This Rolls-Royce Phantom I, once owned by an Indian Maharajah, failed to sell at Barrett-Jackson over the weekend. It had quite a long list of value increasing characteristics, such as the original build sheet and original factory tool set, the Howdah gun (double-barreled shotgun pistol) in the passenger compartment, and the hand-cranked .450-caliber machine gun towed behind, as well as factory installed gun racks and a hidden safe. Despite all that, nobody wanted it badly enough to bid up over the $450,000 reserve price.
Colin Powell eulogizes Tom Clancy. “Tom’s books were incredibly accurate. He didn’t invent impossible schemes. He invented things that could happen. Some things that have actually happened over years bore some resemblance to scenarios that he put together. Tom could sense things and see things in a way that others couldn’t. Even though he wasn’t writing nonfiction, some of the things he wrote became reality.”
Behind the numbers on yesterday’s post about declining gun ownership… There are currently 49,000 Illinoisians awaiting approval of their $10 FOID card, which allows them to own a gun. Further, once the state’s new concealed-carry law is fully in place, state police officials expect 400,000 applications in the first year for the $150 “carry” permits. “People say it’s the same ‘gun guys’ buying more guns,” said Todd Vandermyde, the National Rifle Association’s lobbyist in Illinois. “FOID proves that it’s just the opposite.”
The NRA has indicated that it plans to sue if California Gov. Jerry Brown allows the assault weapons ban bill passed by the legislature to become law. The law would ban the future sale of most semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. The NRA-ILA wrote on its website that the law is unconstitutional and “would make unprecedented changes to California’s already unjust and byzantine ‘assault weapon’ law.”
Hyatt Gun Shop of Charlotte, NC, America’s largest gun shop, has been dropped by its credit card service provider, Authorize.net/CyberSource. The reason they were dropped? Because Hyatt Gun Shop — in what will come as a surprise to absolutely no one — sells guns. Authorize.net/Cybersource has been Hyatt’s service provider for over four years, but having apparently just discovered that a gun shop sells guns, notified Hyatt in a letter that they would be terminating their services effective September 30th for violating their service agreement, to wit: “the sale of firearms or any similar product.”
Turn your speakers down for this one, and enjoy the sight of one of our middle eastern brothers learning about recoil and proper bracing.