Category: Guns

Ninth Circuit Judge Declares California “Assault Weapons” Ban Unconstitutional

Reason article here.

One of the big quotes coming from the decision:

…the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle, the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller

Judge Benitez issued a permanent injunction, but granted a temporary stay to allow the California AG to appeal (process underway). I understand the reasoning, but it would have been interesting to see if the gun companies could flood California with “now legal” rifles like they’ve done with magazines.

Friday Quote – Lew Rockwell

The danger to a free society is not the guns owned by the citizens but an unconstrained government, especially one that is better armed than the public. An armed society is a self-governing society, just as a disarmed people are vulnerable to arbitrary power of every kind.

Family Happenings

Pretty soon, the Ward household will be a two-teleworker household again. The Wife’s former boss (and her favorite boss) recruited her for a new virtual position with his current company. Full telework and better pay. About the only downside is that because the office is based in New Jersey, we have to pay New Jersey taxes. I am oh so thrilled about handing over money to that government. Of course, the fun part was on the same day The Wife scheduled a meeting with her supervisor to hand in her notice, The Wife’s co-worker quit without notice. Her section lost its two most experienced people.

Meanwhile, I’m dealing with another issue at work. Let’s just say an upgrade went sideways and I’m stuck using web-based version of Office apps. Yeah. Not fun. Particularly when I have one of my big monthly reports due, and IT doesn’t seem to be very responsive to getting it fixed. Fortunately, my boss is very understanding. When she’s not busy laughing at my predicament.

The Wife’s cousin flew in from Washington State, so we have our first houseguest. Since we’re the ones in the family with the spare room. It should be interesting, as this will be the first time I’ve met this individual. It’s one thing to meet new family members. It’s another thing to meet new family members and then have them stay with you. This also means my exercise is being put on hold for the rest of the week. I fear the scale on Monday.

The rifle now has a Holosun red dot and magnifier, some generic BUIS’s, and a Streamlight mounted. Now I just need time/ammo/money to zero the dot. The Brother-In-Law is willing to go with me, but our weekends are looking busy for the next month or so. Maybe we can sneak off for a couple of hours. It still needs a name. I wonder if there’s a Czech version of Vera.

Friday Quote – Joe Rogan

What is the number of veterans in this country? I mean, it’s gotta be more than a million. There are so many people in this country that really understand violence, and they’re not the ones calling for violence. They’re not the “punch a Nazi” people. The people that really understand violence, that have seen violence, that have committed violence for their country, those are the motherfuckers that you break glass in case of war. You need them and people don’t understand that. These people running around, calling for violence, calling for revolution; you are going to open a door that you can never close. And when those soldiers come pouring our of that door to defend what they think is an attack on their freedoms and their country, you’re fucked.

NRA Bankruptcy Dismissed

The NRA’s bankruptcy has been dismissed in the worst possible way. John Richardson has been doing his normal yeoman work on following the shenanigans.

Here’s his post on the dismissal of the bankruptcy.

Here’s the post with the NRA’s response.

The NRA done fucked up with this bankruptcy. The whole thing has exposed even more how WLP and coterie view the NRA – their personal piggy bank. This craven attempt to hide from the NY AG failed, and now she’s going to be able to take the scalps she wants.

Wayne needs to go. Now. Today. This very hour. The board needs to be reformed into so it can get the organization back to helping its members. And yet, I very much doubt that’s going to happen.

Mám pušku

Or translated from Czech – I have a rifle!

CZ Bren MS2

Specifically, a CZ Bren MS2. I bought it off of Gunbroker from one of the Florida gun chains, and ended up picking it up last week. As I’ve said in other posts, I wanted a non-AR AR as my primary defense carbine. I really like the SCAR, but fuck those prices. The Bren 2 has a similar form factor to the SCAR for about $1K cheaper, plus some nifty features such as a bolt release inside the trigger guard and a non-reciprocating bolt handle.

I need to add a few things before this one takes the place of my current home defense carbine. Scope and BUIS’s have been ordered, as has a light. I also need a sling, but those I haven’t worked with enough to figure out what works best for me. I also need to run some rounds through it. That’ll have to wait until my sights come in. Fortunately, the place I bought it from gave me a range coupon. Now, I just need to dip into my ammo reserves.

In the mean time, I’ll just enjoy the new gun glow.

The Supremes Take Up A Gun Case

The big news last week was the Supreme Court granting cert on the case of NYS Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett. The Volokh Conspiracy had the most interesting take. Quote:

  • As soon as I saw the grant, I started to scratch my head. Why did the Court rewrite the QP? Here is how Paul Clement framed the issue for the petitioners:*

Whether the Second Amendment allows the government to prohibit ordinary law-abiding citizens from carrying handguns outside the home for self-defense.

There are at least five major differences between Clement’s QP and the Court’s QP.

Listening to the Advisory Opinions podcast, David French asserted that some of the court are looking to establish a floor on the right to bear – which will be lower than what most in the RKBA arena want. As in, may-issue will probably be struck down, but the door will be left open to the states to determine the conditions upon which they shall issue the license.

Then it will be up to the lower courts to determine what’s an unreasonable burden. And won’t that be fun?

Clearing the Browser Tabs

This week’s kind of a big one at the Ward household as we’re closing on the new Ward Estate of Northern Rural Suburbia. Yeah, I’ll explain that later. Today, it’s links.

From Military.com comes an older article on Sig delivering its final prototypes for the new Army SAW. Including chambering in a new 6.8mm cartridge. The article expects new individual rifles in that chamber next year.

In the “Yes, Please” category, Variety reports that the Justified crew are looking to bring Raylan back in a new series. Still need to get The Wife through that series.

The title of this NY Post story kicked over my giggle box. Cancel culture is out of control – and Gen X is our only hope. Considering how overlooked the Gen Xers, I find this highly amusing.

I’ve got two articles from The Wirecutter. The first is how to clean your ear buds.. The second one is on why many of The Wirecutter’s picks are on the expensive side. These are good principles when looking at any purchase.

I’ve got an article from the Mises Institute on why everyone is so more freaked out about the riot at the Capitol. I refuse to call that an insurrection any more than I’d call a violent BLM an insurrection. It was a violent political protest, not an attempt to take over the government.

Finally, The Firearms Blog has a look at the 1986 Miami Shootout. This is one of those seminal gunfights that people who are serious about using guns in self-defense should study. How to stay in the fight when you’re hurt, nothing seems to be working, and everything around you is going to hell.