Category Archives: Gun control

Gun owners of America lawsuit heads to the supreme court

“January 14, 2019) — Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its litigating arm, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), today continued their defense of Jeremy Kettler, a disabled combat veteran, against a conviction for violating the National Firearms Act.

Read GOA’s petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Click here to contribute to this case.

The Obama Justice Department brought criminal felony charges against Jeremy for illegally possessing an unregistered firearm suppressor under the authority of the Kansas “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

The Kansas statute declares that any suppressor manufactured, possessed, and used within the borders of Kansas is exempt from federal law. Relying on that Kansas law, in 2014 Jeremy purchased a suppressor from a local military surplus store, but did not register it with ATF pursuant to the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Believing he was following the law, Jeremy posted a video about his new suppressor on Facebook, and ATF swooped in. Rather than simply requiring Jeremy to register his suppressor, the feds instead chose felony prosecution — to make an example of Jeremy, and to intimidate all who resist federal power over guns. Jeremy was indicted, and convicted of possessing an unregistered silencer, and now this veteran is a federal felon.

GOA and GOF have stood with Jeremy, both in his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and now in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today GOA and GOF lawyers, representing Jeremy, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to hear Jeremy’s case. The petition challenges the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which rejected Jeremy’s appeal from the district court.

Jeremy’s petition first challenges the legitimacy of the National Firearms Act, which was passed in 1934, and thereafter upheld by the Supreme Court in 1937 under the constitutional power of Congress to “lay and collect taxes.” The petition argues that the NFA as it exists today no longer can be justified as a so-called “tax.”

In fact, each of the reasons the Supreme Court gave in 1937, finding it to be a tax, no longer apply today, 82 years later. Rather, the NFA has become what Justice Frankfurter once described as regulation “wrapped … in the verbal cellophane of a revenue measure” — an unabashed gun control regulatory scheme, designed not to raise revenue for the federal government, but instead to keep NFA items out of the hands of Americans.

Next, Jeremy’s petition challenges the Tenth Circuit’s absurd holding that the Second Amendment applies only to “bearable arms” — but not firearm accessories, such as suppressors. The petition points out that the Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits all have concluded that the Second Amendment extends beyond actual firearms to ammunition, magazines, the ability to purchase firearms in gun stores, and the right to practice at shooting ranges.

Finally, Jeremy’s petition argues that, if the Supreme Court continues to uphold the NFA as a “tax,” then it is allowing Congress to impose a tax on a constitutionally-protected right — something which the Supreme Court has long said to be unconstitutional.”

https://gunowners.org/gun-owners-of-america-funds-challenge-to-national-firearms-act-in-u-s-supreme-court.htm

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She won’t stop as long as she breathes air

Now With More Banning! Dianne Feinstein Introduces “Updated” Federal “Assault Weapons” Ban

“On Wednesday, longtime gun control extremist Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the latest version of her perennial bid to rid America of its most popular types of rifles, as well as the standard capacity magazines that come with most modern firearms.

Unimaginatively dubbed the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019,” Feinstein’s bill promises even more banning, more restrictions, more requirements, and more self-congratulatory and deluded rhetoric.

Feinstein has spent several days hyping the bill’s provisions to the media, but as of Friday afternoon, she had yet to actually release the text of the measure to the American public.

Her own description of the bill notes that it would ban “the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name.” Also included would be certain firearms that accept “a detachable ammunition magazine and [have] one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”

Magazines would be banned if they “hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”

Feinstein additionally claims she has “updated” the version of the legislation she introduced in the last Congress by banning more types of adjustable stocks, as well as stabilizing braces for pistols, and grips and stocks developed to comply with “assault weapons bans” enacted in the states.  She even promises to include a provision that would ban certain pistols based on their unloaded weight.

Feinstein and lead co-sponsors Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) portrayed the measure as a response to youthful activism demanding an end to mass shootings and as a way to rid “the streets” of “military grade weaponry.”

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20190111/now-with-more-banning-dianne-feinstein-introduces-updated-federal-assault-weapons-ban

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The way it really happened…

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Just the facts Ma’am

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Molon Strawbe

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Florida police draw guns, detain armed fishermen open carrying on pier

“Gun rights advocates are livid after Miami Beach Police on Sunday briefly detained a group of fishermen on a public pier over questions on their holstered handguns.

The anglers, members of Sunshine State gun rights group Florida Carry, are shown in a live-streamed video of the event being interviewed by responding officers who have their sidearms drawn. While the advocates, who were ultimately released after two hours, hold they were within their rights as state law allows for legal open carry while hunting or fishing, police feel they responded within guidelines.

“Given the current climate, if six people show up to a pier in South Beach carrying guns, our citizens expect us to respond promptly and address any potential danger,” Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates told the Miami Herald. “We did so, and I am confident our officers acted appropriately.”

http://www.guns.com/2018/06/25/florida-police-draw-guns-detain-armed-fishermen-open-carrying-on-pier/

Sounds reasonable enough doesn’t it?

Just one little problem…

According to Florida carry members….

“MBPD and the City Attorney were notified well in advance (June 7) that we (Florida Carry) would be at the pier on the 24th.”  Scott Whigham

Who ever would have thought?

Someone call David Hogg !!!

Phi GIF by MLB

Kathy McVay has a shiner after a friendly-fire hot dog.

“In between one inning during every home game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillie Phanatic will drive around the edge of the playing field shooting hot dogs into the stands from a pneumatic gun — a hot dog cannon, if you will — mounted on an ATV. Until Monday night, a fan had never been injured during this event.”

Sarah Bloomquist of 6 ABC reports that, unfortunately, a Phillies fan was injured on Monday night when the Phillies opened a three-game home series with the Cardinals. Kathy McVay of Plymouth Meeting, PA was hit in the face. McVay said, “I have a small hematoma in my eye. And mostly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to go down the side of my face.” She also suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to the hospital to be tested for a concussion.”

Phillies fan injured after being shot by Phillie Phanatic’s hot dog cannon