For all my benefactors who choose to remain anonymous, my enduring thanks and gratitude. You cannot know how much this really means!
Courtesy of The Firearm Blog and Free North Carolina:
A while back we blogged about an individual who took the Prince Law Office’s determination that, as a result of the ATF clarifying that “unincorporated trusts” are not “persons” under the Gun Control Act, it may have opened a way for trusts to manufacture new Post-86 machine guns. As I have written about before, machine guns are and have always been legal in the US, but those made and registered after 1986 are not legal for civilians to own, so we may only keep trading the ones already on the market.
Well a member of ar15.com submitted a form 1 for a machine gun (application for registration of an NFA firearm one produces) and it was approved… but don’t rejoice yet.
On September 10th, 2014 the stamp came back approved, bearing that green and all too familiar $200 stamp that would allow for a new machine gun to be made, but the man was immediately contacted by the ATF and was told that he must return the stamp and that it was/is not valid. The applicant says he is taking the issue to court, which could be very interesting for the NFA community. The man says the following in the massive thread:
“Stand by, because we will surely need contributions to a legal fund if it goes to court. All things considered, this looks like a realistic opportunity at taking back out rights to Machine Guns. If this fight starts moving forward, it’s going to take a monumental amount of commitment to see it through. Hold fast, everyone. We’re going to need all hands on deck for this one.”
While I wish the man the best and hope that somehow this opens the door for new MGs here in the USA, I do not see that happening. Of course the powers that be don’t want you to have cheap and readily available legal machine guns, so we will not get cheap and readily available legal machine guns but here are a few reasons why I am pessimistic:
- The ATF tried to say that “unincorporated trusts” were not persons under the 1968 GCA in order to implement a set of rules that would have required all trustees to fill out form 4s, undergo NICS checks, and get CLEO signatures. If you remember, the public outcry during the comment period stopped this (or at least pushed it back). This came back to bite them in the ass, big time, because of, well, this whole bit of shenanigans.
- The ATF flip flops all of the time. In just my memory as a young man, I have seen them approve devices like the Akins Accelerator (a spring assisted bump fire device) and then force them all the be recalled/have the springs removed, remember when they banned all shoestrings in the USA and then had to clarify that it was only when said strings were attached to firearms, and I remember when they said SBR engraving was not necessary and then decided that it was. This organization seems to have little oversight on the highest levels and, like many other government agencies, can make or rescind decisions on the fly.
- There are 186,619 transferable machine guns in the USA, and this number is as fixed as fixed gets. The 1986 FOPA banned the new production of fully automatic firearms for civilians, and that’s that. What is perceived as a loophole by addressing a technicality, will not undo this act of congress.
Do I hope that one day we can all run down to our local gun stores and buy new machine guns? Absolutely! Do I think it will happen? Not at all. In fact, I get asked this all the time by just about every gun savy person who knows I am into machine guns. “Wadaya gunna do when they unban these? Your collection will be worth nuttin’!” Well sure I and many other people will take a hit, but I see the greater good in 3 gun matches with bursts of mighty automatic fire, sub-gun matches becoming mainstream, and the Texas Bellagio being visible from space.
In other words, YRMV – Your Results May Vary…
…therefore, they are EVIL!
We see this all the time. The outright hatred of the Koch Bros. (because they support generally conservative causes – no mention made of their opposite number George Soros, who is infamous for feeding the progressive machina)
Funny how the reportage seems to be mostly one-sided, not unlike the hatred of neocon Fox being lambasted, whilst the vast majority of national networks pander for the liberal cause. (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, in case you are wondering)
Seems irrational to me – if most of the people producing ‘news’ produce it with a liberal slant, why do liberals bash the corporations – who in turn own said media?
Kevin Wilmeth of Rifleman Savant addresses this issue handily, with aplomb.
He concludes, in part…
The huge blind spot of most of those who rail on against corporations is that they almost invariably propose to solve the problem by handing over the (rest of the) reins to the single biggest, most corrupt and murderous “corporation” in the history of mankind–the state.
What on earth do they think is going to happen, with that dynamic going on?
I really didn’t want to spoil the ending – you really should read the whole thing.
As a libertarian (small L) I run into this a lot – private enterprise is flawed, we need GOVERNMENT to run things smoothly, without waste, crime or corruption!
Have you heard about the VA medical scandals? How efficient are those Indian hospitals on taking care of their charges? The Post Office? The IRS?
(entitled EFF You Big Brother on The Feral Irishman blog!)
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Benjamin Franklin
Lotsa folks opine on the Internet, Facebook, blogs, et al.
One of the best things about this Nation is our right to free speech – to speak our mind, regardless.
Witness those vile Kansas ‘church’ folks who protest military funerals, or the Klan, or the New Black Panthers.
I tend to gravitate toward folks on the Internet like-minded to me. That makes sense, because I’ve enough blood pressure issues w/o stroking out after reading WaPo, or the Nation, or other collectivist crap.
But, having no military experience (not for lack of trying) in these issues, I defer to folks who have some. Sometimes we agree, sometimes not.
One of my go-to guys is AmericanMercenary. Not just a rank-and-file grunt (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an Army Ranger!
He recently wrote regarding the ongoing issue of women in military combat elite units. My understanding is some other nations have tried it and kept it, some eventually rejected it (in combat roles).
While I understand the whole equal rights thing, I don’t think political correctness is a good reason for policy change in this instance.
But my blogfriend(tm) American Mercenary disagrees with me!
I remember Don Brown teaching us in college that women shouldn’t be patrol officers, because they are inherently weaker and one day may be raped in the back of their patrol cars! (1973).
A friend of a friend is a retired city detective, an expert in sex crime investigation, a crack shot and can bench press over 400 pounds! She is also a very nice lady.
If you can do the job, go for it!
Some years ago, there was a local news ‘reporter’ named Sol Q******. Now Sol was reporting live from the Central Avenue bridge during a time when rain had made the Salt River flow through Phoenix, and the bridge had been damaged. And it was one of the few ways people could commute from South Phoenix to Central Phoenix, and vice versa.
And the authorities had determined cars could cross the bridge in one lane-one direction – then one lane-the opposite direction. Single file.
At least it was something!
And good ol’ Sol intoned, “They’re all lined up, like good little Nazis!” This was about 10:15 in the 10 PM newscast; by 10:25 there was an on-the-air-apology from the station execs.
And Sol had to find work elsewhere.
Look at your Internet, cellular telephone, land line and Email providers records. How many of them either buckled under pressure or voluntarily leapt at the chance (Google) to cooperate with government elimination of your rights?
All lined up like good little Nazis.
Witness THIS from my good friend Borepatch:
Well OK, then
Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.
The Comcast agent then repeatedly asked the customer to tell him what sites he was accessing on the Tor browser. The customer refused to answer.
The next day the customer called Comcast and spoke to another agent named Kelly who reiterated that Comcast does not want its customers using Tor. The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:
Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.
Are there any ISPs that aren’t miserable Quisling bastards?
And, of course, word is out that Tor security has been compromised. I wonder if the government is behind that?
not my car, same color
…well, more problems with my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue!
I was running an important errand for roommate J. evening last (well, going to a soft ice cream emporium for
pumpkin pie blizzards appropriately healthy treats!), when I noticed the car was running kinda doggy. And the battery light on the dash lit up – as did some other miscellaneous lights. And even seeing the lit dashboard was becoming a challenge…!
All this while in line at the DQ!
Fortunately (or perhaps, unfortunately) this is about 1/4 mile South of our residence.
So I limped her home in the dark, lights and engine in various states of fail, praying for her not to die in the street. And for no constables to be patrolling nearby. And my prayers were answered!
I was able to coax her to just outside our respective marked covered parking spaces. Emphasis on the just.
And there she died.
I attempted to physically push her into my space, being the fat cripple I am, and failed miserably. And the area directly behind the parking spaces is a private drive – a road – wherein traffic has been known to travel. So I couldn’t just leave her there! The H.O.A. would have her towed probably before my key hit my lock.
So, I called J., my roommate, landlady, and friend, who was lounging inside awaiting her
Blizzard healthy snack. Thank the gods for cellular telephones.
She responded tuit suite, and together we pushed my Intrigue into my space. Again kinda.
She’s difficult to maneuver with no power steering, and two persons-of-our-vintage with various physical issues don’t help much, either. J. had to retreat because of her asthma and move HER car to a different space so mine can sit comfortably – albeit diagonally – across our two allotted spaces.
Next, the problem of diagnosing what exactly is wrong, and coming up with the money to fix her.
SIGH – it’s always something!
At least she’s not on the street! 🙂
AND, about an hour later, there was enough juice to close the driver’s window and secure the vehicle! HUZZAH!
(as stolen from Aaron @ The Shekel)
I have a hypothetical law-abiding client who had an issue related to a firearm for which he was contacted by a detective to come in and talk about it.
Did he retain counsel then? NO.
Did he appear with an attorney? NO.
Did he make a statement that is likely going to incriminate the heck out of him? Why YES, yes he did.
Did the statement cause other immediate ill effects? YES, yes it did.
You see, part of this matter involved a vehicle and a firearm.
He works for an employer with a strict no guns policy on the premises.
This includes parking lots. Note well that Michigan lacks any laws protecting law-abiding carriers having their gun locked in their cars while at work from being terminated.
In his statement to police he noted he began his journey before the incident at his employer’s parking lot with the gun in the vehicle.
The real dick move in this is the detective contacted the employer and told the employer the fellow had a gun in the vehicle in the parking lot. This had nothing to do with the incident in question which happened miles and mile away from the employer’s workplace. He has a squeaky-clean record both at work and in life without even a speeding ticket.
The employer immediately terminated the client for violating the no weapons policy.
Remember folks, if you receive a call from the police asking you to immediately come down to talk with them the response is not “I’ll be right there”. The proper response is “I’ll be right there after I’ve contacted my lawyer and we’ll let you know as soon as we can come in to talk with you and we intend to cooperate fully as soon as that can be arranged.”
You need to understand that when police call you in for a friendly chat it’s not because they’re lonely and want to make a new friend. Instead, they’re trying to make a case and if they’ve zeroed in on you, rightly or wrongly, as the suspect rather than the victim in the incident you need a lawyer and you need to shut up until you get one.
When I started this blog, it was more just an outlet – it was something to do. Being on medical disability for lymphoma, compounded by arthritis, a fused hip, and diabetes, I told myself I would NOT use the blog as therapy.
Even though, on more than one occasion, I have! 🙂
But one advantage of this window on the world is it can be indeed a window. And can be observed both directions.
Recently, I posted about Kilted To Kick Cancer. Cancer charities are especially personal to me, being a lymphoma survivor, and all. When I was diagnosed, and required chemotherapy, I was actively employed and had quality health insurance.
But, it wasn’t enough to cover the high cost of the chemo.
Enter a charity – who, upon my application, covered the bulk of the cost not absorbed by my insurance.
For this, and for many things, I should be grateful.
But, I get into myself, ongoing chronic pain issues, inability to work, low income, old bad car w/o A/C, yatta, yatta, yatta…
Then I get a view into the window!
I’m privileged to have many people follow me on this blog. I’ve no idea why they do. And while some are fellow travelers of the libertarian/conservative/gun totin’ kind, there are others.
A recent follower is Caroline, who has a loving husband, and child. And a horrific cancer, MEN2A. And her blog!
Talk about an attitude adjustment! To see what this beautiful woman and her family are going through…
And so many others.
I just received an email from Ron Paul advising me his measure to Audit The Federal Reserve goes up for a vote this Thursday!
Seriously, why don’t ‘the powers that be’ want it audited? Shouldn’t all agencies linked to government be accountable in this era of the most transparent administration in history?
Please let Ron Paul and your congresscritter know you support auditing all agencies.
Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I found this elsewhere on the Internet…