August 06, 2022
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
After Supreme Court ruling, it's open season on US gun laws
The Supreme Court ruling expanding gun rights threatens to upend firearms restrictions across the country as activists wage court battles over everything from bans on AR-15-style guns to age limits.
The decision handed down in June already has led one judge to temporarily block a Colorado town from enforcing a ban on the sale and possession of certain semi-automatic weapons.
The first major gun decision in more than a decade, the ruling could dramatically reshape gun laws in the U.S. even as a series of mass shootings pushes the issue back into the headlines.
"The gun rights movement has been given a weapon of mass destruction, and it will annihilate approximately 75% of the gun laws eventually," said Evan Nappen, a New Jersey gun rights attorney.
The court battles come as the Biden administration and police departments across the U.S. struggle to combat a surge in violent crime and mass shootings, including several high-profile killings carried out by suspects who purchased their guns legally.
Congress broke through years of deadlock to pass a modest gun violence prevention package weeks ago, and the House voted to renew a ban on high-powered semi-automatic weapons, though that effort is likely doomed in the Senate as Republicans push back on firearms restrictions and say recent spikes in gun violence should be met with a stepped-up police response.
The Supreme Court decision struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need to get a license to carry a concealed gun in public, saying it violates Second Amendment rights. Several other states including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws expected to be directly impacted by the ruling.
In 1975 Czechoslovakia unveiled a pistol that was considered the most advanced of its time. The designers, brothers Josef and Frantisek Koucky, were brothers responsible for several Czechoslovakian gun designs from the 1940s onward. The new pistol was designated Cz75 pistol, after the state-owned arms company that produced it, Ceska zbrojovka ('Czech Armory') and the year it was announced.
The Cz75 utilized many features found in contemporary handguns. It used the short recoil operated, locked breech pistol system invented by John Browning. The top of the barrel features two locking lugs that fit into the bottom of the slide. After firing the barrel cams downward and the slide rushes back, ejecting the spent casing.
An all-steel handgun, the Cz75 was 8.25 inches long with a 4.8-inch barrel. Unloaded, the pistol weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces. The pistol is produced as both a single and double action pistol, and includes a manual safety. This allows the pistol to be carried with a loaded round in the chamber, hammer back, and with the manual safety engaged. A flick of the safety leaves the pistol ready to fire with the light pull of the trigger.
Did you know?
The Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol
The Nazi belt buckle pistol was a belt buckle with a concealed gun. Invented by Louis Marquis for use by the Nazis during World War II, the weapon was supposed to be issued to top SS officers in case they were captured by enemy forces.
The Nazi commander simply needed to open the buckle upward to reveal the barrels of the gun and then press the trigger on the right side. The gun had dual-barreled and quad-barreled variants. Early prototypes also lacked a trigger. The wearer just needed to click on the buckle to reveal the barrel and automatically open fire on the attacker. In later variants, each of the four bullets had its own barrel and trigger.
Some believe that the buckle gun was supposed to be hidden under clothing, probably a coat, until it was needed. However, the gun is rare because only 12 were made. So it is unlikely that the Nazis ever used them. They are an expensive collector's item today, with one gun selling for $20,700.
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