Legal gun owners

New Administration, Litigation, Safety

Georgia

Don’t forget to donate generously to the Republican side of the U.S. Senate races in Georgia. Give ’til it hurts.

New administration

President-elect Joe Biden has selected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra has a lengthy history of litigating against the RKBA.

Dr. Vivek Murthy is reportedly Mr. Biden’s pick to reassume the position of U.S. surgeon general. Murthy is also very anti-gun as was proved during his first stint during the Obama administration.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice, Mr. Biden’s reported pick to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, called for a permanent ban on so-called assault weapons in a June video appearance with the gun ban groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety.

Sen. Feinstein

Last week we reported that extremely anti-gun U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was no longer the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be replaced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Now we hear that Feinstein, who at age 87 is the oldest U.S. senator, is having dementia/memory problems. Feinstein was the principal author of the infamous Clinton-era federal “assault weapons” ban. In a 1995 “60 Minutes” interview about it, she famously said “If I could have gotten 51 votes for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in,’ I would have done it.”

Litigation

After the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) sued Allegheny County, PA, Sheriff William Mullen and others alleging violation of Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights because the county shut down its CCW license office due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sheriff and the county backed down, announcing that they’d reopen the county Firearms Division again on Monday.

Likewise, after a GOA-supported lawsuit for excessive “COVID-related” delays in issuing gun licenses was filed, the Philadelphia, PA, Police Department Gun Permit Unit began accepting applications for a license to carry firearms via electronic mail this week.

The FPC and FPC Law have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case Holloway v. Barr, which concerns the lifetime firearm possession prohibition of a man due to his conviction of a nonviolent misdemeanor nearly two decades ago.

Massad Ayoob

UK

In the UK, which already has a near-lockdown on gun possession, now they are working on further restrictions on obsolete, antique, and air guns. Well, that’s why we fought a revolution and sent the redcoats back home.

Is Your Neighborhood Safe?

The lightweight shotgun

This stuff also applies to sporting guns, not just those for defense. For smaller people, it’s even more important. I literally kill twice as many birds per shot with my light 20 gauge as I ever did with any 12 gauge.

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Mississippi hunter

Products

Do you have a NICE .22 or other rimfire rifle? Want one but don’t want to pay for it? I have a couple and they are my favorite rifles to shoot. One I don’t have (yet) is the CZ 457. Starting MSRP around $475. A combo switch-barrel .22 LR & .17 HMR setup is only $655 MSRP. And they fixed the safety so it works the “American” way – forward to fire. Read up on it here.

There is another article on this rifle in the January issue of RIFLE magazine.

Wilson Combat has a new Multi-Caliber Polymer AR-15 Magazine designed to reliably function with .223 Remington (5.56x45mm NATO), .300 Blackout, and .300 HAM’R cartridges alike. It appears to be identical to IMI Defense G2 mags. FWIW, if you have ARs in more than one caliber, I suggest only different, dedicated and easily identifiable magazines for each caliber.

Smith & Wesson has brought back a version of the M&P15-22 Pistol with an 8″ barrel and an arm brace. $504.

S&W has also introduced a new M&P15 Pistol in .223/5.56 with a 7.5″ barrel and an arm brace. $896.

Quotes

“Bump stocks are a placeholder for all the government overreach.” – Clark Aposhian

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now.

David Codrea points out that being “pro gun” isn’t the same as being “pro rights.”

“I never learned to relax when nervous. I just learned how to shoot when nervous.” – Rob Leatham, winner of everything

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