Apparently it bears saying again: criminals don’t respect the law. Laws only dissuade the honest. No background check can detect an evil heart.
Now the media backlash has an FFL from Fallon under the scrutiny of the mass media, California and federal law enforcement, and every asshole with the Internet. I feel for the guy, especially with the pressure he’s under. He did speculate that the law should change to ban purchase of firearms by those under 21, but I’m hoping it was just an attempt to throw off the anti-gun dogs. I’m not going to call for tearing “Big Mike’s” throat out over this. He’s a victim as much as anyone else is.
I vehemently disagree that anyone under 21 should have different rights than any other adult. Alcohol and gambling laws are discriminatory and so are the laws in places that deny Second Amendment rights to men and women old enough to die for their country. The unorganized militia starts at 17, remember. If you want to go down the route of maturity at 18-20, then we need to have a conversation about making 21 the actual age of majority for everything.
The law doesn’t need to change. If we feel we need further restrictions on certain categories, like young males, that cause a fraction of shootings, perhaps we need to look at the majority of homicides in America. 50% of the homicides, usually by gun, are committed by a small percentage of our population; that is black males. If young people need to be disarmed to stop mass shooting, we can greatly reduce our nation’s “gun violence epidemic” by making it illegal for black males to own guns.
Of course, that’s a ridiculous suggestion. There are plenty of law-abiding young black men who have nothing to do with gangs. Being black has nothing to do with the violence in their community either; rather it is a broken culture of poverty that glorifies violence and lawlessness amongst a whole host of social issues that exist inside the home. Likewise, many mass shooters have had mental or behavioral issues that essentially went ignored by their parents, schools, and society. Mental health has been basically ignored for the last half a century, preferring to let the mentally ill wander the streets.
Gilroy and all the other crimes are about a sick society; one that has lost its way morally, spiritually, and culturally. These things won’t be fixed until we fix ourselves.
Instead of looking internally, this event will be used as bloody shirt to wave in more gun control. California doesn’t have any new laws to stop this, but they will likely pressure our corrupt government in Nevada to make it more difficult for us to buy guns. Not only will it be an innocent gun dealer who will be maligned, but individual gun owners as a whole
Dayton, Nevada's Polymer 80 debuts a product that is sure to cause panic among the hoplopaths in Carson City and in California. These 80% plug-n-play frames have been revolutionary for the gun community, especially over the Avocado Curtain. Polymer 80 has been innovating with Glock designs in ways that puts Glock to shame. One wonders where they will go from where they are now.
Complete 80% AR kits with a lower parts kit and complete upper receiver are nothing new, but something about simply removing the polymer to make a workable handgun without a background check that freak out the anti-gun crowd. Heaven forbid criminals just steal guns...That all depends if Buy them while you can get them.
Any how, I'm a big fan of Polymer 80.
No, this is not a "no shooting at all" ban that many Californians are familiar with. This is a no tracers or Tannerite restriction, which you generally can't use period year-round on government land. Steel targets are also frowned upon due to sparking concerns.
Know your target and what lies beyond it, like dry grass. Too many have start or have been alleged to have been started by shooters so don't make the problem worse. If you want seasonal shooting bans on public land, then keep up the irresponsible shooting. Now anyone who took the time to find this and read it, you're probably not the problem, so I'll save the invective for the idiots.
BLM NW Nevada (Reno/Carson area) restrictions
"Use of tracer rounds (always prohibited), steel-core ammunition, or exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting."
USFS Mt. Charleston restrictions
Go Mt. Charleston link
Lake Mead/NPS restrictions (can't target shoot on NPS land anyway)
Washoe congested area shooting map (urban area shooting prohibition)
THIS IS YEAR ROUND. PAY ATTENTION TO THIS STUFF.
Clark County no-shooting map
Lovell Canyon and MM 103 are still closed to shooting
The only person arrested and charged so far in the October 1, 2017, Mandalay Bay Massacre is Douglas Haig, who was charged with illegal manufacture of ammunition that the murderer bought.
Haig was charged with this crime because the investigation revealed that the murderer bought this ammo from Haig. As a result, it was discovered that Haig did not have a license to manufacture the ammo for sale. In other words, he is guilty not paying the right bribe to the government to engage in business. Had he applied for and paid to be correctly permitted by the government to make and sell ammo, he wouldn’t be in trouble.
A federal judge recently denied both a change in venue and the right to a jury trial. Haig will be tried by a Nevada jury in the metropolis where the mass shooting happened. He argued that a jury, especially a Nevada jury, would be hopelessly biased against him and he requested a bench trial. The judge would be better able to set aside any bias by being affected, either directly or indirectly to various degrees, by the tragedy.
The judge totally ignoring these requests likely means that the government wants a conviction. Someone wants to claim that they “did something” in regards to the shooting. Someone wants a feather in their cap for jailing someone for something gun related in regards to October 1. In other words, the government is out to fuck Mr. Haig for what some loser psycho did because of absurd licensing laws.
So what is essentially a white-collar crime in the class of “the government didn’t get the proper cut” becomes a substitute trial for a mass murderer who shot himself. This isn’t justice, it’s petty tyranny and a disgusting abuse of the justice system. I don’t believe that the government has any right to license small businesses like this; for them, it’s all about money, power, politics, and attacking gun rights. 1968, which much gun licensing came from, was about trying to get rid of guns in America, not make us a safer place.
I predict Haig will be convicted of the mundane offense of not having the Crown’s permission to make and sell ammo because he had the bad luck to sell to a high-profile, utter douchebag. On the plus side, he will likely win an appeal on the grounds that his request for a bench trial and change of venue unfairly prejudiced the verdict against him. A retrial will be ordered in Arizona, heard by a judge, who will convict him and slap him with a fine.
Maybe such a decision was deliberate. Perhaps the judge feels that the government is railroading Haig and requiring a license for such a small business is a gross overreach. This way, even though Haig has to go through the process, he has a great case to have it all thrown out. If you are on the jury, remember you have the right to nullify the verdict by voting “not guilty” if you disagree with the law.
One thing is clear; the federal government is out of control and federal firearm licensing is a trap to punish innocent Americans for the mistakes of others.
Apparently, the people who make the signs for the city of Las Vegas Parks and Rec must have gotten a little excited that AB 291 (that was Sandra Jauregui’s kitchen-sink gun control bill) would repeal preemption and put up a new sign proclaiming that firearms are prohibited in city parks.
Second Amendment activist Christopher Higsen found the pictured new signs at Bob Baskin park in Las Vegas. These state that “Fireworks, firearms, or weapons of any kind” are prohibited. In fact, under state law, they are not. The city isn’t even supposed to have an ordinance of that kind on the books.
Municipal code section 13.36.020 prohibits firearms and weapons, except the possession of firearms that is otherwise permitted by State law; or the possession of a concealed weapon by a person who holds a valid permit to do. State preemption says that they can't even have a municode about firearms possession but the section dates from 2012 and essentially says that what the state says is legal is legal, so this section is moot.
Now I don’t actually believe someone was getting hopeful that the city could ban you from exercising your constitutional right to bear arms in a public park. Never attribute to malice what is adequately explained by incompetence (also known as Hanlon’s Razor). I’d bet someone just reused a pre-2015 (or 2012, depending on you look at it) sign or just recycled old text because no one actually reads that stuff anyway.
Clark County Parks actually went out with green tape and covered up the “firearms” line on its signs in June of 2015, for what it’s worth.
We need remind the powers that be that they can’t get lazy and post signs like this. Some dumb schmuck who can’t Google might read the sign and decide not to carry, putting themselves in danger. We also can’t allow the government to get away with incompetence or, though it’s unlikely, deception. We must also remind our elected officials that preemption is important to us. These signs need to be fixed.
If you live or work in the city of Las Vegas, I recommend you reach out to your councilmember and alert them to the issue. Preemption of local firearm laws is essential to maintaining strong gun rights in Nevada even if billionaires buy legislators’ votes. Pushing back on little “mistakes” like this help preserve liberty and erodes petty tyranny by serving as ever-vigilant watchmen.
So check your local parks rules signs. Remember, only the law abiding read signs. The gangbangers, druggies, and local jerks don’t read or care about them. Signs don’t prevent violence; only good men with guns can stop a gunman.
Clayton E. Cramer
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