Words of Wisdom:
”Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.” ~Lord Baden-Powell
Weekly News Update:
- Congressman suggests selling 1911’s through Civilian Marksmanship Program
- It seems the US spends $200,000 per year storing 1911’s. The purpose of the legislation is to save taxpayers the ongoing storage costs. It seems some of these pistols have already been sold to Law Enforcement.
- TX Senate approves firearms tax holiday
- According to author of this bill, Louisiana already has a tax holiday that Texans cross the border to participate in.
- Kansas has received 100,000 applications for CCP
- Kansas passed Concealed Carry in 2006, and they have now received 100,000 applications. There are 89,399 active permits
- Man convicted of Tax Fraud, was figure in Self Defense Shooting
- A man the Journal-Sentinel describes as a Gun rights advocate is now a felon for Tax Fraud. The case is pretty convoluted, but essentially it seems he may have been on a watch-list of some kind, with Law Enforcement saying he was dangerous. It gets weirder because even with the conviction, he was sentenced with probation.
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Update on Bonnie Allamong Case
We recently heard from Bonnie Allamong. You might remember her case from last year. The last time we discussed it, the prosecutor was appealing her sentence because it wasn’t severe enough. We aren’t lawyers, but looking at the Court’s decision, it seems that the Atlantic County Courts have had lots of trouble with the files in this case, the Appellate Court notes that there is contradictory information among the files submitted. The discrepancies they include refer to the charges that Bonnie Plead to, when she applied for PTI. and that the sentence and the degree of the charge don’t seem to reconcile.
In addition, we note from previous coverage, from the Press of Atlantic City, that the Prosecutors office has their own factors to determine how to handle these cases, that don’t necessarily appear to be consistent with other prosecutors in the state. They largely have to do with the condition of the firearm at the time of the offense, like whether it was loaded or if there were hollow-points.
One thing this case also does, is serves as a reminder that training is paramount. A gun owner in New Jersey must understand the peril they are in here. Also, conduct that might seem reasonable or practical to the untrained might appear to be escalation to law enforcement or prosecutors. It is vital for us to ensure we understand the use of force and how to practice avoidance. Unfortunately, those who most need this advice are the least likely to get it.
Two Level Games.
As you probably know, John is always in school. When his courses or research provide any insight into topics that effect his thoughts on Second Amendment Advocacy, he likes to share. That brings us to this item. The concept of two level games is used in international negotiations, but is applicable to other scenarios. The idea is that where parties to one set of negotiations are subject to the outcomes of their external stakeholders. A common example is multinational conferences like the World Trade Organization. But John thinks this can easily be applied to our relationships with as 2A advocates toward politicians. For a specific example we look at what happened with RMGO in Colorado recently and the “offer” of lifting the magazine size cap. There were arguments for and against, but enough influence was placed on level 1 negotiators to defeat the prospect altogether.
Have a great week!