The media and anti-gunners continue to proclaim the "smart gun" as the next big thing and something that has been opposed by gun nuts.
The truth however is that they simply are not reliable.
Here is an article from today: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/smart-gun-fingerprint-reader-biofire-kai-kloepfer-pushback-firearm-community/
The decry the fact that no one has made a firearm that works with a fingerprint sensor - like your phone:
“Why did it take four and a half years to put a fingerprint reader on the side of a gun?”
"I think it could really be the future of firearms”
Seriously? I have had Androids and iPhones with the fingerprint sensor. It is neat but I sure wouldn't want to rely on it. You have to have your correct finger in the right spot. Heck, it doesn't even work when it is wet and your firearm has to be charged? Imagine relying it in a life and death situation.
As the NSSF Rep. in the article said:
“The firearm has to work. And a firearm is not the same as a cell phone,” Sanetti said. “The consequences of a cell phone not working are inconvenience. The consequences of a firearm not working could be someone’s life.”
As King County Sheriff (WA) said at the 2015 Smart Gun Symposium in Seattle:
"I’m probably the only person in this room who has zipped kids into bodybags," Urquhart told the crowd. "We pick up kids who have killed themselves with other people's handguns. We don’t like that." He also mentioned a statistic about over 500 American police officers in the past decade being killed with their own handguns by apprehended suspects—including one he personally knew. "Any tech to make that better is a good thing. That being said, [smart gun technology] is not ready for my officers yet. If it worked 110 percent of the time, I’d be interested." Source: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/01/nations-first-smart-gun-symposium-talks-safety-risks-and-delays/
So, new article about smartguns CBS. But, does it work?
Kloepfer said his gun is “relatively reliable.”
“I know, like, when I’m using it, when I’m testing it, it functions almost every single time,” Kloepfer said.
Well, that's earth shattering and news worthy. And when he demonstrated it for CBS? It failed.
And they wonder why there is no market for this?
Meanwhile in WA State the AG introduces an assault weapons ban AND if that fails harsher assault weapons restriction billWritten by Reg Mathusz
Well, anti-gun Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has made good on threat to attempt to ban so-called assault weapons (based on language similar to the California definitions).
This ban would include all sales moving forward of "assault weapons" and of course "high capacity" magazines. Current owners would be grand-fathered in, until they are not. If I sound skeptical that this will satisfy the anti-gunners it is because he has also introduced an alternate bill if he can't get the ban passed - and the alternate includes a special LICENSE and TRAINING and age requirement (21) and a mandatory 10 day waiting period! Funny that this is not in the "ban" bill. You can bet that if passed - it will be next year.
Oh, and you can't be a felon - which you already cant. Felony means no guns - DUH. This is our state's attorney general folks.
But WAIT - You only have to be 18 to buy a rifle!
But WAIT - There is no training requirement currently for firearms or even a concealed carry license!
But WAIT - 10 days is longer than the current handgun waiting period!
So, what can we surmise? There is no either/or option for these bills. Both of these bills are bad.
The Hearing Protection Act has been reintroduced!
In a nutshell, it removes suppressors from regulation under the NFA. It was added originally due to the request of the U.S. Forestry Service to combat POACHING!
For those that do not know, suppressors are currently regulated like a NFA-registered firearm - like a short barrel rifle or machine gun, even though it is essentially just a muffler.
The current process is extensive and includes background checks, fingerprints, passport-style photo, local law enforcement notification, and pay for a $200 tax stamp.
You essentially go to your dealer, purchase the item (yes, it has to be there), file all your paperwork and WAIT....and WAIT....and WAIT. The wait currently is quite long -- 6 months is a good turn-around, however current purchases are being estimated around a year to possibly longer as the ATF has yet to process any applications from July under their 41F regulation changes.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about supressors.
This is a great article on the topic: http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/progressives-dont-understand-how-gun-silencers-work-here-are-some-facts-to-help-them/
UPDATE 1/10/17: Stupidity around suppressors continue. A "Washington Post" article claims the sky is falling and that they are dangerous because 22's can be pretty darn quiet and they are a "high powered rifle" round used by the military. WHAT??
Here is an article on it (because I refuse to link fake news and give them the clickbait credit): http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/10/washington-post-reporter-doubles-down-on-fake-news-about-guns/
While the EU has been pushing European nations into tighter gun restrictions as a result of increased terrorist violence. Read their ridiculous statement about making it harder for law abiding citizens to get firearms will somehow stop the flow of illegal weapons here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-4464_en.htm
Oh wait, they don't even pretend that their goal is to limit legal firearms:
"Mass shootings and terrorist attacks in Europe have highlighted the dangers posed by illegal and legal arms circulating across the EU."
However, the Czech Government has not bought into their bizarro-world logic. Not only have the Czech Govt been fighting the EU's war against guns owners but they seek to expand them.
The latest Czech proposal argues that "armed citizens would be the best defense against terror attacks."
Good for them. If anything these recent attacks have shown that the military/police/security forces are unable to provide adequate protections for their citizens.
Wow! New for 2017 Colt has returned to making it's famed "snake guns" - their snake named revolvers. In this case the first one is the Cobra.
A 6 shot small framed snub, hopefully without an internal lock (IL)? I'm onboard.
Colt has made some improvements in modernizing the revolver and has said that it can be scaled up. Hopefully this means that other snakes will follow. Notwithstanding 'Walking Dead" fans -- How about a Python? It would be amazing if they could return to the quality and fit and finish of yester-year.
I know that there will be detractors (as already shown on Colt's FB post). Luckily, J-frames exist. The SP101 exists. The Kimber K6s will exist. These are all great options, however, Colt know how to do some things and I am excited to see what they do with something that they previously mastered.
Here is a press review from Colt's release event:
Just a heads up to firearms purchasers that the ATF announced on the 14th that they have revised ATF 4473. For those who are not frequent buyers, it is the Federal used for all firearms purchases through a dealer.
Here is the current one: https://www.atf.gov/file/61446/download
Here is a very detailed description of the changes: http://orchidadvisors.com/atf-form-4473-firearms-transaction-record-form-4473-revised/?utm_campaign=Industry+Alerts&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=37660754&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9aI2FjityVgUS4XcDEvoxR6G8UguI-zGPOduOMd7ITBVqLzwt85dSwevRKX6z74MrJXvXBlrRnhgt2hfG9x7q7efGFoA&_hsmi=37660754
To be honest, I only skimmed the article but I did not seeing anything dramatically huge, and it actually clarifies some issues. However, it is definitely something to be aware of for those that may be tempted to skim through the form.
This is ridiculous, she is suing under the guise of "consumer safety" on an item that cannot be legally purchased in her state!
The only good thing is that the judge told Glock to negotiate the scope of records with her. Her original request does not limit consumer records to just the state of Mass.
Please tell me what consumer personal information in any other state has to do with meeting Mass' consumer protection laws?
Finally, some sanity in th legal world. The Sandy Hook Lawsuit had been previously ok'd in court under the auspices of a legal argument that said the semi-autos used in the Sandy Hook shooting should have been known to be harmful to the public and therefore exempt from the Federal 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' (PLCAA). This was a pretty weak argument and if you read the law it is actually intended to protect manufacturers from this very type of lawsuit. The previous allowance of the lawsuit to continue was a travesty an willfull disregard of the law. I am glad that law has finally prevailed.
"How many more innocent people need to die before we revert to more sensible gun laws?"
Hey!! Isn't that the same line that the anti-gunners used as more and more states began adopting CCW laws in the first place 10+ years ago?
Funny because, now, all States in the Union have some form of citizen CCW and the streets have NOT been filled with the blood of legal CCW.
And speaking of of "sensible gun laws" have the anti-gunners not read:
I'll give you the short version/title:
Report: Feds, states' lapses allow gun sales to prohibited buyers
Hmm....the current laws are not working mainly due to conflicting mental health definitions and infrastructure problems.
So, the resolution is MORE gun laws?????? How does that work?
We should address the actual PROBLEMS.
And please - less rhetoric.
It appears that Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is attempting to make a name for himself in the Democratic Party by announcing an "assault weapon" ban and ban on "high capacity" magazines.
The proposed legislation will be proposed next year.
It is hard to say what form it will take since it will be modeled after other states "successful" [sic] bans and focus on new sales. Supposedly, existing firearms will be grand-fathered and there will be no provision for "registration." hmm...we have heard that before.
I guess we will have to wait and how they even define an "assault weapon" and if it is any closer to reality than the recent MA AG's interpretation: "I will know it, when I see it" ban.