Reno banned whips downtown without a permit because homeless people are apparently using them against each other. Never mind getting rid of the homeless that plague beautiful downtown Reno like rats, we have to ban whips. Article here.
Okay, so it makes sense, kinda, but what's gonna happen when the homeless switch to other weapons or just use their fists and feet? Government is really stupid, especially the liberal retards on the Reno City Council. This is why local authorities can't be trusted to make gun laws. Once upon a time, Reno banned open carry because a mentally ill escapee got off a bus openly carrying and the ass of a police chief thought that a law was the solution.
It is legal to carry a concealed large unconventional pistols, like AR/AK pistols, if you have a concealed firearms permit. Technically, this includes carrying them in a firearm case vs. under clothing large enough to conceal them. Nevada is an “on the person state,” meaning any bag or container carried where the firearm is not “discernible by ordinary observation” makes the gun concealed, and thus handguns require a permit.
NRS 202.3653 defines “Concealed firearm” as "a loaded or unloaded handgun which is carried upon a person in such a manner as not to be discernible by ordinary observation." The definition of a “Handgun” is referred to 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(29), which states: “The term ‘handgun’ means — (A) a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand; and (B) any combination of parts from which a firearm described in subparagraph (A) can be assembled.”
By black-letter law, it is technically illegal to carry anything that isn’t a handgun concealed, including a rifle or shotgun in a long-gun case, even if the case is obviously a gun case. NRS 202.350 (d)(3) prohibits carrying concealed upon the person a "pistol, revolver or other firearm, other dangerous or deadly weapon or pneumatic gun." 8.(a) defines "concealed weapon" as "a weapon described in this section that is carried upon a person in such a manner as not to be discernible by ordinary observation." NRS 202.3653 to 202.369, the concealed firearm permit sections, provide an exemption for handguns only.
This is legislative oversight and we have no information anyone has ever been charged with a crime for this, especially anyone innocently carrying a gun to a range, etc. (including cased handguns). Officers tend to use their discretion here and any such arrest would likely not be charged by the DA or withstand a trial or legal challenges. In other words, don't worry about it. If the government ever presses the issue, they'll have to make legion of exemptions as California does or basically forcibly encourage anyone going to the range with a long-gun openly carry it (which the politicians and cops won't want people to do).
So long story short, if you have a CCW, yes, you can carry your AR/AK or whatever pistol concealed. The erroneous belief likely stems from the days of “blue cards” when police would refuse to register such weapons or when revolver/semi-auto qualifications were required for a CCW.
Anti-Gun boycott list updated
The anti-gun/anti-OC boycott list has been updated.
Of course major casinos and notable businesses that have such policies may not be on here, but you already know them, don't you?
From Reader Tom.
Gear review Streamlight wedge
I received a Streamlight Wedge (8810 Slim) as a gift the other day. I'd had my eye on them recently and was considering one for purchase. It looked handy and cool, so I let it grow on me. Friend of the blog Scooter McGee shared that he bought one and liked it. Lo and behold, my former partner gave me one.
Immediately upon opening it I was impressed with the size, shape, and feel. This is the size of a large folding knife body or maybe two Sharpie pens thick. It is designed to fit in a MOLLE loop. It is too wide to clip into a standard shirt pocket holder, but fits a pant pocket. It fits a sap pocket for sure. The light is handy because it's flat. Normally I've carry a Streamlight Polytac C4 or an old school Surefire 6P. Round flashlights don't work well in pockets when sitting for obvious reasons and on the former, I'm not too keen about relying on the clip on a belt loop.
So now the Wedge has immediately found a place in my EDC, which only got a flashlight included if I was going somewhere sketchy at night. The Wedge is the perfect shape and size to go into a pocket casually and inconspicuously, so I could even take it to a nice restaurant in decent clothes without a weird bulge. Honestly, last night I slipped in my pocket as my evening walk light. Went in and carried like an afterthought. This is what I'll be carrying around town and at night now, absent a need for a "real" flashlight.
The Wedge is shaped somewhat ergonomically with a grip for the fingers on the "underside" and on the "top" a two-position knob/switch. There is a low-powered constant on position and a positive contact high power position. You can only hold the switch in the high power position for 35 seconds before it gets too hot and dims. It will allow you to simply release and re-initiate high power if needed. Scooter wished it had a momentary on button, but I found in either mode it was easy just to flip on and off so I think it's okay in that respect.
Illumination for such a small light was great. The lens is smaller than a dime but illuminated the front door area of suburb-dark house adequately to take a photo with by iPhone (for OPSEC not positing it). I could identify any threats in the shadows and easily navigate or identify details. In my law enforcement days, I'd consider the light adequate in that situation.
In a suburb-dark park, I got decent illumination outside, better than I thought I'd get. I do need to try it in a darker outdoors environment at a distance. However, indoors, at short range outdoors, and for adding illumination to a large open dark area, it was great to good enough. Again, I will use this as a primary EDC light and would feel comfortable with it as a LE backup light (I used my 6P during daytime and as a backup light to a Pelican 7060 LAPD flashlight or a Maglite).
This is not a penlight. It's too bright and the lens too big for that. This is a real flashlight. I was happy about that. The shape and strength can also make it into an improvised bludgeon should you need to use it that way, although Streamlight wouldn't approve.
It is USB-C rechargeable, so if you're like me and have hesitations about that, carry a second light and keep the Wedge charged. I don't anticipate using this light in critical situations where it isn't charged or I don't have a second light. If you're operating in the field where a charging brick or another electric source is, make sure you have a flashlight that has swappable batteries. Intellectually, I understand charging is not a big deal and I'm okay now having such a flashlight.
Just note that the USB-C port is a new type of connector and you may not have a bunch of extra adaptors lying around. USB-C is great because it's omni-directional and a better standard all around. The package does come with a cord, but no outlet brick to plug it into.
It's available on Amazon for like $85. Check out the specs.
Springfield Armory introduced its LevAR; basically an AR charging handle with a fold-out right hand side contact surface to provide additional leverage. They claim it's for out-of-spec or substandard ammo (I'm looking at you Tula) that gets jammed in the chamber. Specifically, the honking lever allows you to go beast mode on the charging handle instead of mortaring your AR to clear a jammed cartridge.
In my experience, this would never help me. Mortaring and simply firmly grabbing a decent aftermarket charging handle has worked or nothing would. Maybe if you don't have a nice AM handle with ambi or larger contact surfaces you might have an issue from time to time. Stoner and Sullivan's original handle isn't that great, but if they felt the gun needed this (along with the forward assist) they would have designed it that way.
Thankfully, the Biden Administration cares a lot about shooters and recently banned Russian export ammo, meaning cheap, crappy steel cased Tula ammo is not long for our shelves. I've only experienced catastrophic jams I couldn't clear in the field with Tula (which I have forsaken shooting from an AR platform forever). Twice (I know, I know), I needed a 5mm rod, oil, and heating the chamber to bash the stuck case from the chamber by inserting the rod down the muzzle and banging away. The issue was that the extractor just couldn't hang on to the case. And if the extractor can't hold on, all the leverage in the world ain't gonna help.
Anyhow, this is a solution in search of problem. If I were a millionaire, I'd buy one for the collection simply because the engineering is cool.
Australian wants help running guns?
Sadly, no way this is real. My reply says it all. Probably some Nigerian scammer. Oh how I wish it were an actual Australian cop to give them a ration of shit or that America had balls and sent the CIA to run guns and liberate Australia. Anyhow, see this video clip.
Basically two douchebag criminals met up to "exchange" a gun that had already been used in two other shootings. Douchebaggery happened and a douchebag got shot.
Gee, don't these two know that transferring possession of a gun is illegal without a background check? Why didn't our Bloomberg universal background check law stop this crime from happening?
Sarcasm over, of course these criminals weren't deterred by the background check requirement. This is how guns used in gang crime often move; a "crime" gun changes hand from criminal to criminal. Criminals don't get background checks and background checks don't prevent crime. This situation is one of the few examples where a no background check transfer can actually be busted by the police...but only after the deed was done and a guy died. At least some other third party didn't get killed as I'm sure was the intent with handing off the gun.
The crappy news article doesn't contain the details, but no word if the DA's office is charging anybody with violating the background check law (which would probably be plead away anyhow).
In short the ACLU of New York argues that weapons restrictions near protests is a good thing. Leftist would say this because it disarms potential victims and keeps conservatives from "scaring" Antifa or whoever. The article is garbage and I'm not linking to it.
Open carry is a protected form of speech. It's not popular speech though, because the message behind it is "Push us too far and we'll kill you." That's the intent of the Second Amendment. Californian cops and politicians really hated it when blacks did it in the late '60s so they banned loaded open carry. The Black Panthers had armed rallies to protest police brutality. Now the Panthers were scum, but that doesn't mean they didn't have a right to do that, and from the perspective of a black American at the time, yeah, using guns as symbolism against police brutality and discrimination was constitutional.
Guns highlight the Second Amendment and the general preservation of rights, plus their inherent connection to American culture, making them part and parcel of a protest. As to whether guns are a good or bad idea; that's a different debate.
Guns present at a protest can serve as a deterrent to those who might try to disperse or attack unpopular speech. I'd bet that's why the Panthers carried guns (to dissuade the police) and why guns are starting to show up at protests now. Washington state was so intimidated by right-wing people who might carry guns in public that they banned open carry near protests. Any lawyer worth his salt needs to attack that on a First Amendment basis.
Weapon restrictions quashes freedom of speech. As we say, the Second Amendment protects all others. Look at Australia. You think cops would be behaving the way they are towards protestors if members of the crowd were armed? That can't happen in America without a lot of dead cops. Second, Kyle Rittenhouse would be dead if he weren't armed during that riot. We're seeing Antifa attack conservative events and protests and even murder right-wingers. Yeah, we need guns to safely express our opinions.
No, concealed weapon regulations do not protect the right to free expression. Weapon restrictions only serve to disarm victims for leftists and ensure a monopoly of power to the left.
Clayton E. Cramer
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