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February 23, 2007

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ZUMBOMANIA, PART II: David E. Petzal responds to your comments

As has been pointed out by those of you with long memories, I wrote a piece 13 years ago about the then-looming assault rifle ban. The story was unpopular with a lot of people, but nowhere in it did I endorse the ban, as some are claiming. I note that none of you have seen fit to haul up the many, many times I’ve said critical things about Senators Clinton, Schumer, Feinstein, and of course our beloved former President Bubba. But then it seems that most of you who are visiting here don't read this blog, or Field & Stream, or what I've written to defend the Second Amendment over the years.

Here’s some other relevant information: When I wrote it, black guns were not nearly as important a part of shooting as they are now. We can’t afford to sacrifice them, just as we can’t afford to sacrifice .50-caliber rifles (which I wrote about positively a couple of issues ago in a story called “Way Out There”).

In case you’re wondering, I’ve been using black rifles since 1965, when I hunted woodchucks with one of the very first AR-15s sold commercially by Colt. I’ve worked over many a prairie dog town with one AR variant or another, and if Les Baer were to send me one of his rifles (a heavy barrel flattop in .223, please), I would not send it back. I currently own an M1A. I don’t know if that qualifies or not.

Most important, you shouldn’t construe any of this as an apology. It isn’t. But it is the last thing I’m going to say in this space about the Zumbo matter.


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http://forums.gunbroker.com/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=4 Zumbo was right.GET OVER IT NUTBALLS


Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I value the
correspondence I get from people back home in Wisconsin, and I
would like to take this opportunity to address your concerns.

As you may know, H.R. 1022, the Assault Weapons Ban
and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007, was introduced by
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on February 13, 2007.
This legislation would reinstate the federal ban on the sale of
certain semi-automatic assault weapons. This prohibition, which
was originally passed as part of the Violent Crime Control and
Law Enforcement Act of 1994, expired on September 30, 2004.

I agree that the right of law abiding Americans to own a
gun should be protected. However, laws prohibiting felons and
other potentially dangerous individuals from owning guns are
reasonable and effective ways to reduce violent crime in our
communities. In the past, the Senate has considered a variety of
gun safety measures. I carefully evaluate each of these proposals,
and I only support gun control legislation that corresponds to two
important principles. First, I do not believe we should deprive law
abiding gun owners, particularly hunters and target shooters, of
their Second Amendment rights. Second, I only support proposals
that I believe will unquestionably make our communities safer.

H.R. 1022 has been referred to the House Committee on the
Judiciary. Similar legislation has not yet been introduced in the
Senate. I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind should this
legislation be considered by the Senate.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I appreciate hearing
from you.


Herb Kohl
U.S. Senator


Fifty Caliber Institute Alert
March 8, 2007

Illinios Passes "Assault Weapons Ban" Out of Committee:

Hot on the heels of the introduction of .50 ban legislation in NJ, the state of Illinois, yesterday, passed out of Senate committee a bill of its own banning the caliber.

SB16, Chicago Mayor Daley's "Assault Weapons Ban" legislation can now move to the Illinois Senate for a vote at any time. The bill would require Illinois citizens to register a huge list of firearms (rifles and shotguns) with the state police and prohibit future ownership.

Included in the ban are .50 BMG caliber target rifles, .50 BMG caliber ammunition, and large capacity ammunition magazines of any caliber. Prohibiting the sale, transfer, and ownership, Illinois residents would have 90 days to register them or face felony charges. Manufacture of a .50 BMG caliber firearm or .50 BMG caliber ammunition is prohibited. (You will no longer be able to reload your own .50 ammo!)

Exceptions were granted to military & law enforcement, the movie industry, and competitions held only at the Sparta IL shooting complex.

The caliber banned is any .50. Exceptions are granted only for firearms defined as "antique" by United States Code 18, Section 921(a) (16).

The bill was passed out of the Senate Public Health Committee on Wednesday March 7. What's particularly onerous about all this is that, while those in favor of the legislation were allowed to testify for the bill, NO ONE was allowed to testify against it, under the orders of Committee Chairman Susan Garrett.

Apparently the last shreds of freedom have finally been torn from the fingers of Illinois residents.

Firearms owners in Illinois, .50 caliber or otherwise, should IMMEDIATELY contact their legislators and recover their constitutional rights.

Details of the bill can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/default.asp

You can find your Senator's contact information here: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/

Do it today, before the knock at your door.

Fifty Caliber Institute


At this juncture in firearms history, when we have every rabid anti gun fool in Congress, why would you come out against any firearm?

Winston Churchill once said "an appeaser is one who feeds the aligator, hoping he will eat him last."

Your either on our side, or yur not, make up your mind!


Roger Reeves

Man o Man: Will this subject ever end? It's not the type gun I;m afraid of , it's those IDIOTS who use them that bothers me. As for me, I've said, wrote, etc. many things I wish I had not done so. Why not let this Issue of Black guns/Zumbo die and move on to other subjects, such as hunting. As for type of gun to use, I suggest you hunt with what-ever is comfortable for you. I'm a true gun NUT, don;t want all the guns, just one of each. Also, if the readers on this bog don;t like what is stated by Dave, for gods sake read something you do agree with in another magazine or screen. For past month, all we have read and written is bitching about someone's opinion, don;t each of us have a opinion?Roger


"Gun Nut?" Why would you eaven go there? You and I both know that one word to the anti's from any of you gun writers is "bolld in the water!"

Forget the Mia Copa's, and start standing up for ALL gun right's!

We do not need any more Nevil Chamberlins in our ranks, we need more Winston Churchill's!

Tom Ford


Well ladies and gentlemen when I was in grammer school i was taught that all the ammendments of the Constitution of the United states were important not just the ones i like. i do not agree with mr. zumbos comments but i do agree with mr. petzels and want to say when we stop protection of the First Amendment then the Second will be sure to follow.


Well ladies and gentlemen when I was in grammer school i was taught that all the ammendments of the Constitution of the United states were important not just the ones i like. i do not agree with mr. zumbos comments but i do agree with mr. petzels and want to say when we stop protection of the First Amendment then the Second will be sure to follow.

Remember everyone the man claims he never said this, even though it was printed in black and white in Field and Stream.

"at some point we must face the fact that an Uzi or an AKM or an Ak-47 should no more be generally available than a Claymore mine or a block of C4 explosive. It is time for these guns to be limited to people with Treasury Department licenses, just as with fully automatic arms. I doubt if anyone would suffer much without assault weapons. Surely, we will suffer with them."

-- Column by David Petzal, "Endangered Tradition" column in Field and Stream, June 1994.

Dr. Ralph

Give it a rest, please... you're all preaching united we stand divided we fall and then doing the exact opposite!!!

Ron Santarpio

Can you supply reloading info for the Broomhandle Mauser in 30Cal?

Bullet dia >308 or is it .309?


I read this comment elsewhere (I forget where and by whom), but in some situations it fits precisely: "Fighting online is like the special olympics-even if you win, you're still retarded." I know this is a cruel, crude comment, but I couldn't help laughing my a$$ off. #@!* it's starting again! Lord help me!

Papper Shredders

They seem so simple, but this kind of organization will help save a lot of time. It can also help you appear more professional and on-the-ball should you ever meet with clients in your home office.


This is my first time visiting your site and i must say i like it very much.
Your message was an interesting read.
I will definetly come back here more often!



I realize there is a huge gap in time between my posts on this issue, but I couldn't help noticing the juvenile nature of my above posting (two or three up, I think). I beg your forgiveness, for I've forgotten how others laughed at my bad hearing. If one can't help his situation, why contribute to his hardship? Also, forgive my straying from the topic at hand. A gun, any gun, is a tool that we have the right to own, and only we should be the judges of what specifications we require for whatever purpose.

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