Guns Criminals actually use: 10AUG17 Edition


From the local PD’s facebook page:

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Detectives from the Fresno Police Department’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) responded to a residence in the area of Thorne and Church regarding possible chop shop investigation. While at the location, they encountered Jerome White, 43, of Fresno. White was found to be a prior convicted felon and on CDC parole for robbery. During a subsequent search of the property, White was found to be in possession of a modified .22 caliber rifle. No evidence of chop shop activity was located.

White was booked into the Fresno County Jail for felony firearm possession charges and parole violation.

“Modified.” Specifically that is a Short Barrelled Rifle, possession of which is a felony in California, has been for decades. So lets see:

  • Felon in possession
  • SBR (felony)
  • Potential NFA manufacturing violation

But if we just had one more gun law…

I wonder if he bought this one from Leland Yee?

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NPE 101: The Non-permissive Environment (NPE)

There exists a certain group of people in this world that insist on believing that (and forcing you and I to live as if) criminals and bad actors follow laws or rules.

These people insist that (despite a very long and sad list of events proving the contrary) if we just pass one more law, or post one more sign the bad people will not do bad things here. They believe that if they say a person cannot have a weapon in a certain place, that the place somehow magically becomes “safe,” and that no one will bring weapons into those places.

The technical term for these places is Non-Permissive Environment (NPE), a place where through policy or law, ordinary people are prohibited from possessing weapons.

The technical term for these people is Fucking Morons.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to live with the consequences of these idiots ideals. In the immortal words of Dan Ackroyd: fuck that noise.

There are essentially two levels of NPE; places where it is illegal to carry a weapon (Type 1), and places where it is against policy for you to be armed, but not illegal (Type 2).

Type 1 NPEs are places like Gun Free School Zones, Post Offices, most Federal Buildings, airports, and Courthouses. The consequences for being caught with a weapon in these places vary from arrest, detention, fines, and jail or prison time depending on the laws you’ve broken and how serious the NPE is.

This is a sign indicating a Type 1 NPE


Type 2 NPEs are places like businesses with no weapons signs posted, event venues, and many places of employment. The consequences for being caught with a weapon in these places also vary, from being asked to leave, being escorted out by security, or losing your job.

This kind of sign MAY indicate a Type 2 NPE, depending on state law and where it is placed.


Before I go any further I need to make clear that I am not advocating, advising, or recommending that you violate any laws against the carry or possession of weapons. This is merely an academic musing of the stupidity of disarming the law abiding in the supposed attempt to somehow control the criminal.

I grew up in California, and largely because of this I have been surrounded by an ever increasing number of NPEs (though the rest of the country has not been immune to the increase in this idiocy either). At this point, most of the state is one giant NPE. The number of places that the average citizen can carry weapons has dwindled at an alarming rate.

I grew up in California’s Central Valley, which is (even today ) a much more right leaning area than most people think of when they think of California. I graduated high school in the early nineties, which if you recall was a time that was a peak of violence throughout the country, and because of this was the perfect breeding ground for the idiocy that led to Gun Free School Zones, and Zero Tolerance Policies. Sadly our society doesn’t seem to have learned from the many, many examples of how these policies do not work, and like the politically suicidal left of this country (where this idiocy started), it seems to have come to the unerring conclusion that doubling down on something that isn’t working is somehow going to work. Without fail these people are genuinely shocked when yet another miscreant walks into a gun free zone and opens fire on a crowd of defenseless, disarmed innocents.

Because I am a thinking and rational person, I can look around at the long string of incidents where a sign did nothing to stop a bad guy from carrying a weapon into NPEs and rationally conclude that these places not only aren’t any safer, they are actually more dangerous than when your average person could carry a weapon there. The reasons for this are many; lack of herd immunity, or criminals selecting places that are full of disarmed victims, take your pick. Factually, every mass shooting since 1950 with a single exception has occurred in an NPE. 

All of that being the case, I have carried a fairly broad and varied selection of weapons into a fairly broad and varied set of NPEs. I have carried a pocket knife of some kind nearly every day since I was nine years old (which was a hell of an accomplishment in school at the time I was in school). I’ve carried both guns and knives into event venues with security screening (concerts, county fairs, so on). I personally am not going to be an unarmed victim, and I know from experience that not only is a sign not going to stop someone from being armed, but that it is laughably easy to pass most security screenings with most weapons. Even beyond that, it is trivially easy to obtain or make weapons once inside most “secure” NPEs.

I’ve thought a lot about sharing my thoughts and experiences with NPEs for a long time now, and I can no longer sit silently as the idiots disarm the law abiding without sharing the knowledge I have about how to carry weapons in NPEs and how easy it is to do so. The criminals already have the information, the good guys are the ones being disadvantaged here.

This is the first in a series about NPEs, and I hope that the information that you will find in this series of articles will get you thinking about the realities of being in an NPE and what those realities mean for your safety, and the safety of others.

Rifle or “Assault Weapon”?

As we near the 2016 Election day, I am sad to report that the stupid is surfacing in force on the interwebs.

I’ve had enough run ins with people defending the criminal Clinton’s “I respect the Second Amendment, but…” garbage, which inevitably leads to them trying to convince… someone (I’m not sure who because I’ve forgotten more about firearms and firearms law than they will ever know) that “Assault Weapons are bad mmmkay?”

Look, there is no easy or simple way to say this other than: you’re a buffoon if you believe that an “Assault Weapon” is a thing other than a code word for “guns that look scary, but are no different than other guns that don’t.”

Harsh? Maybe, but anti civil rights gun grabbers seem to have a hard time with the truth.

Look, let me give you an example of why you look like a complete and utter moron when you parrot the “Assault Weapons are too dangerous…” type of drivel that the gun grabbers have been feeding you for 30 years.

This is a basic AR15:

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Super scary assault weapon baby killing murder machine, complete with “shoulder thing that goes up”

Caliber: 5.56 Nato/.223 Remington
Action: Gas operated magazine fed semi-automatic
Cyclic Rate: 800 rounds per minute 
Effective Rate of Fire (RoF): 12-15 rounds per minute 
Semi-automatic Rate of Fire (RoF): 45 rounds per minute
Factory Magazine Capacity: 10-32 round magazine (depending on model configuration)

 

Now this is a Ruger Mini-14:

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Wood stock, hunting rifle (this one is actually a Ranch Rifle model)

Caliber: 5.56 Nato/.223 Remington
Action: Gas operated magazine fed semi-automatic
Cyclic Rate: 750 rounds per minute
Effective Rate of Fire (RoF): 12-15 rounds per minute
Semi-automatic Rate of Fire (RoF): 45 rounds per minute
Factory Magazine Capacity: 5-30 round magazine (depending on model configuration)

Now let’s talk about that for a moment.

Cyclic Rate is a technical measurement, showing a theoretical maximum rate of fire. The Cyclic Rate for both of these rifles is kind of a lie, because neither of those rifles are fully automatic, and the Cyclic Rate is measured in fully automatic fire with an “unlimited magazine” (these are special testing devices that use a machine to continually feed ammunition into the rifle, and they’re about the size of a large desk). The Cyclic Rate for both of these rifles was measured on their fully automatic variants (the AR15 used the M16A2 info and the Mini-14 used the AC-556 info). As applied to these rifles the Cyclic Rate is simply the measurement of how fast the action can cycle in one minute under ideal test conditions on average.

The Effective Rate of Fire is the rate that these rifles can sustain firing without mechanical malfunction or meltdown over an extended period of time (I believe the testing criteria is one hour of sustained fire).

Semi-automatic Rate of Fire is measured by wildly pulling the trigger as fast as possible, without any kind of aiming, while changing factory capacity magazines as needed. This is nowhere near real world effective rates of fire when requiring aiming.

Factory Magazine Capacity is the quantity of cartridges that can be held in the magazines that ship from the factory. Both are available from the factory with 30 round magazines, both are available from the factory with 10 round magazines.

Effective Rate of Fire is the key performance metric when evaluating the capabilities of a weapon for use in fighting.

Functionally these are the same weapon. Functionally they are identical other than the mechanical design of the action.

The Ar15 is often called a “weapon of war” by the gun grabbers, but this is simply not true. The Ar15 is not issued to any of our 2,000,000+ military personnel.

Still feel like “Assault Weapons” are evil and rifles are ok?

These are also Ruger Mini-14 rifles:

These are functionally the same rifle.

These are functionally the same rifle, cosmetic changes make three of those “assault weapons” in California.

This is also a Ruger Mini-14:

tacticool-miniSame exact rifle as above with cosmetic changes only.

You’re basically saying that I am not allowed to paint my car, or put aftermarket accessories on it that you don’t like.

And this is also an AR15:

California compliant "featureless" AR15

California compliant “featureless” AR15, 100% legal despite California having an enforced “Assault Weapons” ban for more than 25 years.

When you advocate banning “assault weapons” you are saying one of two things:

  1. I don’t like scary black guns, so ban those despite them being mechanically identical to ones I’m ok with. Or..
  2. I don’t know anything about guns other than we need to ban them all, but I’m too much of a coward to just come out and say it, and also I think gun owners are too stupid to realize what my actual goal is.

I assure you, us gun owners are not stupid, and we will not entertain your silly antics. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

 

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Wear Orange for gun control?

Wear Orange for gun control. So like this?

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Sadly, California is just that stupid.

Grab your helmets, it’s getting retarded here.

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Your intentions don’t matter; what matters is the consequences of your actions

Note:

This is mostly addressed to the people conducting a coordinated “shaming” campaign against the Congressional Representatives who voted against the latest Federal Gun Control legislation (but the rest of you gun grabbers can learn a thing or two here so pay attention). You people should be ashamed of yourselves, and you’d do well to pay attention to the truths behind this rant. If you push this nation into a bloody revolution, you will be held to account for your actions.

As the man once said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

In light of everything that has gone on since the Sandy Hook shooting it’s patently obvious that the people who are pushing gun bans and restrictions in the US have no idea what they are fucking with.

For the last four years guns shops have been doing brisk business, selling tens of thousands of firearms a month (to law abiding citizens), with frequent ammo shortages in all of the major calibers. For the past 12 months one of the maybe 10-12 guns shops in my city of ~600,000 people has had a stack of 4473’s (this is the paperwork for buying a firearm from a dealer) that is 10-12″ thick sitting behind their counter (this is only 10 days worth of purchases where I live).

For the past three months that stack of 4473’s has been two 14-18″ stacks. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds are pretty much gone as soon as the boxes are opened. Magazine rebuild kits are gone as soon as the box is opened. Ammo is gone for pretty much all calibers. There are maybe 10-15 rifles of any kind or caliber in stock at any given time (18 months ago this was more like 150-250).

That’s one gun shop, in one city, in one State. I’ve talked to a lot of people in different places in this country, and from what I can tell this is the rule rather than the exception in nearly all of the US right now.

This is not a country stocking up on things that may get banned. This is a country preparing for war.

If these fuckers keep pushing it, the unintended consequences will be thousands (if not hundreds of thousands or millions) of dead Americans, and a completely different US than the one that we all know today.

It will be a sad day when Americans are shooting Americans, and I’ll shed tears for it. But I won’t shed any tears for the fuckheads who started this bullshit.

Let’s see if any of those aforementioned fuckheads have gamed this scenario out at all. Let’s say that one of the literally dozens (if not hundreds) of proposed pieces of firearm restriction legislation pisses off enough people to the point where we see the shooting start. It’ll take a while to get started, and once started (which I fear is a very real possibility for the first time in my life), it will not stop until the people who started this shit (the gun grabbers pushing their agenda) are held accountable for it, or gun owners are exterminated.

By my best estimates there are about 800,000 law enforcement officers in this country. At best (every reserve active) we have maybe 2 million soldiers in our armed forces. Let’s call that 3 million (which isn’t accurate, because there is literally no possible way to get all of them in the US at the same time without just pulling out all the stops and leaving the rest of the world to fend for themselves).

There are 600,000 people with hunting licenses in Wisconsin alone. Every one of those 600,000 have experience stalking and ambushing live targets. I’m not saying they’d all be on the same side (no more than all LEO’s and soldiers would) in a second civil war, which is what we’re actually talking about here.

Aside from the large number of LEO’s and soldiers who will never fire a shot at a US civilian over this shit (which should be pretty plain in light of the dozens of Sheriffs and Sheriff’s associations who have sent in letters to our “legislators” flat out telling them that they will not be enforcing any new gun bans), and many of who will defect taking their “military grade” weapons with them, plain old US citizens can field a force estimated to be between 3 and 6 million at any given time.

That’s only three to six percent of the estimated 100 million gun owners in the US. Let’s go low and call it 3 percent. 3 million insurgents without uniforms or identifiers.

Looking at those raw numbers, it seems like it would be pretty even, but it wouldn’t be. The vast majority of soldiers and LEO’s would not side with the government. Even if they didn’t side with the rebels, that’s still gonna be a huge blow to the gun grabbers. Let’s be pessimistic and say that only 25% of soldiers and LEO’s would refuse to side with the governement. That leaves about 2.3 million government forces.

That three percent number I used for the rebels wasn’t just pulled from thin air; three percent is the number most often quoted when discussing the number of colonial combatants fielded during the American revolution. But that was 3 percent of the total population. If we use that number we’re talking 9+ million rebels against at most 3 million government troops.

If an armed rebellion were to happen here, it’d be months (best case scenario) before things start to normal out.

In the interim, what do you suppose daily life is going to look like in this country? Hell ONE ex cop kills three people in LA (only two were cops), and LAPD starts shooting up any vehicle that vaguely matches the description without even bothering to identify that there were two elderly women in one of them.

Two guys set off a couple of bombs and shot one cop in Boston, and the police lock down the entire town (4 towns actually), shred the 4th Amendment, and start doing door to door raids to find the remaining bomber. Think about that for just a second, two guys completely shut down a major US city for days with a couple of IEDs and one gun.

Can you imagine what it will be like if hundreds or even thousands of people started putting down the politicians, media talking heads, and LEO’s pushing this shit?

You know cops aren’t going to be responding to jack shit after the first couple of emergency calls that turn into ambushes.

In just my tiny little city of ~600,000 people, law enforcement estimates that there are approximately 35,000 active gang members. Expand that to the entire county of just about a million people and they estimate there are 70,000 active gang members. We have (and I’m being really generous here) maybe 5,000 Law Enforcement Officers in the area. That’s 15:1 odds against the police.

You think those gang members are just gonna sit around when they see that cops aren’t responding to calls? What do you suppose will happen once some of them start to figure out that “Warlord” has a nicer ring to it than Gang Leader? Now add to that the proliferation of Mexican Drug Cartels operating in the US right now. A sincere heartfelt thanks to the ATF and Eric Holder for handing them 2000+ rifles (the semiautomatic “weapon of war” variety rifles that the gun grabbers are trying so hard to ban).

So suddenly we’re living in a Mad Max movie.

By the time we get that mess cleaned up, our economy is going to be in a shambles (not that it’s real healthy just now anyway). So the US is going to look quite a bit different than it does today. You think North Korea (or any of a dozen other despot run shitholes) won’t take the opportunity to start some shit while we’re busy in our own backyard? You think some jihadists won’t figure out that it would be a good time to play their little games?

If you don’t see how easily that could happen, you don’t know enough about the situation. Look at what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, and that was just one city with the undivided attention of the entire government.

Is this what you want? Is this what you had in mind when you set out to “save the children” by banning firearms Ms. Feinstein?

I’m not prescient, so I can’t predict how it will happen in detail, but I know (with the limited intel that I have access to) that all of those things are likely. Not just possible, probable.

Not something I want to see in my lifetime. So how about this; let’s just stop trying to punish law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals? Seems much simpler to me.

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90% or 49% who cares?

So the favorite trope of “90% of people support background checks” (which is like saying “90% of people support police” or something equally silly) has been debunked again, this time by USA Today.

While I’m sure the gun grabbers will still continue to use the 90% myth, I say; so what? It doesn’t change anything.

If 4 out of 10 or 9 out of 10 people want me to never say another word, it doesn’t change (even slightly) the fact that I have a constitutionally protected right to tell them to go pound sand.

My wife resorts to this crap when she knows that she can’t win an argument based on logic or reason; “…well Jenny and Tammy think that you’re wrong.”

I don’t care that there are three of you with the same wrong opinion, it doesn’t change facts.

100% of the people I encounter today could tell me that if I shaved my goatee I’d look like Brad Pitt, it wouldn’t change the fact that I look absolutely nothing like Brad Pitt.

Wrong is wrong, and background checks don’t stop crime. Want proof?

Adam Lanza failed a background check and was denied the opportunity to purchase a rifle right before he shot up Sandy Hook. The background check system worked (which is amazing considering how flawed it is), and it still didn’t stop the crime.

But this is a little different. They’re using the statistic lie that 90% of people support background checks to say that it is “the will of the people”.

Still doesn’t make it Constitutional, or even a good idea.

I know that better than 90% of the people who pay income taxes want to pay less income tax (wonder if I can get a grant to conduct a study on that one?).

When that is grounds for abolishing income tax, then we can talk about background checks, ok sparky?

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FEDERAL: H.R.138 — Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

Summary

  •  Bans transfer or possession of any magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or “similar device’ capable of holding  (or readily restored or converted to accept) more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Requires a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” manufactured after the date of enactment be marked with a serial number clearly showing that the magazine was manufactured after the ban.
  • 10 year imprisonment for violation.

 

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FEDERAL: H.R.226 — Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act

Summary

  •  Provides a split over two year $2000 tax credit for anyone turning in a legally owned “assault weapon” (read the text for the definitions, I think they meant “semiautomatic weapon”).

 

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FEDERAL: S.150 — Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

Summary

  • Bans pretty much all semiautomatic firearms (virtually anything with a magazine, you’ll have to read the text – good luck)
  • Mandatory national registration of all grandfathered “assault weapons”
  • Mandatory national licensing for possession of all grandfathered “assault weapons”
  • Amends Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to allow for grants for “assault weapon” buybacks
  • Bans magazines over 10 round capacity
  • Requires mandatory forfeiture (confiscation) magazines over 10 round capacity
  • Requires that grandfathered “assault weapons” be kept “locked by a secure gun storage or safety device”

 

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FEDERAL: H.R.117 — Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013

Summary

  • Mandatory national licensing for all handguns
  • Mandatory national registration of all handguns
  • Mandatory national registration of all handgun owners
  • Does not apply in States where the Attorney General certifies that the State has a mandatory handgun licensing program that meets or exceeds these criteria.

 

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