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Gun Control is For the Birds

Now it is literally. The Center for Biological Diversity is our latest gun control group. “For the children” didn’t work too well. Now we’ll see if “For the Birds” has any better luck. As we’ve said time and again, there are legal problems with replacing lead with other materials in ammunition, in that depending on the material and composition of the bullet, it will magically become “armor piercing,” and thus be illegal for civilian use.

(B) The term `armor piercing ammunition’ means-

(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.

(C) The term `armor piercing ammunition’ does not include shotgun shot required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile which the Secretary finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Secretary finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device.

Unfortunately, I don’t think Jeff Miller gives a birds butt about the legal issues. If this guy gets his way, we’ll only be able to possess ammunition that’s frangible, or under exceptions granted by the feds, or calibers for which there is no handgun made (which is almost none of them). This is a huge can of worms, and Jeff Miller is delusional if he thinks we’re not going to fight him and his group of bird loving hippies every step of the way.

UPDATE: It should be pointed out that hunting in California has not been unharmed, as the CBD is claiming:

Last fall, in the first hunting season after California imposed a ban on lead ammunition in the state’s condor range, hunting license sales fell considerably after three years of steady gains. In the affected regions, the number of deer hunters dropped nearly 5 percent and hog hunters dropped 15 percent—costing the California Department of Fish and Game more than $200,000 in lost tag fees alone, according to a March 13 story in the San Bernadino Sun.

So Jeff Miller is either ignorant or a liar. You generally can’t win in this issue being honest.

4 Responses to “Gun Control is For the Birds”

  1. Harry Schell says:

    He has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times today. The usual claims, which are shady at best even according to legitimate researhers who oppose hunting.

    Par for the course at LAT.

    Last week was a savant from UCLA who dislikes the “urban ill” of automobiles. His “improvement” is to ban free parking. A punitive measure to hurt drivers so he is happier with his environment. Front page article.

  2. This is one of those groups that, despite what they say, would love to see hunting completely banned. They know that they can’t do it with straight forward legislation. So, they are attempting to eliminate hunting by going after the means and methods. These same people also oppose bow hunting, using dogs and other means for killing game. Since they are also the type who generally don’t like guns, it is all a net win for them when they succeed.

  3. Countertop says:

    Tim

    CBD would actually like to see humanity banned. Well, except for themselves and their merry band of fellow travelers. But the rest of us could all die for all they care (or better yet, be enslaved to work for their benefit providing all the food and drugs they need to make it through one peaceful orgy after another).

  4. FatWhiteMan says:

    Isn’t this the same flakes that sell condoms with polar bears on them or something?

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