CO Gov. Hickenlooper on Mag Cap Bill: I Kept My Promise…To A Staffer

TTAG’s reported on some of the revelations emerging from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s recent remarks to a Centennial State sheriffs’ group regarding the magazine capacity bill the Gvernor supported and signed into law late last year. (Records Show CO Gov. Hickenlooper Lied to Sheriffs About Talking to Bloomberg Before Signing Gun Laws). Here’s another mag cap-related Hickenlooper whopper brought to you by the good folks at dailycaller.comHickenlooper Banned High-Capacity Magazines Because A Staffer Promised He Would. You don’t have to read the story to smell the cow manure on that one. Still, it’s nice – in an “I like root canals” kinda way – to clock the Hickster’s weasel words on the subject . . .

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Gun Control Industrial Complex? Not As Far-Fetched As You’d Think

judge-gavel Last month I had a meeting with two friends of mine who practice criminal defense in our area and we happened upon a strange topic. What’s the benefit to convoluted gun laws? Is there a military industrial complex in the gun world? An iron triangle? People don’t understand these laws. Even some prosecutors barely understand them, but they get convictions. How is the public served by the giant ball of wax that is gun control? The fundamental basis of all gun control isn’t necessarily guns – it’s control. We all know that, but there’s a unique vicious circle that can ensnare even the most law abiding citizen . . .

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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds “Straw Purchaser” Law Provisions

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“A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday,” reports, “ruling that the federal ban on ‘straw’ purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.” Click here to read the decision. “Writing for the majority, Justice Elena ["the Heller case in settled law"] Kagan said the federal government’s elaborate system of background checks and record-keeping requirements help law enforcement investigate crimes by tracing guns to their buyers. Those provisions would mean little, she said, if a would-be gun buyer could evade them by simply getting another person to buy the gun a fill out the paperwork. In dissent . . .

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Another Gun Control Myth Exploded


Why is there so much “gun violence” in states and cities with America’s “toughest” gun laws (e.g. Chicago)? Because nearby states don’t have tough enough guns laws! That’s the excuse proffered by gun control advocates. It’s nonsense. You know it. I know it. The anti-gunners probably know it too. But there it is. And the gun-averse media swallows it hook, line and sinker (e.g.‘s story Gun-related crimes on the rise in Massachusetts, Firearms flowing across borders). As we’ve said countless times, the facts don’t support gun control. The “argument” over the source of illegal firearms is no different. And now we have [more] proof . . .

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Engage Armament Co-Owner: The Truth About the Armatix iP1 Backlash

The Armatix iP1, a .22 caliber, is a gun with a safety interlock

Hello Mr Farago,

I hope all is well. My name is Andrew Raymond and I am the co-owner of Engage Armament. I am the guy who agreed to sell the Armatix pistol and all that madness. I’ve been trying to steer clear the best I can from a lot of the drama so I didn’t really read any of the articles that covered it. Its just painful I guess. However, today on Facebook I noticed a friend liked and article relating to MDA and from there it linked to another story. I read that article and noticed you mentioned the threats against us and how it went unreported. There is a reason for that . . .

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NJ Gov. Christie to Sign Magazine Capacity Bill. Or Not.

A tale of two mags (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

The New Jersey state Assembly on Thursday sent Governor Chris Christie a gun control bill that would limit the capacity of gun ammunition magazines,” Reuters reports, “but it was unclear whether the Republican governor would sign the measure into law.” TTAG polled our readers on Gov. Christie’s probable move in a previous post. Our Armed Intelligentisa were of two minds. If Christie wants the Republican nomination for President, he won’t sign the bill (limiting NJ-legal ammo mags to ten rounds, down from 15). Then again . . .

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Real Guns, Orange Paint, Real Consequences


Not that I expect for there to be a breakout of common sense among the anti-gunner crowd, but for the rest of us who are interested in ordered liberty, I have a suggestion for the “fake harmless gun” issue reported earlier. States with capital punishment often apply the death penalty if there is a “special circumstance,” if the murderer commits the crime under certain conditions.  Shooting from a car with the intent to kill is a special circumstance in California. Murder for financial gain can trigger the application of the death penalty . . .

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The 2nd Amendment is Your Gun Permit? I Think Not!

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Written by Scott Landreth. Republished with permission from

“I have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms!”

“The 2nd amendment is my gun permit!”

“State gun laws violate the 2nd amendment!”

Most of the people who utter these words are well-intended. They are very passionate about their right to keep and bear arms, but I can’t help but wonder if they truly understand where rights come from or what the 2nd amendment means . . .

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Question of the Day: Will Gov. Christie Sign NJ Ammo Mag Cap Bill?

GLOCK 15-round magazine (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

After refusing for months to say what he’ll do about a bill that would make New Jersey’s already strict gun control laws even tougher, Gov. Chris Christie will have to show his cards soon,” nj,com reports. “The politically charged legislation (A2006), which would reduce the permitted capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds, passed the state Senate Monday by a vote of 22-17. Supporters and opponents of the bill said they believe the Assembly will vote a week from Thursday, finally sending it to Christie.” The article quotes’s prediction that Christie’s presidential aspirations would disappear with the stroke of a pen, should the governor sign the bill into law. What do you reckon? Could we be heading for another “hold your nose and vote” presidential election? 


BREAKING: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear NJ “Justifiable Need” Concealed Carry Case


“In a major announcement this morning, the Supreme Court refused to hear Drake v. Jerejian,” reports. “At issue was New Jersey’s Handgun Permit Law, which requires applicants to prove they have a ‘justifiable need’ before local officials will issue a handgun carry permit. Unlike those states that maintain a ‘shall issue’ permit regime, where applicants are required to satisfy a clear list of objective criteria, such as . . .

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Alan Gura vs. the NRA on Peruta Decision?

Alan Gura (courtesy YouTube)

California Right To Carry (“Home of the only lawsuit seeking to restore Loaded Open Carry to California”) issued the following press release/blog post:

There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between the National Rifle Association and Alan Gura the attorney behind the 2008 US Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment – District of Columbia v. Heller. When Alan Gura was plodding along en route to the Supreme Court, the National Rifle Association tried to derail his lawsuit (Heller) but failed. Today, Mr. Gura appears to be trying to return the favor. Now the lead attorney in the case of Richards v. Prieto for the Second Amendment Foundation, Mr. Gura is trying to get the NRA case, Peruta v. San Diego, declared moot and vacated . . .

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Mass School Shooting Averted – No Thanks to a Gun-Free Zone

This terrifying news from the Star Tribune: “[The Attempted Murderer] had it all figured out. He would kill his mother, father and sister and then create a diversion to keep first responders busy while he went to Waseca Junior/Senior High School to wreak havoc. There, the 17-year-old planned to set off pressure-cooker bombs full of nails and metal ball bearings in the cafeteria. Students who weren’t maimed or killed would be gunned down in the halls, he told police.” I have redacted the name of the kid who planned the murder of his family, schoolmates and teachers . . .

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Puts “Justifiable Need” Concealed Carry Case on the Shelf. Again. Still.


“The Court has granted two new cases today,” reports. “Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, involving the Truth in Lending Act, and Yates v. United States (limited to the first question). The Justices did not act on the Second Amendment case Drake v. Jerejian.” The Drake case deals with New Jersey’s “justifiable need” concealed carry provision, which the state uses to deny millions of New Jersey residents their natural civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Rumor has it Justice Scalia’s trying to line up a majority vote before they grant cert. [h/t SB]


Quote of the Day: Knowing Right From Wrong Edition

Alan Gura (left) and the late Otis McDonald (courtesy

“Americans are not required to justify their need to exercise a fundamental right. If the government can force you to provide a reason to exercise your right, then it’s no longer a right.” – Lawyer Alan Gura, quoted in Is This the Supreme Court’s Next Big Gun Case? [via]