Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly and sometimes they race around in circles like they’re competing for the Porsche Cup. In the Ferguson case, the latter seems to be the way it’s going. “Big Mike” Brown was shot and killed on August 9th. Jury selection started on the same day in every kitchen in America. The guy’s not even in the ground yet but the race to official judgment goes on, making haste rapidly . . .
“U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has ruled the state’s ban on assault rifles is legal, after a lawsuit brought against state officials by several pro-gun groups, manufacturers and retailers alleged it was unconstitutional,” wjla.com reports. [Click here for the ruling.] “The judge ruled that the ban on assault rifles and large-capacity magazines was not a violation of second-amendment rights. She agreed that a total ban on handguns, for example, would be a violation of the right to bear arms, but that a ban only on certain types of guns was legal. She said . . .
“In October 2010, police officers saw Johnathon Serna talking to a woman on the street in a ‘gang neighborhood,’” azcentral.com reports. “When the woman walked away, they approached Serna, who they described as ‘very cooperative and polite.’” Roger that. “Then one of the officers noticed a bulge in Serna’s waistband and asked if he had a gun. Serna said he did, and the police told him to put his hands on his head and took the gun. When the police learned that Serna had prior felony convictions, making him a ‘prohibited possessor,’ they arrested him and charged him with misconduct with weapons.” Serna served time for the weapons beef, while his case wended its way though the Copper State’s court system. Eventually, the AZ Supreme Court ruled against the search, despite the fact that . . .
An Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama
The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Re: White House Website: The Need to Correct a
False Description of the Second Amendment
Dear President Obama:
As Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Inc., and Executive Vice President of Gun Owners Foundation, and on behalf of our over 300,000 members and supporters, I respectfully bring to your attention a matter that requires your immediate action . . .
Yesterday, “Missouri voters opted to strengthen the rights of gun owners are already enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by adopting Amendment No 5,” politicmo.com reports. “The amendment adds to the state constitution ‘that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.’ Except if you’re a felon of someone deemed by a court to be a danger to yourself or others. The Missouri amendment’s protections include ammo and “accessories typical to the normal function of such arms.” Missouri state courts must now . . .
Unnamed witness: “at no time was anyone swept.” Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz is director of the Brain Modeling Laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He is a Second Amendment advocate who comments on firearms issues on his Facebook page. He is a passionate supporter of freedom in the United States who opposes the excesses of the TSA. He protested TSA excesses by legally carrying a slung rifle in the non-secure part of the Phoenix airport in November of 2013 . . .
“Earlier this year, a 27-year-old medical professional named Shaneen Allen drove peacefully out of her home state of Pennsylvania and into neighboring New Jersey. Today, she faces the prospect of three years in prison,” Charles Cooke writes at National Review Online. “When she crossed the state line, Allen was carrying a concealed weapon. ‘I work two jobs and I work late, and getting up at that time of night I got robbed twice last year,’ Allen told MY9NJ’s Bill Anderson. A friend recommended that she get herself a concealed-carry permit. This she did, fulfilling not only the requirements established by the state of Pennsylvania but the tougher restrictions that her city of Philadelphia imposes on top . . .
Emily Miller is the famous investigative reporter who wrote the Washington Times series “Emily Gets Her Gun” detailing the torturous process of getting permit to legally own a firearm in the District of Columbia. The series led to her successful book of the same name. An autographed copy sits near my elbow. I met Emily a couple of years ago at a gun rights policy conference. She’s a sharp woman, intimately familiar with the insanity of D.C.’s gun laws, who has the distinction of owning a legally registered handgun in the nation’s capital . . .
The old media has tried to frame opposition to a Florida law protecting gun owners from snooping physicians as somehow limiting the MDs’ free speech, but it was never about that at all. The law was a reaction to doctors inappropriately asking questions about their patients’ gun ownership, and potentially adding that information to government databases. This is commonly known as a “boundary violation” where a professional uses his power in inappropriate ways. But much to the chagrin of gun control advocates, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law on Friday . . .
“Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded gun in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Memphis International Airport over the weekend,” dailyjournal.net reports, breathlessly enough. “The TSA said agents working at a security checkpoint found a loaded .40-caliber Smith and Wesson on Sunday morning. Agents alerted airport police, who took possession of the carry-on bag and cited the passenger on local charges. So far this year, 11 firearms have been found by TSA agents at the Memphis airport’s security checkpoints. Eighteen firearms were found at Memphis’ airport in 2013. TSA agents have found 19 firearms at Nashville International Airport this year. Last year, 47 firearms were found at checkpoints at Nashville’s airport. At McGee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, six firearms have been found this year. Eight firearms were found at Knoxville’s airport in 2013.” Thank GOD the TSA’s blue-shirted goons stopped all those terrorists! Oh wait . . .
“A Philadelphia mother of two is facing three years in prison after she mistakenly entered New Jersey, where she was stopped for a traffic violation and found in possession of a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets,” foxnews.com reports. A number of readers emailed this story. To a man, they consider it an outrage that a mother – a mother! – should be looking at jail time for the “innocent” mistake of assuming the New Jersey honored her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. “The gun charge was not proper to begin with at all,” her attorney, Evan Nappen, told FoxNews.com, echoing our Armed Intelligentsia’s take on the matter. “She made an honest mistake.” No and maybe . . .
“Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have allowed specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns, asserting that the move could jeopardize student safety in public schools.” And in other news, the sun rose in the east this morning and another federally-owned hard drive seems to have crashed. In short, Nixon nixing the teacher carry bill was preordained. Like the scorpion on the frog’s back, it’s just his nature. The real question all along has been whether or not the heavily GOP-leaning legislature can muster the votes to override him. “The bill passed the Missouri House in May by a 111-28 vote, two more than would be required for a veto override. The Senate’s 21-7 vote fell two votes shy of that threshold, but three Republicans were absent.” Pop some popcorn. This one will be close.