Next-gen Linux-powered rifle is accurate up to a mile

Next-gen Linux-powered rifle is accurate up to a mile – Two years ago, TrackingPoint made a major stir at CES with its Precision-Guided Firearm, or “Linux gun.” The weapon integrated a smart scope that displayed weather conditions, wind speeds, and other target information, and only fired the gun when the crosshairs were lined up properly on the target. Fast-forward to today, and the company has unveiled another milestone. It’s new Mile Maker is a custom weapon that’s capable of firing a round up to 1800 yards at a target moving at up to 30 miles per... read more

Nozzolio reintroduces bill to repeal SAFE Act

Nozzolio reintroduces bill to repeal SAFE Act – It’s a long shot, but state Sen. Michael Nozzolio is rebooting a legislative effort to repeal the SAFE Act, a gun control measure approved by the state Legislature in early 2013 and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nozzolio, R-Fayette, reintroduced his bill, S511, that would repeal nearly all of the law’s key provisions. The legislation has five cosponsors, including state Sen. John DeFrancisco and state Sen. Jim Seward. While polls show a majority of New Yorkers support the SAFE Act, the law has been criticized by gun rights groups and some legislators, including Nozzolio and others who represent upstate... read more

A club for women who share an aim

A club for women who share an aim – On Friday night at the venerable Iroquois Rod and Gun Club, the targets hanging in the shooting range were pink, and one of the shooters wore a tiara. It was the monthly meeting of the Schenectady chapter of The Well Armed Woman, a national organization founded in 2012 by an Arizona woman put off by the sexism she encountered when she looked into buying a gun. There are now more than 200 chapters of The Well Armed Woman in... read more

PBS: Obama Admin Trusted Manchin to Beat NRA on Gun Control

PBS: Obama Admin Trusted Manchin to Beat NRA on Gun Control – PBS’s new special, Gunned Down: The Power Of The NRA, makes it clear the Obama administration trusted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to beat the NRA on gun control in 2013. Manchin was the author of the much-touted gun control “compromise” bill which he and other Democrats pushed in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. According to PBS, “Obama decided to try to do something” following Sandy Hook and he knew he had to do it quickly, while “concern” and “attention” were elevated. Momentum seemed to be going Obama’s way until December 21, 2012, the day the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre gave a speech about good guys with guns stopping bad guys with guns, and it became clear the push to pass more gun control would have to be a... read more

The Internet of Things now has a gun

The Internet of Things now has a gun – We’ve talked plenty about how the Internet of Things has become the biggest category at CES — a broad descriptor that basically means “everything is connected.” Sometimes that’s a flowerpot. One day it might be chairs. The Internet of Things’s logical conclusion is The Internet of Everything. And that includes guns. TrackingPoint is an Austin startup known for precision-guided firearms and has also experimented with Google Glass, letting you shoot from behind cover. The company, which is here at CES Showstoppers, has just announced ShotView, an iOS and Google Play app that lets a hunter stream video from his or her gun to anyone in the... read more

Anti-Gun Activists Trying To Emulate Success Of Marriage Equality Movement

Anti-Gun Activists Trying To Emulate Success Of Marriage Equality Movement – Frustrated by gridlock in Congress and unable to win over public opinion regarding the curtailment of one of America’s oldest civil rights, anti-gun activists have decided to take their fight to your local neighborhood. For a movement that’s virtually stalled since Columbine, anti-gun activists are trying to model after the success of the gay marriage movement, which has won repeatedly at the state-level and in the courts. After all, that seems to be the only option left for these folks since their candidates got shellacked in the 2014... read more

New York high school senior prevails in fight to pose with gun in yearbook photo

New York high school senior prevails in fight to pose with gun in yearbook photo – An upstate New York school district has shot down a high school that said no to a senior’s yearbook photo because it shows her posing with a gun. Rebekah Rorick submitted the picture for inclusion in the 2015 Broadalbin-Perth High School yearbook only to have it rejected by a faculty member on the yearbook committee due to the weapon. “And I was like, ‘Why?’ And they are like, ‘Because there’s a gun in it,’ And I’m like, ‘But it’s a hunting rifle. I’m wearing camo. I have my dog with me,’” Rorick told WTEN-TV. “I was ready to cry. I didn’t know what I was going to do. The only thing I thought to do was address it.” The photo shows a smiling Rebekah in a classic hunting pose. She is kneeling next to her dog as she holds a hunting rifle upright in her left hand. Accompanied by her father, Rorick appeared before the school board Monday evening to appeal the... read more

Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago

Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago – Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily “committed to a mental institution” — however long ago — are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. And while it provided, in 2007, that people could get their rights restored by applying to a state that has a qualifying program for evaluating applicants’ mental fitness, many states have no such program. This case was brought by a resident of one such state that lacks a relief-from-disabilities program,... read more

Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus)

Hendrson v. US (SCOTUS Amicus) – Issue: Whether a felony conviction, which makes it unlawful for the defendant to possess a firearm, prevents a court from ordering that the government (1) transfer non-contraband firearms to an unrelated third party to whom the defendant has sold all his property interests; or (2) sell the firearms for the benefit of the... read more

How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media

How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media – The general news media met the recent release of 42,000 pages of government documents, withheld for more than two years under President Obama’s one and only invocation of executive privilege, with a predictable-yet-inexcusable yawn. The documents relate to the Justice Department case “Fast and Furious” in which federal agents secretly facilitated delivery of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. The story was so significant that independent judges awarded it top investigative reporting honors two years straight. Yet many in the popular news media had declared it a political scandal of little... read more
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