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  • Trump Era NICS Checks Close to Record in September

    10/17/2017 5:24:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been showing robust numbers for nine months now. Two of the nine months are all-time records.  The overall numbers for the year are on track to be the second highest year in the history of NICS.NICS checks for September 2017 have been 1,967,104, almost identical to the record number in 2016, of 1,992,219.  That is just short of 99% of the record. The total for the year to date is 18,235,898, more than the entire year of 2011. It is 92% of the 2017 NICS at...
  • Victory for Austria's new anti-EU leader and surge in support for anti-immigrant party

    10/16/2017 7:05:12 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 16 August, 2017 | Joe Sheppard, Gareth Davies, Scott Campbell
    Sebastian Kurz's election victory last night has sent shockwaves through Europe as it appears he may seek a coalition with the country's anti-immigration Freedom Party. The Eurosceptic leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become the world's youngest leader. Kurz, 31, fell well short of a majority and may be looking to strike a deal with another party. The Freedom Party (FPO) got around 26 percent of votes in Sunday's parliamentary vote, boosted by a European migration crisis in 2015 that affected Austria and also led Kurz to...
  • Activists Wave Sex Toys to Protest Second Amendment Speech At UW

    10/15/2017 6:16:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Dean Weingarten
    On 10 October, 2017, freedom advocate Katie Pavlich, who values the Second Amendment was allowed to speak on the University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus.The speech followed a change in University policy that threatened punishment for people who refuse to allow others to speak.From nbc15.com: The conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom invited pro-gun activist, journalist and author Katie Pavlich to speak at the UW's psychology building Tuesday night. Young Americans for Freedom Chair Abby Streu says the group invited her to bring an often not heard viewpoint to campus. Pavlich will discuss firearms and self defense at the...
  • Leftists Hate Church Charity Raffle (Because Guns)

    10/14/2017 6:04:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a virtue signaling display common on the left, the Washington Post published an article critical of a church for raffling two rifles for charity.  Amy B. Wang, a writer for the post, made a national story of the dislike of a leftist for the raffle of two AR-15 type rifles.Image from oxfordeagle.comFrom jacksonville.com: “I had a kid approach me: ‘Would you like to join a raffle? We’ve got two AR-15s.’ And I’m like, whoa,” Belden-Adams said. Just the Sunday before, a gunman had opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding...
  • Teen with NRA Rifle Stops Lion in Killing Spree

    10/13/2017 7:48:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A story that should be getting more attention is one out of the Black Hills of South Dakota. It doesn't get much more interesting than a depredating lion, a 14 year old hunter protecting the family livelihood, and a rifle won at an NRA raffle.The story has already been written by Tom Griffith. The article is well done. I do not want to steal the author's thunder. Here is an excerpt to the rapidcityjournal.com: After a long, sad day, Streff’s youngest child, 14-year-old Dalton, who fancies himself a hunter, told his mother he was going to go sit in...
  • D.C. Will Not Appeal Loss on Carry Permits

    10/11/2017 5:27:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The government of the District of Columbia has decided not to appeal the Circuit court decision in Wrenn v. D.C. A week ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that they would not rehear Wrenn v. D.C. en banc. That ended the D.C. Circuit level of appeals for the District of Columbia. The issue was whether D.C. law, that was used to arbitrarily deny concealed carry permits, was constitutional. D.C. lost. The question became, would they appeal to the Supreme Court. From foxnews.com: The city’s attorney general said the decision not to appeal the...
  • Big Change in the Las Vegas Shooting Timeline

    10/09/2017 9:15:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Previously, the reported timeline was the security guard, Jesus Campos, was shot and wounded in the leg, by the Las Vegas mass murderer at about 10:17- 10:19, 10 minutes *after* he started shooting at theIn the revised time-line, authorities are saying Campos was shot and wounded in the leg at 9:59 p.m., as he approached the door of suite 135, on the 32nd floor. *before* the shooting on the crowd started. There are many changes in possible scenarios that come with this revelation, and many questions.The security guard is reported as responding to a “door ajar” alarm on another...
  • Big Second Amendment Win in D.C. Circuit Courts

    10/07/2017 8:33:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has refused to grant a petition for an en banc hearing in the Wrenn v. D.C. Second Amendment case.The Court earlier ruled that the requirement for a “good cause” to issue a concealed carry permit was unconstitutional.In effect, this means in a week the District of Columbia will become a “shall issue” jurisdiction.  If a person meets the legal requirements for a concealed carry permit, the District of Columbia will be required to issue a permit.None of the 10 Circuit judges capable of requesting a vote for an...
  • Australian Gun Culture 27: Tail End Gun Amnesty, 2017

    10/06/2017 7:42:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 Septrember, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived in Australian on 1 July, 2017, the first day of the gun amnesty in Australia. I will be returning to the United States on 26 September at the tail end of the three month amnesty.This amnesty is completely different from the mandatory confiscation/turn-in that happened in 1996. In 1996 people were paid to turn in firearms. Some types of guns were effectively outlawed for nearly everyone. Perhaps the strictest firearms regulatory scheme in Western Civilization was implemented on the wave of emotion promoted by the media and John Howard.In 2017, some sanity is returning to firearms regulation...
  • Where did the Las Vegas Mass Murderer's Money Come From?

    10/05/2017 11:01:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the puzzles about the mass murderer in Las Vegas is the source of his money. His brother characterizes him as "very wealthy" and that "$100,000 is no big deal". His real estate holdings holdings have been estimated as worth several millions of dollars. He paid cash for his latest real estate, and gambled up to a million dollars a year, according to a real estate agent who dealt with him. From the dailymail.co.uk: The 64-year-old, who opened fire slaughtering 58 people at a country music festival at the weekend, bought his 2,000 sq ft home in Mesquite,...
  • Private Security Guard Stopped Las Vegas Mass Killing

    10/05/2017 8:18:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    It was a heroic private security guard who stopped the mass killing coming from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.In the timeline published yesterday, it was not clear if the security guard was accompanying the police, or ahead of them. Now we know. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill gave a briefing yesterday, 3 October, at 6 p.m. In the briefing, Undersheriff McMahill details when the shooting ended. No more shots were fired at people outside the hotel after 10:19 p.m.The information about the ending of the shooting is given between 3:17 and 5:30 on the video. McMahill releases these facts in remarkable agreement...
  • The Timeline of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Start to SWAT

    10/04/2017 5:07:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I, and others have been puzzled by the time it took to enter the room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Room 135 was where the mass killer set up to attack the Route 91 Harvest Country Music attendees. The first calls to 911 happened at 10:08 p.m. local time. The police blasted down the door to Room 135 on the 32nd floor about 72 minutes later. But what happened in between those times? At what time did the mass murderer stop shooting at people below? Those times are becoming clear.  From cbslocal.com: DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Gunfire...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 26: Guns Confiscated for Self-Defense

    10/01/2017 4:37:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    David Dunstan, a farmer in Victoria, about 10 miles outside the Australian town of Albury, found himself confronting a teen armed with a knife and a large club at 3 a.m. on the 14th of September, 2017. He slammed shut the door, and called for his wife to get the key to the gun cupboard.He retrieved an unloaded .22 rifle, and used it to convince the thug that he should get in a car and drive to the police station. The offender is in jail without bail.  He is suspected of invading another house just hours previously.From weeklytimesnow.com.au: A...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 25: Knives in Australia, A Changed Viewpoint

    09/29/2017 6:01:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    When I came to Australia, I had read of the weapons laws regarding the carry of knives. I had read that knives could only be carried if you had a “good reason” to do so.I knew how much the “good reason” limitation had been abused in the United States to stop people from exercising their Second Amendment rights.States like New Jersey, New York, and California are notorious for the abuse of that limitation. I was apprehensive about carrying a pocket knife in Australia.On arrival, I wrote: As I talked to the manager, I mentioned that I understood it was...
  • Wisconsin Constitutional Carry Passes Committee Vote

    09/28/2017 9:24:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 19 September, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Wisconsin Constitutional Carry bill with a 3-2 vote. The vote was along party lines.Republican Senators Wanggaard, Testin, and Stroebel voted to bring Wisconsin statutes in line with the Wisconsin Constitution. Long time anti-Second Amendment Senators Risser and Taylor, Democrats, voted against the reform. Risser is from Madison. Taylor is from Milwaukee.From wrn.com:A bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit has advanced out of a state Senate committee.The legislation makes a number of changes to the state’s concealed carry law, which include allowing anyone who...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 24: Black Powder at 1000 Meter Range

    09/27/2017 3:56:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Saturday, 16 September, 2017, my friend, Curtis Eykamp, was showing me a bit of Australia. He wanted me to see a captured Turkish gun from WWI, in Manila, NSW.We were traveling from Gunnedah, through a gorgeous countryside, dotted with cattle and the ubiquitous road killed kangaroo. Many people have noted the resemblance to the inner valleys of Southern California, (with different trees, and kangaroos). Roy Eykamp, a few months short of 100 years old, was along for the ride.Off in the distance, I spotted a white square on a berm. “That looks like a range”, I said. “Maybe...
  • Suicide and Guns: Maryland Study Debunks Itself

    09/26/2017 4:54:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    As shown in the image above, many countries with extreme gun control have higher suicide rates than the United States. When criminologists showed that murder rates either dropped or remained the same when guns were more easily accessed, proponents of a disarmed society turned to suicide.Their studies about suicides “caused” by firearms ownership, tend to be junk science. Consider a recent “study” published only with the American Public Health Association. It was done about suicides in Maryland. Maryland is densely populated and has extremely strict gun control.  Only 3.5% of the suicides were in rural areas. The numbers are...
  • SilencerCo Maxim 50 Another reason to Reform National Gun Law

    09/25/2017 1:21:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    SilencerCo, the innovative silencer company that produces most of the silencers for the United States market, has developed a revolutionary new product. It is an integral silencer on a modern muzzleloader, called the Maxim 50.Josh Waldron of SilencerCo has been one of the strongest voices pushing for reform of the antiquated and poorly conceived National Firearms Act. In 1932, when the Act was passed, no one gave any explanations for including gun mufflers, called silencers. The inclusion of silencers never made any sense. In the rest of the “developed world”, silencers are often regulated much less than guns. In New...
  • Washington School Shooting Classic Copycat Effect

    09/24/2017 12:51:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The murder of Sam Strahan at Freeman High School in Washington State, appears to be another result of the American media's obsession with school shootings. Guns have been around for hundreds of years. Semi-automatic pistols have been common for over a hundred. But the rash of school shootings only escalated in the middle 1990's, after the federal bans on guns in schools. The most likely explanation is the copycat effect.The copycat effect is well known and understood. When an event is highly publicized, people who are emotional misfits, contemplating suicide, see a way to put meaning in their lives.They see...
  • Tennessee church shooting leaves 1 dead, several wounded, officials say

    09/24/2017 12:27:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24 September, 2017 | Fox
    Authorities said one woman was killed and seven others were wounded after a 26-year-old African-American man wearing a ski mask opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday. The gunman, who officials said shot himself and was taken to a hospital, opened fire in Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, just after 11 a.m. and fired “multiple rounds,” police said in a news conference. The Nashville Fire Department called the incident “a mass casualty situation.” A church usher confronted the gunman at one point and was pistol-whipped, causing "significant injury around his head." He told police he...