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Amendments to HR2578 need your support

by on Dec.09, 2015, under Uncategorized

As reported by the Prince Law Firm blog, there are 2 very important amendments to HR2578, 302 & 320. These amendments would restore funding for processing relief for federal firearms disabilities and prohibit expenditures in support of requiring or spreading the stupid CLEO or chief law enforcement officer “sign off” for Title 2 firearms transfers into trusts.


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More proof that public comments work

by on May.06, 2014, under Uncategorized

ATF plans to expand the outdated CLEO sign off requirements put on hold “…set to be delayed, due to intense opposition from the NRA and other anti-gun-control activists.

…”ATF officials have told industry groups that a June 2014 deadline for publishing the new rule is expected to be pushed back into 2015, due to the scale of opposition expressed during a public consultation phase.

People sometimes make excuses not to help, but proclaiming that public comments don’t work and that the agency will do what they want anyway.

Don’t accept theses excuses not to help.

We have said before in Proof that public comments work, and it only takes a few minutes, and some keystrokes to make your voice heard.




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Rudy DiGiacinto, passed away at age 50

by on Mar.08, 2013, under Uncategorized

Rudolph “Rudy” DiGiacinto passed away unexpectedly February 20th, 2013.  Rudy was the owner of, a website and legal resource about the history of the right to keep and bear arms.  He was a lifelong outdoorsman, a craftsman with wood and leather, a rifleman, a marksman and a passionate advocate for the right to keep and bear arms.  He was also a very good friend.

I knew Rudy for just over 12 years, we met at a VCDL meeting.  His knowledge of the legalities of firearms ownership and willingness to share it got me interested and involved in activism.  Rudy had instructed Hunter Safety with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and handgun safety with the Piedmont NRA Instructors.  We taught many classes together there.  He was an incredible marksman with practically any firearm he picked up.  Black powder, modern, any type of action, revolver or semi automatic, it just didn’t seem to matter.  But there was one gun that got the better of him and he could never master it:  The M11 submachine gun.

No matter how much trigger time he got, he simply could not control the high rate of fire of a sub gun.  We would periodically remind him of this, calling him “Tree top” because most of his shots from a sub gun would have end up in the trees.  With any other gun though, he would repeatably poke single hole or tiny groups of shots.  He was a profoundly safe and competent gun handler with a very good presence and awareness.  More than once he spotted and corrected unsafe gun handling, keeping us all safe while shooting.

Rudy was a fine craftsman with wood & leather, fashioning several gun belts, holsters, a Brown Bess pattern musket from a kit & a black powder rifle he liked to shoot.  He also liked to take pictures and was fond of photographing Eagles & Ospreys on the Potomac River.

Rudy was politically active and excelled at research.  He unearthed many historical documents, documented a lot of the legal aspects of the right to keep and bear arms and specifically how the courts interpret statutes.  He was helpful in getting the National Park Service to repeal their ban on firearms, doing some of it through Congressman Tom Davis’s office.  Congressman Davis was no strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms and many scoffed at the notion he would be of any help but Rudy and a few others managed to get Congressman Davis’s office to repeatedly intervene & get movement from DOI.  Rudy filed Amicus briefs in both the Heller & McDonald cases and was working on several more  over the years, including just a week before his passing.

I will always think Rudy first and foremost as a friend who I could count on.

Dave Yates




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Bureau of Land Management suppresses 2nd Amendment for Burning Man

by on Aug.31, 2012, under Uncategorized


Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office will implement and enforce a temporary closure and temporary restrictions to protect public safety and resources on public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa.

L. Weapons

1. The possession of any weapon is prohibited except weapons within motor vehicles passing through the public closure area, without stopping, on the west or east playa roads.Show citation box

2. The discharge of any weapon is prohibited.Show citation box

3. The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, state, tribal, and Federal law enforcement personnel, or any person authorized by Federal law to possess a weapon. “Art projects” that include weapons and are sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining authorization from the BLM authorized officer.Show citation box

4. Definitions:Show citation box

(a) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt or finger guard nearest the blade (e.g., swords, dirks, daggers, machetes), or any other weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state law. Exception: The regulation does not apply in a kitchen or cooking environment or where an event worker is wearing or utilizing a construction knife for their duties at the event.Show citation box

(b) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant.Show citation box

(c) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon.Show citation box

Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for at 18 U.S.C. 3571.

Same ridiculous likes perpetuated by the National Park Service, USPS and many other federal bureaucrats about self defense.

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