Category Archives: Gun Rights

Facebook To Ban Private Gun-Sale Conversations

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Facebook has announced it will no longer allow private gun-sale negotiations to take place on its social-media platform.
Facebook has announced it will no longer allow private gun-sale negotiations to take place on its social-media platform.

Facebook has announced a change in its Community Standards that will ban negotiations of private sales of guns on its social network and Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram.

The updated language under Facebook’s Regulated Goods tab reads, “We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, or firearms. If you post an offer to purchase or sell alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to comply with all applicable laws and carefully consider the audience for that content. We do not allow you to use Facebook’s payment tools to sell or purchase regulated goods on our platform.”

Although Facebook was not directly involved in gun sales, it previously allowed gun sales to be negotiated. The new policy supposedly arose because the company is expanding e-commerce on the site, including allowing users of its Messenger service to send electronic payments to other individual users.

Facebook spokeswoman Monika Bickert, who oversees the company’s product policies, said in a statement,

“Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”

The company did not highlight the substantial legal safeguards built into delivery of firearms whose prices were negotiated online and then paid for. Facebook is based in Menlo Park, California.

Is curtailing private guns sales on Facebook a big deal to you? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below:

Virginia Reciprocity Agreements May Be Renewed

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The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc., (VCDL), an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization defending the right to keep and bear arms in the state, released a statement regarding the pending cancellation of carry reciprocity with 25 other states. Most important: The just-passed February 1, 2016 cutoff date for dropping recognition of 25 states has been extended to March 1.

Click here to read our previous coverage.

VCDL reported that there is a package deal in the works between Governor McAuliffe and the Republicans in the General Assembly dealing with 1) concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity, 2) voluntary background checks at gunshows, and 3) those subject to a permanent domestic violence protection order.

VCDL-logoThe VCDL release said, “To many CHP holders, CHP reciprocity is a HUGE deal, especially if they travel out-of-state regularly and want to be able to carry discretely. For example, there is no solution to carrying in South Carolina if we don’t have an agreement between our two states.”

Gunowners should know the deal is still in the works, and there is no absolute guarantee this will become law — but there’s a reasonably good chance it will.

There are three components that make up the deal, each component represented by matching bills in the House and in the Senate.

1: Reciprocity Details

Virginia will honor the carry permits from all states, VCDL reported. “This is considerably better than current law and something VCDL has been trying to get for at least seven years now,” the release said.

Because Virginia will honor all other states, Virginia CHPs will be recognized by all the states affected by the reciprocity cancellation, plus three new states will be given reciprocity status: New Hampshire, Georgia, and Colorado.

Further, going forward, the State Police and the attorney general will have no say in the new law. If another state requires a formal agreement to honor Virginia CHPs, the new law requires the attorney general to enter into any such agreement.

It’s important to recognize that reciprocity does not mean equal treatment inside all other states, VCDL said. For example, someone from New York will be able to carry in Virginia, but a Virginia resident won’t be able to carry in New York, unless New York is willing to enter into a reciprocal agreement with Virginia.

2: Voluntary gun-show background checks

Background checks for a private sale are completely voluntary. The State Police shall be at every gun show in Virginia, by law. The gun show promoter shall notify the State Police of the location and times of the gun show at least 30 days in advance, shall provide a free location for the police to set up, and shall have signs letting attendees know of the voluntary background checks at the State Police booth. The State Police may charge a reasonable fee. If a background check is run, the seller receives some special legal protections that are currently not available for private sales. If a background check is not run, the seller doesn’t have any more, or any less, legal protections than under current law.

For those gun owners who would feel safer selling a gun to someone who has had a background check, this provides a new option, in addition to the current option of either asking if the person has a CHP or going through the more laborious and expensive route of letting an FFL do the transfer. It also has no effect on private sales conducted anywhere outside of gun shows, where this voluntary option is not provided.

3: Persons subject to a permanent domestic violence protection order cannot possess firearms until the order expires.

The only permanent protection order this restriction applies to is one for domestic violence and nothing else. VCDL said, “The subject of the protection order must have had his day in court along with any legal counsel. Temporary protection orders do not affect possession of firearms.”

For further effects of the deal, click the following links:

McAuliffe’s Cave On Concealed Carry In VA Suggests Problems For Clinton in Iowa

Five things that (kind of) explain McAuliffe’s gun deal with Republicans

Everytown For Gun Safety Comes Unglued Over Terry McAuliffe’s Gun Control Reversal

Sour Grapes: Gun Control Advocates Feel ‘Betrayed’ Over McAuliffe Reversal On Carry Rights

Governor, GOP call gun deal a bipartisan win, but gun-safety activists unconvinced

Gun control advocates slam usual ally McAuliffe on gun deal

GUN-SHOW LOOPHOLE: NOT

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Conservative pundit and comedian Steven Crowder wanted to see how easy it is to purchase automatic rifles, which some liberal politicians and celebrities have claimed is a walk in the park. Also, he tried to buy semi-auto rifles without a background check, which anti-gun forces have said is possible. He then featured the undercover stunt on his web-based series Louder With Crowder. Click the video below to see how he failed spectacularly:

HILLARY ENDORSES OBAMA FOR SUPREME COURT SEAT

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On the campaign trail recently, Hillary Clinton said she thinks it would be a “great idea” for Barack Obama to serve on the high court. The most recent Second Amendment cases at the U.S. Supreme Court have been decided by a 5-4 vote. Would a Justice Obama tip the ideological balance of SCOTUS against gun rights?

Taya Kyle Addresses POTUS at Town Hall.

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Last night President Barack Hussein Obama took to the airwaves yet again, to repeat his rhetoric on gun control at a town hall style meeting with press and commentators. The president has stood by his agenda from day one, but decided in the last few remaining months of his presidency to make it an issue worth politicizing for liberal gains at the polls in 2016.

Taya Kyle, widow of war hero Chris Kyle, challenged Obama openly at the town hall. Please take a moment to watch the clip below.

There are several issues here, but let’s break down what you’re seeing here:

Firstly, you stand up. Stand up and address the lady. It’s taken up till now for the president to even acknowledge Taya or Chris Kyle, and offer a word of thanks. He didn’t stand to do this. He didn’t shake her hand. A hug may have been a bit much for some, but it wouldn’t have been off the table. It may be my upbringing that causes me to take offense to any man that treats another person this way. He’s an elected official who’s protected because of what he is, not who he is. This does not give him the right to disrespect anyone, especially the widow of a hero who died helping those who’ve given so much for their country.

Taya Kyle made excellent points on how the media is causing terror by using this current administrations agenda against the general public. People are scared, and the likelihood of anything violent happening to them now is remote. You wouldn’t know that by the way our media, and current administration sensationalizes the acts of the mentally unstable or the criminally driven, but they’re good statistics, nonetheless.

Secondly, the president is a broken record when it comes to his agenda, and he will not deviate from that agenda. In his mind Guns=bad, Gun Control=good.

Here’s his false narrative on that. The president says:

“The fact of the matter is that violent crime has been steadily declining across America for a pretty long time. And you wouldn’t always know it from watching television.” (this part is true, and it weirds me out to think that he admitted to something backed by fact) “Now, I challenge the notion that the reason for that is that there is more gun ownership. Because if you look at the where the areas are with the highest gun ownership, those are the places that the crime hasn’t dropped down that much,” (nope, that’s just false, or they are areas with low crime already, i.e. New Hampshire) “and the areas with the greatest amount of gun control, gun deaths are down.” (It must be amazing to be able to disregard entire cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. The overall total of gun deaths may be down from years past, but they are still the largest hot spots for gun violence today in the U.S.A.)

The president went on to tell a single mother of two, also a survivor of rape, that he wouldn’t make it harder for her to arm herself for protection, but goes on to contradict himself further by telling the next questioner that he would make obtaining a weapon more difficult for everyone by doing whatever he could to increase the prices of firearms, therefor making them harder to obtain.

It seems that this administration will continue with its impotent agenda, while trying to remain as divisive as possible, in hopes that they can scare the ignorant voter into showing up at the poles for protection, and more “free” stuff.

Please feel free to express your opinions in the comments (no foul language please), but also remember that you are not alone in your sentiments on gun control. Remember that Taya Kyle voiced her thoughts to the President of the United States, and all he could do was stammer his memorized statement. He didn’t cry this time, though.

Are Obama’s New Actions on Gun Sales ‘Legally Meaningless’?

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Many Midsouth Shooter Supply customers have asked us what the likely effects of President Obama’s recently announced executive actions will be, and because we’re not lawyers, we’ve been reluctant to forecast the outcomes of the president’s initiatives and tearful press conference. However, one lawyer, Case Western University School of Law Professor Jonathan H. Adler, wrote on the Washington Post’s The Volokh Conspiracy Opinion blog Jan. 5 that President Obama’s recently announced executive actions will likely have no effect on gun laws.

In Adler’s post, “New ATF guidance on gun sales is legally meaningless (or else it would be unlawful),” the professor lays out the legal reasoning why gun owners needn’t get too exercised about Obama’s “series of executive branch actions (not executive orders) that are supposed to reduce the threat of gun violence.”

Adler writes, “Taken at face value, the new ATF guidance [contained in the White House’s action list] is thus nothing more than a restatement of existing legal requirements. Put another way, it merely identifies those who are already subject to the relevant federal requirements and does not in any way expand the universe of those gun sellers who are required to obtain a license and perform background checks. In other words, it is — as the document says — a guidance, and not a substantive rule. It has no legal effect.”

The BATFE publishes a booklet to help you understand when a Federal Firearms License is required under federal law.
The BATFE publishes a booklet to help you understand when a Federal Firearms License is required under federal law.

Adler asks rhetorically, “If the ATF guidelines are nothing more than a guidance — an indication of the sorts of things that might trigger a federal investigation or prosecution, but not a tightening of the relevant legal standard — why would the administration do this?” He posits four potential reasons:

1: “… guidance documents are often useful insofar as they explicate relevant legal standards and (as the name implies) provide guidance to the regulated community. Such documents can help people know when they are subject to specific legal requirements.”

2: “… the administration hopes to “chill” marginal gun sales.”

3: “… to respond to the political demand for action.”

4: “… issuing a guidance is relatively quick and easy.”

In the event ATF gets challenged in court about any actions it might take as a result of the administration’s executive actions, Adler writes, “The first question a court will consider is whether the ATF document is, in fact, a guidance. The administration will argue that it is, as this is the best way to make a legal challenge go away. But in arguing that the ‘guidance’ is a guidance, the administration will also be conceding that the document has no legal effect and that it does not require anything that is not already required under federal law.”

Click here to see BATFE’s existing brochure, “Do I need a license to buy and sell firearms?”, available as a downloadable PDF.

What concerns you about the proposed Obama gun actions?  That you’ll be declared to be “in the business” because you sell a gun to a friend?  Tell us your worries in the comments section below.

Reaction to President Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns

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On January 5, 2016, President Obama spoke from the White House on the additional steps he’s taking to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to buy and sell firearms. Video from the press conference is below. The president begins speaking about 4 minutes 30 seconds into the video. Reactions to his proposals from gunowner’s rights supporters follow below the video. Want to join in? Leave your insights in the comments section below:

President Obama is obsessed with undermining the 2nd Amendment.

— Marco Rubio(@marcorubio) January 5, 2016

President Obama’s executive orders will do nothing to improve public safety. #2A #fact

— NRA (@NRA) January 5, 2016

Obama just gave communist china as an example of good gun control He wonders why Americans think he doesn’t believe in the second amendment

— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) January 5, 2016

Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns Will Help . . . Obama

What kind of well-thought-out criteria will the government use to determine that somebody is a firearms dealer under federal law?

“That’s it, really?” the NRA’s Jennifer Baker told The New York Times on Monday night. “They’re not really doing anything.”

Obama has openly supported Australian-style gun confiscation so his insistence that he doesn’t want to take people’s guns is quite odd

— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) January 5, 2016

I do admire the pure cynicism of Obama here. He knows this is a completely empty gesture and yet he produced real tears. A+ work.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) January 5, 2016

Fight back against @BarackObama‘s unconstitutional #2A executive actions! #ComeAndTakeIt https://t.co/I8x387Rvii pic.twitter.com/w0HfFtScnD

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 5, 2016

Obama lists Fort Hood and San Bernardino terror attacks as examples of gun violence. Disgusting #StopGunViolence

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) January 5, 2016

Obama says we shouldn’t impugn each other’s motives, then continues to imply you want dead children if you oppose his gun control agenda

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 5, 2016

Proposed Executive Actions on Gun Control

Once again, President Obama has chosen to engage in political rhetoric, instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.  Today’s event also represents an ongoing attempt to distract attention away from his lack of a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe from terrorist attack. — Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, regarding President Barack Obama’s Executive Gun Control Order.

Gee, how did this issue gets so partisan, asks the guy who says gun owners are awful people who want to see more crime.

— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) January 5, 2016

Obama’s Gun Speech Sprinkled With Inaccuracies, Distortions

Unfortunately, the president left out most hard details on what he actually plans to have his officials do.

Eroding civil liberties, especially in America, takes time, President Obama warns.

— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) January 5, 2016

“Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns.” —@POTUS #StopGunViolence pic.twitter.com/TY1rxMObms

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 5, 2016

Two-thirds of those were suicides. Quite odd to bemoan method of suicide rather than suicide itself. https://t.co/OPyC5DrGDk

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 5, 2016

The CRYING GAME: Obama Lies, Cries His Way Through Anti-Gun Speech

We’ve seen some truly horrific acts of dishonesty over the years from President Barack Obama, and his overly-emotional, theatrics filled speech promoting his Administration’s anti-gun executive orders (dissected earlier) was perhaps his deplorable performance yet.

“Fort Hood Binghamton Aurora Oak Creek Newtown The Navy Yard Santa Barbara Charleston San Bernardino Too many.” —@POTUS #StopGunViolence

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 5, 2016

So, once again, the president is selling his policies by pointing to incidents and people that don’t even intersect with them. Bizarre.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 5, 2016

When Obama says “mass violence” he’s being extremely disingenuous. Homicides down more than 50% since 1992

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 5, 2016

Executive Actions on Guns Will Have No Effect on Crime – They Serve Only to Intimidate Law-Abiding Gun Owners

After years of unsuccessful attempts to pass gun control laws, President Obama has chosen to do an end run around Congress with executive actions.

“This is not that complicated. The reason Congress blocks laws is they want to win elections” @POTUS says on gun rights fight

— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) January 5, 2016

This is as close to an admission of the widespread unpopularity of gun control as Obama will ever get. https://t.co/xUWTc8YXCk

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 5, 2016

Obama’s Gun-Control Plan Includes Gun-Ban For Some Social Security Beneficiaries

One aspect of the new controls is the inclusion of “information from the Social Security Administration in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

Why Are Existing Federal Gun Laws Not Enforced?

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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre says in the video below, “President Obama has all the laws he needs to stop the bloodshed now.” Then LaPierre goes on to recount how federal law enforcement of existing gun laws is practically nonexistent, and if the Department of Justice won’t prosecute gun illegalities as it is, why does Obama ask for more restrictions on gun sales? What’s your opinion?

New Executive Actions to Reduce ‘Gun Violence’

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Midsouth Shooters Supply wants to provide our customers access to the full and complete release of the Obama Administration’s “FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer,” published Jan. 4, 2016. We think it’s important for gun owners to have unfiltered access to all the government’s initiatives that can restrict your 2nd Amendment civil rights.

Click here to see the administration’s release.

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Come February, Virginia to Sever CHP Reciprocity with 25 States 

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In a startling move, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on December 22 that Virginia will sever concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity ties with 25 of 30 states. In particular, this will affect many Midsouth Shooters Supply customers who reside in Tennessee and other states bordering the Commonwealth.

Speaking about this audit and update, Attorney General Herring said, “Virginia, and nearly every other state in the country, have recognized that carrying a concealed handgun is a significant responsibility that should be extended only to those who have gone through a process to prove a level of competency and responsibility.”

Early next year, Virginia will no longer honor carry permits from the following states:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on December 22 that Virginia will sever concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity ties with 25 of 30 states. Millions of concealed-handgun-carry permittees will be affected by the decision.

“The standards for proving competency and responsibility are up to each state,” Herring said, “and the General Assembly has established Virginia’s standards for whom it considers capable of safely carrying a concealed handgun. Those standards should be applied evenly, consistently, and fairly to anyone who wants to lawfully conceal a handgun in Virginia.

Herring added, “Under state law, the Virginia State Police can agree to recognize permits issued in another state if that state’s laws, disqualifiers, and safeguards are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in the Commonwealth. For much of the last year, my team and I have worked with the Virginia State Police to conduct an audit and update of the states whose permits are recognized in Virginia. This has been a deliberate, thorough, professional review of the states which supposedly meet or exceed Virginia’s standards.”

The following permits will continue to be recognized: West Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

The move also means several states will no longer recognize Virginia’s concealed carry permits because they require mutual recognition of permits. Those include Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Border towns in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Maryland will be hardest hit, such as in Downtown Bristol, which sits on the Virginia/Tennessee state line. State Street in Bristol divides the city into Virginia and Tennessee sections. Soon, that could mean gun-carrying residents on the south side of the street in Tennessee become criminals on the north side in Virginia.

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates criticized the actions of Attorney General Herring.

“The House of Delegates will immediately begin a careful review of the Attorney General’s findings,” said Speaker William J. Howell of Stafford. “Unfortunately, I have little doubt as to his true motivations. He is damaging the integrity of the office he holds.”

“This is another Washington-style overreach from a nakedly partisan attorney general,” said Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle). “The attorney general’s job is to faithfully interpret and enforce the law of the Commonwealth. Virginians who have concealed carry permits may lose the ability to protect themselves when traveling in 25 states. Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Mark Herring continues to put the political goals of his liberal supporters ahead of sound legal judgement.”

Speaking about today’s announcement, Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said, “Attorney General Herring is endangering the lives of law-abiding Virginians as they travel for work, vacation or to visit their families. Virginia’s law on concealed carry reciprocity was created in 1997, when Democrats controlled both houses of the state legislature. This law gives State Police the discretion to determine the states with which Virginia should have reciprocity agreements based on consultation with the Attorney General’s office. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that the consultation provided by the Attorney General in this matter is based purely on his partisan, political goal of denying law-abiding citizens the right to protect and defend themselves.”

“People who lawfully carry a concealed firearm in Virginia want the confidence that when they travel to another state, that state recognizes the rights of Virginia citizens to protect themselves. The attorney general’s unilateral action likely means that many of the 25 states involved in today’s announcement will no longer recognize the legal rights of Virginia citizens,” said Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), Chairman of the House Committee on Militia, Police & Public Safety. “If the Attorney General was truly interested in safety and security, he would have sat down with these states and resolved any potential issues instead of pulling the rug from under the feet of law-abiding Virginia citizens.”