CT and Federal Firearms Legislation Update 140727.0
Quote of the Day
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to
keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny
in government.” (Thomas Jefferson)
Part 1 — COMMENTARY & MISCELLANEOUS
I Cannot Imagine…
I cannot image that any of you
are not registered to vote and/or do not vote in every election or referendum. Many of us took an oath to protect and
preserve the Constitution when serving in various positions or services; it is
no less vital for us to maintain the commitment of that oath even if no longer
serving. It is equally important for those who have not
served but are nevertheless concerned with maintaining a free nation to align
with that oath and register to, and then, vote your informed mind in every
election or referendum.
Danger, Will Robinson!!!
This newsletter is focused on
firearms legislation and closely related items of interest in Connecticut and at the federal level; however, that does not mean
totally ignoring happenings in other states.
Much danger to the Second Amendment appears all around our country and
those actions and trends all add to the comucrat incremental degradation of our
freedoms and liberties. California and Massachusetts
are prime examples, as proof I offer the following link.
Enduring the continuing
travesties inflicted on me by the CGA, President, and the comucrat controlled
Senate by incrementally circumventing the Constitution and abolishing our
freedoms and liberties, I have decided that I must expand my participation in
I am currently looking into the
candidates for the CGA Senate 20th District. Fortunately, Andrea Stillman will not seek
re-election and three people are seeking her position. One of them, Representative Betsy Ritter, is
obviously a hard-line comucrat who has made it plain in word and deed that she
favors the elimination of the Article First, Sections Seven and Fifteen of the
The other two candidates are
Bill Satti, a democrat who may not be a comucrat, and Paul Formica who is a
Republican. I have met with Mr. Satti
and he seems to be a reasonable person but in typical democrat fashion, is
reluctant to take a firm position on issues.
I have listened to interviews of Mr. Formica who seems to lean in the
direction of being a constitutionalist.
I do, however, need to learn more about both of these men.
None of the CGA candidate
websites is complete and they are not yet therefore, by any means,
Autocrat Reid Strikes Again
S. 2363: Bipartisan Sportsmen’s
Act of 2014, as written, contained very little that affected the Second
Amendment, the only related aspect was a modification of the Toxic Substances
Control Act ( 15 U.S.C. 2602(2)(B) )
exempting ammunition containing lead and restoring the use of federal lands for
target practice as well promoting the construction of new shooting ranges.
A confluence of “real life”
events and the low impact aspects of the bill precluded covering S. 2363: Bipartisan
Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 that transitioned through the Senate very quickly
and that was unfortunate. I believe that
the NSSF statement below is a politically correct means of stating that the
anti-Second Amendment additions to the bill lead to its downfall.
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the
firearms and ammunition industry, today issued this statement regarding the Bipartisan
Sportsmen's Act, S. 2363, that earlier today, failed to garner the 60
votes needed to move towards final passage:
NSSF understands why pro-sportsmen members from both sides
of the aisle wanted an opportunity to vote on amendments unique to their respective
states. That said, it is disheartening to see America 's longstanding tradition of bipartisanship on sportsmen's
issues sacrificed to the continued gridlock preventing meaningful bipartisan
legislation. NSSF looks forward to working with the vast majority of Senators
who continue to have an interest in passing this historic legislation on behalf
of current and future generations of hunters.
The NRA response was a little
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox issued the following
statement this week:
"The National Rifle
Association is disappointed that the bipartisan Sportsmen’s bill has fallen
victim to Sen. Harry Reid's political agenda. By refusing to allow a
reasonable amendment process, Sen. Reid effectively killed this legislation – a
bill with substantive measures that would have enriched America ’s
hunting and sporting heritage.
"On behalf of our 5 million
members, we would like to thank Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, and John
Cornyn for their leadership and efforts to allow the Senate to consider
important amendments that would have strengthened the legislation, such as Sen.
Roger Wicker’s amendment that would have opened up millions of acres of public
lands administered by the Army Corps of Engineers to lawful firearms use.
The NRA remains committed to advancing the interests of America 's
law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen."
This bill is probably dead due
to the failed vote for cloture 140710.
Cloture is required to move past filibuster or the threat of filibuster
and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move
forward in the Senate.
The bill was introduced by a
comucrat and the whole point of the "Sportsmen's Bill" was to let
comucrats pad their voting records with a "pro-gun" vote, even
though, as written, the bill did virtually nothing for gun owners. Despot Reid wanted to let his fellow anti-gun
comucrats check the "pro-Second Amendment" box on their résumés; he
hijacked this bill for them by trying to force it to a vote without any input
from pro-gun Senators meaning that there were no meaningful amendments at
As further evidence, I present the
Saying gun control measures snubbed, Blumenthal, Murphy
reject ‘sportsman bill’
“I voted against advancing this bill because I fundamentally
believe that before the Senate debates a proposal expanding the use of guns on
federal lands, we should first address the plague of gun violence in our
communities,” Murphy said
Oppose Wide-Ranging Gun Control Bill--H.R. 4783
Another Voice Stilled…
Patch.com has become totally
useless as a vehicle for expressing conservative views; at least in eastern Connecticut. It appears to
have taken over by comucrats residing in the liberal havens of the western part
of the state. The format has changed and
except for news that appears in yellow rags like The Day, there is no local
news and the reader blogs have been suppressed.
By the way, the phrase
“intentionally blank” means that there was either no input or the inputs did
not warrant attention.
Ammunition Retailers Supporting Connecticut
The following vendors have been added to the list of
Internet vendors supporting Corrupticut residents
None found in the time available
The following vendors have declared a permanent embargo on
the sale of ammunition to Corrupticut residents.
None found in the time available
Part 2 — INFORMATION & OPINION
In most cases, copyright law requires posting links rather than full articles ]
Below are the NRA ratings for the Republican candidates for
Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the upcoming primary elections. Click on the links for the meanings of the grades.
Bacchiochi Grade: A
The article below also relates the grades but adds interesting
and informative narrative…
Doles Out Grades To Connecticut Candidates
CT Newsjunkie (140723)
Bloomberg Proxy Releases Anti-Gun
Manifesto; Proposes to Ban Cartoon Characters and Colors! (140718)
More on the two-prong attack on the First and Second
Amendments (see below)…
Obama Administration Bans Import of
Popular Russian Firearms (140717)
This is one part of the sanctions against the USSR that will not
be lifted, ever…
But, wait a minute, all may not be as it seems…
Looking for a ‘Banned’ Russian AK-47,
Saiga? Here’s How (cheaply).
Biden, Bloomberg Describe Second
Amendment Supporters with Vulgarities and Slurs (140711)
Just how low will the comucrats go?
Gov. Christie Vetoes N.J. Magazine Ban
“Why Not One? Why Not Zero?”
Good logic, better explanation, a must read…
Court ruling on D.C. carry ban could
have broad implications
There is some good news, sort of…
Cell phone study explains why gun
control laws fail
Dem Introduces Bill Banning
Firearm-Branded Shirts, Hats for Children Under Age 18
A two-prong attack on the First and Second Amendments…
from Nazi gun control
A view of the future from the past…
America's Largest Shotgun Maker Shifts More
Jobs to Texas
More job losses for Connecticut…
CCW has more than doubled since 2007,
but homicides declined
Dem. expresses hope hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones killed by wild animals
Comucrats resort to extortion, slander and death threats,
and the headline is mild compared to the facts related in the aricle…
Part 3 — CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Administrative Note: I will BOLD the most recent activity
status/narrative for each CGA bill I am tracking.
The CGA convened 140206 and ran
until 140507; the body will reconvene 150107 and remain convened until
Section 1 — House of Representatives Firearms Legislation
5 - LINKS
The website is at - My Thoughts and Stuff 88
Lists of legislation I am tracking are available via the
links below. The date is the date of
Connecticut - Connecticut
Firearms Legislation 2014
Federal - Federal Firearms Legislation 113th Congress
Find your state Representative, Senator and
via this link
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A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves