In 2010, Phoenix (AZ) gun law expert Alan Korwin paid $11,000 to CBS Outdoors, who manages Phoenix’s bus shelter ads, to have 50 ads put up advertising his gun training company. The ads read “Guns Save Lives” and “Educate Your Kids,” and also contained smaller text about gun rights and Arizona’s concealed carry law. The signs went up on October 12th. A week later, Phoenix city officials decided the ads didn’t meet a requirement that such ads provide “adequate notice” of a commercial transaction, and the next day, the ads were gone. Korwin sued and lost . . .
But he later appealed and the case will appear before the Arizona Court of Appeals in about a week. Korwin’s contention is that the city is basically using the ad requirement as a form of soft censorship to deny ads they don’t approve of, in this case the pro-gun message, and that their enforcement is arbitrary and capricious. It’s more of a First Amendment issue than a Second, unless they did it because they don’t like guns, which they’ll never admit. Guard your rights jealously from even the slightest incursion.
Word is coming out of Colorado that the signature drive to recall State Senator Evie Hudak is in good shape, and just needs a few more signatures until they’re comfortable. The effort requires 18,900 signatures and today Mike McAlpine, the organizer of the recall effort, said that the effort is “at about 92% of where we need to be.” In a later interview, McAlpine said that 92% figure included a “modified overgoal,” which means that the recall campaign set an internal goal over and above the 18.9k required by law. If history is a guide, there will certainly be a court challenge to the validity of some or all of the signatures, and having a margin of error helps ensure that the effort will not fail if some of the signatures are thrown out.
The Connecticut law that went into effect on October 1 that requires CT residents to have a specific $35 permit in order to buy ammunition in the state has caused quite a stir among fall hunters, many of whom were unaware of the new rule until they were on their way to their hunting trip and stopped to buy ammo only to be turned away. Some hunters, who were hunting in another state anyway just waited until they were out of CT to buy their ammo, but some out-of-state retailers wouldn’t sell to them either. L.L. Bean, which has stores scattered all over the northeast, didn’t sell to any CT residents without a certificate, in state or out, for at least a week following the passage of the law, even though the law does not apply outside the state of Connecticut. theday.com reports that CT officials have only issued 1080 certificates as of last week. Connecticut has a population of 3,590,347 according to Wikipedia. I realize not everyone in the state is a gun owner, but somehow I think the total is more than 0.03% of the population. [Update: According to Pascal, there are some 800,000 registered gun owners in the state. Having a gun permit means you don’t have to have the separate ammo permit.]
An Illinois state representative, Jack Franks (D), has filed a bill to remove the requirement for young adults ages 18-21 to have their parents’ written permission to obtain an Illinois FOID. Under the current law, residents ages 18-21 have to produce a notarized statement from a parent or guardian, who themselves cannot be ineligible for an FOID. Franks called the extra burden unnecessary and an impediment to law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights that does nothing to keep criminals from obtaining guns. Franks says he anticipates pushback when the bill is taken up, which could be as early as January.
In the spirit of the conversation earlier about the misnamed Sure-Draw GLOCK Safety (should be Sure-Holster, in my opinion), here’s a video that MattV2099 did about a week ago on request, firing his GLOCK-brand GLOCK. As he says, “Don’t try this at home, if you’re a wuss.”