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  • TX: Attempted Home Invasion; no Media Coverage

    11/24/2014 3:49:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the difficult things to quantify about defensive gun uses, is how often they occur without a shot being fired.  The survey information indicates that it happens somewhere between a few hundred thousand to a few million times per year in the United States.  With the Internet, we are becoming more aware of these events.   Sometimes, they are reported in local media.  It in the vast majority of cases, there is no report to police; if there is a police report, there is no media coverage; if there is media coverage, it is strictly local.   I recall numerous...
  • PA:Cops: North Wales teen arrested for punching man who was out running in Lansdale

    11/23/2014 2:27:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    thereporteronline.com ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Michael Goldberg
    LANSDALE >> A North Wales teen is accused of chasing and then punching a man who was out running in Lansdale because the teen felt disrespected, according to police. DaQuan McClendon, 18, of the 200 block of South Third Street, faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct, as well as a summary count of harassment, in connection with the alleged Nov. 11 incident. Lansdale police said that around 5:30 p.m. that evening, officers responded to the vicinity of Church Road and East Hancock Street for a reported disturbance involving a man accosted by four males who were seen...
  • FL: Gun Mufflers now Legal for Hunting Game

    11/23/2014 8:55:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted yesterday to remove an antiquated regulation that prevented hunters from protecting their hearing. The regulation banned the use of gun mufflers for the taking of game. From the nraila: Following the suppressor vote, the Commission also voted to authorize anExecutive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to begin at once. Following that vote, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed. Using suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns is now legal for all hunting in Florida. Map from American Suppressor Association. Using gun mufflers, sometimes referred to as...
  • NH: Dog Fights off Coyote that Attacks Mistress

    11/23/2014 4:43:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Mac, Coyote Fighter The first coyote was recorded in New Hampshire in 1972. By 1980, they were found across the state. Eastern coyotes have wolf genes, and are larger than the western variety, reaching as much as 60 lbs. The first coyote attack on a human in New Hampshire occurred in 2012. Ironically, the boy's dog ran off, leaving him to fight the coyote. From inquisiter.com: The boys dog ran away when the coyote approached which left the boy to fend off the coyotes attack on his own. After repeatedly punching the coyote in the nose, the coyote eventually...
  • Gura asks Judge Scullin to hold D.C. in Contempt in Palmer Carry Case

    11/22/2014 6:14:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the ongoing legal battle by Alan Gura to force the District of Columbia City Council to respect the second amendment of the Constitution, a request that the City government be held in contempt was file on Tuesday, the 18th of November, 2014. It seems to come as a response to the city claiming that the Court lacked jurisdiction, because no request for a finding of contempt was fired. Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr gave the DC government until the 4th of December, and Gura's reply by the 11th of December. From us.archive.org: TEXT SCHEDULING ORDER: regarding the #...
  • FL: Opinion Swinging Toward Campus Carry? (poll)

    11/22/2014 5:06:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After the recent shooting on campus in Florida, Florida Carry quickly made the case that the campus was a "gun free" or "defenseless victim" zone, and that removing the prohibition on legal guns would make campus safer. From new4jax.com: Friday said several lawsuits are pending against Florida universities that refuse to allow students the right to carry weapons in class. In states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Kansas, Friday said, school shooting statistics are remarkably lower than the rest of the nation. "Every state that allows law-abiding students to carry guns on campus, every one of those schools...
  • WA: Pistol Whipped, Tied, Husband Escapes, Gets Gun, Fights Back

    11/22/2014 1:59:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    If you cannot effectively fight back immediately, escaping and fighting back may be the next best thing. The best chance to fight back and prevail is usually before you are put under restraint. That does not mean that you have no chance after that point. Your assailants may be sloppy or overconfident. You many be able to seize an opportunity. Getting away should be more important than revenge. If you manage to escape, try not to give yourself up to allies of your assailants, as happened recently in Syria. Washington State had two home invasions recently. The first,...
  • Il: Bakery Shootout: no Restraints

    11/21/2014 3:38:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I teach students to make a decision about being put under restraint before they get into a deadly force situation. By restraint, I mean that the aggressor/attacker is attempting something, or commanding you to do something, that significantly reduces your options for resistance. One of the simplest of these is for someone to aim a gun at you from a vehicle, and order you to get into the car. It is almost always better to run for cover at that point. Criminals do not want to move you somewhere for your benefit. Other examples are: they are going to...
  • GA:"We is teenagers, don't shoot me"

    11/21/2014 9:04:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Has the use of the word "teenager" by the old media given criminal teens a sense of immunity? You see it again and again. Trayvon Martin is constantly referred to as a teenager, as though that somehow absolved him of his crimes. Most male children, who are brought up in intact families, do not become predatory creatures in their teens. But for those who do not have strong, moral, male role models in their lives, especially if this is the default position in their community, predation is a common role. In a home invasion in Georgia, the homeowner grabbed...
  • TX:Possible Mass Shooting Stopped by Armed Citizen?

    11/21/2014 3:54:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some mass killings have occurred at clubs. The most infamous has been the "Happyland social club" in New York City, where 87 people were murdered by arson in 1990. An armed citizen may have stopped an attempted mass killing in El Paso, Texas on Sunday, the 16th of November. A 23-year-old Hispanic man had been thrown out of the appropriately named "Club Khaos" at about 1 a.m. He returned to the entrance of the club and started shooting. He hit five people; one of them is in critical condition. From the elpasotimes.com: A 21-year-old man was hit in the...
  • IN:Suspect Can't Cover it All; Customer with CCW Shoots Him

    11/20/2014 5:20:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Tyerre Allan was only 25 years old, and he just got out of jail for a robbery that was done years ago. Police say he was already a suspect in other crimes. From wishtv.com: Police later identified the suspectas25-year-old Tyerre Allen of Indianapolis. Hewas also identified by IMPD detectives as a suspect in other robberies in the Indianapolis area. There were five or six customers in the Indiana Cash America Pawn shop, as well as 3-4 employees. It appears that Tyerre, just out of jail, tried to ply his trade. You would think he would realize the dangers of...
  • Russia Changes Law to Allow Guns to be Carried for Self Defense

    11/20/2014 1:57:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video of Maria Butina at the Texas NRA meeting. In 2010, it was reported that the Russian Parliament was considering loosening the Russian law on self defense, to allow Russians who legally own firearms to carry them for the purposes of self defense. The Russian Justice Minister, Alexander Konovalov was firmly against the possibility. In 2013, it was reported that the Russian organization, The Right to Bear Arms, had only 1,000 members. It was founded by Maria Butina, the 24 year old redhead pictured in the video and below. Now we learn that Russian law has been changed...
  • NC:Warning Shot Works for Open Carrier Outside of Asheville

    11/20/2014 7:08:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Warning shots are always controversial. I generally caution against them, but I keep finding instances where they are used to good effect. Here is one that was related on the opencarry.org North Carolina forum by tiggy1190. It occurred in Buncombe County, NC: Forced to pull, and discharge outside of Asheville. I wont go into all the details, but long story short. Drunk, and drugged up moron threatens me with a knife, then a gun, and advances towards me. I never saw the weapon, but his hands were behind his back the whole time. I knew I was just in...
  • OH: School Superintendent Does not Like Guns or the Constitution

    11/20/2014 1:19:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The right to keep and bear arms is clear. The right to free speech is clear, as is the right to equal protection under the law. But in Ohio, Franklin School Superintendent Michael D. Sander does not seem to approve of any of these rights. A gun shop opened up 200 yards from the school, and Mike Sander wanted it shut down. From daytondailynews.com: But Franklin Schools Superintendent Mike Sander was not too pleased with the districts new neighbor. Unfortunately, its there across the street, Sander said of the gun store. We dont like it and expressed our displeasure...
  • Florida Carry - Open Carry Court Case, Oral Arguments

    11/19/2014 6:07:22 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video on YouTube Florida Carry has been litigating a case through the Florida court system, a case about whether a ban on open carry in Florida is constitutional under the State and Federal constitutions. It is quite an accomplishment that the case is being heard by the Fourth District Court. A few days ago, the oral arguments were heard by a three judge panel. The video above, just under 39 minutes, is of the opposing counsels giving oral arguments before the three judge panel. The case is State v. Norman. From a discussion of the case on...
  • NY: Delayed Enforcement: A Common Strategy

    11/19/2014 1:24:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns seized decades after implementation of firearms law in Britain It has been a common tactic of disarmists, statists, leftists or whatever name you wish to apply to those who desire the concentration of power, to incrementally acrete more and more power to the government. The founding fathers of the American republic knew that there was a natural tendency to do this, as laws, once passed, are extremely difficult to repeal. One of the reasons this is so is that it is easy for authorities to simply not enforce unpopular laws. This removes the incentive to repeal them, but...
  • Texas Republican Party Supports Restoring Full Right to Bear Arms

    11/19/2014 10:10:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 83 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Texans marching in support of the right to keep and bear arms Some people may not know that the Texas revolution for independence against dictatorial rule, like the American revolution, started with an attempt to disarm the citizens. It is not surprising that when Texas became a state, they had written the right to to keep and bear arms into their constitution. Prior to the losing the Civil War, or if you prefer, the War Between the States, Texas had one of the strongest right to keep and bear arms protections in its 1845 constitution. It was: "Every citizen...
  • TALE OF TWO CITIES

    11/19/2014 7:10:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Jon Jay Ray
    Statistics can mean different things to different people.... Pretty similar until you compare the following: Democrat Conclusion: Cold weather from global warming causes murder.
  • PA: Local Governments File Lawsuit to avoid Accountability on Gun Laws

    11/19/2014 4:14:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Pennsylvania, second amendment advocates have been fighting for years to reform Pennsylvania preemption law. State law forbids local governments from passing a maze of local ordinances that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. All 50 states have some form of state firearm preemption; if they did not have it, residents would never know if they were breaking the law or not by being on one side of the street or another. The problem in Pennsylvania is that the Legislature did not provide any penalties for local scofflaw governments when they break the law. This year,...
  • TX:Governor Elect Abbot says he will sign Constitutional Carry if it Comes to his Desk

    11/18/2014 3:53:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor elect Greg Abbot said that he supported open carry when he was running for governor. Some said that he did not mean it. Shortly after he was elected, he took the time to re-iterate his support for an open carry reform, saying that he would sign such a reform if it came to him from the legislature. He said: If it is good enough for Massachusetts, it is good enough for Texas. If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas, Abbott said. Now he has solidified and expanded his remarks,...
  • Drilling Pistol Part of Russian Space Gear...Until 2007

    11/18/2014 9:30:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video For 20 years, the Russians took a survival drilling pistol kit with them into space. Then they ran out of ammunition. The YouTube video above does a good job of highlighting the pistol and kit. Such an item would likely be a "collector's and curio" item in the United States, as no ammunition is available for the shotgun barrels and very few were made. Some enterprising importer would do well to get a couple of dozen thrown into a Russian import container of rifles and shotguns. Collectors in the United States would gobble them up! The shotgun...
  • Fourteenth Amendment Gives Congress the Power to Enforce the Second Amendment, not Infringe it

    11/18/2014 3:46:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On the NevadaFirearmsPAC facebook page, Roderic Converse posted the above image of the 1866 comments of Senator Jacob Howard. The New York Times reprinted the comments on the front page, during the Congressional debate. They are an explanation of the Fourteenth Amendment, by one if its primary proponents, at the time of its passage. From Roderic Converse on Facebook: Co-sponsor Senator Jacob Howard on May 23, 1866 gave his comments about the proposed 14th Amendment and its purpose. His thoughts made the front page of the New York Times on May 24. The right to keep and bear...
  • Gun Law Reforms to be Considered by Ohio Senate

    11/17/2014 9:43:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some needed reforms to Ohio gun law are finally moving in the Ohio Senate. HB 203 passed the Ohio House 63-27 in November of 2013. It has languished in the Senate since then. Some claim that Governor Kasich has said that he will sign the bill. First it needs to pass the Senate. Ohio is the only state where a person claiming self defense is considered guilty until they prove themselves innocent. Unlike all other states, Ohio requires that a person who claims self defense must prove that they acted in self defense rather than the burden of proof...
  • What .22 Rifle did Bella Twin use to Kill a World Record Grizzly in 1953?

    11/17/2014 3:59:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this famous photograph by Bruno Engler, Bella Twin is shown with the hide from the world record grizzly bear that she shot in 1953 with a single shot .22 rifle. The question is, what rifle is she holding? It has been written that Jack O'Conner "heard" that it was an old Stevens single shot. But as he only "heard" this, I do not think it is at all definitive. This is said to be from page 304 of "The Hunting Rifle", published in 1953. Given that the bear was shot in 1953, and the reference was near the...
  • MD: Warning Shot Cited as Evidence of Restraint in Self Defense Shooting

    11/16/2014 2:09:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Many posters on the Internets have stated that "warning shots" would be taken as evidence that the shooter did not consider the threat to be deadly, or they would have shot center mass instead of firing the warning shot or shots. In this case from Maryland, the prosecutor came to the opposite conclusion.From cecildaily.com: He did everything he could have done. Maryland law says the person must first retreat if possible. He retreated as far as he could. He was backed up into a corner of his deck. He had nowhere else to go, Rollins said. The rival kept...
  • GA:Successful Disarm by Homeowner

    11/16/2014 4:13:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jabari Sadler demonstrates the disarm. You can see the bullet hole in the door. In a home invasion in Atlanta, a father protected his wife and children with a successful disarm of one of the invaders. Multiple people were on separate floors of the three level home when the four invaders broke the door down. It appears that only one home invader had a gun. He was left guarding the family on a lower floor while the three other invaders rushed upstairs and gathered TVs, phones, and other valuables. The grandmother was hiding under a bed on the third...
  • NV: Gun Control Initiative Turns in 247,000 Signatures

    11/15/2014 9:17:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The initiative to ban private sales of firearms in Nevada appears to have more than enough signatures. The Bloomberg backed Nevadans for Background Checks has said that it has turned in 247,000 signatures for verification. 101,667 valid signatures are necessary to send the initiative to the legislature. If the legislature does not enact the initiative into law, then the initiative goes to the voters in 2016. From mohavedailynews.com: Nevadans for Background Checks said it delivered nearly 247,000 signatures to Clark County election officials in North Las Vegas, hours after leaders of a group called the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana...
  • The Washington Post called Jonathan Gruber the "party's most influential health-care expert"

    11/14/2014 6:10:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist that said that Obamacare had to be made deliberately deceptive, in order to be passed, was considered the most influential expert of the Democrat Party in 2007. This was no self promotion, but a pronouncement by one of the most influential and prominent of the old media outlets, the Washington Post: On the other side was an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has become possibly the party's most influential health-care expert and a voice of realism in its internal debates. In a precursor to the revelations recently that Gruber aided in...
  • OH:Another Black Mother uses a Gun to Defend her Child

    11/14/2014 11:35:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    As mothers in black urban areas learn that they have the right to be armed, and to protect their children and themselves, the support for gun control will continue to drop. It was only a few years ago that police would simply confiscate any gun that they came across in a black urban area. I heard of this practice from students and former police officers. Many commentators have noted that the original purpose of gun control was to disarm blacks. Building on this disregard for the second amendment, property rights, and the rule of law, "progressive" politicians pushed to...
  • CA Poll: Is Self Defense a Good Reason for a Concealed Carry Permit?

    11/13/2014 12:03:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    California Poll: Do you think self-defense is good enough cause to be issued a concealed weapons permit? This is a straight yes or no question, and it is getting a clear response. It is about 6-1 in favor of second amendment supporters at this time. The question is based on the resolution of the Peruta decision, which says, in a straightforward way, that the second amendment protects the right of a person to carry arms outside of the home for self defense. The result of the decision is that California permit applicants will not be denied a permit at...
  • Peruta Denied En Banc; Shall Issue for Ninth Circuit Upheld

    11/12/2014 1:47:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Peruta is the seminal right to carry outside the home case that was decided on February of 2014. The case was decided against Sheriff Gore of San Diego County, and San Diego County. The Sheriff and the County declined to appeal to the full Ninth Circuit for an en banc hearing. The AG for California, applied to be granted the ability to intervene for the state, to ask for a en banc hearing. Today, 12 November, 2014, the Ninth Circuit denied the motions to intervene, thus denying requests for an en banc hearing for the decision. Therefore, Peruta stands...
  • WI: Veteran Day Program Banned from School because of Ceremonial Rifles

    11/12/2014 7:56:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It has long been obvious that the banning of guns from schools has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with the indoctrination of children. The purpose is to delegitimize the ownership and use of guns. From weau.com: EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the first year, a local veterans group will not be holding a Veterans Day program at the Eau Claire area school district, the decision was because of a disagreement over firearms. While it is stated that there are more reasons involved, the primary one is that school officials do not want any firearms,...
  • FL: Escalation of Force: Citizens Arrest turned Deadly

    11/11/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Lawley In most states, the legislators and courts have ruled that defense of property is not sufficient justification, by itself, for the use of deadly force. This does not mean that you have to allow criminals to steal your property at will. It means that you may not immediately use deadly force to prevent a theft, though there are exceptions. Texas, for example, allows the use of deadly force to prevent theft on one's property at night. The way that deadly force is legally employed in the protection of property is indirect, allowed for with an escalation of force....
  • IN: Armed Mother and "buck fever" during Home Invasion

    11/10/2014 5:13:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed mother in Indiana was unable to fire her pistol to protect her family. She did not believe the intruder when he told her that he was the police. Confronted with the armed mother, the burglar ran off, taking the families flat screen television with him. It was a scary, adrenaline pumping moment, I am sure. From the mother's description of what happened, I suspect that it was a case of what we called "buck fever" when I was growing up. From wthr.com: "I yelled down the stairs, 'Who's down there?'," she said. "He told me, 'The police.'...
  • How I-594 gun control was Passed in Washington State

    11/09/2014 2:26:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo by Dave Workman I-594 in Washington State is a horribly written initiative. It consists of 18 page of legalese that seems more intent on trapping legal gun owners than on reducing violent crime. Yet, it passed with almost 60% of the vote. How did this happen? I-594 (pdf) link. Here is an analysis of the initiative by David Kopel. There is a long history of disarmist initiatives that have started with strong majority support in the polling, that find on election day the support has evaporated and they lose by large margins. I had some hope that this...
  • Dr. at Airport with AR15 Cleared: Police said "see if they're willing to be a victim."

    11/09/2014 5:43:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A few months ago, Dr. Steinmetz decided to make a political statement by carrying a slung AR15 type rifle at the Phoenix Airport. Enforcers at the Airport decided that they would punish his statement. Because of surveillance video, it became clear that Dr. Steinmetz had not broken any law. Instead, it was likely that the police had broken the law with false arrest. This did not put Dr. Steinmetz in the clear. Prosecutors have extremely strong immunity. They can make your life miserable for months and years, and not face any consequences, especially if they have the backing of...
  • IL: Chicago Man Shoots Pit Bull with Legal Gun

    11/08/2014 12:49:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It is not uncommon for people to use guns to defend against aggressive dogs. In this case, it was the owner who shot the dog, so there are few legal complications. What is interesting is that only a little over a year ago, the possession of the gun in Chicago would likely have been illegal. From cbslocal : The 26-year-old man was in lawful possession of the weapon and will not face charges, according to police. All handguns had to be registered in Chicago, and if the registration lapsed on handguns, you were not allowed to re-register them. A...
  • Latest 3D Printed Hybrid Design: Cartridge/barrel Integration

    11/08/2014 8:50:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Image by Michael Crumbling The latest 3D printed hybrid uses an old but useful concept: pre-loaded interchangeable chambers/barrels/cartridges. The cartridge itself has sufficient strength to contain the pressures necessary for propelling a projectile, and is sufficiently long enough to result in a velocity that is useful. Michael Crumling has created a relatively small round, the .314 Atlas, to demonstrate the concept as used with a 3D printed mechanism. Here is a video link showing his system being fired: Link to video at Wired The extractor groove is likely included to make priming the cartridges easy. I have thought of...
  • Vermont man Found not guilty in Shooting; Initial Report Inaccurate

    11/07/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Trader Fred's of Thetford, Vermont On the first of November, a jury in Vermont found Thomas Berecz not guilty on all counts. He had been charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. The jury took about three hours to make their finding. The trial concerned events that had happened over four years ago. To show how initial reporting can be very wrong, consider this report from 2010: From ourherald.com: 16 Sept, 2010 State Police investigated and said that Fred Berecz, 62, and his son Thomas, 41, fired at the Jetta and...
  • MI Poll: How do you feel about your Realtor carrying a gun?

    11/07/2014 12:00:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    MI Realtor with CCW permit Michigan Poll: Would you be more comfortable shopping for a home if you knew your Realtor was carrying a gun? Note the tortured structure of this poll. Not "Would it bother you if your Realtor carried a gun? Not "Do you think Realtors should be able to carry guns?" I think the clearest question would be "Would you prefer that your Realtor be unarmed?" But the question is what it is. The results so far are as follows: Would you be more comfortable shopping for a home if you knew your Realtor was carrying...
  • Open Carry is Coming to Texas: Governor Elect Abbot to Keep Promise

    11/07/2014 8:13:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Both Governor candidates in Texas endorsed the concept of legal open carry of modern pistols. The open carry of long guns is protected by the Texas Constitution, and the open carry of antique pistols is allowed under current Texas law. The conventional wisdom is that once elected, candidates avoid campaign promises. Governor elect Abbot did not back away form his promise on open carry. From dailytexanonline.com: Abbott also said if legislation allowing firearms to be carried openly in public came to him, he would sign it into law. If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough...
  • MI: School Advocating SWATting as Policy?

    11/06/2014 6:01:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Michigan, it is legal for people who have a concealed carry permit to openly carry firearms on school grounds and into schools. It is illegal for them to carry concealed firearms on school grounds or into schools. Some second amendment supporters have exercised their rights by carrying their personal defensive firearms openly while picking up their children or visiting schools for other reasons. Banning guns from schools is a relatively recent phenomena. The idea started being pushed about 1990. There was never any validity to it as a safety measure. Mass shootings in schools have only gone up...
  • Breaking News: Reese Sentence

    11/06/2014 2:13:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Luna Tea Party Patriots ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Luna Tea Party Patriots
    Ina stunning blow to the federal governments case against the Reese family in the New Deal case, Judge Robert Brack imposed the following sentence: Time Served3 years supervised release$100 fine per count of convictionRandom drug testingDNA samplesRefrain fromalcohol use or possession of alcoholRandom home/vehicle searchNo gun ownership He informed them they have the right to appeal his sentence.The government had originally sought the maximum sentence of five years each for Rick and Terri Reese, plus an additional few years for testifying in their own defense at trial, which was considered by the government to be obstruction of justice. The government...
  • TX: Woman Planted Pistol in Child's Backpack, then Called School

    11/06/2014 11:17:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hodges I suspect this sort of activity has been common in the war on drugs. But this is the first case that I have heard where it has been documented that a gun was planted on a child so as to get them in trouble with school authorities. It would of course, be even easier to do so with a few cartridges, and much less traceable. From yourhoustonnews.com: A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a childs backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school. Heather Hodges was the live...
  • LA:Attacker takes Gun, Shoots, Misses, uses Car against elderly victims

    11/06/2014 6:44:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspected Attacker Sometimes a victim manages to take a gun from an attacker. Less often, an attacker takes a gun from the victim. In this case, the attacker took the gun, tried to shoot the victim, but missed. It started when the aggressor attacked a neighbor. From thenewsstar.com: According to the police report, Smith began banging the victims head on the concrete saying repeatedly, Im going to kill you. The victim reported losing consciousness as Smith gained his keys. The second victim grabbed his pistol, and drove across the street to aid his neighbor. The area is fairly rural,...
  • I voted. With a "Gun Guy" hat

    11/05/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I did not have an NRA hat, so I used the Gun Guy hat that I was given at the Shot Show. No one blinked or so much as suggested that it was inappropriate. Of course, this was Arizona. If I-594 wins in Washington, we will see an assualt on our rights here by billionaires working hard to buy an election by misinforming low information voters. I have seen it happen before. If people do not know much about an issue, they can easily be swayed by slick ads. The old media has been a powerful force in moving...
  • Alabama Amendment 3 Passes with 72 Percent of the Vote

    11/05/2014 2:37:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the constitutional amendments up for a vote in 2014 was Amendment 3 in Alabama. The amendment was intended to strengthen the already strong protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the Alabama Constitution. The wording to be replaced seems clear: Text of Section 26:Right to Bear Arms That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.[1][2] But courts in some states have claimed that the right to bear arms in defense of self was, in fact quite limited, either to location, such as only in the...
  • Guns Banned in Yellowstone Park Restrooms for "National Security" Reasons

    11/05/2014 9:13:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The above sign was reported outside public restrooms in Yellowstone Park, by stephenwright.com. In 2005-7, intense lobbying by grassroots activists resulted in a move to change National Park Service (NPS) regulations so that state rules for concealed carry permits would apply in the National Parks. The push for a rule change became strong enough that the NRA became involved. It appeared that the new rule would go through in the last days of the Bush administration. But the disarmists in the government pushed the bureaucrats in the National Park Service to keep extending the rule making period. The...
  • What Happened at the Gun Turn In (Buyback) in New Orleans?

    11/05/2014 3:21:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns procured for a similar amount at a Phoenix, AZ, event on 4 May of 2013 Most gun turn in events are political theater, designed to gather publicity, denigrate the ownership of guns, and promote the idea that guns have no legitimate utility. For this reason, publicity is highly sought, pictures of guns turned in are prominently splashed across friendly media, and separate news "events" are created when guns are destroyed. All of this is pretty much standard practice by those who conduct the political theater known by the propaganda term "buy back". You would think it would be...
  • Four Bear Shooting Incidents in Montana

    11/04/2014 4:38:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the past week, four bears were shot in claimed bear attacks in Montana. There are few details at this time. The black bear shooting has been ruled self defense, while the three grizzly shootings are still under investigation. It does not appear that any of the shooters were hurt, so all four gun uses appear to have been effective. No bear spray was reported used at this time. In this article, the grizzly shooting is still under investigation, while the black bear shooting has been ruled self defense. The grizzly was shot and killed in a remote area...