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Gun Law Update

Jan. 21, 2009. Gun Rights Licensing Planned (HR 45)
PLUS -- SHOT Show 2009

Gun rights aren't a big issue at the gun-industry sell-fest;
When you see HR 45, maybe they should be.

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Gun Law Update

Gun Rights Licensing Test Planned
Gun Rights Licensing Test Planned
Gun Rights Licensing Test Planned


by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
January 21, 2009


1. SHOT Show Brief Summary
2. HR 45 Gun-Rights Licensing Test
3. Police-Only Ammunition (and some SHOT images)

[Note: The 2009 Traveler's Guide to the Gun Laws of the 50 States
is now available --

[Note: If you can't view the images below, go here:

1. SHOT Show Brief Summary
1. SHOT Show Brief Summary

The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is the biggest meeting of gun, ammo and accessory companies in the world, open only to the trade (nearly 50,000 people attended this year). Miles and miles of aisles, it's exhausting (and astounding!).

Commerce was so robust Jan. 15 - 18 at SHOT this year there was little time to waste on a tiny concern like the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

That's SOP at SHOT, a discussion for another day. At SHOT the focus is to sell more product, open more accounts, introduce new designs, make marketing plans and party at night. Were you at the monster Glock bash? What a band... and the food!

The fact that the entire industry is based on a fragile 27-word line written on parchment two centuries ago is lost in the shuffle. And for the huge police and military segment, with their own acres of floor space at the Orlando show, it simply doesn't matter at all.

The gun-rights community sees this as hopelessly shortsighted of course, and the firearms industry sees it as business as usual. They're both right. Let me tell you where the two sides meet -- at HR 45, the proposed bill that requires you to pass a test to have gun rights. Complete details below. Will a reduction of gun rights affect the gun business? You betcha.

Most intriguing new piece of gear at the SHOT Show this year, in my opinion -- a bayonet for handguns. How did we overlook this essential extra for so many years?


Gunfighting rule #62:
When you're out of ammo, it's better to swing a blade than an empty gun.
It comes with a sheath, but how would you holster the thing?
Fits any standard rail, attaches without tools, blade by Ka-Bar.

2. HR 45 -- Gun Rights Licensing Test
2. HR 45 -- Gun Rights Licensing Test

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, from Obama's home state and with a voting record on gun ownership as bad as Obama's, introduced a bill on the first day of the 111th Congress that shows what we can expect. If we don't defeat this bill, and others expected to follow it, gun owners will lose guns and the industry will suffer harm beyond description.

Under HR 45, if you can't pass a complex test written by the U.S. Attorney General (described in detail below), pay the tax, give up fingerprints and a biometric-capable photo of yourself (that can be turned into a digital facial-recognition number and used as a de facto national ID), every gun you own will become contraband and subject to confiscation, while you stand trial before imprisonment. You'd think Bobby, a former black panther, would know better.

Your rights will have an expiration date, and if you screw up and miss it, you'll be in the same mess as people who can't pass the test. Can you say "unconstitutional"? Do you think these "gun bigots" care?

Now that the Supreme Court has made it clear in the Heller case that government can't ban guns, the Brady's have stopped saying they want to ban guns. So the virtually treasonous Bobby Rush bill doesn't ban guns, it bans gun owners, maybe by the millions. How many gun owners read poorly or don't test well? How many can't explain local, state and federal gun laws? They'd become prohibited possessors under HR 45. Are there any limits to what the AG can put on the test? The bill doesn't mention any -- it gives the AG a free hand to include anything.

Had enough? HR 45 has an innocent-looking line that says 'strike the second sentence of 18 USC 926(a)'. That's the line that says the federal government cannot make a central registry of gun owners.

The anti-rights people have to repeal that line, because Bobby's bill flat-out creates a central gun registry. Every gun owner must be registered to keep on possessing the guns they already own, and any transfer of any kind must be registered as well. The mark of the beast is upon us, to apply a metaphor.

See the bill for yourself (click "Bill Number" and enter "HR 45"):

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Here's more.
PAGE NINE -- No. 58
by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America


I've created a special feature for the print media and broadcasters ("Page Nine" regardless of where or when it runs), that covers stories afresh, not the way news rooms typically flavor things. It would help reduce the distrust so many news consumers feel and could be the most avidly followed item you carry -- if you carry it. It certainly is well received by my audience.

This casual sample might make you say, "We'll NEVER run that!" but Page Nine is being built around ad revenues from clear-thinking mainstream businesses.

Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
"The Uninvited Ombudsman"


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The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 58
by Alan Korwin, Jan. 13, 2009

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(searchable by item number)

1- First 2009 Gun-Ban Bill Introduced
2- Gun Registry Growing
3- FBI Fraud Revealed?
4- $800 Billion Blind
5- Phony Government Jobs
6- Hotter Than Pistols
7- Budget Cuts Finally
8- Obama's Qualification Questioned
9- CNN Qualifies Caroline
10- Tax Reduction "Costs"?
11- Taxation Through Conspiracy




The 2009 Traveler's Guide to the Gun Laws of the 50 States is hot off the press. Get yours here:


Brady Gun Ban Plan: I have obtained the complete 16-page plan sent to Obama's transition team, with 26 specific "requests," posted on my website:

So where's the pro-rights proposal? If the gun-rights community doesn't offer suggestions, all we can do is react defensively -- what a terrible strategy! He'll be our president (and its our Congress) too, for better or worse.

We need to issue "requests" for: tax breaks for marksmanship training and range time; jail time for people who infringe on Second Amendment rights or discriminate against gun owners (civil-rights denial is a felony); High School Marksmanship Programs; repeal of discreet-carry bans; a special award for armed survivors of criminal assaults... and how about ammo stamps for the poor so they can practice too? See dozens of clever suggestions here (OK, so maybe field-stripping battle rifles grades K thru 12 goes a bit far) and call on your gun-rights group to draft a formal proposal on letterhead for Mr. Obama now. Don't forget to announce it to your "news" outlets. Submit proposals:


Proposal for highway signs on private land near state entry points:
"Welcome! Arizonans bear arms discreetly and openly for crime deterrence. If this makes you uncomfortable turn back as soon as you can do so safely. Arizona law supports self defense and use of force to combat crime. A.R.S. §13-3101 et. seq."

Makes an important statement, costs little, confirms the legality of 2A, takes the moral high ground, provides news opportunities when the media tries to characterize it incorrectly -- and will be loudly cheered by more than half the nation that supports RKBA. People who oppose it for predictable reasons need a spotlight on them. A significant, rights-affirming, low-cost, crime-deterrence program.


Massive British protest seeks to restore gun rights, end gun bans, has advice for us:


It's not my debt:




1: The AR-15 is not a military firearm. Several knowledgeable people argued that it's inaccurate to equate the AR-15 with military use, in Vietnam or otherwise, because the military version is full auto (or select fire) and designated M16. They're right. The AR-15 is basically a non-military version in semi-auto for civilian use, I regret any error. The term AR-15 is like 1911, it's a type of firearm, not a brand, and again, sorry for any lack of clarity. A lawsuit between Bushmaster and Colt took the original AR-15 designation from Colt and made it generic so it's now inaccurate to attribute the rifle to that maker exclusively (the same as a 1911). The Smith and Wesson M&P15 is an AR-15, I said it strongly resembled one.

The point is that the AR-15 is a civilian semi-auto rifle, but officials and the media try to characterize it as exclusively for military use, which it is not. The idea that it only belongs on battlefields, as our president-elect and the Bradys chant is false, since it is designed for civilian hands, NOT the military.

On a related point, some marksmen like to use the term assault weapon. As a wordsmith I object to its detrimental and ambiguous nature, or use as an imprecise substitute for select-fire (semi- or full-auto) firearms, and believe it should be dropped. Assault, properly used, is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware. A position can be assaulted with any weapon or none at all. Weapons imprecisely categorized that way have enormous potential as defensive weapons too, making the term misleading at best.

Enemies of RKBA love the term because they believe it vilifies firearms, and it does for the ignorant. This means it should never be used by RKBA supporters. The military may have adopted its use to poorly describe select fire, but that's simply one more military mistake, confuses the issue, and eats away at our rights. Someone tell the Pentagon to correct their terminology. Assault is a type of behavior. And as one expert suggests, the military term is actually assault rifle, with specific defining characteristics, while assault weapon was invented by gun haters

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'The best thing to fight a gun with is another gun'

Archie Ingersoll, Grand Forks Herald
Published Thursday, January 29, 2009

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In an era when school shootings are a reality, a group of UND students are hoping a bill introduced to the state House of Representatives will make it legal to pack heat on campus.

State law currently prohibits those with concealed weapons permits from toting firearms at colleges, but Students for Concealed Carry on Campus wants that to change. function photoFull (URL) { day = new Date(); id = day.getTime(); eval("page" + id + " =, '" + id + "', 'toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,statusbar=0,menubar=0,resizable=0,width=510,height=510,left = 137,top = 84');"); }

“History has shown us that gun-free zones basically mean defense-free zones,” sophomore Tony Bowers said Wednesday as he manned the group’s table at the Memorial Union. “By allowing this bill to go through, you’re basically taking an extra step to allow us to defend ourselves in the event something should happen.”

Junior Greg Plautz, who formed UND’s SCCC chapter in the spring of 2008, said he plans to testify in support of the bill Friday in Bismarck.

“I think it has pretty good odds to pass,” he said. “I think there’s going to be good broad support for it. You know, it’s nothing too extreme.”

If the bill becomes law, licensed concealed weapons, which include firearms and various other dangerous weapons, would be allowed at public areas and gatherings such as college campuses, sporting events, churches, political rallies, concerts, parks and public buildings. However, the prohibition on concealed weapons in elementary, middle and high schools would stay intact.

But even if the bill passes, an existing UND policy banning weapons on campus could remain a roadblock.

The state Board of Higher Education delegates authority to North Dakota’s public universities to make their own weapons policies, said Jeffrey Powell, a student services officer in the dean of students office. Powell said it’s not clear whether the passage of this bill would affect UND’s weapons policy which is derived from state law.

On hearing about the proposed legislation, 24-year-old law student Laura Barnett had reservations.

“You’d be allowed to have a concealed weapon at the Hyslop or The Ralph?” she asked. “That’s a little scary. That makes me think school shooting.”

But Bowers argues that concealed weapons on UND’s campus could prevent or reduce casualties during a shooting spree. “The best thing to fight a gun with is another gun,” he said.

UND Police Capt. Don Rasmuson doesn’t buy that argument. He said more guns would add to the confusion and danger inherent in such a situation.

“If we are responding to an active shooter … we will not have time for all the niceties,” he said. “Our main focus will be to neutralize the situation, and if somebody has a gun in their hand, then they’re a threat.”

Rasmuson said students are allowed to store in firearms at the university police station. Well over 100 weapons belonging to students are kept there, he said.

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