Every city and county government in Florida is being encouraged to review its firearms ordinances after the state Legislature adopted a law that makes it illegal for local officials to impose tougher gun regulations than the state does.
But Palm Beach County is among a handful of Sunshine State local governments that are resisting the new law. Apparently, county commissioners there believe they -- and they, alone -- have the responsibility to cherry pick through the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to determine what liberties they can bestow on their subjects.
Two potentially significant Second Amendment cases seeking to clarify the right to carry firearms outside the home could come before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.
Cert petitions -- formally called "Petitions for Writ of Certiorari" -- have been filed on behalf of a Maryland man and a Virginia man asking the Supreme Court to review the decisions of lower courts that convicted them of gun possession charges they claim are in conflict with the Second Amendment, as well as the court's 2008 Heller decision and 2010 McDonald ruling.
In one legal battle, Charles F. Williams, Jr., is challenging Maryland’s law requiring gun owners to have a permit in order to carry a weapon in public. The other case, Sean Masciandaro v. United States of America, could affect a federal law banning loaded firearms in national parks. Masciandaro was on Daingerfield Island in Virginia, on national park land, when he was "caught" with a loaded handgun in his trunk.
There was no way we could avoid images from the recent excitement in London where hordes of mentally challenged Britons decided to express their dissatisfaction with the government by ruining the livelihoods of people like this elderly barber.
My seven-year-old son was trying to wrap his head around the riots and decided that it wasn’t something we’d have to face in Montana. His logic? “That can’t happen here because, technically, everyone in Bozeman has a pump-action shotgun,” he said.
So, yes, my son has more sense in his curly-headed skull than the spineless authorities in London who were wringing their hands about whether it was okay to spray the looters with water.
In October 2009, the Obama Administration reversed previous administrations' positions and agreed that the United States would participate in the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which is allegedly designed to establish “common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms.”
Preliminary committee meetings are now under way at the U.N. in anticipation of a conference in 2012 to finalize the treaty.
The Obama Administration's support for the proposed treaty has riled many Second Amendment advocates and does not sit well with the US Senate. On August 5, 45 Senators signed a letter addressed to President Obama stating they will oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.
Second Amendment watchdog groups are alerting gun owners to keep a close eye on the recently created Congressional "Super Committee." Although the special panel's mission is to resolve the government's debt crisis, some fear it may use its unprecedented legislative power to initiate gun control measures.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned in early August that the "'Super Committee' limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority. The 'Super Committee' is not precluded from any issue -- including gun control -- therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot."
National Association for Gun Rights Executive Director Dudley Brown said in an August 8th blog on ammoland.com that the committee, essentially, has carte blanche to "include anything in its legislation, including gun control."
Here are a number of new products being offered up for shooters.
Barret is offering uppers to convert your Model 82A1 series rifle (top) from one caliber to the next. I can’t picture any reason you’d need to switch from a .50 BMG to a .416 Barrett but, by golly, you can if you want to. (As a side note I’ve shot this rifle in .416 Barrett—suppressed, no less—and pulling the charging handle back on this beast is a near religious experience. When that bolt slams forward putting a shell into battery it is like you’re arming the Fist of God. There’s no surer sign that something downrange is about to experience a world of hurt.)
A federal judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on a lawsuit demanding the state of Illinois recognize the right to carry concealed weapons in public.
The lawsuit, filed by Michael Moore of Champaign, is among at least two federal cases seeking to end Illinois’ status as the lone holdout in the nation when it comes to allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, attorney David Jensen with the Second Amendment Foundation told U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough in Springfield, Ill., that recent court cases have tossed out gun restrictions in other jurisdictions, making Illinois' ban an anachronism that deprives Illinoisans of the right of armed self-defense.
I’ve taken the new Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25 to the range several times over the past couple weeks. In case you’re not familiar with the pistol, it was designed to specs provided by Rob Leatham, who works at SA and is one of the most successful action-pistol shooters ever.
If you want to take a look at it from every angle take a look at the XD(M) 5.25 photo gallery.
I’ve been running the 5.25 through a series of drills at the range with a variety of ammunition and so far it has digested everything I’ve put through and passed my tests with full marks.