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Both Illinois and New York were told by separate courts last week that the Second Amendment covers stun guns and tasers.
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the misdemeanor weapons charges against two men found carrying stun guns were unconstitutional. The first, Isiah J. Webb, was found with a device in his jacket pocket on a public street. The second man, Ronald Greco, had a stun gun in his backpack in a public forest preserve. Each was charged under Illinois law which has no allowances for the legal carry of a taser or stun gun other than by police.
Citing Caetano, a 2016 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that found stun guns to be “bearable weapons” under the Constitution, and the 2008 Heller ruling that the right to bear arms is an individual right, Justice Ann Burke said for the majority that Illinois’s ban on carrying tasers “is facially unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.”New York
On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued the opinion in the case of Matthew Avitabile, saying that the New York resident had a right to purchase a stun gun or taser for self-defense. Avitabile had filed suit against the state in 2017 over the longtime ban on possessing such a device. Under New York law, simply having one of the electronic devices is a misdemeanor offense of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, punishable by up to a year in jail.
“New York’s sweeping prohibition on the possession and use of tasers and stun guns by all citizens for all purposes, even for self-defense in one’s home, must be declared unconstitutional in light of Heller,” said Hurd in his ruling, enjoining the state from enforcing the ban.
Stephen D. Stamboulieh, one of Avitable’s attorneys, told Guns.com: “We are thrilled that the Court vindicated our client’s Second Amendment rights and all those in New York that desire less-than-lethal ways to defend themselves. This is a huge victory for the constitution and we are happy with the opinion.”
Since 2016, a number of states and cities have withdrawn their prohibitions on such electric devices after legal challenges found them unlawful. According to Stamboulieh, only two states, Hawaii and Rhode Island, still ban ownership of tasers and stun guns, even in the home.
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Although Mikhail Kalashnikov himself is not around to weigh in, the Russian arms giant that builds the guns is, and this is what they say about the best AK kung fu grip.
Kalashnikov Concern’s in-house historian, Vladimir Onokoy, shows off the 1950s Soviet example, then switches to a C-clamp, Alexander Petrov’s patented grip (?!) and Onokoy’s own “no-name” grip, which looks suspiciously like Petrov’s.
Of more interest is the sweet AK100/200 series rifle he uses, similar to the one Kalash is set to build in India on a 700,000-gun project for the second largest army in the world.
For a more American (via Poland) take on the Kalash grip debate, Robski with the AK Operators Union weighs in, below.
And, should you prefer a mag well grip, where to put your thumb…
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A judge issued a permanent injunction last week against the Village of Deerfield over a controversial local prohibition on what officials described as “assault weapons.”
The order prohibits the village, just North of Chicago, from enforcing a ban on many popular semi-auto firearms. Unanimously approved by the Village Board in 2018, the ordinance outlawed a host of guns by their cosmetic features, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammo, under threat of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day for violators.
This week’s order, signed by Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Luis A. Berrones, found Deerfield did not have the authority to enact such a ban. Since 2013, Illinois has had a firearm pre-emption law in effect that bars cities and counties from regulating guns and ammunition. Deerfield had attempted to add the ban to their books as an amendment to an existing ordinance, which Berrones took exception to.
“We are delighted with the judge’s decision, which we hope sends a message to other municipal governments that they can’t try to sneak around the state’s preemption statute in an effort to ban legal firearms ownership,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Gottlieb’s group, as well as the National Rifle Association and others, have been challenging Deerfield in court ever since the ban was approved by the village.
As for Deerfield, who is being defended in court by the Brady Campaign, city officials said they are “closely reviewing the ruling” and are keeping “all options available, including the right to appeal the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court.”
SIG Sauer announced Monday that it was honoring U.S. Navy SEAL Britt “Slab” Slabinski with a commemorative MK25 pistol to celebrate National Medal of Honor Day.
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Accurate and very comfortable in the hand, the Defiant STOCK 1 clearly has many uses beyond competition, including home defense, hunting, law enforcement use, open carry, and just plinking. It strikes me as a little large for concealed carry, but there are people who no doubt would find this full-sized handgun just right for that purpose, too.
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I’m not a cop. Never been one. Never played one on TV. And while I fully understand why this new G45 model from Glock, dubbed their “Crossover” pistol, is exactly what some departments have wanted, and what I predict more and more will adopt, I think they’ve struck handgun gold here for the civilian market as well. This baby is a shooter!
Depending upon your political leanings Ernesto “Che” Guevara was a hero, saint, murderer, or monster. Guevara was one of the most polarizing people in all of human history. His life, death, and legacy still spark controversy more than half a century after his execution.
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Leupold doesn’t only manufacture and sell riflescopes. I recently used the Leupold Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit on a coyote hunt, and now I'm a believer.
At a time when “silencers” were mostly the playthings of nerds and collectors, AAC brought attitude. From the skulls in the logo to the idea you should not only use your can, but use the hell out of it, they were a breath of fresh air. Two and a half decades in, they still feel young at heart. So it is with great pleasure this week I get to write about new options.
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