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Re: “Legal Trick Shot

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Title 18: Chapter 61:

§ 6120. Limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition.
(a) General rule.--No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.
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So, seriously, how is that not clear to the folks on City Council? How about instead of some "feel good" unenforceable regulation that only will have an effect on guns that are in the PA State Police's firearms sales list (that's somehow not an illegal registration of firearms), we actually do something real? Like putting more cops on the street. Or NOT having the DA bargain away the current "straw purchase" charges in exchange for guilty pleas on other crimes?

Because there is no legal gun registration database in Pennsylvania. The PA State Police's sales database is being used as one, but it's fairly new and not anything near all guns are in it. Furthermore, any one with any kind of Federal Firearms License can legally buy a gun from an out-of-state dealer, and it never gets put into the PSP's not-a-registration-database. Same for the guys with Curio and Relics FFL (Type -03) buying a SKS rifle from an out of state dealer. And if you lived in say Ohio, bought a few guns there, and then moved to Pennsylvania, you're not required or obligated to report to the state those firearms in any way, shape or form to the Commonwealth.

In summary, any gun purchased out of state is not going to show up in the PSP database. Any gun purchased prior to the State Police's starting of this sales database won't be recorded anywhere. The PSP's database is but a drop in the bucket of firearms owned in PA.

Seriously, all this is going to do is force the City to spend a bunch of money on legal fees to defend an un-winnable case.

I say, we figure out how much it'd cost the city to fight and lose this case, and then instead spend that money on more police officers, and assign those cops to an anti-straw purchase task force.

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 01/14/2009 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Over a Barrel

On Friday (May 18, 2007)'s 20/20, ABC anchor John Stossel discussed the self-defensive benefits of gun ownership, debunking the myth that "gun control reduces crime." The segment aired during 20/20's recurring series, "Myths, Lies & Downright Stupidity," based on Stossel's book of the same title. Citing the recent Federal Appeals Court for DC ruling overturning Washington, D.C.'s ban on gun ownership, Stossel talked to the pro-gun plaintiff in the case, Tom Palmer, and pointed out that the murder rate in D.C. increased after the city's gun ban: "Since Washington's gun law passed, the murder rate actually increased, even while America's murder rate dropped. It's because guns can also save lives, says Palmer, as one saved his years ago in California." watch video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyoLuTjguJA) Perhaps you'd also want to check out the gay gun lobby over at http://www.pinkpistols.org/ Perhaps you should also check out the women's gun lobby over at http://www.2asisters.org/ I'm very sorry I missed this article when it came out. I'm very sorry I missed the two comments posted earlier as well. The only way to legally purchase a fully automatic firearm it to have a Class 01 Type09 Federal Firearms License. That involves being fingerprinted, a $3000 fee which must be paid every three years, and an extensive background check by the ATF. http://www.atf.gov/firearms/fflc/index.htm Semi-automatics are one pull of the trigger, one bullet comes out. Semi-automatics are legal in all states, even the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia. Oh, and Mike and Mike, you're probably unaware that odds are the two of you are part of a milita as defined by the 1903. So am I for that matter. So are a lot of folks who read the City Paper. You see, we're all part of the Reserve Milita, aka the Unorganized Milita, which is every male citizen, age 17 to 45, i.e. everyone who could be drafted. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_(United_States) Pittsburgh (and Allegheny County for that matter) does not need more gun control. We need more Crime Control. We need hasher sentences for criminals. We need higher minimum sentances for crimes so liberal judges don't give convicts such light sentences. And if it means building more prisons, then so be it. And in this articles particular example, we need more help for folks to get off drugs so they aren't committing crimes to feed their drug habits. And for the record, not all of us gun owners are part of the "Christian Right" who agree with the banning of sales of dildos. Many of us think that law is outright stupid and should be removed from the books, and anyone convicted of it, should be set free and their criminal records expunged with official written apologies from the state. Furthermore, please do your history homework. Gun Control was originally about trying to keep guns out of the hands of blacks. See http://www.firearmsandliberty.com/cramer.racism.html for one such article. I think Pittsburgh would be far better off if all the Blacks, Homosexuals, Women, Hispanics, Whites, Asians, , etc who are all legally allowed to obtain a firearm, and desire to carry one for legal reasons such as defense of themselves or other citizens of the Commonwealth or even target shooting at a range, were allowed to do so. Which neatly ties back to the first paragraph of my resposne. Cordially, Eric "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." - Pennsylvania Constitution, Section 21

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 09/24/2007 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Buccaneers Seek Booty

right, 21+. I get that. It just means I don't have to look over both shoulders for munchkins before telling off color "plundered booty" jokes. :P I was just wondering if the normal rules would apply since I don't typically dress in pirate garb to go to a night club. Nor are there usually girls in bamboo cages. I could take or leave the fetish part of the evening, it's the pirate-y part that interests me. As such, I've never been to a fetish party. At a gaming convention, I don't just snap photos of the cat girl/storm trooper/anime character/whatever, I ask first. Would it be considered "impolite" to bring a camera to ask about taking photos of particularly interesting costumes? I don't want to be the only one with a camera, ya know?

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 09/11/2007 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Buccaneers Seek Booty

So, how different would this be from the Ren Faire crowd? What's the rules on peace-bound weapons?

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 09/10/2007 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Scooter Commuter

Mr. Libby wasn't even the guy who leaked the information about Valerie Plame. Richard Armitage has admitted to being the one to first do it. Much like the Duke rape case, it seems to me that this was an overzealous prosecutor who just had to have someone to crucify at the end of the day and to put a new feather in his cap. Where was Code Pink when Bill Clinton was handing out the pardons for people who gave Hillary's brothers big wads of cash? Oh that's right, it's different when you're a Democrat. Hypocrites.

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 07/18/2007 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Artist says censorship of public exhibit shows "lack of understanding"

damn it. It ate my SARCASM tags. I had a SARCASM on and off tag in my post that now appear as blank lines. I do feel it's important that it's quite obvious my comment about Mrs. Hawk is clearly identified as sarcasm.

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 06/19/2007 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Artist says censorship of public exhibit shows "lack of understanding"

Obviously some concerned mother like Mary Hawk must have complained that it was inappropriate. Yes, it is sad that some parts of our society are so offended by as another poster said "boobies". I haven't seen the video, and since the art festival is now over, I'm not likely to get to see it. But you are opening up a big debate amongst feminists about female nudity in our society. Is it explotation? or empowerment? or if you used a young, thin, pretty woman in the video a reinforcement of the beauty standard? I'm going to guess that you didn't use a 40 year old 200 pound female model in your video though. Please let me know if I'm wrong about that. Hopefully it got moved to the art gallery mentioned in time that a few folks did get to see it. Maybe the Carnegie can put it next to David Salle's "Tulip Mania of Holland"?

Posted by Eric Kiefer on 06/19/2007 at 7:54 AM

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