Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from July 26 through August 1, 2015.
Influential Organization Asks Obama to Hit Gun Companies where it Hurts—Their Wallets
The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF), an organization that organizes organizations—yeah, I don’t know either—penned an op-ed piece in the New York Times telling the Obama Administration to start hitting gun manufacturers right where it hurts—their wallets. The piece, titled “A Way to Control Guns” says that since Obama failed to pass new gun control laws through legislation, he should demand gun manufacturers to be more “responsible” when developing and selling products. Why does the group think this would help further the Administration’s and other anti-groups’ agendas? The Metro-IAF says that 40 percent of gun purchases are made through government contracts arming our nation’s peace officers. If the government demanded gun manufacturers to make “smart guns,” sell only through “responsible dealers” (whatever that means) and develop “safer and less lethal products,” that “over time” these demands would “prevent many thousands of deaths.”
The op-ed piece touts the group’s “Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign.” They write:
“For more than a year, we and fellow religious leaders across the nation have worked to persuade President Obama to use what we believe is the most powerful tool government has in this area: its purchasing power. The federal government is the nation’s top gun buyer. It purchases more than a quarter of the guns and ammunition sold legally in the United States. State and local law enforcement agencies also purchase a large share. Major gun manufacturers depend on these taxpayer-funded purchases. For the government to keep buying guns from these companies — purchases meant to ensure public safety — without making demands for change is to squander its leverage.”
Just because you haven’t heard of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) network, doesn’t mean they aren’t a big deal. The group created the first living wage law in the country, as well as aided the passage of universal health care in Massachusetts.
Glock Sued by Former Attorney and Chief Operating Officer
In a story that reads like a bad made-for-TV drama, Glock’s former attorney and chief operating officer, Paul Jannuzzo filed suit against Glock, Gaston Glock, and two lawyers this month for what he says was the orchestrated planned demise of his character. He seeks damages for:
- False incarceration
- Public humiliation
- Damage to reputation and professional livelihood
- Lost earning capacity
- Legal fees
John Renzulli, one of the lawyers named in the suit said, “The complaint lacks merit, and I am looking forward to vigorously defending this case in court.”
After leaving Glock, Jannuzzo was indicted on racketeering charges and gun theft. He spent 3.5 years in prison.
Gov. Lifts Ban on Guns at Alabama Rest Stops
Two weeks ago, Yellowhammer News reported that Alabama had suddenly banned guns at rest stops. World traveled fast through the wires and Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley took note. Last Thursday, he Tweeted, “I have ordered the AL Department of Transportation to remove signs banning weapons at all Alabama rest stops to comply with state law.” The signs have been up since 2013. I don’t know about you, but rest stops are one place in particular I make sure I’m always armed.
Arming Military Hits Legal Barriers
Following the shooting deaths of soldiers at a recruiting station and a naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, armed Patriots stepped in to protect military recruiters all over the nation. Many state governors issued executive orders arming the National Guard stationed at all military installations. However, arming our troops here at home has hit legal barriers. The shooting at the recruiting station occurred on private—not federally owned land—and therefore, state and local law supersedes. Most military recruiting stations are located in privately owned strip malls, where guns may not be allowed. Not only that, but due to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prevents the government from utilizing the military as a law enforcement agency domestically, the military are not armed unless in combat or on base. A spokesperson for California Representative, Duncan Hunter said, “As much as we would like to say you have to arm all these guys, it’s too problematic through the huge patchwork of state and local laws, and that creates a huge patchwork of complications.” In response, Duncan and Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) drafted a bill called the Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative Act (SEMPER FI Act) reiterating that armed service members are not to use their weapons against domestic civilians as law enforcement.
Brady Campaign wants Gun Dealers to Pay Compensation to “Victims of Gun Violence”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to help the ATF in shutting down gun dealers who sell guns before a background check is completed. The Brady Campaign, backed by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), is asking gun dealers to implement a “Code of Conduct” in order to stop what the group calls “bad apple gun dealers.” This “Code of Conduct” requires dealers to carry insurance to pay for “victims who are entitled to compensation.”
The Brady Campaign’s President, Dan Gross says, “Federal law enforcement knows who the ‘bad apple’ gun dealers are. Yet these dealers remain open and unchanged in their unethical and often illegal practices.” You can read the entire “Code of Conduct” here.
Marine Corps to Replace M16
The Army has already started the transition and now several Marine commands are backing the recommendation to replace the rifle that has served our forces since the Vietnam War—the M16, for the shorter and lighter M4 carbine. A joint response from the Marines reads, “The proposal to replace the M16A4 with the M4 within infantry battalions is currently under consideration at Headquarters Marine Corps.” The final decision is up to Commandant General Joseph Dunford. The Marine Corps already has 17,000 M4 rifles in inventory, so the switch wouldn’t (initially) require any spending or new contracts. The Military Times reports, “Wider adoption of the M4 is a part of an overall small-arms modernization strategy…” The M16 would move to a support role.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- The Unintended Consequences of Ammo and Gun Hoarding
- Obama Seeks to Link Gun Control to Government Benefits
- Ruger Introduces New Precision Bolt-Action Rifle
- Several Governors Move to Arm Guardsmen
- Don’t Let Your Middle Finger Get ‘Mistaken’ For Firearm
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- Make the Best of your Iron Sights with the KNS Crosshair Front Sight Post
- Top 10 Best Selling Concealed Carry Handguns
- Have Gun Will Travel… Transporting Your Handgun Across the United States