The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, acting as counsel for Wyoming and 18 other states, filed an amicus brief on Wednesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a hearing in the case of Drake v. Jerejian, a New Jersey case which has at issue “(1) Whether the Second Amendment secures a right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense; and (2) whether state officials violate the Second Amendment by requiring that individuals wishing to exercise their right to carry a handgun for self-defense first prove a “justifiable need” for doing so.” The Wyoming brief says that the 19 states are concerned . . .
that if the appeals court ruling stands, it could threaten their less restrictive concealed carry laws.” The NRA has also filed a brief in support of the case. The other states joining in the brief are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.
Your non-Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Jonesboro, Arkansas where sanity prevailed, against the odds. A 17-year-old student was pulled from class Wednesday and questioned about a video of him posing with a gun in his truck before school. A search of his truck turned up a BB gun, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a .243-caliber rifle, and some loose ammunition. When asked why he had them, he said they were for hunting. [Duh.] The guns were given to the kid’s grandfather, and student was disciplined by the school. No mention was made in any of the five stories I read of a lockdown, an arrest, or any hyperventilating panic attacks.
I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday, but what better way to say you care than by giving your sweetheart the gift of armed self-defense. Impact Guns, an online gun retailer based out of Utah, is holding a Valentine’s day giveaway, offering the winner a free Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm and two dozen roses. No purchase necessary to enter, contest not valid in New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, and Florida [!!!], contest runs from Valentine’s Day through 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on February 21st. Go here to enter.
The Mississippi House on Tuesday passed three gun-rights bills, one by a more than 2:1 majority, one nearly unanimously, and one unanimously. The first of those, passed 85-33, says that city and county governments “may not interfere with the right of citizens to possess firearms” and that state law preempts local ordinances. The second one, pass 112-2, prohibits confiscation of personal firearms by local governments after emergencies (a la Katrina) or under a declaration of martial law. The third bill, passed unanimously, says that cities and counties that hold gun buy-ups must offer the recovered guns for sale to licensed dealers, and can only destroy them after proving they are valueless.
If you live in Florida or have spent much (gun) time here, the name Suncoast Gun Shows will be familiar to you. They’re the big fish down here, running large, well-attended shows from one end of the state to the other. Lately though, they’ve been feeling the pinch, and their reaction to that is drawing some heat from dealers and customers alike. They’re threatening to ban any exhibitors from their shows who also attend another promoter’s show. “If any exhibitor sets up at another promoter’s show within the same metropolitan area and within a four-week time period, before or after our show, we will not accept any future reservation for you.” This isn’t the first time Suncoast has been accused of questionable practices. There are stories of Suncoast banning some smaller dealers in the past for selling firearms cheaper than the larger competitors (who buy more tables, hence have more pull). Maybe that’s why it seems impossible to get a deal at the show anymore.
I’m building up a backlog of videos again; so many good ones. I’m curious, because I have no way to track it: Are there any videos that I feature regularly that you absolutely hate and never watch? I don’t really care why, but if there appears to be a consensus on what doesn’t get watched, I’ll stop doing it. Be warned, after I note your answer, I may delete or edit the comment to avoid starting fights. Or not.
Anyway, in the interests of shortening the list, I’m gonna do three shorties instead of a single long-form video like I usually do on the weekends. First up, mattv2099 liquid cools an AK with vodka in memory of Mikhail Kalashnikov…
Next, Demolition Ranch hits a plastic 55-gallon drum full of water with a .50BMG round. You’ll probably guess that it doesn’t hold up too well, but the cinder block is neat.
And finally, always a favorite, Jerry Miculek has “Ugly Gun Day” with an RPK. Some of you may disagree with him on that score, but you may want to do it from behind a bulletproof screen, as he’s about to dump 30 rounds out of that ugly gun in just under 5 seconds.
Sometimes ugly works. That’s what tell people about myself, anyway.