The Court just granted cert. in Henderson v. U.S.. The issue: can a person who is convicted of a felony, and has firearms seized (because of his status as a felon, not because the guns were used in an offense), deal with it by selling them to another party, who does not have a felony record?
There's a recent law review article on just that topic.
Symposium issue here. Very interesting articles. George Mocsary on requiring insurance as a condition of gun ownership, Clayton Cramer on mental illness and the 2A, Michael O'Shea on slippery slope and background checks, myself on standard of review Josh Blackman and Shelby Baird on the "Shooting cycle" -- mass killings and media coverage lead to support for gun restrictions, but the support soon fades away.
Also of course some antis.
Robbers hit credit union, are departing with a sack of cash when an incoming customer opens fire and kills one. This is Arizona. When it comes to concealed carry, we don' need no steenking permits.
"South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence." Sounds like the argument is a variant of "the statute on its face says this, but we can't believe the legislature meant this to happen." Amusing to see prosecutors arguing that. It's usually argued by defense counsel, when the prosecutor comes up with a theory that the statute, if applied very literally, would turn a jaywalking charge into a ten year felony sentence.
UPDATE in light of comment: thanks for the citation. It looks to me as if §16-11-400 breaks down:
A. Presumption of reasonable fear if home is illegally entered.
B. Exceptions: (A) does not apply if other person is a lawful resident, etc.
C. A person who is in a place where he has a lawful right to be has no duty to retreat if attacked.
The article may have gotten it wrong (lots of reporters think (A), which is castle doctrine, is no-retreat. But if the defense is based on (C), that subsection has no exemption for the attacker being a co-resident. And I could see why the Legislature might want to create an exemption for A but not for C.
An entirely nice female student, who has to travel though rough areas of Detroit, gets suspended from school for an entire year after she is found with a pocketknife that was a quarter inch longer than the school rules allowed.
I can't help but wonder if what we are seeing is "cracking down on the aggressive thugs in school might be difficult or dangerous, so let's crack down on the decent students."
Prices of black market semiautos rise into the thousands, so criminals turn to sharing or leasing out their guns. They even do so on a contingency basis: the user only pays if he actually commits a crime with it.
Joe Foss, NRA President who earned the Medal of Honor. I got off the plane with him in DC when he was talking about the incident with airport security, and I called some folks who had media contacts.
Not in the official story: that was shortly after 9/11, when they had National Guardsmen (with, I noted, no magazines in their rifles, this was more "security theater") in the airports. Joe told me that when the airport security people gave him flak about carrying his Medal of Honor -- it had vaguely sharp points -- he called over a Guard lieutenant to tell them what it was. The lieutenant didn't know. Foss dressed him down. The lieutenant took it, which (since Foss's next stop was West Point, to give the commencement address) was probably a very good idea.
When I worked at Interior Dept, NRA had an annual meeting at Philadelphia, and one of the other attorneys had a father who'd fought as a USMC grunt at Guadalcanal, and was going to the meeting just to see Foss again, after half a century. I asked him what a man had to do to earn the Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal, where, as one writer puts it, courage above and beyond was an everyday matter. He told me that his father had related some extraordinary things, draining other fighters of gasoline by hand pump while the airfield was under artillery fire and every sane man was in a foxhole, to put gas into his own plane so he could go up and engage whatever was incoming without a wingman.
Heinlein says that there are no deadly weapons, only weapons and deadly men, and Foss was the extreme case of the latter.
Interesting. But I wish the story explained how the person lost their firearm rights. I can only think of (1) it's some State disqualified or (2) while he was incapacitated following the stroke, they had a guardian created for his property, and that was treated as being found mentally defective.
Article here. It's apparently military contract overrun, and loaded to 9mm+P levels, good in modern guns but not in all.
David Codrea has the story. The BATF hierarchy terminated Agent Vince Cefalu after he exposed illegal wiretapping. (The grounds for the firing were essentially "telling the truth while under oath"). The District Court settlement is that he will be reinstated, allowed to retire, negative references will be deleted from his record, and the government will pay attorneys' fees.