Great video on the microstamping law and how retarded it is.
The California State Senate late Friday morning voted to suspend Yee, and fellow Democrat Senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright, with pay, “until all criminal proceedings currently pending against them have been dismissed,” according to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert. The vote was 28-1.
Why is it that people in Government get “Suspended with pay” when being investigated for extreme negligence, corruption or something? How about they get suspended without pay, and will receive backpay should they be exonerated? That way at least we aren’t paying criminals while they are going through their trial.
Best. News. Ever. Not even going to summarize this one. Just read it and revel in the good news.
The owner of a California gun parts store, Ares Armor, says he plans to take legal action after federal agents raided his business, confiscating computers, customer lists and 80 percent lower receivers as part of an investigation into alleged federal firearms violations. This after Ares Armor received a restraining order against the ATF.
Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor in National City, told Fox5SanDiego.com the raid by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents took place just days after the company obtained a temporary restraining order against the agency.
The ATF says their investigation into Ares Armor stems from the sale of a new plastic version of the 80 percent lower receiver, which can be used to build AR-15 rifles, according to the report.
Now other suppliers of 80% lowers is suspending their sale. According to Polymer80.com
Some of you may have taken notice that we are no longer offering the G150 80% lower for sale on our site. We want to be clear that:
A. We were NOT shutdown in anyway by the ATF
B. We were NOT raided by the ATF
C. We have NOT even been contacted or directed by the ATF in any way, shape or form
D. We have done this VOLUNTARILY and PROACTIVELY
This whole customer list thing is kind of ridiculous if you ask me in a couple different ways. 1. If these are off list, non serialized, non DROSed lowers then why did Ares Armor keep records of who bought them? And 2. What prompted the ATF to go raid them in the first place?
Read the whole article about the Ares Armor debacle here.
So, this is kinda ridiculous. Why do “gun people” get so butt hurt about stuff like this? Everyone is pissed at Cheaper Than Dirt when they jacked up all their prices after the Sandy Hook shooting then everyone freaked out and purchased EVERYTHING gun related, cleaning out stocks and reserves everywhere (something from which we still have not completely recovered).
What is it with all the over reacting and outrage? You don’t like that CTD jacked up all their prices? Fine, then don’t shop there? Afraid that all guns and ammo will be banned? Not very likely to happen, calm down.
For crying out loud, let a business do what it thinks it needs to do to stick around. Gun people can be some of the most sensitive, easily offended, and skittish group of people I’ve ever seen. Sometimes even more than bleeding heart, utopian loving liberals.
So, I am a big fan of the free market. I believe that if you let it loose it can fix a lot of things that the government tries to fix by regulation and decree. That is what is happening in California with our handguns. All new handguns are required to have “micro-stamping” technology included in their design. This is to “help law enforcement” track down handguns that have been used in a crime. It does this by stamping the shell casing with a unique alpha numeric sequence that identifies the gun that a particular shell came from. Now, there are all sorts of issues with this tech, that I won’t get into in this post, but there is another solution that could be a good compromise.
That is the so called “Smart Gun”. To be honest, I am not a fan of this just yet. I think it has a lot to prove, but it could be a good thing, but we will likely never know. Why is that? It’s because the government, in all it’s wisdom, has seen fit to make this into a law “as soon as the technology is available”. That didn’t say “once the tech has been proven to work” or anything like that. So, someone somewhere, will decide that the tech is available and that means that it will become a requirement at some point, whether it’s ready or not.
That is not the way the free market works. The free market says that not before it is ready, and cheap enough that people will buy it, will it be released for sale. That means that companies can put these things through their paces, work up a good design, do some market research to find out what people want, and release a product that functions as it should and meets a need. Currently there really isn’t a need for these smart handguns, save here in California eventually. Which means there are very few companies (one as of this writing) that are making something like this, and it’s not particularly useful at the moment (only comes in .22 cal)
So all the government is ensuring is that a substandard “smart gun”, which will undoubtedly be re-named a “dumb gun” (or something more witty) that no one likes but everyone has to buy because the government says you have to. That will in turn endanger the lives of the people that will depend on those guns to work every time.
I don’t think it’s a bad idea to develop a smart gun, I think it’s a bad idea for a government to mandate that one is now required.
Not California news I know, but it’s still worth spreading the word.
So, yet another over reaction by the administration of a school. An elementary school in Ohio has suspended a 10 year old for making a finger gun and “shooting” his friend in the head. Undoubtedly they were playing some sort of cops and robbers game during recess and having a good time. This whole “zero tolerance” BS that these schools follow is abused so often I even wonder if it does any good whatsoever. It doesn’t seem to deter kids, or adults, from bringing guns to schools and shooting the place up at random. So what’s the point? The only people this rule is hurting is the kid thats just playing a game with his friend and the kid that makes an honest mistake and tries to do the right thing by alerting the faculty like this kid.
It seems to me that the kid with the finger gun could be told that “we don’t like that game at this school” which I think is still ridiculous, but whatever, it’s a school, and the kid with the knife should have been applauded for being responsible and giving the knife to an adult. All thats happening is the students are learning that if they make a mistake like this to not tell anyone about it. So what happens when a kid came back from a hunting trip and forgets he has a rifle in his car? (I believe this has happened also)
So here is my take away. If I were still in school I wouldn’t go to the administration if it could at all be avoided. Brought a knife to school? oops, it stays in my backpack. Went hunting over the weekend and left my rifle in the car? (thats a whole other issue of responsibility there that I won’t get into) Guess it’s going under the seat, or I’m driving back home and missing my morning classes and getting in trouble for that (better than a police record)
The faculty at the school should be folks that the students can trust to not bust them for an honest mistake. Whatever happened to enforcing the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law?