Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:22

U.S. House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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I have not delved into the details yet but the U.S. has passed National CCW Reciprocity! 



Saturday, 05 March 2016 17:47

W VA overrides Gov veto of permitless carry!

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Today the West Virginia Senate followed the House and over-rode the Governor's veto of permitless carry. In 90 days W. VA will become the 9th state. 


Justice Thomas nails it: 

"Thomas then caught her by surprise, asking whether a misdemeanor conviction of any other law 'suspends a constitutional right.'"


"Ms. Eisenstein, one question," Thomas said. "This is a misdemeanor violation. It suspends a constitutional right. Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?"

Source: Justice Thomas asks questions in court, 1st time in 10 years

Virginia Governor McAuliffe today signed a gun control compromise bill. If you remember, recently the AG revoked the CCW reciprocity of 25 states. I originally blogged about it here:

The Republicans in the legislature were introducing all kinds of bills to counter act the AG decision, including one to recognize all other states' CCW licenses. However, the Governor and the legislature actually worked together to craft a bill that both sides would like. A compromise! Which of course the Gov. came under fire for. Funny, I thought it was the pro-gun folks who were unreasonable and never compromised? They added a section about people with permanent restraining orders being ineligible to possess firearms and removal of them by law enforcement. Additionally, there will now be a VSP presence at gun shows for voluntary background checks:

As far as the complaint that VA resident ineligible to have a VA CCW getting one out of state - many states have a provision that residents cannot use an out-of-state CPL. I am not sure why they just didn't add that.

Well, this saga draws to a close as a done deal and I will be able to carry once again in my home state:


Sunday, 21 February 2016 23:19

Voice of reason from...Marie Claire (!)

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I was surprised to read this article:
Why I'm Proud That My Kids Shoot Guns For their sake–​and everyone else's

which was published on and stands out as a voice of reason in a world of media where they are afraid of firearms.  It is a stark contrast from say which recently had an article where they are scared that people are going to hide Glock 43's in their PALM (see my post here

However, from the Marie Claire article:

"I've never understood the logic of avoidance when it comes to important issues that can impact a child for life. My philosophy is to meet those issues head-on. That's why educating my children about gun safety is so important to me. 

Fear is often born out of ignorance, and frankly, the general public's lack of gun safety knowledge scares the mess out of me. I've seen that education and parental influence is key in preparing kids for the real world. Whether it's their changing bodies, handling a bully, sexual curiosity, or gun safety, I will talk to them about it directly."


I wish that there are more in the media open to her viewpoint, or at least willing to learn.


I suspect the author of this article:

"Glock Has Unveiled a Pistol Barely Larger Than the Palm of Your Hand. Great."

has never actually seen or held a Glock model 43.
It unfortunately become pretty common for media to talk about firearms with little knowledge and then be outraged at their own untrue statements. 

For fun I just snapped a couple pics of my Glock 43 (the exact model discussed) in my hand -- sshhh about the 42 because that would expose quite a few mistakes in the article and cause even more feigned outrage.

You tell me if you think that the 43 can be easily hid in the palm of someone's hand. More like a #facepalm to the face.


Sorry for the poor pic quality, I literally just snapped them with my iPhone.

Glock 43 Palm image 1 Glock 43 Palm image 2



Original article: Gun ownership does not make women safer from the Boston Globe

This is an example of showing that a study will prove exactly what you set out to prove.

First they attack the statement that a woman with a firearm can defend herself. In fact, they even go as far as to say that they have discredited its possibility by citing a particular study.

However, the study doesn't have anything to do with women owning a firearm!
Instead the study actually says that women, who are around more people with firearms are more likely to get harmed by a firearm.  mention of the rates of firearm ownership by women though.

Is that like the study that concluded that if you own a firearm, that you are more likely to get shot with your own firearm?

"The presence of a gun is the biggest risk factor for domestic violence deaths among women.”
Really? The "biggest" risk factor? So, if a woman knows someone with multiple firearms (gasp!) is she exponentially more in danger? Right. It's the gun(s), not the person - got it.

The article also strikes me as sexist in its implications that a woman cannot handle a firearm. In me experience, that is simply not true.

This is a refreshing ruling from the 4th Circuit Appellate Court. The 3 judge panel ruled that the "because they are scary" justification to ban assault weapons is too vague and that it could effectively used to ban anything, sending the case back to district court.

This is actually a fairly decent article on the topic:

What is frightening is what the dissenting judge said. He said that people would die because of this ruling. Wow, what rhetoric. I find that judge to be too scary to be a sitting judge.

Friday, 15 January 2016 08:17

SHOT Show 2016!!

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It is that time of year again! I will be on my way shortly and look forward to what will be (so they say) one of the largest SHOT Shows ever. I was forced to miss last years, so needless to say I am excited!

I only got a few requests for booth visits, but I will be stopping by them while there. If there are any additional, please let me know! I traditionally don't do what everyone else will cover and like to peek at the things that others may not find interesting.


I guess when you don't have public support for your gun control schemes Obama Fails To Sway Public on Gun Control, Poll Finds:

Just 42% of the public thinks stricter gun control laws will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, while 52% think increased gun ownership increases public safety.

You need to pull out the celebrity card. Because celebrities are smarter than the voting public. If you read their statement, which is devoid of anything except rhetoric, I think you will agree that they are not. Actually, considering that a lot of these folks make a living depicting people who use guns to save their own and others' lives I think we have to wonder how they sleep at night. Double-standard much?

You can read the non-statement here:
Dozens of Hollywood A-Listers Sign Letter Backing Obama on Gun Control


More importantly here is the list of "A list" signers:

Jessica Alba, Judd Apatow, Alan Arkin, Dylan Baker, André Balazs, Talia Balsam, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Tony Bennet, Aloe Blacc, Dustin Lance Black, T Bone Burnett, Steve Buscemi, Sophia Bush, Nick Cannon, Graydon Carter, Maverick Carter, Rosanne Cash, Liza Chasin, Andy Cohen, Bruce Cohen, Marc Cohn, Kenneth Cole, Maria Cuomo Cole, Bradley Cooper, Victor Cruz, Rosemarie DeWitt, Griffin Dunne, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Steve Earle, Rich Eisen, Noah Emmerich, Carolyn Everson, Edie Falco, Marshall Faulk, Will Ferrell, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, Jenna Fischer, Rupert Friend, Scott Fujita, Nely Galán, Alex Gansa, Victor Garber, Tony Goldwyn, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey, Ted Griffin, Dan Gross, Paul Haggis, Jon Hamm, John Benjamin Hickey, David and Joan Hill, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arianna Huffington, Timothy Hutton, In-Q, Brad Jakeman, Richard Jenkins, Beverly Johnson, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Michael J Kelly, Neil LaBute, Donna Langley, Kristin Lemkau, Nanette Lepore, Ben Lerer, Tracy Letts, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Carey Lowell, Josh Lucas, Tobey Maguire, Julianna Margulies, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, Kelly Meyer, Ron Meyer, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Olivia Munn, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet, Jeremy Piven, Josh Radnor, Paul Rivera, Shauna Robertson, Holly Robinson Peete, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Schiff, Taylor Schilling, James Schwab, David Schwimmer, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Suzy Shuster, John Slattery, Sir Martin Sorrell, Nicholas Stoller, Steve Stoute, Ed Templeton, David Wain, Robyn Wholey, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde, Debra Winger


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