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Supreme Court takes a gun forfeiture case

The Court just granted cert. in Henderson v. U.S.. The issue: can a person who is convicted of a felony, and has firearms seized (because of his status as a felon, not because the guns were used in an offense),…

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Connecticut Law Review is online

Symposium issue here. Very interesting articles. George Mocsary on requiring insurance as a condition of gun ownership, Clayton Cramer on mental illness and the 2A, Michael O’Shea on slippery slope and background checks, myself on standard of review Josh Blackman…

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Robbery in AZ has its risks

Robbers hit credit union, are departing with a sack of cash when an incoming customer opens fire and kills one. This is Arizona. When it comes to concealed carry, we don’ need no steenking permits….

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"ThinkProgress" has second thoughts on no-retreat

"South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence." Sounds like the argument is a variant of "the statute on its face says this, but we can’t believe the legislature meant this to happen." Amusing…

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Zero tolerance = zero brains, part 2,356

An entirely nice female student, who has to travel though rough areas of Detroit, gets suspended from school for an entire year after she is found with a pocketknife that was a quarter inch longer than the school rules allowed….

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Australian criminals adapt to the times

Prices of black market semiautos rise into the thousands, so criminals turn to sharing or leasing out their guns. They even do so on a contingency basis: the user only pays if he actually commits a crime with it….

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Memories

Joe Foss, NRA President who earned the Medal of Honor. I got off the plane with him in DC when he was talking about the incident with airport security, and I called some folks who had media contacts. Not in…

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Restoring rights?

Interesting. But I wish the story explained how the person lost their firearm rights. I can only think of (1) it’s some State disqualified or (2) while he was incapacitated following the stroke, they had a guardian created for his…

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Safety concerns about some 9mm ammo

Article here. It’s apparently military contract overrun, and loaded to 9mm+P levels, good in modern guns but not in all….

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BATF settles with another whistle-blower agent

David Codrea has the story. The BATF hierarchy terminated Agent Vince Cefalu after he exposed illegal wiretapping. (The grounds for the firing were essentially "telling the truth while under oath"). The District Court settlement is that he will be reinstated,…

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DC gun registry operating at usual efficiency

Unless, as the saying goes, "that’s not a bug, that’s a feature!" The District is requiring submission of a second set of fingerprints, stating that it somehow lost the first set….

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Bloomberg hypocrisy

NRA lights a fire under the former mayor. To his mind, it’s not hypocrisy, mind you. One of the traits of narcissistic personality disorder is for the person to feel that he can lay down rules, but they don’t apply…

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Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition….

Story here….

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That’s funny, I thought it was George Bush

MSNBC finds someone to blame for the Ebola scare: the NRA. I just hope they never figure out how the virus was genetically modified in the NRA labs so that it cannot infect anyone who has recently been exposed to…

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That’s funny, I thought it was George Bush

MSNBC finds someone to blame for the Ebola scare: the NRA. I just hope they never figure out how the virus was genetically modified in the NRA labs so that it cannot infect anyone who has recently been exposed to…

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Police officers charged in alleged straw man sales

Story here. The trial starts Monday, and the defendants are two Sacramento County deputies, an FFL, and a private purchaser. As I read the story, it arises out of California’s discriminatory gun laws. To be sold new in CA, a…

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BATF loses suit to undercover agent

A judge of the Federal Court of Claims has awarded former agent Jay Doybyns over half a million in damages for agency misconduct. "Misconduct" that amounted to betraying and backstabbing an agent who had spent years infiltrating the hell’s angels….

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Update on Oklahoma beheading & defense

An article in the Christian Science Monitor asks "Oklahoma City beheading: Will jihad-style attack boost ‘bring gun to work’ laws?" I can remember when CSM made the Washington Post look like Guns and Ammo; if the other side is losing…

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Making a self-defense story fit the desired narrative

Moore, Oklahoma. Business fires violent nut case, he rams vehicle into headquarters, charges inside with knife, decapitates one woman, begins stabbing another… An employee ends the assault (and almost certainly intended mass killing) with three fast shots from a rifle……

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Kickstarter promo of "The Filmography of Guns"

It’s a promotion project for a new book on guns featured in movies….

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Only government actors are safe with arms

‘Nuff said. At least they did bring criminal charges against the shooter; only his poor marksmanship kept this from becoming a homicide charge….

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2A "as applied" challenge victory

Binderup v. Holder, Eastern Dist. of PA, No. 13-cv-06750. (I won’t attach it because it’s an 86 page pdf). By way of background: a constitutional challenge can be a facial one, aimed at the face of the statute (any and…

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Shaneen Allen: good news

She’s going to be admitted to pretrial diversion, which in practice means going to a bit of effort in exchange for having charges dismissed. Kudos to attorney Ev Nappen! Here’s the Attorney General’s memo, dated today, finding that (absent aggravating…

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Court refuses DC request for a stay

After striking Washington DC’s complete ban on firearms carrying, district judge Frederick Scullin granted the city a stay until Oct. 22 to give it time to pass new regulations. DC then requested an indefinite stay until it had appealed the…

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Brady Campaign stretches things in fundraiser

Story here. Brady tries to claim credit for Cabela’s involvement in anti-straw man training, when in fact the program was created long ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Cabela’s enrolled in it before Brady opened their latest anti-FFL…

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Rest in peace, Gordon Russell

Story here. He was a heck of a nice guy, and died in harness, as Shakespeare said. I am told he was doing his job at the September NRA Board meeting when he suddenly collapsed, I assume a massive coronary…

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11th Circuit slaps down SWAT-type regulatory raid

A good summary at Reason.com. I’ve heard of similar things happening in California. Regulatory "inspections" are traditionally given only loose Fourth Amendment protections by the courts, because they usually are no big deal. But some locals send the "inspectors" in…

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New York Times and assault weapons bans

NY Times editorial, "Myths About Gun Regulation," January 31, 2013: "As busy as the gun lobby is in promoting macho myths about self-defense — stand your ground and outshoot the bad guys — it is no less dedicated to spinning…

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Brady Campaign sues ammo dealer, etc.

Story here. Brady will sue on behalf of the parents of a child killed in the Aurora CO shooting, against the dealer who sold the ammunition and some unnamed others. I cannot figure this one out. First, the tort law…

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Protestors seem to be getting deperate

Protestors picket national police championships, as if learning to shoot accurately had much to do with questions about whether a shooting was justified. Of course, it’s being consistent to some degree. Most just assume that firearm skills = being an…

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