Guns and Taxes

David Hogg wants a federal tax on firearms and ammunition. He has repeatedly broached the idea, including multiple times on Twitter, and only sometimes suggests a use for the tax revenue. Hogg’s tweets on a federal gun tax include references to implementing the same sort of licensing and permitting requirements as the government requires to drive a car or funding “gun violence” research.

Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws

As we’ve noted recently, much research purporting to demonstrate connections between access to guns or right-to-carry laws and increases in crime is seriously flawed.  Often it's an attempt to curtail or eliminate Americans’ rights under the Second Amendment rather than unbiased scientific research.

New Jersey: Third Circuit Court Refuses to Stop Unconstitutional Magazine Ban

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit allowed an unconstitutional magazine ban to proceed with its December 10th deadline by a 2-1 decision.

Ohio: Self-Defense Legislation Passes Senate Immediately Heads to House for Concurrence

Today, the Ohio State Senate passed Substitute House Bill 228 by a vote of 19 - 10.   While the legislation was amended, Sub. HB 228 still contains important protections for the Second Amendment and Ohio’s gun owners.

Skill Set: AR Lubrication

The AR is like an internal combustion engine. There’s a lot of friction – and associated heat and wear – that occurs during a shot. Even more so when firing multiple rounds. The key to having a smooth running, reliable AR is lubrication.

Compared to most rifles and carbines the AR doesn’t have a lot of friction surfaces, but what there are must be lubricated well. There’s aluminum on aluminum contact – a recipe for disaster if not well lubed. Aluminum parts are moving against steel, and there’s steel on steel contact. Without lubrication any of these combinations will start galling, creating more friction and wear, and eventually lock up tight, probably never functioning again.

Most people think the AR is a finicky weapon. “Oh,” they say, “it won’t run when it gets dirty.” So they focus on constantly cleaning the AR, with very little thought given to lubrication. The truth is the AR will run, and run reliably even when it’s filthy. Shootrite Katana #1, built by MHT Defense, has well over twenty thousand rounds through it without ever having been cleaned, or any parts replaced. It has been well lubed the whole time. With ARs lubrication is more of a concern than cleaning. I’m not saying you should run thousands of rounds through it without a cleaning, but I have to admit I clean mine when I think it needs it vs. every time it’s fielded and fired.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Says Gun-Control Stance Hurt Business, May Close Field & Stream stores

Dick's Sporting Goods told investors during the Goldman Sachs Retailing Conference that its gun-control stance hurt sales of its hunting business, outdoors business, and that it may close its outdoor-focused Field & Stream stores.

House Democrats look to roll back little-known rule allowing guns in the Capitol

House Democrats are looking to roll back a little-known, five-decade-old Capitol Hill regulation that allows members of Congress to keep guns in their offices and carry them around the Capitol grounds.

Federal appeals court upholds New Jersey’s law limiting gun magazine capacity

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld New Jersey’s law restricting the size of firearm magazines to 10 rounds, saying it doesn’t run afoul of the Second Amendment and will help save lives by giving victims more time to flee while a shooter reloads.

Ohio’s proposed ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill moves closer to vote in Senate

NAACP leaders across the state are rallying against a proposed “Stand Your Ground” gun bill that is being debated in the Ohio Senate. The bill could receive a vote on the Senate floor this week. Dozens packed into the Ohio Senate Committee hearing Tuesday night to express concerns about HB228. It was the second day of testimony that will continue through Thursday. Several Republican senators were noticeably absent from that hearing. If the bill is passed it would eliminate a person’s “duty to retreat” if they feel their life is in danger, allowing the individual to protect themselves by using deadly force. The NAACP is calling the legislation a public safety threat.

Newly empowered Democrats ramp up calls for stronger gun control

Prominent Democrats plan on Thursday to begin ramping up calls for stronger gun control at the start of a new push to use their strengthened voice in Washington to make progress on an issue that bitterly divides America.