Monthly Archives: June 2008

California Seeks to Control Interstate Commerce!

If you are in the gun business you need to read this!

California has decided that they are better at handling firearms transactions than the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  The California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, issued an informational bulletin dated 5/29/08, No. 2008-BOF-05.

Quoting, “Beginning July 1, 2008, California Penal Code Section 12072(f)(1) prohibits all FFLs from shipping to an FFL in California unless, prior to delivery, the FFL intending to deliver, sell or transfer the firearm obtains a verification approval number from the California Department of Justic (CADOJ) Bureau of Firearms. This includes transfers that occur at gun shows.”

This poses several interesting questions.

  1. What happened to the second ammendment?
  2. What happened to the ATF?
  3. Who put California in charge of interstate commerce?
  4. What happened to the ICC?
  5. If California were so efficient at running Buracracies, would they have money problems?
  6. Will killing another segement of the California tax base help solve state problems?
  7. Has there been a single case of guns transfered between Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders that resulted in violent crime of any kind?
  8. Why in the hell would any gun business outside California continue to do business with law abiding federally licensed gun dealers in California?
  9. Does this mean Arnold is really a “Girly Man”?
  10. On the FAQ page attached to the announcement the #1 item claims there is no cost associated with this program.  Apparently our time and effort is of no value?
  11. Why have we not heard outrage from California Dealers (FFL holders) on this subject?  Could it be they fear repercussions?

I am sure you can think of more questions but those few just poured out of my pen as they say.

Item #16 on the FAQ page generously offers every interested person the opportunity to receive a copy of the bill which put this law into effect.  I plan to call for a copy as I am sure you will want to.  After all, we want to be sure we do not run afoul of any California Laws even if we plan to boycott the state from here to eternity.   The phone number where you can request a copy of the bill is 916-445-2323, request bill “AB 2521, Chapter 784, Session 2005-2006.  Hopefully this won’t be too much of a burden on those resources.

Here is a pdf of the entire packet mailed to FFL holders:

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School teaches mixed message.

Last week in Winchendon, Massachusetts another case of  “zero-tolerance” enforcement defying common sense, a fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.

According to a May 29, article, a uniformed veteran gave the 10-year-old two empty rifle shell casings from blanks used during the town’s Memorial Day celebration Monday morning.  Bradley gave one of the empty casings to his grandfather and kept the other as a souvenir.  The trouble began when he took his souvenir to school the next day. 

“He was just playing with it at lunch,” explained Crystal Geslak, Bradley’s mother. “He wasn’t showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it.”

A teacher saw him with the harmless piece of brass and confiscated it.  Ms. Geslak was then called at work and told to come and pick up her son, who had been suspended for five days!

Ms. Geslak arrived at the school to find her son in tears.  “I was totally shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening,” she said.  “It was just an empty shell, not even from a real bullet.  A sharpened pencil would be more dangerous than this piece of metal.”

“He was so proud to have been given them.  His dad’s a veteran, his uncle’s a veteran, both his grandfathers are veterans.  Memorial Day is a big thing to us.  It’s a very important holiday and we have a big celebration every year,” Ms. Geslak said.

Ms. Geslak, who will be forced to miss work in order to stay home with her son, says she is worried about what having a “weapon-related suspension” on his school record will mean to his future.

To add insult to injury, the family says a school official told them that the shell would not be returned, and that the next step might involve assigning a probation officer to Bradley!  Yes, you read that right, a probation officer.

A young boy punished over a harmless souvenir.  By any standard, that’s just unacceptable.

From the Shcool Districts web site, thier mission statement:

Our mission is to enlighten, motivate, and educate all who pass through our doors.  We will provide a safe environment that promotes an appreciation of diversity and preparedness for the future.

This young man and his family understand the price of freedom, they actually celebrage Memorial Day as it was intended, not just as a bankers holiday.  They understand what it takes to be prepared for the future.  A piece of inert metal poses no safety hazard to anyone.  Of course that’s just my view, but then the mission statment say they will respect my diverse opinion???  Seems like a mixed message to me.

If you’d like to express your concern over this incident, please visit  You will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  To leave a voice message for Brooke Clenchy, Superintendent of Schools, please call 978-297-0031. 

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New Match Ammo for M1 Garand












I have only shot a couple of matches with Garands over the years but it was a ton of fun.  Now Hornady is offering match grade ammo designed for use with the M1 Garand.  They chose powders that should provide long life for the barrel and gas system on these work horse rifles.  After years of either reloading or relying on military surplus ammo, competitors now have another option for good quality ammunition.

Loaded with 168 grain A-Max bullets with a muzzle velocity near 2700 feet per second, this might be pretty good ammo for new match shooters to learn on.  For more information on the M1 Garand and matches check out the Civiliam Marksmanship Program.

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Safari Club International joins the court battle over Wolves in the West.

On May 28, 2008 attorneys from Safari Club International, the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, the federal government, animal rights groups, and other sporting and ranching groups, crowded into a Missoula, Montana courthouse to argue the temporary fate of Northern Rocky Mountain wolves.  In all, eight individual attorneys each weighed in about whether the federal court should grant a preliminary injunction motion that would place wolves back on the endangered species list for the period of time necessary for full litigation of the animal rights groups’ challenge to wolf delisting.  The federal government attorney defended the legality of the delisting action and each of the state attorneys demonstrated why their states’ laws and management plans would sufficiently maintain viable wolf populations. SCI took its oral argument opportunity to explain that the balance of public interests, represented by the diverse parties involved in the lawsuit, and each affected differently by the status of wolves, was best served with wolves remaining off the endangered species list.  The court took the matter under consideration and promised to rule expeditiously.

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Brownells & Gradient Lens Donated to Gunsmithing School

With a history of supporting gunsmiths spanning almost 70 years, Brownells has partnered with Gradient Lens Corporation to provide a Hawkeye Borescope and complete video system to Trinidad State Junior College’s gunsmithing program.
The borescope and viewing system allow the students and instructors to examine the interior of a barrel for corrosion and imperfections.





 “With the borescope, the students can examine a firearm bore for defects, fouling and erosion that affect accuracy,” said Ken Harrington, Gradient Lens market manager for shooting. “As the technology in the field continues to improve, the students have an ever-increasing need for experience with instruments like the Hawkeye Borescope.”

The video system included in the donation is digital and works through a computer based system. Students can view the images on a larger screen and capture the video or still images digitally. This allows users to e-mail or set up live, streaming video to a gun’s owner.
“It’s important that students have all the tools necessary to prepare them for successful gunsmithing careers,” stated company Chairman and CEO Frank Brownell. “The borescope lets students build experience on equipment they’ll be using following graduation.”



The donation came in conjunction with Brownells’ annual gunsmithing job fair in Newton, Iowa.
“The skills they’ll develop working with the borescope will make the students more marketable to future employers,” Pete Brownell, company president, said. “The employers who participated in last year’s job fair stated the importance of developing both depth and breadth of abilities. The Hawkeye Borescope will help the students mature as gunsmiths.”


Trinidad State Junior College  gunsmithing students Chris Lewis, John Cowell and Penny Bell inspect a factory barrel in class, as Instructor Speedy Gonzalez explains to the class what they are seeing via the Hawkeye’s Borescope live video projections capabilities.

Brownells is the world’s largest supplier of firearm parts, tools, equipment and accessories. Stocking more than 30,000 items, the company services gunsmiths, armorers and shooters worldwide. For more information or to place an order, call (800) 741-0015, Dept. #PE9, or visit



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Democrats Inconsistent on Voter Disenfranchisement!

Over the weekend, a DNC committee reinstated delegates from Florida and Michigan, awarding them half a vote each as punishment for holding their respective primaries before February 5 in violation of party rules. The committee awarded Barack Obama 59 delegates from Michigan, despite his name not appearing on the ballot.  It has been reported that “Many Obama supporters voted for “uncommitted” on the ballot as a way of showing support for Obama.”  Yea, that’s what I would say if I wanted to hand some delegates to him too.

You may recall a few years back when the Democrats lost an election based on the outcome of the Florida vote they were strong, or you might say the strongest advocates of protecting every vote as being essential and that somehow the voters of Florida were being disenfranchised.  Fast forward to present day, the DNC is totally willing to disenfranchise Democrat voters, ie Michigan and Florida.  Just seems inconsistent, what do you think?

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New York Internet Tax

Well, it’s finally happened, New York state has passed a bill that is the first step toward taxing Internet sales.  I understand the state thinks it’s loosing out on revenue some how.  I suppose it never occurs to legislators that many of their constituents are making a living on the Internet so this precedent is a slippery slope. 

If this progresses to the point that I have to collect sales tax for every state that writes one of these laws you can bet that will put an unfair and unreasonable burden on my business.  This is exactly why in a 1992 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, Quill v. North Dakota, the Court determined that out-of-state retailers cannot be required to collect sales tax on purchases sent to states where they did not have a physical presence.  Would I continue to do business on the Internet if this expands?  Not if it becomes a paper-work nightmare.   Neither will THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of other Internet sellers. 

The loss in revenue to individual states will at least ballance out the gain they percieve by taxing this business channel.  As usual the Liberals think that everything is a zero sum game.  They do not realize that thier actions will affect the economy and people at large.  If you would like to read a more complete explanation of New York’s new law check out the link below.

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