Vermont Backs Away from Universal Background Checks

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Vermont, a “constitutional carry” state, currently has few restrictions on guns, but that could change soon. An important gun control bill is close to passing the Vermont legislature. The state’s house gave initial approval for the passage of one bill that has already passed the senate. The House voted 79-60 in favor of the bill (SB 31) and a final vote is expected today. As TTAG mentioned before, this bill would allow the prosecution of some convicted criminals for firearm possession and require the “dangerously mentally ill” to be added to the federal background check system, therefore denying them firearms . . .

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Army Takes Delivery of First M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer

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ELGIN, Okla. (April 9, 2014) — Military personnel and defense contractors celebrated delivery of the first low-rate initial production M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer to the Army during a ceremony here, April 9. “The M109A7 stands at the vanguard of a series of ground combat modernization upgrades, which will significantly enhance the Army’s combat fleet for decades to come,” said Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology . . .

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Brady Campaign Screws the Pooch in WI Badger Guns Case

Badger Guns owner Adam Allan (courtesy jsonline.com)

Milwaukee’s Badger Guns [owner Adam Allan, above] sells legal products legally. Some of their customers use their legally purchased firearms illegally. And? People who buy cars legally sometimes use the car illegally (e.g., drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter). That simple logic and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act should keep anyone from prosecuting or suing a Federal Firearms Licensee for a criminal act involving a gun legally purchased from a commercial gun dealer. And so it has. Except where it hasn’t. Specifically, Badger Guns . . .

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The Fine Art of Chilling Out

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I’ve been in a bit of combat. I performed my role adequately, but I was by no means a super soldier. By no means. What I can hang my hat on: I gained the respect of the men on my team, some of them true heroes by any standard. That’s the greatest honor I’ve ever been given. One the reasons underpinning their opinion: grace under fire. Despite some patient myopia and less than stellar skills with the Carl Gustav (I missed my target on my one and only shot in combat by well over 60 yards), I am notoriously calm in combat . . .

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Colorado: Double Magazine Capacity Limit or Complete Repeal?

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“A bill is being considered, with some Democratic support, to expand the current magazine limit to 30 rounds,” cbs.local.com reports. Notice the “with some Democratic support” bit. Blogger Dominic Dezzutti is framing the dilemma facing Rocky Mountain State gun rights advocates: support a law doubling the current ammunition magazine capacity limit to 30 rounds or insist on a complete repeal. Funny thing is, Colorado’s Democrat Governor, John Hickenlooper, will probably veto either option – although the Hickester’s done more waffling on gun rights issues than your average Denny’s chef does in a single day. So this is how it looks . . .

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Country Singer Tim McGraw Raising Money for Civilian Disarmament

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“Tim McGraw announces he will headline a concert for Sandy Hook Promise on July 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Hartford Connecticut,” wtnh.com reports. “One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The mission of this organization is to protect children from gun violence.” By disarming civilians? Don’t get me wrong . . .

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Moms Demand Action Stamp Their Little Feet at Kroger. Again.

Nothing – and we mean nothing – chaps Shannon Watts’ backside more than being ignored. As recently as last month, Kroger, the Cincinnati-based food giant, once again told MDA to go peddle their anti-2A papers somewhere else. Kroger’s policy is simple; unlike chains like Safeway and Albertson’s, Kroger abides by local laws. If it’s legal where their stores are located, carrying a firearm — either open or concealed — is OK by them. This morning the Moms fired yet another volley (video above) against the grocery chain, one that’s likely to be swatted aside just as all of MDA’s earlier efforts were. If you listen closely, you can hear a hundred hoplophobic harpies’ voices crying out in frustration. May it ever be thus.

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Quote of the Day: President Obama Respects the NRA – In His Own Special Way

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“The power of NRA and the gun lobby in Congress is formidable. And you know, we’re going to keep chipping away at this, but until you get intense public demands for this, it’s probably not going to happen because some special interests and lobbyists in Washington are really, really strong and their membership feels very intensely about the issue. Whereas the general public is concerned about it, but doesn’t make it their top priority.” – President Obama [via abc.news.go]

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Quote of the Day: The Racist Roots of Gun Control, Part MCMLXVII

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“The opposition spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the evolution of general handgun legislation in the early 1900s. It cites zero legislative history, or any history at all, directly addressing the advertising ban at issue here. Yet, as the Attorney General suggests, some evidence of the general purposes behind the 1923 law may ‘provide clues’ as to why the legislature wanted to ban retailers from depicting handguns on store-front placards. It turns out that a principal reason for the adoption of the 1923 legislation, which included the speech restriction here, was . . .

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