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News Links for Monday 03-02-2015

March is here, but it still feels like February. I hate to drop a news link dump, but I’m feeling positively uninspired by the current news cycle. So here we go:

Alan Gura: Putting Teeth in Heller’s Promise.

Dave Kopel:”Lyman Trumbull’s role as a Second Amendment champion was somewhat accidental, for he was not a “gun guy”; he didn’t carry a gun for protection, even when traveling,  and his preferred sports were sailing and croquet. The reason that he ended up doing so much for Second Amendment was that  during public career of 1840-96 he was always an ardent champion of the working man. In congressional statutes and in court cases, he defended Second Amendment rights because those rights were necessary for the working man to resist oppression by the wealthy–for the freedmen in the Reconstructed South to  protect themselves from de facto re-enslavement, and for the immigrant laborers of the industrial North to defend their rights to organize and protest.

Yeah lady, Trayvon did bit the crap out of Zimmerman, which is why he got shot.

I guess DC decided they didn’t want the negative publicity a denial would undoubtedly cause. Being the squeaky wheel is not usually a bad strategy.

NRA is trying to whip up action in Congress to fix the issue with M855 ammunition. Looks like a modification to the language may be in process which would also restore some other ammo ATF has banned in recent years. It would also end this nonsense of “as soon as someone makes a pistol,” we get a ban.

Arizona moving on legalizing SBRs, SBSs, and suppressors. Wait, I thought they were already legal in AZ? Something tells me a reporter is confused.

Glenn Reynolds has some interesting thoughts about the Third Amendment at USA Today.

Joshua Prince is trying to get the names of people who donated to Lancaster’s defense fund. I’d bet it’s all politicians or former politicians. Price has argued in the past that it’s a conspiracy to violate state criminal law to donate.

Rand Paul tops the CPAC straw poll. I believe the future of the GOP is more libertarian than conservative, and while I think Paul will do better than many think, I think there are enough foreign policy hawks in the GOP to ensure he doesn’t win. At least not this time. I blame Putin!

Mass shooting in South Korea, where guns are banned.

Drone control will be about as successful as gun control. It’s only going to deter people who mean no harm.

PowerLine Blog discusses the M855 ban. This is really getting some serious traction. Bob Owens thinks this “may spectacularly backfire.” I agree. I think Obama might have bitten off more than he can chew with this.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you these people don’t want to take your guns. They were ready to celebrate a broad ban on ammunition, before they were corrected. BTW, I’m seeing it go around gun circles too that they are looking to ban all 5.56mm/.223 ammunition. Overall, that might end up being a good thing if it helps some people get off their butts and do something.

Campuses that allow guns: good enough for Shannon Watts’ kids.

Hey, when you demand they use strict scrutiny, it’s surprising what the courts are willing to do.

Eric Holder: It’s just too hard to prosecute people for lawful self defense.

Constitutional Carry is doing well in Kansas.

I guess publishing the information on handgun license holders isn’t a wise career move in the long term. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for her.

Giving ATF asset forfeiture powers. What could possibly go wrong?

Philly news station: Man shot after verbal dispute. What they didn’t note is that the man who was shot ended up that way because he was arguing using a knife. They don’t want to admit that ordinary people can defend themselves — doesn’t fit the narrative.

12 Responses to “News Links for Monday 03-02-2015”

  1. Ian Argent says:

    Uh, Sebastian? The Drone Control article links back here…

  2. Ian Argent says:

    Uh, Sebastian? Uncle’s drone article refers back to a post I made here

    • Sebastian says:

      I guess that’s what I get for not reading my own blog :)

    • Sebastian says:

      I have corrected it. Sorry, I hadn’t noticed your post. On Fridays I generally don’t have any time to even look at the blog. If it makes you feel better, I’ve done that to Bitter too.

      • Ian Argent says:

        I figured it was something like that; especially since I’m not all that prolific a poster (which is why I don’t blog on my own any more). And, of course I messed up editing my own comment and double-posted.

  3. JKP says:

    Re: Watts’ daughter, as much as I’d like to believe it, there’s no source cited in the blog that you linked to. On the internets, no source means we pretty much have to assume the writer is just blowing smoke, no? Which is why I always follow the links when I see something interesting. (i’m not saying he *should* out her either, even if he has proof either, just pointing out what I think about judging the quality of online sources…)

    • Sebastian says:

      I know John, and trust that he does his research. He has good reasons for not wanting to out her. We have assholes on our side too.

      • jkp says:

        Well, while I’d take something *you* said to the bank, I don’t know that other blogger from Adam, and the post just smells of a smear (and possibly an unfair one, at that, because we don’t even know the circumstances under which Ms. Watts’ child is attending college (did Watts have any control over it? Did the daughter pick her own college and pay for it herself?) and in fact, we don’t even know the daughter’s opinions on gun control at all.

        My test is: would I openly mock it if it came from the other side? If so…I can’t really endorse it when it comes from our side.

        That is all…

  4. Jdude says:

    The Arizona article is light on details.

    NFA is already allowed under Arizona law. This changed the law so that a person who has had a restoration of rights can own certain NFA items now.

    https://legiscan.com/AZ/amendment/SB1460/id/21184

    “E. IF A PERSON�S RIGHT TO POSSESS A GUN OR FIREARM IS RESTORED PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION D OF THIS SECTION, THE PERSON MAY POSSESS:
    1. A DEVICE THAT IS DESIGNED, MADE OR ADAPTED TO MUFFLE THE REPORT OF A FIREARM.
    2. A RIFLE WITH A BARREL LENGTH OF LESS THAN SIXTEEN INCHES, OR SHOTGUN WITH A BARREL LENGTH OF LESS THAN EIGHTEEN INCHES, OR ANY FIREARM THAT IS MADE FROM A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN AND THAT, AS MODIFIED, HAS AN OVERALL LENGTH OF LESS THAN TWENTY-SIX INCHES.
    3. AN INSTRUMENT, INCLUDING A NUNCHAKU, THAT CONSISTS OF TWO OR MORE STICKS, CLUBS, BARS OR RODS TO BE USED AS HANDLES, CONNECTED BY A ROPE, CORD, WIRE OR CHAIN, IN THE DESIGN OF A WEAPON USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRACTICE OF A SYSTEM OF SELF-DEFENSE.”

  5. Chip says:

    It would not surprise me if Constitutional Carry passes in as many as three states this year (West Virginia, Kansas, and Maine). I think West Virginia is very likely, Kansas is probable, and Maine is a possibility.

    Not sure about any of the other states that have CC bills on tap this year. I don’t think they have as good a shot as these three.

  6. Arnie says:

    In my humble opinion, the asset forfeiture power is the most dangerous (and most unconstitutional- 5th Amendment) power exercised by both the federal and local governments EVER! For the ATF to have this tyrannical power is just cause for State nullification of executive usurpation and possibly the taking up of arms against a tyrant! Friends, DON’T let this happen!

    On that note, Sebastian, can you confirm this attempt by ATF to ban AR-15 ammo (link below)?

    “As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.”
    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/war-preppers-obama-bans-ammo-most-popular-rifle-america

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