Of 109 new state gun laws, 39 tighten regulation and 70 loosen regulation.
Arkansas has: 1) made concealed carry permits secret; 2) by some nutters' interpretation totally removed restriction on carrying of a weapon; 3) allowed guns in churches; 4) allowed guns at private church schools; 5) opened the door to guns on college campuses by vote of trustees;
Bullet Bob Ballinger has, so far, failed in his effort to pass a state nullification statute, the Orval E. Faubus Memorial Gun Act. But more legislative sessions await.
The National Football League will not air the Super Bowl commercial above, from Daniel Defense, a Georgia gun-selling company, citing league rules regulating advertisements of firearms. Guns & Ammo magazine isn't happy, and the story has been gaining traction this week in conservative social-media circles.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Colemanis giving away a Palmetto PA-15 donated by Don's Weaponry, apparently to build a mailing list. No contribution required, just submission of mailing information.
I presume he'll report the rifle as an in-kind contribution. A cursory Google search showed similar weapons for sale under $700.
The Little Rock police said Michael Bradley Davidson, 44, was charged with carrying a weapon after a TSA officer found a weapon inside his carry-on baggage at Clinton National Airport about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said he forgot about the weapon. Police seized a 45/410 Taurus revolver and five 410 shotgun shells.
A small meeting for a gun control group in Texas was disrupted on Saturday by dozens of armed, pro-gun advocates, some of whom were photographed kneeling in a parking lot and brandishing their weapons.
... "Our mom members and restaurant customers were terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush," the group said in a statement. "Sadly, these bullies are attempting to use guns to intimidate moms and children and to infringe on our constitutional right to free speech. But Moms Demand Action will not be deterred. The desperate actions of this vocal minority only fuels our determination to fight for gun reform in Texas and across the country. Change will come."
It's about intimidation. I saw plenty of this in late night threatening phone calls, threats to bring a posse to Arkansas Times office for a beatdown, threats to shoot my dog, etc., during the great concealed carry permit debate. I bet a lot of these tough guys wouldn't attempt to stare down unarmed moms WITHOUT their guns. All hat, no cattle.
I remarked the other day that you can tell the season — political — by the proliferation of photos of politicians with weapons. I showed Sen. Mark Pryorblasting away from a duck blind the other day, for example. Today, I got copied on a photo distributed by Leslie Rutledge, a Republican candidate for attorney general.
What's needed is a Tumblr page — Armed and Dangerous Politicos. Help me. If you spot a political candidate armed, in camo, at a firing range, drawing down on a perp, hoisting a dead deer, whatever, send it along. I'd like to put together a slide show. …. And OK. Strings of crappie accepted, too.
Parents at the Pulaski Heights elementary and middle schools got a telephone alert this morning that a parent was arrested for taking a handgun to an assembly at the elementary school (not middle school as I originally wrote). Another parent saw the gun and reported it to a school security officer who notified the police. The man was arrested without incident. He reportedly apologized to the principal, saying he'd just been hunting.
Here's the police incident report. It says Zyprhia Watts, 39, had a .40-caliber Glock in his overalls. Police also took rounds of ammunition. The report said Watts was a convicted felon and wanted on several warrants ranging from failure to appear on a traffic charge to a federal drug charge. Little Rock police charged him with two gun possession charges and federal agents were supposed to take charge of him for a federal court appearance. he was in the county jail Thursday evening.
From the River Valley Leader, details on police response to shots fired Saturday in the parking lot of a Walmart in Russellville:
The officers discovered that while the child was attempting to enter the vehicle, the child accidentally grabbed a hold of a loaded shotgun that had not been secured to help pull himself into the vehicle (truck). While grabbing the shotgun the child accidently pulled the trigger causing the shotgun to discharge and strike his father in the back. Nobody else was injured including the child.
Sorry, I've been distracted today by some family activities. The line is open. Finishing up:
* THE RACE IS ON: The Republican and Democratic machines are both running full-time with daily news releases, generally focusing on either the race for U.S. Senate or governor. We have a long year ahead of.
Today for example, the Democratic Party touted Mike Ross' corporate tax cutting plan .
Mike Ross rolled out a plan today to gradually phase out the state’s sales and use tax on partial replacement and repair of machinery used in manufacturing. This tax unfairly punishes manufacturing plants already in Arkansas, because state law currently exempts new plants and plant expansions.
It’s a good idea and it will help create jobs in Arkansas. But don’t just take my word for it – Asa Hutchinson thinks so, too.
Plain vanilla chamber of commerce speak. Then comes the Republican Party. It just can't quit its go-to themes and talk about policy. No. If it's not the black devil in the White House and his socialist medicine, it's guns. The state GOP paints gun nut Mike Ross — Mike Ross! — as a softy flip-flopper for expressing some change of heart on high capacity semi-automatic weapons of mass killing.
“Mike Ross traditionally opposed any gun-control measures until last December when he flip-flopped his position, stating that it was time for reform and that he supported a ban on high-capacity weapons. Chances are very likely that he will flip-flop again in a desperate attempt to trick Arkansans into thinking that he is 100% pro-Second Amendment. Arkansas deserves a Governor who is solid in their stance on such an important Constitutional right.”
Have they checked with originalist Antonin Scalia on this? A constitutional right from the days of the flintlock to possess semi-automatic weapons with giant magazines perfect for spraying movie theaters with armor-piercing rounds? Who knew? And, if so, what about bazookas? Asa! is surely down with that and RPGs, too.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already meddled in Arkansas politics by targeting Sen. Mark Pryor with ads in his gun control campaign. It didn't win Pryor support for stronger gun measures in Congress.
He's not through.
Bloomberg is subject of a cover story in Time magazine this week. (Subscription required.) A news release Time distributed about the article, according to a summary in the Washington Times, said Bloomberg intends to spend $400 million on political issues important to him, including gun legislation. Among his planned spending priorities, the release said, is defeating Mark Pryor for his vote against expanding background checks on gun purchases. The article says Bloomberg has talked about calling every Democratic voter in Arkansas.
I can imagine a conversation.
Recorded phone call is made to a home in Bodcaw. It informs resident that Mark Pryor had cast a vote against gun control.
Recipient to wife after he hangs up:
"Hell, Mabel, I didn't know Mark Pryor voted against gun control He may not be so bad after all."
If Bloomberg succeeds he will, of course, elect a committed gun nut, Tom Cotton, instead. This is called shooting your nose off to spite your face.
GUNS NEEDED: So says students, staff and parents at Mount Vernon-Enola.
Channel 4 reports that a survey in the Mount Vernon-Enola school district shows strong support for putting guns in the hands of school staff "certified" to carry them. Next step is approval from the School Board.
The superintendent [Larry Walters] says the hijacking of a school bus in Jacksonville last week is part of the reason the board needs to take action to create safer schools.
So will they also arm all school bus drivers?
(Searching the district website for a photo of the superintendent, I notice in his message he doesn't post his photo, but does post those of the two school principals. Can't be too careful, I guess.)
The small but obnoxious group bent on forcing open carry of firearms on Arkansas (even Texas doesn't allow open carry of sidearms) continues its civil disobedience with open carry demonstrations.
Sooner or later, a law agency or prosecutor with backbone somewhere in Arkansas needs to arrest one of the pistol-packers in one of these strap-on demonstrations for a test case to clarify whether the Arkansas legislature really did — unbeknownst to the majority — inadvertently strip Arkansas law of limitations on carrying of handguns.
Meanwhile, we will see more small groups of gun fetishists with their strap-ons in demonstrations such as the one in Bryant yesterday covered by Fox 16.
If they succeed in deregulating firearm carry, the next gun nut move will be to insist on carrying the guns everywhere, including on commercial premises (think Starbucks) that don't want them. In their world, guns trump all. And they'll make you pay if you disagree.
Vince Gatlin, 30, was also charged with theft by receiving. The gun used to shoot the boy was determined to have been stolen from North Little Rock in 2009. A spokesman said Gatlin claimed to have purchased the weapon from a co-worker at a place no longer in business. Charging options were limited in the event. Lt. Jim Kulesa said Gatlin was charged for his actions, or lack of them, leading up to the death. He left a loaded gun on a nightstand with a child in the house. The child lived next door and visited frequently, Kulesa said.
Attention continues to pile up for Cody Wilson, a Cabot native who invented the Liberator, a gun made of plastic pieces with a 3-D printer.
That idea won attention from Wired magazine, which labeled him one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world.
The New Yorker featured Wilson in an article published Sept. 24. It describes him as libertarian who has moved to the use of bitcoin, a difficult-to-trace form of digital currency, to engage in activities the government might try to suppress. Such as spreading information on the web about easy creation of firearms using a 3-D printer. Writes the New Yorker:
In the Bitcoin world, where banks no longer serve as intermediaries between people and their money, bank accounts have been replaced by online “wallets” that people can use to virtually store and send bitcoins.
Wilson and Taaki’s project, tentatively known as Dark Wallet, is a simple wallet designed to be easier to use for people who aren’t tech-savvy; they hope that in turn accelerates the currency’s rate of adoption around the world. The wallet will be open-source and free to use. Eventually, Wilson and Taaki hope to create a vast stable of Bitcoin-related tools.
The goal, for Wilson, is similar to what he tried to do with the Liberator: use technology to remove government intervention from his life, and from the lives of like-minded people.
Wilson lives in Austin, Texas. He's collabroating with a man who lives in an anarchist compound in Spain. He says the State Department's effort to suppress his plans about the Liberator persuaded him to drop out of school and pursue revolutionary activities. (The State Department intervention came too late. Wilson's blueprints were downloaded thousands of times around the world.)
Wilson lives in “a utopian world in which contraband will be only a notional concept, because enforcement will require policing ideas and blueprints, not simply goods,” Jacob Silverman wrote in a piece about Wilson and the Liberator in May.
The mayor of Flippin says he won't resign his post, despite a recent incident in which he accidentally shot out a window in City Hall.
At a city council meeting this week, Mayor J.J. Hudson said he wouldn't step down. Councilwoman Stacie Hopper requested Hudson's resignation, saying she'd been contacted by several residents who wanted Hudson to step down.
The Baxter Bulletin reports that Hudson accidentally discharged a rifle while visiting the police chief's office in City Hall earlier this month. No one was injured, though the incident left a baseball-sized hole in an office window.
It's an important day for efforts to end the ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas. A lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court by Searcy lawyer Cheryl Maples on behalf of a number of gay and lesbian couples seeking to strike down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage is before Judge Chris Piazza this afternoon.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.
Over the past three years, his Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has been on a buying spree, purchasing the vast photo morgues of 11 great (and greatly cash-strapped) American newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and The Detroit News.