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Owen Guns Bulletin January 2009 No 9

Blog January 16, 2009

Welcome to the Ninth Edition of the Owen Guns Bulletin.


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Seeing the Light

Italians Legislate To Protect Self-Defence.

By Carlo Stagnaro & Dave Kopel

Italy is taking big steps towards greater protection of fundamental human rights, as it looks to significantly change old laws that have infringed the right of self-defence.

In Italy, the Minister of Defence, Antonio Martino, recently announced his support for private gun ownership. “Gun control disarms law-abiding citizens, not criminals,” he said. Martino, who was a professor before becoming defence minister, observed that gun laws only affect the law-abiding, not criminals:

When gun-control laws were passed, I neither saw any member of the Mafia giving up his shotguns, nor any terrorist giving surrendering Kalashnikovs. Instead, I saw retired officers giving up their issue guns. Actually, we disarmed law-abiding citizens, and that resulted in leaving weapons in the hands of those who don’t obey the laws.

Italy only has 44,000 Licensed to Carry for Defence.
Australia Zero Licenses for Defence.

Professor Martino’s statement is the strongest ever uttered in favour of gun rights by an Italian minister since at least 1931, when modern Italian gun control was imposed by Mussolini’s fascist regime. The Italian system is similar to what Sarah Brady has announced as her preferred American policy: “needs-based” licensing. A citizen must apply for a permit from the local prefect (for handguns) or to the chief of police (for long guns), and the official then decides whether he thinks the applicant “needs” the gun. Gun-carrying permits are very difficult to obtain; only 44,000 Italians are legally allowed to carry arms for personal defence.

Moreover, the parts of the Italian criminal code (dealing with “legitimate defence” and “unintentional excess”) have often been interpreted by the courts against those who defended themselves or their loved ones against predators. The courts insist that the defence must be “proportional” to the aggression — so that if a man is using his bare hands to commit rape, the woman cannot fight back with a gun. Likewise, if your home is invaded by a gang armed with knives, the courts will not allow you to use a firearm against them.

A few months ago, Minister of Justice Roberto Castelli created a commission to revise the criminal code. The commission is supposed to recognize the right of the people to defend themselves, at least in their own home. Castelli said that “current laws should be revised, especially in those areas concerning actions taken by citizens in their own home.” Carlo Nordio is the head of the commission. “There’s a further, more serious and pressing problem,” he wrote in the Italian daily Il Messaggero, that is, the problem of legitimate defence by those who lawfully own a gun and are forced to use it to defend themselves, and then they are treated as if they were the aggressor. They are peaceful and honest citizens who, faced with a robber invading their home, shot him and perhaps killed him. The laws about those cases are vague and bungling…

In Italy 80.7 % of Crimes Unpunished. In Australia Report a Crime and the Police Feel Threatened and Arrest You.

Some Italians are heavily criticizing Defence Minister Martino for saying that people should be allowed to be armed. “I find that absurd,” said sociologist Domenico De Masi. “The crime rates make America one of the worst countries in the world from that point of view. The American population is about five times the Italian one, but the number of prisoners is 26 times greater.” Perhaps De Masi should have added that one reason that number of Italian prisoners is so low is that Italian criminals usually escape capture and punishment. In Italy, 80.7 percent of all crimes go unpunished and the culprit is not found — 96.8 percent of the thefts, 58.2 percent of the homicides, 84.6 percent of the robberies, and 64.3 percent of the kidnappings. Moreover, Mr. De Masi might have addressed the fact that the Swiss are much more heavily armed than Italians are, yet are also less violent. The 1994 Swiss homicide rate was of 1.32 per 100,000 people (among which only 0.58 were perpetrated with a firearm), while the Italian rate was 2.25 (of which 1.66 were perpetrated with a firearm).

Coming to Martino’s defence was Alberto Mingardi, columnist for the conservative daily Libero: “Around the freedom to be armed a duet is played: civilization against barbarism. Martino stands for civilization.” Vittorio Feltri, director of the same paper, pointed out that Italian laws “prosecute the crime of ‘unintentional excess of legitimate defence,’ while citizens and their properties are not safeguarded, since possessing wealth seems to be a crime worse than stealing it. They say that communism is dead; however, it left us with a heritage we were not yet able to get rid of.”
Before the 20th century, Italy had a solid tradition of armed resistance — a tradition that fascism deeply harmed, and the socialist republic of the last few decades almost killed. The free people of Venice and the other Renaissance city-states were loath to allow their governments a monopoly of force. As Machiavelli explained in The Prince,

“When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that, either for cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.”

The founder of criminology, 18th-century scholar Cesare Beccaria of Milan, wrote:

“False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put an end to personal liberty — so dear to men, so dear to the enlightened legislator — and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve to rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventative but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both big fans of Beccaria and his 1764 treatise On Crimes and Punishments. Adams quoted Beccaria during his arguments in the 1770 Boston Massacre trial.
Thomas Jefferson admired On Crimes and Punishments so much that he carefully copied many lengthy passages into his “Commonplace Book” of favourite sayings. As Garry Wills notes in Inventing America, Jefferson used Becarria as “his principal modern authority for revising the laws of Virginia.” Among the passages the Jefferson copied was the above passage about firearms.

Self Defence is a Human Right

Beccaria was also a major intellectual influence behind the Eighth Amendment, barring cruel or unusual punishment. Beccaria reasoned that a penal system should provide punishment only severe enough to preserve security; any punishment above this level was a form of tyranny. The purpose of the criminal law was to protect “That bond which is necessary to keep the interest of individuals united, without which men would return to their original state of barbarity.” Therefore, “Punishments which exceed the necessity of preserving this bond are in their nature unjust.”

So in a sense, Italy’s moves towards restoration of legal protection for the right of self-defence — and against unfair punishments for people who exercise this right — could be viewed as making Italy more like America. At the same time, we should recognize that America’s Second and Eighth Amendments both draw important roots from the European Enlightenment in general, and from that Cesare Beccaria in particular.

As Beccaria, Jefferson, and Adams all understood, the right to protect your home and your family against an aggressor isn’t a cultural preference; it is a fundamental human right, belonging to all people at all times — even though sometimes governments might disrespect this human right, as they disrespect other human rights. By moving toward reaffirming human rights for its people, Italy’s government is removing the vestiges of fascist rule, and helping Italy reclaim its historic role as a model of civilization.

(So if you want better, safer more sensible Gun Laws Move to Italy as in Australia you have to be a Politician before your worth defending, of course the Tax payer pays for their armed guards, maybe they know we hate them? see quote above by Machiavelli. Ron Owen)


Gun History

Barrel Developments

Part one  Length

The barrel of the famous Kentucky rifle was very long, and Davy Crockett lived and was a real hero with a really long rifle, many people think that a long barrel is necessary for best accuracy in a small-arm. This is not true. Our old muzzle loading rifles and shotguns had long barrels because they used black powder as a propellant. Black powder burned relatively slowly, and it required a long barrel to burn a large enough charge to give the required velocity. Other reasons for long rifle barrels was to obtain a long sight radius, the further the front and back sight were apart, and yet remained visible the less angle of deviation of the sight.

Charges of modern smokeless powder are much faster burning, and the charge is completely consumed in a relatively short barrel. Accuracy depends not on barrel length, nor even in barrel straightness, but on the perfect delivery of the bullet- gyrostats into the atmosphere, and the perfection of that gyrostats.
The length of barrel required to give the maximum velocity with a given cartridge depends on the kind and amount of power loaded in that cartridge, and its bullet. Some powders burn faster than others, and some bullets offer more bore resistance and friction and consequently cause faster burning of the powder charge.
The little .22 Long Rifle cartridge attains its maximum velocity in a barrel only 16  inches, depending on the kind of powder loaded in the cartridge. With the regular target cartridge the velocity in a 4-inch barrel is about 850 fps.; 10 inches, 1,000 fps ; 16 inches, 1,030 fps.; and in a 24 inch barrel only 1,000,fps, showing that in the latter length the powder has been completely consumed, all the gas possible has been generated and expanded, and the friction of the bullet in the extra length of barrel is beginning to retard the bullet. Most.22 caliber rifles have barrels 24 inches long because that is the present “style.” Our .22 caliber match rifles quite generally have 28 inch barrels. The only advantage of such a long barrel on these match rifles is that it gives a greater distance between front and rear sights, and thus a certain error of aim does not cause the shot to strike so wide of the mark;. an advantage that does not hold with a telescope sight.

The disadvantage of a long barrel is also sometimes evident in revolvers using the .38 Smith & Wesson Special cartridge. Where a long or very heavy and soft bullet is used, the velocity is frequently greater in a 6 inch barrel than in one of 7 ½  inches, because the friction of the extra barrel length more than neutralizes the very slight increase in length of gas pressure.
With the  US Governments first bolt action the .30-40 Krag cartridge firing the 220 grain bullet the muzzle velocity in the 30-inch rifle barrel was 2,000 fps., and in the 22-inch carbine barrel 1920 fps.
With the US Governments .30-06 cartridge firing the 150 grain bullet, the standard Muzzle Velocity was 2,700 fps., was obtained in a 24 inch barrel which was the standard length for Springfield ’03 and Garand rifles. Increasing or decreasing the barrel length an inch increased or decreased the muzzle velocity 18 to 25 fps, depending on the bullet and powder used. The increase per inch pertained up to a length of about 32 inches when apparently most powder charges were completely consumed.

24 inch Barrel Springfield 1903 Rifle with a Scope nearly as long. WWII Sniper Version.

24 inch Barrel Springfield 1903 Rifle with a Scope nearly as long. WWII Sniper Version.

Quite generally most modern rifles, both military and sporting, are now made with barrels 22 inches long which seems to be a happy medium, giving both handiness and good accuracy, with almost the maximum velocity in many cases. Formerly, over a hundred years ago military rifles used to have very long barrels, 32.5 inches for the Springfield 1873 and 30 inches for the Krag rifle, with the carbines of these models equipped with 22 inch barrels. With the Springfield 1903 rifle a compromise of 24 inches was made with a view to having the same weapon for both Infantry and Cavalry use, and it proved so good that it has established the 24-inch style as standard for seventy years. Another reason for the longer barrel on early military rifles was to provide a sufficiently long handle or reach for the bayonet.
Sporting barrels have been standardised generally at 22 inches, with 20 inches for carbines. Exceptions are the .22 caliber match rifles which have 28 inch barrels chiefly because they are using aperture sights and not optical sights; and rifles for the .220 Swift and 7mm magnums and .300. Magnum cartridges which are made 26 inches long to give certain advertised velocities to their cartridges. Extremely high intensity rifles of over  M.V. 4,000 fps, and over attain their high velocity from relatively large charges of powder and light bullets, which combination requires a longer barrel to burn all the powder and give them their high velocity, so that 26 or 28 inch barrels might seem desirable.

.50 cal also needs a long barrel 26 or 28 inch to burn over 600 grains of slow burning powder.

.50 cal also needs a long barrel 26 or 28 inch to burn over 600 grains of slow burning powder.

Standard shotgun shells give practically the same velocity, penetration, and pattern whether the barrel length be 26 or 30 inches, so the well informed shotgun shooter bases barrel length on considerations other than ballistics. A gun with 26 inch barrels handles faster, and is handier in brush and on most upland game. The long barrel swings slower and in the hands of many shooters is best on ducks, particularly in pass shooting. So the shooter who selects a long barrelled shotgun with the idea that he is thereby getting higher velocity, greater penetration, and a denser pattern is all wrong. The ultra modern long range 10 and 12 gauge magnum shells do, however, need around 30 inch barrels to give the maximum ballistic effectiveness which is the sole reason for such heavy loads.
While a moderately short barrel tends towards greater handiness, there are serious objections to a very short barrel which accentuates recoil and report, sometimes to a very objectionable degree. Except with very light cartridges, like pistol cartridges, with an extremely short barrel of only two or three inches, the powder blast at the muzzle may so upset and deform the base of the bullet just as it leaves the barrel so as to preclude any accuracy.

Next Edition Barrel Weight


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