February 9, 2013
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Firearms controls don’t work nearly as well as politicians would like.
Moorfield Storey Blog has a couple of articles examining firearm ownership and homicide rates.
It seems a draft proposal for tighter restrictions in New York was draconian enough that a Democratic legislator urged his Republican counterpart to keep the proposal a secret.
San Diego police chief William Lansdowne thinks that with the right laws, Americans could be disarmed within a generation, and that would be just great. I’d suggest he read some Small Arms Survey publications, and see how well that idea has worked in other parts of the world.
The California Senate Democrats seem to be on board with him, though.
On the flip side, various counties and cities are looking to nullify any bans.
And enforcement might require an IT overhaul.
Wyoming legislators are looking to criminalize any enforcement of a federal ban.
And finally, in home-state news, right-to-carry reforms are advancing through the Kansas legislature.
June 14, 2012
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The USAF’s X-37B shuttle will soon come down from orbit. What they’ve had it doing for the best part of a year is a bit of a mystery.
James Freedmon has written a paper, appearing in Stanford Law Review, offering a strategy to help the U.S. government clamp down on organizations such as Wikileaks: Assert copyright over the documents.
The Megaupload case is going nowhere slowly. The U.S. government is now asserting that former Megaupload users may access their files, so long as they pay for it.
Senator Chuck Schumer hast gotten his undies all in a bunch concerning Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s plans to become a resident of Singapore, after renouncing his American citizenship. He has introduced S. 3205, which would amend the tax code to allow for a 30% capital gains tax on anyone “renouncing citizenship for a substantial tax avoidance purpose”, as well as barring them from reentering the United States. The text of the bill is worryingly vague. The statue is written to apply to pretty much whomever the government wishes for it to apply. I’m always deeply unimpressed when legislators craft law expressly for the purpose of settling a score with a specific party.
New York and California would like to force gun makers to microstamp the firing pins of their firearms, in an effort to make it easier to track down guns used in crimes. The New York Times has a piece concerning this pipe dream. There are quotes in the article from industry reps, explaining why this is a pointless idea. Which is nice, because it means I don’t have to repeat them.