Yes, yes, I know . . . Lewis & Clark fed their party and amazed the locals with their lethal Girandoni air gun in the early 1800’s. But that doesn’t change the fact that an airgun is not a firearm per se. Of course, “firearm” is also a legal term. Our neighbors to the north have a thing about guns – especially unlicensed, unregistered and unrestricted guns. And so a panel of judges decided that an air rifle is a firearm – regardless of the firing system or the feet per second rate of the ejected pellet. Air rifles are now subject to the same gun control laws bedeviling firearms-owning Canadians. Or are they? Apparently, the legislature’s going to sort it all out. Of course, the Parliament and Premier won’t add any additional regulations for air guns while they’re at it, right?
The President of the United States is, by his own account, a Constitutional scholar. So when he repeatedly claimed that the Constitution tied his hands on U.S. immigration policy, you’d be forgiven for assuming he knew what he was talking about. No policy changes were possible. Turns out he was against them before he was for them. And now, thanks to a DHS memo unearthed by washingtonexaminer.com, we learn some of the devilish details of the President’s hands-on immigration U-turn. We can contemplate the new policy detailing which illegal immigrants get booted and which undocumented proto-Americans get to stay – even if they’re convicted of a crime. Turns out that . . .
In the ongoing legal battle to force the District of Columbia City Council to respect the Second Amendment rights of district residents, attorney Alan Gura has filed a request Tuesday that the city government be held in contempt. US District Judge Frederick Scullin is “weighing a request to hold the District in contempt of court for enacting new gun laws that are so restrictive as to be out of compliance with his order to allow for concealed carry in the city.” Gura argued that “despite passing new laws that allow for concealed carry, the District has not lived up to its court-ordered obligation because the plaintiffs he is representing are still unable to obtain gun-carry permits under the city’s strict regulations.” Which was, of course, the point . . .
Comedian Jay Leno’s decision to cancel his appearance at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show dinner left a lot of gun guys and gals disappointed. While the monetary blowback will be minimal – Leno has more money than God – the big question remains. Why? While Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America argued that Leno had come to his senses, it seems the former Tonight Show host was tricked – tricked I tell you! – into accepting NSSF cash for his time . . .
Comely California Attorney General Kamala Harris has just lost another 2A battle in California. The Eastern District Court has ruled that her request of a stay on Silvester v Harris – ditching the 10-day waiting period for handgun purchases for buyers who’ve already passed a background check – shall not be granted. [Click here for the decision.] Unfortunately . . .
If you’re looking for a state where draconian gun control laws have singularly, spectacularly failed to protect its citizens from “gun violence,” New Jersey is it. ‘N.J. homicides soared to seven-year high in 2013 after surges in Newark, Trenton’, nj.com reported back in January. Ah yes, Newark. A city whose gang-bangers bang and bang and bang, to the point where Mayor Ras Baraka invited criminals, gang members, and police to a church in Newark for a sit-down . . .
Shortly after midnight on the Florida State University campus, a person walked into the campus library and started shooting. The library was packed with students trying to finish their studies and cram for final exams ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, but thanks to a quick response by the local law enforcement (AKA good guys with guns) the shooter was stopped almost immediately. Three people are injured — two critical — and the shooter is confirmed dead following a shootout with the aforementioned good guys with guns. From CNN . . .
All day Wednesday, Jay Leno had been bullied by the gun control lobby. For simply appearing at the NSSF’s annual SHOT Show industry trade show, Shannon Watts (paid representative of Michael Bloomberg) used every dirty trick in the book to make it seem like Leno is personally responsible for slaughtering children. Nevermind that the NSSF actually supported some gun control measures or that they have an extensive program that’s all about gun safety. All Shannon needed was to imply that the former Tonight Show host was being paid by the big bad “gun lobby” and her minions did the rest. Twitchy followed the Twitter-based bullying closely, and it looks like their anti-gun bullying worked . . .
In 2010, it was reported that the Russian Parliament was considering loosening gun control laws to allow Russians who legally own firearms to carry them for the purposes of self defense. The Russian Justice Minister, Alexander Konovalov was firmly against the possibility. In 2013, it was reported that the Russian organization, Right to Bear Arms, had only 1,000 members. It was founded by Maria Butina . . .
“As we continue to observe the sweeping gun control movement moving from state to state,” mississippigunnews.com begins, alarmingly, “Oregon’s re-elected governor says one of his big bold moves will be to follow Washington State in an effort to increase gun-control measures. Gov. Kitzhaber sat down for an interview with reporter Laural Porter of KGW.” At the 3:54 mark above, Ms. Porter asks Gov. Kitzhaber if he plans to replicate the expanded background check law passed in Washington state. “Expanding background checks is the most rational and common sense things we can do,” the Governor replies. And if that’s not bad enough – and it is – the Oregon governor promised to attack on the other front in the civilian disarmament jihad . . .
With the stunning defeat of Democrats and the progressive agenda in general in the November 4, 2014 mid-term elections, gun-related issues are, for the time being, off the front pages and the nightly newscasts. But as I noted last week in “What We Deserve,” the apparent absence of overt challenges to the rights to armed self-defense and to keep and bear arms does not mean such attacks are not being planned. Or even that they aren’t actually, actively occurring . . .
Memo to American gun owners who see nothing wrong with so-called “safe storage” laws (e.g., NJ residents): The moment you make it a crime to fail to store your firearm in a legally prescribed manner is the moment you invite Johnny Law (a.k.a., the police) into your home to ensure compliance. And that could very well be an unannounced inspection. An inspection that could lead to firearms confiscation. In this case, centralsomersetgazette.com reports that the police entered David Robert Meek’s home “while making enquiries about a separate matter.” Does it matter? Nope. In The Land of Hope and Glory (as well as Canada), the police have the right to inspect any shotgun license holder’s home whenever they wish. And here’s what they found in Mr. Meek’s proverbial castle . . .