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US Military Courts Rules Bump Stocks are NOT Machine Guns

US Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals has determined in a ruling that bump stocks are not machine guns in the case the United States v. Ali Alkazahg.

In an earlier judgment, Marine Corp Private Ali Akazahg was convicted for the possession of 2 “machine guns” in violation of articles 83, 107, and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

It was ruled that these “machine guns” owned by Akazahg did not meet the federal definition of the machine gun.

“Bump Stocks Are Not Machine Guns”

The three-judge panel agreed with the arguments made by the defense and unanimously ruled that bump stocks do not meet the definition of a machine gun.

The panel referred to a case that anti-gun activists pressured Congress to act on following the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 60 died. A bill was advanced by Congress, “Closing the Bump Stock Loophole” seeking to treat bump stocks as machine guns.

However, it rightfully failed to pass either chamber of Congress.

I Support Donald Trump, But This is His Fault

In its ruling, the judges pointed out that following the bill’s failure in Congress, there was considerable political pressure on former President Trump to act against bump stocks.

The panel also said that they don’t believe that President Trump had the authority to make de facto law banning bump stocks.

Here’s a quote from the ruling:

[T]he President directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives [ATF] to issue a new interpretation of a rule—that contradicted the ATF’s previous interpretation—governing legislation from the 1930s. This Executive-Branch change in statutory interpretation aimed to outlaw bump stocks prospectively, without a change in existing statutes

The judges have looked through the history of bump stocks and came to the conclusion that the ATF never considered bump stocks to be machine guns until Trump directed the bureau to reclassify bump stocks as machine guns.

The panel also inferred to the letter issued to William Akins in 2002 for his “Akins Accelerator” where the original version was used a spring.

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Chinese Warships Spotted Sailing Near Alaska

A set of pictures were released by the U.S. Coast Guard which shows the Legend-class cutter USCGC Bertholf shadowing a group of four Chinese warships that sailed in the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) just near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Pentagon site says an advanced destroyer was among four vessels.

It is reported that the pictures were taken between August 29 and August 30, 2021, but were released through the U.S. military’s Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website more recently.

The captions (which quite surprisingly have been removed from DVIDS) said, “in international waters inside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ] off the Aleutian Island [sic] coast.”

The exact identities of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships sailing inside the EEZ in August is unclear. One picture caption on top of the report reads:  “the PLAN task force included a guided-missile cruiser, a guided-missile destroyer, a general intelligence vessel, and an auxiliary vessel.”

 

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Entire Missouri City Police Force Resigns

A Missouri Police Chief and his team have all submitted their resignation citing several reasons such as pay rate, anti-police officer treatment, and not having the proper tools to do the job.

Kimberling City Police Department noting that there is a crisis staffing as police stations are grossly understaffed.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader commented: “It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished.”

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Student Kicked Out of Virtual Class for Being Unvaccinated

Sitting 70 miles away from his New Brunswick campus,  Logan Hollar has been banned from attending online classes because his university believes that the vaccine mandate still applies to him.

Logan said, “I’m not in an at-risk age group. I’m healthy and I work out. I don’t find COVID to be scary. If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed.”

Rutgers University became one of the universities to make vaccination mandatory for all students during the last Spring, but earlier the measure didn’t apply for students learning remotely.

Hollar was expecting to benefit as an exception to the rule to apply since he will not be physically present on campus.

“When they put out the guidance in March, I was reading through all the verbiage, which was if you plan to return to campus, you need to be vaccinated. I figured I wouldn’t be part of that because all my classes were remote,” he said. “I find it concerning for the vaccine to be pushed by the university rather than my doctor. I’ll probably have to transfer to a different university. I don’t care if I have access to campus. I don’t need to be there. They could ban me. I just want to be left alone.”

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Planes in Northern Afghanistan held captive by Taliban

Following the coup, the Taliban is holding hostage in Nothern Afghanistan several planes carrying American citizens. Following earlier reports, there were several retired Special Forces and US Veterans who flew to the war-torn country to rescue and bring back home many Americans which President Joe Biden has left stranded.

The report mentions that the US heroes were scheduled to fly in 6 chartered airplanes (four 737s and two others) on the Tarmac across Northern Afghanistan with the rescue team but unfortunately they couldn’t rely on the help of the administration.

Commercial airplanes are seen near the main terminal of the Mazar-i-Sharif airport, in northern Afghanistan. Image credit: Maxar Technologies.

 

It’s an impossible task for the planes to take off unless it obtains clearance of the Taliban which can be handled easily and often entails just a phone call. Our heroes and the rescued are sitting ducks as hostage of the Taliban where the latter administers the airport at Mazar-i-Sharif. The danger looms that the hostage might be targeted at any time with the Taliban seeking US recognition to receive a lot of money.

Since the past few hours, there has been so much happening that will propel the media to report on what is dubbed as one of the biggest stories. It started with Congressman Michael McCaul joining Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday this morning. At the onset, Rep. McCaul who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee didn’t beat around the bush saying that the plane will not be allowed to leave unless the US gives legitimacy to the Taliban terrorists as the Government of Afghanistan.

 

The State Department has finally conceded that the hostage-ransom situation is all true with several news outlets reporting on Biden’s latest nightmare situation. There are speculations and a suspicion that the media knew all along and kept quiet for the Biden gang. For instance, Emily Miller is in direct contact and carrying all information on her substack page which reads:

Dave and I have been talking daily about the Americans waiting in the airport for those planes to get permission to leave. I told Dave yesterday that the planes weren’t moving (read Friday update), and he thought they would. This is what he texted me today:

Well, your guy was right. We kept getting told we would fly out today but they just told us definitely not. Planning for resumption of flights tomorrow or Sunday. Taliban cooperating.

I asked Dave about the people waiting for seven days in the airport:

The waiting is horrible. And no one is being told anything. And the conditions are terrible. Sleeping on hard floors and people are hungry.

But, you know, Taliban are actually cooperating. The only ones they are giving a hard time to are former Afghan govt leadership. The day before yesterday they came in and arrested a former official. But everyone else they have left alone.

Sam in Project Exodus still says that the planes aren’t leaving because the airline hasn’t gotten documents from the State Department for the destination airfield. “I’ve been told things are stalled,” he texted me tonight.

We both hope Dan is right, and we’re wrong. Dan texted this:

There is no way they are not letting these people leave. They have no reason to detain them (other than money and negotiating leverage).

If you thought that’s was a revelation of sort, think again for Kevin Moncla has more to tell.

These heroes have the people, four Boeing 737s and two Airbus 343s on the tarmac at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport, but they cannot take off. The Taliban now controls the airspace and they have to grant permission before the planes can depart. Neighboring countries must also provide clearance to allow flights through their airspace.

The veterans have been ignored by the White House despite pleading for three days with President Biden who could easily push his way through to negotiate and ultimately secure necessary authorizations with Taliban.

He further added: “The bottom line is that we have people stranded there and could be killed at any time. Our government has already failed in its most basic and fundamental responsibility to protect Americans. We must demand they do whatever it takes to get our people to safety NOW! Anything less is unacceptable.”

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Ammo Shortage Hits Law Enforcement

The spike in new gun purchases has led to a shortage of ammunition leading to raging concerns among local police departments and civilians alike.

Several Washington D.C.-area police departments have stated that the supply of ammunition sold by manufacturers and distributors is lingering on scarcity that can lead to problems for agencies buying ammunition for officer training and certification.

The ammunition shortage also creates hurdles and headaches for private gun shops and owners, some of whom report skyrocketing prices.

“I talk to Police departments ranging from federal, state and local departments who tells about their daily struggle in finding ammunition to even qualify officers,” told departments — daily. They are struggling to find ammunition to even qualify the officers,” said Curt Sebastian, co-owner of SSG Tactical gun shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The shortage, he adds has led to a quadruple in the price of some ammunition and drained his supply.  “There will come a point if things keep going the way they are, I don’t and won’t have enough inventory to be open six days a week,” he said.

Sebastian said that a box of ammo traditionally selling for $9 to $14 now costs about $50.

The FBI records assessed by News4 I-Team reveals a surge in new gun purchase background checks coupled with the number of people applying for firearms background jump has leaped by almost 1 million on a monthly average, starting from the pandemic start. This wave of new buyers led to a drain in the ammunition supply, according to Sebastian

He said that 85 percent of his customers have been first-time gun owners together with clients stocking up during the past year as the result of civil unrest, election and the transition of power in DC and you have the perfect storm for a shortage, according to Sebastian.

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ATF is the Key to Biden’s Gun Control

Joe Biden nominee – the former ATF agent turned gun control activist – is set to be in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The new ATF boss will be appointed in a few weeks while the administration is engaging in what is called “pre-hearing spins” relying on New York Times.

A long piece in the publication describes the agency in charge of our firearms industry as the “whipping boy” for NRA in years past. The NRA has long had a pretty decent history of influence over the agency.

The President ordered a ban on the homemade-firearm kits defined as “ghost guns”, expected to be implemented by the A.T.F. For fleshing out gun policy, Biden has demanded the A.T.F. spearhead the first comprehensive federal survey of weapons-trafficking patterns since 2000.

In all likelihood, it is expected to be shouldered by the nominee, former A.T.F.  agent and gun-control activist, David Chipman.

It was at the N.R.A.’s instigation that Congress limited the bureau’s budget and have limited leeway on collection and usage of gun ownership data.

It is also marked by limited unannounced inspections of gun dealers. It was 15 years back that the N.R.A. successfully lobbied for the director’s appointment subject to Senate confirmation and subsequently helped block all but one nominee from taking office.

Chipman didn’t respond when asked for a comment through an official with Ms. Giffords’s gun-control group. In the event that Congress doesn’t confirm Chipman’s appointment, the other way is for Biden to appoint him as the “acting director” – which would give him limited power and authority.

It is expected that gun owners should lobby their senators to oppose Chipman’s nomination with gun control activities.

One thing The New York Times ignored is that Democrats have offered up multiple candidates that couldn’t pass the floor with a majority of the US Senate.

In 2020, President Obama Barack Obama nominated A.T.F. agent Andrew Traver as the permanent director but failed to receive a vote because several senators spoke out over Traver’s anti-gun attitudes. The second nominee, B. Todd Jones was ultimately confirmed but remained in office for less than two years, retired in 2015 and took a job with the NFL.

Chipman boasts 25 years at the A.T.F.  while spending nearly a decade with gun control groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Giffords. The New York Times stated that Chipman may not get the votes for confirmation.

Former top N.R.A  official says:

The Chipman pick “is poking people in the eye. I think the president would be better served by appointing a more apolitical person and building more bridges to bipartisanship.

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Pastor Artur Pawlowski Arrested After Holding “Illegal” Church Service

Following the holding of an “illegal” church service on Saturday, police surrounded and arrested the Pastor of the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada named Artur Pawlowski.

He was described as the brave pastor who shouted down cops who interrupted his church service during Holy Week.

He yelled to cops: “Out of this property you Nazis! Gestapo is not allowed here! Out, Nazi! Out! Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back here you Nazi psychopaths!” Pawlowski kicked out the Gestapo this weekend. Adam Soos of @RebelNewsOnline tweeted: “Artur Pawlowski’s supporters have ejected Calgary Police from the church. We expect they will return in force.”

Pawlowski’s fellow pastor Henry Hildebrandt posted the picture of the suspect being arrested by the Canadian Gestapo.

He told: “Earlier this afternoon, my fellow pastor Artur Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for the crime of holding a church service, as he does every Saturday morning. Are you awake yet? The Gestapo in Canada has been gunning for Pastor Pawlowski ever since and they arrested him this weekend.”

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DOJ Reveals Proposed New Rules Targeting Ghost Guns

In a new proposed rule late on Friday, the Biden administration is seeking to impose new restrictions on home-built firearms and aiming to redefine the “receiver”.

The latter strives to deliver the first new rules in what is expected to be a barrage of anti-gun regulations aimed at restricting the firearms industry and law-abiding gun owners.

A press release by the Department of Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland spins the new proposal as an attempt to “update the definitions of ‘firearm’ and related parts for the first time since 1968.”

Attorney General Garland neglected to mention that the definitions that will be changed were part of the Gun Control Act of 1968; legislation passed by Congress – not imposed by executive action.

The new rules would require that manufacturers include a serial number on the firearm “frame or receiver” in easy-to-build firearm kits.

Moreover, it aims to cut the number of “ghost guns on streets” while setting out requirements for federally licensed firearms dealers to have a serial number added to 3D printed guns or other un-serialized firearms they take into inventory.

Even unfinished frames and receivers need to be serialized if they are sold as part of a kit,, though the Department of Justice (DOJ) has kept silent on whether or not the unfinished gun parts must be serialized if they are sold by themselves.

“These courts’ interpretation of ATF’s regulations, if broadly followed, could mean that as many as 90 percent of all firearms now in the United States would not have an identifiable frame or receiver,” the document said. “Those firearms would include numerous widely available models, such as Glock-type and Sig Sauer P32013 pistols, that do not utilize a hammer – a named component – in the firing sequence.”

The ATF spoke on the necessity to revise the definition of a receiver in ensuring it won’t “be misinterpreted by the courts, the firearms industry, or the public at large to mean that most firearms in circulation have no part identifiable as a frame or receiver.”

The proposed receiver definition calls on the need for one fire control component – such as a trigger mechanism, cylinder, or firing pin – instead of requiring multiple parts as the current definition does.

The ATF announced plans to keep in place the determinations on which specific parts would qualify as receivers for guns currently on the market and create a voluntary process for gun makers to submit new designs for determinations.

On the other hand, courts are not lending a misinterpretation to the ATF’s regulations and remain correct in the definition of what constitutes a firearm. Now, the DOJ wants to declare the words “frame” and “receiver” now mean something entirely different than what they’ve meant since 1968.

One reason as to why the ATF and DOJ didn’t make an effort to update the definitions before now is considered as a real stretch in coming up with something which isn’t a receiver and suddenly reversing 50 years of existing regulations.

Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says that the firearms industry trade group will “carefully look at the proposed rule and will gather input from our members. The details will matter. We are fully aware of the impact that this proposed rule could have on the firearm industry and gun owners in general. We are interested to know if the proposed rule is consistent with what we saw in the leaked draft documents or if it has changed and what those changes might be. NSSF will file comments concerning the rule.”

The proposed rule is expected to wait for the 90-day public comment phase and once it is published at the Public Register website, comments would be made.

In the past, there has been overwhelming opposition that helped stop a bad draft from turning into a bad reputation. However, it is expected that Biden is prepared to move ahead, irrespective of the public feedback.

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Here’s what Biden will REALLY ban

As you know, Joe Biden announced the Executive Powers and Actions designed to: 

  • Require “Ghost Guns” to be serialized and go through a background check
  • Adding Arm Braces to the National Firearms Act (NFA) and determine their use to create an SBR and require a background check and tax stamp
  • Creating an expanded Federal Red Flag System where your friends and family can report you and get your guns taken away without due process
  • Reducing black and brown gun crimes; Reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration,” through MEDICAID.

The question remains: “what are the implications for an average citizen?”

People like you and I.

Based on an earlier precedent set by former President Donald Trump’s, “Bump Stock Ban” conducted in the same via executive order for the DOJ to act and set against the context of a citizen owning a firearm self-manufactured or bought and build one before the DOJ acts in less than 30 days, one will be called to declare the firm arm, fill in the 4473 form and secure a background check after putting a serial number on it.

It will be interesting to see the implications in terms of items sales to be restricted or in the event of the same to be banned or if the definition of a firearm to be altered encompassing partially manufactured receivers.

Anyone acquiring an arm brace on a pistol shooting a rifle caliber will be most likely be eligible for NFA amnesty as the ATF and DOJ made a few months earlier in their Proposed Rule Making which stipulates that the decision impacts on whether an arm brace on a weapon should be classified as a pistol or NFA weapon. It implies that the owner of the machine has a minimum of 60 days to legally acquire and run the risk to pay a $200 tax stamp in converting it to an SBR or be granted amnesty and get a FREE SBR for EVERY ARMBRACE YOU OWN.

 The slippery slope remains the Federal Red Flag laws reportedly mentioning to give “Friends and Family” the right and ability to report someone as a threat and risk of taking away all guns, removing the need for no due process. It is pointed that both in theory and at face value that it makes sense to most Karens. 

In the case someone threatens a mass shooting or suicide, their guns should be confiscated until they get help or arrested. However, this program puts friends, family, law enforcement as the judge and jury while the threat definition seems to be so vague that someone on Facebook can file a complaint on a user making a tongue in cheek joke while running the risk of police knocking on the door, weapons seized as it has already occurred in the several Red Flag States or alluding the person can be allegedly killed in their own home.