TheOutdoorwire.com FEATURE Industry On Edge
(TheOutdoorwire.com) Yesterday, we reported that Knife Rights wasn't at all happy with M&M candies after the company accepted -then cancelled an order for candies the Second Amendment supporting organization had hoped to hand out at this weekend's upcoming Blade Show in Atanta, Georgia. Now, word's getting out around the country about the candy company finding the word knife to be "not family friendly" - and we're getting reports of the beginning of a little pushback. The first word came from a range operator who told us "he'd never sell another M&M or Mars product again" after they decided to "go politically correct". There have been others who have echoed the sentiment, so we'll see what happens. And ace reporter Dave Workman of The Examiner did a little of his own leg work yesterday on the story. After speaking with the customer service rep who reportedly made the initial comment about knives, he was sent to the public relations department. Last we heard, he'd had no comment from them.
With the Blade Show, "the world's largest knife show" kicking off in Atlanta later this week, it may be that M&Ms may find themselves with a little 'splainin' to do if the story starts to gain traction. And Knife Rights will have their chance to get some attention with the Second Amendment Foundation's Alan Gottlieb set to be the keynote speaker at their Saturday morning Sharper Future awards breakfast. We're told his remarks will zero in on knives being protected by the right to keep and bear arms.
And the Second Amendment fight has never cooled in California, but it got a few degrees hotter yesterday when California Democrats proposed a new bill (Assembly Bill 1014) that would allow for anyone to request a court for a "Gun Violence Restraining Order" and "firearms seizure warrant" against California gun owners.
According to the bill's text, courts would be required to issue a restraining order if a person-who doesn't even have to know the target of the order-submits a form saying that a gun owner "poses a significant risk of personal injury to himself, herself, or others by owning or possessing" guns.
The response from the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL) was quick and direct.
"a gun control nightmare," is how Brandon Combs, president of CAL-FFL described AB1014. "California Democrats are taking their radical anti-gun agenda to an entirely new and horrifying level." Combssays that the bill "guts due process" and the presumption of innocence.
CAL-FFL warns that the broad language of the seizure warrant could lead to midnight "no-knock" raids against the subject of the restraining order-who may not even know that their gun rights have been stripped away and that they are now a "prohibited person"-but also the homes of their friends and family, and even places of employment.
Combs believes that the bill's language is ripe for abuse, especially by anti-gun groups frustrated with their lack of success at pushing through more strict legislation. "Cyber-bullies like Shannon Watts and her 'Moms Demand Action' extremists could simply go on Facebook or Twitter, grab a photo of you and your gun, and slap it on a restraining order request. There's no criminal or civil penalty for filing false or vexatious reports and no provision for the recovery of damages and someone's loss of rights. AB 1014 would make it open season on California gun owners."
Combs continued, "On mere hearsay, an anti-gun judge could instigate a life-ending terror campaign against a gun owner and everyone who knows them."
If that weren't enough, another bill introduced by State Senator Kevin de Leon would ammunition sales and purchase permits and ammunition registration.
And yesterday afternoon's edition of "Bullet Points" from the NSSF reminds us that the crazy attacks on law-abiding firearms owners isn't the only challenge facing Californians. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) public workshop to discuss implementation of the state's ban on traditional lead ammunion will be held this evening (Tuesday, June 3) from 7-8:30 p.m. in Eureka. The location is the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive.
The CDFW is under pressure to adopt regulations to ban lead ammunition for hunting no later than July 1, 2014 with full implementation no later than July 1, 2019. There's still time to comment on this proposal as the final recommendations to the Commission won't be made until September. Individuals and/or organizations that can't make tonight's meeting in Humboldt can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org -and be certain to use "Non lead implementation" in your subject line. You can also send written correspondence to CDFW, Wildlife Branch, Attn: Non Lead Implementation, 1812 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95811.
I'm starting to get the impression some people don't want gun owners around -period. We'll keep you posted.