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
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
At the Gun Store:
The fish scale cuts at the rear of the slide, the curved cut grip panels on the frame, the slide release, the take down lever, and the cut of the slide all identify this as a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. The Shield was introduced in 2012 as a sub-compact extension of the M&P line of striker fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistols. Slimmer, lighter, shorter than the MSP 40C, the Shield has become a popular concealed carry and backup duty gun. Continue reading
At the Gun Store: The SD was introduced by Smith & Wesson in 2010. At that time it was a mid-tier between the entry level Sigma and top line M&P. It is available in both .40 S&W and 9mm Luger. Two years later the Sigma ceased production and the SD was reintroduced as the SD VE. With the absence of the Sigma, the SD VE line became the entry level full-size, polymer frame, DAO, semi-automatic pistol from S&W. S&W also lowered the MSRP on the VE line compared to the original SD. Continue reading
While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling. What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests. A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading
From Decoration Day to the current last Monday of May Memorial Day, this is a solemn holiday to remember and recognize the sacrifice of those who have died in defense of their country.
My wife and I observed Memorial Day this year by going to our range and firing our own version of a twenty-one gun salute to those who made the last measure of devotion to our country. From there my wife went on to complete her Marksman Qualification in the Winchester/NRA Pistol Qualification. Then she completed two strong side targets for the Marksman First Class Qualification before the sun was starting to heat up our covered shooting bays. Continue reading
I’m not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. It doesn’t matter. If anyone points an object that looks like a gun at you, you have the right to respond with deadly force to stop the threat. Unless a prosecutor can prove that you had knowledge that the object was a BB gun, or some other less than lethal object, then you there is legal standing for your actions in self-defense. Continue reading