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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for the ‘Firearm Owner’s Civil Rights’ Category

Massad Ayoob


Monday, January 30th, 2017

Of all the legislation we advocates for gun owners civil rights are expecting from the new administration, long-hoped for national reciprocity for concealed carry is in my view the most important.  There are too many jurisdictions where residents can’t get permits to carry unless they’re judges, movie stars, or super-rich with political pull.  Law-abiding gun carriers in “free states” can’t exercise their right to protect themselves and their families in public when business, pleasure, or family take them to numerous American jurisdictions from Hawaii to New York. Behold the already introduced HR38.

As written, it would appear that a resident of, say, San Francisco who currently pretty much has to get elected to the city’s Board of Supervisors to qualify for a permit, would be able to carry in their home city on a non-resident permit from Utah or Florida if HR 38 became the law of the land.  And their law-abiding friends and relatives all over the country could carry for their and their loved ones’ protection while visiting.

Predictably, the possibility of nationwide concealed carry drives the anti-gunners nuts. The National Rifle Association and its Institute for Legislative Action has this to say about that.

Many on the pro-gun side have stated that they don’t like the idea of Federally-enacted reciprocity.  One reason often stated is, “What the Federal government gives, the Federal government can take away.”  So, if we get it and four or eight years from now it is repealed, where are we?  Why, right back where we are now. So, what will we have lost compared to now?

Another argument against the bill is that it violates states’ rights. That’s debatable. Here’s a scholarly take on it by old friend and brilliant researcher Clayton Cramer.

NRA-ILA is supporting it. Ditto Gun Owners of America, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and an organization where I’ve long served proudly on the board of trustees, Second Amendment Foundation.  Needless to say, I support it too.

I am very much interested in you folks’ take on it.

Massad Ayoob


Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Let’s see…first off, today marks four years helicopter crash free for the old guy here, and my buddy John Strayer. For those who weren’t following the blog then, there’s a flashback here.

Or watch video here.

As we savor the schadenfreude of the last election, we need to avoid resting on our laurels. I’m aware that some who follow this blog don’t actually read Backwoods Home magazine.  I’d encourage you to get a subscription, or at least, pick up a copy at the newsstand.  The current issue has the third and final installment of my series on the real issues in the gun control debate, which you can find here.

We’ll be in this fight for the rest of our lives.  Your comments – and suggested strategies for the battle for gun owners’ civil rights – as always are welcome here.

Massad Ayoob


Monday, October 31st, 2016

Well, about the scariest thing I’ve seen so far this October 31 is this, shamelessly taken from my friend Miggy Gonzales’ blog at

Drive carefully out there amongst the trick-or-treating rug rats.

I’ve been asked why this blog has been on politics more than guns, and will be until the election. The answer is simply that if the politics go wrong, we’re gonna start losing our right to own and use the guns at a rapid rate.

Over this past month, I can point to about 125 good reasons to fight hard to keep those rights. 24 students trained in a MAG-40 class hosted by the Reichard family in Indiana. 38 deadly force instructors certified by me and Marty Hayes in a forty hour course sponsored by Dave Maglio in Wisconsin. Another 31 at our Michigan MAG-40 hosted by Art Joslin, and 32 at the one we just finished in Florida under the auspices of Herman Gunter, III.

Those 125 people are the tip of the iceberg of the armed citizens the Democratic Presidential nominee has bluntly stated she doesn’t want to own AR15s, or magazines that hold more than ten cartridges. She has stated that she agrees with one of the Supreme Court justices who dissented in the decision that affirmed the Second Amendment as an individual right; that justice recently stated that he doesn’t think the 2A means you can keep a rifle by your bed.

We ALL need to do everything we can to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House, and those who parrot her out of the House and Senate. It won’t be over ‘til it’s over, and there are increasing signs it may not be over even after the election is tallied up.



Indiana MAG-40 class


Wisconsin Deadly Force Instructor class


Michigan MAG-40 class


Florida MAG-40 class


Florida MAG-40 class, with staff range officers/coaches behind the students on the firing line.


Massad Ayoob


Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Each year, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Second Amendment Foundation sponsor the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  It takes place this week in Tampa.  If you can get there, attendance is free.

Hope to see you there.


Or click here to view.

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Why am I concerned with the prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton as President of the United States? Let me begin to count the reasons.

For many years I have been a sworn police officer. Mrs. Clinton’s dislike of police has long been a matter of record. From her contempt for the Arkansas troopers on her bodyguard detail when her husband was governor of that state, to the disdain with which she treated Secret Service when she was in the White House, to her campaign’s recent announcement that it was not interested in an endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, it is clear that Mrs. Clinton is no friend or supporter of law enforcement.

For many years I have been an expert witness in weapons and homicide cases, on both the criminal and civil justice sides of the house. Even-handed fairness is the very essence of justice. Go back to her earliest professional days, when her ethics were questioned during the Watergate matter. Go back to the case where her ethics came into question in her defense of a child molester.  As we look at the questionable contact more recently between her husband and the Attorney General immediately before the AG abjured from deciding on Mrs. Clinton’s prosecution in the email matter, we wonder about even-handed fairness by a potential President whose appointments to the US Supreme Court will determine the tenor of that body for the next generation or two.

For many years I have been a life member of the NRA, and a responsible gun owner and firearms instructor. When a candidate compares groups you belong to – and thus, by extension, you – to terrorists, you start getting nervous.

We live in a time when there is strong sentiment to put suspected real terrorists on lists such as the no-fly list and the no-gun list. A candidate conflating law-abiding Americans with terrorists is unacceptable. It is not surprising that some American gun owners watch the rise of Hillary Clinton and feel like German Jews witnessing the ascendance of Adolf Hitler. (And, before anyone invokes Godwin’s Law, I invoke Ayoob’s Corollary to Godwin’s Law: If you don’t want to be compared to Nazis, don’t act like one.)

Your thought and comments are welcome here.

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