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More California anti-gun bullstuff

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wireguy, Jun 6, 2011.

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  1. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998


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    With the news that the current administration had assured anti-gun groups they were "working under the radar" on new gun regulations, the firearms industry has been watching -carefully - for any signs of further shenanigans to backup that comment.

    On this week's radar, action in California's legislature on SB798. It's one of those little-noticed bits of legislation that regularly finds itself introduced in the state where no anti-gun measure seems too-extreme. This little measure, however, is aimed at the air gun industry. Yep, some California legislators want to start outlawing the "evil black air rifle/pistol". If they get their way, black airguns would be illegal in California.

    While they seem extreme when measured by the standards of normalcy in the rest of the country, California's legislators are often the unintended harbingers of the next front of anti- anything hysteria. SB798 is slated to come up before the Assembly's Public Safety Committee later this week, so California shooters are being encouraged to let their elected officials know they're -once again- not happy with another anti-gun measure.

    At the same time, the fishing industry's beginning to realize there's yet another potential problem brewing with the administration. This one concerns a draft water policy industry insiders say could be used to create "user conflicts" that would be the rationale for zoning/access closures for virtually all national waters, including the Great Lakes and inland tributaries to the coasts; virtually all national waters other than watershed lakes and ponds.

    The concern's fueled by the National Ocean Council's release of a series of nine draft action plans aimed at "addressing challenges facing U.S. oceans and coasts along the Great Lakes." Those nine plans will serve as the framework for the White House's new National Ocean Policy. That's an initiative set into motion last year by President Obama via an Executive Order. Executive Orders mean by decree and without oversight from the Legislative branch.

    A portion of the proposals are innocuous enough, educational initiatives about relevant water resources and such, but one area that's of tremendous concern to recreational fishing interests is the practice of coastal and marine spatial planning. In it's simplest form, the proposal is government-regulated zoning of the sea.

    While it's described as calling for a regional approach to marine planning, there's absolutely no doubt that there will be conflicts between recreational interests and animal rights groups wanting to create what are essentially huge tracts of off-limits waters. Granted, it's not a clear-cut situation, but fishing industry execs have told me there's real concern that this comprehensive plan has the potential to turn into the national equivalent of the California Marine Life Protection Area (MLPA). As one director of Environmental Affairs for a major tackle manufacturer told me "this could get very ugly for recreational fishing."

    Later this week, we'll most likely be telling you about a federal-level legal challenge to New Yorker City's dubious practice of arresting individuals who carried assisted opening pocket knives. The campaign against the nation's top-selling type of pocket knife has also included threats of litigation against retailers who had sold the knives to everyone from tradesmen to first responders. Since the retailers and distributors were offered an option of paying a hefty fine and removing the knives from their offerings, it might be there's just enough prosecutorial larceny involved to force the federal courts to step in.

    Hopefully, that intervention would have more impact than the Supreme Court seems to have had on firearms regulations in the District of Columbia or Chicago.

    Later this week, I'll be testing a device that promises some amazing performance from a semi-automatic rifle. In fact, it looks like it should be one of those devices that will land owners/users in the bombsights of the ATF. Instead, it comes complete with a letter from the ATF saying that it's "not a firearm" and not subject to any of the ATF's myriad of regulations regarding the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons.

    It's one of several new products on the testing agenda - all of which you'll be reading or seeing more about in the next few weeks.

    All part of our promise: we'll keep you posted.

    --Jim Shepherd
  2. grunt

    grunt TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    Thousand Oaks Ca
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