BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court to Revisit Ruling Against MD’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

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In the headlong rush of anti-2A opportunism in the aftermath of the horrific Newtown shooting, three states stood head and shoulders above their hoplophobic peers: Connecticut (of course), New York (i.e., the SAFE Act) and Maryland, which enacted an “assault weapons” ban. Never mind that the defunct federal version had been universally judged an utter failure. Details like that really don’t matter when events make ramming through new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms less of a heavy lift. When the middle-of-the-night law was challenged in court, a “three-judge panel cast doubt on the constitutionality of the law that also prohibits magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.” You know, Heller and all. Only now . . .

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The Trace: Homeland Security Killer Cop’s Hidden Gun Proves All Guns Should Be Registered

Eulalio Tordil (courtesy nydailynews.com)

I was wondering how Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop arm thetrace.org would spin the fact that Homeland Security cop Eulalio Tordil murdered three people despite the fact that a court had ordered him to surrender his guns. A reasonable person might conclude that Tordil’s ability to secure a gun after the judge’s ruling reveals the utter futility of court-ordered gun confiscation. Trace writer Dan Friedman ain’t that kind of guy. Here’s his take . . .

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Republican South Carolina State Senator Larry Martin: Why I Oppose Constitutional Carry

Republican South Carolina State Senator Larry Martin (courtesy independentmail.com)

Our good friends at thetrace.org had a chin wag with South Carolina State Senator Larry Martin. Despite Senator Martin’s opposition to “closing the background check loophole,” the relentless anti-gun rights site — owned by Everytown for Gun Safety supremo Michael Bloomberg — reckoned Senator Martin was pro-gun control enough to air his views. In this they’re not wrong. Aside from his support of “gun-free” zones, Senator Martin has been instrumental in preventing The Palmetto State from enacting permitless of Constitutional carry. Here’s his reasoning . . .

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Facebook Moving Closer to a Gun Ban?

Chuck Rossi takes a selfie at gun range with Facebook administrative assistant Jamie Tolen. Rossi, a director of engineering at Facebook, is an avid shooter and has trained hundreds of his colleagues how to shoot pistols. (caption and photo courtesy forbes.com)

Responding to pressure from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and other gun control groups, Facebook has banned gun sales on its service. As forbes.com reports, the ban is a bust. Matt Drange offers five reasons gun sales continue on the site: Facebook relies entirely on user reports for enforcement of its policy, secret groups make it impossible for outsiders to flag suspected sales, Facebook doesn’t have an option for reporting gun sales, gun owners have come up with ways to advertise guns in clandestine ways and Chuck Rossi (the pro-gunner behind the scenes at Facebook, above). All of which proves . . .

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BREAKING: Maryland Spree Killer Bought 2 .40 Cal GLOCKs Despite Being a Prohibited Person

According to WUSA‘s law enforcement sources, Department of Homeland Security cop and domestic abuser turned spree killer Eulalio Tordil recently purchased two .40 caliber handguns from a gun dealer. The firearms match ballistics at all three Maryland crime scenes. “If Tordil purchased them in the last month and half the question is how?” WUSA ponders. “Under federal law it is illegal for someone with a domestic violence restraining/protective order to buy a gun.” Yeah, how’d that happen? Did he lie on his ATF form 4473? Did the gun control paradise known as “the Free State” forget to send Tordil’s name to the FBI for inclusion on their database? Answer if and when we get them.

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Colorado Ivory And Animal Products Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee

Ivory handled pistol (courtesy gunsamerica.com)

NRA-ILA Press release [via Ammoland.com]

Yesterday, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee indefinitely postponed House Bill 1341 by a 3-2 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Joann Ginal (D-52), HB 1341 sought to punish law-abiding citizens who collect and trade ordinary items, including antiques, artwork, jewelry, knives, firearms and accessories, furniture and many other lawfully owned and obtained items that contain ivory or any other “covered animal species part or product.” The purported goal of HB 1341 was . . .

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Heidi Stevens: Let’s Celebrate Mother’s Day By Repealing the Second Amendment

And there we were, thinking that the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day was to give the Mom in your life something firearms related: a beginner’s class, ammo, a gun, something. Apparently not. “My children will bring me flowers for Mother’s Day, and I will be delighted, promises Heidi Stevens at chicagotribune.com. “Mother’s Day — despite its greeting-card roots — is my favorite holiday, because mother is my favorite role. It’s the thing I feel most like. I’m a writer and a daughter and a wife and a friend, but I go hours and days without thinking about the ways I inhabit those roles. Mother is with me always. Flowers, though, feel inadequate this year. They feel worse than inadequate. They feel distasteful.” And so . . .

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City Council Pol Brainstorm: Post Signs to Keep Guns Out of NYC

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As the Daily News announces, Councilman Dan Garodnick to introduce bill requiring city to post signs about unlicensed gun possession. “’We want to make a statement here. Between 85% and 90% of guns used in crimes come from out of state,’ Garodnick (D-Manhattan) said. ‘It will be helpful … to send the message that New York City will take action against you for having an illegal firearm.’” Only in the mind of an East Side Manhattan pol would posting signs at the city limits actually deter criminals from importing their guns. “The ignorance of the law can be no defense here,” Councilman Garodnick intoned. He’s right. Even the usual level of ignorance common among New York City Council members is no excuse for this kind of grandstanding stupidity.

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Minnesota Set to Ban Phone Cases That Look Like Guns

Cell phone gun (courtesy technobuffalo.com)

“Minnesota senators voted unanimously Wednesday to ban cellphone cases that resemble handguns,” blogs.mprnews.org reports. “The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale or possession of phone cases in the state that look like a pistol or another firearm. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said the cases are dangerous because they could too easily be mistaken for a real weapon.” And then…? What? You did notice, of course, that the bill was passed unanimously. That would be 39 Democrats and 28 Republicans. Even though he voted for the bill, one Republican expressed misgivings . . .

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