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 the planned intrastate private party transfer ban.
Senate is Fast-Tracking a Private Party Transfer Ban
The U.S. Senate returns from their summer recess in just four days. (Monday, September 9, 2019.) Reliable press accounts from inside the D.C. Beltway indicate that the Republican Senate leadership has rolled over and played dead, on firearms issues. They plan to fast-track a Red Flag Law and a Private Party Transfer Criminalization law. They might possibly also attempt a ban on 11+ round magazines, but that is unlikely to pass in the Senate. PLEASE repeatedly contact both of your U.S. Senators and your Congresscritter, and tell them NO Compromise on gun laws!
And as a realist on politics, I also recommend hedging your bets, as follows:
A.) Start checking gun show calendars. Get thee to a gun show!
B.) Lay in a supply of AR-15s and AR-10s for your children and grandchildren. If you can’t afford complete rifles at this time, then at least buy some stripped lower receivers. (As low as $29 each.)
C.) Start shopping for a few pre-1899 (Federally-exempt antique) Mauser, Winchester, or Krag rifles. If a Federal “Universal Background Check” (private party transfer ban) bill becomes law, then the prices of antique guns that shoot modern smokeless cartridges will surely escalate, rapidly. As I’ve previously mentioned, pre-1899s will probably soon become the last bastion of firearms ownership privacy. Print out a copy of my Pre-1899 FAQ, for details on serial number thresholds, to make sure you are truly getting guns that were produced on or before December 31, 1898.
D.) As a lower priority, round out your lifetime supply of full capacity magazines. There might be a new magazine ban, and it will probably be permanent. (No 10-year Sunset Clause, this time.)
I’ll have more details about this in a feature-length article, next Tuesday. (September 10, 2019.) It will be titled: 210 Days of Freedom: The Coming Private Firearms Sales Frenzy.
Chinese-Style Social Credit Scoring in USA
Several readers mentioned a Fast Company article linked over at Whatfinger.com, titled: Silicon Valley Is Building a Communist-style ‘Social Credit’ System. A snippet:
“Many Westerners are disturbed by what they read about China’s social credit system. But such systems, it turns out, are not unique to China. A parallel system is developing in the United States, in part as the result of Silicon Valley and technology-industry user policies, and in part by surveillance of social media activity by private companies.”
Social Credit Score to Determine Who Can Buy a Gun?
Speaking of Orwellian Social Credit Scoring, yesterday there was this disturbing news, reported by Paul Joseph Watson: Trump Administration Considering Social Credit Score System to Determine Who Can Buy a Gun. JWR’s Comment: I haven’t yet seen this confirmed by another news outlet, but if it is true this would crumble the bedrock foundation of the 1st Amendment, freedom of association, the 4th Amendment, and the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment!
Just a ‘Justice-Involved Person’
Peter sent us the link to this Fox News report: San Francisco board rebrands ‘convicted felon’ as ‘justice-involved person,’ sanitizes other crime lingo.
EMPShield Now Shipping Overseas
I just heard that EMPShield.com (one of our affiliate advertisers) has started doing international sales, with shipments world-wide. This should be of great interest to our many readers in England and Australia, and of course to American ex-pats who live in so many different countries.
California Lawmakers Demand Gun Control Summit With Nevada
Reader G.P. sent this: California Lawmakers Demand Gun Control Summit With Nevada. JWR’s Comments: The concept of state sovereignty is a fragile thing, these days. By the way, I was once lectured by a gun show promoter in Reno, Nevada. He briefed those who had rented tables, warning us not to sell 11+ round magazines to Californians. As we walked away, we were chuckling and cracking jokes amongst ourselves. One quip was: “I suppose that if we sell to any customers from Massachusetts, we should also collect Massachusetts sales tax.”
Philippine Police Bans Sales of Hammers
Our Editor-At-Large, Mike Williamson forwarded me this: PNP Bans Buying of Hammer Inside Shopping Malls. Mike’s Comment: “Not Peak Stupidity, but close.”
First Line Kit: Signals and Navigation
Reader Tim. J. sent a link to this, over at American Partisan: First Line Kit: Signals and Navigation