Gun Owners of the San Fernando Valley Posts

Go check out the digital versions of your favorite NRA publications. Here’s what America’s 1st Freedom looks like…

If you’re like me, you’ve seen digital editions of existing print magazines before. And if you’re like me, you probably weren’t impressed. I’m impressed with what the NRA and their partners at ZMags have done. This is a very good online magazine interface. Anytime an article refers to some other article in another issue, there’s a link to take you there. If there’s an update to a story, a link provides that info. You can download the magazine as a pdf from the page. You can also go right to the contact information for your elected officials while you’re reading.

General News

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke to CBS News about reports that the BATFE “walked” illegal firearms into Mexico…

“They wanted to prove that there were guns flowing to Mexico, so they set up an illegal pipeline to send guns to Mexico,” speculates LaPierre. “When does it stop being law enforcement and start being a criminal enterprise? To prove there’s Islamic terrorists are they going to start manufacturing and selling explosives? It just makes no sense.”

You have to wonder what they were thinking at the ATF. Were this scandal limited to a few dozen guns, one might chalk it up to a badly run investigation. But somewhere along the way, as it goes from dozens to hundreds and then to thousands of guns, it stops looking like a simple screw up and starts looking like an attempt to manufacture a crisis.

News Politics

 Gun grabbers in Connecticut are allowing their true colors to shine through. The “Large Capacity” Magazine ban currently under consideration in the State legislature shows the level of contempt they hold for mere citizens.

Many States, California among them, have sought to limit the ability of a law abiding citizen to use a modern firearm with a “high capacity” magazine for self defense. Here in CA, the limit is 10 rounds. A magazine holding more than 10 rounds is considered an “assault weapon” here. (And allowing someone else to use, or even hold one, is called an illegal transfer!) But CA and every other State that has such a foolish law on the books has at least recognized that such devices currently held are private property and may not be confiscated by the State without compensation. Gun grabbers in CT, on the other hand, have as little regard for the private property rights of their citizens as they do their right to armed self defense.

Magazine bans fail as regulatory tools because so many “grandfathered” magazines exist. The 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban outlawed the manufacture or importation of “high capacity” magazines; however, those already in the purchasing pipeline on the law’s effective date were grandfathered in. As a result, thousands upon thousands were ordered by importers; far more than were actually in existence at their suppliers’ warehouses. Thus new magazines were made to fulfill the orders and legally imported. The Federal government could have outlawed these, but such an action would have required compensation as a taking under the 5th Amendment. Since Bill Clinton didn’t want to buy warehouses full of stamped sheet metal and springs, his AWB didn’t try to stop the importation of grandfathered magazines. Nor did the Federal law or any of the State laws attempt to confiscate existing magazines. This effectively neutered these laws. Gun grabbers in CT didn’t want to see their new law fail for the same reason and thus they’re OK with taking them; however, they also don’t want to spend real money to buy the magazines in question. So they’ve decided to do the taking without regard for the 5th Amendment’s just compensation requirement.

Legal News

In their editorial ATF’s Mexico gun problem the SF Chronicle gets reaches the wrong conclusion. One would think that most journalists hate being lead by the nose by government propagandists. Things must be different at the Chronicle. After decrying the AFT’s bungled Fast and Furious gunrunning operation, the editorial staff at the Chronicle concludes:

This nation should be doing what it can to halt, not abet, the flow of weapons into Mexico. A good starting point would be to accelerate the approval of a long-stalled rule to require border-state gun dealers to report multiple sales of long guns.

One would think that a good starting point would be to do the polar opposite of whatever it is that the illegal, government sponsored gunrunning operation was intended to support. In this case, remove the AFT’s ability to write whatever rules it pleases without Congressional oversight. The Chronicle staff, however, seems to have swilled too much of the anti-gun Kool-Aid to reach the correct conclusion.

News Politics

David Rittgers at National Review Online writes about “Operation Fast and Furious”, or “Project Gunwalker” as it’s known in some circles…

Congress should be able to assume that the gun-control laws already on the books are being enforced. That does not seem to be the case. Congress should find out why, and the public should bear it in mind next time Attorney General Holder or Mexican president Felipe Calderón says that a new assault-weapons ban is necessary. 

One has to wonder, since there really wasn’t an “iron river” of guns going from the US retail firearms market into Mexico, was one created? Sounds kinda tin-foil-hat-ish when you put it that way, but how else to explain why BATFE let hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of firearms into Mexico?

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Cam Edwards interviewed Richardo Sandoval of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the “Fast and Furious” (Or “Gunwalker”) allegations…

Remember that this is the same BATFE that wants to further monitor the firearms purchases of law abiding Americans for the supposed purpose of preventing gun running into Mexico.

News Politics

News Politics

This was posted on the old site on March 3rd…


Winchester has issued a recall for certain lots of .223 ammo. The following was posted on CheaperThanDirt.com:

.223 Winchester Ranger Ammunition Recall

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling six (6) lots of its RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® (PP) centerfire rifle ammunition (Symbol Number RA223R2).Lot Numbers (last four characters): DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51

Through extensive evaluation Winchester has determined the above lots of RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition may contain incorrect propellant. Incorrect propellant in this ammunition may cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable, and subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury when fired.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® RANGER® 223 REMINGTON 64 GRAIN POWER-POINT® AMMUNITION THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51. The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 20-round carton, as indicated here:

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Lot Number. If the last four characters of the Lot Number are DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51 immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 to arrange for replacement ammunition and free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® centerfire rifle ammunition with lot numbers ending in DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: RA223R2 Recall), or visit our website at www.winchester.com.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

 

Safety

I’m usually not for for quoting Huff-n-Puff, but they published this very interesting piece on the Obama Administration’s intention to rule by executive fiat. If they cannot get their way on guns with Congress through normal (i.e. Constitutional) means, then the Administration plans on going around them…

Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are among a host of options that President Barack Obama and his advisers are considering. “The purpose of these discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum,” one official said. “We think that’s a good place to start.” 

Were this from some site that could be described as part of the “right-wing fever swamp”, I might have my doubts; but coming from Huff-n-Puff? That’s another matter. These are Obama’s peeps! Why would they stir up gun owners with mere fairy tales? Quite simply, they wouldn’t. They are reporting what they likely see as good news.

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