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NRA’s Heroes

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From the Firearms Coalition

 

NRA’s Heroes

 

By Jeff Knox

(April 8, 2008)  Over the years I have often run into people who have withdrawn their membership in the National Rifle Association because they are angry about a position NRA has taken, or failed to take, on some piece of legislation.  These folks are often surprised when I encourage them to renew their membership and learn that I am an Endowment, Life Member myself.  Many people have withdrawn from the NRA based solely on the terrible treatment my father suffered at the hands of NRA officials, but even with the malicious personal attacks Dad suffered, he never stopped supporting the organization and its goals because he understood that NRA isn’t the suits at Headquarters; NRA is millions of shooters and gunowners all around this country and Neal Knox would never abandon them.

The recent death of Charlton Heston was widely reported and his loss will be prominently grieved at the coming NRA Meeting of Members.  I will say that, though I didn’t always agree with him, I had the utmost respect for Mr. Heston and appreciate what he did for the NRA and the gun rights movement, but I will leave it to the NRA and his publicists to eulogize him.  I would rather tell you about another hero of gun rights we lost recently.

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Shooting Back Works!

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Shooting Back Works

 

By Jeff Knox

(March 11, 2008) The media and gun control advocates insist that the easy availability of firearms is a problem; that increased firepower equals increased death toll; that the key to stopping armed violence is restricting gun sales and prohibiting lawful firearm possession in certain public places.  They’re wrong.  They have always been wrong and their misguided tampering comes with a very high price – people’s lives.

In the past year there have been a number of very high profile cases of a lone lunatic walking into a public place and indiscriminately shooting people.  Such incidents are aberrations, unpredictable, unstoppable, and relatively unusual.  The best indicator that someone might attempt such an atrocity is not how available guns are or how efficiently background checks are conducted, but the level of news coverage generated by the last such tragedy because so many of these cowards are motivated by a desire for their own 15 minutes of fame.  Since the media refuses to stop rewarding these murderers, the best that can be hoped for is to mitigate the damage when they strike.  In the final analysis, the difference between a crazed bad guy killing several people and a crazed bad guy killing dozens of people is almost always the length of time it takes for good guys with guns to arrive on the scene.  Three attacks in the past year offer graphic proof of this fact. 

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Olofson’s Troubles

Olofson Released

April 2011

Regular readers of our work will remember the story of David Olofson.  He was a decorated veteran and Sergeant in the Army National Guard who was convicted of illegally transferring an unregistered machinegun after he loaned a 20-year old AR15 rifle to a friend and the rifle malfunctioned while the young man was shooting it at a local range.  Olofson appealed the conviction all the way up to the Supreme Court, but was denied and ordered to serve 30 months in prison.  That sentence has now been completed and David is finally out of prison.
The saga, which began in July of 2006 will never truly be over as Olofson is now a convicted felon with all of the stigma and loss of rights associated with that label and his military and professional careers have been thoroughly destroyed.  Nor can Olofson recapture the time he lost with his kids, one of whom was born just as the case began and has only known her father through visits to the Federal Prison.
Thanks to some support from the Gun Owners Foundation, the family managed to keep their home during David’s forced absence, but the struggle isn’t over.  It can be hard for someone with a felony conviction on their record to find work so Olofson has launched an on-line business selling hand made, natural soaps and bath products.  Our first order for gift baskets have already been placed and we hope that many of our members and guests will also choose to sample Olofson’s wares. 

To visit the Olofson’s business, place an order, and show your support, Click Here.

The other shoe drops:  Supreme Court denies cert

Latest Development:  Octover 14, 2009

David Olofson’s case was rejected without comment by the Supreme Court on October 13.

 

Links to CNN, Lou Dobbs report on this case:

First Segment click here.

Second Segment click here.  

Note: This is a longer format than our normal Knox Reports.  This was written for general public consumption so forgive some of the rudimentary explanations, etc.  A shorter, more concise version was produced for Shotgun News and other “gun media,” but we felt it was best to post the full version here. 

Here is a link to an image library containing dozens of documents from the case – Click Here.  The library also contains a few photo’s of military gear that has nothing to do with the case.  Those interested in the details of the case can also read a long-running forum discussion on AR15.com which includes scanned immages of the case documents and comments on the case from Olofson himself.  Olofson is known as Bladerunner2347 and posted this information himself as the case was developing.  To read the entire 40+ pages of the discussion, click here .

 

The Accidental Felon

 

By Jeff Knox

 

            (January 29, 2008) There are several ways for a person to unintentionally commit a felony, but most of them are looked at by prosecutors, judges, and juries as the accidents they are and dealt with accordingly.  Such is not always the case however, especially when firearms are involved; for the past 2 years David Olofson has been learning that the hard way.  Olofson is a regular guy who happens to be fond of AR15 style sport-utility rifles.  He loaned a rifle to a friend.  While the friend was shooting it he moved the safety switch to a point beyond the Fire position.  The rifle fired a couple of short bursts and jammed.  Someone at or near the club called the police to complain about machinegun fire.  The police notified the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and David Olofson was subsequently charged and convicted of illegally transferring a machinegun.

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Bush Administration Out of Line in DC Gun Case

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From the Firearms Coalition

 

Bush Administration

Out of Line in DC Gun Case

 

By Jeff Knox

(January 15, 2008) Late in the day on Friday, January 11, the Solicitor General of the United States, an office appointed by the President and tasked with representing the Administration view in court, filed an amicus brief in support of the District of Columbia in the case of DC v. Heller now before the Supreme Court.  The brief includes thoughtful, scholarly review of the history and meaning of the Second Amendment, concluding that it refers to, and protects, a preexisting, right which has no militia membership requirement.  The brief then stresses the idea that, like other rights, the right to arms may be restricted by the government for a variety of reasons.  And that the Supreme Court should render a decision affirming the individual nature of the right to arms, but should reject the Circuit Court’s conclusion that the DC laws are a violation of that right.  The Solicitor General would have the Court send the case back down to the lower courts for them to determine which, if any, of DC’s laws cross the threshold of “reasonable restrictions” and are therefore unconstitutional.

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H.R.2640 Analysis

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From the Firearms Coalition

 

Bringing Perspective to

NICS Improvement

 

By Jeff Knox

 

(January 8, 2008) In the last moments of the 2007 congressional session both the Senate and the House passed a revised version of the “NICS Improvement Act” H.R.2640 and the President has now signed it into law. 

The source of much rancor and gnashing of teeth for the better part of 2007, H.R.2640 was a modified version of a perennial bill from avid anti-gun Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and was the result of negotiations with NRA.  With NRA support it flew through the House on a voice vote and seemed destined to pass through the Senate in similar fashion until Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) halted its momentum.  Again NRA went to the bargaining tables to negotiate modifications that would satisfy Coburn without offending bill sponsors like Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  The end result was the original bill with some extra verbiage to narrow and more precisely define its exact purpose and intent.

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Rumbles on the Border

 

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Rumbles on the Border

 

 By Chris Knox

 

(Phoenix, Arizona)  At least twice this December, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents have held press conferences here in Phoenix to announce seizure of a “cache” – or maybe caches – of “assault-type weapons.”  According to the latest reports, agents now have one man in custody on felon-in-possession charges.  The guns, which have so far only been displayed on tables for television cameras, have not been described in detail, but appear to include AK-47 and AR-15 type rifles, as well as several handguns, ammo for each, and .50 caliber ammunition, although no mention has been made of a corresponding rifle.  Numbers of guns involved in the seizure(s) range from 42 to 62, and it’s so far unclear even whether the most recent stories refer to two separate incidents or the same one.  At the time of this writing no agents were available for comment or clarification.

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Candidates on Rights

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Candidates on Rights

 

By Jeff Knox
           

            (December 5, 2007) As the Primary season begins, now is the time for GunVoters to step up and make sure that they have a choice worth choosing come next November.  If GunVoters don’t stand up now, in the early Primaries, there will only be a choice between an anti-gun Democrat and an anti-gun Republican for President. 

Here is an outline of the key candidates’ positions. 

Democrats:

If you are voting in a Democratic Primary, there is only one candidate with a pro-gun record; New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.  Gov. Richardson had a good record as a Representative and as Governor.  All of the others have expressed strong anti-gun views.

Republicans:

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Heller

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From the Firearms Coalition

 

Heller’s Up and Parker’s on Deck

 

By Jeff Knox

 

(November 28, 2007) The Supreme Court will review the D.C. gun ban case.  The case, originally known as Parker v. D.C. is now known as D.C. v. Heller.    The name change is a source of confusion, which we’ll explain momentarily.  Another matter of confusion is who’s behind the case.  It is often reported that this case is a project of the libertarian Cato Institute; that’s not true.  While several key players in the case are closely associated with Cato, the organization itself did not fund or sponsor the action.  It is true however that NRA was not happy about this case going forward but has filed a supporting amicus brief and recently began using it as a fundraising appeal.

The story so far:  Last March the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in Parker v. D.C. that the District’s rigid gun control laws violated D.C. citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment.  The court declared that the Second Amendment refers to an individual right, but left plenty of wriggle room by suggesting that “reasonable restrictions” do not constitute “infringement.”

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