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Monday, February 16, 2009

Newton's Third Law of Firearms

Montana flips the bird-shot at the Commerce Clause:
Montana lawmakers fired another shot in battles for states' rights as they supported letting some Montana gun owners and dealers skip reporting their transactions to the federal government.

Under House Bill 246, firearms made in Montana and used in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation. The same would be true for firearm accessories and ammunition made and sold in the state.
In days with an abundance of gloomy news, it's uplifting to hear that some of these United States are not taking the fevered chanting of hope-change sitting down. Instead, they are kicking it back in the teeth of the authoritarians that are frantically applying band-aids to a disemboweled financial system with one hand, and grasping at any liberties within reach with the other.

Needless to say, Montana has recaptured my interest as an eventual location to reside in a more permanent fashion.

7 comments:

MikeT said...

I visited Montana in the late 90s. Beautiful state, but poor as hell compared to my beloved Old Dominion. I think I would be happy if Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky simply broke away and formed a new coastal confederacy.

Elusive Wapiti said...

Sweet! I lived in Montana in the late 90s. Sure do miss the "reasonable and prudent" speed limit, plus a "we don't need no gummint" attitude once you get away from the major population centers (and centers of limousine liberalism) such as Missoula, Bozeman, Polson, and to a lesser extent Great Falls and Billings.

SellCivilizationShort said...

Glacier National Park is lovely. Be sure to sing or wear bells as you hike, so that you will not surprise any bears.

I am told the fishing is good.

Elusive Wapiti said...

Both times I've been in Glacier, I've packed. Against the law, of course--I understand that the law is being reconsidered--but I guess that's better than being dead.

Besides, I have this funny attitude about laws that are stupid and/or immoral.

Triton said...

Wow; that really would be a shot across the BATFE's bow. I hope it becomes law. If it did, and the feds backed down, I would be tempted to move there and manufacture firearms, regardless of the pay.

I think I would be happy if Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky simply broke away and formed a new coastal confederacy.

Only half those states have a coast. I'm just sayin'... ;)

Something Feral said...

"Triton's AK Warehouse!"

That same thought crossed my mind, but I don't know much about gunsmithing at the moment (likely to change). I'd be willing to move and learn on-the-fly just to spit in Der Staat's eye. Hell, any state(s) willing to take that stand, including MikeT's proposed "Old Dominion Confederacy" (which rolls off the tongue nicely, I might add).

SCS, funny you should mention bear-bells... I have the ones from my Alaska backpacking expedition here in my desk.

EW, I had to dig for this, but it tripped something in my brain when you spoke of packing despite the (asinine) law:

"An immoral law makes it a man's duty to break it, at every hazard. For virtue is the very self of every man. It is therefore a principle of law that an immoral contract is void, and that an immoral statute is void. For, as laws do not make right, and are simply declaratory of a right which already existed, it is not to be presumed that they can so stultify themselves as to command injustice."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Triton said...

That same thought crossed my mind, but I don't know much about gunsmithing at the moment

Me neither. I'd have to work in someone else's shop as an apprentice or something for a while.

Triton's AK Warehouse

Now, don't start giving me any ideas... ;)