Lock and Load


Amidst a great deal of controversy, the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, a new law that protects people with conceal carry permits went into effect in Georgia this week. Proponents of the law are hailing it as a huge victory for the Second Amendment rights of Georgia gun owners.

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The gun-control group founded by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association.

This is the first big step by Bloomberg — who has committed to spending $50 million of his personal fortune this year to build a national grass-roots movement that will pressure lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws — to devise a political strategy heading into the November elections.

Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnairestating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes.

The survey intends to make candidates state their positions on the record for the first time. Everytown plans to use their answers — as well as an analysis of any past legislative votes and public statements — to rally voters for or against them in key Senate and House races this fall, similar to how the NRA uses its ratings system to motivate pro-gun-rights voters.

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With the recent surge of illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America, on top of decades of inadequate border security and otherwise minimal and haphazard enforcement of America’s immigration laws, and the very real prospect that many of these people will obtain amnesty, this question arises: What effect might such an amnesty have on gun ownership here? Two things are almost certain; 1. Under an amnesty, gun ownership will rise, and 2. Firearms-related crime will continue to drive our deeply polarized national discourse on gun ownership.

As to the first issue  –rates of gun ownership–  three factors are likely to drive it upward if a broad-scale amnesty is granted: the socio-political history of the Latino immigrants, the ready availability of firearms in the US, and concern among US citizens about increased crime caused by  immigrants who, after an amnesty, will have no fear of deportation for criminal conduct.

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If you haven’t already hear, Target department stores issued a statement this morning “respectfully requesting” that gun owners not bring guns into their stores. Here is the statement if you haven’t read it yet.

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A federal judge on Thursday upheld Colorado’s new gun-control laws that mandated background checks for all gun sales and limited the capacity of ammunition magazines to no more than 15 rounds.

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In the mean time…

Anti-2nd Amendment Commierado lawmaker Jessie Ulibarri and his partner Louis Trujillo get their marriage license

As I noted Monday on the Corner, the biennial meeting of the U.N.’s Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) that concluded on Friday went about as well from the U.S. perspective as it could have done. But that doesn’t mean it’s harmless: The broader context of the PoA is completely wedded to the promotion of gun control, and to the promotion in the U.S. of supposedly binding transnational norms that would reinterpret and hence change the Constitution.

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Sheriff Carl Nace is adamant that the county’s records on who holds a carry permit are to be kept private, even from other county officials.

Nace is now being sued over this stance by the county’s auditors who say they need the information in order to verify revenues and money spent on the licensing process. However, Nace feels he is completely within the law to disallow them access to that information.

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The common conception that gun manufacturers will do darned near anything to sell guns is coming to a screeching halt: The volume of manufacturers and even retailers who are taking a definitive stand for our Second Amendment rights, and other Constitutional issues, are about to pop out of the frame.

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The Obama-caused bubble in ammunition prices seems ready to bust. Over the last few years gun owners have seen ammunition prices double or even triple. Handgun and rifle ammunition has been hard to find at times and .22 long rifle ammunition tripled in price over the last 18 months. People would line up to buy ammunition at prices two and three times the level that they were just two years ago. But all of that is about to change . . .

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