March 31, 2018: Florida MSD HS Public Safety Act

One of the provisions of the new Florida law is raise the age to buy a firearm of any kind to 21.  This will deny 18, 19, and 20 years olds the ability to defend themselves and their families with a gun of any kind in their homes.  In 2015, Malichi Heisler shot and killed a masked gunman who forced his way into his mother’s home and who reportedly was holding a gun to his mother’s head.   The Florida Senate will deny people in Heisler’s situation the ability to defend themselves with a firearm.  Continue reading

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February 28, 2018: “Common Sense”

 

“Common sense” proposals always seem to infringe on one group or class of Citizens.  Such a proposal would be to add persons who have been expelled from any educational system to be prohibited from purchasing a firearm.  In the simplest form this would be an additional prohibiting condition like a felony conviction or misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.  Continue reading

October 5, 2017: BATFE Wrong on Bumpfire Stock

I do not own a bumpfire stock.  I have shot an AK-47 clone with one.  The same principle as the bumpfire stock used on an AR-15 clone by the mass murderer in Las Vegas. 

The Firearms Technology Branch (FTB) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reviewed the AR-15 version of the bumpfire stock from Bump Fire Systems.   The determination is in a letter dated Apr 01 2012 that was sent with the stock I got to shoot.  The determination for the Slide Fire product which appears to have been patented first must be similar. Continue reading

August 30, 2017: Wrenn v DC

On July 25, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion on two cases that had opposite opinions from lower courts. The other case was Matthew Grace, et all v. DC, et all.  It was combined with Brian Wrenn v. DC for the U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit.  The majority decision and dissenting opinions are both are listed on the http://www.CADC.uscourts.gov web site.  16-7025 for Wrenn and 16-7067 for Grace.  I’m pretty sure it’s the same document for both opinions.  Continue reading

June 30, 2017: FL SYG Amendment

News: Florida Governor Scott signed into law an amendment to the Statute 776.032 (Stand Your Ground). Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use or threatened use of force.  The effect shifts the burden of proof to the prosecution when Stand Your Ground immunity is asserted by a criminal defendant.  The State (prosecution) must overcome the asserted immunity with clear and convincing evidence. 

Related News: Florida Governor Scott signed into law an amendment to Statute 766.013 (Justifiable use of Force).  The effect is to remove inconsistencies with other Statutes.  Continue reading

May 26, 2017: Buckhorn Firing Blanks

 

The May 23, 2017 issue of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Mayor Bob Ruckhorn apologized for a joke about firing .50 caliber blanks at local reporters. He reportedly has told this story several times before.  It received applause when told before more than 1,000 attendees at the Special Operations Industry Conference last week.  This week it has received widespread condemnation from reporters.  Continue reading