California: New Gun Laws Will Kill Hunting

For many reasons I am glad I don’t live in Cali: Nancy Pelosi, earthquakes, exorbitant taxes… And, it’s the most hunter-unfriendly state. If the greenie-weenies and state politicians get their way, there will be no hunting of any kind left in CA, I mean none.

Sadly, there are not enough resident hunters to fend off the anti-hunters and anti-gunners. Only 281,000 hunters purchased licenses in CA last year (182,000 deer licenses), a pittance for a huge state with 38 million people. For comparison, Pennsylvania, a state with a population of 12 million, sold about 1 million licenses.

Of the 12 gun laws advanced by state lawmakers last week, I predict 2 in particular will make honest, law-abiding hunters, who are already frustrated with state officials, throw up their hands and say, “That’s enough, who needs this @$&&$#@? I’m done.”

Senate Bill 374 would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture of semiautomatic rifles that can use detachable magazines. The measure would require those who own such weapons to register them with the state.

And get this. To buy ammo, Californians would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check. The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.

The state DOJ would determine if you are fit to buy a box of deer rounds. Can you say tyranny?

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I have hunted exactly once in California, up north for blacktails. It was beautiful country as you can see in the picture, and I absolutely loved it. We shot 2 nice bucks on TV.

Would I go back? I’d love to, but I wonder. I don’t get the feeling that the state would welcome me or the TV cameras to promote hunting in the state. Suppose I needed a box of .270 loads? Could I buy them…would I want the scrutiny of the DOJ? I can answer that with a resounding, “NO!”

What about traveling around with camo on and with firearms in the truck?  Imagine if I tried to check in at the Sacramento airport with my rifles and ammo. With the way things are going in Cali, I would expect to draw police scrutiny and likely an uncomfortable back-room interrogation. This is America. Who needs that?

Northern California has some great deer and hog hunting, and from what I understand some spectacular waterfowl hunting. But I fear those days are numbered.

 

If a Doctor Asks About Your Guns…

According to this blog, a Fox News producer recently changed doctors, and the questionnaire the person  filled out at the new medical office asked: “Are you concerned about unsecured weapons in the home?”

Strange and incredibly intrusive question, but I had heard this was going to happen with Obamacare. I did not know it was already happening.

Fox’s Judge Andrew Napolitano (everybody likes that guy, including me) explained that the question about firearms comes from a post-Sandy Hook executive order by President Obama. Napolitano went on to say that the question is “exceptionally troublesome,” but noted that Congress approved of the gun question when it passed Obamacare.

“Most people will think they have to answer,” the Judge said. “They don’t need to answer under the law.”

Read again: This is America–you are not required to answer the gun question.

Is U.S. Gov’t. Hoarding Ammo for Gun Control?

ammoIs our out-of-control federal government (most notably Big Sis at DHS) buying up all the ammunition so that we law-abiding shooters and home defenders can’t get any, in effect going through the back door to get the gun control they want? If you don’t have any ammo, why have a gun?

U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) believes so. He told the Daily Caller: “I believe it’s intentional. Now we had someone testify the other day the DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, has the ‘right’ — this is a bureaucrat that said this — they have the ‘right’ to buy as much as they want, and they’re planning to buy 750 million rounds. Well, that is more than three times the amount that our soldiers are using for training to defend our nation. So, it’s just another effort to restrict gun activity and ownership. We have in this country the Second Amendment, that preserves the right to keep and bear arms, and the president doesn’t believe in that.”

I am normally not a conspiracy theorist, and when I first heard this type talk start up a few months ago I brushed it off. But now, as ammo shortages (especially 22 LR, 9mm and .223) wear on and worsen in many areas, I’m not so sure–and in fact I’m starting to agree with Inhofe and others. Semi-autos chambered for 9mm, .223 and the like are the ones the gun-grabbers want to get first! Hoard that ammo and in effect get rid of those guns?

What do you think?

Will Hunters Boycott Colorado?

 

I was the first to see this coming.

From USA Today: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.

I appeared on the NRA News Cam and Co. TV show on Sportsman Channel 3 weeks ago, and the topic of Colorado came up. The Governor had just signed 4 gun-control bills that severely impact our 2A rights. I’m paraphrasing here because I do not have a transcript of the show, but I told Cam and the audience:

“Hunters are a powerful economic force in this country, pumping more than $22 billion into the economy each year and supporting a million jobs…hunters are a sleeping giant…I think we will respond to restrictive gun laws like this…I think you’ll see many hunters not visiting Colorado this fall…there are a lot of other states that have good elk and mule deer hunting, and that support the Second Amendment…”

Well, it’s happening. There are reports that hunters are cancelling DIY trips on Colorado public land, and outfitters are reporting cancellations. How much money will the state lose? We’ll know more by next spring, but I bet it will be significant.

Sadly, the people who will be hurt the most are not the urbanites in Denver or Boulder. The very pro-hunting and pro-gun folks in the rural areas of Colorado–the shopkeepers, hoteliers, bar owners,  outfitters and guides–will suffer this fall and lose a big portion of their annual income. I hate that, but it is time we step up and say enough is enough. Like I said during that TV interview there are many more places to hunt elk and deer and spend our money, and those other states are friendly to gun owners/hunters. Montana, South Dakota, Idaho…they want our business!

Legal weed, onerous guns laws…what has happened to beautiful and game-rich Colorado?

Question: Would you boycott a state (and not spend your money there) over onerous new gun laws?

 

Second Amendment Under Attack!

 

Most gun owners/deer hunters know that our 2A rights are under attack as never before, but in recent weeks I have sensed some complacency amongst us. We cannot do that! The gun-grabbing politicians thrive on our non-action as they try and ram through their radical agenda. We must stay vigilant!

These 2 things I saw today ought to get your attention.

Washington Times: 

A group of congressional Democrats has signed on to new legislation that would mandate liability insurance for all gun owners in the United States — and fine those who refuse to purchase it as much as $10,000.

 

CBS New York:

 

In addition to creating a new registry for high-capacity magazines and an expansion of the Connecticut assault weapons ban, Connecticut lawmakers also agreed to create a so-called eligibility certificate, where legitimate gun owners would submit to fingerprinting, a firearms training course, and a nationwide background check before you could purchase a gun or ammunition.

Could you ever have imagined that in America, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens would have to buy insurance to own a 9mm to protect your home, or a .270 to use for deer hunting? Could you have thought it possible that you might need an “eligibility card” to buy a box of rounds for your handgun, or 130-grain loads or slugs for your deer gun?

Well, it’s happening people! Write your state legislators, join the NRA if you’re not a member, get involved. Tell your friends and family members to do the same. We have to fight the good fight!