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  • New Survey of Gun Ownership Shows Bias Before Publication

    09/27/2016 7:00:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    ammoland ^ | 20 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The choice of those publications is highly instructive of the motives of the researchers.  The publications are The Trace, funded by Michael Bloomberg to promote citizen disarmament in the United States, and The Guardian, the British publication that is highly antagonistic to widespread gun ownership and the Second Amendment. From theguardian.com: The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that America’s gun stock has increased by 70m guns since 1994. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who own guns decreased slightly from 25% to 22%. The lead author of the...
  • Looking for Picture of "No Gun" sign at Cascade Mall in Burlington Washington

    09/26/2016 8:40:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 Se[ptember, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image by Brandy Shreve/ Skagit Valley Herald The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is the latest site of a mass killing.  Motive is uncertain, but the shooting was done by a 20 year old immigrant from Turkey, who came here as a young boy.   The Cascade Mall has been widely reported as a gun free zone.  I believe it is.  It has been stated that the parent company, Macerich, has a corporation wide gun free zone policy.  From an opencarry.org post: Cascade Mall (201 Cascade Mall Drive) - Burlington (Macerich Corporate-wide policy, due to this thread)  I am...
  • Third Circuit Rules Permanent Gun Ban from an Involuntary Commitment is Unconstitutional

    09/25/2016 4:39:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In May of 2012,  Clifford Charles Tyler filed a suit to regain his Second Amendment rights, which had been improperly withheld from him when he attempted to buy a firearm. When he attempted to purchase a firearm, he had been denied because he had been involuntarily committed 28 years before. The District Court dismissed the lawsuit on January 29, 2013. Tyler appealed to the Sixth Circuit.  A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit ruled the provision unconstitutional in December of 2014. The Obama administration found the case important enough that they asked for, and got, an en banc review....
  • Pre-View Gun Rights Policy Confernce, Tampa FL, 2016

    09/24/2016 4:57:22 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Set-up nearly finished for 2016 GRPC I am writing from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Tampa, Florida.  Got up at 0400 this morning in Dallas where I was visiting family.  The Dallas/Fort Worth airport was easy to get to, but if you are flying out of it,  research off-site parking.  The $24 a day inside the airport parking is a little stiff. Once inside, the ticket counter agent knew her gun protocol inside and out.  No problem.  The TSA agent did not need to X-ray.  Maybe an extra 5 minutes, max.  Going through the security screening a...
  • Hero who Stopped Mass Stabbing in St. Cloud, MN, is Firearms Instructor, Concealed Carry Advocate

    09/23/2016 3:51:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Falconer on Left, with Hat Jason Falconer is the armed citizen who stopped the mass stabbing in the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Saturday evening, September 18th, 2016.  Falconer is competitive shooter, firearms instructor and CEO of Tactical Advantage.  From tacticaladvantagemn.com: Jason Falconer is President/Owner of Tactical Advantage Firearms Training, Inc. which has been operating since 2003. Tactical Advantage currently concentrates on firearms training for individuals in a group or private setting, including permit to carry training in MN. Jason has also created advanced and customized classes for individuals who desire more advanced safety training....
  • Analysis of Washington Post police-shootings data reveals surprising result – nearly 2x more whites

    09/22/2016 2:20:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Watts up with that? ^ | 18 July, 2016 | Willis Eschenbach
    First, there were 990 fatal police shootings in 2015. How does this compare to other causes of death? Well, I can’t tell you because so few people are killed by police. The number is so small that it is outside the range of the usual mortality lists. I can say that death by police is not in the top fifty causes of death in the US, so it is relatively rare. It is extremely rare for women, because the overwhelming majority of those killed by police were men. And I would be greatly remiss if I did not highlight that...
  • High Ranking Retired Chicago Officer Benefits from Carry Reform

    09/22/2016 4:43:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Deputy Chief of Detectives Chicago PD, Fred Coffee Image from fox32chicago.com A retired Deputy Police Chief of Detectives in Chicago should be glad that gun carry law reform has been passed.  He was shot and had to return fire.  He wounded his 21-year-old assailant, who was later arrested.  From the chicagotribune.com: Officers walked in and out of the park's stadium south of 82nd, where a retired deputy police chief had exchanged gunfire with a robber during an exercise session for senior citizens about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The retired officer, Fred Coffey, 72, was hit in the arm. The robber,...
  • KS: Unarmed Samaritan shot; Armed Samaritan Shoots Attacker

    09/21/2016 5:42:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A story out of Kansas is lighting up the Internets.  Video of the scene shortly after the shooting was captured by Wendy Russel Macrorie.  She posted it on Facebook, and it has also been posted on YouTube.  World Net Daily gives a synopsis of what happened.  From wnd.com: Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head while she was putting her child into a car seat after leaving Walmart in Shawnee, Kansas, on Sunday.A bystander, who rushed to the aid of the woman after...
  • Amnesty any Administration can Implement

    09/20/2016 5:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson forced the gun control act of 1968 through a reluctant congress.  The act was not popular, but Johnson's ability to twist arms and bribe Congressmen was legendary.  As part of the deal making to get GCA 1968 through Congress, a provision for amnesty of arms controlled by the National Firearms Act (NFA) was included.  The original amnesty only ran for 30 days, from October 2 to November 1, 1968. In the original amnesty, no tax was charged.  It was not limited by state or to certain dates of manufacture.  Information collected during the registration...
  • Followup: Stand Your Ground Defense in Doyle/Gonzalez Shooting from July of 2015

    09/19/2016 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The shooting scene: Driveway with car and truck is Doyle's. Truck and trailer are Gonzalez'. On July 23 of 2015, in Citrus County Florida, Robert Doyle and Candelario Gonzalez had a very bad day.  Both made intemperate statements.  Gonzalez had his wife and two child relatives in the car with him.  He followed Doyle and Doyle's wife to their home.  Gonzalez' wife reported to 911 that "My husband wants to go whoop his (expletive),".  Gonzalez can be heard in the background: “He just flipped me off, I’m going to kick him right in his (expletive). … I’m going to...
  • WI: Madison Banning Guns on City Transit Heard at Supreme Court

    09/18/2016 6:58:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1999, Wisconsin passed a statue which prohibited political subdivisions of the state from regulating firearms.  The statute was expanded in 2011 with the passage of the shall issue permit law, and again in 2015 when knives were included as items protected by the law. The City of Madison political structure has been ideologically opposed to the right to keep and bear arms for decades.  It has paid out in lost lawsuits when it attempted to criminalize open carry by claiming that open carriers were "obstructing justice" and charging them with "disorderly conduct". After Wisconsin passed the shall issue...
  • Charges Dropped Against Open Carry Activist in Texas

    09/17/2016 4:31:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 27 February, 2016, Brett Sanders was arrested while openly carrying a firearm in Texas.  He had refused to show the officers of the Southlake, Texas, Police Department, any identification or a Texas carry permit.  Brett Sanders is an open carry and liberty activist. Link to video on Youtube The legal ability of Texas police officers to demand to see a carry permit of people openly carrying firearms, was hotly debated during the passage of the law that restored the right to openly carry modern pistols in Texas. A clause stating that officers could not demand a permit without...
  • Hillary's Lost Shoe: Is that a ruby slipper?

    09/16/2016 12:42:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A freeper on freerepublic, publius911, suggested this image.  I needed to learn a bit about Gimp (the open source image processer), so I created it for practice. Have fun, Publius911!
  • NRA Endorses Democrat for Governor in Missouri

    09/16/2016 5:44:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA has been a bi-partisan group, at least since the formation of the NRA-ILA in 1975. The NRA-ILA is the lobbying arm of the NRA.In the last few elections, few Democrats have been endorsed, because few Democrats supported the Second Amendment in any meaningful way.As they say, the NRA did not leave the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party left the NRA. There are exceptions.  A controversial pick was Harry Reid, Senator (D) from Nevada, who got an A rating from the NRA.  Many have wanted the NRA-ILA to broaden their criteria to issues other than the right to...
  • Open Carry at the Gas Station with Colorado Visitor

    09/15/2016 4:41:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I often open carry, especially in the summer when the temperatures make concealed carry a bit more cumbersome.  I was open carrying at this Yuma, Arizona gas station when a man approached me. He asked if Arizona were an open carry state.  I said that it was, and went on to explain that most states were.  He said he was from Colorado, where open carry was forbidden in some cities.  Yes, I said, the Colorado Supreme Court had made a weird decision that Denver could ignore state law.  He said the city of Aurora also prohibited open carry in...
  • PA: Drunk Black Man Shoots Police Officer, Found Not Guilty by Reason of Self Defense

    09/14/2016 6:03:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from fox29.com On August 30 of 2015, Darrel Burt shot a police officer.  On September 2nd, 2016, he was found not guilty, by reason of self defense.  He was wounded in the elbow during the incident. He had been held in jail for over a year.   From delcotimes.com: A Norwood man who claimed self-defense in shooting Ridley Park Police Cpl. Marc Hanly last year was found not guilty Friday of nearly all charges. Darrel Burt, 37, was found guilty of recklessly endangering a civilian, Corey Clark, but was acquitted on a dozen other counts that included attempted murder...
  • Ban on Open Carry Illegal for Union Station in Ogden, Utah

    09/13/2016 5:55:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sea Bears is a successful restaurant serving sea food in Ogden, Utah.  They have made national news by their policy of open carry for restaurant employees and guests.  The policy brought them attention, and they have been successful enough to expand to larger quarters.  The family owned restaurant signed a lease for a new space at Union Station.  Union Station is home to four museums, including the John M. Browning Firearms Museum and the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  This appeared to be a good fit for an open carry themed restaurant.The management of Union Station decided to...
  • Young Hunters Score in Yuma Dove Hunt

    09/12/2016 6:03:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 Sept, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mason and Joe after a successful day's hunt. As many have learned, teaching a skill can be more enjoyable than exercising it. Last year I took Joe hunting, and he shot his first doves.  In between seasons, I taught him to drive.  This year I asked if he wanted to go hunting again, and he did.  He asked if he could bring a friend, Mason.  Mason had already been dove hunting, he said.  After a few questions, I agreed.  Mason is 16.  The boys were up and ready at 05:30, as I had asked.  It was gratifying to see...
  • DC Police Chief, Cathy Lanier, Announces Retirement, Job Change at Age 49

    09/11/2016 6:14:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ammoland ^ | 10 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    According to wikipeida, Chief Lanier was born on July 22, 1967.  That makes her a few weeks over 49 years old today.  She is retiring as of September 16th, when she will be almost 49 years and two months old.  From wtop.com: When retiring D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier takes her new job as head of security for the NFL, she’ll be tackling one of pro football’s ongoing problems — domestic violence. After almost 10 years as chief, and 26 years with the Metropolitan Police Department, Lanier’s final day will be Sept. 16, and within days she will assume...
  • MA: AG Healy Continues Anti-Second Amendment Lawfare

    09/10/2016 7:25:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Massachusetts’ controversial Attorney General, Maura Healy, who was elected last year, is being sued by two prominent and popular gun manufacturers, Remington and Glock.  They contend that Healy is using the power of her office to harass them. From bostonglobe.com: Both Remington and Glock have sued Healey in Suffolk Superior Court, arguing that she is abusing her authority by casting a broad net for documents, including those related to accidental discharges, past lawsuits, legal settlements, and product recalls. Glock Inc.’s lawsuit asks the court to quash Healey’s inquiry.The company, based in Smyrna, Ga., points to statements Healey has made...
  • Venezuela, Bankrupt, Destroys 2000 Rusty Shotguns and Homemade Pistols

    09/09/2016 6:38:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    ammoland ^ | 7 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Venezuela is a country rich in oil made poor by the government takeover of a kleptocracy with socialistic underpining.The solution to problems in that philosophy come with governmental edicts, followed by destructive policies.  In Venezuela’s case, the drop in oil price made it much harder to buy votes.  Votes are hard to buy when you do not have any money. The Venezuela government followed its predilections for solving society’s problems by outlawing the private ownership of guns, with the purported purpose of reducing crime.What happened was predictable for anyone who knows basic economics.  Guns became so valuable that police...
  • Texas Judge Shoots Down Injunction to Delay Campus Carry

    09/08/2016 6:47:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland ^ | 27 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 6 June, 2016, Two professors from the University of Texas, Austin and a Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor filled a lawsuit against the state Attorney General, the President of the University of Texas at Austin, and the members of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Austin.  The lawsuit makes a number of frivilous claims, including that the law is vague, the law violates the plaintiffs’ First Amendment, Second Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.  The arguments were childish, irrational, emotional rants.  Here is an example: 48. The Texas statutes and university policies that prohibit Plaintiffs from...
  • Per Capita Firearms vs Murder Rates in the U.S. 1950 – 2014

    09/07/2016 7:52:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    ammoland ^ | 22 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While various pundits and scholars have claimed that more guns equal more murders, the raw numbers reveal that to be untrue.  The graph above plots the per capita firearms rate in the United States (stated as number of firearms per 10 people) against the murder rate as tabulated in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR).  The UCR includes both murder and non-negligent homicide in the murder numbers.  The UCR murder rate is per 100,000 people in the United States.The murder rate may be one of the most reliable numbers in the UCR, because murders are more likely to be...
  • 2016 NICS Background Checks Break August Records at Slower Pace

    09/06/2016 5:19:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    ammoland ^ | 3 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In August, 2016 continued on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever.  In August the pace slowed slightly, while breaking the previous record from last year.  The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder.In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 .  In 2015, through June, the numbers were 10,466,243.  Through July, they were 12,067,075.  Through August, 2015, they were 13,812,485. 1,853,815 checks were done in August, 2016 making 17,880,475 checks done for 2016 so far.2016 is about two months ahead of...
  • MO: Bloomberg Organization Pushes to Stop Override of Gun Reform Veto

    09/05/2016 6:32:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    One of Missouri Governor (D) Jay Nixon’s most visible actions against Second Amendment rights was his veto of the gun reform bill SB 656.  SB 656 contains a number of common sense reforms to restore Second Amendment rights and protections for people who legitimately engage in self defense.  From the NRA-ILA Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibitedExpand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground lawsExpand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and propertySpecify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to...
  • ATF Makes Ammunition Error, works on Correction

    09/04/2016 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In June of 2016, the ATF announced that nitrocellulose, including nitrocellulose wetted with water or alcohol, would be considered a high explosive.  This change in regulation was simply announced in the June ATF EXPLOSIVES Industry Newsletter, without a comment period or any previous consideration.This change had a potentially devastating effect on ammunition manufacturers and manufacturers of smokeless gunpowder.  If the ruling was upheld, it would have required enormous changes in gunpowder manufacture, making ammunition significantly more expensive, and likely halting the manufacture of smokeless gunpowder for a considerable period while changes to existing procedures were worked out, tested, and...
  • Angela Corey, Zimmerman Prosecutor, Loses Primary, 26% to 64%

    09/03/2016 6:36:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Jacksonville.com When both the NRA and the local president of the NAACP want you out of office, you are in trouble.  Angela Corey found herself in that position after ham-handling a number of cases that she chose to prosecute, including George Zimmerman in the Trevon Martin self defense case. From usatoday.com: Melissa Nelson, a corporate lawyer and former prosecutor, claimed 64% of the vote over Corey’s 26% in the fourth circuit, which oversees Jacksonville, Fla. Nelson will face Kenny Leigh, a write-in candidate who runs a men’s only law firm, in the general election. (Fun fact: no write-in...
  • MN: Minneapolis Gun "Buy Back" Works for Second Amendment Supporters

    09/02/2016 4:05:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image From facebook The Minneapolise gun "buy back" held on 27 August, 2016 was a great success for everyone concerned. Gun haters were able to buy 150 firearms to destroy.  It helped satisfy their urge to "do something"  symbolic and it made them feel good.  The people turning in old, cheap, broken down guns got money to upgrade to better things. Many, if not most, were Second Amendment supporters. Gun manufacturers were able to manufacture new and better guns, and sell them to willing buyers. Private purchasers made some good deals. The publicity was almost a draw.  Gun haters claimed...
  • TX: Campus Carry having Positive Effect on Austin Campus

    09/01/2016 11:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image from YouTube It has become a truism that a great many college campus environments have become toxic to rights that were once celebrated and are specifically named in the Constitution, Rights such as freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms. It used to be axiomatic that on a campus, people were able to argue about controversial ideas without being subject to censorship.  This was especially pushed hard by leftist groups in the 1960's.  It was all a charade designed to gain power for the left. Those efforts led to professors such as Karla Holloway, pictured...
  • Exclusive: 10mm Bear Defense; Interview with Shooter (some video)

    08/31/2016 5:32:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Kim Woodman, dressed as he was when attacked by the brown bear on Humpy Creek (courtesy Kim Woodman) Video from Kim Woodman On 29 July, 2016, about 4 p.m. Kim Woodman was attacked by a sow brown bear at Humpy Creek. Kim had a Glock model 20 10 mm pistol with him.  He was able to stop the attack by shooting the bear as it charged at him.  While backing away from the charging bear, Kim tripped and fell backward.  He instinctively attempted to fend off the bear with his foot, while he concentrated on firing the shots that...
  • FL: NRA and Jacksonville NAACP President Join Forces to Defeat Zimmerman Prosecutor

    08/30/2016 5:49:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Angel Corey, Kenny Leigh, Melissa Nelson Image from Jacksonville.com Angela Corey knew that she was in the hot seat when she was assigned as prosecutor of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Treyvon Martin.  Governor Rick Scott assigned the hot potato to her.  Everyone understood that it was a highly political case.    There was virtually no evidence to prosecute Zimmerman with. That is why the county prosecutors and police did not charge him with any offense initially.  It is probably why Angela Corey refused to use a grand jury. Instead, she indicted Zimmerman directly. A grand jury would...
  • German Populist Party Favors Armed Citizens

    08/29/2016 5:00:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image from theguardian.com A populist German politician is saying that German citizens should have the right to weapons to protect themselves. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is a political party that has achieved some recent electoral successes.  It rejects subservience of Germany to the European Union, and rejects the recent mass immigration.   From reuters.com: "Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Frauke Petry told the Funke Media Group in an interview published on Saturday. "We all know how long it takes until the...
  • Open Carry Restaurant in Utah hits Snag with Liberal Landlords

    08/28/2016 5:20:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Sea Bears Ogden Fish House has become prosperous as a restaurant that welcomes and practices the open carry of firearms.  They have done so well they needed to move to a larger venue.  That venue was Union Station in Ogden.There are four museums at the station. One is the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, another is the Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, a third is the Browning Classic Car Museum, and the fourth is the Utah State Railroad Museum.  It seems like a good fit. From standard.net: For more than a year now, owners, employees and...
  • FL: Man Shoots Large Gator near Horses; Gator Attacks, Shooter Charged

    08/27/2016 5:33:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 August 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo from Sumter County Sheriff's Office About 6:30 p.m. on June 21, 2016, a 8.5-9 foot, 300 lb alligator was discovered near some agitated horses that belonged to Reginald Blanton, 74 years old. Blanton shot the reptile with a 9mm handgun, reportedly hitting it two or three times.  Where he hit it is not clear, but the shots would likely have been  mortal, because the alligator was still there, lying in the grass, when the authorities "euthanized it". While the story is two months old, there are important lessons to learn. After the shots, Blanton's stepson, Jack Hildreth, 58,...
  • AZ: Gun for Hire

    08/26/2016 5:31:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Driving to the Ranch through the Mohawk valley, east of Yuma, I noticed the gentleman pictured above.  I stopped to take his picture and determine his business. You can see that the soil in this area is a fluffy loam.  It is highly productive, irrigated by Colorado River water.  This area near Yuma is some of the most productive agricultural land in the United States and in the world. Leo did not mind having his picture taken.  I asked him if he were guarding the field from birds that would eat the seeds.  No, he said, ground squirrels. He...
  • AZ: Woman Openly Carrying Glock Threatened by Armed Felon; She Kills Him

    08/25/2016 5:32:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A woman openly carrying a Glock was threatened by an armed felon in the early morning hours of 1 August, 2016.  She was leaving the gas station with a drink in her hand and the Glock on her hip.  Her daughter would be turning three in about a week. From abc15.com: Miracle said she was leaving the Circle K near 59th Avenue and Camelback Road with her family early Monday morning when the suspect, Frank Taylor , tried to bum a cigarette. She told him that she didn’t have one, and then seconds later, Miracle said, she could feel...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity/Profitable Gun Turn in; Minneapolis 27 August, 2016

    08/24/2016 7:53:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    -(Ammoland.com)- There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 27 August, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.The event will be held at two locations: Fire Station 17 at 330 E 38th St. in south Minneapolis; Fire Station 14 at 2002 Lowry Ave N in north Minneapolis.  Compensation will be in the form of Visa gift cards. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The compensation offered at this event is very generous when compared...
  • DC Residents Challenge Ban on Stun Guns

    08/24/2016 6:14:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image of Crystal Wright from conservativeblackchick.com On August 2nd, 2016, another case was filed to regain Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.  This case is likely to succeed, and it may set some interesting precedents.  It is a case that sues to eliminate the unconstitutional ban on stun guns and Tasers in the District. From cnsnews.com: The plaintiffs in this case—Crystal Wright, Brendan Turner, and Traci Dean—have indicated that they have a legitimate need to defend themselves, but each has stated a desire to use a Taser or stun gun against an assailant rather than a gun,...
  • Poster Woman for Fatal Gun Accident w/AK Clone

    08/23/2016 7:04:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Pick up a loaded AK clone, point it at your boyfriend's face at point blank range while you pin him to the bed.  The gun just "went off".  He is dead, and the woman is charged with negligent homicide. I wonder if Rosario was right handed.  Are those bruises below her left eye? The articles note that Gabriella does not have any prior arrests.  I found two for a Rosario Soto Leon in the Phoenix area, one on March 7th, another on April 20th, both in Maricopa County. Without further ID, it is impossible to know if it is...
  • Waller County Texas DA Elton Mathis Files Lawsuit against Second Amendment Activist

    08/22/2016 6:11:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Waller County DA Elton Mathis Image from s-nbcnews.com   A month ago, on 6 July, 2016, Waller County Texas officials raised many eyebrows by using the power of the County to sue an individual citizen. The citizen, Terry Holcomb Sr., threatened to report  Waller County to the Texas Attorney General, as is required by the procedure set up by the Texas Legislature last session.   It is easy to see why the Waller County DA went after the individual citizen.  He does not have deep pockets to defend with, and he does not have the institutional defenses of the Texas...
  • Gold Medal Olympian Speaks for Self Defense; Against Second Amendment Infringements

    08/21/2016 4:17:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from sgvtribune.com When Olympic athletes speak out in favor of "progressive" causes, they make front page news in the United States.  But when a multiple gold medal winner at multiple Olympics speaks in favor of the Second Amendment and self defense, it was the foreign press that covered the issue. Multiple gold medal winner Kim Rhodes spoke out on 5 August in Rio de Janeiro.  From the independent.co.uk: Ms Rhode said she was “becoming more vocal” about her opposition to what she sees as restrictive new gun control measures, including in the context of recent terror attacks. “When...
  • Belgian Jihadi Attack on Police Women: Pistol Beats Machete

    08/20/2016 5:29:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A Jihadi with a machete attacked two policewomen at the checkpoint outside of Belgian police headquarters in the city of Charleroi, on Saturday afternoon, 6 August, 2016.  One woman was seriously injured, another suffered minor wounds, and the third shot the attacker with the machete before he could inflict more damage. From the articles that I have read, it appears she was armed with a pistol. From the BBC.com: A man shot by police after he attacked two officers with a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi has died. The women officers' injuries are not life-threatening. The assailant...
  • MA: AG Healy's Diktat on Gun Ban to be Challenged in Court

    08/19/2016 5:48:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, will have her dikat baning numerous semi-automatic rifles challenged in court. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has stated it will file a lawsuit against the AG on the measure. The NSSF is the gun industry trade association.  From bostonherald.com: The firearm industry group, based in Newtown, Conn., said it retained former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan for the lawsuit, which will attack Healey’s interpretation of the 
statute that could be used to ban the sale of all semiautomatic guns. Keane declined to detail the plans for the lawsuit and to name other parties joining the...
  • AK: Hiker Stops Charging Brown Bear at 6 Feet with 10mm Pistol

    08/18/2016 5:05:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 89 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The 10mm is becoming increasingly popular as a wilderness defense gun in Alaska.  Fully loaded it is as light, and a bit more powerful than a loaded, small frame .357 magnum. The Glock 20 holds 15 rounds versus five or six for a .44 or .41 magnum revolver.  In this case near Homer, Alaska, on the Kenai peninsula, it did the job in stopping a charging brown bear sow. It happened on 29 July, 2016, a Monday afternoon about 4 p.m.  From homernews.com: A Homer man shot and killed a charging sow brown bear at Humpy Creek last Friday....
  • Federal Government Spends 1 Billion a Year on Gun Law Enforcement

    08/17/2016 5:31:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Federal Government spends a billion dollars a year on on federal gun laws.  Most of that money is for enforcement of federal gun laws, but some of it is to push state and local governments toward infringing on the Second Amendment. From FY 2015 Budget Fact Sheets U.S DOJ(pdf): In 2013, the Administration proposed a range of legislative remedies – along with 23 executive actions – to address mass shootings and reduce gun violence. The Justice Department is working to implement a number of these actions and requests a total of $1.1 billion in FY 2015 to address...
  • Libertarian VP Candidate Video; Rifles are "Weapons of Mass Destruction"

    08/16/2016 5:08:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 84 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On August 3rd, 2016, the Libertarian candidate for vice president, William Weld, was interviewed on REVOLT TV.  REVOLT TV Chief Political Correspondent Amrit Singh asked candidate Weld about legislation and his views on guns.  A short video clip of the relevant section has been posted on Youtube by occupy the media.  The gun segment starts right away in the clip. William Weld: "The five shot rifle, that is a standard military rifle, the problem is if you attach a clip to it that holds more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon,...
  • MO: Override of Gun Reform Veto Likely

    08/15/2016 5:42:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 13, 2016, the Missouri legislature passed an omnibus gun legislation reform bill, SB 656.  It was the last day of the session.  While widely heralded as a permitless or "Constitutional" carry bill, there were several other notable features.  From the NRA-ILA: Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibitedExpand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground laws Expand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and propertySpecify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits and allows military members...
  • ATF Acting Director Brandon Campaigning for Gun Registry

    08/14/2016 5:45:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    An ATF spokesman who was intimately involved in the Fast and Furious cover up has been promoting a national gun registry on CBS.  On Sunday, 31 July, Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon appeared on Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Brandon was the ATF official who oversaw the discipline or more accurately the lack thereof, in the Fast and Furious operation. His role has been detailed in the americanthinker.com: According to outgoing Director Jones's sworn testimony of April 2, 2014 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Brandon was the person who determined disciplinary punishments for all of...
  • CA: Lawsuit Challenges Ban on School Carry on Equal Protection Grounds

    08/13/2016 12:12:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image from dailybruin.org On August 8th a hearing is scheduled for the case of  Ulissies Garcia et al v Kamala D. Harris( Case 2:16-cv-02572-BRO-AFM ) . The case concerns bill SB 707, which bans people with concealed carry permits from carrying on school grounds, but allows certain retired government employees to do so.  The suit claims that the law violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Here is the argument from The Firearm Policy Center in California: FPF filed suit challenging SB 707, which divides law-abiding gun owners into two classes – and an upcoming hearing could...
  • OR:Mike Strickland Defends First Amendment Rights and Life with Second Amendment, is Thrown in Jail

    08/11/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A year ago, Mike Strickland was beaten and ended in the hospital for several months.  His cameras were stolen, then returned with the drives wiped.  He has video of the attack, but the authorities refused to prosecute.  Recently, Mike was threatened by a mob of anarchists and Black Lives Matter activists again.  This time he protected himself.  Victoria Taft has written a well researched article, with video, that shows Mike Strickland defending himself from the mob in Portland.  The link has it all. From victoriataft.com: Mike Strickland was arrested and charged in Portland for pulling a gun at a...