Question of the Day: Would You Trade a ‘Smart Gun’ Mandate for Shall-Issue Permits?

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From reader Ian K:

I recently had a thought about the right to carry, “smart guns” and how some states make it almost impossible for the average person to acquire a carry permit. It seems highly unlikely that we’ll see shall-issue permits in states like New Jersey or Maryland without higher level intervention. But what if the antis were willing to compromise? They want smart guns and we want shall-issue permits. I pose a question (and please note that this specifically applies to those who live in may-issue states): would you accept a requirement to carry only a smart handgun in exchange for shall-issue permits? . . .

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Americans for Responsible Solutions Support PA Republican

Americans for Responsible Solutions is the anti-gun group led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. In a surprise move (for me anyway), ARS has thrown its support behind Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. The “Not Afraid to Lead” ad above touts Fitzpatrick’s legislative efforts to keep guns “out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, stalkers and domestic abusers.” It shows two bills: H.R. 329 and H.R. 1565. The first, Strengthening Background Checks Act of 2013, never made it out of subcommittee. It would have penalized states that didn’t submit adequate records to the FBI’s firearms background check system. The second . . .

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D.C. Concealed Carry Law: “Living in a high-crime neighborhood would not be a sufficient reason to obtain a permit”

Lincoln Heights, Washington, D.C. (courtesy washingtonpost.com)

A recent federal court ruling made it impossible for the District of Columbia to continue its ban on concealed carry firearms. As you’d expect from the political regime that fought to deny residents their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the capital’s burghers are making it as difficult as possible for taxpayers to get a permit. The proposed permitting process is strictly “may issue” - a fancy way of telling aspiring firearms schleppers to FOAD. “Residents of the nation’s capital will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they provide a specific reason for needing one, [city council] officials said Wednesday,” wjla.com reports. Specifically . . .

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Update: Florida Shooter Was a Felon, Previously Killed Son in “Hunting Accident”

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Yesterday we caught wind of a Florida mass shooting in which a family was murdered. Details were scarce at the time, but with the morning comes additional information. It appears that a total eight people are dead: six children, the mother, and the grandfather by suicide. The suspected murderer is Don Spirit, a person who was previously convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm when he “accidentally” killed his son in a “hunting accident” years prior . . .

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OMG! Felons Buying Guns On the Internet! OMG!

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There is only one response for antis up in arms about the “unregulated” firearms marketplace, enabled by the Internet: great landing, wrong airport. There is no way to stop criminals from obtaining firearms. Any attempt to do so simply makes it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Yes, you can work to stop criminals from possessing firearms. And yes, you can work to stop criminals from using firearms in the commission of a crime (mostly by locking them up after the fact). But you can’t stop the ballistic signal. In what world do law-abiding citizens have free access to firearms where criminals don’t? No world. So check out this bit of anti-pistol pandering by washingtonpost.com . . .

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Does It Strike Anyone Else As Odd . . .

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Does it strike anyone else as odd that the President of the United States and his Democrat backers want to arm unreliable “Syrian rebels” while, at the same time, all the Presidents’ men strive to create new gun control laws at home? The Prez and Co. know that a portion of these arms will fall into the hands of our enemies. Just as ISIS armed themselves with U.S. taxpayer-fundeded weaponry when the American-trained Iraqi troops turned tail and ran. And the Obama administration’s cool with that. Greater good and all. But they don’t apply the same calculus to “allowing” Americans to freely exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Open pipeline there. Closed pipeline here. Is that the teeniest bit hypocritical?

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TTAG Gun Hero Vikram Khanna Under Attack!

Dr. Art Caplan (courtesy thehealthcareblog.com)

We recently bestowed our Gun Hero of the Day award to health care consultant Vikram Khanna [not shown]. We did so after reading his defense of armed self-defense at thehealthcareblog.com. Apparently we weren’t the only ones reading his work. Dr. Art Caplan [above] fired off a riposte, published in the same journal under the headline What is it With Gun Rights Proponents? “Vik Khanna is the latest man with a gun to write squealing in terror before the kale crunching, fitbit wearing hordes of public health types who he is somehow sure are out to disarm him and, even more hilariously, have any chance of doing so.” Snide much? Oh yeah, Caplan’s got that down to a fine art . . .

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WI Rep. Sensenbrenner Introduces ATF Elimination Act

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In case you missed it, the ATF got caught running one of the most inept and corrupt “stings” in the agency’s long history of inept and corrupt “stings.” That would be “Operation Fearless” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sherman set the way back machine for May 2013. “A bipartisan group of congressional members demanded answers after a Journal Sentinel investigation of the sting that revealed an agent’s guns, including a machine gun, were stolen, the ATF storefront was ripped off of $40,000 in merchandise and agents allowed an armed felon who threatened to shoot someone to leave the store,” jsonline.com reported. But wait! There’s more!  . . .

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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 2014 Strategy Revealed

In yesterday’s excellent post What’s Gun Control’s Next Target, former DHS risk analyst Nick Leghorn identified three possible fronts in the endless campaign to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: children, mental health and handguns. Nick didn’t reference it, but the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently released a turgid 16+ minute comments-disabled video called Pathology of Gun Violence [above]. It clearly indicates that the Brady Bunch is dead set on pursuing the “gun violence” as a “public heath issue” – despite the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s failed attempt to get a like-minded doctor appointed as U.S. Surgeon General. To spare you those precious minutes, here’s four major takeaways . . .

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What’s Behind Anti-Gunners’ Assault Weapons Retreat?

New York City Mayor Bloomberg examines a confiscated gun with Police Commissioner Kelly and District Attorney Vance during a news conference on major firearms trafficking cases, in New York

Reader Matt writes:

I think the antis are turning tail on assault weapons because, A) they see the futility in it, and B) because we are going to see a renewed push against handguns.  The antis turning around and agreeing with our points buys them ground with the public and puts us in a precarious situation. They can say, “See, we agree with you and acknowledge the fact that ‘assault weapons’ aren’t the real danger. We were wrong and admit it! And we’re even in agreement with you that handguns are used in more murders!  So…why aren’t you on board with doing something about that?” . . .

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BREAKING: Obama Calls for “Common-Sense” Gun “Reforms”

President Obama shooting ported shotgun (courtesy telegraph.co.uk)

Statement by the President [via whitehouse.gov]

One year ago, our dedicated military and civilian personnel at the Washington Navy Yard were targeted in an unspeakable act of violence that took the lives of 12 American patriots. As we remember men and women taken from us so senselessly, we keep close their family and friends, stand with the survivors who continue to heal and pay tribute to the first responders who acted with skill and bravery. At the same time, we continue to improve security at our country’s bases and installations to protect our military and civilian personnel who help keep us safe. One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved. Today, we must do the same – rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day.

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Can the Veterans Administration Revoke Your Second Amendment Rights?

This letter from the VA revoking Second Amendment rights based on a PTSD diagnosis was sent to me by a reader and appears to be legitimate. I don’t recall ever seeing this type of revocation being challenged in the courts. As the decision is a bureaucratic one, not one made via due process through the courts, a challenge other than the appeal process they describe might hold promise . . .

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