Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Trace: Experts Say Cash for Guns Dont' Work

There's an old saying that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then.  That could apply to Michael Bloomberg's online anti-gun news outlet posting this story last weekend on how compensated confiscation (so-called gun buybacks) schemes are a waste of money:
In news reports about the buyback event, Tampa police stressed the impact the buyback would have on preventing crime in the future. In the words of Janelle McGregor, a spokesperson for the department, “That’s 521 firearms that will now be destroyed and never get into the hands of a criminal.”

That kind of endorsement is common from law enforcement officials, yet it runs counter to the facts: There’s no evidence that gun buybacks actually curb gun violence. Though the events have become ubiquitous in the U.S. since the ’90s, they’re coupled with a number of academic studies that pointedly demonstrate the ways that buybacks fail to reduce crime. “[Studies show that] the guns you get back are nonfunctioning, that we’re paying money and we’re not getting real benefits,” Ralph Fascitelli, the president of Washington CeaseFire, a Seattle-based gun safety organization, tells The Trace. “They’re just feel-good things that don’t do much real good.”
That's quite an admission for a gun ban group.  If a gun ban advocate can admit such schemes have no impact on crime, you would think police chiefs who push for compensated confiscation events would find a better use of taxpayer money.  According to one policy advisor, most police chiefs who push "buy backs" know they don't reduce crime:
“Experienced police officers will have a sense that [gun buybacks] are likely to be of marginal value,” says Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. “I think that’s safe to say that the primary function of a gun buyback program is to do something symbolic.”


So, what does work?  Scott recommends more effective efforts to reduce crime like Boston's “focused deterrence” - a strategy developed by John Jay College criminologist David Kennedy, that requires coordination between law enforcement and social-service providers to objectively identify the most dangerous offenders in a community, and make an effort to routinely check those individuals for firearms.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Second Amendment Advances in the States

Over on the Volokh Conspiracy, Dave Kopel runs down a comprehensive list of bills passed in state legislatures in 2015.  His list includes both pro-gun and pro-hunting bills.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Everytown Announces New Ad Campaign Targeting "Background Check Loophole"

The Hill has the story here.
“It’s time for Congress to take action and close the NRA-backed loophole that allows people like the Charleston shooter to obtain a gun without a complete background check,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement.
Never mind the fact it was apparently the FBI that dropped the ball.  It would seem that in this digital age that three days would be more than enough time to complete the background check. 

Just more proof that every law supported by the gun ban lobby that includes provisions they did not oppose at the time it was passed ends up being a "loophole" when they want further restrictions on our rights.

Glock 43 NRA's Gun of the Week, VSSA Annual Raffle 1st Prize

Today, on the American Rifleman web site, NRA named the Glock 43 the Gun of the Week.  It will also be this year's 1st Prize in the VSSA Annual Raffle that coincides with the VSSA Annual Meeting.  Members will receive more information about this great prize when they receive their Annual Meeting mailing but be on the look out for your chance to win this great firearm.

Firearms is the Issue Hillary Backers Choose to Sink Bernie

It's been said before that Bernie Sanders is no friend to gun owners, having voted to criminalize private sales of firearms and for a ban on modern sporting rifles in 2013.  But because he voted for the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and is not willing to go along with every gun control scheme with no questions asked, his is not pure enough for those on the left who strongly support taking away our rights.
Sanders continues to be hammered on the issue.  Late last week, the Christian Science Monitor had a post on it's web site by Matthew Dickinson, a blogger and professor of political science at Middlebury College, titled "Bernie Sanders Gun Control Record Gives Hillary Clinton an Opening":
And while it certainly does not represent a shift in presidential politics (contrary to this Washington Post article), Hillary Clinton has been sure to include a reference to strengthening gun control laws in her stump speech, albeit without mentioning Bernie by name.
Dickinson refers to Sanders' position on the issue as "ambivalent" several times.  The piece also brought out the fact that it's not just Clinton's supporters who think Sanders is vulnerable on the gun issue.  The same article linked back to a previous post by Dickinson that included a link to an ad paid for by a superpac supporting Martin O'Malley:
There is one Democrat who is much more pro-rights than Sanders, but that candidate (Jim Webb) gets no attention for his position because he is no threat to Clinton.  The fact that Bernie is getting so much attention must be an indication that he at least has taken away the sense of coronation that once surrounded Clinton.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Did the New York Times Really Expect Scott Walker to Bring Up Gun Control in South Carolina?

Patrick Healy wrote on the New York Times' First Draft blog:
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, in his first visit to South Carolina since nine people died in the church shootings, chose to address the massacre by praising the people of the Charleston region for their unity rather than discussing the gun control issues or the Confederate battle flag debate that arose afterward.
First Draft bills itself as a "fast-paced and comprehensive coverage of politics and elections by The New York Times. Come back throughout the day for the latest news and analysis, and be part of the political conversation."  Walker rightly chose to talk about what everyone should take away from the shooting - that in times of tragedy, good people come together and support each other. 

It's the left and the gun ban lobby that try to take advantage of such incidents to push an agenda.

Apply for 2015-2016 DGIF Quota Hunts

From the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

Apply for the 2015-2016 Quota Hunts Online!

Applications are being accepted NOW!image of deer
The website for the 2015-2016 Virginia Quota Hunts is the best way to apply for some of Virginia's best hunt opportunities. It's fast and easy! All you need is a valid email address.
Once you create a VA Quota Hunts online account, you can:
  • Apply for a variety of quota hunts
  • Pay using a credit or debit card (we also accept check and money order)
  • Check the status of the hunts you applied for,
  • And if you win a hunt, download all the necessary documents and permits.
  • Pay your permit/refuge fees online. (This applies to hunts 206, 207, 208, 210, 501, & 701 only.)

NEW for 2015-2016!

TWO HUNTS added...
  • 113 – Game Farm Marsh (WMA) Waterfowl Hunt - Hunting on the opening day of each of the three segments of the regular duck hunting season and first Saturday of the October segment on Game Farm Marsh WMA in New Kent County is now by Quota Hunt drawing.
  • 608 – Chickahominy WMA Dove Hunt - Hunt managed dove fields on the Chickahominy wildlife management area in Charles City County.
New APPLICATION DEADLINE!
  • 211 – Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts – Application DUE JULY 31!
    Please be aware, the application due date the 2015 Radford Army Ammunitions Plant Deer Hunt has been moved to an earlier date. Your application must be received by Friday July 31, 2015! The required background checks take a long time to process and we don't want you to miss out on your chance to participate in Virginia's premier deer hunt!

More features...

  • Radford Deer Hunt (RAAP, #211) Paperwork Tracker!
    Our most popular deer hunt also has the tightest deadlines for submitting paperwork and hunt fees. If you apply and are selected for the Radford Deer Hunt, your status screen (the first screen you see after logging in) will show you if and when your payment, criminal history/background check, and shotgun serial number form have been received.
  • Pay Permit Fees Online - If you win a hunt and are required to pay an additional permit or refuge fee, you can now do so ONLINE with a credit or debit card for hunts 206, 207, 208, 210, and 501. You'll be able to immediately download your hunting permit.
  • Text Messaging - If you indicate on the online application that you want alerts sent to your cell phone, we'll send you a text message as soon as the hunt drawing results are made public. You'll also get a text message if there is a change or update to a hunt you've won (such as extended hunting days or hunting area inaccessibility due to inclement weather.)

  • Connect to Facebook - "Like" the VA Quota Hunts page on Facebook and receive alerts via your Facebook account.

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Quota hunts provide hunters unique opportunities to access public lands that otherwise may be closed to hunting (such as our most popular hunt, the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant Deer Hunt.) Hunters can participate in random drawings to hunt waterfowl, white-tailed deer, black bear, quail, rabbits, turkeys, and feral hogs.
For rules and regulations, or for a complete list of hunts including ones new for the 2015-2016 season, consult the Virginia Hunting Guide or visit http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/quotahunts/

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Surprise - Justice Department Finds No Proof of Targeting Gun Shops in Operation Choke Point

The Daily Signal reports that a U.S. Justice Department Investigation has found the department did not deliberately target firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers with Operation Choke Point:
“Based on the results of this inquiry, [the Office of Professional Responsibility] concluded that Department of Justice attorneys involved in Operation Choke Point did not engage in professional misconduct,” wrote Deputy Counsel G. Bradley Weinsheimer, in the report issued July 7.

The investigation did, however, find evidence that Justice Department employees “seem to disparage payday lending practices” and were “clearly pleased” by the effect Operation Choke Point was having on the payday lending industry.
Kind of looks like the fox guarding the hen house.  The congressman (Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo) who requested the investigation is having none of it however:
Luetkemeyer said the Office of Professional Responsibility “blew off” what was the intent of his request, “which was to investigate those people whose actions were illegal and inappropriate.”
Luethemeyer this is not going to go a way and promised to keep pushing to get the answers.

Yes, People Do Use Guns for Self Defense

The gun ban advocates tout a recent study that claims owning a gun does not make you safer.   While that study has already been debunked, it is far more convincing to hear from someone who did fear for her life and turned to buying a firearm and training to use it for the purpose of protecting her life.   This morning, actress Kelly Carlson appeared on Fox News to talk a little about her experience and how she turned to the NRA for help, as well as promoting her appearance on the Outdoor Channel's NRA All Access airing tonight.
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Here is a preview of the NRA All Access segment.

Update:Carlson spoke more in-depth with Cam Edwards about her experience during Wednesday's NRANews program.

Everytown Making Things Up on Background Checks

Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety has gone on the attack against Cabela's, the retailer where the racist murderer who shot nine people in a Charleston Church last month bought his gun.  Last Friday, the FBI admitted it was it's error that allowed the sale to be completed.  So, you might ask, why is Everytown going after Cabela's.  Because of what they are now calling and "NRA backed loophole in the law" that allows someone to take possession of their firearm is the retailer has not received a NICS rejection of the transaction within three days.   This from Guns.com:
This has former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and the affiliated Moms Demand Action pushing a large national firearms retailer to close what they are calling, “The Charleston Loophole.”

Both groups are mounting a social media campaign asking the Nebraska-based Cabela’s to halt allowing guns to transfer with a delay status unresolved after the three day period. With some 60 stores and a large direct marketing arm, Cabela’s had more than $3 billion in revenue in 2014.

“Retailers have the right — and responsibility — to delay a gun sale until a background check is completed,” reads a post from Everytown. “But Cabela’s, one of the largest gun retailers in the country, will sell to anyone after three business days, even without a completed background check.”
Here are the facts about background checks:
When a delay response is received, this indicates that information supplied on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 has been matched with information contained in the National Crime Information Center, the Interstate Identification Index, and/or the NICS Index. Complete information is not always available and a further review of these records is necessary. The NICS exhausts all efforts to retrieve current record information by contacting law enforcement agencies, i.e., local, state, federal, courts, etc. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 allows three business days to obtain this information prior to the transfer of the firearm. The Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) is not prohibited from transferring the firearm after three business days have passed; however, the FFL is not required to transfer the firearm.
But facts never get in the way of Bloomberg's minions when it comes to exploiting a tragedy.  Katie Pavlich wrote about this at Townhall.com and spoke about the article and Everytown's false claims on NRANews.com.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gunsite Coming to Colonial Shooting Academy

The Outdoor Wire carried the story this morning:
The collaboration between Colonial and Gunsite will bring Gunsite classes like the popular 250 Defensive Pistol course to Colonial Shooting Academy's indoor tactical range and indoor shoot house starting in September, 2015. The 250 Defensive Pistol Course was first presented in 1976 by Colonel Jeff Cooper and is one of the most sought after firearms classes in the country. Suitable for shooters of all experience levels, the 250 Defensive Pistol Course is designed to achieve gun handling confidence & competence, includes 5 days of range work, lectures & intensive live-fire simulators, including low-light scenarios.
You can get more information about the classes here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Crime Prevention Research Study Finds 12.8 Million Concealed Carry Permit Holders

CPRC has the story here.  The study notes that the number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate with a 15.4% increase in just one single year. Slightly over five percent of the total adult population has a permit, five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits and ten states no longer require a permit to carry in all or virtually all of the state. According to the study, this is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing faster than the number of permits.  Also of note, since 2007, permits for women have increased by 270% and for men by156%.  The study also found some evidence suggesting that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites. Yet the gun ban lobby tells us that gun ownership continues to decline and that minorities don't support the right of self-defense.

Washington Post Says FBI Background Check Failure Provides Good Argument for Expanding Background Checks

The Washington Post web site carried this editorial last night around 6:00 stating that the FBI's admission it failed to stop the Charleston church shooter from getting a gun provides an argument for "tightened" background checks.
Mr. Comey’s admission should also drive home what should be an obvious point: A tightened, functional background-check system and other simple measures would erect real and practical barriers to people attempting to buy guns for nefarious purposes. If the system had worked correctly in this case, Mr. Roof would have been turned away at the gun store counter. If Congress had tightened up the system’s rules years ago, he would have had a harder time looking elsewhere, such as at gun shows. If federal and state lawmakers weren’t so in thrall to the pro-gun fringe, friends, family members and other potential sources would have faced clear and high penalties for giving Mr. Roof a weapon without taking him to a gun store to get checked out first.

It’s entirely appropriate to talk about imposing basic gun laws in the wake of any mass shooting. All of them underline the fact that guns are shockingly efficient killing machines that no responsible government would ignore. Even if better gun laws wouldn’t prevent every rampage or end street crime, they would certainly cut down on gun deaths from all sorts of causes by making it tougher to obtain and use firearms illegally.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has been urging congress to "Fix NICS" for years.
And the U.S. Department of Justice offered grants to states since 2013 so that they can get their records on prohibited persons more up-to-date.  And yet the FBI still can't get it right.  So, it is a little hard to follow the Post's logic on how this paperwork failure is proof that running more background checks through the system will stop incidents like the one in Charleston from occurring.

Dr. John Lott noted on the Daily Caller on Friday that even if the shooter had failed the background check, due to the fact that he had been planning the attack for six months, he would likely have done what most other criminals do, get a firearm through an illegal source.  Lott also noted that the larger problem is the fact that like any database involving names, there will always be incorrect information:
This is the same problem experienced with the “No Fly” list. Remember the five times that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was “initially denied” flights because his name was on the anti-terror “no fly” list? His name was just too similar to someone that we really did want to keep from flying. By Obama’s method of counting, that means the “no fly” list stopped five flights by terrorists.

For gun purchases, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dropped over 94 percent of “initial denials” after just the first preliminary review. The annual National Instant Criminal Background Check System report explains that these cases were dropped either because the additional information showed that the wrong people had been stopped or because the covered offenses were so many decades old that the government decided not to prosecute. At least a fifth of the remaining 6 percent were still false positives.
If anything, the FBI's failure in this case is proof why so-called "universal background" checks won't do anything to deter crime.  The only thing it will do is make people who want to sell a firearm from their personal collection a criminal if they don't abide by this registration scheme.