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This is TTAG’s weekly roundup of legal and legislative news affecting guns, the gun business and gun owners’ rights. For a deeper dive into the topics discussed here, check out this week in gun rights at FPC

LA Times Aggressively Misleads Readers on Mass Shootings

Spurred by the murders at the Molson Coors facility in MIlwaukee, The LA Times’ Rahul Mukherjee penned How many mass shootings might have been prevented by stronger gun laws?

In his plaintive piece, he retroactively applied the policies of straw purchase bans, safe storage requirements, “assault weapons” bans, universal background checks, and “red flag” laws to 167 incidences of mass shootings.

This resulted in some pretty interesting looking infographics. The problem, though, is that the article heavily suggests that laws have perfect application and no external effects.

Mukherjee briefly states that “there is no guarantee that these laws would be effective in stopping motivated killers from ultimately achieving their goal,” but goes on to ask the audience to “see what might have happened” had the laws he touts been in effect since 1966.

For one, it’s inane to suggest that any type of law is anywhere near 100% effective, especially in the criminal context. Hell, even a 10% reduction would be shockingly effective. We haven’t experienced that though.

This is especially poignant when the article refers to six separate incidences that an “assault weapon” ban might have stopped…shootings which happen to coincide with the federal assault weapon ban.

All that aside, the real takeaway is this: people pushing new laws are like any other salesmen. They’re going to sing their praises and ignore their costs. Keep your eyes open, else those costs will be yours to bear.

Michelle Lujan Grisham moms demand action
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

“Red Flag” Law Signed in New Mexico

We’ve discussed this law in the preceding weeks, but last week saw Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sign Senate Bill 5 into law, the “Extreme Risk Firearm Order Protection Act,” a red flag law which lets law enforcement officers request courts remove the firearms of an individual.

It is worth noting the law, as enacted, requires that law enforcement make any seized firearms available within thirty days of receiving a request from an individual who has had their order expire or otherwise removed and is then eligible to own and possess a firearm. Time will tell whether that is followed.

School Resource Officer
Dara Van Antwerp, the school resource officer at Panther Run Elementary School Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Kentucky Now Requires Armed School Resource Officers

Last week, the Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a new law which will require that Kentucky’s school resource officers, previously unarmed, will now carry guns. Several progressive civil rights organizations opposed the legislation, citing allegedly disparate treatment of minority students, expressing concern that this may result in more violence against them.

Governor Beshear, a Democrat, acknowledged the concern but said that he “simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission, but also to protect themselves.”

The Governor’s point is interesting because he’s essentially acknowledging that schools are soft targets due to their otherwise being “gun-free” zones.

Still, the bill isn’t likely to have a significant effect. Not only because mass shootings are incredibly rare, but because, as Parkland showed, a single armed resource officer isn’t always enough. Still, one is better than none, I guess.

Bailey Nielsen AR-15 Idaho
Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation that headed to the House on Monday, Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Armed Young Girl (Legally) Advocates for Right to Carry

On Tuesday an 11-year old girl accompanied her grandfather to the Idaho statehouse to advocate for legislation which would recognize the right of out-of-state individuals to concealed carry while visiting Idaho. She happened to be legally carrying an AR-pattern rifle, to the astonishment of some.

I’d prefer to see an AK-74, but hey, to each her own.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, gestures during a campaign rally Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Biden Forgets He is Supposed to be the Moderate Candidate in the Field

Uncle Joe is at it again, this time threatening gun manufacturers. That was, of course, sandwiched between a number of silly assertions, such as “no one should have “50 clips in a weapon” (I’m inclined to agree with this one…fifty clips sounds impractical and downright heavy. Anyone who’s handled a Type 11 will tell you six clips is enough to wrestle with.)

He also tried to claim that 150 million people (almost half the country’s population) have died from “gun violence” since the PLCAA was authorized. For the record, this is an insane claim — even for Shotgun Joe — unless there is some sort of Thanos-level event that we’ve missed.


Matthew Larosiere is the Director of Legal Policy at the Firearms Policy Coalition.


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  1. So many lives that could have been saved if only straw purchases were prohibited! Should have done that years ago, such as in 1993.

  2. Straw Purchases will remain a problem, although it’s questionable what statistically significant amount of firearms used in crimes were Straw Purchases. TTBOMKAR, it’s not the major source the Media and Anti-Gunners like to portray it as. The overwhelming majority of Straw Purchases are caught after the fact, which illustrates the problem correctly, and the reaction of a Straw Purchase is nearly always after the fact. Perjuring yourself on Form 4473, doesn’t appear to be the detriment it’s meant to be for a portion of the purchasers. The only realistic answer to Straw Purchases is to increase education and an emphasis on the legal consequences of buying contraband for someone who’s not lawfully able to possess said contraband. It might at least limit the boyfriend/girlfriend/spousal purchases. The Pro Star Purchasers need the full weight of the law, instead of slaps on the wrist most of them get when they’re caught. One recent purchaser of 87 known Straw Purchases received 6 months probation and a mid way fine. That’s the idiocy of the judiciary right there.

  3. My own view of Media on Firearms is described as follows. Media is about as honest as a corkscrew is straight..

  4. The readers here already know the LA Times lies.
    The readers of the LA Times don’t know that.
    Nothing said here will change that.


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