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Roundtable: Tony Gwynn, Hit-And-Run Accidents, Congress and Guns

Oh please, stop repeating this 74 shootings nonsense. Even CNN (hardly an NRA supporting apologist as one of your editors seems to think anyone who disagrees with this number is) now admits that that number was grossly incorrect:

www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/school-shoo...

June 20, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legal Update: New California Laws For 2010

Your analysis about the handgun micro-stamping law was incorrect, no such equipped handguns are yet being sold in California. Before the law can go into effect the Department of Justice (DOJ) must certify that the technology works and that it is available unencumbered by patents. DOJ has not certified the technology yet (and patent problems will likely prevent them from ever doing so).

January 5, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

kirkf -

I think the unloaded open carry movement is a little both, it is in part a protest against the arbitrary rules for CCW - but it does have defensive value as well (an open carrier in Virginia recently shot and killed a robber who had opened fire on a convenience store clerk). With practice the transition from unloaded to loaded can happen very fast (I see these scenarios all the time in competition).

In an ideal world loaded concealed would be the preferred carry for most of us - much better to be able to surprise the bad guy, but that option is not available to the average law-abiding citizen in San Diego county.

The history of concealed carry in other states is very positive - according to a Florida study their CCW holders are much more law abiding than the public as a whole. Given that, I have no problem with people carrying in non-sensitive places - including rallies, football games, and the non-sterile portion of airport terminals. The reality is this is already happening across the country, except for a few places, and there has been no Armageddon.

As for bad guys, we face this problem all the time but, in a free society, until someone has acted with criminal intent what do you do? We don't stop and frisk everyone who passes by a bank because we can't tell potential bank robbers from shoppers, nor have we outlawed cars because they are the getaway vehicle of choice for robbers. Besides, bad guys will carry regardless of any law. It's not like they will stop using guns if open carry is made illegal and they can't get a permit to carry concealed.

September 18, 2009 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

skish - it's common enough that I haven't made a trip to Arizona in recent years where I haven't seen at least one person open carrying, even in and around Phoenix. .Don't forget, it's also relatively easy to get a concealed carry permit in AZ (if you are a law abiding citizen) - in fact according to the Arizona Republic there are over 135,000 permits state-wide.

September 16, 2009 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

randolphslinky - You're constructing a straw man here. This story had absolutely nothing to do with showing up with guns at protests, disrupting meetings, etc. This is about day-to-day carry where the state and local authorities refuse to allow concealed carry (with a license), leaving the only options of either open carry or no carry at all. Dicta from the Heller case makes it seem very unlikely that the Supreme Court will allow the no carry option to stand (except in sensitive places), so if open carry makes you squeamish I suggest you push for reform of the concealed carry system in California.

As for racism it is an element in gun control, but probably not what you think. Early gun control was born during reconstruction following the civil war out of fears of seeing the newly freed slaves able to arm and protect themselves. It is the gun control side that has the ugly racist pedigree.

September 16, 2009 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

Skish - the problem with your hypothetical is that we actually have considerable experience in this country with loaded open carry in places like Arizona, no mass of criminals openly carrying, no rash of panicky 911 calls, no problem. If I said I found it offensive for women to vote would you also argue that they should be denied their franchise for my comfort? I think not.

The big problem here in San Diego, and in much of California, is the may-issue system for concealed carry permits. Permits may be denied for any reason - or no reason at all. Here in San Diego county the sheriff routinely refuses most applications - leaving unloaded open carry as the only option. This is not the norm for most of the rest of the country where shall issue systems require the issuance of a permit to anyone who qualifies (background check, training, test).

September 16, 2009 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Politics of Assault Weapons Ban

A few clarifications are in order:

"Assault weapons" are no more or less dangerous than other rifles, the differences are mostly cosmetic. In fact one of the most common cartridges used in assault weapons, the 5.56mm, is not considered lethal enough for deer hunting in most states. The pejorative "military-style" is used by opponents to make these rifles appear to be something they are not (military assault rifles offer select fire modes - full automatic or burst modes - that civilian assault weapons only fire a single round for each pull of the trigger).

These weapons, despite Jimmy Carters comments, are in fact very popular with sportsman. The highly modular design allows the average collector to easily customize the rifle to his or her needs, something that isn't as easy to do with other designs. The compact 5.56mm cartridge is relatively inexpensive as rifle cartridges go. Data from 2006, just 2 years after the AWB sunsetted, showed that assault weapon style rifles made up over 10% of all long guns sold, that number is believed to be even higher now.

These weapons are both common and no more dangerous than other rifles - two important criteria that the Supreme Court stated in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) limit the governments ability to ban or restrict them

May 8, 2009 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Politics of Assault Weapons

A few clarifications are in order:

"Assault weapons" are no more or less dangerous than other rifles, the differences are mostly cosmetic. The primary difference is cosmetic. In fact one of the most common cartridges used in assault weapons, the 5.56mm, is not considered lethal enough for deer hunting in most states. The pejorative "military-style" is used by opponents to make these rifles appear to be something they are not (military assault rifles offer select fire modes - full automatic or burst modes - that civilian assault weapons only fire a single round for each pull of the trigger).

These weapons, despite Jimmy Carters comments, are in fact very popular with sportsman. The highly modular design allows the average collector to easily customize the rifle to his or her needs, something that isn't as easy to do with other designs. The compact 5.56mm cartridge is relatively inexpensive as rifle cartridges go. Data from 2006, just 2 years after the AWB sunsetted, showed that assault weapon style rifles made up over 10% of all long guns sold, that number is believed to be even higher now.

These weapons are both common and no more dangerous than other rifles - two important criteria that the Supreme Court stated in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) limit the governments ability to ban or restrict them.

May 6, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )