The legal eagles at geoffreygnathanlaw.com would like to remind past and potential clients that “According to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 274: Section 1, a felony in this state is one that is punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison. If the crime can be punished by a year or more in state prison, it also is defined as a felony.” Note: even if you don’t serve any prison time, if you’re convicted of a crime that could have been punished by a year in jail, you’re a felon. And under the new gun control bill signed by MA Gov. Duvall Patrick yesterday, police chiefs can stop long gun purchases. Oh, and a felony conviction means . ..
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Doctors should be able to ask their patients anything they want to ask their patients up to and including “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?” The government has no business dictating what your physician can and can not ask the people in their care, just as it has no business requiring you to answer. Yes, I get it. If docs are “allowed” to ask their patients about communism, or firearms in the home, they’re acting as government spies. Or will, eventually. But the First Amendment is the First Amendment for a reason: freedom of speech is our most important natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. OK, so, Florida . . .
The legallyconcealed.com vlogger above is as unequivocal as he is taciturn: warn any home invaders that you’re armed and the cops are on their way. Makes sense to me. Especially if you’ve called 911 and put the phone down, so the service will record everything you say, for use in your defense. Only…is it possible that you’d want to ambush one more bad guys coming to rob, rape or kill you and/or your loved ones? What if you’re not in a defensible position? Do you really want to sacrifice the advantages of speed, surprise and violence of action? I say it depends on the situation; that you don’t want to commit to ANY default course of action. Have a plan but know that it probably won’t survive first contact with the enemy. What say you?
Gun storage is sometimes a real PITA, as it were. As the collection grows, you sometimes wonder, “Where am I supposed to put all this stuff?” And as a guy raised with the mantra of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place” putting pistols on a shelf in a haphazard fashion is no bueno. But then I found these Handgun Hangers from Gun Storage Solutions and now life is better and more organized . . .
Fresh to my inbox this morning was a presser from the Texas State Rifle Association announcing that they are planning their first annual Two-Gun Class 3 Match benefitting the TSRA-PAC. The TSRA has been one of the biggest voices in the state for firearms rights and has been instrumental in lobbying for various bits of firearms legislation over the years. They’re also responsible for organizing several competitions, get togethers, and educational events each year. Presser below . . .
Ferguson, Missouri was home to a fourth night of rioting following the shooting death of an unarmed African American. usatoday.com reports that the police arrested protesters and journalists alike. “Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who had been posting frequent photos and video of the protests and police response, was taken to the Ferguson jail and arrested for unlawful assembly, his wife, Jasenka Benac French, said via Twitter. Journalists in the St. Louis suburb to cover the fray wound up being part of the story when two were detained at a McDonald’s restaurant where members of the media were charging cellphones and writing. Reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post said on Twitter that police told them to stop recording the chaos, then took them into custody.” The heavy-handed police response has already questions about . . .
“Moms will no longer tolerate America’s culture of gun violence. We demand to be safe in the places we go with our children — schools, restaurants, stores, parks and in our own homes. By opposing legislation to close the deadly loopholes in our background check system that allow minors and dangerous people like felons and domestic abusers easy access to guns, as well as reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded gun[s] are carried and used in public, it’s crystal clear the gun lobby is out of touch with the concerns of American parents, including those who are gun owners.” – Shannon Watts, quoted in School Violence And Gun-Related Injuries Rank Among Top Concerns For American Families [via huffingtonpost.com]
Square ranges are boring. Public shooting ranges with stalls and benches are great for getting a solid 100 yard zero or a quick test of your new gun, but the most fun you can possibly have with a firearm takes place outside the confines of the dirt berms. As our own writers Chris Dumm and Joe Grine know, some of the best shooting grounds in the United States are out in the wilderness. SilencerCo is launching a new series of videos to illustrate this point and Noveske joined them for the initial shoot to show off some of their pretty awesome kit. But there is an ulterior motive at work . . .
I wrote earlier this week about how the ongoing riots in Ferguson, Missouri strengthen the position that gun control is dangerous. Again. Still. Forever. This is because it takes away the best tools for the job from people who are failed by those paid to protect them. That’s not an indictment of the police force in America, something that can be a hot topic here on TTAG. I’m just making a statement of fact. The police cannot be everywhere at once, especially in a situation where mob mentality, and the violence that often accompanies it, takes over. In any case, you are ultimately responsible for your safety. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri seem to be getting wise to that fact as well . . .
Reader CTSheepdog writes:
In Connecticut yesterday, John McKinney, state Senate Minority Leader, lost his bid for the GOP candidacy to face Governor Dan Malloy in November. McKinney, one of the architects of Connecticut’s restrictive 2013 gun laws, was beaten by 11 percent by businessman Tom Foley. Tens of thousands of CT gun owners turned out in a low turnout primary to lift Foley to victory in all but one CT county . . .
I’m deeply jealous of Kirsten Joy Weiss’s shoulder roll gun acquisition. It’s a move I perfected at the age of ten, back when Starsky & Hutch increased car wax sales exponentially (inciting millions of boys to perfect the art of sliding over car hoods). Those days are long gone. Although I wonder if there are some mad running, jumping and shooting skillz lurking in my ancient muscle memory. Anyway, for the record, KJ Dubs is a good egg – even if she’s not good to eggs. What’s up with that?
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed a lawsuit against Armslist.com. The federal court ruled that the online private sales site is not liable for its users’ actions. “The case concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400,” arstechnica.com reports. “Demetry Smirnov, the gun purchaser, murdered Jitka Vesel in Chicago with that weapon after an online romance soured. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The man who sold him the gun . . .
“Red Jacket Firearms and the Hayden family, want to bring their fans and general public up to date on the developments recently brought to attention by the tabloids and media. We acknowledge that allegations of child abuse were made against Mr. Will Hayden. This was reported by someone intent on smearing his reputation. The child in question was properly interviewed by child services and an arrest was made, as part of standard procedure, which is done routinely in many states. Mr. Hayden fully cooperated with law enforcement and the child was subjected to questioning, as is also routine at the child advocacy center. She was then . . .
Hey sharp shots! I’m back! After shooting some new shooting videos, I’ve returned to help promote the Texas International Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin, Texas, November 8 and 9. Tickets sales are already strong. And no wonder! For just $59 you can shoot the latest and guns from FN, GLOCK, SIG SAUER, Beretta, Taurus, Tracking Point, ArmaLite, Mossberg, Henry and many more. That’s for a one-day pass. It’s $95 for two-day’s shooting. The top-level two-day VIP pass includes . . .