Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Second Amendment Case!!!

The question whether the Second Amendment applies to the states (like the First) will be taken up by the United States Supreme Court next year. The case in question, McDonald v. Chicago, is one of the key cases I discussed in a blog entry from last month. In the case, the Chicago handgun ban is the law in question. An earlier decision upheld the ban, indicating the Second Amendment only applies to Federal, not State or Local law, but indicated the matter was one for the Supreme Court to decide.

The key question is whether or not the Second Amendment is incorporated under the Fourteenth Amendment like the remainder of the Bill of Rights. If the Supreme Court rules that it is, and strikes down the Chicago gun ban, the same way the Heller case struck down the D.C. gun ban, then outright bans across the nation will be immediately unconstitutional. This would be the greatest possible victory for our rights as affirmed under the Constitution in years. I sincerely hope the Court further reaffirms the individual right to keep and bear arms as enumerated in our Constitution.

Until next time!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

S.C. Candidate’s Machine Gun Rally Makes National News

The CNN headline reads “Candidate Uses AK-47 to Raise Cash” – and that’s part of the draw, but the machine gun shoot has to be at least as big a draw as well! According to a local news affiliate Dean Allen, a candidate for South Carolina’s Adjutant General, wanted to show his support for the Second Amendment while holding a fund raiser for his campaign as well. Attendees got a chance to fire a machine gun (a real fully-automatic one) and were entered into the raffle for the semi-automatic AK clone valued at nearly $700.

Honestly, it’s good to see candidates embracing the Second Amendment. Unfortunately most of the candidates that are unabashed Second Amendment supporters are confined to rural areas or for obscure state offices. South Carolina is alone among the states in appointing an Adjutant General. According to the article, “the office has authority over the state’s defense forces, including the South Carolina National Guard.”

Here’s hoping Second Amendment supporters make a strong showing in the 2010 mid-term elections and the 2012 primary season.

Until next time!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

September Rose City Gun Show Report

Actually made it to the gun show this past weekend (after a trip to the retro-gaming fair). Show was much smaller than it was a couple months ago when the military vehicle guys were there (although it could have been the same number of gun tables but looked smaller because there wasn’t a Stuart tank up front). Talking to some of the vendors, it sounds like the show was a bit slower than some of the previous ones.

Selection was pretty good. Ammunition prices are definitely coming back down to their pre-election levels. I was even able to secure myself three boxes of large rifle primers. I also picked up some accessories for my 6.8mm Remington SPC AR (blog post forthcoming). I’d ordered the upper months ago at the beginning of the year, and it finally arrived a couple of weeks ago.

I did see one very drool worthy rifle at the show – a Japanese Type 44 rifle – mint, near 100% blue, with the mum – oh, and it has a 1st pattern bayonet. I’ve got a late Type 44 with the 3rd pattern bayonet that’s cherry with a mum, but I’d never seen a 1st pattern in that condition.

Until next time!!!

October 2009 American Rifleman Review

I know – I’m way behind – bad Mikey! Pretty decent issue this time around – more of a political bend to a lot of the articles, but given the current environment, that’s not surprising. It starts out with a letter from the editor that hits very close to home – gun collecting. I have a decent little collection, and it’s really where a lot of my interest lies. It gives a URL to the NRA Gun Collector Programs courtesy of the National Firearms Museum page. Going to have to check that out. I’m a member of Oregon Arms Collectors, but their meetings are usually at a bad time for me – going to have to try to be more of a regular next year.

Wayne LaPierre has a brief article on the sudden Democratic interest in “States’ Rights.” In fact, many of them are only interested in the 10th Amendment when it serves their cause to limit the 2nd Amendment. Individuals like Schumer, Feinstein, Durbin, etc. who have no problem enacting sweeping Federal programs when it suits their interests suddenly become advocates of “States’ Rights” when nation-wide recognition of concealed carry permits is proposed (similar to the fact that all states recognize drivers’ licenses).

There’s also a neat little article on a firearm fan who scuba dives, drives rally cars, and has served as an officer in the military – King Abdullah II of Jordan. He recently was vacationing in the U.S. (cross-country motorcycling and white water rafting) and visited the Gunsite Academy in Arizona for some shooting. He was given a lifetime NRA membership and was presented with a .45 Colt SAA and a Gunsite M1911. I REALLY like the 1911 he got...

There’s also an article on Bloomberg’s continued efforts to disarm America. It has some fairly staggering statistics in it. Bloomberg and his cronies accuse Congress of backing down to the NRA and other “special interests.” Yet the NRA is actually a grassroots organization. Bloomberg has put $2.9 million of his own money into his campaign to shred the Constitution. Billionaires like Eli Broad have put in at least $750,000. The Joyce Foundation has put in $1.1 million. Talking about a few individuals trying to buy policy! Who’s the unrepresentative “special interest” here again? Their goal is to “take back the Second Amendment” – meaning they want the individual right affirmed by the Second Amendment to go away.

Ruger has (finally) released a version of the AR-15. There is a piston operated type which accepts normal AR magazines. The lower receiver, upper receiver bolt, firing pin, and charging handle are standard AR-15 as well. The price, however, is way up there at $1995 suggested retail. Speaking of the AR-15, there’s a great write up on its big brother, the M4 as well detailing its history, construction, and performance in the field.

There’s also a very timely article about Gun Shows. Because of media hype, hysteria, distortions, and outright fabrications, there are a lot of people who don’t know jack about gun shows – but KNOW they “need more regulation.” It’s great to have an article that gets the basic facts out there for people to see. Unfortunately being in American Rifleman, the article is pretty much preaching to the choir.

One article that reminds us just how much things have changed (and not for the better) discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with rifles. He even tested many of the carbines and early repeaters which ended up seeing service in the Civil War. If only our current President had that level of interest in firearms and respect for our Liberties.

There’s a lot more good stuff in this issue as well – it’s a definite keeper!

Until next time!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rifle of the Month – the SG-43 Goryunov

For a change of pace I thought I’d do something a little something different this time around. The SG-43 Goryunov was designed as a replacement for the Maxim machine gun common in Soviet service during World War II. It’s belt fed and chambered for the ubiquitous 7.62x54R cartridge. The machine gun was used extensively in World War II, and then post war in the armed forced of Soviet ally and satellite states. In the 60’s it was replaced by the newer PK and PKM machine guns. One of the distinguishing features is the wheeled cart so the weapon is ready to set up a defensive position with gun shield at all times.

As with most fully-automatic firearms, this one is exceedingly rare. However AIM surplus has recently released a semi-automatic version of the weapon based on Polish kits and new U.S. receivers. I would LOVE to have one, but with a purchase price just short of $4,400 – I think I’m unfortunately going to have to admire this one from afar (unless that lottery comes through for me!).

Until next time!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another Day, Another Administration Kook

Another busy day here, unfortunately. Our dear leader has nominated yet another individual from way outside the “normal” distribution to yet another made-up post. This time it’s the “regulatory czar.” And this one is a real winner. His name is Cass Sunstein, and he believes hunting should be abolished, animals should be able to sue humans in count, and believes that all gun control legislation is “Constitutionally fine.”

You’d think Obama would have learned his lesson by now, but he continues to follow the same path of nominating leftist extremists to positions of power with minimal Congressional oversight. This latest nomination comes mere days after Van Jones resigned as “green czar” because of previous statements around the government’s role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Many in Washington questioning whether the “czar” role is even appropriate in American government, especially given that the administration has over 30 of them at this point.

Tennessee Senator Lamarr Alexander states:

"I don't think (Jones is) the issue. I think the czars are the issue. We have about two dozen so-called czars -- the pay czar, the car czar, all these czars in the White House."

Sunstein would be yet another monarch carving out a fiefdom in American policy. This individual’s views are not only well outside the American mainstream, they run contrary to the Constitution. Gun Owners of America is urging everyone to write their Senators and urge that Sunstein is not confirmed as “Regulatory Czar” as he would have too much influence over policy.

I’ve already written mine! Until next time!!!

Exodus from MAIG Continues

The mayor of the Village of Walton Hills, Ohio, Mayor Marlene Anielski (R), has recently left Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” (MAIG) organization. This is yet another unfortunate case of a Mayor not reading the fine print before joining an organization. The marketing around this organization frequently doesn’t accurately portray it as the radical anti-firearm organization it truly is. Both the Mayor and her husband are NRA members and once the true charter of the organization became evident, she made a hasty exit.

The NRA has provided a full list of all of the members of Bloomberg’s organization on their website. It’s definitely worth checking that list to see if your mayor is on this list, and it’s also worth writing your mayor to indicate your opposition to the organization and its disarmament agenda. Bloomberg continues his well-funded assault on our civil rights and liberties, and we must oppose his effort at every opportunity.

Until next time!!!

Pittsburgh Continues to Defy State Law

Most large cities in the United States seem to think they “know better” than the rest of the country, especially when it comes to firearm laws. Many large cities in the U.S. have passed restrictive gun laws, yet wonder why their crime rates continue to skyrocket. The City of Pittsburgh is considering a so-called “assault weapon ban,” even though state law forbids the city from passing firearm laws that are stricter than state law. The excuse used this time is the upcoming G-20 summit. I guess they don’t want to offend the visiting dignitaries by flaunting our liberties.

This is yet another example of the tactics typical of those seeking to destroy the right to keep and bear arms. Any excuse is jumped on to pass bans – even if those bans are not permitted under State or Federal law. Rule of law has absolutely no meaning for these individuals as they clearly believe “the ends justify the means.” Those of you in the greater Pittsburgh area, please contact the Mayor’s office or city council. Contact information is available here. We can’t let these self-righteous bureaucrats trample on our rights and liberties!

Until next time!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Selective Enforcement of the Firearm Owners Protection Act

If you talk to people who have a passing knowledge about firearm law, they’ll know about the “1986 machine gun ban.” Technically, this law is the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act banned civilian ownership and possession of fully-automatic firearms manufactured after May 19, 1986. For most people that’s where their knowledge of the law ends. However, the ironic fact is that the act was originally intended to rein in the abuses of the BATFE (then the ATF). If you read further in the law, one very important section arises:

Federal Law 18 U.S.C. 926 (2) (a): No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established. Nothing in this section expands or restricts the Secretary's authority to inquire into the disposition of any firearm in the course of a criminal investigation.

This effectively prohibits “registration” of firearms in the United States, which says that California’s registration scheme and the national database are both technically illegal. The question I have is why are the BATFE and some of the states allowed to continue in this fashion – effectively ignoring a major provision of the Firearm Owners Protection Act??? Maybe it’s time we started shining a light onto this dark corner of the law?

Until next time!

Another Day, Another “Gun Show” Hit Piece

The NRA-ILA website is reporting that University of California (Davis) professor Garen Wintemute has released another “study” showing that the nation “needs” more gun control laws in spite of the fact that California has some of the strictest gun control in the nation, yet their murder and robbery rates are much higher than the national average. The title of this clearly “unbiased study” (about as “unbiased” as a Michael Moore “documentary”) is "Inside Gun Shows: What Goes On When Everybody Thinks Nobody's Watching."

Gun shows, however, just appear to be the tip of the wedge. Wintemute acknowledges that straw purchases circumventing background checks are a major source of illegally acquired firearms, and further acknowledges that firearm purchases at gun shows represent a tiny minority of sales. He even goes so far to admit that most gun show sales go through retailers which require background checks anyway. So what’s the issue? The issue is what most have always suspected it to be – private party sales:

"Regulating private party sales just at gun shows will not end the problems associated with these anonymous and undocumented transactions. Most of them occur elsewhere already. ... It would be preferable to regulate private party gun sales generally."

In short, Wintemute wants to turn the nation into California where “…private sales are prohibited, transfers of firearms are delayed by a 10-day waiting period, and sales are permanently recorded by the government.” These are effectively the same goals as the Brady Campaign’s when it started in 1976 (then known as the National Council to Control Handguns).

The “logic” here completely escapes me. California, and all other cities with strict gun control, have higher murder and robbery rates than areas without strict gun control. The UK has seen firearm related crime skyrocket since they instituted bans. Either these groups are completed deluded, or there is a greater agenda hidden underneath the surface. I tend to think the latter, which is why these groups’ claims and “studies” must be countered with real logic and facts at every opportunity!

Until next time!!!