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ATF Changes Rule Just Before It Starts

From Guns and Gadgets:

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The Lies About Guns vs Voting

From Reason:

Sen. Alex Padilla (D–Calif.) recently claimed that it is easier in some states to acquire a rifle than it is to cast a ballot. This false claim ignores the reality of gun control in America. Despite widespread misconceptions held by gun control advocates, guns are the most heavily regulated consumer good in the country. Millions of Americans are federally prohibited from not only possessing a gun for even a fleeting moment, but also from possessing even a single bullet. 

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Recent Defensive Gun Uses Make The Case For Less Regulation

From The Daily Signal:

According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year. There’s good reason to believe that most of these defensive gun uses aren’t reported to police, much less make the local or national news.
For this reason, The Daily Signal each month publishes an article highlighting some of the previous month’s many news stories on defensive gun use that you may have missed—or that might not have made it to the national spotlight in the first place. (Read accounts from 2019 and so far in 2020 here).

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Democrat Platform Is An All Out Attack On Guns


Democrats will enact universal background checks, end online sales of guns and ammunition, close dangerous loopholes that currently allow stalkers and some individuals convicted of assault or battery to buy and possess firearms, and adequately fund the federal background check system. We will close the “Charleston loophole” and prevent individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms. Democrats will ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We will incentivize states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms and “red flag” laws that allow courts to temporarily remove guns from the possession of those who are a danger to themselves or others. We will pass legislation requiring that guns be safely stored in homes. And Democrats believe that gun companies should be held responsible for their products, just like any other business, and will prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from civil liability.

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ATF Drops Case Because of Non Existent Rule

From Cam and Company:

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Will Small Shops Survive Illinois Gun Control?

From Bearing Arms:

A new gun control law aimed squarely at gun shops in the state of Illinois takes effect today. The Firearms Dealer License Certification Act requires all gun stores across the state to be licensed by the Illinois State Police as well as the federal government, and in order to get that state license firearm retailers have to navigate a maze of red tape and comply with onerous new restrictions. In some cases, gun shops are shutting down rather than try to meet the new requirements, and other stores are ditching gun and ammo sales completely.

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Gun Companies To Leave CT


High taxes and strict laws encourage gun manufacturers to abandon Connecticut, according to a new report published last month.

“It’s directly related to regulations,”said Mark Rydzy, owner of the Pauway Company, during an interview with the Connecticut Post in July. “Every time a new series of gun laws goes into effect, it ends up changing everything.”

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ATF Reclassifies Key Ammo Component Without Warning

UPDATE 9/1/2016:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has walked back an announcement it now viewed wetted nitrocellulose as a high explosive and will work with the firearms industry on clarification.

From Ammoland:

ATF’s sudden and unexpected change in policy on wetted nitrocellulose will likely have a significant impact on industry’s ability to deliver products to the military and commercial markets. Industry members have relied on the exemption for wetted nitrocellulose for many years and are aware of no accidental detonations or diversion of this product into illicit channels. Consequently, it is unclear why ATF believed it necessary to change its policy and, more importantly, why ATF announced the change in a newsletter article with no advance notice to industry.

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If Guns Were Regulated Like Cars

Over at The Truth About Guns they make the argument that if guns were really regulated like cars the anti-gunners would be appalled.

  • Car dealers don’t need to be licensed by the federal government. Gun dealers do.
  • Car dealers don’t need to keep meticulous records of all transactions under penalty of law. Gun dealers do.
  • Cars don’t require registration to own or licensing to operate. Neither do guns.
  • Cars can legally be sold across state lines. Selling a gun across state lines is a felony.
  • Driver’s licenses are valid in all states. Concealed carry licenses aren’t.
  • I don’t need to tell the ATF when I take my short wheel-base car to another state. I do need to tell them when I take my SBR hunting rifle.
  • Cars aren’t banned just because they look scary. “Assault weapons” are.
  • I get a tax credit when I buy certain cars. I don’t get a tax credit for my new hunting rifle.

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Obama Adminstration’s Attack On Guns

Fox News reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has proposed a new regulation for the sale of rifles in border states (i.e. Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California). The regulation would cover any rifle larger than .22 caliber that also has a detachable magazine, which is almost every rifle ever made.

According to an ATF spokesman:

the agency is pushing for this new regulation now because since 2004, there’s been a 100 percent increase by Mexican drug cartels using rifles, which are not covered by any reporting requirements.

This quote is misleading at best. The spokesman is implying that gun runners for the cartels are coming into the United States and buying semi-automatic rifles off the shelf. There have been many claims that most of the guns found in cartel caches are from the United States. Most of the guns that can be tracked are from the U.S., the U.S. military. The automatic rifles that we send to Mexico are stolen from the army and police and used by the cartels. The distinction between semi-automatic and automatic is key, because for the most part no one is this country is allowed to purchase a fully automatic rifle.

Later in the article a spokesman for the Brady Campaign is quoted:

“It makes sense that law enforcement should be alerted if someone is buying five, 10 or 100 assault weapons, when it’s likely that those guns could be headed to drug cartels in Mexico,” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign.

“It will give ATF the same amount of information about people who buy military-style assault weapons in bulk that they already have had for more than 40 years about people who buy handguns in bulk,” he said in a statement. “It’s the kind of crime-fighting information that our law enforcement officials ought to have if we want to reduce the number of assault weapons being trafficked illegally to Mexico, as well as to American cities.”

This quote is also misleading and full of exaggeration, meant to scare people who don’t know any better. There maybe a few cases of gun owners buying five rifles at a time, but it is very unlikely to occur not to mention ten or a hundred at one time, which is ridiculous. I don’t know anyone who owns a hundred guns and if you are reading this I bet you don’t either. As I said before cartels are not purchasing their guns from U.S. gun shops. This regulation will, if passed, inevitably make it harder for law-abiding citizens to arms themselves while doing nothing to deter criminals and the drug cartels who are already breaking the law.

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