Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanks Alain Grenier

Thanks to Quebec Shooter Alain Grenier who donated space on his trailer for placement of the Lost Target logo.

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Alain Grenie
I run into Alain at various sporting clays shoots in both Quebec and in the states. He recently asked if he could place my logo on his new trailer in appreciation for my contribution to the clay target sports and for my efforts in promoting the various shoots held in Quebec.

Thanks...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Back door ammunition tax and ammunition registration

Sportsmen are worried about Obama and the federal government in regard to gun rights.

However, a bigger threat is laws enacted by individual states, as they have more latitude than the federal government in regard to regulating firearms and ammunition.

As an example...

Paul "Hawk" Hawkins, GOL Shooting, brings to our attention the Ammunition Accountability Act. Legislation pending in 18 states.

A law that for all practically purposes imposes a tax on ammunition sales and outlaws reloading of handgun and rifle ammunition. It's legislation that also registers every rifle and handgun owner in America.
Ammunition Accountability Act

SAMPLE LEGISLATION

An ACT relating to firearms and ammunition; requiring [AGENCY] to establish a statewide database to track coded ammunition manufactured and sold for handguns and assault rifles.

Section 1. Legislative Findings.

The State Legislature hereby finds the following: Each year in the United States, more than 30% of all homicides that involve a gun go unsolved. Handgun ammunition accounts for 80% of all ammunition sold in the United States. Current technology for matching a bullet used in a crime to the gun that fired it has worked moderately well for years, but presupposes that the weapon was recovered by law enforcement. Bullet coding is a new and effective way for law enforcement to quickly identify persons of interest in gun crime investigations.

Section 2. Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, “coded ammunition” means a bullet carrying a unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the bullet projectile.

Section 3. Prohibition on possession or sale of non-coded ammunition.

1. All handgun and assault weapon ammunition manufactured or sold in the state after January 1, 2009, shall be coded by the manufacturer.

a. The calibers covered by the coding requirement shall include: [LIST CALIBERS].

2. No later than January 1, 2011, all non-coded ammunition for the calibers listed in this chapter, whether owned by private citizens or retail outlets, must be disposed.

Section 4. Authority to establish an Ammunition Coding Database.

1. [AGENCY] shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an Ammunition Coding Database (ACD) containing the following information:

a. Manufacturer registry – Manufacturers shall:

i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through rule; and

ii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven years concerning all sales, loans, and transfers of ammunition, to, from, or within the state.

b. Vendor registry – Vendors shall

i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through rule; and

ii. Record the following information in a format prescribed by the [AGENCY]:

a. The date of the transaction.

b. The name of the transferee.

c. The purchaser’s driver’s license number or other government issued identification card number

d. The date of birth of the purchaser.

e. The unique identifier of all handgun ammunition or bullets transferred.

f. All other information prescribed by [AGENCY].

iii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of three years from the date of the recorded purchase.

2. To the greatest extent possible or practical, the ACD shall be built within the framework of existing firearms databases. The ACD shall be operational no later than January 1, 2009.

3. Privacy of individuals is of the utmost importance. Access to information in the ACSD is reserved for key law enforcement personnel and to be released only in connection with a criminal investigation.

NEW SECTION: Section 5. Penalties

1. Any vendor that willfully fails to comply with, or falsifies the records required to be kept by this bill is guilty of a public offense punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.

2. Any manufacturer that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be liable for a civil fine of not more than one $1,000 for a first violation, not more than five $5,000 for a second violation, and not more $10,000 for a third and subsequent violation.

3. Any person who willfully destroys, obliterates, or otherwise renders unreadable, the serialization required pursuant to this bill, on any bullet or assembled ammunition is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.

NEW SECTION: Section 6. Funding.

1. Establishing and maintaining the ACD shall be funded by an end-user fee not to exceed [COST NUMBER, ESTIMATED AT $0.005 PER BULLET OR ROUND OF AMMUNITION].

2. There is hereby established the Coded Ammunition Fund for deposit of the enduser fees described in this section. Moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, shall be available to the [AGENCY] for infrastructure, implementation, operational, enforcement, and future development costs of this chapter.

3. Ammunition manufacturers based within this state may submit a one-time tax credit application for cost of purchasing ammunition coding equipment. All applications must be submitted by January 1, 2009.
Pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet Eric Holder, Anti-Gun Attorney General

Eric Holder Reported to Be Obama's Choice for US Attorney General.

As an early supporter of Mr. Obama's campaign, Holder played a key role in the selection of Senator Joe Biden for vice president.

He served as U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Holder served as deputy attorney general under former President Bill Clinton.

As Deputy Attorney General, Eric Holder was a strong supporter of restrictive gun control.

He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault weapons" (cosmetically incorrect guns) by anyone under age of 21.

Supported a gun show restriction bill that would have given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows, national gun registration, and mandatory prison sentences for trivial offenses (e.g., giving your son an heirloom handgun for Christmas, if he were two weeks shy of his 21st birthday).

He also promoted the factoid that "Every day that goes by, about 12, 13 more children in this country die from gun violence"--a statistic is true only if one counts 18-year-old gangsters who shoot each other as "children."(Sources: Holder testimony before House Judiciary Committee, Subcommitee on Crime, May 27,1999; Holder Weekly Briefing, May 20, 2000. One of the bills that Holder endorsed is detailed in my 1999 Issue Paper "Unfair and Unconstitutional.")

After 9/11, he penned a Washington Post op-ed, "Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists" arguing that a new law should give "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a record of every firearm sale."

He also stated that prospective gun buyers should be checked against the secret "watch lists" compiled by various government entities. (In an Issue Paper on the watch list proposal, I quote a FBI spokesman stating that there is no cause to deny gun ownership to someone simply because she is on the FBI list.)

Source: Mary Katharine Ham, The Weekly Standard

Earlier this year, Eric Holder--along with Janet Reno and several other former officials from the Clinton Department of Justice--co-signed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief was filed in support of DC's ban on all handguns, and ban on the use of any firearm for self-defense in the home.

After the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the D.C. handgun ban and self-defense ban were unconstitutional in 2007, Holder complained that the decision "opens the door to more people having more access to guns and putting guns on the streets."

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

So-Called "Assault Weapons"

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has put up information in regard to misleading allegations related to Assault Weapons.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON SO-CALLED 'ASSAULT WEAPONS'

Very informative and includes video's.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

White Flyer Targets Announces Price Decrease

White Flyer Announces

Effective on all orders scheduled to ship beginning Monday, November 10th (last week), White Flyer lowered it's target pricing $0.45 per case on ALL Pitch Target orders and $0.55 on all Biodegradable Target orders". This PRICE DECREASE was percipitated by lower pricing on raw materials used to manufacture White Flyer Targets and "we" felt it was extremely important to pass these onto our customers as "we" received them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence and Guns Rights

A person gets in a bar fight, uses a bar stool and beats someone. Arrested and receives a misdemeanor conviction. The person still has the federal right to possess a firearm.

A person slaps his or her live in companion. Arrested and receives a Misdemeanor Domestic Violence conviction. Banned from possessing a firearm for life.

I never agreed that those convicted of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence should be forever banned from possessing a firearm.

Why the NRA rolled on this when it was brought up for a vote is beyond me.

I hope the Supreme Court will make the correct ruling on the case before it.

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Gun Case Heard in U.S Supreme Court
MetroNews
Washington, D.C.

11/10/2008

A Second Amendment gun case that originated in Marion County is now at the United States Supreme Court. The Highest Court in the Nation began hearing arguments from the 2004 case of United States vs. Hayes on Monday.

The case revolves around a federal law that makes it a crime to possess a gun after a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a misdemeanor of simple battery fulfills the definition of domestic violence. The Court will also decide if the law can be applied retroactively since the conviction of battery happened back in 1994 before the federal statute was passed.

Charleston attorney Troy Giatras is arguing the case for Randy Hayes, the man accused of breaking the gun law, against the federal government.

"Individuals that only had a regular assault or a regular battery would not be prohibited from owning a firearm. Instead, it would relate to what the statute truly was aimed at and that was people who were convicted of domestic battery," says Giatras.

The case has already been heard in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2007. That court agreed with Giatras's argument and ruled in favor of Hayes. However, the U.S. Department of Justice appealed the case to the Supreme Court, and the Court agreed to hear the case based on other federal court decisions that conflicted with the Fourth Circuit's assessment.

This was Giatras's first trip to the Supreme Court. He's says thousands of hours have gone into preparing for this case.

"It was the pinnacle of my career, and at the same time. It was something I probably dreaded it only because of the level of preparation far exceeded my level of expectation," says Giatras.

A written decision in the United States vs. Hayes should come down some time before June 2009. This is the second gun control case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier in the year, the Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s 32-year-old ban on handguns as unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Nations Gun Laws in Hands of Senate

Guns owners are in a precarious position, especially in the first six months of an Obama administration.

It's not as bad as it looks, but...

The House of Representatives needs 218 votes to pass a bill. A simple majority!

With 6 house seats yet to be decided, the House is controlled by Democrats, 255 to 174.

Pro-gun House Democrats would need to come out in big numbers and take a stand against Pelosi and liberals if a anti-gun bill is to be defeated.

House Republicans will huff and puff, but they are now rendered impotent and have no impact unless they can join forces with pro-gun Democrats. Only then would we stand a chance of defeating Pelosi and her anti-gun agenda.

Contact your House Representative Member

If this does not come about, this leaves the defeat of any proposed gun law in the hands of the Senate.

The Senate needs 51 votes to pass a bill, ties are decided by a vote of the Vice President.

However, 60 votes are needed to end debate on an issue before it can be brought to a vote.

The Democrats have 57 seats and Republicans 40, with 3 seats not yet decided. It looks as if Democrats will fall short of the 60 seat majority needed to govern without the need for any Republican support.

The key for gun owners is 41 pro-gun Senators. Democrat, Republican, and Independents.

The problem for gun owners is, 41 pro-gun Senators.

What 41 Senators will take a stand and vote NO on ending the debate?

I've read the dynamics are no longer there for an anti-gun vote and no more than 50 Senators will vote for a gun control bill, as some are already looking at the 2010 elections.

Saying that, a gun show background check bill has a strong possibility of passing if liberals don't overreach.

Contact your Senator

By the way, the 60 votes needed to cut off debate is not part of the Constitution.

Senate Democrats are rumored to want to force a Senate vote to change the laws of the Senate, allowing all debates to be ended by simple majority vote.

But, they need 60 votes to cut off debate...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Democrats announce 2009 Gun Control Compromise on Firearms and Ammunition Taxes

For Immediate Release.

Democrat congressional staffers report a compromise has been reached in regard to firearm sales and ownership in a bill that will be fast tracked through the Democrat controlled house and senate.

President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, says the president looks forward to signing the legislation as it forfills his pledge to hunters and sportsmen and at the same time enacts common sense measures and removes dangerous firearms from the streets and protects children.

The compromise makes illegal the sale and possession of all firearms with the exception of the following:



The federal government will issue a $100 tax rebate certificate for each illegal firearm turned in during a proposed amnesty period.

Firearm manufactures and gun stores will be liable for firearms used in a commission of a crime or involved in an accident.

Firearm will be required to be secured when in the home. To meet the recent Supreme Court ruling on self defense, one firearm may be assessable, but tethered to a hardened wire no longer then fifty (50) foot in length.

The bill also implements registration of ammunition sales and requires ammunition serial numbers, with serial numbers recorded in a national database.

A compromise has also been reached on the federal ammunition excise tax.

A reported prosposed $5 per ball ammunition tax has been reduced to $1.



Full details of the compromise gun bill have not been released.

An anonymous source within the administrations said an expected Supreme Court vacancy will insure all parts of the compromise gun bill will be received favorable by the court.

Brady Campaign issued a press release in support of the compromise bill. They hope the bill will be supported not only by all Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents.

The American Hunters and Shooters Association would not make a public comment at this time, but a spokesmen stated the association continues to support President Obama and his position on firearms and gun ownership.

As word of the compromise spread, firearm and hunting talk boards are posted with statements of disbelief and outrage. Many firearm owners stated they were not now members of the NRA but would immediately join the association.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thank you, Sarah Palin

Let Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin know you appreciate her hard work and dedication on the campaign trail.

SIGN PETITION!

Christmas and Assault Weapons

If your interested in Assault Weapons (weapons that look scary), it's time to make your Christmas wish list known.

Come 2009, a purchase of such firearms will not be possible after the Assault Weapons Ban is passed and signed into law.

If it looks like it would be used by a soldier, it will be outlawed...

Number one on anyone's wish list should be a semi automatic handgun, capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Also, an excellent stocking stuffer would be high capacity ammo clips. Sure to increase in value as manufacture and imports cease. Purchase high capacity ammo clips as an investement, as they will most likely be a better investment than US Saving Bonds!

Lost Target Odds & Ends (Nov 6)

Obama ammunition tax continues to be the #1 search term that I see when I check the daily Lost Target statistics.

I had posted on the ammunition tax issue in the past and not an Obama idea. I get the impression something he would support, especially if directed toward's the sale of handgun ammunition.

At this point something more to fear from local government than the federal goverment.

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Lead shot has fallen below $30, but I'm not seeing a drop in ammunition prices.

I would assume next month...

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I picked up my Remington 1100 from Gander Mt.

$40 to have the Feed Latch re-staked. I tried to repair it myself, but no luck. It needed the tool Remington sells for such repairs.

The gunsmith was not in and I had to deal with a store clerk.

He was more interested in talking war stories with other customers. After waiting a bit I made it clear I wished to be waited on. At first he had attitude, but seeing I was steaming he immediately got down to business and retrived my gun.

Not my favorite store!

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Did anyone notice the Lost Target did not post on McCain on the run-up to the election.

Articles and postings centered around Sarah Palin and Democrats.

I have no use for McCain or those running the Democratic party...

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The Lost Target and the election...

Paranoid or cowensadence?

When Palin was selected as McCains running mate I lost a RSS feed I was using shortly after I started posting about her. I was using a free service provided by a liberal collage.

The daily SPAM I received went up ten fold. My ISP caught 99% and placed it in the appropriate folder.

I was signed up for a number of internet services that I did not order.

I received items in the mail that I did not order. A shame that none were worth keeping and all put in the garbage.

My credit card was compromised and had to be replaced.

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I've taken down the majority of political postings off the main Lost Target page, but something I need to think about, as after seeing some of the postings on a number of talk boards, many gun owners have no idea or chose to ignore...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted!



In my district your only allowed to vote once!

Ammunition tax, Palin NRA, Palin the hunter

The Lost Target web search logs for the last 90 days shows the top three Search Terms where the Lost Target received a hit were:

1. obama ammunition tax

2. sarah palin nra

3. sarah palin hunter

* Variations of each search term were used.

These are also the lead Search Terms on the morning of the election!

National pro-gun and pro-hunting organizations fell down in regard to getting the word out.

The ammunition tax, and Sarah Palin as a hunter and NRA member needed to be hammered home, time and time again.

For whatever reason, they weren't!

I also fault outdoor/gun talk board owners that remained neutral during the run-up to the election. You just can't leave it various posters to get the word out!

Do you think the anti-gun and anti-hunting talk boards remained neutral?