Open carry laws in Texas allow individuals to openly display firearms in public. These laws differ from state to state, as each state has its own regulations and policies regarding open carry. Suits may be filed

Laws, Suits, States, Enemies, Idiots, Liars…

2A News: May 27, 2016 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman

Monday is Memorial Day. Remember all the service members who never knew you. Many of them saved the world.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” — Santayana’s “Soliloquies in England” (Scribners, 1924, p. 102), Soliloquy #25, “Tipperary”


The NRA has endorsed Donald Trump for President. Not that he’s all that good on guns, or on freedom, but he’s a whole lot better than the alternative.


voting cartoon

“We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a [pro-Second Amendment] viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” — Hillary Clinton

MS state office gun bans in local-owned buildings

CCW permit NICS exceptions

BATFE has determined that Alabama CCW permits issued on or after August 1, 2013, and Ohio CHLs issued on or after March 23, 2015, qualify the holder for an exception to a NICS check when purchasing a firearm from an FFL.

OC in TX

open carry in Texas

Noo Joisey

The state of New Jersey told an Army officer dealing with terror threats at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton that there is no “justifiable need” (see the Washington D.C. case) for him to have a concealed carry permit.

Army Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell, the product manager for the Army’s Individual Weapons and Small Arms program has a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance for his job. But he can’t get a CCW permit in Jersey.

Also from NJ this week, an unidentified state appellate judge said in his opinion that while the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to have a firearm for self-defense, the U.S. constitution does not supersede “states’ enforcement of their ‘longstanding prohibitions’ on firearm possession…”

You get that law degree from a CrackerJack box, judge?


DC follow-up

In the wake of the federal district court’s order for Washington D.C. to drop its “good reason” requirement for CCW permits, we have a report that the Metro PD said that the D.C. attorney general’s office had ordered them to ignore the court order and continue to deny applications. Then, the AG’s office reportedly told a citizen seeking a permit that if he had a complaint about what they did I could file that complaint online. Later, the office of the D.C.’s AG Karl Racine backtracked and said it wouldn’t have issued such an order.

A panel for the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling and sided with the government against a man who was authorized by the BATFE to manufacture a post-1986 machine gun through a trust, only to have the permission rescinded and his property confiscated. In doing so, and by ignoring founding intent behind the Second Amendment, the panel ruled the right of Americans to own militia-suitable firearms can not only be infringed, but that it’s not even a right.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons owns the original Michael McCormick patent on drop in triggers, and currently licenses the design to the new CMC company. Now Mossberg is suing a dozen or so other manufacturers of drop in triggers, alleging patent infringement, due to their producing these triggers without purchasing a license from Mossberg. Defendants include:

  • BlackDawn
  • DOA Arms
  • Tactical Fire Control
  • Battle Tested Equipment
  • Patriot Ordnance Factory
  • RISE Armaments
  • T Vehr Manufacturing
  • Elftmann Gun Products

and others to follow, we presume. Currently, it appears the patent infringement claims may not hold up.


Hawaii has passed a bill to add the names and other personal information of that state’s gun owners to a federal registry of firearms owners maintained by the FBI.

Gee, I wonder why?

Fast and Furious — the gift that keeps giving

Judicial Watch announced this week that released Justice Department documents showing that weapons sent from the US into Mexico as part of the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program have been widely used by major Mexican drug cartels. According to the newly-released records, over the past three years, a total of 94 F&F firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols identified as having been part of the F&F program. Reports suggest the F&F guns are tied to at least 69 killings.

Vietnam arms embargo lifted

The US is ending the arms embargo on Vietnam, which has been in place since 1975. (Why it started after the war was over, I don’t know.)

President Barack Obama said in Hanoi this week that after the embargo is lifted, the sale of different types of arms will be dependent on the progress Vietnam makes on human rights. In 2014 the ban was partially lifted by Secretary of State John Kerry, allowing only maritime security-related defense equipment to be exported to Vietnam but continuing to ban imports, including parts. Lifting the embargo may allow for AR-15 parts, as well as “sporting” arms to be imported to the US, and will also allow American manufacturers to export shotguns and .22 rifles to consumers in Vietnam.

For our brothers who served there:


“People were six feet away from me. If I didn’t (sic) have a lot of security, I don’t know what would have happened.” — extremely anti-gun US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), at the Democratic National Convention two weekends ago.

Apparently the major media is suppressing (and removing) the story about Donald Trump’s promise to get to the bottom of the murder of CBP agent Brian Terry by ATF’s Fast & Furious guns and clients.

Dept. of Idiocy

Flushing (MI) High School Assistant Principal Ms. Goldstein

Perky liar

I told you so.

And Katie’s response? She doubled down.

The Only Ones

We have an unconfirmed report that an unidentified New York police officer has been stripped of his gun and badge after pointing his weapon at a bystander who was filming an arrest in Harlem.

10mm Kaboom

Squib load.

squib load

See “Exploded 10mm Nighthawk 1911” for details and more pics.

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear. (MS)

MS Museum to Host “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” Exhibit


  • Barrett’s new Fieldcraft line of sporting bolt rifles feature a stainless steel receiver hand bedded into a carbon fiber stock. $1,799.
  • BLACKHAWK! is getting into the suppressor business with the following products:
    • “Pulse” .22LR
    • “Smoke Stack” .45ACP
    • “Mini Boss” 9mm
    • “Gas Can” 7.62mm
    • “Barrage” 5.56mm
    • “Carnivore” .300 Win. Mag.
    • “Wrath” .338 Lapua Mag.
  • ARES Defense’s FightLite Industries has the new STEP-22 line of receivers for Ruger .22LR pistols including an integrally suppressed model. $699.
  • Hailey Ordnance Company has an integrally suppressed Lothar Walther barrel for the Ruger 10/22 called the AeGIS, for Adjustable Gas Integrated Suppressor. The barrel sleeve rotates to adjust how much, if any, gas is bled from the barrel to reduce velocity, so that standard velocity .22 LR ammo can be made subsonic, while subsonic ammo can keep its factory velocity.
  • Blaser is offering its R8 Professional Success rifle in a “full leather” model, with a full leather covered stock. $7929.
  • V7 Weapon Systems has a new lightweight AR-15 lower receiver made of a relatively new alloy, 2055, which has a relatively high lithium content. 6.4 oz., USA made, lifetime warranty. $359.
  • Ruger’s 10/22 Takedown Lite weighs only 4.7 lbs., with a 16″ barrel.

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