Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How bad can it get?

Well, ask them in New Jersey, where even the courts have said, "When dealing with guns, the citizen acts at his peril." (State v. Pelleteri).

Friends, don't discount this for our own state. One bad election cycle, and there's no telling what kind of nonsense would issue from a legislature.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Firearm-related legislation in Kentucky...

The Kentucky Legislature is underway and moving quickly on firearm-related legislation. House Bill 1, House Bill 308, House Bill 313, and House Bill 326 are all pro-gun pieces of legislation. House Resolution 48, House Resolution 96, and House Bill 114 are anti-gun bills. For more information, please see each bill’s summary and status below.

House Bill 308 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 9, by a unanimous vote. Introduced by state Representative Bob Damron (D-39), HB 308 would implement the federal NICS Improvements Amendments Act by providing a pathway for the restoration of rights. This bill will be heard on the House floor on Monday, February 14.

On Tuesday, February 15, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 313, sponsored by state Representative Will Coursey (D-6). This legislation would allow an individual to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm in an enclosed compartment originally installed by the manufacturer in a motor vehicle. The firearm would not be considered a concealed firearm under state law. Current law requires a firearm to be stored in a glove compartment even though some vehicles do not come with one regularly installed.

House Bill 326 is expected to be heard by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee as early as Tuesday, February 15. Introduced by state Representative John Short (D-92), HB 326 would direct the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to include a voter registration application form as part of an application for a hunting license or permit. In addition, HB 326 would also provide that any change of address form submitted for purposes of a hunting license or permit would serve as a change of address for voter registration. Hunter-Voter legislation will encourage sportsmen’s involvement in the political process and is an important method for preserving Kentucky’s outdoor heritage.

Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your SUPPORT for HB 1, HB 308, HB 313, and HB 326. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.

The following anti-gun bills have been introduced in the House and referred to the House Judiciary Committee:

House Resolution 48, sponsored by state Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-34), urges the leadership of the House to ban firearms from the House Chamber and House Gallery but provide an exception for specified police officers and legislators.

House Resolution 96, also sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, directs citizens to sign a written declaration acknowledging the possible presence of firearms in the House Chamber or House Gallery before they are permitted to enter the Chamber or Gallery.

House Bill 114, introduced by state Representative Jim Wayne (D-35), would allow for the destruction of confiscated firearms. This anti-gun legislation would ban the lawful sale of confiscated firearms.

HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114 could be heard at any time.

Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your OPPOSITION to HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.

The Kentucky State Legislature is moving quickly through the thirty day session, so please make these calls TODAY!

Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Committee hearings...

On February 11, NRA-backed House Bill 1, the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, passed in the state House by a 91 to 4 vote. This bill is expected to be heard in the Senate State and Local Government Committee as early as tomorrow, February 16.

Sponsored by state Representative Leslie Combs (D-94) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-95), HB 1 proposes an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution recognizing citizens’ right to hunt and fish. It would provide truly meaningful protections against the animal rights activists who seek to ban all hunting in America. The ultimate adoption of this constitutional amendment would preserve Kentucky’s rich hunting and fishing traditions for future generations.

Please contact members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee TODAY and respectfully ask them to pass HB 1 without amendments. Contact information for this committee can be found here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2011 Kentucky Gun Shows

Feb 19-20 Lexington, Heritage Hall of Lexington Center Map RK Shows (Kenny Woods Gun Show, LLC) 563-927-8176


Mar 5-6 Ashland, El Hasa Temple Map RK Shows (Kenny Woods Gun Show, LLC) 563-927-8176


Mar 19-20 Cave City, Convention Center, A:$5, Sat 9-5 Sun 9-3 Richey's Shows 270-622-2185

Mar 26-27 Owensboro, Owensboro Sports Center, 1215 Hichman Ave 175+ 8'tbls $45 A: $5  Dealer Set-up Fri 2-7 Show Hours Sat 9-5 Sun 9-3 Midwest Promotions 270-521-6959 NEW OFFICE PH: 270-318-2128


Apr 2-3 Somerset, (Kenny Woods Gun Show LLC) The Center Map (2292 S. Hwy 27) RK Shows 563-927-8176


Apr 9-10 Hartford, Ohio County Park and Fairgrounds, Blds 1&2 2300 Rt 69 Exit 48 off Natcher Parkway, 100+ tbls $45, A: $5 Sat 9-6 Sun 9-3 Midwest Promotions 270-521-6959 or 270-318-2128


Apr 16-17 Lexington, Oleika Shriners Temple (250 tables) tbls $50, A: $6, 9-5 Sat & Sun, H.R. McGinnis, 423-255-3669

May 14-15 Paducah, Traders Mall 6900 Benton Rd 8' tbls $45, A: $5, Show Hours Sat 9-5 Sun 9-3 Midwest Promotions 270-521-6959 or 270-318-2128


Jul 23-23 Louisville, Map Kentucky Fair & Expo Center West Hall A&B RK Shows 563-927-8176


Aug 26-28 Lexington Knife Show Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newton Pike, 6' tbls $70 Fri 12-6 Fri 9-6 Sun 9-2 Central Kentucky Knife Club, Jim Thompson, 859-623-1419

Nov 19-20 Cave City, Convention Center, A:$5, Sat 9-5 Sun 9-3 Richey's Shows 270-622-2185

Dec 3-4 Lexington, Oleika Shriners Temple (250 tables) tbls $50, A: $6, 9-5 Sat & Sun, H.R. McGinnis, 423-255-3669

Monday, February 7, 2011

What to do after you shoot

Shooting or using any deadly weapon in self-defense is often referred to as Problem One, with the legal aftermath being Problem Two.

Failure to prepare for Problem Two could cost you a fortune and ruin your life, in some states and cities more than others.
While here in Kentucky we're lucky that the legal climate favors lawful self-defense and legal gun owners, you should always know what the best course of action is when you've had to use lethal force.
A recent book by attorney Alan Korwin discusses the topic, and has prompted this reply from an attorney up East.
It's an excellent discussion with good advice and you can read it HERE.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gun control laws don't stop crime

Excellent commentary about the failures of gun control -

it ought to be mandatory reading in all of the Congressional offices and all state legislatures!

Read it here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It is time for a paradigm shift, a national will, if you like, for the repeal of all gun laws.

Safer Streets 2011: What? Guns Needed All of a Sudden?

By John Longenecker · Thursday, February 3, 2011

In Tucson, Arizona, concealed carry gun owner Joe Zamudio joined in wrestling active shooter Jared Loughner before he could kill more people.

Joe was armed, but did what gun owners do, and that was to exercise good judgment tailored for the circumstances. This was the Second Amendment in action.

This sort of thing happens about 2.5 million times a year in America. It is one of the most under-reported statistics surrounding the concept of the ubiquitous armed citizen. The combination of brains, the willingness to act and a very understated component, the legal authority to stop a crime in progress.

The Second Amendment has little to do with guns and everything to do with independence to act when facing grave danger. Legal, lawful independence, the kind you have without having to ask permission or even consider doing nothing while waiting for first responders. This independence works rather well in showing statists how little government is needed. When the Second Amendment is pushed aside, as in gun control, governments believe they can step in with poor substitutes for the armed citizen, and then boldly and brazenly step in with a host of other programs that are equally unneeded.

This is big government, disregarding a working safeguard and substituting itself as a second-best program. They then rinse and repeat. For you technophiles, it would be to clone the formula.

But, like most laws, civil rights work only when respected – respected by both thugs and the system. Gun laws are not respected by thugs, so they have never worked. Heck, even laws against murder are broken, with gun laws not even a minor nuisance en route to a greater crime. Gun laws never stopped a crime. But they sure do stop citizens from stopping crime. Successes of armed citizens stopping violence are largely visible in the right-to-carry states of the union, while violence is highly visible almost entirely in the major cities who ban guns.

When this works rather well to short-circuit violent acts from becoming completed acts, you see the Second Amendment in action for its intended purpose: a working safeguard which discredits big government substitutions in all things.

When you stop violent crime where it is stopped best – at the scene of the crime – you also stop big government from presuming that it can do you one better, and you thereby keep crime more in check than any gun laws ever will. Thus, costly programs would never get off the ground or be taken seriously as long as citizens are free to stop crime, the foundation of so many expensive bureaucracies.

The problem that is keeping crime alive is gun control which disarms the people. Understand that gun control does not permeate the entire U.S.: some states don't even require gun registration and they do fine. The states without gun registration or permits have proven that no one needs to know where the guns are as a crime fighting tool. It don't work none. What crime has been solved by registration? None. More and more states are affirming right to carry your handgun open or concealed, and they don't have the blood-in-the-streets problem gun control has warned against for decades.

Which brings me to a worrisome question in 2011. Where we do anticipate a blood-in-the-streets problem is in terrorist strikes in areas known to be disarmed, places gun control activists call gun-free zones and survivors call victim-disarmament zones. These locales ring the dinner bell for predators, and invite violence with reliable reports of an impending Mumbai style strike.

No amount of gun laws, assault weapons bans, or punishments for carrying here or there will stop a Mumbai-style strike in the United States. Only someone present will stop it. No amount of gun control ever has or ever will stop a nut bent on murder. Only someone present will stop them.

The best deterrence is the thugs' awareness that he can never be certain who is armed and who is not, someone fully prepared to stop them from committing murder. Perhaps the person standing right next to him. Perhaps those two women sitting at the table. The awareness that any citizen has the authority to act in stopping him – with lethal force if necessary in their reasonable apprehension – changes the entire complexion of vulnerability in whether a target is a hard target or a soft target.

And the numbers play a role, too. When an entire community is known to have a significant percentage of armed citizens at any moment, at any place, under any circumstances, the assessment of success in some horrific strike is then greatly in doubt.

When we ask how many guns are enough, we aren't answering how many weapons one person owns, but how many armed citizens there are within a community. How many are enough? When those numbers rise and when the thugs and terrorists come to know them as well as the community knows them, then that many armed citizens are in fact enough.

There is a drawback in being in law enforcement: sometimes you just never know what was avoided. Perhaps we might all share in that mystery.

Police cannot be everywhere, but citizens are everywhere. And where the armed citizen is, so the law is also by dint of public policy and interest, not to mention substantive and codified law and a few doctrines. The citizen's independent authority to act is under attack, obfuscated, and smothered by gun control and by a general undermining of understanding, resolve and spirit. Gun control must be abolished.

When Americans reflect on billions of dollars spent on the War on Crime or the War on Poverty, we see the futility of such a transfer of wealth in the name of safety. What made them possible was the idea that poverty causes crime and that easy access to guns enabled violence.

The truth is that armed citizens fight crime where it is fought best, at the scene of the crime, applying both their force, if necessary, and their authority, something they also carry with them. At those times, it is not a thug's easy access to guns which completes the crime, but the thugs' easy access to society which begins crime.

It is time for a paradigm shift, a national will, if you like, for the repeal of all gun laws. For, when the citizen is on scene, so the law is also. Armed with both authority to act and the force to back that authority, gun control and other absentee policies are shown to be the redundancies they are.

Guns needed here? Now? Ubiquitous armed citizens? For the optimal homeland security, and for smaller government, the Second Amendment?

All of a sudden? It only seems that way. The Second Amendment's real purpose is the same as always: smaller government. Your home, your workplace, your community and your country are no longer a known soft target for thugs or for the system. From day to day, from generation to generation.

John Longenecker is Publisher of the Safer Streets Newsletter and Commentary. Visit

“Arrest everyone not Jared…”

These things only end well when a good guy with a gun shows up. ‘nuf said. gbw

What Liberal Don't Know About Guns, Chapter 217

By Ann Coulter (Archive) · Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fresh off of blaming Jared Loughner's killing spree in the Tucson mall on Sarah Palin, liberals are now blaming it on high-capacity magazines. They might as well imprison everyone named "Jared" to prevent a crime like this from ever happening again.

During the presidential campaign, Obama said: "I don't know of any self-respecting hunter that needs 19 rounds of anything. You don't shoot 19 rounds at a deer, and if you do, you shouldn't be hunting." It would have been more accurate for him to end that sentence after the word "hunter."

It's so adorable when people who wouldn't know a high-capacity magazine from Vanity Fair start telling gun owners what they should want and need.

In fact, high-capacity mags put a predator like Loughner at a disadvantage because they are so long, unwieldy and difficult to conceal. This may be why the Tucson shooting appears to be the first spree killing involving a high-capacity magazine. It would have been easier for Loughner to bring two guns.

On the other hand, for a homeowner who is a poor marksman, a large-capacity clip could be a lifesaver.

But after every multiple murder, liberals come up with some crackpot idea to "do something" that invariably involves infringing on some aspect of our Second Amendment rights.

The ACLU won't let us put nuts in mental hospitals and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik wouldn't lock up Loughner even after he had broken the law several times.

In an open society that includes Sheriff Dumbnik and the ACLU, deranged individuals may explode into murder and mayhem now and then. The best we can do is enact policies that will reduce the death toll when these acts of carnage occur.

There's only one policy of any kind that has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws. In a comprehensive study of all public, multiple-shooting incidents in America between 1977 and 1999, the highly regarded economists John Lott and Bill Landes found that concealed-carry laws were the only laws that had any beneficial effect.

And the effect was not small. States that allowed citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent.

When there are no armed citizens to stop mass murderers, the killers are able to shoot unabated, even pausing to reload their weapons, until they get bored and stop. Some stop only when their trigger fingers develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Consider just the school shootings -- popular sites for mass murder because so many schools are "gun-free zones." Or, as mass murderers call them, "free-fire zones."

At Columbine High School, two students killed 12 people before ending the carnage themselves by committing suicide. They didn't need high-capacity magazines because they were able to stop and reload.

At the Amish school shooting in 2006 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the deranged killer murdered five little girls and then committed suicide.

In 1998, two students in Craighead County, Arkansas, killed five people, including four little girls, before the killers decided to stop and attempt an escape.

And in 2007, a deranged student killed 32 people at Virginia Tech -- 30 of them in a very short period of time in one building. He didn't need high-capacity magazines because he had two guns and reloaded.

There was no one to stop him.

School shootings that have been halted were almost always stopped by the happenstance of an armed citizen on school property.

In 2002, an immigrant in Virginia started shooting his classmates at the Appalachian Law School in Grundy. Two of his classmates retrieved guns from their cars, forcing the killer to drop his weapon and allowing a third classmate to tackle him.

Three dead.

In Santee, Calif., in 2001, when a student began shooting his classmates, the school activated its "safe school plan" -- as the principal later told CNN -- by sending a "trained campus supervisor" to stop the killer.

Possibly not realizing that he was in a gun-free zone, the killer responded by shooting the trained campus supervisor three times. Fortunately, an armed off-duty San Diego policeman happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day. With a gun, he stopped the killer and held him at bay until more police could arrive.

Two dead.

In 1997, a student at Pearl High School in Pearl, Miss., had already shot several people at his high school and was headed for the junior high school when assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a .45 pistol from his car and pointed it at the gunman's head, ending the slaughter.

Two dead.

In 1998, a student attending a junior high school dance at a restaurant in Edinboro, Pa., started shooting, whereupon the restaurant owner pulled out his shotgun, chased the gunman from the restaurant and captured him for the police.

One dead.

See the pattern?

In response to Columbine, schools adopted "anti-bullying" policies; in response to Virginia Tech, eBay ceased selling magazines online; in response to the Tucson shooting, liberals want to ban the particular magazine Loughner used.

And then the next killer will come along with a different arsenal and a different motive, and the only way to stop him will be with an armed citizen with a gun.