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  • KS:Constitution Carry set to Pass Kansas Senate

    01/25/2015 3:40:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 45 allows those who may legally own a gun to carry it concealed, without a permit.   The bill has 26 co-sponsors.  Only 21 senate votes are needed for passage. The bill changes a number of laws, but the primary effect is to reform the law by removing the requirement to have a concealed carry license in  order to legally carry a handgun concealed.  People in Kansas already have the right to carry handguns openly. From the text of the bill(pdf): (5) possession of a concealed handgun by an individual who islicensed by the attorney general to carry a...
  • ID: Video of a Break-in with Machete, self defense

    01/25/2015 9:24:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The dramatic video in the link below shows how flimsy many modern doors are.  Notice that the locks held, and that the attacker kicked his way in.  He did *not* use the machete  to hack his way in.  It was not needed.   The event pictured occurred on February 22, 2014, in Pocatello Idaho The trial has just been concluded. Link to video Notice how quickly the break-in occurs. Ten seconds from the first kick on the screen, to entering the apartment.  The door barely gave enough delay to take cover and make the decision to shoot.    The Supreme Court...
  • Kel-Tec has a new Patent for a 33 round .22LR Magazine

    01/25/2015 5:17:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Toby Obermeit, Lead Design Engineer at Kel-Tec, holds a PMR-30 magazine.  That magazine holds 30 .22 WMR cartridges.  The design is popular, with Kel-Tec shipping 500 of the pistols each week. I talked to Toby at the Shot Show this week.   He and Kel-Tec recently obtained a patent on a new magazine design that would create an even larger capacity for the .22LR cartridge.  It would fit in a pistol grip, with a preliminary capacity of 33 rounds. Toby said that Kel-Tec CNC has been granted the patent just a few weeks ago.  It is specifically aimed at the...
  • FL: Act Compliant to Gain time and Opportunity

    01/24/2015 10:12:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot.   There can be many reasons for this, including additional scrutiny from the authorities, drawing attention to the crime in progress, even a reluctance to inflict harm.   Often, this will give the victim an opportunity to feign compliance in order to gain an advantage. It happened in this case in Florida yesterday, the 22nd of January, 2015.  The victim in this case was Fabian Rosario.  He is a surveyor who was working with a colleague on a land survey when he was approached by a suspect who pulled a gun and demanded money. ...
  • FL: Judge rules; Fists are a Deadly Threat

    01/23/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Kinsey, found justified in self defense shooting. I have written about the concepts of disparity of force before, and of the fact that a punch to the head is a deadly threat.   Disparity of force can come into play in a number of ways.  The assailant can be much younger, stronger, bigger, faster, there can be multiple assailants, the element of surprise, or, an assailant with known martial arts skills.  The concept is that the attacker or attackers are a serious threat to a person's life or bodily integrity because of factors that give them unequal power outside...
  • Dart Center for Shoddy Journalism?

    01/23/2015 8:50:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The above is a screenshot from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's call for applications from journalists to attend a "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence".   It is from dartcenter.org website, so you can look for yourself. In their invitation to apply for a two day workshop in which they purport to educate journalists about how to report on guns and "gun violence", they list a  highly questionable "fact". They state that: Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary only two years ago. Presumably, this is taken from...
  • New Glock w/optical site base Popular at Shot Show Industry Day at the Range

    01/22/2015 2:58:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The new Glock 40 10mm with factory optical site mount.  A long slide version with a 6 inch barrel is available.  This could be important in some states, such as Wisconsin, which requires a minimum 5 inch barrel for hunting big game with a handgun.  I saw the pistol at the industry day at the range for the Shot Show in Las Vegas on Monday. I asked if Glock had entered this pistol in the Army competition for a new, more powerful handgun.  The representative did not know. The line to try out the new Glock was fairly long;...
  • FL: Bill Filed for Campus Carry in Florida, Passes First Subcommittee 8-4

    01/22/2015 12:19:00 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Bills have been filed in the Florida House (HB4005) and in the Senate (SB176) to reform the Florida concealed carry law to remove the restriction in the law that prevents people with concealed carry licenses to carry on Florida public colleges or Universities.   The bill passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on an 8-4 vote with one representative not voting.  From myfloridahouse.gov, as shown in the screenshot above. The opening statement of the bill seems a bit confusing, in that it  A bill to be entitled2 An act relating to licenses to carry concealed weapons3 or firearms; amending s....
  • OR: 'Buy Back' Gun Turn In Backfires

    01/22/2015 6:12:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There was a gun turn in event, 'no questions asked' in Newport, Oregon last Saturday, the 17th of January.   A number of second amendment supporters planned for the event, and attended.    From centaloregoncoastnow.com: Fred Meyer Gift Cards will be available for working order guns (limit 3 gift cards per person, but more than 3 guns will be accepted). All firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of your car or comparably secured in your pickup truck. No questions asked. $175 Assault or assault-like rifle $125 Handgun $ 75 Long guns, such as rifles or shotguns $ 25...
  • GA: Armed Robbery Suspect Shot, Gun Walks off

    01/21/2015 11:44:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As more and more people are legally carrying guns, there are more justifiable shootings and the crime rate drops.  A significant synergistic factor is the ubiquity of surveillance cameras and personal recording devices, such as cell phones and dashcams. This shooting in Georgia illustrates one of the reasons why.  The event itself is fairly clear.  A robbery suspect, who is accompanied by three other people, pulls a gun on a victim.  The victim is armed, draws his own weapon, and shoots the suspect, who drops his gun.  From myfoxal.com: There were three other people with the suspect at the...
  • WA: Lt. Gov. Brad Owen notices that Open Carry is Protected Free Speech

    01/21/2015 8:04:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from spokesman.com A couple of days ago, on the 16th of January, 2015, Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) publicly announced that the open carry of firearms is a form of free speech, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.  He did it as a way to crack down on and destroy that speech, but he did it none the less, and what he said is true.  The Democrats objected to the open carry of firearms in the Senate chamber's gallery.   From seattletimes.com:  "We're just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it's...
  • OK: Man Shoots Police Chief; No Charges

    01/20/2015 5:33:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On 15 January, Police Chief Louis Ross was loaned a bullet resistant vest before he and other officers broke into a home in Sentinel, Oklahoma.  Ross was shot three times in the chest, and once in the arm.  Three of the bullets were stopped by the vest.  The police had no warrant for the raid.  The homeowner, Dallas Horton, was not hurt and has not been charged, and it seems unlikely that he will be.   He and his wife Esther Marie, were both interviewed. There are many things about this case that have not been widely reported. First, Police...
  • MI:Open Carrier Accused of Concealed Carry in Detroit: Jury Trial, Not Guilty!

    01/19/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah's arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by...
  • PA: Armed Woman Stops Crime Spree

    01/19/2015 5:22:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Lancaster County, PA, an alert and armed woman stopped a crime spree.  One of the things that destroys the sense of security in a neighborhood is  the proliferation of  burglaries and thefts of personal property from vehicles.  That is what the pair of suspects were involved in when an alert woman stopped Robert LaFleur from breaking into her car at 2:30 am and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. It seems unlikely that LaFleur would have obeyed the woman's commands if she had not been armed.   The police report that he resisted arrest when they...
  • Email to Kate at the Dart Center on their Media Workshop on Guns and Gun Violence

    01/18/2015 9:29:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has accepted money from the highly partisan Everytown for Gun Safety to put on a two day seminar on covering guns and gun violence.  They have already been criticized for creating a propaganda vehicle using money supplied by Michael Bloomberg.   As their article includes the sensationalist and discredited claim that there have been "nearly 100 school shootings"  since Sandy Hook, it is hard to consider them unbiased.   Nonetheless, I sent the point of contact an email asking that she include voices with assumptions other than that of Michael Bloomberg.  Here is...
  • OK: Pistol as Impact Weapon worked; with Unintentional Discharge

    01/18/2015 5:29:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jerry Pierson, burglary and assault suspect Guns are built to take punishment.  Pistols are most often dense and hard, with a convenient handle.   They make fairly good improvised impact weapons. That is what happened in Oklahoma recently.   A home invader who is a suspect in several other burglaries in the Ardmore area, was caught in the act by James Collins and his father-in-law. The suspect, Pierson, had a knife, and had already used it to stab the father-in-law when Collins arrived on the scene.  From kxii.com: "I didn't know he'd been stabbed when I came out. So my first...
  • MI: Domestic Self Defense case: Fast Accusations, Slow Acquittal

    01/17/2015 6:22:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Over a year ago James Andrew Smith was charged with attempted murder of the mother of his daughter.  He was found not guilty on Tuesday, 13 January, by a jury. They must have found his self defense story plausible.  From 2014 mlive.com: FLINT, MI -- A jury has found an East Lansing man not guilty after he was accused of shooting the mother of his then-2-year-old daughter during a child custody exchange at a vacant Vienna Township gas station. He did not dispute that he had shot Ginger Don, the mother.  His attorney is quoted:  Smith's attorney, Mary Chartier-Mittendorf,...
  • NY: Village Voice Comes out for Knife Law Reform

    01/16/2015 5:28:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Village Voice of New York City has come out in favor of knife reform legislation.   The abusive prosecutions under this law have, no doubt, been going on ever since its passage in the 1950's.   Knife Rights has been in the forefront of this fight, and has an ongoing court case, noted in the Voice article.  The abuses have become increasingly severe in the last 10 years, with The Village Voice noting that as many as 60,000 people have been arrested.  From the Village Voice: Assemblyman Dan Quart will introduce a bill today to adjust the language of the...
  • OH:Third Shooting no Charm for Property Owner in Cleveland

    01/15/2015 2:26:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Property owner Miodrag Burgacic defended himself and his property one too many times in crime ridden Cleveland.  He has shot people who were attempting to steal from him twice before, and been able to hold people without shooting them at least once.   No charges were filed in those incidents. From theblaze.com: Miodrag Bugarcic seems to attract criminals like a magnet. But because the Cleveland businessman has used firearms to thwart crimes on his property multiple times — once with lethal results — why crooks keep trying to rip him off is anybody’s guess. After the third shooting, which...
  • OH: Store Owner Shows use of Cover in Gunfight Video

    01/15/2015 7:42:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Many people do not think much about the use of cover in self defense.  This is a mistake.   Much of the time, if and when you have to defend yourself, cover will be available and should be used.  Cover protects you from bullets and other weapons, or from access by the aggressor.   As the objective is to escape unharmed, rather than to damage or kill the aggressor, taking cover is usually a higher priority than shooting back.  In this gunfight video out of Cleveland, Ohio, on 6 January, 2015, the store owner, Fares Naser, makes good use of cover. ...
  • WI: Armed Robber Killed by Armed man who did not wait to be searched

    01/14/2015 6:30:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The barber shop seems to be behind the red neon sign in the upper story. Armed robbery requires a large number of disarmed victims.  If a significant number of potential victims are armed, armed robbery becomes a suicide mission.  Large numbers of violent criminals die young already.   It is one of the reasons that the life expectancy for black men is four years lower than for white men.   As more law abiding black people learn that they can trust the process, can obtain a concealed carry permit, and can go about legally armed without being abused by the police,...
  • PA: Criminal Charges Recommended For AG Kathleen Kane

    01/13/2015 9:28:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    Image from frontpage magazine. The current AG in Pennsylvania is Kathleen Kane.  She was elected in 2012, and is an avid disarmist.   She has gone so far as to say that she will not defend the recently passed gun reform bill from a lawsuit filed by PA cities.  The law targeted cities  that violate Pennsylvania gun law and citizens second amendment rights. She has been under investigation for leaking information from a Grand Jury in order to undercut a probe into corruption involving the head of the NAACP in Philadelphia.  From post-gazette.com: The investigation involved alleged financial improprieties of...
  • FL: SB 290 Re-Introduced to Reform Florida Gun Law During Emergencies

    01/13/2015 4:11:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida State Senator Bandes aims to restore a portion of second amendment rights in the state.   A quirk in the State law prevents people from taking their firearms with them during emergencies, including mandated emergency evacuations.  Here is the stated purpose of SB 290.From flsenate.gov: 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to carrying a concealed weapon or a 3 concealed firearm; amending s. 790.01, F.S.; providing 4 an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a 5 concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when 6 evacuating pursuant to a mandatory evacuation order 7 during a declared...
  • NY: Justified Shooting Saves Lives, Shooter gets Jail Time

    01/12/2015 11:52:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jaqueline Kegan, the woman in the love triangle. In New York, a defense of self and others shooting case has been resolved after nearly two and a half years.   Jaqueline Kegan had a son with, and apparently had been living with Paul J. Wells for a considerable time.  The son was 18 years old.  She became romantically involved with Ralph C. Runnalls and they were married a week before the shooting.   Jaqueline was 43, Wells was 55, and Runnalls was 67.  The son convinced Kegan to return home.  The father, Wells, became concerned and borrowed two pistols, a .22...
  • KS: Do not Lie to the Sheriff about Shooting Sex Offender

    01/12/2015 7:00:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    It is important not to lie to the Sheriff, or to other peace officers.  Remember, you have the right to keep silent.  It is far better to keep silent, or to say "I want to cooperate with the Sheriff, but my lawyer has told me not to make a statement until I talk to him. In this incident, in Sedgwick County, Kansas, many people were skeptical about the story originally told by the home owner.   From kwch.com: Moments later, the resident told authorities he heard gunshots. When he looked out his window, he said he saw the man lying...
  • CA: Marin Prosecutor Anti-Self Defense in Doctor "road rage" case?

    01/11/2015 5:55:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Dr. Simon and presumed wife of 38 years, center. Dr. Simon had the charges against him dismissed by the judge during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, 6 January, 2015.  He had plead not guilty and had claimed self defense.   The incident occurred about six months ago on July 17, 2014, at his home in Corte Madera, in a canyon in Marin County California. Dr. Simon and his wife, in a "Smart car" drove around business mogul William D. Ostenton, who was in a small Mercedes.   Perhaps Mr. Ostenton was on the phone or distracted.  Notice that the Doctor...
  • Cartoonists Cowed; at least on Reuters.com

    01/11/2015 7:44:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Following the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Reuters is reporting that many cartoonists are publishing cartoons with the hashtag #jesuischarlie; I am Charlie in French.  But the cartoons that they are publishing are anything but similar to the ones published in Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the attack. Most of the ones published by Reuters feature some variation on the theme that the "pen is mightier than the sword" or the rifle, in this case.  This is the cowards way out.  If these cartoonists had any real courage, they would publish a cartoon that shows the Prophet...
  • TX: Shooting at Red Box; When you Cannot Run

    01/10/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    People who go about legally armed are taught to avoid conflict and confrontation.   As people grow older, and hopefully, wiser, they become better practiced at avoiding conflict.   Age exacts its toll in exchange.  Nearly everyone gets slower; slower reflexes, balance deteriorates, you cannot run as fast.   Even though I have maintained a disciplined aerobic program, I am nowhere near as fast as I was only a dozen years ago.  Age also makes a person more attractive as a potential victim.   If an assailant is aggressive, and faster than you, for even a short sprint, running is not an option. ...
  • Perceived Carry Decoys: Mimicry in Human Armament

    01/10/2015 1:28:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The concept is an old one.  In biology, it is called Batesian mimicry, where an animal that is not very dangerous mimics one that is, with the result that it is attacked far less often.  Jonathan at Perceived Carry Decoys has produced a prototype and expects to have production of the first models in the spring of 2015.  From  Perceived Carry Decoys: What are Perceived Carry Decoys? We're glad you asked! Perceived Carry Decoys is a veteran owned entity that offers the worlds first and only way to exercise your 2nd amendment right, without the stigma or concerns associated...
  • CA: Another Reason for a Gun at the Door

    01/09/2015 11:47:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeff Preach, above, is 63.  He believed that his days as a high school football center were long gone.   He has been a pillar of his community, town council member, a Lions Club president, president of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Violin Canyon Corporation.  He lives in a large house on a dirt road in the country near Castaic, California.   Confused motorists have often stopped and asked for directions, according to a commenter who claimed to be related.   It was about 10:30 on Sunday night when he answered the door.    From abc7.com: "I opened the...
  • NY: Man who shot Dog found Justified, most States have Similar law

    01/09/2015 3:33:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    As a general rule, people have the right to protect themselves from animals that attack them. As might be expected, they have more leeway to use deadly force against animals than against other humans. Most states also allow property owners to protect their property from marauding animals, whether the animals are wild or property of another person. Damage caused by domesticated animals can be grounds for a civil suit. This situation occurred in New York.   From thedailynewsonline.com: ALEXANDER — The man who shot and killed his next-door-neighbor’s dog as it attacked him last week will not face any...
  • ATF Ruling Vast Expansion of its Power

    01/08/2015 7:10:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The first ATF ruling of 2015 is a vast expansion of its already considerable power.  It maintains that an entity that rents or leases equipment or tools that are under kept under the entity's control, must be licensed as a gun manufacturer and keep gun manufacturing records, if it allows other people to use its equipment to perform work that complete a frame, receiver, or complete firearm.  From the ruling (pdf): An FFL or unlicensed machine shop may also desire to make available its machinery (e.g., a computer numeric control or “CNC” machine), tools, or equipment to individuals who...
  • Does Gun Training Cause People to be less Violent?

    01/06/2015 11:49:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In the debate over the right to keep and bear arms and the secondary question of the utility of being armed, some social scientists have attempted to show that the presence of guns makes people more aggressive.  This claimed "weapons effect" has been discredited.  The best summation of the failure to show such an effect, in my opinion, was this article published in The Volokh Conspiracy in 2011.  Here is a small excerpt: Thus, EMA v. Brown rejects the “violent video game effect” studies for failing to demonstrate a compelling state interest. Indeed, EMA suggests that the studies do...
  • WI: Police Attitudes are Changing

    01/06/2015 8:29:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It was not very many years ago that the common refrain echoed by the media for any self defense shooting was that the police advised against "taking the law into your own hands" and the obligatory "leave it to the professionals".  It is hard to know how much of this was from real police attitudes, and how much was from what the media wished to portray as police attitudes, but it was what was commonly seen.  Over the last two decades, that has changed.   Now, we commonly hear: "Homeowners have a right to defend themselves; you will have to...
  • Studies: Guns do no harm or have some benefit

    01/05/2015 6:34:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Korean Americans Preventing Firebombing and Looting A common claim of disarmists on the Internet is that guns in society increase violence and death.   Sometimes the disarmists go to the trouble of citing a "study" that claims that where there are more guns, there are more deaths with guns.   That is false logic.  The same claim can be made for hospitals.   No one wants people to die in hospitals.  We can eliminate all hospital deaths by banning hospitals.   Of course, the overall number of preventable deaths will then increase.  The same logic applies to automobiles.   In societies with small numbers...
  • WA: Two Dead: Party Crashers or Home Invaders?

    01/05/2015 3:25:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     After the gunfight on New Year's Eve A saying that has become  common on the Internets is "When seconds count, police are only minutes away".   I wonder what the response time would be on New Year's Eve, when police resources are stretched especially thin.  Could you expect it to be longer for an unincorporated part of King County, Washington state, served by the Sheriff's department?  How long would it take for police to respond to a trespassing violation? In this tragic story out of Renton, Washington, it does not appear that the homeowner had much choice.   He was 50...
  • IL:Chicago Homicides for 2014

    01/04/2015 12:30:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an independent site that tracks homicides in Chicago.  There are not affiliated with the police, and they use public sources to determine the number of homicides.  The numbers that they give include justified homicides and homicides by police. The numbers are very similar in 2014 to what they were in 2013.                                        2013   2014 Homicides by shooting      375     388 Woundings by shooting    1810   2231 Total Homicides                455    456 It is interesting to note that ratio of wounded to killed went up form 4.82/1 to 5.75/1 in one year. The site has a lot of great graphics depicting...
  • AR: Victim Didn't Shoot, Safety was on

    01/04/2015 6:13:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 78 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Arkansas burglary victim's pistol did not fire when he intended it to, because the safety was on, and he did not realize it.   Wayne Murrey, above shows some tactical sense as he cautiously peered through a doorway, exposing little of himself while he looked to determine what was happening.  When he saw that a curtain was disturbed, he realized that someone was trying to break in.   That is when he accessed his firearm.  From katv.com: “I got up, walked over here and I peeked like this, and I see the curtain kind of pulled back a little, so...
  • SAF Lawsuit Challenges Parts of I-594 in WA State

    01/03/2015 1:56:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    After the sweeping gun control, labeled as "gun safety" and a "background check" initiative passed in Washington state, many speculated that it would quickly be challenged in the courts.  They were right.  The Second Amendment Foundation has picked up the ball and is running with it.  Lawsuits against infringements of the second amendment have become something of a specialty of theirs, and they have had many notable successes.  They supported the Heller case, and were instrumental in McDonald, and Palmer, among others.  Here the SAF press release:  BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in...
  • TX: Celebratory Gunfire in Dallas

    01/03/2015 4:44:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Last night, new year's eve, I waited for midnight, listening intently.  I was in North Dallas, and I had heard that celebratory gunfire was sometimes practiced in the area.  About 10 pm, I heard 4-8 gunshots, (or good facsimiles there of).  They were distant, so I could not be certain.   From 12:01 am to 12:20 am, I heard about 50.  Most were clearly gunshots.  They fit the pattern of gunshots.   There is a certain cadence that is different from firecrackers or random loud noises.   In addition, the timing, just after midnight seems much more than coincidental.  It is a...
  • ND: Handgun + 4 Robbers = Violent Crime Stopped Cold

    01/02/2015 4:21:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Fargo, North Dakota has not been a hotbed of violent crime.  That may have changed with the oil boom that has been going on for the past decade.  It appears that a number of transients and homeless people have found their way to the city.   Last Monday, at noon, it was just below zero with a 10 mph wind.  It was not a good time to be outdoors.    To be knocked unconscious and left to lay exposed could have been fatal. Fortunately for the victim in this crime, a concealed carry permit holder witnessed enough of the assault and...
  • Northern Mariana Islands Sued for Damages under 2nd and 14th Amendments

    01/02/2015 5:12:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A United States military veteran, of Northern Mariana decent, has filed a complaint in federal court, asking for damages because his second amendment rights have been denied.  The damages appear to be quite clear, as his guns were confiscated upon his arrival in the Islands in July of 2007, and the Department of Public Safety has refused release two rifles to him, even after the issue of a CNMI Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive's identification card in September of 2007.  From mvariety.com:  DPS withheld all firearms and ammunition until the issuance of a CNMI Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive’s identification card on Sept....
  • FL: Robber Fails to Watch Hands..and Survives

    01/01/2015 9:13:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video In the famous bar scene in Star Wars, one of patrons remarks that the debt collector should be watching Han Solo's hands.  It is good advice that is taught in police academies.  It is hard advice to follow when you are trying to rob a store where the clerk is behind a counter.  This robber in Florida made many mistakes, and still managed to survive.  From wpbf.com: A man walked into the 13th Street store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk was secretly aiming a gun at the would-be robber from...
  • ID: Homeowner runs out of Ammo using "Warning Shots"

    01/01/2015 6:06:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Bart Bryson, a homeowner in Idaho, discovered a burglar in his unoccupied home.   The burglar "bumped" into him and he fired two shots into the floor.  From ktvb.com: "A voice yelled at me 'please don't shoot me' and came running at me, and I grabbed my pistol," Bryson said. The man bumped into him, knocking him back, he said. That's when Bryson fired two shots into the floor. "I thought, I'll kill him if I have to, because I'm not going to get killed, and I'm not going to get knocked out either," he said. "But the gunshot...
  • TX: Most Armed Robbers are Reluctant to Shoot

    12/31/2014 10:04:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video This video of an attempted armed robbery in Houston, Texas, illustrates the fact that most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot, and reluctant to kill their victims.   I am not saying that they have high moral standards.  I am saying that robbers respond to incentives; they know that a killing of an innocent brings down unwanted attention; and a shooting brings quicker response and often, greater investigation.  In this case the robber grabs the store owner through a small opening in a bullet proof enclosure and points a gun at him while demanding money.   The wife...
  • Constitutional Rights to Video and Audio Record in Public

    12/31/2014 2:39:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Graphic from copblock.org The ubiquity of inexpensive and capable video and audio recording devises is changing the legal and political landscape for everyone, but especially for police, criminals, and armed Americans.  The open carry movement learned early on that recording of an incident removed the he said/she said ambiguity that is often found to be in a police officer's favor.  There have been many cases where the interaction was recorded and a settlement was paid to the person exercising their rights.  Many defensive actions by armed Americans have been caught on surveillance cameras and have gone viral on the...
  • NSSF: Fatal Firearm Accident Comparisons

    12/30/2014 10:09:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The graphic is from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.   Accidental firearm fatalities are at an all time low in the United States.  The pure numbers do not give the best comparison.  You need to look at the rates, or accidental firearm fatalities per 100,000 population to see the stunning reduction in the last century.   The accidental fatal firearm rate has dropped by 94% since we started keeping statistics, even though the total number of firearms per capita has likely at least doubled.  That number is harder to pin down, but firearms have become more affordable with the industrial revolution,...
  • MT: Legislative Goals for MSSA for 2015

    12/30/2014 4:00:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana Shooting Sports Association has published its legislative goals for the coming year.  They are worth looking at because they show the long term view and commitment that exemplify many of the state level organizations.  Here is a link to the facebook page that has the goals listed:  MSSA Legislative goals.    These are bills that MSSA has been pushing/refining for some time.  The links with each item lead to a bill that was in the 2013 legislature.  The bills will likely change a little in 2015, but the substance will be the same.   MSSA has given me...
  • Gun Culture Day Care

    12/29/2014 10:27:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The source who sent me this picture called it "Gun Culture Day Care".   There is at least one other child that is not caught in the frame.  The younger children are depriming brass, a fairly safe activity if the hands are washed after the reloading session.  The children are taught responsibility and gain a sense of actually doing something productive. This sort of activity was found everywhere in the world until fairly modern times.   It was only in the last hundred years that the most productive societies on earth were able ignore the productive capacity of children.  Nearly all...
  • WWII Sweetheart Grips on Military .45

    12/29/2014 1:22:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some GI wanted to keep his sweetheart picture close at hand.  I have seen pictures enclosed in Lucite grips before. The uniform appears to be an Army officer's winter service uniform from early in the war.  The Sam Browne belt and shoulder strap were replaced early in 1942.   Of course, existing uniforms were often used for quite some time after they were superseded. If you look closely at the frame, just below the slide, you can make out the UNITED STATES PROPERTY stamp. Large numbers of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines kept their .45 service pistols after the war,...