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  • Gun Control Advocate Misrepresents Massachusetts Court Decision on Common Rifles

    07/22/2018 7:05:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In an interview in Mother Jones, a leading gun control advocate, Avery Gardner, makes the following claims. From motherjones.com: AG: There’s a case in Massachusetts that raises this exact issue. Worman v. Baker was decided in April by Judge William Young. It’s a 47-page opinion that really goes into this question of “in common use at the time” and said that’s the standard. Judge Young quotes Scalia’s opinion in Heller all the way through it and then upholds the Massachusetts law banning assault weapons. That case is going to be appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The...
  • Pew Poll Shows "Smart" Guns Could Cost Thousands of Lives

    07/20/2018 4:50:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Among those who wish a disarmed population, any measure that makes firearms harder to access, possess, and use, is considered a positive thing. Thus guns with complex electronic circuitry, that only allow certain users, possibly at certain times and certain places, to fire the gun, are being promoted as items that can save lives. From Bloomberg the spark: Bloomberg follows 21-year-old inventor and entrepreneur Kai Kloepfer, who's created a "smart" handgun that could save thousands of lives. This is a one sided argument that pointedly ignores the other side of the equation. "Smart" guns can easily cost lives. According...
  • Defense Distributed Victory for First and Second Amendments!

    07/19/2018 8:24:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Elections have consequences. One of the levers of power in the executive branch is the ability to settle lawsuits. Trump era officials in the Department of Justice have agreed to settle a lawsuit meant to stop an egregious violation of First and Second Amendment rights. Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed published computer code that enabled people with 3D printers to print a crude single shot pistol and parts of semi-automatic rifles. The Federal government ordered Defense Distributed to stop distribution of the computer code. Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed complied, and filed a lawsuit, with the help of the...
  • Open Carry Stop in Middleton Wisconsin

    07/18/2018 5:34:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been staying in Middleton, Wisconsin for a couple of months. After an injury a couple of years ago, and a serious case of pneumonia, I have changed exercise from running to brisk walking.  Wearing t-shirt and shorts limits the options for concealed carry. Most of my walking in the area started about 0500, but on Monday, July 9th, I had stayed up late, coming back from a play at American Player's Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I slept in. I didn't get out to exercise until after 0800. It was a mistake. Instead of a few cars...
  • Prediction: More Guns, Less Suicide During Trump Administration

    07/17/2018 4:10:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been a number of recent opinion articles that attempted to create a linkage between firearms in society and the rate of suicides in society. The opinion articles contain explicit calls for more regulation of firearms in society, even though most of the policy prescriptions would have no effect on suicides. Banning or restriction semi-automatic firearms? Suicides only need a single shot.Banning or restricting magazine capacity? Suicides only need one shot. Magazines are superfluous to suicide.Reducing the age of sale for semi-automatic rifles? The same lack of logic applies. The general argument that more guns result in more...
  • Trump Era Gun Checks Remain near Record Levels in June of 2018

    07/16/2018 6:36:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Many people believed that President Trump would preside over an era of decreasing firearm sales. Firearm sales dropped a little from the record levels in the 2016 presidential election year. They did not drop much. 2017 had the second highest ever yearly total NICS checks. 2018 is trending higher than 2017. In 2017, at the end of June, the total NICS checks were 12,601,112. 2018 is becoming the second highest year on record. In 2016, the all time record year, they were 13,829,491 at the end of June. In 2018, they have moved up from 2017 and are approaching...
  • Italians Desire for Gun Law Reform increases from 26% to 39%

    07/14/2018 3:50:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Italians are questioning the reasonableness and effectiveness of their complex and strict gun control laws. From thelocal.com: While 26 percent of people questioned in 2015 said they supported looser laws on owning a gun for self-defence, the latest research carried out by social studies institute Censis and private security sector organization Federsicurezza found that 39 percent were in favour. The percentage was highest among people with a low level of education and the elderly, rising to 51 percent among respondents who hadn't completed high school and 41 percent for the over-65s. The study also found that the number of...
  • AR15 Clone Used to Rescue Treed Teen Girl from Big Alligator

    07/13/2018 2:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image of 11 foot Alligator from Victoria Advocate, 2009 On Friday afternoon, 29 June, 2018, a 15 year old girl, Jordan Broderick, was floating on a raft in Freek creek in the Ocala National Forest. That section of the creek is in Lake County Florida. Alligators chased her up a tree. Her mother called 911 and reported that alligators had treed her daughter, and were aggressive. From foxnews.com: "My daughter's stuck in a frickin' tree and there's gators surrounding her!" Broderick's mother reportedly told a 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!" Deputy Mitch Blackmon responded to...
  • Gun Restrictions Prompt use of Boar Spear to Stop Mountain Lion Attack

    07/12/2018 10:22:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 8 September, 2013, a problem mountain lion attacked Rick Coutts wife, Sandy Flores. The animal's purpose was to kill and eat her. The big cat had shown increasing interest in Sandy Flores over the previous months. The last time, it had snarled and slashed at Sandy. She managed to repel it with a machete. Rick considered getting a rifle. The couple lives in a remote location on the West coast of Vancouver Island, in Canada. Canadian regulations and testing requirements were stringent and prolonged. He believed he would never obtain the permit in time. The danger was ever...
  • Maine and NH Legislators Pressure Gun Store to Stop Selling Rifles

    07/12/2018 5:06:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Three Democrat Maine legislators are using their position to demand the biggest gun store in Maine, stop selling rifles the lawmakers disapprove of.  Kittery Trading Post has been a successful business since 1938.  From nh1.com: The Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Kittery Trading Post, asking the store to restrict gun sales and to discontinue sales of what the lawmakers said are assault-style rifles. The letter was written by Deane Rykerson, Lydia Blume, and Patty Hymanson — who represent York and Kittery — alongside others from Maine and New Hampshire. "Your store to us has been a symbol of...
  • FBI Director Comey Refused to Carry a Gun

    07/11/2018 2:22:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Former FBI Director James Comey refused to carry a gun when he was with the FBI. It is likely he never carried a gun during his career. He grew up in Yonkers, New York. He obtained his Batchelors of Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, well before Virginia passed a shall issue concealed carry law. From inews.co.uk: In his memoir, A Higher Loyalty, James Comey writes of his time at the FBI: “In every staff meeting, 80 per cent of the attendees had a gun on them. I eventually grew accustomed to seeing a pistol...
  • Gun Turn-in Montgomery Alabama: Trash and Treasures Turned In at "buyback"

    07/10/2018 1:23:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from crimestoppers The image above is of the 73 firearms turned in on the 30th of June, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama.  While there are many inexpensive firearms on the table, there are some classic and expensive collector items as well. I see a Hi Standard Model B .22, a Beretta pocket tip up model, a Smith & Wesson Victory model, and a Colt pocket auto.32.  One of the "assault weapons" is a Mossberg 715T, which is an straight blowback Mossberg .22, dressed in a plastic shell to make it look like an AR15 clone.  There is an actual...
  • Democrat Maryland Governor Candidate Suggests Ban on Shotguns

    07/09/2018 5:49:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Ben Jelous The Democrat governor candidate in Maryland for 2018 has implied the state's extreme gun laws do not go far enough. On MSNBC, he said the following: “We will, in the next [Maryland state] legislative session, have to have a real conversation about how we finish the job here of our assault weapons ban. But we have to go much further. Journalists were killed with a shotgun.” Here is the video on Youtube, from the Finkelblog: Link to Youtube video The active shooter in the Capital Gazzette shooting used a shotgun. Shotguns are extremely popular in the United...
  • Challenge to University of Wyoming Gun Ban Moves Forward

    07/08/2018 7:36:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    A Wyoming Republican Party delegate is challenging a University of Wyoming ban on the carry of firearms in its facilities. The ban is enforced through trespass law. The circuit court has issued a stay on the criminal trespass proceedings, to allow the issue of the legality of the ban to be determined before the trespass case goes forward. From kpvi.com: LARAMIE — A criminal case in Albany County Circuit Court involving the University of Wyoming’s campus gun ban has received a stay, pending a separate civil action against UW seeking to challenge the legality of that ban.During the Wyoming...
  • Australian Media Frames Gun Law Reform as "Kick in the Face" to Survivors

    07/07/2018 3:03:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Australian media was the major proponent of the extreme firearm restrictions put in place in 1996. Today, as the restrictions have been shown to be largely ineffective, they fight any attempt at reform. The headline in the article published in Ten Daily is "Gun Law Changes 'Kick In The Face' For Port Arthur Survivors" From tendaily.com.au: Australia's gun laws have long been admired by countries across the world. Following repeated mass shootings in the United States, it was Australia's response to its worst mass shooting, in Port Arthur, that many have pointed to as a best-practise for dealing...
  • Miami Beach Police Detain Legal Open Carriers, Chill First Amendment

    07/06/2018 5:08:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On June 24, at about 10 a.m. citizens peacefully openly and legally carrying holstered pistols were detained by police for two hours. The police closed the pier where the Second Amendment activists were fishing. The legal open carriers were eventually released and allowed to continue their activities. However, police remained at the scene and actively discouraged other members of the public from making contact with the Second Amendment activists. From miamiherald.com: Police reopened the pier, but left a couple of officers there and stated, “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.” The men cited...
  • Dave Smith on Bear Spray or Firearms for Defense against Bears

    07/05/2018 5:00:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Dave Smith has studied bear behavior and bear attacks extensively. He has written books on how to survive bear encounters and animal attacks.  I have corresponded with Dave Smith. I find Dave to be the most knowledgeable, well read, and capable critic of the current literature.  Dave has worked prodigiously to understand the studies about the effectiveness of bear spray and firearms in stopping bear attacks. In November of 2017, Dave put a great deal of thought into an exchange of comments at a Wyoming public media site. I contacted Dave, and he agreed to allow me to edit and...
  • A Major Reason Gun Sales Remain Strong

    07/04/2018 5:43:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | July 4, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun sales have remained strong during the Trump era. Through the end of May, 2018 is trending to be the second highest year on record. The NICS checks through May of 2018 are 97% of those of 2016. Political writers and gun industry writers, and those who are both, have speculated that politics have been the major driver of guns sales for the last decade. The latest Rassmussen poll shows evidence of a deeper reason people would fear to be disarmed. From rasmussenreports.com: Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience...
  • They Hunt!

    07/03/2018 2:35:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Young Hunter with Canadian Goose and 20 gauge 870 A few years ago, a relative of mine was visiting his sister in a Midwestern college town. The sister and her husband have done well. They have two lovely children and are in the upper middle class. The husband is an entrepreneur and a developer. The sister and kids are athletic. My relative is an accomplished woodsman, hunter, and shooter. He is not above a play on words or a practical joke.  He shares an opinion with Thomas Jefferson. Ball games do not impress him. He followed Jefferson's advise on...
  • Shoot, Shovel, Shut up Backfires, Self Defense Applies on Appeal

    07/03/2018 4:14:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image by Troy Nemitz On May, 11 2014, grizzly bears were harassing Brian Charette's horses near Ronan, Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Charette killed one of the bears from less than 30 yards away, as it was climbing a fence, coming toward him and his home. He and his friend, to avoid the hassle, tied the bear to a pickup truck, and buried it in a field. Shoot. Shovel. Shut up. From helenair.com: Charette told investigators that three bears had been harassing his horses in a pasture about 30 yards from his home that May. He said he...