors, Gander Mountain somehow manages to come out of the Obama-era gun sales surge bankrupt, and we look at a video by Dana Loesch on the LGBT community arming itself.

1.) The law of suppressors. A Senator has gotten ahead of everybody with the Hearing Protection Act fearmongering, playing the only card anti-gunners have; think about movies. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), told the Huffington Post that suppressors concealed a gun when it was fired. He said that silencers “are used to commit crimes.” Obviously, he has no proof of this, and even the ATF’s own statistics debunk his theory. But there’s a much deeper problem with this angle of attack.

2.) The science of suppressors. Put bluntly, there is no physical way to completely silence an explosion powerful enough to send a projectile at supersonic speeds. Even with a good suppressor, a 9mm pistol would still be at about 125 decibels, louder than an ambulance siren, but quieter than a jackhammer. (How many times have you missed hearing an ambulance with sirens blaring?)

Silencers have that untraceable sound in movies because of editing, and that really should not have to be said at all.

The point being, on this bill, is that anti-gunners are not only defying logic with the idea that silencers in action films are in any way realistic. Their position is scientifically wrong on every possible level.

2.) Gander Mountain. A major firearms retailer (one that refers to itself as the country’s “firearms superstore” has managed to come out of the Obama era with a bankruptcy filing. Gander Mountain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, This is an official announcement, although rumblings of the filing have been running around since early February.

The press release blames the bankruptcy on under-performing stores and online vendors.

3.) LGBT. We covered the reaction to the Orlando shooting back in Breaking Point. Dana Loesch now has a characteristically great piece on firearms in the LGBT community produced for NRATV. The video is about seven minutes long and discusses the Orlando shooting, and the rise in threats against LGBT individuals. It also shows the lengths the pro-gun community goes to in order to help that community.

Self-defense always has transcended virtually all barriers. The self-defense movement, indeed the self-reliance/survivalist movement as a whole, has always been focused on giving people control over their own lives, and the tools needed to be resilient. We discussed this concept; that a movement predicated on empowerment is an inherently strong and welcoming one; when we closed for the year in Stand Down, and Loesch brings up the perfect story of a Texas shooting range that reached out to the LGBT community after Orlando, and got a response they never expected.

Both movements have never cared for who the person is, only that they have the tools they need to survive.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag: March 2017

A bill in Missouri regarding felons and gun rights, Campus Carry passes the Georgia, and a note on firearms safety classes returning to public schools in Idaho.

1.) Felons. A bill in Missouri would lay out how people convicted of a number of felonies COULD have those rights reinstated. The bill is restarting the debate on whether people convicted of felonies (particularly violent ones) should have their rights reinstated at all.

We have handled this topic numerous times in the past. If it succeeds in Missouri, it could very much spread.

CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas also wrote a fantastic article on the subject last year as well. 

All of this is built around 2 central questions. If people released from prison cannot be trusted to have firearms, how can they be trusted with any other possibly lethal object?

And if people released from prison cannot be trusted with that, why are pathologically violent people being released at all?

2.) Georgia. Campus Carry will stop coming up in the Georgia legislature when Campus Carry becomes law, so get used to this until then. This week, the House passed what is basically a carbon copy of last year’s. It now moves to the Senate, where Republicans are practically daring Lt. Gov Cagle and Gov. Deal to try and block it again.

A bill passed last session legalizing stun guns/TASERs.

3.) Idaho. A new bill has been introduced to put firearms safety classes into Idaho public schools. While live ammo would be banned, the classes would be taught by the “Idaho Department of Fish and Game, law enforcement, or a firearms organization.”

The question is whether gun control types will have something against education. We already know they prey on ignorance.

Stay alert. Stay informed. Stay free.