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ATF White Paper: Suppose I Were A Federal Agency...

Suppose I were a federal agency that had not only reflected, but amplified whenever possible, the opinions of my current boss. And suppose one morning, say November 9, 2017, I woke up to the realization that there was going to be a new boss in a few months, and I knew that new boss wasn't going to be, to paraphrase the Who, "the new boss, same as the old boss." What would I do? If I were a...

Headline: Outnumbered 29 to 2, student senator defends gun rights against steep peer pressure

TheCollegeFix.com recently highlighted the work of a student at The Ohio State University to stand up for the Second Amendment in the face of steep opposition from his classmates. According to the article, Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government chose to voice their opinion on newly-passed legislation that provides colleges and universities the option to allow concealed carry on campus (...

ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations

On Monday, [February 6] the Washington Post reported on a “white paper” written by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Ronald Turk that outlines several changes that ATF could make to decrease the burdens placed on gun owners and the firearms industry while maintaining public safety. Titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms...

Confessions of an 'Active Shooter'

Hi, I’m Jeff, and I’m an active shooter. [“Hi, Jeff.”] I’ve been a shooter for most of my life, beginning when I was about 4, shooting BB guns in the back yard with my mom and older brother. When I turned 8, my brother and father presented me with my first .22 rifle, a single-shot bolt-action hand-me-down, and I actively shot that as often as I could. A year later, my father gave me a brand new...

Senate votes to repeal Obama’s ban on gun sales for certain Social Security recipients

The Washington Times is reporting that Congress has approved the first gun rights bill of the new Republican-controlled Washington, voting to erase an Obama administration regulation that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights by forcing the Social Security Administration to report some of its beneficiaries to the firearms no-buy list. The Senate took up the bill on...

After this year, there will likely be 16 or 17 Constitutional Carry states

With Missouri, West Virginia, and Idaho enacting Constitutional Carry laws last year, twelve states allow people to carry without a permit in all or virtually all their states. This includes Montana that allows people to carry without a permit in about 99.4% of the state. And 2017 is shaping up as a banner year for passing more of these laws. States that are about to pass these laws include:...

When Do School Shootings Occur?

Last [month] we had another school shooting. When I read that the West Liberty High School shooter chose to initiate his attack before classes officially began for the day, it got me thinking. It seemed that a lot of recent school attacks have been happening not during the school day, but rather before or after school. When I linked to the story about the shooting on my Facebook page, I casually...

Rep. Patmon's HB 33 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths

Editor's Note: The following article was originally published in response to the introduction of Rep. Bill Patmon's HB 563 in the 129th General Assembly. That bill was never considered, and it died at the end of the session in 2012. Patmon reintroduced the bill as HB 31 in the 130th General Assembly. It again failed to be given serious consideration, and died at the end of 2014. Patmon...

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