PETA has long run an "animal shelter" in Virginia, a major function of which is snuffing the animals brought in (in 2014, the "shelter" adopted out 39 dogs and cats and killed 2,454). Now, they're being sued for snatching a dog off its owners' porch and snuffing it. Unlike Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday, their hypocrisy seems to have no limits.
It's Mann v. United States, set to be considered on Dec. 4. It concerns an issue of which I was unaware.
Under Federal law, a conviction is not a bar to gun possession if the conviction has been expunged, set aside, or if the defendant has had civil rights restored. Most States have fairly liberal provisions for restoring civil rights after a State conviction. But the Federal government has (almost) none -- civil rights, in the sense of rights to vote and hold office and serve on juries, are largely settled by the States, even in a Federal election. So the Feds leave those rights to the States. But the Supreme Court has held that, after a Federal conviction, a restoration of civil rights by a State does not restore Federal firearm rights. So a person convicted of a Federal offense is out of luck. Absent a change in law, neither Federal nor State courts can restore his gun rights.
But, reading the petition for cert., a number of Federal Circuits have ruled that a Federal trial court has the power to expunge the conviction. It's nowhere in statute, but they hold court have this as an inherent power. The Ninth Circuit (which is my location) ruled that a district court cannot exercise this power based on the defendant's rehabilitation, otherwise good character, etc.. Mann thus petitions the Court to resolve the split.
Hat tip to Sarah Sixgun...
This report states that the annual turkey pardoning was canceled due to Russian protests. They were concerned about pardoning a Turkey "after an unfortunate misunderstanding between an Su-24 fighter and a Turkish AIM-9 Sidewinder a few days ago."
But one says the turkey (who had taken the name of Al-Turki) was pardoned, hijacked an aircraft at Andrews AFB, and defected to ISIS.
The case is State v. Herrmann. The opinion is very well-written, and two features stand out to me.
(1) The court applies intermediate scrutiny, but doesn't treat it as an easy way to rule for the government. "To meet this standard, the government must demonstrate "that the recited harms are real, not merely conjectural, and that the regulation will in fact alleviate these harms in a direct and material way." ... [S] law challenged on Second Amendment grounds is not presumed constitutional, ... and the burden is on the government to establish the law's constitutionality..." It thus brushed off the State's argument that the ban would prevent surprise knife attacks. "[T]he State cites no evidence to establish that this danger actually exists to any significant degree."
(2) The court doesn't buy the argument that only one class of knives is affected. "[I]f a complete prohibition of handgun possession in the home for self-defense is unconstitutional, despite demonstrable public safety concerns, it follows that a complete prohibition of a less dangerous category of arms in the home for self-defense is also unconstitutional."
The pitch for "nontoxic," i.e., non-lead ammunition has long been at odds with the pitch to ban "armor-piercing" ammunition. Under Federal law, AP ammo includes any ammo with "a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium." 18 U.S.C. §921(a)(17). In short, all bullets made of any likely useful metal OTHER than lead. The definition does have some exceptions, including "a projectile which the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes."
Here's some video from Attorney General Lynch testifying in House hearings, in which Rep. Ratcliff points out that ammo manufacturers have sent in 32 requests for exemption over the past four years, and so far none has been acted upon, or even gotten a responsive letter. (Ms. Lynch responds that she has never heard of the requests). Odds are pretty good that it's the same today. Somewhere there is a letter delegating the AG's power to someone else, and that someone else could care less, nor does the AG.
Right here. After playing tennis, he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Odds of surviving an arrest outside of a hospital are about 6.7%. But they had a portable defib unit on site and a cardiologist in the clubhouse, plus he had a playing partner that knew the latest form of CPR. So a week after he "died," he was back home, aching from a quadruple bypass. There's some quite useful info on operating the most recent and most automated defib units.
Apparently this Alaskan store owner never heard of that idea. When the robber transferred the gun to their weak hand, she grabbed it and threw it away. The robber then came at her with a knife, and she took that away, too. Her cries for help brought people rushing from nearby stores and they held the robber for police.
A review of the Armatix iP1 "smart gun."
It required execution of seven push-button commands before firing, misfires 3-4 times per magazine, costs three times what comparable firearms cost, keys on being "paired" to a watch with defective resistance to water, and has a terrible double-action pull. Apart from that, it is just what you are looking for in a self-defense arm. Oh, it also has a "kill switch" function so another person can turn it off.