This week, in the matter of Regina v. Nur, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a statute that required mandatory minimum sentences for firearms possession crimes. The law, Section 95 of the Canadian Criminal Code, was passed in 2008, reports Jurist. According to CBC News, the act was part of a ‘tough on crime’ package backed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government . . .
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Australian firearms owners scored a resounding victory in response to a Senate Inquiry that attempted to place blame on them for a perceived increase in firearms crime as we reported last week. The Senate Committee report entitled, “Ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community,” initiated and chaired by Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright last October after a siege in Adelaide, unanimously found that . . .
So Nick and I were hanging out in TTAG’s top secret above-ground bunker, messing around with a new Kinetic Development Group forend and stock for my FN SCAR-16. When Nick finished the install, our newly svelte Svengali lit up a Cuban. I fired-up my Ligua Privada. As we contemplated the sleek perfection that is my newly-pimped “assault rifle” I asked Nick about optics for the gun. “What do you want this gun for?” he enquired through a fragrant cloud of blue smoke . . .
Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection. That’s the headline at salon.com, as steadfast a proponent of civilian disarmament as you’ll find on the Internets. Sub-head: “Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against ‘tyranny,’ and Lindsey Graham thinks that’s crazy.” Call me crazy, but I think it’s crazy that Lindsay Graham thinks it’s crazy. Anyway, here’s the windup: . . .
Two representatives have submitted a bill in Congress that would ban the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from collecting data related to a firearm purchaser’s race and ethnicity. The Freedom from Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates Act (or “FIREARM Act” – well done on the backronym there, guys,) was introduced on Monday by Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ted Poe (R-Tex.) to eliminate a controversial policy begun in recent years by the Obama administration that collects ethnicity and race data from new firearms purchasers . . .
“Brian Klawiter owns Dieseltec shop in Grandville [MI],” cnn.com reports. “In a statement this week on his company Facebook page, he urged gun owners to visit his business, promising a discount for those who do. ‘Enough is enough,’ his post said, declaring that the voices of conservative Americans are getting drowned out. He pledged to operate his business the way he sees fit. ‘I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed,’ he said. ‘I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period.” Oh dear. Here’s the Facebook post:
Vermont, a “constitutional carry” state, currently has few restrictions on guns, but that could change soon. An important gun control bill is close to passing the Vermont legislature. The state’s house gave initial approval for the passage of one bill that has already passed the senate. The House voted 79-60 in favor of the bill (SB 31) and a final vote is expected today. As TTAG mentioned before, this bill would allow the prosecution of some convicted criminals for firearm possession and require the “dangerously mentally ill” to be added to the federal background check system, therefore denying them firearms . . .
Some of you might remember seeing a post here proclaiming that open carry has passed in Texas. Well… it hasn’t. Not yet, at least. Last week, some legal wrangling knocked the open carry bill in Texas off the calendar. HB 910 had to go back to the Calendars Committee to be re-scheduled amidst concern it would die there. Nope. “Turning aside a flurry of Democratic amendments, the Texas House on Friday gave initial approval to legislation that would allow those with a concealed handgun license to openly carry a holstered weapon,” statesman.com reports. “Final approval of House Bill 910 is expected Monday.” As Lone Star State Governor Abbott has publicly pledged to sign the bill, this is a done deal. We hope. You can track the bill’s progress here.
The chairperson of Gods Before Guns penned an editorial for cleveland.com entitled Guns, like cars, should include tough licensing and manufacturing requirements. “Many of the same kinds of regulations that are making steady progress in motor-vehicle safety could also be effective in reducing the toll of shootings,” Dave Eggert asserts. “And because guns, unlike vehicles, are specifically designed to kill, additional measures are also appropriate. These include universal background checks, special protections for children and youth, and special measures to keep guns away from criminals and domestic abusers.” Yup, this again. For those of you who just joined us . . .
Letter to the editor at seattletimes.com replying to “Guns, kids don’t mix”
It depends on how you raise them. We raised three children with guns in the house. However, the guns and ammunition were secured and under our control. We went shooting as a family. We belonged to a shooting club with a weekly night for training children. It was well attended by parents. As a family, we had no problems with guns. The problem is much greater than access to guns . . .
Where’d they get the gun? That’s what gun control advocates demand each and every time there’s a crime or negligent discharge involving a “child” (a slippery category that usually includes teenage gang bangers). The clear implication: if the child didn’t have access to a firearm, the crime or ND wouldn’t have happened. All we have to do to prevent these shootings: lock-up the guns! OK, and stop “unsuitable” people from keeping and bearing them. But you gotta start somewhere. And remember: no one really needs a gun. Except the police. ‘Cause they’re trained and responsible. Well here’s a story [via mlive.com] that derails both trains of thought. And how . . .