Without fanfare, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed H.B. 234 into law Friday. While the gun law reform bill didn’t make all the changes that Second Amendment supporters desired, it made substantial improvements in the law, and was broadly supported in the legislature. That support was reflected by the large vote margins for passage of the bill; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House. Among its provision, the bill . . .
If you’re a regular reader, you may remember our 2013 Readers Choice Awards. The honor for best new ammunition went to Lehigh Defense for their .45 Colt Maximum Expansion round. As ShootingTheBull410 demonstrated, that’s one devastating handgun round. G2 Research seems to have been inspired by that design for their new nastily named .300 Ripout round, a 200 grain bullet that peels back on contact creating a wound channel that should have pigs positively panic-stricken. But there’s worse news for Porky yet; G2’s sending some of this stuff to Nick for testing. Mmmm. Bacon . . .
“The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler,” foxnews.com reports. [Click here for the ruling.] “Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only in there for a month.” Does the length of his treatment matter? In fact . . .
I live in north Austin. My FFL, Central Texas Gunworks, is down south. Those who have lived, worked, or played in Austin know that going from north to south and back north again is a frustrating exercise at the best of times. And it’s rises to the level of self flagellation during rush hour. But I like CenTex. They’re fast, inexpensive, and friendly. But they pulled a fast one on me. I’m expecting a very accurate rifle from a certain Italian conglomerate that I’ve wanted going on eight years. So when CenTex called to say I had a rifle to pick up, I texted my family to tell them that my big day had finally come. What’s all that have to do with a multi-caliber survival rifle? Great question . . .
“Arizona Republican Martha McSally on Wednesday was declared the winner of the final 2014 congressional race — giving her party its largest House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month.” McSally, America’s first female combat pilot, beat incumbent Rep. Ron Barber by 167 votes. “Barber was a staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when he and the congresswoman were wounded during a political event in Tucson in January 2011. Barber then won a special election to finish Giffords’ term. He defeated McSally in 2012 to win a full term in Congress, in a race separated by fewer than 2,500 votes.” So Gabby Giffords’ old Tucson district has moved from a solid anti-gun vote over to the pro-2A column. How great is that? [h/t Dirk Diggler]
Versions of the Jericho have been imported, on and off, for years. Now IWI US will be importing the Jericho in both steel and polymer framed models in all your favorite flavors. Press release after the jump . . .
Ruger’s updating their wildly popular LC9s, one of the biggest selling concealed carry guns on the market. They’ve just announced the LC9s Pro model. It’s basically the LC9s without the external safety or magazine disconnect. So if the only reason you didn’t buy one was because of that safety, your argument just went up in smoke. The other update announced today is to their Gunsite Scout Rifle. They recently added a .223/5.56 NATO version to the line. Now they’re giving buyers the option of getting the original .308 chambered model with a composite stock, saving 3/4 of a pound. So if you weren’t a fan of the looks or the heft of the original black laminate stock Ruger used for the Scout Rifle, now you can buy a version that’s sure to survive those unfortunate boating accidents.
The lame duck Congress has approved Dr. Vivek Murthy’s nomination to be Surgeon General of the United States. This despite the fact that Murthy co-founded the strictly partisan Doctors for Obama (now Doctors for America). And the fact that Dr. Murthy is as anti-gun as they come. After Newtown, he publicly supported a federal ban on “assault weapons” and actively campaigned for the doomed federal universal background check bill. Most importantly, he considers “gun violence” a “public health issue.” This is a problem because . . .
One of the benefits of being a lame duck is that you can vote the way you really want without concern for how it will be viewed by your (soon-to-be-former) constituents. Thus today’s confirmation of dedicated anti-gunner Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General. The pro-Murthy vote was 51-43, meaning he wouldn’t have been approved without the Democrats having invoked the “nuclear option” allowing the president’s nominations to slip by with a simple majority rather than the former standard of 60 votes . . .
“At least four people are dead after shootings in three communities near Philadelphia in what a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says appears to be a domestic dispute. The gunman shot and killed his former wife and then shot and killed other members of his family at a different location Monday morning, the official said.” That’s from CNN. Other reports differ in the details and indicate the shooter may be barricaded. As always, known knowns and unknown knowns will be mixed with speculation and unadulterated bovine byproduct until long after the situation is over. Stay tuned.
“At least one offender took hostages at the popular Lindt chocolate cafe, in Martin Place, just before 10am. Some members of staff could be seen wearing their shop aprons and standing with their hands up at the windows. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.” This, in certifiably gun-free Sydney, Australia. “We don’t yet know the motivation of perpetrator, we don’t know whether it’s politically motivated although there are indications it could be,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yes, well that black standard now hanging in the window should provide a clue . . .