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It's going to be a busy weekend on the gun rights front



Weekend events launch dueling initiatives election countdown

 

With mail-in ballots showing up in Washington mailboxes today, the weekend will see lots of activity in the battle between two initiatives, I-591 and I-594, with the first event on television tonight at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC being a debate on the measures.

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/weekend-events-launch-dueling-initiatives-election-countdown

 

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ICYMI: Another $650K from Bloomy for WA gun control



Bloomberg group adds another $650K to Wash. gun control campaign

 

While support appears to be slipping for Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure on the November ballot, the lobbying group funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg kicked in another $650,000 last week, according to the Public Disclosure Commission, lending more credence to arguments that rich elitists are trying to buy the Washington state election.

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/bloomberg-group-adds-another-650k-to-wash-gun-control-campaign

 

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Giffords coming to Seattle Oct. 22



Giffords to Seattle Oct. 22; dueling initiatives groups scrambling for dollars

 

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords will reportedly be in Seattle next Wednesday, Oct. 22, to campaign for passage of Initiative 594, while backers of that measure, and rival Initiative 591, have both issued e-mail appeals over the past 24 hours to purchase more airtime.

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/giffords-to-seattle-oct-22-dueling-initiatives-groups-scrambling-for-dollars

 

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Despite billionaire bucks, I-594 loses more ground than I-591



Despite billionaire bucks, gun control measure loses ground

 

While KOMO and other news outlets reported yesterday that the billionaire-backed Initiative 594 gun control measure facing Washington State voters in three weeks has lost significant ground despite an $8 million effort that has overshadowed rival Initiative 591, the Seattle Times published a revealing glimpse at one of I-594’s main backers.

 

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CT and Federal Firearms Legislation Update 141011.0



CT and Federal Firearms Legislation Update 141011.0

 

 

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Part 1 — COMMENTARY & MISCELLANEOUS

Recovering from a fatal computer casualty is time consuming at best, frustrating at the worst.  Long story short, between the gardens, home improvement/maintenance projects, dealing other equipment casualties (all my stuff is old), and election year politics, there have been few newsletters this summer. 

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My perception is that I am way behind in the information and opinion areas but not too far in arrears with the legislation.  Since the primary purpose of this publication is tracking legislation, I will update that area first.  Since the CGA does not assemble until 150107, that section is vacant. 

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I have not had time to investigate the secret activities of the CGA committees except for the Sandy Hook Commission this summer; I will attempt to do so next week.
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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meetings 140912 & 140923

I have noted that the two commission meetings held 140912 and 140923 are listed on the commission’s webpage but transcripts are not (yet?) available but the agendas and videos of the meeting are linked for viewing.  I watched the both videos to get a feeling for where the commission is going for its final report and found some interesting facets when items were read from the law enforcement and mental health subcommittee inputs to the commission. 

 
The video of the 12 September meeting is here http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=3997&q=553062 and here http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=10677 .  The really interesting part runs from 00:2:30 to 00:12:00 but up to 00:21:00 are also worthy of note. 

 
Bernard Sullivan (Former Chief of Police, City of Hartford / Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Safety / Former Chief of Staff to House Speaker Tom Ritter) recited a list of past and new recommendations noting those adopted and those not.  Among the new recommendations is a requirement that any ammunition sold or possessed to have serial numbers laser etched into the cartridge casing.  Other than astronomic, I have no idea of how much that would increase the cost of ammunition.  The there is the matter of ammunition possessed, how would anyone or any retailer go about having their ammunition inventory laser etched and how much would that cost?

 
Sullivan also wants a new database for the registration of all firearms in addition the currently exiting database.  In addition, he wants a limit on how much ammunition you can buy in a given time period and that ammunition be for only for your registered firearms.  Sullivan wants to reduce the permit renewal cycle from five years to something less than that as well as a written exam and proficiency test for each renewal.  Other goodies include a ban on Internet ammunition and firearms sales and a requirement to have firearms under lock and key except when physically held only by the firearm owner.  Of further note is a ban on out of state sales of “assault weapons” of any caliber manufactured in Connecticut.  There are other items of note but the preceding are the highlights. 

 
Note that around time 00:27:30, the ban on the possession of firearms capable of firing more than ten rounds without reloading (whatever they mean by that) was discussed where no grandfathering would be allowed.  That would be confiscation with or without compensation. 

 
Of interest to boards of education, educators, and administrative personnel is a section of a report synopsis regarding school infrastructure and operations that would remove operational control and related policy decisions out of the realm of school districts and place it in the hands of the state.  This appears at 1:45:30 of the video. 

 
 
From time 1:30:58 to 1:32:00, it seems the mental health subcommittee of the Sandy Hook Commission report item 33 assigns blame for all gun violence on the male gender.  The assertion that the male gender is responsible for all violence, not just gun violence, is made again at 1:32:12.  A dissertation on gun violence statistics at 1:35:30 disabuses the mainstream concept that gun owners are the primary source of criminal gun violence and confirms that most gun violence is inner-city gang /drug related and suicide. 

 
Starting at 1:36:27 a criticism of, and recommendation for change, of the voluntary mental health treatment provisions of SB 1160 was made; it is a most interesting passage. 

 
A summary of my impression of the “mood” of the commission with regard to firearms is that all gun owners are insane and that all firearms should be confiscated.  Should the notion of confiscation fail, the commission would have such barriers put in place as to nullify any practicality in civilian ownership of firearms

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More on SHAC Intentions, Goals and Objectives

To get even more of a flavor of the commission’s apparent intentions an excerpt from an article posted by the Journal Inquirer on 13 September follows

 
“Bernard Sullivan, former state Department of Public Safety commissioner, said one of the public safety subcommittee’s intents was to eliminate access to what members believe are dangerous weapons.

 

“It’s our belief that certain weapons were built for military usage in war,” said Sullivan, who also is a former Hartford police chief.

 

He said assault weapons are less accurate, making then inappropriate for hunting or for defending a home. He also said high capacity automatic weapons increase the likelihood of a stray bullet hitting a bystander.

 

Sullivan also said the subcommittee’s Friday recommendations — including serial numbers on bullets and suitability screenings — would increase public safety.

 

The subcommittee said individuals who have been involuntarily hospitalized because they were deemed a danger should be prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms.

 

It also recommended extending the ban to persons convicted of two or more drunken driving or controlled substances offenses in the last five years, those convicted of violent misdemeanors, and subjects of temporary domestic violence restraining orders.

 

Sullivan said requiring serial numbers on bullets would help police investigate crimes and help enforce other recommendations intended to limit ammunition sales.

 

The subcommittee also pushed for past recommendations it says the legislature didn’t fully enact, including a ban on weapons that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading and changing the definition of assault weapons.

 

A 2013 bill banned only magazines containing more than 10 rounds and defined assault weapons based on their construction.

 

Sullivan said manufacturers can redesign weapons to circumvent the law, and lawmakers should reword regulations to address a firearm’s usage and capabilities.” 

 

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Ammunition Retailers Supporting Connecticut Residents

 

The following vendors have been added to the list of Internet vendors supporting Corrupticut residents
None, no time available

 

The following vendors have declared a permanent embargo on the sale of ammunition to Corrupticut residents.
None, no time available

 

The listing of supporting businesses and links to websites useful for researching ammunition prices appear at https://sites.google.com/site/mythoughtsandstuff88/home/internet-ammo-sales.  . 
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Part 3 — CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY (CGA)

Administrative Note:  I will BOLD the most recent activity status/narrative for each CGA bill I am tracking. 

 

The CGA will gather once again on 150107 and remain convened until 150603

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Section 5 — CGA Session Schedules

 

CGA House of Representatives

The CGA will gather once again on 150107 and remain convened until 150603

 

CGA Senate

The CGA will gather once again on 150107 and remain convened until 150603

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CGA Committee Meetings/Hearings - NOTE: The Committees will not hold regular meetings after the adjournment of the CGA.  It is possible that a committee could convene a special meeting at the request of the governor or legislative leadership. 

 

COMMITTEES

Although some committees have met since the CGA adjourned, no information on those meetings is readily available. 

 

COMMISSIONS AND TASK FORCES

 

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Section 1 — House of Representatives Firearms Legislation Reports

Introduced - H.Res. 732: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that mandates imposed on manufacturers requiring inclusion of unproven and unreliable technology in firearms is costly and punitive, and the prohibition of firearms without such features is an infringement on the rights of citizens under the Second Amendment.
  (140927) Sponsor: Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]  Text here https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres732/text This resolution was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration. 
 

 

Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture. 

 

  (140918)  Sponsor: Rep. Diane Black [R-TN6]  Title change H.R. 5555: FIREARM Act  Text here https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr5555/text  This bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration. 

 

Introduced - H.R. 5606: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.  (140918)  Sponsor: Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17]  Title change H.R. 5606: Homemade Firearms Accountability Act of 2014  Text here  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr5606/text  This bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.  Note that the bill is retroactive to 1968, the serial number must be acquired before the firearm is constructed (hard to do if it was built 10 years ago), and there are material requirements that would difficult to accomplish with polymer furniture.   

Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] is a member of the committee.  The corresponding House bill is H.R. 4783: Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014  Note that Blumenthal “stole” the concept from HR 4783 that was introduced 140530. 

 

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 introduction.   
Connecticut - Connecticut Firearms Legislation 2014
Federal - Federal Firearms Legislation 113th Congress 

 

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Bloomy group pours another $1M into WA gun control campaign



ABC News: Bloomberg group adds another $1M to gun control campaign

 

ABC News is reporting that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has contributed another $1 million to the campaign to pass Initiative 594 in Washington State, but gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, heading up the campaign for rival Initiative 591, suggested via e-mail that this signals the gun control camp may be worried.

 

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Suddenly, one newspaper says 'NO' to gun control measure



Is Tri-City Herald only Washington newspaper not in lockstep?

 

Yesterday’s editorials in the Tri-City Herald and Tacoma News Tribune regarding Washington State’s dueling initiatives could leave rights activists wondering if the eastside publication’s editorial board is the only group not in media lockstep on Initiative 594.

 

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Rasmussen survey underscores Gottlieb's I-591 effort



Gun rights leader cites new poll in effort to prevent gun seizures

 

The head of a national gun rights group based in Bellevue, Wash., is citing the results of a new Rasmussen survey released today showing overwhelming public sentiment that someone needs to be convicted of a crime before their property can be seized to underscore the need to prohibit gun confiscations without due process, a major tenet of Initiative 591 in Washington state.

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Biden to Seattle in midst of gun debate



‘Shotgun Joe’ Biden to visit Seattle as gun control debate sizzles

 

Vice President Joe “buy-a-shotgun” Biden will be in Seattle today and Thursday to speak and help raise funds for Sen. Maria Cantwell, and he will be flying into a politically stormy environment where Seattle Times readers are currently engaged in a feisty debate about a gun control initiative ignited by a column first posted yesterday afternoon.

 

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Wasn. initiative battle gets hotter with NRA video



A month to go and rhetoric heats over dueling Wash. initiatives

 

With a month to go before the Nov. 4 election that will decide the fate of two competing initiatives, the campaign heated up yesterday with the release of a blistering seven-minute video coincidentally at about the same time that the Department of Licensing provided Examiner with the latest update on the number of active Washington concealed pistol licenses.

 

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Filmmakers want to have impact on November election



Is Seattle grant money being used to ‘impact’ election?

 

Backers of one of two rival gun-related initiatives are raising alarms this morning over a meeting scheduled next Tuesday in Marysville to combat their measure, Initiative 591, but their focus might be redirected by a KOMO news story yesterday that suggested grant funds from the City of Seattle have been used by two local filmmakers on a “gun violence movie” that they “hope…has an impact on the November election.”

 

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