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CALIFORNIA GUN NUT REPORT--California: Ask Public Safety Committees to Oppose Anti-Gun Bills

On June 27th, the Public Safety Committees will each hear anti-gun bills that have crossed over from the opposite chamber, including Senate Bill 2, to attempt to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Bruen case, which affirmed the right-to-carry. Please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills before them.

Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 27th, starting at 9:00AM
Senate Bill 2, among other things, creates new subjective criteria for the issuance of carry permits to allow authorities to arbitrarily deny applicants, restricts permit holders to carry only handguns registered to themselves, increases the requirements to apply for a permit, and increases “gun-free zones” where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless.

Senate Bill 368 mandates that licensed firearm dealers offer the service of storing firearms for safekeeping, prohibits firearm dealers from offering items in games of chance (such as by raffles), and expands prohibited persons categories for certain misdemeanor crimes.

Senate Bill 452 prohibits firearm dealers from selling or transferring any semi-automatic handgun after January 1st, 2027, unless the state certifies that it has microstamping.

In addition, it also prohibits replacing a microstamping component on such a handgun unless it is replaced with another “valid” microstamping component. In recent weeks, a federal court struck down the microstamping requirement, as well as other required features for handgun models to be placed on the California handgun roster.

While the attorney general has appealed the decision, he did not appeal the microstamping requirement. To read more about California’s microstamping law, please click here.?

Assembly Bill 732 goes above and beyond federal law in its requirement for individuals to relinquish their firearms upon conviction of a prohibiting offense. In addition, it creates a verification and enforcement procedure that can potentially violate the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Senate Public Safety Committee on June 27th starting at 8:30AM

Assembly Bill 733 prohibits state and local government entities from selling off surplus firearms, ammunition, and body armor. This prevents them from being good stewards of taxpayer money and prevents the public from buying these taxpayer funded items, which are lawful to own.

Assembly Bill 1089 expands California’s ban on private citizens and non-professional users making firearms with CNC milling machines, or possessing CNC milling machines that have the “primary” or “intended” function of manufacturing firearms, to also include 3D printers. This is simply another scheme to harass law-abiding hobbyists by preventing them from using modern manufacturing techniques for otherwise lawful purposes.

Assembly Bill 1420 broadens the grounds for firearm dealer inspections and punitive measures for technical violations. In addition, it requires that prospective firearm purchasers and recipients list their email address on the DROS forms.



Please mark your calendar for Monday, August 7 in Deadwood SD, where, from 6pm to 10pm, we'll hold the Ride Free Book Launch Party in Outlaw Square.

There will be music and appearances by Karen and Bill Davidson, along with some special features about Willie G and his lifetime with Harley-Davidson. There will be hospitality for media offered in conjunction with the new Hard Rock Rocksino in Deadwood as well.

--Steve Piehl
On behalf of Willie G. Davidson and "Ride Free, A Memoir"
Image courtesy of the Sheriff Media Group 

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Senate Bill 202 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is not really called the Internal Combustion Bill of Rights, but with so much federal and state legislation carrying the “bill of rights” label, it seems like maybe it ought to be.

SB 202, which passed the House on Tuesday and was sent back to the Senate to sign off on a relatively minor amendment, essentially guarantees the right of Oklahomans to use internal combustion engines and gas-fueled stoves — as long as the federal government doesn’t say otherwise.

Specifically, the bill says state and local governments cannot prohibit the use of such devices.

Such legislation might seem unnecessary, but House sponsor Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, said it is because “nationally, we have lost our ever-loving mind.”

Specific to SB 202, Echols was referring to efforts in some cities to ban or restrict internal combustion engines and the installation of new natural gas stoves, as well as furnaces and hot water tanks.

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NYC Pizzerias versus Climate Change
Charles Rotter

There is a storm brewing in the New York City food scene, a storm born out of seemingly well-intentioned climate change regulations. Yet, the key question remains, is it a storm we need to weather?

According to a recent article from The Post, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed new rules targeting decades-old baking methods in pizzerias. Specifically, the department is cracking down on coal-and-wood-fired ovens, demanding a 75% reduction in carbon emissions. DEP spokesman Ted Timbers explains,

“All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air and wood and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality.”

While the desire for cleaner air is something we can all get behind, the overall impact of these regulations is questionable at best. A city official admitted that less than 100 restaurants would be affected by the mandate, leading us to ask, is it worth it?

How many pizza ovens will it take to make up on of Al Gore’s private jet rides?



I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.

I say it is hugely relevant. Once you abandon strict adherence to what science tells us, once you start arranging the truth in a press conference, then anything is possible. In one context, maybe you will get some mobilization against nuclear war. But in another context, you get Lysenkoism. In another, you get Nazi euthanasia. The danger is always there, if you subvert science to political ends.

That is why it is so important for the future of science that the line between what science can say with certainty, and what it cannot, be drawn clearly—and defended.

In 1993, the EPA announced that second-hand smoke was “responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year in nonsmoking adults,” and that it “impairs the respiratory health of hundreds of thousands of people.” In a 1994 pamphlet the EPA said that the eleven studies it based its decision on were not by themselves conclusive, and that they collectively assigned second-hand smoke a risk factor of 1.19. (For reference, a risk factor below 3.0 is too small for action by the EPA. or for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, for example.) Furthermore, since there was no statistical association at the 95% confidence limits, the EPA lowered the limit to 90%. They then classified second-hand smoke as a Group-A Carcinogen.

This was openly fraudulent science, but it formed the basis for bans on smoking in restaurants, offices, and airports. California banned public smoking in 1995. Soon, no claim was too extreme. By 1998, the Christian Science Monitor was saying that “Second-hand smoke is the nation’s third-leading preventable cause of death.” The American Cancer Society announced that 53,000 people died each year of second-hand smoke. The evidence for this claim is nonexistent.

In 1998, a Federal judge held that the EPA had acted improperly, had “committed to a conclusion before research had begun,” and had “disregarded information and made findings on selective information.” The reaction of Carol Browner, head of the EPA was: “We stand by our science; there’s wide agreement. The American people certainly recognize that exposure to second hand smoke brings a whole host of health problems.” Again, note how the claim of consensus trumps science. In this case, it isn’t even a consensus of scientists that Browner evokes! It’s the consensus of the American people.

Meanwhile, ever-larger studies failed to confirm any association. A large, seven-country WHO study in 1998 found no association. Nor have well-controlled subsequent studies, to my knowledge. Yet we now read, for example, that second-hand smoke is a cause of breast cancer. At this point you can say pretty much anything you want about second-hand smoke.

--Michael Crichton


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The rider that was killed was a good friend and co- worker / he and I made the Sturgis trek in 2015. This report is just preliminary police report, we don’t have all the details, so let’s not jump to conclusions about the 17 year old driver.

Needless to say, our little group of riders is beyond heartbroken. The responding officers were from the Porter County Sheriff ‘s dept. I’m told the details are much more gruesome than what we read. This has been a rough week - we’ll talk again after this shock wears off. Take care –

--Doug White


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Powertrain technologies will keep evolving, but ICEs are here to stay

With certain technologies and government regulations in place, the powertrains will continue to evolve, experts said at the recently-concluded 4th Edition of ETAuto Tech Summit 2023.

New Delhi: With all the talk around electric vehicles (EVs), internal combustion engines (ICEs) are not going anywhere so soon. With certain technologies and government regulations in place, they continue to evolve, suggest experts at the recently concluded 4th Edition of ETAuto Tech Summit 2023.

Rajendra Petkar, President & CTO, Tata Motors said that the EVs will make a significant penetration in the upcoming years but ICEs have also come a long way and sit at the pinnacle of technology today. In terms of energy efficiency ICEs are one of the finest energy converters from pure energy to mechanical power.

“In the next decade, ICEs will continue to evolve till we reach net zero at the national level. This is owing to the government's investment in alternative fuels, biofuels, and CNG. Going forward, the focus will be on creating a fuel agnostic engine. Till the net zero technologies become completely commercially affordable with respect to the charging infrastructure, the ICEs will continue even though they will taper down from where we are today,” he said.

Dr N Saravanan, CTO, Ashok Leyland, agreed. Further, talking about the alternative fuel technology, he said that unlike the diesel engines, one of the challenges from an OEM perspective is not just to get the technology ready, but the infrastructure.

According to him, hydrogen ICE provides potential opportunity and seems to make a viable option for large commercial vehicles. Even though critics have talked about the efficiency of hydrogen ICE being lower than fuel cells, I believe it makes sense considering the ecosystem of hydrogen ICE. There are challenges including storage, safety but they can be sought. Maybe in the next 3-4 years, the industry will have hydrogen ICE vehicles on the road. The first applications can be expected in areas where there's limited vehicle movement going on, for example, large ports, or with customers who have a captive fleet.

Analysts suggest that even by 2030, industry will have a significant share of the ICE vehicles.

Sumeet Dhar, COO & CTO Electra EV, said, “The ease of converting ICE vehicles to an alternative fuel vehicle is a low hanging fuel; the ICE technology is not going away so easily. But the pace at which the development of EVs is happening will be much faster than what happened for ICEs.”

Dhar said that the mass adoption of EVs is not going to be easy owing to the current pace of technology, cost and infrastructure. The advances in EVs are going to happen in multiple ways.

About the changing dynamics of the OEM-supplier relationship, Praveen Mysore, Technical Director, Dassault Systemes India said that the spirit of collaboration between suppliers and OEMs is on the rise with new technologies. The component suppliers are now changing into integrated system suppliers.

“The partnership model is evolving because there is a heavy reliance on the supplier ecosystem. The suppliers come with deep expertise in their domains and OEMs always rely on that kind of expertise to contribute into the vehicle development process.”

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