It’s so hard to keep the things they legislate against straight . . .
It’s naïve at this late date to expect most federal lawmakers to comprehend the legislation they pass. However, it’s not too much to ask that the lawmaker the New York Times described as the “workhorse” behind the 1994 “Assault Weapons” ban know the basics of firearms operation.
Schumer isn’t the first to use the “full semi-automatic” term. In February, a CNN reporter went to a range with purported firearms expert Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, who proceeded to fire an AR-15 on what he termed “full semiautomatic.”
Perhaps with his comments Schumer was adopting the bizarre theory of firearms operation posited by Australia Green Party politician David Shoebridge, who earlier this year registered his opposition to a rifle that is cycled by use of a thumb lever. Shoebridge described the firearm as “semi-semi-automatic.”
Firearms traces by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives increased more than 10 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to a report from the agency released on Tuesday.
The report shows the ATF ran 322,078 traces of firearms recovered in the United States during 2017. The agency ran 289,223 in 2016, which means it processed 32,855 more in 2017. That represents an increase of 11.3 percent over the previous year.
The report said California had 41,527 trace requests in 2017, making it the state with the most requests in the country. The state also had the most requests in 2016.
Try to follow along . . .
State Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, filed bills in the 2018 legislative session to require firearms to be stored with trigger locks, to mandate that even private sales of firearms have background checks and to repeal a ban on a state firearms registry.
He filed the same trigger-lock and private-sales bills in 2017, his first session in the Florida Legislature.
None of those bills passed in the Republican-dominated legislature, or even got a committee hearing, but he filed them nonetheless.
He also voted against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act, despite provisions that required three-day waiting periods on gun purchases and a 21-and-older age limit, because of a provision that could arm teachers in schools. He also, strategically, believed that if the bill failed, the legislature would be forced to go back and add more gun control measures.
Because of the gun-control measures in the school safety bill that Farmer voted against, Floridians Against Guns is calling out Farmer for voting against gun control.
And yet, Farmer is now being attacked as a pro-gun candidate.
People in Washington state who want to have their gun rights restored after a felony conviction must be crime-free for five years, but it doesn’t have to be the five years immediately before they petition.
That’s according to a 6-3 ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. It came in the case of Edgar Dennis III, who was disqualified from possessing guns after robbery and assault convictions in the 1990s.
Dennis went more than 15 years before he was convicted of another crime, a misdemeanor for negligent driving.
Two years after that, in 2016, he petitioned to have his firearm rights restored. Lower courts rejected his efforts, citing the misdemeanor conviction within the past five years.
It drives them insane that two good guy with guns stopped a shooter in such a conspicuous way . . .
In a nation grappling with frequent mass shootings, Second Amendment activists have urged that more people carry guns so that they are prepared, like Nazario and Whittle, to respond to an armed threat. The morning after the May 24 Oklahoma City shooting, the National Rifle Association tweeted that it was “just another example of how the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Local police also praised Nazario and Whittle, saying their swift response ended what a police spokesman called “a very dangerous situation.”
But police also noted that armed citizens can complicate volatile situations. The first of 57 uniformed police officers arrived just a minute after the initial 911 calls and found a complex scene with multiple armed people and no clear sense of what had happened or who was responsible.