Governor Baker Chimes in

Full disclosure, I voted against Charlie Baker in the last gubernatorial primary, but I voted for him both times he was on the general ballot.

I never thought much of him, he’s a Soft RINO, who’s considerably less scary than Willard Romney.

All that being said, he’s currently on my shit-list for his recent absence in this whole Assault Weapons Debacle with Attorney General Maura Healey. His initial statement shortly after her advisement letter went out was that of support.

At best this is ignorance of the scope of her reinterpretation, and the general radical nature of her action.

At worst it shows complicity.

I’m leaning towards the latter, as several days later at the Rally he neither made and appearance, nor had released a statement.

That being said, he is a political animal, and can smell when his self-preservation is on the line.

So he has now issued a statement:

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wrote to Attorney General Maura Healey this week, saying there are “ambiguities” in her recent notice to gun sellers and manufacturers.

…”As elected officials, we must do all we can to protect the people of Massachusetts,” Baker wrote. “Keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who wish to do others harm is a priority we share. At the same time, protecting from prosecution responsible gun owners who followed the rules in the past and ensuring there is clarity when it comes to enforcing gun control measures such as the assault weapons ban are essential to fair application of the law.”

Not great, but at least I can say the ONLY statements out there have been ones of opposition. The AG office has been stone silent since the press conference a week ago, as have the anti-gun organizations.

The fact that there isn’t an article of this massive move for gun control on Bloomberg’s The Trace tells me the powers that be in the gun-ban movement know that this isn’t going to last, and a political victory has 1,000 fathers, and a political defeat is an orphan.

Hopefully I’m right.

**UPDATE** I was wrong, this idiot, is the sole fool to hitch his wagon directly to this turd!

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Handgun Radio 137 Stealth Gear USA

I’m only in the episode for a bit, and I recorded from my phone while I was stuck at the train station, rather than my standard Armory Studio. Hopefully Ryan was able to do some podcast magic to clean up a dirty noise environment.

I was on to give some info on the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Debacle. I’ll need to listen in for the rest of the show which talks about StealthGear USA Holsters and Gear.

Enjoy!

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Another Update on the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Debacle

58 Legislators have signed a letter expressing their strong opposition to AG Healey’s insane re-interpretation. The text of the letter can be read here (PDF)

I’m also very pleasantly surprised that 18 of those Signatures were Democrats, so while AG Healey is far from a pariah here in Mass, but she also doesn’t have the full strength of the party behind her….and party lockstep, in a state like this, is the rule, not the exception, for both parties.

So read the whole thing, but I’ll toss in the money quote for those who don’t have time right this moment.

For the last 18 years, the law has been implemented and enforced consistently, both by your office and your predecessors. Your new directive, which has been presented by your office as nothing more than a closing of “loopholes” in the current law, appears in fact to be much more than that: the enforcement of a whole new law that unfairly infringes on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in Massachusetts.

One must argue, if Gun control is so popular, why do they need to go to such lengths, and abandon all ethics to expand gun control laws? In what is a massively anti-gun state!

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Official Numbers Are In

So here I said:

I’m not a good judge of crowds, but It was over 1,000 just from my counting. Also note it was 90 degrees out there! Us New Englanders don’t do well in the heat, but we bear it when we need to!

I didn’t want to be the asshole calling a crowd of 1,000, 10,000, because I really don’t know what 1,000 people looks like just from looking at a crowd. I knew it was HUGE, but I didn’t know how big.

Well the numbers are out CBS is reporting:

About 2,000 gun rights advocates have rallied outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on the sale and manufacture of what she’s called copycat assault weapons.

Activists attending the Saturday rally said Healey is taking rogue actions that will turn thousands of gun owners into “future felons.”

But of course Joe points out those assholes headline it as “hundreds”.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 101

Episode # 101 – the TIE Fighter episode

Join our ragtag group of pro-gun freedom fighters as they struggle against the evil Empire of malice, stupidity, ignorance and lack of due process or legislative oversight!

Beth is tired of “Smart” anti-gun answers to pro-gun statements so, she answers the anti-gunners in turn.
Sean looks at the two suspects in the murder of an elderly woman in Kinston, NC.
“Legitimate malware?” Barron shows us how to avoid malware served up from sources you thought you could trust.
In our main topic, Sean and Erin take a brief look at the recent decision by the Massachusetts AG to unilaterally redefine State law to ban so-called “Assault Weapons.”
Before you can go somewhere, you first need to know where you are. Erin tells you what kind of maps you need and how to get them.
In a special double segment, Tiffany and Weer’d compare their shared history. Both started out as anti-gunners, and both have become pro-gun activists. How did that happen?
And our plug of the week is for Merrell Jungle Moc shoes.

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The GOAL Rally on the State House

Just got back! First up, the Rally was AMAZING! It will be difficult for the politicians to ignore that!

So for starters I went in with my family, Mrs. Weer’d and LaWeer’da went to the Boston Children’s Museum, and I headed up to Beacon hill.

I’m a prompt man, and actually had my wife drop me off a few blocks from where she parked so I could get there well before the rally started….as I was coming up Beacon Street I could already hear the Rally.

Statehouse Rally 1

This is at 9:45 for a 10:00 rally! And people were already speaking, I believe the early start was because several members of the Mass Legislature wanted to speak before a 10am call.

Oh and it was on BOTH sides of Beacon Street.

Statehouse Rally 2

This is again BEFORE the Rally, as things went into full swing it looked more like this.

Statehouse Rally 3

I’m not a good judge of crowds, but It was over 1,000 just from my counting. Also note it was 90 degrees out there! Us New Englanders don’t do well in the heat, but we bear it when we need to!

The Police closed down one lane of Beacon Street to make room for us, and we got a lot of support from passing cars. Also seemed like every commercial vehicle that passed was honking and giving us the Thumbs up.

Wish my pictures could do it justice, but the Capital is on the summit of Beacon hill, so everything else is below it. Jim Wallace of GOAL took some pictures from the steps which will probably show the scale even better.

Oh and Fox 25 Boston was right across the street, so they got some coverage up.

Hopefully this nonsense will resolve quickly.

**UPDATE** Just found a great video of the Rally from the other side that shows the scale MUCH better.

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More From GOAL

From Their Blog:

While the AG has “graciously” stated that: “… not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.” It does not mean that she can’t change her mind tomorrow or that some other entity cannot use it against us, such as local licensing authorities that use the new rules to declare an applicant unsuitable for renewal.

As a result of this chaos, many friendly public officials have offered to file emergency legislation that would offer permanent legal protection for the lawful gun owners who have purchased semi-automatic firearms. While we appreciate these genuine offers to protect our members, GOAL’s message to our government at this time is simple:

We are not asking to be forgiven for crimes we did not commit!

We hope all of our members and gun owners appreciate and support our current position, but you are not at fault! Accepting an offer to protect us would do two things:

1. Admit that we have all committed a crime despite the fact that all of these transfers were approved by the state.

2. It would be recognizing the vast expansion of the Attorney General’s NEW interpretation that will ban the future sale and possession of virtually every semi-automatic gun on the market.

While GOAL continues to confer with leaders all around the country about the best course of action, we need all citizens to attend GOAL’s rally at the State House on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Not only is AG Healey declaring that everybody who bought a semi-auto rifle in the last 12 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a criminal (tho she promises not to send you to jail for that) but she is essentially saying that anybody who bought a Semi-Auto rifle from 1994-2004 that wasn’t a pre-ban firearm was breaking FEDERAL law.

Note there is no ex-post facto, she has declared all “Ban Compliant” firearms, both in Massachusetts State Law, and Federal law to be “Copies” of banned guns, and therefor illegal.

It also doesn’t matter if you bought your compliant gun in 1995 and sold months later (like my WASR-10) It’s STILL a CRIME, as I bought, and possessed a “Banned Assault Weapon” by the views of the current AG….and just because she says she won’t prosecute me, doesn’t mean she can’t change her mind, or somebody else can’t.

Remember this isn’t a change in the law, just a radically different interpretation of a law that is over 22 years old, and has never been enforced as such, or adopted as such by the several states that adopted their own AWB after the 2004 Sunset.

So yeah Hopefully I’ll see some of you in the heat tomorrow!

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Isn’t That Interesting!

S&W no longer lists “Massachusetts” in their “State Compliant” list of rifles.

Those are some deep pockets that will not stand for it, and there are so many Massachusetts residents who are behind them!

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SQRPT Ep: 202 Massholes!

This week, I spend a LOT of time bitching about the new Mass AWB Interpretation

Also other stuff.

Angel Squirrel

Enjoy!

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To Put it Gently: FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!!

Remember this video?

Well for those who don’t listen to Handgun Radio, or know me in person, I put in a deposit for one of the K&M M17S308, specifically one in Green with a 16″ unthreaded barrel (Ken was nice enough to modify an existing 20″ BBL rather than welding on a muzzle break to a 16″ because I dislike muzzle breaks on moderate calibers) and a very low serial number as this would be from the first production run.

Now this….

For nearly 18 years since the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act firearm retailers, gun owners and state agencies have been operating under the same interpretation. Now, suddenly, without warning or any due process a single person with a clear political agenda decides to change the rules. All Massachusetts residents should be alarmed!

GOAL is currently trying to decipher the enforcement letter, but with as much information that it contains, it is not very clear what it means. Statements such as the following make it very convoluted: “… a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.”

Virtually every semi-automatic that utilizes a detachable magazine has the same operating system or firing mechanism, so what does this mean? The short answer is we simply don’t know. Our best advice to firearm retailers for now is to err on the side of caution. These new rules may cover a lot more than just what we might think.

Since the Massachusetts ban is essentially a re-write of the 1994 Federal Ban, really this has been 21+ years of one succinct interpretation of the law….and now the letter given is so vague that I called my gun shop.

He’s not transferring ANY semi-auto magazine-fed long-guns. PERIOD. He mused that my gun MIGHT be legal….but he’d be speculating with his livelihood, so he told me that he wouldn’t be able to make the transfer.

So I have emailed Ken, and let him know I probably won’t be able to receive the rifle for the time being.

AND as I typed that, he emailed me back saying he personally thinks the rifle will pass muster, and will continue the build for me….we’ll see.

Either way, GOAL has a rally at the State House on Saturday I’ll be there to make my voice heard.

Wish me luck, and if you live in the Area, maybe I’ll see you on Beacon Hill.

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