Friday, September 13, 2013

Some Firearms News

First up, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms outside the home. The ruling suggests that open carry of firearms (but not necessarily concealed carry) is protected. The article I've linked to contains a much more detailed analysis than I could give, so I would recommend reading the whole thing.

Second, the Firearms Blog reports that Kalashnikov (formerly Izhmash) will be producing Steyr weapons under license, and may produce Glocks, as well. I don't know if that will impact availability or prices in the United States, but hopefully it will make such fine weapons more readily available to firearms enthusiasts in Europe.

Finally, in the worst form of propaganda and faked "research," the U.S. Forest Service has concluded that bullets can cause fires ... when shot against steel backstops that deflect the bullets and fragments into dry tinder. Reminds me of when NBC rigged GM trucks to explode to push a story that the designs were dangerous:
Dateline NBC aired an investigative report on November 17, 1992, titled "Waiting to Explode". The 60-minute program focused on General Motors' Rounded-Line Chevrolet C/K-Series pickup trucks allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. Dateline's footage showed a sample of a low-speed accident with the fuel tank exploding. In reality, Dateline NBC producers had rigged the truck’s fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines to initiate the explosion. The program did not disclose the fact that the accident was staged.

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