Why Texas Won’t Get Constitutional Carry

Keeping and bearing arms is a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. If Americans don’t need a license to exercise their right to free speech why do they need one for keeping and bearing arms? Because guns! Guns are lethal! The antis assert that your average citizen can’t be trusted with lethal force. Not without vetting. Training. Supervision. Government vetting, training and supervision. Oh, and licensing. After all that, then citizens can keep and bear arms. Maybe. This is the “acceptable” face of American gun rights. And it’s wrong . . .

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Living In A World Always Under Construction

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Whenever an incident like the entirely justified shooting of Michael Brown by former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson is forced into the public consciousness, predictable–and dangerous—assertions spring up. Such assertions are fueled and informed by ignorance, righteous imaginings of how things ought to be, novels, TV and movies. While they’re entertaining and dramatic, the actions suggested are virtually always practical, tactical disasters . . .

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NY Grand Jury No-Bills Convicted Killer for Bringing a Gun to Court

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“Terrance Washington was on his way to Brooklyn Supreme Court on Nov. 26 to face an assault charge for allegedly breaking a man’s arm with a bat,” nypost.com reports, “when a court officer operating a security X-ray machine detected the loaded .22-caliber handgun in his bag, court papers state. Washington, 41, was slapped with felony gun charges. But he was never indicted because the grand jury bought his excuse — that the bag wasn’t his and he didn’t know there was a gun inside, law-enforcement sources said. ‘He said it wasn’t his bag and he borrowed his cousin’s bag. That’s why the gun was in there,’ said a law-enforcement source.” Ignorance is no excuse under the law. Unless it is. Too bad Mr. Washington wasn’t a ham sandwich. Right? [h/t DD]

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This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They Get Stabbed On Trains

Let me say this out front: I do NOT want to hear from antis who say that this story – of a mass stabbing on an AMTRAK train – would have been worse if the perp had had a gun. I don’t want to be shot OR stabbed. Nor do I want either fate to befall ANY innocent life. I want all Americans to be able to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms to defend themselves and other innocent life. Period. Actually, there’s more. If the perp had used a gun in his heinous attack, I would have wanted a gun, too. As the antis’ desire to disarm criminals is a pipe dream, there is no reason disarm or even make it difficult for Americans to tool-up. Even on trains! Speaking of which . . .

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One Solution to Police Brutality: Open Carry

“When I was in Washington DC, that’s when Virginia first passed its concealed carry into law and we in law enforcement thought, ‘Oh man, it’s going to be terrible, it’s going to be the wild west, agg assaults and murders are going to go up.’ There wasn’t a blip on the radar.” That’s San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explaining [via foxsanantonio.com] his lack of tsuris regarding Texas’ forthcoming move to open carry. But there’s more to open carry than simply nothing bad happening (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s worst non-nightmare). As huffingtonpost.com writer H. A. Goodman suggested, open carry could act as a deterrent against police “over-zealousness.” I think that’s right. When I opened carried in Rhode Island . . .

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Judge Asks for En Banc Review of Peruta Concealed Carry Case

Edward Peruta (courtesy ammoland.com)

In the Peruta v. County of San Diego, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t mandate that concealed carry license applicants must prove “just cause” for exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. After the ruling, the San Diego Sheriff’s office said no mas. California Attorney General Kamala Harris jumped in, claiming an interest in the case, demanding a chance to appeal. Too late, the court ruled. And now an unnamed, anti-2A judge on the Ninth Circuit has called for a vote to determine if the Circuit will hear the case en banc. Note: this is a call for a vote to review the original decision. Here’s the order . . .

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FNH USA Releases FNS-9C and FNS-40C Compacts?

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We first caught wind that FNH USA was designing a compact version of their excellent polymer-framed striker-fired FNS-9 and FNS-40 handguns at last year’s SHOT Show. “That trigger, those ergs, thirteen rounds and a seventeen round spare with rock solid reliability in a concealable FNS-9,” RF enthused. “Gentlemen, meet my new carry gun.” Since then, FNH has rolled out a competition long slide FNS and . . . that’s it. Now, almost two years later, it looks like FNH USA will start shipping the FNS-9 and FNS-40 Compacts sometime around shortly, thanks to what may be a premature posting by High Plains Gun Shop . . .

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Every American Woman’s Number One Freedom

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In a recent article titled “Five Things To Be Thankful For As A Woman In America,” Ashe Schow–a young woman whose writing is making a real impression on the Internet–provided a reminder of the very great benefits of being an American, particularly an American woman. In brief:

1. Freedom

I know how cliché that sounds, but women in America are among the freest in the world. We can dress how we want, pursue our dreams and go where we please…

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OMG! A Concealed Firearm Next to Governor Haley! OMG!

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TTAG reader Andy Walker writes:

I’m a resident of South Carolina. In the run up to midterm elections my governor was all over the state drumming up support. Governor Haley happened to be stopping in my town on a Sunday afternoon. Even though I’m not involved in politics, I figured it was worth my time to go check it out and see what it was like since I support Haley and her positive 2A stance. Since it was getting cooler, I thought it’d be a good chance to wear the 1911 that had been neglected most of the summer. So I threw on jeans, a leather/kydex hybrid, and a light jacket. The “event” was in the lobby of a Holiday Inn. I got there a half hour early, saw a few local cops and a few dozen people in the lobby. Checked the entry was for SC’s very specific no CC sign. None to be seen . . .

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MA Fifth Grader Suspended for Shooting Finger Gun at Girls

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“Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended [from school for two days] after pointing an imaginary ray gun – his finger – and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday,” milforddailynews.com reports. Nickolas’ father Brian is not amused. “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character. It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.” Prevaricate much? Who cares if the hand gesture was threatening? Isn’t instructing children in proper social interaction part of the school system’s remit? Anyway, here’s young master Nicholas’ description of events . . .

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Gun Comparison: Ruger LC9 vs. LC9s

Since its announcement at 2011’s SHOT Show, the Ruger LC9 has generated unending complaints about its onerous trigger pull. At the end of July, 2014, the company released a striker-fired version of the LC9, called the LC9s, with the primary selling point being a shorter, lighter, crisper, and in all other ways better trigger. Thanks to a great FFL in my area, Best Buy Surplus, who suggested I borrow one of each model from their stock, I’m able to provide the following side-by-side comparison . . .

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