So i’m pretty excited for Brad Thor’s new novel, Hidden Order – the overview reads the following:
Action-packed from page one, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the “master of thrillers.”
A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C. in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror.
In Brad Thor’s riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.
In summary on Friday, May 3, 2013 the Los Angeles City Council passed a measure to being drafting an ordinance declaring that standard capacity magazines are a public nuisance, and their possession a misdemeanor. That means if you live in a city like Burbank (that is surrounded by Los Angeles on all sides), you cannot leave the city with a standard capacity magazine without breaking the law.
Despite several written letters of opposition by pro 2A organizations regarding state preemption, and most recently a similar ban in Richmond that was repealed, they chose to move forward. So the city will now face a potential multimillion dollar state preemption lawsuit that the city doesn’t have the funds to pay for.
Please contact your council representative, and let the voice of opposition be heard.
Here is a link to the city’s webpage so you can find out who your Council representative is by entering and address or cross street. This includes the current Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti of District 13, and Chair of the Public Safety Committee Mitchell Englander of District 12
Here is a link to all the members of City Council so you can let them all know how you feel.
Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- “Gun Owners of America [has] spent the months since Newtown doing tremendous damage, insisting that expanded background checks will lead to a gun registry.” – New York Times, April 4, 2013
It’s quite a complement when the New York Times thinks that you are doing “tremendous damage.” But you can be sure that the other side is not going to go away quietly.
And sure enough, the Obama Administration is trying to unilaterally undo our recent victory in the Senate – and to undo the “damage” that all of us inflicted together.
But first, a little history.
Remember when Senators Pat Toomey, Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer formed an unholy alliance during the recent gun battle on Capitol Hill? Remember how their amendment would have encouraged your psychiatrist to turn you in to the FBI’s gun ban list?
And you remember how we stopped that provision, because over 40 senators found it to be odious and a violation of the Second Amendment?
Well, guess what? Barack Obama has just concluded that “he don’t need no stinkin’ Senate.”
Instead, Secretary Kathleen “ObamaCare” Sebelius – and her Department of Health and Human Services – has promulgated regulations which would, by executive fiat, waive all federal privacy laws and encourage you doctor to report you to the FBI.
Understand a couple of things: First, the standard which your doctor would use to turn you in is embodied in Clinton-era ATF language and in the anti-gun Veterans Disarmament Act of 2007. Specifically, you doctor would “drop a dime” on you if he suspected you were even a slight “danger to yourself of others” or were “unable to manage your financial affairs.”
So if they say you can’t balance your checkbook, then you lose your constitutional rights.
But there’s another problem: The day these regulations become law, lawyers will be lining up to sue “deep-pocket” psychiatrists for every case where they failed to turn in a patient to NICS – if the patient subsequently engages in a horrific act.
The bottom line? Any psychiatrist who failed to report all of his patients to the NICS system risks losing everything if any of them engages in harmful conduct. Soon the rule of thumb will be: See a shrink; lose your guns.
And the regulations will apply to private, as well as government-employed psychiatrists.
The bad news is that 165,000 military veterans have already lost their gun rights because of the “see a VA shrink, lose your gun rights” precedent from the Clinton-Bush era.
Sadly, what happened to military veterans has now begun in the private sector – especially in places like New York, after they recently passed their misnamed SAFE Act.
“[John Doe] received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history.”
So now taking anxiety pills can result in one’s forfeiting their Second Amendment rights in New York!
This is where the gun haters want to push their agenda. And this is one reason why background checks are so dangerous – because they give government bureaucrats the opportunity to deny law-abiding people their constitutionally-protected rights.
But the good news is this: The HHS rulemaking is still at an early stage, and HHS is (no doubt reluctantly) taking the views of the general public.
Also, be sure to tell your congressmen that you oppose the “see a shrink, lose your guns” regs issued by the HHS. Ask him to issue his own comments as well.
The regs themselves lay out several ways that you may submit your opposition. The comment period ends on June 7, 2013.
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Today the Senate rejected gun control, and in a big way. Several gun control proposals failed today, including amendments that would have banned standard capacity magazines, increased background checks, taken guns away from Veterans, and banned virtually every semi-automatic firearm.
Here are some of the highlights.
Lautenberg-Blumenthal Magazine Capacity Amendment
Failed with 46 voting for and 54 voting against. This would have banned those high capacity assault magazine clip thingies.
Burr Veteran Amendment
Failed with 56 voting for and 44 voting against. This is one that wasn’t talked about much, and honestly got a lot closer to passing than I thought it would, which should tell you all you need to know about the current state of affairs in Washington.
Feinstein Ban Everything Amendment
Failed with 40 voting for and 60 voting against. This amendment had zero chance of passing from its inception, but I’m glad it came to a vote. Now the traitors who voted for it can have the vote used against them in 2014.
Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment
Failed with 54 voting for and 46 voting against. This was the amendment that I thought had the best chance of making it out of the Senate to be quickly killed by the House, but it failed to make it even that far. Thankfully.
Following the vote, the NRA released the following statement.
Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.
The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system. We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.
In any shooting incident, there is a high probability there will be witnesses in the vicinity. If you are forced to draw your weapon and fire, it’s almost 100% assured that there will be legal challenges after the event, even if you were justified in your shooting.
These same witnesses will become involved whether they like it or not and what they remember about the altercation, and most importantly what was said, can significantly alter the odds for or against you.
At a bare minimum there will be a police investigation. Witnesses will be interviewed. Statements will be taken. Assumptions will be made by the police about YOU and your actions.
What you say during an altercation may make all the difference between being free on bail, while things are sorted out, or spending weeks or months in a prison cell.
Make sure people realize that you are being attacked and harassed. Yell things like, “Stay away!”, “Leave me alone!”, or “Don’t touch me!” to alert onlookers that you are not the perpetrator.
In many cases, simply calling out these types of statements will cause an attacker to lose their nerve and back down. This is doubly true if they know others are listening.
One incredibly important mistake to avoid is the commonly perpetuated myth that identifying yourself as a police officer will cause an attacker to back down.
Do NOT do this under any circumstances, George Harris explains why impersonating a law enforcement officer is a terrible idea in his article “Ammunition, Mobile Home Defense, Dogs and Neighbors” on USConcealedCarry.com:
“Inferring that you are a police officer in any circumstance, if you are not really a police officer, is illegal and not recommended in any jurisdiction that I am aware of. Hypothetically, if you ended up in court because of an altercation involving a firearm, impersonating a police officer may very well tip the scale out of your favor in the outcome.
“That being said, I do recommend verbalizing when attacked in a manner that could help your situation either during the attack or later during witness accounts in the courtroom. By yelling to the top of your voice, “Please stop,” and adding, “You are hurting me,” or “Leave me alone,” infers that you are the victim to any observers, even if you successfully overcome your adversary. Read the rest of George’s legal advice about dealing with a concealed carry incident here.)
In essence, don’t be afraid to call out for help and let potential witnesses know what is going on. Doing so will solidify your both your position and story. There is also always a chance that someone nearby knows the person trying to attack you, and may be able to exert enough influence over them to end the conflict, without any shots being fired.
Both the White House and Democratic lawmakers at the state level are making pushes to ensure that any new federal gun legislation is enforced by local sheriffs.
Hundreds of sheriffs across the country have signed and sent letters to the White House saying they would refuse to enforce any federal gun laws which they view as being unconstitutional.
Sheriffs upholding their oath of office to defend the Constitution apparently doesn’t sit well with Democrats.
Legislation proposed in Texas by Dallas Democratic Rep. Yvonne Davis would remove any sheriff or law enforcement officer who refuses to enforce state or federal laws. We’re quite sure that’s not going to fly in Texas, but it could lead the way for less gun friendly states to propose or pass similar laws.
All Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs), who are registered as a manufacturer or who have exported firearms in the past year, must file the “Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, Firearms, – ATF Form 5300.11″ by April 1, 2013. While you should have received a copy of the report from the ATF, if you didn’t, you can find a copy here - ATF Form 5300.11 – Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report. For those who are unaware, you can file this report electronically by emailing it to AFMER2@atf.gov. You will receive a confirmation email of their receipt of the form within several days. If you mail or fax your report, or if you emailed your report but did not receive a receipt confirmation email, you can contact FESD Program Analyst Tom DiDomenico at (304) 616-4590 to verify that ATF received your report.
If you have questions about filling out the 5300.11, most of your questions are likely answered on the ATF’s website, Form 5300.11 Questions. And yes, even if you did not manufacture a single firearm, you must submit the form.
By Joshua Prince, Esq. of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C. devoted to the protection of the Second Amendment at the federal level across the United States and now, internationally – Nothing in the above article should be construed as legal advice on any state’s laws.