Hope Y’all had a Merry Christmas.
- Federal Appropriations Bill to Allow Anti9-Gun Research and Advocacy with Taxpayer Funds
- Tell AmazonSmile: Stop Outsourcing Your Dirty Work to a Problematic Organization
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The US Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal by Lehigh County, PA, prosecutors, leaving in place a state supreme court ruling that (Allentown) police can’t detain a person merely for carrying a gun. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision overturned Allentown’s case against a man stopped by Allentown police after a camera operator spotted him tucking a revolver in his waistband outside a gas station. Apparently because it’s legal to carry a gun, in the absence of other known factors.
Eleven more of President Trump’s federal district judgeship nominations were confirmed by the Senate last week. Our report indicates that one of every four of the US circuit judges in the country is a Trump appointee. Amen.
NRA debacle update
- Not Everyone’s in DC- Unfortunately [The Outdoor Wire]
Stephen Wenger passed on a message from a person claiming to be in the know regarding military members’ weapons in the sandbox:
“Weapon readiness policy varied while I was in Afghanistan (2010-2011) from base to base and over time, but 95% of the time I was there we were required to have loaded mags in our weapons, and the last 5 months at Camp Dwyer we were required to have a round in the chamber. And I worked a desk job (Contracting Officer) on fairly large bases, mainly FOB Shank and Camp Dwyer. I rarely got authorization to go outside the wire, though I needed to inspect my construction projects. Troops on the COPs and smaller outposts were loaded at all times. And all military had to carry weapons and ammo 24/7/365 except for PT and showers. I carried during PT, too.”
The BATFE (also known as F-Troop) continues to run roughshod over the law and the Constitution. But that ain’t news. That’s what criminals do.
- Gun regulators have admitted to violating the Second Amendment [Washington Examiner]
- ATF: The Franklin Armory Reformation Reclassified As A Non-NFA SBS [TFB]
- Franklin Armory Responds To ATF Open Letter On The Reformation [TFB]
- More ATF Reclassification: Fostech Origin SBV Now NFA Regulated [TFB]
Blind Pigs Study
A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun deaths, and researchers are puzzled as to why. I guess they didn’t read John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime.”
Speaking of Lott and public health studies
John Lott and two colleagues found that public health researchers, who tend to know very little about guns, crime or gun safety, are “are much more supportive of gun control than are either criminologists or economists.”
Facebook has announced that so-called “influencers” on both Facebook and Instagram will no longer be allowed to run branded content that promotes firearms. Here’s an idea: ban “influencers.”
Milam County, Texas, Judge Steve Young is apparently making up his own version of the CCW law because he thinks the statutory version “should not apply,” even when it does.
A certain Jackson, MS, city councilman wants to ban gun advertising in the city.
The Only Ones
An unidentified Davie (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida, police officer responding to a call at a residence saw the family’s dog, a boxer, “charging” toward him. While attempting to shoot the dog, he shot himself through the hand and grazed the dog. Apparently both will be fine. No reports of any dog bites.
Pickens County, Georgia, Sheriff Donnie Craig’s backup weapon, a Glock 43 that was in the waistband of his pants “accidentally” went off at a Walmart store during a “Shop with a Sheriff” event. Craig was standing near the front of the store with several deputies at the time, and claimed, “At the time of the discharge, the weapon was not being handled and the weapon was secured in the waistband.” If it was “secured” in his waistband without a proper holster, then it was not “secured,” and that may have been the problem. A deputy and a teenage shopper suffered minor injuries.
US Army sergeant Percy Harris, 33, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of his wife, who was found shot to death in their Lamar County, MS, home.
Los Angeles Police Officer Georgeta Buruiana, 38, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a firearm at an occupant of a vehicle during a possible road rage incident in Saugus.
Virginia Judge Victoria Willis has upheld the 81-year prison sentence that a jury recommended for 39-year-old former Prince George’s County, MD, Police officer Cassie C. Crisano, who was convicted in August of three counts of capital murder and three counts of soliciting capital murder for trying to hire a hit man to take out witnesses while she was jailed on other charges.
Dept. of Idiocy
Perhaps you saw the news that 13 people were shot at a Chicago memorial house party marking the birthday of a man who had been killed. It turns out that the birthday boy was killed during his commission of a carjacking back in April. The party shooting occurred around 12:30 am. Also, there were three different shooting scenes: 1) The initial shooting in the home; 2) one of the shooters outside waiting for people to come out and randomly shooting at them; and 3) another shooter firing at a responding police vehicle going down the street.
Don’t do stupid things.
Don’t go to stupid places.
Don’t associate with stupid people.
Range safety and stupidity
1. If you’re a convicted felon and therefore a prohibited person, it is unwise to go to a commercial gun range and rent a gun.
2. If you can’t stand hot brass going down your shirt, don’t wear an open, scoop- or v-neck shirt. You might shoot somebody’s leg off.
3. If you’re an instructor, pay attention to the muzzle of your clients’ weapons, always. Or they might shoot your leg off.
Online Guide To Animal Tracks
“The capacity of the small human male to prevail in the face of adversity is grossly underestimated in today’s society.”
New, synthetic ballistic gel
For the ballistic geeks out there.
What’s wrong with the Springfield XD?
The SHOT Show is Jan. 21-24 in Las Vegas.
FN’s 509 family has grown (or shrunk) to include the new FN 509 Compact MRD, a 9mm optics-ready pistol with 12 & 15 round magazines. Each pistol ships in a branded soft-sided, zippered case with FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™ plate kit, one 12-round magazine with pinky extender and one 15-round magazine with grip sleeve or in an all 10-round magazine configuration for communist states. The FN 509 Compact MRD also has the capability to accept all higher capacity FN 509 magazines with use of a sleeve (24-rounders are available, at a price). 25.5 oz., 3.7″ barrel, 6.8″ OAL, 5.2″/4.8″ height (depending on magazine), 1.35″ width. $800.
Apex Tactical Specialties now has a mounting plate for the FN 509® Tactical and FN 509 MRD model pistols, designed for use with the FN Low Profile Optics Mounting System™ to mount the Shield Sights RMSc, using the FN factory “514” screws included with the FN 509 Tactical and FN 509 MRD models. $25.
Sig Sauer’s new Cross rifle is a 6.5 lb. folding bolt-action AR-looking precision weapon chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win. or .277 SIG Fury, which is a modified version of the 6.8 SPC cartridge that uses a lightweight hybrid case technology made from brass, stainless steel and other materials, and is rated to handle 80,000 psi MAP. Ballistics include a 135-grain bullet at 3,000 fps and a 140-grain bullet at 2,950 fps, both from a 16″ barrel and both with 2,706 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy. Other, similar cartridges to follow. $1600 for the rifle.
Only three years into the contract, Sig advises that military surplus used Sig M17 pistols will soon be available for commercial sale. No pricing yet.
The Dillon RL1100 reloading machine, with an electric case feeder adjustable from 1 to 8 RPM.
“Not being where the other man can kill you is the surest way of not being killed.” — Massad Ayoob