Category Archives: Myths & Misconceptions

Hollywood’s evolving take on gun rights

“America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have … Continue reading

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There are no ‘assault weapons’

Shortly following the Aurora tragedy, a non-gun-owner friend of mine, obviously upset, began to question me about why I supported ownership of ‘deadly assault weapons.’ Even as he continued his extended, impassioned diatribe, I could tell that he was yet … Continue reading

Posted in 'Assault Weapons', California, Gun Control, Illinois, Media Views on The Second Amendment, Myths & Misconceptions, National Politics, New York | 25 Comments

The Definitive Guide to Virginia’s Air Gun Laws

I use a WordPress plugin that allows me to monitor the number of visitors who have read each article and what website they came from.  Additionally, if they found the article by using a search engine, it shows me the … Continue reading

Posted in Air Guns, Airsoft, BB Guns, Brandishing Statutes, Felons, Local Ordinances, Myths & Misconceptions, Paintball, Popular Culture, Public Parks, State Laws, Virginia | 95 Comments

Playboy talks protection and ‘baring’ arms

“I am only buying it for the articles.” – Everyone The June 2012 edition of Playboy, which hit the newsstands last Friday, features an article by Pat Jordan entitled “Armed & Dangerous:  Has Gun Culture Gone Too Far?”  In the … Continue reading

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Senate bill S1813 does not allow the IRS to take your guns

Gun owners are as susceptible to urban legends as any other group of people on the internet.  In fact, they may be more susceptible since there are so many convoluted attempts to use backdoor means to obstruct the right to keep and bear … Continue reading

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Maryland files first brief in support of permanent stay in Woollard v. Sheridan case

As reported here, on March 30th Judge Legg granted a temporary stay of his ruling in Woollard v. Sheridan.  In that case, he ruled that the “good and substantial reason” requirement to receive a Maryland handgun permit was unconstitutional. The temporary stay order set three … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse of Discretion, Abuse of Power, Concealed Carry, General Civil Rights, Gun Control, Maryland, Myths & Misconceptions, Open Carry | 3 Comments

The great registration myth

I have just released our latest map over at It categorizes all 50 states based upon the kinds of firearms registration laws (if any) that the state has implemented. This is a resource that we should have developed long … Continue reading

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Lies, damn lies, and VPC statistics

“Torture numbers, and they’ll confess to anything.” – Gregg Easterbrook I have always felt that the Violence Policy Center (VPC) was very aptly named. After all, they do advocate for public policy positions that would certainly result in violence against … Continue reading

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Should blogging require government registration?

“Myths which are believed in tend to become true..” – George Orwell The answer to the question presented in the title of the column is, of course, a resounding “No!” The chilling effect that this prior-restraint would place upon the blogger’s … Continue reading

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‘From my cold dead hands’ and gun-owner apathy

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory can be sure and not too costly, you may come to a moment when you have to … Continue reading

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