Texas Open Carry Advocate’s Veiled Threats: Another Own Goal?

“Kory Watkins, leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, recently posted a chilling video to his Facebook page that appears to level threats at state lawmakers,” dallasnews.com blogs. For once, the anti-gun DMN is being too kind. It’s clear enough that Mr. Watkins is suggesting a non-political solution to the Lone Star State’s lack of open carry – should politicians fail to restore residents’ gun rights. Well, um, first things first. Mr. Watkins says “going against the Constitution is treason.” In fact . . .

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OMG! NH Bill Would Expand Right to Carry! OMG!

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Three New Hampshire states representatives have proposed a bill that would remove restrictions for persons who can legally own a firearm to carry it them in a concealed fashion without needing a separate license, reports the Concord Monitor. “New Hampshire law requires gun owners to obtain a separate license from their local law enforcement officials if they want to carry the firearm concealed, in a holster under a coat, for example. The new law would eliminate the licensing requirement, allowing anyone who can legally purchase a gun to carry it out in the open or concealed.” . . .

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How to Fly With A Gun

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This article was originally published by Texas Law Shield and is reprinted here with permission.

Last year, over 1,800 guns were confiscated in airports across the country by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the majority of them loaded and in travelers’ carry-on luggage. Despite many of these cases being accidental, there are potentially devastating consequences that accompany being found with a handgun in your carry-on luggage, or a firearm that has not been properly processed in accordance with TSA policies and federal, state, and local law. We hope that this article will give you the knowledge necessary to avoid the unnecessary hardship of being caught at the airport with a prohibited weapon . . .

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DEA, ATF Planned to Monitor Gun Show Attendees with License Plate Recognition System UPDATED

“The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collaborated on plans to monitor gun show attendees using automatic license plate readers, according to a newly disclosed DEA email obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act.” That’s the inside dope from the ACLU, a civil rights organization that skips the number two when counting to ten (if you know what I mean). Which means the ATF’s plan for indiscriminate search must have been fairly egregious. Yes. Yes it was. Here’s what the American Civil Liberties Union uncovered in the aforementioned email . . .

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Question of the Day: Should D.C. Police Have Arrested Meet the Press Host David Gregory?

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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced [Friday] that it has obtained the affidavit in support of the arrest of NBC’s David Gregory in association with a gun law violation committed in December 2012 on Meet the Press.  Gregory exhibited a high-capacity ammunition magazine during an interview with the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre concerning firearms policy in the United States. In January 2013, Legal Insurrection submitted a FOIA request to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeking access records related to the Gregory incident . . .

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CT Sandy Hook Advisory Commission: Ban Guns That Hold More Than 10 Rounds Without Reloading

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“An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed Friday to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading,” morningjournalnews.com reports. Say what? This new law would ban all AR-style rifles, some lever guns and a whole bunch of handguns. How unconstitutional is that? “‘Whether or not this law would stand the test of constitutionality is not for this commission to decide,’ said former Hartford Police Chief Bernard Sullivan, a member of the panel. And then he dropped this clunker . . .

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BREAKING: ATF Releases Open Letter Claiming “Misusing” a Pistol Brace Makes It a SBR

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The last letter from the ATF didn’t change their opinion on the pistol arm brace, but this one definitely and clearly has. People have been saying that the ATF is about to do a 180 degree about face on the idea that using a pistol arm brace as a stock is perfectly legal, and it appears that the day has come. Released at about 3:45 PM central time, the latest missive is an open letter from the acting ATF chief (instead of an individual letter) that states exactly what we most feared: that using a pistol arm brace as a stock “redesigns” the firearm and “makes” it a NFA device. Make the jump for the full letter . . .

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NJ State Police to Dealers and Manufacturers: Show Us Your Papers!

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“The Division proposes new N.J.A.C. 13:54-4.13(b) to require dealers and manufacturers to make records available for inspection by the Division of State Police.” That’s one of the rule changes proposed by the New Jersey state police, published in the New Jersey register on December 15th. The other changes that’ve caught the eye of gun rights advocates involve gun dealer security; dealers must inform the police if their alarm system fails and move the guns to another approved alarmed location within 24 hours if ADT is AWOL. But the “show us your papers” provision highlights a simple fact . . .

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Mon Dieu! A Review of French Gun Laws

By Sebastian O. [Originally published on April 12, 2012]

So, you’re thinking about moving to France, sitting under the Eiffel Tower, sipping a café au lait and contemplating the meaning of life. Come right across the big pond…but make sure to leave your artillery at home. Owning firearms in France and using them for sport, hunting, and self-defense makes New York City laws look tame in comparison and there is no second amendment to protect the rights of French gun owners. This post is meant as a basic introduction to the nonsensical jungle of French gun laws, sports shooting, and hunting and was inspired by last year’s TTAG break-down of German gun laws . . .

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This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace: More CA Craziness Edition

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Americans used to be able to buy rifles through the mail, shipped straight to their door. From Sears. (Thank you, Lee Harvey Oswald.) Mike In Oregon’s longing for the good old days. And for good reason. He writes:

I live in Oregon and sold a Sig 716 [not shown] to a friend in California (Orange County). Because the firearm as assembled (standard magazine release) is not legal in California, I disassembled everything and recently shipped the parts (except the Lower Receiver) directly to my friend while we were awaiting some answers as to the legality of the Sig 716 Lower Receiver in California. I shipped the stripped Lower Receiver to his designated FFL on December 19 . . .

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Newtown Suit Proceeds Under False Pretenses

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(This article originally appeared at libertylawsite.org and is reprinted here with permission.)

By Nicholas J. Johnson

Some of the families who survived the horror of the Newtown shooting are suing Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle that was used by the deranged gunman who murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The complaint actually reads more like an attempt at healing than a serious legal claim. To that extent, I am sympathetic. But the strictly legal issues and theory of recovery to be gleaned from it deserve comment . . .

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