Emerald Gryphon

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Archive for the ‘Guns’ Category

Breaking News: Armed Family seen in local Bar!!

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Wednesday, 15 July 2009


So, in celebration of the new Tennessee ‘Guns in Bars’ bill, my wife, my 6 month old daughter, and I went to go have a pleasant dinner at the Ruby Tuesday’s in Smyrna tonight. And yes, two of us were armed. Openly. (bonus points if you can guess which two… heheh)

No PSH, and neither of our firearms leapt out of their holsters and shot the place up. Had a good meal  (have you tried the fruit lemonades they have there? Outstanding!) with great service (thank you, Jenn! Ask for her – she was incredible!), and just spent a pleasant hour and change. I would encourage everyone who is a friend of firearms owners and gun rights to patronize Ruby Tuesday’s. They started here in Nashville, and they came out very early in this whole shouting match by declaring that they weren’t going to post any of their Tennessee restaurants “No Firearms” since they haven’t had a problem in any other state. They, like Walmart, McDonalds, IHOP, etc; will simply follow the laws of the state that they are in regarding arms. They have just become our new favorite restaurant locally, whether we are carrying or not. And, it seems we are not alone:  The Squeaky Wheel goes to RT’s in Memphis (i think) and  Shots Across the Bow details more terrifying incidents involving guns and alcohol in the same building. (h/t) Say Uncle.

To the restaurant owners who don’t want guns carried in their restaurants: Cool. Plainly post that you don’t want our business, and we will leave you alone. Carving the exception for permit holders ( as well as carving the exception out for off duty police) out of the general prohibition on carry in restaurants that serve alcohol only increases liberty for everyone in Tennessee. Permit holders get added liberty to choose different places to eat, and restaurant owners are no longer prevented from allowing carry on their premises, but can prohibit carry of they choose (it is their property, after all) Win all the way around, I say.

To those who are getting their senses all out of whack and claim that they will not eat at any restaurant that allows guns, well, i guess that you wont go to McD’s, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, IHOP, Subway, the food court at most malls, the snack bar at Target or Wal-mart….. There are really too many to list. The only restaurant that I know of in Middle Tennessee that prohibits carry in Waffle House. I guess that they will be packed from now on… heh.





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Tennessee Restaraunt Carry bill vetoed by Gov Bredesen.

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Friday, 29 May 2009

Wow. Just wow. newsish link here.

I’ll let all the political evaluation be done by those with better insight than me. For example, SayUncle has a good (though short) roundup of reactions, including this little gem:

I guess he really doesn’t have future aspirations for political office in the state.

That really about sums it up. As a gun owner and licensed carrier here in Tennessee, i am particularly upset that our Governor doesn’t believe that our citizens are as mentally competent as those of ALL our neighboring states. yes, thats right, every state that touches Tennessee allows people with a permit to carry in restaurants as long as they are not drinking. Virginia goes as far as requiring that the weapon be carried openly.

Is this so hard? The Governor wants to restrict a fundamental civil right based not on any evidence but on his gut. I’m sorry, that is neither the power nor function of government. Gut feelings (all guns are bad, m’kay? Unless I am the one directing the usage of those guns!) don’t pass constitutional muster as ‘providing a compelling state interest’ to restrict a fundamental civil right.

I don’t need a nanny. I just need to be left alone.

In the immortal wods of Captain Mal Reynolds, “I’m done runnin’. I aim to misbehave”





h/t instapundit

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Text of the new “Ugly Gun Law”

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Friday, 23 February 2007

As I posted earlier, the new “Ugly Gun Law” has been introduced in the house. you can read the text of the bill here. Now, i’m not an attorney or a Constitutional law professor, but I have a really hard time accepting that any part of this bill is constitutional. In particular, i am bothered by Sec. 3.A.30.(L), where it says

“`(L) A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.'”

In light of the stated purpose of the Second amendment to ensure that the citizens of this country are able to defend themselves from a government gone bad and its Army, this passage seems especially egregious. 

Also, in Sec 6 it states

“`(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to transfer a semiautomatic assault weapon to which paragraph (1) does not apply, except through–

    `(A) a licensed dealer, and for purposes of subsection (t) in the case of such a transfer, the weapon shall be considered to be transferred from the business inventory of the licensed dealer and the dealer shall be considered to be the transferor; or
    `(B) a State or local law enforcement agency if the transfer is made in accordance with the procedures provided for in subsection (t) of this section and section 923(g).”

If I’m reading this right, this says that a private citizen who legally owns one of these will now be prohibited from selling it except to and /or through a dealer. This creates a new record of the transaction and registers the weapon with the new owners fingerprints. At the risk of sounding tinfoil-hattish, the bureaucracy has neither the right nor the need to retain the records of what guns I possess and how I dispose of them.

 I encourage everyone interested in protecting our freedoms in this country to write / email / call your respective congresscritters to decry this law as unconstitutional. You can get your Senators and representatives information here.



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2nd Amendment under attack again, it seems…

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Via the Instapundit

Apparently the House has introduced a renewal of the original ugly gun law.  H.R. 1022 (text of bill not yet available) has been introduced by Rep Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY .   For what it’s worth, thanks large to all the repubs who decided to ‘teach the party a lesson’ on leaving limited gov’t behind.  This is the kind of crap a Democrat-led congress puts out. I guess that means its time to find it in the budget to pick up a few more assault rifles for the house.  (and don’t forget the high-capacity magazines!)

Really, i don’t expect this to fly too far this session, but watch out if the Dems get a larger hold on congress and/or (gods forbid) the presidency in 2009.

 Lots to think about….. more on this later.



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Support Worldwide Gun Rights!

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy there is a request for anyone associated with a shooting organization to help a French gun rights group stop a potential ban on pump shotguns. As far as I can see, they need help proving that a pump shotgun is often used in both hunting and in sporting events. In my experience, that is one of the most common hunting weapons in use in the US. How much weight that an endorsement from “those cowboy Americans” will have, I don’t know… Hopefully it won’t backfire on them. If anyone can help with this, please do so and pass it on.


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