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Aussie Ingenuity

They’re not difficult items to make

Two homebuilt pistols were seized among other firearms on Tuesday by police in Sydney. They appear to be of a closed bolt design, using a plastic lower receiver with an angular magazine well. Both examples appear very well made.

Look at this thing

Ruger has already issued a recall on this sucker

That’s not a mass produced pistol, that’s something some bikers in the Land Down Under made in a garage. It’s not difficult & with the 3D printing tech becoming common place, these designs will not only become more common, they’ll also be more rugged. And still disposable & untraceable.

This is why laws that only affect the law abiding are useless.  (Sharp As A Marble)

And, of course, knives, guns and drugs are not prevalent in prisons, wherein the contraband is tightly controlled and none of those nasty things are allowed.

Yeah, right…

Oh No! More School Shootings Possible!

Idaho becomes eighth state to have concealed handguns on college campuses  (from John Lott)

Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin currently prevent public colleges from banning concealed handguns on college campuses.  With Idaho becoming the eighth state (Governor Butch Otter has already indicated that he will sign the bill), 20 states leave the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses up to each college or university individually.  From Reuters:

Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses.
The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.
If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places. . . .

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BE AFRAID!  There have been more school shootings from legally-possessed handguns…   OH, wait a minute…

I don’t think there have been any on the campuses which make such allowances, have there?

More On The ARES ARMS Legal Battle…

Of Arms and The Law posted THIS:

Ares Armor gets temporary restraining order against BATF

Posted by David Hardy · 13 March 2014 05:02 PM

Summary here. Essentially, Ares makes “80% receivers.” A receiver starts out as raw material — steel, or here polymer. Everyone can agree that’s not a receiver. At the end, it is a finished receiver that, with the appropriate parts attached, can fire. We can all agree that that is a receiver. But at what point between the two does it go from being in one legal status to being in the other?

The industry understanding (and I emphasize understanding) has been that the line is crossed when the future receiver is 80% complete. But this is one area where BATF rulings, if any, are kept private, and never published as a regulation. This violates the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires that general rules for the public be published as regulations — you cannot have a rule that the public must comply with, and keep it secret) and allows a little of wiggle room for “our position is” or “our position has always been.”

Hat tip to Jeff Harris….

Yea!  One for OUR SIDE!  Freedom, that is…

Wearing A Skirt In MASSACHUSETTS Is SAFE AGAIN!

(the above title from a CNN headline)

The Massachusetts legislature passed a bill prohibiting voyeurs and perverts from taking pictures up women’s skirts!  Huzzah!

(The legislation was hastily drafted after a court decision regarding the ‘rights’ of such ‘photographers’ was made in favor of the perverts photographers.)

We all know that passing laws prohibiting behaviors work SO WELL.  Witness that fact there are no murders, no armed robberies, no sexual assaults, no burglaries and no pornography in Massachusetts, either!

Thanks to CNN for seeing the value of laws of malum prohibitum.

See a problem?  Pass a law against it, that’ll do it!  Just like gun control or the drug war!

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The Ex-Parte ARES ARMS Raid

aresIt appears that despite the judge granting the TRO on Wednesday, yesterday the ATF went to the judge ex parte (meaning without the other side, in this case Ares, being present), and got a “clarification” of the prior TRO. This “clarification” seems to give them the green light to apply for a “lawful search”.

IMHO, in order to have a change between Wednesday when the original TRO was granted, the ATF would have had to have alleged Ares was about to get rid of records and that they, the ATF had emergent reasons for going in now rather than waiting till the full hearing that was scheduled for March 20.

Update:

Here are the prosecutor’s allegations behind the ex parte allegation.

-They materially misrepresent the lower receivers as “firearms”.
-they essentially argue “how dare Ares use the law to get a TRO against us”, that somehow that was a “trick” on Ares part not to provide the “firearms” as per agreement. But if they had the TRO, they were not required to turn over the weapons.

HT: Moderno, Bearing Arms

Yes, my friends, it appears, in spite of a court order, ‘clarification’ was obtained and the BATFE was able to ‘legally’ raid ARES ARMS and search for customer information!

God forbid a firearms business operate under all the rules and laws – they will get raided, anyway!

Of course, persons performing their business in a legal manner rarely shoot back!

h/t Weasel Zippers, Free North Carolina

This just in – MORE, from David Codrea!!

Controllers Gonna Control!

If you’ve read Guffaw in AZ more than five minutes, you know I’m libertarian, and believe people on both sides of the aisle want one thing only – CONTROL!

Let’s make firearms so difficult to own, possess, acquire, steal that they’ll just give up that right!

After all, they prohibit guns and drugs in prisons, and surround the inmates residents with armed guards, subject them to random searches, yatta, yatta, and prisons are SAFE PLACES, RIGHT?

pistolinprison(from an X-Ray of a prisoner…)

I wonder if Hoppe’s #9 solvent will clean THAT!

h/t wirecutter

Guns in Banks

Gun-toting bank manager fired from job at Oldsmar bank

TAMPA – 

Single mother Ivette Ros doesn’t go anywhere without her gun.

But the 37-year-old lost her job as a bank manager for bringing her gun to work at a Wells Fargo branch in Oldsmar.

“When we take our course for concealed weapons licenses, they do state the bank is a place we can take your weapon to, so I never thought otherwise until I was being questioned,” she said.

Ros doesn’t know who found out she was packing or how they found out, but she says bank security questioned her about the gun she was carrying. She says she was fired three days later.  …   (John Lott)

The courts, or at least lawyers, will fight this one out.

When I worked in the financial industry, the company was VERY clear there were to be no firearms on the premises.  Period.  Or in the parking lot; in our personal cars.  Or at company-sponsored functions – even if we weren’t being paid or after-hours.

Over-reaching a bit, I think.

Thankfully, the Arizona State Legislature addressed the parking lot issue positively.  And, as above, I suspect the other issues will be/or have been addressed in the courts or by lawyers.

Not exactly the same, but similarly…

I had a ‘friend’ some years back named Chip.  I’ve written about him in these pages.  He was a friend to me when I needed one, but was probably a sociopath.  He was, at the very least passive-aggressive.  We are no longer friends.

He was paranoid about being caught carrying a concealed weapon (before such a law existed in Arizona) so he did carry, openly.  A lot.  Now, as there was no CCW back then, the culture was different, and people were much more accepting of such behavior.

Back then banks were not off limits to gun carriers.  They still are not, unless, of course the dreaded statutory sign is portrayed (in AZ.).  But Chip would go to his bank regularly with his Colt Combat Commander in a belt holster for all to see.

I’m guessing some new clerk from a hoplophobic State saw it and freaked out.  Nothing happened in the bank.  He had done nothing wrong.

But, one Saturday morning about 0800, there was a knock on Chip’s apartment door.  Two large suited individuals stood there, imposing.  Chip used the pejorative word jamokes to describe them.

One spoke.  “We don’ wan’ chuz carrying yor gun in da bank anymore.”  (I’m certain his mimicking of the bank employee’s statement was slightly inaccurate in it’s portrayal.)

Chip nodded in the affirmative, and closed the door.  Then, on Monday morning, he tracked down the bank president and called him.  Such was his nature.

And he proceeded to dress down the bank, the bank president, his employees, his policies, and his lack of legal knowledge.

Then he moved his banking elsewhere.  I’m certain THAT told the bank president!

I’m all about every able-bodied, legally-able citizen to be able to carry.  Openly, concealed…I don’t care.  ANYWHERE.  Banks, schools, shopping malls, hospitals, where we work – anyplace bad stuff might happen.

Because bad stuff DOES happen.  And we cannot predict where or when.

But, let’s not be dicks about it.

HUGE MAJORITIES Support A National Gun Registry!

A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.

The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.

Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.

NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.

“Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me.  (Emily Miller in The Washington Times, in part)

Mark (Walters) here. To EVERY AAR fan and gun owner who values their rights, I’ll call bullshit here. THIS is the biased garbage we fight against EVERY day! Sunday’s show focused on the importance of YOUR activism to counter this crap. You up for it?

While I agree with Mark Walters that the above is total B.S. - WHO CARES?

My rights are not negotiable nor subject to the result of a plebiscite – real or imagined. My rights are MINE.  PERIOD.  -  Guffaw

Imagine if Freedom of Speech, or Religion, or the Press, or the Right to Assemble of any particular group or individual were up for debate as the result of a poll or a vote?

Oh wait.  They are.

emilyNevermind…

h/t  Facebook, Armed American Radio, Emily Litella, Emily Miller

Guns Lost By a Firearms Dealers

or rather (oops, my mistake), by the dealer’s government agency watchdog…

Impressive FOIA results.

“It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.”

“The newly released ATF reports show that between 2009 and 2013, agents lost their guns or had them stolen in at least 45 incidents — with a couple of the cases involving the loss of three firearms.

It is unclear if the records include “missing” guns, a separate category used by the agency.

Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.”

“The report cited examples similar to those in the documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, with agents leaving weapons in public bathrooms, atop their vehicles, on an airplane and one in a shopping cart.”

Via Katie Pavlich

I sit here wondering how this compares with licensed firearms dealer records, and, of course, the whole Fast & Furious debacle.  And wonder if any of the BATFE missing arms are responsible for crimes or even murders?

Inquiring minds want to know.

h/t David Hardy

The Problem With Law Enforcement

(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)

bootsA Connecticut State Police officer has just exposed himself as an archetypical ‘jackbooted thug‘.

In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.

“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”

“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”

“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.

Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.

Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.

“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.

I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.

(Bayou Renaissance Man)

Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:

Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer.  If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day.  In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such.  Nor will I be the only one to do so.  As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?

Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance?  And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs?  (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)

When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all.  Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.

And THAT is a problem.

(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are.  See also Saturday Night Special.)

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