Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from July 19 to July 25, 2015.
There were major headlines this week—Obama’s push to extend background checks to those receiving Social Security, as well as many Governors standing up to protect military personnel. One story that caused a lot of customers to contact Cheaper Than Dirt! was a memorandum from New York. Word travels fast, even if it is the wrong word. The Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up reports the (unfortunate) facts.
“Not On Our Watch!” Patriots Stand in Solidarity to Protect Military Recruiting Offices
All across the nation, reports are coming in that armed Patriots are standing guard at military recruiting offices. Citizens in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Colorado, Washington State, Ohio—where armed citizens joined off-duty police officers—and many more have been receptive to the men and women openly carrying long guns and handguns on their waists. People are stopping to thank the Patriots and offer cold drinks and food. On Wednesday, the Oath Keepers announced an official call to action to help support those already standing guard in what they call “Operation Protect the Protectors.” The press release reads, “We will stand guard at recruiting stations and other exposed military locations until the DOD changes its idiotic policy of insisting that recruiters go unarmed, while they are in uniform, in a clearly marked public office, open and accessible to anyone who wants to walk or drive up.” At a time our country is divided more than ever on gun rights, it is nice to see the majority of Americans unified at taking a stand against terrorism when the Obama Administration appears to have turned its back.
Ban Lifting CCW on Military Bases Draws Near
Two separate bills lifting the ban on concealed carry on U.S. Military bases passed in May, but since the shooting deaths of four Marines at a military recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the House has pushed to move the bills forward. The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act allowing soldiers to conceal carry while on base. U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who helped wrote the amendment said, “Enough is enough. We must give our base commanders more discretion and our soldiers more protection.” Unfortunately, the amendment has opposition. The Pentagon has yet to retract its position of “there are a lot of barriers to this idea, and the Department’s position—and we’ve spelled this out before—is that we do not support it.” Further, retiring Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno expressed his skepticism that concealed carry would protect soldiers. Soon after the Chattanooga shooting he said, “I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves…,” because firearms have the potential for “accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries.” The amendment must now pass the Senate and have President Obama’s signature.
Young Man’s Homemade Drone Sparks Investigation
Connecticut college student, Austin Haughwout did not invent the drone, nor is he the first one to attach a firearm to a drone and operate it from a remote control. However, the young man’s neighbors called in concerns after hearing him test it. Clinton, Connecticut Police Sergeant Jeremiah Dunn says, “At this point, we can’t find anything that’s been violated.” The Outdoorhub.com reports that Austin and his father tested the drone on private property and made sure they were doing nothing illegal. A representative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said they will investigate the reports to see if any regulations were violated. The video below of the drone flying and shooting has had over two million views on YouTube.
Mom’s Demand Action Make up Another “Loophole”
Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Shannon Watts wrote an opinion article for CNN on Monday blaming the Chattanooga shooting on a fictitious “online gun sale loophole.” She wrote, “We’re still learning the facts about what happened in Chattanooga, however, recent media reports indicate the gunman took advantage of the online gun sale loophole and purchased at least one of his firearms where he knew he could buy a gun with no background check, no questions asked.” John Feinblatt, President of Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety defended Ms. Watts’ statement, claiming the NRA “put in place” these so-called loopholes that “make it easy for dangerous people to get guns”—despite the fact that the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that gun auction websites are not liable for guns bought and sold through them and later used in a crime. Why is it that the more Ms. Watts opens her mouth or puts pen to paper the more NO Sense she makes…?
New York’s Safe Act was Never Superseded
Are New Yorkers now able to buy ammo online? In a “don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” lesson, the New York Governor’s office officially stated, “The memorandum can in no way supersede the law as passed by the legislature and further, there is nothing in the memorandum that is inconsistent with the letter, spirit or intent of the law.” What the office is addressing is a story that quickly circulated the Web claiming that the provision of the New York Safe Act that bans the sale of ammo online was lifted. The confusion began when anti-Safe Act Senator James Seward said the ban was lifted because New York’s head of police said the state would not (at this time) develop a database to perform background checks for those buying ammo. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Governor Cuomo’s office said that Sen. James was “mistaken.” New Yorkers wishing to purchase still have to buy it face-to-face.
In case you missed them, here are the top read blog posts this week:
- Jade Helm 15—What if Martial Law Was a Reality?
- In Texas, Better Protection for Class 3 Devices Is Coming
- Video: Savage Arms Introduces A17 Semi-automatic Rifle in .17 HMR
- The Best Piece of Mind a Few Dollars can Bring — GunVault’s NanoVault
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- Will Brady Center Pay Legal Fees?
- Have Gun Will Travel… Transporting Your Handgun Across the United States
- Glock 19 Pros and Cons
- The Definitive Guide to Building an AR-15
- Getting Your Kids Off the Internet and Out to the Range!