Sports Stadia Civilian Disarmament Zones – Don’t Go There

“Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with them because of a combination of buck passing, CYA thinking and fear.” Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few inningsis an outstanding take-down of MLB’s “gun-free zones” in a paper otherwise dedicated to civilian disarmament (go figure). The WaPo article goes a little something like this . . .

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Austin PD Chief Acevedo: Open Carry = “Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists”

SO CLOSE! If only Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo [above] had Tweeted that Texas’ impending permitted open carry law presaged “Open Season ON Armed Criminals and Extremists.” Then again, who gets to decide who’s a criminal? (I seem to remember something about presumed innocence.) Even more worryingly, what’s an “extremist”? Proponents of civilian disarmament call anyone in favor of uninfringeable gun rights an extremist. So let’s forget the whole “open season” thing. And let Art explain his opposition to the amendment to Texas’s open carry that prohibits police from using an openly carried weapon as probable cause to detain someone (and check ID). Here’s his thinking- such as it is – via . . .

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Tom in Oregon: Big Horn Armory African Safari Pt. 1


In preparation for a hunt in South Africa for some plains game, I made a trip to Portland Airport customs to fill out the requisite form 4457. Not a big deal, really. I’ve done it before. But there has been something in the wind for about a week. An old law was dredged up from the redundant department of redundancy. It seems that if you want to take a firearm out of country, you now have to register with the IRS as a business to get an Employer Identification Number, then register with AES directly. Then . . .

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Are Negligent Discharges Inevitable?


An “accidental discharge” is more accurately known as a negligent discharge (ND). One second you’re admiring a brilliantly designed and executed piece of wood (or plastic) and steel and the next, your ears are ringing, you’re blinking furiously, you’re surrounded by smoke and the unmistakable odor of gunpowder. Your first conscious thought: “Oh s**t!” If you’re fortunate, the only holes present are in furniture, walls and appliances rather than yourself or someone else. If it was a rifle round, there will tend to be rather more holes than if it were a handgun round. If you’re really fortunate, no one else was aware of your ND, somewhat minimizing the damage to your self-image . . .

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Rev. Edward Fride to Parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor: Arm Yourselves

Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI (courtesy

A TTAG reader writes:

Here’s the full text of a letter sent by the Rev. Edward Fride to parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. urging his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL), as reported by [ED: paragraph breaks added] It’s followed by the the official US Catholic Church’s position on gun control which is a call for “sensible regulation of handguns“ defined as the elimination of  private gun ownership . . .

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Peter King Hearts Gun Control. Again. Still.

On Friday, Congressman Peter King of New York spoke at The Nation Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. During his speech, he came out in favor of more gun control while being sure to simultaneously bash some of his fellow Republicans. In the video above, the distinguised Rep. King responds to questions about his stance on two gun control bills he’s introduced…and admits to having zero expectation that they’ll go anywhere in this congress . . .

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Question of the Day: What Kind of Bread Do You Like?

Edgar Lindamood of Acme Arms (courtesy

“Edgar Lindamood makes his bread in a shop that stocks Nagant revolvers, Makarov pistols, 6.5mm Swedish, 7.7mm Japanese and 7.65mm Argentine ammunition,” reports. “He doesn’t sell it, he just practices to perfect his recipe, making adjustments with each loaf to get it right. . .  ‘I do it because I like making things. I like to make my own beer, my own mead and my own bullets. It gives you a sense of self-reliance when you make your own stuff,’ he said.’There’s a pride in making your own things. There’s something satisfying about casting your own bullets, loading your own ammunition and seeing it work. It’s the same thing with bread.'” What kind of bread do you like? Do you make stuff?


Texas Gun Sense: Bloomberg? Who’s Bloomberg?


Reader DH writes,

So I was watching the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee hearing yesterday morning and yet a new tactic on the part of the Manic Moms emerged. The representative from Texas Gunsense, Frances Schenkkan, testifying against Rep Pickett’s HB 2298, started her routine by explaining that they are not associated with Bloomberg or any of his organizations…they are a local organization . . .

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OMG! Ammunition! In a Carry-On Bag! OMG!

When I was flying back to The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave from The Land of Hope and Glory, a screener discovered a single .22 cartridge buried in the folds of my carry-on. My daughter and I were detained pending further investigation. “It’s a serious business,” one of the MP5-schlepping Brits told me. “You’re carrying part of a gun.” Sure. Right. A part of a gun. Gotcha. According to, the Dayton, Ohio TSA discovered . . .

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Oregon Register-Guard: Background Checks Work! Expand Them!


Facts. Tricky little buggers. Truth be told, they’re easily manipulated. For example, over at Oregon’s, Democratic State Senator Floyd Prozanski asserts that  “According to Oregon State Police data, an average of 180 gun purchases were denied each month over the past three years. In the same period, more than 21,400 lawful transfers occurred monthly. That’s right: Each month 21,400 lawful gun transfers took place with background checks. It works!” Wait. That’s an awful small number of people denied a gun purchase, statistically speaking. Pish-posh says our Floyd . . .

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