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Gun Control May be Wasting Away, But Not Because of COVID

Gun Control May be Wasting Away, But Not Because of COVID

Unpacking this “but for COVID” assertion more closely indicates that these gun control initiatives were not exactly slated for the slam-dunk success that their proponents would have voters believe.

In Florida, an NRA-supported challenge succeeded in getting a misleading gun ban kicked off the ballot. Anti-gun group Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN), a project of several gun control groups including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and David Hogg’s March For Our Lives, had attempted to place the gun ban on the ballot in 2020, but failed to obtain the required signatures. Having secured roughly 175,000 signatures, in recent months the group’s goals shifted to placing the measure on the 2022 ballot. With the Florida Supreme Court’s decision, gun control advocates will have to start the ballot measure procedure over from scratch if they intend to continue this attack on Floridians’ Second Amendment rights.

The Oklahoma ballot initiative, State Question No. 809 to rescind the state’s constitutional carry law, was already going nowhere fast. The campaign to undo the 2019 law had bounced from failure to failure before being halted by a court decision on June 23. In that ruling, a nine-judge panel of the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the language of SQ 809 was inaccurate, misleading, and legally insufficient. SQ 809 was declared invalid and ordered removed from the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Rep. Jason Lowe (D-Oklahoma City), a primary sponsor of SQ 809, is quoted as saying that, “if the pandemic hadn’t happened, he’d have amended the language and gotten the measure in front of voters in November.” This is extremely doubtful. Rep. Lowe’s earlier referendum petition on the carry law (State Question No. 803) was dismissed by a court in October 2019 for being far short of the signature threshold needed to get SQ 803 on the ballot. A news article describing the fallout of the June 23 court decision acknowledged that the problem was timing. Lowe’s campaign to repeal the carry law would “not be able to start collecting signatures immediately,” and was “unlikely to have enough time to collect and turn in 178,958 signatures before the secretary of state’s Aug. 24 deadline for petitions to qualify for the November ballot.”

Timing was also the critical issue in Ohio. The push for an initiative petition demanding so-called “universal background checks” began in 2016, although the petition itself was not filed until three years later. The Ohio Attorney General rejected the petition summary because it was not “a fair and truthful statement” of the law being proposed. A new petition was submitted in July 2019, with the goal of collecting enough signatures to get the measure on the 2020 ballot. By pre-COVID December, though, the proponents announced they were pushing the timing back, with a new target ballot date in 2021. None of these delays can be due to pandemic-based stay-home orders.

The Oregon initiatives are not a straightforward case of pandemic postponement, either. In 2018, Initiative Petition 43, to impose a ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines, was invalidated by the Oregon Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by the NRA and other petitioners. Backers of the initiative opted to drop their efforts to get the measure on the 2018 ballot and to focus, instead, on the 2020 election. The sponsors of IP 43 subsequently brought forward three gun control initiative petitions, IP 6061, and 62. Although the NRA again challenged the ballot title language, after some changes to the language the Oregon Supreme Court approved the ballot titles in April. A news article states the petitioners had originally planned to “select one petition to gather signatures for after proposal language has been approved,” but no signatures had been submitted for any of these petitions to qualify for the 2020 ballot.

The narrative favored by gun control advocates is that their measures represent the views of the overwhelming majority of voters (assertions that “81 percent of voters in Oklahoma oppose permitless carry,” and “90% of Ohioans support background checks,” for example).

Before COVID provided an excuse for the failure of these measures to get on the ballot, many similar initiatives that were voted on were either rejected outright or passed by much smaller margins than would be expected given the claims of overwhelming support. A 2016 ballot initiative for universal background checks in Nevada was approved by just 50.45% of voters (but once passed, was found to be unenforceable as written). Question 3, a background check initiative in Maine that year, was rejected by voters.

The fact that initiatives on issues other than increased burdens on gun owners will be voted on in OklahomaOregon and across America this November undermines the argument that the pandemic has wiped out gun control initiatives in 2020. A more plausible explanation is that now, with gun sales continuing to break records and an unprecedented number of first-time gun owners, Americans are less interested than ever in ineffectual restrictions on rights and freedoms.

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Today News about GUNS-Florida, NRA square off over 2018 gun law-Sept 17, 2020

TALLAHASSEE —In a legal fight that started after the 2018 mass shooting at a Parkland high school, attorneys for the state and the National Rifle Association this month detailed dueling arguments about the constitutionality of a Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns.

The two sides filed motions for summary judgment as they try to sway Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, with gun-control groups also submitting briefs last week in support of the law.

After 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018, the Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Scott approved a wide-ranging measure that includes the ban on gun purchases by people under 21. The NRA quickly challenged the ban and contended in its motion this month that the law violates Second Amendment and equal-protection rights.

“While Florida has an interest in promoting public safety, particularly in schools, it cannot show that the ban is the least restrictive means to advance that interest. Nor could any ban be,” NRA lawyers wrote in their Sept. 3 motion. “The ban infringes the right of all 18-to-20-year-olds to purchase firearms for the exercise of their Second Amendment rights, even for self-defense in the home. The ban does not just limit the right, it obliterates it. The ban could not possibly be the least restrictive alternative. Nor is there evidence in the record that the Legislature considered the availability of less restrictive alternatives.”

But attorneys for the state argued that people who are age 18 to 20 still have the right to possess guns if, for example, they receive the weapons from their parents. Also, the state said people age 18 to 20 are a “particularly high-risk group” and pointed to scientific evidence about impulsive and risky behavior.

“Empirical evidence bears out that because 18-to-20-year-olds are uniquely likely to engage in impulsive, emotional, and risky behaviors that offer immediate or short-term rewards, drawing the line for legal purchase of firearms at 21 is a reasonable method of addressing the Legislature’s public safety concerns,” the state’s Sept. 3 motion said.

Walker has scheduled a jury trial to start Jan. 11, according to a court docket. But if he grants summary judgment to either side, it would short-circuit the need for a full trial.

Federal law prevents licensed firearm dealers from selling handguns to people under age 21, but the Florida law goes further by banning all gun purchases by people in that age group, according to court documents.

The Republican-dominated Legislature scrambled to act after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was accused of using a semi-automatic weapon to kill 17 students and faculty members and injure 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, his former high school. Cruz continues to await trial on murder charges.

The NRA filed the lawsuit immediately after the gun-purchase ban passed, but the case has moved slowly, at least in part because of a dispute about an NRA attempt to allow two opponents of the law to participate in the case anonymously — an idea that ultimately was dropped. A named plaintiff, Radford Fant, joined the case.

Walker in May rejected a state request to dismiss the case. He made clear that he was not ruling on the NRA’s underlying arguments that the law is unconstitutional, only that the case should be allowed to move forward.

While the NRA has fought the law, gun-control groups have lined up with the state. Those groups filed two friend-of-the-court briefs last week contending that the law should be upheld.

2019 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo | MAY 17th – MAY 19th | Pittsburgh, PA

The Concealed Carry Expo is a consumer show dedicated to opening a world of tactical ingenuity to responsible gun owners that will be held May 17th – 19th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Expo offers safe and practical seminars from firearm industry experts, a live-fire shooting range to test new handguns, and a huge selection of gear, services, and information from our trusted industry partners.

MTR will be at the USCCA Expo Annual Show in Pittsburg, PA booth #528.

Why Should You Attend?

Sharpen your shooting skills at the FREE live-fire range &
reality-based training center
Train side by side with self-defense and firearms experts
Test out women-specific carry options in the Women’s
Concealed Carry Showroom
Explore 100’s of products from industry-leading vendors, including guns, holsters, ammo, knives, self-defense gear and more

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EXHIBIT HOURS

Please Note: The Concealed Carry Expo Exhibit Hall Hours Are Different From The Seminar Hours

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, PA

DAY 1

Friday, May 17th

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

DAY 2

Saturday, May 18th

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

DAY 3

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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EXPERIENCE FIRST-HAND SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING IN THE FREE LIVE-FIRE RANGE & THE REALITY-BASED TRAINING CENTER

Keep in mind that MTR Custom Leather, LLC offers several styles of holsters including: outside the waistband crossdraw, paddle holsters, belt slides and inside the waistband holster that are tuckable. MTR is a well know top custom holster manufacture that specializes in custom made holster to the specific weapons with after market attachments. Another great feature of MTR, they offered the BEST prices on exotic leather including tiger shark, elephant, stingray, alligator and many others. Check them out at www.mtrcustomleather.com

Source: 2019 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo | MAY 17th – MAY 19th | Pittsburgh, PA

Comparing the Glock 43x to the Glock 43: In-Depth Analysis-MTR has holsters for them

MTR Custom Leather scored big time and got our hands on the all new Glock 43x and Glock 48 before they were released, which gave us the ability to get our hands on them and have holsters ready well before launch! We are excited to have a full lineup of holsters available for all of the SlimLine Glocks including the 43x:

A-2 Dual Carry

A-3A Tuckable Adversary

B-1A Slimline Deluxe Pancake Belt Slide

A-8 Paddle Holster

(Every holster from shoulder rigs, ankles rigs IWB, OWB can be made for the Glock 43X)

SLIDE:

The Glock 43x not only features front cocking serrations but also features an nPVD finish vs the standard Gen5 nDLC finish found on the Glock 43. The verdict is out as to how the nPVD will stand up vs. the nDLC but hey, at least it looks nice…

HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF SOME OF THE MOST OBVIOUS CHANGES…

HEIGHT WITH MAGAZINE:

The Glock 43x has a height of 5.04″ vs the Glock 43 that features a height of 4.25″.
The change gives the shooter more grip length which allows for a more full grip and better control of the pistol.

MAGAZINE CAPACITY:

The extended height allows another advantage over the Glock 43 which is magazine capacity. The Glock 43 comes with a flush 6 round magazine while the 43x holds 4 additional rounds bringing you up to 10 rounds with a flush magazine. When it comes to magazine capacity bigger is almost always better and the 43x is certainly delivering with the additional 4 rounds.

Many customers are expecting that Glock will be releasing an extended or higher capacity magazine in the future, but there is nothing official from Glock at this time.

Source: Comparing the Glock 43x to the Glock 43: In-Depth Analysis

The Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va-MTR is HERE this WEEKEND…COME and SEE Us!!

Our exhibitors have an incredible knowledge base and are able to help customers find what they’re looking for. Our exhibitors can easily answer virtually all questions and concerns a consumer may have. That level of variety and knowledge is nearly impossible to find anywhere.

Handguns, Shotguns, Rifles, Ammo, Training, Holsters, Safes, Antiques, Carbines, Antique Pistols, Swords, Knives, Samurai Swords, Cartridges, Early Indian & Western Americana, Militaria of All Wars, Coins. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise.

The Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly provides the public with venues to purchase, trade & sell guns, ammo & related merchandise.

LOCATION:
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153​​

HOURS:
Friday:    3:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday:  9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

ADMISSION:
$22.00 for 3 day pass
Adults: $16.00/day
Teens 12 – 17 years: $8.00
Children under 12: FREE

Keep in mind that MTR Custom Leather, LLC offers several styles of holsters including: outside the waistband crossdraw, paddle holsters, belt slides and inside the waistband holster that are tuckable. MTR is a well know top custom holster manufacture that specializes in custom made holster to the specific weapons with after market attachments. Another great feature of MTR, they offered the BEST prices on exotic leather including tiger shark, elephant, stingray, alligator and many others. Check them out at www.mtrcustomleather.com

Source: The Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va

Video: How The Glock 43X And Glock 48 Advance The Slimline Series | Gun Digest-MTR Custom Leather has holsters for both weapons 

Glock’s extremely popular Slimline Series took a big step forward with the enhanced-capacity Glock 43X and Glock 48.

Undoubtedly, Glock has been among the top players in the concealed carry pistol market. Outside of their long-slides, there’s a case to be made that nearly every model in the legendary gunmaker’s catalog is a potential undercover option, at least for some armed citizen out there. In recent years, however, the company has turned its studied eye to producing pistols optimized to the hilt for everyday carry.

The Glock Slimline Series is the gunmaker’s response to consumer demand for single-stack options. This year the line got a couple upgrades that make it hard to deny Glock is hitting its groove with this configuration. The Glock 43X and Glock 48 not only offer enhanced capacity over the original Slimline G42 and G43, but greater shootablity. Actually the two walk hand-in-hand for the 9mms.

To squeeze in more rounds for 10+1 capacity, Glock had to extend the grip of the pistols. Given its mastery at packing rounds into limited real estate, the lengthening wasn’t by leaps and bounds. With a magazine, the Glock 43X and Glock 48 both have a height of 5.04 inches, which is around ¾ of an inch greater than the Glock 43. This shouldn’t make them a bear to conceal, at the same tick, most shooters will have enough grip to get their entire hand on the pistols. It makes a difference.

Need a good leather holster for the Glock 43x or Glock 48 or both. CHECK out www.mtrcustomleather.com. CHOOSE your holster and then you will find your weapon listed below in the drop down box.

Source: Video: How The Glock 43X And Glock 48 Advance The Slimline Series | Gun Digest

Just Joined the SigTalk Forum Today? Have You? P229, red dot, what OWB leather holster? – SIG Talk

Did you know that MTR Custom Leather just joined up to be apart of the SigTalk Forum. Please share the word about this Forum and then join the forum to talk about anything gun related regarding sigs.

 

I broke down and bought a P229 slide with as new Trijicon RMR mounted (spur of the moment and good price on another forum). I’m happy with metal

Source: P229, red dot, what OWB leather holster? – SIG Talk

Your Vacation in the Woods Turns into an Unplanned Robbery … What Do You Do Next?!

Proving Ground 13 – PLC 3 FINAL

Picture this:

You’re settling into your RV for the night when all of a sudden, the door flies open…

An uninvited intruder enters, and they’re ARMED with a knife!

You’re seconds away from being attacked with a knife…

What do you do next?

[VIDEO] Chaos at the Campground…

 

Animated GIF of a YouTube video demonstrating how to defend yourself in an RV while at a campground

 

Unexpected attacks happen all too often — but you don’t have to be a victim.

Discover what you need to know to fight back in a confined space and get out alive.

Watch your third video, now, to see exactly what it takes to defeat a violent attacker when they have the element of surprise on their side…

Take care and stay safe,

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Tim Schmidt
President | USCCA

P.S. – Remember, this video is your final step in preparing for the Live Training Broadcast Tuesday night.

After watching it, you’ll know the key strategies you need to know to defeat your attacker and protect your family…

But it’s only available for a short time!

If you haven’t seen the first two videos in your training series, click the links below:

Two Strangers Try to Take Control of Your Campsite — Would You Know What to Do? ⇐ Watch

Self-Defense Training From Expert Pete Bosquez ⇐ Watch

New York Sergeant Who Shot Unarmed Man Is Fired Amid Investigation – The New York Times

After the off-duty shooting in Brooklyn, Sgt. Ritchard Blake was caught on video dropping a knife near the man and then picking it up again.

A police sergeant who was under investigation in connection with the off-duty shooting of an unarmed man in the face in Brooklyn was fired on Friday, a police official said.

Moments after the shooting on Aug. 2 in the East New York neighborhood, video surveillance footage captured the sergeant, Ritchard Blake, patting down the man, Thavone Santana, as if looking for a weapon.

The sergeant then pulled a sheath knife out of his back pocket and dropped it out of its covering beside Mr. Santana. After briefly pacing, Sergeant Blake picked it back up, the video shows.

Mr. Santana, 21, survived the shooting.

The surveillance video, which was described by two law enforcement officials and later posted by NBC New York, raised questions about what had happened, and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said it would conduct “an independent and thorough” review.

Source: New York Sergeant Who Shot Unarmed Man Is Fired Amid Investigation – The New York Times

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