[Updated] COVID-19 Emergency: Camden County, GA Oversteps Its Authority

Update: Commission Chairman Jimmy Starline (District 3 commissioner) called me. He said that he has referred the matter to their attorney for review.

1. He stated that the county has no desire to stop firearm sales. He didn’t address the rest.

2. He said he assumes they simply copied state law on emergency powers. I noted that their clause differs significantly from state law on the governor’s powers. He said the law probably used to be different. To that, I pointed out that state preemption passed several years ago.

3. He did not say if they would inform law enforcement that the clause is unenforceable, which is my major concern. I hope he, or the attorney, note the clause in 16-11-173 that makes the county subject to lawsuits if some jacked up cop tries to enforce it.

What with the COVID-19 stuff going on I had occasion to notice a little something. Camden County declared a state of emergency. I’m chagrined that I hadn’t reviewed the county emergency code before. Sometimes I get too caught up in federal and state laws and legislation.

I sent my county commissioners a little letter.

Good day,

While reviewing Camden County Code Chapter 22, I noticed something which I think you need to correct.

Camden County Code Sec. 22-40. Emergency powers.
(c) The chairman of the board of commissioners shall have and may exercise for such periods as the state of emergency or disaster exists or continues the following emergency powers:

(5) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives or combustibles;

The power to regulate firearms in an emergency is reserved to the governor under O.C.G.A. § 38-3-51.

(8) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles; provided, however, that any limitation on firearms under this Code section shall not include an individual firearm owned by a private citizen which was legal and owned by that citizen prior to the declaration of state of emergency or disaster or thereafter acquired in compliance with all applicable laws of this state and the United States; and

Moreover, under O.C.G.A. § 16-11-173, the state preempts regulation of firearms. County and municipal governments are specifically forbidden doing so.

(b)(1) No county or municipal corporation, by zoning or by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall regulate in any manner gun shows; the possession, ownership, transport, carrying, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms or components of firearms; firearms dealers; or dealers in firearms components.

I would appreciate a very timely correction to Chapter 22, and written notice to county and municipal law enforcement agencies that Sec. 22-40.(c)(5), as it pertains to firearms, will not be enforced pending revision.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.


Carl “Bear” Bussjaeger

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March for Our Lies*: Such Dedication

The victim disarming gun controllers of March for Our Lives planned a die-in gun control protest in Atlanta today.

Atlanta ‘die-in’ gun-law protest cancelled due to weather
The group announced on various social media pages that the event had been cancelled because of “safety concerns arising from the weather forecast.” The group said it planned to reschedule the rally and protest.

That seemed odd. I took a look at weather radar: No precipitation.

Current conditions: 73 degrees and cloudy.

Forecast: 70% chance of scattered thunderstorms around 3PM, well after their demonstration of resolve panty-twisting.

In short, June in Georgia. It’s about the same here right now, except we’re up to 80 degrees.

I can imagine the scene in the MFOL coordinators’ basement.

“Hey, guys; there’s a chance of thunderstorms later today.”


“Yeah, rain, lightning, thunder..”


“Sure, you know… boom.”

“Boom? OMG! Shots fired! Lockdown! Safe space! Teddy bears and emotional support puppies!”

“Cancel the die-in! The NRA is coming!”

Run away! Run away!

I imagine they’re all cowering in closets.

* Not a typo.

What’s this “we” shit, Hogg?

Such a hero.

David Hogg Brings Gun Control Message To Mayors Conference In Boston
“We can’t keep hosing the blood down our streets, repairing the shattered windows and bullet-riddled doors and burying our young because when we bury our young we bury our future,” Hogg said.

Seriously? You have cleaned and sanitized a blood spill? You’ve patched bullet holes?

C’mon; have you ever even fixed a smashed window?

Let’s take it a little farther. You hid in a closet, clutching your smart phone during a shooting in a building. But did you ever stare down the barrel of a full-auto battle rifle; not some varmit round like .223/5.56, but full-power 7.62 NATO.

I’ve done all of those. Yet, somehow, I still respect individual rights. I oppose your victim disarmament schemes.

Partly because I have done all those, and think people should be able to defend themselves.

You prefer a closet.

And unarmed victims for the predators your laws don’t dissuade. It must be the old saw: You don’t have to outrun the lions, just your helpless friends.

I prefer to stop the lions.

While you hide in a closet.

That’s almost funny

So here’s this… freaking moron calling for an assortment of gun control laws:

Letter: Congress: Pass gun legislation or be voted out
Another school was on lock down on the 19th anniversary of the shooting in Colorado. Where are the bills to rein in this terror of our young people? Where is the bill to eliminate the bump stock that makes a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon? Where is the bill to require an individual to be age 21 to purchase a weapon? Where is the bill to have background checks done? Where is the bill to stop the sale of large capacity magazines? This is what is needed.

The shooter referenced was a prohibited person who unlawfully purchased a weapon, bypassing age restrictions and background checks.

The weapon was a shotgun. Not semiautomatic. No high capacity magazine. In fact, from vague descriptions, it sounds like a double-barrelled shotgun. No magazine.

No bump-fire stock, you ditz.

The shotgun was sawed-off. Illegally. More existing laws broken.

He unlawfully concealed it. He unlawfully carried it into a school.

Rule Fucking 1.

SMOD is starting to look better, eh?

It’s just Wednesday, and we have…

“Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool.”
“By the way, bump stocks, we’re writing that out. I’m writing that out myself, I don’t care if Congress does it or not, I’m writing it out myself, OK? You put it into the machine-gun category, which is what it is, it becomes essentially a machine gun.”

— President Donald Trump, February 26, 2018

Bump-fire stock ban by executive order, contrary to the language of statutory law. I’ve heard conspiratorial claims that this is Trump being a genius; that the plan is to issue a blatantly unconstitutional order that SCOTUS will conveniently strike down as… blatantly unconstitutional, thus closing the door forever on ban by fiat.

Bull shit. Please recall the current SCOTUS rejection of RKBA challenges. Gorsuch has been so effective


President Donald Trump embraced Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill but rejected Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) push for national reciprocity during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.
The Manchin/Toomey gun control bill is the same universal background check legislation supported by Barack Obama in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. It the very bill that was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate on April 17, 2013.
Trump spoke of the using the Manchin/Toomey bill “as a base” to which other gun bills can be added, and then continued taking comments from various senators and representatives in attendance.
Trump shut down Scalise’s reciprocity push, suggesting the gun control package being pieced together would never pass if national reciprocity were added to it.

Oh boy; the return of Manchin-Toomey-Gottlieb. What? You forgot that Alan Gottlieb admitted to helping draft that human/civil rights-raping monstrosity?

On the bright side, I get to resurrect some old graphics (which, frankly, I hoped I’d retired for good).


Please note: Trump considers Manchin-Toomey-Gottlieb “‘a base’ to which other gun bills can be added.” As bad as it is, Trump means that as a mere start.

I’m sorry to have been right. I warned you that Trump wasn’t necessarily a good anti-HRC vote: “assault weapon” bans, waiting periods… gun-free zones. Just wait.

And this…

Trump: ‘Take the Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second’
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump emphasized. And he said this:

“Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Which is no due process at all.

I still have some Sweet Meteor O’Death 2016 signs for sale, if you’d like to retro-edit reality and disavow any pro-Trump vote out of sheer embarrassment.


See the right sidebar for other options.

Try it: A message to “Never Again MSD”

Law enforcement failed 42 times to do anything about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murderer. The school failed to do anything about him. DCF failed, despite an apparent adjudication of mental incompetence. In turn, someone in government neglected to report him to NICS, so he was able to buy a gun from an FFL.

The Coward County Sheriff’s Office ignored an impassioned plea from a family member. (Several, really, including one from the suspect himself.)

The FBI ignored TWO reports of concern about the shooter-to-be. One of those reports was very detailed; including that the suspect was armed and wanted to shoot up his former school. The other report was that the suspect wanted to be a famous school shooter.

Coward County Sheriff’s deputies… cowered outside, and let the shooter kill. (Peterson now claims that he heard shots, but thought they came from outside, therefore he hid… outside. Ignoring screaming kids pouring out of the building.)

So you blame…

The rifle. And every honest gun owner in the country who didn’t commit the crime.

There are an estimated 16,000,000 AR-pattern rifles alone in America. The Parkland shooter used one of those, which government should have prevented him having in the first place.

There are at least 265,000,000 firearm of all types in America. Some estimates reach 750,000,000.

Your shooter used one.

You want “assault weapons” banned. Yet you have no constitutionally specific definition of such. As a result honest gun owners reasonably wonder if you plan to take them all.

Estimates of gun owners range from 55,000,000 to over 120,000,000.

Your shooter was one PROHIBITED PERSON.

But you blame all gun owners — whom, I repeat, didn’t do it — for the criminal acts of one prohibited person whom the government allowed to kill. You negligently throw out the term “NRA” as shorthand for all gun owners and accuse us of murder, which sounds like slander/libel to me.

As many as 120,000,000 honest people armed with as much as 750,000,000 small arms are watching you accuse and threaten us; watching you attempt to sic the forces of government on us for crimes we did not commit, in a mass 18 U.S. Code § 241 conspiracy against constitutionally-protected human/civil rights.*

Forces of government” seemingly too incompetent to stop one crazed killer.

Is it wise to piss off that many armed people with only the Browardly backing of government?

Try it. Try us.

* What? You believed CNN when they told you only “NRA” money keeps politicians from doing YOUR bidding? No, it’s 55,000,000 to 120,000,000 VOTERS who will — and have in past — toss their oathbreaking posteriors out of office.

Children should not legislate

If only because they are too young to recall how it used to be.

Parkland survivor suggests Florida spring break boycott until gun control law passes
“Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” David Hogg wrote on Twitter. He says the politicans aren’t listening to students and others calling for gun control, “so maybe they’ll listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL. #neveragain.”

He’s made it clear he isn’t familiar with stuff as old as the Constitution. But recent history remains unmastered as well.

Once upon a time, Florida had what Pencilneck here would consider “stronger” gun laws.

It also had a little tourism problem.

It seems that wily criminals figured out that tourists were basically disarmed by state law. Tourists were getting mugged and murdered left and right. After a particularly nasty murder of a German national, Germany issued an advisory for its citizens to avoid Florida.

Florida finally did a few things about the problem. One was not letting car rental companies conspicuously mark their cars, making tourist ID a little tougher for criminals. That’s a little silly, since folks not in rental cars were getting hit.

Florida then allowed nonresident concealed carry.. They recognized several other states ‘CCW licenses, and they will issue Florida licenses to qualified nonresidents..

And suddenly tourism crime dropped to… well, I hate to put it this way, but normal levels.

So go right ahead, pencilboy. “Toughen” your laws. And watch the tourism stay away — again — because you want helpless victims for your criminal buddies.

Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Sausage-Making

Lesson 2: The Constitution. You may have heard that word.

Lesson 3: Let’s Party!

Lesson 4: “A Hunting We Will go”

Lesson 5: “Voting for Dummies Democrats”

Lesson 6: Supplementary Reading: Remedial Journalism 100

Lesson 7: Declaration of Independence 4 Dummies

Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 8: The Scientific Method and The Great Experiment – Conclusions

Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 1

A bunch of teens in Florida skipped school and went to Tallahassee to demand more of the same gun control that failed to save their classmates. Like petulant two year-olds, they whined and screamed when they weren’t given what they want when they want it.*

In short, they failed their civics class.

OK, kids. Here’s the down and dirty on what your teachers should have taught you about how the legislative process works…

David! Take the Tide Pod out of your mouth!

First, you were likely told (if told anything) that a citizen tells a legislator what he wants, the legislator drafts a bill, the bill is entered in the house/senate/whatever (this generic, as it depends on locale), it gets voted on, and the governor signs it into law.

Emma! Do not stick that fork in the electrical outlet!

Believing that to be the case, it’s… slightly understandable why the poorly educated public school victims didn’t understand their rejection. Here’s the reality.

1. Citizen wants something.

He either spends months or weeks (and sometimes years) working his way through staffers until someone brings it to the legislators attention with a recommendation to submit a bill.

Sometimes there are ways to bypass the staff filters. It helps if you’ve made large campaign contributions in the past, or can make a credible suggestion that such are forthcoming.

The other way is to get the media on your side. In your case, CNN et al used you to push their preexisting agenda. You didn’t use them. If you’d used them, your class president would have created an astroturf “media” association, instead of a long time CNN producer pretending to be a stay-at-home mom and organizing you.

2. So the legislator knows what you want. He doesn’t write the bill. He doesn’t have the time. You have to write, annotations to appropriate state statutes and all. (And that’s how come the NRA’s fingerprints are sometimes on legislation you don’t like; they remembered to do what you forgot or never knew.)

3. Congratulations, you have a proposed bill. Now Honorable Joe Blow’s staffers are going to throw it on the slush pile of other proposed bills. If they can get to it in time for the next session, they’ll scour it for booby traps like “pi equals 3.1” or legalizing naked Jello hamster/human marriage (people try that sometimes).

4. Your bill is clean. Interested legislator submits it to the calendar. Now the calendar will be checked to see if there are more bills than the legislature has time to address. If folks don’t think your bill is quite as important as another, you may not make the cut. Sorry; try again next session.

Or your bill is scheduled for consideration…

5. …in every committee that covers any topic covered by your bill: Crime/Judiciary, Finance (it’s going to cost something to implement, right?), and anything else. Any one of them can stall it, or kill it.

6. Kill it? How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

Judiciary: “Wait? We’re going to raise the age for rifles to eighteen because a chumbucket shot up his old school? Didn’t anyone tell these kids that it’s already illegal for a prohibited person to buy a gun, conceal it, carry it into a gun-free zone, and kill people? We don’t need this. Inexpedient To Legislate!”

Finance: “Umm… confiscate 100,000 AR-pattern rifles? Compensating the owner for the taking at $700 to $5,000 per gun? That’s as much as half a billion bucks we don’t have. If we raise taxes to fund that, none of us are getting reelected. ITL!”

Or even “One known, crazy, prohibited person murdered folks, and these darn kids blame the 120 million honest gunowners who didn’t do it? And the one AR, when there are roughly 16 million ARs out there that weren’t used? And maybe three quarters of billion other firearms? Did they confuse Pods for their Adderall again? ITL!”

“Wait. We banned “assault weapons” nationwide for ten years. It didn’t work then; why would it work now? ITL!”

I’ll give you a hint for improving your odds: All that lobbying and campaign-donating you did for Joe Blow? You’d better have greased up several more legislators as well.

And then there’s the amendment process to fix perceived flaws in your bill. Remember that.

But let’s say your bill, after months of wrangling, is scheduled for a floor vote. That brings us to Thursday’s scholastic fiasco..


7. Did I mention that you need a bill sponsor in the other legislative body, too? That your bill has to pass both houses? You were doing all of the above with Senator Jack Sucks, right?

But back to Thursday. You ignorant kids tried to jump the line. You don’t get to do that at Disney World, and it doesn’t work in the capitol. What you did was piss off a lot of other people who did bother to spend the bucks, and months or years, to get their own bills — equally or more important in their eyes. You told them that your bill isn’t important enough to work at, but tis more important than them.

You just blew off a lot of people, including potential allies.

8. So your bill makes to the floor. I’ll bet it was going to a vote. Sorry, kids; floor debate time. If you’re lucky, it might only take a day or two. But for something as controversial as the large-scale abrogation of human/civil rights, you could be looking at weeks of debate.

In both chambers.

But say the bill(s) finally get voted on, and somehow pass.

You thought it was going to the governor, didn’t you? Why, bless your hearts.

9. Now the house and senate bills go to reconciliation, because, what with committee changes and floor amendments, even if you got sponsors for identical bills in both chambers, it’s virtually impossible for both to have made it through with identical changes. Another committee has to iron out those differences. While procedures vary, expect the final markup bill to go back to the respective chambers for a final vote.

This politics shit ain’t as easy as you thought, huh, cupcake?

But in your happy-go-lucky world, the bill finally reaches the governor.

10. Will he sign or veto? Will he ponder, “Photogenic cry-on-demand kids backed by a CNN producer versus a really large opposed voting bloc. Can I still get reelected if I sign? Or will not signing get me tossed?”

I’ll guarantee that your opposition has been hammering the gov’s office with letters, faxes, emails, SMS, and phone calls the whole time. Did you?

A. The governor vetos. Back to the chambers, repeat most of above and hope you can bribe up the votes to override.

B. Happy, happy, joy, joy! He signs it. You now have a law and ARs magically evaporate, or whatever.

11. Well… No. Your shiny law may have an effective date on signing or in the future. Either way, it isn’t really enforceable until the law gets edited into state statutes. If you didn’t include an amnesty period for silly stuff like turning in firearms, you made instant criminals of 100,000 honest people.

But you have another problem. The courts.

What; you thought you were done when the gov signed your class tyranny project?

The fact is, very, very good lawyers are going to file suits against enforcement of your Intolerable Act. They’re going to bring up MILLER, LAMONT, CAETANO, HELLER, MCDONALD, and BOWERS vs. DEVITO. Do you even know what those are? Then WTF are you doing pontificating on firearms policy?

An attorney who really wants to ridicule you will cite HAYNES, and note that your law doesn’t apply to felons.

In your defense, with exception of Thomas, the Supreme Court has misplaced its one testicle. SO if you can get the circuit court to uphold part of your law, you might get a partial victory.

So your law is law. Good luck with that. California, Connecticut, and New York tried registering “assault weapons” (making them among those rare places where the term means anything). Care to guess how that went?

CA: 2.33% compliance. Over 97% of gunowners told them to fribble off.
CT: 13.44% compliance, with the rest more or less saying, “Try it.”
NY: 4.45% compliance. The rest were too busy giggling to issue a statement.

That was just registration. Not confiscation. Do you really want to try your luck? Or, rather, the luck of the cops you’re sending out to do the dirty deeds? (Unless you were volunteering to take point. No?)

I’ve noticed that some victim disarming idiots point to Australia’s success in firearms confiscation. But have you wondered why they keep having new amnesty periods? I’ll give you a hint: After 22 years of confiscations and amnesties, the Australian government now estimates they have achieved approximately 20% compliance.

Closer to home, California began a confiscation program. As an example of how well that’s working:

Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies teamed up with agents from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms for a two-day operation on Tuesday and Wednesday to recover guns owned by individuals who are prohibited from possessing them, according to the Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement Chief’s Association.

Multiple agencies from the state and local levels. Two days. 47 addresses. They have the addresses and names because they have registration. If these laws work, they knew exactly where to go to arrest who with what.

They were able to bust one guy. With one gun.

California has a backlog of some ten thousand new prohibited persons (and growing). At the rate of one half a gun per day, that will take how long…

That’s a math test. Answer it. No; it isn’t common core, so the right answer matters.

20,000 days. Just shy of 55 years. Not counting people constantly joining the list.

Lecture over. It’s time for your final exam.

Telling your anti-rights agenda teachers to shove their candyland version of politics gets you an automatic passing grade.

Figuring out you were wrong about the whole thing is an A+.

* Side note: You kids played hooky from school. A legislator paid for your transportation to and from Tallahassee, and bought your meals. Such a sacrifice on your part.

All those grownups who showed up to oppose your CNN’s 18 U.S. Code § 241 production? They took unpaid time off work to defend their rights (and yours, though you haven’t figured that out yet). They paid their own ways, and bought their own food. They sacrificed for something they truly care about.

You’d best factor that principled and dedicated opposition into your plans.

You’d think a former Seretary of State would have a clue

…if you were naive.

Condoleezza Rice: ‘I Don’t Understand Why Civilians Need to Have Access to Military Weapons’
On Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice argued that there should be “a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world.” She added, ” I don’t understand why civilians need to have access to military weapons.”

To be clear, she’s speaking in reference to the high school shooting in Parkland.

I challenge this former Secretary of State — would should have some professional knowledge of the military forces of the world — to tell me what country in the world generally issues semiautomatic rifles to its regular troops as the standard arm. Obsolete surplus going to reserves doesn’t count (the keyword being “obsolete). A handful of special arms going to… specialists, like designated snipers, doesn’t; I said general issue to regular troops (and in the US military, those sniper rifles tend to be civilian models adopted by the military)

How ’bout it, Rice?

“I don’t really like the idea, frankly, of a gun in my classroom. I think that we need to have law enforcement protect us.

No. We DEFINITELY haven’t had THAT. Not for a long time.


“I will say this, Hugh. I think it is time for us to have a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world.

We had that conversation. Several times. It’s settled, unless you want to put together a constitutional convention. Just remember that in a constitutional convention, everything is up for grabs, not merely the stuff you dislike.

Lady, you were Secretary of State. You took an oath. You should know this stuff already.

We wouldn’t say you can go out and buy a tank.

You can. If anyone is selling.

But I believe that the rights that we have in the Constitution are indivisible. We can’t throw away the 2nd Amendment and keep the 1st.”

That’s exactly what you’re demanding. And it doesn’t work. We’ve needed 2nd Amendment rights to protect First Amendment rights, and to fight tyranny.


Oregon lawmakers pass gun-control bill; first since Florida shooting
Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon’s Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms and ammunition.

Restraining orders? If paper is so good at stopping bullets, why don’t we replace cops’ expensive Kevlar with cheaper papier-mache?