Senate Confirms Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

By Joseph P. Tartaro,
SAF President
Just three days after he was narrowly confirmed to the US Supreme Court in a 50-48 mostly party line vote despite facing late blooming allegations of sexual assault, Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his seat on the bench on the morning of Oct. 9, solidifying a perceived 5-4 conservative majority for years to come.
Kavanaugh, 53, joined the eight other justices to hear arguments in cases involving a federal criminal sentencing law, bringing the nine-member court back up to full strength after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh had previously clerked, in July.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation gave Republican President Donald Trump a major victory, with his second lifetime appointee to the nation’s highest judicial body. Justice Neil Gorsuch had joined the court last year, replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation was also hailed as a victory for the gun rights movement. His confirmation had been supported by the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Gun Owners of America.
His confirmation battle in a bitterly divided US Senate was one of the most contentious in history. The battle lines between Republicans and Democrats were drawn immediately after he was nominated by President Trump. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) had vowed to do everything in his power to defeat the nominee, who was portrayed as pro-Second Amendment, anti-abortion and pro-government. In the end, the Judiciary Committee hearings that preceded the Senate vote on Saturday Oct. 6 showed a nation divided, mostly along party lines. The hearings were frequently interrupted by raucous demonstrations.
In a way, the partisan hearings were a continuation of the 2016 presidential election, with the Democrats embittered by the loss by Hillary Clinton, who had been considered a shoe-in to become president, still trying to salvage some executive power. Which is not surprising because if Clinton had won the vacancies on the Supreme Court would have been filled by liberal jurists?
Kavanaugh’s elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations and in a blistering partisan attack during a Senate hearing on Sept. 27, accused Democrats of an “orchestrated political hit.”
He wrote later in a newspaper opinion piece that he regretted some of his comments, but critics said it raised questions about whether he would treat all who come before him fairly. Hundreds of law professors and even retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee, said Kavanaugh’s remarks should disqualify him from the job.
Other analysts said the court’s reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution.
At a White House ceremony on Oct. 8, Kavanaugh sought to put the confirmation battle behind him, saying he was starting his new job without bitterness.
“Although the Senate confirmation process tested me as it has tested others, it did not change me,” he said, according to several news reports.
Kavanaugh moves to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential US Court of Appeals in Washington, where he built a conservative judicial record and a reputation for being affable and well-prepared.
Although his reputation was tarnished by the sexual misconduct claims, Kavanaugh said during his confirmation hearings that he had a record of promoting women in the legal profession.
All four of the law clerks Kavanaugh has hired this term are women, which is a first for a Supreme Court justice. After several women’s rights organizations suggested President Donald Trump’s pick for the next Supreme Court justice doesn’t have the support of women, a group of former female clerks came out to defend their former boss.
“I’ll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all women law clerks. That is who I am. That is who I was,” Brett Kavanaugh said on Sept. 27, testifying after the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations.
And he is the first Supreme Court justice in history to deliver on that pledge.

 

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From the Editor

From the Editor

Even if you’re middle aged (I am!) you can recall being told for your entire life that “things have changed” or that “things aren’t like they used to be.”
That’s because―duh!―things do change and they don’t stay the same.
But we associate those phrases with a sort of grandmotherly out-of-touchness, bemoaning that the changes are for the worse.
My own grandmothers grew up in a time without airplanes and without the right to vote. That seems incredible to me, mind boggling when I consider what I knew personally of one grandmother and from stories about the other. One of them ran off with her older sister’s fiancé and the other married and then sailed across the ocean. Both had children and made lives in new places. I imagine they both marveled at airplanes and maybe muttered (politely, as ladies do) “about time,” when they got the vote.
I find myself, these days, remembering an increasing distant past when your home had one telephone line and one television set. You huffed and puffed when your brother and sister wanted to watch Star Trek and you didn’t; you might have stamped your foot when someone else in the house tied up the phone, for, like, hours (or so it seemed).
Today, my young great nieces and nephew (and, they are great!) have their own phones and however many thousand television channels their satellite dish gets, and whatever music they want, when they want it, and on and on.
Things do change, and there are times when they certainly seemed to be worse than when I was young, or when my parents or grandparents were young.
But, as Sam Cooke wrote and sang, “a change is gonna come.” Cooke was inspired to write the song in the early 1960s when he and his band were turned away from a “whites-only” hotel in Louisiana. There’s a melancholy air to the song as it recounts the singer’s struggles, but an affirmation in the refrain, “I know a change is gonna come.”
The dark side of the anti-change brigade is usually expressed with the dismissive, now-pejorative “Luddites.”
The Luddite movement resisted the changes of the Industrial Revolution, and was known to smash machinery newly installed, especially in textile mills in England. The movement lasted several years and was finally suppressed—with force—by the mill owners and government.
But the Luddites weren’t anti-technology—they were worried that the changes would make their lives and skills meaningless. These days the term has come to mean a person who is anti-technology, who is afraid of change simply because it is a change.
That brings us to the fast-moving topic of so-called ghost guns or “3D Printer Guns”
While there is a story on Page 5 of the print issue of W&G about this subject, it has changed and been rewritten three times in the week leading up to publication. I have no doubt it will have changed again before the issue hits mailboxes and newsstands.
That is the nature of change—it is “gonna come.”
The Second Amendment Foundation, parent of W&G, has been involved in the issue for several years, backing Cody Wilson and his Defense Distributed company in lawsuits. The issues involve not just technology—the genie that never goes back in the bottle—but also First Amendment issues and the basic notion that humans will continue to create and that other humans will have to come to terms with those creations.
I am old enough, in a Great Aunt Peggy sort of way, to remember the hullabaloo about “plastic guns” in the 1980s, even as we struggled to explain to people that they weren’t “undetectable” and that they were simply a part of the evolution of technology in firearms. These days, no one bats an eyelash at Glocks—embraced by thousands of law enforcement agencies that wrung their hands about them earlier—or at any number of other firearms that have incorporated new technologies into their offerings.
But so much of the anti-gun rhetoric these days seems based in fear of the new and a stubborn, even willful, ignorance of change.
An Appeals Court victory for gunowners in Hawaii (Page 8) brought tired cries of “Dodge City” and other Wild West comparisons from the anti-gun crowd. At this point, 30 years or so since the liberalization of state gun laws, you would think they would know that none of the scenarios have come to pass.
Things do change, often more rapidly than we are comfortable with, but, as the song says, “they’re gonna come.”

Resource Directory

Specifications & Sources for Taurus 857 revolver feature, Page 12

Taurus International
taurususa.com
Taurus 857
Capacity Six shots
Caliber .38 Special
Action Double-action and single-action
Barrel length 2”
Overall Length 6.5”
Height 4.8”
Width 1.5”
Weight 856, 22 ounces, 857, 12.5 ounces

Blackhawk
Blackhawk.com

Lyman
Lymanproducts.com

Winchester Ammunition
winchester.com

Sources for SIG P320 feature, Page24.

SIG/Sauer, Inc.
72 Pease Blvd., Dept. WG
Newington, NH 03801
sigsauer.com

CorBon/Glaser
1311 Industry Rd., Dept. WG
Sturgis, SD 57785
800-626-7266
corbon.com

Champion Traps & Targets
Bushnell Outdoor Products
9200 Cody, Dept. WG
Overland Park, KS 66217
800 379-1732
championtarget.com

Lansky Sharpeners
P.O. Box 800, Dept. WG
Buffalo, NY 14231
lansky.com

More OK Schools Allow Staff Carry

Another rural Oklahoma school district will allow its employees to carry firearms this fall in an effort to keep students and staff from harm, according to the Tulsa World. The district may be the latest in the growing number of schools adopting policies that permit licensed and trained teachers and administrators to be armed during school hours.
Hartshorne Public Schools’ board of education approved allowing staff to carry firearms in June, but the policy comes with strings attached. Staff have to become Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certified in order to carry. And the ability to carry is at Superintendent Jason Lindley’s discretion, according to board minutes.
When staff members start carrying next school year, they’ll be among a few in Oklahoma. Okay Public Schools also allows its teachers to carry firearms.
Hartshorne’s decision comes amid a nationwide debate about how to keep students safe in the event of a mass shooting. Some have advocated arming teachers like Hartshorne is doing. Others have advocated for more gun control. For the small Pittsburg County district, it wasn’t an easy decision, Lindley said. It was something the district weighed for two years.
Lindley said mass shootings across the country were what prompted the district to institute the policy.
“We don’t think it’s something that could happen in Hartshorne, but we can’t rely on that,” Lindley said.
He said the rural location of the school district was a key factor in the decisions to allow firearms, noting that urban school districts have armed police departments of their own and large local law enforcement agencies nearby.
The lack of a heavy law enforcement presence leaves teachers, with a firearm, as the last line of defense, Lindley said.
The cost as well as the availability of qualified law enforcement personnel available as first responders in emergency situations is a critical consideration across the country, which leads otherwise reluctant officials to opt for armed teachers.

Gun Groups Sue CA Over Registration Debacle

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor

Comparing the failure of California’s bullet button semi-auto registration system to “Catch 22,” four gun owners’ rights groups have filed suit against the state’s Department of Justice and Attorney General Xavier Becerra in an effort to prevent affected gun owners from being prosecuted because they were unable to comply with the law.
The lawsuit, filed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Calguns Foundation (CGF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), and three private citizens, seeks an injunction against the state DOJ “for failing and refusing to establish a properly functioning Internet-based firearms registration system.” Some might chuckle at the irony of gun rights groups taking court action to allow gun registration, but that would be a shallow look at the problem.
Owners of affected semi-auto firearms, classified as so-called “assault weapons” by the law, had until June 30 to register their firearms. But the online registration system known as the California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS) allegedly broke down during the final week.
The lawsuit notes that during the week of June 25-30, which was the statutory registration deadline, the CFARS system was inaccessible and inoperable on a variety of web browsers across the state. Many users who were able to initially log in and begin the process could not finish because the system crashed, obliterating all of their work. The CFARS system was substantially underfunded and understaffed from its inception, it wasnoted.
“It’s like a bad version of ‘Catch-22’,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of SAF. “The government required registration by the deadline, but the online registration failed and people couldn’t register. They’re required to obey the law, but the system broke down, making it impossible to obey the law. Now these people face the possibility of being prosecuted. We simply cannot abide that kind of incompetence.”
“Predictably the state of California wants to take guns away from the law abiding. In this instance they couldn’t even build a working system to respect gun owners’ rights,” explained CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman. “We simply want to allow those who want to comply with the law to have more time with a working registration system.”
The lawsuit was filed in Shasta County Superior Court. Becerra was named because he’s in charge at DOJ.
“Attorney General Xavier Becerra seems to care about everything but the constitution, the rule of law, and law-abiding California gun owners,” said FPC President Brandon Combs. “If Becerra spent as much time doing his job as he does talking about his pet crusades against the federal government, hundreds of thousands of Californians would not be in legal jeopardy right now.”
SAF and its partners want the court to prevent DOJ from enforcing the law to allow individual plaintiffs and other citizens in the same situation to register their legally-possessed firearms through a “reliable and functional registration system.

AR-15 Armed Deputy Ends Gator, Teenage Girl Standoff

Most Floridians always know that alligators can be everywhere and anywhere.
So they shouldn’t be surprised at the report that a nine-foot alligator chased 15-year-old Jordan Broderick, forcing her to climb up a tree, in Florida’s Ocala National Forest on June 29, according to the Washington Post.
The girl and her family had come to enjoy the creek in the sweltering Florida heat.
But alligators came, as they have done for millions of years, to breed.
One gator in particular cut a path toward the girl floating on a raft, but she thought fast, scurrying up a tree branch hanging over the water.
“My daughter is stuck in a fricking tree and there are gators surrounding her. We can’t get her out. She’s just 15,” Jordan Broderick’s mother told a dispatcher in a frantic 911 call.
“Oh my God. Please hurry! Please hurry!” the mother pleaded near Astor, about 55 miles north of Orlando, on the recording provided to The Post by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
But a marine unit was about 20 minutes away, the dispatcher told the mother.
And sure enough, a deputy arrived, armed with an AR-15, dispatching the gator with a shot to the head.

All About Glocks

Review by Roger Lanny,
Contributing Editor

Book of Glock, book by Robert A. Sadowski, ISBN 978-1-5107-1602-5, from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, Dept. WG, New York, NY 10018, 802-579-1352, www.skyhorsepublishing.com, $19.99.
Do you carry a Glock firearm for your EDC (Every Day Carry) pistol? Is a Glock in your duty holster as the issue firearm for your police department? Do you shoot a Glock pistol competitively? Do you love Glocks, or are you captivated by them? Do you want to learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about Glocks, and more? Do you know anyone else like that?
Then Book of Glock is the book for you! In 262 pages, the author, Robert Sadowski, will regale you with Glock history, models, commemorative & specialty Glocks, maintenance, and much, much more.
There are also six appendices to look up even more specifics, ending with an Index to find that nagging detail you half remember.
Robert Sadowski, is a busy person. Aside from this volume, he has, over the past 15 years, written four other books about firearms, and is a contributor to numerous gun magazines, including Combat Handguns, Shooting Illustrated, and others. He met the president of the Glock Collector’s Association, Stanley Ruselowski, Jr., in 2013 while working on a story. After a while, Ruselowski suggested, a number of times, that Sadowski write a book about collecting Glocks. Finally, this book is the result.
Book of Glock starts with the beginning―how Glock came to be, and how it became pre-eminent in its field. Next are several chapters on how the “Wonder Nines” arguably revolutionized handguns, how Glock took over the Wonder Nine movement and made it its own, and the internal workings of a Glock.
Then, Sadowski teases apart the characteristics and differences between the five Generations of Glocks, before diving into some of the meat and potatoes of the book: nineteen chapters, each discussing a different Glock model, including their history and serial numbering details.
After whetting the reader’s appetite with just massive amounts of fascinating information, we’re up to Chapters 25 & 26 with a variety of “one-offs,” specialty, training, commemorative and just plain rare models.
Hopefully there’s still room in your “Buddhist cup for some more tea,” because then Book of Glock segues to field and detail stripping, cleaning & lubrication (not too much, not too little, and where). Most other books of this genre would stop here, but this one includes techniques for shooting and training.
Want to shoot your Glock, learn to handle it better, and meet a fantastic group of like-minded folks at the same time?―then read all about the Glock Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF). What it is, what it does, and how to go about participating – you will be competing in no time.
Do you like to tinker, accessorize, make your things unique? Chapter 31 will show you how to glam up your Glock and make it your own.
The next to last chapters will enumerate the non-firearm “stuff” you can pick up from Glock―holsters, knives, the Glock Entrenching Tool, and more. The last features information about the Glock Collectors Association, what it’s about and how to join.
Never stopping the information flow, there are six Appendices enumerating which model is which, interchangeability guides, common parts and troubleshooting.
If you have the Glock bug, Book of Glock is most definitely the book for you, or to gift to a “smitten” friend.

Circuit Court Upholds California Injunction

In another blow to California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s anti-gun agenda, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the case of Duncan v. Becerra on July 17, upholding a lower court’s decision to suspend enforcement of Proposition 63’s restriction on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
Following the enactment of Proposition 63, California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) attorneys sought an injunction against the magazine possession ban, arguing that the law violated the Second Amendment, as well as the due process and takings clauses of the US Constitution. Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez agreed, issuing a preliminary injunction just days before the law was set to take effect. California quickly appealed the decision.
On appeal, the Circuit Court held that Judge Benitez did not abuse his discretion, holding that he applied the correct legal standards and made reasonable inferences based on the record. But one judge on the panel disagreed. Responding to the dissent, the majority noted that it was not within the panel’s authority to re-weigh the evidence of the case, nor could it substitute its discretion for that of the district court.
Meanwhile, in the trial court, a motion for summary judgment is pending and a ruling on the merits of the case is expected soon.

 

High Grade SIG P320 Pistol Fits Many Hands and Purposes

The SIG P3S0 pistol, and the “World Legal” knife from Lansky Sharpeners.

By J. B. Wood

The SIG P320 and a test target. Standing, 7 yards, two-hand hold. It did well.

If you asked a gun-person about the first full-sized 9mm striker-fired pistol, they’d probably say “Glock.” And, they’d be wrong. It was the Heckler & Koch VP70 and VP70Z, introduced in 1970, as the model number suggests. Around ten years later, the Glock continued the trend. Now, finally, SIG has entered the field, and they have done it nicely.
As their full-page ads humorously announce, they have “dropped the hammer” on the competition. The striker-fired P320 has a double-action-only trigger system. It is a reset type, requiring slide movement to partially re-cock the striker. After a brief take up, about one-eighth of an inch, the trigger has a nice 8-pound let-off. The wide and nicely-rounded trigger has no annoying ridges.
The polymer frame is available in sizes, to fit hands from small to large. Mine is marked “Pull Medium” and it’s perfect for my average-sized hand. The front of the trigger guard is hooked and cross-grooved, for those who still use that obsolete hold. There’s a standard rail at the front for mounting a light or laser.
The rest of the construction is, of course, high-grade steel, and done with the usual SIG quality. The external controls are simple. Takedown latch, magazine release button, and ambidextrous slide latch levers. For left-handers, the magazine release is reversible. The magazine has a great number at the bottom hole, “17”. That’s right, loaded full, you have 18 rounds.
Internally, the P320 has an automatic striker-block that is cancelled only in the last fraction of the trigger pulls. With this double-action-only trigger system, there is no need for a manual safety. Also, there is no magazine-disconnect safety.

The SIG P320, field-stripped. Easy takedown.

In a magazine-less-emergency, you can still fire a chambered round.
A Compact version is available, with a shorter slide and barrel, but my P320 is the full-size model. The numbers: Weight, 29.4 ounces. Length, 8 inches. Height, 5.5 inches. Width, 1.25 inches. Barrel, 4.7 inches. As noted earlier, the magazine capacity in 9mm
is 17 rounds.
Speaking of the cartridge, I should also note that the P320 is offered in .40 S&W and the marvelous .357 SIG; in those chamberings, magazine capacity is 14 rounds. A nice design touch: The magazine normally flicks out when you push the button. But, if you get a sticky one, an oblong opening on both sides allows a grasp of the floor plate.
Trying out the P320 at the Big Tree range, I mostly used the 115-grain CorBon DPX load. Distance was 7 yards, standing, two-hand hold. The felt-recoil was
mild. Groups were well-centered in the 8-inch black of the Champion VisiShot targets, and averaged 2.0 to 3.5 inches. For serious business, excellent.
Suggested retail price of the P320 is $713. For this, you get square-picture glowing night-sights, a hard-polymer case, a spare magazine, and a nice extra―a Kydex quick-on holster.

 

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