Category: Gun Nation

AZ Gov. Brewer Signs Concealed Carry Permit Reform

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2103 yesterday. The bill reforms concealed carry permit qualifications in the state, allowing anyone with a military service background to obtain a permit at 19 years of age. Arizona is one of five “constitutional carry” states where no permit is required to carry concealed for those who are 21 and may legally possess firearms. Obtaining a state permit has advantages, however, as it’s recognized by about 35 other states and allows concealed carry in establishments that serve alcohol, as long as the permit holder refrains from drinking . . .

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Inside the Twisted Mind of a Gun Control Advocate: Joanna Zelman Edition

Joanna Zelman (courtesy

America’s so-called allies hate us. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Foreign nationals look at America’s enormous economic, military and cultural power with equal parts disdain and envy. Make that envy-fueled disdain. Think Scar from Lion King. As someone who lived in the UK for 18 years through the entirety of the Bush years, I endured the bitter bile of Britain’s disarmed intelligentsia. When it came to guns the prevailing – indeed only – opinion: Americans are trigger-happy morons who need to be sent to their room without ammunition. Huffington Post front page editor Joanna Zelman knows of what I speak. Her response to the gross and willful mischaracterization is wildly different from mine . . .

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Bundy Ranch Showdown: The Shape of Things to Come?


I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. The Bundy Ranch’s beef with the Bureau of Land Management is not a perfect example of government overreach. The confrontation between Cliven Bundy and the BLM over grazing rights on federal land is a complicated, long-running affair informed by Mr. Bundy’s highly combative nature. That said, the rancher’s supporters seem determined not to let the perfect be the enemy of the bad. (As in bad Uncle Sam, bad!) Over at the New York Times, op-ed writer Timonthy Egan leads the left’s charge against the BLM’s antagonists, blasting Bundy and his band of Big Government bashers with both barrels. Check this out . . .

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Inside the Twisted Mind of a Gun Control Advocate: President Obama Edition


President Obama speaks at the Easter Prayer Breakfast (courtesy

Back in 2006, then Senatorial candidate Obama filled-out a questionnaire that asked “do you support state legislation to … ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?” The form was returned with the typed word “yes.” During his first presidential election, Obama left voters (and your humble scribe) with the impression that he viewed gun control as a political third rail/non-issue. If you like your gun you can keep your gun. Like that. And then Newtown . . .

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You Wish Your “Grassroots” Organization Was as Big…


On Saturday night I was a guest of TTAG and Dan Zimmerman at a local event. His wife, my wife and other like-minded folk attended a Friends of the NRA dinner where hundreds of gun nuts get together and place bids on donated items. One of my clients, Mid America Arms, was in attendance offering their FFL services to make sure winners of firearms passed the appropriate background checks before taking possession of their rifles, pistols and shotguns . . .

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Gun Tattoo of the Day: Icognito Edition

Antoine Petty (courtesy

In my younger days, I had a bit of a lead foot. Osmium, actually. More than once I ended up on the wrong end of the law. So when it came time to choose a license plate at the DMV I never ever considered a vanity plate. Why make it easy for someone to remember my plate? Now that I’m older the same rule applies to everything: my car, house and guns are conspicuous by their non-conspicuousness. OK the Mercedes Cialis is a bit bling, but, as Edna Mode says, no capes! I mean, no tattoos. While the guy above doesn’t have a gun tat, reports that “Police say 30-year-old Antoine Petty is wanted for stealing a gun from an acquaintance in Largo, Md., on Monday. Petty has many distinctive tattoos on his face and is known to frequent the Largo and Forestville areas.” It’s only a matter of time.

CT Republicans Backpedalling from MAIG, Gun Control

 Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (courtesy

“Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” reports, “an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.” Spin city baby. “”As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut,” Boughton’s website proclaimed. “This remains my position today.” So why did the pro-assault weapon ban boy abandon MAIG? . . .

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