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Big Brother is Watching (Updated)

big-brother-insetJust a quick post, without a lot of opinion.

You may have heard the story about the Florida gun owner who was pulled over while driving through Maryland:

http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/jackson-gun-owner-unarmed-unwelcome-in-maryland-20140112/

A troubling story on all counts, but disturbingly vague on specifics.

Well, you really need to read the background on how/why it happened:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/16/driving-through-maryland-how-the-lawful-florida-gun-owner-was-targeted-hint-maryland-coordination-and-analysis-center/#more-75456

So, to sum up: legally owning a gun in your home state is considered probable cause for arresting you in other states despite, not breaking any laws in those other states.  Gun ownership = the new scarlet letter.  Another step towards stigmatizing gun owners.

The other lesson to be drawn from this incident (and all of the NSA stories, and the IRS attacking anyone that disagrees with 0bama, etc.) is that the noose of government is getting tighter around all of our necks.

For years, I avoided buying an EZ-Pass (remote toll-deduction widget for your car) due to privacy concerns.  Looks like technology has leapfrogged me.  It is only a matter of time before speeding tickets are issued automatically.

Rather than simply be outraged at this story, I hope you are going to get more involved in the political process to try and reverse the disturbing mission creep of our government.

And, I hope that you start paying attention to the cameras you see attached to municipal vehicles and near roads.  And to the roads where you don’t see them.  And to the gun laws of the states you drive through.

Update 2/15/14

Interesting new development in this story:

The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement

“Were the feds using Maryland to establish the protocols ?   It sure seems that is a very strong possibility…… and, if so, the denial of the FOIA would make even more sense.”

 

Dick Metcalf Goes Full Retard

Enjoy the fishing, Fredo

Enjoy the fishing, Fredo

Wow.

Dick Metcalf really REALLY doesn’t ever want to work in the gun industry ever again.

Sebastian discusses it here: Dick Metcalf Triples Down

But there is so much deception and so much fail in Dickie-boy’s fuddy-duddy whining that I am going to have to fisk it thoroughly.  A lot of hidden issues reveal themselves.

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First CT Gun Registration Rejection

You know it!

You know it!

And here is that other shoe that we were all waiting to hear drop:

Registration rejected due to lack of postmark

Well, I do not know the circumstances of this particular situation (i.e. how/when the registration was submitted), but the person who got that letter is up a creek without a paddle.

They are now a felon, with a choice of several bad options for dealing with their situation.

God help them if they get pulled over for a broken tail-light on the way to someplace to take action on one of the options available to them, because they are committing a crime by even attempting to perform them!

Some state legislator was trying to get an extension of the registration deadline, but I haven’t heard anything concrete about that.

The rejection letter:

Attention Citizen: you are screwed!

Attention Citizen: you are screwed!

I hope you gun owners have a plan to retain your weapons despite this idiotic law.

Read the law carefully and the potential wiggle room should become obvious.

 

First CT Gun Law Arrest

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

6 days!  The first arrest under the draconian and pointless “assault rifle” and “high-capacity magazine” law took place on the morning of January 6:

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/bridgeport-man-gets-norwalks-first-ticket-under-states-new-gun-law

“The handgun was loaded with 11 bullets, and had a magazine capable of handling 15 rounds, police said…The gun owner told Norwalk officers that he was unaware of the law or the deadline, according to the police report.  He was issued an infraction for possession of a large-capacity magazine and having a mutilated license plate.  The weapon was returned to the owner, under the condition that he keeps the magazine separated from the handgun, and he was released at the scene, police said.”

Read the whole thing, especially the reason that the man was pulled over.

Now, if you are a handgun permit holder, and you carry a gun that can accept a high-capacity magazine, you have the option to do so provided that you only load 10 bullets in it.  And perhaps you carry an extra magazine, as recommended by many self-defense experts.

But what happens if the arresting officer decides to take a bullet out of your spare magazine and load it into the magazine that was in your gun.  You are a felon, that’s what.  There’s probably no way to prove that is what happened, and you are left holding the bag.  Or the mag.

My advice to Connecticut permit holders is to avoid carrying a gun with a high-capacity magazine in it, and eliminate the chance that this could happen to you.  Carry extra magazines, and be sure to tell people why.  And also, practice reloading drills.  You might not become Jerry Miculek but you can certainly improve your time.

Think I am being paranoid?  You might be right.

But if the police feel entitled to shoot 90-pound children who have been tased and restrained, what wouldn’t they do?

 

More Anti-Gun Hijinks

Papers, please...

Papers, please…

Well, here in Connecticut, the registration deadline has passed for “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines.  If you have one and it isn’t registered with the Gestapo, you are a felon.

There is talk of extending the deadline, due to the inability of the Department of Public Safety to process the registrants that made every effort to comply, but no word on that.

There are lawsuits against this dumb law moving forward as we speak, but the wheels of injustice grind slowly.  How finely they grind is another matter.  In the meantime, it is the law of this land, formerly known as the Constitution State.

You can read the act here:

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More Evidence of Gun Benefits

ScreenHunter_69 Dec. 24 10.17From Reason.com:

An economist at a left-leaning university (Quinnipiac, which has a very influential political polling operation) just released a study of concealed weapons laws & crime rates.

“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).”

Another observation from Reason:

“The most recent Reason-Rupe poll reports that 63 percent of Americans don’t believe that stricter gun laws would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.”

I realize that these observations are old news to gun owners.  But having respected establishment media organizations admit them is a relatively new thing.  And having these facts in your back pocket can help you shut down the lies of anti-gunners that you will inevitably end up debating in your life.

 

Connecticut Gun & Magazine Registration

Fool's Errand

Fool’s Errand

To those of you who reside in CT and own an “assault weapon” or a magazine that can hold 11 or more bullets: the deadline for registering them is December 31.  Meaning, your registration application must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.

Before you make a decision on whether or not to comply with Gov. Malloy’s Gestapo, you must understand that a separate “assault rifle” registration form must be completed for each gun you intend to register.  And that each of those forms must have your right thumbprint on it, and be notarized.  And each form must include a copy of the original purchase receipt or DPS-3-C form that was filled out at the time of purchase to prove that you owned the gun prior to April 4, 2013.  In the absence of those sale documents, you must include a signed & notarized affidavit with each form attesting to the fact that you owned the gun prior to 4/4/13.  Free advice: print extra forms and thumbprint the blanks until you get clear images, then fill out those forms.

For magazines, you can register multiple calibers/capacities on a single form, and no notary is required.  Once again, you are required to provide a receipt or affidavit to attest that you owned the magazines prior to 4/4/13.  But the affidavit must be notarized!

The forms you need:

dps-414-c  (assault rifle form)

CCDL_Assault_Weapon_Affidavit

CCDL_despp-0788-c_magazine_declaration_affidavit (form & affidavit)

The legwork required to complete this process is significant.  You must do an inventory (and it had better be accurate!).  Figure out which items are covered by the poorly-written law.  Fill out forms, do thumbprints, get them notarized.  And if you are smart, you will submit them by certified or registered mail.  So if you haven’t started, you had better start soon.

The decision to comply, or not comply, with this Nazi-inspired registration scheme is not one to be taken lightly.  I offer no advice on that topic.

I will say that the law states that you must keep the “assault weapon” certificate (which the DPS will return to you after they process it) with the “assault weapon” at all times (so you had better find a way to protect it from damage!).  And also that the State already has a database of DPS-3-C forms from the purchase of all guns.

And that the law says you are permitted to transport the “assault weapon” to a place of sale/repair or to a shooting range, but NOT to any other destination.  Which means that if you plan to stop for a burger on the way home from the range, you might become a felon.

Not sure whether to conclude this post by saying: Caveat Emptor …or: Arbeit Macht Frei.

 

The Times They Are A-Changin’…

Sorry Charlie!

Sorry Charlie!

Well, well.  Looks like some pretty serious cracks are developing in the prevailing front of liberal socialism that has been crowding Americans for the last 50 years.

First, Obamacare is finally being recognized as a colossal mistake by those who most fervently endorsed it.  Not a surprise to anyone that used their brain to run the numbers, but those aren’t the people who supported Obamacare.

And in deep-blue Chicago, the inner-city residents have finally seen through the smoke & mirrors of liberalism and decided that they don’t like the way their plantation is being run:

On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.

“Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.”

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…

But don’t worry folks!  The Department of Homeland Security is hard at work protecting us from the grave threat of…unlicensed sports apparel.

 

Shooting Aftermath: Analysis and Lessons

Pile On!

Pile On!

A story has been circulating in the gun blog world, a podcast interview with a crime victim as well as the original AR15.com thread where he posted his story.

After listening & reading, I (like many others) believe that there are lessons to be learned from this man’s unfortunate experience.

What those lessons are may depend heavily on the biases that you bring to the analysis.

This guy has beaten himself up plenty over this incident, and I am not trying to pile on.  But he made some major errors that are entirely correctable.

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.22 Ammo Reappears

Precious Metal

Precious Metal

I have been in 3 stores in the past week that all had .22 ammo in stock.

100-round plastic boxes of Winchester HP, bulk tubs of Remington Golden Bullet, 50-round boxes of Federal Target, 100-round boxes of Remington Viper, 50-round boxes of Fiocchi Official 320 and Remington Eley Match EPS.

All had limits on the quantity that a single customer could buy.

A friend found bulk boxes of 9mm at Dick’s.  Other than that one opportunity, I haven’t seen any brass-cased 9mm for sale for a month.

.30-30 ammo has been scarce too.

But I have seen plenty of .223.