Annals of Regulation: My CT Short Barrel Saga


Reader Matt writes:

I had planned to wait for my paperwork to be completed to send this in to the TTAG staff but after reading that the ATF may be intentionally delaying NFA paperwork for those of us in Connecticut I decided not to wait for the proverbial cows to come home. These rumors/revelations/accusations also conveniently aid the point I want to make by sharing my saga with you.  Laws and regulations meant to deter criminals or prohibited persons from getting their hands on firearms are disenfranchising law-abiding people . . .

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Cops Bust Jersey City Bloods for Gun Video [NSFW] – A Year Later

The wheels of justice grind slow but they grind exceedingly fine. Or so the saying goes. Eight Jersey City (NJ) gang members busted for felony gun possession after flaunting same in their video D.F.G – MoneyCello (Monticello reference?) may be a case in point. Or not. Garden State police said they only saw the rap video a few months ago. Hello? The video was posted June 1, 2014. Anyway, “Officials believe that at least one of the guns is real, while a second gun may be a replica,” reports. Their belief was based on expert – expert! – analysis . . ..

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Gun Rights vs. “Democracy” in Poughkeepsie

My home state of New York is no stranger to knee-jerk gun restrictions, laws that do nothing more than inconvenience (at best) law abiding gun owners. Thanks to the newly rising murder rate in New York City, the Empire State is challenging California as the poster child for anti-pistol petulant pig-headedness. Like so many anti-gun states, New York’s gun control fervor is a big city thing. So when one of Poughkeepsie’s local councilmen stopped picking his feet long enough to propose a bill to further regulate law-abiding citizens and their firearms, local gun owners confronted him en masse at a local town meeting . . .

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Sara Tipton: Random Thoughts on Guns and Tomatoes

Border Traffic at the San Ysidro Primary Port of Entry.

While visiting Wyoming, I missed most of the coverage of the South Carolina shooter. I returned home to find politicians demanding disarmament. Again. More. Still. Hello? California already has over 800 laws pertaining to firearms. This farrago of firearms regulations depends on the same logic you find at the California border, where government workers who can’t question or detain “undocumented Americans” ask inbound drivers if they’re transporting any plants, fruits or vegetables . . .

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BREAKING: Manchin and Toomey Going Back to the Gun Control Well


After the humiliating defeat of their first “universal background check” bill, you’d think Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey would have had enough of trying to impinge on Americans’ constitutional, natural, civil right to keep and bear arms. But in the wake of the Charleston church shooting the dynamic duo rides again. “In separate interviews Tuesday night, at a reception before a ceremony hosted by Sandy Hook families to honor Toomey’s effort to close background check loopholes, the senators discussed their desire to find a new way forward” . . .

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Why the SCOTUS Raisin Case May Be Good News for Gun Owners


By Louis K. Bonham

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a major decision in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, in which it struck down a New Deal-era program that governed the production of raisins. In short, the program required raisin growers to give a percentage of their crop to the federal government (without payment), for the ostensible purpose of limiting the supply of raisins on the market and thus keeping raisin prices at a certain level. Among other things, the opinion unambiguously held that the Fifth Amendment’s requirement that private property not be taken for public use without payment of “just compensation” applied just as much to personal property as it did to real property. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “the Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home.” While to most of us, this is pretty obvious, believe it or not this question had not been settled previously . . .

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What’s Missing from This Post-Charleston Church Shooting Letter to Community Colleges?

Vik Bahl (courtesy

How Should Community Colleges Respond to Charleston?

Vik Bahl
June 21, 2015

Our hearts are broken. How can words possibly respond to the ongoing butchering of precious Black lives? The heartless and horrific terrorism visited upon our brothers and sisters at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist invoked the historical rhetoric of lynching and the global signifiers of European imperialism. Dylann Roof is part of a movement and culture that is an integral part of the fabric not just of America’s past but also its present. Roof’s ideology and stated justifications reflect a virulent mix of white entitlement and resentment, male sexual anxiety, and the willingness to use obscene violence in response to Obama’s presidency and the demands for dignity and justice put forth by the profound “#Black Lives Matter” grassroots social movement . . .

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NJ Court Denies Man Pistol Permit Due to Wife’s Drug Abuse Convictions


Is New Jersey America’s black hole when it comes to gun rights? You could make the case that Hawaii deserves that honor. Or California. But this story out of the Garden State elevates Governor Christie’s home to a new level in the annals of gun control-related Constitutional infringement. Specifically, “A state appellate court has ruled that a southern New Jersey man cannot buy guns because his wife is a convicted felon who’s been accused of domestic violence . . .

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A Tale of Campus Carry. Or Lack Thereof . . .


A TTAG reader writes:

Our campus police have been trying for years to get patrol rifles for when they’re needed. Locked up until the specific order is given. The VPs opened the whole thing up for discussion to the campus. The hippie profs and their hippie students pouted/screamed until the admin backed down. They claimed that the cops were going to actually patrol with rifles, and students would certainly be shot. Meanwhile, there’s a GFZ [Gun Free Zone] with limited police on duty. AND as everyone says “it can’t happen here.” Yes but it HAS happened here. There was a targeted killing of an ex-GF. Walked in, shot her twice, walked out.


Dem Hopeful O’Malley Doubles Down on Gun Control

BALTIMORE, MD --5/15/10-- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley gives the thumb up right before the start of the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes.  PHOTO BY:Kenneth K. Lam [Baltimore Sun staff] #2477   MANDATORY CREDIT:  Baltimore Examiner and Washington Examiner OUT ORG XMIT: BAL1005152007330720

Martin O’Malley used to be the governor of Maryland, one of the states which enacted some of the most ridiculous and restrictive gun control laws in the United States. And despite all of those laws putting roadblocks up to make civilian gun ownership more difficult, shootings in Maryland have increased. In short, looking around the country, gun control legislation seems to spur “gun violence” rather than reduce it. Nevertheless, in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, presidential candidate O’Malley has decided to dedicate his campaign to spreading the gospel of gun control and making it known that infringing on the civil rights of Americans is one his top priorities . . .

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BREAKING: New York Releases Number of Registered “Assault Weapons.” Massive Non-Compliance Revealed


“Since New York’s SAFE Act gun control law went into effect in January 2013, a total of 23,847 people have applied to register their newly defined assault-style weapons with the State Police,” reports “Those individuals have registered a total of 44,485 weapons.” As suspected, the long-delayed release of the numbers indicates an enormous display of “Irish democracy.” In other words, most of New York’s AR-style rifle owners failed to comply with the SAFE Act mandate. How many? Well . . .

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