Crimson Trace Lasergrips Answer Low-Light Sighting Challenges

The Crimson Trace laser is available for many handguns.

 

This is the preferred set up for most self-loading handguns.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

The primary requisite to hitting the target is being able to identify the target, acquire the target with the sights, and hit the target after getting a good sight picture and properly pressing the trigger. It is simply but it isn’t easy.
The use of the sights in daylight isn’t difficult. In dim light or when the sights are below eye level in a very close range situation the problem is more severe. Crimson Trace Lasergrips are one answer.
The grips are easily mounted on the pistol or revolver. Once mounted, they sometimes are closely zeroed for close range combat, sometimes they need adjustment for precision shooting. They fit easily and offer a superior firing grip to many factory set ups. Be certain to use the inner cover that covers the grip frame, it is essential for proper installation. There is a small on and off switch on the grip for saving the battery. My personal setup on the Kimber Micro 9 features a pressure switch in the center of the front strap It is easily activated by simply grasping the pistol and bringing the pistol on target. As for adjustment a tiny wrench is used to adjust the laser. It is possible to get the laser beam dead on the point of impact for the point of aim to at least 15 yards.

Lasers may be fitted to polymer frame handguns. This Glock also features a combat light on the rail.

I have adopted the Kimber Micro 9 which is a very small pistol
but reliable, accurate and powerful. I have adopted it for carry when I simply cannot conceal a larger handgun. With the sweltering conditions in the South where I live, and especially in Florida where I often visit, it is difficult to deploy the Commander .45, three inch barrel .357 or Glock 22 .40 I prefer. The Kimber
Micro 9 9mm Luger pistol is a reasonable compromise. Since this pistol is an important part of my defensive battery I have fired the pistol extensively. I have fired well over five hundred cartridges during the past three months. Results have been excellent and I have given the Crimson Trace laser a good workout.
The Kimber has proven more accurate with one load or the other but none of the loads failed to feed, chamber, fire or eject. I have fired the Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain FMJ loading for practice within the week, and also tested the Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain EXP hollowpoint. I am also impressed with the potential of the 100-grain Honey Badger loading, a new design that does not depend on expansion for wound potential. I found that is isn’t difficult to properly sight in the Crimson Trace to a precise point of Impact related to the point of aim at ten yards. I found that the Crimson Trace offers a high hit probability at close range. But if you need to make a precise hit and take your time you need to use the sights. Unless you cannot see the sights! The red laser is actually slower to a precision hit, but faster to a coarse hit. In other words this is what is needed in personal defense at close range and in dim light.

This is a compact laser sight.

At ranges past seven yards you need to use the sights. If you cannot see the sights then the red dot may be a good trick. The laser sight did not go out of zero during the test and there is a lot of momentum firing the 9mm Luger in a Micro 9.
The laser is emitted from the right upper side of the grip. There is a small hump on the grip and you need to be certain you do not get the firing finger in the way of the laser beam. If you use the generally adopted technique of

Crimson Trace lasergrips offer good control and handfit, as well as the laser option.

keeping the finger out of the trigger guard in a ready position you may meet the light beams path. Some practice is needed in this regard. The Crimson Trace Lasergrip integrates the laser with a handgun grip so the concept is good with firearms that do not have a rail for mounting lasers. Handguns with a rail may be mounted with a combat light for good all around utility.
My evaluation and long term experience indicates the Lasergrip is useful in training, in low light situations, for rapid sight index, and may make target acquisition easier if you are in a non-standard firing position. You may find that muzzle awareness and discipline are enhanced. There may be a certain deterrent to the laser as well. I am not certain the deterrent is more than simply
pointing any other firearm, and I am pretty certain those not frightened by firearms being aimed at them will also not hesitate to charge into the face of a laser grip pistol. I am not going to use the laser sight to control a subject. If they need to be shot the gun is drawn so quickly that there

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard is among the author’s favorite revolvers.

is only a second’s time for them to desist or for the decision to shoot to be made.
I am not going to brandish a firearm as a threat.
As for training the laser gives an instant feedback of a less than perfect trigger press if you practice with the piece during dry fire and with the laser on. Flinching or milking the trigger shows. No one can hold the handgun completely steady. Those with visual problems may find the laser sight works well for them. As I have stated I would use iron sights for a precise shot but the laser sight allows good aiming when you are firing at moderate to close range. In dim light you will need a flash light but if there is any light at all the Crimson Trace is highly visible on the target. While the beam is always visible it is target identification that is the problem. You need to use the front sight on the target, press the trigger technique whenever possible. Looking for the bobbing red dot at close range has defeated several students and slowed them down. But in that low light fast shooting situation—the laser works like nothing else.
One advantage that isn’t difficult to qualify is that the shooter must always keep

The Kimber Micro 9 is a well-designed and reliable handgun.

his head behind the sights to aim with conventional sights but this isn’t true with the laser sighting device. You may fire around cover or around a corner and connect the eye with the red dot if the
eye is not behind the sights. Laser sights cannot replace iron sights or marksmanship training. The dot size is about a half inch at 15 yards. The unit uses two 2032 batteries with a life of four hours. The sights seem impervious to water, oil and solvent. They are service grade. They need to be cleaned occasionally as the aperture that admits the laser may become occluded with dirt, dust and other material. Overall—good kit worth its price to save your life.

The Crimson Trace Bodyguard .38 combination is unobtrusive and reliable.

The Crimson Tracer laser is often supplied on factory handguns with a reasonable upcharge from standard units. The Smith &Wesson Bodyguard .38 is a polymer frame revolver, so the grips cannot be changed. This is a well-designed revolver, lightweight, inexpensive compared to most Smith and Wesson revolvers, and it serves a real purpose in personal defense. Crimson Trace developed a side mounted laser for use with this revolver. I have used the type extensively. There is a setting for a pulse beam as well as the standard beam. The drawback is that the thumb must reach over the top of the frame to turn the device on. With practice it isn’t slow but neither is it as easily activated as the pressure switch of the Kimber Micro 9. The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard often rides in a Blackhawk! pocket holster, along with a load of Black Hills Ammunition 100-grain Honey Badger ammunition. The Crimson Trace laser helps in hit probability in dim light. I often carry one or the other of these handguns on night time walks and when walking my Dingo, Lucy Pariah. The Crimson Trace doesn’t give me confidence, skill does, but the laser device is clearly beneficial for most shooters.

 

Now’s The Time for Scoping Out Your Hunting Experience

Author has scopes on all of his rifles these days, including the Model 99 Savage lever-action and a .257 Roberts he acquired some 30 years ago.

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor

With big game hunting seasons still a couple of months away, early September may seem like an oddball time to start worrying about getting your rifle zeroed in, but take the word of an old (and getting older!) Pacific Northwest deer and elk hunter.
But it is the perfect time to be heading to the nearest gun range to make sure your rifle is up to the task for this fall’s action. You may only get one shot, and it needs to count.
Years ago I began using scopes on all of my serious modern rifles. My eyes aren’t what they were back in my 20s and early 30s, and the addition of a scope on my rifles not only made good sense, it was pretty much essential. Thanks to good glass on various rifles over the years, I’ve notched tags in four states and actually didn’t take a shot that might have cost a hefty fine because a buck that I could see in a bit of ground fog out on the Wyoming prairie actually turned out to be two bucks, one standing right behind the other.
I waited until they separated and put venison in the cooler.
I’ve even got a scope on my .22-caliber Ruger 10/22, a little semi-auto that was part of a test and evaluation some years ago that proved so accurate that I hung onto it. Fitted with a Bushnell 1.5-4X scope, that rifle became something of a centerpiece for a story I later worked on about plinking. When you can shoot the heads off kitchen matches at 25 yards off a rest, there is nothing to prevent making head shots on rabbits or even dumb grouse, squirrels or small varmints.
Today’s rifle scopes feature the best optics anybody can buy in a variety of price ranges. Always buy the best you can afford, and you will never be disappointed.
One of my .30-06 rifles has a Swarovski Optik 3-10X scope on top, while another wears a Bushnell in 3-9X. My bolt-action Savage in .308 Winchester is topped by a Leupold 3-9X, and my .257 Roberts features a 3-9X Burris that will likely see some action in October, as I haven’t hunted with it in a few years, and it’s due for a field trip.
My Model 99 Savage is also scoped with an old Bausch & Lomb 2-7X. I used that rifle for years with iron sights —a full buckhorn rear and factory bead up front – but finally had to admit that it was time to make it reach out farther than I could see even with glasses.
Readers will observe that most of my scopes are 3-9X, and there’s a reason for that. I do a lot of glassing with 8X binoculars, and having a scope with the same magnification capability will deliver the same size image to my eye when it’s time to shoot.
The 3-9X is the most popular power/zoom range among North American hunters unless they are folks who take real long shots. There is some controversy over whether shooting at long distances is beyond the realm of “fair chase,” and having killed one deer at better than 350 yards a few years ago, I can agree that long shots will stretch the marksmanship capabilities of a lot of people.
Others, however, seem to be deadly at a distance, though when one considers loss of projectile energy at longer ranges, this is an area where the shooter needs to be at the top of his/her form, using a caliber with a bullet weight that will get the job done.
Truth be told, most “long” shots probably aren’t that long. Thanks to modern rangefinders, sometimes an ego can be deflated a bit, but not to worry, because a notched tag at any range carries with it some bragging rights!

Workman spends as much range time as possible with his rifles during the “off season” so that he’s sure where his rifles shoot time after time.

How well a scope performs depends upon a lot of components, not the least of which is the objective (front) lens. There are scopes today with 56mm objectives, many others with 50mm and 40mm objective lenses. They are designed to not only provide a sharp edge-to-edge image, but pull in all the available light that is possible.
And that brings us back around to the calendar. As the month opens, we’re still enjoying those long, lazy days of summer. By the end of the month, daylight hours are shrinking, and that allows the hunter to practice in different light conditions. Dusk and dawn provide a lot of shots at game we might not see any other time of day, and the scope must be up to the task.
One might consider an illuminated scope, especially if hunting will be in a dark landscape. In the Pacific Northwest, autumn skies are frequently dark gray even at midday, so illumination of the reticle might give one an edge. Same goes for weather in the upper Plains states, and in the deer woods of the Great Lakes and New England states.
Even with a variable power scope, hunting in such environments might best be done with the scope set at 4-power, so one can zoom in close if there is a necessity, while leaving the scope on a lower power seems to provide a slightly brighter image.
Mounting a new rifle scope is a bit time consuming but it is important to marksmanship in the field. I’ve got a good rifle rest that holds the gun solidly while I install a scope. You’ve got to get the reticle lines as straight up and down, side to side as possible. Once that’s done, head for the range.
I set up two targets, one at 25 yards and the other at 100 yards. From a solid rest, fire one shot at the close target and see where it strikes. Let the barrel cool a bit, fire a second round using the same point of aim. If the second bullet strikes at the same spot, adjust your scope accordingly for windage and elevation.
Say your bullet hit 1½ inches low and an inch to the left. On a standard scope, one click of adjustment is equal to moving your sight a quarter-inch up or down or side to side. But at 25 yards, that requires four clicks, so raise your sight picture 24 clicks and move your sights to the right by 16 clicks. Fire a third shot and if you’re in the X-ring shift to the 100-yard target after allowing the barrel to cool.
You can fine-tune the scope adjustments on the 100-yard target. If your bullet strikes high at 100 yards, now you can adjust the reticle a quarter inch with a single click of the adjustment knob.
This should take no more than three shots at 100 yards if you’re patient.
Once the rifle is zeroed at 100 yards, set your sights to match the hunting environment you will be in. If you plan to take shots at 250-300 yards, you will want to adjust the sight so that you are shooting 2-4 inches high at 100 yards. All of my rifles shoot about 2.5-3 inches high at 100 because out where I pursue deer, longer shots are the rule rather than the exception. It’s fair to note that several notched tags, including ones from Utah, Montana and Wyoming, affirm that the formula works.
And note that you should always let the barrel cool between shots because that first shot in the field will be fired through a cold barrel. If your gun and scope are up to snuff, your season will come to a satisfying, albeit fairly quick, conclusion.

 

Rhode, Connor Finish First at ISSF World Cup Tucson

ISSF skeet medalists, left to right, Caitlin Connor, silver, Kim Rhode, gold, and Lucie Anastassiou of France, bronze.

The USA Shooting Team opened the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Tucson, AZ, Trap and Skeet Club on July 12 by claiming gold and silver in the Women’s Skeet event.
Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode of El Monte, CA, claimed the 18th World Cup gold medal of her career—30th World Cup medal overall—battling heat, delays, as well as her teammate Caitlin Connor of Winnfield, LA, down to a shoot-off.
“I had to work for that one,” a tired Rhode exclaimed as the applause began when Rhode won the shoot-off, 4-3.
“Going into the Final, I struggled through the first couple passes, dropping three. I knew I had my work cut out for me. From then on, I just figured out what I was doing and just kind of took it one target at a time. In the end, I’m just glad it all worked out, USA took gold and silver and that’s all that matters!”
The duo entered the Final with the top two Qualification scores, with Rhode setting a Qualification World Record by hitting 122/125 targets and Connor just one target back at 121. Their strong shooting would continue to the end as the pair tied in the Final with 55/60 targets, forcing the gold/silver medal decision to a shoot-off.
“We had a lot of delays, but it’s just something you have to look past—everyone’s in the same conditions. Fortunately for me, I’ve had a lot of experience shooting a lot of Finals!” Rhode said. “I couldn’t have been happier to have that shoot-off with my teammate Caitlin—we travel a lot, competed a lot together and we’re still good friends.”
“I think that was the longest Final ever!” Connor said. “It was really hot here in Tucson, they brought out cool towels and water for us, and we just had to stay in the moment—just had to focus on the target and have fun. Kim and I are pretty used to being in a Final together. And once you get past not taking fourth or fifth place and you’re in that medal area, you really just have fun with it. She and I really have fun when we get in to one-and-two like this!”
Lucie Anastassiou of France won the bronze medal.
This was not the first time this duo has occupied the top-two positions of the podium. Five of Connor’s now six silver medals have come with her finishing in second place behind Rhode. Connor became just the third female shotgun athlete in history to win six World Cup silver medals. She’s also now the third-most winning American woman on the World Cup circuit behind Rhode with 30 World Cup medals and Corey Cogdell-Unrein with seven.
Rhode and Connor’s teammate Amber English (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Colorado Springs, Colorado) finished Qualification with a score of 117, just one target shy of a potential Finals berth. English won silver at the previous World Cup stage in Siggiewi, Malta.
More than 200 athletes from 41 countries competed at the ISSF World Cup in Tucson, which was scheduled to concluded on July 19.

Taurus 857: The One MORE Shot Revolver

 

With its matte black finish and laser engraved scrollwork, the Taurus isn’t unattractive.

The 857 .38 fits most hands well.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

At the SHOT show among the more interesting handguns was the Taurus 856 revolver. The 856 is based upon
the proven and immensely popular Taurus 85, a small frame revolver that holds five .38 Special cartridges. The 856 is a version of the Model 85 with a six shot cylinder. It is quite an engineering feat to design such a revolver. The revolver illustrated, the 857, is even newer and at present a bit difficult to obtain. The 857 is an aluminum frame version of the steel frame 856. While the steel frame revolver is easier to fire and use well as the extra weight absorbs recoil energy, the aluminum frame version is easier to conceal. In this day of eight shot N-frame revolvers and seven shot GP 100-sized handguns, the Taurus 856 is big news in a real way.

Colt and Taurus cylinders compared.

Those carrying the snubnose .38 revolver now have a truly compact design that carries six rather than five cartridges. Five cartridges cuts it slim in a defensive encounter, and six seems a magic
number we are more comfortable with.
It is the old debate of a J frame .38 versus the Colt six shot Detective Special. The 856 revolver shoots more like a five-shot J-frame than a six-shot Colt, but it also holds six cartridges. This is good to have! The 856 is a steel frame revolver, the 857 is an aluminum frame revolver. The 856 is compact enough and rides light, but the 857 rides even lighter. Either is a six-shot double-action revolver with exposed hammer chambered for the popular .38 Special cartridge.
The revolver features a ramp front sight and a well-designed fixed sight in the top strap. The action is smooth enough to be mastered
by those who practice.

S&W 442 five-shot cylinder compared to the Taurus.

The double-action press allows a trained shooter to make good hits to ten yards or so. The single-action trigger breaks at 4 pounds or a little less and is quite crisp. The grips are very well designed. The most important design feature of the grips is

Top to bottom Colt Detective Special six-shot .38 Special, the Taurus 857 and Smith & Wesson 442 for comparison. The 442 is a five shooter.

that the rubber grips are offset from the frame in a manner that prevents the metal frame from contacting the hand during recoil. Checkering on the sides and backstrap of the grips is well done. There is a slight shelf or finger rest on each side of the grip that guides the finger to the trigger on one side and may act as a thumb-rest on the other. The design of the grip seems to raise the bore axis and allows good leverage when firing.
When the .38 Special five-shot was first introduced it was often referred to as a .38 on the .32 frame. This was correct. When introduced, the I-frame Smith & Wesson was chambered for the .32 Smith & Wesson Long cartridge and held six shots. The .32 is far from an effective personal defense caliber. Later the .38 Smith & Wesson (an underpowered short .38) versions introduced held five shots.

The Taurus fits well in the Blackhawk! pocket holster.

The J-frame with its lengthened chamber and wider frame window chambered the powerful .38 Special cartridge. Modern technology applied to a 1890s design now allows six shots in the J-frame envelope. The revolver handles and shoots like a J-frame and holds one more shot. Let’s look at the Taurus 856 and 857.

The Taurus 857 passed the initial firing tests without problem.

I have always regarded the snubnose .38 short range defense handgun. The revolver is simple to manipulate, draw and press the trigger to fire. It is simple to load
and unload. In a worst
case scenario, at contact range, the revolver may be pressed into the adversary’s body and fired with every press of the trigger. A self-loader would jam after the first shot. In this busy world few of us have the time needed to practice. This isn’t the handgun I would wish to have when confronting a gang or an active shooter but the snubnose .38 will save your life and is well suited to close range defense. Just the same―the type is surprisengly accurate given a skilled shooter.

The flats of the Pachmayr speed loader make for a compact profile.

I evaluated the Taurus 857 with a wide variety of ammunition over the past few months. These included 110- and 125-grain hollow points and a number of 148-grain target loads as well as 158-grain RNL bullets. The revolver has performed well and has never failed to cycle or fire.
This isn’t the smoothest double-actionn trigger on the market but it is consistent and allows good hits to seven yards. It takes more concentration to make double action hits at ten yards. The wide, smooth trigger works well for good leverage. With the single-action mode of fire center hits on man-sized targets were possible at a long 25 yards, but this is a stunt with the snubnose .38.
By staging the trigger, bringing it back just short of the hammer breaking, taking a good sight picture, and dropping the hammer, accuracy is much improved.
The trick is to do this quickly. In other words, this piece is as accurate as any five-shot two-inch barrel revolver, more so than some, but holds six shots. I fired a good quantity of the Winchester 158-grain RNL loading and found it a good target load. An overlooked loading I find well suited to personal defense is the Winchester Silvertip 125-grain +P loading. Recoil is modest and the balance of expansion and penetration favors expansion.

 

The grip panels of the Taurus are ideal for control when firing heavy loads.

Lyman’s new Pachmayr Speedloader works well.

Some loads are heavier than others. While controllable and comfortable due to the rubber stocks, muzzle flip is pronounced. This revolver demands practice to master.
I used the Blackhawk! All-leather IWB and pocket holster with the Taurus 857. Frankly it was a stretch for these J frame holsters.
After a break-in period, I had them working well with good speed,

but they would have been too loose to have been used with the five-shot Taurus 85 as an example. But they serve. Makers will offer holsters for the 856/857 soon and some holsters will accommodate the Taurus. The Taurus 857 is a lightweight .38 and might be a live saver in the right situation. In any case peace of mind comes cheap with this revolver. The list price is over three hundred dollars but the revolver is often found for sale at less than three hundred dollars.

 

 

 

SAF, NRA Sue City of Seattle Over State Preemption Violation

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor
Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association (NRA) followed through on a promised lawsuit against the City of Seattle, its mayor and police chief, alleging that the city has violated Washington State’s 35-year-old preemption statute by illegally adopting a gun control regulation that includes provisions for fines ranging to $10,000.
Washington adopted one of the first preemption statutes in 1983 and it has been a model after which similar laws in other states were patterned.
SAF and NRA are joined by two Seattle residents, Omar Abdul Alim and Michael Thyng. Eight years ago, SAF and NRA teamed up with two other rights organizations to prevent Seattle from violating the state law when then-Mayor Greg Nickels pushed a ban on firearms in city park facilities. When the city appealed its loss under former Mayor Mike McGinn, the SAF/NRA victory was unanimously upheld by the State Court of Appeals.
In mid-July, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an ordinance mandating so-called “safe storage” of firearms. Under the ordinance, gun owners can be fined anywhere from $500 to $10,000 if their firearms are accessed by unauthorized individuals, including children, and used to commit crimes or harm other persons.
Adding to the drama, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety’s “Litigation Team” and Orrick LPP announced that they will provide free legal representation to fight “any resulting litigation.”
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb stressed that, while nobody is opposed to safe storage of firearms, it should not be a government mandate, nor should gun owners be penalized when their guns are stolen and misused by others. It is also a defense of the state law that has served Washington citizens well for more than three decades, providing uniformity of gun regulation from one border to the other, he explained. What is legal in Spokane is also legal in Seattle.
The irony here is mind boggling, he indicated to W&G. While anti-rights politicians and gun prohibition lobbying groups continually demand that firearms owners obey the law, those same officials do not seem the least bit reluctant to ignore a long-standing state law they don’t like when it suits their political agenda.
Gun control, say Second Amendment activists, is not “gun safety.” For generations, the NRA has taught firearms safety in the home, including safe storage. When anyone talks about a “gun safety” group, if they’re not talking about the NRA or some other firearms organization, then they are actually referring to a gun control lobbying group, pretending to be something they are not.
Washington State’s preemption statute is self-explanatory. When it was adopted in 1983 and strengthened two years later it placed complete authority for firearms regulation in the hands of the legislature:
“The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.”
Gottlieb noted that the legislature’s authority for regulating firearms is not limited just to those specific areas delineated in the legislation. The state “fully occupies” that field of regulation and “preempts the entire field of firearms regulation,” he stressed.
“We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law,” Gottlieb said. “Seattle seems to think it should be treated differently than any other local government when it comes to firearm regulation…Seattle simply can’t break the law to adopt an ordinance as a political statement.”
In its press release announcing the free legal help to Seattle, Everytown noted that, according to the Seattle Police, “at least 250 guns were reported stolen in the City of Seattle in 2017.”
None of those guns “changed hands” with a background check, as mandated by a 2014 gun control initiative that was heavily supported by Everytown. Critics of the law say this proves the failure of such gun control measures. They do not prevent criminals from getting firearms, but instead only penalize and inconvenience law-abiding citizens.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Hawaii Open Carry Restriction

By W&G Staff
A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 24 that the Second Amendment guarantees Americans’ right to carry a gun for self-defense in public, overturning a Hawaii licensing rule that limited gun possession to the home.
The ruling, which comes one year after the Supreme Court declined to rule on the same question in Peruda vs. San Diego County, overturns a Hawaii court of appeals ruling that held officials did not violate a plaintiff’s Second Amendment rights by prohibiting him from carrying outside of his home. The opposing decisions make it more likely the Supreme Court will be forced to hear the question of carry outside the home.
“We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, wrote in her majority opinion for the two-judge majority. “But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.”
The plaintiff, George Young, sued after a state official “twice [denied] him a permit to carry a gun outside,” Reuters reported.
The decision does not affect previous court rulings that the Second Amendment does not guarantee a citizen’s right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The new ruling comes exactly one week after the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that California’s high-capacity-magazine ban was unconstitutional.
The new court decision therefore struck down a Hawaii law that limited open carry privileges to people “engaged in the protection of life and property,” declaring the law to be unconstitutional. The court also prohibited Hawaii County from enforcing the law.
The court acknowledged the right to carry a gun in public is subject to some regulation, such as prohibiting firearms in schools or government buildings.
However, a lawyer for Hawaii County admitted that to his knowledge no one other than security guards “or someone similarly employed” had ever been issued an open carry license by the chief of police on Hawaii Island, according to the decision.
That level of restriction restricts the “right” to open carry to a select few, and therefore forecloses law-abiding citizens from exercising a core constitutional right, according to the decision.
Official state government reaction was swift in coming.
State Senate Judiciary Committee Vice Chairman Karl Rhoads, who has introduced a number of bills in the House and Senate over the years to make Hawaii gun control laws stricter, said allowing people to openly carry loaded firearms in public is “a terrible idea,” The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.
Hawaii has the fourth-lowest level of gun violence in the nation, and none of the three states with lower levels of gun violence than Hawaii has an “open carry” law, he said.
“It turns us into the Wild West —whoever shoots first is the one who wins,” said Rhoads (D, Downtown-­Nuu­anu-Liliha).
“It just turns us into Dodge City and the quick or the dead, and that’s it.”
Rhoads said that if Hawaii County appeals the decision to a larger panel of judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and if that decision is then appealed to the US Supreme Court, it could take two years before the state is actually required to loosen its restrictions on carrying firearms in public.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hana­busa said Hawaii County should immediately file a petition requesting a rehearing from 11 other 9th Circuit justices. She said the latest decision comes about two years after the entire 9th Circuit ruled that there is no right to carry concealed guns in public.
“This is not a Second Amendment issue. It’s a states’ rights issue. We shouldn’t fool ourselves,” Hana-busa said in a written statement. “This issue will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court and the state of Hawaii will have to join and argue on behalf of states’ rights. We know how best to regulate firearms to keep our communities safe and respect the rights of law abiding gun owners.”
The Ninth Circuit judge in the Hawaii case reiterated that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the “true palladium of liberty,” and is not “a second-class right” to be treated differently from other individual constitutional rights.
Gov. David Ige said the state will urge Hawaii County to appeal, and will file a brief supporting that appeal.

Oregon Won’t Vote On ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Ballot Question

An initiative campaign to ban so-called “assault rifles” in Oregon died after the state Supreme Court ruled that the ballot title was misleading and needed to be changed and referred it to the state Attorney General’s office.
That essentially made it impossible for backers of the measure to gather the required petition signatures by the initiative’s qualification deadline.
Known as IP43, the measure was referred to by Beaver State gun rights activists as the “gun confiscation ballot measure.” The Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) noted on its website that backers of the initiative “had hoped to exploit fear and ignorance to ban virtually all firearms by labeling everything an ‘assault weapon.’”
The measure sought to ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and magazines that hold more than ten cartridges. It would also have required current owners of such firearms to register them within 120 days, or face criminal charges. Otherwise, guns could also be surrendered or permanently rendered inoperable.

 

Lessons from the 2018 DC Project

By Genie Jennings,
Contributing Editor

They came. They saw. They conquered. Now, they are home, and the 2018 DC Project has been concluded. Of course it is more than memory, because the fires lit in such a confluence of women with one thing in common burn for a long time. They have taken their new impressions and knowledge with them and will be using their experiences to forge new and renewed efforts to preserve and protect our Constitution. Here are some of the things that were observed and absorbed.
There is strength in numbers. Simply gathering with like-minded people, especially if you feel as if you are in a minority position, is empowering. Being around others who think as you do, seeing how those women operate under various degrees of acceptance gives us hope.
Most legislators are interested in their constituents. The vast majority of the congressmen and senators visited were very pleased to meet and get to know those who went to their offices. However, there were a couple who were dismissive and not very pleasant. (This is a particularly interesting attitude for an elected official to take! Perhaps these are people who do not understand how they get into the office they hold. Sadly, they might not feel, and more sadly they might not be, vulnerable to the electorate.)
Learning is a life-long endeavor. What the women had in common was an interest in preserving their 2A rights. Each individual came to gun ownership along a different path. There were competitors, instructors, talk-show hosts, rape- and assault-survivors, public speakers, contesters of harmful laws. Each had a perspective to share, and everyone grew in understanding from the diverse exchanges.
Girls just wanna have fun. The mission may be important, but the mere fact of gathering together brings out joy. The most common comment about the venture was how wonderful it had been to renew old and form new friendships.

First and Second Amendment Legal Battle Continues Despite Settlement

This is the single-shot .380 ACP caliber pistol that started the long Constitutional rights battle when its blueprints were published on the Internet about five years ago.

By W&G Staff

A story about 3D printed “ghost guns” which has been making headlines around the country is far from over, but here’s an update as of the beginning of August. It’s an important First and Second Amendment story with overtones that suggest we may also be at the beginning of a new technological and philosophical era.
The public announcement in July that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had settled in a case challenging their prior restraint of 3-D printing information published briefly online about five years ago by Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed of Texas has set off a series of new legal and political actions.
The original suit in which the settlement was reached was filed by Defense Distributed (DD) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on First and Second Amendment grounds.
In the settlement the State Department clearly allows Defense Distributed to publish on the Internet the blue prints for the manufacture of the originally prohibited Liberator pistol as well as any other new gun designs the company wishes by anyone with a 3D printer.
Buried in the details is a significant acknowledgement by the government that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber are not inherently military. That would include semi-automatic modern sporting rifles, such as the AR-15 platform guns, which are the most popular rifle in America today.
This amounts to a significant blow to gun prohibition lobbying groups, which have insisted on calling modern semi-auto rifles “weapons of war,” according to Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of SAF. He said the Defense Distributed settlement can be used to refute that claim.
According to an SAF news release, “Under terms of the settlement, the government has agreed to waive its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue. The government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees, and to return $10,000 in State Department registration dues paid by Defense Distributed as a result of the prior restraint.”
The settlement news has inspired anti-gun organizations to take legal and political action, and dozens of US legislators, mostly Democrats, are demanding that the Trump ad

Cody Wilson, president of Defense Distributed.

ministration explain a recent agreement to allow the free distribution of plans for using 3D printers to make plastic handguns that will be easy to hide and almost impossible to control.
A group of anti-gun activists’ bid to thwart a State Department settlement with Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed was dealt a crushing blow in late July when their motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction was rejected. The federal judge in the case ruled that Gabby Giffords, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety had no standing in the case.
US District Court Judge Robert Pitman rejected the motion brought by Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown, pointing out that they do not have standing to bring a motion against the settlement.
Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown also publicly criticized the fact that “the Government…entered into this Settlement Agreement,” and added: Publication of these files on the Internet will cause irreparable harm to the United States and its citizens, as it will allow the global community unfettered access to blueprints for the creation of untraceable and undetectable weapons, which will threaten the security of the United States and its citizens.
Federal officials are not the only ones objecting to the settlement. The New Jersey attorney general and the Los Angeles city attorney threatened prohibiting action against Defense Distributing in an effort to block publication of the firearms blueprints. New York City officials are also reported moving forward with their own effort to block publication.
In the latest development, Defense Distributed and Second Amendment Foundation have filed a new court action in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas against Gurbir S. Grewal, individually, and in his official capacity as Attorney General of New Jersey, and Michael Feuer, individually, and in his official capacity as Los Angeles City Attorney, charging then=m with waging
Grewal and Los Angeles’s City Attorney (Michael Feuer), have threatened legal actions that violate the First Amendment speech rights of Defense Distributed and its audience, including SAF’s members; run afoul of the Dormant Commerce Clause; infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of those who would make use of the knowledge disseminated by Defense Distributed; constitute a tortious interference with Defense Distributed’s business; and are in any event, federally pre-empted by Congress’s export control laws as well as Defense Distributed’s export license, by which the State Department has explicitly authorized the speech that the Defendants are seeking to silence. Plaintiffs are entitled to declaratory and injunctive relief.

 

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Summertime, and the practicing is easier! Photo courtesy Howard Communications.

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