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Default judgment entered against Harrisburg

For $21,000 in attorney fees, plus such damages as may be proven at trial, in an action charging that the city’s gun ordinances violate the Pennsylvania preemption statute….

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Court denies stay in Mance v. Holder

Story here. This is the case that struck down the GCA ban on interstate handgun sales by licensed dealers. The government asked for a sixty-day stay so it could consider whether to appeal. We all know it’s going to appeal,…

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National Firearms Law Seminar

It’ll be at the NRA annual meeting in Nashville, on April 10. And how often can you satisfy your CLE requirement while watching Massad Ayoob share the stage with Instapundit? I’ve read some of Massad’s advice to defense attorneys, and…

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District Court rejects challenge to CA "gun roster" law

CalGuns Foundation link to the ruling is here. You can read the first few pages and know what the outcome will be. California seeks to ensure guns are safe, etc., etc., so only very safe guns are put on the…

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Jim Bovard remembers Mike McNulty

Posted here. "One of the heroes of the Waco fights of the 1990s has passed away. Mike McNulty did more than any other single person to doggedly pursue the truth about Waco. And he produced or co-produced a number of…

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Supreme Court argument in Henderson

The government’s "constructive possession claim didn’t get very far. The government had been contending that designating to whom the firearms could be transferred was "control," and hence exercising illegal "possession." Then before argument they conceded that Henderson could transfer them…

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HSUS loses charity rating

Charity Navigator just revoked their rating and put a "donor advisory" alert in its place. This comes in the wake of a $15 million payout to settle an extortion and bribery suit, and moving $26 million to offshore accounts….

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RIP Mike McNulty

I just heard, know no details. Mike produced "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" and directed "The FLIR Project" and "Waco: A New Revelation." Back in ’93, he and I forced reopening of the Waco issue, which led to appointment of…

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Supreme Court argument approaching

Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Henderson v. United States, describing in this SCOTUSblog post. Henderson surrendered his firearms to the government, as one of his conditions of release. He was later convicted of a felony,…

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Recovering attorneys’ fees in Federal forfeiture cases

By pure luck, I came across this, a provision allowing recovery of attorneys’ fees in forfeiture cases. It ought to be of great use in gun forfeiture cases at the Federal level. 28 USC §2465(b) provides: "(1) Except as provided…

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BATFE moves to ban SS109/M855 .223 ammo

M855 is the current military issue, and so comprises the "surplus" ammo market in 5.56 NATO. BATFE originally classed it as suitable for "sporting purposes" and thus exempt from the AP ban. It now proposes to reverse this and ban…

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California Lawyer magazine on Chuck Michel

It’s carried as the cover story….

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Ban on FFL handguns sales to nonresidents struck down!

Mance v. Holder, opinion in pdf. US District Court for the Northern District of Texas holds that the ban is unconstitutional on its face and as applied. A resident of Washington, DC (which now allows handgun in the home, if…

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"The 2A was only meant to protect muskets"

An amusing video takedown, from Louder With Crowder….

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Rosa Parks’ Experience with Firearms

The Washington Post, no less, discusses Park’s private papers and what they tell about guns. "When Rosa Parks was a little girl in rural Alabama, she would stay up at night, keeping watch with her grandfather as he stood guard…

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Bloomberg for once shows candor

Story here. Original story here. "Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them…

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Podcast on NRA suits against PA cities

Right here. It features Jonathan Goldstein, attorney for the good guys, and Shira Goodman, director of a Bloomberg subsidiary, excuse me, of CeasefirrePa….

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Legal concealed carrier attacked by bystander

Story, with video, here. A Florida man with a CCW carry permit walks into a Walmart. Some guy sees him holster the gun in the parking lot, and tackles him, apparently trying for a chokehold. (Reports have it that in…

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FDIC backs off "Operation Chokepoint"

Story here. Operation Chokepoint was aimed at discouraging financial institutions from dealing with certain forms of business that were supposedly likely to generate returns, credit card protests, and things like that. It quickly expanded into discouraging dealings with governmentally disfavored…

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Student suspended for threatening use of magic ring

Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up. Fourth grader is suspended for telling someone he has the ring of power and can make him invisible. He’s already been suspended twice: for mentioning that a black classmate was black, and for…

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International comparisons

Bill Whittle’s presentation on the issue may just be the best one I have ever seen….

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Operation Choke Point creating a stir

The Washington Times has the story. The Inspector General getting involved sounds like a good sign to me. Now, if someone whose bank spurned them would file a Federal Tort Claims Act claim, citing tortious interference with contract, things might…

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Busy day

The Jay Dobyns story hit Fox News. The arrogance of Justice Department is staggering. A judge rules that their attorneys are liars and perpetrated a fraud on the court, and bans them from his courtroom, and they challenge this, arguing…

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Judgment in Dobyns case

I realized I’d misread the court’s docket: there were two judgments entered, one still sealed, the other redacted and unsealed. So here’s the latter one. Pretty excoriating. Read the footnotes, too. The court finds in Dobyns’ favor, says that the…

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More on Jay Dobyns case

Got into the Court of Claims docket– here’s the ruling (pdf) in which the Court accuses the Department of Justice attorneys of having committed a fraud on the Court. That’s the document which the Court recently ordered unsealed. The judgment…

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More on Jay Dobyns case

Got into the Court of Claims docket– here’s the ruling (pdf) in which the Court accuses the Department of Justice attorneys of having committed a fraud on the Court. That’s the document which the Court recently ordered unsealed. The uppermost…

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Unsealed court files in Jay Dobyn’s case full of bombshells

He’s the agent who infiltrated the Hell’s Angels, had BATF thoroughly backstab him, and sued the agency. Much of the court files were sealed, but were recently unsealed. Here’s the local news story on what the reporter found in the…

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NBC, David Gregory, and why he wasn’t prosecuted

Legal Insurrection has the inside scoop. DC police referred the case for prosecution, noting that they’d told NBC that possessing the 30 round magazine would be illegal, and NBC went ahead anyway. The police even swore out an affidavit for…

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Thomas Cooley Law Review

Is out with three articles one of them mine, its theme being "why we fight."…

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An "I could care less" moment

Some guy named Bryant Gumbel, who hosts something called "Real Sports," announces he hates the NRA. If I could just find a silver image of the hindquarters of a rat, I could keep it as a symbol of what I…

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