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Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 391

[...] But the government is not ever going to say "Oh, you know what, you're right. That's silly. Go ahead and make all the guns you want". [...]

Well, actually, they have already said that. At the federal level, and in most states, you can make all the guns you want for personal use. You can even sell those guns. (You just can't make any guns with the *intent* to sell them.)

Comment ATF Ruling 2015-1 Manufacturing and Gunsmithing (Score 1) 573

Hopefully they have made themselves aware of the most recent ATF ruling.

ATF Ruling 2015 1 Manufacturing and Gunsmithing -

Any person (including any corporation or other legal entity) engaged in the business of performing machining, molding, casting, forging, printing (additive manufacturing) or other manufacturing process to create a firearm frame or receiver, or to make a frame or receiver suitable for use as part of a “weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” i.e., a “firearm,” must be licensed as a manufacturer under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA); identify (mark) any such firearm; and maintain required manufacturer’s records. A business (including an association or society) may not avoid the manufacturing license, marking, and recordkeeping requirements of the GCA by allowing persons to perform manufacturing processes on firearms (including frames or receivers) using machinery or equipment under its dominion and control where that business controls access to, and use of, such machinery or equipment. ATF Ruling 2010-10 is hereby clarified.

Comment Curtilage and the 4th Amendment (Score 3, Informative) 139

This is nothing new. Just because a new technologies exist does not mean we need to redefine our rights to explicitly deal with it.

Peaking in the windows of a home, using a drug dog to sniff around a house, using thermal imaging to inspect the contents of a home, using radar/x-ray vision/telekinetics/etc. to search inside of a home are ALL considered searches and should all require probable cause and a search warrant under the 4th Amendment.

[A]n individual may not legitimately demand privacy for activities conducted out of doors in fields, except in the area immediately surrounding the home...The [Fourth] Amendment reflects the recognition of the Framers that certain enclaves should be free from arbitrary government interference. -

Homeowners possess a privacy interest that extends inside their homes and in the curtilage immediately surrounding the outside of their homes, but not in the "open fields" and "wooded areas" extending beyond the curtilage (see Hester v. United States, 265 U.S. 57 [1924]). -

Florida v. Jardines, 569 U.S. ___ (2013), is a decision by the United States Supreme Court which held that police use of a trained detection dog to sniff for narcotics on the front porch of a private home is a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and therefore, without consent, requires both probable cause and a search warrant. -

Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27 (2001), held that the use of a thermal imaging, or FLIR, device from a public vantage point to monitor the radiation of heat from a person's home was a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and thus required a warrant. -

Comment What a Waste (Score 1) 698

Wow... what a waste. Now they can notify in seconds the police who will be there in minutes. Amazing.

Take that $100k per school and add those auto-closing door that they have for fire separation to every classroom.Have them be locked for outside access. And throw a layer of ballistic material down the inside. Add some ballistic material to the walls.

When someone pulls the "shooter" alarm, just like a "fire" alarm, the doors will close and the sirens will sound.

Now, this wont stop all deaths, but it will prevent the shooter from moving from room to room. And it will make the "bunker in place" method that most schools employ actually viable.

But no, instead some podunk school district gets suckered in by a scam of a system in SDS/ShotSpotter.

Comment Already Reveresed (Score 1) 46

The restraining order was issued Monday, just days after the FISA court blocked the government's request to continue holding onto call records that were relevant to ongoing litigation. With its quick action, the California district court has put a hold on that ruling for now, allowing relevant evidence to be preserved.

Comment Maxpedition (Score 1) 296

I think you need to get away from the "holster" idea. Even my Galaxy S4 in a holster is a bit too big for belt mount and frequently gets in the way.

I think you'd be better served with a small bag.

Maxpedition makes some pretty rugged gear with lots of storage and pockets, but it isn't pretty. Check out their GearSlinger line.

If that won't fit in, you can check out some of the leather man-purses.

Something like this:

"Help Mr. Wizard!" -- Tennessee Tuxedo