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Washington Post Shocker: Background Checks Don’t Work

              FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, a Syrian military soldier holds his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads,

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the editors of the Washington Post still support background checks on private firearm transactions, along with bans on detachable-magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. And they’ll call you a “coward” if you disagree.

New Jersey Man Faces 10-Years For 1760s Flintlock Pistol

12:40 PM 02/21/2015

In the past few years, New Jersey’s draconian gun laws have led to a number of outrageous legal abuses, including the cases of Brian D. Aitken and Shaneen Allen. Gross injustice in the Aitken and Allen matters was thwarted only by extraordinary intervention from the state’s executive branch. Hopefully, a new case involving the arrest of a 72-year-old man over a 250-year-old artifact will finally convince the state legislature to act.

Remaining Anti-Gunners In U.S. Senate Renew Push For Gun Control

11:22 AM 02/16/2015

Anti-gun U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), have introduced their Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (S. 407 and H.R. 752, respectively), in yet another attempt to ban magazines that accept more than 10 rounds.  Similar legislation has been introduced in previous Congresses, and has repeatedly failed since the expiration of the Clinton “large” magazine ban in 2004.

BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo

12:26 PM 02/14/2015

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

Pakistani Teachers Arm Themselves After Taliban School Massacre

8:05 AM 02/08/2015

Back in November, we reported on Israeli Public Security Minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, announcing a decision to relax the rules governing the carrying of firearms in the wake of the murder of four Orthodox Jewish men and a police officer in a West Jerusalem Temple by terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun.  We noted then that Israeli officials had rightly recognized the protective benefits of "good guys" with guns.

“Assault Gun” Kelly Strikes Again – U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Teams Up With Surgeon General For Anti-gun Legislation

12:40 PM 01/26/2015

In a 2013 special election, anti-gun U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) swept into office after being bankrolled by former New York City Mayor--and current, self-appointed nanny-stater and financier of the gun control movement--Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg's misleadingly-named Independence USA political action committee contributed $2.1 million to Kelly’s congressional campaign and helped her win the Chicago-area seat previously held by fellow gun control supporter Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is currently serving time in federal prison.

Gumbel Grumble: Bryant Gumbel Spouts Off To Rolling Stone About Hating NRA – Calls NRA ‘Pigs’

8:32 AM 01/24/2015

This will likely come as a shock to anyone born during or after the Reagan administration, but Rolling Stone Magazine (RS) used to be considered a relevant chronicle of avant-garde culture. Currently, the publication’s chief concern is a ceaseless commemoration of the Baby Boom generation, along with the promotion of a well-sanitized left-wing establishment orthodoxy. This stale formula is on full display this week on RS’s website, which contains an interview with longtime mainstream media standard Bryant Gumbel, who uses the forum to launch into hysterics against the NRA.

Another Week, Another Executive Gun Control Action: BATFE Reverses Prior Position On Pistol “Stabilizing Braces”

2:50 PM 01/18/2015

On Friday, BATFE released an Open Letter on the Redesign of “Stabilizing Braces.” This letter articulates BATFE’s official position on the use of pistol stabilizing braces like the Sig Sauer SB15. It concludes that “[a]ny person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol (having a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a smooth bore firearm with a barrel under 18 inches in length) must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA.”

Governor’s Veto Denies Victims Of Domestic Abuse And Stalking Added Protections

10:00 AM 01/16/2015

Yesterday, the National Rifle Association expressed its disappointment in Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to veto Senate Bill 789. Unfortunately, the misinformation campaign designed to further billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun agenda will leave victims of domestic abuse and stalking without increased protections provided in the legislation.

BATFE Rings In The New Year With More Executive Gun Control

2:02 PM 01/12/2015

On January 2, BATFE issued its first ruling of 2015.  Identified as ATF Rul. 2015-1, it significantly expands the scope of activities that BATFE considers to be “manufacturing” for purposes of the Gun Control Act (GCA).  While BATFE claims this ruling is simply a “clarification” of their prior position taken in ATF Rul. 2010-10, 2015-1 is clearly an attempted expansion of the definition of manufacturing.

Who’s Right About Right-to-Carry?

10:05 AM 01/12/2015

Later this year, Congress may consider Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation that would require states to honor each other’s concealed firearm carrying permits. When they do, gun control supporters better hope they have someone more effective to argue for their side than anti-gun advocate Daniel Webster.

Wisconsin Police Chief Badgers Residents To Forego Second And Fourth Amendment Rights

8:58 AM 12/13/2014

Perhaps inspired by the recent introduction of surprise home inspections of gun licensees in the UK, Beloit, Wisc.,Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a press release on December 1, urging city residents to volunteer for warrantless police searches of their homes for firearms.  Jacobs framed the residential probes as a valuable “opportunity” his department was offering to the public.  Notably, the press release did not offer participants immunity from prosecution for any illegally-possessed firearms or other contraband police might find while “inspecting” the premises, suggesting the program was aimed squarely at law-abiding households.

House Committee Faults FDIC For Participation In Operation Choke Point

8:47 AM 12/13/2014

In May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.  While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.