Dyspeptic Gunsmith: Gun Rights on Indian Reservations

Tony Larvie, chief of police for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Crow Agency office  (courtesy billingsgazette.com)

OK, since I live in Wyoming and am reasonably close to the Crow Reservation, I’m going to dispel some myths for people here.

1. You should NEVER assume that state law applies on a res. NEVER. The reservations are their own sovereign nations, and they are not bound to recognize state laws except where they agree to do so. Getting pulled over and whipping out a CCW issued by a state (whether MT or another state) when you’re on a back road or reservation property might not get you the results you want . . .

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Media Challenges Waco Twin Peaks Gag Order As Questions About DA and Judge Emerge


“The Houston Chronicle has jumped into the fray over a gag order issued in the case involving 177 bikers charged in Waco for their alleged roles in a melee that left nine people dead and 18 wounded,” the paper self-reported Friday. “The Chronicle’s parent company, the Hearst Corporation, is one of 16 news media companies that are supporting a biker’s fight against the gag order. Others include the Associated Press, New York Times and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.” . . .

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BREAKING: Amazon, Walmart Agree to Stop Selling Toy Guns in New York, Pay Hefty Fine

Angelina Jolie and son Pax (courtesy http://fox411.blogs.foxnews.com)

Following the shooting of Tamir Rice (who was holding a toy gun that looked real at the time), there has been a push by the usual suspects to ban toy guns. Instead of teaching kids that walking around outside with something that looks like a deadly weapon is a bad idea, the Attorney General of New York has decided that the way to “fix” this “problem” is to try and crack down on the sale of these inanimate objects. Because that’s been so successful in the past. Now it appears that the toy companies have agreed to Herr Schneiderman’s demands . . .

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Washington Post: “Watch what happens when regular people try to use handguns in self-defense”

What is it with The Washington Post? The paper is obsessed with dissing Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Hardly a day passes without the paper supporting new gun control legislation, both generally and specifically pissing on gun rights. When a gun control org commissioned and released a new study called Firearms Training and Self-Defense highlighting the difficulty of armed self-defense, the WaPo’s Christopher Ingraham seized on it to “prove” that non-law enforcement civilians are incapable of using their firearm to good effect when faced with violent attack. Click here for the original study. Here’s Ingraham’s take . . .

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Florida Firearms Owners Privacy Act Does Not Gag Doctors

Howard Simon, ACLU (courtesy naplesnews.com)

Here’s the official description of the Florida Firearms Owners Privacy Act [click here for the full text]:

Provides that licensed practitioner or facility may not record firearm ownership information in patient’s medical record; provides exception; provides that unless information is relevant to patient’s medical care or safety or safety of others, inquiries regarding firearm ownership or possession should not be made; provides exception for EMTS & paramedics; provides that patient may decline to provide information regarding ownership or possession of firearms; clarifies that physician’s authority to choose patients is not altered . . .

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BREAKING: Los Angeles Bans Possession of “High Capacity” Magazines


The State of California has had a law on the books for years now banning the purchase, manufacture, or importation of new “high capacity” magazines within the borders of their state. This hasn’t stopped California from leading the United States in firearms related fatalities. Despite the impotence of the existing amazingly strict firearms related laws on the books to stop the “gun violence” in the state, the city of Los Angeles just passed a brand new ordinance that goes a step further and bans the mere possession of “high capacity” magazines . . .

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New York Gun Owners Tell Cuomo to Pound Sand On SAFE Act Registration

Although TTAG has been reporting on the civil disobedience brewing among gun owners in New York to the ironically-named NY SAFE Act, the story is now spreading enough such that even elements of the mainstream media are unable to ignore it anymore. NPR reported on Friday that “it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.” Imagine that . . .

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Lafayette Theater Shooter’s Pistol Purchase Was Not, In Fact, Legal

Hi Point C9 (courtesy auctionarms.com)

According to ABC News, the handgun used in the Lafayette theater shooting this past week was legally purchased. “John Russell Houser, 59, bought the Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun at a pawn shop in Phenix City, Alabama, in February of 2014, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference.” It is entirely possible that the pawn shop FFL holder followed all the rules, did a proper background check, and released the firearm in accordance with the laws. That said, the sale was still illegal. Why? One simple reason . . .

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This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace – Staten Island Edition

The worst thing about a society that compels its citizenry to be disarmed by law is not the fact that it allows the strong criminal element to prey more easily on the weak. That’s obviously a factor, but it’s something out there and obvious. What I find to be more troublesome is the insidious effect it has on the people as a whole. I suspect that a people used to being disarmed will start viewing themselves as less in control of their environment, being less willing to take responsibility for their own safety . . .

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TX Cop Fired for Tampering With Fellow Officer’s Rifle


After a season shooting 3-gun with the FNH USA pro team, I can say with confidence that I’d trust any of them with my life — but there’s no way in hell I’m trusting them to watch my gear. People who work with guns for a living tend to be a great bunch of people, and they also usually have a great sense of humor when it comes to practical jokes. I’m not worried about them doing anything that would hurt my score or me physically, but making me look ridiculous? Absolutely. Prime example: I asked Alex Bosco for a pistol arm brace a while back, and while he generously handed me one, it happened to be a delightful shade of pink. Now my proto-SBR looks fabulous. It seems that one Georgetown, Texas police officer saw the opportunity to mess with one of his cop buddy’s service rifles, but instead of keeping it lighthearted and fun he took things way too far. And now he’s out of a job . . .

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