March 8, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman
2019 Mississippi Gun Bills still alive
Apologies to list members not in Mississippi.
Next deadline is March 13 for floor action on bills originating in other house.
Not guaranteed to be complete, or even completely accurate.
You can read the bills and keep up with their status at https://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx — Go to Legislation. See All Measures (Not Dead).
HB 390 Rep. Bounds Passed House, Passed Senate Jud A
Clarifies that LEOs under state law or retired LEOs under federal law may be members of an armed church security program, and are eligible for the civil immunity provided under the law.
HB1581 Reps. Cockerham, White Passed House, Passed Senate,
Governor expected to sign
Clarifies that “courtroom” includes a judge’s chamber, witness room and jury room or similar, and does not include hallways, courtroom entrances, courthouse grounds, lobbies, corridors, or other generally public areas on courthouse property, for purposes of legal CCW.
The Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation have filed opening briefs in their consolidated appeals with the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the case challenging the ATF’s “bump stock” ban & confiscation rule. The court had ordered the parties to submit briefs by March 4th, which is extraordinarily fast by US appeals court standards, after a request by FPC and FPF for an expedited appeals schedule. Copies of the briefs and related filings are available at BumpStockCase.com.
Keep in mind that this is not really a bump stock issue. It’s really about whether an agency can, by erroneous definition, literally change the meaning of words and definitions in statutory law (and then lock you up for 10 years due to their illicit act).
- Bump Stock Case Expedited by Court of Appeals in DC [Ammoland]
- FPC, FPF Announce Expedited Appeal in Bumpstock Ban Cases [Ammoland]
Some leftists (or maybe Tate Reeves supporters) are making noise about Mississippi GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller, Jr.’s having voted in past Democratic primary races. But if you understand Mississippi’s open primary system that’s hardly an issue. When you have important races with effectively one Republican candidate and multiple strong Democrat candidates, Republicans will often vote in the Democratic primary in order to attempt to either defeat the strongest Democrat general election candidate or place the “least worst” Democrat on the general election ballot. It’s legit and happens all the time. Obviously the opposite scenario can happen as well. The real question is, how did one vote in the general election? For instance, we currently have only two strong GOP gubernatorial candidates (3 total) — Waller and Reeves, while we have nine Democrats running, of which I don’t know how many may be “strong.” You may see some crossover voting in the primaries, perhaps by voters on both sides.
Longtime Mississippi state Rep. Steve Holland, a very liberal Democrat, has announced he’ll run for re-election to House District 16 as an independent, rather than as a Democrat, apparently to avoid a Democratic primary fight with former justice court judge Rickey Thompson.
Joe Biden and the black vote. Meanwhile, Hillary, Bloomberg and Eric Holder “said” they won’t run. Holder says he will support whichever Democrat gets the party nomination, no matter how bad he is. But we already know Holder has no aversion to the worst of the worst.
Huffpost reports that President Trump is “dramatically reshaping the nation’s federal courts.” …He has now gotten 33 circuit judges, 53 district judges and two Supreme Court justices confirmed. That’s so many circuit judges ― more than any other president confirmed by this point in his first term ― that 1 in 6 seats on U.S. circuit courts is now filled by a judge nominated by Trump.
News report about church protection
- Congregations mull how to keep sacred spaces safe [The Washington Times]
Domestic violence defense
An anonymous commenter noted that “About 23 years ago I attended a domestic violence workshop and the one thing I recall quite clearly is that 70% of women killed by their abusers are killed after they have left the relationship and are no longer in the same place/home/building as their ‘former’ abuser. So, if they leave a bad relationship, they should be armed for sure.”
A 35-year-old woman in India who was reportedly raped and set on fire was able to kill her alleged attacker, 42, by dragging him into the flames, police said. The woman told police that the 42-year-old suspect attacked her inside her home while her three daughters were out of the house, then poured kerosene on her body and set her on fire. Neighbors responding to the smoke found both the woman and her attacker on fire, in addition to a jar of kerosene in a room. The suspect died from his injuries. The woman is recovering.
Or just shoot him.
Why do you need a gun?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta police took 11 minutes, 12 seconds from the time a high-priority, life-threatening situation call was received until an officer arrived at the scene, the slowest of seven similar-sized cities. In rural areas, the time may be a LOT longer. In other words, by the time the cops get there, your body may be measurably cooler.
Meanwhile CBS Chicago reports that Illinois State Police said more than 10,000 FOID cards were revoked last year, but in more than 75% of cases, the license holders never told police they had surrendered their guns.
Dr. John Lott: “That’s academic malpractice.”
Data analyst says gun control does not make communities safer
- Has gun control made Baltimore safer? Data analyst says ‘No’ [Baltimore Post-Examiner] — my comment
About those oath-breaking retired generals. (I’m unaware of any US military oath which contains language rescinding the oath to protect and defend the Constitution upon termination of military service.)
Hawaii Senate. Evil.
In an open letter published last week, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack, Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh, TOMS CEO Blake Mycoskie and RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler called on Congress to criminalize the private transfer of firearms.
CBS, which has been anti-gun since its black-and-white days, has affiliates with armed guards to protect its equipment.
Best Buy (sic) fires security guard who assisted deputies in capturing suspect who resisted arrest.
The Only Ones
Ellenville, NY police officer Harold Nunuvero, 24, shot himself in his body armor when he attempted to jump a fence with his gun drawn while running from a potentially rabid fox. The chief advised that the bulletproof vest saved Nunuvero’s life “without question.”
An unidentified Kansas City (MO) police sergeant assigned to the property and evidence unit was handling a department-issued firearm when it “accidentally” discharged, apparently all by itself, and injured the sergeant in the arm.
An unidentified Delta Air Lines pilot left his TSA-issued handgun in the cockpit of a jet, where it was found by an unidentified airline ground worker last month. Airline pilots who pass specified training are issued guns and deputized by TSA to protect their planes against attack and piracy under the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, which also requires that weapons be secured in a mandated FFDO holster in which a padlock is inserted through the trigger guard of the holstered gun – locking it inside the holster – when the FFDO leaves the cockpit. The report does not indicate whether this was done.
New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police Sgt. Gregg Marinelli, 38, has been arrested on charges of manufacturing dozens of guns, some without serial numbers, at his upstate home and selling them to outlaw motorcycle gang members (prohibited persons) and with tipping off a suspect in a major drug investigation. Marinelli was arraigned on charges including criminal sale of a firearm, hindering prosecution and conspiracy. The New York City DEP assigns officers to the upstate area to protect the city’s water supply system.
Thieves stole all four tires and wheels from a marked police cruiser parked in front of the police training academy in Jackson, MS last Saturday. No word on police response time.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, police officer Nouman Raja, 41, was found guilty this week of manslaughter by culpable negligence while armed, and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm for the unprovoked and unjustified fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist who was an armed CCW license holder. The centerpiece of the evidence was an audio recording made of the victim’s call for a tow truck, which not only shed light on what happened but proved Raja also lied to investigators about the attack. Without the recording, prosecutors and legal experts say Raja likely would have been cleared long ago rather than convicted on the two charges. Raja is the first officer in the state to be convicted of a crime in an on-duty shooting in 30 years. He now faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life for attempted murder and up to 30 years for the manslaughter count.
Former Baltimore Police Department Sgt. Keith Gladstone, 51, pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights and witness tampering charges this week in connection with a 2014 incident that involved members of a corrupt police gun task force. Now retired, Gladstone was indicted for allegedly delivering to the scene and planting a pellet gun on a suspect after Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the leader of the department’s now-defunct Gun Trace Task Force, called him “in a panic” after intentionally running the man over with his vehicle. Jenkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple crimes, including drug dealing and robbery, as head of the Gun Trace Task Force, a nine-member squad that allegedly spent years robbing citizens, extorting drug dealers and filing false reports.
Not sure how to title this one
A felony at large warrant has been issued for the arrest of St. Louis Pastor Ronald M. Fraction, 63, for unlawful use of a weapon and shooting into a motor vehicle, a Class E felony.
Fraction, a former police officer, is known for supporting families impacted by “gun violence” as a “partner in caring for the greater St. Louis community through the Homicide, Ministers & Community Alliance (HMCA), and has also served as a volunteer chaplain with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for at least five years.
Not Real Bright Dept.
Georgiaree Godfrey, reporting for WSPA.com News 7 in South Carolina misquoted an SC DPS instructor as saying SC DPS troopers are now getting “bump stock” rifles. That was false and everyone but the newsninnys knew it.
Felonious Afghan police with 7.62x54R machine gun vs. great helmet
For want of a horseshoe nail
Banned at a high school near you
Home Made Belt Fed Machine Gun
Pedersoli has a new Howdah Alaskan .45/.410 pistol. I’m not much impressed by .410 pistols, but 28 gauge and larger pistols ain’t exactly legal. Consider instead one of those legal sawed-off-shotgun-looking-but-not-a-“shotgun” “firearms” in a larger bore size.
Surefire’s Fury IntelliBeam is a dual-fuel, pocket-sized searchlight that can be powered by either two 123A lithium batteries or a single 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The IntelliBeam technology automatically senses and regulates light output based on your surroundings, from 15 to 1,500 lumens. $219.
CZ-USA has updated its Bobwhite SxS shotgun to a G2 model with a CNC receiver and completely upgraded internals. It also has double triggers, straight English-style grip and five interchangeable flush choke tubes. Weights run 5.5-7.3 lbs. (depending on gauge; 12, 20 and 28 available). $655-$702
“It’s only an arm’s length gun if you are incompetent.” — Claude Werner
Technically, a muzzle loader is a “weapon of war,” and an AR-15 is not.