Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Los Angelinos Are No Safer Today Than They Were on Monday

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 30, 2017:

English: Los Angeles Times Building

Los Angeles Times Building

The Los Angeles Times reported that on Tuesday the city council was going to repeal its ban on “ultra-compact” handguns that has been in place since 2001. It’s responding to pressure from the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) that the city must conform to the roster of firearms already banned at the state level. It’s not because of a change of heart on the part of those council members.

The law was put in place in 2001 based on the assumptions that

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Supreme Court Urged to Overturn Maryland’s “Assault Weapons” Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 23, 2017:

English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of ...

Antonin Scalia, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Cato Institute, along with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Independence Institute, filed a “friend of the court” brief on Monday urging the Supreme Court to take under review a lower court’s decision upholding Maryland’s nearly total ban on so-called assault weapons.

Prior to passage of the Firearms Safety Act (FSA) in 2013, Maryland’s gun controls were bad enough: The law permitted those citizens “in good standing” to possess semi-automatic rifles, but only after passing an extensive (and costly) background check along with meeting various other requirements. Starting October 1, 2013, those controls became positively onerous: Any firearm designated as an “assault weapon” was banned from private possession altogether. The law included “assault long rifles,” “assault pistols,” and “copycat weapons.” That automatically included the semi-automatic (one squeeze of the trigger fires a single round) rifles that are most popular among Americans, including Marylanders, including the AR-15 and AK-47 models and knockoffs.

The new law allowed exceptions for “active law enforcement officers.”

Stephen Kolbe, a life-long resident of Maryland living in Towson, owned a “full-size semi-automatic handgun” but wanted, for self-protection purposes, to purchase one of those now-banned semi-automatic rifles. Under the new law he couldn’t, and so he, with the help of the SAF, filed suit claiming Maryland’s new law violated his Second Amendment-protected rights. He also claimed that by giving LEOs an exception, the law also violated his rights under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

His suit was rebuffed, and he kept appealing until

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A Closer Look at the Man Behind California’s Anti-gun Ballot Initiative

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 4, 2016: 

Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom

It’s often helpful to look into the background of a politician promoting a ballot issue on the chance that that look might reveal a hidden agenda. So it appears with California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Last year he announced that he was creating a petition for some anti-gun legislation that, if successful, would appear on this year’s November ballot. Last week he announced that he had secured 600,000 signatures for his petition, more than enough for it to be on the ballot.

The agenda is right in line with the anti-gun mentality expressed by

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San Diego Sheriff Won’t Appeal Second Amendment Ruling

The announcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s office late Friday afternoon caught many observers by surprise. Said the sheriff in his letter to the County’s Board of Supervisors:

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion … that the State of California’s requirement of “good cause” … impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment….

Therefore, I see no need for me to

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Microstamping Does Work in Reducing Gun Sales in California

This article first appeared in The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 27th, 2014:

This from Smith & Wesson’s press release is most revealing. On Wednesday the gun maker explained why it would no longer be selling its semi-automatic pistols in California. Note particularly the second paragraph:

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Gun makers stop selling guns in California thanks to the new microstamping law

Following Sturm, Ruger’s announcement last month that it would no longer be selling its semi-automatic handguns to California residents because of the state’s new microstamping law, Smith & Wesson announced on Wednesday, January 22, that it was following suit. From its press release, the company said:

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Protecting Bad Law with Bad Jurisprudence

This article was first published on Monday, December 2nd, 20113, at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor:

The complaint that U. S. District Court Judge Marcia Kreiger didn’t know what she was doing in her ruling was far too generous. Kreiger knows exactly what she is doing in ruling that

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Senator McCain also wants “stand your ground” laws reviewed, just like Obama and Holder

Within days of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama each strongly suggesting that “stand your ground” laws now enacted in more than 25 states be reconsidered, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain reiterated those same suggestions almost verbatim.

First, on Sunday McCain

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Attorney General Holder wants to “question” States’ Stand Your Ground Laws

When Attorney General told his audience at the NAACP’s annual convention on Tuesday that “it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” he was either ignorant of, or didn’t want to consider,

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Colorado Sheriffs and Other Plaintiffs Sue to Void Two Gun Laws

On Friday morning all but 10 of Colorado’s 64 sheriffs along with 20 other plaintiffs gathered in Denver’s Independence Institute’s offices to announce the filing in U.S. District Court of a lawsuit to overturn two of the four gun control measures signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in March. According to John Caldera, the institute’s president, the lobby – called the Freedom Assembly – was

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