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The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 64
by Alan Korwin, May 10, 2009

 

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Contents:
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1- Environmental Firearm Abuse
2- Pocket Knife Ban
3- Fires From Muzzleloaders
4- Obama's Mama's Hajj
5- Tenth Amendment Smokescreen
6- "The Montana Firearms Freedom Act" HB246

 

 

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The Montana Firearms Freedom Act has started a blaze nationwide. People are asking, "Is it real?" It is. It's now law. I have first hand details in this issue of Page Nine.

 

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1- Environmental Firearm Abuse

The lamestream media told you:

The National Parks won't fight the environmental impact review now stalling CCW carry on those federal lands.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Even a blind man can see that the environmental impact of CCW-permit holders carrying guns which aren't fired is so small that this is a total subterfuge and stonewalling effort to deny the right to keep and bear, even for people with FBI-certified approval.

The serious issue here is setting the precedent that statutes, such as various environmental protection laws, can supercede the Bill of Rights -- the uninfringeable right to keep and bear arms. If discreet carry, with no measurable impact, can be halted on those grounds, then what of four guys out on a day enjoying marksmanship practice, and returning with an empty ammo can?

The CCW National Parks silliness is a prelude to bans on outdoor shooting.

Environmental terrorism is on the rise, even the government is tracking this. We now see the green terrorists preparing a frontal assault on the right to discharge firearms outdoors. The National Parks "impact study" is inappropriate and should be terminated without delay. The people proposing it should be brought up on charges of denial of civil rights under color of law, 18 USC §241 et. seq.

 

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2- Pocket Knife Ban

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Hawaii, the island paradise that has long been a haven for tyrannical government denial of civil rights, with virtual bans on the Second Amendment, has introduced a bill to ban pocket knives of any type. Knives are theoretically protected under the Second Amendment, whose careful wording protects "arms" and not just firearms.

No criminal activity or intent is required. Mere possession of the private property is all that's needed, if the bill passes.

Senate Bill 126 defines a pocket knife as "a knife with a blade that folds into the handle and which is suitable for carrying in the pocket." Blade length doesn't matter. The bill then proposes that "Any person who knowingly manufactures, sells, transfers, possesses, or transports a pocket knife in the State shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

It adds that, once enacted, "no person shall import or manufacture pocket knives into the State for the purpose of selling or distributing pocket knives." No criminal charges have been filed against the people proposing the blatantly anti-rights law, who have no legitimate delegated authority to do so.

The bill's chances of passage are unknown, but if enacted, it would take effect on January 1, 2010. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer could not be reached to see if he plans a national version of Hawaii's proposed common-sense law.

 

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3- Fires From Muzzleloaders

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

One of 18,579 contract-bid opportunities currently offered by the federal government is this interesting item, tucked away among requests for analysis of airplane fire-retardant drop patterns.

"Multi-variable analysis on the probability and prediction of fire ignitions from muzzle loaded guns." http://tinyurl.com/owj8rz

The feds now have a combined bid website, allowing people to review and bid upon active and upcoming contract work from across the "entire federal contracting community." Working for the federal government is one way to get some of your tax dollars back, but you have to be able to read and write bureaucratese: "The successful offeror shall analyze provided data and create statistical analysis to support the project goals. The goals can be, but are not limited to, probability, design for experiments, spatial statistical analysis, multivariable analysis, etc."

Marksmen of course know from practical experience that the probability of starting fires (in National Forests, since this request comes from the Dept. of Agriculture) is quite low, but why should that stop our apparatchiks from spending money on a study which, if it shows any probability at all, could fan the flames of gun bans on public lands.

The Founding Fathers would be aghast at the way we spend money, that taxes could be taken for such things, and the idea that peripheral threats to gun rights could come from the Dept. of Agriculture (nowhere authorized in the Constitution).

 

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4- Obama's Mama's Hajj

The lamestream media told you:

Islam, the religion of peace, is doing so little these days there is no need to mention them, associate their religion with the word terror, or put them in the news for almost any reason at all. There's no problem with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano deciding to call extremist Muslim terrorism "man-caused disasters," she's merely using "nuance" to avoid offending jihadis. Even the "man" part doesn't offend anything.

According to Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC-TV, speaking on national TV, "people in the Middle East consider Obama a Muslim." [Note: I witnessed it with my own eyes and ears but cannot find a link for you, please send me one if you have it.]

Obama himself is believed to consider himself a Christian, and his campaign has repeatedly made this claim, although he hasn't attended church since taking the presidency. FOX News reported the anomaly, which is unreported elsewhere http://tinyurl.com/cgqet8.

According to the usually reliable LA Times, Mr. Obama has decided to not celebrate the National Day of Prayer in the White House this year, a tradition in place since Harry Truman held the office. http://tinyurl.com/cuwmxv The Times, with typical opprobrium, notes that "religion was a core tenet of Republican politics," and quotes an Obama spokesmanwoman that, "I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family's life, the role that prayer plays." He thinks.

The Times goes on to say that, "Obama has shown an unusual sensitivity toward atheists, the first president to mention non-believers in an inaugural address."

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Engel's comment about Obama being seen as a Muslim in Muslim countries got no news coverage to speak of. If it did, the whole issue of Obama's faith, if any, would be called into question, a topic the media has avoided like a third rail. (Can't say "avoided like a plague," because they're all over the swine non-pandemic.)

In other news, missing from lamestream news, Obama's grandmother Mama Sara Obama (on his black Kenyan father's side), has decided to go on hajj.

This is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, required at least once in a lifetime from all Muslims. She plans to go with her son, Syeed Obama. http://tinyurl.com/d25fnt

According to Muslim law, as told in the Koran, any person born to a Muslim father is a Muslim for life. Renouncing the faith is apostasy, punishable by death. Anyone who has a chance to carry out the sentence but does not, or interferes with carrying out the sentence, is also punishable by death.

Sara Obama, who was flown from her tiny home town of Kogelo near Uganda to Washington, D.C. for her grandson's inauguration, is the woman who asserted that she witnessed her grandson's birth in Mombasa, Kenya. If true, this would make him ineligible to be president. The president has so far refused to show a birth certificate to clear up the lingering doubts. It was unclear at press time why he has so adamantly refused.

If proven to be true, the ineligibility would create a constitutional crisis of unimagined proportions, aside from possibly inevitable racial-tainted riots. For one thing, the vice president might not be qualified to assume the presidency, having taken office under erroneous circumstances (voting is for the president, not the vice president, who ascends to office on the winner's coattails). That would leave Nancy Pelosi the next in line. It would also invalidate all acts signed by Mr. Obama. It was unclear at press time how bailout and buyout refunds would be made.

Some experts have also questioned Obama's race, since his mother was a white woman, making him not a black but a mulatto, a word now used even less frequently than the now discredited "terrorist" and "Muslim extremist." Media experts say the word changes are not Orwellian revisionism, thought control, or word control ("you can't think of a thing that has no word"), it is merely sensitivity.

 

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5- Tenth Amendment Smokescreen

The lamestream media told you:

Several states have passed resolutions demanding Tenth Amendment rights.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Several states have sanctimoniously passed resolutions that are worthless trash demanding nothing designed to placate a half-asleep public. They mean nothing, have no effect in law, the spineless "servants" who introduce them know this, and act just so they can say, Oh what a good boy am I. Let one, just one, introduce such a bill with backbone and teeth, that truly repulses federal government intrusions and attacks on the 10th Amendment, and I'll change my tune.

I guess that would be Montana, which has enacted a 10th-Amendment-based statute called the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. A nice rumor sheet about the bill has blazed across the web. My first hand details on the bill are posted below.

You should personally take up this cause, and ask your reps why they didn't actually stand up to stop the abuses and usurpations before now. Ask if they know their "joint resolutions" bills do nothing actual (they know this of course, so see what they tell you, it can be revealing). Ask if they would stand up to stop a single federal abuse -- like Montana is doing.

Or just coast along and be happy they passed those non binding feckless balderdash that makes you feel good provided you don't look at it too hard.

 

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"The Montana Firearms Freedom Act" HB246
"The Montana Firearms Freedom Act" HB246
"The Montana Firearms Freedom Act" HB246

 

Montana's new gun law kicks feds in the gut
Montana's new gun law kicks feds in the gut

 

In a nutshell: "Any gun made and kept in Montana is free of federal gun regulation."

 

People have been writing asking me if this is real -- it is. It is important enough to dedicate this entire Page Nine. Well, I've included some other juicy items too.

 

 

I have followed the development of this law since the outset, I am friendly with its instigator Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Assoc. http://www.mtssa.org (and we sell Gary's Montana gun-law book, which will be re-released in several weeks, updated and with the new law included). I was honored to coax and coach Gary into writing that book, now in its third edition http://www.gunlaws.com/books2.htm

Gary dreamed up the concept of the Montana gun-freedom bill, drafted the language himself ("that's why it's in plain English, I'm not a lawyer," he said) and guided it through his legislature to a 29 to 21 win in the Senate, and a stunning 85 to 14 romp in the House. It is a fabulous law. Imagine what it could do for economics in the state, wait, don't imagine, check this out -- Texas just introduced it too, where it could benefit more than 300 state-based manufacturers. It will, "invite new industry into Texas," according to its sponsor there, Leo Berman.

That's not all. Tennessee has introduced it as well. Alaska moved it through the Senate 32 to 7 but adjourned before the House could act. States actively considering it include Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. While some people got excited about virtually worthless feckless non-binding resolutions demanding 10th Amendment protection from federal abuse, this new law puts teeth into the demand.

This is a perfect point of pushback against illegal federal encroachment and violation of our constitutional rights. You should pick this up where you are, like we are here in Arizona, get someone in your state to make the small changes needed to match the language to your state, and run with it.

If the federales have their way, reaction would likely be directed against the first manufacturer to operate under the law. Feds will obtain a firearm produced in Montana, probably from a small shop without big time resources to fight the feds, and the person will be arrested, property confiscated, and charges filed with all sorts of laws that do not apply except in the feds imagination.

But then of course they run the courts that will convict the person, and the courts, if precedent is any gauge, will deny constitutional defenses and work vigorously to do the bidding of their federal masters. It will be a 9th and 10th Amendment case, and a Commerce Clause case, and a Supremacy Clause case, not a Second Amendment case.

However, the feds are unlikely to get their way so easily. We freedom types are pretty clever too, and little of this will happen without a plan. First, an effort is underway to find and temper any wildcat basement tool shop operators who ignorantly blast ahead making guns thinking they are immune to the federal hand. That will be good for the wildcats and for the proper movement of this important law.

A test case will be developed, Gary says, most likely with a carefully designed bolt-action .22 caliber youth rifle. The wood stock will come from a Montana grown tree. Standard steel-supplier stock will turn into the basic barrel and parts, and the statute makes clear that interstate regulation (if any) of raw stock does not apply to the stock once it is in state and used strictly for intrastate purposes (a point the courts will examine).

The people involved will have squeaky-clean records, including a Marine, tool makers with no FFL license to complicate things, and a youngster whose parents seek to get him the firearm. Clearance to make it will be sought from the proper authorities ahead of time. If it is granted (don't hold your breath) the deal is done. If it is not granted (a pretty sure bet), the parties will have grounds to sue in civil (not criminal) court. It's pretty complicated, but it's well thought out.

In a conference call between Marbut and six top-level attorneys, it became obvious that the legal fight is an uphill battle, because the feds run the courts. To date, the federal judicial system has treated the 10th Amendment as a dead letter, and this from an attorney who has fought such cases from the lowest ranks to the Supreme Court itself. If the federal government wants something, it doesn't let a little thing like the Bill of Rights stand in its way. I know, it's infuriating, but that's the way it is.

Now there's a political dimension to this as well. All the states are being abused and denied their rights under the 10th Amendment. The public is outraged at the lack of control on the federal behemoth. It's time for something to give.

The Associated Press and USA Today have picked up on it, and FOX-TV's Glenn Beck is negotiating to get Marbut on the show.

As more and more states get on the case, the pressure builds, and the ability of the system to resist a straightforward and righteous demand weakens. The Montana Firearms Freedom Act can be the straw that breaks the federal back. Once 10th Amendment hegemony is re-established, the floodgates of freedom are open.

The feds and their lapdog lackies in the lamestream media are likely to refer to this action as an attempt at "illicit manufacture and trafficking in firearms," the words in the CIFTA treaty http://www.gunlaws.com/GunLawUpdate5-CIFTA.htm. The feds would love to raid a compound (an innocent owner's small tool shop), confiscate an arsenal (more than one firearm and some parts), and sick their legal dogs on the poor soul. They're not going to get such an easy shot. As many as five coordinated cases will be structured.

My time has been consumed lately with a family medical issue, the bill below does a good job of describing what Montana has accomplished, and because it's in plain English, something I've always said can and should be done, it's readable. Take some time. Read it, you'll love it.

 

Alan's Executive Summary

The bill opens with the state's "Declarations of Authority." This basically asserts Montana's rights under the U.S. Constitution, Montana's contract upon entering the union, and principles of federalism. Very juicy and enjoyable.

An easy-to-read set of definitions is followed by the core legal principle: "A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce."

One legal landmine exists in the fact that firearms are regulated not only under the Commerce Clause, they are controlled by tax laws, and the outcome of that quagmire is uncertain.

The legal protections are piled higher with this and similar wordings: "It is declared by the legislature that basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority..."

To prevent side issues from interfering, full auto and large bore devices are excluded from this bill. Guns made under this law must be stamped "Made in Montana" and man oh man won't that be a thing of pride.

The bill is easy reading, you should do it, then make sure your legislature gets on it.

 

HOUSE BILL NO. 246

INTRODUCED BY J. BONIEK, BENNETT, BUTCHER, CURTISS, RANDALL, WARBURTON

An act exempting from federal regulation under the commerce clause of the Constitution of the United States a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in Montana; and providing an applicability date.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

Section 1. Short title. [Sections 1 through 6] may be cited as the "Montana Firearms Freedom Act".

Section 2. Legislative declarations of authority. The legislature declares that the authority for [sections 1 through 6] is the following:

(1) The 10th amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution and reserves to the state and people of Montana certain powers as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(2) The ninth amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the people rights not granted in the constitution and reserves to the people of Montana certain rights, as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those rights is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(3) The regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the 9th and 10th amendments to the United States constitution, particularly if not expressly preempted by federal law. Congress has not expressly preempted state regulation of intrastate commerce pertaining to the manufacture on an intrastate basis of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition.

(4) The second amendment to the United States constitution reserves to the people the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889, and the guaranty of the right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(5) Article II, section 12, of the Montana constitution clearly secures to Montana citizens, and prohibits government interference with, the right of individual Montana citizens to keep and bear arms. This constitutional protection is unchanged from the 1889 Montana constitution, which was approved by congress and the people of Montana, and the right exists, as it was understood at the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

Section 3. Definitions. As used in [sections 1 through 6], the following definitions apply:

(1) "Borders of Montana" means the boundaries of Montana described in Article I, section 1, of the 1889 Montana constitution.

(2) "Firearms accessories" means items that are used in conjunction with or mounted upon a firearm but are not essential to the basic function of a firearm, including but not limited to telescopic or laser sights, magazines, flash or sound suppressors, folding or aftermarket stocks and grips, speedloaders, ammunition carriers, and lights for target illumination.

(3) "Generic and insignificant parts" includes but is not limited to springs, screws, nuts, and pins.

(4) "Manufactured" means that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition has been created from basic materials for functional usefulness, including but not limited to forging, casting, machining, or other processes for working materials.

Section 4. Prohibitions. A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce. This section applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in Montana from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state. Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition, and their importation into Montana and incorporation into a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in Montana does not subject the firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to federal regulation. It is declared by the legislature that basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition under interstate commerce as if they were actually firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition. The authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Montana from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into Montana from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in Montana.

Section 5. Exceptions. [Section 4] does not apply to:

(1) A firearm that cannot be carried and used by one person;

(2) A firearm that has a bore diameter greater than 1 1/2 inches and that uses smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant;

(3) ammunition with a projectile that explodes using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile leaves the firearm; or

(4) a firearm that discharges two or more projectiles with one activation of the trigger or other firing device.

Section 6. Marketing of firearms. A firearm manufactured or sold in Montana under [sections 1 through 6] must have the words "Made in Montana" clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.

Section 7. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 through 6] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 30, and the provisions of Title 30 apply to [sections 1 through 6].

Section 8. Applicability. [This act] applies to firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition that are manufactured, as defined in [section 3], and retained in Montana after October 1, 2009.

 

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I have emailed Alan Korwin, and he actually responded! That gains my respect. His response to my email was a recognition and agreement with me that the battle is between the Government and the rights and civil liberties of American Citizens -- Not a battle between the two flavors of the Ruling Party.

Nevertheless, his website continues to pander to "conservatives," and makes "liberals" the boogey men. I guess he has to choose his most likely audience. His statistics, news stories, and criticisms of: The U.S. Government, corporate media, and even the police, show critical thinking. But in the end, Alan Korwin fails to acknowledge the big picture, and appears to believe that if only "conservative" corporate-apologists dominated the political scene, rather; than corporate-apologists espousing "liberal" rhetoric, that suddenly the ruling elite would embrace the very weakening of its own powers of an authoritarian police state. --Curt M.

 

Alan, I think you may have hit the nail on the head. I hear that one reason prisoners aren't being released from Guantanamo is that no one wants their signature on the release - CYA, in case they release the next Bin Laden.

Follow me? It's like no one wants to be singled out as the person who removed the useless ban on taking liquids on a plane. http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/09/the_two_classes.html

If ANY people were identified and prosecuted for violating their oath of office, it might make all the others think twice before attempting such a blatant disregard for the Constitution.

So did someone change their name to Mr National Parks Service? SomeONE decided the NPS won't challenge the order. If I knew who to call, they'd be hearing my opinion on the matter! And they should be glad I wouldn't become irresponsible just by crossing a National Park boundary ;-)

It may actually be as simple as identifying people and then letting public opinion loose on them. Hmmmm --Marc

 

You ended your email with, "a debate over constitutional principles would be pointless." I disagree. Such a debate is never pointless. At times, however, jawboning [mere talk/debate] should end and a decision, followed by action, should be made. I factor in a willingness to resort to lethal force to enforce the U.S. Const as the supreme law, and I use the standards set forth in the July 4th Declaration and the Constitution's commands as the test for when the use of lethal force is and is not morally and legally justified. -- Peter M. [I've been mentioning that an increasing number of people are asking when it's time to take aim, as tyrannical activity gradually rises; check the following pithy note.]

 

LIVE FREE OR DIE.   When the time comes we die as individual resistors rather then lick the boot that kicks us. [And do remember, when you resist you will be portrayed in the "news" and reviled by many brain-dead countrymen as a heinous criminal.]

 

 

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