News Links for Wednesday 04-01-2015


Lots to do. NRA Annual meeting is coming up, and I have a project I mean to finish before that event swing around next week. But there is some time for a news links post, and maybe some more. Depends on what kind of news comes.

Everytown has been running poll numbers in Florida showing 61% opposed to Florida’s law allowing campus carry. Given their polls for I-594 were running 80-90% and they got 60%, I’d suggest you probably actually have a pretty good majority for campus carry!

Speaking of Everytown, how much you want to bet Bloomberg is behind this propaganda effort?

I’ve seen a few outfits try to make hay out of NRA, you know, complying with state ethics laws on gifts. The scoundrels!

How many times is Kroger going to have to tell MDA to go to hell?

Gun control in Oregon. I feel bad for Oregon gun owners, because I don’t thing it will stay easy from here. Californication is a powerful thing.

FBI is fudging the numbers on school shootings.

CSGV tries to claim a straw buy was a private transfer. Of course, because none of their foaming at the mouth followers have any idea how federal and state law operate.

Rubio backing important civil rights legislation to fix D.C.’s gun laws, and preempt City Government from regulating firearms. I know this will come as a surprise, but I think he means to run for President.

The Tampa Bay Times all but predicts blood in the streets. How many times do they have to be proved wrong?

Another case of the media not having the barest understanding of what they are talking about: “We don’t understand why any armor-piercing bullet, even one capable of being fired only from a rifle, would have been exempted in the first place.” Ten minutes of Googling would have been all the research needed to understand.

NBC is getting sued over the whole Tannerite scare. Good.

Media Matters is sliming Cam Edwards with lies.

Vermont Democrats are busy trying creating a laws that mirror federal law on prohibited persons. Vermont essentially has no crime to speak of. It’s like Switzerland. Looks like there’s some skepticism of Bloomberg’s astroturfing front group in the state.

Constitutional Carry in Maine? Worth trying! Upper New England unfortunately has their own version of Californication in the west.

Jim Geraghty: too much for Everytown to handle. Welcome to the club. Remember, they just want a “national conversation.”

Keep an eye on your kids’ textbooks: “The Second Amendment appears in the book this way: ‘A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms [i.e., for military purposes] shall not be infringed.‘”

How many Democratic candidates do you think will be lining up to kiss Everytown’s ring? Oh yeah, they don’t have a convention. It’ll all be done behind closed doors, because their movement can handle things that way.

Oral arguments were held in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case challenging Maryland’s sweeping post-Sandy Hook gun control laws.

Christie: I’d respect gun rights more with a pro-gun legislature. Keep in mind he did sign a law that allowed people to be denied Second Amendment rights because their name was on a secret government list.

Democratic Governor of Montana vetoes Constitutional Carry.

I’ve often wondered how many members NRA loses because of their fundraising. In truth, NRA are no worse than other groups I’ve been a member of, but for a lot of people, NRA is their only form of engagement. Those are the people NRA needs, because they are potential single-issue voters. My big worry is that NRA is too dependent on mass targeting rather than learning how to micro target members. There’s systems that can do that.

Lots of budget maneuvers over gun rights. NRA has gotten very good at playing this game, and bureaucrats worry about interests with the power to affect their budgets. This is a good thing in this case.

Off topic:

The party of smaller government.” A smattering of bones thrown to the SoCos and “law and order” branches of the coalition.

Glenn Reynolds: You’re probably breaking the law right now.

Why the Dems are desperate for Hillary.

4 thoughts on “News Links for Wednesday 04-01-2015”

  1. I think the Maryland case is a real sleeper. After listening to the oral arguements I was surprised to hear not only how strong the case was against the Maryland rifle/magazine ban, but also how favorable to our side the judges seemed.

    1. Fader is also doesn’t understand the law in Maryland and got called out on it. One of the idiotic aspects of Maryland “assault weapon” law is it placed certain types of rifles on a list that regulated them like handguns (registered with the state, 7 day wait, 30 days between purchases, mental health check). Rifles not on that list were Form 4473 NICS cash-and-carry purchases.

      One of those rifles is the AR-15 despite it being on the regulated list!

      Maryland designated heavy barrel AR-15 rifles modeled after the Colt Sporter HBAR as sporting rifles and thus exempted them from the regulations. So if you went into a gun store and bought a military pattern barrel like an M4 carbine, 7 day wait, extra paperwork. But if the barrel was marked HBAR, 15 minutes and take it home.

      Same. Exact. Firearm.

      When the 2013 law went into effect, all non-HBAR pattern ARs are banned in Maryland for sale. So now ALL of the AR-15s you buy in Maryland have heavy barrels and are cash-and-carry! The very law they had to tell them certain guns weren’t popular by their definition blatantly carves out an exception for the very same gun to treat it as a hunting rifle with no reporting to the state that one just entered circulation because their own registration records only apply to regulated firearms!

      The only exception to this is if you buy a stripped lower. Do that and they follow the same regulated rules but can only be assembled in a legal rifle configuration (HBAR) or pistols (if transferred as one).

      As to the 10 round magazine issue, well, the law says you can’t sell or transfer them WITHIN THE STATE. Possession is not prohibited. All they did was change the “20” in the original text to “10”. And they somehow believe this magically makes only 10 round magazines legal in Maryland. All Maryland gun owners do is go to PA and VA, buy their mags there and bring them back. Nothing but massive inconvenience.

      These incongruities are starting to be noticed by the Courts. How is it you ban the AR-15 but make it legal over here with less oversight and restriction solely on the basis of how much metal is in the barrel? That is what 20+ years of gun control incompetence buys you.

      And the gun control people have the nerve to claim to we are exploiting loopholes!

  2. Holy Crap! I can’t believe what morons the NJ legislators and media people are. The bill to seize firearms from domestic abusers is a perfect tool for a male domestic abuser to disarm his female victim!

    Considering the he said/she said nature of most domestic abuse cases, even if the NJ cops weren’t already pre-disposed to take firearms, this bill would virtually compel the cops to seize firearms from the scene of a domestic call.

    This is another great example of how our lords and masters can’t think through the full consequences of the laws they pass to toy with our lives.

  3. How much do you want to bet the OC people will start having open carry demonstrations at Kroger, until eventually Kroger bans guns from its stores. And then the demonstrators will get pissed and stop shopping there.

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