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Humorous report of Lexington/Concord

"Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston". "Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement."…

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SCOTUS takes no action on Drake

Drake v. Jerejian, the challenge to New Jersey’s "may issue" system for licensing to carry, was set for the conference (where votes are taken) of last Friday. Today the Court issued its orders from that conference, and said nothing about…

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Chicago "reduces crime" by cooking the books…

Story here. Under pressure from the mayor and high level administrators, police reports are changed to reclassify murders as non-criminal deaths, and aggravated assaults are understated by nearly 25%….

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Unarmed man goes on shooting rampage

It’s the title of this piece, by Mark Stein. NYC police open fire on an unarmed mentally ill person. They miss him but hit two bystanders. So the DA charges the person they tried to shoot with aggravated assault, on…

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Bloomberg canonizes himself

I can’t say that I’m surprised. The College of Cardinals takes forever on things like this, and they appoint a Devil’s Advocate, who would surely have raised the point that a living person is ineligible for sainthood….

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Article on the Dred Scott case

My article on the Dred Scott case is out at Northern Kentucky Law Review. It was a set-up, I tell you! And the greatest legal example of the law of unintended consequences. CJ Taney meant to insulate slavery in every…

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Origin of "zero tolerance" in schools

In the Clinton Presidential Library I found this memo, listing the administration’s claimed successes in the gun control area. On page two, under "Enforcing Zero Tolerance for Guns and Other Weapons in Schools," is a notation that Clinton signed the…

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Arrest at airport for gun law violation; NYC officials ask for reasonableness

Of course, it’s one of their employees, and the arrest took place in India. Still, it’s amusing to see Chuck Schumer asking for a gun law violation to be excused because it was so technical….

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Interesting…

With regard that stand-off in Nevada, it appears the FAA declared a no-fly zone around the property. A rather small one (3 miles radius, and 3000 feet and below altitude above ground). with an exemption: "ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER…

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Officer murdered, mayor attends murderer’s funeral

This is not a case of good judgment. The killer was not a model citizen. He had prior convictions for drug offenses, resisting arrest, theft, assault on an officer, and a sex crime….

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Remington 700 recall

You can check your serial number against their list here. The affected rifles are 700s and Model 7s made between May 2006 and now, using the XMP trigger. They’ve found that under some conditions it can accidentally discharge….

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Not a bad idea, actually

Let the NRA run America. Its Board of Directors has had no sex or economic scandals, works for no pay, does its job in nine days out of the year, and has numbered plenty of Medal of Honor winners among…

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Drake v. Jerejihan cert reply filed.

This the NJ appeal involving gun permits issued upon a finding of "justifiable need," whatever that means. Scotusblog has pdfs of all the filings. The reply points out that now the Third Circuit, involved in this case, and the Ninth…

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Growth of Federal LE

Egad. No wonder there are ammo shortages. Federal LEOs number about 25,000, and almost every agency has them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (which I’d never heard of) has 9. HUD has 264. DHS has 686. EPA has…

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Services for Otis McDonald

They’re set for Friday. According to the linked article, "BELLEVUE, WA – Funeral services for gun rights champion Otis McDonald will be held this Friday at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, Ill., the Second Amendment Foundation has learned,…

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New York compliant AR-15?

Story here. Among the comments was "Quit looking for ways to skirt the law," when what they had done was to conform to it. And in the process show how meaningless it is. Neither they nor any inventors of AW…

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Rest in peace, Otis McDonald…

Otis McDonald, petitioner in McDonald v. Chicago, has gone to his rest. Here he is, with his wife, on the steps of the US Supreme Court after the oral argument, four years ago. Here’s his memorial Facebook page. A good…

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Problem fixed

My thanks to the reader who suggested that the "hit counter" was for some reason locking up the system when viewers tried to load a page….

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More on Fast and Furious

From today’s hearings before Issa’s committee. B. Todd Jones, the new head of BATFE, is testifying: ISSA: Thank you, Director Jones. And I too want to reiterate the importance of the work that the men and women of the ATF…

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Excuse me while I upchuck….

An editorial in the Arizona Republic is entitled "Dennis Burke should’ve been celebrated, not sanctioned" and begins "Exactly why the State Bar of Arizona pursued sanctions against Dennis K. Burke for his involvement in the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal…

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April 1 satire worthy of The Onion

Brady Center rescinds Piers Morgan ‘Visionary Award’ after gun sales skyrocket. "Yeah, it’s weird," Wilson said. "I’ve always been pro gun-control but when I heard Piers Morgan on television saying we’ll all mindless barbarians too afraid of the NRA, I…

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Senator Yee’s business card

Hat tip to Peter Buxton…….

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Peruta: opposition to motions to intervene

Right here. As to the State, they have to agree that the court has the power to allow intervention in its discretion; as to everyone else (Brady Campaign, etc.) the argument seems clear that they have no standing to become…

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More on Senator Yee

He told FBI undercover agents that he could obtain millions of dollars worth of guns illegally, and had an associate who supplied arms to Islamic terror groups in the Phillipines….

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Article on McDonald online

Here it is. Fifty pages, 213 fns. It did take a while to write….

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CA antigun senator bites the bullet

State senator Leland Yee, prominent in pushing for firearm restrictions, gets busted for official corruption, including taking money from a supposed gun trafficking ring. "The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded "citizens of honest services" and were involved in a…

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Castleman decision — DV conviction

Opinion here. The core issue: defendant had been convicted under a State statute that forbids knowingly "causing bodily injury," in this case to the mother of his child. The Gun Control Act forbids gun possession by anyone convicted of using…

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Agent Jay Dobyns has a blog

Right here. He’s one of the whistleblower agents. In his case he spent years infiltrating the Hell’s Angels — then ATF, for reasons unknown, let his personal data become public. Credible death threats followed, without ATF giving him any security….

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Cert. denied in Texas case over limits on 18-20 yr olds

Story here….

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Humorous ruling on silencers

Innovator Enterprises v. United States, D.D.C., Mar. 19, 2014. ATF ruled that a sample muzzle brake submitted for testing was a silencer. But it turned out that, while ATF has equipment to measure sound levels, it doesn’t use them to…

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