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  1. On 6/20/2022 at 5:57 AM, mauserme said:

    As it stands right now, I'm not anticipating a push for bans.


    Each legislative session, I find myself doubting statements like these, yet most of the time in the end mauserme has been correct.  To paraphrase Darth Vader, I find my lack of faith disturbing.


    I really do hope you're right. 

  2. So, hypothetically, how does one "not comply"?  If you own one of the evil scary rifles they want to ban and don't have your own large enough piece of property to practice with it, you're now faced with a choice of keeping it hidden away or taking it to a range and getting arrested for it, assuming they will even allow it.  I'd love to see ranges like On Target and McMiller tell the gov to go far away, but I doubt they'll risk their FFLs to do that.  There's always going to be that one snitch more than willing to report them to the ATF.


    Edit - yes, I know there are likely hidden snitches here, too.

  3. But they're not coming for our guns.


    They're going to have go nuclear in the Senate to get this through.  I don't see 60 of them voting to invoke cloture for that giant steaming pile of IC-will-redact-the-word.  Then again, they might just say to heck with it and do it, regardless of the midterms.



  4. On 5/18/2022 at 11:23 AM, Louie25 said:

    Crazy how the bill started out as a utilities related bill and was gutted and repacked with the new gun legislation.


    I'd make the joke "You must be new here", but sadly what you described is how a lot of legislation, especially legislation they want to ram through, gets passed in Illinois.  


    When the next legislative session gets going, you'll see a lot of posts about shell bills and shenanigans like this.  It's difficult to stay on top of it all. 

  5. It's been awhile since I've tried to wrap my brain around a statistical problem like that.  Did you calculate the R2 value for your linear plot?  The spread in values seems larger, but it's still linearish. 


    I didn't take a close look at the charts.  Are the data points from the 2002 PDF the same as the 2015 chart you presented?  If so, then it's only the additional that are messing with the linear plot. 

  6. On 3/24/2022 at 12:59 PM, Jeffrey said:

    I'm still waiting to hear all the arrests over slidefire stocks.  Is it safe to assume all those in possession destroyed them?  lol


    I don't recall (and Google isn't helping) if the ATF promised to seek out all the owners of all the bump stocks, though.  I believe they've said that's the plan here.  I presume a vast majority of sales are easily traceable thanks to internet and credit card purchases, and I suspect a simple, "I don't have it any more" will get you a lot of ATF-style loving.  I don't own a FRT, but if I did I'm not sure I'd want to be a test case.

  7. "Best" is such a poor choice of words.  "Most politically skilled" instead would apply, but that political skill was always applied towards gain for himself and his party.  If he had to throw the brakes on some of his colleagues' wackier ideas, it was because he understood the game, not because he was doing it to help the other side of the aisle.

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