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Category Archives: Firearms and Ammunition

Campus carry and academic discourse

If there is one area where I can give anti-gun advocates credit, it’s their ingenuity in devising arguments to use against the expanded recognition of firearm rights. One aspect of that expansion is “campus carry” — laws allowing those who possess a valid concealed carry permit to carry their firearms onto college and university campuses. […]

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Bernie Sanders is correct

I’ll say this up front: “military weaponry” is a misnomer. The exception to this is very, very limited, and one that many can readily recognize: fully-automatic rifles. These were clearly manufactured with a military intent in mind. But select-fire rifles are largely unavailable to anyone outside the military. Obtaining one requires going through the months-long […]

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Stopped by police while NOT carrying

I recently posted an adventure I had the other night trying to find an emergency dentist in the middle of the night. One thing I omitted from that description is being pulled over on Amour Road in North Kansas City for speeding. I was paced at 40mph in a 25mph zone, and I’ll freely admit […]

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Reply to Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof is a writer for the New York Times focusing on human rights, women’s rights, health and global affairs. As part of the SundayReview column, he addressed firearms in an article called “Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals“. At the start, Kristof states some basic facts. The number of guns in private hands went […]

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Revisiting due process and firearms

Perhaps my expectations are too high. I don’t think they are. Just as I would expect a programmer to understand the fundamental concepts of the languages they use, I would expect a lawyer to understand the fundamentals of law. To this end, I would expect a practicing attorney to be knowledgeable of procedural due process. […]

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Reply to Lonnie and Sandy Phillips regarding your lawsuit against Lucky Gunner

Mr and Mrs Philips, In your op-ed posted to Huffington Post, you make quite a few troubling statements: We brought our lawsuit because we thought it was outrageous that companies could sell a dangerous man an arsenal without getting any information about him, and without making any effort to see if he was a dangerous […]

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Reply to Gov. Martin O’Malley regarding “gun reform”

Martin O’Malley is the former governor of Maryland who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election cycle. Recently he penned an op-ed that was published in the Boston Globe called “Congress needs to act on gun reform“. I think it’s quite telling where he sits on the gun control fence, but […]

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Reply to the New York Times Editorial Board regarding gun laws

I will say up front that I have a concealed carry permit lawfully issued under the laws of the State of Missouri. I’m also up for renewal later this year. Contrary to what many may think, permits are not open-ended. In Missouri they are valid for three years from date of certification by the county […]

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Revisiting racism and guns – liability insurance

Here’s a question: what ideas have the anti-gun left devised that will not adversely affect the poor and minorities? One idea that’s floated around a bit is liability insurance. The idea is that since you’re required to carry liability insurance to drive, a gun owner should also be required to carry liability insurance. And if […]

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Due process and the Second Amendment

In his FAQ on violence, question 15, Sam Harris said: It now seems to me that there are two ways of approaching this [discussion about guns and gun rights] that may, in fact, be irreconcilable.  The first is to consider the ethical and practical case for guns as a means of self-defense… The second approach […]

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