Gun law and free market crossover post!

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.

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Another Student Suspended for “Finger Gun”

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?

Illegal immigrants manufactured illegal guns in California

2 Illegal immigrant brothers were charged and indicted yesterday on charges of manufacturing illegal firearms and components in California including fully automatic firearms and suppressors. 3 of those things are illegal, guess which thing they didn’t get caught for.

Read the rest here

 

California attorney general tries to overturn gun carry ruling in 9th Circuit

Just when you thought you might be able to get a CCW anywhere in California. Not to say I didn’t see this coming.

This comes just one week after San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he would not seek en banc review and would start issuing permits based on self-defense once the appeals court decision was finalized.

Since Sheriff Gore did not ask for review, the only way for a hearing by a larger panel of justices in the 9th Circuit is if one asks to go en banc.

“Obviously, what this tells us is the folks that advocate civilian disarmament are upset about the opinion and want to throw everything they can at it to bottle up the 9th Circuit or get it overturned,” said Mr. Michel, whose firm, Michel and Associates, represented the plaintiffs in the Peruta case up to the appeals court level.

Read the rest here

Jerry Brown to Run for Re-election (awesome… /sarcasm)

Oh great. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has decided to run for re-election. This nut-job is bad for California and needs to go.

“I promised that there would be no new taxes unless you the people voted for them, and you did.”

Thats just what we need is this guy or another guy asking us to raise taxes in California AGAIN to balance the budget.

http://www.jerrybrown.org/announcement

New Ballistics Calculator from Federal

Federal just released a ballistics calculator on their site for all your loading needs. Register to make an account so you can save your custom loads. Has all the standard bells and whistles that a load calculator should have, and has all the data for Federals factory loads as well as their bullets for all you hand loaders out there. Head on over and check it out.

http://www.federalpremium.com/ballistics_calculator/default.aspx

New “Smart” Handgun

Just announced today, The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately, according to an article by Michael Rosenwald of The Washington Post.

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When the RFID-equipped watch is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun  — like when a shooter grips the handle — it sends a signal to unlock the gun and a light on the back of the weapon turns green. (nothing will ever go wrong with this)

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The pistol, which looks like a cross between Knight Rider, a Cylon, and Meagron, will sell for $1,399 and the watch (which is, of course, sold separately) is $399

-Tim