The Forsyth County, North Carolina sheriff has made an interesting deal. During a facility move, two 1928 Thompson submachine guns were discovered collecting dust in the back of the armory. They’d been donated to the police department by the RJ Reynolds tobacco company several decades ago. Upon discovering what they were worth and realizing that a modern law enforcement agency had no use for them, he arranged a trade. He struck a deal whereby he turned the guns over to Craig’s Firearm Supply of Knoxville, TN in exchange for 88 Bushmaster AR-15s. Sheriff Schatzman said, “The Thompsons are vintage but not streetworthy,” Schatzman said. “This trade will help us with obtaining what we need for today.”
The Georgia legislature will again consider a bill this term that will allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on college campuses throughout the state. A similar measure nearly passed last session, and legislators are trying again, thinking especially of urban campuses like Georgia Tech. The reporter, striving to give equal time to the opposition, managed to find two students who are “wary” of the change: one from Nigeria, one from New Jersey. As Craig Ferguson would say, “You’re familiar with them, right? One is a third-world hellhole where crime runs rampant, corruption is everywhere, and the rule of law is but a distant dream… and the other is Nigeria.”
Pennsylvania is also working on a campus carry policy, but this one won’t be legislative. Pennsylvania currently prohibits guns at K-12 schools, but has no blanket policy in place to regulate guns on public university campuses. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is considering a policy that would permit the carry of guns outdoors on campus (parking lots, sidewalks, and quads), but would ban them from buildings and sensitive areas like outdoor graduations or field trips. The next opportunity for PASSHE to take their proposal before the Board of Governors is in April.
“For the first time in the United States, a citizen who has legally registered a gun will have to submit to a renewal process. The consequences of not knowing about this new law or missing the specific 60-day window are dire.” That’s the lead-in to Emily Miller’s article in the Washington Times about the re-registration scheme that went into effect in the benighted District of Columbia on January 2nd. We’ve talked about it before, but this article had something new to me. If the re-registration is not performed, the previous registration is revoked, and the gun itself is put into a category of weapons that can never be registered, just as though it were a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun. So if someone messes up, even if they don’t get fined or jail time, they also lose the ability to ever again register that particular firearm. Neat, huh?
fxhummel1 and James Yeager have done a series of videos titled Ask Yeager Anything. It’s pretty typical Yeager, equal parts ego, humor, and intelligence. (OK, it’s probably two parts ego, and one each of the others.) If you like James Yeager, you’ll probably like the videos. If you don’t like James Yeager, please just save it. Nobody cares. Watch ’em, don’t watch ’em, but don’t tell me about it. Each is around 5 minutes long. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. I will however, leave you with this, from the second video. In response to a question about the future of firearms ownership in the US, he had this to say:
Join the NRA. And if you don’t like the NRA, there’s a simple fix: Become a life member and that gives you voting rights, and then vote for the Board of Directors that you want. Quit being a douchebag running down the NRA. If it wasn’t for the NRA, all these other half-assed pro-gun organizations wouldn’t have any guns to protect to begin with. Join the NRA, make it the organization you want it to be.
I agree. I’m sure there will be people that will come along and talk about how the NRA has colluded with the government on anti-gun legislation in the past, etc. That doesn’t change the fact that the NRA is the 800 pound gorilla in this country when it comes to gun rights. Support the others, definitely, but don’t ignore the most powerful lobbying and legislative asset we have.
You’ll recall a month or so ago I featured the promo for Primary Weapons Systems upcoming animated series Half Cocked. It debuted a couple days ago, and here’s their first offering, Obese Camo.
I smiled a couple times, but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping. You can definitely see the folks putting it together are fans of Archer. I generally give interesting-looking new TV shows a couple-three episodes to get their shit together, and those are either 22 or 44 minutes long, so I’ll certainly give this a couple more shots to find its footing.
I have a hip-deep pile of videos hanging around that I haven’t gotten to the past few weeks, so I’ll probably drop three or four of them into a quickie post, just to clear the bilges a little. Watch this space at the usual time tomorrow night.