HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Cruz  Kasich  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Our 2nd quarter FReepathon is off to a great start and we have a chance of getting 'er done early! Thank you all very much!!

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $37,488
42%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 42% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Articles Posted by marktwain

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Governor Deal Vetos Campus Carry

    05/03/2016 3:19:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has vetoed HB 859, which would authorize the carry of concealed weapons by concealed carry permit holder on Georgia campuses. The bill was very popular in the legislature, passing with wide margins. The bill passed the House 113 to 59, and the Senate 37 to 17.From Governor Deal’s statement on the veto at georiga.gov: HB 859 seeks to amend O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127.1, which relates to the carrying of weapons within school safety zones. It would add an exception to the prohibition of carrying or possessing a weapon in such school zones, to “any licensed...
  • GA: Governor Deal Decides on Campus Carry Today

    05/03/2016 9:31:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Georgia Governor Nathan deal has said that he will either sign or veto the Campus Carry bill passed by the Georgia legislature today, 3 May, 2016. The bill was very popular in the legislature, passing with wide margins. The bill passed the House 113 to 59, and the Senate 37 to 17.  As the Legislature is adjourned, their is no reasonable possibility of a veto override. From 11alive.com: The May 3 deadline is here for Gov. Nathan Deal to make his decision whether to sign or veto the 'Campus Carry' bill. After the religious freedom bill, which Deal vetoed...
  • VA:Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/03/2016 8:16:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th.  The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists.  The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close.  One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists.  NOVA had warned the politicians that the would sue if the harrassment continued.  From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA — The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Winning the Culture War with Switchblade Knives

    05/02/2016 4:25:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    You are winning the culture war when the other side accepts your premises.  In the 1950’s, legislatures across the country succumbed to the latest trendy weapons ban.  Switchblade knives.  The trend went so far as to pass a federal ban on the importation and interstate sale of of switchblades, because, at the time, it was widely understood the Constitution forbade the federal government from actually regulating the sale of an item inside of state boundaries.  Seven states, including Arizona, did not enact a switchblade ban.The ban never had any facts or logic to back it up.  It was entirely...
  • Reform of Oklahoma Knife law goes to Governor Fallin

    05/01/2016 7:40:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The restoration of the right to keep and carry weapons continues in Oklahoma.  On 20 April, SB 1159 was sent to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration. The infringement on the carry of weapons had been put into law not long after Oklahoma became a state in 1907, during the early “progressive” era.    There are several sections listed in the 1921 Oklahoma Criminal Code,  pages 523 to 525, published in 1921.  The sections covering the carry of weapons are sections 1798 through 1806.1798 is the state constitutional guarantee of right to keep and bear arms, which then perversely grants...
  • Eddy County Employees Have Second Amendment Rights Restored

    04/30/2016 5:13:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Across the United States, government employees’ right to bear arms while working is being restored.  One of the pernicious erosions of the right to bear arms that occurred over the last 50 years is the right of government employees to bear arms while employed.  At the start of the progressive era, government employees were considered part of the elite, and could bear arms when and where others could not.In the first laws adopted by the new state of Oklahoma, statutes were adopted en masse from other states.  One of them exempted “public officials” from a ban on carrying weapons,...
  • No Gun Signs in Dallas Texas

    04/30/2016 2:14:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been staying in the Dallas, Texas, metro area for 10 days now.  I have seen very few 30.06 signs or 30.07 signs. They are good sized signs and take up a considerable amount of space, so they are hard to miss, which is part of the legislative intent. I have noticed them in three places.  The sign pictured above is at the entrance to a Dallas pediatric center.  I was assisting my daughter in taking her son there for a checkup.  As she also has a 20 day old infant, an extra hand was appreciated.  The weather...
  • Tennessee Bill Grants Immunity for Toleration of Second Amendment Rights

    04/29/2016 11:49:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Tennessee, SB 1736(pdf)  has passed the House and the Senate. It is a bill that grants immunity for toleration of Second Amendment rights.It has been enrolled and sent to Governor Bill Haslam.  Governor Haslam promised to sign “Constitutional” carry if it reached his desk, six years ago.  It seems likely that he will sign this bill. The bill passed the Senate 26 to 4, the House 77 to 13.  The bill follows a trend started by Wisconsin and Kansas, where people who chose to allow others to exercise their Second Amendment rights are granted immunity from civil action...
  • Running with a Gun in Dallas

    04/29/2016 4:50:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Legal open carry of modern handguns was partially restored to Texans on January 1st, 2016.  I was visiting Texas at the time and open carried a bit, but the cool weather in January made concealed carry more practical.  I returned to Dallas in April, to visit family and a new grandchild.This morning, on my aerobic exercise run, I was running west on Rosemeade Parkway.  A black and white police SUV approached on the other side of the boulevard, but did not slow down, and continued on its way without any sign of interest in me.  It was very near...
  • GA: Government Employees Right to Bear Arms Restored

    04/28/2016 8:22:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image courtesy accesswdun.com by Rob Moore On April 5th, the City Council of Demorest, Georgia voted to restore the right to bear arms to city employees.  From accesswdun.com: DEMOREST — Demorest officials say they have passed a groundbreaking personnel policy amendment believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia. Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously to amend the city's personnel policy to allow city employees with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their weapons during the workday. The policy may be the first for a city in Georgia, but it is a growing trend in...
  • Universities Embrace "Assault Weapons" on Campus

    04/27/2016 4:40:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Over a hundred universities and colleges have embraced the concept of having "assault weapons" on campus.  It is worth noting, that when the university administrations buy the weapons for their own use, the menacing nomenclature of "assault weapon" is magically transformed into "semi-automatic rifles". Campus administrations all over the country who have been claiming that allowing adults who have concealed carry permits on their campus will chill free speech and academic freedom, have no such concerns with having "assualt weapons" on campus, as long as the weapons are in the hands of the people they command.  From abcnews.go.com: Once...
  • Opposition to "Assault Weapon" Ban at Record High, Support at Record Low

    04/26/2016 2:20:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from ABC News The above chart, created by ABC News, illustrates the trajectory of support and opposition for policies promoted by media elites that have no actual basis in fact or logic.  New media allows a significant, underdog, method to distribute facts about the policy.  The chart is a little misleading.  It starts in the middle of 1994, when the elite media control was near its height, and at the end of a blitz of media efforts to push the "Assault Weapon Ban" policy. These sort of policies, that rely on emotion, have to be enacted quickly, before...
  • English Gun Law was a Colonial Import from India

    04/25/2016 4:15:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Destruction of the Magazine at Delhi During the Indian Mutiny 1857-58 Gun control, or more properly, the restrictions on the ownership and use of guns by the general population, was not a common or popular phenomena in Europe until after the First World War.  One of the most influential and gun control laws was instituted in England and Wales in 1920.  It has been the basis for a great deal of restrictions on the private ownership of firearms around the world, both in the Commonwealth countries and in Europe.  These restrictions were not designed to protect the public from...
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/24/2016 10:12:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Guns Do Not Kill People

    04/22/2016 11:21:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Valerie Caldwell used her rifle to kill this mountain lion that stalked her in New Mexico in 2014.  It was less than a car length away, ready to spring. She was 12. It is a staple of disarmists that the phrase "Guns kill people" is a truism. But a more valid truism holds: "It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so."  The maxim that "guns kill people" is simply false.   As true believers in the maxim, disarmists have attempted to craft studies to show that it is true.  The "studies"...
  • AZ: Prohibition on Fees, Taxes, or Encumbrances on the Private Sale of Firearms

    04/22/2016 12:11:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona signed HB 224, which protects the right to transfer firearms in private transactions, without fee, tax or encumbrance, into law on 30 March, 2016.  The law went into effect on 31 March. From the Governor's Office: "This bill protects the Second Amendment freedoms of Arizonans by allowing for the exchange of firearms without assessments or penalties imposed by state and local government.” The law is succinct and easily understood, a nice contrast with much legislation that is passed in recent times.  From cqstatetrack.com: CHAPTER 36 PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSACTIONS ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS 44-7851. Definitions...
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/21/2016 3:34:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Dallas Wal-Mart Has .22 LR in Stock Below 7 Cents per Round

    04/20/2016 6:54:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The  presence of .22 rimfire at Wal-Mart has been uncommon for three years now.  When President Obama pushed for more infringements on the Second Amendment, starting in 2013, the demand for .22 rimfire skyrocketed.  Instead of raising prices on the ammunition sufficiently to bring demand down to reasonable levels, manufacturers tried to keep prices stable to earn customer good will.  It failed as a strategy.  With the demand so high, less public entrepreneurs purchased all the .22 they could obtain, then offered it over the Internet, at gun shows, and other venues, at three to four times the price...
  • Review: Assault Weapon Bans: Can They Survive Rational Basis Scrutiny?

    04/19/2016 6:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Assault Weapon Bans: Can They Survive Rational Basis Scrutiny? By Clayton Cramer April 13, 2016 Clayton Cramer has hit another home run with this paper on the irrationality of "assault weapon" bans. Anyone who has studied the literature knows that "Assault Weapons Bans" have no rational basis.  Their basis is an emotional appeal that requires a profound ignorance of the facts of crime statistics and weapons technology. They also require a media that benefits from promoting mass murder for ratings and political gain. Clayton Cramer does excellent work in the paper.  He puts the facts and statistics in a logical...
  • MS: Petition to Stop Church Protection Act and Constitutional Carry Fails with 3 Signatures

    04/18/2016 5:09:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly two weeks ago, Ariel Draper started a petition on thepetitionsite.com to push Governor Phillip Bryant to veto Mississippi House Bill 786.  The goal of the petition was to get 1,000 signatures in support.  The petition had 3 signatures when the bill was signed into law today.  The petition used rather incendiary language.  From the petition: Mississippi House Bill 786 introduces legislation that would grant the following : To provide that killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is JUSTIFIABLE homicide ; and for related purposes. Literally making a...
  • AL: More Campus Fascism: No Free Speech for Second Amendment Supporters

    04/17/2016 5:16:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from campusreform.org Universities are developing a deserved reputation for places that act as little fascist states, only allowing speech that the University Administration agrees with, or is considered "politically correct".  The University of Alabama has lived up to the reputation by citing a student who was peacefully wearing an empty holster in a protest over the Universitity's no weapon policy.  The campus police explicitly say that they are citing the student because "someone called it in".  The campus policy does not prohibit holsters.  The citation is for "Engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community"...
  • MO: Supreme Court; Once Prohibited, Always Prohibited?

    04/17/2016 6:33:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Missouri Supreme Court has now repeatedly ruled that the provisions of the Constitutional amendment put in place by Amendment 5 to Article 1, Section 23, only apply to actions that have occurred after the passage of the amendment.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Constitutional provisions apply retrospectively; but that is on case law, not on a Constitutional amendment. The Missouri Supreme Court first ruled this way in State v. Merritt in 2015.  At that point it ruled that the previous version of Article I, Section 23 applied to a felony conviction forbidding the possession of firearms. ...
  • Review: The Color of Crime, 2016

    04/16/2016 6:30:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image courtesy of The Color of Crime When I was doing research on homicide rates and attempting to determine what the primary factors were that resulted in varying homicide rates between states and nations, I came across the 2005 version of The Color of Crime.  The study looks at crime and tests hypotheses about crime and arrest rates in the United States that have been forbidden from general discourse in the media.  The topic is beset by unproven assumptions and political correctness.  The Color of Crime has been updated to use the latest data available as of early 2016,...
  • Mississippi Becomes 10th “Constitutional” Carry State; Governor Bryant Signs HB 786

    04/15/2016 3:25:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mississippi became the 9th state to restore permitless carry today, the 15th of April, 2016.  It seems poetic that Governor Bryant chose to sign HB 786 into law a few days before most citizens were required to file their federal taxes. The easing of one burden helps reduce the pain of another, in this case.  HB 786 is titled the “Church Protection Act”, which is a correct description.  The bill provides that churches can create volunteer church security that will have the same protections that private security guards now have in Mississippi.  The program will require training and the...
  • WI: New Turkey Technique Yields Dynamic Results and Trophy Turkey

    04/15/2016 4:54:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    My brother, who is a superb hunter, tried out a new turkey technique this morning.  I got his call at 8:30.Turkey populations in Wisconsin have boomed in the last 15 years.  There were none in the state when I was growing up in the 60’s.   When I was taking care of my mother, I saw a flock of two dozen of them wander about the house.  The property borders the St Croix/Namekagon wild river national park.  I recall reading articles about how hard wild turkeys were to hunt, but my brother has had excellent success. This year he decided...
  • TX: Home Invasion Stopped with Gunfire by Former Marine; no Story

    04/14/2016 8:30:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the advantages of Open Carry is that it is a good excuse for social interaction.  I was in the local Dallas Wal-Mart, taking pictures of .22 ammuntion for sale, while another customer was waiting for the cabinet to be unlocked.  I asked him to take my picture.  On the shelf lined up with my chin, there are 31 50 round boxes of CCI standard velocity, for $3.47 each. My new photographer casually mentioned that he was there to buy .38 special ammunition, because he had to repel a home invasion the previous night. I asked if he...
  • OK: Oklahoma Senate Nears Vote on Strong Arms Amendment

    04/13/2016 7:12:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Oklahoma Second Amendment Supporters, particularly OK2A, have been pushing for a reform of the state Constitution's weak protection of the right to keep and bear arms.  The reform has strong support, but has been bottled up in committees.  The reform is needed because current Section II-26 has been ruled by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to offer little serious protection.  Here is the current version: The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing...
  • Governor Christie Acts to Improve NJ Gun Permit System

    04/12/2016 4:26:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Christie of New Jersey is pushing to make some incremental changes to improve the arcane and inconsistent New Jersey firearms licensing system. From capemaycountyherald:TRENTON — Acting on Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to ensure fair and consistent application of the state’s gun laws that respects individual’s Second Amendment rights and protects public safety, the Office of Attorney General announced a directive and guideline issued by Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy, and a regulatory change to align the regulations governing the issuance of a carry permit with New Jersey Supreme Court precedent interpreting the statutory standard of justifiable need. Taken...
  • TX: Open Carry Exercise in Dallas

    04/11/2016 4:53:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry of modern handguns has been legal for most carry permit holders in Texas for a few months now.  I was able to open carry during my visit in January. During cold weather, opportunities were limited. With a new grandchild to see, I looked forward to Texas exercise without having to conceal my personal defensive firearm.  I open carried from Arizona to Dallas in Texas.  Interactions on the road were minimal. In Van Horn, Texas, I was able to grab the last motel room in town, just about midnight.  I was carrying in an older, Israeli Fobus holser,...
  • CNMI Senate Passes one of the Most Restrictive Gun Laws in the U.S.

    04/10/2016 7:48:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The United State District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands recently ruled that existing gun laws, written by a peace corps volunteer in the 1970's, are unconstitutional, and violate the Second Amendment, in several provisions. The House and Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands reacted to the Court ruling by passing an extremely restrictive bill, S. B. No. 19-94(pdf), entitled "To regulate the possession of firearms in the Commonwealth.", in a special session on 5 April, 2016.  The bill passed the Senate unanimously.  The short title is the SAFE Act (Special Act for Firearms Enforcement), perhaps...
  • MS: Permitless or “Constitutional” Carry goes to Governor Bryant

    04/09/2016 5:08:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 786 is now headed to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.  The bill passed the House on a final concurrence vote of 85 to 35.  The Governor has five days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law.  From state.ms.us: Once a bill passes both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature it is sent to the governor for signature or veto. The governor has five days to either approve a bill by signing it into law, or to return it to the House of Representatives or the Senate with objections. If the governor does not take either action, the...
  • Progress in Restoring the Right to Carry Arms in the United States

    04/08/2016 5:29:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The graphic display above does a superb job of conveying the progress that Second Amendment supporters have made in restoring a practical right to carry arms in the United States.  The right to keep and bear arms, codified in the Second Amendment, has been under attack in the United States since the 1830s, as power hungry governments found ways to infringe on the right under various pretexes, excuses, and fearmongering. First came the attacks on the concealed carry of arms.  This was justified under the pretext that it gave an unfair advantage to people with nefarious purposes.  It was...
  • WI: Wisconsin Reaches 300,000 permits in Five Years; Homicide rate lower than Japan

    04/08/2016 4:49:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin started issuing concealed carry permits in November of 2011 In the last 53 months, they have issued 300,000 concealed carry permits.  The permit holders have been exceptionally law abiding.  Only one permit holder has been convicted of manslaughter when carrying a handgun under the provisions of the permit.  He plead self defense, but a jury ruled it manslaughter.  That is a homicide rate lower than that of Japan! The average number for 2012 was over 105,000.  The average for 2013 was 175,000, and 223,000 for 2014, and 260,000 for 2015.  In the first four full years of the...
  • Mississippi Likely to Join Permitless "Constitutional" Carry Club

    04/07/2016 5:57:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image of Andy Gipson from the clarionledger.com In a bill labelled a "Church Protection Act", the Mississippi legislature appears ready to join the permitless or "Constitutional" carry club.  If Governor Bryan signs the bill into law, Mississippi will become the third state this year to join the club, putting its members at 10, or 20 percent of the states. Members of the club can no longer claim any exclusivity.  They range from the East coast to the Pacific, from Alaska to Arizona, with midwest, eastern, and western members.  At 10 members, the club is larger than the dwindling "may issue"...
  • Smart Fuses Make Smart Artillery Affordable

    04/06/2016 1:52:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I worked on the PGK project while I was at Yuma Proving Ground.  A year ago, this article was published in defensenews.com: WASHINGTON — The US Army has awarded Orbital ATK with a $120 million contract modification to make kits that turn conventional 155mm artillery into a near-precision shell. The kits are meant to limit civilian casualties and collateral damage, allowing the use of artillery where it would have otherwise been ill-advised — in a congested area or near friendly forces.The guidance fuzes would be fielded to the Army, the Marine Corps, Australia and Canada. Deliveries are scheduled to...
  • Rifle in Tree; M86/88 Mannlicher, 1891 Carcano, or Mosin Nagant?

    04/05/2016 7:30:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The image in the middle is a picture that is floating about on Russian social media.  It was sent to me by by a friend, who I previously wrote about, the one of the adventures with two Bushmen.  He asked me if the action bedded in the tree might be a Mosin Nagant.  A Mosin Nagant action is shown on the right.At first glance, there are similarities, the solid magazine, the 90 degree bolt handle, the shape of the trigger… but close examination shows that this is no Mosin Nagant.  The most obvious difference is the placement of the...
  • AZ: Media Company Pays for Firearms Safety Instruction

    04/04/2016 6:02:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Westernjournalism.com Another company has paid for firearms safety training for employees.  What is interesting about this company is that it is a media company.  After decades of dominance by philosophically identical members of a media that propagandized for more and more infringements on the Second Amendment, this is a refreshing difference.  Not surprisingly, the media company is part of the new media. From westernjournalism.com: Liftable Media, Inc., the parent company of Western Journalism, paid for its employees to go through a concealed carry certification course over the weekend. About half of the staff took the company up on...
  • Florida Removes Antique Slungshot Prohibition

    04/03/2016 7:21:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A slungshot is a device that consists of a weight on the end of a line.  It was designed to aid in throwing a line from one place to another, such as in throwing a line from a boat to the dock.  A weight on the end of a line can also be used as a weapon.  A knot to secure a shot to the end of a line is a monkey’s fist.  Here is how one is made:Link to video Florida has eliminated their antiquated slungshot law.  The law was another of those “trendy” laws enacted without much thought,...
  • MS: Supreme Court: Statutary Protection of Employee 2A Rights is Valid

    04/02/2016 2:53:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mississippi is a hire or fire at will state.  The Doctrine is from the State Supreme Court.  Employers or employees may terminate their relationship at will, for any or no reason. There are very few exceptions to this Mississippi legal doctrine.  Those exceptions have to be codified by the legislature.  That is exactly what the legislature did regarding the exercise of Second Amendment rights through the storage of firearms in employees' locked vehicles on company property.  A company, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, ignored the state law and fired an employee, Robert Swindol, for violating the policy.  They publicly fired...
  • Forensics of Michelle Field's Bruised Arm in Lewandowski Case

    04/01/2016 2:59:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 90 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Above is the celebrated self photo of Michelle Fields bruised arm.  I invite forensic experts to analyze the pattern of the bruises.  I am not a forensic expert, but there are a few questions I have for those who are. In the complaint taken by the Jupiter Police Department,  officer Marc Bujnowski says that he observed the bruises on 29 March, 2016. This is Ms Fields left arm.  It is alleged that Mr. Lewandowski grabbed her with his right hand, causing the bruises.   He is alleged to have grabbed the left arm from behind and to the left of...
  • AK: Board of Regents Refuses Gift of Power over Guns and Knives

    04/01/2016 10:51:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A bill in the Alaskan legislature, SB174, has passed the Senate Judiciary committee.  In the Committee, amendments were added that give the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska extraordinary power and immunity.  The legislation would give the Board of Regents the power to ban the open carry of knives and guns.  No city in Alaska has that power. From SB174(pdf): (c) The Board of Regents may adopt and enforce policies (1) regulating the possession, ownership, use, carrying, registration,storage, and transportation of openly carried firearms and knives; It would grant the Board of Regents, all their staff, and...
  • NJ: Bill to Fund Gun Turn in Events "buy backs" Bucks Trend

    03/31/2016 7:07:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun turn in events have been losing steam for several years.  Academics agree that they are ineffective; activists agree that in most states, they end up as advertisements for gun ownership.  Only in states such as New Jersey, where private sales are highly regulated, are they contemplated with much enthusiasm by disarmists.  But, New Jersey does make private sales more difficult than most states; and they are contemplating state financed gun turn in events.  From bergendispatch.com: Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John F. McKeon, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly that would create a statewide gun buyback program in...
  • Open Carry at the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky

    03/31/2016 3:32:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA annual meeting is fast approaching.  This year it will be in Louiseville, Kentucky, starting on May 20th, 2016.  My colleague, Liston Matthews has inquired and has determined that lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The NRA quite properly requires that attendees follow the law regarding carry in Kentucky.  Here is an explanation of the open carry law From handgunlaw.us(pdf): Open Carry (Without a Valid Permit/License) Open Carry is legal in Kentucky. Not all places listed in the “Places Off Limits” apply to those who are Open Carrying. It is up to you...
  • No Money for Gov Subunits That Violate Constitution or Law

    03/30/2016 6:53:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona Citizens Defense League Needs Your Help Persuading Legislators In Arizona on 17 March, 2016, Governor Ducey signed into law SB1487.  The law gives legislators and the State Attorney General a way to sanction lower units of government who flout the State Constitution and State law.  How does it work? From the bill(pdf)41-194.01. Violations of state law by counties, cities and towns; attorney general investigation; report; withholding of state shared revenue A. AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL INVESTIGATE ANY ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR OTHER OFFICIAL ACTION ADOPTED OR TAKEN BY...
  • CNMI: Court Rules 2A Applies to Northern Mariana Islands

    03/29/2016 5:46:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands has issued a strong ruling that enforces the Second Amendment in the Commonwealth.  The long running lawsuit filed by David Radich and his wife, Li-Rong, was settled on 28 March, 2016.  The ruling enforces the findings in Heller and McDonald, both of which are referenced.  Here are the primary findings of the Court:The import ban on handguns and handgun ammunition is unconstitutional,Refusing to use “family defense” or “self-defense” as a valid reason for issuing a Weapons Identification Card” (WIC) , required for purchasing a firearm, is unconstitutional.Refusing to issue a...
  • Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Guns on Post Office Property Case

    03/28/2016 4:04:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeal from the 10th Circuit of Bonidy v. United States Post Office.  The case is one in which Tab Bonidy, a Colorado citizen with a concealed carry permit sued the Post Office for infinging the Second Amendment by declaring it a crime for him to carry on Post Office property, including Post Office parking lots.  From postalnews.com: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear a dispute over a U.S. Postal Service regulation that bans guns from post office property and adjacent parking lots.  It is easy to under stand...
  • Why Permitless Carry has Taken so Long in Idaho: Three Powerful House Chairs Oppose it

    03/27/2016 5:49:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho is a strong Republican state.  It is known for being Second Amendment friendly.  The reason it took so long to pass permitless or "Constitutional" carry is epitomized by the three Republican committee chairs shown above.  All three chose to vote against permitless carry.  They were the only Republicans in the House to do so. It says a great deal that these powerful people chose this political hill to die on.  Why?  Why not vote for the bill, and at least camouflage your actions?  How many are in the Idaho legislature who did exactly that? These are only the...
  • Governor Otter Signs SB 1389, Idaho Becomes Ninth Constitutional Carry State

    03/26/2016 6:33:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor C.L Butch Otter reluctantly signed SB 1389, the permitless “Constitutional carry” bill that was passed by the Idaho legislature.His office sent the transmittal letter(pdf) to the President of the Senate the 25th of March, 2016.  Idaho becomes the eighth state to restore permitless or “Constitutional” carry.  Vermont never restricted concealed carry from those who were not felons or mentally defective. Governor Otter stated that he signed the bill with some reluctance, because the bill did not have a training requirement for the carry of firearms.There has never been a legal requirement for training in order to carry firearms,...
  • Pope Francis Blames Weapons Manufacturers for Brussels Attack

    03/25/2016 8:26:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 95 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from telesurtv.netPope Francis has been a grave disappointment to many Christians, not just Catholics. He appears to be as steeped in “Merchant of Death” conspiracy theory as he is in Christian theology. At a traditional pre-Easter ritual, the Pope washed the feet of refuges, including a Catholic woman, Muslims, and a Hindu man. The ritual had long been limited to practising Catholic men, almost exclusively, priests. Many Catholics are unhappy with this severe break in tradition.Of greater interest is that the Pope blames the terrorist attack in Brussels on arms manufacturers and arms traffickers.  From telesurtv.net: “Three days ago,...
  • The Price of Political Correctness on Guns in Plattville Wisconsin

    03/24/2016 5:04:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video UW Platteville Student David Kalenga-Kasongo, on Monday, 14 March, the week before spring break, pulled a fire alarm and made allegations that he heard noises and saw the barrel of a firearm inside a stall of a bathroom on campus. Under questioning by reporters, he says that the barrel was a "long barrel", like "an AK 47". From uwpexponent.com: University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields closed all public campus buildings at 1:30 p.m. on March 14 due to a security threat in the men’s restroom on the first floor of Ullsvik Hall. UW-Platteville student David Kalenga-Kasongo...