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GUN MAKER KBI / CHARLES DALY CLOSES DOORS

This is most unfortunate news. I’m a big fan and own a couple Charles Daly shotguns, they are so well made. Looks like maybe CD Defense will be back.

Harrisburg, Pa.-based firearms manufacturer and importer KBI/Charles Daly is going out of business, President Michael B. Kassnar announced on the company’s Web site. “I wish to thank all of you that have supported our company, Charles Daly and all the other fine firearms that we have sold over the years. This spells the end of KBI, but I imagine it will certainly not mean the end of Charles Daly and CD Defense. Look for this excellent brand to resurface in the very near future,” Kassnar said.

H.R. 45: Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

Another silly government bill introduced by Democrat Bobby Rush of Illinois. Currently this bill seems to have little support or co-sponsers according to GovTrack.US. However read through it. It really makes no sense (as most of these bills don’t) as in what it would cover and what it wouldn’t. Like many gun bills it covers select guns based on some specific criteria.

Whilst I don’t support any types of weapons bans, Representatives proposing these things really need to understand what they are talking about, 99.9% of them have no clue

This is real stuff folks, be sure to write your representatives and tell them how you feel.

This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.

Below is the Bill Summary. The full bill can be read at govtrack.us

1/6/2009–Introduced.

Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 – Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.

Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.

Prohibits: (1) transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions; (2) a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act; (3) failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours; (4) failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or (5) keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act.

Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse; (2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and (3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer.

Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems.

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U.S. Senate To Vote On National Right-To-Carry

The U.S. Senate is now considering the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). As a part of the consideration of that legislation, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) will offer an amendment this week to provide for interstate recognition of Right-to-Carry permits. There is a very high likelihood of a Senate floor vote on this important and timely pro-gun reform between now and Wednesday.

Now is the time for Congress to recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines. Under the Thune-Vitter amendment, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state’s state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried.

Contrary to “states’ rights” claims from opponents who usually favor sweeping federal gun control, the amendment is a legitimate exercise of Congress’s constitutional power to protect the fundamental rights of citizens (including the right to keep and bear arms and the right of personal mobility). States would still have the authority to regulate the time, place and manner in which handguns are carried.

Expanding Right-to-Carry will enhance public safety, and certainly poses no threat to the public. Criminals are deterred from attempting crimes when they know or suspect that their prospective victims are armed. A study for the Department of Justice found that 40 percent of felons had not committed crimes because they feared the prospective victims were armed. The Thune-Vitter amendment recognizes that competent, responsible, law-abiding Americans still deserve our trust and confidence when they cross state lines. Passing interstate Right-to-Carry legislation will help further reduce crime by deterring criminals, and — most important of all — will protect the right of honest Americans to protect themselves if deterrence fails.

The Thune-Vitter Amendment represents a giant step forward in the protection of the basic right to self-defense. Its passage will recognize that the rights of law-abiding Right-to-Carry permit holders should be respected, even when they travel outside their home state.

Gun control groups, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” are running ads trying to scare your lawmakers and the American people into opposing this crucial Right-to-Carry reform. It is critical that your U.S. Senators hear from you immediately.

Please be sure to contact both of your U.S. Senators today, and urge them to cosponsor and support the Thune-Vitter interstate right to carry recipocity amendment. E-mail and call them immediately!

To find contact information for your U.S. Senators, please click here, or call (202) 224-3121.

Laws and such (cont) …

Well, quite honestly I didn’t expect such a fast response from any governmental body. Although I will say as a Washington State business operator I find all government deparments I deal with very friendly, very helpful and very honest. At least so far, my experiences with the various agencies has been good. We’ll continue to say that I was impressed at the response from the State Department of Licensing Firearms Division. A quick response to my email questions along with contact information should I want to call in and follow up.

I’ve updated my contacts page with the WA DOL Firearms information, as well as some federal agency info. Be sure to check it out.

Based on the previous post, i obtained some good information for Washington residence on what happens to the data you put on your Pistol transfer form when you buy a handgun or revolver. I found the best location for this is an addition to my Gun Buying for the Paranoid article. At the bottom I added a section about Washington State Pistol Transfers. Good information, I hope you find it helpful.

Laws and such…

Hey folks,

I’ve been getting a lot of queries about legal issues and state information. So I’ve been compiling some data as well as making some calls.

I’ve updated the State Law page to include a Washington State Summary page. This takes out the legal ease and answers a lot of questions. Be sure to check it out. I’ve also completed an Oregon Summary page now as well.

Also there’s been a lot of questions about the State Pistol form required by WA residents when purchasing a pistol. Such as where does the state store this information, is it publicly available, etc. I have a couple queries into the State Department of Licensing now, as soon as I have more information I will be happy to share it with you all.

Don’t forget we have several new and used Firearms for sale so be sure to check those out.

Firearms For Sale

We currently have a collection of used firearms up for sale on consignment. Check out the used firearms page for information. I’ll post some pictures of these weapons this weekend. The AR15 has pictures posted already. Some great deals there!

We also have a Springfield XDm 9mm in stock, brand new. Check out the new firearms page for that.

As always contact us if you are interested in anything.

Gun Buying… Update (VAF)

Today I updated my document on Gun Buying for the Paranoid.

The following section was added to the federal part of the document, as I find it extremely interesting and forgot about it when I wrote the original article. Feel free to re-read the article at the above link. Below is the section that was added.

NOTE ADDED 4.14.2009 It should also be noted that per Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 25.9(b)(1),(2), and (3), the NICS (feds) must destroy all purchaser identifying information on allowed transactions within 24 hours of the FFL being notified of the transactions proceed status. What does that mean? What it means is that once the Firearms Dealer (such as EagleFirearms) completes your background check and its successful the NICS (FBI) must destroy all data in regards to the transaction with 24 hours. So after 24 hours there is no record of your purchase within federal systems at all. The only record is the form 4473 you fill out at the dealer, who keeps that. The downside to this is that just because you passed a background check today, doesn’t mean you will the next time. Any changes or mis-identifications during a background check can cause it to fail and because of the above law, there’s no records that you previously passed your check. To prevent this the VAF was initiated. You can read about it on the VAF web site if you are interested.

The VAF was initiated to allow buyers to pre-register with the NICS. You are still required to do your background checks when purchasing firearms however you are given a license # that can be used on the Form 4473 which will confirm your identity during background checks. Basically making it impossible for you to fail or be denied due to mistaken identity or identity theft. Its an interesting topic since on one hand VAF falls into the “the government is watching you and wants to license you” versus “they already know everything they need to know in some giant database in some giant data center in some giant mountain…somewhere”. If you are gun buying for the paranoid, you most likely want to take the risk of failed background check versus registering with VAF. If you are ex-military, an FFL or any other federal agent or employee, VAF will only help you because they already know all about you so you aren’t providing them data they don’t already have.

Sanity in the Legal System

The fact that these types of ridiculous Law Suits can even exist and waste valuable time and money is mind numbing, so I would like to point out this great win today, and congratulate the Supreme Court for its forethought and logical decision making.

“Fairfax, Va. – On Monday, March 9, the U.S. Supreme Court denied consideration of New York City and Washington, D.C. lawsuits, New York v. Beretta and Lawson v. Beretta, respectively, that tried to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for the acts of criminals. The Court ‘s order leaves standing a pair of decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, both of which found that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), enacted in 2005, prevents these types of lawsuits against lawful firearms manufacturers and dealers.

In 2000, New York City, Washington, D.C. and several individual plaintiffs sued gun manufacturers, based on the idea that although they manufactured a legal product, forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees just to prove their innocence in court would drive them into bankruptcy. In addition to being based on a bogus legal theory, these lawsuits endangered American armed forces and law enforcement. During congressional debate over the PLCAA, the Department of Defense agreed with the NRA that bankrupting U.S. gun makers and making us dependent on foreign countries like France, Russia or China for small arms is a threat to America’s domestic and international security.”

Shipping Ammo via UPS

If you read my last article you know it was mostly about buying firearms and the laws/rules and regulations at both the federal and at the state level.

Recently my friend Greg Collins was trying to ship me some ammunition from Atlanta Arms and Ammo that he had purchased for me and not being a dealer he ran into some issues. Mostly due to UPS and FEDX people not understanding the real laws.

He finally got transferred to the UPS HAZ Mat division who were all over it. They knew the rules and laws and here’s what he got back. If you are shipping ammunition and you are not a dealer and you use UPS, here’s what you need to know.

Thanks for the Information Greg!

  1. Must be less than 50 cal.
  2. Must be less than 66 lbs
  3. Must be shipped in the continental US
  4. The box must be marked with the ORM-D markings (I think the box I have is already marked)
  5. Must be shipped from a UPS Center , not a UPS Store or 3rd Party. (Pick up works too)

You don’t need an FFL or a Haz Mat Account with UPS if the above criteria are met.

UPS also provided the following PDF that Greg forwarded to me. It contains the rules as well as some ORM-D Markings you can print out to stick on the package.

Greg Collins is a Chief Instructor for Defensive Solutions with extensive background in defensive weapon and tactical training. Greg has been shooting competitively for nearly 15 years and has worked in high value asset protection, armed escort and VIP protection. He has trained civilians, US Special Operations, British Special Operations, and many US Law Enforcement Personnel.

Greg is a contributor to the Eagle Firearms web site.

Worried about buying a new gun?

I get a lot of questions from people who are concerned about buying guns these days because they don’t understand the laws around the whole process and mostly, well, they are paranoid about “the feds” tracking the guns they buy.

Instead of writing a huge blog post on the front page, I ended up posting this as an information page since it got a bit long. Its linked to the right as a permanent link and at the bottom of this post for you people here now.

So grab a fresh cup of coffee or tea click the link and read away. Hopefully this helps clear some of the air.

Gun buying for the paranoid…