Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gun Rights News Roundup

Articles, news stories, and op-eds of interest to gun owners:

[Georgia] Appeals court upholds airport gun ban:
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that licensed firearms owners may not carry guns into parts of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

GeorgiaCarry.org, a gun-rights group, and state Rep. Timothy Bearden (R-Villa Rica) challenged the airport’s ban on guns. They contended a law enacted last year overrode a longstanding policy prohibiting visitors to the airport from carrying firearms in non-secure areas.
Bearden expressed disappointment.

“I know what the legislative intent was,” he said, noting he was the author of the legislation. “We will either continue to handle this through the judiciary process ... or we could just go ahead and fix this legislatively and spell it out.” ...

[Idaho] Red's Trading Post and ATF settle lawsuit:
A case that drew national attention over a legal dispute between Idaho's oldest gun store and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reached a quiet and uneventful conclusion on Wednesday.

Attorneys working on behalf of Red's Trading Post announced an agreement Wednesday that will end litigation over allegations that the gun store "willfully" sold guns improperly.

An attorney representing Red's said neither party admitted any wrongdoing in the case, which lasted nearly four years before reaching an agreement in U.S. District Court.
In March 2007, the ATF revoked the store's license to buy and sell firearms, saying that employees continued to make "repeated" and "willful" errors. The case went to U.S. District Court, where a federal judge determined that the ATF exaggerated and omitted some of its findings used to justify revoking Red's license.

In the two years that followed, both Red's Trading Post and the ATF each spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation to determine if store employees intentionally sold firearms improperly. [emphasis added] ...

Comment: The ATF spent taxpayer money; Red's had to spend private funds.

David Codrea challenges report of 'contrived' ammo shortages:
... Regular readers of my WarOnGuns blog know I've credited CEO Tommy Millner before for being accessible and responsive, both in the Jim Zumbo flap and the H.S. Precision catalog fiasco.

I just got off the phone with him and I'll share with you the Cliffs Notes version of our conversation:

Remington is flat-out working to maximum capacity. Demand outstrips ability to produce and deliver. If they could produce more to sell, they would. He believes his competitors would, too. And there is no hoarding.

As far as I'm concerned, that should end the matter. Does anybody believe he'd give me such an unequivocal response if he wasn't being straight--as he consistently has been?

[Utah] Pro-gun bills moving ahead:
Gun owners in Utah likely would have the ability to carry weapons in more places than ever before.

Two gun bills to grant people the ability to keep guns in their cars and homes await a final, mostly technical vote before going to the governor for his signature.

SB78 would require business owners to allow guns in vehicles in private parking lots, although the property owner could require the gun be secured. The guns could be loaded or unloaded, though business owners could mandate only unloaded weapons on their property.

"A person has the right to control what's in his car," said Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield. ...

[Arkansas] Church carry bill revived in wake of church shooting:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ABP) -- An Arkansas lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to allow concealed weapons in churches after a deadly Illinois church shooting March 8.

State Rep. Beverly Pyle (R-Cedarville) originally introduced a measure Jan. 29 to remove "any church or other house of worship" from a list of places where people licensed to carry concealed weapons are prohibited from bringing their guns.

The bill passed the Arkansas House of Representatives on a 57-42 vote Feb. 11 but then died on a voice vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee Feb. 25.

After a gunman entered First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., and killed Pastor Fred Winters with a gunshot to the heart, Pyle told Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV Channel 11 she was making changes to the bill and planned to take it back to the committee hoping for more votes.

"I have received numerous e-mails and phone calls concerning this wanting me to bring this back, none against it," Pyle told the TV station March 9.

The station talked to one Arkansas legislator -- Sen. Hank Wilkins (D-Pine Bluff) -- who indicated he might change his vote from "no" to "yes."

"In light of the shooting yesterday I think there will be a number of legislators who will want to reconsider this," said Wilkins, who is also a United Methodist pastor.

Police said the suspect in the shooting, 27-year-old Terry Joe Sedlacek, was armed with enough ammunition to kill as many as 30 people and had planned the attack to the point of writing "death day" on is planning calendar for March 8.

His weapon jammed after four shots, however, before he pulled a knife and wounded himself and two church members trying to subdue him. ...

David Codrea asks: Will Alabama mass shooting herald new push for AWB?:
... Gun owners are right to wonder if this is the event that will be the catalyst for making a new 'assault weapon' ban a priority.


We know Obama wants to ban semiautomatic firearms.

We know Eric Holder does, too, and thinks it's important enough to talk about the game plan before the rest of the team is suited up.

We know the Brady Campaign is hot on the heels of any opportunity to exploit their push "to restrict civilian access to military-style assault weapons."

And we know from history how "massacre" events are used as fulcrums to leverage support for gun bans.

We saw it in California.

We saw it in Britain.

We saw it in Australia.

So it's not like there's not a pattern.
The popular wisdom says Team Obama is too busy with other priorities. In case anyone hasn't noticed, the economy is in the toilet, the guy can't even assemble a cabinet, and some are beginning to express "buyer's remorse" as his popularity slips. And if the history of "gun control" edicts shows us anything, it's that when politicians have no clue, what better way is there to distract, make it look like they're doing something, and get favorable publicity, than to propose something that will be wildly popular with the media?

But aren't I being premature and hysterical? ...

John Longenecker provides his take on the Alabama shootings:
... When it comes to the armed citizen, the fear of more guns is no different from the apprehension of Citizen CPR as if it meant more heart disease on the streets. The armed citizen is not the cause of violence, he/she is the solution. What’s taking so long?

Every shooting has its own features, and facts will soon emerge, but one fact is common to all shootings. They could have been stopped sooner, perhaps stopped entirely, if an armed citizen were nearby. In EMS, there is a concept called the Golden Hour. It is a statistical inference that finds that the patient’s ultimate outcome is determined by what is done immediately. The scattergram, or the graph of how this is inferred, seems to fall immensely around less than sixty minutes. After that, cost, recovery, length of hospital stay, capacity or quality of life are inversely proportional to the time of intervention. The same is true for shootings. How soon you can stop the shooter is everything. Seconds count.

Societally speaking, this kind of refusal of acceptance of the ubiquitous armed citizen is the worst of all possible response times. For lack of intervention that could have been, innocents die. They die for dispatch protocol reasons and asset availability reasons. They die for political reasons. They die due to misinformation and they die to boost anti-gun arguments. They die for nothing. ...

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