Gee, why would the city want to keep that number from the public? . . . Judge allows Seattle to withhold gun tax numbers – A setback for gun rights advocates in Seattle. A judge is allowing the city to withhold data on how much money it collects from gun and ammunition sales. ‘We were pleased with the court’s decision today,’ says Assistant City Attorney Kent Meyer, ‘She denied the plantiff’s motion for summary judgement, and that’s what we asked her to do.’ David Edwards is the lawyer for Dave Workman with the Second Amendment Foundation. ‘All he want’s to know is how much Seattle has collected from this tax. Seattle won’t release that number… The judge’s ruling is that she does not have enough facts in front of her to be able to make a decision,’ says Edwards.”
The AP manages to get ‘hit men’ and James Bond in the first sentence . . . Gun industry seeks to ease gov’t restrictions on silencers – “They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm has been as difficult as buying a machine gun, requiring a background check that can take close to a year. Now, emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as president, the industry has renewed a push in Congress to ease those restrictions, arguing that it’ll help preserve the hearing of gun users.”
California Gun Rights Advocates March on Capitol – “A short march from the Tower Bridge to the State Capitol packed a powerful message. ‘We’re tired of California lawmakers trampling on our gun rights,’ said march organizer Jacob Shockley. The mile long stretch of sidewalk between the two spots was crowded with Second Amendment supporters Sunday morning. ‘These demonstrations are an important part of the political process this gets the public noticing the cause,’ said demonstrator David Bouilly.” Then they lit cars on fire and smashed store windows, leaving the downtown area in chaos. Oh wait. Never mind.
Campus carry in Arkansas . . . 98 Percent Of Poll Respondents Support Arkansas Campus Carry – “There’s no shortage of support for campus carry in the Natural State. Nearly 98 percent of readers responding to an unscientific online survey by The Madison County Record voted, ‘Yes, all colleges should allow permit holders to carry firearms.’ That left a paltry 2 percent whose responses were split between ‘no,’ ‘unsure/indifferent’ and ‘Yes, but a college should be able to choose whether or not to allow firearms on campus.’”
Fake news . . . NBC News Incorrectly Says Criminals Can Legally Manufacture Their Own Guns – “NBC News ran a segment during their Nightly News program last week that incorrectly said criminals can legally manufacture guns for their own personal use. ‘This is a real gun and anyone can buy it, no background check required,’ Jeff Rossen, NBC News national investigative correspondent, said as the segment opened. ‘It’s perfectly legal.'”
Mostly no . . . Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns? – “Overall, I found that gun owners and people who were more “pro-gun” were less likely to choose a smart gun over a traditional firearm. This is important because estimates suggest that a small number of Americans own most of the guns in the U.S. A 2015 unpublished survey from Harvard and Northeastern University estimated that just 3 percent of Americans owned half of the nation’s guns. Other estimates suggest that gun owners today own more guns per household than they did in years past. So those likely to go out and purchase a firearm – current gun owners – may not be willing to choose a smart gun.”
Because no one should be able to exercise a civil right while exercising a civil right . . . Election official wants to ban guns from Nevada polling places – “Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told a state Assembly panel on Tuesday that lawmakers should consider banning guns from polling places to guard against voter intimidation. Guns are banned at some Nevada polling places, such as at schools where weapons are illegal, but other polling locations are not included in such a prohibition, Gloria told the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.”
What’s bad for the Gander . . . Gander Mountain preparing to file for bankruptcy this month: sources – “Gander Mountain, which bills itself as America’s firearms superstore, has faced challenges capitalizing on a booming gun market. The Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out a record 27.5 million background checks on people seeking to buy guns in 2016, up 19 percent from the year before.”