Attention, Arizona Gunners: ...SB 1292 would reclassify certain "misconduct with weapons" offenses that only involve the carrying but not the use or misuse of a weapon:

Entering a state or local government-controlled facility or event that bans firearms while armed would be reduced from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Petty Offense.

Being under 21 and carrying a concealed weapon would be reduced from a Class 1 to a Class 3 Misdemeanor.

Entering a polling place armed would be reduced from a Class 1 to a Class 3 Misdemeanor.

Your RTS "vote" supporting this bill must be entered before the February14 hearing. To voice your support for SB 1292, visit the AZ Legislature Applications page, sign into your account, click on the big blue "Request to Speak" icon then click on the "New Request" icon on the left side of the page... (The link is to the page where you log into your RTS account.)

Meanwhile: Folks please mark your calendars and PLEASE SHARE this information. Join Riders USA for our annual 2nd Amendment Celebration at the Arizona State Capitol on February 16th. Bring your family, friends, flags, signs and unwavering American pride to celebrate our God given rights. Vendors and raffle prizes. 12:00-2:00 pm. ATTENTION BIKERS: We will do a motorcycle procession from Encanto Park to the State Capitol to open the rally. Please share with all your biker groups and friends...


Brewing in Maryland: ...Not content with making the lives of handgun owners miserable, now they are after the hunters and long guns. Bill SB737 was just introduced and that bill requires anyone desiring to purchase or "receive" a long gun obtain a LONG GUN QUALIFICATION LICENSE! Highly similar to the Handgun Qualification License, this license will require 4 hours of training and fingerprinting and ban any person from receiving a long gun without having first applied to the State Police for this LGQL. Even after getting an LGQL, a purchaser would also have to wait 7 days before picking up their long gun, and the bill would limit them to a single long gun purchase per month! Additionally, anyone who moves into the state will be required to register their long guns within 90 days of establishing residency! And there are loads of severe criminal penalties for those who fail to comply for any reason. If this law passes, you will need the blessing of the State of Maryland to purchase ANY firearm... (Three guesses as to which Left Coast state gave them this idea.)


Bad – But Not Unexpected – News from Nevada: The NRA-ILA reports there will be a secret gun control push this Tuesday in Nevada in a special joint judiciary hearing. The NRA-ILA notes there is no documentation on the specific gun control proposal, but outside groups are rallying gun control activists to support efforts to criminalize private gun sales via universal background checks. They quote a Battle Born Progress action alert which said, “[Nevada has] a new Governor who has prioritized legislation on gun violence for this current session of the Nevada legislature, we Nevadans can make our voices heard to pass background check legislation once and for all.” Battle Born Progress notes the universal background check initiative that was passed in 2016 but never implemented, because it was not enforceable as written. They go so far as to suggest the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting was able to occur because the initiative was not being enforced. However, the Las Vegas gunman passed a background check for all his gun purchases. So the universal background check initiative would not have prevented that attack in any way. Nevertheless, Battle Born Progress urges gun controllers to come “Tuesday, February 12, to testify in support of background checks on all firearm sales.” … (Again, Bloombergers in Nevada – a point of contact state with NICS – intentionally avoided specifying that the background checks for private-party transfers go through the state's Central Repository because that would have required a fiscal-impact statement. That, in turn, could easily have cost them the minuscule 0.5% margin by which the initiative passed – a far cry from from their usual claim of 90% support for such measures.


Attention, Oregon Gunners: Noveske Rifleworks and Radian Weapons are in the process of organizing a pro-RKBA rally at the Oregon Capitol for March 23.

Meanwhile: House Rep Cheri Helt, (R. District 54) rated “F” by Oregon Firearms Federation, has demonstrated her predictable ignorance and introduced a “bump-stock” ban... Use or transfer of a “bump-stock” will result in a $2000.00 fine. The bill says : “Bump-fire stock” means a buttstock designed to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm with the effect of increasing the rate of fire achievable by the semiautomatic firearm to that of a fully automatic firearm by using the energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.” Whatever you think of bump-stocks, any knowledg[e]able gun owner knows that you can “bump-fire” a rifle with no modifications. And a skilled person can fire, with an unmodified gun, about as quickly as with a bump stock. So will Helt be fining people for having good reflexes? ...


Smoldering in Texas: An undercover narcotics officer who was involved in the bungled drug raid that killed a middle-aged couple in their Houston home last week "has been relieved of duty due to ongoing questions that cannot be answered until the case agent is interviewed," the local police union revealed in a statement yesterday. A Houston Police Department spokesperson "confirmed that the senior police officer, who joined the department in 1996, must temporarily surrender his badge pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation," reports KHOU, the CBS station in Houston... (I link this because I previously linked an article in which diehard anti-RKBA HPD chief Art Acevedo has used the resultant deaths of two of the raiders and injury of another five to call for more infringement. At that time, I referred to the fact that there were some serious questions about the validity of the raid.)