I wasn’t even aware that Washington registered handguns. From KHQ:
Washington residents are buying handguns too fast for police to keep up.
The state’s firearms database is months behind. The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of about 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations.
According to the article, they’re still entering transfers from last March.
The one thing that made 3D printed guns tolerable to the non-gun-owning community was that they were made of plastic, because metal 3D printers were costly. Now, a bunch of scientists from Michigan Tech are showing off a cheap 3D printer that fabricates in metal.
Metal 3D printing isn’t new, but it’s been expensive until now. The open-source Michigan project, here, offers a bill of materials costing just under $1,200 to build the 3D printer, controlled by a Linux computer.
More at the link, including other links.
The gun nuts are going nuts, and itâ€™s delicious.
In 2010, New York City banned possession in the five boroughs of rifles and shotguns with ammunition-feeding devices that can hold more than five rounds. Think assault rifles with high-capacity magazines.
If they were intent on banning so-called “assault rifles” then they should have been specific. Instead, they banned anything that held more than 5-rounds. The original story details how one man is being forced to turn in a Marlin 25N — a .22 caliber, bolt-action rifle that comes with a 7-round magazine. Hardly — by any definition except for the NY Daily News’ — an “assault weapon.”
The editorial goes on:
Now, the NYPD has sent letters to 500 registered long-gun owners asking them to modify the weapons, move them out of the city or turn them in at a police station. Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, sees an abuse of power when, actually, the cops went easy. They could have arrested some of these â€ślaw-abidingâ€ť New Yorkers.
Notice they put law abiding in quotes, as I do with “assault weapons.” The implication is that the citizens are not law abiding. I suppose not, although they were, just three years ago, before the law went into effect.
First they came for the _______ , but I wasn’t, didn’t have etc. It’s called the slippery slope.
A former Newton County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta says Darrell Mathis pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Prosecutors say Mathis, who lives in Lithonia, sold marijuana to a confidential law enforcement source and to an undercover agent on multiple occasions between May and September.
Prosecutors say that on at least two occasions the 41-year-old sold the drug from his marked patrol vehicle while wearing his sheriff’s office uniform and at least once brought a gun to a drug sale.
By the way, and this is not to try to excuse away committing a crime, but while big city cops are generally well paid and have awesome pensions — reflective of the added risks they face — many small town police and county sheriffs are not. I can tell you that here in Vermont and New Hampshire, most rural cops only make $20-28K per year. It’s tough to support a family on that, and I imagine that the lure of crime, from an ‘inside perspective,’ can be difficult to resist. Fortunately, 99% do resist.
It’s tough trying to make sense at 4:30 in the morning. . . .
Wondering what to get your wife or girlfriend for Christmas? How about Gunpowder Rose Fragrance? From the description:
The English Rose, celebrated in art and literature for centuries, has finally been captured in this hymn to high summer. Rose oils and extracts from Lincolnshire and the Stour Valley distil the scented velvet-softness of the petals and zesty-green stems of this romantic and exalted bloom. In a dramatic twist, the delicate flowers dance over spicy embers of charcoal and the piquant fizz of sulfur - the thunderstorm notes of gunpowder! The approaching torrent is tempered by a heart of Lovage, harvested in Hampshire, Meadowsweet and Violet Leaf from Herefordshire and juicy Blackcurrant from Kent, which balance fresh summer greenness with energizing bite. Finally, Union’s own Oak Moss from Dorset and Oak Bark from Nottinghamshire provide the earthy forest floor on which this highly charged fragrance rests. Explosive.
*Whew* Some copywriter certainly earned his pay that day. Anyway, a shot of the stuff (100ml) will set you back $185. Or, you could just take your lady to the range for some plinking and then ask her not to shower for the rest of the day.
For more over-the-top hyperbole, you can read about the perfume here.
You’ll be seeing an ad on cable TV pushing for gun control. From USA Today:
The commercial features a ticking clock and people bowing their heads to observe a moment of silence for the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last year on Dec. 14. Halfway through the spot, a presumed shooter carrying a bulky duffel bag approaches a building and the door shuts.
“But with 26 more school shootings since that day,” the narrator says, “Ask yourself: Is silence what America needs right now?”
The ad is sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, groups that have pushed Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence.
Not one piece of legislation proposed in Congress would have prevented the Newtown shooting. The sad fact is that the guns were legally owned by a woman who knew that her son was mentally ill and yet left the guns where he could access them. I’m sorry that she also lost her life, but how do you legislate against stupid?
Though these notices were not sent out as a direct result of the SAFE Act, New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco said the new law may embolden city police forces to send out similar letters.
Tedisco, who voted against the SAFE Act, said New York City had the five-round law in the books for about 20 years, but this is the first time he has heard complaints about the notices being sent out to gun owners.
“These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State,” Tedisco said. “Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see your gun.’”
In another part of the article, it says the NYC law has been on the books since 2010. So, there’s some confusion, at least in the Fox newsroom.
BTW, this is another case of “amateurs” leading the “professionals” in discovering and correctly identifying a new invasive species. If you live in Texas, my sympathies. Lengthy but interesting article here.
As memories fade from last December’s horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a new national poll indicates that support for stricter gun control laws appears to be fading, too.
According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49% of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50% opposed. The 49% support is down six percentage points from the 55% who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January, just a few weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a lone gunman killed 20 young students and six adults before killing himself, in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
I’m sure the liberal MSM will be working overtime a couple weekends from now to “correct” this awful trend.
The gun deer season is in full force this week, and Athens city officials are hoping that it helps alleviate some problems connected to the overabundance of deer roaming backyards and gardens this fall.
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Smith from the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] said Tuesday that he gave the city a variety of options for addressing the problem, from encouraging hunting to promoting fencing.
About whether the hunting season could have an impact, Smith said, “It could.”
“There is surely the potential for that but I think it comes down to how many deer are killed here in the county,” he said. “That could have a direct correlation to how many deer are in the city.”
You’ve got three days left in rifle season. Hurry on over . . .
A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fellâ€”and fell sharply.
According to the report, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
And keep in mind that — aside from the 10-years when the so-called “assault weapons” ban was in effect — a whole lot of states loosened their gun laws to allow (shall issue) CCW, among other things.
That’s the allegation made made by the one “no” vote:
The House of Representatives today voted to extend the â€śUndetectable Firearms Act,â€ť originally enacted in 1988 and set to expire on December 8, with Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeting that his was the only vote in opposition.
â€śThe plastic gun ban (Undetectable Firearms Act) just passed the house on voice vote with 10 reps present,â€ť Massie told his followers. â€śI was the only no vote.â€ť
Isn’t there some sort of minimum, a quorum, required?
A federal judge has dismissed a gun industry group lawsuit challenging a wide-ranging firearms law passed by Connecticut in response to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven ruled Monday that the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. does not have legal standing to challenge how the legislature and governor approved the law in April.
The suit was a long shot, as are the suits filed in NY against Cuomo and company for pretty much the same ram-through legislation.
When I was much younger, I read We Are Not Alone, by Walter Sullivan. In the forty or so years since then, the search for life outside our own planet has become far more sophisticated, and yet we’re still at the point where we haven’t found any. Are we searching correctly? Do we need to expand our ideas of how and what forms of life might develop on other worlds? Where should we look?
Dr. Athena Coustenis and Dr. ThĂ©rĂ¨se Encrenaz, both renowned astrophysicists, answer those questions in Life Beyond Earth: The Search for Habitable Worlds in the Universe. (Amazon link.)
One of the highest compliments I can pay to a science book like this is that I learned new things, and I have read many “is there life out there” tomes that didn’t do that. It’s important here to state that, no, the authors are not proposing that there’s intelligent life (such as on Earth) on some of the other planets or moons of our solar system. But, given the right conditions, there might be, albeit very simple, life forms. It is certainly possible that organic or prebiotic molecules are in existence, especially anywhere there might be liquid water — which recent unmanned space missions indicate could exist below the surfaces of several of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s moons.
Life Beyond Earth carefully details how life can arise, where it can arise, and speculate on the likelihood of that happening. Dr. Athena Coustenis and Dr. ThĂ©rĂ¨se Encrenaz explore the possibilities of prebiotic, or life itself, existing under the (to us) unusual conditions on most of the planets and moons as well as outside the solar system.
This is a thorough and interesting survey of what we know and how we can learn more. Caution: This is written at, I want to say, a college level. If you are expecting the sort of easy, non-challenging read of a Carl Sagan type book, you’ll be disappointed. A certain amount of chemistry and physics knowledge — not graduate level mind you, just that you remember your senior High School courses well — is recommended.
Science fiction authors should make this a “must read!”
Lastly, Life Beyond Earth is profusely illustrated, along with many color plates; I strongly urge you to purchase the physical hardcover rather than the Kindle edition for full enjoyment of it.
UpChuck Schumer is hell-bent on renewing the “undetectable gun” ban and, in the days before Thanksgiving, tried to pull a fast one:
Senator Schumer already tried to sneak a gun control bill through the Senate on November 21 â€” right before Thanksgiving â€” and according to one congressman, the House could use a parliamentary procedure to pass it as early as today (Monday).
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Schumer attempted to slam through his gun manufacturing ban without a vote (i.e., by unanimous consent) and without notifying Republicans of his intentions through a telephone notification procedure called â€śhot-lining.â€ť As of the end of November â€” more than a week after Schumer tried to pass the gun ban â€“ we still didnâ€™t have the language of the bill Schumer tried to pass the previous week by unanimous consent.
More from the GOA press release at the link.
The media have noted the 1-week, 1-month, 1/2-year, 9 lunar cycles anniversaries of the Newtown school shooting. As December 14th approaches, Organizing for Action is going to make sure that the MSM has plenty of fodder for the one-year mark:
With that anniversary approaching, President Barack Obamaâ€™s political arm, Organizing for Action, is urging followers to hold a â€śNewtown Anniversary eventâ€ť with the aim of reminding the public of the need for stricter gun laws.
â€śOFA will give you the resources you need to ensure youâ€™re event is a powerful reminder of what we lost a year ago,â€ť the OFA email to supporters reads, â€śand a reminder that we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe.â€ť
I guarantee you that the media will do their part.
According to the FBI, we’re just not buying enough guns:
After posting two consecutive record-shattering Black Fridays, the number of background check requests submitted by gun dealers to the FBI on behalf of prospective firearms buyers declined this year, according to FBI records.
The FBI processed 144,758 mandatory background checks Friday, representing a 6.5% decline from the number processed on the same day last year when the bureau’s computers were briefly overwhelmed by the unprecedented volume.
Maybe that’s because a lot of folks have seen how much more they’ll have to pay for health insurance next year thanks to Obamacare. Say . . . (putting on tin-foil hat) . . . could the ACA actually be a backdoor gun control plot to ensure that nobody has enough money to buy more firearms?
You can own all the guns you want, but you won’t be able to buy ammo for them.
It’s one of the reasons why, whenever I have a few bucks, I’m still buying ammo. In fact, while I don’t have a .308 yet, I’m planning to and am buying ammo for that. Hell, bullets might replace bitcoins.
Forget Apple and Samsung, there’s plenty of patent fights in the firearms industry:
Magazines, which hold the bullets and can affect the trajectory, are a source of dispute among gun manufacturers. Browning Arms Co. sued in April, claiming Sturm Ruger is infringing a patent for a magazine thatâ€™s smaller and improves the accuracy of the bulletâ€™s flight.
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Gun-patent battles date back as far as 1852, when the forerunner of Smith & Wesson, the Massachusetts Arms Co., tried unsuccessfully to break Colt Manufacturingâ€™s hold on handgun manufacturing for civilians, according to a display at the Virginia Military Institute Museum in Lexington, Virginia.
Modern patent fights are resolved more quickly. Smith & Wessonâ€™s case against Plinker was filed in April and settled by November. Plinker now has a license to produce the patented magazine, General Counsel Eric Rogers said in e-mail.
A lawsuit in which Sig Sauer Inc. challenged a patent for a bolt carrier owned by Uzi maker Israel Weapon Industries Ltd. was filed in January and settled a month later.
More at the link.