Nice Court You’ve Got There—It’d Be A Shame If Something Happened To It


Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York. In his brief he warns the court not to take up the case, lest it find itself ruling in favor of the Second Amendment claim made by the petitioner.

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics,”

FDR’s threat of court packing worked 80-some-odd years ago. I hope the justices ignore this one.

BTW, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Mazie Hirono all signed on to Whitehouse’s threat to the court.

An Attempted Totalitarian Twofer


A New York Senate bill would, if passed into law, require that the purchaser of any firearm

consent to have his or her social media accounts reviewed and investigated pursuant to subdivision four of this section …

Such a law would clearly violate rights secured by both the First and Second Amendments. Eugene Volokh offers an analysis of the bills constitutional deficiencies here and concludes with these words—

But remember: No-one is trying to take away your guns, or your freedom of speech.

Read the whole thing.

Cosmetic Gun Control


20130116-102854.jpgUnder the recent New York legislative silliness, the rifle shown on the top is illegal because of its pistol grip. The lower rifle is functionally the same, but has a “legal” stock.

This sort of asinine stupidity is just the sort of thing that Alinsky calls us to target with his Rule 5.

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

New York Outlaws M1 Rifle Clips?


20130115-120506.jpgThe online text of the Senate bill passed in New York appears to outlaw any removable device that feeds ammunition and holds more than 7 rounds. That would seem to outlaw the 8-round ammunition clips used with the M1 rifle. The M1 is still commonly used in high-power rifle matches and has never been attacked as an “assault weapon” before.



20130115-121448.jpgUPDATE–Yep, it looks like New York is criminalizing the possession of any piece of metal that has been bent into the shape shown on the left. Even if it has no cartridges clipped into it.

UPDATE 2–New York owners of the C96 Mauser (the handgun Winston Churchill used as a cavalry officer in the 19th century) will have to use the shorter 5-round stripper clips to load their pistols in a two-step process rather than the standard 10-round stripper clip shown below.The pistol itself should still be legal because it has a fixed (non-removable) magazine.
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