Desperation

Two large anti-gun groups rebrand as “grassroots”, a revival of the “domestic terrorist” talking point, and the ATF claims data seized from Ares is “safe.” The cracks are starting to show in several narratives this week. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist for helping out here.

1.) Everytown. While it sounds like a spin-off of Richard Scarry’s Busytown children’s books, Everytown is actually a merging of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. The fun part about the merging of two “large” (relatively) anti-gun groups backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is that they are trying to sell the merged group as “grassroots.”

Best of all, for us gun guys, is they kicked off the “movement” in, of all places, Colorado.

2.) “Domestic terrorism.” Senator Harry Reid has shifted gears from calling everyone who disagrees with him “anarchists” to calling those who support Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” instead. Domestic terrorism was popular around 2010 during the surge of the Tea Party, when the Gadsden Flag was starting to become much more popular. As InfoWars (who led the coverage of that narrative, so get off my back) reported, the DHS later suggested that anyone with a pro-liberty mindset was also a domestic terrorist.

In a semi-related story, Glenn Beck recently blasted many of the supporters of Bundy, specifically those he thinks are looking for a fight.

3.) Ares. Perhaps sensing that raiding a store in defiance of a restraining order might have brought them some negative attention, the ATF is attempting to assure people that the data seized in the initial raid is “safe” from outside intrusion. The ATF further stated that it did not use the info for anything not related to the investigation.

On the off chance anyone still believes them.

4.) Connecticut. Local media in CT is reporting what may be the first arrest to occur under the state’s new registration laws. A 65 year-old was arrested for possessing an unregistered “assault weapon” and “large-capacity magazines.” Nobody is sure which weapon or what, exactly, defines “large-capacity.”

Just to make the point, a 65-year-old was arrested not because he committed an actual crime but because a rifle wasn’t registered. He’s not really a criminal, but can look forward to being treated as one “for the greater good” regardless.

5.) Georgia. Georgia Carry has confirmed that HB 60 will be signed into law next week. As has been previously reported, the gun rights expansion restoration bill would, among other things:
– Remove fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
– Prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
– Create an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
– Remove the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners (churches must “opt-in” to allow carry).
– Lower the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
– Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
– Repeal the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
– Prohibit a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
– Codify the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
– Include a provision that would have the state report those persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or have been adjudicated mentally deficient to the NICS system while also providing an ability for relief through an application process to the court system for the purpose of restoration of rights.
– State that under a declared state of emergency, all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through Emergency Powers protection.
– Strengthen current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.

While I am, unfortunately, not sure I’ll be able to make it to the ceremony, I’m pretty sure every gun owner in the state is now looking forward to when the bill takes effect July 1st. (A few days before Independence Day…and expect a rather large Midnight Run on July 4th, too.)

6.) Bundy. The Truth About Guns has an article out asking a very simple question; is the action at Bundy Ranch (by which I mean the citizen militias facing off with Federal agents), a sign of things to come? Not much beyond that, but it is definitely something to consider.

In the event that the idea of citizen militias taking on Federal agents sounds ludicrous, I’d like to note that Bearing Arms posted an article in February about how, though assymetric warfare taking on a tank with a few rifles isn’t that hard.

Which is not to say that it wouldn’t be incredibly brutal regardless.

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Signal

Eric Holder wants smart gun tech, Leland Yee’s arrest leads to calls for more gun control, and the Feds bring MRAPS and snipers to a cow fight.

Thanks to Armed Novelist for helping gather some of the stories, let’s get to business.

1.) Smart guns. Remember that smart gun in California that had enough of a backlash as to be pulled almost immediately after it was announced? Well, Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking grants for gun tracking bracelets. This is, of course, to track the guns of American citizens, Mexican drug cartels can continue being ignored as normal.

Anyway, according to the Washington Free Beacon, the DoJ has requested about $300 million to look into “gun safety”, part of which goes into “Gun Safety Technology” grants, the terminology in no way sounding creepy or intrusive.

Just think about that for a second, $300 million for the anti-gun definition of “gun safety.”

Holder points to Congress’ inability to pass “common sense” gun control measures last year as the reason for the DoJ and the administration as a whole taking on the project themselves.

2.) Yee. Democrats have found a way to convert the Leland Yee case into calls for more gun control. In blunt terms, they say more gun control is needed because “even the most trusted appearing among us are ready to do real harm.” (In other words, fear everybody.) While conveniently washing her hands of the controversy over her colleague, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (who represents the district Yee is originally from) called for a ban on assault weapons to prevent future incidents of under-the-radar weapons trafficking. She even went so far as to say President Obama should “use his pen to slow the import of these weapons, which have no place in our homes.” In other words, he should use executive orders and go around Congress.

Congresstypes apparently have nothing against being made irrelevant.

3.) Tennessee. A handful of quick bits now. The Tennesse State Senate gave open carry a boost this week, passing a bill that would allow for OC without a license. The vote passed 25-2.

4.) Florida. The rules change during riots/disasters. A bill in the Florida House would allow people with no criminal record to conceal firearms during emergencies without a permit.

HB 209’s progress is available direct from the House website myfloridahouse.gov.

5.) Georgia. GPB, our state-wide public broadcaster has a fairly balanced look at HB 60. The bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Deal (he has until roughly the end of the month) would among other things allow for church carry, as well as remove the requirement to get fingerprinted to renew your license.

6.) Virginia. Finally on this breakneck tour across the country, musings from a Virginia Democrat looking to replace Eric Cantor. Mike Dickinson, who has made no secret of his disdain for gun owners and the NRA in the past, took to Twitter to state that gun owners are “like little kids right now. They want all the rights but none of the responsibility (sic). With rights comes responsibility.” He also noted that anyone who sells a firearm that is later used in a crime is responsible for that crime.

In case he’s not scoring points with the base, he has also asked the FCC to regulate FOX News and ONLY FOX News.

7.) Nevada. While Youtuber TheRealTripppleB has a far better recap on this, let’s discuss the action in Nevada which, as of tonight, has at least calmed down.

After several decades of court battles over “public” land in Clark County, Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management decided to surround the ranch of Cliven Bundy with armed officers, helicopters, and 4WD vehicles. The reason for this was not because Bundy was a terrorist or violent criminal, but rather because he has had cows grazing on public land “without a permit.” The idea of sending snipers to fight over cows was slammed by Nevada officials, half of Twitter, and virtually everybody who saw the whole thing as overkill.

It was only in the last few days where this got real tense real fast. With the addition of snipers and MRAPS on one end, came the introduction of militia groups supporting Bundy on the other. The introduction of armed resistance, plus having the embarrassment of having such firepower brought to bear over cows lighting up social media/side-stream news, led the BLM to eventually pull back and continue fighting in court over it. (Keeping in mind that the BLM has virtually no Congressional oversight, and can basically write its own rules at will.) The Bang Switch celebrated the event, saying that today should be a “national holiday that celebrates the 2nd Amendment and liberty,” emphasizing the role armed citizens played in forcing a retreat. TBS adds

Before large numbers of militia responded to the scene, groups of protesters were being roughed up by government thugs. Women were thrown to the ground and unarmed men were tazed as the government struggled to assert its control. Once armed citizens started to arrive in force, these thugs were forced to back-off and stop using their Gestapo tactics.

Again, it was a mix of armed resistance on the ground, and side-stream news that brought this about.

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McDonald

Protests at the CT Capitol building, Gun Control still a non-starter in the Senate, and Colorado’s gun laws go on trial. Solid week in firearms news, all told. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist for helping gather some of the stories.

1.) McDonald. Before we get into the noise, the aggression, and the ever increasing resistance to gun control, let’s start with a tip of the hat to Otis McDonald. Mr. McDonald was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago. He died Friday, after battling a lengthy illness, at the age of 80. McDonald was largely seen as a follow-up to the Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. Whereas Heller affirmed the right to own guns regardless of whether one served in a militia, McDonald struck down Chicago’s ban AND held that the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection under the law) was applicable to the states as a whole.

The man only brought the case because he was looking to protect his family, but was barred from getting a handgun by virtue of living in Chicago. That he delivered a solid victory for gun rights in the process is incidental. His story later became the subject of a book, “An Act of Bravery”, released in 2012.

2.) Chicago. In July of 2013, Illinois installed (by court order, not a by-product of a change of heart) a CCW licensing system. Chicago police announced that the first quarter of 2014 saw “the lowest murder rate since 1958.” As IJR notes, it’s too early to tell if there is a DIRECT connection….but the evidence is there that either the introduction of CCW either DID have an impact, or it didn’t have the end-of-days impact it was “supposed” to, but didn’t impact murder rates much.

I’m sure CNN will get right on this story….after they are done theorizing about that damn plane, perhaps.

There have already been Armed Citizen stories coming out of the area as well.

3.) SAFE Act. Thousands of people protested the SAFE Act this week at the Capitol in Albany, New York this week. The SAFE Act continues to face massive opposition, including deliberate refusal to register (the deadline is April 15 without a trace of irony), regular protests, and some fairly passionate speeches in front of various city/county councils. (To say nothing of the fact that, as discussed last week, a lot of the mechanisms in the law simply aren’t ready.)

This fight isn’t fading away any time soon.

4.) Colorado. The Colorado Legislature has passed a bill repealing restrictions on rifle and shotgun purchases. The bill essentially allows residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in states that aren’t bordering Colorado.

Not much to mention, but worth noting an extremely slow movement in the positive direction from Colorado after all the hell we’ve been seeing there.

4.) Kansas. The Kansas legislature has passed a bill giving the state legislature sole authority over gun regulation. In other words, any law by a city that runs counter to the state law is void and is itself illegal.


[Image source: GRAA Twitter]

5.) Connecticut. The above image is from Saturday’s protest outside of the Connecticut Capitol building in Hartford. This is the culmination of near-constant resistance since Connecticut passed its own SAFE Act-style law, including the registration of “assault weapons.”

This protest didn’t get much play in the major media networks….which is exactly the role the alternative media is expected to fill.

It turns out that forcing people to register their guns is a lot like forcing them to buy something they don’t want. Some will, most won’t.

6.) Nationally. Bloomberg News closes out this week with a note from Senate Dems. It turns out that, despite “90% of Americans” supporting it, they still do not have the votes for gun control on the Federal level. Everyone from Harry Reid to Joe Manchin, one of the men behind the last effort at a federal gun control “compromise.”

Considering the falling support for gun control, don’t expect that to change any time soon.

If anything, the odds are only going to get worse for anti-gunners. The movement is collapsing at both the state and Federal level, and it is important that we make damn sure it stays that way.

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Overload

A look at the elections, Constitutional Carry in Iowa and Louisiana, and a look at what is probably the most biased gun news article in recent memory. Of course, we will cover the Leland Yee story this week as well. Lots of stuff to cover, but no particular theme. As always, thanks to Armed Novelist for helping out.

1.) 2014. A couple of new studies on the 2014 election seem to give increasing odds to a GOP takeover of the Senate as Obama’s poll numbers (and frankly, everything else) is on the decline. While I hold that the RNC will try to crush any pro-liberty candidate (in place of a moderate or someone whose political opinions bend to the will of the polls), I’d love to be wrong on this. Moving on.

2.) New York. The SAFE Act is falling apart. In addition to the fact that many just aren’t registering their guns to begin with, a lot of the stuff set up in the law isn’t ready yet and isn’t looking like it is going to be ready for a long damn time.

3.) LEOs. Let’s get this out of the way. We are going to be discussing Law Enforcement in this next section. We are not going to be bashing them.

OK. That obligatory disclaimer out of the way, two major notes this week in the subject of the Blue Line. We start off in Vermont, where the city of Burlington passed a handful of gun control measures. Like in New York, the measures are being met with resistance from law enforcement. The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which claims sheriffs as the top law enforcement (given that local LE is supposedly more powerful in an area than Federal LE), claims that 17 police associations and 500 sheriffs have declared that they will not enforce “unconstitutional” gun measures.

On the flipside, we have the controversial shooting of a homeless man in by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The crime, apparently, was that the man was “illegally camping.” CBS News reports:

According to an Albuquerque police spokeswoman, Boyd was carrying knives and threatening to kill the officers. But critics say the incident raises alarming questions about how Albuquerque police use deadly force.

Rob Cameron, an attorney and YouTuber, has a solid video out called “Equal Standard of Conduct for Police” which is pretty self-explanatory.

4.) Yee. Any readers of this blog are probably already up on this, so let’s get it out of the way now. The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb seized on the hypocrisy of a noted anti-gunner being arrested for weapons trafficking. (Banning semi-autos while trafficking RPGs.)

Gun control advocates view the arrest as a “setback“. The Courage Campaign’s Paul Song told the AP “Ironically, while he’s being charged with gun trafficking, next to (U.S. Sen.) Dianne Feinstein he was probably the second most outspoken gun control advocate. This really leaves us scrambling for someone to pick up that mantle. If it wasn’t so sad it would be comical. But what we’re really worried about is that this will further destroy the momentum for gun control here in California.”

Not that gun control needed help losing momentum.

5.) Constitutional Carry. In both Iowa and Louisiana, lawmakers are mulling bills to essentially scrap their respective permit systems, allowing for open and concealed carry regardless of whether you have a permit. For Louisiana, this is the logical extension to the lifetime carry permit that dropped in May of last year.

6.) Open Carry. A story on Ben Swann’s Truth In Media project asks a very simple question; “Is the Open-Carry Movement Becoming More Popular?” With movements for OC popping up seemingly everywhere (even though, depending on your view, the Starbucks events backfired), it is a legitimate question. I personally don’t OC, but some of you probably do (and I would be interested in hearing about your experiences, quite honestly).

7.) Detroit. I’m not sure I could write a better setup for this next story than the opening paragraphs.

As Detroit continues to reel from the dismal results of progressive policies run amok, citizens in the bankrupt city are being forced to arm themselves to protect life and property.

Amid a staggeringly high crime rate and a police department so beset with budget cuts that responding to calls for help is hit or miss, residents there are determined to defend themselves — and are exercising their Second Amendment rights to do so, The Blaze reported.

The above excerpt is from BizPac Review.

When seconds count…..

8.) Church and Guns. A church in New York gave away a (modified) AR-15 (cue organ music) at a recent Sunday service. The winner, 42-year-old Ron Stafford, told the New York Post “I believe it’s the right of the individual, I believe the church and our God-given rights and our rights to follow the Constitution go hand in hand.”

As Bearing Arms shows us, the Post went on to write one of the most arrogant and biased pieces in recent memory:

An upstate gun nut went to church Sunday and walked out the winner of a high-powered assault rifle similar to the one used to slaughter 26 innocent people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

But Ron Stafford, 42, an avid hunter and single father of two from Schenectady, said he didn’t see what’s wrong about owning a gun or a church giving away an AR-15 rifle.

“I believe it’s the right of the individual, I believe the church and our God-given rights and our rights to follow the Constitution go hand in hand,” said Stafford, who doesn’t even belong to Grace Baptist Church in upstate Lansingburgh, but made the 25-mile trek from his home for the gun drawing.

“I like to shoot,” said the Second Amendment zealot. “I believe that this shows the will of the people and what this country is all about.”

Stafford was so determined to win, he sat through the entire three-hour service — a requirement demanded by the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Koletas.

While the overall message at Sunday’s service was about God and guns, Stafford refused to ponder the question of whether he could imagine Jesus packing heat.

“I can’t answer that question,” said Stafford. “I’m not Jesus. I believe in my personal thoughts and to speak for him wouldn’t be very Christian of me.”

However, he castigated the media for “demonizing” gun owners and the government for “trampling” on Second Amendment rights.

Realize, by the way, that it’s “Thou Shalt Not Murder.”

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Victories

Georgia’s gun bill passes both chambers, the latest on Ares Armor, anti-gunners go after private business, and Feinstein proposes a ban on imported firearms. Big news in the gun world. Thanks as always to Armed Novelist (DeviantArt / Tumblr) for providing some of the stories this week.

1.) Georgia. Because I’m both biased and live here, let me get this out of my system early. Thursday night, at about 11:20 (40 minutes before the end of the 2014 session) HB 60, a massive gun rights expansion restoration bill got final approval by the House after a few amendments in the Senate. The amendments allowed for churches to “opt-in” to allowing firearms, as well as legalizing suppressors for use in hunting.

Georgia Carry posted an email written BEFORE the bill passed by Americans for Responsible Solutions, an anti-gun group headed up by former AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The email basically shows that HB 60’s failure would have had national implications, and would have been a major boost to anti-gun groups. ARS, Moms Demand Action, and others referred to the bill as the “most extreme gun bill” in the country.

For what it’s worth, ARS posted a brief statement on their Facebook page shortly after the bill’s passage celebrating the defeat of campus carry as well as (falsely) the defeat of church carry. Georgia Carry posted a different, and much longer response on their Facebook, recapping the night and suggesting that more was in the pipe for 2015.

2.) Florida. Elsewhere in the country, Florida’s House passed a bill augmenting the state’s Stand Your Ground law with allowing people to fire a warning shot instead of retreating from the threat of death or harm. The Senate has a bill that is “in line” with the House, and it slated for a vote March 26.

3.) Ares. Now to the big story: the ATF vs. Ares Armor. By now, most who have been monitoring the story know the basics, so we won’t spend too much time on that. A look at an application for a warrant on Ares/EP put the company as part of a wider investigation. The application does not, however, suggest Ares/EP is engaged in any sort of criminal activity.

On March 17, the ATF filed a motion in opposition of the restraining order placed on the agency by Ares. (Not that they paid attention to the order to start with.) At the center of this is whether the 80% complete lowers the company sold were or were not defined as firearms.

Since then, a hearing between the two sides scheduled for Thursday was vacated.

Outside of the Ares fight, the ATF was slammed by a Los Angeles Federal judge for its recent tactics. Judge Otis Wright took his decision to throw out charges on a man arrested during an ATF sting to criticize the ATF’s tactics during those stings. In short, he accused the ATF of setting up “made-up crimes” and “ensnaring chronically unemployed individuals from poverty-ridden areas” in those crimes.

Not the best PR situation for the ATF this week. It could only be worse if the major news outlets were paying attention. That they are in this position at least signifies they are starting to meet resistance. After Fast and Furious, they don’t exactly have credibility.

4.) Connecticut. Authorities in Connecticut seem to be desperate to avoid the word “confiscation.” Apparently being asked to relinquish firearms is not confiscation because it doesn’t involve police physically going door-to-door to grab them. Ever since CT gun owners refused en masse to register their guns, suggesting that it would lead eventually to confiscation efforts, the government and state police have been walking a fine line between being “fair” to those who refused to register and mulling attempting to arrest over three-hundred thousand people.

Keep watching CT. It’s either going to explode or the gun laws will be ignored.

5.) Feinstein. To nobody’s surprise, California Senator Dianne Feinstein has a new gun control proposal out. This time, the bill seeks to ban firearms “not generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes” from being imported into the US. Yes, “sporting purposes.” Although, one could argue that target shooting/3-Gun are sports and any number of guns can be used in those.

But even if they couldn’t…..”sporting purposes” is a resurrection of the idea that the Second Amendment is not about defense, but about hunting. It hasn’t worked in decades, and there is no reason to suspect it will work now.

6.) Idaho. A massive nullification bill was signed into law in Idaho this week. The bill, which nullifies future gun laws and prevents all forms of confiscation (barring guns used to commit felonies), among other things, is part of a growing movement among states to nullify what they see as the Federal government overstepping its authority. The Tenth Amendment has seen a lot of attention lately.

7.) Next up. With the legislative front going so poorly, gun control advocates are moving to pushing private businesses to ban firearms. It’s nothing new, but it is general admission that gun control isn’t popular enough to get through any government. The only two “victories” in that have been Starbucks saying guns are “unwelcome” and a minor Facebook policy change regarding blatantly illegal gun purchases.

Let’s be honest, when you are resigned to “pressuring” businesses and taking credit for things you had nothing to do with, it’s time to re-evaluate your argument.

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Militia

The concept of a militia reaches the pages of USA Today, the ATF ignores restraining orders, Connecticut ramps up confiscation efforts, and a bit of hope for millennials (and gun rights in general). Also, this week we have a blazing speech on the President’s tendency to change laws on his own. Armed Novelist is a co-producer at this point.

1.) Militia. The concept of the militia hit the pages of USA Today this week in a column by Glenn Reynolds. The column goes over the (real) definition of the “militia” as meant in the Second Amendment (i.e. an armed citizenry, not the National Guard). An article on Bearing Arms ran with this, and added notes from Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story and Townhall columnist Rachel Alexander.

It is interesting seeing discussion of the militia hit such a major website.

2.) Raids. The gun retailer Ares Armor got a restraining order against the ATF earlier this week. The ATF threatened to seize the company’s consumer list and about $300,000 in inventory if the company did not hand it over voluntarily.

With the restraining order in place, the ATF respectfully ignored it, brought different charges, and raided the place anyway. The ATF, apparently, has more interest in treating Mexican drug cartels better than it does American businesses.

At the same time, Ares is dealing fighting their home city to keep a sign up outside the building that features an AR-15 silhouette.

The CEO of the company, Dimitri Karras, is a former Marine and apparently has no intention of backing down from either fight. At about midnight, he posted the following to the company’s Facebook page

The ATF did execute a search warrant against all of our buildings today. None of our employees have been detained or arrested. We will be open for business tomorrow. We will be back up and shipping out orders on Monday. We wholeheartedly believe that they are WRONG in their actions and we will be relentlessly pursuing remedy through the courts. Quote from an ATF Agent during the raid “searching is fun! paper work sucks.” Maybe the ATF thinks the Constitution is part of that paper work that sucks… Despicable behavior on their part. This is just the beginning! Thank you all for the support! -Dimitrios Karras, CEO

3.) Connecticut. Now over to one of the flashpoints. We have covered the action in Connecticut extensively here; from the gun laws that were passed, to the registrations that never happened, to the first round of confiscation letters. Now we have a second round of letters going out.

Much like in New York, those with unregistered firearms must either render them inoperable, get them out of the area, or relinquish them to police.

The governor of CT is standing on the law as well. Essentially his response to critics and those who refuse to register their firearms was “your side lost, deal with it.”

4.) The Next Generation. A Pew study suggests that, by a small margin, Millennials oppose gun control. The study found that the views of Millennials is in-line with the views of previous generations…at least by the study.

Expect that margin to expand eventually. Which direction is in our hands.

5.) Government. The final story tonight is a speech from Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SD). Rep. Gowdy took aim at the President’s tendency to enforce bills when he chooses to do so, and rewrite them without any oversight or approval. In his 5-minute speech, he notes how the branches of government are supposed to operate in concert, and where the lines are in terms of their authority (checks and balances). President Obama’s non-stop modifications to laws like the Affordable Care Act, Gowdy says, could be extended to the President changing election or discrimination laws.

The speech was in support of the ENFORCE The Law Act, which streamlines the process for Congress suing the President for failing to enforce laws. It passed the house, but Obama has threatened to veto it under the apparently serious claim that it violates the separation of powers.

Almost through the first quarter of this election year. Primaries in May for most of the country. With the action in Connecticut, New York, and others, guns are looking like central issue for the 2014 elections.

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Surge

California CCW sees a surge after the 9th Circuit decision (and sees a backlash against smart guns), the fight in Connecticut intensifies, and Americans rally for Connecticut gun owners and for the Second Amendment in general. I owe Armed Novelist range time at this point.

1.) California. Two solid stories out of California this week. First off, we have a surge in CCW permits following the 9th Circuit decision that struck down the State’s “May Issue” system.

Also, with the introduction of a “smart gun” in California came the inevitable backlash that resulted in the store pulling it. Moving on.

2.) Connecticut. Monderno has an article recapping most of the confiscation story so far. Meanwhile, the organization Connecticut Carry is saying that the government “does not have the balls” to come for people defying the gun registration laws. Others have told lawmakers in person that they have no intention of complying with it.

The Capitalism Institute has another approach on this. They have released an article titled “Why Every American Must Rally Around Connecticut Gun Owners.” The Institute says that those outside the State need to keep the spotlight on CT lawmakers because A.) the media won’t and B.) to not do so would essentially allow CT to go after those fighting the law without anyone noticing.

Personally, I’d just argue it’d be pathetic for us to not back people who have taken the fight into their own hands. The pro-gun side-streams are pretty much the only people tracking this story. (It is quite interesting to see antis ignore it, though. Suddenly they aren’t as interested in using the “nobody is coming for your guns” line….)

Also of note is the fact that apparently law enforcement is refusing to enforce those laws in the first place.

3.) Missouri. Nullification is the word of the day in MO. The Senate there voted to pass a bill essentially gutting Federal gun laws by a 23-10 vote. The bill has been passed off to the House Rules Committee.

4.) Nationally. Apparently looking for a quiet restart, President Obama is using the 2015 budget to renew efforts for gun control. He spend about 30 seconds on it during the State of the Union show in January, and hasn’t been too loud about it since then.

5.) Resurgence. A USA Today piece entitled “Americans Embrace Guns“…..put bluntly, we’re winning. Americans are rediscovering their rights and, at the risk of being dramatic, their history. Gun control has been reduced to seeing minor changes like Facebook’s policies as massive victories. (They wanted basically a ban on all gun sales, what they got was much smaller.) That they are that desperate for victories should tell you more than they’d like about the state of their argument.

With the trend we are seeing now, it is only going to get worse for them.

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