SAF Gun Rights Policy Conference 2015- Video Segments

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We live streamed the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.  Here are the links to the video along with the scheduled program for each segment.

Segment 1- GRPC 2015
Saturday 8:00 a.m. CALL TO ORDER- Julianne Versnel
8:15 a.m. State of the Gun Rights Battle- Joseph Tartaro, Alan M. Gottlieb


8:45 a.m. Federal Affairs Briefing- Mark Barnes, Larry Pratt, Joe Waldron



9:15 am. State Legislative Affairs Briefing I- Stephen Aldstadt, Andreas Allen, Brent Carlton, Dave Kopp, Tony Montanarella, Richard Pearson, Alexander Roubian







10:00 a.m. State Legislative Affairs Overview- Trevor Santos

Break

10:30 a.m. State Legislative Affairs Briefing II- Sean Caranna, Jerry Henry, Genie Jennings, Philip Journey, Don Turner, Paul Valone, Philip Van Cleave
11:15 a.m. The Impact of 3D Printing on the Future of Gun Control- Alan Gura
11:30 a.m. The Global Gun Grabber’s “Alphabet Soup”- Rick Patterson, Julianne Versnel, Allen Youngman
Break
12:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon- Mark Walters, Kirk Evans, Alan Gura, Governor Jim Gilmore,
Break
2:00 p.m. Winning Firearms Freedom One Lawsuit at a Time- Paloma Capanna, Don Kilmer, David Sigale, Miko Tempski

GRPC Segment 1

GRPC Segment 1

Segment 2- GRPC 2015
Saturday 3:00 p.m. The Gun Rights Battle from a Media Perspective- AWR Hawkins, Kevin Michalowski, Mark Walters
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3:45 p.m. Heller & McDonald: How We Got There- David T. Hardy
4:00 p.m. Reversing School Disarmament- Jim Irvine
4:15 p.m. The Urban Initiative- Rashad Gray, Joe Tartaro
4:30 p.m. Facts vs. False Claims- John R. Lott
5:00 p.m. What’s Wrong with Obama’s Gun Control Medicine- John Edeen, Arthur Przebinda, Timothy Wheeler, Robert Young
5:30 p.m. Q & A on Saturday sessions
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Segment 3- GRPC 2015
Sunday 9:00 a.m. Second Amendment Outliers: Blades, Suppressors and Hunting- Carrie Lightfoot, Todd Rathner, Doug Ritter
9:30 a.m. Using Media to Advance Gun Rights- Charles Heller, Don Irvine, John Richardson, Herb Stupp, Cheryl Todd, Dave Workman
10:00 a.m. Oddities: Language, Movies, Journalism and Guns- Alan Korwin, J. Neil Schulman
10:15 a.m. Outreach in a Brave New World- Andrew Gottlieb, Bryan Hartong, Philip Watson

10:45 a.m. State Coalition Building- Tom Bolioli, Gene Hoffman,
11:15 a.m. Gun Owners and the 2016 Elections- Alan Gottlieb, Jeff Knox
11:45 a.m. Q&A on morning panels
12:00 Noon Report of the Resolutions Committee
1:00 p.m. Closing remarks

GRPC Segment 3

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What Driving Can Teach Us About Personal Awareness.

A little more than a month ago I started mulling this around in my head, and have been hashing it around with some friends. I attended a MAG 40 class in Conway Arkansas this past week that was hosted by Chaz Murray of the Roadgunner Podcast and this came up several times and I thought that I should actually get to this and write it up.

I have been a professional driver for the past 12 years and have nearly 1 million safe driving miles in a big truck under my belt. When I initially started training for driving truck in 2002, we learned something called the Smith System for driving. This is a driving system that teaches risk mitigation and provides the safest possible driving environment. The company that I drive for has since switched to a system called “Value Driven Driving” and while it is a good system I still prefer the tried and true Smith System.

I can hear it now… “What the heck does that have to do with being armed and living a defensive lifestyle?” Funny you should ask. I have talked with several people that I greatly respect in the firearms training community and have brought this up and haven’t yet got a “Lathrop, at long last you have finally lost it” and got quite a bit of agreement. Let’s get started.

The Smith System uses what it calls “The 5 Keys” even though I learned it 12 years ago, I still remember it well mostly because of a mnemonic saying that goes with it. “All Good Kids Like Milk”. The AGKLM stands for…

A) Aim high in your steering – Look far ahead of where you are, the farther you look in the direction you are going the more time you have to react to whatever dangers may be coming at you. In driving that means that you scan traffic patterns 10 to 15 seconds in front of you. I personally look at patterns from 10 seconds to the limit of my vision. Of course you want to do the same thing for personal awareness outside of a vehicle. I equate this to getting outside your little bubble, Look as far as you can see, and try to identify any dangers in your field of view. If walking look as far as you can see in the direction that you are moving. The farther away a danger is from you when you see it the more time you have to formulate a plan to deal with the danger and the greater the chances that you will be able to avoid the danger altogether.

G) Get the big picture. In driving this means that you should look other than at what is going on right in front of you, check mirrors and windows often. You should try to get a 360 degree picture in your head about what is going on around your vehicle. I see this as also applicable for personal awareness, especially when walking. The natural tendency is to focus on where you are going, but threats can come from any direction. Look to the sides and over your shoulder every once in a while.

K) Keep your eyes moving. While driving this is a big one. If you only stare out the windshield you quickly loose peripheral vision and your field of view narrows considerably. We teach students that the main focus should be out the windshield, but very often (more than 2 times a minute) check mirrors and gauges. These are quick glances, just a second, it not only helps with keeping the big picture of what is going on around you, it helps to keep your peripheral vision intact as well. Again I see this directly relating to awareness wherever you are, the more peripheral vision you use the more chance you have of picking out something that “isn’t right”. (I have also heard many people use the “head on a swivel” analogy). Peripheral vision is crucial in picking up threats both inside and outside the vehicle. Most people can see in a 60 degree to 110 degree field of vision but only pick up what is in a 30 degree field in front of them. By practicing keeping your eyes moving and making an occasional conscious effort to expand your peripheral vision you can be amazed what you pick up.

L) Leave yourself an out. In trucking this is primarily leaving yourself a LOT of breaking distance between you and the vehicle you are following. When coming to a stop it also means stopping far enough behind the vehicle that you can steer around that car or truck if it doesn’t move when it is supposed to. Of course this directly relates to personal awareness. If something starts to go south, where to I start to move? How close should this person get to me before I evade, and what does that evasion look like? Instead of looking at your smart phone next time you have a little down time in public. Take a minute or two and think, “If I had to get out of here right now what direction do I move and what obstacles are in my way?”

M) Make sure they see you. In driving this means use your turn signals, head lights, running lights, horns etc. to communicate with other drivers. Make eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians so that you are aware of what they are doing and so that they are aware of what you are doing. In personal awareness outside of a vehicle this means that if you identify a threat make sure that they see you seeing them. For a criminal, target selection is a critical part of their job. They need easy targets that can be taken advantage of quickly and without fuss so that they can move on. It is far easier for the common criminal to take advantage of and unaware person who will be startled by the attack and be momentarily shocked into inaction. An aware person looking directly at the criminal projects “I am paying attention, I have seen you, and I recognize that you are a threat.” Of course nothing works 100% of the time but the smart money says that a bad guy looking for a fast “score” will keep looking for other victims. I have taken to looking directly at people and as they come within conversational speaking distance smiling and saying “Good morning!” or good afternoon, or some other generic greeting. This tends to take people a little off guard as not many people do it any more, and if I have misjudged them and they really are a threat when they get that close I want them to be a little bit off balance mentally. If I haven’t misjudged them and they are a normal person, I have just given them a smile and wished them a good day, not a bad thing in my opinion.

As always your mileage may vary and please keep in mind that I am not a professional trainer. I am beginning my journey in the world of personal protection and you should treat this advice as such.

Episode 234 – Jeff Hulsey

Intro- “An armed society is a polite society.. and this is the Polite Society Podcast where we support and report on civilian self-defense.”

Paul: Welcome to the polite society podcast recorded live on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. I’m Paul Lathrop.
John: I’m John Richardson, and tonight we will talk with Jeff Hulsey. Jeff is the retired gunsmith that we wrote about on our website a little more than a week ago.
Rob: I’m Rob Morse and we have our regular news segment and stories of defensive gun use.
Paul: so climb aboard
John: strap in
Rob: and hang on!
Paul: Episode 234 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.
Show intro music.

Seg 1
Personal news from each participant
Break
Rob- Took some friends through dry practice and room clearing. Yes, we taught slicing the pie and the fatal funnel of doorways. After that exercise with finger guns, they understood why you call the cops to investigate a bump in the night.. and why the police send in dogs. Shot a steel match this morning. Traded guns with a friend who was having problems hitting the target. I’m sad to say the problem wasn’t the gun.

Seg 2- News
John – Mark Glaze, executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety, announced he plans to resign in June to do “other things”. Glaze had previously been the director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns since 2011. He helped to orchestrate the merger of MAIG with Moms Demand late last year. Glaze said it was time for him to hand the fight off to someone else.

While there is no word on a successor, speculation centers around John Feinblatt who previously was the chief advisor on gun control issues while Bloomberg was still in office. Of course, they could always go with Shannon Watts which would make many in the gun-rights community happy given her proclivity for both lying and making errors.

Rob- Paul has a speech, a lecture, a tirade, a tear.  He is about to espouse, advocate, lecture and pontificate.  Here is his rant.

Paul – Although not gun related Chris, one of our regular contributors of feedback sent us a link that he thought we would be interested in. For those of you who have been long time listeners of the show you know that we spent a lot of time covering the Benghazi attack we have had Anthony Mele on several times to talk about it. and even though we haven’t covered it on the air recently I have been keeping tabs on it. This week emails surfaced that thanks to Judicial Watch were forced by the Obama administration to be made public through a FOIA request. The Administration originally denied the request and Judicial Watch sued and won. The released emails show that the Obama administration was directly behind the changing of the story of the attack being about  a demonstration about a YouTube video instead of being what it actually was, a coordinated attack on our consulate. I listened this week to the Fox News feed on Satellite Radio riveted, as Retired Brig. General Lowell testified in the House of Representatives on Thursday.  General Lowell clearly stated that there was no attempt to assist the victims of the attack because the State department would not request help. One phrase sticks out in my head “we are trained to move towards the sound of the guns” Our military was refused that action. There was a 7 hour attack. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement at 10 pm Eastern that September 11th, while the attack was still going on. I am not and never have been in the military, but having the limited knowledge of military that I do, there is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that in 7 hours WE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING!

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Rob- Professor John Lott started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $300,000 to start the Crime Prevention Research Center. The CPRC’s goal is to counter the bogus anti-gun research that is being funded by major donors such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation not to mention money from Michael Bloomberg. The funding for anti-gun research is aimed at going around Congressional prohibitions on using the Center for Disease Control to promote gun control as a public health issue. The Indiegogo funding will let Professor Lott hire additional research associates, gather data, and continue research on topics central to gun debate. $500,000 would fund Professor Lott’s the Center for a full year.

This research will help counter the lies pushed in the mainstream media by our opponents who would willing curtail both our gun rights and our civil rights.

Rob- I’m in.  Let’s give a shout out to every listener who contributes?

Rob- Louisiana State Senator Neil Riser sponsored legislation allowing active and retired law enforcement officers in good standing to carry a concealed firearm into any place open to the public, though they can’t drink or be on medication when they do so.  That is essentially constitutional carry.  The bill passed the house committee on a voice vote and and is expected to pass.

Yawn, another perquisite of having a badge, but here is why this is interesting.  Civilian concealed carry holders are less likely to commit a crime, even a firearms violation, than are law enforcement officers.  So if we’re trying to minimize risk, then civilian license holders should be admitted first.  Did the Louisiana legislators think of that?

John- You don’t believe Rob?  Two drunken NYPD cops fired their guns in separate, off-duty incidents and both cops were arrested this week. Officer Brendan Cronin, was behind the wheel late Tuesday night when he unloaded on a 47-year-old man who was a passenger in a car that was idling in front of him, striking the passenger 6 times.  About three hours later, outside a strip club in Somerset County, New Jersey, NYPD Sergeant. Wanda Anthony fired at least one round at a former boyfriend and his new girlfriend.  In this case, no one was hit. Anthony fled in her car and was then pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Earlier that week, off duty detective Jay Poggi shot his partner through the wrist after each had downed at least 11 drinks in the Rockaways, Queens, New York City.

John- Florida Carry has sued Broward County in state court for violating the state of Florida’s firearms and ammunition preemption statutes. The county has refused to change its ordinances which attempt to regulate the possession of firearms and other weapons in certain areas. Included in the Broward County ordinances are prohibitions against the possession of firearms, switchblades, knives, clubs, etc. by common carrier truck drivers.

Florida Carry is joined in a second suitfiled Friday against the City of Tallahassee by the Second Amendment Foundation. The city’s ordinances prohibit the discharge of a firearm for ANY reason in the city’s parks and recreation areas as well as any place other than areas zoned agricultural that are larger than 5 acres.

Rob- Some local politicians are smarter than those in Broward County and Tallahassee.  This week in Idaho, Madison County Commissioners repealed a ban on guns in public buildings as required by state law.  The Sheriff’s Office, Madison Memorial Hospital and other public buildings had been labeled as gun free zones.  The  signs are coming down.  According to Madison County Sheriff Roy Klingler, those who plan on committing a crime aren’t gonna be stopped by a sign or some lettering on a door.  In fact, putting guns in good hands can actually reduce the likelihood of mass shootings and other incidents.

Well said, Sheriff Klinger.

Rob- because Rachel is working today, I’ll carry this Texas news-  About 18 people showed up for a public rally of the newly formed Gregg County chapter of Open Carry Texas.  The group handed out literature on Texas gun laws.  Texas has 254 counties, so there are lots of chapters.  This is the fourth activity of the newly formed group in Gregg County.

Rob- John, what about your post “Guns In Schools Save Lives”  http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com/2014/05/purdue-university-homeland-security.html

Rob- Paul, here are some more statistics for you.  Sociologist Andrew Papachristos reported an important fact about Chicago criminals.  He looked at arrest records and mapped the individual networks between criminal gangs.  70 percent of all non-fatal shootings occur in networks comprising less than 6 percent of Chicago’s total population.  That means these few gang members are 12 times more likely than average to assault with a firearm.  It turns out they mostly shoot the ones they rob with and are arrested with.  That is why gun laws that disarm the general population of Chicago are ineffective, and counter productive.  I guess Everytown for Bloomberg money forgot to mention that little fact.  I’m glad we’re here to remind them and you.

Paul- Gun Quotes
“The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom.” Author Rober A Heinlein in his book “Beyond This Horizon” published in 1942.

Hang on everybody, we’ll be right back after this
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Segment 4 DGUs

John- When Keith Groves of Point Loma, CA heard a crash and then a window breaking at 4:22 AM on Tuesday, he jumped out of bed and looked out to see a kitchen window broken and his garage door open. He then retrieved his revolver and confronted a man standing beside his mint ‘32 Ford Roadster. It was then that Groves realized that he was standing stark naked as he held his revolver on the intruder. And that was the sight that the SDPD saw when they arrived. It was only then that the retired San Diego Fire-Rescue Department battalion chief was able to get dressed. Any comments?

Rob- One of my instructors said the police get pretty good at telling the good guys from the bad guys.  Standing there undressed is called a clue you were asleep in bed when the break in occurred.

Rob- Do you remember the Federal Express sorting facility where all the employees were disarmed, including the security guard who was seriously wounded?  Well that situation was avoidable.  Here is a similar case in Texas where a construction worker had been fired from a work site in the West Campus are of Austin.  The worker came back and threatened the foreman, and a police report was filed at that time.  Then the fired worker came back with a gun and shot at the foreman.  This time the foreman drew his own handgun and shot the assailant.  The foreman had Concealed Handgun License and was allowed to have his gun on the worksite.  Both men were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. The foreman suffered a serious injury, while the suspect suffered a potentially life-threatening injury.  Firearms author and trainer Stephen P. Wenger notes that the fatality rate of gunshot wounds in the US about 15%, so being shot does not mean you’re out of the fight.

We have the links to each of our news and defensive gun use articles at Polite Society Podcast.com if you want to share them with a friend.

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Rob: Roadgunner’s Mag 40 class in Conway, Arkansas at Shoot House USA is scheduled for May 15th thru 18th 2014 you can register here.

John: Also please check out Kathy Jackson’s Cornered Cat training classes. Her next class is the weekend of May 17 in Philadelphia. Go to Cornered Cat dot com for more classes and details.

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Here is a shoutout to slamfire radio, but the polite society podcast has more facebook likes than they do.

Rob: Join theNational Rifle Association,Second Amendment Foundation,Gun Owners of America andJews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.  Joining two makes you a hero.  Supporting all four makes you a super hero.

John: Join your local civil rights group like theNew Jersey Second Amendment Society,Arizona Citizens Defense League,Gun Owners of California,Connecticut Citizens Defense League,Florida Carry, Georgia Carry,Georgia Gun Owners,Grass Roots North Carolina,Illinois Carry,Michigan Gun Owners , Michigan Open Carry,

Rob: and Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Nebraska Firearms Owners Association,   Citizens for a Safer New Jersey,Open Carry Texas, Texas Firearms Freedom, Texas State Rifle Association. Tennessee Firearms Association, West Virginia Citizens Defense League and Wyoming Gun Owners.

John: For our Canadian listeners, and their supporters, join theCanadian Shooting Sports Association and theCanadian National Firearms Association.

John: That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast. Until the mid-week show…
Rob: stay safe,
John: be aware,
Paul: and we’ll see you down the road.

Paul: This show copyright 2014 Paul Lathrop and Polite Society Podcast.

Lax Data Security at NAGR

By John Richardson and Paul Lathrop

 

On Friday evening we were contacted by Jeff Hulsey, a retired gunsmith from the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Jeff had a problem. Starting back in August of 2013 He began receiving emails at his personal email inbox, which is through the popular Gmail domain, that it did not appear were intended for him.

The emails were from the National Association for Gun Rights, a Colorado based 501c4 organization with the stated purpose of “Educating gun owners and gun rights’ supporters in gun rights issues both at the local and federal level”.

Jeff provided an email that he had redacted the identifying information from. The information, such as email address of the sender and the sender’s telephone number as well as any other information of a personal nature provided in the body of the email seemed to be forwarded from inside the organization. At the top of the email sent to us was a one word sentence. “Rebuttal?”

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To Jeff, this looked like a simple mistake. It looked like someone had the wrong email address and was forwarding him email incorrectly. He tried to contact NAGR and got no response. He has since received about one email a month from them following the same pattern.

What concerns Jeff is the fact that even though he is trying to point out the fairly obvious error that they are making that they are leaking personal information to an unknown source. We asked Jeff if these emails were truly unsolicited. He replied, “Absolutely unsolicited. The only dealings I’ve ever had with the NAGR were to score a couple of stickers for the side of my toolbox. I’m not even a member.”

When asked if the rest of the emails looked like the email he provided to us he stated, “Yes. It’s random questions from people who visited their “Contact Us” page, then forwarded by someone within their organization for follow-up or review. Some of them contain some very specific personal information, like the USPS worker who details which facility he works at in pursuit of an answer to a legal question.”

The privacy policy listed on website for NAGR states in part that “We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.”

Jeff has tried to get NAGR to correct this situation with no results. He’s gone to his local Better Business Bureau hoping that they could get NAGR to fix this situation with similar results. Out of his frustration over the situation, he is going public with it in the hopes that Dudley Brown and NAGR can get their act together. More importantly, he says that “NAGR needs to come clean on this and admit to fumbling private data, and openly implement measures to prevent it from happening again. Scrubbing my email from their lists isn’t good enough. They need to go through every email they’ve been forwarding mail to, every list they maintain, and make sure each email on that list belongs there.”

We agree.

The National Association for Gun Rights wants to be considered a major player on the gun rights front. At least that is what you are led to believe from the daily emails that they are sending out to what must be millions on their email lists. Of course, for those of us who know better, it is just spam.

An outgrowth of Dudley Brown’s Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, they have started to try and insert themselves into the gun politics of states other than Colorado. This is often in opposition to groups like the NRA and state-level gun rights organizations.

Privacy and data security is a serious issue and needs to be taken seriously. If NAGR wants to be taken seriously, they need to do something about this issue and sooner than later.

We attempted to get in touch with NAGR both through their website and through a Facebook message. As of the time we went public with this story we had only gotten return messages from the Facebook message. About 4 hours after we sent the message we received a link from them pointing to their privacy policy. No other commentary was provided. A return message was sent stating that it was they themselves that were violating their policy. We received a one word reply. “Huh?”

 

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Thanksgiving for Me

Every year you get a multitude of Thanksgiving greeting sating something schmaltzy and wrapping up with “Happy Thanksgiving!” Rather than do that this year I thought I would do this a little more long form.

First, I am thankful that we still live in the freest country on the planet. While things are not prefect here, we have it a lot better than most of the rest of the world. To be in poverty in America is nothing like being in poverty in the rest of the world. If you are in poverty here you likely live in a single family dwelling, and a single family is in that dwelling. In that dwelling there is running water, heat, electricity and even cable TV.

Next, I am thankful that we have men and women who protect and defend this country it is said that less than 10 percent of the US population has ever sworn the oath to defend our nation. I am grateful for those that have. They truly are the reason we remain.

On a more personal level I want to thank the listeners to our show. I started the show back on February of 2011 hoping to help to make a difference. I knew politics. I have been a political junkie for as long as I have been able to understand the process. I thought I may be able to find a few that agreed with me and reach a few here and there. What has happened to the show over the last almost 2 years has been amazing, and humbling.

I want to thank those that have come on board to help with the show, both past and present. Each one has brought their own personality and flair to the show. Raquel, Toby, Mick, Brian, Tom (Sticks), and Rob have all been huge helps with the show and it would have remained a tiny show with a few dozen listeners if they had not helped it grow.

Thanks also goes to the sponsors of the show. Last fall the show was growing, but financial problems were creeping up and I had to make a decision, sell advertising or shut the show down. Not only did the advertisers step up big time, listeners responded in a big way as well.

On a closing note I want to pull back the curtain and give thanks to a few people in my personal life. My kids are amazing, even though they are all grown, and are now giving Susan and I grandchildren. I have found that once they become adults my job as a father isn’t done, but only takes on a different perspective. It’s a good thing I enjoyed the job to start with.

Finally I am thankful for my beautiful wife Susan. We haven’t had a perfect marriage. There have been bends and twists and rocks aplenty in our road, but earlier this year she said after all our problems and issues that she still loved me enough to say “I do” again. I truly would be lost without her and my life would be a total and complete mess.

I have so many blessings to be thankful for this year, I only hope your list of blessings is as rich and fulfilling as mine is to me.

Paul

Mick’s Blog Post – Feb 25th

I just want to write a quick thing here on some of the things that Paul and Toby have been talking about cars. Ok I am not a gear head and it was boring interesting, but I do want to cover some subjects that I think that are pretty significant.
Beretta is threating to leave Maryland if the state is going to pass their magazine ban. They already sent there part of the company to Virginia. I say welcome to South Dakota! I know I would be pleased to at least have some parts for my 92 FS. Magpul is not far behind them if CO passes there version of anti-gun legislation, but they plan on going to Texas which isn’t a bad place.
Also if you are flipping out worrying about ammunition, there is hope though. The TheTruthAboutGuns has a great article that has some information about that when there may be more ammunition available. Here are some ideas that may help you through this ammo drought shortage.

Reload. Big investment upfront, but great in the long haul. I know Paul and Toby covered this very well.
Collect your brass! Ok so you can’t reload but still keep your brass! It is still worth  some money. Yes this collection of brass may take a significant amount of time but it goes faster when you can collect yours and other people’s (who leave it at the range). Make sure you check with your range officer what the policy is on brass.

Also there have been more firearms manufacturers boycotting NY and other anti-freedom states. The ncgunblog.com has an updated list of all of them. I am also proud to say that the company I am getting my suppressor from, Liberty Suppressors, joined recently! I am very happy I purchased from them. Keep an eye on this blog for a review.

My suppressor is coming along pretty well. My class 3 dealer got my checks for the suppressor and to the BATFE. I went the NFA trust route, which is really convenient for me. They also are helping me out with the paperwork. Now I just play the waiting game.