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by C. D. Michel
"It started with a coffee date. Now I'm married with kids. How the heck did that happen?"
How indeed? Life sneaks up on us. Change occurs in tiny increments. Before you know it, the order of life has been inverted.
It's the same with the law. Aristotle knew what he was talking about when he wrote "Jealously maintain...the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune."
The California slippery slope of anti-freedom legislation – whatever the political agenda – has been a model for the rest of the nation. This is the ceaseless, incremental strategy of the California gun control movement that continues to this day. On gun control, thankfully, the rest of the nation has mostly failed to follow. But here in the Golden State, the Golden Rule of gun control has always been to swipe freedoms one small step at a time. Over, and over, and over again.
As we previously reported, the Obama administration, via the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has proposed a new rule governing applications by legal entities such as trusts and corporations to make and transfer National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms. To justify the proposed rule, the administration and BATFE have stated that over 39,000 applications for transfers of NFA firearms to trusts or corporations were received in 2012 alone. Nevertheless, the agency cited not a single case in which an NFA firearm transferred to a legal entity was used in the commission of a crime.
by Greg Ellifritz
I travel quite a bit. Most of my adventures take place in third world countries where I can't carry my gun. But whenever I travel anywhere in the United States, I bring a couple pistols...even when traveling by air.
I flew out west for a camping trip with some friends a few weeks ago. As I was going through the airline firearms check procedures, it struck me that many of my readers might not know that it is legal to carry guns in checked airplane baggage. It's really a simple process. Here's what you have to do:
Cincinnati.com online poll shows overwhelming support for pending gun rights legislation, opposition to gun controlSubmitted by cbaus on October 21, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
A Cincinnati.com interactive online poll, open since July, reveals overwhelming support for pending legislation that would improve or restore rights for gun owners in Ohio, while at the same time reveals massive opposition to proposed gun control.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio muzzleloader hunters enjoyed warm weather as they harvested 5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohio's first antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season was a success, and we are pleased so many hunters participated," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We remain committed to providing Ohio's sportsmen and women with some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation."
The new antlerless muzzleloader weekend was the first opportunity to take advantage of Ohio's new extended hunting hours. A half hour of golden opportunity hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year's upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons.
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (200), Licking (164), Guernsey (144), Muskingum (143), Knox (141), Coshocton (138), Adams (135), Columbiana (128), Carroll (120), Athens (117) and Trumbull (117).
by Chad D. Baus
On Friday, October 11, a 15 year-old Kentucky boy brought a pistol to his high school. According to media reports, the boy never pulled the gun, but instead showed it to other students about two hours before Friday night's homecoming game. The boy's friends quickly informed their coaches and he surrendered the weapon and ammunition to school officials with no dispute.
Several days later, the local sheriff informed the media that the boy obtained the pistol from an Ohio man. From The Daily Independent, in an article misleadingly entitled "Gun brought to football game was purchased via Internet":
The youth charged with bringing a gun onto Greenup County High School grounds before a football game Friday bought the weapon from an Ohio man he contacted on the Internet, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said.
Cooper has interviewed the man, but on Monday afternoon was not sure whether he would face any charges.
Regular readers know that we report with great frequency on a veritable parade of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials and their over-the-top enforcement of "zero-tolerance" rules. Well, here we go again.
This week, we have not one, but four outrageous incidents of ridiculously enforced zero-tolerance policies to report. So, depending on your perspective, either the bar you hoped would not go any lower has dropped yet another peg, or--alternatively--the "asinine enforcement index" has now reached a new high.
Our first case involves a California high school student who was confronted by Canyon High School officials and told to change her NRA T-shirt because the officials deemed the shirt a violation the school's dress code, which forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing.
According to a CBS Los Angeles story, Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle wore her NRA shirt to school last month, and ended up in the principal's office. "They were treating me like I was a criminal," she said, noting that school officials would not allow her to wear the shirt "because it promoted gun violence."
by Chad D. Baus
Last month, lost in the news media's attempts to blame law-abiding gun owners (and a rifle that wasn't even used) for a crazed man's attack on the Washington Navy Yard, came a report from the City of Akron, where Police Chief James Nice offered a very public explanation of why background checks, no matter how stringent, are never going to prevent criminals from obtaining them.
From the AkronNewsNow.com:
It's a weekly occurrence in Akron, several shootings for police to solve, all despite the police department's best efforts to get the guns off Akron streets.
The problem is frustrating for Akron Police Chief James Nice who says teens and young adults just break into homes and keep stealing more guns to shoot each other with. He doesn't think the justice system is doing enough to stop them.
by Tim Inwood
On September 18th I was concerned Sarah Brady had briefly taken control of my local newspaper, considering the editorial cartoon and AP article that looked and sounded like propaganda straight from the Brady Campaign, an organization that never misses an opportunity to attack our Second Amendment rights.
The article quoting rabid anti-gun politicians like Obama, Feinstein and anti-gun activists like Kristen Rand, gratuitously taking a swing at the AR-15 rifle, basically blamed gun owners and the gun laws for the fact that Aaron Alexis was able to pass the required background check and legally purchase the shotgun he used to murder 12 citizens at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. The argument made is unsound. The fact is had law enforcement, the various courts dealing with him and the U.S. Navy done their job, dealt with his various crimes and treatment for mental illness as they should have, he never would have been able to pass the background check to buy the gun.
Washington, D.C., October 15, 2013 – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman joined a bipartisan group of 50 U.S. Senators, including Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), in reiterating to President Obama that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations.
"The U.S. cannot and will not place the Second Amendment rights of the American people in the hands of the United Nations," said Portman. "I am disappointed that the Administration has backed down on its self-proclaimed red line and chosen to sign the U.N. Arms Treaty in spite of Congress' bipartisan rejection. Such an agreement will weaken the United States' ability to conduct our own foreign policy while violating the rights of law-abiding Americans, and I strongly reject the ratification of this treaty."
In the letter to the president, the Senators outline six reasons why they will not give advice and consent to the treaty and are therefore not bound to uphold the treaty's object and purpose.