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Virginia Gun Owner Sues Over “Red Flag” Law
« Reply #126 on: August 04, 2020, 02:42:53 PM »
 One Virginia gun owner has had enough of his state’s new gun control laws.

Joseph Draego of Albemarle County is suing the Charlottesville’s commonwealth’s attorney and the city police chief, claiming that their adopting Virginia’s new “red flag” law is a violation of his rights.
Draego filed the suit that takes aim at Red Flag gun confiscation earlier this month.  He claims that the new “Red Flag” gun confiscation law — which allows authorities to obtain an emergency substantial risk order (ESRO) that immediately suspends a citizen’s gun rights for up to two weeks — violates his rights.
Draego named Joe Platania, commonwealth’s attorney, and RaShall Brackney, Charlottesville Chief of Police as defendants in his suit.  His point was that any commonwealth attorney or police officer has authority to file an ESRO or Red Flag order.  As the top of the chain of command in Charlottesville, Draego named the two men.


If the anti-gun Democrats who passed Red Flags in Virginia were hoping that Draego would try bringing a small suit — or maybe suing on a technicality — they’ve got the wrong guy.
Draego argued in his suit that not only do Red Flags violate his Second Amendment rights, but also his First, Sixth, Seventh and Fourteenth Amendment rights!
Specifically, Draego pointed out that the new red flag law allows for “any relevant evidence” to be considered, including “a person’s speech or expressive activity.”
“Mr. Draego plans to refrain from engaging in lawful expressive activity to a void losing his ability to possess firearms, a right which is especially important to him,” the complaint reads.
The thing is, Draego hasn’t even been subjected to a Red Flag order.  This might make it harder for his case to be heard, but his point stands: Red Flag laws effectively silence many citizens who won’t speak out against their tyrant governor or his minions for fear of losing their gun rights.



A Man For The Times

Draego has previously brought another lawsuit against the city but that one ended in Draego’s favor with a settlement out of court.
In 2016, Draego was speaking before the city council in objection to a wave of Muslim immigration that was changing his town. During that speech, he objected to the “allegedly unfettered Muslim immigration into his hometown.”
Draego was cut short by the mayor when he referred to Muslims as “monstrous maniacs” who perpetrate “horrible crimes.”   The mayor cited the council’s rule forbidding speech that disparages an entire group or race.
Draego was eventually vindicated and a judge issued an injunction to the city to stop them implementing rules about “group defamation.”
As a result of that instance, Draego’s face was put on fliers around town calling him a racist.  According to the complaint, the flyers around the city called Mr. Draego a ‘local Nazi’ and falsely claiming he is known for ‘… spewing anti-Muslim hate speech, is a close associate of Jason Kessler (the controversial organizer of the Charlottesville protests), is a known open and concealed firearm carrier …,’” the complaint read. “Activists have made connections between Mr. Draego’s views and his gun ownership.”
Draego’s fear seems to be that he needs his guns in order to protect himself from leftist activists who have painted him as a dangerous man for saying things — that is, for using words, not for taking actions– that they don’t like.
But now that Red Flags have passed and went into effect on July 1st, Draego realizes that if he says anything in the future that irritates the leftist mob, he could have his guns taken away.
For Draego, this case is cut and dried: the Red Flag laws both hamper his ability to speak freely AND potentially give leftist activists the ability to see him disarmed and helpless.
No Red Flags Yet
Draego’s case will likely be an uphill battle since Charlottesville hasn’t Red Flagged him.  In fact, they haven’t enacted the new law on anybody as of this writing.  As such, it’s harder to prove damages or that your rights have been violated when the law hasn’t even been brought to bear on him.
But kudos to Mr. Draego for challenging tyrant Governor Ralph Northam. Virginia’s gun owners — like Draego — are in an uphill struggle.  Best of luck to them all.
Meanwhile, this is why gun owners who live in states that have not enacted Red Flag laws need to be working overtime to make sure their legislators don’t sell them out!  These red flag laws are tyrannical!


https://www.secondamendmentdaily.com/2020/07/virginia-gun-owner-sues-over-red-flag-law-says-it-silences-free-speech-in-addition-to-the-second-amendment/


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Gun Sales Continue to Boom
« Reply #127 on: August 06, 2020, 10:39:47 AM »
Americans are embracing their constitutional right to keep and bear arms in record-setting numbers amidst uncertainty according to recent data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers.
In July, the number of background checks called into the FBI’s National Instate Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was nearly 1.85 million. This is an increase of 122.5% compared to the July 2019 figures. These numbers are the NSSF’s adjusted NICS numbers. The NSSF analyzes NICS numbers and removes background checks that are unlikely to represent those being done for the purposes of firearms sales to more accurately reflect the number of firearms being purchased.

This trend follows June’s record-setting data in which more than 2.1 million background checks were conducted, according to NSSF-adjusted data.
“These are historic figures for firearm sales that have outpaced last year’s figures each month and have set monthly records since March. July’s background checks for the sale of a firearm were more than one million higher than the same period last year. This period of sustained firearm purchases clearly shows that Americans continue to take responsibility for their personal safety, especially during times of uncertainty,” said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the NSSF.
“Additionally, talk by political figures in a presidential election cycle of instituting strict gun control, banning entire classes of firearms and severely restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans are being seen,” said Oliva.
Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee from the Democratic Party, has made it abundantly clear that he intends to launch assaults on our Second Amendment rights if elected. Amongst Biden’s planned actions are bans on popular rifles, forced confiscations, mandatory licensing and many other freedom-infringing measures.
President Trump, in contrast, has remained a steadfast supporter of our constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Clearly, Americans are not only choosing self-sufficiency and responsibility during these uncertain times, but they are also voting with their wallets ahead of this November’s election.

https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2020/8/5/gun-sales-continue-to-boom/?fbclid=IwAR0-U5OSE-YNFWTowXVLNdDjO95aUvCUUKyoM_pf7VKBPOFIRvlfzXnjxek

President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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A Gun Dealer On ‘The New Normal’ and the Ordeal of Buying Guns and
« Reply #128 on: August 07, 2020, 05:26:55 PM »
Ammo Now

As much as I am loathe to throw around mindless jargon such as “the new normal” and “quarrantold,” the reality is that this year has…unusual. The situation has caught a lot of younger and less experienced gun owners off guard — let alone the completely inexperienced first-timers — and some advice on gun availability, ammo shortages, and how to navigate all of that seemed a good idea.

Let’s start at the beginning. Not a single firearm retailer or experienced gun owner had any idea what 2020 would have in store for us. I probably go a little overboard buying some gun-related items, but who among us in the gun culture hasn’t gone overboard a time or two?

I have plenty of guns, FMJ and defensive ammo in calibers that I have guns for. In the calibers for guns I do not own — in the event things go crazy — I have enough to help some of my friends with a trade/swap and plenty of magazines and other gun stuff that’s useful 365 days a year.

Most of my firearms are chambered in 9mm and as a result, I keep a 12-16 month supply of parabellum on hand at any given time. Why? Because I’ve seen this happen before with elections, mass shootings, and other moments of world insanity. I am NOT willing to compromise my ability to go to the range in order to make my high yield savings account look a little better.

In fact, I did the math. It cost me less than $3000 to have a serviceable stack of 9mm, defensive ammo, mags, rifle ammo, etc. for a “general SHTF” loadout. My anti-gun friends think my stash of 10,000 rounds of 9mm makes me insane. Naturally, they were some of the first to ask me for some ammunition when they weren’t able to find any. You don’t get to call me a crazy ammosexual when times are normal and ask me to subsidize your unprepared nature when times get crazy.

We’ve seen crazy before, and I’m not talking political shifts or mass shooting-related knee-jerk gun buying.

Nearly 20 years ago, hours after the planes hit the towers on 9/11, people were streaming into gun stores buying anything they could find because we were under attack from an enemy that wasn’t visible, wasn’t understood, much less well known. What was known was that a lot of people had “some ammo” at home and that didn’t seem like enough given the circumstances.

Sound familiar?

It’s almost as if 2020 is the year of history repeating itself. What will the rest of 2020 look like? We’re halfway through it, and it’s not looking like anything is getting better any time soon.

Demand is still outstripping supply on many different fronts on firearms and ammunition. Vendors have flat out told dealers that there’s nothing to ship and they should expect shelves for a while. Larger dealers get filled first, smaller dealers get the short end of the stick since they are, well, smaller accounts.

We’re seeing $500-650/thousand on 9mm FMJ 115gr online among the dealers that have anything left. Even Palmetto State Armory is picked clean on 9mm as of this writing, save for some defensive ammo at about $40 for a 20-round box.

Some firearms that aren’t considered “mainstream” — CZ’s, Berettas, Browning Buckmarks, double-barrel shotguns, etc. are available — as are bolt action rifles in 7mm Mag, .243 Winchester, and 6.5 CM. So is the ammunition that supports them.

What does this mean for the new gun owner who’s headed down to the store to purchase a GLOCK 17, Mossberg 500, and or a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15? It means they are coming home empty-handed.

Post Sandy Hook, it took approximately two years for the industry to get things back on track with items back on the shelves. And that was without the threat of a presidential candidate taxing semi-automatic firearms and any magazine that holds 10+ cartridges.

Everyone is dealing with the state of the world differently now. In an effort to remain objective, I’m reserving my personal opinions and I’m going to report on some things we’re seeing. With quarantines being rescinded in many places and the nation slowly opening back up, I got a chance to do something I had not done in quite a long time. I paid a visit to a local gun show.

There was a line out the door since the promoters were limiting how many people could go into the building at any given time, trying to keep the room less crowded than normal. There was a lot of hand sanitizer dispensers and face masks available for attendees. I think I saw someone discreetly trying to take people’s temperatures on the way in with an infrared thermometer.

As I made my way in, I checked in with some friends who are also in the industry and selling guns and I took some notes on how they’re handling things as I made my way around the room. My first stop was near the entrance. My friend Terry is a dealer who specializes in police trade-ins and buying and selling used guns. With a great spot near the entrance of the hall, he normally does a LOT of wheeling and dealing.

He has a home FFL and operates out of his garage and works a lot of gun shows since city zoning will not let him do walk-up business in his house.

Terry was not happy. He had sold a mountain of his stuff right as the pandemic began in March and April and has not been able to re-stock since. His three tables at the gun show had a smattering of pistols and shotguns left. Terry told me that, with no inventory, it wouldn’t be worth it for him to spend nearly $300 on tables to do a gun show with nothing to sell.



What he had left were oddball pistols and some ugly, beat-up shotguns. Still, I was confident that he would sell all of them at the show judging by the frenzied pace of the customers at the show.

My next stop was my old buddy Phil. He has a business on the side selling ammo, MRE’s and survival gear on the weekends at gun shows. I immediately noticed he was light on inventory. His 9mm was scarce and priced at $550/thousand for a brand I had never heard of before. I asked him how he was handing the present environment and he said . . .

9mm FMJ is selling for more than .45 ACP FMJ. f he can get $550/thousand on Gunbroker he should be getting $550/thousand at the show.
He’s buying brands that he’s usually doesn’t because that’s all he can get from vendors. In other words, he’s not getting what he wants, he’s getting what’s left.
Everything is being sold faster than it can come in/get manufactured.
Phil sells at least a pallet or two of pistol and rifle ammo at every gun show, so this kind of disruption to his supply lines make things tough for him.

Imagine if you owned a gas station and you couldn’t buy gas, soda or Slim Jims to re-stock. Not a pretty picture. That’s the world we’re living in until things calm down, whenever that may be.

As I told him I’d catch him later, he gave me a nod as he wrote up his last case of Winchester Super X 1 oz 12 gauge deer slugs for $2.50 a shell.

I strolled around the show and, as you’d expect, inventories were a lot lighter than normal. I didn’t see the normal smorgasbord of black rifles, black pistols, and other neat stuff. I saw lots of junk being hawked at the highest possible price to customers who didn’t know any better…or didn’t seem to care.

My old boss at the pawnshop where I worked many years ago had a very interesting sales technique – he called it SWAT-ing a customer. SWAT, meaning Sell What’s Available Today. And boy howdy, did it work.

It didn’t matter what it was or how unsuitable it was to a customer. It only mattered that it was better that they had it in their hands or on their nightstand rather than sitting in inventory. I never really understood why someone would buy something that obviously didn’t fit or was of dubious quality, but I’ve always been picky about the items I own and stock as a function of experience.

What I saw at the gun show was a lot of SWAT-ing people. A good case can be made that these are the tactics of a brilliant business mind. A good case can also be made that these are the tactics of an ethically questionable FFL.

After getting some beef jerky — which seemed like the only gun show item that hadn’t decreased in availability and increased in price — I found my friend Rod. Rod works for a large law enforcement distributor and sells a ton of used police trade-in guns. His company has the law enforcement market cornered and does a ton of blue label GLOCK, LE S&W, LE SIGs, LE HK firearms and the like.

His three tables normally look like a smorgasbord of police trade-in pistols and rifles, lot of GLOCK .40 S&W G22’s and G23’s, Bushmaster Patrolmans, 20″ Colt Sporters made during the AWB that are seeing the light of day for the first time in decades, and a bunch of new GLOCK and SIG pistols.

What has 2020 done to him? He had ZERO commercial GLOCKs in stock. ZERO police trade-in guns in stock. He’s got a few new Berettas, some new SIG P365’s that just came in, a few J-frame revolvers and a mishmash of KelTec rifles, shotguns and consignment guns.

I chatted with him for a moment during a lull in the action. He had sold through about 75% of his 1000+ gun inventory of commercial GLOCK, SIG and HK pistols as the pandemic began. What was left going into the George Floyd rioting flew out the door as Minneapolis burned and he’s now sitting on nothing.

I asked him what kind of pricing he was getting, knowing full well that GLOCK 19X’s were selling for as much as $1500 on Gunbroker, GLOCK 19’s were going for $1000 and things have been pretty nuts.

Rod me that they had 19X’s tagged at $675 and GLOCK 19’s at $549. They were the first things to sell out and they have not had any re-stock. I asked him what he thought about dealers raising prices and he stated matter of factly that his customers would shoot him if he raised prices like that. He said taking advantage of people in a crisis was immoral and dishonest.

He began to get busy again and I got ready to exit the show.

On my way out, I passed a dealer with a lot of people at his table. It was lined with a ton of inventory, new and used, and I glanced down at some of the tags. GLOCK 19’s were $850, G17’s, and G43X’s were $760 and most of the AR-15’s were MSRP plus about $100.

I heard the following exchange in passing:

Customer: Hey, someone told me you were selling GLOCK 19’s for $850. Is that right?

Dealer: That’s right.

Customer: How do you sleep at night you asshole? I’m going to call GLOCK and report you.

Dealer: For what?

Customer: PRICE GOUGING during a time of crisis, in direct violation of your contract with GLOCK. You know these guns should be $549 and you’re just taking advantage of people.

Dealer: They don’t have to buy them.

Customer: Do you really expect people to buy a gun that they can get online for $549 for $850?

Dealer: It’s a free country. Been selling them all morning at that price.

Other Customer: Hey, is this GLOCK 19 Gen 5 really $850?

Dealer: Yes, and it’s my last one.

Other Customer: I’ll take it.

I did not expect a GLOCK 19s to sell for $850, nor would I have expected multiples to sell at that price and then sell out of them at that price. Granted, I didn’t expect a massive global contagion or a police officer with the trust of the public to murder someone in their custody on camera…but here we are. Things are certifiably crazy in the gun business right now and there are no signs of it abating any time soon.

The upcoming election is putting some fear in the minds of gun owners that a Biden win could result in an actual shift in gun politics. That’s funny, since the NRA table at the show wasn’t getting much traction at all. People wanted their guns and ammo, not NRA memberships.

As I left the gun show with my bag of beef jerky and a notepad, I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears and I struggle to believe it: this is the new normal.

There are no guns, no ammo, and no clue what’s happening next. Retailers that have not raised prices are sold out of everything that’s popular. Retailers that have doubled or tripled prices are also sold out.

How do we navigate this?

As far as guns and ammo, I have no problem waiting things out. If you need something sooner than later, calling around (if anyone picks up the phone) or looking online can be useful, although oftentimes the large internet gun dealers drop-ship and that can take up to 14 business days to get orders fulfilled.

There’s a ton of stuff on Gunbroker and retailers that have stock have jacked up their prices if you are willing to pay for it.

What I’m hearing from my customers is that they have found success in waitlisting, email or text when in stock at larger retailers like Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. on ammo and other hard-to-find items. They snap up a case or two when they come available.

Keeping the powder dry and waiting things out is probably going to be the best plan of action, assuming you’re stocked well enough in the mean time. Be strategic with your shopping and purchase smart, not in a panic. I wouldn’t spend the kind of money that others are spending on guns and ammo right now, but that’s because I have plenty of both. All of the people out there looking for their first gun are dealing with a different reality.

During times like these, I think back to a phrase I saw on a receipt after a dinner out. It said “There are no spare customers” and it was attributed to Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets and hundreds of restaurants across the country. The gist of it is that as business owners, we are supposed to take care of everyone who walks in the door as best we can because if we don’t, they’ll go elsewhere.

What I’m struggling with is, how do we take care of everyone when everything is out of stock?

Honesty is traditionally the best policy. I’ve been telling everyone we’re out, we have no idea when we’re going to get stuff in and to wait things out. Most folks are really understanding and are waiting. Others are driving to every gun store in a 60-mile radius looking for 9mm defensive ammo at every pawn shop, gun store, and sporting goods retailer. Desperate times beget desperate measures.

This is the new normal, and it’s not changing any time soon.

As perverse as it sounds, as the unrest in Seattle, Portland, Austin, etc. increases in intensity and frequency, the more the rest of the country fears that their hometown is next, and the more guns and ammo people are looking to buy.

I doubt the situation will get better before it gets worse. I hope I’m wrong. As mentioned before, the most recent data point for anything resembling this kind of demand was post-Sandy Hook in 2013 and 2014 where it took about two years for the market to stabilize.

Keep your eyes open for stuff you need online and in stores. Snap it up if you need it and it’s within your price tolerance. My hunch is that it will be about two years before things normalize and get back into the rhythm that we are used to.



https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/a-gun-dealers-on-the-new-normal-and-the-ordeal-of-buying-guns-and-ammo-now/?fbclid=IwAR3djOuk6w6NS0L1qm9dsRSiPkr5qrFCiwYKIpBC64QBuLFE_bmSMvGuQT8
President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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BLOOMBERG GROUP AIMS TO TAKE $15 MILLION GUN CONTROL SWEEP TO 8 STATES
« Reply #130 on: August 12, 2020, 01:49:33 PM »
A national anti-gun group this week announced they intend to spend $15 million in battleground states to support politicians who back tougher regulations on firearms.
Everytown, formed originally as Mayors Against Illegal Guns by Micheal Bloomberg and still largely funded by the billionaire media mogul, said the campaign is their largest digital ad program to date. The push includes $5 million in ad buys in Florida, $3.5 million in Texas, $1.5 million in North Carolina, $1.25 million each in both Arizona and Iowa, $1 million each in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and $500,000 in Georgia.
The group says the ads, to air on non-traditional platforms like Hulu, Pandora, YouTube, Roku, and Univision, will “largely target suburban parents, young voters, and people of color, and will include Spanish-language creative.”
While $15 million sounds like a big outlay, Everytown plans on spending upwards of $60 million in this election cycle, which means the digital campaign is only about a quarter of its investment in future gun control.
THE VIRGINIA MODEL
While the Everytown ad focus in Florida–a state where President Donald Trump won in 2016– is heavy on the upcoming Presidental race, others aim to increase the number of Democrats on Capitol Hill. In every one of the targeted states a drive is being made to turn the state legislature blue.
This comes in the wake of the group’s long-running and ultimately successful effort in Virginia to flip the polarity of the state’s legislature. In 2011, Bloomberg gave $25,000 to each of the six pro-gun control Democrats running for the Virginia State Senate. By 2015, the effort to shift control of the body saw an additional $1.5 million in Bloomberg dollars.
Hedging bets, Bloomberg groups at the same time ponied up $1.1 million in donations to help elect first Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and then an even larger amount to back Gov. Ralph Northam, both Dems that went on to repeatedly push an anti-gun agenda in the state legislature only to see it tank in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Finally, after sinking $2.5 million into the Commonwealth’s 2019 statewide elections, Bloomberg-backed Dems were able to pull off a narrow hattrick, securing slim single-party control of both chambers in the state legislature and the Governor’s mansion. Before the smoke cleared on the 2020 session, Northam signed no less than five gun control bills into law, shot to his desk through party-line votes over the howls of gun rights advocates.
“Everytown and Moms Demand Action will be deploying our grassroots power and substantial financial investments to deliver a gun sense majority legislature in Minnesota – the same way we did in Virginia in 2019,” said Charlie Kelly, senior political advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund.
America heads to the polls on November 3.

https://www.guns.com/news/2020/07/24/bloomberg-group-aims-to-take-15-million-gun-control-sweep-to-8-states?fbclid=IwAR2dda_6xHSWskFhdc7TU11Czn-mLUe-7sPekDqkVBTWeilQ7r4cJH7RsVw
President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Kamala Harris Doesn’t Think You Have The Right To Own A Gun
« Reply #131 on: August 12, 2020, 05:10:52 PM »
We knew that Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick wasn’t going to be an NRA member or a Second Amendment supporter, but that doesn’t mean he had to pick someone who actually argued in 2008 that Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns didn’t violate the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As District Attorney in San Francisco, Kamala Harris signed on to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in the Heller case, arguing that “for nearly 70 years courts have consistently sustained criminal firearms laws against Second Amendment challenges by holding that, inter alia, (i) the Second Amendment provides only a militia-related right to bear arms, (ii) the Second Amendment does not apply to legislation passed by state or local governments, and (iii) the restrictions bear a reasonable relationship to protecting public safety and thus do not violate a personal constitutional right.”
The brief, written by Adrian Fenty (at the time the Attorney General for Washington, D.C.) urged the Supreme Court to uphold the District’s ban on handgun ownership, as well as a firearms storage law requiring guns to be kept locked up or disassembled with ammunition stored separately. To do otherwise, claimed Fenty, Harris, and several other prosecutors, would create “a broad private right to possess any firearm that is a ‘lineal descendant’ of a founding era weapon and that is in ‘common use’ with a ‘military application’ today.”

Create a right. In other words, Kamala Harris told the Supreme Court that Americans didn’t have an individual right to possess a firearm that is in common use, turning a right of the people into a privilege to be exercised by a chosen few.
Harris lost the argument in 2008, but she’s been opposing the right to keep and bear arms ever since. As District Attorney, Harris demanded an end to gun shows at the Cow Palace convention center just outside of the San Francisco city limits, and as California’s Attorney General she not only defended the state’s gun control laws in court, but according to California Rifle & Pistol Association president Chuck Michel, she failed to properly oversee several databases that the state uses to determine whether or not someone is eligible to own a firearm.
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.. not one but two separate Reports from the California State Auditor have found serious problems with the way the DOJ processes mental health records to determine a person’s firearm eligibility. Despite these multiple admonitions, Harris has failed to fix the problems. A 2013 Report from the California State Auditor found that under Harris, the DOJ “had not sufficiently reached out to the courts or mental health facilities to remind them to promptly report required information,” which if done would have allowed the DOJ to determine when dangerously mentally ill persons were in possession of firearms or attempting to purchase them.
Additionally, this report found that: [K]ey decisions, such as whether a person is prohibited, are left to staff whose work does not receive a supervisory review. Because of these issues, Justice cannot identify all armed prohibited persons in California as effectively as it should, and the information it uses to ensure public safety by confiscating firearms is incomplete.
As U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris has backed bans on so-called assault weapons, universal background check mandates, and more, but it was her short-lived presidential campaign that really allowed her to once again tout her anti-gun agenda. Harris proclaimed that if she was elected president, she would enact gun control with or without the support of Congress.
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“Five million assault weapons are on the streets of America today. During the course of this debate, eight people will die from gun violence. We need action, and Congress has had years to act and failed because they do not have the courage. When I’m elected, I’ll give them 100 days to pull their act together, put a bill on my desk for signature and if they don’t, I will take executive action and put in place a comprehensive background check requirement and ban the importation of assault weapons into our country, because it is time to act.”
Expect the media to highlight the fact that Harris says she owns a gun, in order to portray her as some sort of “moderate” on the issue of the right to keep and bear arms. She’s not a moderate. She’s a hypocrite. Here’s what she told a CNN townhall audience last April.
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“I am a gun owner, and I own a gun for probably the reason a lot of people do — for personal safety,” the California Democrat said Thursday. “I was a career prosecutor.”
Remember, as a career prosecutor Harris argued that you and I don’t have a right to own a handgun for personal safety, and that local governments should be able to ban you and I from legally possessing one. As a member of law enforcement, of course Harris would have been exempt from the very gun bans she wanted to keep in place in Washington, D.C., but she wanted local governments to be able to strip you of your ability to legally own a firearm for self-defense. Harris may own a gun, but that doesn’t mean she believes that you have a right to own one too.

https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/08/11/kamala-harris-right-to-own-a-gun/?fbclid=IwAR1Zv3tMooBqVEl4jnL3i09UYfemYj0dv2JUCwsHzB2IyAo-7p8MCvg4Phc

President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Gun Sales in July: 2 Million, Up 134.6% From July 2019
« Reply #132 on: August 14, 2020, 05:41:38 PM »
There were an estimated 2 million firearms sales in July, which is an increase of 134.6% from July 2019, according to Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).

“The firearms market continues at its far accelerated pace,” said SAAF chief Economist Jurgen Brauer in a press release.  “Our estimates suggest that the market for the first seven months of 2020 now has nearly matched that of the entire year of 2019.”

When broken down, the data show that there were an estimated 1.2 million single handgun sales in July and about 0.6 million in single long-gun (rifle) sales.
For the handgun sales, that is an increase of 152% when compared to the July 2019 sales. For the long gun sales, it is an increase of 108.2% from July 2019.

“All other likely background check-related sales (0.16 million) increased year-over-year by 125.3%,” said the SAAF.  “This includes so-called ‘multiple’ sales where the exact split between handguns and long-guns cannot be determined from the data record.”

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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris United in Push to Open Gun Makers to Lawsuits
« Reply #133 on: August 17, 2020, 03:01:36 PM »
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are united in their push to open firearm manufacturers up to lawsuits over gun crime.

Firearm manufacturers have been protected from lawsuits tied to the misuse of lawfully made and lawfully sold firearms since the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005.



Biden has repeatedly criticized PLCAA on the campaign trail.

Biden used a speech to a MSNBC/Gabby Giffords/March for Our Lives gun control forum in 2019 to push for opening gun makers to lawsuits, Breitbart News reported. He said, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection,” and claimed the suits could achieve “change overnight” in a way that stalled gun control legislation has failed to do.

Also, Biden told a New Hampshire audience in February that PLCAA gave gun makers “a loophole that does not allow them to be sued for the carnage they are creating,” Breitbart News reported.

He made clear that getting rid of the PLCAA would be one of his first priorities as president.

Biden again referenced the PLCAA during a February speech in South Carolina, then looked into the camera and said, “I’ve got news for you gun manufacturers. I’m coming for you and I’m going to take you down,” Breitbart News reported.

Kamala Harris also campaigned on eliminating the PLCAA when she was contending for the Democrat presidential nomination.

Harris “supports a repeal of [PLCAA],” CBS News reported in April 2019. Moreover, they noted that in the event that she could not secure a Congressional repeal, she would “direct the ATF to revoke the licenses of manufacturers and dealers who violate negligence, nuisance and marketing laws.”

Newsweek reported in 2019 that Harris’s plan is to at least weaken PLCAA. The magazine said, “Her campaign…issued a call to kneecap a federal law that protects gun manufacturers and sellers when their weapons are used in criminal activities.”

Biden and Harris are also united on banning “assault weapons,” on having a government-mandated buyback on certain guns, and on expanding background checks, among other things.



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Leftists Silent as Americans Choose Guns over Gun Control
« Reply #134 on: September 01, 2020, 12:10:08 PM »
As millions of Americans have poured into gun stores and set background check records for seven straight months, the normally vocal gun grabbers on the left have gone silent.

Consider the example of Joe Biden, a man who spent months on the campaign trail promising universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and even voiced support for government-mandate buybacks of certain firearms, yet did not mention gun control one time during his Democrat National Convention acceptance speech.


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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Virginia: Now Officially Of The Criminals, By The Criminals, and For
« Reply #135 on: September 01, 2020, 12:17:38 PM »
The Criminals


The hellhole-to-be that people call the state of Virginia” is actually the commonwealth of Virginia. I propose a bill that would change the name to something a little more modern and representative of what the state is becoming.

Crimewealth of Virginia
I understand that geographically, most of the state is full of decent people who respect laws, rights and just want to be left alone. But the sad fact is that they are now out-voted by the urban Crime Party.
If you need evidence of what the Crime Party has in store for the Old Dominion, look no further than their latest move in the Virginia Senate as reported by the Daily Wire:
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Virginia Dems Pass Bill Allowing Assault Of A Police Officer To Be Treated As A Misdemeanor
A summary of the bill notes that the measure:
Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.
In short, the Democrats Criminal Party just declared cops, officers of the court and other first responders to be fair game. It’s part of an ongoing push to protect a group they see as one of their core constituencies: criminals.
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In their proposal, Virginia Democrats explained that the bill would “defelonize assault on law enforcement officer (return to misdemeanor offense)” and would eliminate the mandatory minimum sentence imposed in a change to the law made in 1997.
This latest move is just a follow-up to other bills they’ve voted on that would . . .
  • Ignore criminal activity
  • Ease bail requirements
  • Reduce penalties for criminal convictions
  • Restore more felons’ rights
That last is a biggie. An earlier Criminal Party governor made a point of restoring voting rights for 173,000 convicted felons. Guess who they voted for.
The fine folks who — while ignoring criminal constituent activity — did, however, inflict this on the Virginia’s citizens who want to be law-abiding. They’re determined to make sure you can’t be your own first-responder by enacting . . .

  • Universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence background checks
  • Firearm rationing
  • Allowed local jurisdictions to establish gun-free target rich environment zones.
  • Magazine restrictions
  • “Red flag” firearm confiscation
They tried and failed to enact an “assault weapons” ban, but have pledged to take another crack at that during the next legislative session.
Notice that none of the “common sense safety measures” enacted by the newly dominant Criminal Party affects actual criminals who bypass lawful channels and get their guns through the black market or crime networks.
If you need more evidence of The Party’s devotion to its constituents, while Governor Coonman’s confederates in the legislature were making it less punishing to assault law enforcement officers, Republicans made a token effort to increase penalties for the criminal misuse of firearms. The Criminal Party killed that off.
Richmond’s city fathers and mothers were quick to exercise their newly given gun-banning power, creating open operation zones for criminals and rioters, enacting random, rolling, unmarked, “gun-free” zones. Someone can break out a megaphone and create an “event” at a moment’s notice and you then become a criminal for being anywhere near it. If the criminals decide to throw a riot, it would unlawful for you to be able to defend yourself.
Richmond is a cancer, and it is metastasizing.

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August Saw 3.1 Million NICS Checks, Up 57% Over Last Year – YTD Sales
« Reply #136 on: September 02, 2020, 03:54:49 PM »
 Are Up 43% in 2020

Gun sales have been a hot news item this year, and August will be no different.  While the pace wasn’t as frenzied as other months of 2020 have been, it still blew every other August out of the water.

Americans ran 3.1 million background checks run through the FBI’s NICS system, including an estimated 1.2 million first-time buyers.  That’s assuming the commonly accepted metric — that 40% of gun sales were to first time gun owners — held true in August like it did  for the first seven months of the year.
Last August saw 2,366,824 NICS checks, which means that this year’s numbers are 57% higher than 2019 in the same month.

This chart provided by the FBI compares August 2020 to every other August on record:






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Re: Va., Pa.,Ky. and other states anti 2nd amendment actions and reactions
« Reply #137 on: September 03, 2020, 03:54:58 AM »
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/kenosha-minneapolis-burn-millions-americans-buy-guns

Millions Aren't Buying the Usual Pro-Gun-Control Claims

Needless to say, these trends are going very much against the grain of the usual narrative employed by gun control advocates; a narrative that generally employs several main tenets we’ve seen many times. They include:

  • Government police agencies provide better protection than a private firearm ever could.
  • If you’re in danger, it’s best to call 911 and then wait.
  • If you buy a gun, the gun is more likely to kill someone you love, rather than stop a criminal.
  • America would be safer if fewer people had guns.
  • People who buy guns are mostly just rightwing hayseeds. Hillary Clinton calls these people "deplorables."

And while opponents of private gun ownership rarely say this explicitly, the sum total of their narrative is this: only police and military personnel should own guns. The basic idea here is that private gun owners cannot be trusted, and that government officials will keep us safe. But as so often occurs when there are riots—as happened in both Ferguson (in 2014) and Kenosha (in 2020) police officers and other government "public safety" personnel mostly just protect government property. The private sector must just fend for itself.

Many Americans appear to have gotten the message.





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Re: Va., Pa.,Ky. and other states anti 2nd amendment actions and reactions
« Reply #138 on: September 03, 2020, 06:35:12 AM »
I think a reasonable generalization is that liberals like Europe and how it is run and want to be more like Europe.  I can't think of an exception.


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11-year-old suspended for handling Airsoft gun during online school
« Reply #139 on: September 04, 2020, 05:47:10 PM »
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 Remote learning can be difficult for both students and parents. For parents with special needs children, it can be even more challenging.
“I think this is going to be pretty difficult for him,” said Penny Dutka in regards to her son.
Dutka’s 4-year-old son James is just starting pre-school in the St. Vrain Valley School District.
James is on an IEP (Individual Education Plan) for his special needs. Given the difficulties he already faces, his parents aren’t sure how a remote learning plan will pan out.
“He’s only 4, so sitting in front of a computer screen is hard anyway,” Dutka said.
Some parents who have children in special education classes fear their kids might not only fall behind academically with remote learning, but they could also miss out on developmental milestones that are important to their individual growth.
In Thornton, Abbey Foust is concerned her 11-year-old son Christopher, who attends fifth grade in the Adams12 School District, will get confused by remote learning.
“This year is tough for him,” Foust said.
When Christopher attends school in-person he’s inside a classroom 75% of the time, but gets pulled out for his individual special needs groups the other 25%.
“I met with his special education teacher and asked, ‘What’s the plan? How does this work remotely?’ and so he said, ‘Well, he’ll have his classroom Zooms, but he’ll get pulled out of his classroom Zooms to come to my Zoom.’ I work all the time and so does my husband, so I’m trying to figure out how to explain this for an 11-year-old who doesn’t work on computers all the time,” Foust said.
There is no easy path, according to parents. They’re just working with their schools and special needs teachers as they move forward.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/remote-learning-presents-challenges-for-special-needs-students/


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