2nd Amendment Information

This service is for your firearms, magazines, accessories, field gear, etc to be airbrushed in a MultiCam look-alike pattern. This is called Multi-Color on the DuraCoat website and is in no way affiliated with Crye-Precision. The shapes in the pattern are my own design based closely upon Crye MultiCam fabric and will be unique to each firearm and/or piece of equipment.
Firearms DuraCoat Procedure
1. I will prepare your firearm by plugging all ports and spaces, and concealing the sights (unless otherwise specified). The customer must indicate preferences regarding the bolt.
2. I will lightly, but thoroughly, sandblast your firearm to remove loose finish and particles.
3. I will spray and clean the exterior of the firearm with DuraCoat degreaser.
4. I will airbrush my Multi-Color pattern onto your firearm as follows:
Coat 1: Multi Beige background with Multi Light Brown areas feathered in
(Apply handmade templates between coats 1 and 2)
Coat 2: Multi Medium Green with Multi Dark Green feathered in
(Remove templates between coats 2 and 3)
Coat 3: Multi Dark Brown and Multi Light Green accents stenciled over other four colors
4. After the airbrushing is complete and the DuraCoat has hardened, I will clean the interior of your firearm again to remove any sand or DuraCoat particles that may have passed around the plugs. You may find trace amounts of sand and DuraCoat particles in your firearm - there is no way around this; they will simply disappear over time through regular use and cleaning.
DuraCoat will adhere permanently to most materials that have been properly prepared. DuraCoat has excellent bondage and elasticity when applied to most metals, fiberglass, wood, and hard plastics. As you can see in the sample photos, I do not apply DuraCoat to rubber or soft plastics; it is not elastic enough to withstand the flexibility of these materials without cracking and/or peeling. There is a possibility that cheap plastic parts could also be problematic. Although DuraCoat is extremely durable, it will show signs of wear in areas where parts slide against each other, and possibly on flash hiders and muzzle brakes. DuraCoat applied to the general exterior of your firearm should last a long, long time.
The purpose of this page is to provide accurate information about the 2nd Amendment and related issues.

Amendment 2 - Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


In other words, people have the right to own and carry/use weapons. This right enables us to form militias, which is the means of maintaining security and freedom. The government is prohibited from interfering with the ownership and carrying of weapons or the formation and training of militias.




The term "Arms" does not refer to non-discretionary weapons such as nuclear missiles, poisonous gas or weaponized viruses or bacteria - all of which could most likely injure or kill significant portions of our nation's population as the result of a single (mis)use. It does, however, refer to any weapons that have the potential to be used to effectively combat tyrants and their forces. That means that American citizens have the right to own small arms/light weapons (weapons that an individual is able to carry) such as handguns, rifles, shotguns, machineguns, grenade launchers, mortars, recoilless rifles, and rockets, as well as heavy vehicle-mounted weapons such as 50-caliber machine guns, mini-guns, automatic grenade launchers, modern cannons, missiles and torpedoes (and the vehicles to mount them upon). Hand grenades, claymore mines, arial bombs and other explosives are also protected by the 2nd Amendment. (That being said, please note that I have in my possession no illegal weapons/substances and the above is simply a statement of fact.")


At this point in time (2013) the federal government has already infringed upon the 2nd Amendment to the point that citizens are only allowed to own handguns, rifles, shotguns and pre-1986 machineguns. The government has also decreed restrictions upon the few arms we are still allowed to own as follows:


Handguns:

• Buyers must pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) which will result in your name being entered into a permanent database (gun registry) regardless of what you have been told to the contrary.

• Are prohibited from having a stock attached to them (without being registered as a Short-Barreled Rifle - SBR).

• Are prohibited from having a vertical foregrip attached to them (without being registered as an Any Other Weapon - AOW).

• Are prohibited from being concealed within or disguised as another object from which they are able to be fired (without being registered as an AOW).

• Are prohibited from being used with armor-piercing ammunition.


Rifles:

• Are prohibited from having a barrel shorter than 16 inches (without being registered as a SBR).

• Are prohibited from having an overall length shorter than 26 inches (without being registered as a SBR or AOW).


Shotguns:

• Are prohibited from having a barrel shorter than 18 inches (without being registered as a Short-Barreled Shotgun (SBS).

• Are prohibited from having an overall length shorter than 26 inches (without being registered as a SBS or AOW).


Machineguns:

• Are prohibited from possession by average citizens unless manufactured prior to May 19, 1986, and those require an extensive FBI background check.


Sound Suppressors:

• Are prohibited without extensive FBI background check.


To purchase a SBR, SBS, machinegun or sound suppressor, an individual must submit to fingerprinting and an intrusive FBI background check, pay a $200 tax, and wait from several weeks to several months for the government's approval. To purchase or modify an item into an AOW, the same fingerprinting, background check and wait time is required, but the tax is only $5.


As if the federal government hadn't infringed upon the 2nd Amendment enough, they are now attempting to further undermine (or outright abolish) our right to keep and bear arms. Their first goal is to ban "assault weapons" and "high-capacity" magazines. It is important to understand that there is not really any such thing as an "assault weapon"; this is simply a propaganda term invented and used by those who are anti-gun to demonize patriots. Contrary to the beliefs of some who are pro-gun, the term "assault weapon" does not refer to fully-automatic weapons used by the military. The military refers to these weapons as "M4 Carbine", "MK-46 Light Machine Gun", "MK-19 Grenade Launcher", etc; not as "M4 Assault Rifle". You will probably never hear those in the military use that term. However, anti-gunners (such as Diane Feinstein) are seeking to ban military-looking semi-automatic weapons and standard capacity magazines defined as follows:


• All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel.

(This would basically ban all but a handful of semi-auto rifles. It would also prevent the use of sound suppressors on any semi-auto rifles.)


• All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.

(This would basically ban all semi-auto pistols that fire rifle cartridges. It would also prevent the use of sound suppressors on any semi-auto pistol. Furthermore, it could be used for purposes such as to ban all Glock pistols since they are all essentially the same design and the Glock 18 is fully automatic.)


• All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.

(The only fixed-magazine handgun I know of is the 1896 Broomhandle Mauser. The only fixed-magazine semi-auto rifles I know of are the 8-shot M1 Garand and "gallery-gun" .22's. This is really just Feinstein's way of preventing people from modifying their standard firearms to comply with her first two prohibitions.)


• All semiautomatic shotguns that have a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; pistol grip; fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; ability to accept a detachable magazine; forward grip; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; or shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

(Feinstein basically wants to limit semi-auto shotguns to those with traditional stocks and 5-round or less tubular magazines. I have no idea where she may have seen any shotguns with grenade launchers or rocket launchers attached to them.)


• All ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips, and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

(Rifles such as the AR and AK types have been produced with 20 and 30-round magazines as the standard for decades. Handgun magazines are typically designed to store however many cartridges happen to fit inside the pistol grip - normally ranging between 5 and 20. The synthetic and arbitrary limitation to 10 rounds would restrict and eventually outlaw nearly every rifle magazine and at least half of the handgun magazines currently in existence. Also, when Feinstein wrote "strips", she probably meant "stripper clips" - I know of none that hold more than 10 rounds.)


• 157 specifically-named firearms 

(Essentially, every firearm that would be useful for combatting tyranny.)


List of firearms prohibited by name

Rifles: All AK types, including the following: AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM, IZHMASH Saiga AK, MAADI AK47 and ARM, Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S, Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS; All AR types, including the following: AR–10, AR–15, Armalite M15 22LR Carbine, Armalite M15–T, Barrett REC7, Beretta AR–70, Bushmaster ACR, Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster MOE series, Bushmaster XM15, Colt Match Target Rifles, DoubleStar AR rifles, DPMS Tactical Rifles, Heckler & Koch MR556, Olympic Arms, Remington R–15 rifles, Rock River Arms LAR–15, Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles, Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifles, Stag Arms AR rifles, Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 rifles; Barrett M107A1; Barrett M82A1; Beretta CX4 Storm; Calico Liberty Series; CETME Sporter; Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C; Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000; Feather Industries AT–9; Galil Model AR and Model ARM; Hi-Point Carbine; HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–PSG–1 and HK USC; Kel-Tec Sub–2000, SU–16, and RFB; SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer SG 550, and Sig Sauer SG 551; Springfield Armory SAR–48; Steyr AUG; Sturm, Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rife M–14/20CF; All Thompson rifles, including the following: Thompson M1SB, Thompson T1100D, Thompson T150D, Thompson T1B, Thompson T1B100D, Thompson T1B50D, Thompson T1BSB, Thompson T1–C, Thompson T1D, Thompson T1SB, Thompson T5, Thompson T5100D, Thompson TM1, Thompson TM1C; UMAREX UZI Rifle; UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine; Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78; Vector Arms UZI Type; Weaver Arms Nighthawk; Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.

Pistols: All AK–47 types, including the following: Centurion 39 AK pistol, Draco AK–47 pistol, HCR AK–47 pistol, IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol, Krinkov pistol, Mini Draco AK–47 pistol, Yugo Krebs Krink pistol; All AR–15 types, including the following: American Spirit AR–15 pistol, Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol, DPMS AR–15 pistol, Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol, Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol; Calico Liberty pistols; DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol; Encom MP–9 and MP–45; Heckler & Koch model SP-89 pistol; Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion, TEC–9, and TEC–DC9; Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol; The following MAC types: MAC–10, MAC–11; Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol; Military Armament Corp. Ingram M–11, Velocity Arms VMAC; Sig Sauer P556 pistol; Sites Spectre; All Thompson types, including the following: Thompson TA510D, Thompson TA5; All UZI types, including: Micro-UZI.

Shotguns: Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12; All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following:IZHMASH Saiga 12, IZHMASH Saiga 12S, IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–01, IZHMASH Saiga 12K, IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030, IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040 Taktika; Streetsweeper; Striker 12.

Belt-fed semiautomatic firearms: All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms including TNW M2HB.

Feinstein's gun ban has been presented to congress under the guise of preventing violent crime. In reality, she is claiming to be attempting to prevent only violent crime committed using weapons and accessories that are already used in so few crimes that there really aren't any statistics by which such crimes can be measured in proportion to violent crime in general. Long guns of all sorts account for less than 2% of crimes committed with firearms. "Assault weapons" are used in even fewer crimes. The president himself has stated that most crimes committed using a firearm involve handguns that are either stolen from their lawful owners or purchased on the black market. Yet the federal government continues to demonize and persecute law-abiding citizens who own common semi-automatic firearms useful for militia and self-defense purposes. If the government was actually concerned about dealing with violent criminals, they would apply the following...


Solutions to Deter Violent Crime in the United States


1. Require that any firearms a person owns - which he/she does not currently have on his/her own person or in his/her immediate and total control - must be locked in a secure safe or lock-bar rack affixed to the structure of the owner's home, vehicle, place of work, etc. Concurrently, begin a prison-work program to provide for the construction of sturdy safes and lock-bar gun racks for purchase by gun owners at only the cost of the materials used so nobody could make the excuse that such a safe or lock-bar device is too expensive for them to afford (good safes cost upwards of $1000 and higher). All responsible gun owners do want to keep their unattended firearms locked up to prevent them from being stolen - so make this an easy thing for them to do.


2. Offer tactical firearms training courses to the citizenry for costs similar to those of hunting safety courses (or simply require training in these skills as part of the public school curriculum - like they do in Russia) and allow lawful firearm owners to carry their firearm openly or concealed in all places and at all times. If lawful firearm owners were all trained in gun-handling safety and basic shooting tactics and given the freedom to carry everywhere, it would be a free and abundant source of security as intended by the 2nd Amendment. And keep in mind that many lawful gun owners already engage in this sort of training at their own expense; a good number of private citizens are far more proficient and responsible with firearms than most police officers and military personnel.


3. Reinstate institutionalization of mentally-ill persons so that they cannot wreak havoc upon the rest of our populace. Anybody who is currently taking psychotropic medication should immediately be placed in a mental institution until the point at which they are able to cease taking such medication and function rationally and morally among the general public. If a person is too dangerous to be trusted with firearms, or knives, or driving a motor vehicle, or any other ordinary adult responsibilities, then they are too dangerous to be allowed to roam freely among the rest of us. Children taking such medication should attend separate schools that can meet their needs or be home-schooled - leave that choice to their parents.


4. Stop sentencing violent criminals to serve time in prison and instead mandate the death penalty for all serious violent offenders. This punishment should apply to all robbers, rapists, murderers, arsonists, muggers, etc and it should be applied immediately after their guilty verdict is determined. (This should not apply in cases where the guilt of the defendant could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, in cases of "mutual combat" in which a verbal fight escalated into a physical fight, in instances of self-defense, and possibly in additional scenarios.) The few mass-shootings our nation experiences may not be prevented by such a law as this, but it would cause most violent street criminals to think twice before they act - especially after several of them are made into examples for the rest.


Most Americans would complain that these solutions are not politically correct or that they are too harsh, but the fact of the matter is that these solutions would almost entirely eliminate violent crime in America without infringing upon any rights of honest law-abiding citizens. These solutions would greatly increase the safety of school children, mall shoppers, government employees, church attendees, museum and national landmark visitors, et cetera, and would only endanger the lives and freedoms of violent criminals and lunatics.


Firearms and Accessories Misinformation and Corrections (in no particular order)

Propaganda: "These are ammunition, they're bullets, so the people who have those now, they're going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available." 

-Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado)

Facts: Magazines are spring-feeding ammunition storage devices consisting of a metal or polymer body, follower and floorplate and a metal spring. Magazines can be fixed (part of the firearm) or detachable (a separate part). Magazines are loaded manually, either by inserting one cartridge at a time, or by using a clip in conjunction with a feeder to load up to ten cartridges at a time. Ammunition (the cartridges) is stripped from the magazine by the bolt or slide of a firearm and pushed into the chamber, where it remains until fired. Magazines can be used and reloaded indefinitely. "High-capacity" is a relative term and frequently misused to describe standard-capacity magazines that can store between 11 and 30 rounds. I would concede that most drum magazines and excessively large "banana magazines" (such as those too long to fit in a standard military magazine pouch) could be considered "high-capacity", but this does not make them evil or unsuitable for private ownership; it just makes them bulky and awkward to carry.

 

Propaganda: "The congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to 'magazines' when she should have referred to 'clips,' which cannot be reused because they don't have a feeding mechanism."

-Juliet Johnson (spokesperson for Rep. Diana DeGette)

Facts: Clips are strips of stamped metal (normally steel) which hold 5 to 10 cartridges and are used for loading the cartridges into a variety of both fixed and detachable magazines. Some ammunition is sold already attached to a clip, but empty clips can be purchased and loaded with the ammunition of the user's preference. Clips can be used and reloaded indefinitely. There is no such thing as an "assault magazine".


Propaganda: "Many assault weapons are merely semi-automatic versions of military machine guns, making them easier to convert to fully automatic machine guns... An unknown number of these weapons have been illegally converted to full-auto."

-Violence Policy Center

Facts: Semi-automatic weapons are not merely machine-guns that fire one shot at a time, and they cannot be easily converted to being fully automatic. The conversion of a semi-automatic into a machine gun would require the replacement of most - if not all - of the parts in both the bolt carrier group and trigger group, as well as the alteration of the safe/fire selector or the addition of a selector switch that would allow the user to choose between semi-auto fire and full-auto fire. Machine gun parts are restricted for sale to military and law enforcement, and it would take a very talented gunsmith to produce such parts using his own equipment. If a person is able to produce his own machine gun parts, then he is probably also capable of producing his own receivers (the housings of a firearm's parts, one of which normally is stamped with the weapon's serial number) to bypass having to purchase a firearm at all. The VPC's nebulous statement regarding the number of firearms illegally converted to full-auto probably has something to do with the extreme rarity of such conversions.

Propaganda: "No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun."

-Bill Ruger (founder and president of Sturm, Ruger & Co.)

Facts: Bill Ruger made statements such as this in order to persuade congress to ban standard capacity magazines rather than the firearms he was manufacturing during their preparation of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and even today gun owners who prefer firearms such as the 1911 and revolvers frequently continue to parrot this lie - implying that "if you can't hit an attacker with the first ten rounds, you'll do no better with the next ten". In reality, we are seeing the ever-increasing need of honest people to own and carry multiple magazines capable of storing as many cartridges as possible. It has become increasingly common for honest people to have to defend themselves against robbery by violent drug addicts who do not feel pain, drug cartels operating in the US, harassment and assault by gangs on foot or riding motorcycles or committing drive-by shootings, flash mob assaults and robberies, home invaders, groups on mass-shooting sprees and other multiple-aggressor scenarios.  It is rarely the case that a single shot stops a determined aggressor; usually several shots are necessary regardless of the caliber used. Honest people benefit greatly from the equalizing effects that multiple standard and large capacity magazines have upon groups of violent criminals.


Unquoted Mythbusting

Myth: Gun stores display legal firearms for sale in their showroom, but the "good stuff" is in the back if you ask for it.

Fact: This myth is based on TV and movies - not reality. Gun stores are issued a Federal Firearms License (FFL) by the ATF and are subject to inspections of their premises without prior warning. The presence of any undocumented firearms for sale would likely lead to revocation of the dealer's FFL, confiscation of records and firearms, tremendous fines and jail time for all involved. Purchases of illegal firearms are conducted through the black market, not in the legendary "back room" of legitimate firearms dealers.


Myth: The "gun show loophole" allows criminals easy access to firearms by bypassing the requirement of performing a background check prior to a purchase.

Fact: There is no such thing as the "gun show loophole". This myth is a distorted view of laws regulating background checks. Federal law requires all handgun purchasers to undergo a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) background check before a handgun can be transferred to a buyer. This is a requirement for both FFL dealers and private individuals. The only exceptions are between parent/adult-child and grandparent/adult-child (even sibling to sibling transfers require a NICS check). Long gun (rifle and shotgun) purchases require a state police background check if being purchased from an FFL dealer. Long gun purchases do not require a background check if transferred between private individuals, however it is illegal to sell a long gun to a buyer who the seller has reason to believe is prohibited from owning firearms. Private individuals sometimes attend gun shows and sell their own personal long guns; you may see them walking around carrying a slung rifle with a price flag sticking out of the barrel. This is no different than if the seller was to place an ad for their long gun in the newspaper or sell it at a yard sale. However, gun owners tend to gravitate toward gun shows because of the concentration of individuals with similar interests, and thus - the legal buying and selling of firearms between private individuals at gun shows has become known as the "gun show loophole". Anti-gun politicians hope to ban gun shows by deceiving the public into believing that gun shows are background-check-free zones, whereas the truth is that all laws that are in effect outside of gun shows are still in effect at gun shows.


Myth: A Concealed Carry License is a "license to kill".

Fact: A Concealed Carry License (CCL) or Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) is a card, similar in size and appearance to a state-issued driver's license, which displays authorization by the sheriff or state police for an individual to carry concealed firearms upon his/her person. To acquire a CCL/CCP, an applicant must pass a background check, provide several references to non-family members who can confirm the law-abiding character of the applicant, and be photographed for the ID card and for the records of the office issuing the license or permit. A CCL/CCP only authorizes an individual to carry concealed firearms. It does not authorize the individual to take any actions using his/her firearms, and it most certainly does not authorize the individual to kill indiscriminately.


Myth: Hollow point's are "cop-killer bullets" designed to pierce body armor and/or explode inside a person.

Fact: Hollow point bullets are simply bullets which have indented noses rather than pointed or rounded noses. The hollow points of such bullets cause a "mushrooming" effect when the bullets enter soft tissue, decreasing the chances of overpenetration (the bullets exiting the target's body and hitting unintended people or objects in the background) and increasing the energy expended in the intended target (since all of the bullets' energy is absorbed by the intended target). Hollow points are less likely to pierce any sort of body armor than pointed or round-nosed bullets, and there are virtually no explosive bullets available on the civilian market (and none at all for use in handguns). The "cop-killer bullet" myth regarding hollow points comes from one type of hollow point bullet - Winchester's Black Talon - which was surrounded by urban legend and is no longer produced. Black Talons were rumored to have an anti-friction coating because of their unusual oxidized black appearance (most bullets are coated in copper-colored copper, not black-colored copper) and it was alleged by the anti-gun media that these bullets could penetrate body armor. This was obviously not true, however the media's propaganda coupled with a lawsuit filed by family members of a shootiing victim prompted Winchester to discontinue production of the Black Talons even though the lawsuit was dismissed and Black Talons were never prohibited by law. Today, most ammunition companies produce round nose bullets for target shooting and hollow point bullets for self defense purposes.


Myth: The pistol grip on an "assault weapon" allows the user to "spray from the hip".

Fact: The sloping grip on traditional stocks is actually more comfortable to fire from hip level than a pistol grip. The pistol grips used on most military-pattern rifles are intended to improve the firearm's egronomics when fired from the shoulder. This can be tested and proven instantly by anybody who has access to long guns with both types of grips/stocks. Regardless of which type of grip a long gun has, it is always most accurate to fire from the shoulder while aiming through the sights or a scope; there is never a time when it's best to shoot from the hip - even at close range. The phrase "spray from the hip" suggests the use of full-auto fire, and this sort if imagery appears in TV and movies - not in real life. Even on the battlefield and while using tracers (bullets which leave a light-signature as they travel to their target), soldiers normally use the sights of their weapons while firing; they rarely - if ever - "spray from the hip" like Rambo or the Terminator.


Myth: Telescoping and folding stocks make it easier to conceal an "assault weapon".

Fact: The length of any long gun is required by federal law to be 26 inches or greater. Telescoping and folding stocks may be installed, but they are only allowed to add to the minimum legal length - not subtract from it; the minimum length of 26 inches must be maintained even when the stock is telescoped or folded. Generally, telescoping stocks are used only to adjust the length of pull (the distance from the rear of the stock to the trigger) to accomodate shooters of different sizes as well as to accomodate extra layers of clothing and gear that a shooter may be wearing at different times. Most telescoping stocks only adjust several inches and are not very useful for shortening a firearm for storage and/or transportation purposes (the original HK-type fully-telescoping stocks being an exception). Folding stocks are useful for shortening a firearm for storage and/or transportation purposes, but only for shortening the firearm to the 26 inch minimum legal length - as it is easier to store and transport a firearm that is 26 inches than it is to store and transport a firearm that is 36 to 40 inches. In comparison, most bullpup rifles (which have the pistol grip installed in front of the magazine, internal mechanisms and fixed stock) are ready to fire at exactly the 26" minimum length. Telescoping and folding stocks are exploited by anti-gunners simply because they are features common to the weapons they most desire to ban, although such features do the opposite of what the anti-gunners claim: add length to a firearm.


Myth: Barrel shrouds make it possible to grip a firearm around the barrel and "spray from the hip" without being burned by the barrel as it heats up.

Fact: Apparently, anti-gunners are extremely concerned about the manner in which people hold their firearms. It is true that barrel shrouds are intended to protect the user from a hot barrel, but sometimes they are also intended to protect the barrel from the user (mostly for accuracy purposes - as in the case of free-floated barrels, where the barrel is kept from touching anything other than the receiver to which it is fastened). Any barrel through which shots are fired at intervals of less than a minute is going to heat up to the point of discomfort before long, and so stocks, forend grips and barrel shrouds exist to protect the user from the heat. Even traditional hunting rifles have stocks that partially encapsulate the barrel to provide a surface by which to grip the gun using the non-dominant hand other than gripping the barrel itself. The anti-barrel-shroud argument usually relates to barrel shrouds installed on large handguns with magazines that insert outside of the pistol grip (mainly pistol versions of military-pattern semi-automatic rifles) and asserts the idea that people will grip the barrel shroud with their non-dominant hand to stabilize the gun while "spraying from the hip", however - as mentioned under the pistol grip myth - shooting from the hip is very inaccurate and "spraying" implies fully automatic fire, which is not how these firearms function. There is no rational reason why anti-gunners care whether an individual holds a pistol with both hands on the pistol grip or with one hand on the pistol grip and the other hand on the magazine or forend grip/barrel shroud; this is really just another misleading argument attempting to ban military-pattern semi-automatic firearms.

Myth: Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine laws mean "shoot first, ask questions later".

Fact: Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine laws protect law-abiding individuals by eliminating the subjective concept of "Duty to Retreat" from an aggressor and objectively allowing law-abiding individuals to defend themselves in any place where they are legally permitted to be. "Duty to Retreat" laws imply that, for example – in the case of a home invasion – an individual or family/group would have to retreat from the aggressor(s) throughout their home and take every step possible to protect themselves without using lethal force (or any force for that matter) until there was absolutely no alternative (which is very subjective in the eyes of the law). If the individual was able to barricade themselves in some part of the house to preserve their own safety, they would be unable to do anything legally to prevent the aggressor(s) from ransacking and looting their home; they would have to rely solely upon hopes of the police arriving in time to apprehend the criminals. "Duty to Retreat" laws wrongly empower criminals and protect them from their victims. In the same case, Castle Doctrine laws imply that "a man's home is his castle" and an individual or family/group would be justified in using lethal force to stop the aggressors as soon as they illegally invaded the home, thus preserving the lives, safety and property of the individual or family/group. Stand Your Ground laws make the same implication as Castle Doctrine laws, however they expand the defender's "safe haven" to any place where the individual or family/group is legally allowed to be. If the same individual or family/group was assaulted with deadly or debilitating force in a park, store, public sidewalk, etc - they would be justified in defending themselves with lethal force rather than being required to run away until they were caught or cornered. Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws rightly empower law-abiding individuals and protect them from violent criminals. (Regardless of anything you see or hear, it is imperative to study and understand all laws related to self-defense and what actions to take before, during and after defending oneself using lethal force prior to carrying a firearm.)