Well, the eagle has landed, folks.
The illogical and capricious nature of gun laws (I’m still waiting to hear what the problem with barrel shrouds is) renders them vulnerable to circumvention by engineering changes, or even cosmetic changes. Where there is a will, there is a way.
The development of bizarre AR-15 features like thumbhole stocks, fixed-magazines fed by stripper clips, bullet-buttons, single-shot operation, lever-action and pump action were driven by the need to circumvent specifically-worded gun laws.
In the wake of the SAFE Act in NY, Black Rain Ordnance created a snake-like stock to render their otherwise-stock AR15 NY-legal. Goofy-looking, but functional.
And now Ares Defense has redesigned the AR15 lower receiver to allow a traditional Monte Carlo stock to be attached (alas this particular shoulder thing will not go up), rendering the final product legal to own in CT without registering it as an assault weapon. They promised it back in April, but it is in stores right now.
Well, most of the ammo shortages that we have experienced over the last few years are not a problem at the moment.
We visited Hoffman’s in Newington, CT over the weekend and they had virtually every handgun & longarm ammo conceivable. Pallets, literally pallets, of .223, .380, 9mm, .40S&W and .45acp; both range ammo and defensive ammo, in multiple bullet weights for each caliber. Every hunting caliber was available. Even ammo for Tokarev and Nagant handguns was available.
Once again, the mad dash towards gun control has resulted in complications that need to be worked out.
“Dirty Andy” Cuomo had to revise his love-letter to the Brady Bunch to exempt the law-enforcement personnel that he mistakenly targeted with his absurd magazine ban.
The Connecticut legislatterns who sprinted to ram a punitive package of gun laws down the throats of people who hadn’t done anything wrong have started the process of clarifying and modifying the mess they made.
And there are issues with Dyslexic Dan’s gun control wet dream.
.22LR ammunition has been impossible to find for a few months. That shouldn’t surprise you.
Occasionally a few boxes of standard-velocity ammo were available, which is fine for target guns and bolt actions. But semi-autos usually need high-velocity ammo to function reliably.
Well this past week some quantities of high-velocity ammo have been showing up on store shelves (and disappearing almost as fast). One was WalMart, the other was a local dealer.
Centerfire pistol ammo is still spotty. I have seen (and bought) some .38SPL, and there has been .40S&W and .45ACP on the shelves sometimes. Nothing for 9mm FMJ however. And in every case, the prices are much higher than they used to be.
For long guns, hunting ammunition and shotgun shells (for birding/skeet/sporting clays) are usually available. Buckshot is harder to find. And .223 has been available sporadically.
Mere hours after I posted this, I walked into a WalMart on a whim and found 4 boxes of PPU (Prvi Partizan) 9mm. 2 for me and 2 for Crapgame.
I apologize for the sparse postings lately, but we have been extremely busy fighting the gun grabbers and making preparations for the worst-case scenario. By now you have probably heard the news. The worst-case scenario has come true.
In a knee-jerk response to Sandy Hook, Connecticut’s Democrat-controlled legislature passed a comprehensive array of vague, contradictory, unconstitutional and virtually unenforceable gun laws in the dead of night. Somehow, these idiots think that they can register high-capacity magazines!
The police report on this incident has still not been released.
We still have not seen the autopsy or toxicology reports on the killer.
None of the proposals address mental health.
None of the proposals address school safety.
And the Asshole Governor rammed the law through the legislature under bogus emergency protocols, avoiding public debate and committee review of the law. Someone must be pulling his strings, because Dan Malloy’s former secretary says that he was too stupid to turn on his own computer while mayor of Stamford.
The law took effect immediately, when it was signed by the Asshole Governor at 12:30 at night, but the specifics of the law were not spelled out for dealers or citizens to read. Result: gun stores are sitting on unsaleable guns because this Frankenstein monster of gun laws neglected to exactly define what was and was not permissible under the law. Ammunition manufacturers like Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge can no longer sell to police departments because police departments are not considered a FFL.
Lawsuits have been filed. This will be fought. Many CT-based gun companies are planning to relocate.