Two Hawaii gun laws were overturned by federal district court. However, the court noted that “The challenged provisions in both HRS § 134-2(e) and HRS § 134- 3(c) are not longstanding and impose only a moderate burden on the right to bear arms. As such, both provisions are subject to intermediate scrutiny.” In my opinion, no. The Second Amendment does not allow for “only moderate” or any other degree of infringement. And the notion of intermediate or strict scrutiny is likewise to my knowledge not in the Constitution. Either a law violates with the document or it doesn’t. There is no “degree” of infringement. There is no allowance for infringements that “promote public safety” as alleged by the state in this case. The pig path the court took in this case is far, far from a legitimate reflection of the Constitution, even if the result is correct.
Also in Hawaii, a Honolulu practice of denying gun rights to residents over non-criminal disorderly conduct violations was the subject of a recent lawsuit which just ten days later was settled when the city and county of Honolulu capitulated and signed an agreement with the plaintiffs, agreeing to no longer deny gun-purchase permits to people with mere violations instead of crimes.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Nov. 3 in a major Second Amendment case that centers on whether the Constitution guarantees the right to carry guns outside the home.
Clark Aposhian asks U.S. Supreme Court to take bump stock ban case.
The NRA isn’t the only high profile association with an internal meltdown. The Sierra Club, which has an aversion to guns and hunting, is also in trouble.
Still in Saigon
After the Taliban’s sudden takeover of Afghanistan, what do you think one of their first acts was? You guessed it – they’re confiscating weapons from the people. Just like President Biden and the Democrats want to do. Gee, I wonder why? Meanwhile, the Taliban also seized military equipment that was supplied by the United States to the Afghan National Army. That included mine-resistant vehicles, drones, Humvees, small arms, heavy and light machineguns, grenade launchers, precision rifles, artillery, tanks, armored vehicles of all types, both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, sophisticated night vision, and missiles. The current intelligence assessment was that the Taliban are believed to control more than 2,000 armored vehicles, including U.S. Humvees, and up to 40 aircraft potentially including UH-60 Black Hawks, scout attack helicopters, and ScanEagle military drones.
U.S. Embassy, Saigon, 1975, CBS News
U.S. Embassy, Kabul, 2021, AP
FBI – not your friend
We note that if this story is factual, pointing a gun at someone who isn’t illegally threatening you with deadly force, is generally a crime – something on the order of assault with a deadly weapon. No word on criminal charges against the fibbie.
Mississippi is raising its nonresident hunting license prices.
For the record
On August 6th, ELR shooter Lindsey Paul achieved three cold bore impacts at a distance of 2464 yards, setting a new cold bore world record.
Effective 11/1/2021, VISTA brands CCI, Federal, Hevi-Shot, Remington, and SPEER ammunition will have price increases, expected to be 3-5% in most cases, with 10-15% jumps possible for reloading components. New primer orders are being temporarily suspended in order to catch up to the backlog.
Smith & Wesson’s new M&P12 is a bullpup-style pump action shotgun with twin mag tubes, a lot like the Kel-Tec KSG. 7 rounds of 2-3/4″ in each tube. They claim it will also function with 3″ shells and mini shells. $1165.
Kimber’s R7 Mako is a 9mm micro-compact, polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol, available either optics-ready or optic-installed (Crimson Trace® CTS-1500). It will offer 10, 11, 13 and 15-round double-stack magazines. 19.5 oz., 1″ wide, 4.3″ tall, and 6.2″ long overall. $799 (OI Model); $599 (OR Model).