CMP To Sell 1911 Pistols

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was approved Thursday to include a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Added as an amendment while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it would speed up the transfer of potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands to the public. The mammoth legislation, which outlines $700 billion in overall defense spending, cruised to final approval on a voice vote in the Senate and now heads to President Trump.

“I call upon the President to sign this important legislation into law—and in doing so acknowledge that this is the level of defense spending necessary to meet current threats, prepare for the challenges of an increasingly dangerous world, and keep faith with our men and women in uniform,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Armed Services Committee chairman.

Read the rest of the article:

Paul Ryan Killing Major Pro-Gun Legislation in Congress

Congressman Jeff Duncan is warning that his legislation, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (Share) Act, is on life support in Congress.

He has been pressuring Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on the bill and he has finally received a response.

Congress will vote on it, but he will have to remove the most important pro-gun provisions. No concealed carry reciprocity… no deregulation of suppressors… just a bunch of token, feel good provisions. On top of that, Ryan and the GOP want Duncan to add Dianne Feinstein’s latest gun ban bill as an amendment. Yes, it is that bad.

The Left has done a number on Congress, convincing them that it would be suicide to pass these major pro-gun reforms. Many are running scared and refusing to vote for any pro-gun bill.

Read the rest of the article:

Gun Control Laws Do Not Prevent Killing

Some historians will say that gun control and confiscation has never been popular, starting with the British attempt to disarm the colonial militia in Lexington and Concord to the present day, but the incident that may best illustrate the problem occurred 136 years ago today in an empty lot on Fremont Street in a dusty mining town called Tombstone.

In the short time frame of 30 seconds, American legends were born. The myth of the Wild West was forever etched into U.S. history. Wyatt Earp and Dr. John Henry “Doc” Holliday secured their prominence in American folklore, while Frank and Tom McLaury and Billy Clanton secured their positions in the Tombstone cemetery. Possibly the best portrayal of the gunfight’s duration was in “Wyatt Earp,” the 1994 film epic that somehow gets panned in comparison to 1993’s “Tombstone.” Violent confrontations unfold fast, and they are noisy.

There were long-simmering tensions between Wyatt and his brothers Morgan and Virgil and the Clanton-McLaury faction, which was part of a larger band of western outlaws that included John Ringo, William “Curly Bill” Brocius, and a whole crew of supporting characters that could have come from Central Casting for a western epic.

But in the end, it boiled down to an attempt by local law enforcement to disarm several men who were violating a city ordinance that might be described today as a “gun free zone.” In those days, people who had been arrested still were able to own and carry firearms, but in Tombstone, people just couldn’t carry them in town.

A few days ago in Kent, a suburban city south of Seattle, an undercover officer was in a shootout with a couple of suspects who allegedly had offered to sell a handgun stolen from a police officer’s home. No correlation? Quite the opposite; a law enforcement officer was attempting to arrest a pair of suspects over a gun law violation. The times may be different, but the basic issue is the same.

In the aftermath of the OK Corral gun battle, which didn’t really happen in the corral despite a string of classic and not-so-classic western films to the contrary, the outlaw faction demonstrated then, as they continue to this day, that gun laws don’t prevent bad people from doing bad things or keep guns out of their hands. Virgil Earp was later permanently disabled in a violent attack and Morgan Earp was fatally shot.

The outlaw faction didn’t fare much better. Several of their faction, including Ringo and Brocius, met violent ends.

If Tombstone illustrated anything it would be that gun control laws, no matter how well-intentioned, do not prevent killing, shooting or other misbehavior with firearms by the wrong people.

This lesson seems to be lost on those who advocate for gun control today. Honest people will obey the law (while fighting it in court or on a ballot or in the legislature). Bad guys simply don’t bother with the formalities.

But it makes for good cinema. Just ask Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid.


Retroactive Criminalization

The proposed ban on bump stocks not only applies to a wide, vague range of firearm accessories, as Christian Britschgi noted this morning. It also criminalizes mere possession of those accessories, making owners subject to fines and up to five years in prison, even if they acquired the newly prohibited items before the ban was enacted.

In that respect the bill, introduced by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), differs from, say, the expired federal ban on so-called assault weapons, which did “not apply to the possession or transfer of any semiautomatic assault weapon otherwise lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date of the enactment of this subsection.” State “assault weapon” bans likewise allow continued possession of the targeted firearms, as long as owners register them with the government. Curbelo and Moulton’s bill, by contrast, says “this section and the amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to conduct engaged in after the 90-day period that begins with the date of the enactment of this Act.” That means continued possession after that point would be a federal felony.

Read the rest of the article:

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

House democrats have proposed bills in reaction to the Las Vegas murders:

  • HR.3962
    Banning online ammunition sales
  • H.R. 4025
    Requiring gun dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles to the same person in a five-day period
  • HR. 4052
    Banning magazines able to hold greater than 10 rounds

Chris over at has the full details:

House Dems propose bills to stop online ammo sales, ban mags