Walmart Beats Out Church In Court Fight Over Gun Sales – Forbes

Walmart has emerged victorious in a court battle against one of the country’s oldest churches over the retailer’s sale of assault weapons.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a previous ruling that would have required Walmart to let its shareholders vote on a proposal for tighter oversight of firearm sales at this June’s annual meeting.

New York City’s Trinity Church — a Walmart shareholder — had taken issue with the big-box giant’s sale of guns with high-capacity magazines of the sort used in mass killings.As Trinity’s recently retired rector Rev. Dr. James Cooper explained to Forbes in February, the church wasn’t seeking a ban on the sale of assault weapons at Walmart.

Rather, their shareholder proposal sought to require Walmart’s board to oversee the sale of “products that especially endanger public safety and well-being, risk impairing the company’s reputation, or offend the family and community values integral to the company’s brand,” as the document first filed with the Security and Exchange Commission last year read.

Read more at Walmart Beats Out Church In Court Fight Over Gun Sales – Forbes.

ATF is moving to ban common rifle ammo

News has been circulating lately that the ATF has proposed a change to how they define “sporting purpose” to effectively ban M855 and SS109 ammunition. This is clearly in response to the huge growth in popularity of AR15 based pistols and SBRs but, the bigger concern is that it creates conditions to effectively ban all ammunition…certainly nearly all rifle ammunition because it can be argued that nearly all rifle ammunition is capable of piercing some armor and is therefore “armor piercing.” In addition to this, we now have “pistol” versions of many, if not most, popular rifle platforms such as the AR15/AR10, FN FAL, and HK G3.

Specifically, the ATF has stated they will only grant the “sporting purpose” exemption to two categories of ammunition going forward:

Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

 

Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

It is clear that the Obama Administration, with no means to enact new gun control through Congress, is using the ATF to infringe on the 2nd Amendment. All that said, the ATF claims they will accept and “carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015.” The ATF will not acknowledge receipt of comments. Comments can be submitted in any of three ways (do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method):

ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov

Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648-7070.

-GM

I was wrong about the Second Amendment: Why my view of guns totally changed – Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/13/i_was_wrong_about_the_second_amendment_why_my_view_of_guns_totally_changed/?source=CCDL

Be warned, reading this will infuriate you. This man never supported the Second Amendment. But, it’s salon.com, a liberal rag if ever there was one. Still it is interesting they claim he once supported the 2nd Amendment to justify his assault of it.

GM

Well that didn’t take long…Constitutional Carry |HB195

Texas Legislature Online – 84(R) History for HB 195.

This bill seeks to not only allow open carry but, seeks to remove the Concealed Handgun License requirement for carrying a handgun all together. Contact your state representative if you want this bill to survive and pass the Texas Legislature.

-GM

Americans now agree: Guns make homes safer by Andrew Malcolm – Investors.com

Gallup, which has been surveying the politically volatile question for a generation, announced this morning a new poll revealing that nearly two-out-of-three Americans (63%) now say having a firearm there makes a home safer.

That’s nearly twice the number who said that just before 9/11.

via Americans now agree: Guns make homes safer by Andrew Malcolm – Investors.com.

I’m sure the article quoted above will elicit some hate from the left but, Investors Business Daily isn’t exactly a bastion of conservatism. Lefties with no job might disagree but, the paper is aligned with Yahoo and ABC News, providing both with business and investment industry specific news. Hard to imagine they would spin anything in favor of guns but, here it is.

More specifically, the poll indicates that since August of 2000, the percentage of respondents who think having a gun in the home make their home safer has nearly doubled from 35% to 63% while the number arguing that guns in the home made it more dangerous fell from 51% to 30% over the same time period.

Americans now agree: Guns make homes safer by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

While Gallup and other polls may say gun ownership is on the decline, it seems a majority hold an opinion that stands in conflict with such polls. Given that people like Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Diane Feinstein and others have openly stated they would confiscate all guns from civilian ownership given the chance, it seems more likely that folks just aren’t necessarily willing to admit to owning guns. At the end of the day, there is research available to support just about any point of view and when it comes to politics, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

-GM