Notes from JWR:

I am quite concerned that S. 649 (“The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act”) might be approved by the Senate. A filibuster attempt failed. So now the only viable chance of stopping it is to cram it full of “Poison Pill” amendments. Please contact your Senators TODAY, and urge them to load up this bill with as many amendments as possible, to block its passage. My suggested amendments are: 1.) Redefine an “Antique” gun as any gun over 80 years old ((t is currently frozen at an arbitrary 1898 threshold), 2.) Re-open the NFA registry, allowing new transferable machineguns to be produced. (Their number has been artificially frozen since 1986.), 3.) Require States to recognize Concealed Carry permits issued by other States, under the Equal Protection Clause. 4.) Require Federal agents to register with County Sheriffs before conducting an investigation and fully document their probable cause or reasonable suspicion before carrying out an investigation in any County., 5.) Reduce the Federal tax on machineguns, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles, and suppressors from $200 to $5, 6.) Change the definition “gun show” in the bill from 75 guns to 500 guns, 7.) Exempt antique guns from S.641’s gun show, Internet advertising, and print advertising restrictions, 8.) Exempt any gun more than 10 years old (those guns which are long out of “Interstate Commerce”) from S.641’s gun show, Internet advertising, and print advertising restrictions, 10.) Allow Open Carry of firearms on all Federal property, and 11.) Allow “Swiss Style” storage of military issue firearms, allowing active duty, Reserve, and National Guard servicemen to store their weapons in locked containers at home.

April 12th is the birthday of novelist Tom Clancy. (Born 1947.) It was Clancy who almost single-handedly created the modern techno-thriller genre. Coincidentally, Tom Clancy’s first literary agent is my agent, Robert Gottlieb.

Safecastle’s semi-annual 25% off sale on Mountain House canned long term storage foods is in full swing. The sale ends on April 15th, so order soon.

Today we present another entry for Round 46 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from (a $300 value), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and G.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of The current value of this roll is at least $225.

Second Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training. Together, these have a retail value of $589. C.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of D.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials and F.) Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value).

Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value. E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value), and F.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.

Round 46 ends on May 31st so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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