The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

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 look at a recent appeals court decision on open carry.

9th Circuit Court Says: No Right To Open Carry

Several readers mentioned this news: 9th Circuit Court Rules Second Amendment Doesn’t Guarantee Right To Open Carry. JWR’s Comments:  The convoluted logic of the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit jurists would have us believe that “bearing” arms only applies to “hearth and home.”  That is absolutely absurd.  Our founding fathers made a point of mentioning both “keep” — which implies: keeping at home, and “bear” — which implies: bearing both at home and away from home. If governments can ban both concealed carry and open carry, then obviously they have infringed our Constitutional right to “bear arms.”  I fully expect this to be appealed to the Supreme Court. Hopefully, that appeal will be heard soon, so that the Supremes can give the 9th Circuit a good spanking and explain to them the meaning of the phrase: “shall not be infringed”!

A Yardstick Yagi

A very useful piece on amateur radio antenna construction, over at American PartisanYardstick Yagi. (Thanks to Peter for the link.)

Plenty of Lyme Disease Tick Habitat in Western U.S.

SurvivalBlog reader C.B. sent us this, from Medical XPress: New study predicts changing Lyme disease habitat across the West Coast.

Will We Be Ready if GPS Goes Down?

Reader C.B. also sent this, over at The Wall Street Journal: Will We Be Ready if GPS Goes Down? Here is a quote:

“GPS is vital to Americans, but hacking it has never been easier. Protecting the civilian Global Positioning System, an invisible utility the federal government pays for, falls to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. He would do well to use the results of the Transportation Department’s January report on technologies that can back up GPS and keep the country moving in a pinch.

Three separate laws, most recently the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, assign the Transportation Department the task of providing a backup to GPS. The LoBiondo Act required the secretary to put in place a backup system by the end of 2020, but no funds were appropriated, so the department couldn’t proceed.”

ATF Arrests Man for Metal Drawing of Full Auto Parts

Reader Tim J. spotted this: ATF Arrests Florida Man for Selling Metal Drawing of Full Auto ‘Lightning Link’

This article begins:

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has arrested a Florida man for selling a piece of metal engraved with the outline of a “lightning link” that turns a semi-automatic AR-15 into a fully automatic machine gun.

The ATF’s move comes alongside a similar crackdown on 80-percent receivers and an ongoing debate about the legality of 3D-printed guns. In each case, federal regulators have made contradictory and unilateral decisions about the point at which a piece of metal or plastic becomes a regulated firearm or accessory.

Kristopher J. Ervin, 40, was arrested March 2 and indicted Thursday on a charge of possessing an unregistered machine-gun conversion device, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Ervin’s company, AutoKeyCard, operated under two domains, and, both of which have been seized by the ATF.”

EMCON: Reducing Your Electronics Signature

Another from Tim J., including a USMC EMCON set of procedures: Reducing Your Electronics Signature, by Prof. Spartan.

Ukraine Declares Deoccupation of Crimea

And finally, James H. sent us this: Ukraine Declares Deoccupation of Crimea. (A translation of President Zelensy’s recent decree.)

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