Clark County School District officials are complaining about kids bringing guns to school. They rightly blame the parents, but for the wrong reasons. Safe storage (locking them away from kids) is one part of the equation.
The school district wants to encourage and educate families about safe storage, which is a laudable goal and actual gun safety (versus the gun control deceptively branded as "safety"). Safe storage is not the problem. It is trivial to secure a gun against casually putting it in a backpack. Trigger and cable locks are handed out for free. Virtually every gun comes in a lockable plastic case. Small safes are easy to find. All of these steps will prevent a child from simply getting access. Of course, they won't stop a child smart enough to break the lock/case from getting it, but they will serve as a basic deterrent if only through mom or dad noticing the damage.
Poor parenting is the problem. The kind of parents who have kids that take guns to school are going to disproportionately be low-class (behaviorally speaking), who offer their children minimal supervision and discipline, and would are undeterred by the potential of criminal charges for negligently allowing their kid access to a gun. In contrast, parents who would lock up their guns and teach their kids not to mess around with them probably have raised their children in such a way that, if the gun was accessible, the kid wouldn't take it to school.
So what CCSD is facing is a bunch of crappy parents who can't do the right thing in the first place. The root of the problem with guns in schools is with the parenting, not the gun safe. All the education, laws, and locks in the world won't matter a damn if the parent doesn't care, doesn't use them, and won't raise their kid right.
Thank You Governor Lombardo
The governor vetoed all three anti-gun bills that were passed by the Democratic majority legislature.
AB 354-Bans firearms within 100 yards of an "election" site.
AB 355-Bans possession of semi-auto shotguns and rifles for those under 21.
SB 171 Misdemeanor "hate crimes" prohibited person gun ban.
As a reminder, there are no good gun bills that are going to pass, like constitutional carry. It's unlikely any other gun bills will be passed this year.
Red Dot Series: 1
I've been looking into red dot on pistol slides for a while but I didn't want to get anything milled. So when the PSA Dagger came out (Glock Gen 3 compatible) I saw a smoking deal on the above pictured slide and went for it. For the record, it is a complete slide assembly with a Holosun HS507C X2 red dot sight with a threaded barrel.
Why? I wanted to somewhat cheaply test out what all this pistol optic business is about. It's a whole different sighting system that requires new skills to rapidly align the sight and dot on target. Once you learn to do that, it's a lot faster than it seems the first time you pick one up. Also you can make more precise shots at a distant with the optic.
I went with the Holosun because of the price and I like the "shake to wake" function. The threaded barrel has obvious future applications. Another advantage would be using passive aiming with a pistol while using night vision. That's very difficult to do with even tritium iron sights. Perfect for...handgun hunting small game in the dark...or something.
I'll post more about my initial shooting experience, but it is viable but also you may prefer to stick with irons. I haven't decided yet, but I know I will never consider irons as dead, and may consider them primary. If it wasn't for the deal and my ability to review stuff to blog about, I wouldn't have bought it, I'll hint at that much for now.
This happened in the Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall on the Strip, a gun free zone. Yet the armed bystander was able to get in the mall and draw his gun to aid security. Gun-free zones don't work. Go figure. Oh, and this was another one of those no shots fired defensive gun uses the anti-gunners tell us don't happen.
The National Firearms Act (NFA) requires that all "silencers" (sound suppressors) be registered including paying a $200 tax. Secret draft documents obtained by Nevada Carry show that the ATF is planning on reclassifying many common rifles as integrally suppressed. That means the rifles inherently have a sound suppressing ability in their original design without needing a separate suppressor (silencer) to be attached. This will require that tens or even hundreds of millions of rifles be registered with the ATF or owners will become federal felons.
The ATF defines a "silencer" as anything that reduces or suppresses the sound of a gunshot. Up until now, regulated suppressors (silencers) acted like an auto muffler where pressurized exhaust gases expanded slowly in a chamber to be released to the atmosphere. The controlled expansion, cooling, and slow release of the gas reduced the sound. In guns, this can reduce the sound level by up to 30 dB.
With this new classification, a rifle barrel itself may be considered a suppressor. This is based on the fact that longer barrels allow powder to burn for a longer time and more completely in the barrel before exiting. The gas volume is also lower in longer barrels which also contributes to a lower sound profile than in shorter barrels. If you've ever shot an 8" AR pistol you know what they mean. A 16" rifle is much quieter. It is the fact that the longer barrel makes the gunshot less loud that the ATF is objecting to.
So, the ATF is arguing that For AR-15s in particular, since many of the designs are based on the M4 carbine, a 14.5" barrel is taken into consideration, which means the common 16" barrels will, in 120 days, be considered "silencers" under the NFA.
The ATF has done this before, ruling that the modest reduction of the gunshot sound level from the unique muzzle device of the XM177 CAR-15 made the muzzle device into a suppressor. This made these already short-barrel rifles (SBRs) "two-stamp" guns that required that their muzzle devices also be registered "silencers." The guns were withdrawn from the market in this guise and many were modified or surrendered.
This ruling will create a chicken-egg situation where to get a rifle like a "M-forgery" M4-type AR-style down to a non-silencer configuration under 16" in barrel length would require the weapon to be registered as a short-barreled rifle. It's unclear if Colt civilian AR derivatives from the 20" barreled M16 would be affected. Other rifles may be affected too if their original design was less than the current barrel length now on the weapon.
Press release on sb 367
Press release on SB 367.
See the Review-Journal article: "Bill would allow multiple charges for felons with guns."
SB 367: Extra penalties per gun
This is a sentencing enhancement bill that targets carrying firearms and other weapons when engaged in certain crimes and drug-related activities. Part 2, which is applicable to CCW, would count each gun, prohibited item, or "Metal-penetrating bullet" as defined by NRS 202.273. It does not appear to change the penalty for CCW to a category B felony as Section 2 does to the drug violation enhancements.
"Armor piercing handgun bullets" are already prohibited by state law and banned at the federal level. This isn't much of a practical issue (but a constitutional and moral one) as most persons are carrying lead and copper jacketed bullets.
4. As used in this section, “metal-penetrating bullet” means a bullet whose core:
(a) Reduces the normal expansion of the bullet upon impact; and
(b) Is at least as hard as the maximum hardness attainable using solid red metal alloys, and which can be used in a handgun. The term does not include any bullet with a copper or brass jacket and a core of lead or a lead alloy, or a bullet made of lead or lead alloys.
The full list of enhancement violations is:
NRS 202.257 Possession of firearm when under influence of alcohol
NRS 202.260 Unlawful possession, manufacture or disposition of explosive or incendiary device
NRS 202.262 Possession of explosive or incendiary device in or near certain public or private areas
NRS 202.273 Unlawful manufacture or sale of certain metal-penetrating bullets: Exceptions; penalty.
NRS 202.277 Changing, altering, removing or obliterating serial number of firearm
NRS 202.300 Use or possession of firearm by child under age of 18 years
NRS 202.350 Carrying concealed weapon without permit (and more)
NRS 202.360 Ownership or possession of firearm by certain persons prohibited
So while the firearm portion of the bill is stupid and bad on principles, it would affect only those carrying multiple firearms or AP handgun rounds. Additionally, as Nevada law has no exemption for peaceably transporting firearms enclosed in cases, which is considered technically concealed, this bill would potentially allow the prosecution of an otherwise law-abiding citizen for moving container of firearms from his car, the shooting range, etc.
It appears there is a dueling bill that would address many of the same subjects without the extra gun crap shoved in it:
Senate Committee on Judiciary
Analysis: A better version of SB 367 with only applying sentencing enhancements to carrying a firearm while engaged in certain drug related activities. Various changes enabling stiffer penalties for crimes have been proposed as well.
Get in there and vote!
Here is a current look at how the anti-gun bills are going. Get in there and vote! The positive gun bills need a vote too!
Legislation page (follow bill number to overview page)
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Leaving your opinion on bills is very important. It shows that Second Amendment supporters still care and helps us demonstrate that the astroturf comments by the antis aren't the only opinion out there. Nevada is still purple; overwhelming public opposition can and has gotten bills killed before. Also, a bill with a ton of negative comments may persuade Governor Lombardo to veto any bills. For the pro-gun bills that will probably never see the light of day, leave a comment as well; we can't let the antis portray pro-gun stuff as unpopular or lie in the comments.
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AB 354 (BDR 15-251)
Bans firearms within 100 yards of an "election" site and changes the definition of frame or receiver.
This bill bans guns at/near "election centers" and changes the definition of some receiver related stuff. Be sure to read the text.
Two violations to the voting part: Part 1, have a gun at a polling place, a misdemeanor. Part 3, have a gun for the purposes of "intimidation" and other stuff, a felony. Part 3 is too broad and punitive.
Cue the stories and whining of Democratic voter registrars and volunteers complaining about people with guns at polling places who have caused no problems ever, except scaring weak-minded statists. "We want to steal the vote and having people with guns around makes it more difficult."
Part 1. The right to self-defense doesn't stop at a polling place and specifically because of election violence, driven by the left, the public should be permitted to be armed there. There is no special or compelling reason other than "feelings" or the desire to disarm the public to subject them to tyranny when voting. There is no security at most polling places that are worth a damn. Even if there is security, the public could be assaulted while waiting in line and disarmed. Additionally, leaving firearms in vehicles makes them vulnerable to theft.
I seriously doubt that under Bruen banning firearms for self-defense at a polling place would withstand scrutiny.
Part 3. Why is this necessary if for part 1? What if the people who want to intimidate do it 101 yards away? Second, how is the state going to prove it was done with "the specific intent to disrupt, interfere...?" Second "monitoring" the vote is a protected right. Third, "monitor" is also overbroad and begging for an unconstitutional smackdown. Basically, the left wants to eliminate a visible reminder, the armed protestor, from the public consciousness and voting. But hey, the elections are secure, right?
The first version of the 80% "ghost gun" bill was poorly written so this is intended to change that. Nothing substantively changes in the law as far as you and I are concerned, but this looks like it's intended to head off legal challenges. Good luck with that.
AB 355 (BDR 15-937)
Bans possession of semi-auto shotguns and rifles for those under 21.
Earlier news story here. Similar laws in others states are facing legal challenges that no one with a brain seems to see them survive. But hey, since young men commit most mass shootings, we gotta keep those scary AR-15s out of their hands.
Hey, has anyone talked to Sandy about banning guns from the 13% of the population that commits over 50% of the homicides in the country? Sure it would be legal to keep those people from owning guns, right? I mean if we're looking at demographics and want to use that reasoning to ban guns to reduce homicides, it has to work! [sarcasm]
I don't Lombardo signing either of these bills and vetoing them both. If these bills pass and he doesn't veto then there is no reason to vote for him in 2026. And if you're wondering where "kitchen sink Sandy" comes from, it's the assemblywoman's habit of throwing everything or seemingly random anti-gun stuff into bills.
Clayton E. Cramer
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