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  • Army Corps of Engineers Considers Reform of Second Amendment Rules

    03/27/2017 11:47:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland ^ | 27 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    After President Trump won election in November of 2016, I explained how a Trump administration could eliminate gun free zones in the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the options to do this was with a court ordered settlement agreed to by both sides. Another method available to President Trump is a negotiated Court settlement. The ban on possession of weapons on land administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is being challenged in the Courts. Court cases in both the Ninth Circuit and in the Eleventh Circuit are active. A Trump administration could order the Corps of...
  • TX:Denny's and Gun Signs in Dallas

    03/26/2017 5:32:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On a Saturday morning in Dallas, Texas, my daughter and I decided to eat breakfast out. My grandson mentioned pancakes, so my daughter decided on a Denny's that was reasonably close, at 4567 Frankford Road. It took about five minutes to load up a one year old and a two year old into the car, in the proper car seats, and another five minutes to drive to the restaurant. On the way in, I noticed the 30.07 sign that banned open carry in the restaurant. The 30.07 sign is required by Texas law, if a private property owner decides...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity? Romeoville IL April 8th at the PD

    03/25/2017 6:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, Romeoville Illinois held a gun “buy back. They took in 73 guns, pictured above. Some of those firearms are very nice indeed, and worth much more than the $60 that police were paying people for them. Third from the left of the middle row of long guns appears to be an M1 carbine and sling. Two over on the left is a classic .22 target rifle, two over to the right a classic hunting tool, a pump action .22 rifle, probably a Winchester 1906.  In the center of that row are two Stevens Crackshot .22 rifles,...
  • Colorado Knife Law Reform is on Governor’s Desk

    03/24/2017 6:20:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    ammoland ^ | 19 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Colorado is working hard to reform its antiquated knife bans.  In the late 1950's and early 1960's, a wave of bans on knives swept the nation. The were propelled by emotional tirades of a New York Congressman, and fueled by allegations of widespread use by gangs, in spite of a lack of data. There was no wave of knife violence. But the fake media of the day was able to sweep bans on “gravity” and “switchblade” knives through legislatures across the country.  A federal ban in the interstate shipping of automatic knives was enacted into law in 1958, and...
  • SD: Governor Daugaard Vetoes Gun Law Reform

    03/23/2017 6:03:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Friday, March 17, 2017, Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota vetoed HB 1072, known as the Constitutional Carry bill, and HB 1156, which would have allowed a small number of South Dakota holders of Enhanced Concealed Carry permits to carry inside of the state Capitol. His veto letters reproduced below, sans headers and signature block. From sd.gov: I herewith return to you House Bill 1072 with my VETO.  House Bill 1072 is an Act to repeal and revise certain provisions relating to permits to carry a concealed pistol. The proponents of House Bill 1072 did not testify about...
  • NM: "Universal Background Checks" Stopped in New Mexico Legislature

    03/22/2017 4:16:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bloomberg has continued to pump money into state politics to find ways to infringe on the Second Amendment. His latest attempt was stopped in New Mexico on Monday, 13 March, 2017.  A key vote against the measure came form Representative Eliseo Alcon (D) Milan. From nmpolitics.com: A legislative committee on Monday effectively killed a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — an issue that drew large crowds to the Capitol as well as big campaign contributions and intense lobbying and advertising. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to table House Bill 548 after a lengthy hearing....
  • Water Hazard and Murphy at Ranch in 2017

    03/21/2017 2:21:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    At the Ranch in Arizona, I keep water trickling for a water hole. It is the only reliable water for about three miles in any direction.  I have a game camera there, and sometimes obtain interesting photographs, like the bobcat and coyote interaction above from a couple of months ago.  The water hole is about 15 yards from the backstop of the pistol range.  Some of the water pipe was exposed over the last few years. My bother and I were at the range, shooting 170 grain cast lead .40 caliber projectiles at a half silhouette steel target.   After...
  • Situational Awareness: Clerk has gun Ready When Robber Points Pistol (video)

    03/21/2017 6:26:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In this interesting video of an attempted robbery, the clerk's situational awareness allows him to respond quickly. The shooting occurred on March 10, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The clerk is suspicious of the customer coming in the door with his hand hidden. The clerk draws his semi-auto from his right side back pocket.  The lack of a holster is a good clue to a lack of training. Store personnel armed themselves after three armed robberies in a year. Link to video: In the video, I was only able to detect two shots.  One can be heard as the suspect...
  • Judge Claims to Support Second Amendment, Just not the "Bear" part

    03/20/2017 8:35:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice In a recent article in Military.com, senior federal judge Walter H. Rice was quoted. The judge has been with the District Court since 1980.  His opinion about federal jurisdiction over legal carry on federal facilities is correct as to the state of current law, as far as I have determined. At the moment, federal officials can bar the carry of private arms at their facilities with proper signage. But it was the statement of the judge's personal opinion about the Second Amendment that was interesting. Judge Price said he supported the Second...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules City has no Authority to Ban Weapons from Buses

    03/19/2017 4:40:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    After nearly four years in the courts, Wisconsin Carry, Inc. won a historic victory for the right to bear arms in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Carry had sued the City of Madison, because the City had refused to remove a rule that had been instituted in 2005 by the City Transit and Parking Commission. The rule forbid the transportation of any weapons on city buses. The case started in 2013. Wisconsin has a strong state constitutional protection for the bearing of arms. Wisconsin Carry did not invoke that protection directly, nor did they cite the Second Amendment.  Wisconsin had passed a...
  • PA: Police Department Destroys $25,000 of Legal Guns

    03/18/2017 9:31:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Image courtesy Abington Police In Pennsylvania, Abington police destroyed 185 guns they had been collecting since 1998. From abingtonpd.org: In January, 2017 Abington Police disposed of 185 guns that had accumulated in secure evidence storage since 1998. The guns were ones that had been surrendered to APD for disposal or that otherwise could not be returned to a qualified owner. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office obtained a court order for APD authorizing the disposal of these guns and on January 26, 2017 these guns were disposed of under the watchful eyes of Abington Police Evidence Custodians. The guns were...
  • “Modernized” Undetectable Firearms Bill Would Outlaw Glocks, Many Rifles

    03/17/2017 5:54:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    ammoland ^ | 8 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Nelson from Florida has filed a restrictive bill that would stifle innovation and experimentation, without significantly impacting terrorists or criminals. Interestingly, a complete exemption would be included for the U.S. government and agencies. The bill is titled the “Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act of 2017“. Nelson mis-characterizes the state of the art with this falsehood: “Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with a 3-D printer can simply print a fully-functioning firearm that can be snuck through a metal detector without being noticed,” Nelson said. “These guns pose a real threat to our safety and we need to be doing...
  • “Popcorn” Shooting: Don’t Frighten an Old Man

    03/16/2017 6:11:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Video of Theater Shooting link On January 13, 2014, a retired police officer, Curtis Reeves, and his wife were preparing to watch “Lone Survivor” in a theater in the unincorporated area of Wesley Chapel, part of the Tampa Bay Florida metro complex.Directly in front of the retired officer and his wife were another couple, Chad Oulson and his wife.Reeves and Chad got into a dispute after Reeves asked Chad to stop using his cell phone during previews.The case has been characterized as a retired police officer shooting someone who threw popcorn at him.  I was surprised to see the reality...
  • Pennsylvania Court: Automatic Knives not Protected by Second Amendment

    03/15/2017 5:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    ammoland ^ | 10 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A Pennsylvania Court has found that automatic knives are not protected arms under the Second Amendment. The case is not precedential, and is unlikely to be appealed. The finding was made on 9 March, 2017. On July 29th, 2014, William Battle entered the Pike County Administrative Building for an appointment with a probation officer.  Battle had plead guilty to aggravated assault involving a firearm in 2009, when he was 18, for a crime committed eight months earlier, when he was 17.  He was convicted as an adult. Aggravated assault is a felony in Pennsylvania.  Under Pennsylvania law Battle may...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules City has no Authority to Ban Weapons from Buses

    03/14/2017 4:28:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    After nearly four years in the courts, Wisconsin Carry, Inc. won a historic victory for the right to bear arms in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Carry had sued the City of Madison, because the City had refused to remove a rule that had been instituted in 2005 by the City Transit and Parking Commission. The rule forbid the transportation of any weapons on city buses. The case started in 2013. Wisconsin has a strong state constitutional protection for the bearing of arms. Wisconsin Carry did not invoke that protection directly, nor did they cite the Second Amendment.  Wisconsin had passed a...
  • 2016 Guns by the Numbers

    03/13/2017 7:40:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Chart done by David Scott Total private guns in the United States,  404 million Gun Watch Total private guns added during President Obama's two terms, 96 million Gun Watch Murder rate in the U.S. (latest from 2015)  4.9 per 100,000  FBI Murder rate in the U.S.  1993  9.5 per 100,000  FBI Murder rate in Brazil (latest) 24.6 per 100,000  Wikipedia Murder rate in Mexico  2013 15.7 per 100,000  Wikipedia Number of people with Concealed Carry permits in the United States: 14.5 million  CrimeResearch.org study Number of States where no permit is required to carry concealed or openly:  12 No...
  • Magazine Repair Kit Co. Sets up GoFundMe to Defend Against San Francisco Lawsuit

    03/13/2017 5:19:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against five out-of-state companies he claims were selling kits, that contain the parts necessary to assemble normal capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds. From cbslocal.com: SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Thursday sued five online gun equipment suppliers selling disassembled large-capacity ammunition magazines as “repair kits” in an alleged attempt to get around state laws.The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Badger Mountain Supply, 7.62 Precision, Shooters Plus, LAK Supply and Buymilsurp.com are engaging in unfair or fraudulent business practices and...
  • New Hampshire Celebration of Constitutional Carry

    03/12/2017 7:28:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Womens Defense league of New Hampshire (WDLNH) celebrated the New Hampshire passage of "permitless" or Constitutional carry with their third annual Gun Rights rally. The celebration was held on the Capitol steps in Concord New Hampshire on 4 March, 2017. The weather was sunny but cold with a wintry, gusty, wind. It was a dedicated group that gathered on the Capitol steps, with temperatures a few degrees above zero, and winds that gusted to over 40 mph.  They had much to celebrate. After years of difficult work, the state legislature had restored rights that had been severely infringed...
  • ID: Man Carryng Pool Cue Case Shuts Down University

    03/11/2017 6:21:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 55 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Our universities have become hotbeds of paranoia about guns. They have become irrational about guns in the hands of anyone who is not wearing a uniform. The paranoia has spread to any object that might be perceived as similar to a gun. Idaho University at Pocatello showed this paranoia on Monday, the 27th of February, 2017.  A student reported seeing a man carrying what she thought was a gun *case*.  This deserves emphasis.  She did not see a gun.  She thought she saw a gun case. The police were quickly alerted and the school was pretty much shut down...
  • Czech Government Considers Constitutional Right to Arms

    03/11/2017 4:22:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Is the Czech Republic taking a hint from the American Constitution? The Interior Minister, Milan Chovanec, has authored a proposal for an amendment. He says that it would not be as strong as the Second Amendment is in the United States. From euractive.com: The right to be armed could be included in the Czech constitution. This controversial proposal was discussed by the Czech government this week, with the proposed EU Firearms Directive being mentioned frequently in the debate. The amendment was backed by the Social Democrats, the main coalition party. The position of other coalition members was not so...
  • National Reciprocity Bill in Senate: What are the Prospects?

    03/10/2017 4:53:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Saturday, 25 February, 2017, Senator John Cornyn (R) Texas announced that he will introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in the Senate this week.  From the dailycaller.com: Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn announced Saturday at the general meeting of the Texas State Rifle Association in Austin that he will introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in the upper chamber next week. The bill is said to mirror H.R. 38, in the House of Representatives.A similar national reciprocity bill was put forward by Senator Cornyn in 2013. It came within 3 votes of overcoming the Senate fillibuster. ...
  • Fake bullet hole in Synagogue in Indiana

    03/10/2017 4:47:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    This picture shows the “bullet hole” in the window of the class room at the Temple Adath B'nai Israel complex in Evansville, Indiana.  Rabbi Gary Mazo has been going “ballistic”, claiming that this is evidence of a hate crime designed  to intimidate and silence Jews. The damage is supposed to have been done on a Sunday, the 26th of February.  It was discovered Monday, and reported to the authorities on Tuesday. Image from tristatehomepage.comYou can see the damage to the window in a close up. It is clearly *not* a bullet hole. The horizontal measurement of the cone is...
  • AL: Constitutional Carry Passes Senate Committee

    03/09/2017 3:44:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 24, the "permitless" or Constitutional carry bill in Alabama, cleared another hurdle on the first of March, 2017. It passed the Senate Judiciary committee. From thenewstribune.com: A bill that would add Alabama to the list of states that allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The committee voted 6-3 for the bill after a fiery public hearing with law enforcement officers largely opposing it and gun rights groups speaking in favor of it. The bill now moves to the Senate floor. There were numerous Second Amendment supporters...
  • Australia Man Arrested, Faces 20 Years Sentence for Printing a Replica Gun

    03/08/2017 5:23:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In the picture the 3D printed replicas are in the lower row. From the left, they are 1,3,4 and 5. The typical 3D printed striations are easily visible on #4. Australia has, in many ways, some of the most extreme gun regulations in the world. By jumping through a great many hoops, and carefully filling out the right forms over several months, you can own and use a significant number of firearms. The regulations are a wish list of most of those proposed by gun hating activists from around the world. The were rushed through the Australian political machine...
  • VA: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Knife Law Reform

    03/07/2017 6:01:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    ammoland ^ | 26 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 20 February, 2017, Governor McAuliffe (D) Virginia vetoed HB 1432.  The bill would have reformed Virginia law to remove the blanket prohibition on carrying, possessing, trading or selling  of switchblade knives.The law was a holdover from the 1950's when bans on the ownership of switchblade knives swept the nation. The bans were based on groundless hysteria about their supposed use by street gangs. The play “West Side Story” was said to have a role in the passage of these laws.  A federal statute banning the interstate sale of switchblade knives was passed.  From the excellent article by Bernard...
  • Pepper Spray Illegal in Sweden; Must not Hurt Rapist

    03/06/2017 5:18:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a report on the state of crime problems plaguing Sweden, Katie Hopkins reported that pepper spray was illegal, because your rapist might be hurt. From the dailymail.co.uk: I followed up on the riots last week. Not a single arrest was made. After Peter's Facebook post, in which he drew attention to the volume of crimes allegedly perpetrated by migrants, he was branded a racist, a Nazi, a xenophobe I spoke to residents who know burglaries will not be attended, rapes not prosecuted, car fires accepted with a shrug, pepper spray banned in case your rapist is hurt. The...
  • Iowa Omnibus Gun Law Reform Bill Shows Lessons from Other States

    03/05/2017 5:36:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    House Study Bill 133 is an omnibus weapons law reform bill. The authors of the bill appear to have searched through various weapons laws enacted in the United States in the last several decades.  They looked for the best features of the laws that have worked elsewhere.  When they found them, they incorporated them into this omnibus bill.  There are a couple of twists unique to Iowa. HSB 133 was introduced on February 20th, 2017. The bill covers so many reforms that amendments and wording changes are almost certain. Here is an overview of most of the prominent features...
  • 3D Printers and Illegal Australian Submachine Guns

    03/04/2017 1:40:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In late November of 2016, the leftist Guardian, in the UK, reported that 3D printers were used to make illegal submachine guns in Australia.  Reports of homemade submachine guns in Australia have become fairly common. From theguardian.com: A highly sophisticated weapons production facility using 3D printers and computers to make machine guns has been uncovered in a series of raids across the Gold Coast. Police say they found four homemade automatic submachine guns, silencers, ammunition, a replica handgun, a .45 calibre pistol and equipment used to make weapons at two Nerang businesses, as well as a pill press. The...
  • Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo on the Suppressor Export Act

    03/04/2017 5:43:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Suppressors are currently under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). That means suppressors may not be sold to individuals overseas, only to approved governments. Suppressors are not extraordinary high technology. Sophisticated suppressors are not secrets. They can be produced by any concern with modern machinery. The current restrictions were put in place by a memorandum from the Department of State in 2002, a few months after the attack on 9/11.  While U.S. manufacturers are forbidden to sell to individuals overseas, foreign manufacturers are not.  A bill was introduced in the House of representatives in 2016...
  • North Dakota House Passes Constitutional Carry 83-9

    03/03/2017 4:44:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    North Dakota has passed a “permitless” or Constitutional carry bill in the House. The bill had very strong support, passing 83-9, with two representatives not voting. From nd.gov: 11th Order – Final Passage House Measures – HB1169 – Energy and Natural Resources – Do Pass – Votes Required 48: PASSED – Yea 83 Nay 9 N/V 2 Exc 0 For a Constitutional carry bill, the legislation is fairly complicated. It removes various restrictions in ten pages of text. It applies only to North Dakota residents. Residency may be shown by displaying a North Dakota picture ID that was issued...
  • KY: Constitutional Carry back in the Running

    03/02/2017 5:35:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Kentucky seems a natural match for "permitless" or Constitutional carry. The state is very Second Amendment friendly.  But in the Kentucky Senate, the Constitutional carry bill was pulled from consideration a week ago. It was said that the votes for the bill were not there, and the Republican leadership did not wish to risk a loss.  The Senate bill is SB 7.  SB 7 has now been changed to conform to the House version of Constitutional carry, HB 316.  One of the changes was to limit Constitutional carry to adults who are 21 years old, or older. A Second...
  • 4th Circuit Rules Common Rifles not Protected by Second Amendment

    03/01/2017 5:04:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    ammoland ^ | 26 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 21 February, 2017, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that common semi-automatic rifles are not protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The ban includes semi-automatic rifles that can take detachable magazines and have two of these three features: folding stock, grenade/flare launcher, or flash hider.  There is a long list of existing models that are explicitly banned, including all AR15s and variants, and all AK47s and variants. The list of banned guns includes some firearms that are not semi-automatic, such as a version of the Mossberg 500 pump shotgun. The law also bans all detachable...
  • 11th Circuit partly Reverses Ruling on Doctors, Records, and Guns

    02/28/2017 5:52:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    ammoland ^ | 18 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The 11th Circuit has released their en banc ruling on Wollschlaeger v. Florida. They partly reversed the three judge panels ruling on whether doctors have the right to interrogate patients on gun ownership, and record the answers in medical records, outside of reasons concerning individual patient care. The three judge panel had asserted that the state had a compelling interest in protecting Second Amendment rights, and could regulate licensed doctors to do so. The legislation in question is the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA).The 11Circuit asserted that doctors were merely private actors. As private actors, they have not legal...
  • Prohibited Possessor Plea Bargain in 80% Receiver/Machine Shop Case

    02/28/2017 5:27:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    ammoland ^ | 25 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-A machine shop/80% receiver case has resulted in a 3 1/2  year sentence for a California man, Daniel Crowninshield, of Sacramento. Crowninshield is 54 years old. Crowninshield plead guilty. He did not insist on a jury trial. It is easy to see why.  Here is the plea agreement.  The agreement was signed on April 14, 2016.Crowninshield is a prohibited possessor. He was convicted of domestic violence in 2000 and again in 2001.  The indictment shows that he possessed three pistols, two M-16 type receivers, and an AK type receiver.  The receivers were characterized as machine guns.He was indicted...
  • Israel: Terror Attack Fails with Jammed Improvised Submachine gun

    02/27/2017 5:39:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 9 February 2017, in Israel at the city of Petah Tikva, a Palestinian identified as Sadeq Nasser Abu Mazen, attempted a terror attack. The attack was not very successful.  One man was shot in the leg, and a couple of others were hit by bullet fragments or shards of material fragmented by bullets. The weapon that failed in this attack was a small shop produced submachine gun.The Israeli term for improvised submachine guns is a “Carlo”.  The term derives from the similarity to the Carl Gustav M/45 9mm submachine gun.  The Carl Gustav was made under license for...
  • Domestic Violence: More Guns, Less Injury

    02/26/2017 5:50:04 AM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A new study shows that only 17 of 35,413 domestic violence incidents resulted in a gunshot wound. The study was based on police reports collected in Philadelphia in 2013. From psychcentral.com: A new study shows that when guns are part of domestic violence, women actually suffer fewer injuries, but experience greater fear. According to a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, thatÂ’s because when a gun enters the situation, women are more likely to back down than fight back. This is consistent with the use of guns in other crimes, and in self-defense. It is not limited to women....
  • Caetano Inspired Lawsuit against Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban

    02/25/2017 6:12:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ammoland ^ | 18 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-The last direct action by the United States Supreme Court on the Second Amendment was the decision of  Caetano v. Massachusetts. The case was decided in 2016. The Court unanimously held, in the Caetano PER CURIAM decision (pdf), that: The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v.Chicago, 561 U. S....
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry, again

    02/24/2017 5:02:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | February 24, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry again. This year,2017, it was HB 262. Bullock vetoed the bill on Thursday afternoon, the 22nd of February. In an nbcmontana.com article, Governor Bullock stated that allowing individuals to decide whether they are eligible to carry concealed weapons is absurd: Bullock noted in his veto letter that he had rejected two bills identical to Harris' measure in past sessions. The governor says the idea of allowing individuals to decide for themselves whether they are eligible to carry concealed weapons is absurd. Governor Bullock did not mention that in Montana, individuals can...
  • NH: Governor Sununu Signs Constitutional Carry

    02/23/2017 4:41:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Chris Sununu has signed SB12, the "permitless" or Constitutional carry bill for New Hampshire in a signing ceremony.  The ceremony was held at 10:30 Eastern time, today, 22 February, 2017. From Governor Sununu's facebook page: Signing #SB12 into law is a commitment I made to the people of New Hampshire. I am proud today to fulfill that commitment. Similar bills were vetoed twice by former Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan.  Hassan left the Governor's mansion to become a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. The bill passed with solid margins in the Senate, 13-10, and in the House, 200-97. Here...
  • 20+ years of FBI data – “Assault Rifles” pose little threat to public safety

    02/22/2017 2:36:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Knowledge Glue ^ | 21 June, 2016 | Brandon
    AR15s are now by far the most popular gun being sold on the civilian market in the United States. By some estimates, nearly a quarter of all firearms sold in 2014 and 2015 were so-called “Assault Rifles” like the AR15, of this 25% figure, the vast majority were AR15s or variants thereof.Since 1995 (the year after the 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban), the FBI has maintained a very detailed list of how many people have died at the hands of assault weapons and/or rifles, which are merged into the same group. Therefore, we can make a solid comparison on what gun...
  • .22 at Yuma WalMart in 2017

    02/22/2017 3:52:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been monitoring the local WalMart to see if the .22 bubble shows any sign of deflating.  A heavy winter visitor presence has returned to Yuma.  I have not seen any .22 long rifle in WalMart for months. This afternoon was different.  I stopped at the store, and made my usual inspection of the ammunition counter.  There were thousands of .22 LR cartridges for sale, most of them in bulk packs.  Bulk packs are the preferred purchase of people who are buying the ammunition for resale, or simply to stock up.  All of the .22 ammunition there was...
  • Constitutional Provision for Right to Arms Likely for Iowa

    02/21/2017 5:35:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 17 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-Iowa is one of only six states that does not have some sort of protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the state Constitution. The other five states are California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Minnesota. One of the reasons for this lack is the difficult process that a state constitutional amendment has to undergo to be passed in Iowa.  First, the amendment must be passed by the General Assembly. Then an election must occur. Then the amendment must be passed a second time. Finally, the amendment is to be presented to the people,...
  • Trinidad and Tobago to Consider More Gun Permit Reform

    02/20/2017 4:30:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ammoland ^ | 14 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Trinidad and Tobago is a small island nation just off the coast of Venezuela. In Trinidad and Tobago, legally obtaining a gun is not easy. The problem is that much power is vested in the Chief of Police, and there is a long tradition of delaying permits or ignoring appeals.  In 2011, a reform was passed to create a Firearms Appeals Board. The appeals board was finally appointed in October of 2012. It had yet to meet as of February of 2013.  From the guardian.co.tt: Getting a gun licence is not that easy. Chairman of the Firearms Appeal Board...
  • MT: Constitutional Carry Sent to MT Governor for Third Time

    02/19/2017 3:34:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Montana has "permitless" or Constitutional carry, for areas outside of city and town limits, which is more than 99% of the state.  Bills to extend Constitutional carry to the entire state have passed the legislature three times. The first time was in 2011. Democrat Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed HB 271, and the legislature was not able to override the veto. The second time was in 2015. Democrat Governor Steve Bullock vetoed HB 298. The third time happened on February 15, 2017. The Senate passed HB 262, which will now go to Governor Bullock again. HB 262 passed the house...
  • NRA Ballot: Tips and Recommendations

    02/18/2017 5:12:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Every year,  there are elections for the NRA board members. There are 76 NRA board members. One third of them are elected each year, plus enough to fill existing vacancies. I have been pleased with the direction the NRA has taken in the last decade. As an organization, they are more protective of our rights than they were in the 1980's and 1990's.  Before 1976, the NRA board was and exclusive club. The board members selected any new board members. The NRA revolt at Cinncinatti in 1976 changed that Board members could be selected by the membership. Those reforms...
  • Interview with Josh Waldron of SilencerCo on the HPA

    02/18/2017 5:04:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is the main bill now in the Congress to remove gun mufflers (silencers/suppressors/moderators) from the National Firearms Act.  The HPA is getting a lot of attention from the public, Congress and the media.  It has been the in the top ten of the bills viewed at the Congressional web site for many weeks.  For a while, both the 2015 version and the 2017 version, which are identically worded, were both in the top ten. Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo, was instrumental in getting the bill introduced into Congress.  He is one of the founders...
  • AL: Luther Strange, New Senator, is pro Second Amendment

    02/17/2017 3:27:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On February 9th, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was sworn in as a replacement for Senator Sessions.  Senator Sessions joined the Trump administration as Attorney General of the United States. From al.com: "This is truly a remarkable time in our state's history," Bentley said in a press release this morning. "Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities...
  • Alabama Strongly Considering Constitutional Carry

    02/16/2017 5:10:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    State Senator Gerald Allen, R-Tuscloosa, is pushing to restore "permitless" or Constitutional carry in Alabama. He pre-filed a bill on 18 January, 2016, for that purpose. From al.com: Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, has pre-filed a bill to end a requirement that he said is an improper limit on the constitutional right to bear arms, according to a news release. "It's time we give our citizens the right to bear arms without first seeking the government's permission," Allen said. Alabama already allows people to openly carry a holstered pistol without a permit. Allen said there is no logical reason to...
  • Sheriff Offers Victim a Gun, Gun Shop Gives a .38

    02/15/2017 3:59:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Friday, 3 February, 2017, 66-year-old Billy Harrell was being robbed in the parking lot of the restaurant he manages, the Ole Times Country Buffet.  He was closing for the night. It was about 9:30 p.m. in Dublin, Georgia.  Holding a gun to his head, the two robbers forced him into his SUV. They took a gun from the vehicle and other items. From idahostatesman.com: The robber grabbed a pistol and some other items from the vehicle and started to leave. When he turned back around with his gun pointed, Harrell fired a shot from another weapon he had...
  • AP Misquotes NRA on Concealed Carry

    02/14/2017 3:57:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
      map by gun-nuttery.com The Associated Press has long been known  for its anti-Second Amendment attitude.  John Lott exposed there bias in The Bias Against Guns, published in 2003. They have gotten a little better in the last decade, because numerous errors have been exposed.  AP committed another error about gun laws  on February 10th, 2017. In a story about Constitutional or "permitless" carry moving through the New Hampshire legislative process, the AP wrote that the NRA said that concealed carry is legal in 11 states.  From AP via nbcboston.com: The National Rifle Association says concealed carry is legal...