Minor problems at the Department of Homeland Security:
"Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015."
Opinion, in pdf, here. It's a challenge to Maryland gun laws mostly directed at "assault weapons."
The court finds that AWs are in common use: "we note that in 2012, the number of AR- and AK-style weapons manufactured and imported into the United States was more than double the number of Ford F-150 trucks sold, the most commonly sold vehicle in the United States." It rejects the argument that magazines are not "arms." It also rejects claims that "dangerous and unusual weapons" describe AWs, asking where the line could be drawn.
It then holds that strict scrutiny (hurrah!) applies, since the ban applies in the home and the law substantially burdens that right, and remands to the lower court so that it can assess the law in that light.
The majority does reject the Equal Protection challenge to the law's exempting retired law enforcement officers; Judges Traxler and Agee dissent from this, feeling that it does pose an EP problem.
Parts 5 and 6 were authored by Judge Traxler, and hold that the ban on "copies" of the listed firearms was not void for vagueness.
Judge King dissents, and it can be summed up in one quote: "Let's be real: The assault weapons banned by Maryland's FSA are exceptionally lethal weapons of war. In fact, the most popular of the prohibited semiautomatic rifles, the AR-15, functions almost identically to the military's fully automatic M16."
(The majority's response to his dissent is worth quoting: "Our distinguished dissenting colleague asserts that we have imprudently and unnecessarily broken with our sister courts of appeal and infers that we will bear some responsibility for future mass shootings. In our view, inferences of this nature have no place in judicial opinions and we will not respond beyond noting this."
UPDATE: a dissent in a panel opinion can have several functions. (1) In the event that there's a move to reconsider en banc, or a petition for cert, the fact that it was a divided opinion with strong dissent is something that other judges might weigh in considering whether to grant en banc or to take cert. (2) If another court is considering relying on the decision, it puts the judges of that court on notice that there was another side to the issue.
News from Washington: Billionaire George Soros dropped $6 million on Priorities USA, a pro-Clinton super PAC.
I suppose we learn all we need to know about whether the original order was actually mandated by law or not, from the fact that its proponents were ready to rescind it as soon as they got a political benefit in exchange for doing so.
"Quick said three programs established by the Integrated Defense team enable commanders to increase security through conceal-carry. One of the new initiatives, the Unit Marshal Program, enables commanders at every level permission to work with security forces to train Air Force members and allow them to open carry their M9 service pistol at their duty location.
The Security Forces Staff Arming program enables more security officers to carry a government-issued weapon while on duty."
We've already decided Air Force members are can be trusted to fly A-10s and F-16s, and handle 20mm and 30mm rounds, cluster bombs, Hellfire missiles, and a lot of other adult fireworks, I suppose we can figure they can be trusted to handle a 9mm or .45.
A spokesman for the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence is quoted as saying "Don't hold your breath waiting for them [base commanders] to embrace America's degenerate gun culture."
Brady Campaign accuses Sanders of supporting "one of the most evil pieces of special interest legislation passed in this nation in decades" -- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." He responds by saying she's choosing to push gun control in New Hampshire, while downplaying the issue in Iowa.
Richard Nixon used to say that in Republican politics you ran to the right in a primary, to win the nomination, then ran back toward the center, to win the general election. On the gun issue, tho, I think both Demos have run so far to the antigun side that there is no coming back or hedging their position in the general.