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It's easy to distinguish the supporters from the opponents when it comes to Georgia's new law expanding concealed carry. Proponents call HB 60 by its legislative name, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, while opponents derisively refer to it as the “Guns Everywhere Act."
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law on April 23. It goes into effect on July 1. It will allow 500,000 Georgia concealed carry permit holders who have already passed background checks -- roughly 5 percent of the state's population -- to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, places of worship, and government buildings without entrance security.
Predictably, the bill was hailed as a "sweeping restoration of gun rights" that "decriminalizes" concealed carry by Second Amendment advocates, and blasted by opponents as "a plump turducken of pure stupid" and an "unprecedented" example of "extremism in action."
None of which is true, according to economist and author John R. Lott, Jr., who says the bill's significance is being misinterpreted by proponents and opponents. [ Read Full Post ]
Bob Costas once again waded into the gun control debate, this time voicing a curious and ill-informed opinion on late-night television. According to Politico, Costas wants to make a wager on whether athletes owning guns causes more harm than good.
In a discussion with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, Costas said:
“Let's make a bet, you and me. Let's say over the next five years we'll do a Google search. We'll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.“ [ Read Full Post ]
First off, a confession. I’m not really prone to man crushes, but when it comes to the whacky crew of dudes at Silencerco, I have to admit that I just love those guys.
For one, they are blessed with a great sense of humor, which isn’t a given in the gun industry in light of how seriously some folks like to take themselves.
Beyond that, they also make great products that work as advertised and are loaded with interesting innovations. In the world of silencers, they are one of the true industry leaders. [ Read Full Post ]
Sporting clays doesn't have to be a rich man's sport. These three shotguns that will get you into the game without breaking the bank.
Mossberg’s 930 All-Purpose (top) is driven by a gas system that combines gentle recoil with flawless cycling. The ported barrel further reduces recoil and prevents barrel rise for a more accurate second shot. The 28-inch vent-rib barrel comes with Accu-Set chokes for dealing with targets at any range. The stock is adjustable for drop and cast with the supplied shim kit. ($652; mossberg.com) [ Read Full Post ]
While the Surgeon General of the United States does not craft policy, impose regulations or pass laws, as "The Nation's Doctor," he or she certainly has a pulpit in the spotlight.
Which is why Second Amendment advocates are concerned with President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy -- a 38-year-old British native and ardent gun-control zealot -- to become the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S.
Obama made the nomination last November. Since then, Murthy's appointment had been delayed in Senate confirmation hearings. In February, however, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to send Murthy’s nomination to the Senate. But, as many as 10 Democrats are ready to join Republicans in opposing it on the floor. [ Read Full Post ]
Florida became the first state to require concealed-weapon permits be issued unless there is a compelling reason not to do so in 1987 when the State Legislature adopted the law reversing the "may issue" standard that still stands in nine states.
In 2005, the state enacted the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law. In 2008, the Florida State Legislature passed a law over employers' objections to let workers store guns in their parked cars at work and, in 2011, it passed a law known as "Docs vs. Glocks" prohibiting physicians from asking patients if they own firearms.
Florida, where former NRA national president Marion Hammer is among the state's most influential lobbyists, has served as the introductory platform for innovative advances in gun-friendly legislation for decades, leaving gun control advocates in the dust. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the fears engendered by 2013's failed federal background check proposal was that it would create a de facto gun registry that, eventually, could lead to confiscation. Gun control zealots dismissively mocked that fear as paranoid, a depiction parroted by their lackeys in the mainstream media.
But events in Connecticut are proving that fear to be all too real.
The Connecticut State Police Special Licensing & Firearms Unit has begun mailing out notices to several thousand -- exact figures are unavailable -- gun owners who attempted to register their newly outlawed semi-automatic firearms and magazines holding more than 10 rounds with the state but did not do so before the Jan. 1. The deadline was imposed by Connecticut’s April 2013 "assault weapons" ban. [ Read Full Post ]