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    Follow the Money/Cementing the Party of Infringement: While many states were rolling back onerous gun control laws over the past few decades, a few states like California, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, have doubled down on their gun control schemes, competing with each other to see which can most severely restrict their citizens’ fundamental rights. The politicians in these states are never satisfied, and every “good first step in the right direction” is always followed by an almost immediate next “good first step” in the same direction. But we expect this sort of two-faced chicanery from the urban centers of the gun control movement. What we didn’t expect (though we should have) was the sudden onslaught of attacks on gun owner rights in states with extremely low rates of firearm-related crime, and relatively lax gun laws. Vermont, Washington, Oregon, New Hampshire, Nevada, and New Mexico have long histories of relatively low crime, relatively lax gun laws, and little apparent need for gun owners to actively organize and get involved in politics. Yet these states have been targeted by gun control extremists, and draconian laws have been shoved through Democrat-controlled legislatures, with false claims of “public safety” and “saving lives,” in spite of their already low crime rates and a complete lack of any evidence that the new laws will do anything to enhance public safety or save lives. So we see these weak-minded “good Democrat” politicians in low-crime states, receiving thousands of dollars from gun control groups like the Giffords’ and Bloomberg’s, and pushing radical gun control measures. The fact that their states' citizens have long records of peaceful, responsible gun ownership, is irrelevant to the radical, rights-restricting zealots. They fear guns, hate gun owners, and strictly adhere to their statist dogma, which insists that they pass gun control to “solve” problems that these states have never had...


    Since When Does Blindness Affect Logic?: Singer Stevie Wonder stressed his belief that “we must have stronger gun laws” when he spoke at the memorial service for Nipsey Hussle on Thursday. He did not mention that the shooting death of Hussle took place in California, a state which arguably has the most stringent gun controls in the U.S. California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, gun confiscation via red flag laws, a requirement that potential gun owners first obtain a certificate of gun safety from the state, a ten-day waiting period on gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a ban on campus carry, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, and numerous other controls. The state even has controls on ammunition, limiting legal purchases to ammunition bought from state-approved vendors [sic]. In other words, California already has every gun control the Democrats are pushing on the federal level, yet none of those controls were sufficient to save Hussle’s life. Wonder’s solution? Even more gun laws...


    The Reports of Our Death: In a dramatic reversal of numbers, the March 2019 National Instand background Check System (NICS) check numbers are the second highest March on record, only a few percent less than the record breaking numbers in March of 2018. February numbers had shown a dramatic downturn for NICS checks. The Trump era NICS continue to be at historically high levels, but lower than during the rush to buy guns during the last two years of the Obama administration. These numbers do not translate directly into gun sales. A large part of the numbers are from NICS checks done for carry permits and carry permit rechecks. In March of 2018, the total number of NICS checks were 2,767,699. Of those, 1,249,917 were permit and permit rechecks, leaving 1,517,782 checks for other purposes, mostly gun sales. In March of 2019, the total number of NICS checks were 2,644,851. Of those 1,287,813 were permit and permit rechecks, leaving 1,357,038 for other purposes. Other than for permits and permit rechecks, 2019 was 90% of 2018 numbers. It is of interest that the number of permit checks has dropped while the permit rechecks have risen. In 2018, the permit checks were 1,047,107. In 2019, 860,891, dropping by 186 thousand. Permit rechecks, however, increased from 202,807 to 426,922, an increase of 224 thousand. It is to be expected as more and more carry permits are issued, permit rechecks will eventually catch up to permit numbers, and eventually exceed them... (One more factor is that we now have at least 15 states that no longer require a permit to cover your gun, with the issue still pending review by the Arkansas supreme court.)


    Speaking of California: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is one of the people pushing to keep "high capacity" magazines, anything that holds over 10 rounds, illegal in the Golden State. For one week, Californians had the opportunity to get their hands on these magazines because of a court ruling that overturned the state's ban. One week later, the same judge issued a stay, which meant the ban went back into effect while the lawsuit, Duncan v. Becerra, was settled in court. Any magazines obtained during that week-long period were legal. Although it's impossible to know exactly how many "high capacity" magazines were sold during that week, we have a few pieces of evidence that show it was in the millions. Gun stores and ranges couldn't keep the magazines in stock. In fact, some were even having to put limits on the number of magazines a person could buy at one time just to try to keep them in stock for a short period of time... Naturally, gun control advocates ran with the notion that flooding the state with these magazine was a strategic move. "They [gun rights organizations] have a very specific purpose and intent here to try to set up for the court that these are devices that are very commonly used and possessed," Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence' California legislative affairs director Ari Freilich said... (Actually, that logic flows in the opposite direction – the Giffords Gang and their allies are seeking to use legislation to take these standard-capacity magazines out of common use. At that, they don't hesitate to lie, at time arguing that the ubiquitous AR-style rifles are not in common use, despite the millions of them in private hands.)


    About to Flare in Colorado?: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Friday a hotly debated red-flag bill allowing courts to order firearms confiscated from those deemed an extreme risk to themselves or others, stoking an already fiery campaign to recall Democratic state legislators... Even before it was signed, the red-flag bill had provided fodder to the recall movement launched last month over frustration with a host of Democrat-backed bills, including the National Popular Vote and crackdown on the oil-and-gas industry. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners recently unveiled its #RedFlagRecall campaign aimed at ousting vulnerable Democratic state legislators based on their support for the gun-control bill... Colorado Republicans pointed out that House Bill 1177 passed with no GOP votes — and several Democratic votes against it – while at least 36 counties and municipalities have voted to oppose the bill or become Second Amendment sanctuaries... The Douglas County Commissioners posted a video Friday reiterating their concerns with the law’s implications for due process. Several county officials have said they plan to undertake a review of the measure’s constitutionality... (Sadly, these recalls – even when successful – seem to fall into the category of “too little, too late” as they have no effect on the bills already signed into law. And, with the likes of Bloomberg and Soros funding the campaigns of many of these Donks and urging them that their election or re-election no longer depend on their ratings from the NRA, the memory of the successful recalls – following the 2013 rush to enact that year's Bloomerg-Hickenlooper infringements – seems to be short.)


    Advancing in Oklahoma: A bill making its way through the House and Senate could make it easier for teachers to carry guns in classrooms. House Bill 2336 would only require teachers to have a gun carry permit, as opposed to dozens of hours of training required presently. “House Bill 2336 will make a risky situation even more dangerous,” said Kay Malan, with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. She is also a grandmother who says she doesn’t want guns in her grandsons’ classrooms now and certainly not with the proposed bill... Haskell Public School’s superintendent Rusty Harris says he has too many questions to support guns in classrooms, now and in the future. “You're bent over at a desk and then the one next to you snatches the gun out of your holster or whatever it might be and hypothetical here,” he explains the potential classroom danger. “But at the same time, if we lock it up in a desk drawer, can you get it out in enough time to protect yourself, the kids?” … (Of note, this article doesn't quote any supporters of the bill nor mention how difficult it is to find a report of a problem in states where a mere carry permit does allow a teacher to carry at work.)

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    Re: States

    As it stands now, you can have and use a high capacity magazines in Kalifornia if you have them in your possession .

    But it is illegal to buy, or ship, or inport, or transfer, or manufacture them in the state of Kalifornia.

    YES! For the same reasons above, California does not currently prohibit the “possession” of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Only activities involving the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer or receipt of such magazines are prohibited. The mere “use” of a magazine at a shooting range, for example, is not specifically prohibited. But BEWARE: the use of any “large-capacity” magazine in either a semiautomatic, centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine or a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine could classify the firearm as an illegal “assault weapon” under California law.1
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