Category Archives: Poll

Poll: Do you care about bump-fire?

Recently, I’ve put a fair amount of my time into tracking bump-fire bans, new rulemaking and legislation alike. I’ve noticed thatrelatively few people seem to be speaking about the subject, and the majority of those who bring it up at all indicate that bump-fire stocks (and trigger cranks, etc.) aren’t worth bothering with.

Obviously, I disagree with that assessment.

Web site traffic analysis also indicates that bump-fire is a low-interst topic.

What do you think? Am I wasting my time and yours? This a two-parter; two separate, but related, polls.

 

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POLL: What’s your best guess what a “large-capacity ammunition cartridge” might be?

The Richmond, VA school board recently adopted a resolution that calls upon Congress to:

“ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition cartridges, except those needed by the military and law enforcement.”

In all my decades of personal, military, peace officer, and private security officer experience, I have never encountered a “large-capacity ammunition cartridge.” I have no idea what it might be.

I tried to ask the RPS school board, but the only member who would even reply — Jonathan Young was unwillingly or unable to define the term.

I asked Justin Mattingly, the reporter who wrote the story about the resolution adoption, if he could get clarification on that.

-crickets-

What’s your best guess what a “large-capacity ammunition cartridge” might be?

So far, we’ve got:

  • .50 caliber cartridge
  • A shoulder thing that goes up.
  • A ten yard belt?
  • Obviously another definition written by Jeff Sessions DOJ.
  • call BATFE … they know it all [they just think everything is a machinegun -cb]
  • 8″/55 (20.3 cm) Mark 71
  • One holding more than 10 gallons?
  • 155mm artillery round has capcity
  • A high caliber ammunition drum clip?
  • does not exist
  • I vote M829A4 round for the M1 Abrams
  • a “pancho villa” cartridge belt??
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[UPDATE 2] Survey: Support for New Gun Control Laws

Update: For some reason, my questions have disappeared.
Had to reenter all but one question. Seems to be working now.

I’m presenting another survey. Unlike past polls, this one is not directed at the RKBA/Firearms community, although anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.

But I would very much appreciate it if you distributed it far and wide, to the general population. Specifically those who allegedly poll in favor of new “gun” control laws.

START THE SURVEY

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Poll: Electronic Personal Assistants and Smart TVs

It has been noted that telephone surveys are probably a poor way of determining firearms ownership rates as gun owners are hesitant to tell random strangers what valuables they have in their homes, and — in the face of ongoing threats of more restrictive gun ownership laws — even less likely likely to tell the government.

Yet companies are marketing devices like smart televisions and electronic personal assistants that act as 24/7 audiovisual monitoring devices, and people appear to be snapping them up. Facebook is releasing “Portal,” a personal assistant optimized for social media and instantly communicating with family members like big brother.

All the data collected — potentially including imagery of personal possessions in your home, or discussions of such — by these devices is subject to scrutiny by the provider and “authorized” third parties, and to court subpoenas and warrants. As Internet-connected computers, they are also potentially vulnerable to third party hacking.

As a gun owner, would you buy and use one these devices?

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Poll: Carry in California

The Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards are afraid “that people who can legally carry concealed guns in their home states could do the same” in California if Congress passes reciprocal carry legislation. The thought of hordes of law-abiding people swarming the state apparently terrifies them. But that presupposes that law-abiding people who want to routinely carry concealed want to go to California, which I can personally attest isn’t necessarily the case.

If you are a non-Californian with a CCW license do you have any interest in traveling to California with your sidearm?

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Poll: Rate Trump’s first 100 days of RKBA

When Donald Trump first started campaigning for President, many people were dubious of his new-found commitment to the right to keep and bear arms given his history on the subject: gun bans, preemptively prove your innocence, waiting periods, and more.

But once he hit the campaign trail he started talking a good game. The question was, could he walk as well as talk?

One hundred days in, he’s still talking, but he has also done some good things like ending the Social Security abuse. On the other hand, Obamacare 2.0 attempts still have RKBA problems, federal gun-free zone requirements are still there, and his Second Amendment advisory group is vaporware.

Since everyone else is rating Trump’s first 100 days in office, how would you rate him on RKBA?


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Poll: Are you in favor of national CCW reciprocity?

Assuming that the Trump administration is serious about draining the DC swamp (and we here at TZP disagree among ourselves on whether they’re serious or whether it’s even possible), at least some gun laws and regulations have got to change.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (of Aaron Zelman’s home state of Wisconsin) has introduced a bill to kill the ATF. But as TZP-friend Kit Perez points out, this poses extreme dangers from the ruthless, corrupt agency at the same time it creates hopes.

Others would like to focus on sending the NFA or GCA ’68 to well-deserved obscurity.

Still others are putting their best expectations and hard work into the increasingly popular (and brilliantly named) Hearing Protection Act, which would remove suppressors from NFA status.

But one of the very biggest changes a lot of gun owners would like to see is legislation ensuring national CCW permit reciprocity. New Jovian Thunderbolt, on his popular gunblog, says if there can only be one pro-gun law included in the vast job of swamp draining, let it be this one.

Even if a reciprocity law didn’t bring all the benefits NJT hopes, there’s no doubt it would affect millions of gun owners and reduce the outrages that have been committed against innocent people who crossed state lines believing that their carry permit, like their drivers license, was valid anywhere.

Others (like yours truly) are suspicious of national reciprocity legislation for various reasons.

But given that a reciprocity bill probably has a decent chance of being passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Trump, what do you think? Is it a good idea? A bad idea? And why?

Take the latest TZP poll at this link or below and tell us.


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Poll: What will happen now to Bloomberg’s Nevada Question #1?

As John Lott reported just before Hanukkah:

Bloomberg’s Nevada ballot initiative eked out a win this November by less than one percentage point, and only because of the almost $20 million spent on it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. In Maine, the same initiative failed by eight percentage points despite equally unlimited spending.

The initiative, Question #1 on the ballot, was of course another of Bloomberg’s attempts to force gun purchasers to prove their innocence before possessing a firearm. It failed in every county of Nevada except Clark, home to Las Vegas, the state’s only major urban center. It looked as if the city people and the hoplophobic billionaire were going to force everyone else in the state to obey their will.

Then last week came much more cheerful news: the FBI refused to do the background checks and the state’s attorney general said he couldn’t implement the law.

The FBI insisted that states can’t dictate policy to it. According to Sebastian of Shall Not Be Questioned:

The issue is that Nevada is designated as a Point-of-Contact (POC) state, meaning that … they have a state background check system that is designated by the FBI to conduct background checks under the Brady Act. Bloomberg’s new law states that the checks have to be conducted by the FBI’s National Instant Check System. Given that Nevada is a POC state, the FBI will not conduct checks on behalf of Nevada. The law cannot be complied with, and is therefore completely unworkable and unenforceable.

And isn’t that a whopping huge mistake for Bloomberg to have spent $20 million on? But isn’t that also typical anti-gun ignorance and arrogance? Us? Need to know the law? But laws are only for the little people!

So. Currently, Nevadans don’t have to obey Michael Bloomberg after all. But we’re wondering what comes next. What will ultimately happen to Nevada Question #1? Will the terrible law die or will someone connive a means of imposing it on the people after all?

To weigh in with your opinion, take the newest TZP poll, either on the polling site or below.


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Poll: Now that it’s going to be President Trump …

We’re testing the zeitgeist of these strange times. This month’s poll is about your plans and thoughts now that Donald Trump is president-elect.

You can take the poll below or at the above link.

We’d also like to hear your comments (on this post) about how you believe this election is likely to change the country or culture as a whole. Or will it change anything? What are you personally going to do? How do you believe a Trump presidency will change politics in your state, region, or locality?


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