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Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 01 Sep 2014 05:25 am

Once again, Obama is the best gun salesman in the country. From the Standard Examiner:

Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory.

There was nothing left.

Laboring almost nonstop, workers at Atlantic Firearms in Bishopville, a Worcester County community on the Eastern Shore, had shipped hundreds of Russian-made AK-47s — an assault rifle prized by both consumers and despots — as buyers wiped out gun dealers’ inventories around the country. The frenzy was brought on, in part, by a suspicion among some gun owners that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was a back-door excuse to ban guns many Democrats don’t like. Some customers bought eight to 10 rifles for nearly $1,000 each or more, stockpiling them as investments.

Here’s my problem with that thought process. If we’re talking about an individual state banning so-called “assault weapons” then fine and dandy. But, let’s say that Congress bans them nationally. Let’s say they follow the route taken by NY and CT, where the weapons already in civilian hands are grandfathered, but must be registered with the state. And, you can’t legally transfer it to someone else. If you decide to sell it, it can only be to a gun dealer, or turned in to the police. If that happens at the national level, now your investment really isn’t worth very much. Now what?

When I purchased an AR-15 from a new upstart in Vermont a few months ago, I received serial number nine. Actually, 00009. I had to make a decision. It could be, years from now, worth a lot of money if left unfired. Or, if a ban comes along, it might not be worth much at all. Buying a second one was out of the question for me. I finally decided that I didn’t buy it just to stare at it. I bought it to have some fun at the range. And that is what I’m doing.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 27 Aug 2014 05:09 am

Wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that a young boy died when he lost control of a machine gun at a gun exhibition in Connecticut? And now we have this:

A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killed an instructor on Monday morning when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use.

You don’t give guns like that to young children.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 14 Aug 2014 05:02 am

From Ars Technica:

The case decided Tuesday by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400. A Canadian man bought the weapon.

Demetry Smirnov, the gun purchaser, murdered Jitka Vesel in Chicago with that weapon after an online romance soured. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The man who sold him the gun, Benedict Ladera, was handed a year in jail for illegally selling the firearm, as federal regulations prohibit the transfer of weapons to people in another state or country, the appeals court said.

The slain woman’s brother, Alex, sued the website for damages, among other things, alleging negligence.

The court has dismissed the case. You can read the summary here.

Here are the essential bits:

But simply enabling consumers to use a legal service is far removed from encouraging them to commit an illegal act.

[ . . . ]

Armslist permitted Ladera to place an advertisement on its website and nothing more. It did not invite Ladera or Smirnov to break the law. Alex’s allegations fall short of alleging any cognizable negligence claim for which Armslist could be held responsible for Smirnov’s acts.

More at the Wall Street Journal.

I think that all newspapers and online sites should welcome this decision. It would be no different than someone responding to a classified ad in a newspaper for a used car, buying that car, and then killing someone while drunk driving with it. You can’t hold the newspaper liable.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 11 Aug 2014 03:07 am

Well, if you’ve got $10,000 you don’t mind parting with, the gun looks like a Doozy. Nice that Ars Technica has someone on staff who understands and likes guns.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jul 2014 03:00 am

From the Boston Globe:

The Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges by federal regulators that it bribed foreign officials to sell firearms in other countries.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said Smith & Wesson violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making improper payments as it sought to sell guns overseas to police and military groups from 2007 to 2010.

In 2008, the SEC said, the gun maker hired a third-party agent in Pakistan to help win a sale with a Pakistani police department. Smith & Wesson officials authorized the agent to provide more than $11,000 worth of guns to Pakistani police officials as gifts and to make additional cash payments to them.

More at the link. I suspect that bribes are SOP for most businesses trying to sell their products in unstable or corrupt countries.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jul 2014 02:49 am

From AZ Central:

A man who works as a director at the prestigious Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix was arrested Friday after he carried a rifle into Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix police said.

Peter Steinmetz, 54, of Tempe, was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of two counts of disorderly conduct for displaying a deadly weapon.

The counts stem from when Steinmetz removed the AR-15 from his shoulder and the muzzle faced toward a woman and her daughter in a waiting area in Terminal 4, according to police. Both the woman and her daughter reported fearing for their safety, police said.

Steinmetz says he only stopped at the airport to “buy a cup of coffee.” And, rather than CCW like anybody else might, I suppose he felt the need to wave an AR-15 around.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 09:50 pm

From The Blaze:

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced on Tuesday that it plans to move its entire U.S. manufacturing operation from its current location in Accokeek, Maryland, to Gallatin, Tennessee, due to a fear of gun control legislation that may pass the Maryland Legislature in the future.

“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,” Beretta General Manager Jeff Cooper said in a statement.

“While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” he added.

That’s 300 jobs leaving Maryland, plus corporate taxes.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:34 am

From Fox News:

Army officials say their inventory of more than 200,000 semi-automatic Beretta M9 and Sig Sauer M11 pistols has become outdated, worn out and needs to be replaced with an updated model that also offers more reliability and durability.

They also are considering new ammunition, which has sparked considerable debate among military and civilian weapons experts, too.

“Advancements in firearms have taken place since the M9 was adopted nearly 30 years ago, and it is our intent to take advantage of these advancements,” a military spokesperson told FoxNews.com on Friday. “The Army is seeking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a handgun that is more accurate, ergonomic, reliable and durable than the current pistol.”

Gee, there’s always the 1911….

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 13 Jul 2014 06:00 am

Really, sometimes you just want to tell these people to STFU. Hop over here real quick.

Back? Okay, now tell me that (as in this case) a pro-gunner didn’t provide all the confirmation liberals need to think that we’re a bunch of right wing wacko’s because we own guns.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 02:43 am

They should have done this a long time ago. From the Elko Daily Free Press:

The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm.

[ . . . ]

Last week’s notice said a settlement agreement will be submitted to U.S. District Court in Missouri by Oct. 30, after which the court will decide whether to approve it.

The Pollard suit is one of at least three class-action suits filed in federal court against Remington involving the Model 700.

More at the link.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 04:53 am

Surprisingly, the article was rather neutral, maybe even giving more quotes to those against the idea. From NBC News:

Pinholt, a firearm owner, said she and her co-author, a retired Army Ranger, “are not against guns,” and simply are seeking to reduce suicide risk and boost safety for visitors –- including home-health professionals. Some gun-rights advocates assert, however, the paper’s focus on the elderly is another attempt to try to chip away constitutional freedoms.

“The ‘5 ‘L’s’ suggest that senior citizens must automatically be considered safety risks if they are firearms owners –- a notion we find rather insulting if not preposterous,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington.

“Should we prevent people from serving in public office into their 70s or 80s? Decisions they make could affect millions of citizens,” Gottlieb added. “Simply because someone is older does not mean they should begin to lose their firearms rights … One doesn’t lose his or her civil rights merely because we turn the page of a calendar.”

I couldn’t get the video at the link to play for me.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 24 Jun 2014 11:37 pm


A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

[ . . . ]

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

Video at the link. The range owner says they took every precaution possible. Apparently not.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 24 Jun 2014 11:30 pm


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The legislation signed Tuesday codifies a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found disclosure of gun registry records to be an invasion of privacy.

The legislation was a direct response to the LoHud newspaper in NY publishing the names and addresses of all gun permit holders.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 24 Jun 2014 03:43 am

From Seacoast Online:

By agreement, approved by the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, Sig will “stay” it’s lawsuit against the ATF until Sept. 17. In the meantime, both sides agree, Sig will send the ATF a sample of its muzzle brake for review and the ATF will issue a ruling, its third, by Aug. 6.

Faced with the federal lawsuit, which also names U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as a defendant, the U.S. Attorney’s office notified Sig that it would reconsider its two prior decisions that call Sig’s muzzle brake an item “intended only for use” when making a silencer. The ATF asked the federal court to give it time to “review the matter and issue a new decision,” according to court records.

Terms of an agreement, filed with the federal court, say that if the ATF’s decision is agreeable to Sig, the Newington firearms manufacturer “will have obtained the relive sought without further litigation,” If the ATF again rules that Sig’s product is a silencer component, the federal civil suit will proceed, according to the agreement approved by federal Judge Paul Barbadaro.

More at the link.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 10 Jun 2014 06:01 am

Kind of an interesting graphic from ProPublica regarding ATF gun traces. Click on each state for more info.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 09 Jun 2014 01:45 am

The St. Louis Police Department is auctioning off 30 vintage Tommy Guns:

St. Louis police took them out of service perhaps 60 years ago, but 29 are still stored in a basement bunker at the police academy downtown, with a 30th in the crime lab. Chief Sam Dotson and some collectors think it may be the biggest police-owned stock of Thompsons in the United States.

And it is about to go on sale.

With the police budget ever-stretched, Dotson said the department is planning to auction off what could approach $1 million worth of the guns in the next six months, and put the proceeds toward new sidearms for the whole force.

More at the link, including specifics.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 02 Jun 2014 09:59 pm

From the Chicago Tribune:

It turns out there are some things that don’t go better with Coke. In a post on its Institute for Legislative Action website, the NRA notes that some types of constitutionally protected protest can appear to be “weird” to some.

“Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody, and we know that these sorts of semiautomatic carbines are among the most popular, fastest selling firearms in America today,” the gun-rights group says, praising Texas as an “independent-minded and liberty-loving place.”

“Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns,” the group says, adding that such tactics can put off some people, even in Texas, “which is second to none for its robust gun culture. We applaud Texans for that, but a small number have recently crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness.”

The NRA’s post continues: “Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.”

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners,” the group notes. “That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”

I’m already on record here as saying that I don’t think OCT is helping our cause. Heck, in some of the photos and videos I’ve seen, the rifles aren’t even just slung on their backs, but instead they’re holding them as if on a SWAT Team operation. In a restaurant.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 16 May 2014 08:06 pm

From the Buffalo News:

Remington said it will move production of its Bushmaster line of semi-automatic rifles that are no longer legal for the company to sell in New York without modifications. It is also sending work[sic] on its popular 1911 R1 pistol.

A Remington spokesman made no mention of the SAFE Act in announcing the production line shift, nor the number of jobs affected. However, the Syracuse Post Standard quoted a union offiical as saying 80 out of the 1,400 jobs at the facility are being eliminated.

When Remington does the math and sees how much cheaper they can manufacture their guns in Alabama (no unions) they’ll move more of their production there.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 02 May 2014 11:59 pm

From the Star Herald:

A trade association for firearms manufacturers and retailers is lobbying Wyoming and other states to report involuntary mental health commitments to a federal database that produces background checks for gun purchasers.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Connecticut, wants Wyoming to report all involuntary commitments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It says it’s responding in part to recent mass shootings in in which mental illness may or was determined to have been a factor.

“There are a lot of individuals who have involuntary commitments, who have pleaded guilty by way of insanity, that aren’t included in the system,” said Jake McGuigan, the foundation’s director of governmental relations and state affairs. “And the last thing that we want to have happen is having prohibited people gain access to firearms.”

If we’re talking about “involuntary commitments,” then I have no problem with it. Let’s say, though, that a person gets healed. Is there a way to restore his rights?

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 02 May 2014 03:36 am

This time, in Rockville, Maryland.

Now you might be asking me, “Hey Jeff, what’s wrong with offering customers the choice between a regular gun and a ’smart one?’”

Because — and never mind the problems with electronics, etc. — once you validate the concept of the “smart gun” then the states will say, “Ah-hah!” and begin legislating that ONLY “smart guns” can be sold.

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