A powerful 3 minute video well worth watching.
Warning: imagery may be disturbing to some, as would be expected in a video dealing with terrorism.
Legal Insurrection posts a thorough analysis of the oral motion for a judgment of acquittal made after the State closed their case against George Zimmerman. Law Junkies and lawyers will want to read the whole thing. For the rest of us, the results are summed up in the introduction:
The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly founded on Florida’s case law. It was also doomed to fail before a Judge who has consistently denied reasonable defense motions out of hand, while rubber-stamping motions by the State that bear not the slightest relevancy to the facts of this case.
Best comment I found:
It appears that the State is suffering from the same problem that plagued Trayvon Martin: Poor victim selection skills.
Truth About Guns tells us how California’s AG Harris Effectively Bans All New Semiautomatic Handguns in California:
“California’s Kamala Harris, the best-looking attorney general in the nation, has signed a letter mandating micro stamping technology for all new semiautomatic handguns being sold in the Golden State. [Read the letter here.] Any new model handgun must have a microstamped serial number somewhere on the gun’s frame and a firing pin that stamps a unique number onto the cartridge before (or as) it ignites the primer.”
Nobody does this. If they did, it would make all such firearms too expensive for anybody, including the government.
As Maryland moves to institute restrictive gun laws, Beretta is looking for friendlier pastures. Beretta Announces Plans to Move After Maryland Gov. Signs Bill:
Maryland’s new law will restrict the number of rounds allowed in magazines to 10. While this won’t impact Nano, or Pico production or distribution, the magazine limit will make import, warehouseit difficult to work with the 92, 96, PX4, and the ARX 100. Standard capacity M9 magazines couldn’t be brought into or warehoused in the state. The magazine restriction wouldn’t shut Beretta down, but it would make distribution of the full sized pistols (including the M9) much more complicated.
And the “assault weapon” restrictions will hit the ARX line hard. The ARX 100 would be illegal in Maryland. While that may not hinder production of the 5.56 tactical rifle, Maryland residents (some of whom make the ARX 100) couldn’t own the gun. This doesn’t sit well with Beretta.
If that weren’t enough, the new restrictions on Maryland FFL holders will also apply to Beretta, who holds FFLs in the state. Beretta’s ability to service guns at their Maryland facility (where the also teach armorer classes) would be curtailed.
Come to Tennessee. We’ll welcome you with open arms.
Suit the First: The Georgia town of Nelson, about 50 miles north of Atlanta, recently passed a law requiring citizens to own a gun ownership that it said is mostly symbolic. The law requires every head of household in the town of 1,300 to have a gun and ammunitions. Anyone who opposes gun ownership or has certain disabilities are exempt.
Hoplophobes are, of course, somewhat upset even though people of their ilk would naturally be unaffected by the law:
The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit against the claiming the law is unconstitutional. The suit contends the Second Amendment doesn’t require anyone to have a gun, and government cannot require citizens to arm themselves.
Suit the Second: In the wake of shootings in Colorado last year a series of laws were passed that limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks. The laws go into effect 1 July but sheriffs from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties are filing suit, claiming the regulations are unconstitutional.
The sheriffs say the new state laws violate Second Amendment protections that guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. Opponents are criticizing the lawsuit as political maneuvering.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he and his colleagues were “not the ones playing politics with this.”
“We believe that the Legislature were the ones who were playing politics,” he said.
Gun control opponents say the language in the regulations is unclear and doesn’t provide safeguards to prevent people from inadvertently breaking the laws.
Ammunition magazines, for example, are easily converted to larger sizes, which the bill bans. Gun rights advocates also say the law expanding background checks doesn’t provide enough exemptions for temporary transfers and that people conducting private transactions will have a difficult time getting appropriate checks.
As usual, police chiefs are opposed to the suit, claiming the new laws are “common sense”. As the article states, police chiefs are not elected. The natural conclusion is that the sheriffs represent their constituency. Reminder: the sheriffs are from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties (84%).
NY state officials estimate that there are about a million “assault weapons” in the hands of private citizens in the state. It will be interesting to see what percentage of those end up registered with the state following the newly passed and highly unconstitutional law that requires registration of said weapons. According to the NY Post, it may not be very many:
Assault-rifle owners statewide are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.
Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.
Will the law lead to confiscation? Depends on whether you believe the “nose of the camel” metaphor:
Magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and manufactured before 1994, which are currently legal, would have to be turned over to authorities or sold out of state within one year.
Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain: NY lawmakers did not learn for our northern neighbor’s massive mistake in attempting a similar registration scheme. The cost of the ineffective Canadian Gun Rigistry was enormous:
- In 1995, it was estimated that the gun registry would cost $119 million to implement. Further, registration fees cheerfully paid by gun owners would generate of $117 million, so the whole scheme would only cost the taxpayers $2 million.
- In a 2002 audit, these estimates were slightly revised to say that the cost of the program would exceed $1 billion within the next couple of years and that licensing fees would bring in a mere $140 million.
- In 2004,
- In February 2004, documents obtained by the media indicated that costs had soared to about $2 billion.
- In 2011 the scheme was scrapped and the records were ordered destroyed. A temporary injuction was granted in 2012 to prevent destruction of the records and that bit of drama is still unfolding.
Hat tip to Reason for starting me off on this rabbit trail: New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to “Assault Weapons” Registration Law – Hit & Run : Reason.com
Listening to the Left, one would think that many of the guns used by Mexican criminals come from America. Once again, the Left is wrong.
GunAuction.com has an excellent post on the origin of guns in Mexico, part of which quotes Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation:
Calderon’s pleading for an assault weapons ban (AWB) ignores what multiple studies have shown: that the AWB, which existed from 1994 to 2004, was not an effective crime-fighting tool, largely because they were never used in crime in the first place. Also, since the ban expired, Americans have purchased millions of modern sporting rifles — rifles based on the AR platform whose ownership was restricted by the AWB — yet at the same time violent crime has continued to decline in the United States to its lowest level in decades, demonstrating there is no correlation between the number of guns in circulation and the level of violence.
Keane writes: Only 12 percent of the firearms misused in Mexico were originally sold at retail in the United States. The proof can be found in the U.S. government statistics in a report released by the independent research group STRATFOR and that this pie chart clearly illustrates.
Read it all here: Keane: Second Amendment Not Responsible for Mexico’s Gun Violence
Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow at CATO, gives five reasons for opposing gun control. The first four have been widely debated for years. The fifth, and final one, is the result of fiat currencies, welfare states, short-sided politicians and the yammerheads that elect them. His preface holds the clue:
About a year ago, I spoke at a conference in Europe that attracted a lot of very rich people from all over the continent, as well as a lot of people who manage money for high-net-worth individuals.
What made this conference remarkable was not the presentations, though they were generally quite interesting. The stunning part of the conference was learning – as part of casual conversation during breaks, meals, and other socializing time – how many rich people are planning for the eventual collapse of European society.
Not stagnation. Not gradual decline. Collapse.
As in riots, social disarray, plundering, and chaos.
Prepare. If TEOTWAWKI doesn’t happen you will have lots of ammo to support your shooting addiction for years to come. But if it does you will at least have a fighting chance of surviving.