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There are not enough “due process protections” in Fix NICS or Gun confiscation order bills to be workable.

NSSF, NRA-ILA, legislators and more are lying to the American people about the meaning of the recently introduced bills to “enhance” background checks and introduce a new “gun confiscation” court order.  

Briefly, Fix NICS will require that all agencies at every level add names to the secret, no guns database otherwise called NICS.  It would mandate reporting for mental health treatment.  As victims of the false NICS reports will attest, once you are wrongly on the NICS prohibited list, just as with the no fly database, there’s practically no getting off that list.  It can take multiple years until you can actually buy a new firearm.  There are no safeguards preventing the government from searching as far and wide as they want into your medical and mental health records.

Briefly, Gun Confiscation Orders would be a new creation by the courts to be able to quickly get a court order to seize firearms from anyone - except a government employee - requiring they surrender firearms.  Some amount of time later, you must prove to the court that you are not a risk to yourself or others, not on drugs, addicted to alcohol, or whatever other impositions a robe wearing tyrant with a Napoleon complex decides.  The State just has to show up, utter the words “danger to self and others” and the court rubber stamps the prohibition for a year or more.  

They tell you:  Only serious mental health issues are reported to NICS and there are strong due process protections put in place if you are ever summoned to a gun confiscation hearing.

What they don’t tell you:  Any mental health issue from counseling to taking Ritalin could be reported and may be interpreted as “required by law” under fix NICS.  There are  —ZERO— provisions to either get yourself off the NICS list of prohibited persons and more importantly -  There is no penalty for wrongly adding someone to NICS, and no way to prosecute someone for wrongly putting someone into the NICS prohibited list.  

Gun Confiscation orders have been put in place by states, with some half hearted means, to confuse people into thinking there is some level of protection.  What they don’t tell you is:  Once you are named in the GCO, you must prove to the court that you are wrongly named.  The court upholds state orders more than 90% of the time without even fairly allowing the accused to speak.  But let’s assume you get a fair minded judge and it’s uncovered that cops and the prosecutors knew the source was an angry, soon to be ex-spouse, unhappy because you want custody of the family dog.  They, being dog owners themselves, sympathize and throw the “heartless” spouse under the bus.  You get to go to, guess who, the same officers and prosecutors who took you to court to confiscate your guns!

Strong due process protections right?  What do you think your chances of getting a successful civil or criminal outcome against a bad actor who just took your guns but the court gave them back?   Zero percent.  


Okay, but let’s say you get past the original prosecutor, and get another one.
Prosecutors don’t prosecute other prosecutors and cops don’t arrest other cops!  History is replete with these stories, that we don’t want to talk about or admit.  Before anyone brings up Frank Serpico, let’s remember that law enforcement agents were accessories to Brian Terry’s murder and not one has ever been punished.

Maybe that’s not enough for you to believe, so let’s look to some examples.  For exactly how well due process protects every day citizens let’s ask: 

1. Black motorists
2. Minority residents of Ferguson, MO
3. Family members of Freddie Gray
4. Steven Hatfill
5. A Branch Davidian
6. Vicki Weaver  - oops, we can’t because she was shot DEAD by FBI agent / murderer Lon Horiuchi while she was holding her baby
7. Brian Terry - oh, he was murdered too and years later his family is still waiting to find out what happened!

All of these people have or had due process Rights....until they didn’t.  They had them right up until the moment the government stole this Right from these people.  

What do all of these people have in common?  They were all victimized by the government, had their Rights stolen from them and NOBODY was ever held to account.  

These people were all denied their Rights to due process under the law, by the very same government that now wants us to support fix NICS and gun confiscation orders.

No amount of purported “due process protections” can overcome a bad law implemented by dishonest actors and enforced by government entities who police themselves without any practical oversight.  

"The broader problem with Fix NICS is that it aims to improve a system that blocks gun sales to people based on criteria that are unfairly and irrationally broad. Those people include millions of Americans who have never shown any violent tendencies.


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Ring in 2017 with a unique celebration of Americana

The first annual Sulgrave Manor Corgi Drop

Join us on Adrienne Drive to Celebrate the New Year with the Corgi Drop.  New York has some goofy ball and lots of litter, Clay’s Corner has the Possum Drop, and now Mount Vernon’s Sulgrave Manor community brings you the 2017 Corgi Drop!  

As the witching hour approaches, our Corgi will be lowered to the ground to receive New Year’s Milk Bones.  

 

Fun begins at 11:30 PM.  

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Here is some practical experience using Duracoat finishes “Duraheat 2.0” product.  Pictured below are 2 practically identical .30 suppressors, with a titanium tube and rear end cap and a carbon steel front end cap.  

 The instructions provided with the product are pretty easy to follow, but ... a little misleading.  degrease, rough up / sand the finish, but do not degrease again after sanding.  so far so good.  Shake / mix and step 4:  “apply ..with an airbrush, HVLP or other spray gun.

Only if you use a spray gun you will run out rapidly before you finish whatever you’re coating. 

it says you can put on 2, 1 mil thick coats 8 hours apart.  This is achievable with an airbrush.  it says that curing will occur in 8 hours but for best performance heat to 350 for 20 minutes.  wait 8 more hours before subjecting to heat, do not subject to extreme heat during the first use.

Here’s another thing to avoid:  Solvents. I inadvertently used a paper towel on one of the suppressors pictured below - the top one - that I’d previously used mineral spirits to clean some other part.  The paper towel was almost dry, but it completely removed the duraheat from the tube, requiring it to be completely stripped and starting from scratch. 

After curing, the suppressors were checked for bore alignment through several mountings an dismounts.  Once confirmed they were taken to a local range for a function test; each suppressor had 6 rounds put through it, 3 rounds at a time.

Once they had passed this test the suppressors were taken to the range, and using the targets from the first range trip the POI shift was measured and confirmed.  At the 2nd range test, the Duraheat product failed completely after only 20 rounds of 5.56mm, fired in slow, aimed fire at a pace of only 1 round per second.  The pictures below illustrate the product simply melted off. Obviously when I attempted to remove the 2nd suppressor from the rifle it simply rubbed off in my hands.  You can also see how fragile the coating is from the nicks in both cans.  The top suppressor has only been shot with no more than 10 rounds at a time until the finish can be stripped.  The nicks have come from basic handling from 2 trips to the range; they’re holstered in pouches within a bag, so they are not bouncing around loose. The scars on the lower can are from the melted “Duraheat” finish, rubbing off against surrounding objects when the suppressor was removed from the rifle after the 20 shot string. 

Based on the performance of the suppressor pictured below, the top one was only used lightly. Even with reduced firing, the finish felt ‘tacky’ and I expect it will also fail. 

 

 

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BATFE is attempting to add more bureaucracy to obtaining Title II firearms.  Everyone should be very concerned about this and oppose it.  Why?  Because BATFE has a history of reversing its rulings & holdings and the “legal” gun you have today might suddenly end up a “controlled” firearm in the course of a few weeks.  
 
Go to regulations.gov and log comments opposing this change.  There are some suggested comments below and elsewhere on the web.  Whatever you do, please oppose the proposed regulation change.
 
The link to comment is here:  http://tiny.cc/qj7a5w   <—  this takes you to the regulations.gov page to comment on the proposed rule.
 
This could impact us all down the road, because as we all know ATF loves to change their mind and when they do, there are felony implications.  Examples include:
Suggested comments:
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I oppose the ATF proposal to require CLEO sign off approval for all title II firearm transfers, including Trusts and other legal entities.
  1. ATF was petitioned by the petitioner, NFATCA to eliminate the clumsy "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" (CLEO) sign off replacing it with a notification to the CLEO of the pending transfer, and supplanting the sign off with the NICS check used for thousands of firearm purchases daily.  ATF vaguely states it agrees, at least in part with the justification for the petitioner's request, however without any justification it proposes expanding that process to all transfers.  
  2. ATF admits in the proposal that it has access to several databases, including NICS, which could be used to accomplish what the petitioner requested and ensure that firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.
  3. The CLEO sign off is clumsy and outdated.  It is also far more expensive for the industry, firearms owners and the government to maintain - or expand in this proposal, than to use the NICS check procedures to verify transfers of title II firearms are not transferred to prohibited persons.
  4. The CLEO sign off enables corrupt persons in CLEO positions to politically coerce money out of transferees in the guise of campaign donations. 
As the petitioner requested, a NICS check on the principal officers of an individual, principle officers of a trust or other legal entity would be faster, more efficient, and would reduce the chances for human error.  This would allow the NFA transfer process to be streamlined, it would be safer for the public and would be a less burdensome regulatory change.  
 
Once again, I oppose any expansion of the ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer’ sign off requirements for NFA transfers.
 
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