So-called “smart” guns will be mandated as the only kind of firearm Californians can “sell, loan or give” if State Sen. Jerry Hill gets his way. SB 678 defines these as “a firearm that will only fire when activated by an authorized user.” Never mind that the technology is presently available only in .22. Never mind that it’s slow, difficult and battery-dependent. And never mind that it’s really expensive: $1800, including the RFID talisman that is the linchpin of the system. Incidentally, the RFID technology means strangers can disable your pistol from a distance. How nice.
When it comes to the primary example of this—the Armatix iP1—America’s 1st Freedom staffers have been there, done that. We shot this finicky, difficult pistol (when it would actually fire), and discovered it might actually be less safe: Owners could think the technology will protect them from traditional handling mistakes with disastrous consequences. That’s not so “smart” after all.
Shocking: Criminals Lie On Background Checks!
The father of 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, who fatally shot four fellow students and himself at Marysville Pilchuck (Wash.) High School Oct. 24, has been arrested for lying on his background check form to purchase the gun used by his son.
Prosecutors say Raymond Fryberg was barred from gun possession by a 2002 “permanent protection order.” In the run-up to the Nov. 4 vote on Washington’s Initiative 594 requiring “universal” background checks, the shooting was cited as evidence of the need for the state to approve all transfers. However, all Fryberg had to do was to check “No” when asked, “Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner …?”
Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Nick Hanauer contributed millions to help pass I-594.
“Guntry Clubs” Are The Future: Now Can We Please Stop Calling Them That?
New upscale shooting establishments in Virginia and Florida are calling attention to the burgeoning popularity of so-called “guntry clubs,” and CBS News is the latest to take notice of the trend. Destroying the stereotype of dingy, “guys-only” range facilities, the new wave of gun clubs cater to the whole family and offer a variety of amenities, from Wi-Fi to cigar lounges to fine food.
Despite the fact that some media outlets seem to be just catching on, the “guntry club” movement isn’t exactly new. But its perpetually expanding footprint suggests that this trend might represent the future of recreational shooting, rather than a flash in the pan.
Alabama: Minor Amendment To Minor Gun Law
How can you teach your children proper handgun safety, handling or shooting if they can’t legally hold the gun? That concern has led to new legislation recently introduced in the Alabama House and Senate.
Current law states no person “shall deliver a pistol to any person under the age of 18.” HB 328 and SB 262 would amend that to say it does not apply to minors who have the consent of their parents or guardians. Bill sponsors are Rep. Ed Henry and Sen. Arthur Orr.
Florida Campus Carry: Down, But Not Out
Florida’s campus carry bill, which would allow licensed, trained adults to carry firearms on college campuses just as they do elsewhere in the state, has hit a snag. On Monday, the Senate committee where SB 180 was assigned adjourned without taking action on the bill. Meanwhile, an identical measure—HB 19, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube—will be heard today in the House Judiciary Committee.
Supporters of Florida campus carry caution that it is too early to let the initial setback in the Senate dampen hopes. “This is the legislative process. And we’re only in the fifth week,” former NRA President Marion Hammer, who leads the charge for pro-gun issues in the state, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “It’s not over till it’s over.”
Texas Resident Defends Self Against Girlfriend’s Ex
Police in Tomball, Texas, have determined that a shooting that recently left one man dead appears to be a self-defense incident. A confrontation took place at the house of the shooter’s girlfriend when her ex-boyfriend allegedly tried to attack him with a brick. The assailant was shot once in the chest and died at the scene. No charges have been filed as of this writing.