Sunday, August 20, 2017

How To Fly with a Gun

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So, you want to fly with a gun? Well, get the idea of strolling past first class with your handgun tucked in your waistband out of your head, because if you guessed you can just walk on a plane with a gun, that’s just impossible.

The only way to fly with your firearm is to check it in, and here’s how to do it. First off, please consult your airline or the TSA for any questions or clarifications. This is current as of August of 2017, and I’m not responsible if you get busted.

First off, know the laws and regulations of the state you are traveling to regarding your firearm. Next, prep your gun before you get to the airport. Your firearm and all magazines must be unloaded. No ammunition can be in the magazines, even if they are out of the firearm.

Next, make sure your firearm is in a lockable hard case. The lock doesn’t need to be a TSA lock, but it can’t be easily pried open.

If you’re shipping ammunition, it must be in that case, or another case that follows the same guidelines as above. Ammunition must be in its original box, or a box specifically designed to carry ammunition. It can’t be thrown in the case, or even loose in a plastic bag.

Got that? To recap… Unloaded, and in a hard locked case.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go over what to do once you actually get to the airport.

The first thing you have to do is check that bag. When you get to the counter, you MUST declare that you have a firearm. Once you say that, the person behind the counter will give you a small firearms declaration card to fill out. It varies from airline to airline, but it usually will have you fill out your basic flight and personal information, and it also makes you sign a disclaimer stating you followed what I just told you to do. You’re welcome.

The card will be placed on to, or taped to your case. Depending on the airline, they may do a visual inspection of the case, or firearm right there. After, or sometimes only, your luggage, or you and your luggage, will be escorted to the oversized baggage area.

There they will either x-ray your luggage and say you’re fine, or some places (like Atlanta) will perform a visual and manual inspection. It could take some time, so make sure you get there early.

If TSA discovers a problem, they may ask you to unlock the case, or if it’s not a TSA lock, they may cut it open, ask questions later, and your firearm won’t be able to fly because your case isn’t locked anymore.

If you followed the steps above, you should be fine. Your bag will be checked in from there, and you’re ready to get on your flight. When you land, just pick up your luggage like normal.

There you have it. Just follow those steps, and you’ll be set. Again, call your airline or the TSA if you are unsure. I’m just a hobbyist. Safe travels, everyone!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Quick and Dirty Review: Smith and Wesson M&P9 M2.0















In terms of striker fired handguns, there are quite a bit on the market. The ones that come to mind first are Glock, XD, and M&P. Smith and Wesson’s has been out for a while, and it seems every other manufacturer is on at least their second generation. Well, Smith and Wesson finally introduced the M&P M2.0.

While the name is pretty boring, the pistol is not. I have, carry, and love the first generation M&P. Needless to say, when I heard about the second generation, I called up Southern Guns, LLC and asked them to hook me up with one to test, because I needed it to happen. No surprise, it’s a pretty damn good firearm.

Let’s cover some of the basics of it: 

Model: M&P9 M2.0 (No thumb safety)
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1
Barrel Length: 4.25”
Overall Length: 7.4”
Weight: 24.7oz
Action: Striker fired
Materials: Polymer frame, stainless steel slide
Sights: Fixed three dot
MSRP: $599 

Ships With: 
  • Plastic hard case
  • Two, seventeen round magazines
  • Trigger lock 
  • Four backstraps (S, M, ML, Large)
  • Manual 
  • Lifetime warranty (for the original owner) 

It’s the same M&P that we all know and love, but with some good improvements. The slide has forward serrations for press checks. I don’t see the need for them, and I think they are kind of gimmicky since there is a witness hole in the barrel like the previous generation. There is more metal added to the polymer frame, a trigger with an audible reset, and improved grips. Let’s go into some more detail, shall we? 

Size and Carrying

This is a full sized firearm. However, when I carry my first gen, I can easily conceal it in my Tread Softly Concealment inside-the-waistband holster. This second generation one DOES FIT in the holster for the old one. Now, since this holster does have a leather backing, and it is dependent on your body for retention of the firearm, I can’t say the M&P9 M2.0 will fit in ALL holsters, but it should. Not much dimension wise has changed. If you are used to full sized weight and size, this one is no problem. I originally carried a full sized 1911, so while this is wider, it’s still very manageable. 

Looks and Feel

When I did my review on the Springfield XD Mod2, I got a lot a crap from you guys because I said it was ugly. Well, it was/is. “Grip Zone” is plastered on the side. Well, the M&P9 M2.0 is sexy. The best part is the feel. The textured grip is insanely awesome.

I put Traction Grips on all of my firearms that I can, and I love them, but the texture on this new model from the factory is perfect. It’s what a “professional” would go to a gunsmith and pay extra for. Each backstrap has the same texture. I cannot say enough good things about the grip, and Smith and Wesson didn’t even have to say where you needed to hold it. I miss the beaver tail that is no longer on the rear of the frame, but it’s all good.

Features

As I mentioned above, this comes with two 17 round magazines. The old ones will work in the M2.0. There is the option for a thumb safety. I opted to test one without, so I can’t give my comments on what one with a safety is like. The four backstraps are textured and easy to change out. The sights are basic, but work. 

The trigger is somewhat different. There is now an audible reset, but it seems stagey. My old M&P’s trigger was gritty, and had no audible reset. Honestly, I never cared, because I grew up shooting 1911s, and frequently shoot my SCCY CPX-2. To me, I just want it to go bang. This new one was right out of the box, so maybe the staginess will go away, but there was no grit like the original. The reset was nice, if you’re into that.

Firing

Firing this thing is a dream. It’s full sized, and only a 9mm. Recoil is very manageable, and the trigger pull is predictable. Again, the pull is stagey, but once it hits that last stage, you know when it will fire. 

The sights are your average three-dot style, but they work well. The magazines seemed quite challenging to get the first round in for each, but I don’t have that problem with my old ones, so I just assume it’s because they are new. 

Warranty

Smith and Wesson does offer a lifetime warranty, but it is only for the original owner. There is a slight way around this. When you get your Smith and Wesson, you can register it online through their website, and that is how you can get a warranty claim started. If the original owner never fills it out, well, you look like the original owner when you do. Anyway, I used the warranty once when my slide rusted on my old M&P, and it was a good service. As expected, here is a full write up: Smith and Wesson Warranty

Disassembly

Taking this gun apart is very simple. It is just like the last model: remove the magazine, pull the slide back, rotate the takedown lever down, release the slide and pull the trigger, and after the slide comes off, take out the spring and barrel.

Overall

All in all, this gun is a winner. Feels fantastic, shoots well, and is a good continuation of the M&P lineup. I do miss the beavertail! 

Concealability: 9 out of 10
Capacity: 10 out of 10
Accuracy: 9 out of 10
Reliability: 9 out of 10 (only seen the M&P45 jam)
Warranty Service: 8 out of 10 (original owner only)
Price: 8 out of 10 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SCCY and Hornady Neglect Test


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A while back, I made a torture test series on the SCCY CPX-2. I put it through a bunch of extreme tests, and the SCCY functioned very well. Even though it functioned well, many viewers were complaining that the tests were not very realistic. So, here is a realistic test for you.


I carry my SCCY quite a bit. I normally clean my carry guns every other month or so, even if I don’t fire them, in order to get the dust and grime out. Recently, I have not. It has been months since I have cleaned my SCCY, and it shows. It looks pretty close to what the SCCY did in the Extreme Pocket Lint Test where I emptied a vacuum cleaner into a SCCY CPX-2.

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Another factor is the ammunition. I carry with Horandy Critical Defense 147 grain hollow points. This ammo has been in my SCCY for years. It has constantly been handled, loaded and unloaded from the SCCY, chambered and re-chambered, and so on. The oil and sweat on my hands kill metal. The rounds are very tarnished, the cases are worn, and some rounds even look like the cases may be slightly cracked.

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What did look great after all this were the Traction Grips I put on it years ago. I was not paid to say this. I really like these grips. They are only slightly peeling up on the bottom, but these things are holding up through almost daily carrying in my pocket in the Florida heat, and they are not even an expensive upgrade to your firearm.

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Back to the matter at hand: I decided to take the SCCY to the range, fire off all eleven rounds, and see what happened.

Disclaimer: SCCY recommends only firing limited amounts of +P ammunition through your CPX-2. If you have an older model, they don’t recommend it at all. SCCY, Hornady, and East Orange Shooting Sports (the range I went to) would not condone firing a firearm or ammunition in this condition. Make sure your firearm is in good working order, and your ammunition looks to be in good shape.

Not surprisingly, the SCCY and the ammo worked flawlessly. The first few shots did go left, but that could have been me since I don’t have much experience with +P in a SCCY. The first round did throw some dust in my face, but if that was the only thing, I can live with that.

So there you have it! It’s a real world and realistic test. It worked fine. Check out the video below for the shooting at the range to see all the dust that came out of it. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

I Love The 80s, And Its Guns

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I like posting good quality content, but this is one of those instances where a quick expression of love and a good picture will do. I love the 80s: the movies, the music, the style, the cars, and of course the firearms. 

It was a time for firearms where really anything went. Revolvers were finally taking a back seat to reliable semi automatics (besides the 1911). Manufacturers were coming up with new designs. Some were cheap (like the Tec-9 and Mac guns), and others were more unique and expensive (like the Calico M900).  


Either way, firearms from that time period just seem to have a cool factor. Maybe they were not the most reliable (even though I have had minimal issues with firearms from then that people say are awful), but they were and still are fun. It’s one of those things that fits with the saying, “they don’t make them like they used to.” Some would argue that’s for good reason, but I disagree. 

However, with the Clinton Ban of 1994, these iconic firearms were done. They are now starting to fetch a premium. Even the cheap ones (like the Tec-9 and Mac10/11) from back the 80s can go for quite a bit now. Dare I say these things are becoming collector firearms? I guess it depends on the buyer. They all have that sort of a cool factor that for some, including me, can go a long way. 

So that’s my confession for my love of the 80s, especially the firearms. What firearms do you love from the 80s? Let me know! Like what you read? Don’t forget to check us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

History of the Tec-9 and Dating a Tec-9

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If you haven’t figured out by now, I like firearms. Every firearm has something about them that is interesting (although I haven’t found that in Hi-Point yet). Anyway, I recently became the owner of an infamous Tec-9. That’s right: the firearm seen as a gangster gun, and one that frequently jams, and when it is firing, it’s very inaccurate.

In short, I like mine! I have put hundreds of round through it with no problems. I had one failure to feed, but I was messing with the safety at that point, so it could have been user error. Accuracy was spot on at twenty feet. At forty, I was at least hitting the target. Regardless of how “cool” the little thing is, history, information, and age details were hard to find, and all over the place. In all of my gun books, the Tec-9 wasn’t mentioned once! So I have compiled as much information as I could, and put it here, in the event anyone is looking for what I was.


HISTORY

The company all started back in Sweden. In the early 1980s, the company Interdynamic AB created a firearm known as the “Interdynamic MP-9”. It was designed to be made cheaply being made out of plastic and stamped steel. The full auto sub gun was intended for military use, but no one showed much interest.

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The company decided that they wanted to continue with the design, so they made an updated, open-bolt, semi-auto version known as the KG-9 after opening a subsidiary company in the US. The company, located in Miami, Florida, became known as Interdynamic USA. Pretty soon after the simple blow back firearm was on the market, the ATF stepped in and banned the firearm after only 2,500 were made, stating that it was too easy to convert to fully automatic. “KG” stands for the company’s founders George Kellgern and Carlos Garcia.

The company redesigned the firearm to fire from a closed bolt, and it was renamed the KG-99. Around this time, George Kellgren (current founder of Kel-Tec) left the company. Carlos Garcia stepped in and renamed the company “Intratec”. Soon, the firearm became known as the Tec-9.

After that, the firearm started becoming seen as a bad thing in the eyes of many. Not only was it used by the bad guys in the TV show Miami Vice, but it started to become used by bad people in real life. It was seen used in multiple well known shootings, including the one at Columbine High School.

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After the Cleveland School massacre, the TEC-9 was added California's list of banned weapons. Garcia was resilient though and rebranded and renamed the firearm the Tec-DC9. The “DC” stood for “Designated for California”. In 1994, the manufacture of the Tec-9 was officially banned with the assault weapons ban. Still, the company did not give up.

The Tec-9 was completely redesigned cosmetically to meet the requirements to not fall into a banned category. Features such as the threaded barrel, barrel shroud, and forward pistol grip were dropped. These were known as the AB-10, which were sold with ten round magazines, though they could accept the higher capacity ones from previous models. “AB” stood for “After Ban”.

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Time went on, but eventually the company went out of business. They finally dissolved in 2001. Tec-9s can obviously still be found today for sale, and they are legal to own, so long as you follow all ATF and state laws regarding magazine capacity and stuff like that. The more original ones are said to be more reliable.

You can still find them relatively inexpensive, but as time goes on, prices are increasing. While these were cheap to make at one point, they now have that “cool” and “collectors” factor going for them. Anything pre-ban typically commands a premium as well, even if it’s something that can still be made today. While it may be a gangster gun, it does have that cool factor.


DATING YOUR TEC-9 (and more history) 

One of the issues I had with mine when I got it was not knowing the date of manufacture. Of course, since the company no longer exists, I couldn’t just call them up, give them the serial number, and ask for when it was made. For this, you have to do a bit of digging to find out what features your Tec-9 has, and when those were changed, added, and so on. To make that digging easier, I have complied here what I have found to be some useful information.

While there are a few sub models that exist, I’ll talk just about the “standard Tec-9”. More details on the other models can be found in this great post on ParallaxBill's Curio & Relic and Military Surplus Firearms Forums.

The first Tec-9s that were made (in 1984) were not too different from the previous KG-9s. The major change would be that the front sight was changed to a simple “button” sight. Only months after, people were damaging the firearms by shooting +P ammunition in them. To fix that, the previous recoil buffer was replaced with a threaded metal end cap. Following these changes so far?

In 1987, the company went bankrupt after a lawsuit. This is where things started to go wrong with the firearms in terms of reliability and such. So, if you find that you have a model made before 1987, if you use factory magazines and regular old 115 grain, ball ammo, you should be fine, and have a good firearm!

One of the first changes made was with the sights. The button sight was gone a replaced with a spot-welded stamped sight.

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The Tec-9 remained pretty much the same until about 1991 or 1992 when the pistol became the Tec-DC9. At this point, the biggest change was the sling points. Instead of two on the upper, it was changed to one point that attached between the upper and lower.

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After that came the AB-10.

So, to help you date your Tec-9 a little better, here are those key features listed to help you find the best date range of your firearm.
  • Front button sight – 1984 to mid 1987 (one of the originals)
  • Stamped front sight with two sling mounts on the upper – Mid 1987 to 1991/92
  • Stamped front sight with single sling mount – 1991/92 to 1994
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Friday, October 30, 2015

1911 Compensated Roto Barrel Review
















1911’s are like the ARs of the handgun world in terms of modification.  It’s the good ol’ American handgun that everyone makes a part for, every part can be replaced, and almost every firearm manufacturer makes their own version based off the famous and iconic design.  Like many others, I was looking to do a little something, something to my 1911.  I decided to look at threaded barrels.

Most threaded barrels I came across were $200 or more.  Then you would have to pay even more for whatever else you wanted to add to the barrel.  When looking around, I stumbled upon SACRO, Inc.’s website and found some budget options.  In the options was a compensated one piece 1911 Roto barrel for under $100.  The reviews looked great, but my research online told me what you would expect to hear: “you get what you pay for,” “these are crap,” and so on, and so on.  I decided to see for myself.

The barrel showed up very quickly.  Right out of the packaging, I noticed the only cons that this barrel has: machine marks and an okay finish, and no barrel link or barrel link pin.  The lack of link and pin was mentioned on the website, but it was something I overlooked.  That’s an extra cost, and an extra trip to the gunsmith if you can’t do it yourself, so not too terribly bad.  The finish is whatever to me.  I’m putting it in a Taurus PT1911 that I used to carry, it will only be a casual range toy, and it’s under $100.  To me, it doesn’t really matter, so long as it does not start rusting.  I suppose one other con may be that you get what you get: the compensator on it is not removable or replaceable, but you are buying this for this, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

My research pointed at the fact that these Roto barrels are not technically one piece.  They are multiple parts soldered together.  In theory, that would hinder long term and high round count reliability.  So far, I have not had any issues, so I can’t really say I’ve had any personal experience with it.

Installation (after you get the barrel link and barrel link pin in place) can be an absolute bitch the first couple of times, especially with a full length guide rod.  The whole one piece thing gets to be a pain in the ass.  After you figure it out and do it a few times, it’s easier to install.  Once in, the fit is solid.  No modifications were needed.

The weight it adds is really insignificant in my opinion.  I don’t shoot competition or anything.  A 1911 is inherently heavy.  This adds some weight, but nothing too bad.

When I got to the range, I performed two tests with each barrel (stock and compensated barrel).  The first test was a muzzle rise test to see how many degrees of flip I got from each one.  The second was an accuracy test at twenty feet.

Keep in mind that I don’t shoot 1911s all the time.  This was my first handgun purchase years ago, but the cost of .45 ACP doesn’t allow me to shoot it much.  So, I’m not a pro.  When I shoot my 1911, I shoot low left.  Not sure why, and I am sure there is some science behind it (like thumbing, squeezing too hard, etc…).  When I shoot other 1911s, I generally don’t as much.  So it could be a bit of me, or the firearm.  With that out of the way, moving on…

Below are some pictures of the targets.  The first one was with the stock barrel.  I was aiming for the bullseye.  It was an OK grouping, and everything went consistently low left.  The second was with the compensated barrel, and I was aiming for the top nine (not the bullseye) so I could have a different point of aim.  These were my absolute first shots using the barrel, and aside from one flying off to the left eight, the grouping was much tighter, and shot just to the left instead of low left.


The muzzle rise test was actually pretty surprising.  I felt something in the hand, and obviously there was a difference on paper, but I wasn’t sure if there was a change.  After reviewing the range footage, I saw there was a big difference.  The first picture, with the standard barrel, had a muzzle rise of about 27 degrees.  With the compensated barrel in picture two, I was getting about 23 degrees.  It seems like a small difference, but it obviously makes a difference, and I’m sure with an expert, both numbers would be smaller.


All in all, I am pleased with the barrel from SARCO, Inc.  After you get your barrel link and barrel link pin installed, it should drop perfectly into your 1911 (at least your PT 1911).  Here are some pros and cons.

Compensated Roto Barrel Pros and Cons:
PROS:
  • Low price
  • Reduces muzzle flip
  • Tightens grouping
  • Easy to install after practice

CONS: 
  • Finish and machine marks
  • Lack of barrel link and barrel link pin
  • One piece (you get what you get)

If you want a little better performance out of your 1911 that you can actually feel and notice, and don’t want to break the bank, look into one of these barrels from SARCO.  They work, they are (relatively speaking) inexpensive, and they don’t require modification (from what I experienced).

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Democratic Candidates on Firearms















Since most of you seemed to enjoy my post about Donald Trump on firearms, I figured I would take a look at the other party, but lump all the candidates into one post.  With firearms being such a widely talked about topic, it is an extremely important topic that anyone running for office needs to consider, whether that be to get rid of them or control them, or to protect the Second Amendment.

The Democratic Party in the United States is generally known for being against firearms.  One of the biggest displays of this was the infamous Clinton Assault Weapons Ban in 1994.  If you haven’t noticed, that name is back again for the same party.  Let’s take a look at each candidate that was present in the last CNN/Facebook Democratic Debate.


Lincoln Chafee – 74th Governor or Rhode Island
Rhode Island is no doubt a state that is located near some the worst areas in US in terms of being able to own a firearm.  Chafee has spoken strongly yet carefully about common sense gun legislation and adherence to the Second Amendment.  He states that, “the freedoms granted to America in our Constitution should never be abridged.”

During the first debate on CNN, he stated that he wants to work with the gun lobbyists to find a common ground and that he does not want to “take away” guns, but find something mutually agreeable.  This doesn’t sound extremely left winged, which could be considered a plus to most readers.  In the past, he did vote NO on both prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and banning lawsuits against gun manufactures for gun violence.  Take that as you will.


Martin O’Malley – 61st Governor of Maryland
It’s no secret that Baltimore has recently been through some troubled times.  That was one of the things that O’Malley had both going against him and for him in the first debate.  We can start out by saying this: when asked at the debate who his biggest enemy was, he replied back with saying, “the National Rifle Association”.

NBC Washington stated that “Maryland’s guns laws are now the strictest in the nation.”  The bill bans 45 types of firearms, limits magazine capacity to ten rounds, and anyone buying a handgun will have to submit fingerprints to have to obtain a license for one.  People with concealed carry permits may be used to the fingerprint thing, but this is just to buy one, not carry one.  He also has been advocating “smart gun” technology which would prevent unauthorized users from using firearms.

With all that being said, and looking at Baltimore, it is safe to say that he is probably one of the poorest choices for protecting the Second Amendment.


Jim Webb – US Senator from Virginia
While watching the debate, I was shocked by Webb’s overall pro-firearm view.  During the debate he stated, “There are people at high levels in this government who have bodyguards 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The average American does not have that, and deserves the right to be able to protect their family.”  For this stance of his, and some other stances, he is not really liked as a Democratic candidate, and based off the other candidates’ views, one could see why.

Webb voted YES to allow firearms to be in checked in baggage on Amtrak trains.  He voted YES on prohibiting foreign and UN aid that restricts US gun ownership.  He co-sponsored the Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act which, in short, allows veterans to register unlicensed firearms acquired for abroad.  He co-sponsored banning a gun registration and trigger lock law in Washington DC.

There are more instances of Webb acting like this.  He is probably the most right wing minded Democratic candidate out of the lineup that we have currently.


Bernie Sanders – US Senator from Vermont
Sanders is much talked about these days.  Since he is a likely candidate to be competing for President, it’s important to take a look at his view on Firearms.  During the debate, he did mostly speak against the Second Amendment, but not as heavily as some of the others.  In fact, he actually took some heat from his past “pro” gun ideas.

During the debate, he was asked about holding gun manufactures legally responsible for mass shootings.  He responded as follows:

“…do I think that a gun shop in the state of Vermont that sells legally a gun to somebody, and that somebody goes out and does something crazy, that that gun shop owner should be held responsible?  I don't.  On the other hand, where you have manufacturers and where you have gun shops knowingly giving guns to criminals or aiding and abetting that, of course we should take action.”

Sanders wants to “deal with the straw-man purchasing issue”.  (That is someone who purchases a firearm from an FFL legally for someone else to own.)  He supports a ban on certain semiautomatic weapons, banning the “gun show loophole”, and instant background checks.  He voted YES on the assault weapons ban in 1994, and on a magazine limit to ten rounds.  He voted NO on decreasing a gun waiting period from three days to one.

However, he has done some “strange” things for a Democrat.  He voted against the Brady Bill, voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains, voted YES on prohibiting foreign and UN aid that restricts US gun ownership, voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers, and voted YES on prohibiting suing gun makers and sellers for gun misuse.

While he is no Jim Webb, he has some moments that are a little more pro-gun than some of the others like O’Malley and…


Hillary Clinton – 67th US Secretary of State
Now for the moment of truth.  Yes, I saved her for last.  We all know what this last name has done for the Second Amendment in the past, so let’s see what it may mean now.  In short, she is not too happy with anything that goes bang.  Before we continue, it can clearly be seen the Clinton changes her mind A LOT.  That was even brought up right away in the debate.  Let’s keep that in mind.

While she changed her mind in 2008, in 2000 she was for a national gun registry.  She has stated that she wants to bring back the 1994 assault weapon ban, as well as give local police access to federal gun tracking information.  She has supported the licensing and registration of all handgun sales.

She voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence, and NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.  She is also for “smart gun” technology.

She is very much against illegal guns and illegal gun dealers.  That isn’t a bad thing at all, but what can be considered “illegal” could be questionable.  A stolen firearm trying to be sold?  That should be considered illegal.  An AK-47 you purchased from an FFL being sold to your best friend or family member?  That should not.

Clinton advocates big time for keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.  I am sure ANY responsible firearm owner can agree with that.  She advocates firearm safety, especially when involving children.  Again, nothing too bad about any of that, but how it will be gone being done about is the question.


Conclusion
All in all, we have some similar views amongst the candidates, and some very different ones.  From most pro-Second Amendment, to most anti, I would have to rate them as follows.

1 – Jim Webb (most pro)
2 – Lincoln Chafee
3 – Bernie Sanders
4 – Hillary Clinton
5 – Martin O’Malley (most anti)

It may be surprising to see that Hillary is not the worst.  Granted, Hillary could be the worst, but O’Malley’s factual record proves that for now, he is the worst.  There is also a big jump in views when it comes to Webb.  All in all, none of these candidates (save for maybe Webb) have my support in terms of the Second Amendment.  Let’s see how this all continues.

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Most information came from On The Issues, an excellent source for quick info an where someone stands, with resources and references.  Cover picture background courtesy of CNN.

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