Kind of short this week. I’ve been doing actual work.
The federal government’s web page for the Constitution now has a “see NARA’s Statement on Potentially Harmful Language” warning.
We note that the only harm risked therein would be to the federal government, and that’s a good thing. Perhaps my website should have a similar statement, warning of hurt feelings for fools, idiots, and evildoers.
The United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that bump stocks are not machine guns in the United States v. Ali Alkazahg.
New York’s “good cause” requirement to get a carry permit will go before the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 3. The basic question at hand is whether “bearing arms” is a right or a discretionary government-granted privilege.
Last week the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a gun rights group, announced a suit against the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), a gun ban group. VCDL is accusing the CSGV of defaming them after the CSGV called the VCDL a “domestic terror group” in press releases surrounding the Virginia gubernatorial election. Seems like a slam dunk of a lawsuit to me.
Dick Heller, of Heller v. DC fame has filed suit in US District court for the District of Columbia challenging the city’s ban on “ghost guns” and on individuals making their own firearms.
- It’s Always Been Antithetical to the Spirit of the Constitution to Require a License to Carry a Firearm
Texas takes on anti-gun banks.
Update from Texas: Just days after the Lone Star State’s constitutional carry went into effect, an armed robber was shot in the face when his victim pulled out his own gun and shot him.
The Biden administration says that they support and are strongly considering reentering the United Nations Small Arms Treaty that former President Trump pulled out of and that critics assert will lead to an international gun registry and bans.
The White House has withdrawn President Joe Biden’s nomination of David Chipman to lead the BATFE in the face of bipartisan opposition, apparently because literally everyone recognized that he was an exceedingly poor choice for the position (or any position). Thank you for keeping the pressure on. White House officials said President Biden would name a new candidate for the post, but not anytime soon. However, even though the administration is pulling Chipmunk’s nomination for head of the ATF, they are still looking for a position for him in occupy, perhaps as the White House “Gun Czar.” Incongruently, a White House official said they would not create an office of gun violence headed by a Cabinet-level aide who does not need Senate confirmation, but that they instead already “have an office in the White House on gun policy, which is the Domestic Policy Council.”
One commenter opined that the person most upset by the failed nomination is Gabby Giffords, because “She thought she was finally going to be rid of Waco Dave and finds she is stuck with him.”
NRA debacle update
- NRA Director(s) Joining Action in New York Case Could Bolster Intervenor Chances
- NY Judge Refuses to Allow Intervention
- Lethal Manhunt!
- Remember when I said the FBI is not your friend? Actual headline: “Top FBI Official in Charge of Crimes Against Children, Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Children.” You can’t make this stuff up.
- Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…
Interim Hinds County (MS) Sheriff Marshand Crisler says his deputies will be conducting traffic checkpoints at which they will ask permission to search cars for illegally possessed guns. Just say no.
“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” – Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836