What’s Wrong with John Hemmerling for Sheriff?

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So, what’s wrong with John Hemmerling for Sheriff, San Diego?  The Sheriff’s race is important to San Diego County Gun Owners because of its local impact on the right to bear arms, since the Sheriff is responsible for the County’s policy on concealed carry weapons permits (CCWs). San Diego County Gun Owners was enormously effective at getting the former Sheriff …

A Ray of Hope for California – SB906 dies in committee. The bill was too much even for California legislators.

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Miracle of miracles! The politicians in Sacramento finally produced a bill that was so grotesque that even they could not pass it. We’re referring to SB906, the proposed legislation that would have required parents to disclose information concerning their gun ownership to their children’s school. The bill died in committee last week. I wrote about SB906 here. SB906 was proposed …

Republicans vs. Democrats on the Second Amendment

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The 2022 primary is fairly routine in San Diego with one giant exception.  It is generally accepted that the Republicans are the party of the Second Amendment, and the Democrats aren’t.  The Democrats have earned their reputation, considering the origin of most of the horribly restrictive gun laws in California. The Republican Party, however, hasn’t done nearly as much to earn their …

Parents, Guns, and Schools – SB906 would require parents that own guns to disclose that information to their children’s school administrators. Is it any of their business?

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Here’s yet another great, constitutionally sound idea from our wise and good politicians in Sacramento that will certainly increase public safety and decrease crime. SB 906, the school safety: mass casualty threats: firearm disclosure billwould require parents who own guns to disclose what guns they own, how they are stored, and where they are stored to school administrators. The bill …

The ATF and National Gun Registration – We’re from the government and we’re here to help

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It’s recently come to light that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is maintaining a searchable database of firearm purchase records. Effectively a federal firearms registry. A firearms registry that contains records of over 920 million firearms transactions. A registry that is expressly forbidden by federal law. A registry that is condoned and encouraged by the Biden …

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Lessons from the San Diego County Sheriff Race

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Voters often vote in local races with little or no information regarding the candidates for whom they are voting. Think about it. Have you ever voted for a judge, school board member, or city council member having almost no information about that person? How much did you know about the last water board member you voted for? So, why is …

Gun Sales Continue to Soar – Americans Continue to Buy Firearms at a Record-Breaking Pace Led by Women and Minorities

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Sometimes it seems like there’s not much good news in our Second Amendment (2A) community. That seems even more so living in California where our 2A rights are routinely oppressed and abused. But that’s not an accurate view. In fact, the gun culture and community are alive and well and growing in America. Gun sales provide one example. In the …

The Witch is Dead! – Chipman Nomination Withdrawn

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The witch is dead! President Biden has withdrawn David Chipman as his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). After a protracted nomination process, the votes simply were not there to confirm Chipman. Defeating this nomination was a huge win for all Americans. ATF is a highly politicized agency and has been so for a …

Biden Administration Says Nyet to Cheap Russian Ammo

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The US Department of State has banned the importation of ammunition from Russia beginning on 7 September 2021. The ban will be in effect for at least twelve months. The ban can be lifted at any time after the twelve-month period at the discretion of the Executive Branch. To lift the ban the Executive Branch must certify to Congress that …

Guns N’ Moses’s 13th Shooting Social

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This is a guest post by Alex Dovgalevsky, Director of Guns N’ Moses, a Jewish Shooting Club. On Sunday, after our club’s 13th shooting social with SDCGO, I took the time to reflect on what happened over the past year. The full experience will be hard to describe in just a few paragraphs, but if I can share even a …

CDC Takes Aim at Gun Violence

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was once an agency that the American people trusted without question. I personally have always held that opinion and trusted the CDC as having the last word on public health issues. Events of the last 18 months have drastically changed my view and, I suspect, the same has happened with many people. …

The Best and Worst States for Gun Owners

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Guns and Ammo magazine recently published their annual ranking of the best and worst states for gun owners. The magazine has been publishing the annual study since 2013. For those of us immersed in the firearms community the rankings are not surprising. Nevertheless, there is some interesting information in the article. For those without access to the magazine I offer …

The Case Against Bump Stocks Is About Much More Than Bump Stocks

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In March of 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) took it upon itself to make a certain firearm accessory illegal to sell or possess under penalty of fine and or imprisonment. That accessory is the bump stock. The ATF ruling considers a bump stock a machine gun (absurd?). The maximum penalty for possession of a bump stock …

Making a Citizen’s Arrest – A Good Idea?

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The citizen’s arrest is a concept most of us are familiar with, probably from TV shows and movies. But is there really such a thing? It turns out that the citizen’s arrest is a real thing and is defined in statutes in most states including California. But is it a good idea for a legally armed citizen to execute one? …

Will Your Carry Gun Work When You Need It?

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Will your carry gun work when you need it? Are you sure? Recently I read an article by Greg Ellifritz on the subject. Ellifritz is a retired law enforcement officer (LEO) and is currently an author and trainer. He trains LEOs and civilians through his Active Response Training School. In addition, he writes regularly, and his website is a great …

Concealed Carry and Training

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Many jurisdictions require a minimum level of training and qualification in order to issue a concealed carry permit. Many do not. California requires eight hours of training which includes passing a fifteen round qualification shoot at the range. There are many good arguments for and against a mandatory training requirement. Where there is little argument is that those who wish …

Will California Gun Owners Ever Be Able to Stop Butchering Their Rifles?

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This is a guest post by Richard Douglas. AR-15s in California look funny. It would seem at times that the whole state might be happy to outlaw guns completely. Yet there are several gun enthusiasts in the state. What about them? California’s War on Guns Aside from forcing its citizens to butcher their rifles by swapping out pistol grips for …

Who Is David Chipman and Why Should You Care?

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David Chipman is the Biden administration’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). As this administration is probably the most anti-Second Amendment (2A) administration the country has ever seen, it’s not surprising they would nominate a gun-control advocate to head ATF. So why should we be concerned? For those unclear on the Democratic Party view …

Independence Day

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It’s the 4th of July, Independence Day. Aside from being one of the few days of the year where I have an excuse to grill burgers and dogs over charcoal, Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation. It celebrates our declaration of independence from the tyrannical rule of King George III of England. But 245 years later, how secure …

Governors Stand Up to the Gun-Grabber-In-Chief

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The Biden administration is probably the most anti-gun administration that the country has ever seen. Joe Biden and the current Democratic party are mired in hatred. Hatred of America. Hatred of American history. Hatred of American traditions. Hatred of anyone with whom they disagree. Hatred of the Constitution in general and the Second Amendment (2A) in particular. If Americans love …