NYPD To De Blasio: Drop Dead

The O.K. Corral

New York City police officers are retiring at such an alarming rate the personnel office had to slow the amount of paperwork they receive on any given day.

The New York City Police Department is reportedly having to limit the number of retirement applications that it processes on a daily basis due to the overwhelming number of officers who are retiring due to loss of overtime pay and a lack of respect in the current political environment that demonizes police officers.

Now why would that be? This is an enriching, fulfilling, honorable profession which earns respect from both the law-abiding community and the seedy underworld.

“A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year’s number — as the city grapples with a surge of shootings — and the stampede caused a bottleneck that’s forcing others to delay putting in their papers.” “The astonishing…

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The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World

Pacific Paratrooper

Stars and Stripes, which dates back to the Civil War, has published continuously since World War II. In 2010, the paper won a prestigious George Polk Award for revealing the Defense Department’s use of a public relations firm that profiled reporters and steered them toward favorable coverage of the war in Afghanistan. In 2015, the publication broke the news that NBC anchor Brian Williams had exaggerated a story about his reporting in Iraq. Much of the day-to-day coverage is news of direct concern to service members and their families: pay and benefits, life on base and in the field, the real people behind the global geopolitics.

Central Command Area of Responsibility (Apr. 4, 2003) — Command Sgt. Maj. John Sparks, delivers copies of Stars and Stripes to U.S. Marines from Weapons Platoon, 3-2 India Company. The Marines are part of Task Force Tarawa, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom…

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US Committee Tries to Stop the Retirement of A-10 Warthog

H/T War History OnLine.

The A-10 Warhog needs to keep flying.

Like the old Timex commercials used to say it can take a licking and keep on ticking.

The A-10 Warthog can take a licking and it will keep on ticking.

A-10 Warthog
A-10 Warthog

The A-10 Warthog is under threat: It is clear that the US Congress, in the form of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has laid down the law concerning the plans that the US Air Force has to retire and replace legacy aircraft and bring in new technology.

In the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021, the committee has decreed that the Air Force must operate a minimum number of planes from each major mission group.

The Act also states that the replacement or retirement of aircraft is not permitted until such time as this minimum is reached. This is to ensure that the service meets the requirements of the National Defense Strategy.

Defense News was told by a Congressional staff member that these regulations mean that 106 combat search-and-rescue aircraft, 230 tactical airlift platforms, 1,182 fighters, 92 bombers, 235 strategic airlift platforms, 190 unmanned aerial vehicles, 412 tankers, and  84 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, will not be sent to the boneyard or scrapped.

Top view of B-1B in-flight
Top view of B-1B in-flight

This latest legislation puts paid to plans by the Air Force to retire over 100 planes.

These included B-1B Lancer bombers (17), A-10 Warthog air support aircraft (44), KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-Extender refuelers (30), RQ-4 Global Hawk drones (24), and C-130H Hercules cargo planes (24).

The Act further prohibits the retirement of the KC-10 and KC-135 refueling aircraft until such time as the corrections required to the KC-46 remote visual refueling system have been fully implemented.

The Air Force is also prohibited from getting rid of any crewed aircraft used for reconnaissance, surveillance, or intelligence (ISR) by the Special Operations Command.

Col. Martha McSally, a Republican senator from Arizona, who used to fly A-10 Warthogs during her time in the Air Force, told an interview with Military.com, that retiring these aircraft without a suitable replacement being available would not happen.

Hundreds of A-10 Warthog in the fleet have received new wings or are in the process of receiving upgrades
Hundreds of A-10 Warthog in the fleet have received new wings or are in the process of receiving upgrades

She believes that the A-10 Warthog can keep flying into the 2040s, and she would fight to ensure these aircraft were retained.

The Air Force has said that they can maintain six of the current nine A-10 combat squadrons until 2032. To keep these aircraft in the air, hundreds of them have been receiving new wings or upgrades to their wings.

Early in the year, a request was posted on beta.sam.gov, the US government acquisition, and awards website, for a day-long event hosted by the Air Force Special Operations Command (SOCOM), looking for “armed overwatch” aircraft.

The request indicated that SOCOM would be looking for a supply of 75 light attack aircraft.

Around the same time, the head of SOCOM, Lt. Gen. James Slife, said in an interview with the Air Force Magazine that they would eventually replace the U-28 Draco crewed ISR airplanes, currently in use by the armed overwatch fleet.

He said that the Air Force was undertaking the transition from the U-28 in such a manner as to not decrease the armed overwatch capacity on the battlefield.

It is not clear how many of these U-28 aircraft will remain, given the Senate Armed Services Committee’s requirements.

The U-28A is a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft that has been repurposed for ISR duties. These planes can land in rough conditions in partly prepared airfields and fly in many extremely remote areas and we all know how effective the A-10 Warthog is.

This plane can co-ordinate battlefield plans with other aircraft as it communicates with air and ground forces.

Its two high-fidelity electro-optical forward-looking infrared sensors differentiate it from its MC-12 counterpart in the ISR fleet. These sensors allow it to send data to whoever requires it via secure battlefield links.

Colleges Hike Tuition, Slash Classroom Instruction

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Parents and students are going to realize they do not need to pay the high fees of on-campus education. 

Universities defend price hikes even as they move to online classrooms.

Colleges are hiking the price of tuition and living fees despite a decrease in classroom learning and student services.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), New York University, the University of Southern California (USC), and Indiana University are among several universities raising tuition and other fees in the upcoming academic year. These institutions will raise the cost of tuition and living expenses by an average of $1,511 while minimizing services, amenities, and in-person classroom learning.

Tuition hikes come as universities struggle to adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced schools to send students home from campus and adopt alternative teaching methods. Colleges fear tuition revenue will decrease as they transition to online programming, but students are more concerned that they are paying exorbitant rates with little return.

“As students, we still do not know what classes will be in-person or online,” said UIUC College Republicans president Matthew Krauter. “We do not know what activities the university will offer or what events our student organizations may hold. The decision to raise the cost of tuition and campus life while simultaneously scaling back activities and in-person education is tone-deaf.”

Colleges justify the tuition and fee increase by citing the fixed operation costs and decisions made before the pandemic. UIUC will raise in-state student tuition by 4.5 percent to a minimum of $32,814 and out-of-state tuition will rise by 3.5 percent to $50,604 in the 2020-2021 academic year.

University of Illinois spokesman Jan Dennis told the Washington Free Beacon that the public university—which received $1.9 billion in taxpayer funds in 2019— would not roll back costs, though it is attempting to expand scholarship programs.

“The tuition increase was approved in January, before the pandemic,” Dennis said. “[The University of Illinois] system created a new fund that will provide at least $36 million to help students facing increased financial need due to COVID.”

According to a UIUC press briefing, the university plans to uphold the six-feet social distancing guideline in classrooms, and students will be required to wear masks on campus. But the school is also scaling back the traditional services it provides to students. Residence halls will have limited occupancy, and dining centers will transition to take-out centers. USC announced similar plans in early June, but reversed course on July 1 when it announced a transition to online instruction, citing Los Angeles County health guidelines. A USC spokesman directed the Washington Free Beacon to a university tweet about the Trump administration’s decision to force foreign students to return home if classes do not reconvene in the fall. He refused to answer questions about tuition hikes.

Students are upset with the disconnect—traditional universities have moved online, but still cost far more than existing e-learning programs. At Indiana University, students were told they would be learning almost exclusively online despite the decision by the board of trustees to increase tuition.

“I found out five of my six classes were moved online for the fall, on top of that, my tuition is increasing by more than 5 percent [since 2019],” an IU rising sophomore told the Free Beacon. “This isn’t fair and it’s frustrating for students, like me, who feel web-based learning isn’t sufficient.”

Indiana University did not return a request for comment.

Social factors have long justified the high price tag of a college education. Beth Akers, a higher education expert at the Manhattan Institute, said these changes will force colleges to rethink their purpose.

“The traditional business model of higher [education] has long been a message that by having this immersive, on-campus experience, we’re creating some sort of higher education ‘magic’ that justifies this exorbitant price tag,” Akers said. “COVID has taken away the ability for colleges to offer those things that supposedly make the higher education experience so special, so valuable, and worth these very big price tags.”

NYU has not released an official statement confirming whether classes will reconvene in-person in the fall, although on July 1 the school announced it will still accept deposits for undergraduate housing. The university tells prospective students that they will pay $54,882 in tuition, as well as an estimated $19,244 in room and board next year—up from $53,308 and $18,684 for the 2019-2020 academic year. NYU did not return a request for comment.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty about what revenue will actually look like. That’s because a lot have not made a decision about whether or not to have online or in-person classes,” Akers said. “COVID is adding costs in some instances when they’re choosing to keep campuses open and others when those campuses are closing.” The college business model likely cannot withstand a price reduction in tuition as the coronavirus pandemic affects enrollment. Akers predicts there will be a drop-off in enrollment, particularly among first-year students, which will dramatically impact revenue for these colleges.

Tuition has been rising for decades, based in part on the higher earnings and job prospects that graduates enjoy. Higher education’s primacy in the job market, however, is facing challenges not just from the pandemic, but also from the White House. In June, President Trump issued an executive order to replace college degree-based hiring with skills-based hiring within the federal government. Such an approach could jeopardize a major recruiting tool for America’s colleges.

Inez Stepman, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, told the Free Beacon the crash of traditional universities may be exactly what the country needs.

“The university sector, which has long been growing on the tax investment of mechanics, janitors, and the majority of Americans without a four-year degree, may see contractions for the first time in decades,” Stepman said. “Since universities have mostly abandoned their mission to shape thoughtful, informed citizens and have degenerated into activism training camps for the far left, this overdue contraction could have positive effects for the country.”

Maine Dem’s Husband Benefited From Small Business Relief She Criticized

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Typical DemocRat Paycheck Protection Program relief for me but not for thee.

Maine Senate candidate Sara Gideon’s husband directly benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) even as the Democrat railed against Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) for supporting the small business relief fund.

Gideon, who serves as the state House speaker, has frequently criticized the PPP in the last few months, accusing Collins of creating a fund that bails out large corporations but abandons small businesses. What Gideon did not say in her PPP attack ads—one of which earned three out of four Pinocchios from fact-checkers—was that her husband’s law firm received between $1 to $2 million in financial assistance from the fund.

Berman & Simmons, a personal injury law firm, cashed in on the PPP loans on April 6, according to federal data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday. Benjamin Gideon, husband to Sara Gideon, benefited from the program—he serves as a partner at the law firm and owns a $250,000 to $500,000 stake in it, according to Senate disclosures. The firm did not respond to requests for comment.

The lawyers at Berman & Simmons are major donors to Gideon, contributing more than $33,000 in total to her campaign during the 2020 election cycle. Managing director Craig Bramley sent $5,600 to the campaign, while Jack Simmons, the namesake for the firm, gave $2,800.

Berman & Simmons also appears to be capitalizing on the pandemic, saying in a May blog post that the firm is “ready to investigate and pursue” coronavirus cases against veterans’ homes, which were disproportionately affected by the outbreak. The Washington Examiner reported, however, that Sara Gideon has failed to support bills in the state House that would have appropriated additional funding for veterans’ homes.

Congress created PPP to assist small businesses struggling amid coronavirus lockdowns. The program offers applicants low-interest loans that will be forgiven if the business uses them to retain workers. The fund has doled out more than $520 billion, saving millions of jobs across the country. The program has faced criticism for its rocky rollout, however, during which big corporations rushed to collect billions of dollars in financial assistance, temporarily exhausting taxpayer funds before many small businesses could apply.

The Gideon campaign has attacked Collins for her role in creating the program. In a June attack ad, the campaign falsely accused Collins of creating “special loopholes” for campaign donors in the hospitality industry. The Washington Post criticized the ad for being “highly misleading,” since the alleged “loophole” was a bipartisan policy that offered assistance to the franchisees—small business owners who operate under the corporate umbrella of large hotel chains.

Gideon, who is expected to win her primary election on July 14, is neck-and-neck with Collins, according to recent polls. A July 2 survey found that Collins leads Gideon by 8 points, but another poll released on Monday found that Gideon enjoys a 4-point edge over the incumbent.

Gideon’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Below The Radar: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

H/T AmmoLand.

I have mixed feelings about this act both pro and con. 

There is a link at the end of this article to contact your member of Congress.

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Many Second Amendment supporters don’t follow the debate over the legalization of marijuana. For many, it doesn’t seem to register. But right now, some of the effects of that debate could impact people’s Second Amendment rights.

Put it this way – while some states have decriminalized even the recreational use of marijuana, the federal government has not. 21 USC 802(16) lists marijuana (spelled marihuana in the law) as a controlled substance, and it is listed among such substances that can get a person a felony drug conviction. Such a conviction means good-bye to your Second Amendment rights.

Under 18 USC 922, though, one doesn’t need to be convicted on a drug charge to get hit with a 10-year federal sentence. All one has to be is an unlawful user of a controlled substance. This can include marijuana, as this case in Iowa illustrates. The United States Concealed Carry Association has outlined a lot of that on its site.

Here, a number of normal Second Amendment champions have not really been moving on this issue. But Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced HR 420, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. This legislation takes marijuana and puts it on the same tier as alcohol with regards to federal regulation. The most important feature is that marijuana no longer becomes a controlled substance, which ends a lot of legal jeopardy for those who exercise their Second Amendment rights while using marijuana.

There will be a secondary bit of impact – the law renames the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms, and Explosives. There is no indication that extra funds would be given to this agency to handle the extra workload that would result from adding pot to its jurisdiction. That is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, the additional workload might mean that there would be less chance of harassment of Americans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Simply put, if ATF has to also regulate marijuana on the same basis as alcohol, they will be a lot busier, especially in the months and years as marijuana is transitioned from “controlled substance” status.

But there is a flip side: There may be fewer agents available to prosecute some real cases that involve the misuse of firearms. Put it this way, depending on a presidential administration’s priorities, we could see some gun laws that should be enforced not get enforced.

It should be noted Representative Blumenauer doesn’t have the best record on our rights. That said, HR 420 marks a marginal improvement in advancing our Second Amendment freedoms on the margins. As was the case with another law that we covered, Second Amendment supporters should read the text, think it over, and if they feel strongly about it, contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to act.

Fired for Speaking Truth

H/T Town Hall.

 Harald Uhlig was forced out because he did not tell the politically correct truth.

In this toxic environment, you can not tell the unvarnished truth.  

The online mob came for Harald Uhlig.

What terrible thing had he done? As I show in my new video, he tweeted that Black Lives Matter “torpedoed itself, with its full-fledged support of #defundthepolice.” Instead of defunding, Uhlig suggested, “train them better.”

Hundreds of people then signed a petition to demand that Uhlig, a University of Chicago professor and head of the Journal of Political Economy, resign. Even prominent economists like Janet Yellen and Paul Krugman joined the mob. Krugman called Uhlig “another privileged white man who evidently cannot control his urge to belittle the concerns of those less fortunate.”

But that’s just a lie. Uhlig wasn’t belittling concerns of anyone less fortunate.

“There was nothing racist or discriminatory in how he said it,” says Reason Magazine editor Robby Soave, who covers the new “woke” protests. “But because he has some different views from the protesters, he must be a racist.”

Uhlig was placed on leave by the journal he ran.

The new totalitarians demand that no one criticize their view of the world.

The online mob even attacks its fellow Democrats.

David Shor, an analyst at Democratic polling firm Civis Analytics, tweeted a study that concluded, “race riots reduced Democratic vote share.”

That study was probably accurate. Obviously, rioting alienates voters.

But the mob attacked Shor. “Come get your boy,” one tweeted.

His bosses did. Even though Shor issued a groveling apology, he was fired.

Soave points out, “There’s a cruel streak in activism that says, ‘If you disagree with me … you have no right to speak.'”

“Why are they winning?” I ask. “Their argument is ridiculous.”

“People are afraid to challenge them,” explains Soave. “It just takes one employee at one company, to say, ‘Here’s the law that protects my rights to feel safe and comfortable in this workplace. If you’re not making me feel safe and comfortable, I’m going to get you in trouble.'”

So cowardly corporations cave.

A Boeing executive was even forced out for opposing women’s service in the military — 30 years ago.

A Los Angeles soccer team fired a player because his wife posted racist comments.

Michigan State pushed out a physicist when a twitter mob from its “Graduate Employees Union” labeled him a “scientific racist.” What racist thing had the physicist done? He “rejects the idea that scientists should categorically exclude the possibility of average genetic differences among groups,” is how a Wall Street Journal column explained it.

Now “cancel culture” has moved abroad.

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is being smeared as “transphobic.” When a tax researcher was fired for saying, “Identifying as a woman does not make a person a woman,” Rowling tweeted, incredulously, “Force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?”

She said she has nothing against trans people, but she’s “concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition.”

The Twitter mob claimed her “hate” was “killing trans people.”

Some staff at Hachette, her publisher, refused to work on her next book. Actors in her “Harry Potter” movies spoke out against her.

But Rowling didn’t back down. “It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she tweeted.

She also mocked a charity that used the phrase “people who menstruate” instead of women, tweeting: “There used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

That further incensed the mob. It claimed her “hate … leads to trans women, especially teens and black trans women, becoming victims of sexual assault.”

But Rowling is the rare person popular enough to be able to resist the mob. Her publisher spoke up for her, saying, “Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of publishing.”

And the University of Chicago stood up to the mob, too. The school, after a 10-day investigation, announced there was “no basis” for taking away Harold Uhlig’s job. He’s been reinstated.

That’s how these cases should be handled.

“The solution is to challenge these people,” says Soave. “We just have to speak up.”

Those of us who can, must.


Emotional Blackmail Behind Gun Control

H/T Bearing Arms.

The anti-gun crowd only has emotional blackmail to use because they lack any facts.

Every time there’s a mass shooting at a school, some nimrod is going to go on about how people who oppose gun control just don’t care about murdered children. They say the same thing when it’s some kid caught in the crossfire between two warring gangs in inner-city Chicago or Baltimore. The fact that we won’t roll over for their solution means we don’t want any solutions.

Of course, it’s not just when there’s a shooting that this will pop up.

On July 4th, NBC ran a so-called “think piece” about just when patriotism became about selfishness. It’s unsurprising that a member of the media would think patriotism automatically means adhering to left-leaning ideology. However, I wasn’t really worried about the stupidity until I got to this little tidbit:

But I guess a country that values access to guns over children’s lives so often that the response to what was, pre-pandemic, near-daily mass shootings is “thoughts and prayers” instead of gun control doesn’t really have any pride left in itself.

At this point, the writer has given up any pretense of intellectual honesty.

After all, this comment supposes that the only possible solution to mass shootings–and the only way there are “near-daily mass shootings” is if you count gang shootings, which the average person doesn’t consider the same thing–is to enact gun control. Nevermind that most mass shootings are carried out with handguns, not so-called assault rifles, and thus won’t actually be curtailed by that particular bit of gun control. Nevermind that most mass shooters haven’t been convicted of anything that would prohibit them from buying a gun. Let’s also ignore those like the Sandy Hook shooter who murdered his own mother to get a gun he could use for his atrocities.

No, the only possible answer in the writer’s mind is gun control.

Worse, though, is that if you don’t bend over to support her position on the matter, you don’t actually care about the lives of children.

What I’d like to say to the author of this fertilizer pile masquerading as an opinion piece isn’t fit for publication on a site read by people of all ages. However, as someone who has actually lost someone he cared about in a mass shooting, I take personal offense at the implication. I’ve taken offense at it ever time it comes up.

The author acts as if those who oppose gun control just don’t care, but ignores the fact that many of us simply don’t think it will work.

Instead, we advocate for things we believe will actually make a real impact using the existing laws that are already on the books. For example, the Parkland shooter should never have been able to buy an AR-15, but not because of the weapon. Instead, he shouldn’t have because of his long history of domestic abuse toward his mother, abuse the Broward County Sheriff’s Department knew about yet failed to act on.

Let’s plug that loophole somehow.

After all, there’s evidence to suggest that most mass shooters have also committed domestic violence at some point in the past. Stepping up enforcement of those laws might well lay the groundwork for preventing many mass shooters from buying their firearms in the first place. Of course, that won’t stop mass shootings, especially the “near-daily mass shootings” that are actually gang warfare carried out with stolen guns.

But no, some people would much rather pretend that we just don’t give a damn and I’m sick of it.

American Patriot & Singer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83 ~ VIDEO

H/T AmmoLand.

R.I.P. Charlie Daniels.


Nashville, Tenn. USA –  -(AmmoLand.com)- Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning July 6th, 2020, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.

Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” recorded with Bob Dylan and was a vocal supporter of U.S. veterans and a bold advocate for conservative American values and gun ownership. He was 83.

Daniels’ death was confirmed by his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels Jr.

NPR reports that: “Up until July 3, Daniels was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled “Soap Box.”

“Late last month, he railed against the protesters amassing in the streets against police brutality, writing: “It will dawn on you that this is not a simple protest against the unjust killing of a black man, but a revolutionary street battle against America and everything we stand for and it IS funded and lead by socialist factions, and it’s not just in the US but in many democratic nations around the world … Gun sales are through the roof and America is locked and loaded to protect their families and their neighborhoods.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

American Patriot & Singer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83
American Patriot & Singer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83

About Charlie Daniels:

From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Court Rules University of Wyoming CAN Ban Guns On Campus

H/T Bearing Arms.

Hopefully, the ruling by judge Tori Kricken will be overturned like her previous ruling was overturned.

I am not surprised by her ruling as she is an Obama appointee.

Many states have preemption laws in place. The purpose of those laws is to prevent an unwieldy patchwork of gun control laws within a given state, making it virtually impossible for regular folks to be clear on what’s legal and what isn’t from place to place.

The idea is that such laws should be passed by the legislature to minimize the confusion.

However, a court in Wyoming, however, has found that the University of Wyoming isn’t really covered by the state’s preemption law.

The University of Wyoming has the power to regulate and prohibit firearms on its campus, and its gun policy does not violate the Second Amendment, Tori Kricken, the district court judge in Albany County, ruled Thursday.

This is Kricken’s second ruling in the years-long case of Lyle Williams, of Uinta County, who has sought to overturn the university’s gun policy through the courts. Her previous ruling was overturned by the Wyoming Supreme Court on procedural grounds.

Kricken ruled upon a number of separate points related to the university’s firearms policy: The law that pre-empts most governments below the state level from enacting their own firearms regulations only applies to firearms made in Wyoming, Kricken ruled.

UW acts as an arm of the state, so it is not included in the law that prevents most local or subsidiary elements of government in Wyoming from regulating firearms, Kricken ruled.

The university’s regulations do not violate the provisions in the United States and Wyoming constitutions that protect gun rights, either facially or as applied to Williams, Kricken ruled.

This ruling is expected to be appealed back to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Particularly controversial is Kricken’s claim that the Wyoming law blocking the local regulation of firearms only applies to guns made in Wyoming.

Which is good, because most of that ruling is absolutely nuts.

The only part I can see from a legalistic standpoint is that the university, as a state entity, isn’t covered by the preemption law. That’s a bit that the legislature can address easily enough.

As for the rest? It’s insane. Especially claiming that preemption only applies to firearms made within the state. Honestly, that’s got to be some weapons-grade stupidity there.

Of course, with this going to the Wyoming Supreme Court, there’s still a good chance that all of this insanity will be overturned. At least, let’s hope so, because if this stands, there’s a problem.

You see, claiming that preemption only applies to weapons made in Wyoming opens up the door for communities to enact gun control measures by specifically excluding any firearm made within the state. Since most guns are made elsewhere, that opens up a whole lot of doors.

Luckily, I don’t see how that bit can withstand a legal challenge. After all, here’s the text of the state’s preemption law:

(c) The sale, transfer, purchase, delivery, taxation, manufacture, ownership, transportation, storage, use and possession of firearms, weapons and ammunition shall be authorized, regulated and prohibited by the state, and regulation thereof is preempted by the state. Except as authorized by W.S. 15-1-103(a)(xviii), no city, town, county, political subdivision or any other entity shall authorize, regulate or prohibit the sale, transfer, purchase, delivery, taxation, manufacture, ownership, transportation, storage, use, carrying or possession of firearms, weapons, accessories, components or ammunition except as specifically provided by this chapter. This section shall not affect zoning or other ordinances which encompass firearms businesses along with other businesses. Zoning and other ordinances which are designed for the purpose of restricting or prohibiting the sale, purchase, transfer or manufacture of firearms or ammunition as a method of regulating firearms or ammunition are in conflict with this section and are prohibited.

There is absolutely nothing in there to even hint that it only applies to guns made in the state. Nothing at all.

Frankly, I’d be hardpressed to see how a university qualifies as “the state” when that’s generally understood to be the legislature, but that’s the only part of the ruling the least bit reasonable. Not much, mind you, just a teensy bit. If you look at it and squint, that is.


Regardless, let’s hope this idiotic decision is overturned quickly. This is the last thing anyone in Wyoming needs.