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D.C Mayor seeks to remove the names of white men from government buildings in Washington

A Washington, DC committee formed by Mayor Muriel Bowser has recommended changing the names of schools and government buildings and has even called for the federal government to “remove, relocate or contextualize” a group of federal memorials and monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Benjamin Franklin Statue. Bowser’s committee, the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DC FACES), submitted the final executive report Monday (August 31, 2020).

The report covered surveys of DC’s named, government-owned buildings (libraries, schools, rec centers, etc), parks, statues in DC Government-owned parks, miscellaneous other named public spaces, and even city streets. The committee cataloged the race of people whose names appeared and discovered that fully seventy percent of government properties were named after white people. It is these people whose names are slated for erasure. Just a sample of the names is enough to demonstrate the level of racism and hatred being directed at once prominent white people.

Schools:

1.Alexander Graham Bell – Bell Multicultural High School
2. Robert Brent – Brent Elementary School
3. Jehiel Brooks – Brookland Middle School
4. James Monroe – Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View
5. James Birney – Excel Academy/Lee Montessori PCS – East End (at Birney School)
6. Charles William Eliot – Eliot-Hine Middle School
7. Anthony T. Hyde, Henry Addison – Hyde-Addison Elementary School
8. Thomas Jefferson – Jefferson Middle School
9. Francis Scott Key – Key Elementary School
10. Zachary Taylor – Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
11. John Walker Maury – Maury Elementary School
12. William Winston Seaton – Seaton Elementary School
13. Benjamin Stoddert – Stoddert Elementary School
14. Strong John Thomson – Thomson Elementary School
15. John Tyler – Tyler Elementary School
16. John Peter Van Ness – Van Ness Elementary School
17. Joseph Rodman West – West Education Campus
18. Woodrow Wilson – Woodrow Wilson High School
19. C. Melvin Sharpe – Bridges PCS Sharpe Campus
20.William Benning – DC Prep PCS, Benning Elementary
21. Matthew Gault Emery – Emery School (CHOICE Academy)

Parks and recreation

1. James D. Barry – Barry Farm Playground
2. William Benning, Benjamin Stoddert – Benning Stoddert Playground, Garden
3. Robert Brent – Brentwood Playground, Brentwood Hamilton Field
4. James Monroe – Bruce-Monroe Community Garden
5. Matthew Gault Emery – Emery Heights Playground, Garden
6. Henry Foxall – Foxhall Playground
7. Thomas Jefferson – Jefferson Field
8. Guy Mason – Guy Mason Playground
9. William Henry Harrison – Harrison Playground
10. James Greenleaf – King-Greenleaf Playground
11. Benjamin Stoddert – Stoddert Playground
12. Abel P. Upshur – Upshur Playground

Bowser took to Twitter to announce her pleasure with her committee’s recommendations,saying, “”I look forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations,”

The return tweets from her detractors in response were quick to respond .Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tweeted that no changes were going to happen as long as he was in office. “Not on my watch. Never going to happen,” he tweeted.

The White House also responded to the committee’s report.

“By publishing a plan that recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial—among many other ludicrous recommendations—the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

“Our Nation’s capital is rightly filled with countless markers, memorials, and statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country. President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our Nation’s capital city—a city that belongs to the American people—she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration,” McEnany concluded.

The full report can be read here:

https://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/page_content/attachments/DC%20FACES%20Executive%20Summary_r10sm.pdf

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The real story: It’s not just a few big Democrat cities that are burning

Demorats have generally ignored rioting in the streets and have suggested that President Trump is the cause of any social disruption. Mainstream media have suggested that the rioting is confined to half a dozen big cities. Republicans have blamed Demorat mayors and governors for not bringing the riots under control.

But fact is, none of us are getting the true picture of what is happening to this country. Protests and riots have occurred in all 50 states. The Army National Guard has been deployed to at least 23 states and the District of Columbia to combat rioters and looters. More than 350 cities and towns have been wracked with unrest—all this while left-wing socialist/communist government officials sit in complacent approval of the mayhem.

Our country is coming apart at the seams. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

What follows is research published on June 2, 2020 by Mohammed Haddad, writing for Aljazeera. These data are more than two months old.

I have to wonder, how much worse is it now?

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-cities-george-floyd-protests-erupted-200601081654119.html

~ Grif

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Venezuelan Warns US: Socialism Starts by Destroying Monuments and Censoring Everything

The left’s socialist/communist’s playbook never changes. The reason is simple. It generally achieves its goal of turning free and democratic countries into totalitarian cesspools where a dictatorial government subjugates its citizens and destroys a vibrant capitalist economy all in the name of “equality.” Venezuela is one such socialist utopia.

Venezuela was once the richest and most promising country in Latin America. It has the largest oil reserves in the world, and for a long time it had a growing democracy. But today, its economic and democratic institutions have failed. While inflation skyrockets, food and medicine have become so expensive that for the country’s poor, who now make up a staggering 82 percent of the population, cannot afford to buy them. Many are reduced to eating out of garbage dumps. Theft and murder are endemic, and the ruling Maduro government keeps an iron grip on the people.

Now, Elizabeth Rogliani, an activist who was among the more than two million Venezuelans who have fled their country since dits economy collapsed, has a warning for us.

Andrés Guilarte, who remains in Venezuela, describes his perspective on what socialism will do to the United States if Americans ignore the current turmoil that is dividing the country.

~ Grif

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They Die For You

I pray that those who would destroy our country and our way of life would just acknowledge this simple truth. But I doubt that they will.

The truth will set you free.

~ Grif

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U.S, Supreme Court Rules Against LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace

The U.S. Supreme Court today (June 15) ruled that employers may not discriminate against LGBTQ employees on account of their unconventional lifestyles. The 6-3 ruling appears to extend worker protections to a category that was specifically omitted in the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. The majority decision was written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the court. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices. Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.

Gorsuch wrote, “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”

Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh vigorously dissented, saying the majority had not ruled on existing law, but actually had created new law by judicial fiat.

Alito, writing more than 100 pages in dissent for himself and Thomas, accused the court’s majority of writing legislation, not law.

“The question in these cases is not whether discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity should be outlawed,” Alito said. “The question is whether Congress did that in 1964. It indisputably did not.”

Writing separately, Kavanaugh said simply: “We are judges, not members of Congress. Instead of a hard-earned victory won through the democratic process, today’s victory is brought about by judicial dictate – judges latching on to a novel form of living literalism to rewrite ordinary meaning and remake American law,” he wrote. “Under the Constitution and laws of the United States, this court is the wrong body to change American law in that way.”

Federal appeals courts have been split on the question since 2017, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit became the first to rule that gay men and lesbians should be covered by the decades-old federal civil rights law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled for Zarda in 2018, but the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled against Bostock. The 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, ruled for Stephens.

Congress has debated the issue for decades but “repeatedly declined to pass bills adding sexual orientation to the list of protected traits” under the law, the Justice Department told the justices. The Democratic-controlled House passed the Equality Act last year, but the Republican-controlled Senate has not considered it.

Thank you, SCOTUS!

~ Grif

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Cops in the Cross-hairs – Antifa Declares War on Police

There was a time in our country when not even the Mafia dared kill a cop. But those times are long past. Well-funded and highly organized anarchists have used the protests over the killing of George Floyd as an excuse to burn private and government property and loot businesses across the country. In the beginning, these terrorists focused on destruction and inciting others to riot. But now, these provocateurs have ratcheted up their mayhem by taking aim at police officers and attempting to kill them. The rule of law has fallen by the wayside. The guerrilla war now is being waged with lethal intent. Follow the dollar. The foul reek of Darth Soros, who bragged about turning in his own people to the Nazis during WWII, fills the air. Here are just a few of the assaults on police in the past week.

St. Louis, MO

Four police officers shot during a downtown protest, two in leg, one in arm one in the foot. St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said they were hit by gunfire by “some coward” while standing on the side of a police line. “As we speak we’re trying to get control out of this city, still hearing gunfire and everything,” he said. I don’t know what else to say. This is horrible. Thank God, they’re alive.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that all of the officers were conscious and breathing after being rushed to the hospital.

Las Vegas, NV

Officer was in a fight with a suspect at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the strip when someone walked up behind the officer and shot him in the head. The officer is on life support.

Richmond, Va.

NBC-12 in Richmond reported that two police officers and a suspect were injured in a shooting after they were called to investigate a report of an armed person on Semmes Avenue early Tuesday morning. When they arrived, gunfire erupted. The two cops and the suspect were taken to local hospitals.

The Bronx, NY

An NYPD sergeant was critically injured when he was brutally and deliberately run over by a speeding SUV hit and run assailant. In a similar incident in the Bronx in New York City, an NYPD officer investigating reports of break-ins was struck by a vehicle early Tuesday in a hit-and-run. The officer survived being run over and is said to be in a stable condition.

This video of the hit-and-run was posted on social media. It is extremely graphic. View with caution.

Davenport, Iowa

According to authorities, an officer was “ambushed” with gunfire Sunday. Another officer shot back, and the suspects fled but were later arrested. Near where the officer was wounded, police found a man shot to death and a handgun under his body. His identity wasn’t released.
Police said surveillance video shows that the man and some of the arrested suspects were involved in a shooting outside a jewelry store hours earlier. They were casing the business when other cars arrived and multiple people fired shots at each other, police said.

Atlanta, GA

An Atlanta Police officer was seriously injured after being hit by an ATV in downtown Atlanta during a second night of protests. Police said Sunday that the officer had surgery early this morning and is currently recovering in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms identified him Sunday night as officer Maximilian Brewer, who has been with the department for 18 years. “We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” Bottoms said. “He has a long road to recovery.” Brewer was on foot when he was hit on Ted Turner Drive around 10 p.m. He sustained significant injuries to his legs.Police said the ATV’s driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken into custody. Bottoms said Sunday night that they do believe the rider struck Brewer intentionally.

Oakland, CA

Two federal officers in Oakland were shot Friday night, one of them fatally, as protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent. The two Federal Protective Service officers worked for Homeland Security, and were based at the Oakland Downtown Federal Building, according to report. No arrests have been made. During the riot, six Oakland police officers were injured, in addition to the federal officers who were shot.

Denver, CO

Denver police are searching for a Chevrolet Cobalt or Cruze, that struck a Denver Police vehicle and severely injured 3 police officers, and a civilian. The suspect driver of the car did not stop. The officers suffered serious injuries, but were expected to survive. So far, there is no word on the condition of the civilian.

And so it continues. The mayhem continues; the marching for one murdered man goes on. But the question arises, who will march for the dead police officers?

~ Grif

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Amazing Grace on Pentecost Sunday

Luke 11: 9-10 And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks will find, and to the one who knocks
it will be opened
.

I know my redeemer lives. May God bless FOTM and all who fellowship on it. And may God especially bless Dr. Eowyn, the kind and generous woman who created our little blog.

~ Grif

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Canadian Prime Minister Bans All AR-15 Rifles – Immediately

This was Australia’s gun “buy back.” Canada is next.

In the latest “NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE” denial of civil rights, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau yesterday (April 30) banned virtually ALL AR-15 rifles the country. Trudeau opted to immediately ban the firearms outright himself, which Canada’s current draconian gun laws allow, rather ordering a “gun buyback,” which would have to first be approved by Canada’s parliament. He did say that he would allow AR-15 owners to have two years to comply with orders to turn in their property. He also said that he would seek legislation at some later date on providing owners with some payment for their guns.

There is no grandfather provision in the new law. The ban is total. It prohibits buying, selling,trading, importing, exporting, OR USING, any military-grade assault weapons, anywhere in Canada.

Trudeau’s full announcement can be viewed at the following URL:

The announcement begins at 1:48

Trudeau has made no secret of his antipathy toward firearms. He announced his intention to ban AR-15 firearms in March, but delayed because of the Wuhan virus pandemic. In yesterday’s announcement, he indicated that banning AR-15s was just one more step toward even tighter restrictions on firearm ownership. I would not doubt but that his final goal is total disarmament of Canada’s civilian population. Such an event would leave Canada a socialist police state with no unalienable civil rights.

Already Canada has imposed fines and prison sentences for Christian preachers who teach from the pulpit that homosexuality is a sin, or that marriage is only a union between a man and a woman. Canada has strict anti “hate speech” laws.

Unlike the United States Bill of Rights, which was part of our Constitution from the beginning, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms did not become part of Canada’s constitution until 1982. According to a Canadian governmental fact sheet, “The Constitution is the supreme law of Canada; all other laws must be consistent with the rules set out in it. If they are not, they may not be valid. Since the Charter is part of the Constitution, it is the most important law we have in Canada.

However, the rights and freedoms in the Charter are not absolute. They can be limited to protect other rights or important national values. For example, freedom of expression may be limited by laws against hate propaganda or child pornography. Section 1 of the Charter says that Charter rights can be limited by law so long as those limits can be shown to be reasonable in a free and democratic society.”

Canada is fast becoming a democracy in name only.

~ Grif

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Urges European Countries to Censor Political Speech

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, meets China’s president Xi Jinping during negotiations to allow the social media giant to conduct business in the world’s most populous nation.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for Europe to regulate social media on  issues such as political messages, privacy and data portability — or risk losing ground to “authoritarian” rules set down by countries such as China.

Zuckerberg met members of the European Union’s Executive Commission in Brussels on February  15 and  later gave an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany in which he made his pitch for censoring free speech.

He said regulatory boundaries would give citizens “confidence” that tech giants were following a set of rules agreed by everyone, and that users “don’t want private companies taking decisions on how to balance social equities without a democratic process.”

“I believe our responsibility is to build the operational muscle to be able to enforce policies, fight interference and have good auditing and controls,” he said, but governments should provide “more guidance and regulation … on political advertising or what discourse should be allowed or on [drawing the line between] harmful expression and freedom.”

Zuckerberg said the process would “create trust and better regulation of the internet.” He also emphasised urgency, saying he was “very worried” that countries such as China were encoding “authoritarian values” in their regulation of the internet.

“To encode democratic values, open values, we’ve got to move forward  and move quickly before more authoritarian models get adopted in a lot of places first,” he said.

And yet, as Zuckerberg delivered his pitch to Europeans urging them to regulate free speech on the Internet before China forces the issue, he neglected to acknowledge that he already had caved in to the communist demands for censorship.

Niko Efstathiou writing for World Crunch, detailed Zuckerberg’s nine-year effort to get the communists to allow Facebook into China, and how the Facebook CEO finally caved into China’s demands for total censorship control.

In his January 17, 2018 article, Efstathiou writes:

“It was a handshake nine years in the making.

Amid a mass of red and blue banners — with Facebook’s mission “Making The World More Open And Connected” written in big white letters  — Mark Zuckerberg and Ren Xianliang, China’s deputy head of cyberspace administration, sealed a long-awaited agreement in front of a pulsating crowd of students at Tsinghua University. Having been summarily banned from China in 2009, Facebook was finally re-entering the Chinese market after authorities deemed Facebook’s content-suppression software to be in full compliance with the country’s censorship laws.

“We are very happy that Facebook and China are restoring the world’s faith in the digital space, by making sure that all online issues are related to reality,” Ren declared before the well-orchestrated event, an odd blend of news conference and university pep rally.

Zuckerberg said he was excited to see where 750 million Chinese users would take Facebook’s community. He ended with a salutation in Mandarin, earning a foot-stomping ovation.

With all the smiles at Tsinghua, it was easy to forget how resistant China had been to Facebook’s attempts to enter its booming online market. The ban had come swiftly after independence activists in the Xinjiang region used the social media platform for internal communications. In the years that followed, and despite numerous visits by Zuckerberg, the Beijing authorities remained unyielding in refusing Facebook’s entry past the so-called Great Firewall of China.

The key to reverse the situation first came in 2016 when Facebook began quietly developing a news-filtering software that had the potential to satisfy China’s censorship demands. That project initially provoked controversy, but Donald Trump’s election and the furor around fake news became just the smokescreen the social media giant needed to make its Chinese dream a reality.

Following Trump’s surprise victory, fake news quickly had become the phrase of the moment, following a falsehoods zeitgeist that prompted the Oxford Dictionary to select “post-truth” as its word of the year in 2016. Stories ranging from Pope Francis endorsing Trump for the presidency to Hillary Clinton selling weapons to ISIS sprung up on people’s news feeds in the weeks before the U.S. election.

Political leaders, newspaper editors and tech companies alike expressed concern about the risks that fabricated stories could pose for democracy. Clinton supporters blamed the phenomenon for her loss. Trump, meanwhile, assigned the fake news label to virtually any criticism of him that appeared in the media, making sure to hold on to the “k” in “fake” for extra theatrics.

Initially, Facebook had strongly resisted the idea that it should accept editorial responsibility for the content published on its platform; it was fearful of the costs and the extra regulation this could mean. But under intense public pressure — and a German bill that proposed up to a 500,000-euro fine per fake article — the company began to take steps to demonstrate it was acting against the truly and blatantly made-up stories. In January 2017, after a series of false reports targeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel surfaced on social media, the company released a fake news-filtering mechanism that allowed users to report articles as fake.

The system sent articles flagged by a sufficient number of users to Correctiv, a third-party fact-checking nonprofit staffed by investigative journalists who would work to determine the content’s validity. Stories found to be false were then marked as “disputed” and placed under a restriction by Facebook’s news feed algorithm, with a warning sent to users who chose to share them.

The U.S. version of the system arrived in May, with the fact checking delegated to major American news outlets as well as nonprofits. The Associated Press, ABC News, PolitiFact and Snopes signed on. The initiative earned early praise, with Facebook credited for a bold response to counter the post-truth age.

 Chinese officials quickly began labeling articles critical of their rule “假新闻”: fake news.

But after that initial enthusiasm, the new system quickly took a different turn. A number of the news outlets signed on to fact-check began to lose interest: Up against the armies of trolls, the value of experienced reporters dedicating their time to debunking often obviously absurd pieces seemed questionable amid ever-shrinking newsroom budgets. At the same time, users and media commentators asked why Facebook wasn’t simply removing the posts automatically.

But the controversy took on an entirely different dimension when people realized the tool that would allow this already existed: in China.

The mechanism built for China, unlike the U.S. version, did away with the flaggers and fact-checkers and simply deleted posts based on keyword analysis. Facebook was not responsible for choosing which posts were removed  —  that was handed to a third-party company, which set the keywords.

China almost immediately saw that the frenzy over fake news in Western democracies was an opportunity to expand censorship over their country’s online activity. Chinese officials soon began labeling articles critical of their rule “假新闻”: fake news.

From propaganda to censorship

The blurring of debunking and censorship happened quickly. Facebook had already had a long history of generally obeying foreign governments’ requests to suppress access to content: Between July and December 2015, the company blocked as many as 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries. But the new content-suppression mechanism became a faster and far more effective tool for authoritarian governments. Whereas previously the authorities had to make requests, their flaggers and supporters could now do the job for them.

In April 2016, Turkey became the first country to use the content-suppression software to not just restrict circulation and flag stories but also to remove content altogether. Articles deemed “insulting to the president” or to “Turkish identity” often evaporated from Facebook. Zeynep Gülec, a self-exiled former reporter for the newspaper Hürriyet, published an open letter in which she said “fighting for media freedom in Turkey was always hard, but with Facebook’s new tool it has become impossible.”

China, for its part, accepted Facebook’s opening to its market after delegating the fact-checking responsibility to Zhenli, a newly created Chinese company based in Beijing linked to senior Communist officials and staffed by veterans of state-run news agencies.

Back in the U.S., the effects of Facebook’s content filtering were less monolithic but no less momentous. The rollout of the system met with a fierce public backlash and a joint letter from the editors-in-chief of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and more than 50 other daily newspapers, giving Zuckerberg a lesson about both the U.S. First Amendment and the costs of playing ball with the Beijing regime.

A faster and far more effective tool for authoritarian governments.

Facebook, which had hired an editorial staff to help manage the filtering, became the focus of intense partisan criticism, particularly from Republicans who said the mechanism was “rigged.” President Trump, for his part, railed against the “pathetic fact-checkers” and “Mark Zuckercrook.” Democrats also attacked the mechanism after a series of embarrassing deletions of ironic posts and those examining troubling issues, such as gun violence and pedophilia. The civil liberties group ACLU filed several suits against the Palo Alto platform for limiting free speech, even when it is false.

Meanwhile, despite the 700 million potential users in China, the development of the past six months that matters most to Mark Zuckerberg is rooted in the U.S., where more and more of the most extreme users on both sides of the political spectrum have begun deleting their Facebook accounts, passing their time instead on two brand new alternative social media platforms that avoided any filtering. Their names, perhaps unsurprisingly, are Rightbook and Leftbook.

~ Grif

 

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B.A.T.F. Approves Drive-Through Gun Sales

Had I not checked this out myself, I would have thought this to be an April Fools joke. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has authorized all FFL licensees to sell firearms through drive-up windows of their stores.

Or in outdoor kiosks.

Or in parking lots.

Life is good!

The ATF’s April 10 letter to FFL licensees issued the new guidlines  in response to the coronavirus disease (WU HAN  virus 武漢病毒).

“In light of the March 13, 2020, declaration of a national emergency concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the Department of  Homeland Security’s subsequent classification of firearms businesses as essential, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received questions from industry members  regarding the legality of firearm sales and deliveries exterior to the brick-and-mortar structure at which the firearms business is licensed. Specifically, Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) have requested guidance regarding whether they may verify customer identity and permit the completion of paperwork, including for purposes of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System; accept payment; and deliver firearms or ammunition to customers (collectively, “the requested activities”) in the following settings:

(1) a drive-up or walk-up window or doorway on the FFL’s property;

(2) a temporary table or booth located in a parking lot on the FFL’s property; and

(3) a nearby space that is not located on the FFL’s property.As is further detailed below, pursuant to the Gun Control Act (GCA) and its ATF Federal Firearms Licensees. ”

According to USA Today . . .

“The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, in new guidance to federally licensed firearm retailers, said Friday that dealers can provide drive-up or walk-up service to reduce health risks posed by the coronavirus.

The guidance was issued, the ATF said, in response industry questions about how business transactions could be restricted following the declaration of a national health emergency.

The move was made at the request of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in an effort to expedite background checks and make the firearms sales process as safe for both gun retailers and customers as possible given COVID-19 武漢病毒  social distancing guidelines.”

As might be expected, the usual whiny libtard  snowflakes are having a meltdown.

This is too much. The Trump administration and continues to outdo itself in taking every possible step to pander to the gun lobby during a national crisis and global pandemic. #StopTheCoronavirusGunSurge #COVID19 https://t.co/wJ15a21V22

Kris Brown (@KrisB_Brown) April 11, 2020– First, the Trump administration declared gun stores “essential.” Now, the ATF is promoting them to operate “drive-through” windows. Let’s be clear, gun stores are NOT McDonalds. You shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15 like you do a burger and fries.

https://t.co/eQvFYOQRuR Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) April 11, 202–The ATF is recommending gun stores operate using drive through windows. Support local restaurants, go to their drive throughs instead.

The full ATF Open Letter to Federal  Firearms Licensees can be read at this link:

https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/open-letter/atf-business-premises-g uidance-letter-4-10-2020/download

~ Grif

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