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Second Amendment Foundation Steps In to Stop Obama’s AR-15 Ammo Ban

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Published on: March 5, 2015

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The Second Amendment Foundations’ general counsel sent a letter to the ATF Director B. Todd Jones Wednesday warning that legal action will be taken to bar any change in the law regarding the ammunition used in America’s most popular sporting rifle.

Writing for SAF, general counsel Miko Tempski informed Jones:

“This proposal is just an attempt to limit firearms rights because the president’s other such attempts have been blocked through constitutional checks and balances on his power.

“Should the BATFE lawlessly proceed on this path,” Tempski warns, “SAF intends to call on those checks and balances to stop the administration’s executive overreach again.”

Tempski’s three-page letter dissects the BATFE proposal, noting repeatedly that the .223-caliber, M855 ball ammunition at the center of this controversy “is not armor piercing pursuant to the definition in the statute.”

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Pittsburgh Anti-Gun Ordinance Remains in Place as NRA Lawsuit Proceeds

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Published on: March 4, 2015

The City of Pittsburgh has been granted a stay in the National Rifle Association’s lawsuit against a firearm ordinance. That means, the city’s “lost or stolen” ordinance is allowed to stand as the lawsuit proceeds, though the NRA had requested it be halted during the case.

“We think that the court made an error, made a series of errors in fact,” said Jonathan Goldstein, outside counsel for the NRA. “We don’t think they were entitled to that stay, we think that what Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have done is very much out of step with the courts that have already ruled on this in Lancaster and Dauphin County and we intend to appeal.”

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Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed

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On Wednesday, gun control advocate Gabby Giffords stood with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill to demand that everyone buying a gun be required to undergo the same background check Jared Loughner underwent to acquire the Glock he used to shoot her in 2011.

Yes, Loughner acquired his firearm via a background check, as did Jerad and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), among others.

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thumbJackie Mason Video Blog on “Gun Control”

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Bloomturd Loses: WV Senate Votes to Become Constitutional Carry State!

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has been on somewhat of a skid for quite some time, from Staples’ headquarters telling group members to get off its property to Starbucks refusing to ban guns in its stores–Moms Demand Action’s claims notwithstanding–to Kroger, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) ignoring its gun control requests, as well.

And now we can add one more prominent group to the list of those who were not swayed by the antics of Moms Demand Action. That group is the West Virginia Senate.

On February 24, Moms Demand Action urged the West Virginia Senate not to pass legislation which would rescind the requirement for a concealed carry permit in that state. They said the bill under consideration–SB 347–“would effectively dismantle the state’s concealed carry permitting system, changing West Virginia law to allow dangerous people to carry guns in public.”

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thumbBloomturd’s Amazingly Inaccurate Ad to Keep Areas Gun-Free Zones

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Bloomberg’s argument here is that the bill to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry on school property is really an attempt to let criminals carry guns around schools. The fact that people will need a permit that requires a criminal background check is never mentioned.

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California: Update: The Fight Against California’s De Facto Handgun Ban Continues

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Litigation Update

A district court judge recently held that the limitations under California’s Unsafe Handgun Act, which prohibits many pistols commonly sold in the rest of the country, do not violate the Second Amendment.

The “Roster” of handguns that meets the states expansive safety requirements first implemented in 1997 excludes many popular models and is getting gradually smaller due to increasing restrictions to include unworkable microstamping requirements.

In reaching its decision, the court mistakenly concluded that the Roster doesn’t burden the Second Amendment at all because it considered the Roster to be a presumptively lawful condition and qualification on the commercial sale of firearms.

The Court’s order can be viewed HERE.

All filings in the case can be viewed HERE.

The plaintiffs are appealing the misguided ruling to the Ninth Circuit, and the NRA-CRPA legal team will support the fight on appeal.

There is also another legal challenge underway in state court. In 2014, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) filed a law suit challenging California’s microstamping scheme. A copy of the press release containing a link to the lawsuit can be found HERE.

That suit seeks to invalidate and enjoin enforcement of provisions of state law enacted in 2007, but not made effective until May 2013, requiring that all semiautomatic pistols sold in the state not already on the California approved handgun roster contain unproven and unreliable microstamping technology.

NRA-CRPA lawyers are also monitoring this suit, and may prepare a new suit if necessary to protect the interests of California gun owners.

The roster and microstamping schemes have now resulted in two costly lawsuits that will cost California tax payers millions to defend.

How California’s Microstamping Mandate is a De Facto Gun Ban:

Dealers Face A Shortage of Handguns For Sale

As vividly illustrated in a compelling video from NRA News correspondent Ginny Simone, California’s microstamping law has become a de facto gun ban in the state. The video features accounts from firearms industry professionals, dealers and technical experts, and shows how the microstamping process is an utter failure – except as a way to stop pistols from reaching the consumer marketplace.

Conscientious gun manufacturers often make minor changes to their products as new technology or manufacturing processes become available so consumers get the best, most reliable products on the market. Even though these minor changes are made, manufacturers typically do not change the product model numbers.

Ironically, California’s mis-named “Unsafe Handgun Act” is now making it impossible for gun retailers to sell these more refined and more reliable pistols. Even though these models have passed the performance tests that California law imposes, according to California regulators even minor changes trigger the need for these guns to be retested and re-certified for sale. And since last year, a gun can only be certified if it incorporates a “microstamping” process. None of these refined handgun models have microstamping, and major manufacturers can’t incorporate this unworkable technology. As a result, a large number of handguns have been “delisted” and can no longer be sold by retailers in California. And no new model pistols will be able to pass the test to be sold.

California’s “Unsafe Handgun” Ban

Since January 1, 2001, California’s so called “Unsafe Handgun Act” law has mandated that before a handgun can be sold in California it must be listed on the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale (the “Roster”). Originally, handguns only needed to pass a drop test and other performance tests to be listed and approved for retail sale.

In 2006, the law was amended to require that all centerfire semi-automatic pistols have a loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect safety by January 1, 2007. The firearms that had these required features and passed the performance tests were deemed “not to be unsafe handguns.” But the firearms that were on the Roster before the law was amended were “grandfathered,” meaning they did not need to have the new features to stay on the Roster.

In 2007, notoriously anti-gun-owner then-Assembly Member Mike Feuer (now Los Angeles City Attorney) pushed a new law adding a new requirement for pistols to make it onto the Roster – microstamping.

Proponents of the microstamping bill falsely claimed that the additional cost of microstamping “would be $0.50 to $2 a gun.” But the real cost of incorporating microstamping into the manufacturing process is very expensive, and doesn’t work. Although microstamping has nothing to do with making a firearm safer, Mr. Feuer touted his scheme as a law enforcement tool. But microstamping doesn’t work. Nonetheless, the law passed. You can read the history of this bill and information presented to the Legislature at the California Legislative Information website HERE.

The Microstamping Fraud

Implementation of the microstamping requirement was postponed until the California Attorney General could certify that microstamping technology was available to manufacturers and was not encumbered by a patent. Attorney General (now Governor) Jerry Brown did not certify that microstamping was available during his tenure Attorney General. But on May 17, 2013, Attorney General Kamala Harris certified that microstamping technology was unencumbered by any patent. The DOJ alert and certification can be read HERE. After that, pistols that were already on the Roster were “grandfathered” and did not need to meet the new microstamping requirement. But any new pistol seeking to be certified or re-certified for sale must now incorporate the microstamping process.

Problem is, it can’t be done. Experts agree that the microstamping process itself is not a viable technology. A U.C. Davis study shows the flaws with this process. The NSSF’s summary of the study may be found HERE and the full study can be found HERE. Even the patent holder of the mircostamping process acknowledged in 2012 that the concept of microstamping requires further study and should not be mandated. Click HERE to view the 2012 AFTE Journal article. The attorneys at the law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C., have published a set of materials relating to microstamping, posted HERE. To view the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)’s background papers on microstamping, click HERE.

The Dilemma For Manufacturers

Gun manufacturers now face an impossible dilemma. California currently interprets the Unsafe Handgun Act to require retesting and re-certification when any change to a handgun is made, unless the change is purely cosmetic. So if a manufacture makes a minor change to a part of a handgun, how a part of the firearm is made, what a part is made of, or any other non-cosmetic change, then the handgun must be submitted for retesting and recertified before it can be re-listed on the Roster. But once a minor change is made to a pistol the only way a gun manufacturer can get it back on the Roster is to incorporate microstamping technology into the firearm. Gun manufacturers can’t, don’t, and won’t.

This also means that manufacturers cannot modify and improve their pistols in any way if they want to keep the existing models on the Roster. They cannot even make their current models more reliable, more durable, less expensive, or more advanced, unless they include microstamping technology – a flawed technology that manufacturers cannot comply with because it does not work and the technology to implement it does not currently exist. So ironically, the “Unsafe Handgun Act” now forces California retailers to sell less refined and potentially less safe firearms – all supposedly in the name of safety.

The Consequences for Consumers

The consequences of California’s microstamping mandate are already being felt. Ruger has confirmed that it is being largely forced out of the California market as a result. The statement from Ruger CEO Mike Fifer can be found HERE. Smith & Wesson has also made a similar announcement. An article on that announcement can be read HERE. Since the microstamping mandate kicked in last May, over 100 handguns have fallen off the Roster. The list of De-Certified Handgun Models can be found HERE. Even more disturbing, the list of “Newly Added Handgun Models” has been blank for over a month. That list can be reviewed HERE.

As the NRA video shows, firearms are typically manufactured on a type of modern assembly line, with specific parts largely interchangeable. Microstamped firing pins or other microstamped parts require a special batch production. These special microstamped parts then must be segregated from the rest of the firearm parts of the same kind. After they are separated, the special batch parts must be matched to the specific firearm that it is individually made for. All of this time-intensive work requires vast amount of supervision and manufacturing technology that doesn’t exist. And this doesn’t even take into account the added complexity in the planning, procurement, logistics, and warehousing aspects of manufacturing firearms with this ill-conceived technology.

Taking Action Outside the Courtroom

NRA-CRPA are taking action in the legislative and regulatory arenas as well.. Our representatives are working with regulators to seek a policy change that would allow improved firearms to get back on the Roster. Legislation is also in the works that would fix the problem of improved guns falling off the Roster.

Help NRA and CRPA Help You

You can assist in the fight to defend gun owners’ rights in California courts by donating to The California Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation and the NRA Legal Action Project today. For a summary of some of the many actions the NRA and CRPA have taken on behalf of California gun owners, including the tremendous recent victory in the Peruta case, click here. Second Amendment supporters should be careful about supporting litigation efforts promised by other individuals and groups without access to the necessary funding, relationships, firearm experts and experienced lawyers on the NRA-CRPA’s national legal team. The NRA-CRPA’s team of highly regarded civil rights attorneys and scholars has the resources, skill and expertise to maximize the potential for victory.

NYPD statistics prove SAFE Act does not make New York City safer

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New statistics released by the NYPD showing an increase in homicides and shootings are more proof that gun control and the so-called SAFE Act has not made New York City any safer.

“Elected officials from the Governor on down touted the supposed benefits to public safety the SAFE Act would bring,” NYSRPA President Tom King said. “The gun control lobby followed them up with unsubstantiated claims a lazy media did not bother to investigate. Yet when the facts come out disproving their assertions, both the politicians and antigun lobbyists are silent.”

King concluded, “Here’s my suggestion to the New York media: Track down all those SAFE supporters and ask them, in light of the evidence, to justify their position.”

NYCG Radio Episode #109 – 3/3/15 “The Future is the NRA”

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ATF’s Absurd AR-15 “Armor-Piercing” Ammo Ban Can Be Abused To Ban Common Rifle, Pistol Ammo

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Published on: March 3, 2015

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The argument that Barack Obama’s ATF is attempting to use to ban common M855 ball ammunition for the AR-15 is that the bullet is “armor-piercing.”

Factually that is a lie, according to the clear definition of what constitutes an “armor-piercing” bullet as defined in the Law Enforcement Officer’s Protection Act of 1986 (LEOPA).

LEOPA’s definition requires the bullet’s core to be made of one of a number of specified hardened metals, and the core of the M855 ball round is soft lead that makes up 80-percent of the bullet’s total weight. The specific goal of the law was to prevent the use of hardened metal bullets with penetrator cores in common handguns, for what was then called “cop killer bullets.”

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Support For Permitless “Constitutional Carry” Of Handguns Surges

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The state senates of Kansas, New Hampshire, and West Virginia, have all passed version of so-called “constitutional carry” bills that will allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a special permit from law enforcement agencies.

Supporters of the legislation in Kansas pointed out that permitless open carry was already the law of the land, and that citizens shouldn’t have to get a permit to simply put on a coat that might conceal the same firearm. They also pointed out the absurdity of requiring law-abiding citizens to get a permit, when criminals were going to carry weapons illegally, regardless of laws. The bill now heads to the Kansas House.

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thumbE.T. Williams: Obama Honor’s Trayvon Martin Like He Is A Civil Rights Leader (Video)

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thumbLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at CPAC 2015 Talks 2A With the NRA (Video)

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At CPAC 2015, Cameron Gray interviews Governor Bobby Jindal (R – Louisiana) about pushing back against Washington, fighting worldwide terrorism, and defending the Second Amendment – NRA News – February 26, 2015 – http://www.NRANews.com

thumbFormer Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at CPAC 2015 Talks 2A With the NRA (Video)

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Cameron Gray talked to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin about the NRA and the importance of protecting the Second Amendment, as well as her Sportsman Channel show “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” – For more information, go to: http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/sh… – NRA News – February 26, 2015 – http://www.NRANews.com

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Cam Edwards talks to Governor Scott Walker (R – Wisconsin) about fighting worldwide terrorism, his efforts to protect gun rights in Wisconsin, and more – NRA News – February 27, 2015 – http://www.NRANews.com

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