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Handgun retailers lobbying Congress after credit shutdown

Time to sweat a few CEOs under the lights like they did Zuckerberg . . .

Cut off by their credit card processors, some handgun retailers are asking Congress for help, The Post has learned.

The small business owners and an industry group have asked the Senate Banking Committee to take a look at the actions of the credit card processors — which they claim stopped servicing perfectly legal transactions.

“We are talking to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and they are considering asking for oversight hearings for these financial institutions to come in and justify their policies,” said Larry Keane, a vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, of Newtown, Conn., which represents the gun industry.

courtesy chicagotribune.com

Unable to Ban Guns, Lawmakers Want to Weaponize the ATF Against Gun Dealers

Statists gotta state, preferably while using Orwellian names for their legislation . . .

What’s a politician to do when it’s clear that people will vigorously resist attempts to restrict their lives? Well, you could empower government officials to arbitrarily punish anybody who might help them exercise their freedom. That’s the approach favored by three Democratic members of Congress, who appear to see the path to limiting private firearms ownership in harassing gun dealers and subjecting them to the whims of government officials.

Not that they’re the only legislators to wield regulations as bludgeons, but it’s always a lousy idea.

Ostensibly, the “Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act” (a name that maintains the congressional tradition of pompous bullshit) is aimed at “gun dealers who engage in illegal sales practices,” which is to say it’s supposed to make it more illegal to do illegal stuff. This isn’t a new practice—Representatives Ted Deutch (D – Fla), Jim Langevin (D – R.I.), and Gwen Moore (D – Wis.) are hardly alone among lawmakers in thinking that what the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world (although we should take a few countries’ official numbers with a grain of salt) needs is more people behind bars. And these three are also in good company in thinking that augmenting legal penalties with arbitrary harassment is the key to a better world.

Andrew Cuomo New York Gun Control SAFE Act Extreme Risk Protection Orders

courtesy AP

Gun owners should be wary of latest state bills

Always good advice in New York . . .

The whole gun control issue is, and will continue to be, spun out of control for the foreseeable future. And, all the homebrew remedies Albany manages to cook up to “fix the problem of gun violence” will not change a couple of indelible facts: The people with nefarious intent will continue to do their dirty deeds and the law-abiding gun owner will continue to be punished for crimes they haven’t and would never commit.

So far, the SAFE is not shaping up to be a deterrent, either to the criminals who ignore it, nor to the lawmakers who feel compelled to improve upon it. There is no evidence to date that would suggest that the SAFE Act has had an impact on crime way or the other, although it has made a goodly number of honest citizens look like criminals.

Now, the latest ruse, two bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly — S7133A and A8976B — will enact “extreme risk protection orders” in New York.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs 6 gun control measures

Another banner day for New Jersey gun rights . . .

New Jersey on Wednesday enacted measures to tighten its already strict gun control laws.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the half-dozen bills that began advancing after the fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February that left 17 people dead. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon joined Murphy on stage.

In a tweet Tuesday Murphy mentioned the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, saying “our hearts are heavy” on the two-year anniversary of the attack and saying that New Jersey now has some of the country’s toughest gun laws.

Army Sub Machine Gun Trials Competition Contract

Courtesy washingtontimes.com and Military Times

Army’s submachine gun challenge: 10 companies vying to supply conventional forces

This will be fun to watch . . .

The U.S. Army recently put word out that it wanted submachine guns for conventional forces, and gun-makers were quick to respond.

Ten companies are currently vying to supply troops outside the special operations forces realm with subguns for the modern battlefield. Officials said they wanted a weapon with full/semi-automatic selectable variant and a Picatinny rail, among other features, and organizations from Sig Sauer, Inc. to Colt answered the call.

“For the first time in a long time, the Army is looking at a subgun for conventional forces,” Todd South of Military Times reported Wednesday. “Special operations forces have carried these guns for a very long time, but your conventional soldiers and Marines don’t really have them in their arsenal until now.”


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