[Update] Weird Lawsuit: Monroe County, Iowa v. Iowa Firearms Coalition & J.D. Thompson

Updated with a statement from Iowa Firearms Coalition below.

As the suit says, Monroe County is suing IFC and a county resident. Specifically, the suit is over a Chief Justice order barring firearms from court houses, and a state law that says if you do that, you must provide security. I jumped right into the filing because I really wondered how the hell the county was going to rationalize a claim against those defendants.

And… I don’t see a claim against them.

I need someone smarter than myself to explain this to me. The obvious unofficial backstory makes it clear that the county is maliciously targeting IFC and Thompson because they warned the county to comply with the law. But the only way the court filing addresses the official defendants is this.

STATEMENT OF THE IOWA FIREARMS COALATION (sic) AND MR. THOMPSON
30. Monroe County, Iowa has been advised by the Iowa Firearms Coalition that if it continues to comply with a lawful Order of the Iowa Supreme Court, that it will impose this unfunded mandate upon Monroe County, Iowa or that Monroe County, Iowa will be liable for this unfunded mandate plus attorney fees and other costs allowed by HF 2502. Monroe County, Iowa denied Mr. Thompson’s request.

31. No personal judgement is sought against Mr. Thompson.

Dafuq? There’s no actionable claim. They only say that IFC warned them they should comply with the law. Thompson gets no mention beyond that he made an unspecified — in the filing — request. Neither IFC’s nor Thompson’s warning/request is included in the filing. So even this vague sorta-claim is unsupported.

Other than that, the whole thing is a claim against the state for an unfunded mandate imposed by HF 2502. But even that is bogus. There’s no mandated expenditure; all they have to do is not declare a gun-free zone. If they choose to do that, then they voluntarily accept the expense. It would like Joe Blow calling vehicle registration fees an unfunded mandate; it isn’t because no one has to pay it unless they choose to buy a car.

This reads like a case against the state, and some office intern accidentally listed the wrong defendants. And even then, the alleged unfunded mandate would have been imposed by the Chief Justice who issued the gun-free order. Including IFC and Thompson has no point — legally; unofficially, it looks like retaliation for protected speech — but to make them pay for the county’s suit against the state.

OK, smarter people; what have I missed?

Update: Statement from IFC Chairman Michael Ware:

“You just stated what our attorneys did as well. We have no idea what has motivated this action, but we seek to correct the injustice.”

The case may be BS, but IFC still needs to defend itself. Good attorneys are not cheap. You can help support IFC HERE.

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“Commercial Sales”: Bait & Switch

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), of Manchin-Toomey background checks infamy, is at it again.

“So, I still think the best way to do this is focus on commercial sales. You know, between the sales that already occur at licensed firearm dealers, all of which require a background check, and what we consider commercial sales, advertised sales, gun shows and on the internet, that covers the vast, vast majority of all transactions. And it would be progress if we had background checks for those categories.”

Bait and switch: “commercial sales”.

commercial:
(1) occupied with or engaged in commerce or work intended for commerce a commercial artist
(2) : of or relating to commerce

commerce:
an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce ) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce ); trade; business.

I’ve seen this exact same trick tried in state level legislation. Change the definition of “commercial” from being in the business of, to you advertised it.

advertise:
intransitive verb To make public announcement of, especially to proclaim the qualities or advantages of (a product or business) so as to increase sales. synonym: announce.
intransitive verb To make known; call attention to.

If you “make known” in any way — such as word of mouth — that you’re willing to sell a firearm, you “advertised” it; “commercial sale.” No matter that you aren’t in the business of…


(a)  It shall be unlawful–

(1)  for any person–

(A)  except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, or in the course of such business to ship, transport, or receive any firearm in interstate or foreign commerce;  or

Se what Toomur is really doing? You likely thought the B&S was talking “business” but meaning “private sale.” Nope. Anyone who advertises  a firearm for sale is now in the business of selling firearms…

without an FFL. Go directly to jail. Do not collect $200.

Toomur is proposing not merely to involve FFLs in private sales, but to outlaw private sales altogether.

Fuck him.

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Looks like a 18 U.S. Code § 1505 felony to me

So Cruz and other Senators went to Texas to investigate the border crisis.

WOW! CAUGHT ON VIDEO – Biden Operative Harasses, Tries to Block Sen. Ted Cruz from Filming Joe Biden’s Caged Children (VIDEO)
Last week several Republican Senators visited the US Southern border on the Rio Grande in Texas to witness the massive surge in illegal aliens and fake refugees flooding across the US border in Texas.
[…]
When Senator Cruz began filming the unimaginable and depraved conditions, a Biden operative jumped up to harass and attempt to block the Senator’s camera!

Hmm, Lessee

Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand
[…]
Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years…

Seems to me that Cruz could make a good case for that

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Rights and Privileges Broken Down

I’ll just drop this here without further comment.

1. Often 2
2. Includes carry license
3. Minor needs parent or guardian on account
4. 4473, and separate registration in some states
5. Yes, but “It shouldn’t’ be until you walk in to vote, racist!
6. Background check wait, plus additional days in some states
7. Paperwork processing

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Biden Presser

I watched a few minutes. Interestingly, he started out looking alert and chipper. But after about 15 minutes, it looked like he came down from a coke high and crashed. Even with the obviously prepared list of reporters and questions — complete with prepared written answers he’d try to read — it didn’t look good. He started looking blankly around the room. He starting reading answers, then start rambling. At one point — something about the border — he began an answer, then babbled, stopped looked around in confusion, said, “Oh,” and dug for the reporter list and just called for the next one.

So sad.

“When I came to the senate 120 years ago…”

He’s said something like that before. Maybe he thinks its a joke; but you’d expect his puppeteers to steer him away from stuff about being really old, what with the obvious dementia.

Another memorable bit was Biden wandering away from the lecterne towards the reporter asking question. While still several feet from the lectern — and the microphone — he started answering. Then he turned his back on the reporters, still talking. I think he was looking for the lectern because he finally wandered back to it. All still trying to answer the reporter.

So I stopped watching. But I saw this later on Breitbart.

Joe Biden Confirms He Will Run for Re-election in 2024

President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday he would run for re-election in 2024, marking the first time he committed to it.

“The answer is yes,” Biden said. “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.”

Reelection, Bye-Biden? Folks are running betting pools on how soon you’ll be 25th’d. (I have Friday, July 23rd, 2021. After 5:00PM.)

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“What press conference?”

The other day, someone asked Bye-Biden about the then-upcoming press conference.

During a report on Fox News with anchor Brett Baier, network correspondent Peter Doocy revealed that Biden apparently had no idea on Wednesday afternoon that he has planning to do a press conference.

“Somebody shouted out to Biden ‘how are you getting ready for your press conference’ and he said: ‘what press conference?’” Doocy reported.

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Challenged Accepted

Hey! My site is back up. Finally. Anyway…

“There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better. Not a single thing,” Biden said

Then why do ladies keep handing me jars to open for them?

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Fixed It For You

Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court To Let Cops Enter Homes And Seize Guns Without A Warrant Commit Suicide-By-Homeowner
But in its first amicus brief before the High Court, the Biden Administration glossed over these concerns and called on the justices to uphold the First Circuit’s ruling. Noting that “the ultimate touchstone of the Fourth Amendment is ‘reasonableness,’” the Justice Department argued that warrants should not be “presumptively required when a government official’s action is objectively grounded in a non-investigatory public interest, such as health or safety.

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