Editors Note: The following press release is directly from ATF. Regular readers of AmmoLand News know our stance on the unaccountable Federal Agency: No comment. We invite our readers to leave their hard-hitting insights in the comments below.
DC: Pay More for “Ghost Guns”; Get More “Ghost Guns”?
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In Washington, the District of Columbia, the murder rate is soaring. The DC leadership has a scapegoat for their political problem – blame guns! Especially blame homemade guns!
Elbow bump! Tom Dart and his “Only Ones” have theirs and are perfectly willing to lump gun owners in with real criminals to incrementally advance a greater citizen disarmament agenda. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart announced proposed legislation on Thursday that would ban the sale and possession of ghost guns,” Fox 2 reported Friday. “Sheriff Dart said only a criminal would need a ghost gun, so banning them is common-sense legislation.”
GunFreedomRadio EP314 Correcting The Language with Ashley Hlebinsky
Arizona – -(AmmoLand.com)- Our guest today is Ashley Hlebinsky. Ashley is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on firearms history. Recently, she served as both Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) and Project Director for the museum’s multimillion-dollar renovation that reopened in July 2019.
Due to her and her team’s efforts, the museum has received positive reviews from both gun and mainstream media and is seen as the premier gun museum in the world that fosters dialogue for a range of diverse audiences
Additionally, Hlebinsky is a highly sought-after museum consultant, guest speaker, writer, and expert witness in the US and Canada. And, in her “spare time” she is a television host and producer, as well as being a member of The DC Project.
1) In our intro we mentioned that you are an expert witness. You recently offered testimony as a subject matter expert to Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, in a hearing titled: Stop Gun Violence: Ghost Guns. But, you don’t use that term and told the Senate as much. Can you expound on that?
– “Firstly, I will not be using the term ghost gun and that’s because as a historian I try to be as precise as possible and the term is used more as a rhetorical tool, a marketing tool and because of that, it can create a false sense of authority on the subject,” Hlebinsky told the senators. It’s too easy to conflate with something that is invisible, undetectable or untraceable. None of which is true. privately made firearms have been around for centuries, basically since the first system was developed over 500 years ago.”
2) The people who consider themselves Pro-Rights too often adopt the language of the Prohibitionists. We have “assault rifle”, “ghost gun”, and even “sanctuary cities”. In some ways, there is strength in appropriating language. But, then we find ourselves on our back foot trying to un-attach the connotations that the Prohibitionists use to scare the public. As a historian, how do you see this language issue playing out in the long run?
3) You occupy a unique space in a heated and polarizing conversation. You are decidedly and agnostic in your political leanings in public and in your work. The 2A is not a political issue, but it has become a political football over the years. How do you manage to be neutral in our current political climate?
4) What other projects are you currently working on?
Ashley Hlebinsky up next on Gun Freedom Radio!
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Los Angeles Federal ‘Strike Force’ Evokes Definition of Insanity, iStock-1061172526
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “A new federal strike force launched by the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday will focus on disrupting the illegal flow of weapons into Los Angeles from neighboring states while also going after makers of local ‘ghost guns,’ according to local and federal authorities,” The Los Angeles Times parroted Thursday. “Both sources of weapons are a major driver of violence within L.A., and local officials hope their disruption will help stem the city’s increasing levels of shootings and homicides.”
Evidently, the Giffords Law Center’s “A” rating for California does not produce results commensurate with the grade. All those infringements that promised such solutions and things are still out of control…
“LAPD Chief Michel Moore speaks at South L.A. rally to end gun violence” – But it doesn’t seem like what he’s trying works. (Luke Harold/Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, a politically dependent career “Only One,” doesn’t have a clue on how to stop the signal, but did come up with an excuse that allowed him to point fingers and blame states that haven’t yet enacted California’s “strongest gun laws in the United States.” Arizona, Nevada, and Utah are to blame, the chief blathers:
“Suspects go to those locations,” Moore said, “buy those weapons because of lax or permissive gun laws and then traffic those weapons here and sell them to the market of people who are not lawfully able to own or possess or purchase a weapon.”
For some reason, Chief Moore and The Times neglect to mention that all that is already against the “lax and permissive” law. At least the chief admits the FFLs aren’t the problem:
“It will be less likely to focus on federal firearm licensees known to be selling weapons in the L.A. area, Moore said, because ‘there’s a finite number of them in this region, they’re well policed, they’re well managed, [and] they’re well supervised by ATF and frankly by our gun detail.’”
So he and the feds are going after “underground providers.”
Good luck with that. Especially since criminal cartels take full advantage of California “sanctuary” policies, something you’d think The Times would be able to connect dots on.
Who thinks things will get more or less dangerous? Has anyone factored in the expansion of ruthless criminal enterprises under Prohibition and the War on Drugs, along with the growth of “official” corruption and corresponding abuses of civil liberties in the name of fighting crime?
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, for his part, has taken a (short) break from blaming societal dangers on “white supremacists” to warn against “guns found at crime scenes [that] come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. We are redoubling our efforts as ATF works with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes.”
Perhaps if he’d review ATF’s data, he’d be able to explain why California’s 11.10-year time-to-crime average (defined by ATF as “the period of time … between the first retail sale of a firearm and a law enforcement recovery of that firearm during a use, or suspected use, in a crime”) warrants front-and-center priority. Then again, he doesn’t have to because no one in the DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media) cares, assuming they’re even aware.
For that matter, who has figures on homicides solved because police were able to trace a gun found at a crime scene to its original lawful purchaser?
That’s not to say everything being proposed is old stuff that’s already been tried and proven ineffective. There’s a new factor to blame thanks to Chicom wet markets and/or lab leaks:
“Shootings and homicides have surged nationally since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year and the associated social and economic shutdowns. L.A. has been no exception. As of Tuesday, homicides were up nearly 30% over last year, and shootings were up 43%. The city ended 2020 with 350 homicides, the most in a decade.”
Funny thing, though. If the critical factor here was guns, why haven’t there been headlines about shooting surges by any of the 5-million members of the NRA, arguably the most heavily armed civilian population on the planet? Weren’t they subject to the same “pandemic” restrictions and economic losses as everyone else? Could it mean it’s not about the guns at all, and pretending that it is for political reasons is either insanity and/or scripted fraud for something everybody involved knows will do nothing but pour money down a hole?
Here’s a clue:
“Moore said the initiative wouldn’t ‘change the entire course of the world,’ as the LAPD and other agencies already work with the ATF on such investigations, but would add strength to those efforts.”
So, like always, he knows this latest round of posturing won’t work and is but another in an endless cycle of boondoggles designed to make it look like government has a handle on things, when in fact, government policies are at the heart of why things are so screwed up.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the familiar definition of insanity. The violence monopolists are seizing on this to outlaw home builds on guns, to press for universal registration, and to expand the number of due process-denying disqualifiers subject to gun confiscation. Not that those slow the predators down. The shooting/homicide “surge” will continue, and don’t be surprised to see it increase in turf wars over a lucrative black market that will only expand under policies that meet that definition.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.
Ghost Guns by Mark A. Tallman (five stars): Book Review Image courtesy Dean Weingarten
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The new book Ghost Guns by Mark A. Tallman is a very well-researched, well-written book on the topic of homemade, craft, artisanal, and small shop production of firearms, and the implications of the use of advanced technology to facilitate the production of so-called ‘Ghost Guns’.
These firearms are made without the pre-approval of the modern regulatory state.
Ghost Guns by Mark A. Tallman
The research done to write the book is exemplary. This correspondent has followed the subject for over 50 years. The author of the book included all the major sources on the subject, and most minor sources. The effort to find and include all worthwhile sources was impressive, extremely well done. The book is worth reading, simply as a compendium of sources. There are facts and statistics which are very difficult to find elsewhere. The bibliography, listing sources, is 36 pages long.
In the introduction, Tallman presents obvious facts which are often ignored, but crucial to the subject. From the introduction:
p. xv “In reality, guns have been made independently for a thousand years.”
p. xvii “most guns are ghost guns”.
The theme of the book is presented:
p. xx “This book explores the security implications of DIY weapons, the practical aspects of making them, and the wider technological, legal, and civil liberties implications of recalibrating traditional gun controls to address modern DIY.”
The book continues through 235 dense pages. The author gives an excellent history of gun making. He does well in describing the scope of non-regulated gun-making around the world.
The book includes the latest technologies and techniques which are being used to make guns at home and in small shops, including 3-D printing, electrochemical machining, and hybrid designs. The author describes the substitution of weapons and media contagion effects.
On page 98, this obvious, yet seldom mentioned insight is declared:
..the primary controversy isn’t about making guns. It’s about having guns the government doesn’t track and cannot easily confiscate.
The author spends considerable time writing about supply-side laws and regulations, which are designed to prevent people the state does not wish to have guns from obtaining them by restricting and regulating the supply of guns. These include measures such as background checks, gun registration, and licensing of gun makers. There are several references in the book which show these schemes have very limited effect and/or no significant benefit.
Mark A, Tallman works hard at being neutral in his presentation. He deserves credit for his efforts.
Neutrality is impossible to attain.
In spite of the lack of evidence that supply-side controls on guns have been effective or have a favorable cost to benefit ratio, the book assumes they are worthwhile and need to be “improved”.
Unfortunately, Tallman uncritically accepts the base assumption of those who want a disarmed population. On page 105, he states:
“The human costs of gun mortality are undeniable, with 30,000 – 40,000 deaths in typical years.”
There is no serious evidence a statistically significant number of deaths would be eliminated by any supply-side regulatory scheme. Nor is there evidence the number of deaths would be significantly reduced by the current regulatory scheme or would be by an “improved” version. “Gun deaths” is a loaded term.
There is ample evidence no significant effect would be achieved, for several reasons which are referenced in the book. Deaths by guns might be reduced. It does not follow the absolute number of deaths would be reduced. There are numerous other methods that can be substituted for guns. Suicides by gun may drop, but suicides by other methods go up. Criminals find ways to access guns outside of regulatory channels.
Tallman mentions some benefits of gun ownership in passing but fails to consider benefits such as self-defense and limited government power, in his calculus of costs and benefits of current supply-side schemes.
Do more guns in society increase or decrease deaths overall? The best evidence is they have little effect.
Near the conclusion of the book, p. 184, a curious counterfactual argument is presented.
Industrialization led to more guns, but also coincided with massive improvements in science, education, literacy, security, justice, opportunity, political rights, social tolerance, health, economic choice, and quality of life which, barring outliers, outstripped the social costs of more weapons becoming available.
Occam’s Razor would have the availability of firearms intrinsically bound up with the improvements and increase in quality of life, not something which they had to overcome. Such potential is easy to imagine: guns give a significant power advantage to societies that adopt them, thus protecting and facilitating the spread and dominance of industrial societies. Guns equalize power between individuals in a society. Guns can as easily be seen as facilitating security, justice, opportunity, political rights, and social tolerance as being a hindrance to them. The correlation between the wide availability of guns and such advances is clear.
In spite of the issue in the basic assumption about the value of supply-side gun regulation, the book is excellent. This correspondent rates it at 5 stars for content and writing style.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
Ghost Gunner 3 CNC Machine is Ghost Gun Ready
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Americans have been building guns in their homes since before there was a United States of America, but the anti-rights crowd wants all that to end.
Letters to the AmmoLand Editor Large
WASHINGTON, D.C. USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Justice Department’s [DoJ] new proposed regulations for “ghost guns” – i.e., guns made from kits the allow buyers to assemble firearms, and guns made using 3D printers – to require retailers to run background checks, and to force manufacturers to include a serial number to help trace such devices, may run afoul of a recent federal appeals court decision which sought to rely upon the same tactic of more broadly defining a statutory term, suggests public interest law professor John Banzhaf.
And if reality and data don’t work, gun-grabbers can always fall back on their old standby of character assassination and hysterical lies… (Moms Demand Action/Facebook)
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “An internal Department of Justice document explaining how the Biden Administration plans to restrict so-called ghost guns was leaked on Tuesday,” breaking news by Stephen Gutowski of The Reload reveals. “The 107-page document [linked to in the article] … outlines changes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) wants to make to outlaw the sale of homemade gun kits by unlicensed manufactures.