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 some pending Federal firearms legislation. Please contact your congressman and senators, to voice your opposition!
Federal Anti-Gun Bills Pending
There are several gun bills before the U.S. Senate and House. The top concern is the Senate version of H.R. 1808) (PDF of bill) — Already passed in the House. A U.S. Senate bill number has not yet been assigned. But it may come up for debate as soon as this week! The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) posted this summary:
“…H.R. 1808 would BAN:
- Virtually ALL ARs and AKs
- Many semiautomatic shotguns
- Many semiautomatic pistols (including some .22s)
- Nearly ALL AR Pistols
- Standard-capacity magazines (anything more than 15 rounds)
- And even many common firearm parts!”
According to The Firearms Coalition of Colorado, the other bills of concern include:
“S.736 – Assault Weapons Ban — Senator Feinstein’s perennially horrible bill.
S. 529 is a bill to expand background checks to nearly all private sales and transfers. Contact your Senators. Bill text here: Text – S.529 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Background Check Expansion Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress.
And over on the House side:
H.R. 8460 is a bill that would allow the BATFE to create a database that would be a national gun registry, among other infringements. Contact your Representative. Bill text here: Text – H.R.8460 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): AIM Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
House Democrats are also targeting gun makers for lawsuits in H.R. 2814, which would repeal The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and make gun makers liable for crimes committed with their firearms. Contact your Representative. Follow the bill: Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act of 2022 (H.R. 2814) – GovTrack.us.”
US Life Expectancy Falls to Lowest Since 1996
This was linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: US life expectancy falls to lowest level since 1996.
Starlink to Cover Cell Phone Dead Zones in the US
Elon Musk Announces Partnership to end Cell Phone Dead Zones in the US. JWR’s Comment: With the tremendous bandwidth provided by the Starlink constellation, I saw this coming. I predict that within a year, Musk’s companies will team up to produce a new generation satellite smartphone handset within a year.
FedEx Now Requiring Scans of ID to Deliver Gun Shipments
Steve W. wrote:
“I have run into a situation this past week. In purchasing a firearm on GunBroker.com I had it transferred to my local FFL Dealer. FedEx now requires, in addition to an adult signature for them to scan a government ID. My dealer refused to have his diver’s license scanned, and I don’t blame him. The driver left with the package. It is supposed to be delivered yesterday but FedEx had “technical issues”. It is being delivered today and there is an option that the driver can view the license and take the info off the ID to verify my dealer’s age. We shall see if I get my gun.
From the company’s announcement:
‘FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will enable ID scanning functionality for deliveries of Adult Signature Required (ASR) packages in the U.S.'”
A.I. Used to Spot Untaxed Swimming Pools in France
A reader in Belgium sent this news item: Undeclared pools in France uncovered by AI technology.
Concealed Carry Insurance: Which Is The Best?
Reader B.G. suggested this article: USCCA vs US LawShield vs CCW Safe: Which Concealed Carry Insurance Is The Best? B.G’s Comment: Paying $40 a month for USCCA which is too much I think it might be time to switch.
New York to Declare Times Square a ‘Gun Free’ Zone.
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: New York legislation designates Times Square a ‘gun free’ zone.