Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Colt Reunites

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NRA-ILA On HB 937 And Vote To Send To Conference Committee

Posted: 16 Jul 2013 06:39 PM PDT

The NRA-ILA released a statement today on the North Carolina House of Representatives vote to send HB 937 to a conference committee instead of concurring with the Senate version of the bill. They state that they don't see this necessarily as an anti-gun vote as the bill was stalled due to the intransigence of the North Carolina Sheriffs Association and pistol purchase permits.

From the NRA-ILA:

Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted 100-14 to not concur with the Senate version of an omnibus firearms reform bill, House Bill 937. H 937 will now be sent to a House-Senate Conference Committee to resolve the differences between the two versions of this bill. This was not an anti-gun vote, as H 937 had stalled due to the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association objecting to the provision that would repeal the outdated and unnecessary state law requiring anyone who wishes to purchase a handgun to first obtain a permit from her or his county sheriff. The non-concurrence vote was necessary to move H 937 forward since there was some confusion among state legislators regarding this particular provision.

Now that H 937 will be considered in a conference committee, the NRA will continue to work directly with state legislators to ensure that this bill is passed and enacted this year. The NRA will oppose any efforts to weaken any provision of H 937. While we remain committed to repealing this obsolete and inefficient requirement, our primary goal for this year is to pass and enact the most comprehensive pro-gun version of H 937 possible.

As I stated earlier, the conference committee does have a number of pro-gun leaders such as Sen. Buck Newton on the committee so we can still get a good, if not perfect, gun bill passed.

Finally! (updated)

Posted: 16 Jul 2013 05:47 PM PDT

House Bill 937 - Amend Various Firearms Laws - is finally on the legislative agenda of the North Carolina House for a concurrence vote today. The House is voting on the Senate Committee Substitute which, among other things, kills off that legacy of the Jim Crow era the pistol purchase permit system.

The House convenes today at 10am.

I will have results of the vote up as soon as it is available.

UPDATE: Gun owners just got screwed.Whether we got royally screwed will be determined by what comes out of the Conference Committee.

The House failed to concur on the Senate version of HB 937 by a vote of 100-14 and the bill was sent to a Conference Committee. It looks like the House kow-towed to the opposition of the bill from the NC Sheriffs Association. I'm sure opposition by the University of North Carolina System also played a part.

The Committee members from the House are the primary sponsors of the bill: Representatives Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg), Justin Burr (R-Stanley), John Faircloth (R-Guilford), and George Cleveland (R-Onslow). Schaffer is the chair of the Conference Committee for the House.

Burr and Cleveland were rated as 4 star by GRNC-PVF while Faircloth was rated a 3 star. Schaffer, a House freshman, did not return the GRNC-PVF questionnaire and thus automatically earned zero starts.

The details of the roll call vote are not yet posted

Despite some rumors to the contrary, Grass Roots North Carolina was always pushing for concurrence with the Senate.

UPDATE II: Grass Roots North Carolina has released the following statement regarding HB 937 and the House's failure to concur with the Senate.

Although only 14 stalwarts voted for concurrence on HB 937, we have received assurances from the Speaker's office that: (1) All provisions other than the purchase permit repeal will remain in the bill; (2) The limited campus carry will actually be slightly improved; (3) Although a full purchase permit repeal is unlikely (owing partially to the fact McCrory would likely veto it), negotiations are underway on a compromise which the Speaker has said would satisfy all parties; and (4) The bill would be passed this year.

Consequently, we do not suggest beating on leadership yet. In coming days, GRNC will be working closely with conferees to ensure a strong bill is sent back to both chambers for concurrence. Additional details will be released as they become available.

The final roll call vote has been changed to 96 yea and 18 nay. The breakdown can be found here. A no vote was to concur with the Senate version of the bill.

UPDATE III: The State Senate has appointed their four members of the Conference Committee. The Senate chair is Sen. Buck Newton (R-Wilson) who is not only rated 4 stars by the GRNC-PVF but is one of the staunchest supporters of Second Amendment issues in the General Assembly.

The remaining members from the Senate are Senators Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), Andrew Brock (R-Davie), and Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes). Both Harrington and Brock are rated 4 stars. Randleman was not rated as she replaced a candidate (Sen. Don East) who had passed away just before the election. However, Randleman's answers to Project VoteSmart indicate she is pro-gun.

Given the Senate lineup, I am encouraged that with the exception of the pistol purchase permit issue we won't lose anything and may even gain.

Colt Reunites

Posted: 16 Jul 2013 12:31 PM PDT

Since 2003 there have been two Colt companies manufacturing firearms. There is Colt Defense LLC which manufactures the M4 carbine for the US military along with the C7 and C8 rifles through their Canadian subsidiary Colt Canada. And then there is New Colt Holding Company or, as it is better known, Colt's Manufacturing Company. This latter company produces rifles and pistols for the civilian market including both AR-15s and 1911s.

Last Thursday, July 12th, Colt Defense LLC entered into an agreement to buy New Colt Holding Company and merge the two entities.

Andrew at Vuurwapen Blog has more on the buyout and why he thinks it will be good for the consumer.

Why I Haven't Written About The Zimmerman Case

Posted: 16 Jul 2013 07:46 AM PDT

I cover a lot of things in this blog but one thing that I really haven't written about is the Zimmerman trial. There is a simple reason for that. I just didn't feel qualified to make informed comments about it and there are plenty of other sites that have been doing great work at doing just that.

I'd like to point you to three people that are qualified and have studied the case from the beginning.

First, there is Andrew Branca. Andrew is a defense attorney and competitive shooter who has authored the book The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide for the Armed Citizen. He has covered the trial on the legal blog Legal Insurrection and on his own blog. I followed the trial through his posts on Legal Insurrection rather than subjecting myself to the mainstream media.

Second, there is Michael Bane. His recent post on the outcome of the trial and the lessons it has for us is excellent. Michael writes about a number of things, produces a slew of TV shows, and is quite the raconteur. That said, I consider his Panteao Productions DVD on concealed carry one of the best out there. The first section of that DVD is a must watch for anyone who has or is considering getting a concealed carry permit.

Finally, there is the master himself, Massad Ayoob. Mas has been an expert witness in more cases involving shootings than you could shake a stick at and has authored more books and articles on the use of deadly force than anyone I know. He didn't write about the Zimmerman case earlier because he had been retained as an expert witness by Zimmerman's first attorney and was bound by confidentiality. Now that the case is over he is free to share his analysis of it. Here he looks at the notion that Trayvon Martin was an "unarmed teen".


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