Grab Bag: April 2017

Campus Carry passes in Georgia, an armed robber goes bad for three people, and a discussion on if background checks help reduce crime.

1.) Georgia. The 2017 GA legislative session concluded tbis week, and with it many pro-gun bills managed to pass both chambers and get to the Governor. Perhaps chief among these is the fifth annual effort at campus carry. This bill answered a lot of Governor Deal’s problems with last year’s bill, so it faces good odds of being signed.

But then again we said that last year.

2.) DGU. My InSov colleagues found this one and it’s worth it just for the staggering ignorance. A man killed three people trying to break into his home this week, and a relative of one of the suspects spoke to a local TV station to claim that the shooting wasn’t needed. Reasons range from “there has to be a limit to the law” to saying that what they did was stupid.

It’s actually a fascinating read to see how armed robberies are apparently not supposed to have the possibility of death as a potential consequence.

3.) NICS. Are background checks worth it? has a long, thorough article on the efficacy of background checks since the assassination attempt that spawned the NICS system. How you veiw the topic depends both on if you see NICS as constitutionally valid and if you see the system as something other than an arbitrary burden.

It’s worth noting, of course, that Constitutional Carry does not necessarily make the entire system redundant as A.) you still need permits for reciprocity reasons and B.) buying from an FFL still requires a background check.
4.) FFLs. Provided the FFL even bothers to do their job correctly. This week, a Pittsburgh gun store is facing a host of charges. The store, known for holding huge discounts after mass shootings, is facing everything from failing to keep records of purchases (or even record the purchases to begin with) to unregistered weapons.

The owner faces a full fifty years if convicted of all charges.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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