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Strange times – Gates dumps millions into anti-gun initiative while Apple hires a designer who designed a Beretta shotgun

There are indeed strange times.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates seems to now think that that he knows better than law enforcement unions/groups and sheriffs in WA and is dumping millions into anti-gun initiative 594. He is even at odds with Microsoft’s own gun club (yep, there is one).
I am still waiting to hear what size soda he thinks I should be drinking/allowed to buy.
Maybe I would have if I hadn’t moved our family off of Windows Phone 8.1. Oh Cortana, what have your masters done!?


But on the flip-side, Apple just hired a designer that recently designed a beautiful SxS shotgun. That’s a side-by-side for whoever wrote the new “Purge” movie — it’s not “Es Ex Es.”


Wacky times.




Suppressors & trusts – what did you do?

I am sure that you all have heard the controversy surrounding ATF’s proposed changes to NFA items and trusts. Mainly that they are trying to make a person a “responsible party” and therefore subject to additional requirements including the much elusive (and impossible to obtain in my neck of woods) CLEO sign off. There has been much written on it.

So, my question to you is if you have recently gone the trust route for a suppressor did you have a lawyer draft your trust, or did you use an online Gun Trust? I continue to read that ones created with generic box software (like Quicken) are getting rejected or worse revoked.

A quick search of buy “NFA Trust” returned a bunch. There was one for about $135 which you basically got the forms (including add/remove trustees) which seemed like a good deal, but had no support and is not not state centric. Others ranged from $200 and up. A few looked like you had to buy additional services for simple things like add/remove trustees. My understanding of how a trust works is that you should be able to do it on your own. Unless there is some type of legal agreement with the vendor disallowing you to do so. I do not like such restrictions.

Anyway, please let me know what route/vendor you went with. With Washington State’s legalization of suppressor usage (it used to be legal to own but illegal to use) I am very curious.


Despite what KOMO & Seattle Times says, no assault weapon under state law…

I don’t know if it is media bias. Or just poor journalism but I have read multiple reports of the recent Seattle Gun Back giving folks a $200 Amazon gift card for turning in an “assault weapon” as “defined” by WA State Law.

Oh really? There is no definition as far as I know. I double checked. There is no definition in RCW9.41 (firearms and dangerous weapons). In fact, there is even a section for definitions where it is not. That took me about 2 minutes of online searching.

Here are a couple of links to the poorly researched articles:

They both say:, which has been expanding its headquarters in Seattle, kicked in $30,000 in Amazon gift cards – $100 for each handgun, rifle or shotgun turned in, and $200 for each gun classified as an assault weapon under state law.

Ever heard of fact checking?

If they can’t get this simple legal fact correct (either the definition exists under RCW or it doesn’t) can we really expect them to report ANY firearms legal issues?

Now, kudos go to this journalist who actually did some research and spent the 2 minutes to give factual information:

SPD also released details on how to distinguish between a regular gun and an assault weapon (regular guns get $100, assault weapons get $200):

“While the state doesn’t have anything on the books defining “assault weapons”, here’s what our in-house gun experts came up with for the purposes of the gun buyback: [snipped…generic Feinstein 1993 AWB definition]

Thank you West Seattle Herald for being actual journalists, doing research, and actually updating your article to reflect correct information.

Clackamas Mall Shooter was stopped by a CCW without firing a shot!

NWCN Article

Oregon News
Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter

by Mike Benner

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore … Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.

“I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ‘are you serious?'”

The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.

“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. “He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”

The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.

“As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the charlotte move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them.”

Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.

“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”

The gunman was dead, but not before taking two innocent lives with him and taking the innocence of everyone else.

“I don’t ever want to see anyone that way ever,” said Meli. “It just bothers me.”

Sunnyside man uses “sword” to stop intruder inside his home

Sword…machete…butter knife….pencil…that’s news accuracy nowadays…weird story though. I repost it because of the news media portrayal of “assault weapons” and “bullet proof vests.” Makes you wonder about what else they are misleading/wrong about. WA: Sunnyside man uses sword to stop intruder inside his home — thegunwire (@thegunwire)

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