Friday, August 25, 2017

So long!

Today, I sign off as Knox Gun Guy, and leave for Florida. If you wish to follow my future posts, in an as-yet named firearms/firearms civil rights digital tome, send me a note. Do it soon, though, as my current email is going inactive. I get so many spams, I am starting the Florida experience with a new email. . . . .or you can look me up on Facebook.

My other blog, Good Hill Press, will continue from time to time as it suits my fancy. The link is at the top of this page.


In serious news, Knoxville outlets report an event in the Fort Sanders area this Saturday that is projected to pit white supremacist/nazi's against socialist/commies(Read Gabe Saurez's commentary on them HERE). Her Honor, the Mayor of Knoxville has banned possession of firearms in the area.

My advice, is DON'T GO THERE! Any time you have factions such as these clash, things could get real nasty, real fast.

Nuff said.

Bye, y'all.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Philando Castile debacle - what can we learn?

Knoxville Police Motorcycle
photo by Liston Matthews
There's nothing you or I can do for Philando Castile. But what can we do to minimize the chances of our suffering the same fate he did?

So, here's some food for thought. Please chime in with your ideas.

The police officer on patrol is analogous to the Apex Predator in the wild.
His job includes many duties, such as catching criminals, catching drunk drivers, and so forth. One of those jobs is to catch those of us who violate traffic laws. He may very well be on an adrenaline rush when pulls you or me over. He may be agitated because of something he has just experienced. . .
Our job is to help him complete the traffic stop, without the benign traffic stop advancing to the point that we get killed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A tale of two lawsuits

Chilhowee Park photo by Liston Matthews
This narrative begins in the year ought-nine, although there is a history that goes back (should one care to look) five score years, or so.

For the purposes of brevity, flash back to the turbulent decade of the sixties, to the year sixty-two, in the Borough of Noxingham. At that time, the local burgesses, fearing a serf uprising, saw fit to disarm serfs who entered parks. Thus they outlawed muskets, blunderbusses, pepperboxes, pistols, dirks, Bowie knives, revolvers, &ca., from all areas that were generally known as parks.

In ought-nine, the lawgivers in Nashtown issued a decree, duly signed by the Governor-General, that pistols and revolvers would no longer be outlawed in state parks, provided the citizenry carried a permission slip issued by the chief constabulary of the state. But those lawgivers gave local boroughs, parishes, villages and counties permission to continue outlawing all such weaponry in local parks.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Guns now legal on KAT buses

WATE reports that the City of Knoxville has quietly changed its position regarding guns on KAT (Knoxville Area Transit) buses. A new law that went into effect July 1, 2017 requires bus stations, etc., to either provide certain security measures, including such things as metal detectors and controlled access if they are going to have a wholesale prohibition of weapons. The City decided to not spend the money. After all, even if they could control access in the bus terminals, they certainly can't control access at every bus stop.

This means that if you have a valid handgun carry permit, signs such as this in Tennessee don't apply to you. In spite of permit holders being the most law-abiding group or citizens, bar none, officials can't seem to comprehend this is not the same hoodlum group that keeps robbing, raping, and murdering in our cities.

Seems there are only two ways to get bull-headed potentates to see the light.

  1. Legislate them into compliance
  2. Litigate them into compliance

They don't seem to be able to comprehend that the individuals that need to be prohibited from carrying onto KAT buses, and into other venues are already prohibited by Federal law from having a single Barney Fife bullet in their pocket.

Keep calm and carry!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What's that you say, Matt Lauer?

Today on Today, Matt Lauer, in a conversation with Texas Rep. Roger Williams and Zack Barth, his legislative correspondent, said*,

"Think what would have happened had that gunman not been opposed by those first two officers during those first three minutes before the Alexandria Police got there."
Well, Matt, that's essentially what we armed self defense advocates have been saying all along. You know, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

But our duly elected representatives in Washington are forcibly disarmed each day when they go to work. You see, they, like you, Matt Lauer, work in a "Gun Free Zone". This ball practice session was early in the morning before work. Had any of the congressmen been armed there (in Virginia), they would have had to go back home and disarm before going on to do the people's business.

Fortunately the whip, Rep. Scalise, had a security detail due to his position in the House of Representatives. They were able to return fire and take the perp out.

So, Matt Lauer, it's time to get on board with HR. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This would allow average Joe Citizens as well as congresspersons to carry a defensive firearm in the District of Columbia, provided they may legally carry back home.

When it comes to these massacres, the carnage is mitigated when someone with a gun returns fires. If that is a person already on the scene, whether police or private citizen, more lives are saved.
*Lauer's statement is about five minutes in, near the end of the interview.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gun bill signed by Haslam

Haslam signs bill requiring additional security where governments ban guns says the headline in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

There are some good features in the bill*, but it also expands some gun-ban zones. You might think that it fixes some of the problems with the Guns in Parks bill. But. . .it still does not address this issue:

If you are going to an event such as a fair in a high-crime area of a city, and that event is posted, you still must disarm yourself to walk from your car to the "secure" venue. 

Another gun-ban zone, the VA in Knoville
Meanwhile big-city mayors, governors, and others of our betters still get armed security on your dime.

*This appears to be the final version that became law, but don't bet the farm on it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What's wrong with campus carry for Tennessee adjunct faculty?

Last Tuesday, March 7, I had the opportunity to be on a panel with John Becker of WBIR-TV of Knoxville, and Don Bosch, a Knoxville attorney. The subject was a bill in the Tennessee Legislature which would extend handgun carry "privileges" to part-time employees in colleges and universities. I suggest you go watch the video HERE, then come back and read on. . .

Have you ever been in a situation where, after leaving, you have a head slapping moment, and you say to yourself, "I should have said _____!" Well, that didn't exactly happen here, but in order to present my point better next time there is an opportunity, I think it is a good idea to go back and analyze our discussion.

With that in mind, here is my analysis of that panel. Our conversation is color-coded, and I have included my observations [in green].

Becker - A big issue facing state lawmakers today is access to guns on college campuses. A new bill looks to expand guns on campuses allowing part-time employees to carry.* It came before a House subcommittee this afternoon and that bill is an extension of a law passed last year that allows full-time campus employees to carry guns. That became law without Governor Bill Haslam's signature.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Constitutional Carry is quite responsible

In a recent post, I commented on the editorial by a former managing editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. But I didn't stop there, I wrote a letter to the editor. But freedom of the press doesn't mean that that newspapers are required to print letters to the editor. So far, they haven't chosen to print my letter. Here it is:
February 16, 2017
Editor, News-Sentinel

The February 15 editorial by your former managing editor is long on hyperbole and short on facts. With the recent furor over what has been deemed “fake news”, an attempt should have been made to get the facts straight.

Here are some irrefutable facts to consider before coming to a conclusion on this subject-

1. In spite of his misgivings about demonstrating proficiency on a firing range, Tennesseans are legally carrying guns in their cars without training or permits every day, no problem. Tennessee recognizes permits from all states, including Georgia, which has no required training. Has that been a problem, other than in the imagination of newspaper columnists and liberal Democrat politicians?

2. A total of thirty states authorize Constitutional Open Carry. This means that folks in all those states carry without state mandated training. Where are all the resultant gunfights?

3. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming do not require a permit to carry a handgun openly or concealed. No blood running in the streets. Are we Tennesseans just knuckle dragging hillbillies that can’t be likewise trusted?

4. Many Tennesseans, including many elderly urban residents simply cannot afford the high permitting cost on top of the price of an inexpensive handgun. This makes them defenseless whenever they step out of the house. Don’t their lives matter?

The writer’s false narrative vilifies Constitutional Carry. He attempts to equate it with yelling fire in a crowded theater. The difference is that the first is a benign act, the second is unconscionable, unless there actually is a fire.

Check the five core principles of journalism from the Ethical Journalism Network. The first, Truth and Accuracy, begins with, “Journalists cannot always guarantee ‘truth’, but getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism.”


Liston Matthews
Knoxville, TN

Edit, with thanks to Dan Meredith. Sorry, I can't control the volume.

Also, see Richard Archie's column HERE.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Hampshire permitless carry

In recent news, New Hampshire passed permitless carry, aka Constitutional Carry.

Strange those New Englanders, now including Maine and Vermont (since forever) can be trusted to carry a defensive firearm without first getting a permission slip from their master, the State! But many Tennessee leaders continue to deny this natural right, this God given right to citizens.

Here is the skinny on the NH law-

III.  The availability of a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under this section or under any other provision of law shall not be construed to impose a prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carry of a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire.

So, now we hillbillies can go vacation in New Hampshire and carry without a permit, but not here at home.

What do you think? What does shall not be infringed mean?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill, 2017

Or, will the sky fall if this bill passes?

This Constitutional Carry bill should pass with little debate in the Tennessee Legislature, and be quickly signed by the governor as he said he would. But, pundits such as Frank Cagle of the Knoxville News-Sentinel will hide behind the First Amendment while taking potshots at this Second Amendment restoration bill. Cagle, in his February 15th diatribe,* is correct in the second sentence of his piece, where he speaks about Second Amendment advocacy groups,
You can't declare victory and go home.
Certainly, we on the right have made the mistake of staying/going home all too often, with the result that the left has taken us too far down the road of socialism/statism. Yes, Virginia, er Mr. Cagle, you got your 1968 Gun Control Act. You got your Brady Background Check. You've got the Veterans' Administration and Social Security Administration reporting individuals to the instant check system (as prohibited persons), without due process.

None of the above accomplished the alleged objective of reducing crime.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wanna pack heat in Farragut Town Hall?

Farragut Town Hall
Currently, under Tennessee law, a person may carry a firearm in a vehicle without a handgun carry permit. Upon exiting the car, a permit is required.

Generally, with a permit, entry into non-posted locations is legal in the state. Many government buildings, however, are posted. Among those is Farragut Town Hall and the library at Founders Park at Campbell Station. So if you have a permit, the law disarms you, and prevents you from providing for your own defense effectively!

When HB0363 bill was introduced in the Tennessee House by Rep. Jason Zachary at the beginning of February, I thought, "It's a good bill."

But unless a companion bill is introduced in the Tennessee Senate, it is DOA.

Tennessee, like the U.S. Congress and most states, has a bicameral legislative body. This means a bill has to pass both house and senate before it can go to the governor for signature.

This week, February 8, Senate Bill 0653 was filed for introduction in the Senate, so now it is a real bill.

The bill, if passed, would require governmental entities to either remove their posting signs; or ante up the money and provide (some semblance) of security for those taxpayer owned facilities.

One amendment I would like to see added: where there are security checkpoints, citizens should be able to check their guns at the door.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Goodman Gun and Knife Shows and TFA appeal Nashville's fairground gun show ban

News release from TFA. Posted on February 2, 2017 by JohnHarris-

Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Shows and the Tenn. Firearms Association file appeal in lawsuit challenging Nashville ban of gun shows at the Fairgrounds

The citizens of Tennessee need organizations that are willing to fight for our rights.  Organizations that are willing to fight hard and not capitulate.

The Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Shows working with the Tennessee Firearms Association is such a team of organizations.  This week, it has filed an appeal of the trial court’s rulings last summer that determined that the Plaintiffs lacked “standing” to even question whether Nashville was violating its own charter restrictions and/or state law when the Fair Board decided at the end of 2015 to ban gun shows at the Fairgrounds unless the promoters imposed restrictions on the private sale of firearms that were not required by federal or state law.  You can read the appellate brief here.

If you are a TFA member and would like to help support this effort as well as others such as the TFA’s pending litigation against the City of Knoxville relative to Chilhowee Park, please consider a supplemental member donation.

If you are not a TFA member or need to renew, please considering joining or renewing today as we continue to really fight for our rights to keep and bear arms.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thirty-eight special

Last week, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

.38 Special Revolver
Ironically, the bill number is H. R. 38. Now is that just a coincidence, or was that bill number planned? At any rate, the number should be easy to remember when you contact your representative.

What would this bill do?

In a nutshell, if you live in a state that issues (concealed) handgun carry permits/licenses, and have a valid one, it would be valid in all states and Washington, D.C. If you live in a state that doesn't issue or require permits*, your driver's license would validate your legal ability to carry in all states plus the District.

Another provision of the bill would open up areas under the jurisdiction of

  • the National Park System
  • the National Wildlife Refuge System
  • the Bureau of Land Management
  • the Army Corps of Engineers
  • the Bureau of Reclamation

I am sorry to see it doesn't include Post Offices and property administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)**.

Included in the bill are provisions for recovery of damages-

  • When a person successfully asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the court shall award the prevailing defendant a reasonable attorney’s fee. 
  • A person who is deprived of any right, privilege, or immunity secured by this section . . . may bring an action in any appropriate court . . . The court shall award a plaintiff prevailing in an action . . . damages . . . including a reasonable attorney’s fee. 

OK, some will argue that this should be the left to the states, and support their argument with the Tenth Amendment. I would counter with asserting that the Second Amendment is equally valid, and it is time for states such as New Jersey to cease jailing citizens from other states for the othewise exercising the otherwise benign natural right to carry a defensive weapon. Why should states continue to negate that right guaranteed by Second Amendment?

What's next?
Get your Representative's and Senator's local and Washington numbers on speed dial. Be prepared to pepper them with calls and emails.

*"does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes."

**. . . although President Trump could take care of this January 20.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Palmetto State and Destructive Devices Industries join

Palmetto State Armory              Destructive Devices Industries

P R E S S  R E L E A S E 

JJE Capital Acquires DDI under same umbrella as PSA

 Columbia, S.C. (January 2,2017)- In an acquisition that strengthens the USA made AK market JJE Capital (PSA’s parent company) announced the purchasing of a majority equity interest in the boutique firearms manufacturer and importer Destructive Devices Industries. Palmetto State Armory CEO Jamin McCallum was quoted saying “This move will allow a concentrated effort by both PSA and DDI to continue the growth of the all American made AK-47 and its variants.” David Fillers of DDI will continue with the company as a financial partner as well as in an advisory role, he was quoted saying; “It was time to take DDI to the next level, and the best way I saw to do that was to partner with a proven industry leader.” Both PSA and DDI will remain separate entities, but will partner on R&D and compatibility in all related fields in order to pass on the benefit to the customer. This level of detail will be acquired through a joint venture between the two companies known as the “AK Excellence Center” which will be located in Columbia, SC and will focus on new developments for the iconic firearm. DDI also announced that its focus moving forward will be the US production of quality rifles. DDI will continue to stand behind all imported items that were previously sold, but from this point forward will no longer be a firearms importer. Adam Ruonala, Chief Marketing Officer of Palmetto State Armory said; “This move is a chance for two innovators of the American AK platform to come together, and with that kind of creativity at the helm, there is no telling how far this ship can go!” 

Contact: Adam Ruonala 
Palmetto State Armory

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Beware of wolves . . .

A recent article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel discusses gun control advocates' plan to-
continue their push for stiffer penalties against adult gun owners who leave loaded firearms within reach of young children.
The reporter rightly uses (give him creds) the phrase "gun control advocates" in the first line of the story. He goes on to quote Beth Joslin Roth, of the "Safe Tennessee Project", who is, in this case, advocating so-called safe storage laws.

Is this necessary?

Because, further in the story, it is revealed that-