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Social Security, MS #1, Judges, Headlines, Recall

2A News: December 30, 2016 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman


You’ve probably heard that federal authorities warned local law enforcement agencies across the US that Islamic State sympathizers were continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites, after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militant social media site.

This dovetails with our previous reports about suspicious activity by suspicious characters around churches in Tennessee and Alabama.

Beware, and be prepared.


Delaware Judge Holds that State Constitution Does not Apply in State Parks, Forests

Teixeira v. Alameda (gun store zoning case) to be Heard at US Ninth Circuit, En Banc

“There appears to be a new tradition that has established itself in the Ninth Circuit. Three judge panel decisions, which are the vast majority of decisions, that involve the Second Amendment, will be heard en banc.”

Stephen Stamboulieh goes up against stun gun bans (This is the guy I endorsed for NRA Board of Directors)

In the case of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, 27, who was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd last year, and who is facing another trial on accusations he murdered Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012, lawyers are arguing over the admission of Mr. Hernandez’s tattoos as evidence. It seems that since two of the tattoos, which Hernandez got in 2013, portray handguns matching those allegedly used in the murders, Suffolk First Assistant District Attorney Patrick M. Haggan argued that the body art “is, in fact, an admission by Mr. Hernandez” and should be admissible in court at trial.

MS State Rep. Dana Criswell, a gun guy, is working on public authorities in MS that are violating state gun laws.

SSA reporting to NICS

The Social Security Administration has published its final rule on reporting certain SS disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who are receiving their benefits through a representative payee, to the NICS, in order to prevent them from buying guns.

“The DOJ Guidance specifically notes that records relevant to the Federal mental health prohibitor include agency adjudications of an individual’s inability to manage his or her own affairs, if the adjudication is based on marked subnormal intelligence or mental illness, incompetency, condition or disease, and it includes certain agency designations of representative or alternate payees for program beneficiaries.[12] Accordingly, in light of the ATF regulation and DOJ Guidance, we believe that we are required to find that an individual meets the requirements for the Federal mental health prohibitor if he or she meets either of the two factors set out in the ATF regulation.”

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President Barack Obama appointed over 300 federal judges during his tenure, including liberal SCOTUS justices Sotomayor and Kagan.

President-elect Donald Trump currently has over 100 federal judgeship vacancies to fill, including one on the Supreme Court, inherited from Mr. Obama after Republicans slowed confirmations of his appointments due to the poor choices made.

“The replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies.” — Donald Trump

When Mr. Obama took office, only one of the 13 regional circuit courts of appeal had a majority of Democrat-nominated judges, and now 9 do. Among these 179 circuit court judgeships, currently 51% are Democratic appointees. The Supreme Court hears roughly 75 cases a year but tens of thousands of appeals are decided at the circuit court level. Currently, Republican appointees hold about 34% of the 673 district (trial) judgeships.

Federal judges are appointed for life, or until they retire or are impeached.

Progress, my friends, progress.

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Actual Headlines


The Only Ones

  • The 2-year-old son of Cleveland, OH, 23-year veteran police officer Jose Pedro, 54, died after shooting himself with his father’s service weapon Friday morning.
  • Bay County, Michigan, Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Adam J. Brown who we previously reported (and here) fired his backup pistol while inside a school room by himself, striking a teacher in the next room in the neck, and then covered up the evidence, has been arraigned on three charges — tampering with evidence, a four-year felony; careless discharge of a firearm causing injury, a two-year high court misdemeanor; and careless discharge of a firearm causing less than $50 in damage, a 90-day misdemeanor. He has been suspended without pay.


We have a report from Burney, California about an attack on a gas station in Shasta County that left one person burned to death. Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 21, a man dressed in yellow rain gear, a black hood pulled over his head and black gloves, walked into a Shell station, sprayed a flammable liquid around the store and on the clerk behind the counter. The perp then lit the fluid on fire, and rode off on a black bicycle. No theft was involved.

I don’t know why the victim didn’t shoot the perp ASAP. Do you think he preferred to be burned to death, or was more afraid of the state than the fire?

Police say the driver of a Hummer turned parts of Atlanta into a demolition derby, crashing into at least eight cars before being shot by a passenger in a Porsche which he was apparently trying to carjack. Police were apparently following at a safe (for them) distance.

Jackson, MS has a couple of carjackers, who shot at pursuing cops, still on the loose.

In your face, NFL

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz gave personalized Beretta Silver Pigeon shotguns to his offensive linemen for Christmas.

In response, one of the gun control groups is sending the linemen gun locks, so they will be “safe.” Just one problem: The proposed locks won’t work on those shotguns.

I grew up too soon….

Rory Feek — Welcome Home (Tribute To Our Soldiers)

SIG Sauer MCX Recall


  • Smith Tactics’ Battle-Bar mounts on an AR-15 the lower receiver over the bolt catch/release button and extends it to the rear, to an area above the safety selector so you can reach it with the thumb of your primary/shooting hand.
  • Ed Brown’s new Compact 1911 combines their Officer sized single-stack frame with the Commander length slide. Offered in .45 ACP, .38 Super and 9mm. 37 oz., starting at $2695.
  • Ruger’s new Mini Thirty Tactical is an all-stainless steel version chambered in 7.62 x 39 with a 16.12″ barrel and a flash suppressor, in a synthetic stock. Ships with two, 20-round magazines, Ruger scope rings, and a Picatinny rail. $1169.
  • Ruger is also introducing its American Pistol Compact (3.75″ barrel) in .45ACP, in the “PRO” configuration with no external manual safety. One each, 7-round and 10-round magazines. 29 oz. $579.
  • We have a rumor that S&W will produce its M&P10 (AR-10) rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and is coming out with a ported M&P45 Shield pistol.
  • Colt says it’s bringing back its Cobra snubnose small frame revolver. .38 Spl. +P. 6 shots.

Quote of the Week

“You have the right in this country to be or act weird, as long as you aren’t hurting anybody. But you don’t have the right to be ‘accepted,’ sanctioned, or treated as if you are normal, even if you aren’t hurting anybody.” — me

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