SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we celebrate the ATF’s reversal on their plan to ban or heavily tax most pistols with arm braces as Short-Barreled Riles (SBRs).
FPC: The ATF Withdraws “Guidance” for “Stabilizing Braces”
To start today’s column, a follow-up on some good news, from the good folks fighting for our rights, at The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC): ATF Withdraws “Guidance” for “Stabilizing Braces”. Here is a quote from their announcement:
“Today, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) issued “the withdrawal of a notice and request for comments” regarding the agency’s recently published “guidance” document captioned “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’.” The ATF’s notice of withdrawal can be found at FPCLegal.org.
On December 16, 2020, FPC published a memorandum entitled “ATF to Issue Guidance on ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” reporting on the agency’s intent to further address firearms with stabilizing brace devices. That memorandum also stated that “FPC believes that the NFA is an unconstitutional infringement of the People’s rights, that the ATF should be abolished, and that any policy or practice enforcing the Act is unconstitutional and immoral.”
Two days later, the ATF’s guidance was published in the Federal Register “to inform and invite comment from the industry and public” for a period of 14 days. The notice purported to give the public guidance as to factors that the agency would use to “determine” whether a handgun equipped with a “stabilizing brace” was a firearm regulated by the National Firearms Act (“NFA”).”
But in the same announcement, the FPC warned:
“While the ATF is apparently withdrawing this particular “guidance” at this time, the matter is still “pending further Department of Justice review,” which could lead to ATF taking different and potentially far more aggressive actions in the near future, especially under a Joseph Biden-led administration.”
Even though the draft guidance letter was withdrawn, please go ahead and make a comment. (One thing that the leftists say has some truth to it: “Silence is consent.”) Please make your comment short, to the point, and polite. DO NOT use any profanity, crude language, or insults.
DHS: Avoid Chinese Spy Software and Data Services
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: DHS tells US firms to avoid Chinese software, data services over spying concerns.
Why Americans Will Be Demanding Proof of Vaccination
Raeder D.S.V. sent this, over at Axios: Why Americans will be demanding proof of vaccination.
CNBC Covers Doomsday Preppers
Reader G.G. spotted this bit of biased reporting, at CNBC: Doomsday preppers stock up on luxury survival kits, emergency food supplies and million-dollar bunkers. The article’s intro readers:
“This was the year that coronavirus fears turned American shoppers into hoarders. There have been widespread shortages on products like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and flour as people prepared for the long stretches of isolation that have become commonplace during the pandemic.
But for one segment of the population, preparing for the worst was a way of life even before the pandemic. “Preppers” or “survivalists,” as they’re known, have been around for years, buying elaborate survival kits, yearlong supplies of nonperishable foods and even elaborate underground bunkers.”
The Left is Targeting Accreditation of Christian Colleges
Texas Representative Brian Babin warns: ‘Blueprint for Positive Change’ Exposes the Left’s Plans for Conservatives
A New Cabin for a Siberian Recluse
Our Editor-At-Large Michael Z. Williamson mentioned a documentary about this family a while back. It is about Christians who survived Stalin’s purges by going as remote as possible. Here is an update: Russian Billionaire Funds A New Home For Siberian Hermit Known As The ‘World’s Loneliest Woman’.
That includes ensuring the reclusive woman’s home was updated to withstand the harsh Siberian winter, which has only gotten worse due to the changing climate. Mike’s Comment: “I don’t understand. If the climate is getting warmer, how is Siberia getting colder?”
Travelers: AI Will Be Watching – and Mapping Your Face
Reader D.S.V. sent us this from Kim Komando: Traveling in 2021? AI will be watching – and mapping your face
Glitterbomb 3.0 vs. Porch Pirates
And finally just for fun, from reader C.B… This brilliant engineer has out-done himself with version 3.0: Glitterbomb 3.0 vs. Porch Pirates