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September 4th, 2007

Landmark Gun Rights Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

In the case of Parker v. the District of Columbia, the plaintiffs, including a retired police officer, sued to overturn the District of Columbia law that prohibits residents from owning handguns, even if the guns’ use is confined to one’s domicile. The plaintiffs argued that D.C.’s ultra-restrictive gun laws violated plaintiffs’ rights to “keep and bear arms” under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The D.C. statute bars residents from keeping handguns in their homes and also prohibits the carrying of a gun without a license.

In March 2007, the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the District of Columbia law on constitutional grounds. This was a signficant ruling that shocked the mainstream media. The Appellate Court ruling also created the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court would be asked to rule on the case. In its ruling, the Federal Court of Appeals declared:

“…[W]e conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government….”

Parker vs. District of Columbia–Full Case History | News Story on Appellate Court Ruling

On September 4th, the District of Columbia asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the Federal Court of Appeals. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it could lead to the high court’s first direct ruling on the Second Amendment since 1939. The court would be asked to interpret the Second Amendment, and squarely determine whether the Second Amendment protects citizens as individuals or whether the right to “keep and bear arms” is “collective”, meaning it applies only to a militia or National Guard.

There remains the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will refuse to hear the appeal, in which case the decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals would be final.

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September 4th, 2007

New Products Offered by Sinclair International

Sinclair Int’l has just released a new catalog chock-full of great stuff for precision shooters. The latest catalog includes old favorites and 100+ new items. Below are some of the more interesting additions to Sinclair’s product line-up. We’re pleased to see that Sinclair will be selling the CED M2 Chronograph, previously reviewed in the Daily Bulletin.

CED M2 Chronograph: At $189.00, the new CED M2 Chronograph offers the best performance you can get in a Chronograph for under $400.00 (now that the Oehler 33/35 are no longer offered). It is more repeatable than lesser-priced brands in “less-than-ideal” light conditions, and the control unit is much easier to use than the “folding box” variety. Representing a significant upgrade over the previous CED “Millenium” model, the new M2 has more memory and can clock a wider range of bullet speeds–from 50 fps all the way to 7000 fps. The upgraded M2 will record velocities at much lower light levels than the previous Millennium chronograph. Included with the CED M2 are chronograph, sensors, cables, screen mounting bracket, USB computer interface cable and the new CED Data Collector Software program. NOTE: This item is currently back-ordered but units should arrive very soon.

Flexible Chamber Swab Tool: This new gadget works great with lever guns and semi-autos because you can insert it through the rifles’ ejection port without disassembling the rifle. The flexible wand (made of aircraft cable) can be bent or angled to fit the action ports as necessary. Equipped with a comfortable plastic handle, the 10″-long chamber tool is excellent for cleaning an AR15 upper. This new tool accepts all 8-32 male threaded cleaning accessories including Iosso AR brushes, chamber brushes and swabs, and all Dewey brushes, bore mops and chamber swabs.

Kestrel 4500 Portable Vane Mount: This $46.80 system is a “must-have” for any Kestrel wind gauge owner. It provides a steady platform that allows the Kestrel to work on its own while you’re in shooting position. This new mounting system works with all Kestrel 4000 Series Weather Trackers. The lightweight Vane Mount assembles easily and enables the 4500 Weather Tracker to monitor headwind, tailwind and crosswind direction and speed. A high-quality bearing in the tripod allows the device to respond to small changes in wind direction. The kit, Sinclair Product 24-825, includes a handy Cordura carrying case. NOTE: Check the rules for your shooting discipline to determine whether one is permitted to use this unit during record fire.

Boyt Extra-Long Gun Case: Most soft gun cases are too short to handle match and varmint rifles with long barrels. Quite a few also lack clearance for big scopes–you can slide your gun in the case but may not be able to zip it up with the scope attached. Those problems are solved with the new 50″ Boyt Signature case. Priced at $90.95, the 50″ case is long enough for BR and Varmint rifles with up to a 29″ barrel and has room for most scopes. Boyt’s Signature Series cases are constructed of high-quality canvas, with a leather spine, and heavy-duty brass zippers. The Signature case comes with a large accessory pocket (all soft cases should have one) and a quality leather sling. The $90.95 Signature case also comes in a 46″ length for guns with sporter-length barrels.

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