First Rule of Gun Safety: Never let the government take your guns

Riots, SCOTUS, Elections, MS Bills

Watching a murder

Rioting is breaking out in various cities around the country, including the torching of an occupied police precinct building in Minneapolis, from which the cops fled. Be careful out there; better yet, don’t be out there. I’m no lawyer, but my understanding is that a person(s) in the act of committing arson on an occupied building is a legitimate target.

“Watching a Murder”

Legislation

The Mississippi Legislature is back in session, with extended deadlines, and is considering a resolution to extend the session through the end of 2020, a measure opposed by the governor. See the MS gun bill summary at the bottom of this newsletter.

Discussions about SCOTUS

What Will Become Of U.S. Supreme Court Heller And McDonald Precedent?

Justice Kavanaugh: Friend or Foe to the Second Amendment?

Elections

On April 28, failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former “we are the president” first lady Hillary Clinton endorsed the former vice president Joe Biden’s White House bid. That should ensure his demise amongst thinking folk.

Latrice Westbrooks of Lexington, MS, who currently sits on the 10-member state Court of Appeals, is challenging long-time Mississippi jurist Kenny Griffis in the November general election for a spot on the Supreme Court representing the Central District of Mississippi. I’ve seen nothing negative about either candidate. But having personally known Kenny for close to 50 years, I am endorsing him.

The Everytown gun ban group has conveniently listed their preferred gun-banning congressional candidates for us to vote against.


Veterans Cemetery Murders Highlight Predator-Favoring Government Gun Ban

Veterans Cemetery Murders Highlight Predator-Favoring Government Gun Ban


Leases and other things

Apartment Rentals & Firearms, The Less They Know the Better

READ the lease BEFORE you sign it. Read everything before you sign anything. Lawyers hate me because I read the entire mortgage package in their office at closings before I sign and they have to sit there for a half hour waiting on me (but they could have sent it ahead of time). Sometimes they have to fix things I find. Most times they have to answer questions. Sometimes we have to have a math lesson.

Enemies

Gun control activist murders two with stolen guns.

Friends

“We do not offer exemptions to Law Enforcement.”

And they shouldn’t. “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.” – George Mason

“This [legally buying a gun in California] has taken me, a law-abiding citizen with nary an unpaid parking ticket to my name, over a month. Meanwhile Joe Bad Guy has probably purchased several fully automatic AK-47s out of the back of an El Camino in a shady part of town with zero background checks… I’m seriously thinking of running for office or something. This state’s gun laws are insane.” – former gun ban proponent during the COVID-19 crisis in California

DGU/Dept. of Idiocy

Due to the dumbest idea ever, Alaska village police officers are unarmed. Just about everyone else in Alaska is. That is fortunate for one PO.

More Idiocy

I have comments about this, but cannot make them in polite company. Suffice it to say that in the future, if I participate in any sort of video chat I will be sure to always have a real gun on display in the background, and any PO responding to such will have a trespassing complaint filed against him.

DVU


Critical Incident Interviews: Is the 48-Hour Delay Still Good Advice?


Priorities

The US Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the apprehension of the assailants who attacked five Washington, D.C. area mail carriers – with paintball guns. You know, the kind that are intended to shoot folks without injury and aren’t likely to cause more than a bruise.

Meanwhile in Jackson, MS, people are actually murdered in their own homes and yards and there are no rewards and little justice. That $50,000 could at least pay for some burials.

Mississippi deer hunting changes

Navy shoots down drone in LASER test

VIDEO: Navy Successfully Tests Laser, Downing an Aircraft in Mid-Flight

Cool gun cases

2020 Mississippi Gun Bills

Summary of gun related bills still alive. NOT guaranteed complete.

Next deadline: June 9 for committee action on general bills and constitutional amendments originating in other house.

http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislation/

HB 1018
By: Rep. C. Scott Bounds (R)
Committee Substitute PASSED House; goes to Senate Jud. B

Requires LEO ID numbers or enhanced CCW permit numbers, instead of names, to be placed on church minutes for the church protection act civil immunity for armed security teams.

HB 1215
By: Reps. Shane Barnett, Chris Brown (20th), Fred Shanks (all R)
Committee Substitute PASSED House, goes to Senate Jud. B; Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

Provides that “No state agency may adopt a rule or regulation or enter into any contract or rental agreement that restricts the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.” It contains an exemption for Dept. of Wildlife hunting regs. and for state universities, and provides civil liability for responsible public officials violating this section. This is an important extension of the state law preempting local governments’ gun control schemes, and the liability is critical.

HB 1309
By: Rep. Joey Hood (R)
PASSED House
PASSED Senate Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
Goes to full Senate

Allows disability-exempt hunters to use air bows for deer, turkey and small game.

HC 42
By: Reps. Representatives Criswell, Brown (20th), Hopkins, Owen, Arnold, Barnett, Boyd, Byrd, Carpenter, Darnell, Eubanks, Hale, Kinkade, Mangold, Morgan, Newman, Rushing, Scoggin, Wallace
Ref: Rules

House Concurrent Resolution (non binding) declaring Mississippi a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” state.

SB 2225
By: Sen. Joseph Seymour (R)
PASSED: Senate, goes to House Jud. B; Military Affairs

Provides that disabled military veterans applying for a CCW license and fee exemption can provide a veterans health services identification card issued by the VA indicating a service-connected disability, as proof of such service-connected disability, instead of providing “verification” from the VA.

SC 552
By: Sen. Chris McDaniel (R)
Ref: Rules

Senate Concurrent Resolution (non binding) expressing legislative intent relative to the Second Amendment, Tenth Amendment, and preemption of MS law relative to intrastate firearms activities.

Quote

“I have little interest in ‘streamlining’ government, nor in making it ‘more efficient,’ for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to ‘promote welfare,’ for I propose to extend Freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to our Constitution, or have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is Constitutionally permissible. And, when attacked for ‘neglecting my constituents’ interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is Liberty, and in that cause I am doing the best I can.”

– Barry Goldwater 1964

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