Breaking: Senator Harry Reid Calls Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”

“U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called [armed, militia-supported] supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy ’domestic terrorists’ because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way,” Las Vegas’ reviewjournal.com reports. “’Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,’ Reid said during an appearance at a Las Vegas Review-Journal ‘Hashtags & Headlines’ event at the Paris. ‘… I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism.’” We called that one. When push comes to shove, the enemies of liberty . . .

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ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

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TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until they are caught up. Wait times are currently running about 10 months for Form 4 applications to come back, and with the eForms system now permanently down until the new and improved version comes online there’s little hope of any meaningful improvement in the short term. But the new staff and the improved eForms system that is being promised seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually.

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Utah Sheriffs Missing M-16 Misegos

 My money's on the guy on the left (courtesy co.davis.ut.us)

One week ago, TTAG named the Davis County Sheriff’s Office our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day for losing a M16. (D’oh!) We were particularly captivated by this comment: “Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson said last week it’s only a matter of time before the rifle is found. And anyone who knowingly possesses the rifle will be prosecuted, even if that person is or was a peace officer.” Well, sltrib.com reports that the Sheriff’s found the missing full-auto firearm. And here’s the tough-talking po-po’s statement on the recovered rifle . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Gerard Vincent Poulson

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“A possessive and jealous [Gerard Vincent] Poulson accused his wife of one year of infidelity during an argument at their home in February 2012,” perthnow.com.au reports. “He became enraged – shouting and swearing at her and jabbing her in the side of the throat, the judge said. He then went into a bedroom and retrieved a .303 Lithgow rifle, shouldered the weapon and advanced on his wife with the barrel pointing towards her.” Quick aside. South Wales’ Lithgow Small Arms Factory, produced the SMLE [Short Magazine Lee-Enfield or "Smelly"] Mk III rifle from 1926 until 1953. The .303 British cartridge goes all the way back to 1895. And this story of jealousy is as old as time itself. Right so . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Bicycle Edition

All’s well that ends well. That seems to be the conclusion of unarmed bicyclist Michael Bowman, the man knocked off his bike and punched in the head by “youths” on Baltimore’s Guilford Avenue. In fact, at the end of the news report above, Mr. Bowman impishly suggests that his attackers should come and join him on the road. Singing Kumbaya in five-part harmony as they pedal, no doubt. The fact that Mr. Bowman could have been killed by the fall from his bike or the repeated blows to his head doesn’t seem to have penetrated the mantle of obliviousness enveloping the bits under his bike helmet. In fact, one wonders what Bowman means when he says . . .

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Nutter Joins Everytown for Gun Safety

 Mayor Michael Nutter (courtesy gunssavelife.com)

I wish I’d been at the meeting when Mayor Mike’s marketing mavens came up with that Everytown for Gun Safety moniker. Everytown. It’s like . . . every town. Every town in America is for gun safety. But what about the cities? We already have the cities. Besides, city people like to think they live in towns. New York, New York, my kind of town. Why one word? Why no hyphen? It’s like Everyman. You mean Arthur Dent? Arthur Dent was an everyman. He wore pajamas all day. I bet Arthur Dent would support gun control. Wait. Can we use that? Do we know that for a fact? We’re talking about marketing, not facts. Anyway, Everytown for Gun Safety has its first high profile member, and he’s a real Nutter . . .

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