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Good Roundup on the Politics of the Ban

Redstate takes a look at it, and concludes that Obama wildly miscalculated on the issue.  I think he did too.

Breaking News: DC Gun Bill Back in Play

I’m told that there’s been a pro-gun amendment attached to the bill giving DC representation in Congress. It basically guts Washington DC gun control regulations, and preempts City Council from further regulation. The amendment passed 62-36.

I am also hearing that Holder’s comments were instrumental in helping bring this issue back up, and picking up the votes it needed. So thanks Eric! We really appreciate the help getting this amendment tacked on to a must-pass bill for the Democrats!

This bill is too important for the Democrats for Obama not to sign it. It is a giveaway to an important political constituency, the part of it that gives DC representation is also completely unconstitutional to boot! So that part is likely to be thrown out by the courts.

Looks like today has gone from gloomy to pretty good!

UPDATE: Yep, NRA confirms there’s indeed been a vote.  If DC wants representation, they have to follow the Constitution.

UPDATE: Final bill passes the Senate with 61 votes.

Folding Submachine Gun

I thought MagPul’s folding subgun design was an original idea when they introduced the concept at SHOT 2008.  But it turns out the idea has been around for a while.  This video demonstrates an earlier folding subgun design.  Old enough there are a few transferrable ones out there.  I can’t imagine they are cheap, though:

Philadelphia Tea Party

There’s a “Tea Party” protest in Philadelphia tomorrow at Independence Hall.  I am sending Bitter along as the Snowflakes in Hell intrepid on-the-scene reporter.  I will not be able to attend, unfortunately, due to work.

It might not seem like it, but these tea party protests are actually a very good thing for gun rights, even though they have nothing to do with them.  They are apt to worry the Democrats about the 2010 elections if they are seeing organized protests over economic issues this early into the 111th Congress.  That makes them less likely to take on other contentious issues before the midterms.  Make plans to attend if you have time and can get off work.

Economic Meltdown?

Are they really getting that worried on the London Stock Exchange?

Pelosi is Tepid to Holder Remarks

Don’t let this stop you from contacting your Critters, but this is welcome news:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats’ reluctance to take on gun issues.

Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.

“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I think it’s clear the Bush administration didn’t do that.”

That’s not a clear “we’re not going to do it,” but it’s about as close as you’ll get from Pelosi.  Keep pressure on Congress.  I will be doing a more detailed analysis later to see which critters should be targeted for calls, letters, etc.  That’s not to say all them shouldn’t be, but some are more important than others.  If the “blue dog” dems get hounded (no pun intended) with calls just from Holder opening his yap, it gives them a reason to remind the White House and leadership not to put them in a difficult spot.  It makes it less likely we’ll have to fight a bill.

Hat Tip to Blog o Stuff

Gillibrand on Tiahrt

Gillibrand is changing her position on Tiahrt, but still sticking to her “needs to fixed” language:

Gillibrand acknowledged backing Tiahrt’s repeal by signing the letter, an aide said, but denied making a 180-degree turn on the measure. Gillibrand said instead that Tiahrt needs to be “fixed.

“I have always supported law enforcement having access to all of the information they need to keep us safe, fight against gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” she said in a statement.

Gillibrand said there is language in Tiahrt that “specifically says that it will not limit data sharing for law enforcement.”

But she said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others “have made clear that the law does, on occasion, obstruct information-sharing for law enforcement.”

I don’t regret donating to her, because she’ll still be better than than likely alternatives.  McCarthy as a Senator would be a disaster for us.  If this is the issue she picked to part with us on, that’s fine if it helps her avoid a primary challenge from the left.  But it calls into question her reliability on other gun rights issues, and is why I put her down as a maybe on the AWB.  Remember that one of her predecessors, Al D’Amato, voted against the 1994.  It’s not out of the question that she will stick with us on that.  We need to pressure her, and give her reasons not to vote yes.

Gun Rationing Debate in New Jersey

Cemetery’s Gun Blog watched the debate on the Senate floor, and has a summary of it.

Colt Patent Anniversary

Yesterday was the 173rd anniversary of Colt’s patent for the revolver, originally issued February 25th, 1836.  Blog-O-Stuff has the patent info.

New State Quarters

Apparently there will be a new issue of the state quarters done by the US Mint.  Massachusetts is letting people vote on a National Historical Site to appear on the back of their quarter.   GunPundit has a really good suggestion for how you should vote.  Scroll down to Hampden County to find it.

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